• 30 Second Philosophies
    30 Second Philosophies
    ISBN: 9781742661773
    Title: 30 Second Philosophies
    Author: LOEWER BARRY

    Cogito ergo sum. Cynicism. Dialectical Materialism. Existentialism. The Socratic Method. Deconstructionism. Everybody knows what they mean. Or thinks they know what they mean. At least you have probably heard of them and like to bandy about them to impress your friends. But do you have the back up? What happens if you get trapped in the corner by a real hottie with a masters degree in phenomenology? 30-Second Philosophies takes a revolutionary approach to getting a grip on the 50 most important and significant schools of philosophy. It will challenge a half century of great thinkers to quit fretting about the meaning for a while and explain the most significant theories of philosophical thought in half a minute, using nothing more than two pages, 300 words and a metaphorical image. Here in one unique volume you have the opportunity to pick the potted brains of our leading philosophers and understand complex concepts such as 'the categorical imperative' without ending up in a darkened room with an ice pack on your head.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 50 Philosophy Classics: Your Shortcut to the Most Important Ideas on Being, Truth & Meaning
    50 Philosophy Classics: Your Shortcut to the Most Important Ideas on Being, Truth & Meaning
    ISBN: 9781473655423
    Title: 50 Philosophy Classics: Your Shortcut to the Most Important Ideas on Being, Truth & Meaning
    Author: BUTLER-BOWDON TOM


    For over 2000 years, philosophy has been our best guide to the experience of being human, and the true nature of reality.
    From Aristotle, Plato, Epicurus, Confucius, Cicero and Heraclitus in ancient times to 17th century rationalists Descartes, Leibniz and Spinoza, from 20th-century greats Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Baudrillard and Simone de Beauvoir to contemporary thinkers Michael Sandel, Peter Singer and Slavoj Zizek, 50 Philosophy Classics explores key writings that have shaped the discipline and had an impact on the real world.
    Philosophy can no longer be confined to academia, and 50 Philosophy Classics shows how powerful it can be as a tool for opening our minds and helping us think. Whether you are fascinated or daunted by the big questions of how to think, how to be, how to act and how to see, this is the perfect introduction to some of humanity's greatest minds and their landmark books.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan
    Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan
    ISBN: 9781623171322
    Title: Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan
    Author: COUTURIER ANDY

    Andy Couturier captures the texture of sustainable lives well lived in these ten profiles of ordinary--yet exceptional--men and women who left behind mainstream existences in urban Japan to live surrounded by the luxuries of nature, art, friends, delicious food, and an abundance of time. Drawing on traditional Eastern spiritual wisdom and culture, these pioneers describe the profound personal transformations they underwent as they escaped the stress, consumerism, busyness, and dependence on technology of modern life. This intimate and evocative book tells of their fulfilling lives as artists, philosophers, and farmers who rely on themselves for happiness and sustenance. By inviting readers to enter into the essence of these individuals' days, Couturier shows us how we too can bring more meaning and richness to our own lives.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $44.00
    $44.00
  • Act of Living
    Act of Living
    ISBN: 9781408711361
    Title: Act of Living
    Author: TALLIS FRANK

    Science, technology and western liberal democracy have all had a dramatic impact on our quality of life. Compared to previous generations, we have unprecedented access to information, increased personal freedom, more material comforts, more possessions, and greater life expectancy. Yet, a very significant number of people are depressed, anxious, or complain of being unfulfilled. Mental health statistics have never been worse. The goals of psychotherapy are not so very different from the goals of everyday life. People want to be happy and optimise outcomes. Within the context of the clinic, this is best achieved by focusing on, and eventually removing, symptoms; however, the models developed by psychotherapists have a far broader range of application. Freud used psychoanalysis primarily to treat his patients, but he also used it to explain aspects of civilisation, society, art, literature and the supernatural. As such, the theories and ideas that have arisen out of psychotherapy represent something of an undervalued resource. They are highly instructive and can illuminate many subjects - among them, the question of how to live. It is remarkable how the models of mind and behaviour arising from the practice of psychotherapy have had such little cultural impact. Shelves sag with self-help books, but most of these relate to specific problems and they do not address the broader challenges of the human condition. Yet, implicit in every model of mind are recommendations for life. THE ACT OF LIVING treats psychotherapy as a single, cohesive philosophical tradition. It synthesises the thinking of the principal figures in the history of psychotherapy (e.g. Freud, Jung, Adler, Frankl, Rogers, Fromm, Ellis and Laing) with a view to providing the reader with an accessible and practical guide to optimal living.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Aesthetics, Method, & Epistemology Essential Works of Foucault 1954-1984
    Aesthetics, Method, & Epistemology Essential Works of Foucault 1954-1984
    ISBN: 9780241435113
    Title: Aesthetics, Method, & Epistemology Essential Works of Foucault 1954-1984
    Author: FOUCAULT MICHEL


    'Foucault leaves no reader untouched or unchanged' Edward Said


    Aesthetics, the second volume of the complete collection of Michel Foucault's courses, articles and interviews, focuses on the philosophy, literature and art which informed his engagement with ethics and power, including brilliant commentaries on the work of de Sade, Rousseau, Marx, Magritte, Nietzsche, Freud and Wagner. He also explores a number of avant-garde authors who challenge our traditional notions of humanism, extends his theories on power relations and looks back over the whole of his extraordinary 'critical history of thought'.


