A letter in my box today from Longman announces a new collection edited by Steven Cahn, Seven Masterpieces in Philosophy:
This brief, affordable text presents the seven major works central to any
introductory philosophy course in one convenient volume. Presenting the
most respected and frequently used translations in their entirety, the works are
accompanied by insightful and accessible introductions and annotations written
by noted author and scholar, Steven Cahn.
My suspicion that no collection could live up to the definite articles ("the seven major works", "the most respected and frequently used translations") was confirmed when I saw the actual TOC. But then this raises the question: Which seven would you choose?
- Plato, Meno (translated by R.E. Allen)
- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (Bks. I, II) (translated by Martin Ostwald)
- Descartes, Meditations (translated by John Cottingham)
- Berkeley, Three Dialogues
- Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
- Kant, Fundamental Principles (translated by Lewis White Beck)
- Mill, Utilitarianism