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Oeuvres Completes De Denis Diderot, Revues Sur Les Editions Originales Comprenant Ce Qui a Ete Publie A Diverses Epoques Et Les... Oeuvres Completes De Denis Diderot, Revues Sur Les Editions Originales Comprenant Ce Qui a Ete Publie A Diverses Epoques Et Les Manuscrits Inedits Conserves A La Bibliotheque De L'ermitage0 - Notices, Notes, Table Analytique Etude Sur Diderot Et Le Mouveme (French, Paperback)
Denis Diderot
R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Pythagore Et La Philosophie Phythagoricienne - Contenant Les Fragments De Philolaus Et D'archytas (French, Paperback):... Pythagore Et La Philosophie Phythagoricienne - Contenant Les Fragments De Philolaus Et D'archytas (French, Paperback)
Anthelme Edouard Chaignet
R693 Discovery Miles 6 930 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Hermes Trismegiste - Traduction Complete, Precedee D'une Etude Sur L'origine Des Livres Hermetiques (French,... Hermes Trismegiste - Traduction Complete, Precedee D'une Etude Sur L'origine Des Livres Hermetiques (French, Paperback)
Louis Menard
R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Oeuvres De Denis Diderot (French, Paperback): Denis Diderot Oeuvres De Denis Diderot (French, Paperback)
Denis Diderot
R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Histoire De L'ecole D'alexandrie (French, Paperback): Jules Simon Histoire De L'ecole D'alexandrie (French, Paperback)
Jules Simon
R579 Discovery Miles 5 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Nouveau Dictionnaire Universel Des Synonymes De La Langue Francaise - Contenant Les Synonymes De Girard, Beauzee, Roubaud,... Nouveau Dictionnaire Universel Des Synonymes De La Langue Francaise - Contenant Les Synonymes De Girard, Beauzee, Roubaud, D'alembert, Etc., Et Generalement Tout L'ancien Dictionnaire, Mis En Meilleur Ordre, Corrige, Augmente D'un Grand Nombre De Nouveaux (French, Paperback)
Francois Pierre Guilaume Guizot
R546 Discovery Miles 5 460 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Vies Des Savants Illustres Du Dix-Huitieme Siecle (French, Paperback): Louis Figuier Vies Des Savants Illustres Du Dix-Huitieme Siecle (French, Paperback)
Louis Figuier
R576 Discovery Miles 5 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
La Somme Theologique De Saint Thomas (Latin, Paperback): Thomas Aquinas La Somme Theologique De Saint Thomas (Latin, Paperback)
Thomas Aquinas
R692 Discovery Miles 6 920 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Humans, among Other Classical Animals (Hardcover): Ashley Clements Humans, among Other Classical Animals (Hardcover)
Ashley Clements
R1,574 Discovery Miles 15 740 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

We are living in a moment of environmental and existential crisis that demands a response. Why then study Classics now? From the European assimilation and destruction of the New World to our present environmental destruction of our shared world, Humans, among Other Classical Animals explores in encounters an answer by demonstrating how the Classics have been implicated in the structures of thought that have ultimately led us to our present historical moment. Telling the story of anthropology's Classical entanglements from its inception to its growth to critical self-awareness, it demonstrates that Classical ideas have played a crucial -and often deleterious- role in the Western placing of the human and in the discipline that claimed the study of humanity as its own. Responses to our present crisis, it argues, should therefore include as a prerequisite, considering the origins and implications of these Classical foundations because only by so doing can we attain the full self-awareness necessary to think beyond them and consider the alternatives we now need. Postclassical Interventions aims to reorient the meaning of antiquity across and beyond the humanities. Building on the success of Classical Presences, this complementary series features shorter-length monographs designed to provoke debate about the current and future potential of Classical Reception through fresh, bold, and critical thinking.

