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The World as Will and Representation by Arthur Schopenhauer PDF

The World as Will and Representation is the main work by Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher (1788-1860). He had an immense influence on the European philosophical traditions, especially within metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, morality, psychology. Arthur Schopenhauer himself was inspired by the transcendental idealism of Immanuel Kant, from which he build his own atheistic metaphysical, read […]

Selected works by Bertrand Russell

Selected works by Bertrand Russell is a number of the most important work by Bertrand Russell. I have also included some books about the author. Russell was a genius who worked in a range of academic fields. He was a social activist, wrote essays, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in […]

Selected works by Martin Heidegger

Selected works by Martin Heidegger. Heidegger (1889 – 1976) was a German philosopher widely recognized as one of the most original and important philosophers of the twentieth century and at the same time one of the most controversial. He is considered as the father of existentialism and his thinking has contributed to fields as diverse […]

The Secrets of the Self – Asrár-i Khudí – by Muhammad Iqbal

The Secrets of the Self also known as Asrár-i Khudí is a Sufi-poem published in Lahore in 1915. The author, Muhammad Iqbal, was an Indian Moslem. He had the rare opportunity to study modern philosophy, in which subject he holds degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and Munich. His dissertation on the development of metaphysics in Persia—an […]

The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli PDF

The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli is often referred to as the foundation of political philosophy. Nicolo Machiavelli was born on 3 May 1469 in the Republic of Florence in what is today the middle of Italy. He worked as a senior official in the Florentine Republic. At that time Italy was divided into a large […]

The Frankfurt School writings – Selected works by Karl Mannheim

The Frankfurt School writings – Selected works by Karl Mannheim. Recently I have listened to the excellent podcast Philosophize This!  by Stephen West over at philosophizethis.org. His impressive podcast has a seven episodes long introduction to the Frankfurt School, highly recommended. The Frankfurt School was a critical philosophical group of thinkers centered around the Institute […]

The Decameron or Ten Days’ Entertainment of Boccaccio

The Decameron or Ten Days’ Entertainment of Boccaccio – also sometimes subtitled Prince Gehaut and often named I’Umana Commedia is a collection of short stories by Giovanni Boccaccio. The stories are told within a frame story, much as One Thousand and One Nights. a group of young people has escaped the black death and are […]

Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes – download free PDF here

Leviathan is the masterwork on political philosophy by Thomas Hobbes a 17th-century Brittish philosopher. He argues that war is the natural state of humankind and that only a strong state unified around a great supreme ruler can counterweight chaos. He goes further and describes the state of war like a situation where all are against […]

The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money

The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keynes is here presented as the third in our mini-series of major economic-philosophical works, the two others being Adam Smiths’s Wealth of Nations and Karl Marx’s Capital. Keynes’s work is the most recent, published in 1936, established economics as a modern scientific field and […]

An Inquiry into the Nature of Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

An Inquiry into the Nature of Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776) also known as simply The Wealth of Nations is the magnum opus by the Scottish philosopher and economist Adam Smith. The work is considered the foundation of modern economic philosophy – a field established by Adam Smith, who studied social philosophy at […]

The Complete Hadith – All 9 Volumes in one PDF

The Hadith is the second most important Islamic book after the Quran. The book is often referred to as “The backbone of Islamic culture” because of its immense influence on Islamic societies, morality, and spiritual life. While the Quran is based solely on revelations written down immediately after the Prophets death, the Hadith merely bear […]

The Teachings of a Sufi Master

The Teachings of a Sufi Master. Sufism preaches no particular dogma, except the great truths that are the basis of all religious beliefs: the belief in the existence of divinity, of an invisible world, and of the immortality of the soul. Unlike the mosque, the Sufi’s gathering is open to all people; everybody can go […]

The Sufism of the Rubaiyat or The Secret of the Great Paradox

The Sufism of the Rubaiyat or The Secret of the Great Paradox by Norton F. W. Hazeldine, second edition 1906. The Persian word Rubaiyat means “reading between the lines”, or “a meaning, within a meaning”, or simply a paradox. The books consist of translations of beautiful mystical verses written by the Sufi mystic, mathematician, astronomer, […]

A collection of books and writings by Søren Kierkegaard

A collection of books and writings by Søren Kierkegaard. Søren Kierkegaard was the first existentialist philosopher, sharp and clear, ironic and down to earth at the same time. His writings can be hard to comprehend. I have been reading some of his books as they were written, in Danish, and I can imagine that translators […]

Realism: An Attempt to Trace Its Origin and Development in Its Chief Representatives

Realism: An Attempt to Trace Its Origin and Development in Its Chief Representatives from 1925 is the primary work by the Pakistani philosopher Syed Zafarul Hasan and his doctoral thesis. Realism has become a classic on the subject of realism and for good reasons. In Philosophical Realism, the view is that the physical world exists […]

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