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PHIL: Philosophy & Religion: Classic Works & Biographies

This Research Guide will help you find books, e-books, articles, and videos about topics related to Philosophy and Religion.

Biographies

Writings by Major Philosophers

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Plato & "The Republic"

Nickolas Pappas

This book introduces one of the greatest works of Western thought, Plato's Republic. The influence of the arguments and positions that Plato puts forward in The Republic are found in nearly every subject and make a familiarity with the text essential for all students.

Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature

Robert Pasnau

This book sets the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas in the context of ancient and modern thought, looking at some of the most difficult areas from Part I, Questions 75-89: the relationship of soul to body, workings of sense and intellect, will and passions, and personal identity.

Essential Kierkegaard

Howard V. Hong & Edna H. Hong

This is the most comprehensive anthology of Søren Kierkegaard’s works ever assembled in English. The selections represent every major aspect of Kierkegaard’s extraordinary career. With an introduction to his writings as a whole and explanatory notes for each selection, this is the essential one-volume guide to a thinker who changed the course of modern intellectual history.

Call number for print book: B 4372 .E5 2000

Beyond Good & Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future

Friedrich Nietzsche

This book considers the origins and nature of Judeo-Christian morality; the end of philosophical dogmatism and beginning of perspectivism; the questionable virtues of science and scholarship; liberal democracy, nationalism, and women's emancipation.

Call number for print book: B 3313 .J43 E5 2008

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Heidegger & "Being and Time"

Stephen Mulhall

Being and Time was Martin Heidegger's first major book, and remains his most influential work. This introduction assesses his life, and the background of his work; the ideas and text of Being and Time; and Heidegger's importance to philosophy and to the intellectual life of this century.

Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings

Stephen Priest

Jean-Paul Sartre was a political thinker, novelist and dramatist, and the principle founder of existentialism. His work has exerted enormous influence in philosophy, literature, politics, and cultural studies. Editor Stephen Priest's clear and helpful introductions set each reading in context, making the volume an ideal companion to those coming to Sartre's writings for the first time.

Critique of Practical Reason

Immanuel Kant

The Critique of Practical Reason is the second of Immanuel Kant's three Critiques, one of his three major treatises on moral theory, and a seminal text in the history of moral philosophy. It gives the most complete statement of his highly original theory of freedom of the will, and develops his practical metaphysics.

Call number for print book: B 2778 .E5 M4 1952

Responsibility & Judgment

Hannah Arendt

This collection of previously unpublished and uncollected essays includes the late philsopher's reflections on the nature of evil, the making of moral choices, and the integral interconnection between judgment and responsibility.

Call number for print book: JA 79 .A73 2003

Beauvoir in Time

Meryl Altman

This book situates Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex in the historical context of its writing and in later contexts of its international reception, from then till now. The book takes up three aspects of Beauvoir's work more recent feminists find embarrassing: "bad sex," "dated" views about lesbians, and intersections with race and class. Through close reading of Beauvoir's writing in many genres, alongside contemporaneous discourses (good and bad novels in French and English, outmoded psychoanalytic and sexological authorities, ethnographic surrealism, the writing of Richard Wright and Franz Fanon), and in light of her travels to the U.S. and China, the author uncovers insights more recent feminist methodologies obscure, showing that Beauvoir is still good to think with today.

Routledge Critical Thinkers: Michel Foucault

Sara Mills

It is impossible to imagine contemporary critical theory without the work of Michel Foucault. His radical reworkings of the concepts of power, knowledge, discourse and identity have influenced the widest possible range of theories and impacted upon disciplinary fields from literary studies to anthropology. Aimed at students approaching Foucault's texts for the first time, this volume offers an examination of Foucault's contexts; a guide to his key ideas; an overview of responses to his work; an annotated guide to his most influential works; and more.