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90128
Ackrill, J.L. (Mary Warnock, Ed.)
Aristotle's Ethics Selections from the Philosophers series
Faber and Faber Ltd., London, 1973.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; 280pp. Mild wear; text block edges spotted; very mild offset to the endpapers. Dustwrapper is lightly rubbed with some edgewear; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$40
92233
Althusser, Louis, & Etienne Balibar (Ben Brewster, trans.)
Reading Capital
Pantheon Books/Random House Inc., New York NY, 1970.
Octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine-titles and upper board titles; 340pp., top edge dyed yellow. Mild wear. Dustwrapper creased on the upper flap-turn, and with some small chips to the edges along with a small hole in the upper panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$30
40233
Aristotle (trans. Ernest Barker)
The Politics of Aristotle Translated with an introduction, notes and appendixes
Clarendon, Oxford, 1961.
Hardcover, octavo; navy blue boards with gilt titling and publishers insignia on lower spine; 411pp. Minor wear; small worn area on lower front board; text block edges lightly foxed/spotted; foxed card dustwrapper with browning and water marks on spine; tape mark on rear panel; slight wear to edges with tiny chips on spine extremities and corners. Very good and now protected in archival film with white paper backing.
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$35
87953
Barnes, Jonathan (ed. Ted Honderich)
The Presocratic Philosophers: Two volumes The Arguments of the Philosophers series
Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1979.
Two hardcover, octavo volumes; brown boards with gilt spine titling; 731pp. [378pp. + 353pp.], appendices, notes and bibliographies. Minor wear; intense dark spotting to upper text block edges; spines and front spine edges of dustwrappers faded; mild wear to dustwrapper edges. Very good to near fine otherwise.
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$120
100110
Barthes, Roland (trans. Chris Turner)
Masculine, Feminine, Neuter
Seagull, London, 2016.
Octavo hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling, black endpapers; 162pp. Very minor wear only; fine in like dustwrapper.
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$22
73546
Barthes, Roland (translated by Richard Miller)
S/Z
Jonathan Cape, London, 1975.
First UK edition. Hardcover, octavo, 271pp.; top edges dyed red. Light foxing to endpapers and pastedowns; toned text block edges; dustwrapper faded along spine with edgewear and chipping. Good to very good and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$35
86667
Bartley, William Warren
Wittgenstein
Quartet, London, 1974.
Hardcover, octavo; purple boards with silver gilt spine titling, purple endpapers; 145pp., monochrome plates. Owner's name. Mild wear to dustwrapper edges. Very good to near fine otherwise. "The portrait that emerges from this account is human, all too human, but the author's respect for Wittgenstein is never in doubt. Though brief and written so that it can be understood by those with no previous knowledge of Wittgenstein's philosophy, this book is an important contribution to our understanding of the man and of the development of his thought." - Walter Kaufmann
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$20
215128
Benjamin, Walter (trans. Jonathan Lutes, Lisa Harries Schumann & Diana K Reese)
Radio Benjamin
Verso, London, 2014.
Octavo hardcover; 394pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. Walter Benjamin was fascinated by the impact of new technology on culture, an interest that extended beyond his renowned critical essays. From 1927 to '33, he wrote and presented something in the region of eighty broadcasts using the new medium of radio. Radio Benjamin gathers the surviving transcripts, which appear here for the first time in English. This eclectic collection demonstrates the range of Benjamin's thinking and his enthusiasm for popular sensibilities. His celebrated 'Enlightenment for Children' youth programs, his plays, readings, book reviews, and fiction reveal Benjamin in a creative, rather than critical, mode. They flesh out ideas elucidated in his essays, some of which are also represented here, where they cover topics as varied as getting a raise and the history of natural disasters, subjects chosen for broad appeal and examined with passion and acuity. Delightful and incisive, this is Walter Benjamin channeling his sophisticated thinking to a wide audience, allowing us to benefit from a new voice for one of the twentieth century's most respected thinkers.
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$30
86879
Berlin, Isaiah
The Crooked Timber of Humanity: Chapters in the History of Ideas
John Murray, London, 1990.
Hardcover, octavo; black boards with gilt spine titling; 276pp. Mild toning and spotting to text block edges; rubbing to dustwrapper. Very good to near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$22
40182
Biderman, Shlomo; Scharfstein, Ben-Ami (ed.s)
Rationality in Question On Eastern and Western Views of Rationality
E.J. Brill, Leiden, 1989.
Hardcover, octavo, 256pp. Owner's name on endpaper; else near fine. Part one includes essays on the nature of rationality in relation to logic, decision theory, ethics, etc; part two considers its role in Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Different contributors.
