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The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

Series Editor: Anthony Gottlieb

The Routledge Guides to the Great Books provide ideal introductions to the texts which have shaped Western Civilization. The Guidebooks explore the arguments and ideas contained in the most influential works from some of the most brilliant thinkers who have ever lived, from Aristotle to Marx and Newton to Wollstonecraft. Each Guidebook opens with a short introduction to the author of the great book and the context within which they were working and concludes with an examination of the lasting significance of the book. The Routledge Guides to the Great Books will therefore provide students everywhere with complete introductions to the most significant books of all time.

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  1. The Routledge Guidebook to Mill's On Liberty

    By Jonathan Riley

    Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

    John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty is widely regarded as one of the most influential and stirring pieces of political philosophy ever written. Ever relevant in our increasingly surveillance dominated culture, the essay argues strongly in favour of the moral rights of individuality, including rights of...

    Published June 26th 2015 by Routledge

  2. The Routledge Guidebook to Einstein's Relativity

    By James Trefil

    Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

    Albert Einstein, one of the most prolific scientists of the twentieth century, developed the theory of relativity which was crucial for the advancement of modern physics. Young Einstein identified a paradox between Newtonian Mechanics and Maxwell’s equations which pointed to a flawed understanding...

    Published February 24th 2015 by Routledge

  3. The Routledge Guidebook to Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks

    By John Schwarzmantel

    Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

    Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks are one of the most important and original sources of modern political philosophy but the Prison Notebooks present great difficulties to the reader. Not originally intended for publication, their fragmentary character and their often cryptic language can mystify readers,...

    Published January 15th 2015 by Routledge

  4. The Routledge Guidebook to Thoreau's Civil Disobedience

    By Bob Pepperman Taylor

    Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

    Since its publication in 1849, Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience has influenced protestors, activists and political thinkers all over the world. Including the full text of Thoreau’s essay, The Routledge Guidebook to Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience explores the context of his writing, analyses...

    Published December 17th 2014 by Routledge

  5. The Routledge Guidebook to Descartes' Meditations

    By Gary Hatfield

    Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

    Descartes is widely regarded to be the father of modern philosophy and his Meditations is among the most important philosophical texts ever written. The Routledge Guidebook to Descartes’ Meditations introduces the major themes in Descartes’ great book and acts as a companion for reading this key...

    Published July 18th 2014 by Routledge

  6. The Routledge Guidebook to Hobbes' Leviathan

    By Glen Newey

    Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

    Hobbes is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of ideas and political thought, and his seminal text Leviathan is widely recognised as one of the greatest works of political philosophy ever written. The Routledge Guidebook to Hobbes’ Leviathan introduces the major...

    Published April 15th 2014 by Routledge

  7. The Routledge Guidebook to Galileo's Dialogue

    By Maurice A. Finocchiaro

    Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

    The publication in 1632 of Galileo’s Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems, Ptolemaic and Copernican marked a crucial moment in the ‘scientific revolution’ and helped Galileo become the ‘father of modern science’. The Dialogue contains Galileo’s mature synthesis of astronomy, physics, and...

    Published July 23rd 2013 by Routledge

  8. The Routledge Guidebook to Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations

    By Marie McGinn

    Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

    Wittgenstein is one of the most important and influential twentieth-century philosophers in the western tradition. In his Philosophical Investigations he undertakes a radical critique of analytical philosophy's approach to both the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind. The Routledge...

    Published January 31st 2013 by Routledge

  9. The Routledge Guidebook to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

    By Gerard J Hughes

    Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

    Written by one of the most important founding figures of Western philosophy, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics represents a critical point in the study of ethics which has influenced the direction of modern philosophy. The Routledge Guidebook to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics introduces the major...

    Published January 31st 2013 by Routledge

  10. The Routledge Guidebook to Heidegger's Being and Time

    By Stephen Mulhall

    Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

    The Routledge Guidebook to Heidegger’s Being and Time examines the work of one of the most controversial thinkers of the twentieth century. Heidegger’s writings are notoriously difficult, requiring careful reading. This book analyses his first major publication, Being and Time, which to this day...

    Published January 31st 2013 by Routledge