    Edited by James D. Faubion
    Translated by Robert Hurley and Others



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
    $32.00
  • Afropessimism
    Afropessimism
    ISBN: 9781631496141
    Title: Afropessimism
    Author: WILDERSON III FRANK


    Combining precise philosophy with a torrent of memories, Wilderson presents the tenets of an increasingly prominent intellectual movement that sees Blackness through the lens of perpetual slavery. Drawing on works of philosophy, literature, film, and critical theory, he shows that the social construct of slavery, as seen through pervasive anti-Black subjugation and violence, is hardly a relic of the past but the very engine that powers our civilization, and that without this master-slave dynamic, the calculus bolstering world civilization would collapse. Unlike any other disenfranchised group, Wilderson argues, Blacks alone will remain essentially slaves in the larger Human world, where they can never be truly regarded as Human beings, where, "at every scale of abstraction, violence saturates Black life."


    And while Afropessimism delivers a formidable philosophical account of being Black, it is also interwoven with dramatic set pieces, autobiographical stories that juxtapose Wilderson's seemingly idyllic upbringing in mid-century Minneapolis with the abject racism he later encounters--whether in late 1960s Berkeley or in apartheid South Africa, where he joins forces with the African National Congress. Afropessimism provides no restorative solution to the hatred that abounds; rather, Wilderson believes that acknowledging these historical and social conditions will result in personal enlightenment about the reality of our inherently racialized existence.


    Radical in conception, remarkably poignant, and with soaring flights of lyrical prose, Afropessimism reverberates with wisdom and painful clarity in the fractured world we inhabit. It positions Wilderson as a paradigmatic thinker and as a twenty-first-century inheritor of many of the African American literary traditions established in centuries past.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $54.00
    $54.00
  • Against Creativity
    Against Creativity
    ISBN: 9781786636508
    Title: Against Creativity
    Author: MOULD OLI

    From line managers, corporate CEOs, urban designers, teachers, politicians, mayors, advertisers and even our friends and family, the message is 'be creative'. Creativity is heralded as the driving force of our contemporary society; celebrated as agile, progressive and liberating. It is the spring of the knowledge economy and shapes the cities we inhabit. It even defines our politics. What could possibly be wrong with this?
    In this brilliant, counter intuitive blast Oli Mould demands that we rethink the story we are being sold. Behind the novelty, he shows that creativity is a barely hidden form of neoliberal appropriation. It is a regime that prioritizes individual success over collective flourishing. It refuses to recognise anything - job, place, person - that is not profitable. And it impacts on everything around us- the places where we work, the way we are managed, how we spend our leisure time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Altruism: The Science & Psychology of Kindness
    Altruism: The Science & Psychology of Kindness
    ISBN: 9780857897015
    Title: Altruism: The Science & Psychology of Kindness
    Author: RICARD MATTHIEU

    The concern for the well-being of others could be the saving grace of the 21st century. Matthieu Ricard's 'Altruism', an erudite, brilliantly ranging synthesis of philosophy, psychology and ages old wisdom, is a radical call to kindness, which has the potential as a new global movement to answer the biggest problems of our time: the economy in the short term, life satisfaction in the mid-term and the environment in the long term.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Anarchism
    Anarchism
    ISBN: 9781509523917
    Title: Anarchism
    Author: HONEYWELL CARISSA

    Is it possible to abolish coercion and hierarchy and build a stateless, egalitarian social order based on non-domination? There is one political tradition that answers these questions with a resounding yes: anarchism.

    In this book, Carissa Honeywell offers an accessible introduction to major anarchist thinkers and principles, from Proudhon to Goldman, non-domination to prefiguration. She helps students understand the nature of anarchism by examining how its core ideas shape important contemporary social movements, thereby demonstrating how anarchist principles are relevant to modern political dilemmas connected to issues of conflict, justice and care. She argues that anarchism can play a central role in tackling our major global problems by helping us rethink the essentially militarist nature of our dominant ideas about human relationships and security.

