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Language and Myth. trans. Susanne Langer. Harper. 1946.
---------------- The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, vol. 2. trans. Ralph Manheim. Yale. 1955.
---------------- Rousseau, Kant, and Goethe. (1945) trans. J. Gutman, P. O. Kristeller, and J. H. Randall jr. Princeton. 1963.
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|Volume 3 of Cassirer's symbolic
forms set, The Phenomenology of
Knowledge,seems unsurpassed as a finely tuned
summary and example of traditional philosophy's culminating phase.
Philosophy's Thomas Mann?
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Nietzsche and Philosophy. (1962) trans. Hugh Tomlinson. Athlone. 1983.
------------------, and Guattari, Felix. A Thousand Plateaus. trans. Brian Massumi. 1980 Minnesota.
|Deleuze's Nietzsche book, and also his
Philosophy, rank among the most brilliantly
concise and coherent accounts of one thinker by another. See also
works on Spinoza, Bergson, Proust and cinema.
Writing and Difference. trans. Alan Bass. Chicago. 1978.
------------------Margins of Philosophy. trans. Alan Bass. Harvester Press. 1982.
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introduction III VI(a) VI(b) VI(c)
|Is Derrida contemporary thought's
Wilhelm Dilthey: The Critique of Historical Reason. Chicago. 1978.
|Ermarth's book is an overview of
Dilthey's vast range of work, with extensive excerpts. Because
Dilthey infused his work with many academic disciplines, and
refused to embrace the primacy of any particular one, none have
found it in their 'heart' to carry him to us with any
|Ferm, Vergilius. (ed.)
A History of Philosophical Systems. Philosophical Library 1950.
Fuller, R. Buckminster
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|Ferm's book is a philosophical
bestiary, with contributions by scholars and advocates of many
|Griffin, David R. (ed.).
Physics and the Ultimate Significance of Time SUNY. 1986.
|In Griffin's collection, Whitehead's
ideas are considered in the light of modern physics. See especially
contributions by Bohm, Prigogine, and Cobb
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The Phenomenology of Spirit.(1807) trans. A. V. Miller. Oxford. 1977.
|Josiah Royce, Stanley Rosen, Hans-Georg
as well as Heidegger are among authors who may be particularly helpful in an encounter with Hegel. Is he the biggest brain or the biggest idiot on record? How should we find the synthesis between these two equally fervent receptions of his work?
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Being and Time.(1926) trans. J. Macquarrie and E. Robinson. Harper and Row. 1962.
-------------------- Identity and Difference.trans. Joan Staumbaugh. Harper and Row. 1969.
--------------------- What is Called Thinking.(1955) trans. J. Glenn Gray. Harper and Row 1968.
Time is an important and astonishing read for
serious thinkers. What is Called
Thinking, however, ranks as Heidegger's most
enjoyable and accessible book. Magda King, Loy Vail, Theodore
Kisiel and Otto Poeggler are among many who have
written helpfully on Heidegger. Additionally, Michael Murray and
Fredrick Elliston have both edited excellent anthologies on his
work. (The latter also edited an outstanding Husserl anthology.)
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Ideas: General Introduction to Pure Phenomenology. (1913) trans. W.R.B. Gibson. Collier. 1969.
---------------- Cartesian Meditations.trans. Dorion Cairns. Martinus Nijhoff. 1960.
--------------------- Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology. trans. David Carr. Northwestern. 1970.
|Husserl, an epochal philosophical
hairsplitter in these volumes proffers rewarding labors. Bring
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The Writings of William James. Random House. 1967.
|James gives great relief from
philosophical hairsplitting. Try A Pluralistic
Universe. Husserl, Dilthey, Bergson and
Whitehead all held James' 'adorable genius' in high regard.
Nietzsche: An Introduction to the Understanding of his Philosophical Activity.(1935) trans C.F. Wallraff and F.J. Schmitz. Gateway. 1965.
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Mahler. Schirmer. 1991.
|Jaspers is the sort of person one
would be most fortunate to have as a teacher of philosophy. His
Philosophers series remains a useful
contemporary perspective on earlier thinkers. Like Heidegger,
Jaspers remained in Germany during Nazism. Unlike Heidegger, he
remained uncompromised - despite remaining with a wife of Jewish
extraction. Perhaps the strength visible in Jaspers' face tells
something of how he achieved this. Jaspers own philosophy examples
something of the durability of the Kantian orientation, even in the
throes of existentialism. Among 'philosophers of existence', Jaspers, Gabriel
Marcel, and Jean Wahl seem to me most worthwhile.
