• Philanthropy From Aristotle to Zuckerberg
    Philanthropy From Aristotle to Zuckerberg
    ISBN: 9781472920126
    Title: Philanthropy From Aristotle to Zuckerberg
    Author: VALLELY PAUL

    The super-rich are silently and secretly shaping our world. In this groundbreaking exploration of historical and contemporary philanthropy, bestselling author Paul Vallely reveals how this far-reaching change came about. Vivid with anecdote and scholarly insight, this magisterial survey - from the ancient Greeks to today's high-tech geeks - provides an original take on the history of philanthropy. It shows how giving has, variously, been a matter of honour, altruism, religious injunction, political control, moral activism, enlightened self-interest, public good, personal fulfilment and plutocratic manipulation.Its narrative moves from the Greek man of honour and Roman patron, via the Jewish prophet and Christian scholastic - through the Elizabethan machiavel, Puritan proto-capitalist, Enlightenment activist and Victorian moralist - to the robber-baron philanthropist, the welfare socialist, the celebrity activist and today's wealthy mega-giver. In the process it discovers that philanthropy lost an essential element as it entered the modern era. The book then embarks on a journey to determine where today's philanthropists come closest to recovering that missing dimension. Philanthropy explores the successes and failures of philanthrocapitalism, examines its claims and contradictions, and asks tough questions of top philanthropists and leading thinkers - among them Richard Branson, Eliza Manningham-Buller, Jonathan Ruffer, David Sainsbury, John Studzinski, Bob Geldof, Naser Haghamed, Lenny Henry, Jonathan Sacks, Rowan Williams, Ngaire Woods, and the presidents of the Rockefeller and Soros foundations, Rajiv Shah and Patrick Gaspard. In extended conversations they explore the relationship between philanthropy and family, faith, society, art, politics, and the creation and distribution of wealth.Highly engaging and meticulously researched, Paul Vallely's authoritative account of philanthropy then and now critiques the excessive utilitarianism of much modern philanthrocapitalism and points to how philanthropy can rediscover its soul.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Philosopher of the Heart The Restless Life of Soren Kierkegaard
    Philosopher of the Heart The Restless Life of Soren Kierkegaard
    ISBN: 9780141984438
    Title: Philosopher of the Heart The Restless Life of Soren Kierkegaard

    Philosopher of the Heart is the groundbreaking biography of renowned existentialist Søren Kierkegaard's life and creativity, and a searching exploration of how to be a human being in the world.

    Søren Kierkegaard is one of the most passionate and challenging of all modern philosophers, and is often regarded as the founder of existentialism. Over about a decade in the 1840s and 1850s, writings poured from his pen pursuing the question of existence--how to be a human being in the world?--while exploring the possibilities of Christianity and confronting the failures of its institutional manifestation around him.

    Much of his creativity sprang from his relationship with the young woman whom he promised to marry, then left to devote himself to writing, a relationship which remained decisive for the rest of his life. He deliberately lived in the swim of human life in Copenhagen, but alone, and died exhausted in 1855 at the age of 42, bequeathing his remarkable writings to his erstwhile fiancée.

    Clare Carlisle's innovative and moving biography writes Kierkegaard's life as far as possible from his own perspective, to convey what it was like actually being this Socrates of Christendom--as he put it, living life forwards yet only understanding it backwards.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Philosophy As a Way of Life Historical, Contemporary, & Pedagogical Perspectives
    Philosophy As a Way of Life Historical, Contemporary, & Pedagogical Perspectives
    ISBN: 9781119746867
    Title: Philosophy As a Way of Life Historical, Contemporary, & Pedagogical Perspectives

    In the ancient world, philosophy was understood to be a practical guide for living, or even itself a way of life. This volume of essays brings historical views about philosophy as a way of life, coupled with their modern equivalents, more prevalently into the domain of the contemporary scholarly world.

    • Illustrates how the articulation of philosophy as a way of life and its pedagogical implementation advances the love of wisdom
    • Questions how we might convey the love of wisdom as not only a body of dogmatic principles and axiomatic truths but also a lived exercise that can be practiced
    • Offers a collection of essays on an emerging field of philosophical research
    • Essential reading for academics, researchers and scholars of philosophy, moral philosophy, and pedagogy; also business and professional people who have an interest in expanding their horizons

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $48.00
  • Philosophy Cure: Lessons on Living from the Great Philosophers
    Philosophy Cure: Lessons on Living from the Great Philosophers
    ISBN: 9781250759887
    Title: Philosophy Cure: Lessons on Living from the Great Philosophers

    The wisdom of famous philosophers distilled into practical takeaways for modern readers

    For centuries, philosophers have considered the "big questions" of human life, mulling over everything from ethics to the definition of reality. Their ideas and insights are powerful and innovative, but often inaccessible and far too academic for most readers. In The Philosophy Cure: Lessons on Living from the Great Philosophers, scholar and expert on Cartesian philosophy, Laurence Devillairs has stripped away the convoluted language, translating the core ideas and wisdom of some of the most prominent philosophers into simple concepts for modern readers. She skillfully reveals that far from being impractical or distantly academic, philosophy is, at its heart, a deeply useful discipline ultimately concerned with what it means to live a good and fulfilling life.