    Dynamic, urgent, and engaging, this new introduction to anarchist thought will be of great interest to both students as well as thinkers and activists working to find solutions to the multiple crises of capitalist modernity.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
    $36.00
  • Anger & Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity & Justice
    Anger & Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity & Justice
    ISBN: 9780199335879
    Title: Anger & Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity & Justice
    Author: NUSSBAUM MARTHA C

    Anger is not just ubiquitous, it is also popular. Many people think it is impossible to care sufficiently for justice without anger at injustice. Many believe that it is impossible for individuals to vindicate their own self-respect or to move beyond an injury without anger. To not feel anger in those cases would be considered suspect. Is this how we should think about anger, or is anger above all a disease, deforming both the personal and the political?
    In this wide-ranging book, Martha C. Nussbaum, one of our leading public intellectuals, argues that anger is conceptually confused and normatively pernicious. It assumes that the suffering of the wrongdoer restores the thing that was damaged, and it betrays an all-too-lively interest in relative status and humiliation. Studying anger in intimate relationships, casual daily interactions, the workplace, the criminal justice system, and movements for social transformation, Nussbaum shows that anger's core ideas are both infantile and harmful.
    Is forgiveness the best way of transcending anger? Nussbaum examines different conceptions of this much-sentimentalized notion, both in the Jewish and Christian traditions and in secular morality. Some forms of forgiveness are ethically promising, she claims, but others are subtle allies of retribution: those that exact a performance of contrition and abasement as a condition of waiving angry feelings. In general, she argues, a spirit of generosity (combined, in some cases, with a reliance on impartial welfare-oriented legal institutions) is the best way to respond to injury. Applied to the personal and the political realms, Nussbaum's profoundly insightful and erudite view of anger and forgiveness puts both in a startling new light.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Architecture of Happiness
    Architecture of Happiness
    ISBN: 9780241970058
    Title: Architecture of Happiness
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN

    The Architecture of Happiness is Alain de Botton's exploration of the hidden links between buildings and our well being. In The Architecture of Happiness, bestselling author Alain de Botton explores one of our most intense but often hidden love affairs: with our houses and their furnishings. He asks: What makes a house truly beautiful?Why are many new houses so ugly?Why do we argue so bitterly about sofas and pictures - and can differences of taste ever be satisfactorily resolved? To answer these questions and many more, de Botton looks at buildings across the world, from medieval wooden huts to modern skyscrapers; he examines sofas and cathedrals, tea sets and office complexes, and teases out a host of often surprising philosophical insights. The Architecture of Happiness will take you on a beguiling tour through the history and psychology of architecture and interior design, and will change the way you look at your home.'Engaging and intelligent . . . full of splendid ideas, happily and beautifully expressed' IndependentAlain de Botton was born in 1969 and is the author of non-fiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His bestselling books include Essays in Love; The Romantic Movement; Kiss and Tell; Status Anxiety; How Proust Can Change Your Life; The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work; The Art of Travel; The Architecture of Happiness and Religion for Atheists. He lives in London and founded The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com) and Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk). For more information, consult www.alaindebotton.com.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
    Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
    ISBN: 9781784704254
    Title: Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
    Author: HALL EDITH

    'Wonderful and timely ... Hugely recommended' STEPHEN FRY

    What do you and an ancient philosopher have in common? It turns out much more than you might think...

    Aristotle was an extraordinary thinker yet he was preoccupied by an ordinary question- how to be happy. In this handbook to his timeless teachings, Professor Edith Hall shows how ancient thinking is precisely what we need today, even if you don't know your Odyssey from your Iliad. In ten practical lessons you can learn how to make good decisions, how to ace an interview, how to choose a partner and how to face death. This is advice that won't go out of fashion.

    'A beguiling cross between Mary Beard and Mary Poppins' Observer

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Art of Fairness The Power of Decency in a World Turned Mean
    Art of Fairness The Power of Decency in a World Turned Mean
    ISBN: 9780349128207
    Title: Art of Fairness The Power of Decency in a World Turned Mean
    Author: BODANIS DAVID

    Can you succeed without being a terrible person? We often think not: recognising that, as the old saying has it, 'nice guys finish last'. But does that mean you have to go to the other extreme, and be a bully or Machiavellian to get anything done?In THE ART OF FAIRNESS, David Bodanis uses thrilling historical case studies to show there's a better path, leading neatly in between. He reveals how it was fairness, applied with skill, that led the Empire State Building to be constructed in barely a year - and how the same techniques brought a quiet English debutante to become an acclaimed jungle guerrilla fighter. In ten vivid profiles - featuring pilots, presidents, and even the producer of Game of Thrones - we see that the path to greatness doesn't require crushing displays of power or tyrannical ego. Simple fair decency can prevail.With surprising insights from across history - including the downfall of the very man who popularised the phrase 'nice guys finish last' - THE ART OF FAIRNESS charts a refreshing and sustainable new approach to cultivating integrity and influence.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Art of Living: Classical Manual on Virtue Happiness & Effectiveness
    Art of Living: Classical Manual on Virtue Happiness & Effectiveness
    ISBN: 9780061286056
    Title: Art of Living: Classical Manual on Virtue Happiness & Effectiveness
    Author: EPICTETUS

    Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 ce in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings cannot control life, only their responses to it. By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living, readers learn to meet the challenges of everyday life successfully and to face life's inevitable losses and disappointments with grace.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Art of Solitude: Selected Writings
    Art of Solitude: Selected Writings
    ISBN: 9781529032628
    Title: Art of Solitude: Selected Writings
    Author: SEAGER ZACHARY


    In a world where we're more connected than ever, why is it that we're also more lonely? Dip into this anthology of classic writing to reclaim the pleasure of your own company.

    Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library, a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold-foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition is edited and introduced by writer and academic, Zachary Seager.