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Mind: An Essay on Human Feeling. (3 vols.) Johns Hopkins. 1967-1981.
|The first half of Langer's first
volume here is a bit dry, but volume two is a pure joy, teaching
philosophy and biology simultaneously.
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Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority. (1961) trans. Alphonso Lingis. Duquesne. 1969.
---------------------- Otherwise than Being or Beyond Essence. (1974) trans. Alphonso Lingis. Martinus Nijhoff. 1981.
---------------------- The Levinas Reader.Sean Hand, ed., Blackwell 1989.
should be on your bookshelf, for one cannot predict when he will
seem comprehensible. The essays in Outside the
Subject, (trans. Michael B. Smith, Stanford, 1994),
include some of Levinas' most accessible essays, including accounts
of his similarities and differences with Gabriel Marcel and Martin
Buber - two of the other most well known 'philosophers of dialog'.
An approach to this kind of thinking which also more nearly
resembles prose may be found in Maurice Blanchot's The Infinite
Proximity, Levinas, Blanchot, Bataille and Communication. Martinus Nijhoff. 1982.
|Excellent but difficult, Libertson
identifies thinking's contemporary phase from a basis resembling
the approach adopted in this essay. See also Mark C. Taylor's
Excesses: Eros and CultureState University of New York Press. 1983.
---------------------- Deathbound SubjectivityIndiana University Press. 1989.
Understanding Whitehead.Johns Hopkins. 1962.
From Hegel to Nietzsche : The Revolution in Nineteenth Century Thought. trans. David E. Green. Holt. 1964.
|Two very different books from one
interesting fellow. Lingis was
Levinas main translator. His own writings swing between extreme and
informally written philosophical travelogs to quite densely
technical existential phenomenology. Besides Levinas, Lingis finds
Nietzsche and Heidegger centrally important. So do I.
History of Philosophy. trans. S. Appelbaum and C. Strowbridge. Dover. 1967.
Tales of Philosophy.Clarkson N. Potter. 1967.
|Marias provides an admirable classic
single volume history of philosophy. I know of none better. For a
more narrative approach, Richard Kroner's Speculation and Revelation in Medieval
Philosophy and his
Speculation and Revelation in Modern Philosophy are
wonderful, but very hard to find.
Moby Dick.Signet. 1964.
|Is Moby Dick
an American version of Hegel's Phenomenology of
Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius. Vintage. 1987.
Mozart, W. A.
|Were sainthood a possibility for
thinkers, Wittgenstein might fit the bill. Like a saint, he chose
paths of greatest difficulty and solitude - and in following them
sharply etched the spirit of his times; its character, needs and
possibilities for healing. Monk's extraordinary biography can be
appreciated at any stage of engagement with this thinker.
|Murti, T. R. V.
The Central Philosophy of Buddhism: A Study of the Madhyamika System. George Allen and Unwin. 1960.
introduction III IX
|Murti's book is a classic in Buddhist
studies, I highly recommend it. Writings of Edward Conze, for
example, Buddhist Thought in
India, also deserve to be sought out.
Buddhist Philosophy in Theory and
Practice by Herbert V. Guenther strikes me as a
fascinating fusion of a German philosophical sensibility with an
amazingly condensed history of Buddhist doctrine and practice. I
have not kept up with the avalanche of Tibetan Buddhist
interpretations and translations, but readers may also no doubt
find good hunting in those Himalayan dharma fields.
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The Portable Nietzsche.Walter Kaufmann, ed., trans. Viking. 1954, 1968.
------------------------ The Will to Power.W. Kaufmann (ed.) and R.J. Hollingdale trans. Vintage. 1968.
Occam, William of
|One key to Nietzsche may be to reread
him later and try to figure out why he then seems to be saying
something different than before. The New Nietzsche (David
Allison ed.) is excellent in exhibiting diverse approaches to his
The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics.Oxford University Press 1989.
---------------------- Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness.Oxford University Press. 1994.
|Penrose, a physicist and mathematician
of undeniable stature has taken on pretty much the entire
scientific establishment in the nicest possible way. Those who have
ears to hear will find him offering not exactly solutions to the
problems he tackles, but rather Einsteinian 'gedank experiments'
which are of enduring value in keeping one's mind open in the most
important ways. The kind of philosophy I have worked to advance
comes close to presupposing that Penrose is on the right track:
Mind must have microphysical roots that depend on apprehending the
kind of plurality identifiable with non-local quantum processes.
