At the Limits of Reason

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An Introduction to Metaphysics
1.  An Introduction to Metaphysics by Henri Bergson
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  "Bergson excoriates the spatial and static conception of the world fostered by reason, arguing instead that being is an indivisible motion, a dynamic process in which our every act is creative and free"
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Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings
2.  Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings by Jean-Paul Sartre
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  "Whilst Sartre couldn’t offer a solution to the flight from anxiety into bad faith, his revelation of the infinite potential and boundless freedom of man is the most compelling in all Western thought"
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Maurice Merleau-Ponty: Basic Writings
3.  Maurice Merleau-Ponty: Basic Writings by Thomas Baldwin
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  "Although not as radical or prophetic as Sartre, Merleau-Ponty exhibits greater psychological subtlety whilst the central role he gives to the body circumvents much of his predecessor’s latent dualism"
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Adventures of Ideas
4.  Adventures of Ideas by Alfred North Whitehead
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  "Whitehead’s monolithic metaphysic is undoubtedly challenging, but in arguing that we must abandon substance for process, his system can accommodate both quantum theory and the reality of consciousness"
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Basic Writings: Martin Heidegger
5.  Basic Writings: Martin Heidegger by Martin Heidegger
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  "Oblique certainly, but Heidegger was seeking a new methodology, one which could bridge the subjective/objective divide and recast philosophy as a study of the nature of Being and man’s relation to it"
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The Will to Believe and Human Immortality
6.  The Will to Believe and Human Immortality by William James
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  "James dispels the philosophical illusion that thought is the zenith of human endeavour, and restores it to its place as an instrument for more abundant living, compelling us toward further experience"
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First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature (Contemporary Continental Philosophy) (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)
7.  First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature (Contemporary Continental Philosophy) (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy) by F. W.J. Schelling
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  "Romanticism looms large in Schelling’s philosophy as he attempts to articulate the unity of man and Nature, so revealing the futility of reason and establishing Art as the surest means of knowledge"
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Penguin Great Ideas : On The Suffering of the World
8.  Penguin Great Ideas : On The Suffering of the World by Arthur Schopenhauer
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  "One of the lamentably few Western philosophers to be influenced by the East, Schopenhauer’s metaphysics may be pessimistic, but the profound consequences for ethics and aesthetics more than justify it"
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The Essential Kierkegaard (Kierkegaard's Writings)
9.  The Essential Kierkegaard (Kierkegaard's Writings) by Søren Kierkegaard
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  "With an emphasis on faith and subjectivity, absurdity and paradox, Kierkegaard conceded that much of human existence is beyond reason and so rescued philosophy from the stranglehold of ‘objectivity’"
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A Nietzsche Reader (Classics)
10.  A Nietzsche Reader (Classics) by Friedrich Nietzsche
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  "Nietzsche attacked the transcendentalism of religion & metaphysics as a life-denying nihilism, offering instead an existential imperative entreating us to stamp each moment with the spirit of eternity"
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Difference and Repetition (Continuum Impacts) (Continuum Impacts)
11.  Difference and Repetition (Continuum Impacts) (Continuum Impacts) by Gilles Deleuze
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  "Keen to preserve monism whilst rejecting the Hegelian dialetic, Deleuze takes inspiration from Bergson and posits Becoming as the fundamental principle of life, emphasising the productivity of Being"
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All Things are Possible: Or, the Apotheosis of Groundlessness (Living Time Thought)
12.  All Things are Possible: Or, the Apotheosis of Groundlessness (Living Time Thought) by Leon Shestov
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  "The neglected Russian existentialist Shestov shows that the rational pursuit of certainties only leads to despair, and we must embrace the paradoxical nature of life to perceive our ultimate freedom"
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Creative Fidelity
13.  Creative Fidelity by Gabriel Marcel
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  "Characterised by Sartre as a ‘Christian existentialist,’ Marcel offers an escape from typical existentialist concerns such as alienation (here dubbed ‘the Broken World’) through reciprocity and hope"
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Philosophy of Existence (Works in Continental Philosophy)
14.  Philosophy of Existence (Works in Continental Philosophy) by Karl Jaspers
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  "There’s a mystical flavour to Jaspers’ existentialism, and if we wish to escape the alienation encountered at the limits of knowledge, we must aim at transcendence for there lies our ultimate freedom"
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The Myth of Sisyphus (Penguin Modern Classics)
15.  The Myth of Sisyphus (Penguin Modern Classics) by Albert Camus
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  "More literate than many philosophers, Camus provides the most lucid introduction to existentialism as he questions how life can endure in the face of man’s realisation of his own fundamental absurdity"
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Freedom and the Spirit
16.  Freedom and the Spirit by Nicolas Berdyaev
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  "Berdyaev excoriates objectivity as a falling away from the lived experience of Spirit, asserting the primacy of the creative principle inherent to the individual personality before science and society"
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Phenomenology of Spirit (Galaxy Books)
17.  Phenomenology of Spirit (Galaxy Books) by G. W. F. Hegel
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  "Hegelian idealism systematises Romantic pantheism in its portrayal of history as an unfolding of the Absolute Spirit, divine and infinite self-consciousness realised through the vehicle of finite man"
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Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology
18.  Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology by Edmund Husserl
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  "Eschewing the pseudo-problems so long favoured by philosophy, Husserl takes our being in the world as given and focuses on the structures of that relation, thus founding the phenomenological tradition"
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Nature and Selected Essays (Penguin Classics)
19.  Nature and Selected Essays (Penguin Classics) by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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  "Emerson’s transcendentalism is Romantic Idealism through the American looking-glass, revealing our relation with nature as one of pure intuition, coupled with an emphasis on self-reliance and autonomy"
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Scepticism and Animal Faith
20.  Scepticism and Animal Faith by George Santayana
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  "Santayana argues that in their inevitable fallibility theories of knowledge have become an intellectual straitjacket, so instead philosophy must focus on articulating the conditions for enhancing life"
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The Enneads (Classics)
21.  The Enneads (Classics) by Plotinus
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  "Plotinus founded the Neo-Platonic tradition and in doing so paved the way for the hermetic philosophy of the alchemists, for in the One he posits an ultimate source of mystical transcendence and unit"
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Critique of Pure Reason (Great Books in Philosophy)
22.  Critique of Pure Reason (Great Books in Philosophy) by Immanuel Kant
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  "Kant’s schism between object and subject sent one branch of philosophy down the analytic cul-de-sac, whilst another sensibly focused on understanding the world through the subject’s relation to it"
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The German Ideology: Including Theses on Feuerbach and an Introduction to the Critique of Political Economy (Great Books in Philosophy)
23.  The German Ideology: Including Theses on Feuerbach and an Introduction to the Critique of Political Economy (Great Books in Philosophy) by Karl Marx
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  "Marx’s dialectical deconstruction of history and capitalism is profound, whilst one can only sympathise with his insistence that philosophy must not only analyse the world but attempt to change it"
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The Vocation of Man
24.  The Vocation of Man by Johann Gottlieb Fichte
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  "Fichte system is concerned with the reconciliation of freedom and necessity, which he sought to ground in pure subjectivity and the operations of the intellect, the very epitome of German Idealism"
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Archaeology of Knowledge (Routledge Classics)
25.  Archaeology of Knowledge (Routledge Classics) by Michel Foucault
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  "Foucault dubbed his chair ‘History of the Systems of Thought,’ and his concern is with how the historicism which ensures the finitude of knowledge must also be its condition, both founded and founding"
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