    Perfect for readers who are intrigued with philosophy, but who are uninterested in reading dense academic texts, The Philosophy Cure reveals the true wisdom of the best-known philosophers--from Socrates to Kant and Descartes.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Philosophy in Minutes
    Philosophy in Minutes
    ISBN: 9781782066460
    Title: Philosophy in Minutes
    Author: WEEKS MARCUS

    200 Key concepts explained in an instant

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Philosophy of Science & the Kyoto School: An Introduction to Nishida Kitaro, Tanabe Hajime & Tosaka Jun
    Philosophy of Science & the Kyoto School: An Introduction to Nishida Kitaro, Tanabe Hajime & Tosaka Jun
    ISBN: 9781350141100
    Title: Philosophy of Science & the Kyoto School: An Introduction to Nishida Kitaro, Tanabe Hajime & Tosaka Jun

    This book offers the first introduction to a major Japanese philosophical movement through the interests and arguments of its founder, Nishida Kitaro (1870-1945), his successor, Tanabe Hajime (1885-1962), and student-turned-critic, Tosaka Jun (1900-1945). Focusing on their contributions to thinking about place, space, and dialectics, this concise introduction brings these influential thinkers to life by connecting their work to issues still debated in the philosophy of science and physics today.

    Beginning with an overview of the reception of quantum physics and relativity theory in Japan and concluding with an account of the direct relevance of the Kyoto School to the development of world philosophy in a posthuman age, each clearly-written chapter engages historical contexts and includes:

    - Carefully-chosen excerpts and original translations of Nishida, Tanabe, and Tosaka
    - Focus boxes explaining complex concepts and problems of contextualization
    - A timeline, glossary and index
    - Further reading lists featuring relevant and significant articles and books in English

    This introduction is an ideal starting point for students and lecturers looking to become better acquainted with three central Japanese philosophers and learn why their work impacts our current thinking about science.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
  • Philosophy Smackdown
    Philosophy Smackdown
    ISBN: 9781509537662
    Title: Philosophy Smackdown

    From its carnival origins to its current status as a global phenomenon, pro wrestling has a unique presence in popular culture. Part sport and part theatre, the impressive antics of its larger-than-life characters have captured the imaginations of generations of fans, and prompted endless speculation about behind-the-scenes machinations.

    Philosophy Smackdown is a study of pro wrestling as distinctive as pro wrestling itself: it is the first philosophical look at this major cultural spectacle. Philosopher and fan Douglas Edwards takes both philosophy and pro wrestling to parts unknown. With liveliness, humor and insight, he shows that pro wrestling is fertile ground for reflection on fundamental human issues, such as reality, freedom, identity, morality, justice, and meaning. He explores these through pivotal events in pro wrestling, from the eighties heyday of Hulkamania to the recent emergence of AEW.

    Philosophy Smackdown is a read that will delight philosophers and pro wrestling fans alike. It's time to ask yourself: Whatcha gonna do when Philosophy Smackdown runs wild on you?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • Philosophy's Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress
    Philosophy's Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress
    ISBN: 9781119210122
    Title: Philosophy's Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress

    Philosophy's Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress diagnoses the state of philosophy as an academic discipline and calls it to account, inviting further reflection and dialogue on its cultural value and capacity for future evolution.

    • Offers the most up-to-date treatment of the intellectual and cultural value of contemporary philosophy from a wide range of perspectives
    • Features contributions from distinguished philosophers such as Frank Jackson, Karen Green, Timothy Williamson, Jessica Wilson, and many others
    • Explores the ways philosophical investigations of logic, world, mind, and moral responsibility continue to shape the empirical and theoretical sciences
    • Considers the role of contemporary philosophy in political issues such as women's rights, the discrimination of minorities, and public health

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $67.00
  • Picnic Comma Lightning: In Search of a New Reality
    Picnic Comma Lightning: In Search of a New Reality
    ISBN: 9781786090027
    Title: Picnic Comma Lightning: In Search of a New Reality

    **A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK**'A stylish, playful exploration of what digital life is doing to the way we find meaning in the world.' Guardian, 'Book of the Week''A report from the front line of the digital generation by someone superbly well-equipped to read and decode the signals.' Sunday Times'A bravura investigation of our turbulent times.' New Scientist'Clever, funny and deeply moving... an engaging and thought-provoking journey through the fakery of modern life.' Mail on SundayA spellbinding examination of the nature of reality, by one of the brightest thinkers of today.Cognitive science proposes that we have evolved to build mental maps of the world not according to its actual, physical nature, but according to what allows us to thrive. In other words, our individual and collective realities are fictions - carefully constructed to enable us to maintain our particular perspectives. It used to be that our fictions were rooted to reasonably solid things- to people, places and memories. Today, in an age of online personas, alternative truths, constant surveillance and an increasingly hysterical news cycle, our realities are becoming more flimsy and more vulnerable than ever before. Ours is now a zoomed-in perspective, where the backstage is centre stage. We are both camera person and subject, with new powers and new weaknesses.Our personal and political spheres are dangerously merging. How will the form and grammar of our feelings have to change in this over-exposed environment? Should any of our stories remain secret? How are these phenomena changing the way we live? How do we maintain a sense of reality in an increasingly fantastic world?Picnic Comma Lightning is an innovative examination of the nature of reality in the twenty-first century, one that explores the key ethical, political and neurological forces contouring our inner selves, but also the old influences of grief and desire, memory and imagination. In it, award-winning author Laurence Scott provides a lively and accessible new philosophy for this epoch in Western civilisation, one that will change the way you see the world, and your place within it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Political Writings
    Political Writings
    ISBN: 9781788736862
    Title: Political Writings
    Author: MARX KARL