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Husserl: An Analysis of His Phenomenology. Northwestern. trans. E. G. Ballard and L. E. Embree. 1967
--------------- Freud and Philosophy: An Essay on Interpretation. trans. Denis Savage. Yale. 1970.
------------- The Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur; An Anthology of his Work Charles E. Regan and David Stewart eds. Beacon. 1978.
--------------- The Rule of Metaphor. trans. Robert Czerny. Toronto. 1977.
|Ricoeur's Freud book and also his
Fallible Man are two of his most accessible and absorbing explorations, while the Husserl book can be recommended as an early companion to that difficult thinker. Among philosophers, Ricoeur is a master teacher whose ways of thinking nurture the kinds of continuity of mind and multi-faceted interpretations indispensible for sensitive and responsible thought.
|Rockmore, Tom and Margolis, Joseph
The Heidegger Case: On Philosopy and PoliticsTemple University Press. 1992.
The Spirit of Modern PhilosophyDover. 1983.
------------------ Lectures on Modern Idealism. Yale. 1967. (1919)
Sensitive Chaos : The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air. J. Collins. 1996.
|You've let Heidegger into your mind
and you'll never be the same? True enough, but wait! Now you have
to deal with the man's Nazi past, hopefully without losing what is
important about his way of thinking. Try this book. Rockmore and
Margolis have put together an excellent collection. The essays by
Kisiel, Poggeler, Taminiaux, Schurmann, and Margolis are
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The Philosophy of Freedom. (1894) trans. Michael Wilson. Rudolf Steiner Press. 1964.
------------------ The Riddles of Philosophy. Anthroposophic Press. 1973.
------------------, and Barfield, Owen. The Case for Anthroposophy. Rudolf Steiner Press. 1970.
------------------ Rudolf Steiner: An Autobiography. trans. Rita Stebbing. Steiner Books. 1977.
------------------ The Boundaries of Natural Science. (1920) trans. F. Amrine and K. Oberhuber. Anthroposophic Press. 1983.
------------------ Friedrich Nietzsche : Fighter for Freedom. Lindisfarne Books. 1985.
------------------ The Education of the Child : And Early Lectures on Education. Anthroposophic Press. 1996.
Natural Childhood; The First Practical and Holistic Guide for Parents of the Developing Child. Simon and Schuster Books. 1995.
|The Philosophy of
Freedom.is Steiner's own philosophical
presentation within the idiom of Nineteenth century thought.
The Boundaries of Natural
Science is a late series of his lectures,
lucidly translated, and with an introduction by Saul Bellow, well
exhibiting the range and import of Steiner's 'storytelling', here
particularly with regard to differences between the East and West
concerning their developmental involvements in Imagination,
Inspiration, and Intuition. Riddles of
Philosophy deserves recognition as an exceptionally
enjoyable and nourishing introduction to the history of philosophy.
The Case for
Anthroposophy is a fragment of the finally
translated Riddles of the
Soul, based substantially on Steiner's study with
Franz Brentano, the grandfather of phenomenology. It describes
supersensible perception in a more or less phenomenological light.
The autobiography holds much between the lines, including Steiner's
unmistakable humility. A challenging and representative omnibus of
Steiner's work is found in The Essential
Steiner, Robert A. McDermott (ed.).
|Verene, Donald Philip.
Man and Culture. Dell. 1970.
|Verene has assembled an exemplary
anthology of accessible excerpts from earlier thinkers as well as
from many of those discussed above, Hegel, Dilthey, Cassirer, and
Whitehead amongst them. There is also an excerpt from Karl Jaspers.
|Whitehead, Alfred North.
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Process and Reality.(1929) Corrected Edition, eds. D. R. Griffin and D. W. Sherburne. Free Press. 1978.
Whyte, Lancelot Law
|The accessibility and poetics of
Whitehead's last books, Adventures of
Ideas and Modes of
Thought, suggest these as the best introductions
to his still state-of-the-art conceptually oriented thought.
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Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.(1921) trans. D. F. Pears and B. F. McGuinness. Routledge and Kegan Paul. 1961.
------------------------ Philosophical Investigations.(1953) trans. G. E. M. Anscombe. Blackwell and Mott 1958.