• Draw Your Weapons
    Draw Your Weapons
    ISBN: 9781925498622
    Title: Draw Your Weapons

    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
  • Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
    Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
    ISBN: 9780143039884
    Title: Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

    Hannah Arendt's portrayal of the terrible consequences of blind obedience, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil contains an introduction by Amos Elon in Penguin Classics. Sparking a flurry of heated debate, Hannah Arendt's authoritative and stunning report on the trial of German Nazi SS leader Adolf Eichmann first appeared as a series of articles in The New Yorker in 1963. This revised edition includes material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript commenting on the controversy that arose over her book. A major journalistic triumph by an intellectual of singular influence, Eichmann in Jerusalem is as shocking as it is informative - a meticulous and unflinching look at one of the most unsettling (and unsettled) issues of the twentieth century. Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was for many years University Professor of Political Philosophy in the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research and a Visiting Fellow of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is also the author of Eichmann in Jerusalem, On Revolution, and Between Past and Future. If you enjoyed Eichmann in Jerusalem, you might like Elie Wiesel's Night, available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Deals with the greatest problem of our time ... the problem of the human being within a modern totalitarian system'Bruno Bettelheim, The New Republic 'A profound and documented analysis ... Bound to stir our minds and trouble our consciences'Chicago Tribune

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Either Or: A Fragment of Life
    Either Or: A Fragment of Life
    ISBN: 9780140445770
    Title: Either Or: A Fragment of Life

    In Either/Or, using the voices of two characters - the aesthetic young man of part one, called simply 'A', and the ethical Judge Vilhelm of the second section - Kierkegaard reflects upon the search for a meaningful existence, contemplating subjects as diverse as Mozart, drama, boredom, and, in the famous Seducer's Diary, the cynical seduction and ultimate rejection of a young, beautiful woman. A masterpiece of duality, Either/Or is a brilliant exploration of the conflict between the aesthetic and the ethical - both meditating ironically and seductively upon Epicurean pleasures, and eloquently expounding the noble virtues of a morally upstanding life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Essays & Aphorisms
    Essays & Aphorisms
    ISBN: 9780140442274
    Title: Essays & Aphorisms

    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
  • Essays & Aphorisms
    Essays & Aphorisms
    ISBN: 9780141395913
    Title: Essays & Aphorisms

    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
  • Essays: A Selection
    Essays: A Selection
    ISBN: 9780140446029
    Title: Essays: A Selection

    To overcome a crisis of melancholy after the death of his father, Montaigne withdrew to his country estates and began to write. In the highly original essays that resulted he discussed themes such as fathers and children, conscience and cowardice, coaches and cannibals, and, above all, himself. On Some Lines of Virgil opens out into a frank discussion of sexuality and makes a revolutionary case for the equality of the sexes. In On Experience Montaigne superbly propounds his thoughts on the right way to live, while other essays touch on issues of an age struggling with religious and intellectual strife, with France torn apart by civil war. These diverse subjects are united by Montaigne's distinctive voice - that of a tolerant man, sceptical, humane, often humorous and utterly honest in his pursuit of the truth. M. A. Screech's distinguished translation fully retains the light-hearted and inquiring nature of the essays. In his introduction, he examines Montaigne's life and times, and the remarkable self-portrait that emerges from his works.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Ethics a Graphic Guide
    Ethics a Graphic Guide
    ISBN: 9781848310087
    Title: Ethics a Graphic Guide

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $16.00
  • Ethics in the Real World: 87 Brief Essays on Things that Matter
    Ethics in the Real World: 87 Brief Essays on Things that Matter
    ISBN: 9781925603002
    Title: Ethics in the Real World: 87 Brief Essays on Things that Matter
    Author: SINGER PETER

    In this book of brief essays, Singer applies his controversial ways of thinking to issues like climate change, extreme poverty, animals, abortion, euthanasia, human genetic selection, sports doping, the sale of kidneys, the ethics of high-priced art, and ways of increasing happiness. Singer asks whether chimpanzees are people, smoking should be outlawed, or consensual sex between adult siblings should be decriminalised, and he reiterates his case against the idea that all human life is sacred, applying his arguments to some recent cases in the news. In addition, he explores, in an easily accessible form, some of the deepest philosophical questions, such as whether anything really matters and whether the pale blue dot that is our planet has any value. The collection also includes some more personal reflections, like Singer's thoughts on one of his favourite activities, surfing, and an unusual suggestion for starting a family conversation over a holiday feast.

