• 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
  • Adorno, Foucault & the Critique of the West
    Adorno, Foucault & the Critique of the West
    ISBN: 9781788730822
    Title: Adorno, Foucault & the Critique of the West
    Author: COOK DEBORAH

    The alliance of critical theory between Frankfurt and Paris

    Adorno, Foucault and the Critique of the West argues that critical theory continues to offer valuable resources for critique and contestation during this turbulent period. To assess these resources, it examines the work of two of the twentieth century's more prominent social theorists: Theodor W. Adorno and Michel Foucault. Although Adorno was situated squarely in the Marxist tradition that Foucault would occasionally challenge, Deborah Cook demonstrates that their critiques of our current predicament are complementary in important respects. Among other things, these critiques converge in their focus on the historical conditions-economic in Adorno and political in Foucault-that gave rise to the racist and authoritarian tendencies that continue to blight the West. Cook also shows that, when Adorno and Foucault plumb the economic and political forces that have shaped our identities, they offer remarkably similar answers to the perennial question: What is to be done?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00

    $43.00
  • 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
  • An Ethical Guidebook to the Zombie Apocalypse: How to Keep Your Brain Without Losing Your Heart
    An Ethical Guidebook to the Zombie Apocalypse: How to Keep Your Brain Without Losing Your Heart
    ISBN: 9781350083622
    Title: An Ethical Guidebook to the Zombie Apocalypse: How to Keep Your Brain Without Losing Your Heart
    Author: HALL BRYAN


    When your base camp is overrun by zombies, whom do you save if you cannot save everyone? Is it permissible to sacrifice one survivor to an undead horde in order to save a greater number of the living? Do you have obligations to loved ones who have turned?


    These are some of the troubling ethical questions you might face in a zombie apocalypse. Bryan Hall uses situations like these to creatively introduce the foundational theories of moral philosophy. Covering major thinkers such as Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, and John Stuart Mill, this is an introduction to Ethics like no other: a practical guidebook for surviving a zombie outbreak with your humanity intact. It shows you why moral reasoning matters as long as you still walk among the living.


    The book is written entirely from the perspective of someone struggling to survive in a world overrun by the undead. Each chapter begins with graphic art and a "field exercise" that uses a story from this world to illustrate an ethical problem. By considering moral controversies through the unfamiliar context of a zombie apocalypse, the morally irrelevant factors that get in the way of resolving these controversies are removed and you can better answer questions such as:


    - Do we have a moral obligation to help those less fortunate than ourselves?
    - Is it ever morally permissible to intentionally kill an innocent person?
    - Are non-rational but sentient beings morally considerable?


    Equipped with further reading sections and overviews of the theories that you would usually cover in an introductory Ethics course, this one-of-a-kind primer critically evaluates different procedures for moral action that you can use not only to survive but flourish in an undead world.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • 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: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Arguments
    Arguments
    ISBN: 9781912891115
    Title: Arguments
    Author: SCHOOL OF LIFE

    An average couple will have between thirty and fifty significant arguments a year, and yet we're seldom taught very much about why they happen and how they could grow a little less intense. This is a guide to arguments in love: it teaches us why they might occur, what their symptoms are, how we could learn some wiser ways of communicating and how we would ideally patch up after a fight. The book looks at twenty of the most common arguments - including ones about sex, money, in-laws, who is 'cold' and who is 'over-emotional' and the state of the bathroom and the finances. We recognise our own antics but also pick up consoling and wise ideas on how to skirt certain conflicts going forward. The tragedy of every sorry argument is that it is constructed around a horrific mismatch between the message we so badly want to send ('I need you to love me, know me, agree with me') and the manner in which we are able to deliver it (with impatient accusations, sulks, put-downs, sarcasm, exaggerated gesticulations and forceful 'f*** yous'). A bad argument is a failed endeavour to communicate; this is a definitive guide to how we might argue better.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 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: $34.00
    $34.00
  • Art of Mindful Gardening: Sowing the Seeds of Meditation
    Art of Mindful Gardening: Sowing the Seeds of Meditation
    ISBN: 9781782405832
    Title: Art of Mindful Gardening: Sowing the Seeds of Meditation
    Author: REDWOOD ARK

    Explores how mindfulness can bring a new dimension to gardening.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.00
    $19.00
  • Art of War Deluxe Gift Edition
    Art of War Deluxe Gift Edition
    ISBN: 9781912392117
    Title: Art of War Deluxe Gift Edition
    Author: TZU SUN & TUCKER-JONES ANTHONY


    A new illustrated edition of Sun Tzu's classic ancient Chinese meditation on military strategy and human psychology, with a new commentary that highlight its continued relevance for modern readers.