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$40
94448
Blanchot, Maurice (trans. Elizabeth Rottenberg)
Friendship
Stanford University Press, 1997.
Hardcover, octavo; red boards with yellow spine titling; 309pp. A few scattered spots on text block edges. Otherwise near fine in like dustwrapper.
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$40
201100
Burke, Edmund
A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful
Thomas Tegg, London, 1810.
Duodecimo; hardcover, half-bound in calf with marbled boards, gilt spine titles on a red morocco label between four raised bands with gilt rules; 172pp., with an engraved frontispiece and title page. Rebound; text block edges well toned; mild scattered foxing to the preliminaries; previous owner's name in ink to the verso of the frontispiece. Very good. Miniature edition.
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$350
85338
Clark, Ronald W.
The Life of Bertrand Russell
Alfred Knopf, New York, 1976.
First US edition. Hardcover, octavo; quarter bound with yellow papered boards and dark ochre cloth spine and gilt spine titling, top edges dyed red; 766pp., monochrome illustrations. Owner's name. Minor wear; some small scrapes on lower board edges; toning to text block edges; black illustrated dustwrapper with scraping along edges and corners; small missing segments on spine extremities and corners. Very good and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$25
214228
Cushing, James T.
Philosophical Concepts in Physics The Historical Relation between Philosophy and Scientific Theories
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, 1998.
Octavo; trade paperback; 424pp., with diagrams. Mild wear; covers a little rubbed and edgeworn; spine sunned. Very good.
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$50
205709
Dann, Kevin
Expect Great Things The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau
tarcher perigee/Penguin Random House LLC, New York NY, 2017.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with gilt spine titles; 388pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. This meticulous biography by naturalist and historian Kevin Dann fills a gap in our understanding of Henry Thoreau, one of modern history's most important spiritual visionaries by capturing the full arc of his life as a mystic, spiritual seeker, and explorer in transcendental realms. This epic biography of Henry David Thoreau sees Thoreau's world as the mystic himself saw it: filled with wonder and mystery; Native American myths and lore; wood sylphs, nature spirits, and fairies; battles between good and evil; and heroic struggles to live as a natural being in an increasingly synthetic world. Above all, Expect Great Things critically and authoritatively captures Thoreau's simultaneously wild and intellectually keen sense of the mystical, mythical, and supernatural. These aspects of Thoreau's life have often been skipped or undervalued in the past. Here, historian and naturalist Kevin Dann restores Thoreau's esoteric visions and explorations to their rightful place as keystones of the man himself.
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$23
34395
de Botton, Alain
The Architecture of Happiness
Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Camberwell Vic., 2006.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; blue boards with silver gilt spine titling and decorated endpapers, 280pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear only; near fine in like slightly rubbed dustwrapper.
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$23
60671
de Botton, Alain
The Art of Travel
Hamish Hamilton, London, 2002.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; black boards with silver gilt spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 261pp., monochrome illustrations. Mild rubbing and edgewear to black dustwrapper. Very good to near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$20
57154
de Botton, Alain
The Consolations of Philosophy
Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Books Ltd., Ringwood Vic., 2000.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine-titles; 265pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; faint spotting to the text block edges. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$23
70715
de Botton, Alain
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Camberwell Vic., 2009.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with metallic olive spine titles and decorative endpapers; 329pp. (+ 5pp. of adverts), with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; very light wear to board edges and corners. Mildly rubbed dustwrapper. Near fine.
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$22
76608
de Botton, Alain
Religion for Atheists
Hamish Hamilton, London, 2012.
First edition. Octavo hardcover; red boards with gilt spine titling and black endpapers; 320pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear only in like dustwrapper; near fine.
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$22
36796
de Botton, Alain
Status Anxiety
Hamish Hamilton, Camberwell, 2004.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; yellow boards with silver gilt spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 314pp., monochrome plates. Mild rubbing to lower board edges and corners and very slight edgewear to dustwrapper. Otherwise near fine.
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$22
62539
Detienne, Marcel (translated by Janet Lloyd)
The Masters of Truth in Archaic Greece
Zone Books, New York, NY, USA, 1996.
Octavo; hardcover: 231pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. Traces the odyssey of "truth", Aletheia, from mytho-religious to philosophical thought in archaic Greece. Marcel Detienne's starting point is a simple observation: in archaic Greece, three figures - the diviner, the bard, and the king - all share the privilege of dispensing truth by virtue of the religious power of divine memory which provides them with knowledge, both oracular and inspired, of the present, past and future. Beginning with this definition of the pre-rational meaning of truth, Detienne proceeds to elaborate the complex conceptual and historical contexts from which emerges the philosophical notion of truth still influencing Western philosophy today.
