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Utopia

By: More, Thomas

Description: Sir Thomas More, son of Sir John More, a justice of the King's Bench, was born in 1478, in Milk Street, in the city of London. After his earlier education at St. Anthony's School, in Threadneedle Street, he was placed, as a boy, in the household of Cardinal John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor. It was not unusual for persons of wealth or influence and sons of good families to be so established together in a relation of patron and client....

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The Tao Teh King : A Short Study in Comparative Religion

By: Laozi; Medhurst, C. Spurgeon

Wellesley College Library ; Wellesley College Library

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On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

By: Henry David Thoreau

Excerpt: I heartily accept the motto, ?That government is best which governs least?; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe--?That government is best which governs not at all?; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which the will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually.

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An Attic Philosopher in Paris; Or, A Peep at the World from a Garr...

By: Emile Souvestre
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Pensees

By: Pascal, Blaise

Description: his eloquent and philosophically astute translation is the first complete English translation based on the Sellier edition of Pascal's manuscript, widely accepted as the manuscript that is closest to the version Pascal left behind on his death in 1662. A brief history of the text, a select bibliography of primary and secondary sources, a chronology of Pascal's life and works, concordances between the Sellier and Lafuma editions of the original, and an index are provided.

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The Prince

By: Nicolo Machiavelli

Introduction: Nicolo Machiavelli was born at Florence on 3rd May 1469. He was the second son of Bernardo di Nicolo Machiavelli, a lawyer of some repute, and of Bartolommea di Stefano Nelli, his wife. Both parents were members of the old Florentine nobility.

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The New Atlantis

By: Bacon, Francis

Description: Sir Francis Bacon, inventor of the scientific method, and putative author of Shakespeare's plays, wrote this utopian voyage as a proposal for a society based on scientific inquiry and research.

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The Art of Controversy

By: Arthur Schopenhauer

Excerpt: BY the ancients, Logic and Dialectic were used as synonymous terms; although logizesthai, ?to think over, to consider, to calculate,? and dialegesthai, ?to converse,? are two very different things. The name Dialectic was, as we are informed by Diogenes Laertius, first used by Plato; and in the Phaedrus, Sophist, Republic, bk. vii., and elsewhere, we find that by Dialectic he means the regular employment of the reason, and skill in the practice of it. Aristotle a...

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The Wisdom of Life, Being the First Part of Arthur Schopenhauer's ...

By: Arthur Schopenhauer, Thomas Bailey Saunders

Supplemental catalog subcollection information: American Libraries Collection; Historical Literature

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Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

By: Ludwig Wittgenstein

Perhaps this book will be understood only by someone who has himself already had the thoughts that are expressed in it?or at least similar thoughts.?So it is not a textbook.?Its purpose would be achieved if it gave pleasure to one person who read and understood it. The book deals with the problems of philosophy, and shows, I believe, that the reason why these problems are posed is that the logic of our language is misunderstood. The whole sense of the book might be summe...

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On Liberty

By: John Stuart Mill

Excerpt: The subject of this essay is not the so-called Liberty of the Will, so unfortunately opposed to the mis-named doctrine of Philosophical Necessity; but Civil, or Social Liberty: the nature and limits of the power which can be legitimately exercised by society over the individual. A question seldom stated, and hardly ever discussed, in general terms, but which profoundly influences the practical controversies of the age by its latent presence, and is likely soon t...

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Plotinus on the beautiful : being the sixth treatise of the first ...

By: Plotinus; Mackenna, Stephen, 1872-1934

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

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The Analysis of Mind

By: Bertrand Russell

Excerpt: Muirhead Library Of Philosophy. An admirable statement of the aims of the Library of Philosophy was provided by the first editor, the late Professor J. H. Muirhead, in his description of the original programme printed in Erdmann?s History of Philosophy under the date 1890. This was slightly modified in subsequent volumes to take the form of the following statement:

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The Problems of Philosophy

By: Bertrand Russell

Preface: IN the following pages I have confined myself in the main to those problems of philosophy in regard to which I thought it possible to say something positive and constructive, since merely negative criticism seemed out of place. For this reason, theory of knowledge occupies a larger space than metaphysics in the present volume, and some topics much discussed by philosophers are treated very briefly, if at all. I have derived valuable assistance from unpublished w...

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The Book of Tea

By: Kakuzo Okakura

Description: An unabridged, unaltered edition with modern typeface: The Cup of Humanity - The Schools of Tea - Taoism and Zennism - The Tea-Room - Art Appreciation - Flowers - Tea-Masters

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Creative Unity

By: Rabindranath Tagore.
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Sadhana, the Realisation of Life, Score Tagore Sadh

By: Rabindranath Tagore

Description: Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We h

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Aids to Reflection in the Formation of a Manly Character, On the S...

By: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Man and Superman

By: George Bernard Shaw

Excerpt: You once asked me why I did not write a Don Juan play. The levity with which you assumed this frightful responsibility has probably by this time enabled you to forget it; but the day of reckoning has arrived: here is your play! I say your play, because qui facit per alium facit per se. Its profits, like its labor, belong to me: its morals, its manners, its philosophy, its influence on the young, are for you to justify. You were of mature age when you made the su...

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Pragmatism

By: William James
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