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  • Meaning and Speech Acts. Volume I: Principles of Language Use; Volume II: Formal Semantics of Success and Satisfaction [two volumes] by Vanderveken, Daniel
    Vanderveken, Daniel
    Meaning and Speech Acts. Volume I: Principles of Language Use; Volume II: Formal Semantics of Success and Satisfaction [two volumes]

    First Edition

    Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, (1990-1991). x, 244; x, 196 pages. Vanderveken co-developed the "first formalized logic of a general theory of speech acts"--the publisher. These two volumes develop the idea and connect philosophy and mathematics to linguistics. ISBN: 281AIB1021689.

    First edition (first printing). Both volumes fine; volume one has a one-inch tear at the top of the jacket spine, otherwise both jackets are nearly fine. Both volumes are inscribed by Vanderveken to Donald Davidson, an important 20th century philosopher concerned with the philosophy of language. A major association copy. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 96267
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  • Fragen der Ethik. Schriften zur Wissenschaftlichen Weltauffassung by Schlick, Moritz
    Schlick, Moritz
    Fragen der Ethik. Schriften zur Wissenschaftlichen Weltauffassung

    First Edition

    Wien: Verlag Von Julius Springer, 1930. 152 pages with 2 pages of ads. Schlick was a German philosopher, physicist and founder of logical positvism and the Vienna Circle. This is one of his more important works. This copy belonged to Donald Davidson, University of California Professor of Philosophy. ISBN: 281AIB1048697.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in printed wrappers (paperback). The wrappers are tanned. There is edge and corner wear and a chip missing from the lowerfrom cover and lower portion of spine.

    Book ID: 263930
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  • Proper Names (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics) by Levinas, Emmanuel
    Levinas, Emmanuel
    Proper Names (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

    First Edition

    Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1996. 191 pages. A philosophical treatment of ethics drawing on Martin Heidegger and Jewish theology. ISBN: 9780804723527.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in wrappers (paperback). This copy belonged to the painter R. B. Kitaj, with his last name neatly written in red ink below the title on the half-title page, a practice he followed only for books he read closely. Also with bookseller Peter Howard's "lem" code--used for books from Kitaj's library--on the half-title.

    Levinas's influence on Kitaj's thinking is alluded to in the Second Diasporist Manifesto, where Kitaj writes, "I'm tempted to add Levinas and Scholem and Benjamin to my personal gang of art guys. Yes, add them!" (part 17). Then later, in section 33, he continues, "Levinas for painting. Face to Face. The Face of the Other. Think of him as a rare Jewish angel of face-souls... Keep reading his thrilling books for ethical art energies, etc."

    Kitaj has underlined and marked a half-dozen places in the text of this copy of Levinas. A nice connection between an important contemporary Jewish painter and one of his sources of inspiration.

    Book ID: 106554
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  • On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry by Gass, William
    Gass, William
    On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry

    First Edition

    D. R. Godine, 1975. 91 pages. An exploration of the many meanings of the word "blue. Deluxe edition. One of 225 copies. ISBN: 9780879231903.

    First edition (first printing). A touch of fading to the spine else a fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket. In a near fine slipcase. Copy number 211.

    Book ID: 266658
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  • Truth and Interpretation: Perspectives on the Philosophy of Donald Davidson by Davidson, Donald; edited by Ernest LePore
    Davidson, Donald; edited by Ernest LePore
    Truth and Interpretation: Perspectives on the Philosophy of Donald Davidson

    First Edition

    Oxford and New York: Basil Blackwell, 1986. 520 pages. Three essays by Davidson and 22 by others about his work. ISBN: 9780631148111.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 96191
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  • Paradoxes: From the German of Max Nordau by Nordau, Max
    Nordau, Max
    Paradoxes: From the German of Max Nordau

    First Edition

    Chicago: L. Schick, 1886. 377 pages, plus ads and notes. The first edition in English of this philosophical work by a leading 19th century Zionist. ISBN: B004AATESK.

    First American edition (first printing). A truly near fine copy in the publisher's original green cloth binding, with slight wear on the edges. Marbled edges; solid hinges.

    Book ID: 90206
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  • Reality and Illusion: A New Framework of Values by Rothschild, Richard
    Rothschild, Richard
    Reality and Illusion: A New Framework of Values

    First Edition

    New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, (1934). 442 pages. A philosophical approach to modern human's struggle with dogmas and demands of science, religion and other dichotomies. The author's second book. By the former director of the American Jewish Committee, which led an educational campaign against anti-Semitism during World War Two. ISBN: B00126XWVA.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine in a dust jacket with a few chips and tears at the edges and corners, thus very good. From the Harvard office library of the paleontologist and leading advocate for evolution, Stephen Jay Gould. With a tipped in bookplate indicating the provenance. Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of these bookplates, but the book collector in him appreciated them. In his essay "A Seahorse for All Races" Gould writes about one of his prized possessions, a book from Charles Dickens' library: "Dickens made no annotations, but a bookplate on the cover, presumably inserted as a come-on for a sale after Dickens' death in 1870, does prove that [he] kept and shelved the book." We offer our Gould bookplates, printed letterpress in two colors, in the same spirit.

