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  1. A Philosophical Companion To First-Order Logic

    Edited by R. I. G. Hughes

    A Philosophical Companion To First-Order Logic

    This volume of recent writings, some previously unpublished, follows the sequence of a typical intermediate or upper-level logic course and allows teachers to enrich their presentations of formal methods and results with readings on corresponding questions in philosophical logic.

  2. An Introduction to Metaphysics

    Henri Bergson
    Translated by T. E. Hulme
    Introduced by Thomas A. Goudge

    An Introduction to Metaphysics

    “With its signal distinction between ‘intuition’ and ‘analysis’ and its exploration of the different levels of Duration (Bergson’s term for Heraclitean flux), An Introduction to Metaphysics has had a significant impact on subsequent twentieth century thought. The arts, from post-impressionist painting to the stream of consciousness novel, and philosophies as diverse as pragmatism, process philosophy, and existentialism bear its imprint. Consigned for a while to the margins of philosophy, Bergson’s thought is making its way back to the mainstream. The reissue of this important work comes at an opportune time, and will be welcomed by teachers and scholars alike.”
        —Peter A. Y. Gunter, University of North Texas

  3. Beyond Freedom and Dignity

    B. F. Skinner

    Beyond Freedom and Dignity

    In this profound and profoundly controversial work, a landmark of 20th-century thought originally published in 1971, B. F. Skinner makes his definitive statement about humankind and society. Beyond Freedom and Dignity urges us to reexamine the ideals we have taken for granted and to consider the possibility of a radically behaviorist approach to human problems—one that has appeared to some incompatible with those ideals, but which envisions the building of a world in which humankind can attain its greatest possible achievements.

  4. Certainty

    Edited, with Introduction, by Jonathan Westphal

    Certainty

    “The selections are well chosen . . . the Introduction and headnotes are extremely clear and well written . . . appropriately pegged for a very introductory audience.”
         —Steven Gerrard, Williams College

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  5. Challenges to Empiricism

    Edited by Harold Morick

    Challenges to Empiricism

    ". . . an admirably chosen set of selections, and the only anthology I know of which pulls together so many diverse strands of the recent attacks on traditional empiricist views."
         —Richard Rorty, University of Virginia

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  6. Classics of Analytic Philosophy

    Edited, with Introduction, by Robert Ammerman

    Classics of Analytic Philosophy

    This anthology of the central writings of the analytical tradition is widely regarded as the most useful such volume for teaching purposes. Clustered around issues in the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics, many of the pieces were written in direct response to one another and illustrate a variety of approaches to key problems in the analytic tradition.

  7. Color for Philosophers

    C. L. Hardin
    Foreward by Arthur Danto

    Color for Philosophers

    “Much the best philosophically orientated book about colour that has been written. . . . It has none of the philosophical crudity which mars scientific accounts of colour, and none of the scientific ignorance which makes so many philosophical accounts of colour worthless or worse. . . . Time and again I found myself unexpectedly convinced at a point whose opposite I had believed. I have in mind particularly the later sections on ‘Other colours, other minds’, language foci, and ‘boundaries and indeterminacy’. It is annoying, but also exhilarating, to be relieved of some stubborn and treasured opinions.”
         —Jonathan Westphal, Mind

  8. Dewey: Political Writings

    John Dewey
    Edited by D. Morris and Ian Shapiro

    Dewey: Political Writings

    Includes notes on sources and editions and an editor's introduction.

  9. 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

  10. Events and their Names

    Jonathan Bennett

    Events and their Names

    “This book is a breath of fresh, cleansing air; it blows away many pockets of unclarity that still exist in the current discussion of events and causation, and raises the debate on these issues to a new level of illumination and precision.”
        —Jaegwon Kim, Brown University

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    Edited by Charles Guignon and Derk Pereboom

    Existentialism (Second Edition)

    "An invaluable source for undergraduate courses in continental philosophy."
         —Giovanna Borradori, Vassar College

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  12. Franz Rosenzweig

    Presented by Nahum N. Glatzer
    Foreword to the Third Edition by Paul Mendes-Flohr

    Franz Rosenzweig

    “Rosenzweig’s life combined a fabulous spiritual search, a profound engagement with philosophy as well as with Judaism, and enormous accomplishment in the face of overwhelming physical handicaps. His thought is both illuminated by and realized in his amazing life. Nahum Glatzer has brought both the life and the thought together in this marvelous collection. There is no better introduction to this seminal Jewish thinker.”
        —Hilary Putnam, Harvard University

  13. Freedom: A Dialogue

    Ermanno Bencivenga
    Translated by the author from his La Liberta: un dialogo, published in 1991 by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore.