    The Art of Solitude shows some of the myriad ways in which people throughout history have understood their experiences of the solitary life, or have counselled others to benefit from solitude. It contains poetry, essays, autobiographical pieces and short stories from writers such as Virginia Woolf, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson and Ralph Walso Emerson. These diverse works can teach us how to think in freedom, how to enjoy a profound inner life and how best to cope with the fact that, as the novelist Joseph Conrad put it, we live, as we dream--alone. Above all, they show how we might truly connect with ourselves and, in the process, how we can meaningfully connect with those around us, including the earth itself. Looked at in this way, solitude is always focused both outward and inward, towards the self and towards the world. The cure for loneliness is, in the end, the art of solitude.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Art of War the Ancient Classic
    Art of War the Ancient Classic
    ISBN: 9780857080097
    Title: Art of War the Ancient Classic
    Author: SUN-TZU

    The Art of War is an ancient classic that remains an international bestselling business self-help manual to this day. Its central message of winning without conflict is as pertinent now as it was 2,500 years ago. The Art of War brings a different way of seeing conflict, transcending the instinctual 'fight for your life' approach. With enough intelligence, it says, a conflict can be prevented from developing into something nasty - or developing at all. It is possible to conquer with a minimum of force and little destruction. Such an outcome we would describe today as 'win-win', not just defeating a person in an argument (force) but bringing him or her over to our way of thinking.This deluxe hardback edition also includes an introduction by Tom Butler-Bowdon, drawing comparisons and lessons for modern day business leaders from the text.It includes: The complete, unedited and unabridged text from 300 BC Strategies for survival and success in difficult times Advice on how to conquer with minimal destruction and conflict An introduction from Tom Butler Brown, the personal development literature expert

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Assholes: A Theory
    Assholes: A Theory
    ISBN: 9781857886108
    Title: Assholes: A Theory
    Author: JAMES AARON

    In the spirit of the bestselling 'On Bullshit', philosopher Aaron James tackles the subject of assholes in a philosophical yet also humorous inquiry into what makes a person an asshole. The book also explores different asshole types, the roles gender, nurture, and nature play, and how best to deal with assholes in daily life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails
    At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails
    ISBN: 9780099554882
    Title: At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails
    Author: BAKEWELL SARAH


    * AS READ ON BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK *


    Paris, near the turn of 1933. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking. Pointing to his drink, he says, "You can make philosophy out of this cocktail!"



    From this moment of inspiration, Sartre will create his own extraordinary philosophy of real, experienced life - of love and desire, of freedom and being, of caf#65533;s and waiters, of friendships and revolutionary fervour. It is a philosophy that will enthral Paris and sweep through the world, leaving its mark on post-war liberation movements, from the student uprisings of 1968 to civil rights pioneers.


    At the Existentialist Caf#65533; tells the story of modern existentialism as one of passionate encounters between people, minds and ideas. From the 'king and queen of existentialism' - Sartre and de Beauvoir - to their wider circle of friends and adversaries including Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Iris Murdoch, this book is an enjoyable and original journey through a captivating intellectual movement. Weaving biography and thought, Sarah Bakewell takes us to the heart of a philosophy about life that also changed lives, and that tackled the biggest questions of all: what we are and how we are to live.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Awakening The History of the Western Mind
    Awakening The History of the Western Mind
    ISBN: 9781789545623
    Title: Awakening The History of the Western Mind
    Author: FREEMAN CHARLES

    A monumental and exhilarating history of European thought, from the fall of Rome in the fifth century AD to the Scientific Revolution thirteen centuries later.


    The Awakeningtraces the recovery and refashioning of Europe's classical heritage from the ruins of the Roman Empire. The process of preservation of surviving texts, fragile at first, was strengthened under the Christian empire founded by Charlemagne in the eighth century; later, during the High Middle Ages, universities were founded and the study of philosophy was revived. Renewed interest in ancient Greek and Roman thought provided the intellectual impetus for the Renaissance of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, whose ideas - aesthetic, political and scientific - were disseminated across Europe by the invention of the printing press. Equally momentous was Europe's encounter with the New World, and the resulting maritime supremacy which conferred global reach on Europe's merchants and colonists.


    Vivid in detail and informed by the latest scholarship, The Awakeningis powered not by the fate of kings or the clash of arms but by deeper currents of thought, inquiry and discovery, which first recover and then surpass the achievements of classical antiquity, and lead the West to the threshold of the Age of Reason. Charles Freeman takes the reader on an enthralling journey, and provides us with a vital key to understanding the world we live in today.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • Bad Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Fallacies in Western Philosophy
    Bad Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Fallacies in Western Philosophy
    ISBN: 9781119167907
    Title: Bad Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Fallacies in Western Philosophy
    Author: ARP ROBERT; BARBONE STEVEN; BRUCE MICHAEL (EDS)


    A timely and accessible guide to 100 of the most infamous logical fallacies in Western philosophy, helping readers avoid and detect false assumptions and faulty reasoning


    You'll love this book or you'll hate it. So, you're either with us or against us. And if you're against us then you hate books. No true intellectual would hate this book.