    All of Marx's essential political writing in one volume

    Karl Marx was not only the great theorist of capitalism. He was also a superb journalist, politician, and historian. This book brings together all of his essential political and historical writings in one volume for the first time. These works allow us to see the depth and range of thought in the mature Marx, covering a period from the tumultuous revolutions of 1848 that rocked Europe through to the end of his life. With a foreword by Tariq Ali, and including The Communist Manifesto, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, The Class Struggles in France, and The Critique of the Gotha Programme, this volume shows Marx at his most astute, analysing the forces of global capitalism as they played out in the world around him.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $65.00
  • Pornographic Age
    Pornographic Age
    ISBN: 9781350014794
    Title: Pornographic Age
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN

    Sue Thornham explores issues of space, place, time and gender in feminist filmmaking through an examination of a wide range of films by contemporary women filmmakers, ranging from the avant-garde to mainstream Hollywood. Beginning from questions about space itself and the way it has been gendered, she asks how representation functions in relation to space and time, and how this, too, is gendered, before moving to an exploration of how such questions might be considered in relation to women's filmmaking. In sections dealing with spaces from wilderness to city, she analyses in detail how these issues have been dealt with by women filmmakers, addressing the work of filmmakers such as Jane Campion, Kathryn Bigelow, Julie Dash, Maggie Greenwald, Patricia Rozema and Carol Morley, and films including 'An Angel at My Table' (1990), 'Daughters of the Dust' (1991) 'The Ballad of Little Jo' (1993), 'Winter's Bone' (2010), 'Zero Dark Thirty' (2012) and 'The Falling' (2014).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Portraits from Memory
    Portraits from Memory
    ISBN: 9780367540845
    Title: Portraits from Memory

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Power of Ethics: How to Make Good Choices in a Complicated World
    Power of Ethics: How to Make Good Choices in a Complicated World
    ISBN: 9781471188572
    Title: Power of Ethics: How to Make Good Choices in a Complicated World

    In today's world, ethics can be complicated and its boundaries blurred. Should businesses go beyond their legal obligations? Should a radical thinker with an extremist following be invited to defend their position alongside more mainstream public figures? Should historical statues be taken down if the people they memorialise have fallen out of fashion? Is it ok for athletes to take any kind of supplements to enhance their performance? Should technological innovators be forced to slow down in order that policy makers - and the media - have time to predict, debate and mitigate the (ethical) consequences of innovations such as facial recognition, voice activation, and driverless cars? Is censorship ever justified? Can you still enjoy and appreciate the art if the artist has been proved to be highly unethical? These things are often not black and white and so this accessible guide, written by a world class ethics professor, is for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of ethical dilemmas and who wants to learn how to apply ethical standards to their own decision-making. Using real-life examples, Professor Liautaud sets out her framework for ethical decision-making which can be applied in all areas of life, including in business. Learn how institutional power structures and the classic pillars of ethical decision making, such as informed consent and transparency, are being challenged (think Big Data). Consider the unforeseen ethical consequences that innovations can have on humanity (drones, for example), and the normalisation of alternative facts and the contagious spread of misinformation - such as seen in the vaccine hoax. Using historical examples, Dr Liautaud will provide the reader with the tools to better integrate ethics into our everyday thought and behaviour.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Practical Guide to World Philosophies Selves, Worlds & Ways of Knowing
    Practical Guide to World Philosophies Selves, Worlds & Ways of Knowing
    ISBN: 9781350159099
    Title: Practical Guide to World Philosophies Selves, Worlds & Ways of Knowing

    Traditions throughout the world and across history have tackled fundamental questions about the human condition. This one-of-a-kind guide shows how these different philosophies can be effectively studied together.

    Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach's and Leah Kalmanson's introduction marks a break from conventional approaches. Instead of assuming philosophy has always operated with a single, easily identifiable conceptual framework across space and time, which we call-and have always called-philosophy, they attest to the plurality of concepts and methods adopted at different times and places.

    The book serves as a practical teaching guide to the theoretical and methodological diversification of philosophy as practiced in academia today. Complementing the Bloomsbury Introductions to World Philosophies series, it covers a variety of traditions featured in the book series, exploring how Anglo-American, Chinese, Indian, African, Islamicate, and Maori thinkers have all addressed fundamental questions such as:

    - How do we understand ourselves and our relations to others?
    - How do we understand our world?
    - How do we seek knowledge, share knowledge, and, importantly, intervene in the norms of received knowledge when needed?

