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  • Lord Kames

    Selected Writings
    Andreas Rahmatian

    Library of Scottish Philosophy volume containing selected writings of Henry Home, Lord Kames, judge, jurist and philosopher.

  • The Moral Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe

    Luke Gormally

    In this collection of new essays deriving from a conference held in Oxford aspects of Elizabeth Anscombe's moral philosophy are examined. Anyone interested in Anscombe's work all want to read this volume.

  • Spinoza

    Basic Concepts
    Andre Santos Campos

    Spinoza: Basic Concepts explores key concepts involved in Spinoza's thinking, relating it to his understanding of philosophy, outlining the arguments and explaining the implications of each concept. Together, the chapters cover the full range of Spinoza’s interdisciplinary system of philosophy.

  • Logic, Truth and Meaning

    Writings of G.E.M. Anscombe
    Mary Geach

    This fourth and final volume of writings by Elizabeth Anscombe reprints her Introduction to Wittgenstein's Tractatus, together with a number of later essays on thought and language in which she explores issues of reason, representation, truth and existence.

  • Thought Thinking

    The Philosophy of Giovanni Gentile
    Bruce Haddock

    This book comprises eleven essays on Gentile's thought. Seven of these are new pieces written especially for Thought Thinking, supplemented by new English translations of four of Gentile's shorter works, selected to offer some direct insight into his ideas and style of writing.

  • Giovanni Gentile and the State of Contemporary Constructivism

    A Study of Actual Idealist Moral Theory
    James Wakefield

    Giovanni Gentile and the State of Contemporary Constructivism represents the first book-length treatment of actual idealist moral theory.

  • The Legendary Past

    Michael Oakeshott on Imagination and Political Identity
    Natalie Riendeau

    The book explores Oakeshott's thought on the key role human imagination plays in relation to the political.

  • Francis Hutcheson

    Selected Philosophical Writings
    John McHugh

    Known today mainly as a teacher of Adam Smith (1723–90) and an influence on David Hume (1711–76), Francis Hutcheson (1694–1746) was a first-rate thinker whose work deserves study on its own merit. Spanning his entire literary career, this collection brings together selections from Hutcheson's greater and lesser known works.

  • Scottish Philosophy of Rhetoric

    Rosaleen Keefe

    The selected writings chosen for this volume show how Scottish rhetorical textbooks were a practical extension of the philosophy of language developed by 18th century Scottish philosophers.

  • Michael Oakeshott: Notebooks, 1922-86

    Michael Oakeshott

    The sixth volume in the series Michael Oakeshott: Selected Writings. From the 1920s to the 1980s Oakeshott filled dozens of notebooks with his private reflections, both personal and intellectual. Their contents range from aphorisms to miniature essays, forming a unique record of his intellectual trajectory over his entire career.

  • History as Thought and Action

    The Philosophies of Croce, Gentile, de Ruggiero and Collingwood
    Rik Peters

    This is the first book-length study of the relationship between Benedetto Croce (1866-1952), Giovanni Gentile (1875-1944), Guido de Ruggiero (1888-1948) and Robin George Collingwood (1889-1943).

  • Oakeshott on Rome and America

    Gene Callahan

    This book explores how the histories of Rome and America can help us to understand Oakeshott's claims about rational versus traditional politics.

  • Civil Society, Capitalism and the State

    Part Two of the Liberal Socialism of T.H. Green
    Colin Tyler

    This book presents a critical reconstruction of the social and political facets of Thomas Hill Green's liberal socialism. It builds on Colin Tyler's The Metaphysics of Self-realisation and Freedom (2010), although it can also be read as a freestanding work.

  • Thomas Reid

    Selected Philosophical Writings
    Giovanni Grandi

    The aim of this comprehensive selection of his writings is to make the key elements of Reid's philosophical work available to a new generation of readers.

  • Scottish Philosophy in America

    James J.S. Foster

    The Scottish Enlightenment provided the fledgling United States of America and its emerging universities with a philosophical orientation. This volume in the Library of Scottish Philosophy demonstrates the remarkable extent of this philosophical influence.

