From the ancient Greeks to the 21st century, philosophers have endeavoured to understand the meaning of existence, knowledge, and values. Some of the most ancient texts are still widely read today, from Plato to Sun Tzu. Here you'll find a mix of classics and works by modern thinkers, bringing philosophical exploration right up to the present day.
A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped with the experience. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest.
A series of reflections, strongly influenced by Epictetus, which represent a Stoic outlook on life. It offers a range of fascinating spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe.
The trial and condemnation of Socrates for heresy and corrupting young minds is a defining moment in the history of Classical Athens. In tracing these events through four dialogues, Plato also developed his own philosophy, based on Socrates' manifesto for a life guided by self-responsibilty.
Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. This book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it. It takes us on a chronological tour of the major ideas in the history of philosophy.