Understanding Philosophy

Understanding John Rawls: Justice as Fariness
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Series: Understanding Philosophy, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,890. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » American philosophy
This guide explains Rawls's concept of 'justice as fairness'. It covers such topics as the two principles of justice, the principle of fairness, the original position and the veil of ignorance, and the difference principle, as well as examining some of the criticisms levelled at Rawls's arguments.
Understanding Plato: 'The Symposium'
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Series: Understanding Philosophy, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ancient philosophy
This guide examines Plato's discussion of love in The Symposium. It covers all the speeches, culminating in Alcibiades's drunken homage to Socrates, and explores the moral dimensions Plato attaches to love, as well as key concepts such as Common and Heavenly love.
Understanding Aristotle: The Virtues
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Series: Understanding Philosophy, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,300. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » American philosophy
This guide covers Book 2 of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics in which he discusses the virtues. It explains the difference between moral and intellectual virtues, what Aristotle means by 'happiness', what he considers vices, and his 'doctrine of the mean'.
Understanding Kant: Concepts and Intuitions
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Series: Understanding Philosophy, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 2,960. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » European philosophy
This guide examines Kant's theory of knowledge, specifically his arguments for separating human thought into concepts and intuitions.
Understanding Descartes: I am, I exist
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Series: Understanding Philosophy, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,440. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » European philosophy
In Meditations on First Philosophy, René Descartes uses rational thought to argue that his essence exists in his thoughts alone. This guide will outline the reasoning Descartes' uses in establishing his theory of knowledge that he argues is necessary to form a 'pro
Understanding Freud: The Unconscious Mind
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Series: Understanding Philosophy, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » European philosophy
A concise guide to Freud's theory of the unconscious mind as outlined in his Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis. Topics covered include the role the unconscious plays in 'parapraxes', the dream-works, neurotic diseases and symptoms, and it's central part in psychoanalysis.
Understanding Habermas: The Ideal Speech Community
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Series: Understanding Philosophy, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,430. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
This essay length guide examines Habermas's theory of the Ideal Speech Community, which is a combination of speech act theory and Kantian moral theory. Topics covered include a brief examination of critical theory and its origins, different types of speech acts and the validity claims they make, the world creation criteria that validate speech acts, and the principle of universalisation.
Understanding Marx: Class Struggle
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Series: Understanding Philosophy, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Contemporary philosophy
Many of Karl Marx's social and economic theories have the concept of class struggle at their core. This essay length guide examines Marx's concept of class struggle, and explains its role in the revolutionary process. Topics covered include a definition of class, the dialectic development of society, and the formation of the capitalist state, and the classless society.
Understanding Sartre: Existentialism is a Humanism
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Series: Understanding Philosophy, Book 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
In 'Existentialism is a Humanism', Jean-Paul Sartre defended existential philosophy from a wide range of criticisms, including a popular perception that many of its key tenets were overly pessimistic. This essay-length guide explains many of the arguments Sartre presented in the lecture, including key concepts such as abandonment, and existence preceding essence.
Understanding Dilthey: Hermeneutics
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Series: Understanding Philosophy, Book 10. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,740. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Epistemology
This guide explains Dilthey's theory of hermeneutics in simple, easy to understand language. It covers all the important concepts including the distinction between the natural and human sciences, Dilthey's historical epistemology, and his concepts of interest and 'exegesis'.