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Augustine’s Philosophical Importance

Augustine_of_HippoAugustine is a hugely important figure in church history. He’s a big deal outside the church, too—in fact, he’s one of the most important figures in pure philosophy.

Here’s why.

Augustine beat Kant to his theory of subjective time

Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) was one of the fathers of modern philosophy. He argued, among many other things, that time doesn’t exist outside consciousness—that it’s “nothing other than the form of inner sense.” That subjective view of time has proved hugely important. Thing is, Kant wasn’t the first to think of it—Augustine, in the third century AD, came to more or less the same conclusion in book XI of the Confessions.

The problem that started it all: given the Genesis 1 account of creation, shouldn’t creation have occurred sooner—that is, as soon as possible? Augustine argues that time itself was created when the world was created; God, eternal, is exempt from linear time and all notions of before and after. It’s here that Augustine beats Kant to the punch. “What, then, is time?” he wonders. “If no one asks of me, I know; if I wish to explain to him who asks, I know not.” He concludes that the present is all that really exists; the past exists only as memory; the future, as expectation. Time is in and of the human mind, and that’s Kant in a nutshell.

Augustine beat Descartes to his cogito

modern-philosophy-bundleCogito, ergo sum,” wrote René Descartes (1596–1650)—“I think, therefore I am.” Descartes resolved to doubt all that could be doubted, and concluded that pretty much all sensory input is subject to skepticism. That position admits as trustworthy only the bare fact of mental existence. (By the way, Descartes later concluded that his own extreme doubt, though possible, was unreasonable—since God is good, he wouldn’t lead us astray; therefore, the senses can be trusted.) Descartes’ cogito has been enormously influential.

But Augustine, in his Soliloquia, comes to the very same conclusion:

“You, who wish to know, do you know who you are? I know it. Whence are you? I know not. Do you feel yourself single or multiple? I know not. Do you feel yourself moved? I know not. Do you know that you think? I do.” (emphasis added)

Sorry, Descartes.

Augustine incorporated and modified Platonism

ancient-philosophy-bundleFor Augustine, the writings of Plato were “the most pure and bright in all philosophy, scattering the clouds of error”—in fact, Platonism helped bring Augustine to Christianity. Through Plotinus, Augustine adopted many of Plato’s teachings:

  • Augustine’s City of God is to his City of Man what Plato’s higher plane—the plane of forms—is to our lower world.
  • Plato believed in absolute, unchanging reality; for Augustine, this made Christianity’s radical claims, which he came to later in life, easier to accept.
  • Both thinkers treated logic and faith as complementary, not opposed.

What’s really interesting is that Augustine, unlike his Platonist predecessors, adapted Platonism into new philosophy that better conforms to Scripture. Let’s return to Genesis 1, for example. For Plato, and later Aristotle, creating something from nothing was unthinkable: in the Timaeus, Plato argued that a demiurge, or creator god, sculpted the universe’s forms from some preceding primitive matter. But Genesis is explicit—God created something from nothing—and so Augustine sees no room for confusion. Before him, Christian Platonists (like Origen) tended to incorporate Plato’s thought in whole; after him, Platonism answered to Scripture.

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Augustine took the philosophy of the past and modified it for emerging Christianity. He developed original philosophy that prefigured the work of many of modernity’s most important thinkers. He’s important—and so is the larger conversation he’s such a big part of.

You can get the Logos editions (in both English and Latin) of Augustine’s Confessions and Select Letters for just $34.94—for such influential thought in such a research-friendly format, that’s a steal. Likewise, Noet’s Ancient and Modern Philosophy bundles give you the essential works of Kant, Descartes, Plato, and others.

Join the conversation: pick up Augustine’s Confessions and Select Letters, the Ancient Philosophy Bundle, and the Modern Philosophy Bundle right now.

Or start studying the ultimate classical library: Noet’s immense Classical Foundations Bundle, which gives you 124 volumes spanning philosophy, history, literature, and the classics.

 
Then keep reading—what do philosophy and theology have to do with math?

Get 89% Off the Select Works of John Dewey

select-works-of-john-deweyHow do you judge a system of thought?

Do you judge it by how well it mirrors reality, or by how well it helps you solve problems and take action?

Most of the Western philosophical tradition treats philosophy as, in the words of Richard Rorty, a “mirror of nature”—a system dedicated to reflecting the world as it is. But language makes an imperfect mirror, and attempts to map reality through it can lead to fuzzy thinking. John Dewey helped found the tradition of American pragmatism, which maintains that philosophy is simply a tool to solve practical problems—one whose answers are good or bad insofar as they’re useful, not insofar as they mirror the world.

A refreshing absence of theory

There’s a lot to like about pragmatism. Most of today’s philosophy privileges theory: postmodern readings of classic texts, for example, use it to draw out arguments that the authors never intended to make. (Plato wrote the Phaedrus about love and rhetoric; Derrida, the postmodern godfather, read it about “play,” “trace,” and “différance.”) But Dewey’s pragmatism leaves no room for theory—all that matters is inquiry and, based on its results, the decision whether a given hypothesis is “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.” Objective and results-oriented, pragmatism amounts to a wholesale alternative to postmodernism—one that predates it by more than 50 years.

But what about absolute truth?

