Philosophy books and textbooks. From ancient philosophy of the Greeks and Romans, through the religious philosophy of the middle ages on to modern 19th and 20th century thinkers. Religious and secular.

All these prices are in New Zealand dollars, and there is a minimum order required of NZD$20 excluding postage.

An Introduction to Wittgenstein's Tractatus

VG VG- wear and short tear to DW, feps removed, top edge dusty.

$30 C/B [PP 44]

Hutchinson University Library 1959 hardcover, 179pp.

BACON Francis edited G. W. Kitchin 
The Advancement of Learning
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Considered the first major philosophical book written in English (1605).
Bacon discusses scientific learning, knowledge, obstacles to its progress, and his own plans for revitalization of schools and universities.
Bacon considers science as intended for 'the relief of man's estate.'
enlightenment philosophy, classical ideals

VG hardback with no jacket.
$12 C/B
Heron Press undated (1970s) gilt decorated leatherette, xiii 246pp
[#5104/PP31 ]

BARNES Jonathan   Early Greek Philosophy Penguin Classics
VG a few pages dog eared, small name to first page $8 C/B Penguin 1987 paperback 318pp. ISBN 0140444610 [#2011 philosophy]

BENNETT J G  The Dramatic Universe Volume One; The Foundations of Natural Philosophy
VG- rubbed to edges $30 C/C Hodder 1956 first edition cloth 8vo, xlii 534pp. A systematic philosophy by the disciple of Gurdjieff [#1156 philosophy]

BRONOWSKI Jacob  The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination
VG VG faint fade to spine titling $15 C/B Yale University Press 1978 first edition hardcover, xiii 146pp. 'traces the evolutionary stages of the cognitive and linguistic capacities' ISBN 0300021925 [# 1242 philosophy]

Indian Philosophy and Modern Culture
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Indian Monism and Western thought + Indian Idealist Metaphysics.

G- hardback with G- dust jacket chipped with loss.
Book foxed throughout.
$10 C/B
Rider undated (1950s?) 7th impression, 48pp
[#5034 ]

G- hardback with no dust jacket chipped with loss.
Book foxed throughout.
$10 C/B
Rider undated (1950s?) 7th impression, 48pp
[#35 ]

BURKE Edmund and Thomas PAINE 
Reflections on the Revolution in France
The Rights of Man
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Two great writers with opposing views on the French Revolution. In his work on The Rights of Man Paine refutes Burke's assertions that the Revolution was corrupting.

VG paperback
$8 A/B
Dolphin Books C264 (Doubleday) 1961, 515pp.
[PB1543 ]

Philosophy of Religion; the Historic Approaches

VG VG minor edge chip

$15 C/B [PP 8]

MacMillan 1972 FIRST EDITION hardcover xiv 216pp philosophy as religion / philosophy as the handmaid of religion / philosophy as making room for faith / philosophy and the analysis of religious language. covers Plato and Platonists, Augustine, Aquinas, Ghazzali,Pascal, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein etc. ISBN 333028627

What is Living and What is Dead in Indian Philosophy

VG- ex library with bookplate and cancellations etc. includes stamp to upper board.

$30 C/C [PP 55]

Peoples Publishing House Delhi 1977 second edition, cloth, xvi 656pp. Includes Methodology / Idealism / Antithesis of Idealism. Hindu philosophy.

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

VG name blacked out to first page, faint marginal pencil lining.

$9 B/A [PP 43]

Oxford University 1987 paperback, x 144pp. Basic introductory material. ISBN 0192891456

The Phenomenon of Man

VG VG light foxing to closed edges, name stamp to fep.

$15 C/C [PP 57]

Collins 1965 revised edition hardcover, 320pp. The author tries to combine Christian theology with Evolutionary theory.

