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Failures of Forgiveness Failures of Forgiveness: What We Get Wrong and How to Do Better Myisha Cherry

Philosopher Myisha Cherry teaches us the right ways to deal with wrongdoing in our lives and the world

The Darkened Light of Faith The Darkened Light of Faith: Race, Democracy, and Freedom in African American Political Thought Melvin L. Rogers

A powerful new account of what a group of nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American activists, intellectuals, and artists can teach us about democracy

Parfit Parfit: A Philosopher and His Mission to Save Morality David Edmonds

From the bestselling coauthor of Wittgenstein’s Poker, an entertaining and illuminating biography of a brilliant philosopher who tried to rescue morality from nihilism

The Politics of Language The Politics of Language David Beaver and Jason Stanley

A provocative case for the inherently political nature of language

Wonderstruck Wonderstruck: How Wonder and Awe Shape the Way We Think Helen De Cruz

A philosopher explores the transformative role of wonder and awe in an uncertain world

Liberalism as a Way of Life Liberalism as a Way of Life Alexandre Lefebvre

Why liberalism is all you need to lead a good, fun, worthy, and rewarding life—and how you can become a better and happier person by taking your liberal beliefs more seriously

The Weirdness of the World The Weirdness of the World Eric Schwitzgebel

How all philosophical explanations of human consciousness and the fundamental structure of the cosmos are bizarre—and why that’s a good thing

Anxiety Anxiety: A Philosophical Guide Samir Chopra

How philosophy can teach us to be less anxious about being anxious by understanding that it’s an essential part of being human

On Gaslighting On Gaslighting Kate Abramson

A philosopher examines the complicated phenomenon of gaslighting

Night Vision Night Vision: Seeing Ourselves through Dark Moods Mariana Alessandri

A philosopher’s personal meditation on how painful emotions can reveal truths about what it means to be truly human

Henry at Work Henry at Work: Thoreau on Making a Living John Kaag and Jonathan van Belle

What Thoreau can teach us about working—why we do it, what it does to us, and how we can make it more meaningful

Begetting Begetting: What Does It Mean to Create a Child? Mara van der Lugt

An investigation of what it means to have children—morally, philosophically and emotionally

The Entanglement The Entanglement: How Art and Philosophy Make Us What We Are Alva Noë

Why human nature is an aesthetic phenomenon—and why we need art and philosophy to understand ourselves

Of Rule and Office Of Rule and Office: Plato's Ideas of the Political Melissa Lane

A constitutionalist reading of Plato’s political thought

The State The State Philip Pettit

A major new account of the state and its importance by a leading political philosopher

How to Care about Animals How to Care about Animals: An Ancient Guide to Creatures Great and Small

An entertaining and enlightening anthology of classical Greek and Roman writings on animals—and our vital relationships with them

How to Focus How to Focus: A Monastic Guide for an Age of Distraction John Cassian

How you can learn to focus like a monk without living like one

Philosophy of Mathematics Philosophy of Mathematics Øystein Linnebo

A sophisticated, original introduction to the philosophy of mathematics from one of its leading thinkers

Philosophy of Physics Philosophy of Physics: Quantum Theory Tim Maudlin

A sophisticated and original introduction to the philosophy of quantum mechanics from one of the world’s leading philosophers of physics

Philosophy of Biology Philosophy of Biology Peter Godfrey-Smith

An essential introduction to the philosophy of biology

Hegel’s World Revolutions Hegel’s World Revolutions Richard Bourke

A new account of the relevance of Hegel’s ideas for today’s world, countering the postwar anti-Hegel "insurgency"

Adam Smith’s America Adam Smith’s America: How a Scottish Philosopher Became an Icon of American Capitalism Glory M. Liu

The unlikely story of how Americans canonized Adam Smith as the patron saint of free markets

Basic Equality Basic Equality Paul Sagar

An innovative argument that vindicates our normative commitment to basic equality, synthesising philosophy, history, and psychology