    Provocative and original, these essays will challenge--and possibly change--your beliefs about a wide range of real-world ethical questions.&

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Ethics into Action Henry Spira, the Animal Rights Movement, and the Theory of a Tube of Toothpaste
    Ethics into Action Henry Spira, the Animal Rights Movement, and the Theory of a Tube of Toothpaste
    ISBN: 9781538123898
    Title: Ethics into Action Henry Spira, the Animal Rights Movement, and the Theory of a Tube of Toothpaste
    Author: SINGER PETER

    More than twenty years after its first publication, Peter Singer's Ethics into Action continues to inspire new generations of activists through its portrayal of animal rights activist Henry Spira's radical combination of social pressure and tactical ingenuity. With a new preface from the author, this edition celebrates the continued importance of social movements and provides a path toward furthering changes in our world. Hailed by The New Yorker as one of the world's most influential living philosophers. Peter Singer is known as a founding father of the modern animal movement. In this book, he shares the remarkable story of how his friend pushed major corporations to stop inflicting needless suffering on animals. He thought of the problem as similar to squeezing toothpaste from a blocked tube. Consumer pressure was not going to be enough; to have a realistic change of success he also had to think about how to reduce the blockage. As people all over the world continue to struggle for justice, Spira's method serves as a proven model for effecting change and a positive example that can inspire all those striving for a better world, for humans and for animals. Book jacket.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $46.00
  • Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live
    Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live
    ISBN: 9781925355680
    Title: Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live
    Author: KLEIN DANIEL

    "A humorous and philosophical trip through life, from the acclaimed author of Travels with Epicurus. As a young college student studying philosophy, Daniel Klein filled a notebook with short quotes from the world's greatest thinkers, hoping to find some guidance on how to live the best life he could. Now, from the vantage point of his eighth decade, Klein revisits the wisdom he relished in his youth with this collection of philosophical gems, adding new ones that strike a chord. From Epicurus to Emerson and Marcus Aurelius to Peter Singer, each pithy extract is annotated with Klein's inimitable charm and insights. He tackles life's biggest questions, leaving us entertained and enlightened."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Examined Life: How We Lose & Find Ourselves
    Examined Life: How We Lose & Find Ourselves
    ISBN: 9780099549031
    Title: Examined Life: How We Lose & Find Ourselves

    A Sunday Times bestseller Longlisted for the Guardian first book award A Radio 4 Book of the Week This book is about learning to live. In simple stories of encounter between a psychoanalyst and his patients, The Examined Life reveals how the art of insight can illuminate the most complicated, confounding and human of experiences. These are stories about our everyday lives: they are about the people we love and the lies that we tell; the changes we bear, and the grief. Ultimately, they show us not only how we lose ourselves but how we might find ourselves too.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Existentialist's Survival Guide How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age
    Existentialist's Survival Guide How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age
    ISBN: 9780062436009
    Title: Existentialist's Survival Guide How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age

    Existentialism offers enduring lessons and insight on how to understand ourselves and improve our lives.

    Your existence is not the result of a pre-determined set of events, it's the direct result of your thinking and your actions, and therefore, according to Soren Kierkegaard, Frederick Nietzsche, Albert Camus, and other Existentialist philosophers, you have the freedom to control the outcome of your existence--sophisticated philosophy meets psychology self-help for the twenty-first-century.

    As Kierkegaard and his ilk made clear in their respective works, human beings are moody creatures. Rather than understanding moods such as anxiety and depression as afflictions that can only be treated with a pill, the Existentialists regard these troublesome feelings as instructive, something revealing about what it means to be human. The Existentialists believed that how we negotiate our emotional ups-and-downs plays an important hand in the lives we sculpt for ourselves.

    While offering listeners a useful primer on Existentialism as an animating body of thought, Marino distills and delivers the life-altering and, in some cases, life-saving insights Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Camus, and other Existentialists articulate for becoming more emotionally attuned human beings. Enhancing our sense of meaning in the midst of an uncertain world, Marino interjects gripping anecdotes from his own experiences to demonstrate how we can use existentialist thought to ignite truly transformative experiences.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Flip: Who You Really Are & Why It Matters
    Flip: Who You Really Are & Why It Matters
    ISBN: 9780141992563
    Title: Flip: Who You Really Are & Why It Matters

    Why do we know so much more about the cosmos than our own consciousness? Are there limits to the scientific method? Why do we assume that only science, mathematics and technology reveal truth?

