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  1. An Introduction to Hegel's Logic

    Justus Hartnack
    Translated from the Danish by Lars Aagaard-Mogenson
    Edited by Kenneth R. Westphal

    An Introduction to Hegel's Logic

    “One of the best short introductions to Hegel’s logic I know. It gives a comprehensive survey that is easy to understand.”
         —Michael Wolff, Universitat Bielefeld

  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

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    Mark Siderits

    Buddhism as Philosophy

    In this clear, concise account, Siderits makes the Buddhist tradition accessible to a Western audience, offering generous selections from the canonical Buddhist texts and providing an engaging, analytical introduction to the basic tenets of Buddhist thought. (Co-published in the U.K. by Ashgate Publishing. North American rights only)

  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

    North American rights only.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Five Texts on the Mediaeval Problem of Universals

    Translated and Edited by Paul V. Spade

    Five Texts on the Mediaeval Problem of Universals

    “The translations are exceptionally sound philosophically, and they are as readable as is consistent with linguistic accuracy and fidelity to content.”
         —Mathematical Reviews

  8. Free Will (Second Edition)

    Edited, with Introduction, by Derk Pereboom

    Free Will (Second Edition)

    A unique anthology featuring contributions to the dispute over free will from Aristotle to the twenty-first century, Derk Pereboom's volume presents the most thoughtful positions taken in this crucial debate and discusses their consequences for free will's traditional corollary, moral responsibility. The Second Edition retains the organizational structure that made its predecessor the leading anthology of its kind, while adding major new selections by such philosophers as Spinoza, Reid, John Martin Fischer, Robert Kane, Galen Strawson, and Timothy O'Connor.

  9. Free Will and Determinism

    Clifford Williams

    Free Will and Determinism

    “Nicely conceived, very clearly written. . . . A high level of philosophic substance and sophistication.”
         —David M. Mowry, SUNY at Plattsburgh

  10. 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.

  11. Hegel's Epistemology

    Kenneth R. Westphal

    Hegel's Epistemology

    "A reader-friendly, yet philosophically sharp and textually reliable introduction to one of the classics of western philosophy. Westphal shows why the dramatic, quasi-historical, structure of Hegel’s work is not accidental to it, but is rather required by the reflective, self-critical, nature of judgement that Hegel assumes from the beginning. The book will be of interest to readers who approach Hegel with analytical as well as phenomenological preconceptions, and of use (but for different reasons) to undergraduates and graduate students alike."
         —George di Giovanni, McGill University

  12. 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

  13. Kant's Theory of Knowledge

    Justus Hartnack
    Translated from the Danish by M. Holmes Hartshorne

    Kant's Theory of Knowledge

    While most interpretive studies of the Critique of Pure Reason are either too scholarly or too superficial to be of practical use to students, Hartnack has achieved a concise comprehensive analysis of the work in a lucid style that communicates the essence of extraordinarily complex arguments in the simplest possible way. An ideal companion to the First Critique, especially for those grappling with the work for the first time.

  14. Metaphysics

    Aristotle
    Translated by Montgomery Furth

    Metaphysics

    “About as close to Aristotle’s Greek, syntax and all, as one can get in English.”
         —Arthur Madigan, S.J., Boston College

  15. Metaphysics (Reeve Edition)

    Aristotle
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by C. D. C. Reeve

    Metaphysics (Reeve Edition)

    Series: The New Hackett Aristotle

    "C. D. C. Reeve adds to his already remarkable series of translations of Plato and Aristotle another stellar accomplishment: a full translation of Aristotle’s daunting Metaphysics. He has managed to present Aristotle’s often ungainly Greek into perfectly flowing English syntax without sacrificing the core meaning of the text. Any translator of Aristotle will recognize what an impressive achievement this is. All readers will benefit from the over 1,600 explicative notes accompanying the translation: Reeve has a discerning eye for determining what requires amplification for the purposes of understanding and an admirable gift for saying just as much as needs to be said in order to achieve it."
         —Christopher Shields, George N. Shuster Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

  16. On Free Choice of the Will

    Augustine
    Translated, with Introduction, by Thomas Williams

    On Free Choice of the Will

    "Over the years that I've been teaching—nearly 44 at this point—I've come to rely on Hackett for editions of classical texts that are well done and affordable. For example, I greatly appreciate C.D.C. Reeve's the Republic, and I've used it as a text in my ancient and medieval philosophy class. The copy I just received of Augustine's On the Free Choice of the Will, translated and annotated by Thomas Williams, continues the Hackett tradition of affordable excellence."
         —Frank Fair, Sam Houston State University

  17. Plato on Knowledge and Reality

    Nicholas White

    Plato on Knowledge and Reality

    "A complete and unified account of Plato’s epistemology . . . scholarly, historically sensitive, and philosophically sophisticated. Above all it is sensible. . . . White’s strength is that he places Plato’s preoccupation in careful historical perspective, without belittling the intrinsic difficulties of the problems he tackled. . . . White’s project is to find a continuous argument running through Plato’s various attacks on epistemological problems. No summary can do justice to his remarkable success . . . "
         —Ronald B. De Sousa, University of Toronto, in Phoenix

  18. Reality

    Edited, with Introduction, by Carl Levenson and Jonathan Westphal

    Reality

    Reality brings together philosophical and literary works representing the many ways—metaphysical, scientific, analytic, phenomenological, literary—in which philosophers and others have reflected on questions about reality. North American rights only.