Free Agents Free Agents: How Evolution Gave Us Free Will Kevin J. Mitchell

An evolutionary case for the existence of free will

Liberty and Equality Liberty and Equality Raymond Aron

An invaluable reflection on the essence of liberal democracy—and an ideal introduction to the work of political philosopher Raymond Aron

Chinese Cosmopolitanism Chinese Cosmopolitanism: The History and Philosophy of an Idea Shuchen Xiang

A provocative defense of a forgotten Chinese approach to identity and difference

When Animals Dream When Animals Dream: The Hidden World of Animal Consciousness David M. Peña-Guzmán

A spellbinding look at the philosophical and moral implications of animal dreaming

The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is: A History, a Philosophy, a Warning Justin Smith-Ruiu

An original deep history of the internet that tells the story of the centuries-old utopian dreams behind it—and explains why they have died today

Losing Ourselves Losing Ourselves: Learning to Live without a Self Jay L. Garfield

Why you don’t have a self—and why that’s a good thing

The Machines of Evolution and the Scope of Meaning The Machines of Evolution and the Scope of Meaning Gary Tomlinson

A groundbreaking account of the origin and place of meaning in the earthly biosphere

After Kant After Kant: The Romans, the Germans, and the Moderns in the History of Political Thought Michael Sonenscher

Tracing the origins of modern political thought through three sets of arguments over history, morality, and freedom

The Enneads of Plotinus The Enneads of Plotinus: A Commentary | Volume 2 Paul Kalligas

The second volume in a landmark commentary on an important and influential work of ancient philosophy

Mandeville’s Fable Mandeville’s Fable: Pride, Hypocrisy, and Sociability Robin Douglass

Why we should take Bernard Mandeville seriously as a philosopher

The Individualists The Individualists: Radicals, Reactionaries, and the Struggle for the Soul of Libertarianism Matt Zwolinski and John Tomasi

A sweeping history of libertarian thought, from radical anarchists to conservative defenders of the status quo

What Do You Want Out of Life? What Do You Want Out of Life?: A Philosophical Guide to Figuring Out What Matters Valerie Tiberius

A short guide to living well by understanding better what you really value—and what to do when your goals conflict

Aporophobia Aporophobia: Why We Reject the Poor Instead of Helping Them Adela Cortina

Why “aporophobia”—rejection of the poor—is one of the most serious problems facing the world today, and how we can fight it

The Idea of Prison Abolition The Idea of Prison Abolition Tommie Shelby

An incisive and sympathetic examination of the case for ending the practice of imprisonment

Be Not Afraid of Life Be Not Afraid of Life: In the Words of William James William James

A compelling collection of the life-changing writings of William James

Life Is Short Life Is Short: An Appropriately Brief Guide to Making It More Meaningful Dean Rickles

Why life’s shortness—more than anything else—is what makes it meaningful

Preexisting Conditions Preexisting Conditions: Recounting the Plague Samuel Weber

A stunning philosophical and literary account of canonical plague tales

Political Ethics Political Ethics: A Handbook Edited by Edward Hall and Andrew Sabl

A comprehensive introduction to contemporary political ethics

Plato Goes to China Plato Goes to China: The Greek Classics and Chinese Nationalism Shadi Bartsch

The surprising story of how Greek classics are being pressed into use in contemporary China to support the regime’s political agenda

A Philosophy of Beauty A Philosophy of Beauty: Shaftesbury on Nature, Virtue, and Art Michael B. Gill

An engaging account of how Shaftesbury revolutionized Western philosophy

Utopianism for a Dying Planet Utopianism for a Dying Planet: Life after Consumerism Gregory Claeys

How the utopian tradition offers answers to today’s environmental crises

Completely Free Completely Free: The Moral and Political Vision of John Stuart Mill John Peter DiIulio

An original, unified reconstruction of Mill’s moral and political philosophy—one that finally reveals its consistency and full power