    Poetic and immensely readable, The Art of War was written 2,500 years ago and the military manual is still relevant today. A fascinating historical document that sheds light on ancient warfare, it is also a profound meditation on human psychology, interrogating the subjects of leadership, self-discipline and self-awareness.


    This new edition of the classic work is specially designed for modern readers. It includes an insightful introduction to the historical and philosophical context, and is accompanied by explanation and analysis of how Sun Tzu's lessons have been applied in some of the world's most famous battles. Renowned strategists from Field Marshal Montgomery to General Schwarzkopf have cited the book as an inspiration.


    The ancient text, attributed to Sun Tzu, is divided into 13 chapters that provide a logical and strategic approach to conflict and competition. Each focuses on a different aspect of warfare, including the importance of planning, managing your forces, decision-making, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, the art of deception and understanding the power of information.


    This edition, featuring more than 28 evocative photographs, offers a new perspective on a classic work and enables new generations to discover The Art of War and find new applications for the wisdom of Sun Tzu.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Attention Seeking
    Attention Seeking
    ISBN: 9780241986721
    Title: Attention Seeking
    Author: PHILLIPS ADAM

    'Everything depends on what, if anything, we find interesting- on what we are encouraged and educated to find interesting, and what we find ourselves being interested in despite ourselves. There is our official curiosity and our unofficial curiosity (and psychoanalysis is a story about the relationship between the two) . . .'

    Based on three connected talks on the subject of attention, this pocket-sized book from Adam Phillips is a fascinating and memorable introduction to the nature and the uses of our attention.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.00
    $21.00
  • Axiomatic
    Axiomatic
    ISBN: 9781925704051
    Title: Axiomatic
    Author: TUMARKIN MARIA

    How to speak of the searing, unpindownable power that the past - ours, our family's, our culture's - wields in the present? In five long sections, Maria Tumarkin's Axiomatic tells true and intimate stories of a community dealing with the extended aftermath of a suicide, a grandmother's quest to kidnap her grandson to keep him safe, one community lawyer's battle inside and against the justice system, the effects of multigenerational trauma, and the history of the author's longest friendship. In writing that is inventive, bold, and generous, Axiomatic introduces an unforgettable voice.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 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: $45.00
    $45.00
  • 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
  • Biography of Loneliness: The History of an Emotion
    Biography of Loneliness: The History of an Emotion
    ISBN: 9780198811343
    Title: Biography of Loneliness: The History of an Emotion
    Author: ALBERTI FAY BOUND

    Despite 21st-century fears of an 'epidemic' of loneliness, its history has been sorely neglected. A Biography of Loneliness offers 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. And where loneliness is identified, it is not always bad, but a complex emotional state that differs according to class, gender, ethnicity and experience.

    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 and embodied emotional state.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00

    $48.00
  • Birth of Tragedy: Out of the Spirit of Music
    Birth of Tragedy: Out of the Spirit of Music
    ISBN: 9780140433395
    Title: Birth of Tragedy: Out of the Spirit of Music
    Author: FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE; MICHAEL TANNER (EDITOR, FOREW

    The first book by the author of the classic philosophical text Beyond Good and Evil.

