• Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything
    Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything
    ISBN: 9781452107905
    Title: Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything
    Author: COHEN RANDY

    TheNew York Times Magazine's original "Ethicist" Randy Cohen helps readers locate their own internal ethical compasses as he delivers answers to life's most challenging dilemmas-timeless and contemporary alike. Organized thematically in an easy-to-navigate Q&A format, and featuring line illustrations throughout, this amusing and engaging book challenges readers to think about how they would (or should) respond when faced with everyday moral challenges, from sex and love to religion, technology, and much more. Sure to ignite brain cells and spark healthy debate, Be Good is a book to refer to again and again. Organized thematically in an easy-to-navigate Q & A format and featuring line illustrations, this amusing and engaging book from a "New York Times Magazine" columnist challenges readers to think about how they would respond when faced with everyday moral quandaries.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Beach Beneath the Street: the Everyday Life & Glorious Times of the Situationist International
    Beach Beneath the Street: the Everyday Life & Glorious Times of the Situationist International
    ISBN: 9781844677207
    Title: Beach Beneath the Street: the Everyday Life & Glorious Times of the Situationist International

    Over fifty years after the Situationist International appeared, they continue to influence activists, artists and theorists. From the Invisible Committee's bestselling The Coming Insurrection to Iain Sinclair's psychogeographic explorations, their work is still found to be rich with possibilities, yet its breadth and diversity is still unexplored. In the first account since Greil Marcus's Lipstick Traces (1989), McKenzie Wark traces the Situationist International's beginnings in 1950s bohemian Paris up to the explosive days of May 1968. This account puts the legendary figure of Guy Debord back into the context of the other fascinating figures who made up the movement, including Constant, Asger Jorn, Mich le Bernstein and Jacqueline De Jong. It treats them as an international movement of conflicting passions rather than as a Paris coterie. Accessible to those who have only just discovered the Situationists and filled with new insights, Wark reconnects their work to new practices in communication, built form, and everyday life.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
  • Beauty of Everyday Things
    Beauty of Everyday Things
    ISBN: 9780241366356
    Title: Beauty of Everyday Things

    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
  • Beauty: a Very Short Introduction
    Beauty: a Very Short Introduction
    ISBN: 9780199229758
    Title: Beauty: a Very Short Introduction

    Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference. In thisVery Short Introduction, the renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object--either in art, in nature, or the human form--beautiful, and examining how we can compare differing judgments of beauty when it is evident all around us that our tastes vary so widely. Is there a right judgment to be made about beauty? Is it right to say there is more beauty in a classical temple than a concrete office block, more in a Rembrandt than in an Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Can? Forthright and thought-provoking, and as accessible as it is intellectually rigorous, this introduction to the philosophy of beauty draws conclusions that some may find controversial, but, as Scruton shows, help us to find greater sense of meaning in the beautiful objects that fill our lives.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.00
  • Becoming Animal: an Earthly Cosmology
    Becoming Animal: an Earthly Cosmology
    ISBN: 9780375713699
    Title: Becoming Animal: an Earthly Cosmology
    Author: ABRAM DAVID

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery & the Art of Living
    Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery & the Art of Living
    ISBN: 9781472152206
    Title: Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery & the Art of Living

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Bed of Procrustes
    Bed of Procrustes
    ISBN: 9780241954096
    Title: Bed of Procrustes

    'Happily provocative . . . blistering . . .his observations concern superiority, wealth, suckerdom, academia, modernity, technology and the all-purpose, ignorant 'they' . . . very quotable'The New York TimesWhy are we so often unwilling to accept that life is unpredictable? In this brilliant book Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the bestselling phenomenon Black Swan, distils his idiosyncratic wisdom to show us how we humans, facing the limits of our knowledge, try to squeeze life into reductive categories and pre-packaged narratives.Here he demolishes our illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance and erudition against modern philistinism and phoniness. Only by accepting what we don't know, he shows, can we see the world as it really is.'A teasing, thought-provoking book . . . its title is taken from the Greek myth in which Procrustes fitted his guests to a bed - cutting to size those too tall and stretching those too short. Taleb's crystalline nuggets of thought stand alone like esoteric poems' Financial Times 'Opinionated and witty . . .It showcases his wit and learning, and provides ways to fillet his enemies'Independent on Sunday'A master philosopher' The Times

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical & Practical Aphorisms
    Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical & Practical Aphorisms
    ISBN: 9780141985022
    Title: Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical & Practical Aphorisms