    Freedom: A Dialogue

    Translated by Bencivenga from the original Italian of his philosophical best-seller, this dialogue provides a comprehensive statement on the role of freedom in the realms of morality, psychology, metaphysics, and aesthetics. Bencivenga lets his four characters embrace a wide range of topics in their eclectic discussion, including considerations of quantum physics and deconstruction, the Gothic novel and detective stories, the structure of desire and the mathematics of infinity, penetrating comments on Freud, Raymond Chandler, and Wertverlufe, and a reasonable explanation of why Kants first Critique is longer than both the second and the third. What results is less a systematic account than a composite picture for the student of philosophy to piece together.

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    Mahatma Gandhi
    Edited, with Introduction, by Dennis Dalton

    Gandhi: Selected Political Writings

    Based on the complete edition of his works, this new volume presents Gandhi’s most important political writings arranged around the two central themes of his political teachings: satyagraha (the power of non-violence) and swaraj (freedom). Dennis Dalton’s general Introduction and headnotes highlight the life of Gandhi, set the readings in historical context, and provide insight into the conceptual framework of Gandhi’s political theory. Included are bibliography, glossary, and index.

  15. Guide To Aesthetics

    Benedetto Croce
    Translated by Patrick Romanell

    Guide To Aesthetics

    Croce’s Guide presents one of the clearest and strongest defenses of the intuitive nature of art in Western philosophical thought.

  16. Heidegger and the Problem of Knowledge

    Charles Guignon

    Heidegger and the Problem of Knowledge

    “The best book-length treatment of Heidegger with which I am familiar. . . . What Guignon does, very skillfully, is to use the problem of knowledge as a focus for organizing a discussion of Heidegger’s thought in its entirety. . . . Places him squarely within the philosophical tradition he struggled to overcome and provides an account of his development from Being and Time to the last writings, which make the changes in his thought continuous and intelligible.”
         —Harrison Hall, Inquiry

  17. Ideas for a Pure Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy

    Edmund Husserl
    Translated, with Notes and a Translator’s Afterword, by Daniel O. Dahlstrom

    Ideas for a Pure Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy

    "Husserl's Ideas is one of the most important works of twentieth-century philosophy, offering a detailed introduction to the phenomenological method, including the reduction, and outlining the overall scope of phenomenological philosophy. Husserl's explorations of the a priori structures of intentionality, consciousness, perceptual experience, evidence and rationality continue to challenge contemporary philosophy of mind. Dan Dahlstrom's accurate and faithful translation, written in pellucid prose and in a fluid, modern idiom, brings this classic work to life for a new generation."
         —Dermot Moran, University College, Dublin

  18. Identity, Personal Identity and the Self

    John Perry

    Identity, Personal Identity and the Self

    This volume collects a number of Perry’s classic works on personal identity as well as four new pieces, “The Two Faces of Identity,” “Persons and Information,” “Self-Notions and The Self,” and “The Sense of Identity.” Perry’s Introduction puts his own work and that of others on the issues of identity and personal identity in the context of philosophical studies of mind and language over the past thirty years.

  19. Introducing The Existentialists

    Robert Solomon

    Introducing The Existentialists

    Imaginary Interviews with Sartre, Heidegger, and Camus

  20. Knowledge, Mind, and the Given

    Willem A. Devries & Timm Triplett

    Knowledge, Mind, and the Given

    “Sellars’ s argument in EPM is enormously rich, subtle, and compelling. It is also, for the uninitiated, extraordinarily dense. Willem deVries and Timm Triplett’s comprehensive commentary Knowledge, Mind, and the Given provides a much needed guide. Beginning with a general overview to introduce some main themes and difficulties, deVries and Triplett take the reader step by step through the sixteen parts of the essay, providing at each stage necessary background, illuminating connections, and insightful clarifications of the main lines of argument. . . . deVries and Triplett have written a fine introduction to Sellars’s most important work.”
         —Danielle Macbeth, The Philosophical Review