    The youthful faults of this work were exposed by the author himself in the brilliant Attempt at a Self-Criticism, which he added to the new edition of 1886. But the book, whatever its excesses, remains one of the most relevant statements on tragedy ever penned. It exploded the conception of Greek culture that was prevalent down through the Victorian era, and it analyzed themes developed in the twentieth century by classicists, existentialists, psychoanalysts, and others.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.00

    $21.00
  • Book of Tea
    Book of Tea
    ISBN: 9781611806014
    Title: Book of Tea
    Author: OKAKURA KAKUZO

    The Book of Tea (1906) is a long essay linking the role of chado (teaism) to the aesthetic and cultural aspects of Japanese life.Addressed to a western audience, it was originally written in English and is one of the great English tea classics. Okakura had been taught at a young age to speak English and was proficient at communicating his thoughts to the Western mind. In his book, he discusses such topics as Zen and Taoism, but also the secular aspects of tea and Japanese life. The book emphasizes how Teaism taught the Japanese many things; most importantly, simplicity. Kakuzo argues that this tea-induced simplicity affected art and architecture, and he was a long-time student of the visual arts. In the book, Kakuzo states that Teaism, in itself, is one of the profound universal remedies that two parties could sit down to. Kakuzo went on to mention that tea has been the subject of many historical events, such as peace treaties and the like. He ends the book with a chapter on Tea Masters, and spends some time talking about Sen no Rikyu and his contribution to the Japanese tea ceremony.According to Tomonobu Imamichi, Heidegger's concept of Dasein in Sein und Zeit was inspired - although Heidegger remained silent on this - by Okakura Kakuzo's concept of das-in-der-Welt-sein (being-in-the-worldness) expressed in The Book of Tea to describe Zhuangzi's philosophy, which Imamichi's professor Ito Kichinosuke had offered to Heidegger in 1919, after having followed private lessons with him the year before: 'Ito Kichinosuke, one of my teachers at university, studied in Germany in 1918 immediately after the First World War and hired Heidegger as a private tutor. Before moving back to Japan at the end of his studies, Professor Ito handed Heidegger a copy of Das Buch vom Tee, the German translation of Okakura Kakuzo's The Book of Tea, as a token of his appreciation. That was in 1919. Sein und Zeit (Being and Time) was published in 1927, and made Heidegger famous. Mr. Ito was surprised and indignant that Heidegger used Zhuangzi's concept without giving him credit. Years later in 1945, Professor Ito reminisced with me and, speaking in his Shonai dialect, said, 'Heidegger did a lot for me, but I should've laid into him for stealing'. There are other indications that Heidegger was inspired by Eastern writings, but let's leave this topic here. I have heard many stories of this kind from Professor Ito and checked their veracity. I recounted this story at a recep- tion held after a series of lectures I gave in 1968 at the University of Heidelberg at the invitation of Hans-Georg Gadamer. Japanese exchange students attended these lectures, and I explained that there were many other elements of classical Eastern thought in Heidegger's philosophy and gave some examples. I must have said too much and may even have said that Heidegger was a plagiarist (Plagiator). Gadamer was Heidegger's favorite student, and we ended up not speaking to each other for 4 or 5 years because he was so angry with me'.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Books V Cigarettes #57
    Books V Cigarettes #57
    ISBN: 9780141036618
    Title: Books V Cigarettes #57
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE

    Beginning with a dilemma about whether he spends more money on reading or smoking, George Orwell's entertaining and uncompromising essays go on to explore everything from the perils of second-hand bookshops to the dubious profession of being a critic, from freedom of the press to what patriotism really means. 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
  • Bourdieu: A Critical Introduction
    Bourdieu: A Critical Introduction
    ISBN: 9781760111748
    Title: Bourdieu: A Critical Introduction
    Author: SCHIRATO TONY & ROBERTS MARY

    A systematic account of the full body of work of the French philosopher Pierre Bourdieu, one of the great thinkers of the 20th century. By showing the development of Bourdieu's thinking over his full career, Schirato and Roberts throw new light on his influential 'thinking tools', including habitus, capital, cultural reproduction, field and class.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • 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
  • Buddhism for Meat Eaters: Simple Wisdom for a Kinder World
    Buddhism for Meat Eaters: Simple Wisdom for a Kinder World
    ISBN: 9781760851163
    Title: Buddhism for Meat Eaters: Simple Wisdom for a Kinder World
    Author: MOON JOSEPHINE