Plato's Second Republic Plato's Second Republic: An Essay on the Laws André Laks

An argument for why Plato’s Laws can be considered his most important political dialogue

A Commonwealth of Hope A Commonwealth of Hope: Augustine's Political Thought Michael Lamb

A bold new interpretation of Augustine’s virtue of hope and its place in political life

The Good-Enough Life The Good-Enough Life Avram Alpert

How an acceptance of our limitations can lead to a more fulfilling life and a more harmonious society

The Essential Kierkegaard The Essential Kierkegaard Søren Kierkegaard

A comprehensive anthology of Kierkegaard’s writings that offers an unmatched introduction to one of the most original and influential modern philosophers

Rules Rules: A Short History of What We Live By Lorraine Daston

A panoramic history of rules in the Western world

Grief Grief: A Philosophical Guide Michael Cholbi

An engaging and illuminating exploration of grief—and why, despite its intense pain, it can also help us grow

The Ethics of Identity The Ethics of Identity Kwame Anthony Appiah

A bold vision of liberal humanism for navigating today’s complex world of growing identity politics and rising nationalism

What Can We Hope For? What Can We Hope For?: Essays on Politics Richard Rorty

Prescient essays about the state of our politics from the philosopher who predicted that a populist demagogue would become president of the United States

Dark Matters Dark Matters: Pessimism and the Problem of Suffering Mara van der Lugt

An intellectual history of the philosophers who grappled with the problem of evil, and the case for why pessimism still holds moral value for us today

Hannah Arendt and Isaiah Berlin Hannah Arendt and Isaiah Berlin: Freedom, Politics and Humanity Kei Hiruta

For the first time, the full story of the conflict between two of the twentieth century’s most important thinkers—and the lessons their disagreements continue to offer

Words and Distinctions for the Common Good Words and Distinctions for the Common Good: Practical Reason in the Logic of Social Science Gabriel Abend

How social scientists' disagreements about their key words and distinctions have been misconceived, and what to do about it

When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People: How Philosophy Can Save Us from Ourselves Steven Nadler and Lawrence Shapiro

Why the tools of philosophy offer a powerful antidote to today’s epidemic of irrationality

Ethics in the Real World Ethics in the Real World: 90 Essays on Things That Matter – A Fully Updated and Expanded Edition Peter Singer

Provocative essays on real-world ethical questions from the world's most influential philosopher

Spinoza's Religion Spinoza's Religion: A New Reading of the Ethics Clare Carlisle

A bold reevaluation of Spinoza that reveals his powerful, inclusive vision of religion for the modern age

The Two Greatest Ideas The Two Greatest Ideas: How Our Grasp of the Universe and Our Minds Changed Everything Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski

Two simple yet tremendously powerful ideas that shaped virtually every aspect of civilization

How to Do Things with Emotions How to Do Things with Emotions: The Morality of Anger and Shame across Cultures Owen Flanagan

An expansive look at how culture shapes our emotions—and how we can benefit, as individuals and a society, from less anger and more shame

Liberalism in Dark Times Liberalism in Dark Times: The Liberal Ethos in the Twentieth Century Joshua L. Cherniss

A timely defense of liberalism that draws vital lessons from its greatest midcentury proponents

Unconditional Equals Unconditional Equals Anne Phillips

Why equality cannot be conditional on a shared human “nature” but has to be for all

A Politics of Melancholia A Politics of Melancholia: From Plato to Arendt George Edmondson and Klaus Mladek

Why melancholia is a vital form of social critique and a catalyst for political renewal

Philosophy and Real Politics Philosophy and Real Politics Raymond Geuss

A trenchant critique of established ideas in political philosophy and a provocative call for change

Capitalism Capitalism: The Story behind the Word Michael Sonenscher

How the history of a word sheds new light on capitalism and modern politics

Against the Death Penalty Against the Death Penalty: Writings from the First Abolitionists—Giuseppe Pelli and Cesare Beccaria Cesare Beccaria and Giuseppie Pelli