  • The Philosophy of Punishment

    Anthony Ellis

    In this volume, the author sets aside the usual division between theories of punishment that do or do not focus on retribution. In its place he proposes and explores the distinction between internalist and externalist theories.

  • The Meanings of Michael Oakeshott's Conservatism

    Corey Abel

    This collection of recent scholarship on the thought of Michael Oakeshott includes essays by both distinguished and established authors as well as a fresh crop of younger talent. Together, they address the meanings of Oakeshott's conservatism through the lenses of his ideas on religion, history, and tradition.

  • From Plato to Wittgenstein

    Essays by G.E.M. Anscombe
    G.E.M. Anscombe

    More treasures from the archive of papers left by philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe, edited by her daughter and son-in-law, philosophers Mary Geach and Luke Gormally.

  • James Frederick Ferrier

    Selected Writings
    Jennifer Keefe

    This volume contains selections from the philosophical writings of James Frederick Ferrier (1808-1864). Ferrier was the Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of St Andrews between 1845 and 1864 and he was one of the earliest post-Hegelian British idealists.

  • Truth and Faith in Ethics

    Hayden Ramsay

    This addition to the St Andrews Studies series contains a wide-ranging collection of essays on all aspects of moral philosophy and its impact upon public life in the twent-first century.

  • The Scientific Metaphysics of Charles S. Peirce

    Bent Sorensen

    This collection of articles investigates central themes and difficulties in the metaphysics of C.S. Peirce.

  • The Creation of Reality

    A Constructivist Epistemology of Journalism and Journalism Education
    Bernhard Poerksen

    In this book, Bernhard Poerksen draws up a new rationale for constructivist thinking and charts out directions for the imaginative examination of personal certainties and the certainties of others, of ideologies great and small.

  • Michael Oakeshott: Early Political Writings 1925-30

    A discussion of some matters preliminary to the study of political philosophy' and 'The philosophical approach to politics
    Michael Oakeshott

    This volume contains two previously unpublished works, a manuscript entitled 'A Discussion of some Matters Preliminary to the Study of Political Philosophy', and the first version of a course of lectures on 'The Philosophical Approach to Politics' that Oakeshott gave between 1928 and 1930.

  • The Metaphysics of Self-realisation and Freedom

    Part One of the Liberal Socialism of Thomas Hill Green
    Colin Tyler

    This first part of Colin Tyler's new critical assessment of the social and political thought of T.H. Green (1836–1882) explores the grounding that Green gives to liberal socialism.

  • The Legacy of Leo Strauss

    Tony Burns

    This volume of essays opens up the topic of Leo Strauss and the Straussians to those outside the relatively narrow circles who have been concerned with him and his followers up to now.

  • Thomas Brown

    Selected Philosophical Writings
    Thomas Dixon

    The selections in this volume illustrate Brown's original ideas about mental science, cause and effect, emotions and ethics. They are preceded by an introduction situating Brown’s career and writings in their intellectual and historical context.

  • Transdisciplinary Cybernetics and Cybersemiotics

    Soren Brier

    The guiding idea behind this collection of papers is a presentation of the transdisciplinary scope of the new semiotics offering a deeper and broader framework than the structuralist semiology.

  • The Foundations of History

    Collingwood's Analysis of Historical Explanation
    Stephen Leach

    This book provides an exposition and critical examination of Collingwood's philosophy of history, in which Collingwood's views are read in the light of his metaphilosophy.

  • Hobbes's Behemoth

    Religion and Democracy
    Tomaz Mastnak

    This volume contains analyses and interpretations of the Behemoth: the structure of its argument, its relation to Hobbes's other writings, and its place in its philosophical, theological, political, and religious historical context.

  • Moral, Social and Political Philosophy of the British Idealists

    William Sweet

    The British idealists of the late 19th and early 20th century are best known for their contributions to metaphysics, logic, and political philosophy. Yet they also made important contributions to social and public policy, social and moral philosophy and moral education, as shown by this volume.

  • The Concept of a Philosophical Jurisprudence

    Michael Oakeshott

    This volume brings together for the first time over a hundred of Oakeshott's essays and reviews, written between 1926 and 1951, that until now have remained scattered through a variety of scholarly journals, periodicals and newspapers.