Though pragmatism departs from postmodernism in its rejection of theory, it parallels it in one extremely interesting area: its treatment of absolute truth. You’ll notice that Dewey is concerned with satisfactory and unsatisfactory outcomes, not right and wrong ones. Bertrand Russell draws out the distinction:

“Truth, as conceived by most professional philosophers, is static and final, perfect and eternal; in religious terminology, it may be identified with God’s thoughts, and with those thoughts which, as rational beings, we share with God. . . . [But] Dewey makes inquiry the essence of logic, not truth or knowledge. . . . Dewey, like everyone else, divides beliefs into two classes, of which one is good and the other bad. He holds, however, that a belief may be good at one time and bad at another . . . . Thus a belief about some event in the past is to be classified as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ not according to whether the event took place, but according to the future effects of the belief.”

What, then, to make of pragmatism—so clear-headed in its lack of theoretical pretense, yet so dismissive of absolute truth?

Russell continues:

“Dewey’s divergence from what has hitherto been regarded as common sense is his refusal to admit ‘facts’ into his metaphysic, in the sense in which ‘facts’ are stubborn and cannot be manipulated. In this it may be that common sense is changing, and that his view will not seem contrary to what common sense is becoming. . . . It has seemed to me that [Dewey’s] belief in human power [as arbiter of truth], and the unwillingness to admit ‘stubborn facts,’ were connected with the hopefulness engendered by machine production and the scientific manipulation of our physical environment.”

That is, pragmatism is, in its emphasis on the human, uniquely of our time. Russell argued the point in 1945, and his conclusions continue to ring true. That makes understanding pragmatism singularly important.

Know the culture: get Dewey’s select works for 80%+ off

You’re a serious thinker. You’re interested in how the culture handles objective truth—and why. And for just a few more days, you can a great deal on an outstanding entry point into the cultural conversation: the 11-volume Select Works of John Dewey, on Community Pricing for 89% off. Because these are Logos books, they represent the most useful editions of Dewey’s works—ever—and because they’re on Community Pricing, they’re the best deal on Dewey you’ll ever see.

This collection won’t be on Community Pricing for long. Bid on the Select Works of John Dewey for 89% off!

Then keep exploring philosophy as a window into culture: browse the new Noet libraries at Noet.com/Products.
 
 
Or keep reading—what does math have to do with culture?

Last Chance! Don’t Miss Your Introductory Savings on Noet Bundles

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A few weeks ago, we started shipping Noet bundles, and we marked the occasion with some very special limited-time savings. Now we’re down to just three days—after Monday, January 27, Noet’s introductory discounts disappear forever!

This is your last chance to get introductory savings on a Logos-powered study library in philosophy, literature, or the classics. You don’t want to miss out—browse the Noet libraries right now.

When you add a Noet bundle, you get:

1. A complete library of key texts

noet-classical-foundations-bundle Whatever your interests, you’ll find a Noet bundle that gives you your discipline’s core works.

  • If you’re interested in philosophy and apologetics, the Ancient and Modern Philosophy Bundles give you the works of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Hume, and others.
  • If you’re interested in the New Testament, the Biblical Greek Bundle gives you Nestle-Aland’s Greek NT, 27th ed., plus LSJ, Porter’s Idioms of the Greek New Testament, and much more.
  • If you’re interested in ancient languages, the Biblical Greek, Classical Greek, and Classical Latin Bundles give you important primary texts and valuable study resources.
  • If you’re an all-around exegete, you’ll find a complete library of classical context in Noet’s Classical Foundations Bundle.

The great thing is that these libraries are carefully curated to give you the texts you’ll need. You won’t waste time on the legwork of rounding up hard-to-find editions—just pick up the Noet bundle that fits your study.

2. Logos-powered study features

noet-ancient-philosophy-bundleNoet books aren’t just important—they’re smart. With Noet’s free mobile app, you can study your new library using powerful research tools:

  • Run precise cross-library searches.
  • Set a primary source to scroll in sync with its commentary or translation.
  • See Greek and Latin gloss and morphology with a tap.
  • Remember what you learn with highlights and searchable notes that sync across all your devices.

Don’t have the mobile app yet? You can get it absolutely free!

So, let’s pause: you’re getting essential texts, powerful study tools, a terrific value, and additional limited-time savings.

Why haven’t you already picked up a Noet bundle?

“Noet is expensive”

noet-harvard-fiction-collectionClearly, the Noet editions are much more valuable than paper textbooks—they give you all the books you need, they help you learn more, faster, and they help you remember what you learn. The cool thing is that they’re a better value, too. If you’re a student, you’re probably paying hundreds of dollars for a single semester’s worth of books. With Noet, you can take that book budget and get entire discipline-specific libraries.

Plus, not only do Noet bundles give you the most important books, in carefully curated libraries, connected by smart study features, all for less than what you’re already paying for paper textbooks—for just three more days, introductory savings make them an even better deal.

Take advantage of your introductory savings: pick out your favorite Noet bundle right now.

(P.S. Don’t want to spend your book budget all at once? Spread out the costs with an interest-free payment plan!)

“I’m interested in the Bible, not the classics”

noet-biblical-greek-bundleYou appreciate rigorous study and nuanced interpretation, but you’d rather devote all your attention to Scripture. Why, then, read the classics?

