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  1. Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings

    Zhuangzi
    Translated, with Introduction, by Brook Ziporyn

    Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings

    Ideal for students and scholars alike, this edition of Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) includes the complete Inner Chapters, extensive selections from the Outer and Miscellaneous Chapters, and judicious selections from two thousand years of traditional Chinese commentaries, which provide the reader access to the text as well as to its reception and interpretation. A glossary, brief biographies of the commentators, a bibliography, and an index are also included.

  2. 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.

  3. Zen Sourcebook

    Edited by Stephen Addiss, Stanley Lombardo, and Judith Roitman
    Introduction by Paula Arai

    Zen Sourcebook

    "This is an excellent book . . . to be commended for its wide coverage; the Korean material is especially hard to find. . . . The short introductions to the selections are lucid, informative and focused, providing a good framework through which to understand the readings. Anyone who wants to work directly with translations of the primary texts, rather than textbook summaries, will find this book the most convenient available."
         —Brook Ziporyn, Northwestern University

  4. Writings of the Young Marx on Philosophy and Society

    Karl Marx
    Edited and Translated by Loyd D. Easton and Kurt H. Guddat

    Writings of the Young Marx on Philosophy and Society

    “Lucid translations into idiomatic English. They are clearer than the original German version! Our students struggle with Marx and they will appreciate a more ‘user - friendly’ translation.”
         —John Brunn, Chabot College

  5. Women Philosophers of the Early Modern Period

    Edited, with Introduction, by Margaret Atherton

    Women Philosophers of the Early Modern Period

    “A very useful collection, welcome both for the intrinsic merit and historical significance of the ideas and arguments the volume contains, and for its pedagogical potential.”
        —Peter Loptson, Canadian Philosophical Reviews

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    C. D. C. Reeve

    Women in the Academy

    "These compelling dialogues invite and inspire readers to engage in a reflective journey of discovery focusing on several key philosophical themes. They provide a unique and valuable resource ideal for an introduction to philosophy and to feminist theory."
         —Robin Wang, Loyola Marymount University

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Who's To Say?

    Norman Melchert

    Who's To Say?

    “It is a perfect intro. book for our course on relativism. It hits all the major arguments clearly, concisely, persuasively, and at just the right level for undergraduates.”
         —Thomas J. Burke, Jr., Hillsdale College

  10. What Is This Thing Called Science? (Fourth Edition)

    Alan F. Chalmers

    What Is This Thing Called Science? (Fourth Edition)

    In addition to overall improvements and updates inspired by Chalmers’s experience as a teacher, comments from his readers, and recent developments in the field, this fourth edition features an extensive chapter-long postscript that draws on his research into the history of atomism to illustrate important themes in the philosophy of science. Identifying the qualitative difference between knowledge of atoms as it figures in contemporary science and metaphysical speculations about atoms common in philosophy since the time of Democritus offers a revealing and instructive way to address the question at the heart of this groundbreaking work: What is this thing called science? (Co-published with the University of Queensland Press. HPC holds rights in North America and U. S. Dependencies)

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    Leo Tolstoy
    Translation by Aylmer Maude
    Introduction by Vincent Tomas

    What Is Art?

    Maude’s excellent translation of Tolstoy’s treatise on the emotionalist theory of art was the first unexpurgated version of the work to appear in any languages. More than ninety years later this work remains, as Vincent Tomas observed, “one of the most rigorous attacks on formalism and on the doctrine of art for art’s sake ever written.” Tomas’s Introduction makes this the edition of choice for students of aesthetics and anyone with philosophical interests.

  12. What Is A Mind?

    Suzanne Cunningham

    What Is A Mind?

