Established in 1972, Hackett Publishing Company is a privately held, staunchly independent publisher. HPC’s personnel, its books and the character of its practices all manifest a stability and continuity rare in today’s publishing world.

It was when the ultimate conglomerate of its day, ITT, bought Bobbs-Merrill, curtailing re-investment in its publishing program in order to extract its juice, that Bill Hackett left the College Division he'd founded at Bobbs to begin anew as an independent publisher with his wife

Frances. Their intention was to create a firm that would remain small and provide a service to the humanities.

Their publishing efforts began with G.M.A. Grube’s outstanding translation of Plato’s Republic. HPC’s first books exemplified in several ways the character of the publishing program to which Bill and Frances aspired. All were in philosophy, a discipline badly underserved by publishers at the time. Importantly, HPC’s editorial development practices were modeled on a partnership between author and publisher rather than a relationship between supplier and manufacturer, and the prices of its books were stunningly modest.
HPC’s list has expanded steadily over the years to include state-of-the-art translations, editions, and original works by eminent scholars—with publishing programs in philosophy, political theory, classics, history, literature, Latin American studies, and Asian thought. 


In 2010, HPC’s shareholders created an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, putting the company on track to employee ownership, and thus committing it to a future of independence under the leadership of those who have been the stewards of its standards, practices and character.

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Assortimento di libri

TITLES

A RULEBOOK FOR ARGUMENTS (Fifth Edition)

Genre:

Philosophy, Logic

Author:

Anthony Weston

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From academic writing to personal and public discourse, the need for good arguments and better ways of arguing is greater than ever before.
A Rulebook for Arguments is a succinct introduction to the art of writing and assessing arguments, organized around specific rules, each illustrated and explained soundly but briefly, a veritable entry-level book for those seeking information on how to employ critical thinking.

WITTGENSTEIN CONVERSATIONS, 1949-1951

Genre:

Philosophy

Author:

O. K. Bouwsma
Edited by J. L. Craft and R. E. Hustwit

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Offers insights into what Wittgenstein was like as a human being. This title presents Wittgenstein's outlook on morality and religion, and reveals some of his personal problems.

RECONCEPTIONS IN PHILOSOPHY AND OTHER ARTS AND SCIENCES

Genre:

Philosophy

Author:

Nelson Goodman and Catherine Z. Elgin

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Brilliant new studies of representation, interpretation, variation, and other topics in the theory of architecture, painting, music, and psychology.

WAYS OF WORLDMAKING

Genre:

Philosophy

Author:

Nelson Goodman

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This is part of a 1989 interview conducted in Rome as part of a project by Renato Parascandolo:


Provides a workable notion of the kinds of skills and capacities that are central for those who work in the arts.

LANGUAGES OF ART

An Approach to a Theory of Symbols

Genre:

Philosophy

Author:

Nelson Goodman

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A study in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of art presented with the immaculate elegance and high sophistication typical of Nelson Goodman.

THE RENAISSANCE IN ITALY

A History

Genre:

History

Author:

Kenneth R. Bartlett with Gillian C. Bartlett

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An excellent and novel view of the Italian Renaissance

CLASSICAL CHINESE FOR EVERYONE

A Guide for Absolute Beginners

Genre:

Textbook

Author:

Bryan W. Van Norden

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Movie trailer for the 1960 sci-fi movie 12 to the Moon (referenced in the Classical Chinese for Everyone Introduction)