Well, intellectual history and the history of Christian theology aren’t distinct disciplines—they’re a conversation, and they have been ever since Paul started using Greco-Roman rhetorical strategies to drive his points home.

In the West, the Bible is the ultimate classic, and Christian theology is woven into our literary and philosophical canon. When you study the classics, you aren’t turning your back on the Bible—you’re joining the conversation it’s been part of for millennia.

Engage the culture: pick out a Noet bundle while you can still get your introductory savings.

“Noet just doesn’t sound that interesting”

noet-harvard-classics-collectionA confession: I find some philosophy boring. I find certain philosophers’ prose intolerably dense. There are writers I’ve been trying to like for years who, deep down, I know I’ll never like. But none of that matters, because I’ve found the classical authors I love. You will, too, and then you’ll hear their ideas echo through everything else you read, just like you hear the Bible in the pages of Dostoyevsky.

But you don’t need me to describe what it’s like to get immersed in a beautiful, fascinating book. You’ve felt it.

And you know how hard it can be to find books like that, books that connect writer and reader across the barriers of time and language. With a Noet bundle, you’re getting the classics, preselected for quality by centuries of readers like you. What’s more, Noet’s study tools make deep, connected reading easier: they show you original-language nuance with a tap, and they connect you to related texts so you can focus on what you’re reading, not on indexes and tables of contents.

You don’t have to think all the classics are interesting to discover your next favorite writer. Browse all the Noet libraries at Noet.com/Products.

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You have only three more days to take advantage of your introductory savings—on Monday, January 27, they’ll be gone forever.

Don’t miss out: add your favorite Noet bundles at Noet.com/Products!

Which Classical Library Is Right for You?

Noet is here! You can download the free mobile app right now, and for just a few more weeks, you can save on a selection of libraries spanning the classics, philosophy, ancient languages, and literature.

You’re interested in intellectual history and ancient context. You’re ready to start using Logos-powered study tools to learn more, faster. So, which Noet library is for you?

Let’s take a closer look at four standouts:

1. For the ambitious learner: the Harvard Classics Collection

noet-harvard-classics-collectionCharles William Eliot, the former Harvard president, selected the Harvard Classics’ 51 volumes to show that a five-foot shelf of books could prove “a good substitute for a liberal education.” Now Eliot’s famous five-foot shelf fits on your mobile device. You’ll get some of the best volumes across a wide variety of disciplines:

  • Poetry: Dante’s Divine Comedy, Milton’s complete poems, an overview of English-language poetry from Chaucer to Whitman, and more
  • Philosophy: Plato’s Phaedo and Apology, Berkeley’s Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonious, Hume’s Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, and more
  • Parable and allegory: Aesop’s Letters and Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Drama: Shakespeare’s Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and The Tempest
  • Economics: Adam Smith’s vastly influential Wealth of Nations
  • Physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, and medicine: writings by Faraday, Helmholtz, Kelvin, Newcomb, Hippocrates, Pasteur, and others

The  Harvard Fiction Collection, also available in Noet, builds on Eliot’s classical curriculum with works from Fielding, Dickens, Poe, Hugo, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and others.

Start learning from some of the West’s greatest works: see everything you’ll get with the Harvard Classics Collection.

2. For the philosopher and classicist: the Ancient Philosophy Bundle

noet-ancient-philosophy-bundle“Every man,” said Coleridge, “is born an Aristotelian or a Platonist. . . . They are two classes of man, beside which it is next to impossible to conceive a third.” Adds Borges, “Across the latitudes and the epochs, the two immortal antagonists change their name and language: one is Parmenides, Spinoza, Kant, Francis Bradley; the other, Heraclitus, Aristotle, Locke, Hume, William James.” All through Western intellectual history run the arguments of Plato and Aristotle, as well as those of Plato’s famous teacher, Socrates; they are the context you need to study philosophy and the ancient world.

Noet’s Ancient Philosophy Bundle gives you Plato’s dialogues across five volumes, including the Phaedo—”There is nothing [like Socrates’ death in the Phaedo] in any tragedy, ancient or modern,” wrote the Rev. Benjamin Jowett—as well as the Republic (that famous discourse on justice and order), the Timaeus (which introduces the demiurge, or creator god, that the Gnostics found so fascinating), and many more. You’ll also get Aristotle’s vastly influential writings on logic, language, ethics, and rhetoric: On Interpretation, Physics, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics, Rhetoric, and many more volumes.

Study the foundations of Western philosophy: see everything you’ll get with the Ancient Philosophy Bundle.

3. For the NT scholar: the Biblical Greek Bundle

noet-biblical-greek-bundleNoet’s Biblical Greek Bundle sets you up with resources to master the Greek of the New Testament. For one thing, you’ll get the authoritative critical text: Nestle-Aland’s Greek New Testament, 27th ed., the basis for almost every Bible translation carried out in the last hundred years. You’ll also get:

  • The famously comprehensive Liddell and Scott Greek–English Lexicon
  • Two very accessible Greek grammars: David and Shackelford’s Beginner’s Grammar of the Greek NT and A. T. Roberston’s Short Grammar of the Greek NT
  • Lexical context that helps you learn: Stanley Porter’s Idioms of the Greek New Testament, 2nd ed., as well as the New Revised Standard Version.