    Featuring teaching notes, discussion questions, and a list of further reading, this is a book packed with the background, guidance, and tools required to teach different philosophies. Through it we come to see why making room for different conceptual frameworks improves our understanding of ourselves and the worlds we live in.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $44.00
  • Precarious Life The Powers of Mourning & Violence
    Precarious Life The Powers of Mourning & Violence
    ISBN: 9781788738613
    Title: Precarious Life The Powers of Mourning & Violence

    In this profound appraisal of post-September 11, 2001 America, Judith Butler considers the conditions of heightened vulnerability and aggression that followed from the attack on the US, and US retaliation. Judith Butler critiques the use of violence that has emerged as a response to loss, and argues that the dislocation of first-world privilege offers instead a chance to imagine a world in which that violence might be minimized and in which interdependency becomes acknowledged as the basis for a global political community.

    Butler considers the means by which some lives become grief-worthy, while others are perceived as undeserving of grief or even incomprehensible as lives. She discusses the political implications of sovereignty in light of the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. She argues against the anti-intellectual current of contemporary US patriotism and the power of censorship during times of war. Finally, she takes on the question of when and why anti-semitism is leveled as a charge against those who voice criticisms of the Israeli state. She counters that we have a responsibility to speak out against both Israeli injustices and anti-semitism, and argues against the rhetorical use of the charge of anti-semitism to quell public debate.

    In her most impassioned and personal book to date, Judith Butler responds to the current US policies to wage perpetual war, and calls for a deeper understanding of how mourning and violence might instead inspire solidarity and a quest form global justice.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00

  • Prince & Other Writings
    Prince & Other Writings
    ISBN: 9781626860612
    Title: Prince & Other Writings

    &&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LI&&RThe Prince and Other Writings&&L/I&&R, by &&LB&&RNiccolo Machiavelli&&L/B&&R, is part of the&&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R&&LI&&R& &&L/I&&Rseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R: &&LDIV&&R
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    All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics &&L/I&&Rpulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader''s understanding of these enduring works.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R& &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&ROne of history''s greatest political philosophers, &&LB&&RNiccolò Machiavelli&&L/B&&R is notorious for his treatise &&LI&&RThe Prince&&L/I&&R, which has become a cornerstone of modern political theory. Written in 1513 and published in 1532, after Machivelli''s death, &&LI&&RThe Prince&&L/I&&R immediately provoked controversy that has continued unabated to this day. &&LBR&&R&&LBR&&RDefining human nature as inherently selfish, Machiavelli proposes that social conflict and violence are natural phenomena that help determine the ablest, most versatile form of government. Asserting that idealism has no place in the political arena, &&LI&&RThe Prince&&L/I&&R primarily addresses a monarch''s difficulties in retaining authority. Considered the first expression of political realism, it has often been accused of advocating a political philosophy in which "the end justifies the means." Indeed the emphasis in &&LI&&RThe Prince&&L/I&&R on practical success, at the expense even of traditional moral values, earned Machiavelli a reputation for ruthlessness, deception, and cruelty. Many scholars contend, however, that the author''s pragmatic views of ethics and politics reflected the realities of his time, as exemplified by the Medici family of Florence. &&LBR&&R&&LBR&&RDebates about Machiavelli''s theories are as lively today as they were 450 years ago, but no one questions the importance of his fundamental contribution to Western political thought. This newly translated edition also includes Machiavelli''s &&LI&&RLetter to Francesco Vettori&&L/I&&R, &&LI&&RThe Life of Castruccio Castracani&&L/I&&R, and excerpts from the &&LI&&RDiscourses on Livy&&L/I&&R.&&LBR&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R&&LSTRONG&&RWayne A. Rebhorn&&L/B&&R&&L/B&&R, Celanese Centennial Professor of English at the University of Texas, has authored numerous studies of Renaissance European literature. His &&LI&&RFoxes and Lions: Machiavelli''s Confidence Men&&L/I&&R won the Howard R. Marraro Prize of the Modern Language Association of America in 1990. &&L/P&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Relevance of the Communist Manifesto
    Relevance of the Communist Manifesto
    ISBN: 9781509536115
    Title: Relevance of the Communist Manifesto
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ

    No other Marxist text has come close to achieving the fame and influence of The Communist Manifesto. Translated into over 100 languages, this clarion call to the workers of the world radically shaped the events of the twentieth century. But what relevance does it have for us today?

    In this slim book Slavoj Zizek argues that, while exploitation no longer occurs the way Marx described it, it has by no means disappeared; on the contrary, the profit once generated through the exploitation of workers has been transformed into rent appropriated through the privatization of the 'general intellect'. Entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have become extremely wealthy not because they are exploiting their workers but because they are appropriating the rent for allowing millions of people to participate in the new form of the 'general intellect' that they own and control. But, even if Marx's analysis can no longer be applied to our contemporary world of global capitalism without significant revision, the fundamental problem with which he was concerned, the problem of the commons in all its dimensions - the commons of nature, the cultural commons, and the commons as the universal space of humanity from which no one should be excluded - remains as relevant as ever.

