Ponder the issues of life, existence and knowledge with classic books by some of the greatest thinkers in all history. Political theory, philosophical treaties from the ancient Greeks to the modern era and more are included in the Folio Society’s collection of beautiful books on Philosophy and Politics. Each title features carefully researched or original commissioned illustrations, and presented in specially designed hardback covers. See below for the full list of Folio Philosophy and Politics Books.

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The Art of War book

The Art of War


Written over 2,500 years ago, The Art of War remains the most famous military treatise of all time. Sun-tzu’s collection of precepts on strategic warfare has yet to be surpassed.

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The Consolation of Philosophy book

The Consolation of Philosophy


Boethius’ incredible presence of mind enabled him to produce this work of genius while he awaited execution on a false charge of treason. For many years the most popular book in Europe next to the Bible, its relevance endures.

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History of Western Philosophy book

History of Western Philosophy

Bertrand Russell

This essential introduction to philosophy is engaging, entertaining and filled with Russell’s passion for the subject.

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Leviathan book


Thomas Hobbes

The foundation stone of modern political philosophy, Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan is illustrated in this edition with ingenious images by Mike Wilks.

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Meditations and Other Writings book

Meditations and Other Writings

René Descartes

How do we know that what we think is true is actually true? Can we prove the existence of God? Descartes’ questions endure. The Folio edition of Meditations is wittily illustrated by Shout, with an introduction by psychologist Nicholas Humphrey.

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Meditations book


Marcus Aurelius

Introduced by translator Maxwell Staniforth, the private thoughts of this great emperor are a hymn to the philosophy of service and duty.

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Thus Spoke Zarathustra book

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Friedrich Nietzsche

One of the most explosive books ever published, filled with radical ideas and vivid imagery, it takes the form of a prose poem, recounting the story of a prophet, who descends from the mountains to preach to mankind.

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