    “Suzanne Cunningham has produced a wonderful primer on all the major foundational questions being discussed in contemporary philosophy of mind, cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience. The mind-brain relation, the self, knowledge of other minds, the nature of consciousness, the emotions, and the prospects for artificial intelligence, receive complete, even-handed treatment from this experienced teacher’s pen. Cunningham provides wonderful questions, exercises, research topics and bibliographical resources. I suspect many of her probing questions will engage professors as much as they will students. They did me.”
        —Owen Flanagan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy, Duke University

  13. Wealth of Nations

    Adam Smith
    Abridged, with Introduction, by Laurence Dickey

    Wealth of Nations

    "Has all the basic chapters for the illustration of all the various (and contradictory) points anyone might want to make about the text. Dickey's own texts are invaluable. The introductions to the chapters are essential to make clear to students where they fit in the overall argument of the book. The appendices, though clearly the expression of the author's own views about the text, are admirably objective in the treatment of competing views, and represent an important contribution to Smith scholarship."
          —J. W. Smit, Columbia University

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. Walden Two

    B. F. Skinner

    Walden Two

    This fictional outline of a modern utopia has been a center of controversy ever since its publication in 1948. Set in the United States, it pictures a society in which human problems are solved by a scientific technology of human conduct.

  17. Virtue, Nature, and Moral Agency in the Xunzi

    Edited and Introduced by T. C. Kline III and Philip J. Ivanhoe

    Virtue, Nature, and Moral Agency in the Xunzi

    This volume collects some of the most accessible and important contemporary essays on the thought of Xunzi, with an Introduction that provides historical background, philosophical context, and relates each of the selections to Xunzi's philosophy as a whole and to the themes of virtue, nature, and moral agency. These themes are also discussed in relation to Western philosophical concerns.

  18. Utopia

    Thomas More
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by David Wootton

    Utopia

    “In addition to its elegant and precise translation of Utopia, this edition offers the prefatory material and postscripts from the 1518 edition, and More’s letter to Giles form the 1517 edition. Mr. Wootton has also added Erasmus’s ‘The Sileni of Alcibiades,’ which is crucial for the interpretation he gives in his Introduction of the many ambiguities and contradictions in More’s text as well as his life. The Introduction is a most valuable guide for understanding this man who was a proponent of toleration and a persecutor of heretics, a courtier full of worldly ambition ending as a fearless martyr. The contradictions of the man translated into a complicated and contradictory historiography to which Mr. Wootton’s Introduction is a most intelligent guide. A welcome addition to the More literature.”
         —J. W. Smit, Professor of History, Columbia University

  19. Utilitarianism (Sher, Second Edition)

    John Stuart Mill
    Edited by George Sher

    Utilitarianism (Sher, Second Edition)

    This expanded edition of John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism includes the text of his 1868 speech to the British House of Commons defending the use of capital punishment in cases of aggravated murder. The speech is significant both because its topic remains timely and because its arguments illustrate the applicability of the principle of utility to questions of large-scale social policy.

  20. Utilitarianism (Eggleston Edition)

    John Stuart Mill
    Edited, with Introduction, by Ben Eggleston

    Utilitarianism (Eggleston Edition)

    "Eggleston has produced easily the best edition of Utilitarianism available. By conveniently including so many of the relevant passages from supplementary works, all organized for ease of reference, scholars and students alike will now have at their fingertips the materials needed to make sense of Mill's classic text. This is important not just for an accurate understanding of Mill's own moral and political philosophy, but for a proper appreciation of utilitarianism as a leading moral tradition."  —Piers Norris Turner, Associate Professor of Philosophy, The Ohio State University

  21. Two Treatises of Government

    John Locke
    Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by Lee Ward

    Two Treatises of Government

    Designed to serve the needs of students confronting Locke’s political thought for the first time, Lee Ward’s edition offers a faithful text of Two Treatises of Government with modernized spelling and punctuation. Its Editor’s Introduction outlines the main arguments of these works, illustrates the conceptual thread uniting the less frequently read First Treatise with the far more famous Second Treatise, and locates Locke’s work amid the turbulent constitutional battles of 1690s England. Helpful notes at the foot of the page, a Thematic Index, and an up-to-date Bibliography are also provided.