    This timely reflection on the enduring relevance of The Communist Manifesto will be of great value to everyone interested in the key questions of radical politics today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Republic
    ISBN: 9780141442433
    Title: Republic
    Author: PLATO

    An authoritative new translation of Plato's The Republic by Christopher Rowe, with notes and an introduction.'We set about founding the best city we could, because we could be confident that if it was good we would find justice in it' The Republic, Plato's masterwork, was first enjoyed 2,400 years ago and remains one of the most widely-read books in the world: as a foundational work of Western philosophy, and for the richness of its ideas and virtuosity of its writing. Presented as a dialogue between Plato's teacher Socrates and various interlocutors, it is an exhortation to philosophy, inviting its readers to reflect on the choices to be made if we are to live the best life available to us. This complex, dynamic work creates a picture of an ideal society governed not by the desire for money, power or fame, but by philosophy, wisdom and justice.Christopher Rowe's accurate and enjoyable new translation remains faithful to the many variations of the Republic's tone, style and pace. This edition also contains a chronology, further reading, an outline of the work's main arguments and an introduction discussing Plato's relationship with Socrates, and the Republic's style, ideas and historical context.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Republic
    ISBN: 9780857083135
    Title: Republic
    Author: PLATO

    The newest deluxe edition in the bestselling Capstone Classics Series
    This ancient classic has had a make-over. In recent years these Capstone Classic deluxe editions have caught the book buying public's imagination. The volumes of international bestsellers such as Think and Grow Rich and The Art of War have quickly become the market leaders. Now Plato's best known work, one of the most intellectually and historically influential works of philosophy and political theory, has been brought to life in this luxury, hardback, keep-sake edition.

    This edition includes:

    • Plato's plans for a perfect society characterised by a blend of wisdom, courage, self-discipline and justice
    • Lessons to learn about living according to eternal truths, instead of existing simply for survival and pleasure
    • A new introduction by Tom Butler Bowdon, the classic personal development expert

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $24.00
  • Resilience Project: Finding Happiness Through Mindfulness, Gratitude & Empathy
    Resilience Project: Finding Happiness Through Mindfulness, Gratitude & Empathy
    ISBN: 9781760892777
    Title: Resilience Project: Finding Happiness Through Mindfulness, Gratitude & Empathy

    Hugh van Cuylenburg was a primary school teacher volunteering in northern India when he had a life-changing realisation- despite the underprivileged community the children were from, they were remarkably positive. By contrast, back in Australia Hugh knew that all too many people found it hard to be happy, or suffered from mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. His own little sister had been ravaged by anorexia nervosa.

    How was it that young people he knew at home, who had food, shelter, friends and a loving family, struggled with their mental health, while these kids seemed so contented and resilient? He set about finding the answer and in time came to recognise the key traits and behaviours these children possessed were gratitude, empathy and mindfulness.

    In the ensuing years Hugh threw himself into studying and sharing this revelation with the world through The Resilience Project, with his playful and unorthodox presentations which both entertain and inform. Now, with the same blend of humour, poignancy and clear-eyed insight that The Resilience Project has become renowned for, Hugh explains how we can all get the tools we need to live a happier and more fulfilling life.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Revamp: Writings on Secular Buddhism
    Revamp: Writings on Secular Buddhism
    ISBN: 9780473571382
    Title: Revamp: Writings on Secular Buddhism

    Secularity encourages a search for the good life in today’s circumstances, not as prescribed by timeless myths. As part of the process of the dharma putting down roots in the west, secular Buddhism offers the vitality of the early dharma, free of religious distortions. This book tracks the emergence of secular Buddhism with a focus on today’s climate emergency and intensifying social injustice that cry out for radical socioeconomic and political change. The ethic of care that underpins a creative, secular dharma practice, Winton Higgins suggests, calls on us to bring our training to bear on these urgent tasks.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Search Inside Yourself: The Secret to Unbreakable Concentration, Complete Relaxation & Effortless Self-control
    Search Inside Yourself: The Secret to Unbreakable Concentration, Complete Relaxation & Effortless Self-control
    ISBN: 9780007467167
    Title: Search Inside Yourself: The Secret to Unbreakable Concentration, Complete Relaxation & Effortless Self-control
    Author: TAN CHADE-MENG

    Can you imagine what it's like to be able to completely clear your mind and experience a deep sense of calm whenever you want?

    What about the power to switch into a state of intense concentration, but at the same time be completely relaxed?

    Or even to feel the beginnings of an unwanted emotion, like anger, but be able to choose whether to let it take hold of you, or simply make it dissolve and disappear?

    One Google engineer managed to do just that. Chade-Meng Tan discovered a way of explaining these secrets in a way that busy, stressed-out people could instantly understand. So many fellow Google employees told him that it had changed their life that he stopped engineering to share it with the world.

    The course that he still runs at Google is in this book, and it's designed in a practical way that anyone can apply to any area of their work or family life. Meng won't ask you to hug a tree or 'find your centre'. He'll use brain scans, modern science and plenty of humour to show you how a miraculous technique called mindfulness can, in just 100 minutes, begin to change your life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Second Mountain
    Second Mountain
    ISBN: 9780141990903
    Title: Second Mountain
    Author: BROOKS DAVID

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Everybody tells you to live for a cause larger than yourself, but how exactly do you do it? The author of The Road to Character explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world.