    The Flip shows us what happens when we realise that consciousness is fundamental to the cosmos and not some random evolutionary accident or surface cognitive illusion; that everything is alive, connected, and 'one'. We meet the people who have made this visionary, intuitive leap towards new forms of knowledge- Mark Twain's prophetic dreams, Marie Curie's s?ances, Einstein's cosmically attuned mind. But these forms of knowledge are not archaic; indeed, they are essential in a universe that has evolved specifically to be understandable by the consciousnesses we inhabit.

    The Flip peels back the layers of our beliefs about the world to reveal a visionary, new way of understanding ourselves and everything around us, with huge repercussions for how we live our lives. After all, once we have flipped, we understand that the cosmos is not just human. The human is also cosmic.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign
    For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign
    ISBN: 9781788734837
    Title: For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign

    A material analysis of the sign which deepens Marx's critique of political economy for spectacular times.

    What if the problems of modern society don't come from production, but rather consumption and the system of cultural signs? In this classic work from the defining intellectual of the postmodern, Jean Baudrillard, For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign takes Marx's critique of political economy and its analysis of the commodity form as the starting point for an analysis of signs and their meaning in modern society. Influenced by Lefebvre's critique of everyday life, Barthes's semiology, and Situationism, Baudrillard analyses how objects are encoded within the system of signs and meanings that constitute contemporary media and consumer societies. Combining semiological studies and sociology of the consumer society, For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign contains Baudrillard's most extensive engagement with Marxism and shows him at a critical juncture for the development of his thought.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00

  • For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals & Reflections for Finding Wonder
    For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals & Reflections for Finding Wonder
    ISBN: 9781760525354
    Title: For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals & Reflections for Finding Wonder
    Author: SAGAN SASHA

    'A charming book, ringing with the joy of existence.' - Richard Dawkins 'How often have you asked yourself: What is the meaning of life? Sasha Sagan finds it everywhere - with her family, around the world, and especially among the stars... Read her work; you'll have a deeper appreciation for your every step, every bite, and every breath.' - Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society Sasha Sagan's parents - the astronomer Carl Sagan and the writer and producer, Ann Druyan - taught her that the natural world and vast cosmos are full of profound beauty, and that science reveals truths more wondrous than any myth or fable. When Sagan herself became a mother, she began her own hunt for the phenomena behind our most treasured occasions - from births to deaths, holidays to weddings, anniversaries, and more - growing these roots into a new set of rituals for her young daughter to honour the joy and significance of each experience without relying on a religious framework. Part memoir, part handbook and part social history, For Small Creatures Such as We is a luminous exploration of all of Earth's marvels that requires no faith in order to be believed.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Force of Nonviolence The Ethical in the Political
    Force of Nonviolence The Ethical in the Political
    ISBN: 9781788732765
    Title: Force of Nonviolence The Ethical in the Political

    Judith Butler' s new book shows how an ethic of nonviolence must be connected to a broader political struggle for social equality. Further, it argues that nonviolence is often misunderstood as a passive practice that emanates from a calm region of the soul, or as an individualist ethical relation to existing forms of power. But, in fact, nonviolence is an ethical position found in the midst of the political field. An aggressive form of nonviolence accepts that hostility is part of our psychic constitution, but values ambivalence as a way of checking the conversion of aggression into violence. One contemporary challenge to a politics of nonviolence points out that there is a difference of opinion on what counts as violence and nonviolence. The distinction between them can be mobilised in the service of ratifying the stat' s monopoly on violence.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
  • Form of Things: Essays on Life Ideas & Liberty in the 21st Century
    Form of Things: Essays on Life Ideas & Liberty in the 21st Century
    ISBN: 9780753822234
    Title: Form of Things: Essays on Life Ideas & Liberty in the 21st Century
    Author: GRAYLING A C

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Four Horsemen: The Discussion That Sparked an Atheist Revolution
    Four Horsemen: The Discussion That Sparked an Atheist Revolution
    ISBN: 9780593080399
    Title: Four Horsemen: The Discussion That Sparked an Atheist Revolution



    Includes a foreword by STEPHEN FRY

    'A classic for our time...And all time.'- Michael Shermer

    'The words of Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris and Dennett are needed more than ever. These are the heirs to Voltaire.'- Matt Ridley

    Known as the 'four horsemen' of New Atheism, these four big thinkers of the twenty-first century met only once. Their electrifying examination of ideas on this remarkable occasion was intense and wide-ranging. Everything that was said as they agreed and disagreed with one another, interrogated ideas and exchanged insights - about religion and atheism, science and sense - speaks with urgency to our present age.