  22. Two Comic Dialogues: Ion and Hippias Major

    Plato
    Translated by Paul Woodruff

    Two Comic Dialogues: Ion and Hippias Major

    Together these two dialogues contain Plato’s most important work on poetry and beauty.

  23. Twilight of the Idols

    Friedrich Nietzsche
    Translated by Richard Polt
    Introduction by Tracy Strong

    Twilight of the Idols

    Twilight of the Idols presents a vivid, compressed overview of many of Nietzsche’s mature ideas, including his attack on Plato’s Socrates and on the Platonic legacy in Western philosophy and culture. Polt provides a trustworthy rendering of Nietzsche’s text in contemporary American English, complete with notes prepared by the translator and Tracy Strong. An authoritative Introduction by Strong makes this an outstanding edition. Select Bibliography and Index.

  24. Truth, Vagueness, and Paradox

    Vann McGee

    Truth, Vagueness, and Paradox

    “It is the only real treatise on truth in existence that takes full account of the liar paradox and other ‘semantical’ paradoxes and treats the sophisticated theories that have been developed in the last fifteen years. . . . The view of truth it expresses, the technical results obtained in working it out, and the general, self-contained treatment of the logical problems concerning truth combine to make this work a very important one.”
         —Charles Parsons, Harvard University

  25. 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.

  26. Treatise on Law

    Thomas Aquinas
    Translated, with Introduction, by Richard J. Regan

    Treatise on Law

    “A convenient one-volume translation of the essential texts from the Summa Theologiae on law. Regan’s translation is careful, idiomatic, and reliable. With its good Introduction and explanatory notes, this volume should prove to be a popular one among teachers and students of politics and ethics, not to mention those working in medieval philosophy.”
        —Brian Davies, author of The Thought of Thomas Aquinas, Oxford, 1992

  27. To Perpetual Peace

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated by Ted Humphrey

    To Perpetual Peace

    In this short essay, Kant completes his political theory and philosophy of history, considering the prospects for peace among nations and addressing questions that remain central to our thoughts about nationalism, war, and peace. Ted Humphrey provides an eminently readable translation, along with a brief introduction that sketches Kant’s argument.

  28. 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.

  29. Timaeus (Zeyl Edition)

    Plato
    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

  30. Timaeus (Kalkavage, Second Edition)

    Plato
    Translated, with Glossary and Introductory Essay, by Peter Kalkavage

    Timaeus (Kalkavage, Second Edition)

    "Kalkavage’s translation and commentary provide invaluable assistance to students of Plato’s Timaeus. The translation is accurate, but readable. And Kalkavage packs a great deal of relevant historical, musical, and mathematical information into his notes."
         —Catherine Zuckert, Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

  31. Timaeus (Kalkavage Edition)

    Plato
    Translated, with Glossary, Appendices, and Introductory Essay, by Peter Kalkavage

    Timaeus (Kalkavage Edition)

    Out of print - replaced by a new second edition -- This is an English translation of Plato's dialogue concerning speculation on the nature of the physical world and human beings. An extensive introduction provides careful insights to the reading of the work, the nature of Platonic dialogue and the cultural background of the Timaeus. Appendices on music, astronomy and geometry further provide guidance to the central thoughts of the dialogue. The glossary provides cross references and discussion for key words in the dialogue, functioning as springboards into the various concepts and ideas that are central to this and other Platonic dialogues and are useful starting points for any classroom discussion or personal thought.

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  32. Three Treatises on the Nature of Science

    Galen
    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.