    "Deeply moving, frequently eloquent and extraordinarily incisive."--The Washington Post

    Every so often, you meet people who radiate joy--who seem to know why they were put on this earth, who glow with a kind of inner light. Life, for these people, has often followed what we might think of as a two-mountain shape. They get out of school, they start a career, and they begin climbing the mountain they thought they were meant to climb. Their goals on this first mountain are the ones our culture endorses: to be a success, to make your mark, to experience personal happiness. But when they get to the top of that mountain, something happens. They look around and find the view . . . unsatisfying. They realize: This wasn't my mountain after all. There's another, bigger mountain out there that is actually my mountain.

    And so they embark on a new journey. On the second mountain, life moves from self-centered to other-centered. They want the things that are truly worth wanting, not the things other people tell them to want. They embrace a life of interdependence, not independence. They surrender to a life of commitment.

    In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.

    In short, this book is meant to help us all lead more meaningful lives. But it's also a provocative social commentary. We live in a society, Brooks argues, that celebrates freedom, that tells us to be true to ourselves, at the expense of surrendering to a cause, rooting ourselves in a neighborhood, binding ourselves to others by social solidarity and love. We have taken individualism to the extreme--and in the process we have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. The path to repair is through making deeper commitments. In The Second Mountain, Brooks shows what can happen when we put commitment-making at the center of our lives.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00

  • Short Philosophy of Birds
    Short Philosophy of Birds
    ISBN: 9780753554142
    Title: Short Philosophy of Birds

    "Brilliant, magical and engrossing-I will never see birds the same way again."
    -- Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees


    Twenty-two short lessons from the secret lives of birds on living harmoniously and reconnecting with nature.

    This charming volume on bird behavior invites us to take a step back from our busy lives and to listen to the tiny philosophers of the sky. From the delicate sparrow to the majestic eagle, birds are among the most fascinating species on earth, and there is much to be learned from these paragons of beauty and grace that can be applied to our lives, including:

    • Independence: what it means to be "pushed out of the nest."
    • Vulnerability: what the mallard teaches us about giving up our old feathers for new ones in order to fly.
    • Gender equality: what happens when a papa Turtledove sits on the nest.
    • Hierarchy and power: what the raven and the vulture know about the pecking order.

    Filled with elegant illustrations of bird species, this gem of a book celebrates of our friends in the sky, and what they can teach us about the rhythms of life.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • Silence In the Age of Noise
    Silence In the Age of Noise
    ISBN: 9780241309889
    Title: Silence In the Age of Noise
    Author: KAGGE ERLING

    Behind a cacophony of traffic noise, iPhone alerts and our ever-spinning thoughts, an elusive notion - silence - lies in wait. But what really issilence? Where can it be found? And why is it more important now than ever?

    Erling Kagge, the Norwegian adventurer and polymath, once spent fifty days walking solo in Antarctica with a broken radio. In this meditative, charming and surprisingly powerful book, he explores the power of silence and the importance of shutting out the world. Whether you're in deep wilderness, taking a shower or on the dance floor, you can experience perfect stillness if you know where to look. And from it grows self-knowledge, gratitude, wonder and much more.

    Take a deep breath, and prepare to submerge yourself in Silence. Your own South Pole is out there, somewhere.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Simulacra & Simulation
    Simulacra & Simulation
    ISBN: 9780472065219
    Title: Simulacra & Simulation

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $44.00
  • Social Contract
    Social Contract
    ISBN: 9780140442014
    Title: Social Contract

    "Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains"

    These are the famous opening words of a treatise that has not ceased to stir vigorous debate since its first publication in 1762. Rejecting the view that anyone has a natural right to wield authority over others, Rousseau argues instead for a pact, or 'social contract', that should exist between all the citizens of a state and that should be the source of sovereign power. From this fundamental premise, he goes on to consider issues of liberty and law, freedom and justice, arriving at a view of society that has seemed to some a blueprint for totalitarianism, to others a declaration of democratic principles.
    For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $18.00
  • Socrates Express
    Socrates Express
    ISBN: 9781982152093
    Title: Socrates Express
    Author: WEINER ERIC

    The New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss embarks on a rollicking intellectual journey, following in the footsteps of history's greatest thinkers and showing us how each--from Epicurus to Gandhi, Thoreau to Beauvoir--offers practical and spiritual lessons for today's unsettled times.

    We turn to philosophy for the same reasons we travel: to see the world from a dif­ferent perspective, to unearth hidden beauty, and to find new ways of being. We want to learn how to embrace wonder. Face regrets. Sustain hope.

    Eric Weiner combines his twin passions for philosophy and global travel in a pil­grimage that uncovers surprising life lessons from great thinkers around the world, from Rousseau to Nietzsche, Confucius to Simone Weil. Traveling by train (the most thoughtful mode of transport), he journeys thousands of miles, making stops in Athens, Delhi, Wyoming, Coney Island, Frankfurt, and points in between to recon­nect with philosophy's original purpose: teaching us how to lead wiser, more meaningful lives. From Socrates and ancient Athens to Simone de Beauvoir and twentieth-century Paris, Weiner's chosen philosophers and places provide important signposts as we navigate today's chaotic times.