    For many years Josephine Moon struggled with the question of eating meat, fervently wishing to live as a vegetarian yet requiring meat in her diet. From Josephine's philosophical, spiritual and physical battle with eating meat came, Buddhism for Meat Eaters - a book for animal lovers, the environmentally and ethically conscious, and generally thoughtful people who eat meat but perhaps aren't entirely comfortable doing so.
    &
    Open, honest and utterly without judgement, Buddhism for Meat Eaters encourages readers to be more mindful about their choices, rather than berating themselves for them, and offers ways for people to live ethically, honestly and guilt-free, whether as a carnivore, vegetarian or vegan. This highly practical guide also includes workbook-style activities and topics for consideration to guide you in your own journey to making wiser decisions on how you consume, how you live, and how to change the world around you.

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    &

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • 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.



    Format: Paperback
    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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Civilization & Its Discontents
    Civilization & Its Discontents
    ISBN: 9780141395890
    Title: Civilization & Its Discontents
    Author: FREUD SIGMUND

    In his final years, Freud devoted most of his energies to a series of highly ambitious works on the broadest issues of religion and society. Here, he argues that civilized values - and the impossible ideals of Christianity - inevitably distort our natural aggression and impose a terrible burden of guilt.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 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
  • Consolation of Philosophy
    Consolation of Philosophy
    ISBN: 9780140447804
    Title: Consolation of Philosophy
    Author: BOETHIUS ANCIUS

    Boethius was an eminent public figure under the Gothic emperor Theodoric, and an exceptional Greek scholar. When he became involved in a conspiracy and was imprisoned in Pavia, it was to the Greek philosophers that he turned. The Consolation was written in the period leading up to his brutal execution. It is a dialogue of alternating prose and verse between the ailing prisoner and his 'nurse' Philosophy. Her instruction on the nature of fortune and happiness, good and evil, fate and free will, restore his health and bring him to enlightenment. The Consolation was extremely popular throughout medieval Europe and his ideas were influential on the thought of Chaucer and Dante.

    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: $23.00

    $23.00
  • Consolations of Philosophy
    Consolations of Philosophy
    ISBN: 9780140276619
    Title: Consolations of Philosophy
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN

    Alain de Botton, best-selling author of How Proust can Change Your Life , has set six of the finest minds in the history of philosophy to work on the problems of everyday life. Here then are Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche on some of the things that bother us all; lack of money, the pain of love, inadequacy, anxiety, the fear of failure and the pressure to conform.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Consolations of Philosophy (Pop Penguin)
    Consolations of Philosophy (Pop Penguin)
    ISBN: 9780141038377
    Title: Consolations of Philosophy (Pop Penguin)
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN

    Alain de Botton's The Consolations of Philosophy takes the discipline of logic and the mind back to its roots. Drawing inspiration from six of the finest minds in history - Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche - he addresses lack of money, the pain of love, inadequacy, anxiety and conformity. De Botton's book led one critic to call philosophy 'the new rock and roll'.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.00
    $14.00
  • Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Ideal
    Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Ideal
    ISBN: 9780674052499
    Title: Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Ideal
    Author: NUSSBAUM MARTHA C.


    From one of our preeminent philosophers--winner of the Berggruen Prize--a work that engages critically with important examples of the cosmopolitan ideal from ancient Greece and Rome to the present.


    The cosmopolitan political tradition in Western thought begins with the Greek Cynic Diogenes, who, when asked where he came from, responded that he was a citizen of the world. Rather than declaring his lineage, city, social class, or gender, he defined himself as a human being, implicitly asserting the equal worth of all human beings.


    Nussbaum pursues this "noble but flawed" vision of world citizenship as it finds expression in figures of Greco-Roman antiquity, Hugo Grotius in the seventeenth century, Adam Smith during the eighteenth century, and various contemporary thinkers. She confronts its inherent tensions: the ideal suggests that moral personality is complete, and completely beautiful, without any external aids, while reality insists that basic material needs be met if people are to realize fully their inherent dignity. Given the global prevalence of material want, the lesser social opportunities of people with physical and cognitive disabilities, the conflicting beliefs of a pluralistic society, and the challenge of mass migration and asylum seekers, what political principles should we endorse? Nussbaum brings her version of the Capabilities Approach to these problems, and she goes farther: she takes on the challenge of recognizing the moral claims of nonhuman animals and the natural world.