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$25
87211
Eiland, Howard & Michael W Jennings
Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life
The Belknap Press, Cambridge, 2014.
Hardcover, octavo; quarter bound gray boards with black spine and silver gilt spine tiling, gray endpapers; 755pp., monochrome illustrations; notes; bibliography and index. Very minor wear only; fine in white illustrated dustwrapper. "Why is Benjamin important? Why should we read him? Eiland and Jennings, two Harvard scholars who have translated many of his works into English (not least The Arcades Project), argue compellingly that as a critic he not only reshaped our understanding of many important writers, but he recognised the potentials and hazards of technological media that revolutionised culture during his lifetime. Others find in him a literary deconstructionist avant la lettre, a social theorist who envisioned a wholesale renovation of the human sensorium through the reform of modern media, a fire-breathing communist, a messianic Jewish mystic. Eiland and Jennings are content that readers find their own Benjamins in his work and in their book. Until now, they argue, he has been an enigma as a man if not a thinker, but here he appears in a series of guises: faithless husband, unreliable father, compulsive gambler, frequenter of prostitutes, draft dodger (he and Gershom Scholem stayed up all night drinking black coffee to simulate weak hearts and thereby fail an army medical), serial participant in love triangles (he was erotically and perversely drawn, the authors convincingly suggest, to triangles from which he couldn't get what he wanted). They chronicle his experiences with mescaline and hashish. They wonder what was in the famous black attache case that mysteriously disappeared after his suicide in 1940 - did it contain a manuscript that would, had it been found, have rocked the world? Eiland and Jennings are doubtful. All this would make for a superbly racy narrative, but Eiland and Jennings don't roll that way. Theirs is an impressive work of exegesis, but their book struggles under the weight of the detail they present. They write his life as a historical continuum - eschewing the montage techniques, the fracturing of chronology, and the gambles with form and style to which their subject was programmatically committed and temperamentally prone. 'From first to last,' the authors write of this Dostoevskian gambler, 'Benjamin took chances in the subjects he addressed and on the form and style of this writing.' They don't... For all its outstanding scholarship, and for all that their biography is as a result indispensable, there is a risk that Benjamin drifts away from these pages like the fragrance of baked apple on a winter's morning. Or, indeed, as Benjamin himself slipped away from us prematurely in 1940, his suicide representing, as Scholem put it, with pardonable exaggeration, 'the death of the European mind'." - Stuart Jeffries
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$35
208654
Gardner, Martin
The Night is Large Collected Essays, 1938-1995
St. Martin's Press, New York NY, 1996.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with gilt spine titles; 587pp, untrimmed, with a monochrome frontispiece and many illustrations likewise. Minor wear; spine heel softened; text block top edge very lightly dusted. Dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$28
86658
Goetsch, James Robert
Vico's Axioms: The Geometry of the Human World
Yale University Press, 1995.
Hardcover, octavo; red papered boards with black spine titling; 173pp. Minimal wear to dustwrapper edges. Near fine.
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$20
214640
Hahn, Lewis Edwin (ed.)
The Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur The Library of Living Philosophers Volume XXII
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale/Open Court Publishing Company, Peru IL, 1995.
Octavo; paperback; 828pp., with a monochrome portrait frontispiece. Mild wear; covers rubbed and edgeworn. Very good.
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$30
90462
Hamilton, Edith & Huntingdon Cairns
Plato - The Collected Dialogues, including the Letters with Introduction and Prefatory Notes Bollingen Series LXXI
Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, 2009.
Octavo; hardcover; 1743pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. Minor wear to the dustwrapper (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film).
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$55
89123
Ignatieff, Michael
Isaiah Berlin: A Life
Chatto & Windus, London, 1998.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; black cloth boards with silver gilt spine titling, dark red endpapers; 356pp., monochrome plates; notes and index. Minor wear; faint spotting to upper text block edges; illustrated black white and red dustwrapper. Near fine. Wrapper now covered in protective film with white paper backing. Isaiah Berlin was witness to a century. Born in Riga in the twilight of the Czarist empire, he lived long enough to see the Soviet state collapse. Biographer of Marx, scholar of the Romantic movement, and defer of the liberal idea of freedom against Soviet tyranny, Berlin was the presiding judge of intellectual life on both sides of the Atlantic. When he died in 1997, he was hailed as the most important liberal philosopher of his time. But Berlin's life was not only a life of the mind. From Albert Einstein to Virginia Woolf, Winston Churchill to Anna Akhmatova, his circle of friends constitutes a veritable who's who of twentieth-century art, politics, and philosophy. In this definitive work, the result of a remarkable ten-year collaboration between biographer and subject, Michael Ignatieff charts the emergence of a unique temperament and a singular vision.