All told, you’re getting an introduction to modern linguistics and Greek pronunciation, a highly regarded morphological concordance, lexical data for detailed analysis, and diverse contextual materials that set you up for wider understanding.

Study the NT in its original Greek: learn more about the Biblical Greek Bundle.

4. For the professor: the Classical Foundations Bundle

noet-classical-foundations-bundleNoet’s biggest library by far is the Classical Foundations Bundle. It gives you everything from the discipline-specific bundles, plus presentation media (quote slides and timelines) to save you lesson-prep time.

  • From the Ancient Philosophy Bundle, you get the works of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
  • From the Modern Philosophy Bundle, you get the works of Descartes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, and others.
  • From the two Harvard bundles, you get Dante, Milton, Dostoyevsky, Augustine, and far more.
  • From the ancient-language bundles, you get the best resources for mastering Greek and Latin.
  • What’s more, you get the 1,114-volume Perseus Classics Collection, which sets you up with key primary sources in both English translation and the original languages.

That’s a vast library: if these were print editions, you’d probably want a professional librarian to help you find, sequestered in some distant shelf, exactly what you’re looking for. With Noet, though, you can run powerful, precise searches across your entire library. When you find that rare primary source, you can set it to scroll together with its commentary or translation. And when you want to draw out original-language nuance, you can see the Greek or Latin gloss and morphology with a tap.

The Classical Foundations Bundle gives you the backbone of a good university library, and Noet’s smart searches and study features give you the world’s fastest research assistant.

Do better research with Noet’s biggest library: see everything you’ll get with the Classical Foundations Bundle.

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Don’t have the new Noet app yet? Get it for free right now—and, if you like it, leave a review in your favorite app store!

Then start building the classical library that’s right for you: browse all the Noet bundles at Noet.com/Products.

Get Limited-Time Introductory Discounts on Noet Bundles!

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Last week, we announced the free Noet mobile app. But the brand-new app isn’t the only exciting news—discipline-specific Noet libraries are shipping, too! Through January 27, you can take advantage of introductory savings on these powerful scholarly resources.

Students, professors, biblical scholars, book lovers—here’s what Noet bundles can do for you:

Students

If you’re studying the humanities, Noet gives you the academic advantage.

1. Noet bundles help you learn more, faster. You can search your whole library, see Greek and Latin definitions with a tap, save notes across all your devices, and more. You’ll spend less time flipping through tables of contents and scrolling through JSTOR, and more time on the real reading, writing, and learning.

Here’s just some of how Noet helps you out:


2. Noet bundles are a way better deal than textbooks. Right now, you’re probably paying hundreds of dollars for just one semester’s worth of books. With Noet, that same money gets you entire discipline-specific libraries. For just a fraction of what you already have to spend, add the Noet library that fits your study—a secret weapon that’ll help you for the rest of your academic career.

3. Noet bundles fit your major or emphasis. You’ll get the core texts in your field of study:

  • Philosophy major? Pick up the 18-volume Ancient Philosophy Bundle (Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle) and the 21-volume Modern Philosophy Bundle (Descartes, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, and others).
  • Classics or history major? Round out your library with the famous 51-volume Harvard Classics: Homer, Plato, Aurelius, Milton, Virgil, Shakespeare, Darwin, and much more.
  • English major? Add the 20-volume Harvard Fiction Collection—Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Dickens, and more.
  • Ancient-language major? Choose from the 7-volume Classical Latin Bundle (Cicero, Seneca, Virgil, and more), the 6-volume Biblical Greek Bundle (Nestle-Aland 27th Greek NT, Idioms of the Greek NT, Liddell and Scott Greek–English Lexicon, and more), and the 8-volume Classical Greek Bundle (LSJ, the Iliad, and texts from Aristotle, Aeschlyus, Herodotus, and others)
  • Or go with the library that’ll give you a leg up in every humanities class you ever take: the immense Classical Foundations Bundle.

You’re getting the best texts, the best study tools, and the best deal, all in libraries tailored to your interests. Take advantage of limited-time savings on the Noet bundles that fit your study.

Professors

noet-classical-foundations-bundleYou’re an expert in your field, so you want tools that know it just as well as you do. Tools that help you plan lessons, make connections, build sound arguments, and draw out nuance. Tools that make you even better at your job.

With Noet, you can:

  • Run powerful cross-library searches to find the arguments and references you need to know.
  • Set a primary source to scroll in sync with its commentary or translation.
  • See Greek and Latin gloss and morphology with a tap.
  • Save lesson-prep time with Noet’s quote slides and timelines.
  • Replace those inscrutable handwritten marginalia with highlights and searchable notes that sync across all your devices.

Don’t want to use up your book budget? Make it easy with a payment plan: you can lock in your launch savings, start using your new library right away, and spread out the payments over up to 12 months. (First, you can even try out Noet for free: download the 1,114-volume Perseus Classics Collection and the free Noet app and get to know the platform.)

Pick out the bundles that match your teaching load, or grab the entire Classical Foundations Bundle before the price goes up!

Biblical scholars

noet-biblical-greek-bundleYour core scholarly interest isn’t philosophy, history, literature, or the classics. It’s Scripture. But even if the Classical Foundations Bundle isn’t for you, you can still benefit from Logos’ work in the humanities:

  1. Download the Noet mobile app—it’s a free, useful resource for grasping context.
  2. Grab “the best tool available for studying classical Greek background of the Bible”: the free Perseus Classics Collection.

