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The Principles of Philosophy

By: Rene Descartes

Excerpt: THE present volume contains a reprint of the preface and the first part of the Principles of Philosophy, together with selections from the second, third and fourth parts of that work, corresponding to the extracts in the French edition of Gamier, are also given, as well as an appendix containing part of Descartes? reply to the Second Objections (viz., his formal demonstrations of the existence of Deity). The translation is based on the original Latin edition of ...

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Meditations on First Philosophy

By: Descartes, Rene

Description: Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes is widely considered to be one of the top philosophical books of all time. For many, Meditations on First Philosophy is required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic philosophical literature, this gem by Rene Descartes is highly recommended. Meditations on First Philosophy would make an ideal gift and it should be a part of everyone's personal library

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Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason, and Seek...

By: Descartes, Rene

Description: Rene Descartes was a French philosopher who spent most of his life in the Dutch Republic during the Golden Age. Known as the Father of Modern Philosophy, Descartes influenced many of the great philosophers who followed him. This edition of Descartes’ Discourse on the Method includes a table of contents. Show more Show less

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Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals

By: Kant, Immanuel

Description: This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery

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The Critique of Practical Reason

By: Kant, Immanuel

Description: This seminal text in the history of moral philosophy elaborates the basic themes of Kant's moral theory, gives the most complete statement of his highly original theory of freedom of the will, and develops his practical metaphysics

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Introduction to the Metaphysic of Morals

By: Kant, Immanuel

Description: The Metaphysics of Morals is Kant's major work in applied moral philosophy in which he deals with the basic principles of rights and of virtues. It comprises two parts: the Doctrine of Right, which deals with the rights that people have or can acquire, and the Doctrine of Virtue, which deals with the virtues they ought to acquire. Mary Gregor's translation, revised for publication in Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy, is the only complete translat...

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Beyond Good and Evil

By: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Preface: SUPPOSING that Truth is a woman what then? Is there not ground for suspecting that all philosophers, in so far as they have been dogmatists, have failed to understand women that the terrible seriousness and clumsy importunity with which they have usually paid their addresses to Truth, have been unskilled and unseemly methods for winning a woman? Certainly she has never allowed herself to be won; and at present every kind of dogma stands with sad and discouraged ...

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Thus Spake Zarathustra

By: Nietzsche, Friedrich

Description: Nietzsche regarded 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra' as his most important work, and his story of the wandering Zarathustra has had enormous influence on subsequent culture. Nietzsche uses a mixture of homilies, parables, epigrams and dreams to introduce some of his most striking doctrines, including the Overman, nihilism, and the eternal return of the same. This edition offers a new translation by Adrian Del Caro which restores the original versification of Nietzsch...

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Twilight of the Idols or How to Philosophize with a Hammer

By: Friedrich Nietzsche, Dr.; Daniel Fidel Ferrer, Translator

The best summary of Nietzsche's philosophy by Nietzsche. Twilight of the Idols is Nietzsche’s polemic tract attacking: writers, philosophers, views, worldviews, schools, position, arguments, idols, truths, nations, rationalism, -ismologies, causality, improvers, morality, religions, artists, modern ideas, believers, etc. Nietzsche also puts forth his own ideas – read slowly. Translated from German to English by Daniel Fidel Ferrer (February 2013). Twilight...

"From the military school (Kriegsschule) of life. - What does not kill me makes me stronger. (Aus der Kriegsschule des Lebens. — Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker). [Translator note. This maxim (#8) is one of the most famous quotes from Nietzsche. See the concept Kriegsschule’ in Nietzsche’s notebook of Spring 1888 18 [1]. A slightly different versions of this section is in one of the Nietzsche’s notebook and has this version of the maxim #8: “What does no...

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The essay on self-reliance

By: Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882; Roycroft Shop, publisher

Supplemental catalog subcollection information: American Libraries Collection; American University Library Collection

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History, Self-Reliance, Nature, Spiritual Laws, The American Scholar

By: Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The Transcendentalist

By: Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first thing we have to say respecting what are called new views here in New England, at the present time, is, that they are not new, but the very oldest of thoughts cast into the mould of these new times. The light is always identical in its composition, but it falls on a great variety of objects, and by so falling is first revealed to us, not in its own form, for it is formless, but in theirs; in like manner, thought only appears in the objects it classifies. What i...

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The Perennial Philospy

By: Aldous Huxley

GENERALITIES

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Ends and Means

By: Aldous Huxley
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Freedom's Battle

By: Mahatma Gandhi

Introduction: After the great war it is difficult, to point out a single nation that is happy; but this has come out of the war, that there is not a single nation outside India, that is not either free or striving to be free. It is said that we, too, are on the road to freedom, that it is better to be on the certain though slow course of gradual unfoldment of freedom than to take the troubled and dangerous path of revolution whether peaceful or violent, and that the new ...

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The Philosophy of History

By: Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831; Sibree, John, Tr.
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Hegel's Philosophy of mind

By: Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831; Wallace, William, 1844-1897

Supplemental catalog subcollection information: Canadian Libraries Collection; Canadian History; Canadian University Library Collection

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The Philosophy of Art : Being the Second Part of Hegel's Aesthetik...

By: Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831; Bryant, William Mckendree, B. 1843

Aesthetics

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Lectures on the philosophy of religion, together with a Work on th...

By: Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831; Speirs, Ebenezer Brown, 1854-1900

Supplemental catalog subcollection information: Canadian Libraries Collection; Canadian University Library Collection; Candian History; vol. 1

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A Treatise of Human Nature

By: David Hume

My design in the present work is sufficiently explained in the Introduction. The reader must only observe, that all the subjects I have there planned out to myself, are not treated of in these two volumes. The subjects of the Understanding and Passions make a compleat chain of reasoning by themselves; and I was willing to take advantage of this natural division, in order to try the taste of the public. If I have the good fortune to meet with success, I shall proceed to t...

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