  21. Languages of Art

    Nelson Goodman

    Languages of Art

    “Like Dewey, he has revolted against the empiricist dogma and the Kantian dualisms which have compartmentalized philosophical thought. . . . Unlike Dewey, he has provided detailed incisive argumentation, and has shown just where the dogmas and dualisms break down.”
         —Richard Rorty, The Yale Review

  22. Linguistic Behaviour

    Jonathan Bennett

    Linguistic Behaviour

    “. . . advances aggressively through pertinent and lively argument. . . . There are numerous brief and incisive responses to important philosophers of language (Sellars, Quine, Dummett, Putnam, Chomsky, Ziff) on issues of major significance and no little controversy.”
         —Margaret Urban Coyne, International Philosophical Quarterly

  23. Materialism and the Mind-Body Problem (Second Edition)

    Edited, with Introduction, by David M. Rosenthal

    Materialism and the Mind-Body Problem (Second Edition)

    Expanded and updated to include a wide range of classic and contemporary works, this new edition of David Rosenthal's anthology provides a selection of the most important and influential writings on materialism and the mind-body problem.

  24. Philosophical and Theological Writings

    Franz Rosenzweig
    Translated and Edited, with Introduction, by Paul W. Franks and Michael L. Morgan

    Philosophical and Theological Writings

    This volume brings together Rosenzweig’s central essays on theology and philosophy, including two works available for the first time in English: the conclusion to Rosenzweig’s book Hegel and the State, and Rosenzweig’s famous letter to Rudolph Ehrenberg known as the “Urzelle of the Star of Redemption,” an essential work for understanding Rosenzweig, Weimar theology and philosophy, and German idealism and the existential reaction of the period. Additional selections are presented in new or revised translations. Introduction and notes by Franks and Morgan set Rosenzweig’s works in context and illuminate his role as one of the key thinkers of the period.

  25. Philosophical Occasions:  1912-1951

    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    Edited by James Klagge and Alfred Nordmann

    Philosophical Occasions: 1912-1951

    “[The editors] have usefully and skillfully assembled various writings by Wittgenstein. . . . to permit a synoptic view of his several concerns. . . . The book is an excellent source and it provides a nourishing supplement to the Investigations. . . . ”
         —Colin McGinn, The New Republic

  26. Philosophical Problems and Arguments (Fourth Edition)

    J. W. Cornman, K. Lehrer, and G. Pappas

    Philosophical Problems and Arguments (Fourth Edition)

    Widely used by instructors who emphasize the logical structure of philosophical theories and the dialectical play of argument, this popular work provides clear, reliable, and up-to-date discussions of central philosophical debates. The fourth edition incorporates major revisions—the first since 1982—and features an extensive change in content. Every chapter has been reworked to improve its organization, to make it more accessible and engaging to the student, and to reflect recent discussions.

  27. Philosophy In Play: Three Dialogues

    Ermanno Bencivenga
    Translated by the author from his Tre Dialoghi,
    published in 1989 by Bollati Boringhieri Editore.

    Philosophy In Play: Three Dialogues

    In this lively collection of dialogues, Bencivenga endeavors to be true to the nature of philosophical practice- its constant superseding of its own results, its open--endedness, its paradoxical turning of a position into its opposite--as he explores issues ranging from feminism to metaphysics, from the philosophy of science to aesthetics, as well as the intrinsically dialogic nature of philosophical activity itself.

  28. Pragmatism
  29. Pragmatism
  30. Rationality

    Jonathan Bennett

    Rationality

    “In the years since I first read Bennett’s brilliant philosophical parable, it has often struck me as incredible that it never became part of the canon of what came to be known . . . as the Language of Thought. Bennett begins, like Mandeville, with honeybees . . . and he takes the reader step by compelling step across the distance that the bees would have to traverse to come abreast of us. The book in my view is a philosophical classic.”
        —Arthur Danto, Columbia University

  31. Reconceptions in Philosophy and Other Arts and Sciences

    Nelson Goodman & Catherine Z. Elgin

    Reconceptions in Philosophy and Other Arts and Sciences

    "The authors argue against certain philosophical distinctions between art and science; between verbal and nonverbal meaning; and between the affective and the cognitive. The book continues Goodman's argument against one traditional mode of philosophizing which privileges the notions of 'truth' and 'knowledge'. Hence, the book is in a broadly pragmatic tradition. It also deals in detail with such topics as meaning in architecture and the concept of 'variation' in art, and contains a superb critique of some important views in contemporary epistemology. This work will be savored even by those who will not accept all aspects of Goodman and Elgin's approach. Essential for all undergraduate philosophy collections."
         —Stanley Bates, Choice

