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  1. 116554

    History Of Western Philosophy.

    and its Connection with Political and Social Circumstances from the Earliest Times to the Present Day.
    First UK edition, first impression, an exceptional copy. Russell's compendious account of the history of philosophy, from the Orphism of Ancient Greece to the Logical Positivism of the author's present day, was a triumph of his populist craft and is perhaps his most famous book. Written during the Second World War, Russell's project was in part conceived to explain to his audience the exact nature of the "civilisation" for which they were fighting. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1946

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116554

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  2. 116513

    The Logic of Preference.

    First edition, first impression, of this expanded version of a lecture on ethics and logic given at the University of Edinburgh in 1962. Learn More
    £65

    Date of Publication: 1963

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 116513

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  3. 116512

    The Self and Its Brain.

    With 66 Figures.
    First edition, first impression. The Self and Its Brain was the result of a long collaboration between the distinguished historian of science, Karl Popper, and Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist John C. Eccles, who sought to develop a philosophy of the mind that would take into account both philosophical ideas of the self and new scientific discoveries about how the brain works. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1977

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116512

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  4. 116289

    A Essay upon Government:

    or, the natural notions of government, demonstrated in a chain of consequences from the fundamental principles of society. By which, all the nicest cases of conscience relating to government may be, and many of 'em are here resolv'd, with respect to the authority of government in general: the end and manner of making and executing laws: the measure of submission to princes, and the lawfulness, or unlawfulness of revolutions, in a method altogether new.
    First edition. Thomas Burnet(t) (d. 1750) was a priest and theologian who delivered sermons as part of the Boyle Lectures. His work consisted of explicatory essays on Christianity, including one aimed at children, as well as philosophical essays which "attempt to reason logically from positions assumed as axiomatic" (ODNB), such as the present work. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1716

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116289

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    Part of My Life.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Ayer on the front free endpaper: "With best wishes, A. J. Ayer, Oxford March 10 1978". Ayer's autobiography is uncommon inscribed. Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1977

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116146

    Signed: Yes

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  6. The Function of Reason.

    The Function of Reason.

    Louis Clark Vanuxen Foundation Lectures delivered at Princeton University, March 1929.
    First edition, first printing, of the author's essay which defines speculative reason as the "self-discipline of the originative element in history" (Introductory Summary). Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: Princeton

    Stock Code: 116056

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  7. Autobiography.

    Autobiography.

    First edition of Mill's pioneering essay in the literary genre of psychological self-analysis, composed mainly during the 1850s, but not published until after his death. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1873

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116055

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  8. Lecture on a Master Mind: John Stuart Mill.

    Lecture on a Master Mind: John Stuart Mill.

    Read 19 January 1955.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116048

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  9. Gedanken von der wahren Schätzung der lebendigen Kräfte und Beurtheilung der Beweise derer sich Herr von Leibnitz und andere Mechaniker in dieser Streitsache bedienet haben, nebst einigen vorhergehenden Betrachtungen welche die Kraft der Körper überhaupt

    Gedanken von der wahren Schätzung der lebendigen Kräfte und Beurtheilung der Beweise derer sich Herr von Leibnitz und andere Mechaniker in dieser Streitsache bedienet haben, nebst einigen vorhergehenden Betrachtungen welche die Kraft der Körper überhaupt

    Very rare first edition of Kant's first book. "In his early years Kant pondered the nature of space and time first from the point of view of Leibniz and then of Newton, but eventually he found both positions unsatisfactory. In his Thoughts on the true estimation of Living Forces [the present work] he took Leibniz's view and tried to explain the nature of space by means of the forces of unextended substances (monads) that cause such substances to interact. Learn More
    £22,500

    Date of Publication: 1746 [recte 1749].

    Published: Königsberg:

    Stock Code: 115611

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  10. 115599

    The Structure of Metaphysics.

    With a foreword by John Wisdom.
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in the same year. Learn More
    £55

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115599

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  11. Posthumous Works of Mr. John Locke:

    Posthumous Works of Mr. John Locke:

    Viz. I. Of the Conduct of the Understanding. II. An Eaxmination of P. Malebranche’s Opinion of Seeing all things in God. III. A Discourse of Miracles. IV. Part of a Fourth Letter for Toleration. V. Memoirs relating to the Life of Anthony first Earl of Shaftsbury. To which is added, VI. His New Method of a Common-Place Book, written originally in French, and now translated into English.
    First edition of Locke's Posthumous works, edited by his literary editors, Anthony Collins and Peter King. It includes for the first time part of the Fourth Letter for Toleration (pages 233-277), first printed in its entirety from a different manuscript in 1829. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1706

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115547

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  12. The Foundations of Geometry. Authorised Translation by E. J. Townsend, PH. D. University of Illinois.

    The Foundations of Geometry. Authorised Translation by E. J. Townsend, PH. D. University of Illinois.

    Front cover with dampmark, contents unaffected; very short tear to initial leaf with publishers advertisment; a very good copy.
    First edition in English, the UK issue, co-published with The Open Court Publishing Company of Chicago, of one of the most influential mathematics publications of the 20th century. Hilbert's classical investigation of the logical foundations of geometry was first published in German in 1899. Until this publication, all geometry, including such recent and sophisticated developments as hyperbolic and elliptic geometry, implied an intuitive idea of the concepts ‘point', ‘line', ‘plane', ‘between', ‘lies on' etc. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115519

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  13. The Life of John Stuart Mill.

    The Life of John Stuart Mill.

    With a Preface by Professor F. A. Hayer.
    First US edition, first printing. With a preface by the prominent economist F. A. Hayek, who had published the letters between Mill and his wife Harriet in 1951. Originally published in the UK in the same year. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1954

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115398

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  14. A Review of the System of Ethics

    A Review of the System of Ethics

    Founded on the Theory of Evolution.
    First edition. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1893

    Published: London & New York

    Stock Code: 115365

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  15. Ethics and the History of Philosophy.

    Ethics and the History of Philosophy.

    Selected Essays.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1952

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115364

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  16. Logical Studies.

    Logical Studies.

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of eight essays by the Finnish philosopher, three of which were previously unpublished. Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1957

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115362

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  17. Philosophical Papers.

    Philosophical Papers.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £65

    Date of Publication: 1961

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 115310

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    Signéponge.

    First French edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Pour Serge et [indecipherable] fidèlement, J. Derrida". Derrida's tribute to the poetry of Francis Ponge was originally published in the US in 1984, in a bilingual edition entitled Signésponge - Signsponge. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1988

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 115229

    Signed: Yes

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  19. Signes.

    Signes.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1960

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 115227

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  20. A comparative View of the State and Faculties of Man with those of the Animal World.

    A comparative View of the State and Faculties of Man with those of the Animal World.

    First edition. The Scottish physician John Gregory, was a member of the Aberdeen Philosophical Society, "where he read many essays; these were later collected, modified, and published anonymously under the title A Comparative View of the State and Faculties of Man, with those of the Animal World (1765). Gregory considered human nature to be a uniform non-variant, whose principles and function can be discovered through experiment. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1765

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115200

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