  • Darwinian Conservatism

    A Disputed Question
    Jr. Blanchard

    A reprint of Larry Arnhart's essay Darwinian Conservatism with comment and criticism from a variety of contributors.

  • The Democratic Theory of Michael Oakeshott

    Discourse, Contingency and the Politics of Conversation
    Michael Minch

    This book offers a description, explanation, and evaluation of Michael Oakeshott's democratic theory. He was not a democratic theorist as such, but as a twentieth-century English political theorist for whom liberal theory held deep importance, his thought often engaged democratic theory implicitly, and many times did so explicitly.

  • Vocabulary of a Modern European State

    Essays and Reviews 1953-1988
    Luke O'Sullivan

    The Vocabulary of a Modern European State is the companion volume to The Concept of a Philosophical Jurisprudence and completes the enterprise of gathering together Oakeshott's previously scattered essays and reviews.

  • Faith in a Hard Ground

    Essays on Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
    G.E.M. Anscombe

    Elizabeth Anscombe's forthright philosophy speaks directly to many religious and ethical issues of current concern.This collection of her essays forms a companion volume to the critically acclaimed Human Life, Action and Ethics published in 2005.

  • Liberty, Authority, Formality

    John Morrow

    The essays in this volume are all inspired by the historical scholarship of J.C. Davis. Davis's analyses of groups like the Levellers and individuals like Gerrard Winstanley and Oliver Cromwell has reoriented the inquiry around the contemporary moral themes of liberty, authority and formality -- around which concepts this volume engages.

  • Michael Oakeshott, the Ancient Greeks, and the Philosophical Study of Politics

    Eric S. Kos

    This book addresses a question fundamental for Oakeshott throughout his life, which is what we are doing when we read and discuss some memorable work in the history of political thought.

  • In Bed with Madness

    Trying to make sense in a world that doesn't
    Yannis Androcopoulos

    In Bed with Madness is 'a well-argued, powerful and profound indictment of contemporary culture', stylishly written – a reviewer said he would have bought it just for its humour!

  • Collingwood and the Crisis of Western Civilisation

    Art, Metaphysics and Dialectic
    Richard Murphy

    This book argues that R.G. Collingwood's philosophy is best understood as a diagnosis of and response to a crisis of Western civilisation. The various and complementary aspects of the crisis of civilisation are explored and Collingwood is demonstrated to be working in the traditions of Romanticism and 'historicism’.

  • Unpublished Manuscripts in British Idealism

    Political Philosophy, Theology and Social Thought
    Colin Tyler

    The British Idealist movement flourished between the 1860s and 1920s and exerted a very significant influence in the USA, India and Canada, most notably on John Dewey and Josiah Royce. This important collection widens access to unpublished material by transcribing, editing and then publishing the most significant pieces.

  • Histories and Discourses

    Rewriting Constructivism
    Siegfried J. Schmidt

    Siegfried J. Schmidt is closely associated in Germany with the cross-disciplinary research programme of Radical Constructivism. In Histories & Discourses he carries out a change of perspective from media and communication studies to studies of culture and the philosophy of language.

  • Education and the Voice of Michael Oakeshott

    Kevin Williams

    The work of Michael Oakeshott has retained a striking currency in philosophical discourse about education. In the light of this continuing interest and of Oakeshott's extensive writing on so many aspects of education, it is timely that a book be published on his thinking on the subject.

  • Politics and Society in Scottish Thought

    Shinichi Nagao

    This volume illustrates the way political and social philosophers of 18th-century Scotland tried to answer the following question: 'What is, and what ought to be, the relationship between the modern market and stable, desirable social order?'

  • Scottish Philosophical Theology

    David Fergusson

    This volume concentrates on the period from the beginning of the 18th century to the latter part of the 20th. It is impossible to depict a single school of philosophical theology in Scotland across three centuries, yet several strains have been identified.

  • John Grote, Cambridge University and the Development of Victorian Thought

    John R. Gibbins

    This book answers three questions: How did John Grote develop and contribute to modern Cambridge and British philosophy? What is the significance of these contributions to modern philosophy in general and British Idealism and language philosophy in particular? How were his ideas and his idealism incorporated into the modern philosophical tradition?