    Questions they asked of each other included- 'Is it ever possible to win a war of ideas? Is spirituality the preserve of the religious? Are there any truths you would rather not know? Would you want to see the end of faith?'
    The dialogue was recorded, and is now transcribed and presented here with new introductions from the surviving three horsemen.

    With a sparkling introduction from Stephen Fry, it makes essential reading for all their admirers and for anyone interested in exploring the tensions between faith and reason.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $27.00
  • Free Will
    Free Will
    ISBN: 9781451683400
    Title: Free Will
    Author: HARRIS SAM

    A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality - as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement - without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion. In this enlightening book, Sam Harris argues that this truth about the human mind does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom, but it can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership
    Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership
    ISBN: 9780674024106
    Title: Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership

    Theories of social justice are necessarily abstract, reaching beyond the particular and the immediate to the general and the timeless. Yet such theories, addressing the world and its problems, must respond to the real and changing dilemmas of the day. A brilliant work of practical philosophy, "Frontiers of Justice" is dedicated to this proposition. Taking up three urgent problems of social justice neglected by current theories and thus harder to tackle in practical terms and everyday life, Martha Nussbaum seeks a theory of social justice that can guide us to a richer, more responsive approach to social cooperation.

    The idea of the social contract--especially as developed in the work of John Rawls--is one of the most powerful approaches to social justice in the Western tradition. But as Nussbaum demonstrates, even Rawls's theory, suggesting a contract for mutual advantage among approximate equals, cannot address questions of social justice posed by unequal parties. How, for instance, can we extend the equal rights of citizenship--education, health care, political rights and liberties--to those with physical and mental disabilities? How can we extend justice and dignified life conditions to all citizens of the world? And how, finally, can we bring our treatment of nonhuman animals into our notions of social justice? Exploring the limitations of the social contract in these three areas, Nussbaum devises an alternative theory based on the idea of "capabilities." She helps us to think more clearly about the purposes of political cooperation and the nature of political principles--and to look to a future of greater justice for all.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $68.00

  • Full Catastrophe Living
    Full Catastrophe Living
    ISBN: 9780345536938
    Title: Full Catastrophe Living
    Author: KABAT-ZINN JON

    The landmark work on mindfulness, meditation, and healing, now revised and updated after twenty-five years Stress. It can sap our energy, undermine our health if we let it, even shorten our lives. It makes us more vulnerable to anxiety and depression, disconnection and disease. Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this classic, groundbreaking work--which gave rise to a whole new field in medicine and psychology--shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing. By engaging in these mindfulness practices and integrating them into your life from moment to moment and from day to day, you can learn to manage chronic pain, promote optimal healing, reduce anxiety and feelings of panic, and improve the overall quality of your life, relationships, and social networks. This second edition features results from recent studies on the science of mindfulness, a new Introduction, up-to-date statistics, and an extensive updated reading list. "Full Catastrophe Living" is a book for the young and the old, the well and the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in our fast-paced world. Praise for "Full Catastrophe Living"" " "One of the great classics of mind/body medicine . . . More than any other, "Full Catastrophe Living" is the book that enabled Americans to discover the inner life. This book has brought peace of mind to hundreds and thousands of people and healed countless lives. This is your chance to let it heal yours."--Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of "Kitchen Table Wisdom" "A wonderful guidebook for those of us who choose life and healing . . . I hope you all make that choice and read the book."--Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., author of "Love, Medicine & Miracles" "Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn eloquently explains the power of paying attention and increasing awareness. I strongly recommend this book for everyone who wants to begin healing their life."--Dean Ornish, M.D., author of "Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease"

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $46.00
  • Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff
    Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff
    ISBN: 9781472961839
    Title: Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff
    Author: PYNE LYDIA

    'Lively, thought-provoking and consistently surprising. Lydia Pyne is the real deal.' Ed Yong, author of New York Times bestseller I Contain Multitudes

    Does an authentic Andy Warhol painting need to be painted by Andy Warhol? Why do audiences feel outraged when they find out that scenes from their beloved blockbuster documentaries are staged? Can people move past assuming that a diamond grown in a lab is a fake? What happens when a forged painting or manuscript becomes more valuable than its original?

    This is a book about genuine fakes - the curious and complex objects that provoke these very sorts of questions. Genuine fakes fall into the space between things that are real and things that are not; whether or not we think that those things are authentic is a matter of perspective. Unsurprisingly, the world is full of genuine fakes - full of things that defy simple categorisation.