    In The Socrates Express, Weiner invites us to voyage alongside him on his life-changing pursuit of wisdom and discovery as he attempts to find answers to our most vital questions.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • Socrates: A Man for Our Times
    Socrates: A Man for Our Times
    ISBN: 9780143122210
    Title: Socrates: A Man for Our Times
    Author: JOHNSON PAUL

    As Plutarch observed, Socrates 'was the first person to demonstrate that life is open to philosophy at all times, in every part, among all kinds of people, and in every experience and activity.' This brilliant biography of Socrates by renowned historian Paul Johnson situates the father of philosophy in the fifth-century BC Athens that he loved, delving into the geopolitics of the time, his service as a soldier, his wide range of acquaintances, and the civic unrest that led to Socrates' trial and death. A fresh and fascinating portrait of the thinker who believed questioning and education were the keys to a virtuous life, this book proves that Socrates is as relevant as ever.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Stillness Is the Key: An Ancient Strategy for Modern Life
    Stillness Is the Key: An Ancient Strategy for Modern Life
    ISBN: 9781788162067
    Title: Stillness Is the Key: An Ancient Strategy for Modern Life
    Author: HOLIDAY RYAN

    Throughout history, there has been one quality that great leaders, makers, artists and fighters have shared. The Zen Buddhists described it as inner peace, the Stoics called it ataraxia and Ryan Holiday calls it stillness: the ability to be steady, focused and calm in a constantly busy world.

    Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, Holiday shows us how crucial stillness is, and how it can be cultivated in our own lives today. Just as Winston Churchill, Oprah Winfrey and baseball player Sadaharu Oh have done, we can all benefit from stillness to feed into our greater ambitions - whether building a business or simply finding happiness, peace and self-direction.

    Stillness is the key to the self-mastery, discipline and focus necessary to succeed in this competitive, noisy world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, & More Resilient
    Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, & More Resilient
    ISBN: 9780393541496
    Title: Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, & More Resilient

    In this practical, refreshingly optimistic guide, philosopher William B. Irvine explains how centuries-old wisdom can help us better cope with everything from the everyday stresses of modern living to its significant crises. The Stoic Challenge uniquely combines insights from ancient Stoics like Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus with techniques discovered by contemporary psychological research, such as anchoring and framing. The result is Irvine's surprisingly simple, updated "Stoic test strategy," which teaches us how to dramatically alter our emotional response to life's stumbling blocks. Not only can we overcome these obstacles?we can benefit from them, too.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Stoic Guide to a Happy Life: 53 Brief Lessons for Living
    Stoic Guide to a Happy Life: 53 Brief Lessons for Living
    ISBN: 9781846046674
    Title: Stoic Guide to a Happy Life: 53 Brief Lessons for Living

    'Bursting with practical wisdom and engaging stories ... a Stoicism 2.0 for twenty-first century happiness' Skye Cleary

    'A bold, contemporary updating of Stoicism for the present day' John Sellars, author of Lessons in Stoicism

    Learn how to survive life's hardships and enjoy its pleasures with the modern stoic mindset.

    In this enlightening book, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers a thoughtful and modern reinterpretation of Epictetus's 53 lessons for living a good life. Drawing on the ancient wisdom of the Stoics, this is a comforting guide that will help you reclaim the power of your emotional response and let go of the things you can't control.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • Sun Tzu's Art of War: the Modern Chinese Interpretation
    Sun Tzu's Art of War: the Modern Chinese Interpretation
    ISBN: 9781402745522
    Title: Sun Tzu's Art of War: the Modern Chinese Interpretation

    A classic Find inspiration in some of history s great military victories as others have for over 2,400 years. Sun Tzu was the most famous military scientist, and one of the ablest commanders, in ancient China. Asian warlords, and modern leaders as dissimilar as Mao Tse-tung and General Eisenhower, have used his principles to change the shape of the world. Interpreted here by General Tao Hanzhang, one of the architects of the Communist Revolution, Tzu s advice on timing, maneuvering, flexibility, and knowledge of the enemy s leaders, strengths, and weaknesses is as powerful today as when it was first issued."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Symposium
    ISBN: 9780140449273
    Title: Symposium
    Author: PLATO

    philosophical book written by Plato sometime after 385 BCE. On one level the book deals with the genealogy, nature and purpose of love, on another level the book deals with the topic of knowledge, specifically how does one know what one knows. The topic of love is taken up in the form of a group of speeches, given by a group of men at a symposium or a wine drinking party at the house of the tragedian Agathon at Athens. Plato constructed the Symposium as a story within a story within a story. This architecture creates the space for Plato to build his philosophy of knowledge

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $18.00
  • System of Objects
    System of Objects
    ISBN: 9781788738545
    Title: System of Objects

    The System of Objects is a tour de force--a theoretical letter-in-a-bottle tossed into the ocean in 1968, which brilliantly communicates to us all the live ideas of the day.

    Pressing Freudian and Saussurean categories into the service of a basically Marxist perspective, The System of Objects offers a cultural critique of the commodity in consumer society. Baudrillard classifies the everyday objects of the "new technical order" as functional, nonfunctional and metafunctional. He contrasts "modern" and "traditional" functional objects, subjecting home furnishing and interior design to a celebrated semiological analysis. His treatment of nonfunctional or "marginal" objects focuses on antiques and the psychology of collecting, while the metafunctional category extends to the useless, the aberrant and even the "schizofunctional." Finally, Baudrillard deals at length with the implications of credit and advertising for the commodification of everyday life.