    "New edition, fully updated and expanded In a climate when iconoclasm is the smartest intellectual stance - whether against bankers, traders, politicians, the energy industry, or journalists - one of today's most prominent rabble-rousers gives his quick-witted and snappy guide to questioning the status quo. With characteristic panache and brio, Taleb uses aphorisms to condense his rambunctious ideas and style. This is the perfect reference for anyone searching for the right questions to ask."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Beginning of Knowledge
    Beginning of Knowledge
    ISBN: 9781474294331
    Title: Beginning of Knowledge

    "The Beginning of Knowledge" brings together almost all of Gadamer's essays on the Presocratics. In each of the essays Gadamer discusses the origins of knowledge in the western philosophical tradition. Beginning with a hermeneutical and philological investigation of the Heraclitus fragments he moves on to a discussion of the Greek Atomists and the Presocratic cosmologists. In the final two essays he elaborates on the profound debt that modern science owes to the Greeks and shows how their works have shaped modern day physics, mathematics and medicine. The philosophers discussed include Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Anaximander, Heraclitus and Parmenides. This is a major work from one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Beginning of Philosophy
    Beginning of Philosophy
    ISBN: 9781474294461
    Title: Beginning of Philosophy

    In "The Beginning of Philosophy" Gadamer explores the layers of interpretation and misinterpretation that have built up over 2500 years of Presocratic scholarship. Using Plato and Aristotle as his starting point his analysis moves effortlessly from Simplicius and Diogenes Laertius to the 19th-century German historicists right through to Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger. Gadamer shows us how some of the earliest philosophical concepts such as truth, equality, nature, spirit and being came to be and how our understanding of them today is deeply indebted to Presocratic thinkers. The book is based on a series of lectures delivered by Gadamer in 1967 which were then translated into English and edited by Gadamer for this collection. This is a major philosophical-historical work from one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Beginnings: Intentions & Method
    Beginnings: Intentions & Method
    ISBN: 9781847085993
    Title: Beginnings: Intentions & Method
    Author: SAID EDWARD W

    A 'beginning', especially as embodied in much modern thought, is its own method, Edward Said argues in this classic treatise on the role of the intellectual and the goal of criticism. Distinguishing between 'origin', which is divine, mythical, and privileged, and 'beginning', which is secular and humanly produced, Said traces the ramifications and diverse understandings of the concept of beginning through history. A beginning is a first step in the intentional production of meaning and the production of difference from pre-existing traditions. It authorizes subsequent texts -- it both enables them and limits what is acceptable.
    Drawing on the insights of Vico, Valery, Nietzsche, Saussure, Levi-Strauss, Husserl, and Foucault, Said recognizes the novel as the major attempt in Western literary culture to give beginnings an authorizing function in experience, art, and knowledge. Scholarship should see itself as a beginning -- as a uniting of theory and practice. Said's insistence on a criticism that is humane and socially responsible is what makes Beginnings

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Being & Event
    Being & Event
    ISBN: 9780826495297
    Title: Being & Event
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN

    A translation of one of the single most important works of recent French philosophy, Badiou's magnum opus, and a must-have for his growing following and anyone interested in contemporary Continental thought.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00
  • Being & Event
    Being & Event
    ISBN: 9781472511065
    Title: Being & Event
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN

    Since the book's first publication in 1988, Alain Badiou's Being and Event has established itself of one of the most important and controversial works in contemporary philosophy and its author as one of the most influential thinkers of our time. Being and Event is a comprehensive statement of Badiou's philosophical project and sees him recast the European philosophical tradition from Plato onwards, via a series of analyses of such key figures as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hegel, Rousseau, and Lacan. He thus develops the basis for a history of philosophy rivalling those of Heidegger and Deleuze in its depth.Now publishing in the Bloomsbury Revelations series to mark 25 years since the book's first publication in French, Being and Event is an essential read for anyone interested in contemporary thought.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Being & Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology
    Being & Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology
    ISBN: 9780671867805
    Title: Being & Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $39.00
  • 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

    A revised translation of Heidegger's most important work.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole
    Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole
    ISBN: 9781616144111
    Title: Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole
    Author: LAW STEPHEN

    Wacky and ridiculous belief systems abound--constructed in such a way that unwary passers-by can similarly find themselves drawn in. . Believing Bullshit identifies eight key mechanisms that can transform a set of ideas into a psychological flytrap.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Benjamin & Brecht
    Benjamin & Brecht
    ISBN: 9781784781125
    Title: Benjamin & Brecht