DESCARTES Rene translated by CRESS Donald A
Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy


$8 B/B [PP 12]

Hackett 1980 softcover, xvi 100pp includes bibliography, new but storage wear to spines. ISBN 0915144840

<2 copies available>
DESCARTES Rene translated by CRESS Donald A
Discourse on Method

VG rubbed wrappers

$6 B/$5 international [PP 13]

Hackett 1982 stapled wrappers, xiii 42pp, new but storage wear to covers.Includes preface and bibliography. ISBN 0915144832

EPICTETUS trsl by T W Rolleston   Teachings of Epictetus Being the Encheiridion of Epictetus with Selections from the Dissertations and Fragments.
VG+ inscription to verso of dec. fep $25 C/B Walter Scott undated but inscription dated 1904 green half cloth with extra gilt to cloth, spine and boards, nice dec. endpapers also, all edges gilt, xxxix 222pp+ adverts at rear [#1964 philosophy]
Humanism and Ideology an Aristotelian view

VG VG sunned and price clipped DW, name label to fep, neat pencil underlining and faint foxing

$15 C/B [PP 20]

Routledge Kegan Paul 1973 first edition hardcover, 192pp, some emphasis on Jefferson and James; Hobbes and Modern Natural Right; von Right and the Naturalistic Fallacy. ISBN 0710074425

FULLER R Buckminster 
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
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R. Buckminster Fuller's Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth imagines our species as a crew, united by a shared fate, on a tiny spaceship traveling through infinity. It can be read even today as the most intelligent metaphor for thinking about humankind on this planet. Fuller accepted the challenge presented by this metaphor, using his inventions and writings to contribute to the safe operations of Spaceship Earth.
specialization, automation, systems theory,

G+ softback with rubbed edges.
$15 B/A
Clarion 1970 first soft cover edition 144pp.
[#3512 ]

GORER Geoffrey. 
The Life and ideas of the Marquis de Sade
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An insightful and well researched biography of Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade, and the times he lived in and how this affected his philosophy and writings.
Covers his political and theological ideas as well as his 'pornographic' writings.
Panther 171B
divine marquis, french philosophy, 18th century, libertine, atheist, atheist philosophy

G+ paperback with rubbed edges and reading creases etc. to cover, an 'adults only' label and a peice of surface lifted from top corner of front cover, generally VG internally.
$10 A/A
Panther 1964 reprint, 203pp.
[PB1685 ]

Summula Philosophiae Scholasticae in usum Adolescentum Volumen II Cosmologia et Psychologia.

VG name to fep and title,pencil notes in text, pen inscription to blank half of final page.

$20 C/C [PP 60]

M H Gill 1920 cloth, viii 480pp. Editio Quinta recognita et adaucta. Text in Latin, footnotes English. Scholastic philosophy (Catholic).

HONDERICH Ted editor   The Oxford Companion to Philosophy soft cover
VG some soiling to first page $20 B/ inquire for overseas as nearly 2kg in weight OUP 1995 soft cover, 1009pp ISBN 0198661320 [#1975 philosophy]
Artistry, the work of artists


$10 C/B [PP 16]

Hackett 1982 first edition cloth, 212pp. Art, Craft, and Skill; In Search of Nature's Way of Singing; Languages of Craft; Craft, Creativity and Imagination; Practice and the Vision of Mastery. ISBN 0915145065 art theory philosophy

HUME David   A Treatise of Human Nature volume one only of two
VG VG some soiling and wear to DW $15 A/B J. M. Dent & Sons. 1939, EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY # 548 cloth. [# 1541 philosophy ]
The Idea of Phenomenology

VG- some marginal and underlining throughout in pen.

$35 B/ B [PP 38]

Martinus Nijhoff 1964 first edition cloth, xxii 60pp.

