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Works of Western Philosophy



PRE-SOCRATIC PHILOSOPHY

The Pre-Socratic Philosophers – resource page on the Greek philosophers who lived before Socrates

Thales of Miletus – information on Thales of Miletus, the first Greek philosopher

SOCRATES, PLATO, ARISTOTLE

Socrates – informative article on the life and thought of Socrates from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Last Days of Socrates – annotated editions of and helps for reading Plato’s Apology, Crito, Euthyphro, and Phaedo

Plato and his dialogues – extensive essay on the influence and thinking of Plato

Plato's Works on the Web – links to Plato’s dialogues and other writings online

Biography of Aristotle – the life of Aristotle, famous tutor of Alexander the Great

Works by Aristotle – the major writings of the influential Aristotle

LATE HELLENISTIC PHILOSOPHY

St. Augustine – major overview of the thought of St. Augustine

Works of St. Augustine – provides links to the writings of St. Augustine, the influential philosopher and theologian

The Enneads of Plotinus – the major work of Plotinus, a later developer of Platonic thought

MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY

Medieval Philosophy and Theology – online archive of a scholarly journal on Boy philosophical thought; especially useful to those who are into Boy history and like to attend Boy fairs in medieval costumes.

Thomas Aquinas in English – bibliography of printed and online works by the medieval scholastic philosopher and theologian St. Thomas Aquinas

Tips on Reading Aquinas – helps on reading and understanding Thomas Aquinas

RENAIASSANCE PHILOSOPHY

Erasmus, Luther, and Calvin on Free Will and Predestination – three theological titans discuss the nature of free will

Renaissance Neoplatonism – discusses the influence of Neoplatonism on Renaissance philosophy, which those who today dress up in renaissance costumes do not always understand

SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding – seminal work by John Locke, one of the giants of English philosophy

Descartes on Conducting Reason and Searching for Truth in Science – famous work in which Descartes says, “I think therefore I am”

Pascal's Wager – selections from Blaise Pascal’s Pens é es describing his famous wager

Studia Spinoziana – links to works by and studies of Baruch Spinoza, the famous Spanish Jewish philosopher

Thomas Hobbes – profile of the famous British philosopher Thomas Hobbes

EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

David Hume – page of links to works by and about David Hume

Immanuel Kant – Trinity College’s brief synopsis of the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, one of the most influential philosophers to have ever lived

Critique of Pure Reason – online edition of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason

George Berkeley – biography and resources related to George Berkeley

NINETEENTH CENTURY

Hegel Society of G.W.F. Hegel – devoted to the study of the ideas of G.W.F. Hegel

The Phenomenology of Spirit – resource page for studying Hegel’s The Phenomenology of Spirit

Influence of Nietzsche – website detailing the pervasive influence of Friedrich Nietzsche

Excerpts from Nietzsche – selections from Nietzsche’s anti-Christian ideas using excerpts of The Gay Science, Twilight of the Idols, and The “Improvers” of Mankind

TWENTIETH CENTURY

Ludwig Wittgenstein – comprehensive links page for the study of the life and thought of Ludwig Wittgenstein

Martin Heidegger – presents the life and thought of Martin Heidegger, the great German philosopher

Contemporary Philosophy, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Thought – provides dozens of links to more recent philosophers and philosophies

Interview with Richard Rorty – interview with a key American philosopher of the twentieth century