    The System of Objects is a tour de force of the materialist semiotics of the early Baudrillard, who emerges in retrospect as something of a lightning rod for all the live ideas of the day: Bataille's political economy of "expenditure" and Mauss's theory of the gift; Reisman's lonely crowd and the "technological society" of Jacques Ellul; the structuralism of Roland Barthes in The System of Fashion; Henri Lefebvre's work on the social construction of space; and last, but not least, Guy Debord's situationist critique of the spectacle.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Tao of Bowie
    Tao of Bowie
    ISBN: 9781911630869
    Title: Tao of Bowie
    Author: EDWARDS MARK

    Buddhism was central to David Bowie's life but he was a wide-ranging thinker who also drew meaning from other sources including Jungian psychology, Nietzschean philosophy and
    Gnosticism. The Tao of Bowie condenses these concepts - the ideas that inspired and supported Bowie throughout his life and career - into ten powerful lessons each with a series of exercises meditations and techniques to encourage readers to apply these learnings to their own lives.

    The Tao of Bowie will help readers understand who they really are clarify their purpose in life manage their emotions and cope with setbacks and change. This fresh approach to the search for spirituality and happiness unites the perennial human quest for answers with the extraordinary mind and unique career of one of the most important cultural figures of the past half-century.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
  • Tao of Pooh
    Tao of Pooh
    ISBN: 9781405293785
    Title: Tao of Pooh

    For Taoists everywhere, the New York Times bestseller from the author of The Te of Piglet.

    Happy 90th birthday (10/14/16), to one of the world's most beloved icons of literature, Winnie-the-Pooh

    The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh ? In which it is revealed that one of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese--or a venerable philosopher--but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.

    And that's a clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00

  • Thank You for Arguing: What Cicero, Shakespeare & the Simpsons Can Teach Us about the Art of Persuasion
    Thank You for Arguing: What Cicero, Shakespeare & the Simpsons Can Teach Us about the Art of Persuasion
    ISBN: 9780141994079
    Title: Thank You for Arguing: What Cicero, Shakespeare & the Simpsons Can Teach Us about the Art of Persuasion


    Your ultimate guide to the art of winning arguments

    Everyone is always trying to persuade us of something: politicians, advertising, the media, and most definitely our families. Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. With all the wisdom of the ages, from classical oratory to contemporary politics and pop-culture, Thank You For Arguing shows you how to win more than your fair share of arguments, as well as:

    >How to shine at work, avoid speeding tickets, and outwit argumentative partners
    >Cicero's secrets to moving an audience, Donald Trump's savvy speechmaking, the art of giving a TED talk
    >Tactics like Setting Your Goals, Making Them Like You, Gaining the High Ground
    >Defuse an angry accuser and benefit from your own mistakes
    >The art of rhetoric, from eloquence and friendship to wit and irrefutable logic

    Written by one of today's most popular online language experts, Thank You For Arguing is brimming with time-tested rhetorical tips and persuasion techniques that will change your life. And that's not hyperbole.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Theory of Jerks & Other Philosophical Misadventures
    Theory of Jerks & Other Philosophical Misadventures
    ISBN: 9780262539593
    Title: Theory of Jerks & Other Philosophical Misadventures

    Have you ever wondered about why some people are jerks? Found a robot adorable? Considered the ethics of professional ethicists? Reflected on the philosophy of hair? In this engaging, entertaining, and enlightening book, Eric Schwitzgebel turns a philosopher's eye on these and other burning questions. In a series of quirky and accessible short pieces that cover a mind-boggling variety of philosophical topics, Schwitzgebel offers incisive takes on matters both small (the consciousness of garden snails) and large (time, space, and causation). A common theme might be the ragged edge of the human intellect, where moral or philosophical reflection begins to turn against itself, lost among doubts and improbable conclusions. The history of philosophy is humbling when we see how badly wrong previous thinkers have been, despite their intellectual skills and confidence. Schwitzgebel has selected these pieces from the more than one thousand that have appeared since 2006 in various publications and on his popular blog, The Splintered Mind, revising and updating them for this book. Philosophy has never been this much fun.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness: & Other Thoughts on Physics, Philosophy & the World
    There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness: & Other Thoughts on Physics, Philosophy & the World
    ISBN: 9780241454688
    Title: There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness: & Other Thoughts on Physics, Philosophy & the World

    One of the most inspiring and counter-intuitive thinkers of our age, the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, transforms the way we think about the world with his reflections on science, history and humanity

    In this collection of writings, the logbook of an intelligence always on the move, Carlo Rovelli follows his curiosity and invites us on a voyage through science, history, philosophy and politics.

    Written with his usual clarity and wit, these pieces range widely across time and space: from Newton's alchemy to Einstein's mistakes, from Nabokov's butterflies to Dante's cosmology, from travels in Africa to the consciousness of an octopus, from mind-altering psychedelic substances to the meaning of atheism.

    Charming, pithy and elegant, this book is the perfect gateway to the universe of one of the most influential scientists of our age.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
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