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  1. Discourse on Method (Cress, Third Edition)

    René Descartes
    Translated by Donald A. Cress

    Discourse on Method (Cress, Third Edition)

    By far the most widely used translation in North American college classrooms, Donald A. Cress's translation from the French of the Adam and Tannery critical edition is prized for its accuracy, elegance, and economy. The translation featured in the Third Edition has been thoroughly revised from the 1979 First Edition and includes page references to the critical edition for ease of comparison.

  2. Discourse on Method (Kennington Edition)

    René Descartes
    Translated by Richard Kennington; Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by Pamela Kraus and Frank Hunt

    Discourse on Method (Kennington Edition)

    This Focus Philosophical Library edition includes a new translation of Descartes' seminal discourse, with an original essay by Richard Kennington. This text is designed to provide the student with a close translation, notes, and a glossary of key terms, facilitating access to ideas as they originally were presented and helping to make the translator's work transparent. 

  3. Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (Fourth Edition)

    René Descartes
    Translated by Donald A. Cress

    Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (Fourth Edition)

    This edition contains Donald Cress's completely revised translation of the Meditations (from the corrected Latin edition) and recent corrections to Discourse on Method, bringing this version even closer to Descartes's original, while maintaining the clear and accessible style of a classic teaching edition.

  4. Discourse on Method, Optics, Geometry, and Meteorology

    René Descartes
    Translated, with Introduction, by Paul J. Olscamp

    Discourse on Method, Optics, Geometry, and Meteorology

    This volume preserves the format in which Discourse on Method was originally published: as a preface to Descartes’s writings on optics, geometry, and meteorology. In his introduction, Olscamp discusses the value of reading the Discourse alongside these three works, which sheds new light on Descartes’s method. Includes an updated bibliography.

  5. Essays in the History and Philosophy of Science

    Pierre Duhem
    Translated and Edited, with Introduction, by Roger Ariew and Peter Barker

    Essays in the History and Philosophy of Science

    “This volume assembles twelve texts published between 1892 and 1915 . . . . The editors allow one to see the genesis of the ideas of Duhem, philosopher and historian, of the variety of his styles, and sometimes also the limits of his work . . . . A useful index, probably unique in the field of Duhemian studies, completes the book . . . . The English-language public may be assured an exemplary translation and a reliable critical apparatus.”
         —Jean Gayon, Revue d’Histoire des Sciences

  6. On Evolution

    Charles Darwin
    Edited, with Introduction, by Thomas F. Glick and David Kohn

    On Evolution

    “An excellent selection. There is nothing else like it available in print, and the price makes it very attractive for use in courses. . . . overall the editors did a superb job of choosing those excerpts from Darwin’s published works and his correspondence and notebooks that will give the reader a sense of the full range of his interests and the substance of his ideas. The editorial remarks are . . . perceptive and directly relevant to the content.”
         —Gene Cittadino, New York University

  7. On the Nature of Things (Smith Edition)

    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Martin Ferguson Smith

    On the Nature of Things (Smith Edition)

    "Martin Ferguson Smith has for many years been one of the leading Lucretian scholars in the world. . . . We should expect from the beginning then that we are in the hands of a wise and learned guide as soon as we open his Lucretius, and this expectation is certainly borne out by the quality of this sensitive and thoughtful edition. . . . The Introduction . . . is excellent. Smith outlines in a highly accessible manner what little is known of Lucretius' life and times, the poem's position and status in the Epic and Didactic tradition, and the philosophy of Epicurus that Lucretius puts forward, but also manages to include some of the most up to date research, including recent scholarship on the Herculaneum papyri. . . . But of course, the translation is the most important part of the work . . . [and] it is streets ahead of the competition. . . . I can recommend this book unreservedly." —Gordon Campbell, Hermathena

  8. Philosophical Essays and Correspondence

    René Descartes
    Edited, with Introduction, by Roger Ariew

    Philosophical Essays and Correspondence

    A superb text for teaching the philosophy of Descartes, this volume includes all his major works in their entirety, important selections from his lesser known writings, and key selections from his philosophical correspondence. The result is an anthology that enables the reader to understand the development of Descartes’s thought over his lifetime. Includes a biographical Introduction, chronology, bibliography, and index.