    Book ID: 204886
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  • Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation by Davidson, Donald
    Davidson, Donald
    Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation

    Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001. 296 pages. ISBN: 9780199246281.

    Second edition. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 96265
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  • Sartre: Romantic Rationalist by Murdoch, Iris
    Murdoch, Iris
    Sartre: Romantic Rationalist

    First Edition

    New Haven: Yale University Press, 1953. 78 pages. 5-3/4 by 8-3/4 inches. The author's first book, and the first book published in English about the work of philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. ISBN: B00220RGBC.

    First American edition (first printing). A bit of edge wear, thus a very good copy in a dust jacket with chipped edges, spotting to rear panel and minor loss to the spine head.

    Book ID: 185757
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  • Gass, William H.
    On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry

    First Edition

    Boston: David R. Godine, 1975. 91 pages. An exploration of the many meanings of the word "blue." Trade edition, one of 3000 copies. ISBN: 9780879231835.

    First edition (first printing). Light spotting to top edge else a fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the half-title.

    Book ID: 266591
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  • The Fire & the Sun: Why Plato Banished the Artists by Murdoch, Iris
    Murdoch, Iris
    The Fire & the Sun: Why Plato Banished the Artists

    First Edition

    Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977. 89 pages. "Based upon the Romanes Lecture 1976" -- from the title page. ISBN: 9780198245803.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a dust jacket lightly faded at the spine. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "with best wishes / Iris Murdoch."

    Book ID: 265915
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  • On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry by Gass, William H.
    Gass, William H.
    On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry

    First Edition

    Boston: David R. Godine, 1975. 91 pages. An exploration of the many meanings of the word "blue." Trade edition, one of 3000 copies. ISBN: 9780879231835.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author to the previous owner: "with best wishes to a real collector, Bill Gass / Sarasota, June 16. '71."

    Book ID: 264834
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  • Soliloquies of a Hermit by Powys, Theodore Francis
    Powys, Theodore Francis
    Soliloquies of a Hermit

    First Edition

    London: Andrew Melrose Ltd, 1918. 153 pages. Philosophical musings by the British novelist. ISBN: B000H4CXBI.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a dust jacket with tears to the edges repaired on the verso with scotch tape but visible on the cover; loss to the spine head not affecting text

    Book ID: 263832
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  • Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View by Kant, Immanuel
    Kant, Immanuel
    Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View

    First Edition

    The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1974. 210 pages. The first complete English translation of Kant's manual for the course of lectures he gave in 1772-1773 and 1796-1797. Translated, with an introduction and notes by Mary J. Gregor. ISBN: 9789024715855.

    Presumed first edition (first printing; with no other printings noted). Cover creased at one corner, else very good in wrappers (paperback). Clean inside. No highlighting or underlining.

    Book ID: 173597
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  • The Existentialist Political Myth by Murdoch, Iris
    Murdoch, Iris
    The Existentialist Political Myth

    Birmingham, England: The Delos Press, 1989. 29 pages. Limited edition of 225 copies. A reprint of one of Murdoch's earliest writings. ISBN: 9781870380027.

    Fading to spine and top of the front cover, thus a very good copy in wrappers (paperback). Publisher's information sheet laid in. Copy 139.

    Book ID: 189773
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  • Jonathan Dymond
    Essays on the Principles of Morality

    New York: 1834. ISBN: 281AIB1039771.

    Very Good

    Book ID: 201680
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  • The Fire & the Sun: Why Plato Banished the Artists by Murdoch, Iris
    Murdoch, Iris
    The Fire & the Sun: Why Plato Banished the Artists

    First Edition

    Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977. 89 pages. "Based upon the Romanes Lecture 1976" -- from the title page. ISBN: 9780198245803.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 265916
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  • Nothing Natural is Shameful: Sodomy and Science in Late Medieval Europe (The Middle Ages Series) by Cadden, Joan
    Cadden, Joan
    Nothing Natural is Shameful: Sodomy and Science in Late Medieval Europe (The Middle Ages Series)

    First Edition

    Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013. 327 pages. "Mining hundreds of texts and deciphering commentaries, indices, abbreviations, and marginalia, Joan Cadden shows how European scholars deployed a standard set of philosophical tools and a variety of rhetorical strategies to produce scientific approaches to sodomy" -- from the front flap. ISBN: 9780812245370.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Light spotting to page block. Inscribed by the author on the title page to the previous owner: "With love to Jack, constant friends and teacher. Joan."

    Book ID: 235336
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  • Farnsworth, Ward
    The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User's Manual

    David R Godine, 2018. ISBN: 9781567926118.

    NEW

    Book ID: 258055
    Keywords: Hardcover, New, Philosophy
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  • Beattie, James
    Essays

    New York: Garland Publishing, Inc, 1971. 757 pages. About 7-1/4 by 10-1/4 inches. Essays by the eighteenth century Scottish poet and philosopher. Fascimilie of the 1776 edition. ISBN: B007ELWEWU.

    A very good copy bound in red cloth with gilt titling on spine. Page corners bumped. No dust jacket. A large, heavy book.

    Book ID: 133203
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