    From stories of audacious forgeries to feats of technological innovation, historian Lydia Pyne explores how the authenticity of eight genuine fakes depends on their unique combinations of history, science and culture. The stories of art forgeries, fake fossils, nature documentaries, synthetic flavours, museum exhibits, Maya codices and Palaeolithic replicas show that genuine fakes are both complicated and change over time.

    Drawing from historical archives, interviews, museum exhibits and science fiction as well as her own research, Pyne brings each genuine fake to life through unexpected and often outrageous stories. Genuine Fakes will make readers think about all the unreal things they encounter in their daily lives, and why they invoke the reactions - surprise, wonder, understanding or annoyance - that they do.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Getting Science Wrong: Why the Philosophy of Science Matters
    Getting Science Wrong: Why the Philosophy of Science Matters
    ISBN: 9781350007284
    Title: Getting Science Wrong: Why the Philosophy of Science Matters
    Author: DICKEN PAUL

    When Galileo dropped cannon-balls from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, he did more than overturn centuries of scientific orthodoxy. At a stroke, he established a new conception of the scientific method based upon careful experimentation and rigorous observation - and also laid the groundwork for an ongoing conflict between the critical open-mindedness of science and the recalcitrant dogmatism of religion that would continue to the modern day.

    The problem is that Galileo never performed his most celebrated experiment in Pisa. In fact, he rarely conducted any experiments at all. The Church publicly celebrated his work, and Galileo enjoyed patronage from the great and the powerful; his ecclesiastical difficulties only began when disgruntled colleagues launched a campaign to discredit their academic rival. But what does this tell us about modern science if its own foundation myth turns out to be nothing more than political propaganda?

    Getting Science Wrong discusses some of the most popular misconceptions about science, and their continuing role in the public imagination. Drawing upon the history and philosophy of science it challenges wide-spread assumptions and misunderstandings, from creationism and climate change to the use of statistics and computer modelling. The result is an engaging introduction to contentious issues in the philosophy of science and a new way of looking at the role of science in society.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
    Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
    ISBN: 9780465026562
    Title: Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

    Douglas Hofstadters book is concerned directly with the nature of ?maps or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Gödel Escher and Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Good Citizen's Alphabet
    Good Citizen's Alphabet
    ISBN: 9781849765305
    Title: Good Citizen's Alphabet

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $22.00
  • Great Mystery: Science, God & the Human Quest for Meaning
    Great Mystery: Science, God & the Human Quest for Meaning
    ISBN: 9781473634336
    Title: Great Mystery: Science, God & the Human Quest for Meaning

    There is currently huge interest in the question of human nature and identity, and what the human future might look like. Who are we? Why are we here? What is our future? Are we alone? And what can religion bring, alongside biology and anthropology, to these important and exciting questions?

    The Great Mystery focuses on this fascinating field of study. Alister McGrath, bestselling author and Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, explores the question of human nature from both scientific and religious perspectives, and weaves together the results to open up and explore some of the deepest and most important questions about who we are, why we matter, and what our future might be.

    A follow-up to his critically acclaimed Inventing the Universe, in The Great Mystery Alister McGrath once again brings together science with religion to yield an enriched vision of reality, along with rigorous and thoroughly up-to-date scholarship and intellectual accessibility.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia: A Graphic Biography
    Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia: A Graphic Biography
    ISBN: 9780872867857
    Title: Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia: A Graphic Biography

    "Nick Thorkelson's exploration of the ideas and personality of Herbert Marcuse is exactly the sort of comic book I have longed to read. It is engaging, artful, and explores the world of revolutionary ideas. Books like this keep the fire going inside."--Joe Sacco

    "I believe that Marcuse's ideas can be as valuable today as they were fifty years ago."--Angela Y. Davis, from the foreword

    Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) was a little-known German scholar when he became one of the 20th century's most unlikely pop stars: a celebrity philosopher. In the 1960s, his argument for a "principled utopianism" catalyzed the ideals of a rebellious generation, and Marcuse became an intellectual guide for activists and revolutionaries around the world. The legacy of his contribution to a radical shift of consciousness has resonated in social-change movements ever since.

    This comics-format biography brings Marcuse's life, work, and times to a new generation. From his youth in Weimar Germany and early studies with Martin Heidegger, to his emigration from Nazi Germany along with colleagues of the Frankfurt School, to his rise as one of its major theorists along with Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, to his status as a countercultural icon, readers are introduced to the theories and circumstances that made Marcuse into one of the world's most influential intellectuals.