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$30
91441
Kierkegaard, Soren (Walter Lowrie, trans.)
The Concept of Dread
Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, 1966.
Octavo hardcover; red cloth boards with silver gilt spine titling; 154pp. Minor wear only; mild rubbing and wear to dustwrapper edges. Near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$20
212131
Leibniz, G.W. (trans. Stephen Voss)
The Yale Leibniz: The Leibniz-Arnauld Correspondence with Selections from the Correspondence with Ernst, Landgrave of Hessen-Rheinfels
Yale University Press, New Haven, 2016.
Octavo hardcover; 410pp. No dustwrapper. Remainder, new. In this critical edition, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz submits his metaphysics of substance and form, concomitance and expression, freedom and necessity to the searching Socratic interrogation of Antoine Arnauld. Stephen Voss establishes the text of the magnificent Socratic correspondence between Leibniz and Arnauld, provides an accurate English translation of the French text, and includes full apparatus helpful to student and scholar alike. The philosopher, physicist, and mathematician Leibniz presents the philosopher and theologian Arnauld with a unique new metaphysics and hones his ongoing thinking on the critical responses he receives. The result is a dialogue capable of illuminating metaphysical thought even now.
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$60
71019
Levin, Flora R.
Greek Reflections on the Nature of Music
Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Hardcover, octavo, 340pp. Remainder. New. Decorated boards; no dustwrapper (as issued). This volume offers provocative interpretations of Aristoxenian music theory (as opposed to the Pythagorean) while providing a context in modern mathematics, philosophy, and musicology of ancient music theory. Levin argues that the clash between the Pythagorean and Aristoxenian schools could never be reconciled because the inherent conflict arises from two different worlds of mathematics. Her book shows how the Greeks' appreciation of the profundity of music's interconnections with philosophy, mathematics, and logic led to groundbreaking intellectual achievements that no civilization has ever matched. Levin held that the magic and wonder of music transcends time. As she says "Greeks were the first to intuit music's essence, and the first to discover the universal laws governing its structure." Levin had the ability to make intellectual history seem an adventure and wrote this book to be both accessible and of interest to non-specialists. Levin goes on to present the thesis that in his calculation of musical intervals, Aristoxenus was "practicing analytic number theory centuries before its foundations were laid by such luminaries as Peter Gustav, Lejeune Dirichler, Bernhard Riemann, Georg Cantor, Leopold Kronecker, and Karl Weierstrass." While she does explain Aristoxenus's method of calculating intervals and compares it to the methods of other ancient Greek music theorists in the following chapters, she does not address the question of what it would mean to practice number theory without an explicit logical foundation such as these modern mathematicians developed.
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$40
87971
Lloyd, G.E.R.
Aristotelian Explorations
Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Hardcover, octavo; blue boards with gilt spine titling; 242pp. Minor wear; a few faint spots on upper text block edges; minimal scuffing to dustwrapper and very mild wear to edges. Very good to near fine.
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$50
91437
Macey, David
The Lives of Michel Foucault
Hutchinson, London, 1993.
First edition. Octavo hardcover; grey boards with silver gilt spine titling; 599pp. Minor wear; faint spotting to text block edges and very mild wear to dustwrapper edges. Near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$30
53983
Mead, G.R.S.
Apollonius of Tyana The Philosopher Reformer of the First Century A D
University Books, New York, 1966.
Hardcover, octavo, 168pp. Top edge dyed dark blue/black. Lightly toned/spotted text block edges. Slightly scuffed & clipped dustwrapper with minor edge and corner wear. Very good to near fine otherwise. Apollonius of Tyana was a first century neo-Pythagorean, a charismatic philosopher, teacher, vegetarian and miracle worker. He was perhaps the most famous philosopher of the Graeco-Roman world and a contemporary of Jesus, with whom he has frequently been compared. Apollonius travelled extensively for his time, visiting Syria, Egypt and India among other places, and was credited with many impossible wonders and great wisdom. During his lifetime and afterwards, he achieved almost mythical fame, and his teachings have been an influence on both scientific and spiritual thought for more than 2000 years. Apollonius wrote numerous books and treatises on various subjects, including philosophy, science and medicine, but unfortunately none of these survive. There are brief mentions of him in ancient works by Christian authors such as St. Jerome and St. Augustine, but the main source for Apollonius is the Life of Apollonius written by the Athenian author Flavius Philostratus. Mead's book presents an indispensable guide to the life and teachings of one of the most mysterious and remarkable mystics in history.