Then, depending on your area of study, you might still conclude that a Noet bundle is right for you:

  • If you’re interested in the early church, the Ancient Philosophy Bundle will set you up to study the Greek intellectual climate leading up to early Christianity.
  • If you’re interested in apologetics, the Modern Philosophy Bundle will help you get to know some of modernity’s best-known arguments both for and against God.
  • If you’re interested in exegesis and ancient languages, Noet’s Greek and Latin bundles—especially the Biblical Greek Bundle—will help you understand the NT as it was originally written.

Don’t have Perseus and the new Noet app yet? Download them for free, and then check out all the Noet bundles.

Avid readers & lifelong learners

noet-harvard-fiction-collectionMaybe you don’t read to improve your grades or prepare a paper. Maybe you read for the sheer pleasure of connecting with like minds across the centuries. “If you spend enough time reading,” said David Foster Wallace, “You find certain writers who [make] your brain vibrate like a tuning fork . . . . And when that happens, reading those writers—not all of whom are modern—becomes a source of unbelievable joy.”

The whole point of Noet is to break down the barriers between you and the text:

  • Even if you don’t speak Greek or Latin, you’ll appreciate original-language nuance.
  • Even if you’re not a trained historian, you’ll follow lines of influence through history.
  • You’ll get a library preselected for quality, making it easier to find books you love.

Plus, if you’re anything like us, your plans for 2014 involve lots of learning. Noet’s a really great way to hack your education: the free app lets you take otherwise wasted time—your bus ride, the five- or ten-minute chunks you spend waiting in line—and turn it into personal growth. Noet bundles help you optimize your learning even further by equipping you with the very best books and study tools.

So, this year, invest in more and better reading and learning—get limited-time introductory savings on Noet bundles.

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Now’s the very best time to build your library with Noet bundles—these special introductory discounts are never coming back.

Don’t miss this chance: pick up your favorite bundles at Noet.com/Products before January 27!

 
P.S. Professors: if you’re interested in getting your whole classroom on the cutting edge of digital research in the humanities, shoot us an email at sales@noet.com. Students: interested in ditching your paper textbooks and adopting the Noet platform full-time? Ask your advisor about moving the syllabus to Noet. Not a student, but know and care for someone who is? Tell them about the free Noet app!

Big News: the Noet Mobile App Is Here!

NoetLast June, we announced a brand-new product line: Noet. Now the wait is over—the Noet mobile app is here! Visit Noet.com to download it free for iOS and Android.

Discipline-specific Noet libraries are shipping, too—you can browse all the bundles at Noet.com/Products.

Love the classics? Get this app!

You’ll be glad you did—when you register an account, you’ll get access to a digital bookshelf of philosophy, literature, and the classics, absolutely free.

  • Ancient philosophy—Plato’s Phaedo (the best single-volume exposition of Platonism, and probably the most moving text in all of philosophy) and his Apology (which lays out the core thought of Socrates), Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations (two of the most influential ancient guides to living well), and more
  • Ancient literature—Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid (the three most important epic poems of antiquity), Dante’s Divine Comedy and Milton’s Paradise Lost (two of literature’s great intersections with faith), Augustine’s Confessions (a sublime conversion narrative, with strong elements of Platonism), and more
  • Modern philosophy—Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature (a look at cognition, emotions, and morality), Rousseau’s Social Contract (that famous attempt to reconcile social stability and individual freedom), Descartes’ Discourse on the Method (“I think, therefore I am”), and more
  • Modern literature—Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (widely regarded as the first modern novel), Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment (a renowned exploration of good and evil), Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina  (ranked by a Time magazine poll of 2007’s leading writers as the greatest novel ever written), and more

You’re looking at the equivalent of a fascinating (and top-dollar!) university syllabus. And when you want more books, you can pick up library-builder bundles at Noet.com/Products and individual collections at Noet.com/Collections.

As you read, you’ll learn, understand, and remember more with Logos-powered study features:

  • Search: find every appearance of a word or phrase across your entire library.
  • Split screen: explore a primary text and its commentary, side by side and scrolling in sync.
  • Notes and highlighting: record your insights across all your devices.
  • Original-language tools: when you come across an unfamiliar Greek or Latin word, see its gloss and morphology with a tap.
  • And lots more

The most important books, the smartest scholarly editions—if you’re at all interested in philosophy, history, literature, and the classics, you should do two things:

  1. Download the Noet app right now, and register your account to get access to these free books. (Already have a Logos account? You’re good to go.)
  2. Once you’ve gotten to know the app, leave a rating and review in your favorite app store. We’re trying to reach more folks like you, so your honest recommendation means the world.

Not that into the classics, but interested in Christian context? Get this app!

Noet is a treasure trove of intellectual history, and it’ll make you a better student of Scripture and the Christian tradition.