    Mentor to a young Angela Davis and often referred to as the unofficial faculty advisor to the New Left, Marcuse's controversial critique of the "comfortable unfreedoms" of post-WWII capitalism entered popular consciousness with the 1964 publication of One-Dimensional Man, which sold over 100,000 copies in its first years in print. His argument for the possibility of a more humane and sustainable world was grounded in a personal knowledge of the violence of authoritarianism, and the risk of its resurgence. Perennially relevant, radical, and inspiring, Marcuse's concept of the Great Refusal --"the protest against that which is"--is a guide for our times.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
  • Hermeneutics: Facts & Interpretation In The Age Of Information
    Hermeneutics: Facts & Interpretation In The Age Of Information
    ISBN: 9780241257852
    Title: Hermeneutics: Facts & Interpretation In The Age Of Information
    Author: CAPUTO JOHN D

    Is anything ever not an interpretation? Does interpretation go all the way down? Is there such a thing as a pure fact that is interpretation-free? If not, how are we supposed to know what to think and do? These tantalizing questions are tackled by renowned American thinker John D Caputo in this wide-reaching exploration of what the traditional term 'hermeneutics' can mean in a postmodern, twenty-first century world. As a contemporary of Derrida's and longstanding champion of rethinking the disciplines of theology and philosophy, for decades Caputo has been forming alliances across disciplines and drawing in readers with his compelling approach to what he calls "radical hermeneutics." In this new introduction, drawing upon a range of thinkers from Heidegger to the Parisian "1968ers" and beyond, he raises a series of probing questions about the challenges of life in the postmodern and maybe soon to be 'post-human' world.'

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Hidden Pleasures of Life
    Hidden Pleasures of Life
    ISBN: 9780857053695
    Title: Hidden Pleasures of Life

    An indispensable guide to living a full life from the bestselling author of An Intimate History of Humanity

    Winner of the Salon London Transmission Prize

    The story of a search for a new art of living.

    How can one escape from work colleagues who are bores and from organisations that thrive on stress? What new priorities can people give to their private lives? When the romantic ideal is disappointing, how else can affections be cultivated? If only a few can become rich, what substitute is there for dropping out? If religions and nations disagree, what other outcomes are possible beyond strife or doubt? Where there is too little freedom, what is the alternative to rebellion? When so much is unpredictable, what can replace ambition?

    Biographical Notes

    Theodore Zeldin has been named 'one of the forty world figures whose ideas are likely to have a lasting relevance to the new millennium' (Independent on Sunday), and 'one of Britain's leading intellects' (Management Today). His books Conversation and An Intimate History of Humanity are international bestsellers. For his studies of France he has been called 'a modern Balzac', 'not just funny, [but also] intelligent, loving, caustic, learned, light-hearted, serious, brilliant' - and he has been made a Commander of the L gion d'Honneur. He has won the Wolfson Prize for history, been elected to the British Academy and the European Academy and been awarded the CBE. He is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College and an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College in Oxford.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival & Resistance
    Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival & Resistance
    ISBN: 9781784783723
    Title: Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival & Resistance
    Author: BERGER JOHN

    A profound meditation on what political resistance means today, by one of the most compelling radical voices of our age.
    From Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and 7/7, to resistance in Ramallah and traumatic dislocation in the Middle East, Berger explores the countless personal choices, encounters, illuminations, sacrifices, griefs and memories that occur in the grip of political resistance. These thoughtful reflections reveal how the political can be found at the core of human existence, from the relentlessness of daily life in the West Bank, to the potential force of desire, to the unflinching gaze of Pasolini's political film.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.00
  • Hominescence
    ISBN: 9781474247047
    Title: Hominescence

    According to Michel Serres, a process of 'hominescence' has taken place throughout human history. Hominescence can be described as a type of adolescence; humanity in a state of growing, a state of constant change, on the threshold of something unpredictable. We are destined never to be the same again but what does the future hold?

    In this innovative and passionately original work of philosophy, Serres describes the future of man as an adolescence, transitioning from childhood to adulthood, or luminescence, when a dark body becomes light. After considering the radical changes that humanity has experienced over the last fifty years, Serres analyzes the new relationship of man has with diverse concepts, like the dead, his own body, agriculture, and new communication networks. He alerts us to the consequences of these changes, particularly on the danger of growing inequalities between rich and poor countries.