Nouveau Dictionnaire Universel Des Synonymes De La Langue Francaise (French, Paperback): Francois Pierre Guilaume Guizot Nouveau Dictionnaire Universel Des Synonymes De La Langue Francaise (French, Paperback)
Francois Pierre Guilaume Guizot
R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
La Vie Et Les Ecrits De Platon (French, Paperback): Anthelme Edouard Chaignet La Vie Et Les Ecrits De Platon (French, Paperback)
Anthelme Edouard Chaignet
R576 Discovery Miles 5 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Teleologie und Naturalismus in Der Altchristlichen Zeit - Der Kampf Des Origenes Gegen Celsus Um Die Stellung Des Menschen in... Teleologie und Naturalismus in Der Altchristlichen Zeit - Der Kampf Des Origenes Gegen Celsus Um Die Stellung Des Menschen in Der Natur (German, Paperback)
Aug Kind
R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Ideen Zur Geschichte Der Philosophie (German, Paperback): Friedrich August Carus Ideen Zur Geschichte Der Philosophie (German, Paperback)
Friedrich August Carus
R666 Discovery Miles 6 660 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Becoming Socrates - Political Philosophy in Plato's "Parmenides" (Hardcover): Alex Priou Becoming Socrates - Political Philosophy in Plato's "Parmenides" (Hardcover)
Alex Priou
R1,883 R1,448 Discovery Miles 14 480 Save R435 (23%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Plato's Parmenides is regarded as a canonical work in ontology. Depicting a conversation between Parmenides of Elea and a young Socrates, the dialogue presents a rigorous examination of Socrates' theory of the forms, the most influential account of being in the philosophic tradition. In this commentary on the Parmenides, Alex Priou argues that the dialogue is, in actuality, a reflection on politics. Priou begins from the accepted view that the conversation consists of two discrete parts -- a critique of the forms, followed by Socrates' philosophical training -- but finds a unity to the dialogue yet to be acknowledged. By paying careful attention to what Parmenides calls the "greatest impasse" facing Socrates' ontology, Priou reveals a political context to the conversation. The need in society for order and good rule includes the need, at a more fundamental level, for an adequate andefficacious explanation of being. Recounting here how a young Socrates first learned of the primacy of political philosophy, which would become the hallmark of his life, Becoming Socrates shows that political philosophy, and not ontology, is "first philosophy." Alex Priou is an instructor in the Herbst Program in the Humanities in Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The Tragedy of Reason - Toward a Platonic Conception of Logos (Hardcover): David Roochnik The Tragedy of Reason - Toward a Platonic Conception of Logos (Hardcover)
David Roochnik
R2,160 Discovery Miles 21 600 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The classical conception of reason (or logos) has been repeatedly attacked in the modern era. Its enemies range from Descartes, who complains that logos is not sufficiently useful or precise, to Derrida who hopes to liberate Western thought from its bondage to "logocentrism." At least since the time of Nietzsche, Plato has been damned as the chief architect of the classical conception of logos. He is accused of overvaluing reason and thereby devaluing the other, more human aspects of life. As it was originally formulated in Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy, Plato has been taken to be the arch-enemy of tragedy, which for Nietzsche was the most life-affirming of all the art forms of Greek culture. Originally published in 1990, The Tragedy of Reason defends Plato against his accusers. Employing a mode of exposition which exhibits Plato's position, Roochnik presents the Platonic conception of logos in confrontation with texts by Homer, Hesiod, Heraclitus, Aristotle, Descartes, Porty, and Derrida. In clear language, unencumbered by technical terminology, Roochnik shows that Platonic conception of logos is keenly aware of the strength of its opponents. The result is a presentation of Plato as a "tragic philosopher" whose conception of logos is characterized by an affirmation of its own limits as well as its goodness.

Political Philosophy In the Moment - Narratives of Freedom from Plato to Arendt (Hardcover): Jim Josefson Political Philosophy In the Moment - Narratives of Freedom from Plato to Arendt (Hardcover)
Jim Josefson
R2,848 Discovery Miles 28 480 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Political Philosophy In the Moment uncovers the political power of narrative by both telling and explaining the stories that frame our ability to be "in the moment." In a series of eleven short stories, Jim Josefson presents the history of political philosophy and Hannah Arendt's alternative, an aesthetic form of politics. In the early stories, Josefson recounts how the four main traditions of political philosophy (Platonism, Aristotelianism, liberalism and historicism) promise truth but deny us the freedom available in reality. Then, he reviews the alternative narratives offered by thinkers like Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Heidegger, which influenced Arendt's view. The final chapters chart Arendt's route back to the Moment, the freedom to read and tell a fuller story about the beauty and horrors that appear in the world. A page-turning book of short stories and a tour through the greatest works of political philosophy, Political Philosophy In the Moment is as approachable, comprehensible and welcoming as a fairy-tale, ideally suited for students of contemporary political theory and anyone interested in political thought.

