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Cartesian Rationalism - Understanding Descartes (Hardcover, New edition): Zbigniew Drozdowicz Cartesian Rationalism - Understanding Descartes (Hardcover, New edition)
Zbigniew Drozdowicz
R695 Discovery Miles 6 950 Out of stock

Descartes gave the human intellect the central role in rationalism, his system therefore is a variant of intellectual rationalism. Other forms of rationalism had emerged in scholastic philosophy and the ancient philosophies of Plato and Aristotle. While Descartes had reservations with respect to all of them, he still adopted some of their elements: not even such a self-directed and critical philosopher as Descartes could have proceeded on the difficult journey towards truth without any baggage of tradition whatsoever. Those who treated this baggage as a useless burden and have attempted to pursue truth without carrying it, have only discovered things which had long been known.

Purposehood - Transform Your Life, Transform the World (Paperback): Ammar Charani Purposehood - Transform Your Life, Transform the World (Paperback)
Ammar Charani
R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Henricus de Gandavo Quolibet IV (Hardcover): Gordon A. Wilson, Girard J. Etzkorn Henricus de Gandavo Quolibet IV (Hardcover)
Gordon A. Wilson, Girard J. Etzkorn
R1,916 Discovery Miles 19 160 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Henry of Ghent, the most influential philosopher/theologian of the last quarter of the thirteenth century at Paris, delivered his fourth Quodlibet during 1279. This Quodlibet was written at the beginning of the height of his career. In total there are thirty-seven questions, which cover a wide range of topics, including theories in theology, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophical anthropology, ethics, and canon law.

In these questions, Henry presents his mature thought concerning the number of human substantial forms in which he counters the claims of the defenders of Thomas Aquinas, particularly those in Giles of Lessines's De unitate formae, but also those found in Giles of Rome's Contra Gradus. He is critical of Thomas Aquinas's theories concerning human knowledge, the "more" and the "less," and virtue. He also is critical of Bonaventure's analysis of Augustine's notion of rationes seminales.

There are thirty-three known manuscripts that contain the text of Quodlibet IV, and the critical text is reconstructed based on manuscripts known to have been in Henry's school, as well as manuscripts copied from two successive university exemplars in Paris.

The main text is in Latin; the critical apparatus is in English.

Women's Space - Patronage, Place, and Gender in the Medieval Church (Paperback, New edition): Virginia Chieffo Raguin,... Women's Space - Patronage, Place, and Gender in the Medieval Church (Paperback, New edition)
Virginia Chieffo Raguin, Sarah Stanbury
R717 Discovery Miles 7 170 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Teleology of Reason - A Study of the Structure of Kant's Critical Philosophy (Hardcover, Digital original): Courtney... The Teleology of Reason - A Study of the Structure of Kant's Critical Philosophy (Hardcover, Digital original)
Courtney D. Fugate
R3,246 R2,669 Discovery Miles 26 690 Save R577 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This work argues that teleological motives lie at the heart of Kant's critical philosophy and that a precise analysis of teleological structures can both illuminate the basic strategy of its fundamental arguments and provide a key to understanding its unity. It thus aims, through an examination of each of Kant's major writings, to provide a detailed interpretation of his claim that philosophy in the true sense must consist of a teleologia rationis humanae. The author argues that Kant's critical philosophy forged a new link between traditional teleological concepts and the basic structure of rationality, one that would later inform the dynamic conception of reason at the heart of German Idealism. The process by which this was accomplished began with Kant's development of a uniquely teleological conception of systematic unity already in the precritical period. The individual chapters of this work attempt to show how Kant adapted and refined this conception of systematic unity so that it came to form the structural basis for the critical philosophy.

Science in the Medieval Hebrew and Arabic Traditions (Hardcover, New Ed): Gad Freudenthal Science in the Medieval Hebrew and Arabic Traditions (Hardcover, New Ed)
Gad Freudenthal
R2,935 Discovery Miles 29 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Two major themes run through these studies by Gad Freudenthal: science and philosophy in the medieval Hebrew tradition; and the repercussions of Greek theories of matter in the medieval Arabic and Hebrew scientific traditions. The opening essays offer a sociologically-informed picture of the acceptance or rejection of the sciences among medieval Jews in Southern France. This is followed by studies of individual figures: on Gersonides' thought; on Maimonides' and Gersonides' respective views of astrology; on al-FAcrAcbA (R)'s philosophy of geometry; and two notes (translated from Hebrew) on less well-known thinkers. The second part of the volume is thematic; a study identifying in Anaximander's theory of matter the fountainhead of a long-lasting scientific problematique is followed by five essays on its reverberations in the works of authors as different as Saadia Gaon, Avicenna, Averroes, Shem-Tov Ibn Falaqera and the author of the mystic Sefer ha-maskil. They all sought and gave accounts for the unity and persistence of the cosmos, in which metaphysics often complements physics, some echoing Stoic physics, a topic to which special attention is devoted.

