• World to Win: The Life & Thought of Karl Marx
    World to Win: The Life & Thought of Karl Marx
    ISBN: 9781786635044
    Title: World to Win: The Life & Thought of Karl Marx

    Epic new biography of Karl Marx for the 200th anniversary of his birth

    In this essential new biography -- the first to give equal weight to both the work and life of Karl Marx -- Sven-Eric Liedman expertly navigates the imposing, complex personality of his subject through the turbulent passages of global history. A World to Win follows Marx through childhood and student days, a difficult and sometimes tragic family life, his far-sighted journalism, and his enduring friendship and intellectual partnership with Friedrich Engels.

    Building on the work of previous biographers, Liedman employs a commanding knowledge of the nineteenth century to create a definitive portrait of Marx and his vast contribution to the way the world understands itself. He shines a light on Marx's influences, explains his political and intellectual interventions, and builds on the legacy of his thought. Liedman shows how Marx's masterpiece, Capital, illuminates the essential logic of a system that drives dizzying wealth, grinding poverty, and awesome technological innovation to this day.

    Compulsively readable and meticulously researched, A World to Win demonstrates that, two centuries after Marx's birth, his work remains the bedrock for any true understanding of our political and economic condition.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00

  • Worldly Philosophers
    Worldly Philosophers
    ISBN: 9780684862149
    Title: Worldly Philosophers

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Worrying: a Literary & Cultural History
    Worrying: a Literary & Cultural History
    ISBN: 9781441151292
    Title: Worrying: a Literary & Cultural History

    A literary and cultural exploration of worry and the modern mind..

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • Would You Kill the Fat Man? the Trolley Problem & What Your Answer Tells Us About Right & Wrong
    Would You Kill the Fat Man? the Trolley Problem & What Your Answer Tells Us About Right & Wrong
    ISBN: 9780691165639
    Title: Would You Kill the Fat Man? the Trolley Problem & What Your Answer Tells Us About Right & Wrong

    A runaway train is racing toward five men who are tied to the track. Unless the train is stopped, it will inevitably kill all five men. You are standing on a footbridge looking down on the unfolding disaster. However, a fat man, a stranger, is standing next to you: if you push him off the bridge, he will topple onto the line and, although he will die, his chunky body will stop the train, saving five lives. Would you kill the fat man? The question may seem bizarre. But it's one variation of a puzzle that has baffled moral philosophers for almost half a century and that more recently has come to preoccupy neuroscientists, psychologists, and other thinkers as well. In this book, David Edmonds, coauthor of the best-selling Wittgenstein's Poker, tells the riveting story of why and how philosophers have struggled with this ethical dilemma, sometimes called the trolley problem. In the process, he provides an entertaining and informative tour through the history of moral philosophy. Most people feel it's wrong to kill the fat man. But why? After all, in taking one life you could save five. As Edmonds shows, answering the question is far more complex--and important--than it first appears. In fact, how we answer it tells us a great deal about right and wrong.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • Writing & Difference
    Writing & Difference
    ISBN: 9780415253833
    Title: Writing & Difference

    First published in 1967,Writing and Difference, a collection of Jacques Derrida's essays written between 1959 and 1966, has become a landmark of contemporary French thought. In it we find Derrida at work on his systematic deconstruction of Western metaphysics. The book's first half, which includes the celebrated essay on Descartes and Foucault, shows the development of Derrida's method of deconstruction. In these essays, Derrida demonstrates the traditional nature of some purportedly nontraditional currents of modern thought-one of his main targets being the way in which "structuralism" unwittingly repeats metaphysical concepts in its use of linguistic models.

    The second half of the book contains some of Derrida's most compelling analyses of why and how metaphysical thinking must exclude writing from its conception of language, finally showing metaphysics to be constituted by this exclusion. These essays on Artaud, Freud, Bataille, Hegel, and L vi-Strauss have served as introductions to Derrida's notions of writing anddiff rence-the untranslatable formulation of a nonmetaphysical "concept" that does not exclude writing-for almost a generation of students of literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis.

    Writing and Differencereveals the unacknowledged program that makes thought itself possible. In analyzing the contradictions inherent in this program, Derrida foes on to develop new ways of thinking, reading, and writing,-new ways based on the most complete and rigorous understanding of the old ways. Scholars and students from all disciplines will findWriting and Differencean excellent introduction to perhaps the most challenging of contemporary French thinkers-challenging because Derrida questions thought as we know it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00
  • Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis
    Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis
    ISBN: 9780190864651
    Title: Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis
    Author: JACOBS ALAN