JASPERS Karl translated by Stanley Godman 
Reason and Anti-Reason in Our Time
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Analyses the claims of psycho-analysis and Marxism to be reasonable philosophies and then expounds his own view of the nature of reason, deals with Nietzsche, Marx etc.
christian philosophy, politics, psychology

VG hardback in G dustjacket, chipped and repaired with some loss.
$25 C/B
SCM Press 1953 first English edition, 96pp.
[#4671 ]

JOAD C. E. M.  Guide to Philosophy first edition
VG- spine fade, handling soiling, name to fep $14 C/C Gollancz 1936 first edition, cloth, 592pp. [#1863 philosophy]

Fontana Modern Masters Philosophy Series
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Four titles giving an overview of the philosophical thought of these important thinkers.
Levi-Strauss by Edmund Leach
Popper by Bryan Magee
Russell by A J Ayer
Wittgenstein by David Pears
ISBN 0006322557 / 0006329934 / 0006329659 / 0006324290
modern philosophers, twentieth century philosophy, introduction

VG- paperbacks
$20 A/B
Fontana 1974 / 1979 / 1972 / 1975, approx. 110-180 pages per book.
[PB1667 ]

KOESTLER Arthur  The Act of Creation hard cover
VG G+ unclipped DW has some surface insect damage and short edge tears or chips, book clean except small tick to contents page $20 C/D Hutchinson 1964 second impression, cloth 751pp [#1802 philosophy]
Readings in Existential Phenomenology

VG- G- minor amount of underlining, DW heavily chipped to edges and worn with some tears, name to fep.

$20 C/C [PP 39]

Prentice Hall 1967 first edition cloth large 4to, xi 411pp selected readings.

LEGGE James translates and edits CONFUCIUS and others 
The Chinese Classics, volume 1 and 2 (in one book)

Confucian Analects, The Great Learning, The Doctrine of the Mean, The Works of Mencius. Chinese philosophical tracts, with Chinese text and English translation and elucidation. Includes concordances and glossaries etc. ISBN9576380391

VG+ hardback in VG+ dust jacket
$90 B/D
SMC Publishing Inc. 1998, 503 + 587 pp.[#2696 philosophy ]

LOUX Michael J.  Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy
VG $30 B/C Routledge1998 Soft cover, 240pp ISBN 13: 9780415140348 ISBN 10: 041514034X [#1820 philosophy]

LUCRETIUS  T. Lucreti Cari De Rerum Natura, Liber Primus ed. J D Duff
G pencil notation $6 A/B Cambridge University 1936 cloth 16mo, xxvi 136pp Latin text with intro and notes. [# 1377 philosophy]

MAGEE Bryan 
Modern Masters series.
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A study of the philosopher Karl Popper and his philosophy.
In 1937, Popper emigrated to New Zealand, where he became lecturer in philosophy at Canterbury University College of the University of New Zealand in Christchurch until 1946. It was here that he wrote his influential work The Open Society and its Enemies.
Popper defended democratic liberalism as a social and political philosophy. His work represented extensive critiques of the philosophical presuppositions underpinning all forms of totalitarianism.
Falsifiability/problem of demarcation, Political philosophy, Cosmological pluralism

VG hardback in VG dust jacket.
$20 C/A
Woburn Press 1974, 109 pp.
[#2328 ]

Principia Ethica
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Along with Bertrand Russell More played an important part in modern philosophy.
Published in 1903, Principia Ethica was influential in society at large, influencing the Bloomsbury Group including John Maynard Keynes.
ethics, morals, twentieth century philosophy

G+ softback with pen underlining, soiled wrappers, name stamp to fep.
$10 C/B
Cambridge University 1966, xxvii 232pp.
[#4672 ]

NIETZSCHE Friedrich trsl R.J. Hollingdale 
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
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Nietzsche was one of the most revolutionary thinkers in Western philosophy, and Thus Spoke Zarathustra remains his most influential work.
The ancient Persian prophet Zarathustra descends from his solitude in the mountains to tell the world that God is dead and that the Superman, the human embodiment of divinity, is his successor.
With blazing intensity, Nietzsche argues that the meaning of existence is not to be found in religious pieties or meek submission, but in an all-powerful life force: passionate, chaotic and free.
Translated by R. J. Hollingdale
ISBN 9780140441185
philosophy, existentialist