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    C. D. C. Reeve

    Substantial Knowledge

    "C.D.C. Reeve has made a remarkable contribution to the study of Aristotle’s metaphysics, not least because his interpretation restores Aristotle’s theology to its central place. His book will be important reading not only for scholars engaged in debate about Aristotle’s text, but also for the rest of us, because it is both an interpretation of Aristotle and a significant metaphysical inquiry in its own right."
         —Alasdair MacIntyre, Duke University

  20. The Encyclopaedia Logic

    G. W. F. Hegel
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by T. F. Geraets, W. A. Suchting, and H. S. Harris

    The Encyclopaedia Logic

    “The appearance of this translation is a major event in English-language Hegel studies, for it is more than simply a replacement for Wallace’s translation cum paraphrase. Hegel’s Prefaces to each of the three editions of the Enzyklopädie are translated for the first time into English. There is a very detailed Introduction translating Hegel’s German, which serves not only as a guide to the translator’s usage but also to Hegel’s. Also included are a detailed bilingual annotated glossary, very extensive bibliographic and interpretive notes to Hegel’s text (28 pp.), an Index of References for works cited in the notes, a select Bibliography of recent works on Hegel’s logic, and a detailed Index (16 pp.). The translation is guided by the (correct) principle that rendering Hegel’s logical thought clearly and consistently requires rendering his technical terms logically. . . . This ought immediately to become the standard translation of this important work.”
         —Kenneth R. Westphal, in Review of Metaphysics

  21. The Essential Spinoza

    Baruch Spinoza
    Edited by Michael L. Morgan, with the Translations of Samuel Shirley

    The Essential Spinoza

    "Absolutely magnificent edition!  I will be using it in all my introductory courses. . . . I also will use it in my 16th and 17th-century History of Philosophy course. . . . Just a wonderful collection, great translations, good editorial additions as well.  Terrific selection!"
         —Abba Lessing, Professor of Philosophy, Lake Forest College

  22. The High Road to Pyrrhonism
  23. The Original Sceptics

    Edited, with Introduction, by Myles Burnyeat and Michael Frede

    The Original Sceptics

    "The Original Sceptics contains a wealth of analysis, argument and philological comment, and it undoubtedly succeeds in making the reader aware of the difficulties involved in discovering what the ancient sceptics really held.”
         —F. C. White, Australasian Journal of Philosophy

  24. The Theaetetus of Plato

    Plato
    Translated by M. J. Levett, Revision by Myles Burnyeat
    Introduction to the Theaetetus by Myles Burnyeat

    The Theaetetus of Plato

    “Myles Burnyeat, the Lawrence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Cambridge, has revised Levett’s translation to catch the charm and wit of the original in modern English, and has written a magnificent introduction and commentary of 250 pages that is lucid, rigorous, fair and un-put-downable.”
         —Philip Howard, The Times (London)

  25. Theaetetus (Williams Edition)

    Plato
    Edited, with Introduction, by Bernard Williams
    Translated by M. J. Levett, revision by Myles Burnyeat

    Theaetetus (Williams Edition)

    M. J. Levett's elegant translation of Theaetetus, first published in 1928, is here revised by Myles Burnyeat to reflect contemporary standards of accuracy while retaining the style, imagery, and idiomatic speech for which the Levett translation is unparalleled. Bernard Williams's concise introduction illuminates the powerful argument of this complex dialogue and illustrates its connections to contemporary metaphysical and epistemological concerns.

  26. Time

    Edited, with Introduction, by Carl Levenson and Jonathan Westphal

    Time

    Time brings together philosophical and literary works representing the many ways—metaphysical, scientific, analytic, phenomenological, literary—in which philosophers and others have reflected on questions about time. North American Rights Only.

  27. Truth, Set of 3 Volumes

    Thomas Aquinas

    Truth, Set of 3 Volumes

    The Quaestiones Disputatae de Veritate constitutes Aquinas's most extended treatment of any single topic. Volume I (questions 1-9) discusses the nature of truth and divine and angelic intellects. Volume II (questions 10-20) deals with truth and human intellect. Volume III (questions 21-29) investigates the operation of the will.

  28. 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

  29. Zeno's Paradoxes

    Edited by Wesley C. Salmon

    Zeno's Paradoxes

    These essays lead the reader through the land of the wonderful shrinking genie to the warehouse where the “infinity machines” are kept. By careful examination of a lamp that is switched on and off infinitely many times, or the workings of a machine that prints out an infinite decimal expansion of pi, we begin to understand how it is possible for Achilles to overtake the tortoise. The concepts that form the basis of modern science—space, time, motion, change, infinity—are examined and explored in this edition. Includes an updated bibliography.

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