  • Paul engages Stoic philosophy. Read Marcus Aurelius and you’ll have a much better feel for what that worldview entails.
  • Philosophy everywhere engages Christianity. On the one hand, Descartes uses belief in God to counter extreme skepticism; likewise, Kant argues that Christianity is the very core of Western morality. On the other hand, Hume argues against design—and, if you’re interested in apologetics, isn’t it best to know his famous arguments?
  • Plato helped set the intellectual stage for the early Church Fathers. Read the Phaedo and Confessions and you’ll see how.
  • Milton, Dante, Augustine, and Dostoyevsky built, on Christian foundations, some of literature’s most enduring monuments. Read Paradise Lost, the Divine Comedy, Confessions, and Crime and Punishment and you’ll have a clearer understanding of how the church has shaped the world.

Context matters. Here’s an app that’ll help you grasp it. You’re a serious thinker, interested in sound exegesis and the ancient world—why would you not want the free new app for the classics?

Want in on the next big thing? Get this app!

You know how powerful the Logos engine is. You know how much smarter Logos editions are than their paper and PDF counterparts. You know how much Logos has done for your Bible study.

Just think what Noet’s going to do for students of philosophy, history, literature, and the classics.

This app’s going to be a big deal, and you’re the very first to know about it. So get in on the next big thing from Logos—download the free Noet app and give it a try!

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Now do us an awesome, awesome favor. Help us get the word out by sharing this post on your favorite social networks. You probably know people who love Logos; they should hear about this! And you probably know people who don’t even use Logos—who aren’t Christian, maybe—but who would love this aid to lifelong learning. They should hear about it, too!

So let’s spread the word together:

  1. Download the free Noet app right now.
  2. Leave a rating and review in your favorite app store.
  3. Then share this post to tell the world!

You’re About to Miss Logos’ Best Deal. Ever.

500-book-mega-pack-blogA couple weeks ago, we introduced the best deal Logos has ever offered: the 500 Book Mega Pack.

People who are already in on the deal love it:

But at midnight tomorrow, the 500 Book Mega Pack is going away—forever.

If you’re still on the fence, you’re about to miss the single best deal in Logos history.

Here’s why you don’t want to let that happen:

1. The Mega Pack is a smart investment

With the Mega Pack, you’re getting a $10,000+ library for less than $1 per book—that’s more than 96% off. Discounts that big add up fast: for example, two of the collections you’ll get are the Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, which Baptist Magazine called “one of the most popular and useful literary enterprises of the nineteenth century,” and the Works of George Whitefield, which gives you the beloved preacher’s writings, sermons, and correspondence. On their own, just those two resources already cost more than the entire bundle!

2. Dynamic Pricing gives you an even better deal

96% off is a stunning discount, but it’s actually the minimum you’ll save. With Dynamic Pricing, you’ll get a customer ownership discount based on your current library—if you already own some of these books, your price will be even lower.

And here’s the cool part: all 500 books set you up for more Dynamic Pricing down the road. You’re not just getting $10,000+ worth of books—you’re getting all the associated Dynamic Pricing on future purchases. You’ll never pay for the same books twice; why not make sure what you do pay is 96% off?

3. You’ll never, ever see it again

The 500 Book Mega Pack isn’t a regular product or sale—it’s an extreme, one-time occurrence. When it expires tomorrow, it’s not just the discount that’s ending; it’s the collection itself. You’re never going to get this opportunity again.

So why are you on the fence?

“$399.95 is a lot of money”

But $39’s a lot less—pick up the Mega Pack with a 12-month payment plan and that’s all you’ll pay each month. (And remember: if you own even one of these titles, your custom price will be even lower.) Payment plans let you move fast, lock in your 96% savings, start using your new books right now, and spread out the payments, interest-free.

“I don’t want some of these books”

Even if you’re not sure you’re interested in all 500 books, the 500 Book Mega Pack will make your library smarter. Your books are what power Logos’ features—when you build your library with the Mega Pack, you set yourself up for more productive searches and cross-references. You might never read all 500 books cover to cover, but you’ll start doing deeper study from day one. And, as we’ve seen, you’ll get not only $10,000+ in books, but also Dynamic Pricing savings down the road—all for 96% off.

“OK, but I’m just not ready”

Unfortunately, there’s simply no more time. This deal is going away tomorrow.

It’s going away forever.

But you can still try out the Mega Pack firsthand and risk-free: pick it up while you still can, and if it’s not for you, just return it within 30 days. Especially with a 12-month payment plan, this lets you make sure it’s the right choice: if you decide to keep it, you’re looking at monthly payments of just $39; if you decide it’s not for you, you’ll get your money back.

If you don’t pick up the 500 Book Mega Pack before midnight tomorrow, you’re going to miss out on the best deal in Logos history.

Take advantage of this one-time chance to build your library and save 96%—get the Mega Pack before it’s gone forever.

How to Get the Best Deal on Your Dream Library

portfolioLogos’ Christmas sale is here, and for just a little while, you can save 15% on a new base package. This is a great deal no matter what, but there’s a way to make it even better. For the best library and the best value, go with Portfolio.

What you’ll get:

1. The best books and features

Portfolio is simply massive—it’s by far the biggest base package we’ve ever produced. You’ll get 2,585 resources, which would cost you $78,000 in print; that’s 500-plus more resources than Diamond and 1,500-plus more than Gold.

But maybe you knew all that. Maybe you think Portfolio’s just so big that it wouldn’t be useful—after all, when would you find the time to read all those books?