The first known abolitionist critique of the death penalty—here for the first time in English

The Philosophical Stage The Philosophical Stage: Drama and Dialectic in Classical Athens Joshua Billings

A bold new reconception of ancient Greek drama as a mode of philosophical thinking

Frederick the Great's Philosophical Writings Frederick the Great's Philosophical Writings Frederick II

The first modern English edition of diverse Enlightenment-era writings by Prussian monarch Frederick the Great

The Great Guide The Great Guide: What David Hume Can Teach Us about Being Human and Living Well Julian Baggini

Invaluable wisdom on living a good life from one of the Enlightenment's greatest philosophers

Aftermath Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self Susan J. Brison

A powerful personal narrative of recovery and an illuminating philosophical exploration of trauma

A Passion for Ignorance A Passion for Ignorance: What We Choose Not to Know and Why Renata Salecl

An original and provocative exploration of our capacity to ignore what is inconvenient or traumatic

Why We Are Restless Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment Benjamin Storey and Jenna Silber Storey

A compelling exploration of how our pursuit of happiness makes us unhappy

We Are Not Born Submissive We Are Not Born Submissive: How Patriarchy Shapes Women's Lives Manon Garcia

A philosophical exploration of female submission, using insights from feminist thinkers—especially Simone de Beauvoir—to reveal the complexities of women’s reality and lived experience

The Failures of Philosophy The Failures of Philosophy: A Historical Essay Stephen Gaukroger

The first book to address the historical failures of philosophy—and what we can learn from them

What Is Political Philosophy? What Is Political Philosophy? Charles Larmore

A new understanding of political philosophy from one of its leading thinkers

From Protagoras to Aristotle From Protagoras to Aristotle: Essays in Ancient Moral Philosophy Heda Segvic

This is a collection of the late Heda Segvic's papers in ancient moral philosophy. At the time of her death at age forty-five in 2003, Segvic had already established herself as an important figure in ancient philosophy, making bold new...

Philosophic Pride Philosophic Pride: Stoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau Christopher Brooke

Philosophic Pride is the first full-scale look at the essential place of Stoicism in the foundations of modern political thought. Spanning the period from Justus Lipsius's Politics in 1589 to Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Emile in 1762, and...

Shakespeare Shakespeare Johann Gottfried Herder

Without Johann Gottfried Herder (1744–1803), we simply would not understand Shakespeare in the way we do. In fact, much literature and art besides Shakespeare would neither look the same nor be the same without the influence of...

Aristotle Aristotle: His Life and School Carlo Natali

The definitive account of Aristotle's life and school

Think Least of Death Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die Steven Nadler

From Pulitzer Prize-finalist Steven Nadler, an engaging guide to what Spinoza can teach us about life’s big questions

The Murder of Professor Schlick The Murder of Professor Schlick: The Rise and Fall of the Vienna Circle David Edmonds

From the author of Wittgenstein's Poker and Would You Kill the Fat Man?, the story of an extraordinary group of philosophers during a dark chapter in Europe's history

In Search of the Soul In Search of the Soul: A Philosophical Essay John Cottingham

How our beliefs about the soul have developed through the ages, and why an understanding of it still matters today

Just Hierarchy Just Hierarchy: Why Social Hierarchies Matter in China and the Rest of the World Daniel A. Bell and Wang Pei

A trenchant defense of hierarchy in different spheres of our lives, from the personal to the political

Open Democracy Open Democracy: Reinventing Popular Rule for the Twenty-First Century Hélène Landemore

"Open Democracy envisions what true government by mass leadership could look like."—Nathan Heller, New Yorker
How a new model of democracy that opens up power to ordinary citizens could strengthen inclusiveness, responsiveness, and accountability in modern societies

The Privatized State The Privatized State Chiara Cordelli

Why government outsourcing of public powers is making us less free

Systemic Corruption Systemic Corruption: Constitutional Ideas for an Anti-Oligarchic Republic Camila Vergara

