With an Introduction that outlines Marcus’s life and career, the essentials of Stoic doctrine, the style and construction of the Meditations, and the work’s ongoing influence, this edition makes it possible to fully rediscover the ...

Author: Marcus Aurelius

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 9781588361738

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Nearly two thousand years after it was written, Meditations remains profoundly relevant for anyone seeking to lead a meaningful life. Few ancient works have been as influential as the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, philosopher and emperor of Rome (A.D. 161–180). A series of spiritual exercises filled with wisdom, practical guidance, and profound understanding of human behavior, it remains one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written. Marcus’s insights and advice—on everything from living in the world to coping with adversity and interacting with others—have made the Meditations required reading for statesmen and philosophers alike, while generations of ordinary readers have responded to the straightforward intimacy of his style. For anyone who struggles to reconcile the demands of leadership with a concern for personal integrity and spiritual well-being, the Meditations remains as relevant now as it was two thousand years ago. In Gregory Hays’s new translation—the first in thirty-five years—Marcus’s thoughts speak with a new immediacy. In fresh and unencumbered English, Hays vividly conveys the spareness and compression of the original Greek text. Never before have Marcus’s insights been so directly and powerfully presented. With an Introduction that outlines Marcus’s life and career, the essentials of Stoic doctrine, the style and construction of the Meditations, and the work’s ongoing influence, this edition makes it possible to fully rediscover the thoughts of one of the most enlightened and intelligent leaders of any era.


The "Meditations" of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius are a readable exposition of the system of metaphysics known as stoicism.

Author: Aurelius Marcus

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781853264863

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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The "Meditations" of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius are a readable exposition of the system of metaphysics known as stoicism. Stoics maintained that by putting aside great passions, unjust thoughts and indulgence, man could acquire virtue and live at one with nature.

Meditations Objections and Replies

The Meditations and the Objections and Replies René Descartes did not just
publish six Meditations; he presented his work to a select group of scholars
before official publication so that their comments and his replies would be issued
in a ...

Author: René Descartes

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 9781603843508

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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Among the strengths of this edition are reliable, accessible translations, useful editorial materials, and a straightforward presentation of the Objections and Replies, including the Objections from Caterus, Arnauld, and Hobbes, and Descartes' Replies, in their entirety. 'The Letter Serving as a Reply to Gassendi' -- in which several of Descartes' associates present Gassendi's best arguments and Descartes' replies -- conveys the highlights and important issues of their notoriously extended exchange. Roger Ariew's illuminating general Introduction discusses the Meditations and the intellectual environment surrounding its reception. Also included are a bibliography and chronology.

Descartes Meditations on First Philosophy

General introduction The Meditations and Cartesian Philosophy John
Cottingham Descartes ' Meditations on First Philosophy is , indisputably , one of
the greatest philosophical classics of all time . The challenge it offers is in many
ways ...

Author: René Descartes

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521558181

Category: Philosophy

Page: 120

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New edition of the Meditations with introductions by John Cottingham and Bernard Williams.

Essays on Descartes Meditations

11 Is There Radical Dissimulation in Descartes ' Meditations ? Louis E. Loeb
INTRODUCTION According to dissimulation hypotheses , Descartes , in the
Meditations , intentionally misrepresented important aspects of his philosophy .

Author: Matina Souretis Horner Distinguished Professor Radcliffe College Professor of Philosophy Amelie Oksenberg Rorty

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520055094

Category: History

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The essays in this volume form a commentary on Descartes' Meditations. Following the sequence of the meditational stages, the authors analyze the function of each stage in transforming the reader, to realize his essential nature as a rational inquirer, capable of scientific, demonstrable knowledge of the world. There are essays on the genre of meditational writing, on the implications of the opening cathartic section of the book on Descartes' theory of perception and his use of skeptical arguments; essays on the theory of ideas and their role of Descartes' reconstructive analytic method; essays on the proofs for the existence of God, on the role of the will in the formation and malformation of judgments; and the essays on the foundations of the science of extension and on Descartes' account of the union of mind and body.

Nietzsche Untimely Meditations

Note on the text R. J. Hollingdale's translation of Nietzsche's four Untimely
Meditations ( 1873-6 ) was first published by Cambridge University Press in 1983
and is here reproduced , with a few minor corrections . The introduction by Daniel

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521585842

Category: Philosophy

Page: 276

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These four essays are key documents for understanding the development of Nietzsche's thought.


One of the world's most famous and influential books, Meditations, by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121-180), incorporates the stoic precepts he used to cope with his life as a warrior and administrator of an empire.

Author: Emperor Of Rome Marcus Aurelius


ISBN: 9781987478075


Page: 186

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One of the world's most famous and influential books, Meditations, by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121-180), incorporates the stoic precepts he used to cope with his life as a warrior and administrator of an empire. Ascending to the imperial throne in A.D. 161, Aurelius found his reign beset by natural disasters and war. In the wake of these challenges, he set down a series of private reflections, outlining a philosophy of commitment to virtue above pleasure and tranquility above happiness.