    By early 1943, it had become increasingly clear that the Allies would win the Second World War. Around the same time, it also became increasingly clear to many Christian intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic that the soon-to-be-victorious nations were not culturally or morally prepared for their success. A war won by technological superiority merely laid the groundwork for a post-war society governed by technocrats. These Christian intellectuals-Jacques Maritain, T. S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis, W. H. Auden, and Simone Weil, among others-sought both to articulate a sober and reflective critique of their own culture and to outline a plan for the moral and spiritual regeneration of their countries in the post-war world.In this book, Alan Jacobs explores the poems, novels, essays, reviews, and lectures of these five central figures, in which they presented, with great imaginative energy and force, pictures of the very different paths now set before the Western democracies. The Year of Our Lord 1943 is the first book to weave together the ideas of these five intellectuals and shows why, in a time of unprecedented total war, they all thought it vital to restore Christianity to a leading role in the renewal of the Western democracies.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Year With Hafiz Daily Contemplations
    Year With Hafiz Daily Contemplations
    ISBN: 9780143117544
    Title: Year With Hafiz Daily Contemplations

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • You are Doing a Freaking Great Job & Other Reminders of Your Awesomeness
    You are Doing a Freaking Great Job & Other Reminders of Your Awesomeness
    ISBN: 9780761184478
    Title: You are Doing a Freaking Great Job & Other Reminders of Your Awesomeness

    The perfect gift, and the easiest gift--because we all know someone who deserves a pat on the back, a big thumbs-up, or just a special "thank-you" "You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job" is a vibrant, colorful, pocket-size book of encouragement. Created by more than 20 artists and designers--from the well-known Etsy favorites Emily McDowell (who did the cover art) and Mary Kate McDevitt, to emerging talents Lindsay Whitehead and J. Zachary Keenan--this powerful little book is filled with nearly 200 uplifting and inspiring quotes, lyrics, and words of advice rendered in the original hand-lettered style of art that is pinned and repinned on Pinterest and sold on Etsy. There are mantras: "You are in charge of your own happiness." Galvanizing words of action: "Make it now." Heartening quotes: "You are capable of more than you know." Bursts of motivation: "Be a Warrior, Not a Worrier" and "Spread Your Arms and Trust Your Cape." Interweaved throughout is complementary text--including surprising playlists, sweet and simple recipes, and suggestions for inspirational films to watch and graduation? commencement speeches to read.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • You Must Change Your Life
    You Must Change Your Life
    ISBN: 9780745649221
    Title: You Must Change Your Life

    In his major investigation into the nature of humans, Peter Sloterdijk presents a critique of myth - the myth of the return of religion. For it is not religion that is returning; rather, there is something else quite profound that is taking on increasing significance in the present: the human as a practising, training being, one that creates itself through exercises and thereby transcends itself. Rainer Maria Rilke formulated the drive towards such self-training in the early twentieth century in the imperative 'You must change your life'.

    In making his case for the expansion of the practice zone for individuals and for society as a whole, Sloterdijk develops a fundamental and fundamentally new anthropology. The core of his science of the human being is an insight into the self-formation of all things human. The activity of both individuals and collectives constantly comes back to affect them: work affects the worker, communication the communicator, feelings the feeler.

    It is those humans who engage expressly in practice that embody this mode of existence most clearly: farmers, workers, warriors, writers, yogis, rhetoricians, musicians or models. By examining their training plans and peak performances, this book offers a panorama of exercises that are necessary to be, and remain, a human being.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $46.00

  • You Will Go Far
    You Will Go Far
    ISBN: 9781449460099
    Title: You Will Go Far
    Author: KEMPE JENNY

    "You Will Go Far" presents life guidance from a bird's perspective and is the perfect gift for graduates or anyone facing imminent change.
    Jenny Kempe's sweet penguins illustrate a rhyming message for anyone facing a new life experience. "It's good to set goals and spread your wings; you're off to do remarkable things. Find something that makes you tick, and work hard to make it stick. What makes your heart really sing? Do more of that than anything. Wherever you go, whatever you do, there will be an adventure waiting for you."
    With this keepsake edition, you are giving the gift of profound insight and bold inspiration in a delightfully portable package.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $18.00
  • Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    ISBN: 9780099322610
    Title: Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    This lyrical, evocative, thought-provoking journal of a man' s quest for truth-- and for himself-- was an instant classic, now available unabridged on CD

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: 40th Anniversary Edition
    Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: 40th Anniversary Edition
    ISBN: 9780099598169
    Title: Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: 40th Anniversary Edition

    Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Zen as F*ck
    Zen as F*ck
    ISBN: 9781250147707
    Title: Zen as F*ck

    A beautiful, uplifting guided journal for when you just don't give a f*ck

    The road to serenity is ahead, and it's paved with a f*ck-ton of profanity. When quiet meditation and peaceful mantras aren't enough to cut through the bullsh*t and brighten your day--hold close the pages of Zen as F*ck. On each and every page, you can give the good around you a warm f*cking hug and kick the bad on its ass. Journal your way through positive affirmations and cathartic-as-f*ck activities on your liberating journey toward something pretty close to happiness.

