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Routledge Great Minds


Myth and Meaning Claude Levi-Strauss

Relativity Albert Einstein

The Sovereignty of Good Iris Murdoch

What I Believe Bertrand Russell

Leonardo da Vinci Sigmund Freud

The Undiscovered Self Carl Gustav Jung

Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions Jean-Paul Sartre

Tractatus-Logico-Philosophicus Ludwig Wittgenstein

Letter to a Priest Simone Weil

On Dialogue David Bohm

Routledge Classics is a stable of over two hundred ground-breaking books which inspire, enlighten and provoke in equal measure. Routledge Great Minds presents ten of the best shorter works from the Classics series where some of its leading authors provide, in brief and accessible form, pithy statements of their ideas and arguments. Ideal for those unfamiliar with their work as a whole, for the time-pressed, or for the merely curious, these books contain the ideas of a great thinker in a nutshell. They are also an excellent starting point for anyone coming to Routledge Classics for the first time. Each volume includes a new foreword by a leading authority in the field.

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1-10 of 11 results in Routledge Great Minds
  1. Letter to a Priest

    By Simone Weil

    Series: Routledge Great Minds

    Hailed by Albert Camus as ‘the only great spirit of our times’, Simone Weil was one of great essayists and activists of the twentieth century. Her writings on the nature of religious faith and spirituality have inspired many subsequent thinkers. Wrestling with the moral dilemmas entailed by...

    Published December 17th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Leonardo da Vinci

    By Sigmund Freud

    Series: Routledge Great Minds

    Sigmund Freud was already internationally acclaimed as the principal founder of psychoanalysis when he turned his attention to the life of Leonardo da Vinci. It remained Freud’s favourite composition. Compressing many of his insights into a few pages, the result is a fascinating picture of some of...

    Published December 13th 2013 by Routledge

  3. Myth and Meaning

    By Claude Lévi-Strauss

    Series: Routledge Great Minds

    The anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss was one of the greatest intellectuals of the twentieth century. His work has had a profound impact not only within anthropology but also linguistics, sociology and philosophy. In this short book he examines the nature and role of myth in human history,...

    Published December 13th 2013 by Routledge

  4. The Undiscovered Self

    By Carl Gustav Jung

    Series: Routledge Great Minds

    Written three years before his death, The Undiscovered Self combines acuity with concision in masterly fashion and is Jung at his very best. Offering clear and crisp insights into some of his major theories, such as the duality of human nature, the unconscious, human instinct and spirituality, Jung...

    Published December 13th 2013 by Routledge

  5. What I Believe

    By Bertrand Russell

    Series: Routledge Great Minds

    Bertrand Russell is widely regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century and a brilliant writer and commentator on social and political affairs. What I Believe offers a lucid and concise insight into Russell’s thinking on issues that preoccupied him throughout his life:...

    Published July 18th 2013 by Routledge

  6. Relativity

    By Albert Einstein

    Series: Routledge Great Minds

    Time magazine's "Man of the Century", Albert Einstein is the founder of modern physics and his theory of relativity is the most important scientific idea of the modern era. In this short book, Einstein explains, using the minimum of mathematical terms, the basic ideas and principles of the theory...

    Published July 2nd 2013 by Routledge

  7. On Dialogue

    By David Bohm

    Series: Routledge Great Minds

    David Bohm is considered one of the best physicists of all time. He also had a deep interest in human communication and creativity. Influential in both management and communication theory in what is known 'Bohm Dialogue', On Dialogue is both inspiring and pioneering. Bohm considers the origin and...

    Published July 2nd 2013 by Routledge

  8. The Sovereignty of Good

    By Iris Murdoch

    Series: Routledge Great Minds

    Iris Murdoch was one of the great philosophers and novelists of the twentieth century and The Sovereignty of Good is her most important and enduring philosophical work. She argues that philosophy has focused, mistakenly, on what it is right to do rather than good to be and that only by restoring...

    Published July 2nd 2013 by Routledge

  9. Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions

    By Jean-Paul Sartre

    Series: Routledge Great Minds

    Philosopher, novelist, dramatist and existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre is one of the greatest writers of all time. He was fascinated by the role played by the emotions in human life and placed them at the heart of his philosophy. This brilliant short work - which contains some of the principal...

    Published July 2nd 2013 by Routledge

  10. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

    By Ludwig Wittgenstein

    Series: Routledge Great Minds

    Ludwig Wittgenstein is one of the greatest and most fascinating philosophers of all time. His Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, composed in a series of remarkable numbered propositions, was the only book he published in his lifetime. He tackles nothing less than the question of whether there is such...

    Published July 2nd 2013 by Routledge

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