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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 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 17th 2014 by Routledge

  2. 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 14th 2014 by Routledge

  3. 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 22nd 2013 by Routledge

  4. 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 30th 2013 by Routledge

  5. 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 30th 2013 by Routledge

  6. 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 30th 2013 by Routledge

  7. The Routledge Guidebook to Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit

    By Robert Stern

    Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

    The Phenomenology of Spirit is arguably Hegel’s most influential and important work, and is considered to be essential in understanding Hegel’s philosophical system and his contribution to western philosophy. The Routledge Guidebook to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit introduces the major themes in...

    Published January 30th 2013 by Routledge

  8. The Routledge Guidebook to Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding

    By E. J. Lowe

    Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

    John Locke is widely acknowledged as the most important figure in the history of English philosophy and An Essay Concerning Human Understanding is his greatest intellectual work, emphasising the importance of experience for the formation of knowledge. The Routledge Guidebook to Locke’s Essay...

    Published January 30th 2013 by Routledge

  9. The Routledge Guidebook to Plato's Republic

    By Nickolas Pappas

    Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

    Plato, often cited as a founding father of Western philosophy, set out ideas in the Republic regarding the nature of justice, order, and the character of the just individual, that endure into the modern day. The Routledge Guidebook to Plato’s Republic introduces the major themes in Plato’s great...

    Published January 30th 2013 by Routledge

  10. The Routledge Guidebook to Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

    By Sandrine Berges

    Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

    Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the greatest philosophers and writers of the Eighteenth century. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children's book. Her most celebrated and widely-read work is A...

    Published January 30th 2013 by Routledge

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