  33. Three Philosophical Dialogues

    Anselm
    Translated, with Introduction, and Notes, by Thomas Williams

    Three Philosophical Dialogues

    "An excellent job. Williams's translation remains faithful to the Latin text while simultaneously proving clear and readable. I'm confident that both the introduction and the translation itself will motivate further study."   
         —Christina Van Dyke, Calvin College

  34. Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous

    George Berkeley
    Edited by Robert M. Adams

    Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous

    "A model of what an edition of a philosohic text for an introductory level should be.  Introduction does an admirable job of putting Berkeley's thought in the intellectual context of its time."  
         —Gary C. Hatfield

  35. Three Conversations about Knowing

    Jay F. Rosenberg

    Three Conversations about Knowing

    In Jay Rosenberg’s lively and accessible introductory dialogue, four bright students explore a number of the central topics and problems of contemporary epistemology—skepticism and certainty, internalism and externalism, foundationalism and coherentism, and the nature and limits of justification. Their wide-ranging discussion highlights many of the vivid and imaginative thought-experiments that have shaped both classical and contemporary reflections on the scope and character of our knowledge of the world.

  36. Thinking Clearly about Death (Second Edition)

    Jay F. Rosenberg

    Thinking Clearly about Death (Second Edition)

    Jay Rosenberg’s penetrating and persuasively argued analysis of the central metaphysical and moral questions pertaining to death has been updated and revised to expand and deepen several of its key arguments and to address conceptual developments of the past fifteen years. Among the topics discussed are: Life After Death; The Limits of Theorizing; The Limits of Imagination; Death and Personhood; Values and Rights; “Mercy Killing”; Prolonging Life; “Rational Suicide”; and One’s Own Death. Rosenberg’s prose is lucid, lively, thoroughly absorbing, and accessible to introductory-level readers. Essential reading for anyone interested in reflecting on this engaging topic.

  37. 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.

  38. Theories of Human Nature & Human Nature: A Reader

    Joel J. Kupperman

    Theories of Human Nature & Human Nature: A Reader

     Now available together as a set for a discounted price: Theories of Human Nature, with, Human Nature: A Reader, by Joel J. Kupperman.

  39. 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

  40. Theological-Political Treatise (Second Edition)

    Baruch Spinoza
    Translated by Samuel Shirley
    Introduction by Seymour Feldman

    Theological-Political Treatise (Second Edition)

    “Samuel Shirley is undoubtedly the most significant translator of Spinoza’s writings into English.”
         —Douglas Den Uyl, Bellarmine College

  41. 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.

  42. Theaetetus (Sachs Edition)

    Plato
    Translated, with Introductory Essay, by Joe Sachs

    Theaetetus (Sachs Edition)

    "Sachs's outstanding new translation of Plato's Theaetetus is lucid, readable, and faithful to the original. More than that, it is a translation for the thoughtful reader. Through his striking translations of key terms, Sachs compels the reader to think more deeply about Plato's intent. He shows that Plato's return within the dialogue to the same word or to its cognates is no accident but signals a philosophical trope in Plato's thought. The work's introduction avoids presenting a stock summary of the topics covered or a rehearsal of the failed arguments. Instead, it makes the case for regarding the Theaetetus as Plato's 'missing' work on The Philosopher. Through the 'variety of attempts, errors, new beginnings, and false turns that the dialogue presents,' Sachs argues, Socrates provokes his interlocutors and Plato's readers to strive to cross the boundary between mere opinion and the kind of thinking that is philosophy."
         —Roslyn Weiss, Lehigh University

  43. The Vocation of Man

    Johann Gottlieb Fichte
    Translated by Peter Preuss

    The Vocation of Man

    Includes a translator's Introduction, selected bibliography, and note on the text.