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$25
86594
Miles, Leland
John Colet and the Platonic Tradition
George Allen and Unwin, London, 1962.
Hardcover, octavo; green cloth boards with silver gilt spine titling, upper edges dyed green; 239pp. Minor wear only; near fine in like dustwrapper. John Colet (1467-1519), a Catholic priest and educational pioneer, was an English scholar, Renaissance humanist, theologian, member of the Worshipful Company of Mercers, and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, London. Colet wanted people to see the scripture as their guide through life. Furthermore, he wanted to restore theology and rejuvenate Christianity. Colet is an important early leader of Christian humanism as he linked humanism and reform. John Colet was a friend of Erasmus, a key figure in Christian humanism.
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$20
90122
Missac, Pierre (Shierry Weber Nicholsen, trans.)
Walter Benjamin's Passages
The MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 1995.
Octavo; hardcover; 233pp. Moderate wear; offset to the endpapers; faint spotting to the text block edges. Dustwrapper lightly scuffed with some creasing to the spine panel head; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Walter Bendix Schonflies Benjamin was a German Jewish philosopher and cultural critic. An eclectic thinker, combining elements of German idealism, Romanticism, Western Marxism and Jewish mysticism, Benjamin made enduring and influential contributions to aesthetic theory, literary criticism, and historical materialism. He was associated with the Frankfurt School, and also maintained formative friendships with thinkers such as playwright Bertolt Brecht and Kabbalah scholar Gershom Scholem. He was also related by law to German political theorist Hannah Arendt through her first marriage to his cousin, Gunther Anders. Among Benjamin's best known works are the essays "The Task of the Translator" (1923), "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" (1936), and "Theses on the Philosophy of History" (1940). His major work as a literary critic included essays on Baudelaire, Goethe, Kafka, Kraus, Leskov, Proust, Walser, and translation theory. He also made major translations into German of the Tableaux Parisiens section of Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal and parts of Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu. In 1940, at the age of 48, Benjamin committed suicide in Portbou at the French-Spanish border while attempting to escape from invading Nazi forces. Though popular acclaim eluded him during his life, the decades following his death won his work posthumous renown. It was in Paris in 1937 that Georges Bataille introduced Pierre Missac to Walter Benjamin. This meeting launched the young French scholar on a half-century of engagement with Benjamin's work that culminated in the writing of "Walter Benjamin's Passages."
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$25
213990
Murdoch, Iris
Existentialists and Mystics
The Delos Press, Birmingham East Midlands UK, 1993.
Octavo; paperback; 23pp. Mild wear; covers a little rubbed and edgeworn; a mark to the text block bottom edge. Dustwrapper a little discoloured and mildly edgeworn. Very good. Unnumbered copy from a limited print run of 400.
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$25
30077
Murdoch, Iris
Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals
Chatto & Windus, London, 1992.
First edition. Hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling; octavo; 520pp. Minor wear; a few marks on text block edges with faint spotting on top edge; mild wear to dustwrapper edges. Otherwise very good to near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The decline of religion and ever increasing influence of science pose acute ethical issues for us all. Can we reject the literal truth of the Gospels yet still retain a Christian morality? Can we defend any 'moral values' against the constant encroachments of technology? Indeed, are we in danger of losing most of the qualities which make us truly human? Here, drawing on a novelists insight into art, literature and psychology, Iris Murdoch conducts an ongoing debate with major writers, thinkers and theologians - from Augustine to Wittgenstein, Shakespeare to Sartre, Plato to Derrida - to provide fresh and compelling answers to these crucial questions.
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$30
93944
Ossowski, Stanislaw (trans. Janina and Witold Rodzinski)
The Foundations of Aesthetics
D. Reidel Publishing, Boston, 1978.
Octavo; hardcover; beige boards with black upper board and spine-titling; 386pp., 108 monochrome plates at rear. Owner's name. Minor wear; faint offsetting to endpapers; text block edges very lightly toned and spotted; dustwrapper edges faded along upper edge; spine sunned; mild edgewear; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$28
87066
Peeters, Benoit (trans. Andrew Brown)
Derrida: A Biography
Polity, Cambridge, 2013.