If that’s you, here’s the thing: Portfolio’s books are what power its smart tools and features. In Logos, your books (which are exactly as valuable as their content) connect to other books, and thus to other content. Metcalfe’s Law states that the value of a telecommunications network is proportional to its number of users squared; networks like Logos behave the same way. As you build your library, your Logos resources become exponentially more valuable:

  • Timeline events link to articles for further study. With Portfolio, you understand more context.
  • Original-language words link to original-language tools. With Portfolio, you get more resources to appreciate Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic nuance.
  • Commentaries link to Bibles link to dictionaries link to atlases. With Portfolio, you make more connections.

The takeaway: whether or not you read all the books cover to cover, choosing Portfolio sets you up with the biggest, smartest, best library.

2. The best value, by far

Base packages are a remarkable value: bundled, their contents are way cheaper than they would be purchased one by one. But figures like “print value of $78,000” don’t always make that clear, since print prices can vary pretty dramatically. So let’s keep the math rigorous: let’s look at base package savings vs. individual resources in Logos.

Turns out Portfolio’s such a good deal that, at Logos.com’s current prices, Portfolio’s 31 commentaries alone cost more than the entire 2,585-resource library. Still not convinced? Try picking up these 8 resources, all of which you’ll get in Portfolio:

  1. Sheffield/T&T Clark Bible Guides Collection (44 vols.): $849.95
  2. Second Temple Period Collection (19 vols.): $799.95
  3. The College Press NIV Commentary Series (40 vols.): $739.95
  4. Gnostic & Apocryphal Studies Collection (10 vols.): $649.95
  5. Hermeneutics Collection (12 vols.): $649.95
  6. Exegetical Summaries Series (24 vols.): $499.95
  7. Library of NT Studies: JSNTS on Paul (17 vols.): $449.98
  8. Charles Spurgeon Collection (86 vols.): $399.95

That’s already more expensive than Portfolio, and we’re still counting on our fingers—at this point, the rest of the library might as well be free! It’s simple: if you study lots of Logos books, you should look at Portfolio. And remember: if you already own something, you won’t pay for it twice—Dynamic Pricing gives you a special low price based on your current library.

Trouble is, Portfolio’s price tag can make it tough to work into your budget. That’s why we offer 12- or even 18-month payment plans. Choose Portfolio and an 18-month plan and you’re looking at payments of just $282—and that’s assuming you don’t already own even one resource in the base package! If you do, of course, your custom price will be even lower.

Why you should get Portfolio right now

OK: we’ve established that Portfolio is the biggest, smartest library. We’ve established that it’s far and away the best value. We’ve established that payments plans make budgeting easier. But you’re still on the fence.

Here’s why should get Portfolio right now:

1. For a limited time, you’ll save 15%

Logos’ Christmas sale is your chance to save 15% on a new base package, but it’s ending very soon. With an investment like Portfolio, 15% is a big deal—it corresponds to significant savings, or maybe to those bonus books you’ve had your eye on. Again, if you know you’ll be buying lots of Logos books, you should certainly look at Portfolio—and if you know you might eventually pick up Portfolio, why leave your 15% on the table?

2. You can customize your library with expanded bundles for 50% off

Topic-specific book bundles let you fine-tune your library to fit the disciplines you love—you can add hand-picked volumes on preaching, theology, apologetics, marriage, NT and OT studies, and far more, all for 50% off! This year’s bundles add lots of content to last year’s; they’re a wonderful way to deepen your study. Portfolio is already the biggest, smartest, best base package. Once you’ve customized it to fit exactly what you’re interested in, you’ll have the best Bible study library money can buy—at a special Christmas price.

If you do a lot of Bible study, you owe it to yourself to consider Portfolio this Christmas. For just a little while, you can take advantage of some special savings and finally build the library you’ve always wanted.

But you can’t wait—these discounts expire very soon.

Start using your dream library today: take 15% off Portfolio, make the payments easy with an 18-month plan, and customize your library with 50% off bundles.

Then check out the rest of our Christmas deals!

Win $500 and a Huge Classical Library!

noet-classical-foundations-bundleThe Noet Humanities Scholarship is back! Two lucky winners will receive not only $500 but also Noet’s immense Classical Foundations Bundle—an $800 library of philosophy, literature, and history. Enter to win before April 15 at Noet.com/Scholarship.

A complete classical library

The Classical Foundations Bundle sets you up with the West’s core texts:

  • 39 volumes of essential ancient and modern philosophy: Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant
  • The legendary Harvard Classics collection, selected by a former Harvard president to deliver a college education on a five-foot shelf
  • Timeless works of world literature: Homer, Dante, Milton, Dostoyevsky, and more
  • 21 volumes of Greek and Latin resources
  • The 1,114-volume Perseus Classics Collection

And with Logos’ original-language tagging and smart searches, you’re not only getting essential scholarly works—you’re getting them in their most useful format ever. You’ll be ready to appreciate Greek and Latin nuance, make connections, and find precisely what you’re looking for. Enter to win this comprehensive library (plus $500!) at Noet.com/Scholarship.

In fact, if you know you want it, the best way to save is by pre-ordering the bundle right now—you’ll get 25% off, and if you win, you’ll of course get a full refund. Best-case scenario? You get a huge classical library—free—plus $500. Worst-cast scenario? You still get the library you want, and you still get the special introductory savings.