G+ paperback, some reading creases to covers.
$9 C/B
Penguin Classics 2003, 343pp.
[#5073 ]

NIETZSCHE Friedrich trsl by A. Tille, revised by M.M. Bozman 
Thus Spake Zarathustra
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VG hardback with no jacket.
$12 C/B
Heron Press undated (1970s) gilt decorated leatherette, xxiii 288pp
[#5103 ]

PANDEYA Ramchandra
Indian Studies in Philosophy

VG- ex library with bookplate and cancellations etc. includes stamp to upper board.

$15 C/B [PP 56]

Motilal Banarsidass 1977 first edition cloth, xi 229pp. Includes Buddhist and Jaina, Madhyamika, Syadvada.

PRIOR Arthur N. 
Logic and the basis of Ethics
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History of the controversy between ethical naturalism and its opposite.
Aims to clarify the issue of describing conduct and character as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, or as ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. The book states that one of the main factors that have made this issue obscure is the illusion of some anti-naturalists that purely logical considerations can settle it.
Defines the limitations of the discussions: it is not concerned with the ‘other things’ people use to define conduct and character. The book attempts to consider the issue from the purely logician point of view and suggests to the naturalists and anti-naturalists how their positions may be freed from logical faults.
Introduces the Logic of Ethics, which is not a special kind or branch of logic, but rather an application of it.

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with minor wear
$20 A/A
Oxford University Press 1956, 111 pp.
[#2329 ]

The Web of Belief second edition

VG light crease to cover

$15 B/B [PP 14]

McGraw Hill 1978 softcover, vi 147pp the philosophical basis and investigation of beliefs are arrived at etc.(Second copy available has been contact sealed and with name to second page facing title). ISBN 0075536099

Atlas Shrugged
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In this novel Ayn Rand dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex.
Peopled by larger than life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.
ISBN 9780451191144
objectivism, philosophy, John Galt

VG paperback
$9 A/B
Signet 1996, introduction by Piekoff, 1079pp.
[PB1727 ]

For the New Intellectual; The Philosophy of Ayn Rand
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Ayn Rand's first non-fiction work, a challenge to the prevalent philosophical doctrines of our time and the 'atmosphere of guilt, of panic, of despair, of boredom, and of all-pervasive evasion' that they create.
As incisive and relevant today as it was sixty years ago, this book presents the essentials of Ayn Rand's philosophy 'for those who wish to acquire an integrated view of existence.'
ISBN 9780451163080
objectivism, philosophy,

VG paperback
$8 A/B
Signet undated 216pp.
[PB1728 ]

Philosophy, Who Needs It
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This collection of essays was the last work planned by Ayn Rand before her death in 1982.
In it, she summarizes her view of philosophy and deals with a broad spectrum of topics.
According to Ayn Rand, the choice we make is not whether to have a philosophy, but which one to have: rational, conscious, and therefore practical; or contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately lethal.
Written with all the clarity and eloquence that have placed Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy in the mainstream of American thought, these essays range over such basic issues as education, morality, censorship, and inflation to prove that philosophy is the fundamental force in all our lives.
ISBN 9780451138934
objectivism, philosophy,

VG paperback
$8 A/B
Signet undated, introduction by Piekoff, 308pp.
[PB1729 ]

The New Left; The Anti-Industrial Revolution
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Includes 'The Age of Envy'.
ISBN 0451095510225
philosophy, objectivism

VG paperback
$8 A/B
Signet 1975 second revised edition, 239pp.
[PB29/PB498 ]

SAXENA Sushil Kumar 
Studies in the Metaphysics of Bradley
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Author was Reader in Philosophy at University of Delhi.
Uncorrected Proof