    The insight that politics ought to treat human beings both as equal to each other and as having a worth beyond price is responsible for much that is fine in the modern Western political imagination. The Cosmopolitan Tradition extends Nussbaum's work, urging us to focus on the humanity we share rather than all that divides us.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Courage of Hopelessness: Chronicles of a Year of Acting Dangerously
    Courage of Hopelessness: Chronicles of a Year of Acting Dangerously
    ISBN: 9780141986098
    Title: Courage of Hopelessness: Chronicles of a Year of Acting Dangerously
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ

    In these troubled times, even the most pessimistic diagnosis of our future ends with an uplifting hint that things might not be as bad as all that, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

    Yet, argues Slavoj Aixek, it is only when we have admitted to ourselves that our situation is completely hopeless - that the light at the end of the tunnel is in fact the headlight of a train approaching us from the opposite direction - that fundamental change can be brought about.

    Surveying the various challenges in the world today, from mass migration and geopolitical tensions to terrorism, the explosion of rightist populism and the emergence of new radical politics - all of which, in their own way, express the impasses of global capitalism - Aixek explores whether there still remains the possibility for genuine change. Today, he proposes, the only true question is, or should be, this- do we endorse the predominant acceptance of capitalism as a fact of human nature, or does today's capitalism contain strong enough antagonisms to prevent its infinite reproduction? Can we, he asks, move beyond the failure of socialism, and beyond the current wave of populist rage, and initiate radical change before the train hits?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Crooked Timber of Humanity - Chapters in the History of Ideas 2e
    Crooked Timber of Humanity - Chapters in the History of Ideas 2e
    ISBN: 9780691155937
    Title: Crooked Timber of Humanity - Chapters in the History of Ideas 2e
    Author: BERLIN ISAIAH


    "Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made."--Immanuel Kant


    Isaiah Berlin was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century--an activist of the intellect who marshaled vast erudition and eloquence in defense of the endangered values of individual liberty and moral and political plurality. In The Crooked Timber of Humanity he exposes the links between the ideas of the past and the social and political cataclysms of our own time: between the Platonic belief in absolute truth and the lure of authoritarianism; between the eighteenth-century reactionary ideologue Joseph de Maistre and twentieth-century Fascism; between the romanticism of Schiller and Byron and the militant--and sometimes genocidal--nationalism that convulses the modern world.


    This new edition features a revised text that supplants all previous versions, a new foreword in which award-winning novelist John Banville discusses Berlin's life and ideas, particularly his defense of pluralism, and a substantial new appendix that provides rich context, including letters by Berlin and previously uncollected writings, most notably his virtuoso review of Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $51.00
    $51.00
  • Dating
    Dating
    ISBN: 9781912891047
    Title: Dating
    Author: SCHOOL OF LIFE

    Dating might seem a trivial and relatively inconsequential part of love, but it is in fact key to getting into the kind of relationship that can last and help us flourish. The process we call dating sits on top of some of the largest themes of love: how to know whether or not someone is right for us; how soon to settle and how long to search; how to be at once honest and seductive; how to politely extricate oneself without causing offence. This little book is an indispensable guide to the dating process. It teaches us about the history of dating (and why the way we are dating now is so novel and so perplexing), the reason why our dating days can be so anxious, how we should discuss our past on a date, what questions we might ask a new partner, how to optimise our attempts at dating - and how to digest and overcome so-called 'bad' dates. The book is at once heartfelt and perceptive and never minimises the agony, joys and confusions of our dating days and nights. It provides us with the ideal wise roadmap to the varied, sometimes delightful, sometime daunting realities of dating.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise: Winnie-the-Pooh
    Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise: Winnie-the-Pooh
    ISBN: 9781780318929
    Title: Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise: Winnie-the-Pooh
    Author: MILNE A. A.