    Sprinkle, scatter, or set off a glitter-bomb of happy vibes onto your trail of tranquility with Zen as F*ck

    - Start sparkling like the f*cking gem you are
    - Learn how to rise, shine, and kick ass
    - Cast your soul-shining light on others and spread some f*cking beauty

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Zen: The Art of Simple Living
    Zen: The Art of Simple Living
    ISBN: 9780241371831
    Title: Zen: The Art of Simple Living

    Relax and find happiness amid the swirl of the modern world with this internationally bestselling guide to simplifying your life by a Japanese monk who embodies the wisdom of Zen.

    Drawing on centuries of wisdom, renowned Zen Buddhist priest Shunmyo Masuno applies the essence of Zen to modern life in clear, practical, easily adopted lessons - one a day for 100 days. Discover how-
    - Lining up your shoes after you take them off can bring order to your life
    - Putting down your fork after every bite can help you feel more grateful for what you have
    - Spending time barefoot can strengthen your body
    - Planting a flower and watching it grow can teach you to embrace change
    - Going outside to watch the sunset can make every day feel celebratory

    In Zen- The Art of Simple Living, you will learn to find happiness not by seeking out extraordinary experiences but by making small changes - to what you do, how you think, how you interact with others and how you appreciate the present moment. With each task, you will open yourself up to a renewed sense of peace and inner calm.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • Zizek a Guide for the Perplexed
    Zizek a Guide for the Perplexed
    ISBN: 9781441180872
    Title: Zizek a Guide for the Perplexed
    Author: SHEEHAN SEAN

    One of the most widely-read thinkers writing today, Slavoj iek's work can be both thrilling and perplexing in equal measure. iek: A Guide for the Perplexed is the most up-to-date guide available for readers struggling to master the ideas of this hugely influential thinker. Unpacking the philosophical references that fill iek's writings, the book explores his influences from Hegel, Kant and Marx, through to his use of Lacanian psychoanalytic concepts. From there, a chapter on 'Reading iek' guides the reader through the ways that iek applies these core theoretical concepts to his discussions of such issues as the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the figure of Christ in contemporary culture. In addition, the book also includes guides to the Slovenian philosopher's key texts - from The Sublime Object of Ideology through to his film The Pervert''s Guide to Cinema - and major secondary writings and online resources.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Zizek Now: Current Perspectives in Zizek Studies
    Zizek Now: Current Perspectives in Zizek Studies
    ISBN: 9780745653716
    Title: Zizek Now: Current Perspectives in Zizek Studies

    Arguably the most prolific and most widely read philosopher of our time, Slavoj Zizek has made indelible interventions into many disciplines of the so-called human sciences that have transformed the terms of discussion in these fields. Although his work has been the subject of many volumes of searching criticism and commentary, there is no assessment to date of the value of his work for the development of these disciplines. Zizek Now brings together distinguished critics to explore the utility and far-ranging implications of Zizek's thought and provide an evaluation of the difference his work makes or promises to make in their chosen fields. As such, the volume offers chapters on quantum physics and Zizek's transcendentalist materialist theory of the subject, Hegel's absolute, materialist Christianity, postcolonial violence, eco-politics, ceremonial acts, and the postcolonial revolutionary subject. Contributors to the volume include Adrian Johnston, Ian Parker, Todd McGowan, Bruno Bosteels, Erik Vogt, Verena Conley,& Joshua Ramey, Jamil Khader, and Zizek himself.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $41.00
  • Zizek's Jokes: Did You Hear the One About Hegel & Negation?
    Zizek's Jokes: Did You Hear the One About Hegel & Negation?
    ISBN: 9780262026710
    Title: Zizek's Jokes: Did You Hear the One About Hegel & Negation?
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ

    "A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes." -- Ludwig Wittgenstein The good news is that this book offers an entertaining but enlightening compilation of iekisms. Unlike any other book by Slavoj iek, this compact arrangement of jokes culled from his writings provides an index to certain philosophical, political, and sexual themes that preoccupy him. iek's Jokes contains the set-ups and punch lines -- as well as the offenses and insults -- that iek is famous for, all in less than 200 pages. So what's the bad news? There is no bad news. There's just the inimitable Slavoj iek, disguised as an impossibly erudite, politically incorrect uncle, beginning a sentence, "There is an old Jewish joke, loved by Derrida..." For iek, jokes are amusing stories that offer a shortcut to philosophical insight. He illustrates the logic of the Hegelian triad, for example, with three variations of the "Not tonight, dear, I have a headache" classic: first the wife claims a migraine; then the husband does; then the wife exclaims, "Darling, I have a terrible migraine, so let's have some sex to refresh me!" A punch line about a beer bottle provides a Lacanian lesson about one signifier. And a "truly obscene" version of the famous "aristocrats" joke has the family offering a short course in Hegelian thought rather than a display of unspeakables. iek's Jokes contains every joke cited, paraphrased, or narrated in iek's work in English (including some in unpublished manuscripts), including different versions of the same joke that make different points in different contexts. The larger point being that comedy is central to iek's seriousness.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $39.00
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