Octavo hardcover; black boards with white spine titling; 629pp., colour and monochrome plates. Minimal wear; near fine in like dustwrapper. In May 1992, the dons of Cambridge University filed into their parliament to vote on whether to award an honorary degree to the French philosopher Jacques Derrida, founder of so-called deconstruction. Despite a deftly managed smear campaign by the opposition, Derrida's supporters carried the day. It would be interesting to know how many of those who tried to block him in the name of rigorous scholarship had read a single book of his, or even a couple of articles. The truth is that they did not need to. The word was abroad that this purveyor of fashionable French gobbledegook was a charlatan and a nihilist, a man who believed that anything could mean anything and that there was nothing in the world but writing. He was a corrupter of youth who had to be stopped in his tracks. As a teenager, Derrida had fantasised with some of his friends about blowing up their school with some explosives they had acquired. There were those in Cambridge who thought he was planning to do the same to western civilisation. He did, however, have an unlikely sympathiser. When the Duke of Edinburgh, chancellor of Cambridge University, presented Derrida with his degree in the year in which Charles and Diana separated, he murmured to him that deconstruction had begun to affect his own family too. Deconstruction holds that nothing is ever entirely itself. There is a certain otherness lurking within every assured identity. It seizes on the out-of-place element in a system, and uses it to show how the system is never quite as stable as it imagines. There is something within any structure that is part of it but also escapes its logic. It comes as no surprise that the author of these ideas was a Sephardic Jew from colonial Algeria, half in and half out of French society. If his language was French, he could also speak the patois of working-class Arabs. He would later return to his home country as a conscript in the French army, a classic instance of divided identity... Benoit Peeters has ransacked the voluminous Derrida archives and interviewed scores of his friends and colleagues. The result is a marvellously compelling account, lucidly translated by Andrew Brown. The man who emerges from this portrait is an agonised soul with sudden outbreaks of gaiety, an astonishingly original thinker with more than a dash of vanity who nevertheless made himself fully available to the humblest student. In personal conversation he was that most admirable of intellectuals, one visibly relieved not to have to speak of intellectual matters. He was one of the latest in an honourable lineage of anti-philosophers - from Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Marx to Freud, Adorno, Wittgenstein and Walter Benjamin - who could say what they had to say only by inventing a new style of writing and philosophising. Not all of Derrida's writing is to everyone's taste. He had an irritating habit of overusing the rhetorical question, which lends itself easily to parody: 'What is it, to speak? How can I even speak of this? Who is this 'I' who speaks of speaking?' Even so, the Cambridge backwoodsmen were wrong. Derrida, who died of cancer in 2004 urging his friends to affirm life, was no nihilist. Nor did he want to blow up western civilisation with a stick of conceptual dynamite. He simply wished to make us less arrogantly assured that when we speak of truth, love, identity and authority, we know exactly what we mean." - Terry Eagleton
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$30
85365
Pitcher, George
Berkeley: The Arguments of the Philosophers series
Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1977.
Hardcover, octavo; brown boards with gilt spine titling; 277pp. Minor wear; a few faint spots on endpapers and upper text block edges. Slightly scuffed dustwrapper with mild wear to edges and corners. Very good.
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$30
84540
Plato (B. Jowett, trans. & ed.)
The Dialogues of Plato - Volume III of IV Translated into English with Analyses and Introductions
Oxford at the Clarendon Press, Oxfordshire, UK, 1953.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 804pp. Minor offset to endpapers; retailer's bookplate to the front pastedown; text block edges spotted with some marks. Price-clipped dustwrapper well-rubbed and sunned; minor chips and edgewear; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive film. As is; very good.
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$50
91520
Plato (R.G. Bury, trans. & ed.)
The Symposium of Plato With Introduction, Critical Notes and Summary
W. Heffer & Sons Ltd., Cambridge UK, 1932.
Reprint. Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 179pp. Slightly shaken; spine extremities softened; spotting to endpapers and text block top edge. Lacks dustwrapper. Very good.
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$35
206043
Raynova, Yvanka B.
Between the Said and the Unsaid In Conversation with Paul Ricoeur - Volume 1
Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main Germany, 2009.
Octavo; paperback; 160pp. Remainder. New. In the Philosophy, Phenomenology and Hermeneutics of Values series.
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$16
215103
Ricoeur, Paul (trans. Bond Harris & Jacqueline Bouchard Spurlock)
A Key to Edmund Husserl's Ideas I
Marquette University Press, Milwauke, 1996.
Octavo paperback; 176pp. Remainder. New.
