In this edition, illustrated with beautiful Sung Dynasty paintings that reflect Confucian subjects and ideas, every reader can profit from the timeless philosophy that remains at the heart of Chinese civilisation and tradition.
Study the works of some of history’s greatest thinkers and philosophers with the Folio Society’s collection of philosophy books. Each classic text includes beautiful illustrations or carefully researched photographs, as well as specially designed hardback covers. See below for the full list of Folio Philosophy books.
The Bhagavad Gita is the cornerstone of the Hindu faith and one of the world’s greatest religious texts. Gandhi called it his ‘spiritual dictionary’, while as a secular work it inspired Einstein, Yeats and Jung. Our edition uses Juan Mascaró’s acclaimed translation, with illustrations by Anna Bhushan.
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.
Blaise Pascal (1623–62) was a mathematician and physicist who invented the mechanical calculator and developed probability theory. After experiencing a crisis and renewal of faith, he set out to write what he titled a ‘Defence of the Christian Religion’.
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.
The concept of paradise is as old as humankind, but it was Thomas More, in 1516, who invented Utopia. He derived it from the Greek meaning ‘no place’, with a pun on the Greek ‘good place’ – a piece of wordplay typical of More and his circle of learned friends.
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