  32. The Development of Peirce's Philosophy

    Murray G. Murphey

    The Development of Peirce's Philosophy

    “Contains invaluable insights on many topics, as well as interesting if still controversial interpretations. This book is still indispensable reading for anyone with a serious interest in Peirce’s philosophy.”
         —Hilary Putnam, Harvard University

  33. The Passions

    Robert C. Solomon

    The Passions

    “A mature, wise, and provocative work . . . . The main lines of argument—that the emotions are ways we constitute our lives with meaning; that they are in some important sense things we do rather than things that merely happen to us; that emotions have their own sort of rationality and logic and are subject to evaluation and criticism as such; that emotions are, in some important sense, evaluative judgments—remain an important, credible contemporary view. . . . Solomon is clear, clever, and deep (also often funny).”
         —Owen Flanagan, Duke University

  34. The Problems of Philosophy

    Bertrand Russell

    The Problems of Philosophy

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  35. The Structure of Science (Second Edition)

    Ernest Nagel

    The Structure of Science (Second Edition)

    "Ernest Nagel's work, The Structure of Science, has earned for itself the status of an outstanding standard work in its field. It offers an exceptionally thorough and comprehensive methodological and philosophical exploration encountered in those diverse fields. Nagel's discussion is distinguished by the lucidity of its style, the incisiveness of its reasoning, and the solidity of its grounding in all the major branches of scientific inquiry. The Structure of Science has become a highly influential work that is widely invoked in the methodological and philosophical literature. Recent controversies between analytics and historic-sociological approaches to the philosophy of science have not diminished its significance; in fact, it seems to me that the pragmatist component in Nagel's thinking may be helpful for efforts to develop a rapprochement between the contending schools."
         —Carl G. Hempel

  36. Theories of Human Nature

    Joel J. Kupperman

    Theories of Human Nature

    “A very fine book on human nature, both what it is and what philosophers have thought about it—philosophers in an inclusive sense, from Plato and Aristotle to Mengzi and Xunzi, from Hume and Kant to Ibn al-Arabi to Marx and Rousseau and including many others. The writing is lively and accessible, the philosophy insightful, and the sense of human possibilities conveyed admirable. It will fit nicely into many different sorts of classes.”
         —John Perry, Stanford University

  37. War and the Intellectuals

    Randolph S. Bourne
    Edited, with Introduction, by Carl Resek

    War and the Intellectuals

    Although he died at the age of thirty-two, Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) left a body of writing on politics, culture, and literature that made him one of the most influential public intellectuals of the twentieth century, and a hero of the American left. The twenty-eight essays of this volume—among them, “War and the Intellectuals”, the analysis of the warfare state that made Bourne the foremost critic of American entry into World War 1, and “Trans-National America”, his manifesto for cultural pluralism in America — show Bourne at his most passionate and incisive as they trace his search for the true wellsprings of nationalism and American culture.

  38. Ways of Worldmaking

    Nelson Goodman

    Ways of Worldmaking

    “In a way reminiscent of Einstein, Goodman leads us to the very edge of relativism, only then to step back and to suggest certain criteria of fairness and rightness. More so than any other commentator, he has provided a workable notion of the kinds of skills and capacities that are central for anyone who works in the arts.”
         —Howard Gardner, Harvard University

  39. With Reference To Reference

    Catherine Z. Elgin
    Foreword by Nelson Goodman

    With Reference To Reference

    “Systematizes and develops in a comprehensive study Nelson Goodman’s philosophy of language. The Goodman-Elgin point of view is important and sophisticated, and deals with a number of issues, such as metaphor, ignored by most other theories.”
         —John R. Perry, Stanford University

  40. Wittgenstein Conversations, 1949-1951

    O. K. Bouwsma
    Edited by J. L. Craft and R. E. Hustwit

    Wittgenstein Conversations, 1949-1951

    “Gives an extraordinarily intimate insight into what Wittgenstein was like as a human being. . . . These notes . . . capture Wittgenstein’s outlook on morality and religion, and reveal some of his personal problems.”
         —Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz, Smith College

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