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Dark Night of the Soul
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Dark Night of the Soul

By St. John of the Cross

In this spiritual masterpiece -- a classic of Christian literature and mysticism -- the author addresses pride, avarice, envy, and other human imperfections, describing methods of conversion through prayer, submission, and purification.

$4.00

Analects, The
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Analects, The

By Confucius

Rich distillation of the timeless precepts of extremely influential Chinese philosopher and social theorist. Includes "Concerning Fundamental Principles," "Concerning Government," "The Eight Dancers: Concerning Manners and Morals," and much more.

$4.00

Philosophy of Epictetus, The:
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Philosophy of Epictetus, The:

By Epictetus

Stoic philosopher addresses the nature of fate and man's place in the universe, the meaning of good and evil, how we should live, the importance of self-knowledge, and many other issues.

$3.00

Seneca\'s Letters from a Stoic
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Seneca's Letters from a Stoic

By Seneca, Lucius Annaeus

As chief advisor to the emperor Nero, the author was most influential in ancient Rome as a power behind the throne. His lasting fame derives from his writings on Stoic ideology, in which philosophy is a practical form of self-improvement rather than a matter of argument or wordplay. Seneca's letter to a young friend advise action rather than reflection, addressing the issues that confront every generation: how to achieve a good life, avoid corruption, and live without fear of death. Written in an intimate, conversational style, the letters reflect the traditional Stoic focus on living in accordance with nature and accepting the world on its own terms. The philosopher emphasizes Roman values of courage, self-control, and rationality, yet he remains remarkably "modern" in his tolerant and cosmopolitan attitudes. Rich in epigrammatic wit, Seneca's interpretation of Stoicism constitutes a timeless and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind.

$10.00

Trial and Death of Socrates, The:
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Trial and Death of Socrates, The:

By Plato

Plato's "Dialogues" rank with the writings of Aristotle as the most important and influential philosophical works in Western thought. In them Plato cast his teacher Socrates as the central disputant in colloquies that brilliantly probe a vast spectrum of philosophical ideas and issues. None is more exciting and revelatory than the four dialogues on themes evoked by the trial and death of Socrates, accused by his enemies and detractors of crimes against the state, among them "impiety" and "corruption of the young". In "Euthyphro," Socrates explores the concepts and aims of piety and religion; in "Apology" he courageously defends the integrity of his teachings; in "Crito" he demonstrates his respect for the law in his refusal to flee his death sentence; and in "Phaedo" embraces death and discusses the immortality of the soul.

$4.00

Republic, The
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Republic, The

By Plato

This celebrated philosophical work of the Fourth Century BCE contemplates the elements of an ideal state, serving as the forerunner for many other classics. This book concerns itself chiefly with the question, "what is justice?" as well as Plato's theory of ideas and his conception of the philosopher's role in society. To explore the latter, he invents the allegory of the cave to illustrate his notion that ordinary people are like prisoners in a cave, observing only shadows, while philosophers are those who venture outside and see things as they are and return to the cave and tell the truth about what they have seen. This dynamic metaphor expresses at once the eternal conflict between the worlds of the senses and ideas, and the philosopher's role as mediator between the two.

$6.00

Beyond Good & Evil:
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Beyond Good & Evil:

By Nietzsche, Friedrich

After kicking open the doors to 20th-Century philosophy with earlier work, the author refined his ideal of the superman with this book. Conventional morality is a sign of slavery, he maintains, and the superman goes beyond good and evil in action, thought, and creation. Nietzsche especially targets what he calls a "slave morality" that fosters herdlike quiescence and stigmatizes the "highest human types". In this pathbreaking work, the author's philosophical and literary powers are at their height: with devastating irony and flashing wit he gleefully dynamites centuries of accumulated conventional wisdom in metaphysics, morals, and psychology, clearing a path for several 20th-Century innovators.

$5.00