  9. Philosophy of Material Nature

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated by James W. Ellington

    Philosophy of Material Nature

    "Ellington has made Kant's writings seem clear and elegant. Indeed, he has produced one of this most readable translations of any of Kant's works. His essay 'The unity of Kant's thought in his philosophy of corporeal nature' appearing after the main text is a masterly interpretation of the Foundations."
        —Choice, in review of Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science

  10. Plato's Cosmology

    Francis M. Cornford

    Plato's Cosmology

    “An indispensable storehouse of information and analysis—essential reading nowadays just as in 1935, when it first appeared. . . . Plato’s Cosmology continues to be the constant reference point of any serious study of the Timaeus.”
        —John M. Cooper, Princeton University

  11. Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans

    Charles H. Kahn

    Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans

    “Kahn’s excellent knowledge of the texts is apparent and his familiarity with the scholarly literature is manifest. . . . The volume is attractively written and and produced, and will do a real service in making the Pythagorean tradition . . . accessible to non-specialists.”
         —Richard McKirahan, Philosophy in Review

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    Galileo Galilei
    Edited and Translated by Maurice A. Finocchiaro

    The Essential Galileo

    "Finocchiaro's new and revised translations have done what the Inquisition could not: they have captured an exceptional range of Galileo's career while also letting him speak—in clear English.  No other volume offers more convenient or more reliable access to Galileo's own words, whether on the telescope, the Dialogue, the trial, or the mature theory of motion." —Michael H. Shank, University of Wisconsin–Madison

    "Edited and translated by Maurice A. Finocchiaro, an international authority on Galileo, this collection makes available to scholars and students an excellent and extensive selection of Galileo's key works from his early career to the end of his life—some in toto and some represented by key selections. It presents not only Galileo's most famous works but also a range of less-known texts as well as an excellent selection of the documents from the trial of 1633 and from the 1616 condemnation of Copernicus. In addition to the breadth and quality of the selections, this volume is particularly attractive to students and instructors thanks to Finocchiaro's expert and up-to-date introductions, biographical sketch, chronology, annotated bibliography, and glossary. This is a must for anyone teaching or studying Galileo, the scientific revolution, and the relationship between science and religion." —Mario Biagioli, Harvard University

  13. The Passions of the Soul

    René Descartes
    Translated by S. H. Voss

    The Passions of the Soul

    Includes a translator's introduction, introduction by Genevieve Rodis-Lewis, bibliography, and index.

  14. The Trial of Galileo

    Translated and Edited by Maurice A. Finocchiaro

    The Trial of Galileo

    "Finocchiaro is the foremost scholar and translator of Galileo's works and this book an invaluable collection of key documents concerning the 'greatest scandal of Christendom'—the trial and condemnation of the founder of modern science as a heretic by the Roman Inquisition in 1633. The book follows and complements Finocchiaro's magisterial work Retrying Galileo: 1633-1992, and provides essential, original source material concerning the facts and issues indispensable for scholars, students and educated lay persons. Finocchiaro’s masterly introductory essay provides a valuable guide to the history and issues, particularly helping to dispel the many myths regarding the scientific, philosophical, theological and political issues raised by Galileo’s trial. An unrivaled resource for understanding the 'Galileo Affair'."
         —Peter Slezak, University of New South Wales

  15. Theory of Scientific Method (Second Edition)

    William Whewell
    Edited, with Introduction, by Robert E. Butts

    Theory of Scientific Method (Second Edition)

    This volume includes Whewell’s seminal studies of the logic of induction (with his critique of Mill’s theory), arguments for his realist view that science discovers necessary truths about nature, and exercises in the epistemology and ontology of science. The book sets forth a coherent statement of a historically important philosophy of science whose influence has never been greater: every one of Whewell’s fundamental ideas about the philosophy of science is presented here.

  16. Three Treatises on the Nature of Science

    Translated by R. Walzer and M. Frede

    Three Treatises on the Nature of Science

    Includes an introduction, bibliography, On the Sects for Beginners, An Outline of Empiricism, On Medical Experience, an index of the persons mentioned in the text, and an index of the subjects mentioned in the texts.

  17. Timaeus (Zeyl Edition)

    Translated, with Introduction, by Donald J. Zeyl

    Timaeus (Zeyl Edition)

    “Donald Zeyl’s fresh and faithful translation and his lucid, comprehensive commentary will bring the sublime Timaeus to life for contemporary students of cosmology, metaphysics, history of science, and philosophy.”
         —Sarah Broadie, Princeton University

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