    Ever decide to avoid a restaurant because of one bad meal? Choose a product because a celebrity endorsed it? Or ignore what a politician says because she's not a member of your party? For as long as people have been discussing, conversing, persuading, advocating, proselytizing, pontificating, or otherwise stating their case, their arguments have been vulnerable to false assumptions and faulty reasoning. Drawing upon a long history of logical falsehoods and philosophical flubs, Bad Arguments demonstrates how misguided arguments come to be, and what we can do to detect them in the rhetoric of others and avoid using them ourselves.


    Fallacies--or conclusions that don't follow from their premise--are at the root of most bad arguments, but it can be easy to stumble into a fallacy without realizing it. In this clear and concise guide to good arguments gone bad, Robert Arp, Steven Barbone, and Michael Bruce take readers through 100 of the most infamous fallacies in Western philosophy, identifying the most common missteps, pitfalls, and dead-ends of arguments gone awry. Whether an instance of sunk costs, is ought, affirming the consequent, moving the goal post, begging the question, or the ever-popular slippery slope, each fallacy engages with examples drawn from contemporary politics, economics, media, and popular culture. Further diagrams and tables supplement entries and contextualize common errors in logical reasoning.


    At a time in our world when it is crucial to be able to identify and challenge rhetorical half-truths, this bookhelps readers to better understand flawed argumentation and develop logical literacy. Unrivaled in its breadth of coverage and a worthy companion to its sister volume Just the Arguments (2011), Bad Arguments is an essential tool for undergraduate students and general readers looking to hone their critical thinking and rhetorical skills.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Bald: 35 Philosophical Short Cuts
    Bald: 35 Philosophical Short Cuts
    ISBN: 9780300255966
    Title: Bald: 35 Philosophical Short Cuts
    Author: CRITCHLEY SIMON

    A new and expansive collection of essays from one of the world's best-known popular philosophers
    &
    "A genial exercise in public philosophy by an admittedly tonsorially challenged practitioner. . . . Ever current, Critchley closes with a meditation on Covid-19 and the anxieties it induces. . . . Along his path, he pauses to wonder whether philosophy has progressed at all over the centuries; to appreciate David Bowie's final album, Blackstar; . . . and to allow, with Pascal, that we're weak and wretched beings but eminently improvable."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

    The moderator of the New York Times' Stone column and the author of numerous books on everything from Greek tragedy to David Bowie, Simon Critchley has been a strong voice in popular philosophy for more than a decade. This volume brings together thirty‑five essays, originally published in the Times, on a wide range of topics, from the dimensions of Plato's academy and the mysteries of Eleusis to Philip K. Dick, Mormonism, money, and the joy and pain of Liverpool Football Club fans. In an engaging and jargon‑free style, Critchley writes with honesty about the state of world as he offers philosophically informed and insightful considerations of happiness, violence, and faith.
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    Stripped of inaccessible academic armatures, these short pieces bring philosophy out of the ivory tower and demonstrate an exciting new way to think in public.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $41.00
    $41.00
  • Barry Brickell Reader
    Barry Brickell Reader
    ISBN: 9780947493349
    Title: Barry Brickell Reader
    Author: BRICKELL BARRY O'BRIEN GREG (ED & INTRO)

    A Barry Brickell Reader illuminates not the pottery Barry Brickell is known for, but another facet of his genius: his ‘wrertings’. Reflecting the extrusions, bulges, crevasses and bobbles, his poetry — like his pots — can be mildly offensive, but they contain the same virtues Barry associated with rail travel: sensuality, rhythm, vibration and warmth.

    Here, Barry’s great creative output is laid out expansively, accompanied by a photoessay of Barry doing what he did best: working.



    The real me

    Why do you
    keep on
    telling me
    I’m something
    that I’m not?
    Nottapotta,
    not an engineer,
    not an artist,
    nottawriter,
    Not even
    a real man —
    just a wrerter,
    a ceramiccissist,
    mudslinger
    and an oddity —
    which is
    closer
    to the actual
    truth?


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Beauty of Everyday Things
    Beauty of Everyday Things
    ISBN: 9780241366356
    Title: Beauty of Everyday Things
    Author: YANAGI SOETSU

    The daily lives of ordinary people are replete with objects, common things used in commonplace settings. These objects are our constant companions in life. As such, writes Soetsu Yanagi, they should be made with care and built to last, treated with respect and even affection. They should be natural and simple, sturdy and safe - the aesthetic result of wholeheartedly fulfilling utilitarian needs. They should, in short, be things of beauty.In an age of feeble and ugly machine-made things, these essays call for us to deepen and transform our relationship with the objects that surround us. Inspired by the work of the simple, humble craftsmen Yanagi encountered during his lifelong travels through Japan and Korea, they are an earnest defence of modest, honest, handcrafted things - from traditional teacups to jars to cloth and paper. Objects like these exemplify the enduring appeal of simplicity and function- the beauty of everyday things.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Being & Time: a Revised Edition of the Stambaugh Translation
    Being & Time: a Revised Edition of the Stambaugh Translation
    ISBN: 9781438432762
    Title: Being & Time: a Revised Edition of the Stambaugh Translation
    Author: HEIDEGGER MARTIN

    A revised translation of Heidegger's most important work.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $53.00
    $53.00
  • Being Happy
    Being Happy
    ISBN: 9780241473269
    Title: Being Happy
    Author: EPICURUS

    'It is impossible to live the pleasant life without also living sensibly, nobly and justly'

    Being Happy contains all of the extant writing by Epicurus - one of the most influential classical philosophers and the father of Epicureanism. He stresses the therapeutic impact of philosophy, and his belief that happiness comes through understanding how the world works.

    GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $13.00
    $13.00
  • Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
    Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
    ISBN: 9781861976574
    Title: Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL


    National Bestseller



    The struggle to perform well is universal: each of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives may be on the line with any decision.


    Atul Gawande, the New York Times bestselling author of Complications, examines, in riveting accounts of medical failure and triumph, how success is achieved in this complex and risk-filled profession. At once unflinching and compassionate, Better is an exhilarating journey, narrated by "arguably the best nonfiction doctor-writer around" (Salon.com).



    Format: Paperback
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  • Beyond Good & Evil
    Beyond Good & Evil
    ISBN: 9780140449235
    Title: Beyond Good & Evil
    Author: NIETZSCHE F & HOLLINGDALE RJ (TRANS)

    Nietzsche's mature masterpiece, Beyond Good and Evil considers the origins and nature of Judeo-Christian morality; the end of philosophical dogmatism and beginning of perspectivism; the questionable virtues of science and scholarship; liberal democracy, nationalism, and women's emancipation. A superb new translation by Marion Faber, this highly annotated edition is complemented by a lucid introduction by one of the most eminent of Nietzsche scholars, Robert C. Holub.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $18.00
    $18.00
  • Beyond Good & Evil: The Philosophy Classic
    Beyond Good & Evil: The Philosophy Classic
    ISBN: 9780857088482
    Title: Beyond Good & Evil: The Philosophy Classic
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH


    A deluxe, high-quality edition of Friedrich Nietzsche's seminal work


    Beyond Good and Evil is one of the final books by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. This landmark work continues to be one of the most well-known and influential explorations of moral and ethical philosophy ever conceived. Expanding on the concepts from his previous work Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche adopts a polemic approach to past philosophers who, in his view, lacked critical sense in accepting flawed premises in their consideration of morality. The metaphysics of morality, Nietzsche argues, should not assume that a good man is simply the opposite of an evil man, rather merely different expression of humanity's common basic impulses.


    Controversial in its time, as well as hotly debated in the present, Nietzsche's work moves beyond conventional ethics to suggest that a universal morality for all human beings in non-existent - perception, reason and experience are not static, but change according to an individual's perspective and interpretation. The work further argues that philosophic traditions such as "truth," "self-consciousness" and "free will" are merely inventions of Western morality and that the "will to power" is the real driving force of all human behaviour. This volume:

    • Critiques the belief that actions, including domination or injury to the weak, can be universally objectionable
    • Explores themes of religion and "master and slave" morality
    • Includes a collection of stunning aphorisms and observations of the human condition

    Part of the bestselling Capstone Classics Series edited by Tom Butler-Bowdon, this collectible, hard-back edition of Beyond Good and Evil provides an accessible and insightful Introduction by leading Nietzsche authority Dr Christopher Janaway.


    This deluxe volume is perfect for anyone with interest in philosophy, psychology, science, history and literature.



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    Price: $24.00
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  • Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life
    Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life
    ISBN: 9780241407639
    Title: Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life
    Author: PETERSON JORDAN B

    The sequel to 12 Rules for Life offers further guidance on the perilous path of modern life.

    In 12 Rules for Life, clinical psychologist and celebrated professor at Harvard and the University of Toronto Dr. Jordan B. Peterson helped millions of readers impose order on the chaos of their lives. Now, in this bold sequel, Peterson delivers twelve more lifesaving principles for resisting the exhausting toll that our desire to order the world inevitably takes.

    In a time when the human will increasingly imposes itself over every sphere of life--from our social structures to our emotional states--Peterson warns that too much security is dangerous. What's more, he offers strategies for overcoming the cultural, scientific, and psychological forces causing us to tend toward tyranny, and teaches us how to rely instead on our instinct to find meaning and purpose, even--and especially--when we find ourselves powerless.

    While chaos, in excess, threatens us with instability and anxiety, unchecked order can petrify us into submission. Beyond Order provides a call to balance these two fundamental principles of reality itself, and guides us along the straight and narrow path that divides them.



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    Price: $38.00

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  • Biography of Loneliness The History of an Emotion
    Biography of Loneliness The History of an Emotion
    ISBN: 9780198811350
    Title: Biography of Loneliness The History of an Emotion
    Author: ALBERTI FAY BOUND

    'A compassionate, wide-ranging study.'
    Terry Eagleton, The Guardian

    Despite 21st-century fears of a modern 'epidemic' of loneliness, its history has been sorely neglected.

