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Mutual Aid

Mutual Aid by Peter Kropotkin In this cornerstone of modern liberal social theory, Peter Kropotkin states that the most effective human and animal communities are essentially cooperative, rather than competitive. Kropotkin based this classic on his observations of natural phenomena and history, forming a work of stunning and well-reasoned scholarship. Essential to the understanding of human evolution as well as social organization, it offers a powerful counterpoint to the tenets...

Human, All-Too-Human

Human, All-Too-Human by Friedrich Nietzsche 'Offers dazzling observations of human psychology, social interaction, esthetics and religion.'—New York Times Book ReviewWith Human, All-Too-Human, Nietzsche challenges the metaphysical and psychological assumptions behind his previous works. The philosopher reviews his usual subjects—morality, religion, government, society—with his characteristic depth of perception, unflinching honesty, and iconoclastic...

The Will to Believe and Human Immortality

The Will to Believe and Human Immortality by William James Two books bound together, from religious period of one of the most renowned and representative thinkers. Written for laymen, thus easy to understand, it is penetrating and brilliant as well. Illuminations of age-old religious questions from a pragmatic perspective, written in a luminous style.

The Awakening of Faith

The Awakening of Faith by Asvaghosa This guide to a complex system of Buddhism is so authoritative that it has been employed in the instruction of Buddhist priests. Translated by a distinguished scholar, the text discusses the essentials of Mahayana Buddhism, including how humans can transcend their finite state, practices and techniques to assist in the awakening and growth of faith.

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David Hume How can we know that God exists? Is it possible to find proof of religion's most significant issues? Can we presume that the orderliness of the universe offers evidence of a purposeful creator? David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion explores these perennial questions in a thought-provoking and highly readable style.This classic examines its controversial subject in the well-known manner of the Platonic...

The Subjection of Women

The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill The renowned and influential essay by the great English philosopher argues for equality in all legal, political, social and domestic relations between men and women. Carefully reasoned and clearly expressed with great logic and consistency, the work remains today a landmark in the important struggle for human rights. #doverthrift #classiclit #doverthrift #classiclit

Utopia

Utopia by Sir Thomas More 16th-century classic by brilliant humanist, churchman and scholar envisioned a patriarchal island kingdom that practiced religious tolerance, in which everybody worked, all goods were community-owned, and violence, bloodshed and vice were nonexistent. Forerunner of many later attempts at establishing 'Utopias' both in theory and in practice. #doverthrift #classiclit #doverthrift #classiclit

On the Improvement of the Understanding

On the Improvement of the Understanding by Benedict de Spinoza Also contains Ethics, Correspondence, all in excellent R. Elwes translation. Basic works on entry to philosophy, pantheism, exchange of ideas with great contemporaries.

Ascent of Mount Carmel

Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross He was called 'the greatest of all mystical theologians' by spiritual teacher Thomas Merton. And when St. John of the Cross was proclaimed to be a Doctor of the Church, Pope Pius XI praised his work as 'a guide and handbook for the man of faith who proposes to embrace a life of perfection.' The writings of the pious Carmelite priest, as well as those of St. Teresa of Avila, are regarded as the peak of Spanish mysticism. This...

An Introduction to Existentialism

An Introduction to Existentialism by Robert G. Olson Indispensable guide to one of the most influential thought systems of our century. Stressing the work of Heidegger and Sartre, it offers a careful and objective examination of the existentialist position and values — freedom of choice, individual dignity, personal love, creative effort — and answers to the eternal questions of the human condition.