  44. The Vocation Lectures

    Max Weber
    Edited, with Introduction, by David Owen and Tracy B. Strong
    Translated by Rodney Livingstone

    The Vocation Lectures

    "[Owen and Strong] beautifully weave together the historical, philosophical, academic and personal circumstances that shaped Weber's world-view and these efforts reward the reader with a nuanced and thorough understanding. . . . Students, and even established academics, will benefit tremendously from this new edition. Rating: *****"
         —Jeffrey Roberts, University of Kent, in Political Studies Review

  45. The Verb 'Be' In Ancient Greek

    Charles H. Kahn

    The Verb 'Be' In Ancient Greek

    “It is great news that this book is available again. It deserves to be better known, both for its pioneering methods of linguistic analysis and for the results to which they lead. It transforms our understanding of the all-important Greek verb ‘to be.’”
         —Myles Burnyeat, All Souls College, University of Oxford

  46. The Trials of Socrates

    Plato, Aristophanes, Xenophon
    Edited by C. D. C. Reeve

    The Trials of Socrates

    Lampooned in 406 B.C.E. in a blistering Aristophanic satire, Socrates was tried in 399 B.C.E. on a charge of corrupting the youth, convicted by a jury of about five hundred of his peers, and condemned to death. Glimpsed today through the extant writings of his contemporaries and near-contemporaries, he remains for us as compelling, enigmatic, and elusive a figure as Jesus or Buddha. Although present-day (like ancient Greek) opinion on "the real Socrates" diverges widely, six classic texts that any informed judgment of him must take into account appear together, for the first time, in this volume. Those of Plato and Xenophon appear in new, previously unpublished translations that combine accuracy, accessibility, and readability; that of Aristophanes' Clouds offers these same qualities in an unbowdlerized translation that captures brilliantly the bite of Aristophanes' wit. An Introduction to each text and judicious footnotes provide crucial background information and important cross-references.

  47. The Trial and Death of Socrates (Third Edition)

    Plato
    Translated by G. M. A. Grube
    Revised by John M. Cooper

    The Trial and Death of Socrates (Third Edition)

    The third edition of The Trial and Death of Socrates presents G. M. A. Grube’s distinguished translations, as revised by John Cooper for Plato, Complete Works. A number of new or expanded footnotes are also included along with a Select Bibliography.

  48. The Treatise on the Divine Nature

    Thomas Aquinas
    Translated, with Commentary, by Brian J. Shanley, O.P.
    Introduction by Robert Pasnau

    The Treatise on the Divine Nature

    "Fr Shanley's translation is clear, idiomatic, and accurate.  A particular virtue of the translation is that it frequently indicates along the way which Latin terms are being rendered into English as Fr Shanley renders them. This kind of flagging will help readers to get a better sense of what Aquinas is saying than they might otherwise do. . . . [The] commentary is lucid, well informed, clearly written, and, given its word count, very comprehensive. Fr Shanley homes in on just what one would look for in a volume like the present. Hence we find him explaining Aquinas's technical terms and showing how bits of Summa Theologiae I, 1-13 connect with each other.  He also relates Aquinas to previous and contemporary thinkers with whom Aquinas is engaging. The end product is something that can be warmly recommended to anyone looking for what Fr Shanley has tried to provide."
         –Brian Davies, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

  49. The Treatise on Human Nature

    Thomas Aquinas
    Translated, with Introduction, Notes, and Commentary by Robert Pasnau

    The Treatise on Human Nature

    “Pasnau’s fine translation renders Aquinas’ Latin into contemporary English prose that avoids, as much as possible, scholastic as well as contemporary jargon. The translation is precise, but technical only when it has to be, and should give readers a very good sense for what Aquinas was trying to accomplish. The commentary will be exceptionally useful to readers at all levels. Those unfamiliar with Aquinas will find helpful introductions and guides, while even scholars will find useful hints and convincing corrections of time-honored mistakes.”
         —Jeffrey Hause, Creighton University

  50. The Treatise on Happiness • The Treatise on Human Acts

    Thomas Aquinas
    Translated and Introduced by Thomas Williams; Commentary by Christina Van Dyke and Thomas Williams

    The Treatise on Happiness • The Treatise on Human Acts

    The fifth volume of The Hackett Aquinas, a series of central philosophical treatises of Aquinas in new, state-of-the-art translations accompanied by a thorough commentary on the text.

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