    A Biography of Loneliness is the first history of its kind to be published in English, offering a radically new interpretation of loneliness as an emotional language and experience. Using letters and diaries, philosophical tracts, political discussions, and medical literature from the eighteenth century to the present, historian of the emotions Fay Bound Alberti argues that loneliness is not an ahistorical, universal phenomenon. It is, in fact, a modern emotion: before 1800, its language did not exist.

    As Alberti shows, the birth of loneliness is linked to the development of modernity: the all-encompassing ideology of the individual that has emerged in the mind and physical sciences, in economic structures, in philosophy and politics. While it has a biography of its own, loneliness impacts on people differently, according to their gender, ethnicity, religion, outlook, and socio-economic position. It is, Alberti argues, not a single state but an 'emotion cluster', composed of a wide variety of responses that include fear, anger, resentment and sorrow. In spite of this, loneliness is not always negative. And it is physical as well as psychological: loneliness is a product of the body as much as the mind.

    Looking at informative case studies such as Sylvia Plath, Queen Victoria, and Virginia Woolf, A Biography of Loneliness charts the emergence of loneliness as a modern emotional state. From social media addiction to widowhood, from homelessness to the oldest old, from mall hauls to massages, loneliness appears in all aspects of 21st-century life. Yet we cannot address its meanings, let alone formulate a cure, without attention to its complex, protean history.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00

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  • Box of Emotions
    Box of Emotions
    ISBN: 9781786275653
    Title: Box of Emotions
    Author: SMITH TIFFANY WAT

    Dip into the Box of Emotions to find the perfect expression of how you feel. Each of the 80 cards contains a mini-essay on a different emotion on one side and a mesmerizing color pattern on the other. Learn more about yourself and what makes your fellow beings tick, from anger and worry to empathy and courage. And with a host of less familiar emotions--d paysement, fago, and litost among them--you may discover a whole new way of being.

    Format: Cards
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living
    Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living
    ISBN: 9781847672872
    Title: Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living
    Author: FERRY LUC

    THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERFrom the timeless wisdom of ancient Greece through to Christianity, the Enlightenment, existentialism and postmodernism, A Brief History of Thought brilliantly and accessibly explains the enduring teachings of philosophy - including its profound relevance in today's world as well as its essential role in achieving happiness and living a meaningful life.This lively journey through the great thinkers challenges every one of us to learn to think for ourselves and asks us the most important question of all: how can we live better?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Camera Lucida
    Camera Lucida
    ISBN: 9780099225416
    Title: Camera Lucida
    Author: BARTHES ROLAND

    This personal, wide-ranging, and contemplative volume--and the last book Barthes published--finds the author applying his influential perceptiveness and associative insight to the subject of photography. To this end, several black-and-white photos (by the likes of Avedon, Clifford, Hine, Mapplethorpe, Nadar, Van Der Zee, and so forth) are reprinted throughout the text.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day
    Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day
    ISBN: 9781783524938
    Title: Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day
    Author: KRZNARIC ROMAN


    A GUARDIAN BEST HOLIDAY READ 2017


    'Brilliant. One of those rare books that forces you to ask what the hell you're doing with your life.' George Monbiot, Guardian


    Existentialism is back


    Carpe diem - 'seize the day' - is one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history. But its true spirit has been hijacked by ad men and self-help gurus, reduced to the instant hit of one-click online shopping, or slogans like 'live in the now'. We need to reclaim it to make sense of our complex, confusing times.


    The last great expression of carpe diem was in the electrifying existential philosophy of the 1940s. Today it's an idea that challenges us to confront our mortality and live with greater passion and intention rather than scroll mindlessly on our phones or allow freedom to become a mere choice between brands.


    In Carpe Diem Regained, Roman Krznaric reinvents existentialism for our age of information and choice overload. An essential and empowering work of contemporary philosophy, the book unveils the surprising ways of seizing the day that humankind has discovered over the centuries, ones we urgently need to revive.
    Carpe diem is the Nexistentialism for our times.



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    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Carve: A Simple Guide to Whittling
    Carve: A Simple Guide to Whittling
    ISBN: 9780451498960
    Title: Carve: A Simple Guide to Whittling
    Author: ABRANTES MELANIE

    Carve modernizes a mindful hobby that people have turned to for generations to help them slow down, relax, and connect with the outdoors. Choose from a dozen projects with bespoke details, all are designed to be useful at home or while camping. And because these objects are small, they require only a few hours and a tool or two to complete. You'll also learn how to choose the right knife and wood, helpful information on techniques and safety, and tips for refining, personalizing and maintaining your piece. Whether you're headed to the woods or just to the porch, this pocket-sized guide will have you carving your own unique designs in no time.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Chinese Thought From Confucius to Cook Ding
    Chinese Thought From Confucius to Cook Ding
    ISBN: 9780141984834
    Title: Chinese Thought From Confucius to Cook Ding
    Author: STERCKX ROEL

    How did the ancient Chinese think about the world? What does environmental consciousness stand for in the Chinese tradition? Where does China's obsession with education come from?
    We are often told that the twenty-first century is bound to become China's century. Never before has Chinese culture been so physically, digitally, economically or aesthetically present in everyday life in the Western world. But how much do we really know about its origins and key beliefs, especially compared to the many histories of Western philosophy?


