The bestselling classic that examines the history of economic thought from Adam Smith to Karl Marxââall the economic lore most general readers conceivably could want to know, served up with a flourishâ (The New York Times).
The Worldly Philosophers not only enables us to see more deeply into our history but helps us better understand our own times. In this seventh edition, Robert L. Heilbroner provides a new theme that connects thinkers as diverse as Adam Smith and Karl Marx. The theme is the common focus of their highly varied ideasânamely, the search to understand how a capitalist society works. It is a focus never more needed than in this age of confusing economic headlines.
In a bold new concluding chapter entitled âThe End of the Worldly Philosophy?â Heilbroner reminds us that the word âendâ refers to both the purpose and limits of economics. This chapter conveys a concern that todayâs increasingly âscientificâ economics may overlook fundamental social and political issues that are central to economics. Thus, unlike its predecessors, this new edition provides not just an indispensable illumination of our past but a call to action for our future.
Enroll in a course with the greatest professors in the world. The 100 thinkers featured in this book speak directly to us. Through the power of their ideas their voices carry across distances of time and place. They invite us to wrestle with issues of morality, ethics, and government, the relationships between myth, religion, and science, and questions of language and perception, asking us what it means to learn, grow, and think. In addition to the fully elaborated systems put forth in their major works, these philosophers have played an important role in the formation of Western ideals and aspirations through brief phrases that they or others on their behalf have bequeathed to posterity. The more than 1,000 quotations found in this book constitute an authentic school of philosophy, providing a panorama of ideas and reflections to challenge conventional modes of thought and spur a deeper engagement with ourselves and the world around us. From Socrates to Sartre, meeting along the way such thinkers as Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, and Thoreau, as well as living champions of philosophical thinking, this book is a tribute to 100 prominent voices that have sought to formulate questions, if not provide answers for what Hannah Arendt called the human condition.
An updated version of the seminal 1994 classic volume on the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. Nearly every book with "wabi" or "wabi-sabi" in the title is based on the concepts first elucidated in this book.
Aristotle said that philosophy begins with wonder, and the first Western philosophers developed theories of the world which express simultaneously their sense of wonder and their intuition that the world should be comprehensible. But their enterprise was by no means limited to this proto-scientific task. Through, for instance, Heraclitus' enigmatic sayings, the poetry of Parmenides and Empedocles, and Zeno's paradoxes, the Western world was introduced to metaphysics, rationalist theology, ethics, and logic, by thinkers who often seem to be mystics or shamans as much as philosophers or scientists in the modern mould. And out of the Sophists' reflections on human beings and their place in the world arose and interest in language, and in political, moral, and social philosophy. This volume contains a translation of all the most important fragments of the Presocratics and Sophists, and of the most informative testimonia from ancient sources, supplemented by lucid commentary.
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
While Nietzsche might not have believed in anything, BarCharts believes that any philosophy student will greatly benefit from this handy 3-panel guide. Each jam-packed page features in-depth descriptions of philosophers from every stage of history; belief systems and important philosophical writings are highlighted for easy reference.
Isn't it a bit odd that we went from Science to Math to History but somehow missed the class on how to live? For some wacky reason "Optimal Living 101" didn't make the schedule... But imagine if that class did exist and the teachers included everyone from the old school philosophers like Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, Emerson, Nietzsche and Buddha to modern sages like Joseph Campbell, Paulo Coelho, Dan Millman, Deepak Chopra, Byron Katie, Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer plus the world's leading positive psychologists like Sonja Lyubomirsky, Tal Ben-Shahar and Martin Seligman who are *scientifically* establishing how we can live with more happiness, meaning and mojo.
Think of this book as a Philosopher's notes on that awesome class. From "Spiritual Farts" and "110-Year Old You"s to "The Tolle Trap" and "Blissipline," you'll have fun getting your wisdom on in this inspiring, playful, wise and practical little book as Brian Johnson shares one hundred of his favorite Big Ideas on how to create a life brimming with a radiant enthusiasm only discovered when we align with the fundamentals of Optimal Living.
A complete summary of the views of the most important philosophers since the beginning of Western civilization. Each major field of philosophic inquiry is treated in a separate chapter, so that each chapter can be read as a complete unit, without reference to the others. Includes Plato, Descartes, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Dewey, Sartre, and many others.