One-minute entry

No personal statements, résumés, or letters of recommendation—if you’re enrolled in a humanities degree program, you can enter in just a minute with nothing more than your phone number and email address. You can even improve your odds with extra entries: just fill out a few more steps in the entry form.

$500 and an enormous scholarly library? Not bad for a minute’s work! Enter to win at Noet.com/Scholarship.

Congratulations, Tabitha Shofner and Tom Derrick!

Tabitha-Shofner-Noet-Humanities-ScholarshipTom-Derrick-Noet-Humanities-ScholarshipTabitha Shofner (Eastern Kentucky University) and Tom Derrick (University of Leicester) are our two most recent scholarship winners!

Tabitha is studying art and liberal studies; Tom is working on his PhD in archaeology. Tabitha says, “Classic literature and philosophy are a font of inspiration, and their teachings have influenced the world. Noet is bringing these important thought-enablers to easier access and understanding.” Adds Tom, “I study Roman archaeology, so I am very fortunate that my time period has an ample selection of complementary surviving texts. I look forward to the release of the app and think that it will really help those of us who [utilize] Latin works.”

We think so, too. Congrats, Tabitha and Tom!

Win $500 and Noet’s Classical Foundations Bundle—enter to win right now at Noet.com/Scholarship.

Take It from the Church Fathers: You Should Read Plato

Christianity is the West’s most important worldview. Plato was the West’s most important philosopher. But the two have far more in common than just importance—in fact, Plato helped set the intellectual stage for the early church.

Dean Inge, the famous professor of divinity, writes that:

Platonism is part of the vital structure of Christian theology . . . . [If people would read Plotinus, who worked to reconcile Platonism with Scripture,] they would understand better the real continuity between the old culture and the new religion, and they might realize the utter impossibility of excising Platonism from Christianity without tearing Christianity to pieces. The Galilean Gospel, as it proceeded from the lips of Jesus, was doubtless unaffected by Greek philosophy . . . . But [early Christianity] from its very beginning was formed by a confluence of Jewish and Hellenic religious ideas.” (Emphasis added)

the-works-of-platoIf you’re interested in Christianity’s origins, there are some very good reasons to be interested in Platonism:

  • Plato understood the self as divided between body and soul, with the soul more closely related to goodness and truth; this made Christianity’s later soul-body division easier to understand. (Some early Christians, like Justin Martyr, even regarded the Platonists as unknowing proto-Christians, though this conclusion was later rejected.)
  • Plato’s theory of forms prefigured the Christian understanding of heaven as a perfect world, of which the physical realm is a mere imitation.
  • Both worldviews assume the existence of absolute truth and unchanging reality; again, Plato’s thought helped prepare people for Christianity.
  • Augustine, at the end of a line of influence that began with Plato and passed through Plotinus, understood logic and reasoning—disciplines concerned with absolute truth—as important complements, not enemies, of faith. That faith-reason partnership would characterize Christianity through at least Kierkegaard. (Francis Schaeffer argues that the early existentialist brought modernity past the “line of despair” by conceiving of Christianity as accessible only through a leap of faith, beyond reasoning.)

This idea—Plato as important precursor to Christianity—is far from new.

Let’s look at a few other thinkers who’ve found Plato important:

Augustine

“The utterance of Plato, the most pure and bright in all philosophy, scattering the clouds of error . . .”

“I found that whatever truth I had read [in the Platonists] was [in the writings of Paul] combined with the exaltation of thy grace.”

Eusebius of Caesarea

“[Plato is] the only Greek who has attained the porch of (Christian) truth.”

Clement of Alexandria

“. . . before the advent of the Lord, philosophy was necessary to the Greeks for righteousness. And now it becomes conducive to piety; being a kind of preparatory training to those who attain to faith . . . . For God is the cause of all good things, but of some primarily, as of the Old and New Testaments; and of others by consequence, as philosophy. Perchance, too, philosophy was given to the Greeks directly and primarily . . . . For [philosophy] was a schoolmaster to bring ‘the Hellenic mind . . . to Christ.’ Philosophy, therefore, was a preparation, paving the way for him who is perfected in Christ.” (Emphasis added)

To Dean Inge and to the early Church Fathers, readers of Plato, let’s add one more name—C. S. Lewis, who writes:

“. . . if the average student wants to find out something about Platonism, the very last thing he thinks of doing is to take a translation of Plato off the shelf and read the Symposium. He would rather read some dreary modern book ten times as long, all about ‘isms’ and influences and only once in twelve pages telling him what Plato actually said. . . . The student . . . . feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. But if he only knew [that] the great man, just because of his greatness, is much more intelligible than his modern commentator.”

So, in the spirit of Lewis, let’s not comment on Plato any further. Take Lewis’ advice: go read the legendary thinker for yourself. Right now, the Works of Plato collection is on Community Pricing for $30—83% off!—which is an astonishing value for such influential texts, now in their most useful format ever.

Join Augustine, Eusebius of Caesarea, Clement of Alexandria, and C. S. Lewis.
Know your faith’s Platonic influences.
Bid on the Works of Plato collection before it leaves Community Pricing.

 
Then keep reading—what does math have to do with philosophy and culture?

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