    In this enlightening book, Roel Sterckx, one of the foremost experts in Chinese thought, takes us through centuries of Chinese history, from Confucius to Daoism to the Legalists. With evocative examples from philosophy, literature and everyday life, he shows us how the ancient Chinese have shaped the thinking of a civilization that is now influencing our own.



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    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Communist Manifesto
    Communist Manifesto
    ISBN: 9780141395906
    Title: Communist Manifesto
    Author: MARX KARL & ENGLES FRIEDRICH

    Edited by Samuel H. Beer, with key selections from Capital and The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, this volume features an especially helpful introduction that serves as a guide to Marxist political and economic theory and to placing the specific writings in their contemporary setting.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Communist Manifesto
    Communist Manifesto
    ISBN: 9780857088765
    Title: Communist Manifesto
    Author: MARX KARL; ENGELS FRIEDRICH; BUTLER-BOWDON TOM


    DISCOVER THE WORK THAT LAUNCHED REVOLUTIONS AROUND THE WORLD


    Although it was published in 1848, The Communist Manifesto is as controversial and provocative as ever. Its stirring and poetic language helped spread Marx and Engels' socialist message far and wide, unleashing a century of political revolution.


    In an age of great inequality, the Manifesto's message of an exploited and suffering working class that must rise up and claim the means of production and wealth continues to resonate. This deluxe edition features an insightful introduction from Tom Butler-Bowdon which explains how the text came to be written, and why it remains popular.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Complete Musashi: Book of Five Rings & Other Works: Definitive Translations of the Complete Writings of Miyamoto Musashi - Japan's Greatest Samurai
    Complete Musashi: Book of Five Rings & Other Works: Definitive Translations of the Complete Writings of Miyamoto Musashi - Japan's Greatest Samurai
    ISBN: 9784805316160
    Title: Complete Musashi: Book of Five Rings & Other Works: Definitive Translations of the Complete Writings of Miyamoto Musashi - Japan's Greatest Samurai
    Author: MUSASHI MIYAMOTO & BENNETT ALEXANDER (TRANSLATOR);

    The culmination of 25 years of research, Alex Bennett's groundbreaking English translation of Miyamoto Musashi's The Book of Five Rings reveals the true meaning of the original work.

    This piece of writing by famed samurai Musashi (1584-1645) is the single-most influential work on samurai swordsmanship, offering insights into samurai history, the Zen Buddhist state of "no-mind" that enables warriors to triumph and the philosophical meaning of Bushido--"the way of the warrior."

    Until now, English translations of The Book of Five Rings have been based on inaccurate copies of Musashi's long-lost original manuscript. Bennett's translation is the first to be based on a careful reconstruction of the original text by Japan's foremost Musashi scholar. By identifying discrepancies among the existing copies, adding missing texts and correcting over 150 incorrect characters, this source is the closest representation of Musashi's original work possible. Utilizing this new source, Bennett captures the subtle nuance of the classic Japanese text, resulting in the most accurate English translation of The Book of Five Rings available.

    This book also includes translations of five other known works by Musashi--three of them translated for the first time. The texts are richly annotated by Bennett, who includes an extensive introduction on Musashi's life and legacy.

    The Complete Musashi: The Book of Five Rings and Other Works will be widely read by those interested in Japanese culture, Samurai history and martial arts--setting a new standard against which all other translations will be measured.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00

    $25.00
  • Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Oriented Deliberation in View of the Dogmatic Problem of Hereditary Sin
    Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Oriented Deliberation in View of the Dogmatic Problem of Hereditary Sin
    ISBN: 9781631490040
    Title: Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Oriented Deliberation in View of the Dogmatic Problem of Hereditary Sin
    Author: KIERKEGAARD SØREN

    Brilliantly synthesizing human insights with Christian dogma, Soren Kierkegaard presented, in 1844, The Concept of Anxiety as a landmark "psychological deliberation," suggesting that our only hope in overcoming anxiety was not through "powder and pills" but by embracing it with open arms. While Kierkegaard's Danish prose is surprisingly rich, previous translations--the most recent in 1980--have marginalized the work with alternately florid or slavishly wooden language. With a vibrancy never seen before in English, Alastair Hannay, the world's foremost Kierkegaard scholar, has finally re-created its natural rhythm, eager that this overlooked classic will be revivified as the seminal work of existentialism and moral psychology that it is.From The Concept of Anxiety:"And no Grand Inquisitor has such frightful torments in readiness as has anxiety, and no secret agent knows as cunningly how to attack the suspect in his weakest moment, or to make so seductive the trap in which he will be snared; and no discerning judge understands how to examine, yes, exanimate the accused as does anxiety, which never lets him go, not in diversion, not in noise, not at work, not by day, not by night."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
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