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$18
215127
Rowe, C. Kavin
One True Life: The Stoics and Early Christians as Rival Traditions
Yale University Press, New Haven, 2016.
Octavo hardcover; 330pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. In this groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary work of philosophy and biblical studies, New Testament scholar C. Kavin Rowe explores the promise and problems inherent in engaging rival philosophical claims to what is true. Juxtaposing the Roman Stoics Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius with the Christian saints Paul, Luke, and Justin Martyr, and incorporating the contemporary views of Jeffrey Stout, Alasdair McIntyre, Charles Taylor, Martha Nussbaum, Pierre Hadot, and others, the author suggests that in a world of religious pluralism there is negligible gain in sampling from separate belief systems. This thought-provoking volume reconceives the relationship between ancient philosophy and emergent Christianity as a rivalry between strong traditions of life and offers powerful arguments for the exclusive commitment to a community of belief and a particular form of philosophical life as the path to existential truth.
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$28
90232
Russell, Bertrand
Authority and the Individual: The First Reith Lectures
George Allen & Unwin, London, 1949.
First edition: hardcover, octavo; pale yellow cloth boards with green spine and upper board titling; 125pp. Inscription. Moderate wear to board fore-edges; browning and spotting to text block edges. Green card dustwrapper browned along spine and edges; tiny missing segment on head of spine. Good with wrapper now protected in archival film and white paper backing.
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$35
98048
Russell, Bertrand
The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell - three volumes 1872-1914; 1914-1944 & 1944-1967
George Allen & Unwin, London, 1967-69.
First edition: three volumes, octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 730pp. [230pp. + 268pp. + 232pp.], top edges dyed blue, red and green (different colour per volumes), three monochrome portrait frontispieces and 28pp. of plates likewise. Mild wear; Volume 2 somewhat rolled, Volume 3 mildly shaken; mild softening to the spine extremities; mild spotting to the text block edges, especially the first two volumes; offset to the endpapers; previous owner's name in ink to the flyleaf of Volume 2. Price-clipped dustwrappers on Volumes 2 and 3; dustwrappers all mildly rubbed; wear and chipping to spine panel extremities; Volumes 1 and 2 now backed by archival-quality white paper and all 'wrappers now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$80
98746
Russell, Bertrand
Human Knowledge Its Scope and Limits
George Allen & Unwin, London, 1948.
First edition: hardcover, octavo; green cloth boards with gilt spine titling; 538pp., top edges dyed green. Mild rubbing to lower board edges; foxing to endpapers and prelims; toned and spotted text block edges. Dustwrapper printed on the verso of an old ordinance survey map due to wartime paper restrictions with scraping and chipping to edges and corners; rear panel slightly foxed; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Otherwise very good.
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$40
213578
Scott, William Taussig, & Martin X. Moleski
Michael Polanyi - signed Scientist and Philosopher
Oxford University Press Inc., New York NY, 2005.
Octavo; hardcover, full cloth with silver-gilt spine titles; 364pp., with 10pp. of monochrome plates. Mild wear; inscribed to person by Martin Moleski in ink to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine.
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$50
203755
Segvic, Heda
From Protagoras to Aristotle Essays in Ancient Moral Philosophy
Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, 2009.
Octavo hardcover; 196pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder, new.
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$30
62037
Sharples, R.W. (trans.)
Alexander of Aphrodisias Quaestiones 1.1-2.15
Cornell University, Ithaca, 1992.
Hardcover, octavo, 183pp. Minor wear; faintly spotted upper text block edges and dustwrapper spine slightly faded. Near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$22
83880
Stern, J.P.
A Study of Nietzsche
Cambridge University Press, 1979.
Hardcover, octavo; 220pp. Minor wear only. Fine in like dustwrapper.
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$23
87955
Tarrant, Harold
Scepticism or Platonism?: The Philosophy of the Fourth Academy Cambridge Classical Studies
Cambridge University Press, 1985.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; dark blue boards with upper board blind-stamped titling, publisher's insignia and gilt spine titling; 182pp., Notes, Bibliography and Index. Minor wear; mildly toned endpapers; intense dark spotting on upper text block. Blue card dustwrapper with a few random spots and lightly browned spine and sticker mark on upper rear panel (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film and white paper backing). Very good to near fine otherwise.
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$50
211976
Taylor, Charles
A Secular Age
Belknap Press of Harvard University, Cambridge MA, 2007.