Thought: A Philosophical History (Hardcover): Panayiota Vassilopoulou, Daniel Whistler Thought: A Philosophical History (Hardcover)
Panayiota Vassilopoulou, Daniel Whistler
R4,490 Discovery Miles 44 900 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Of all the topics in the history of philosophy, the history of different forms of thinking and contemplation is one of the most important, and yet is also relatively overlooked. What is it to think philosophically? How did different forms of thinking-reflection, contemplation, critique and analysis-emerge in different epochs? This collection offers a rich and diverse philosophical exploration of the history of contemplation, from the classical period to the twenty-first century. It covers canonical figures including Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Kant, as well as debates in less well-known areas such as classical Indian and Islamic thought and the role of speculation in twentieth-century Russian philosophy. Comprising twenty-two chapters by an international team of contributors, the volume is divided into five parts: * Flourishing and Thinking from Homer to Hume * The Thinking of Thinking from Augustine to Goedel * Images and Thinking from Plotinus to Unger * Bodies of Thought and Habits of Thinking from Plato to Irigaray * The Efficacy of Thinking from Sextus to Bataille Thought: A Philosophical History is the first comprehensive investigation of the history of philosophical thought and contemplation. As such, it is a landmark publication for anyone researching and teaching the history of philosophy, and a valuable resource for those studying the subject in related fields such as literature, religion, sociology and the history of ideas.

Meditations (Hardcover): Marcus Aurelius Meditations (Hardcover)
Marcus Aurelius
R382 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R62 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Politics and Philosophy in Plato's Menexenus (Paperback): Nickolas Pappas, Mark Zelcer Politics and Philosophy in Plato's Menexenus (Paperback)
Nickolas Pappas, Mark Zelcer
R983 Discovery Miles 9 830 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Menexenus is one of the least studied among Plato's works, mostly because of the puzzling nature of the text, which has led many scholars either to reject the dialogue as spurious or to consider it as a mocking parody of Athenian funeral rhetoric. In this book, Pappas and Zelcer provide a persuasive alternative reading of the text, one that contributes in many ways to our understanding of Plato, and specifically to our understanding of his political thought. The book is organized into two parts. In the first part the authors offer a synopsis of the dialogue, address the setting and its background in terms of the Athenian funeral speech, and discuss the alternative readings of the dialogue, showing their weaknesses and strengths. In the second part, the authors offer their positive interpretation of the dialogue, taking particular care to explain and ground their interpretive criteria and method, which considers Plato's text not simply as a de-contextualized collection of philosophical arguments but offers a theoretically reading of the text that situates it firmly within its historical context. The book will become a reference point in the debate about the Menexenus and Plato's political philosophy more generally and marks an important contribution to our understanding of ancient thought and classical Athenian society.

How to Die - An Ancient Guide to the End of Life (Hardcover): Seneca How to Die - An Ancient Guide to the End of Life (Hardcover)
Seneca; Edited by James S. Romm; Introduction by James S. Romm
R390 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R104 (27%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Timeless wisdom on death and dying from the celebrated Stoic philosopher Seneca "It takes an entire lifetime to learn how to die," wrote the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD). He counseled readers to "study death always," and took his own advice, returning to the subject again and again in all his writings, yet he never treated it in a complete work. How to Die gathers in one volume, for the first time, Seneca's remarkable meditations on death and dying. Edited and translated by James S. Romm, How to Die reveals a provocative thinker and dazzling writer who speaks with a startling frankness about the need to accept death or even, under certain conditions, to seek it out. Seneca believed that life is only a journey toward death and that one must rehearse for death throughout life. Here, he tells us how to practice for death, how to die well, and how to understand the role of a good death in a good life. He stresses the universality of death, its importance as life's final rite of passage, and its ability to liberate us from pain, slavery, or political oppression. Featuring beautifully rendered new translations, How to Die also includes an enlightening introduction, notes, the original Latin texts, and an epilogue presenting Tacitus's description of Seneca's grim suicide.

Introductory Readings in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy (Paperback, 2nd): C. D. C Reeve, Patrick Lee Miller Introductory Readings in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy (Paperback, 2nd)
C. D. C Reeve, Patrick Lee Miller; Introduction by Lloyd P. Gerson
R1,218 R1,057 Discovery Miles 10 570 Save R161 (13%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This concise anthology of primary sources designed for use in an ancient philosophy survey ranges from the Presocratics to Plato, Aristotle, the Hellenistic philosophers, and the Neoplatonists. The Second Edition features an amplified selection of Presocratic fragments in newly revised translations by Richard D. McKirahan. Also included is an expansion of the Hellenistic unit, featuring new selections from Lucretius and Sextus Empiricus as well as a new translation, by Peter J. Anderson, of most of Seneca's De Providentia . The selections from Plotinus have also been expanded.