    Should we rejoice in the future, ignore it, or even dread it? Unlike other philosophers who preach doom and gloom, Serres wants us to anticipate the uncertain light of the future.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the Twenty-First Century
    How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the Twenty-First Century
    ISBN: 9781472947727
    Title: How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the Twenty-First Century
    Author: FUREDI FRANK

    In 1997, Frank Furedi published a book called Culture of Fear. It was widely acclaimed as perceptive and prophetic. Now Furedi returns to his original theme, as most of what he predicted has come true. In How Fear Works, Furedi seeks to explain two interrelated themes- why has fear acquired such a morally commanding status in society today and how has the way we fear today changed from the way that it was experienced in the past'
    Furedi argues that one of the main drivers of the culture of fear is unravelling of moral authority. Fear appears to provide a provisional solution to moral uncertainty and is for that reason embraced by a variety of interests, parties and individuals. Furedi predicts that until society finds a more positive orientation towards uncertainty the politicisation of fear will flourish.

    Society is continually bombarded with the message that the threats it faces are incalculable and cannot be managed or contained. The ascendancy of this outlook has been paralleled by the cultivation of helplessness and passivity all this has heightened people 's sense of powerlessness and anxiety. As a consequence we are constantly searching for new forms of security, both physical and ontological. What are the drivers of fear, what is the role of the media in its promotion, and who actually benefits from this culture of fear' These are some of the issues Furedi tackles to explain the current predicament. He believes that through understanding how fear works, we can encourage attitudes that will help bring about a less fearful future.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $43.00
  • How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy
    How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy
    ISBN: 9781783782307
    Title: How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy

    'There to fill the Sapiens-size hole in your life' Observer

    In this groundbreaking global overview of philosophy, Julian Baggini travels the world to provide a wide-ranging map of human thought.

    One of the great unexplained wonders of human history is that written philosophy flowered entirely separately in China, India and Ancient Greece at more or less the same time. These early philosophies have had a profound impact on the development of distinctive cultures in different parts of the world. What we call 'philosophy' in the West is not even half the story.

    Julian Baggini sets out to expand our horizons in How the World Thinks, exploring the philosophies of Japan, India, China and the Muslim world, as well as the lesser-known oral traditions of Africa and Australia's first peoples. Interviewing thinkers from around the globe, Baggini asks questions such as: why is the West is more individualistic than the East? What makes secularism a less powerful force in the Islamic world than in Europe? And how has China resisted pressures for greater political freedom?

    Offering deep insights into how different regions operate, and paying as much attention to commonalities as to differences, Baggini shows that by gaining greater knowledge of how others think we take the first step to a greater understanding of ourselves.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • How to Argue with a Cat: A Human's Guide to the Art of Persuasion
    How to Argue with a Cat: A Human's Guide to the Art of Persuasion
    ISBN: 9781846149573
    Title: How to Argue with a Cat: A Human's Guide to the Art of Persuasion

    Learn how to persuade cats--the world's most skeptical and cautious negotiators--with this primer on rhetoric and argument from theNew York Times bestselling author ofThank You for Arguing!

    Cats are skilled manipulators who can talk you into just about anything without a single word (or maybe a meow or two). They can get you to drop whatever you're doing and play with them. They can make you serve their dinner way ahead of schedule. They can get you to sit down right this instant and provide a lap. On the other hand, try getting a cat to do whatyou want....

    While it's hard, persuading a cat is possible. And after that, persuading humans becomes a breeze, and that is what you will learn in this book.How to Argue with a Catwill teach you how to:

    #65533; Hold an intelligent conversation--one of the few things easier to do with a cat than a human.
    #65533; Argue logically, even if your opponent is furry and irrational.
    #65533; Hack up a fallacy (the hairball of logic).
    #65533; Make your body do the talking (cats are very good at this).
    #65533; Master decorum: the art of fitting in with cats, venture capitalists, or humans.
    #65533; Learn the wisdom of predator timing to pounce at the right moment.
    #65533; Get someone to do something or stop doing it.
    #65533; Earn any creature's respect and loyalty.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • How to Be Good: Or How to Be Moral & Virtuous in a Wicked World
    How to Be Good: Or How to Be Moral & Virtuous in a Wicked World
    ISBN: 9781350154599
    Title: How to Be Good: Or How to Be Moral & Virtuous in a Wicked World
    Author: COX GARY