    ‘Pooh hasn’t much Brain, but he never comes to any harm. He does silly things and they turn out right. There’s Owl. Owl hasn’t exactly got Brain, but he Knows Things. ‘Winnie-the-Pooh may be a Bear of Very Little Brain, but he sometimes has surprisingly astute and helpful observations on life. Full of thingish thoughts and clever plans, this is the perfect gift for deep thinkers and the philosophically inclined. It is part of a brand-new range of Winnie-the-Pooh gift books for adults - a beautifully presented range of four books to collect and enjoy!

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Draw Your Weapons
    Draw Your Weapons
    ISBN: 9781925498622
    Title: Draw Your Weapons
    Author: SENTILLES SARAH

    A single book might not change the world. But this utterly original meditation on art and war might transform the way you see the world--and that makes all the difference.
    -How to live in the face of so much suffering? What difference can one person make in this beautiful, imperfect, and imperiled world?-
    Through a dazzling combination of memoir, history, reporting, visual culture, literature, and theology, Sarah Sentilles offers an impassioned defense of life lived by peace and principle. It is a literary collage with an urgent hope at its core: that art might offer tools for remaking the world.
    In Draw Your Weapons, Sentilles tells the true stories of Howard, a conscientious objector during World War II, and Miles, a former prison guard at Abu Ghraib, and in the process she challenges conventional thinking about how war is waged, witnessed, and resisted. The pacifist and the soldier both create art in response to war: Howard builds a violin; Miles paints portraits of detainees. With echoes of Susan Sontag and Maggie Nelson, she investigates images of violence from the era of slavery to the drone age. In doing so, Sentilles wrestles with some of our most profound questions: What does it take to inspire compassion? What impact can one person have? How should we respond to violence when it feels like it can't be stopped?
    Draw Your Weapons stirs and confronts, disturbs and illuminates. A single book might not change the world, but this lucid, radiant, and utterly original meditation on art and war might transform the way you see the world--and that makes all the difference.
    Advance praise for Draw Your Weapons
    -With a stunning weave of ideas and images, Sarah Sentilles shows us the world we've broken, and she shows us how soldiers, prisoners, artists, thinkers--all of us--are, piece by piece, repairing it. Fearless, stirring, rhythmic, this book pulses with energy and is full of insights, dark yet ultimately hopeful.---Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
    -Draw Your Weapons is as much about peace as it is about war; it is as much about life as it is about death. Sarah Sentilles, with her passionate, clear-eyed prose and her brilliant, generous mind, confronts us with the realities of standing idly by in a world that urgently needs voices of peace and reconciliation. She puts real faces on the stories we hear all the time in the news and forget about. The stories in this book--about violence and love and endurance and vulnerability--are unforgettable, and they are very much the stories of our time. You will be riveted, educated, implicated, and changed by this book.---Emily Rapp, author of The Still Point of the Turning World
    -This is a beautiful, harrowing, and moving collage that portrays the making of art as a powerful response to making war. Every reader will feel profoundly changed by it.---Alice Elliott Dark, author of In the Gloaming

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Essays & Aphorisms
    Essays & Aphorisms
    ISBN: 9780140442274
    Title: Essays & Aphorisms
    Author: SCHOPENHAUER ARTHUR

    One of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, Schopenhauer (1788-1860) believed that human action is determined not by reason but by 'will' - the blind and irrational desire for physical existence. This selection of his writings on religion, ethics, politics, women, suicide, books and many other themes is taken from Schopenhauer's last work, "Parerga and Paralipomena", which he published in 1851. These pieces depict humanity as locked in a struggle beyond good and evil, and each individual absolutely free within a Godless world, in which art, morality and self-awareness are our only salvation.

    This innovative - and pessimistic - view has proved powerfully influential upon philosophy and art, directly affecting the work of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Wagner among others.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Essays & Aphorisms
    Essays & Aphorisms
    ISBN: 9780141395913
    Title: Essays & Aphorisms
    Author: SCHOPENHAUER ARTHUR

    Schopenhauer believed that human action is determined not by reason but by 'will' - the blind and irrational desire for physical existence. These writings depict individuals struggling in a Godless world, in which art, morality and self-awareness are our only salvation. They are a searing vision of the human condition.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
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