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Philosophy in the Modern World - Anthony Kenny
Call Number: B 804 .K45 2008
ISBN: 9780198752790
Publication Date: 2007-06-28
Sir Anthony Kenny tells the fascinating story of the development of philosophy from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. The first part of the book offers a lively narrative introducing the major thinkers in their historical context. The reader is then guided through the nine main areas of philosophical work in the period, offering a serious engagement with the ideas and arguments. Among those we meet are Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche to Heidegger and Sartre, Marx, Darwin and Freud, Wittgenstein and Russell.Philosophy in the Modern World completes the four-volume set of the New History of Western Philosophy, which offers a unified overview of the entire development of western philosophy, allowing readers to trace themes from antiquity to the present day. The story is illuminated by a selection of intriguing and beautiful illustrations.

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Existentialism - Thomas Flynn
Call Number: B 819 .F55 2006
ISBN: 0192804286
Publication Date: 2006-11-06
Existentialism was one of the leading philosophical movements of the twentieth century. Focusing on its seven leading figures, Sartre, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, de Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty and Camus, this iVery Short Introduction/i provides a clear account of the key themes of the movement which emphasized individuality, free will, and personal responsibility in the modern world. Drawing in the movement's varied relationships with the arts, humanism, and politics, this book clarifies the philosophy and original meaning of 'existentialism' - which has tended to be obscured by misappropriation. Placing it in its historical context, Thomas Flynn also highlights how existentialism is still relevant to us today.

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Utilitarianism - John Stuart Mill
Call Number: B 1571 .M6 2007
ISBN: 0486454223
Publication Date: 2007-02-02
Mill's Utilitarianism is one of the most important, controversial, and suggestive works of moral philosophy ever written. Mill defends the view that all human action should produce the greatest happiness overall, and that happiness itself is to be understood as consisting in "higher" and"lower" pleasures. This volume uses the 1871 edition of the text, the last to be published in Mill's lifetime.

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Kant - Allen W. Wood
Call Number: B 2798 .W88 2005
ISBN: 0631232818
Publication Date: 2004-06-28
This lucid survey takes readers on a thought-provoking tour through the life and work of Immanuel Kant.

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Basic Writings of Nietzsche - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Walter Kaufmann (Translator, Editor); Peter Gay (Introduction by)
Call Number: B 3312 .E5 K3 2000
ISBN: 0679783393
Publication Date: 2000-11-28
One hundred years after his death, Friedrich Nietzsche remains the most influential philosopher of the modern era.Basic Writings of Nietzsche gathers the complete texts of five of Nietzsche’s most important works, from his first book to his last:The Birth of Tragedy, Beyond Good and Evil, On the Genealogy of Morals, The Case of Wagner,and Ecce Homo. Edited and translated by the great Nietzsche scholar Walter Kaufmann, this volume also features seventy-five aphorisms, selections from Nietzsche’s correspondence, and variants from drafts for Ecce Homo. It is a definitive guide to the full range of Nietzsche’s thought.

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Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl; Ilse Lasch (Translator); Harold S. Kushner (Foreword by); William J. Winslade (Afterword by)
Call Number: D 810 .J4 F72713 2006
ISBN: 0807014273
Publication Date: 2006-06-01
Viktor E. Frankl was a man who persevered in living, writing, and helping people, despite suffering for years at the hands of the Nazis. He was born in Vienna on March 26, 1905, and received his doctorate of medicine in 1930. As a psychiatrist, he supervised a ward of suicidal female patients, and later became chief of the neurological department at Rothschild Hospital in Vienna.

Frankl's successful career was halted temporarily in 1942 when he was deported to a Nazi concentration camp. In Auschwitz and other camps, he witnessed and experienced daily horrors until 1945. Although he survived, his parents and many other family members did not. Returning to Vienna in 1945, he resumed his work, becoming head physician of the neurological department at the Vienna Polyclinic Hospital.

Frankl wrote more than 30 books, the most famous being Man's Search For Meaning, an account of both his time in a concentration camp and a treatise of the importance of meaning in overcoming even the most horrific of circumstances. In this book, he also developed logotherapy, a new style of psychotherapy.

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