    "What is goodness? Is goodness achievable, and if so, how? If being a good person is a matter of doing the right thing, then what is the right thing to do? Is it acting rationally, promoting happiness, exercising moderation in all things or respecting the freedom of others, or is it somehow a concoction of all these abilities, wisely adjusted to suit circumstances?
    In this instructive, entertaining and often humorous book, Gary Cox, best-selling author of How to Be an Existentialistand How to Be a Philosopher, investigates the phenomenon of goodness and what, if anything, it is to be a good person and a paragon of virtue. Part easygoing exploration of the age-old subject of moral philosophy, part personal development and improvement manual, How to be Goodcarefully leads the reader on a fascinating journey through the often strange and surprising world of ethics.
    This book covers issues from abortion to animal rights and delves into the meaning, achievability and reality of goodness through an examination of the work of major philosophical thinkers such as Aristotle, Ayer, Bentham, Gautama Buddha, Hare, Hobbes, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche, Moore, Plato, Sartre, Singer, Thomson and Warnock."

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $39.00
  • How to be Idle
    How to be Idle
    ISBN: 9780141015064
    Title: How to be Idle

    As Oscar Wilde said, doing nothing is hard work. The Protestant work ethic has most of us in its thrall, and the idlers of this world have the odds stacked against them. But here, at last, is a book that can help. From Tom Hodgkinson, editor of the Idler, comes HOW TO BE IDLE, an antidote to the work-obsessed culture which puts so many obstacles between ourselves and our dreams. Hodgkinson presents us with a laid-back argument for a new contract between routine and chaos, an argument for experiencing life to the full and living in the moment. Ranging across a host of issues that may affect the modern idler - sleep, the world of work, pleasure and hedonism, relationships, bohemian living, revolution - he draws on the writings of such well-known apologists for idleness as Dr Johnson, Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson and Nietzsche. His message is clear: take control of your life and reclaim your right to be idle.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • How to be Normal : a Guide for the Perplexed
    How to be Normal : a Guide for the Perplexed
    ISBN: 9781782395843
    Title: How to be Normal : a Guide for the Perplexed
    Author: BROWNING GUY

    From the author of Never Hit a Jellyfish With a Spade comes a new volume of answers to life's most troublesome questions Normal people are extremely unusual. Think of all the people you know and ask yourself how many are normal. None of them! In fact you're probably the most normal of the lot and, let's face it, even you're not that normal. All normal people believe they are a little bit different, a little bit unique, and a little bit special. On the other hand no one wants to be abnormal, so it's a fine line to tread. Happily, this amazingly funny book shows everyone exactly how to be uniquely normally normal. Is it normal to hold the banister with both hands? To find the green man at crossings mildly attractive? To be afraid of aggressive hand dryers? To wonder what coconut milk is actually for? Find out the answers to these and a million other perfectly normal questions in another beautifully funny, surprisingly wise, and consistently heart-warming book .

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • How to Change the World
    How to Change the World
    ISBN: 9781447202325
    Title: How to Change the World

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • How to Develop Emotional Health
    How to Develop Emotional Health
    ISBN: 9780230771710
    Title: How to Develop Emotional Health
    Author: JAMES OLIVER

    How to Create Emotional Health is a guide to leading a more enjoyable and fulfilling life. Rather than seeking to be happy, Oliver James encourages the idea of wellbeing a state in which we are self-aware, authentic, adaptable, vivacious and able to live in the moment. He shows that through self-reflection, we can develop insight and awareness of who we are and what we truly want and need. By paying special attention to the impact of childhood and past relationships, we can tackle insecurities and alter negative thought patterns, ultimately improving the way we function as adults. Key to this approach is the adoption of a more resilient and playful mind-set, one which allows us to learn from mistakes and bounce back in a healthy way. In this thought-provoking and uplifting guide, Oliver develops strategies for meeting the challenges of daily life, including practical advice for setting career goals, strengthening relationships and improving family cohesion. He offers vital steps towards insight, energy and the ultimate reward of complete emotional health.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • How to Disagree: 20 Thought-Provoking Lessons
    How to Disagree: 20 Thought-Provoking Lessons
    ISBN: 9781781319345
    Title: How to Disagree: 20 Thought-Provoking Lessons

    Whether it's in the local, national or international arena, there are huge divisions both within and between political parties, and views and values fluctuate wildly across society. Nobody seems able to agree. Nobody even seems able to agree to disagree. So, what can we do?

    In this book, we'll look at how we can discuss divisive topics more effectively. We'll examine the different modes and methods of discourse and analysis and, through examining some of the common obstacles to productive conversations, we discuss actionable ways to encourage positive, helpful debate.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
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