Octavo; hardcover; black boards with gilt upper board and spine titling, black endpapers; 874pp. Minor wear; very faint spotting and toning to text block edges. Illustrated obi dustwrapper. Very good to near fine. What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age? Almost everyone would agree that we--in the West, at least--largely do. And clearly the place of religion in our societies has changed profoundly in the last few centuries. In what will be a defining book for our time, Charles Taylor takes up the question of what these changes mean - of what, precisely, happens when a society in which it is virtually impossible not to believe in God becomes one in which faith, even for the staunchest believer, is only one human possibility among others.Taylor, long one of our most insightful thinkers on such questions, offers a historical perspective. He examines the development in "Western Christendom" of those aspects of modernity which we call secular. What he describes is in fact not a single, continuous transformation, but a series of new departures, in which earlier forms of religious life have been dissolved or destabilized and new ones have been created. As we see here, today's secular world is characterized not by an absence of religion--although in some societies religious belief and practice have markedly declined--but rather by the continuing multiplication of new options, religious, spiritual, and anti-religious, which individuals and groups seize on in order to make sense of their lives and give shape to their spiritual aspirations.What this means for the world - including the new forms of collective religious life it encourages, with their tendency to a mass mobilization that breeds violence - is what Charles Taylor grapples with, in a book as timely as it is timeless.
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$40
80017
Waterfield, Robin
Why Socrates Died Dispelling the Myths
W.W. Norton & Co., New York, NY, USA, 2009.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards with gilt spine-titling; 253pp., with maps and 4pp. of monochrome plates. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. Socrates is portrayed to us as a passionate idealist who, in the face of trumped-up charges levelled at him by a corrupt city-state, drank hemlock from the poisoned chalice to preserve his philosophic rigour. But this is an iconic tale passed almost into legend and, as time has shown, such material cannot wholly be said to portray the truth. In this re-examination of the circumstances surrounding Socrates' trial and execution, Robin Waterfield unearths a political situation and its essential players which when studied from an unemotionally-loaded perspective, paints Socrates in a somewhat less-than-perfect, and somewhat more culpable, light. Was he an atheist and the guru of a weird sect? Was he a bastion of Athenian intellectualism brought low by jealous rivals? The author presents the evidence...
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$23
93692
Wilson, Emily
The Greatest Empire A Life of Seneca
Oxford University Press, New York NY, 2014.
Octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titles; 253pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. "A fresh, perceptive, and in-depth look at the enigmatic Seneca, giving us a nuanced perspective into the conflicted mind and motives of the philosopher who embraced lofty Stoic ideals while serving Nero and amassing great wealth in the process." - Margaret George. "This is a riveting and complete picture of Seneca's complex and compromised life. It is impeccably researched, carefully structured, and written with admirable brio. For good or ill, ours is a Senecan age." - Simon Critchley.
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$25
90124
Wilson, Margaret Dauler (Ted Honderich, ed.)
Descartes The Arguments of the Philosophers series
Routledge & Keegan Paul Ltd., London, 1978.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; 255pp. Mild wear; previous owner's bookplate to the flyleaf; pencil mark to the text block lower edge; text block top edge spotted. Price-clipped dustwrapper lightly scuffed and sunned; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$30
92828
Zaretsky, Robert & John T. Scott
The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume and the Limits of Human Understanding
Yale University Press, New Haven, 2009.
Hardcover, octavo; grey boards with silver gilt spine titling; 247pp. Owner's name. Minor wear only; a few faint spots on upper text block edges. Otherwise near fine in like dustwrapper and now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The dramatic collapse of the friendship between Rousseau and Hume, in the context of their grand intellectual quest to conquer the limits of human understanding.The rise and spectacular fall of the friendship between the two great philosophers of the eighteenth century, barely six months after they first met, reverberated on both sides of the Channel. As the relationship between Jean-Jacques Rousseau and David Hume unraveled, a volley of rancorous letters was fired off, then quickly published and devoured by aristocrats, intellectuals, and common readers alike. Everyone took sides in this momentous dispute between the greatest of Enlightenment thinkers.In this lively and revealing book, Robert Zaretsky and John T. Scott explore the unfolding rift between Rousseau and Hume. The authors are particularly fascinated by the connection between the thinkers' lives and thought, especially the way that the failure of each to understand the other-and himself-illuminates the limits of human understanding. In addition, they situate the philosophers' quarrel in the social, political, and intellectual milieu that informed their actions, as well as the actions of the other participants in the dispute, such as James Boswell, Adam Smith, and Voltaire. By examining the conflict through the prism of each philosopher's contribution to Western thought, Zaretsky and Scott reveal the implications for the two men as individuals and philosophers as well as for the contemporary world.show less
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