Publication: Key Texts – Classical Anglophone Philosophy

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Martin O’Malley, Johannes Achatz, Nikolai Münch, Nikolaus Knoepffler (eds.).

Key Texts: Classical Anglophone Philosophy.

Classical Anglophone Philosophy introduces a rich philosophical tradition in its original language.

From Bacon to Dewey, the texts of this collection were all written in the English language over a 300-year span. Much more unites the authors, of course, but most importantly they all share that common language and the history associated with the island of Great Britain – whether subjects of its crown or not. That history is both distinctly European and distinct from the European continent even in the branches that developed apart from the British island, most notably in North America. The 16th-century English Reformation and World War 1 bracket the time frame adopted for the present collection. This was a period when British political power extended around the globe. The ideas developed by this collection’s Anglophone philosophers had perhaps even wider reach and impact.

Table of Contents

keytexts1 Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
Novum Organum (1620)

2 Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679)
Leviathan (1651)

3 John Locke (1632–1704)
Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690)
Two Treatises of Government (1689)

4 George Berkeley (1685–1753)
Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710)

5 David Hume (1711–1776)
A Treatise of Human Nature: being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental
Method of Reasoning into Moral Subjects (1739–1740)

6 Adam Smith (1723–1790)
The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759/1790)
An Inquiry Into The Nature And Causes of The Wealth Of Nations (1776)

7 Edmund Burke (1729–1797)
Reflections on The Revolutions in France (1790)

8 Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797)
A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792)

9 Legitimate Government In The USA
The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies (1776)
Bill of Rights – The First Ten Amendments to the Constitution (1791)
The Federalist Papers/No. 84 (1788)
Thomas Jefferson to James Madison (1789)
Abraham Lincoln, Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield,
Illinois: The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions (1838)
Frederick Douglass: The Hypocrisy of American Slavery (1852)
Abraham Lincoln: Address at a Sanitary Fair (1864)
WEB Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk (1903)

10 Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)
Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1823)

11 John Stuart Mill (1806–1873)
Utilitarianism (1887) Chapter 2. What Utilitarianism Is

12 George Edward Moore (1873–1958)
Principia Ethica (1903)

13 Bertrand Russell (1872–1970)
Philosophy of Logical Atomism (1918)
The Ethics of War (1915)

14 Charles Peirce (1839–1914)
What Pragmatism is (1905)

15 William James (1842–1910)
Pragmatism: New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking (1907) Lecture II.
What Pragmatism Means

16 John Dewey (1859–1952)
Theory of Valuation (1939)

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