G+ sewn sheets in discoloured paper wrappers.
Title written in ball pen on to otherwise blank spine, publisher's rubber stamp to cover.
Owner's name stamp to first page, review slip stapled to top corner of front cover, staple rusting.
$25 C/C
George Allen Unwin 1967 first edition soft cover, 269pp.
[#4223 ]

SENECA trsl by Walter Clode   The Morals of Seneca A selection of his prose.
VG+ $25 C/B Walter Scott undated but approx 1900 green half cloth with extra gilt to cloth, spine and boards, nice dec. endpapers also, all edges gilt, xiv 280pp+ adverts at rear [#1965 philosophy]

SIMS Bennett 
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A biography of Confucius, and a study of the promotion of his philosophy by his devotee Mencius.
china, chinese philosophy, K'ung Fu-tzu, Master K'ung, immortals of mankind series

VG hardback in VG dust jacket
$10 C/B
Franklin Watts Ltd.1968 first edition, 139pp.
[#3882 ]

TAYLOR Richard   Metaphysics secondedition
G+ rubbed covers, some pencil notation $8 C/B Prentice Hall (Foundations of philosophy series) 1974 second revised edition, xvii 133pp. Intorduction to metaphysics including theories of deity etc. ISBN 0135784689 [PP 51]

TAYLOR Richard   Metaphysics third edition
VG- some bumping to corners, minor damp mark to bottom margin $9 C/B Prentice Hall 1983 soft cover. ISBN 0135784506 [#1924 philosophy]
THAYER H S editor
Pragmatism, the classic writings

VG- worn wraps

$12 C/C [PP 17]

Hackett 1982 softcover, 383pp. Selections from C S Peirce, William James, Clarence Irving Lewis, John Dewey, G H Mead. ISBN 0915145375

THIELICKE Helmut  Nihilism, Its origin and nature- with a christian answer ed. Ruth Nanda Anshen
VG VG price clipped DW light spotting $15 C/B RKP 1962 1st edn hardcover part of the Religious Perspectives series. Studies the influence of Nihilism in modern psychiatry, medicine, law and politics [# 1062 philosophy]

THOREAU Henry David  
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One man's attempt to live the simple life in the wilderness, which is regarded as the founding text for the environmental movement and the entire counter-culture of those "opting out" of the system.
Pocket Classics No13, philosophy, ecology, solitude, bucolic, american

VG paperback
$7 A/B
Penguin 2016, 323pp.

THOREAU Henry David 
Walden and other writings
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Collects Walden, or life in the woods; Civil Disobedience; Slavery in Massachusetts; A Plea for Captain John Brown; Life without Principle.
philosophy, bucolic, american,

VG hardback with no dust jacket
$10 C/C
MetroBooks 2001, 368pp.
[#3905 ]

The Philosophy of Science an introduction

VG top of half title trimmed, owners details to final page

$8 B/B [PP 24]

Hutchinson University Library 1967 softcover, 160pp

VOLTAIRE  Philosophical Dictionary VG+ name to first page $8 C/B Penguin Classics paperback 400pp ISBN 014044257X [PB# 345 philos]
The Collected Works of Ken Wilber vol 4

VG VG one page minor damage to fore edge margin

$60 C/D [PP 2]

Shambhala 1999 FIRST EDITION thus hardcover ix 742pp includes Integral Psychology / Transformations of Consciousness / Selected Essays, psychology, philosophy. ISBN 1570625042

The Marriage of Sense and Soul, Integrating Science and Religion

VG bookplate to first page

$15 B/B [PP 4]

Broadway 1999 softcover xii 225pp survey of the past , present and future attempts at reconciling science and religion,covers Romanticism, Idealism and postmodernism. ISBN 0767903439 psychology

The Essential Ken Wilber an introductory reader

VG bookplate to half title, binding opens flat at centre

$15 B/B [PP 5]

Shambhala 1998 FIRST EDITION softcover viii 199pp introductory sampler with excerpts from his most popular works. ISBN 1570623791 psychology

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