A bold new approach to combatting the inherent corruption of representative democracy

Dreamworlds of Race Dreamworlds of Race: Empire and the Utopian Destiny of Anglo-America Duncan Bell

How transatlantic thinkers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries promoted the unification of Britain and the United States

Freedom, Resentment, and the Metaphysics of Morals Freedom, Resentment, and the Metaphysics of Morals Pamela Hieronymi

An innovative reassessment of philosopher P. F. Strawson’s influential “Freedom and Resentment”

Wollstonecraft Wollstonecraft: Philosophy, Passion, and Politics Sylvana Tomaselli

A compelling portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft that shows the intimate connections between her life and work

How to Be Healthy How to Be Healthy: An Ancient Guide to Wellness Galen

Timeless wisdom about how to be healthy in body and mind from one of the greatest physicians of the ancient world

How to Flourish How to Flourish: An Ancient Guide to Living Well Aristotle

Aristotle’s essential guide to human flourishing—the Nicomachean Ethics—in a lively new abridged translation

How to Do the Right Thing How to Do the Right Thing: An Ancient Guide to Treating People Fairly Seneca

How ancient Stoicism can help teach us to treat others—and ourselves—more fairly and mercifully

How to Make Money How to Make Money: An Ancient Guide to Wealth Management

An enriching collection of classical writings about how ancient Romans made—and thought about—money

How to Get Over a Breakup How to Get Over a Breakup: An Ancient Guide to Moving On Ovid

A modern translation of the ancient Roman poet Ovid’s Remedies for Love—a witty and irreverent work about how to fall out of love

How to Grieve How to Grieve: An Ancient Guide to the Lost Art of Consolation Marcus Tullius Cicero

An engaging new translation of a timeless masterpiece about coping with the death of a loved one

How to Have a Life How to Have a Life: An Ancient Guide to Using Our Time Wisely Seneca

A vibrant new translation of Seneca’s “On the Shortness of Life,” a pointed reminder to make the most of our time

How to Say No How to Say No: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Cynicism Diogenes

An entertaining and enlightening collection of ancient writings about the philosophers who advocated simple living and rejected unthinking conformity

Rescuing Socrates Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation Roosevelt Montás

A Dominican-born academic tells the story of how the Great Books transformed his life—and why they have the power to speak to people of all backgrounds

You Are What You Read You Are What You Read: A Practical Guide to Reading Well Robert DiYanni

How you can enrich your life by becoming a more skillful and engaged reader of literature

Justice and the Politics of Difference Justice and the Politics of Difference Iris Marion Young

A landmark work of political theory on the central importance of group identity and cultural pluralism in political life

The Ways of Zen The Ways of Zen C. C. Tsai

From bestselling cartoonist C. C. Tsai, a delightfully illustrated collection of classic Zen Buddhist stories that enlighten as they entertain

Dao De Jing Dao De Jing Laozi and C. C. Tsai

From bestselling cartoonist C. C. Tsai, a delightfully illustrated version of the classic work of Daoist philosophy

The Way of Nature The Way of Nature Zhuangzi

A delightfully illustrated selection of the great Daoist writings of Zhuangzi by bestselling cartoonist C. C. Tsai

The Analects The Analects: An Illustrated Edition Confucius

For the first time in one volume, The Analects illustrated by bestselling cartoonist C. C. Tsai

Ideas for the Philosophy of the History of Mankind Ideas for the Philosophy of the History of Mankind Johann Gottfried Herder

One of the most important works of the Enlightenment—in the first new, unabridged English translation in more than two centuries

Adam Smith Reconsidered Adam Smith Reconsidered: History, Liberty, and the Foundations of Modern Politics Paul Sagar

A radical reinterpretation of Adam Smith that challenges economists, moral philosophers, political theorists, and intellectual historians to rethink him—and why he matters