  • Peirce and Spencer-Brown

    History and Synergies in Cybersemiotics
    Soren Brier

    This special double issue of Cybernetics and Human Knowing is comprised of a collection of papers devoted to the cybernetics and mathematics of Charles Sanders Peirce with a special focus on its synergies with George Spencer-Brown's thinking.

  • Dialectics of the Self

    Transcending Charles Taylor
    Ian Fraser

    Charles Taylor is a philosopher concerned with morality and the nature of the identity of individuals and groups in the West. This book offers an evaluation of Taylor's conception of self, and its moral and political possibilities.

  • Earthy Realism

    The Meaning of Gaia
    Mary Midgley

    GAIA, named after the ancient Greek mother-goddess, is the notion that the Earth and the life on it form an active, self-maintaining whole. With global warming now an accepted fact, the lessons of GAIA have never been more relevant and urgent.

  • Lectures in the History of Political Thought

    Luke O'Sullivan

    Oakeshott's memorable lectures on the history of political thought, delivered each year at the London School of Economics, are now available in print for the first time as Volume II of his Selected Writings.

  • Intimations Pursued

    The Voice of Practice in the Conversation of Michael Oakeshott
    Andrew Sullivan

    In this book Andrew Sullivan examines Oakeshott's transition from his original emphasis on philosophy as providing what was ultimately satisfactory in experience to his later emphasis on practical life.

  • Debating Humanism

    Dolan Cummings

    This book features a cross-disciplinary dialogue among writers who are sympathetic to the humanist tradition and interested in developing a new humanist project through debate.

  • Human Life, Action and Ethics

    Essays by G.E.M. Anscombe
    Mary Geach

    This volume presents a collection of essays by the celebrated philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe. This collection includes papers on human nature and practical philosophy, together with the classic 'Modern Moral Philosophy'.

  • Puritan Democracy of Thomas Hill Green

    Alberto De Sanctis

    The central concern of this book is to demonstrate how Puritanism was a theme which ran through all Green's biography and political philosophy.

  • Darwinian Conservatism

    Larry Arnhart

    This book suggests that Darwinian biology sustains conservative social thought by showing how the human capacity for spontaneous order arises from social instincts and a moral sense shaped by natural selection in human evolutionary history.

  • Religious and Poetic Experience in the Thought of Michael Oakeshott

    Glenn Worthington

    This book argues that Oakeshott's characterisations of religious and poetic experience provide a more detailed account of the type of persona that emerged in response to what it perceived as an invitation to participate in moral association in the modern world.

  • From a Necessary Evil to an Art of Contingency

    Michael Oakeshott's Conception of Political Activity
    Suvi Soininen

    This book presents a comprehensive study of Oakeshott's conception of political activity. The author first examines Oakeshott in the contexts of liberal, conservative and Idealist thought, and then presents a detailed interpretation of the change in his conception of politics in the context of British postwar political thought.

  • Intellectual Legacy of Michael Oakeshott

    Timothy Fuller

    This volume brings together a diverse range of perspectives reflecting the international appeal and multi-disciplinary interest that Oakeshott now attracts. The essays offer a variety of approaches to Oakeshott's thought.

  • T.H. Green's Theory of Positive Freedom

    Ben Wempe

    In this new and entirely revised edition of his study of Green's theory of positive freedom, Ben Wempe argues that the far-reaching and beneficial influence of Green’s political doctrine, on public policy as well as in the field of political theory, was founded on a misinterpretation of his philosophical stand.

  • Relativism and the Foundations of Liberalism

    Graham Long

    Moral relativism is often regarded as both fatally flawed and incompatible with liberalism. This book aims to show why such criticism is misconceived.

  • Philosophy and Its Public Role

    John Haldane

    This brings together moral, social and political philosophers from Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States who explore a wide range of issues under the three headings of Philosophy, Society and Culture; Ethics, Economics and Justice; and Rights, Law and Punishment.

  • Snake That Swallowed Its Tail

    Some Contradictions in Modern Liberalism
    Mark Garnett

    Tracing its effects through the media, politics and the public services, the author argues that hollowed-out liberalism has helped to produce our present discontent.