Debating Medieval Natural Law - A Survey (Hardcover): Riccardo Saccenti Debating Medieval Natural Law - A Survey (Hardcover)
Riccardo Saccenti
R1,202 R846 Discovery Miles 8 460 Save R356 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Debating Medieval Natural Law: A Survey, Riccardo Saccenti examines and evaluates the major lines of interpretation of the medieval concepts of natural rights and natural law within the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and explains how the major historiographical interpretations of ius naturale and lex naturalis have changed. His bibliographical survey analyzes not only the chronological evolution of various interpretations of natural law but also how they differ, in an effort to shed light on the historical debate and on the medieval roots of modern human rights theories. Saccenti critically examines the historical analyses of the major historians of medieval political and legal thought while addressing how to further research on the subject. His perspective interlaces different disciplinary points of view: history of philosophy, as well as history of canon and civil law and history of theology. By focusing on a variety of disciplines, Saccenti creates an opportunity to evaluate each interpretation of medieval lex naturalis in terms of the area it enlightens and within specific cultural contexts. His survey is a basis for future studies concerning this topic and will be of interest to scholars of the history of law and, more generally, of the history of ideas in the twentieth century.

Philosophers - Religious and Political Thinkers from Past Centuries (Paperback): Nelly Vortex Philosophers - Religious and Political Thinkers from Past Centuries (Paperback)
Nelly Vortex
R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
In Praise of Folly (Paperback): John Wilson In Praise of Folly (Paperback)
John Wilson; Desiderius Erasmus
R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy (Paperback): Daniel Rynhold An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy (Paperback)
Daniel Rynhold
R702 Discovery Miles 7 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Human civilization will be forever indebted to the great thinkers of Jewish philosophy's golden age. Moses Maimonedes, Levi Gersonides, Judah Halevi, Saadia Gaon, Hasdai Crescas and their like grappled with some of the most challenging metaphysical issues, while the profundity of their solutions continue to engage philosophers today. Did God create the world? Can human freedom be reconciled with divine foreknowledge? What is the nature of the good life? Focusing on the central philosophical questions of the Middle Ages, Daniel Rynhold offers a concise introduction to topics such as God and creation, human freewill, biblical prophecy, the Commandments, the divine attributes and immortality. Structured around themes that form the common "syllabus" of medieval Jewish philosophy, each chapter builds a debate around a particular topic and in so doing utilizes the arguments of the chief philosophical figures of the medieval era. Explaining all concepts in a clear, non-technical fashion, the book also provides suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter. The first dedicated textbook to introduce the great richness of medieval Jewish philosophy as a whole, this lively and comprehensive survey is the ideal introduction for undergraduate students of the subject as well as the interested general reader.

Feelings of Being Alive (Hardcover): Joerg Fingerhut, Sabine Marienberg Feelings of Being Alive (Hardcover)
Joerg Fingerhut, Sabine Marienberg
R2,006 R1,681 Discovery Miles 16 810 Save R325 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The question of what characterizes feelings of being alive is a puzzling and controversial one. Are we dealing with a unique affective phenomenon or can it be integrated into existing classifications of emotions and moods? What might be the natural basis for such feelings? What could be considered their specifically human dimension? These issues are addressed by researchers from various disciplines, including philosophy of mind and emotions, psychology, and history of art. This volume contains original papers on the topic of feelings of being alive by Fiorella Battaglia, Eva-Maria Engelen, Joerg Fingerhut, Thomas Fuchs, Alice Holzhey-Kunz, Matthias Jung, Tanja Klemm, Riccardo Manzotti, Sabine Marienberg, Matthew Ratcliffe, Arbogast Schmitt, Jan Slaby, and Achim Stephan.

Discourse on the Method of Reasoning (Hardcover): Descartes Discourse on the Method of Reasoning (Hardcover)
Descartes
R554 Discovery Miles 5 540 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Medieval Answers to Modern Questions (Paperback): Neil J Smith Medieval Answers to Modern Questions (Paperback)
Neil J Smith
R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Cosmic Consciousness (Hardcover): Ali Nomad Cosmic Consciousness (Hardcover)
Ali Nomad
R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Out of stock
Rhetoric as Philosophy - The Humanist Tradition (Paperback, New Ed): Ernesto Grassi Rhetoric as Philosophy - The Humanist Tradition (Paperback, New Ed)
Ernesto Grassi; Foreword by Timothy W Crusius
R942 R884 Discovery Miles 8 840 Save R58 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Originally published in English in 1980, "Rhetoric as Philosophy "has been out of print for some time. The reviews of that English edition attest to the importance of Ernesto Grassi's work.

By going back to the Italian humanist tradition and aspects of earlier Greek and Latin thought, Ernesto Grassi develops a conception of rhetoric as the basis of philosophy. Grassi explores the sense in which the first principles of rational thought come from the metaphorical power of the word. He finds the basis for his conception in the last great thinker of the Italian humanist tradition, Giambattista Vico (1668-1744). He concentrates on Vico's understanding of imagination and the sense of human ingenuity contained in metaphor. For Grassi, rhetorical activity is the essence and inner life of thought when connected to the metaphorical power of the word.