Sosipatra of Pergamum - Philosopher and Oracle (Paperback): Heidi Marx Sosipatra of Pergamum - Philosopher and Oracle (Paperback)
Heidi Marx
R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The story of Sosipatra of Pergamum (4th century C.E.) as told by her biographer, Eunapius of Sardis in his Lives of the Philosophers and Sophists, is a remarkable tale. It is the story of an elite young girl from the area of Ephesus, who was educated by traveling oracles (daemons), and who grew up to lead her own philosophy school on the west coast of Asia Minor. She was also a prophet of sorts, channeling divine messages to her students, family, and friends, and foretelling the future. Sosipatra of Pergamum is the first sustained, book length attempt to tell the story of this mysterious woman. It presents a rich contextualization of the brief and highly fictionalized portrait provided by Eunapius. In doing so, the book explores the cultural and political landscape of late ancient Asia Minor, especially the areas around Ephesus, Pergamum, Sardis, and Smyrna. It also discusses moments in Sosipatra's life for what they reveal more generally about women's lives in Late Antiquity in the areas of childhood, education, family, household, motherhood, widowhood, and professional life. Her career sheds light on late Roman Platonism, its engagement with religion, ritual, and "magic," and the role of women in this movement. By thoroughly examining the ancient evidence, Heidi Marx recovers a hidden yet important figure from the rich intellectual traditions of the Roman Near East.

How to Win an Argument - An Ancient Guide to the Art of Persuasion (Hardcover): Marcus Tullius Cicero How to Win an Argument - An Ancient Guide to the Art of Persuasion (Hardcover)
Marcus Tullius Cicero; Edited by James M. May
R338 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R50 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

All of us are faced countless times with the challenge of persuading others, whether we're trying to win a trivial argument with a friend or convince our coworkers about an important decision. Instead of relying on untrained instinct--and often floundering or failing as a result--we'd win more arguments if we learned the timeless art of verbal persuasion, rhetoric. How to Win an Argument gathers the rhetorical wisdom of Cicero, ancient Rome's greatest orator, from across his works and combines it with passages from his legal and political speeches to show his powerful techniques in action. The result is an enlightening and entertaining practical introduction to the secrets of persuasive speaking and writing--including strategies that are just as effective in today's offices, schools, courts, and political debates as they were in the Roman forum. How to Win an Argument addresses proof based on rational argumentation, character, and emotion; the parts of a speech; the plain, middle, and grand styles; how to persuade no matter what audience or circumstances you face; and more. Cicero's words are presented in lively translations, with illuminating introductions; the book also features a brief biography of Cicero, a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and an appendix of the original Latin texts. Astonishingly relevant, this unique anthology of Cicero's rhetorical and oratorical wisdom will be enjoyed by anyone who ever needs to win arguments and influence people--in other words, all of us.

How to Grow Old - Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life (Hardcover): Marcus Tullius Cicero How to Grow Old - Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life (Hardcover)
Marcus Tullius Cicero; Translated by Philip Freeman; Introduction by Philip Freeman
R335 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R50 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Worried that old age will inevitably mean losing your libido, your health, and possibly your marbles too? Well, Cicero has some good news for you. In How to Grow Old, the great Roman orator and statesman eloquently describes how you can make the second half of life the best part of all--and why you might discover that reading and gardening are actually far more pleasurable than sex ever was. Filled with timeless wisdom and practical guidance, Cicero's brief, charming classic--written in 44 BC and originally titled On Old Age--has delighted and inspired readers, from Saint Augustine to Thomas Jefferson, for more than two thousand years. Presented here in a lively new translation with an informative new introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, the book directly addresses the greatest fears of growing older and persuasively argues why these worries are greatly exaggerated--or altogether mistaken. Montaigne said Cicero's book "gives one an appetite for growing old." The American founding father John Adams read it repeatedly in his later years. And today its lessons are more relevant than ever in a world obsessed with the futile pursuit of youth.

Seneca, Epistulae Morales Book 2 - A Commentary with Text, Translation, and Introduction (Hardcover): Janja Soldo Seneca, Epistulae Morales Book 2 - A Commentary with Text, Translation, and Introduction (Hardcover)
Janja Soldo
R3,265 Discovery Miles 32 650 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

When Seneca the Younger turned his back on politics, having previously advised the increasingly volatile Emperor Nero, he became one of Rome's most prolific authors and spent his retirement writing about Stoic philosophy. The most intriguing output of that time are Seneca's Epistulae Morales, a collection of letters on ethics that is addressed to his friend Lucilius. In these letters, Seneca writes about his everyday struggle to be a good person and to live according to the principles of Stoicism, while helping his friend embark on his own philosophical journey. This book is the first modern commentary in any language on the second book of Seneca's Epistulae Morales in a modern language. It includes an edition and translation of the text as well as a substantial introduction. The aim of the commentary is to make the text more accessible to modern readers through a detailed linguistic, philosophical, and literary exegesis of the letters. The commentary lays great emphasis on showing that the book unit plays an important role in the larger epistolary corpus and argues that the book composition is essential for our understanding of ancient letter writing. The commentary demonstrates that the letters are connected to each other by an intricate web of references, repeating, developing, and deepening ideas throughout the letter exchange.

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