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Check out these philosophy books -- specially chosen by Dr. Marmysz -- on display in the library through December, 2013. These books can be checked out for three weeks. Conside taking Philosophy 110  with Professor Marmysz, who uses movies such as "Matrix" to discuss philosophical concepts.

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The Matrix and Philosophy - William Irwin (Editor)
Call Number: PN1997.M395 M38
Publication Date: 2002
"Presents essays exploring the philosophical themes of the motion picture 'Matrix,' which portrays a false world created from nothing but perceptions."

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The Cambridge Companion to Descartes - John G. Cottingham (Editor)
Call Number: B1873 .C25
Publication Date: 1992
"An international team of leading scholars in Cartesian studies present the full range of Descartes' extraordinary philosophical achievement. His life and the development of his thought, as well as the intellectual background to and reception of his work, are treated at length."

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Descartes: The Project of Pure Enquiry - Bernard Williams; John Cottingham (Foreword by)
Call Number: B1875 .W56
Publication Date: 2005
"This is a classic and challenging introduction to Descartes by one of the most distinguished modern philosophers."

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Philosophy Through Film - Mary M. Litch
Call Number: PN1995 .L535
Publication Date: 2002
"Combine the dramatic power of contemporary narrative films with incisive discussions of central philosophical issues, and the result is a compelling book for teaching and learning about philosophy. Each chapter clearly and engagingly introduces a key philosophical topic, then expertly demonstrates how a recent film illustrates a philosophical position, or else, through its dramatic conflicts, clarifies opposing alternatives."

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German Philosophy 1760-1860: The Legacy of Idealism - Terry Pinkard
Call Number: B2615 .P56
Publication Date: 2002
"A comprehensive modern history of the origins and emergence of German philosophy. This book will interest a range of readers in the history of philosophy, cultural history and the history of ideas."

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The Cambridge Companion to Plato - Richard Kraut (Editor)
Call Number: B395 .C28
Publication Date: 1992
"Plato stands as the fount of our philosophical tradition, being the first Western thinker to produce a body of writing that touches upon a wide range of topics still discussed by philosophers today....This volume contains fourteen new essays discussing Plato's views about knowledge, reality, mathematics, politics, ethics, love, poetry, and religion."

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Descartes - John G. Cottingham
Call Number: B1873 .C67 1986
Publication Date: 1986
"Revered as the 'father of modern philosophy', Descartes is one of the most influential philosophers of all time, but his ideas are also highly controversial and have been subjected to intense criticism by philosophers. This book examines Descartes' attempt to construct a new basis for scientific understanding."


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What Is Ancient Philosophy? - Pierre Hadot; Michael Chase (Translator)
Call Number: B172 .H33513
Publication Date: 2002
"Most pressing for Hadot is the question of how the ancients conceived of philosophy. He argues in great detail, systematically covering the ideas of the earliest Greek thinkers, Hellenistic philosophy, and late antiquity, that ancient philosophers were concerned not just to develop philosophical theories, but to practice philosophy as a way of life—a way of life to be suggested, illuminated, and justified by their philosophical 'discourse.' For the ancients, philosophical theory and the philosophical way of life were inseparably linked."

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The Philosopher at the End of the Universe - Mark Rowlands
Call Number: PN1995.9.P42 R68
Publication Date: 2004
"The Philosopher at the End of the Universe demonstrates how anyone can grasp the basic concepts of philosophy while still holding a bucket of popcorn. Mark Rowlands makes philosophy utterly relevant to our everyday lives and reveals its most potent messages using nothing more than a little humor and the plotlines of some of the most spectacular, expensive, high-octane films on the planet."

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More Matrix and Philosophy - William Irwin (Editor)
Call Number: PN1997.M395 M67
Publication Date: 2005
"More Matrix and Philosophy enriches both the enjoyment of the films and the understanding of life today. Broken down into several 'Scenes' More Matrix and Philosophy tackles issues of fate, the concept of freedom, the metaphysical links in the three films, the impact of the music chosen, race, love and the meaning of it all."

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Beginning with the Pre-Socratics - Merrill Ring
Call Number: B188 .R55
Publication Date: 1987
"This brief and accessible supplementary text provides the historical and cultural background necessary to understanding how early philosophy developed, along with solid philosophical exposition, analysis and critique. It is at once both highly readable and philosophically responsible."

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Plato's Universe - Gregory Vlastos
Call Number: B187.C7 V55
Publication Date: 1975
"A distinguished Platonic scholar discusses the impact of the Greek discovery of the "cosmos" on man's perception of his place in the universe, describes the problems this posed, and interprets Plato's response to this discovery"

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Prolegomena to any future metaphysics - Kant, Immanuel, 1724 - 1804
Call Number: B2787.E5 B4
Publication Date: 1950
"How do we know How much do we know? Inherently educative as it contemplates what can't we know but it is more importantly the best introduction to his critique of pure reason."

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A commentary to Kant's Critique of pure reason. - Norman Kemp Smith
Call Number: B2779 .S5
Publication Date: 1962
"The Critique of Pure Reason is more obscure and difficult than even a metaphysical treatise has any right to be. The difficulties are not merely due to defects of exposition; they multiply rather than diminish upon detailed study"


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