The Yale Edition of The Complete Works of St. Thomas More - Volume 13, Treatise on the Passion, Treatise on the Blessed Body,... The Yale Edition of The Complete Works of St. Thomas More - Volume 13, Treatise on the Passion, Treatise on the Blessed Body, Instructions and Prayers (Hardcover)
Thomas More; Edited by Garry E. Haupt
R2,767 Discovery Miles 27 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Hidden Heretic of the Renaissance - Leonardo (Paperback): Andrew Linnell The Hidden Heretic of the Renaissance - Leonardo (Paperback)
Andrew Linnell
R1,139 R1,070 Discovery Miles 10 700 Save R69 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Technology and Empire - Perspectives on North America (Paperback, 2nd edition): George Grant Technology and Empire - Perspectives on North America (Paperback, 2nd edition)
George Grant
R353 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R64 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Originally published in 1969, Technology and Empire offers a brilliant analysis of the implications of technology-driven globalization on everyday life. The author of Lament for a Nation, George Grant has been recognized as one of Canada's most significant thinkers. In this sweeping essay collection, he reflects on the extent to which technology has shaped our modern culture.

Common Sense - Its History, Method, and Applicability (Hardcover): Marion Ledwig Common Sense - Its History, Method, and Applicability (Hardcover)
Marion Ledwig
R1,577 R1,277 Discovery Miles 12 770 Save R300 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book stands in the tradition of past and current common sense philosophers, like Reid, Berkeley, Sidgwick, Moore, Conant, Slote, Bogdan, and Lemos, who defend common sense, yet it goes beyond their accounts by not only defending common sense but also considering what common sense means. Besides giving a historical exegesis of common sense in Thomas Reid and showing parallels in Austin, Searle, Moore, and Wittgenstein, common sense is also discovered in Hume's An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals and in Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. It is made clear how far common sense generalizes, whether proverbs are a form of common sense, and whether common sense can be found in the common knowledge assumption in game theory. Also, folk psychology as a common sense psychology is discussed. In its account of common sense, this book draws on research from history of philosophy, philosophy of mind, and science, linguistics, and game theory to substantiate its position.

Summa Theologiae: Volume 1, Christian Theology - 1a. 1 (Paperback): Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologiae: Volume 1, Christian Theology - 1a. 1 (Paperback)
Thomas Aquinas; Edited by Thomas Gilby
R1,217 Discovery Miles 12 170 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Summa Theologiae ranks among the greatest documents of the Christian Church, and is a landmark of medieval western thought. It provides the framework for Catholic studies in systematic theology and for a classical Christian philosophy, and is regularly consulted by scholars of all faiths and none, across a range of academic disciplines. This paperback reissue of the classic Latin/English edition first published by the English Dominicans in the 1960s and 1970s, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, has been undertaken in response to regular requests from readers and librarians around the world for the entire series of 61 volumes to be made available again. The original text is unchanged, except for the correction of a small number of typographical errors.

Utilitarianism (Paperback): John Stuart Mills Utilitarianism (Paperback)
John Stuart Mills
R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Development of Mind - Selected Works of Aleksi Nikolaevich Leontyev (Paperback): Cole, Aleksei Nikolaevich Leontyev The Development of Mind - Selected Works of Aleksi Nikolaevich Leontyev (Paperback)
Cole, Aleksei Nikolaevich Leontyev
R570 Discovery Miles 5 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Selections from the Principles of Philosophy (Hardcover): Descartes Selections from the Principles of Philosophy (Hardcover)
Descartes
R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Out of stock
72 in His Name - Reuchlin, Luther, Thenaud, Wolff and the Names of Seventy-Two Angels (Hardcover): Ian Christie Miller 72 in His Name - Reuchlin, Luther, Thenaud, Wolff and the Names of Seventy-Two Angels (Hardcover)
Ian Christie Miller
R2,211 Discovery Miles 22 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Leading figures at the dawn of the sixteenth-century Reformation commonly faced the charge of "judaizing": 72 In His Name concerns the changing views of four such men starting with their kabbalistic treatment of the 72 divine names of angels. Johann Reuchlin, the first of the four men featured in this book, survived the charge; Martin Luther's increasingly anti-semitic stance is contrasted with the opposite movement of the French Franciscan Jean Thenaud whose kabbalistic manuscripts were devoted to Francis I; Philipp Wolff, the fourth, had been born into a Jewish family but his recorded views were decidedly anti-semitic. 72 In His Name also includes evidence that kabbalistic beliefs and practices, such as the service for exorcism recorded by Thenaud, were unwittingly recorded by Christians. Although the book concerns early modern Europe, the religious interactions, the shifting spiritual attitudes, and the shadows cast linger on.

Dante's Modernity - An Introduction to the Monarchia. With an Essay by Judith Revel (Paperback): Claude Lefort Dante's Modernity - An Introduction to the Monarchia. With an Essay by Judith Revel (Paperback)
Claude Lefort; Edited by Christiane Frey; Translated by Jennifer Rushworth
R217 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R37 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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