Meditations on Quixote

To the Reader UNDER the title of Meditations this first volume announces several
essays on various subjects of no very great consequence to be published by a
professor of Philosophy in partibus infidelium . Some of them , like this series of ...

Author: José Ortega y Gasset

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252068959

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 192

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Presents a powerful case for integrating literature into experience. Through a series of essays in intellectual love, the author explores the aim of philosophy. He then considers how literature, specifically Cervantes, contributes to realizing this aim.

Descartes s Meditations

Introduction : About the Meditations Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy ,
first published in 1641 , are devoted to the following philosophical questions :
What can we come to know about the human mind and its powers ? Is there a ...

Author: Catherine Wilson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521007665

Category: Philosophy

Page: 271

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Table of contents

Argument and Persuasion in Descartes Meditations

Because we would think them confusedly, he does not simply put them forward in
the First Meditation. If they are the premises of a synthetic demonstration, we are
not in a position to grasp them, and Descartes does not waste time laying out ...

Author: David Cunning

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199774471

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy has proven to be not only one of the canonical texts of Western philosophy, but also the site of a great deal of interpretive activity in scholarship on the history of early modern philosophy over the last two decades. David Cunning's monograph proposes a new interpretation, which is that from beginning to end the reasoning of the Meditations is the first-person reasoning of a thinker who starts from a confused non-Cartesian paradigm and moves slowly and awkwardly toward a grasp of just a few of the central theses of Descartes' system. The meditator of the Meditations is not a full-blown Cartesian at the start or middle or even the end of inquiry, and accordingly the Meditations is riddled with confusions throughout. Cunning argues that Descartes is trying to capture the kind of reasoning that a non-Cartesian would have to engage in to make the relevant epistemic progress, and that the Meditations rhetorically models that reasoning. He proposes that Descartes is reflecting on what happens in philosophical inquiry: we are unclear about something, we roam about using our existing concepts and intuitions, we abandon or revise some of these, and then eventually we come to see a result as clear that we did not see as clear before. Thus Cunning's fundamental insight is that Descartes is a teacher, and the reader a student. With that reading in mind, a significant number of the interpretive problems that arise in the Descartes literature dissolve when we make a distinction between the Cartesian and non-Cartesian elements of the Meditations, and a better understanding of surrounding texts is achieved as well. This important volume will be of great interest to scholars of early modern philosophy.

Short Meditations on the Bible and Peanuts

All we can do , then , is listen carefully , ponder , consider , meditate , think . We
can use the very best scholarship or highest ... So these meditations on the Bible
are Short's meditations . They don't pretend to know or to speak for anyone else .

Author: Robert L. Short

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664251529

Category: Religion

Page: 143

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Offers Christian interpretations of the basic philosophies embodied in the Peanuts cartoon strip

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Although Marcus speaks briefly of him in the Meditations ( i . 11 ) , and some
sketchy anecdotes illustrating his literary tastes , together with some of his bons
mots , are preserved in the work of Aulus Gellius , concrete evidence about
Fronto the ...

Author: Aurelius Marcus

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192839077

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 195

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Written in Greek without any intention of publication, a book by the 2nd century Roman emperor offers spiritual reflections and exercises developed by the author, as a leader who struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe, covering such topics as the question of virtue, human rationality, the nature of the gods, and Aurelius's own emotions. This edition includes a selection of the correspondence between Marcus Aurelius and his former tutor, the rhetorician Marcus Cornelius Fronto.

Meditations on First Philosophy in Focus

The Meditations was written by Descartes while he was living in Holland. The first
edition, which appeared in Latin, was published in Paris, as Meditationes de
Prima Philosophia, in 1641. Descartes had circulated the manuscript among his ...

Author: René Descartes

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415077064

Category: Philosophy

Page: 222

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This volume presents the excellent and popular translation by Haldane and Ross of Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy, an introduction by Stanley Tweyman which explores the relevance of Descartes' Regulae and his method of analysis in the Meditations, and six articles which indicate the diversity of scholarly opinion on the topic of method in Descartes' philosopy.

Meditations on the History of Hezekiah

MEDITATION V. HEZEKIAH'S SICKNESS . “ In those days was Hezekiah sick
unto death . And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him , and said unto
him , Thus saith the Lord , Set thine house in order ; for thou shalt die , and not
live .

Author: Auguste Louis Philippe Rochat



Category: Hezekiah, king of Judah

Page: 366

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Gerhard s Sacred Meditations

MEDITATION XXXIX . THE VANITY OF THE WORLD . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222

Author: Johann Gerhard



Category: Devotional literature

Page: 302

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Meditations on Gout

... alcohol it always contains , with frequently extraneous sugar and other foreign
ingredients . Sugar is also very often added to many of the red Burgundies , to the
impairment of the colour and life of the wine , and 134 Meditations on Gout.

Author: George Herman Ellwanger



Category: Gout

Page: 208

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Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism

Therefore , it seems important that we conclude these meditations by asking , first
, how should we understand the relation between meditation and philosophy in
Zen Buddhism , and , second , how should we understand the relation between ...

Author: Dale S. Wright

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521789844

Category: Philosophy

Page: 244

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This book develops a contemporary interpretation of Zen Buddhism.