  • Scottish Idealists

    Selected Philosophical Writings
    David Boucher

    This collection of readings, the first of its kind, has been chosen with a view to displaying the variety, richness and strength of the Scottish Idealist tradition.

  • John MacMurray

    Selected Philosophical Writings
    John MacMurray

    The philosophy of John Macmurray is only now receiving the attention it deserves. It is in the contemporary climate of dissatisfaction with individualism that Macmurray's emphasis on the relations of persons has come to the fore.

  • James Beattie

    Selected Philosophical Writings
    James Beattie

    The first part of this selection — the first ever made from Beattie's prose writings — includes several key chapters from the Essay on Truth, along with extracts from all of Beattie's other works on moral philosophy. The second part of the selection is devoted to Beattie's contributions to literary criticism and aesthetics.

  • Limits of Political Theory

    Oakeshott's Philosophy of Civil Association
    Kenneth B. McIntyre

    This book examines Oakeshott's political philosophy within the context of his more general conception of philosophical understanding. The book stresses the underlying continuity of his major writings on the subject and takes seriously the implications of understanding the world in terms of modality.

  • Greenian Moment

    Denys Leighton

    This study of T.H. Green views his philosophical opus through his public life and political commitments, and it uses biography as a lens through which to examine Victorian political culture and its moral climate.

  • Scottish Philosophy

    Selected Writings 1690-1950
    Gordon Graham

    This collection of readings, the first of its kind, has been chosen with a view to displaying the variety, richness and strength of the Scottish philosophical tradition.

  • Thomas Sebeok and the Biosemiotic Legacy

    Soren Brier

    Dedicated to the life and work of Thomas Sebeok, this is an issue of the journal "Cybernetics and Human Knowing".

  • What is History? And Other Essays

    Selected Writings
    Luke O'Sullivan

    This highly readable new collection of thirty pieces by Michael Oakeshott, almost all of which are previously unpublished, covers every decade of his intellectual career.

  • Certainty of Uncertainty

    Dialogues Introducing Constructivism
    Bernhard Poerksen

    This book presents the views of the founders of constructivism and modern systems theory, who are still providing stimulating cues for international scientific debate. Throughout, the central figure of the observer is examined with sophisticated wit and just enough irritating grit to create the pearl in the oyster.

  • How Good an Historian Shall I be?

    Marnie Hughes-Warrington

    In this book Marnie Hughes-Warrington begins with the facet of Collingwood's work best known to teachers — re-enactment — and locates it in historically-informed discussions on empathy, imagination and history education.

  • Michael Oakeshott on Hobbes

    Ian Tregenza

    While many commentators have noted the importance of Hobbes for understanding Oakeshott's thought itself, this is the first book to provide a systematic interpretation of Oakeshott’s philosophy by paying close attention to all facets of Oakeshott’s reading of Hobbes.

  • In Defence of Modernity

    The Social Thought of Michael Oakeshott
    Efraim Podoksik

    Although Oakeshott's philosophy has received considerable attention, the vision which underlies it has been almost completely ignored. This vision, which is rooted in the intellectual debates of his epoch, cements his ideas into a coherent whole and provides a compelling defence of modernity.

  • Metaphysics, Method and Politics

    The Political Philosophy of R.G.Collingwood
    James Connelly

    This book argues that R.G. Collingwood developed a complete and coherent political philosophy of civilization. In making this case it also demonstrates that Collingwood's philosophical work comprises a unity in which, although there was development, there is no fundamental discontinuity between his earlier and later writings.

  • T.H.Green and the Development of Ethical Socialism

    Matt Carter

    This book uncovers the philosophical foundations of a tradition of ethical socialism best represented in the work of R.H. Tawney, tracing its roots back to the work of T.H. Green.

  • Oakeshott on History

    Luke O'Sullivan

    This book challenges the common view that Michael Oakeshott was mainly important as a political philosopher by offering the first comprehensive study of his ideas on history.

  • Sceptical Idealist

    Michael Oakeshott as a Critic of the Enlightenment
    Roy Tseng

    This is the first book-length study to provide a structured interpretation of the significance of Michael Oakeshott's critique of the Enlightenment.