    A fascinating account of the friendship between two of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century
    Germany in the mid 1920s, a place and time of looming turmoil, brought together Walter Benjamin acclaimed critic and extraordinary literary theorist and Bertolt Brecht, one of the twentieth century s most influential playwrights. It was a friendship that would shape their writing for the rest of their lives.
    In this groundbreaking work, Erdmut Wizisla explores what this relationship meant for them personally and professionally, as well as the effect it had on those around them. From the first meeting between Benjamin and Brecht to their experiences in exile, these eventful lives are illuminated by personal correspondence, journal entries and private miscellany including previously unpublished materials detailing the friends electric discussions of their collaboration. Wizisla delves into the archives of other luminaries in the distinguished constellation of writers and artists in Weimar Germany, which included Margarete Steffin, Theodor Adorno, Ernst Bloch and Hannah Arendt. Wizisla s account of this friendship opens a window on nearly two decades of European intellectual life."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
  • Bergsonism
    ISBN: 9780942299076
    Title: Bergsonism

    What is needed for something new to appear? According to Gilles Deleuze, one of the most brilliant contemporary philosophers, this question of "novelty" is the major problem posed by Bergson's work. In this companion book to Bergson's Matter and Memory, Deleuze demonstrates both the development and the range of three fundamental Bergsonian concepts: duration, memory, and the élan vital. Bergsonism is also important to an understanding of Deleuze's own work, influenced as it is by Bergson.Gilles Deleuze is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII, Vincennes/Saint Denis. Among his most recent books in translation are Nietzsche and Philosophy, Cinema: Image Movement and, with Felix Guattari, Anti-Oedipus, Kafka, and One Thousand Plateaus.Hugh Tomlinson is the translator of Deleuze's Nietzsche and Philosophy and Kant's Critical Philosophy. Barbara Habberjam is a translator living in England.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $44.00
  • Best Things in Life: a Guide to What Really Matters
    Best Things in Life: a Guide to What Really Matters
    ISBN: 9780190228316
    Title: Best Things in Life: a Guide to What Really Matters
    Author: HURKA THOMAS

    For centuries, philosophers, theologians, moralists, and ordinary people have asked: How should we live? What makes for a good life?
    In The Best Things in Life, distinguished philosopher Thomas Hurka takes a fresh look at these perennial questions as they arise for us now in the 21st century. Should we value family over career? How do we balance self-interest and serving others? What activities bring us the most joy? While religion, literature, popular psychology, and everyday wisdom all grapple with these questions, philosophy more than anything else uses the tools of reason to make important distinctions, cut away irrelevancies, and distill these issues down to their essentials. Hurka argues that if we are to live a good life, one thing we need to know is which activities and experiences will most likely lead us to happiness and which will keep us from it, while also reminding us that happiness isn't the only thing that makes life good. Hurka explores many topics: four types of good feeling (and the limits of good feeling); how we can improve our baseline level of happiness (making more money, it turns out, isn't the answer); which kinds of knowledge are most worth having; the importance of achieving worthwhile goals; the value of love and friendship; and much more. Unlike many philosophers, he stresses that there isn't just one good in life but many: pleasure, as Epicurus argued, is indeed one, but knowledge, as Socrates contended, is another, as is achievement. And while the great philosophers can help us understand what matters most in life, Hurka shows that we must ultimately decide for ourselves.
    This delightfully accessible book offers timely guidance on answering the most important question any of us will ever ask: How do we live a good life?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
  • Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
    Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
    ISBN: 9781861976574
    Title: Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL

    National Bestseller

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

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Between Levinas & Lacan Self, Other, Ethics
    Between Levinas & Lacan Self, Other, Ethics
    ISBN: 9781628926392
    Title: Between Levinas & Lacan Self, Other, Ethics
    Author: RUTI MARI

    Levinas and Lacan, two giants of contemporary theory, represent schools of thought that seem poles apart. In this major new work, Mari Ruti charts the ethical terrain between them.

    At first glance, Levinansian and Lacanian approaches may seem more or less incompatible, and in many ways they are, particularly in their understanding of the self-other relationship. For both Levinas and Lacan, the subject's relationship to the other is primary in the sense that the subject, literally, does not exist without the other, but they see the challenge of ethics quite differently: while Levinas laments our failure to adequately meet the ethical demand arising from the other, Lacan laments the consequences of our failure to adequately escape the forms this demand frequently takes.

    Although this book outlines the major differences between Levinas and Judith Butler on the one hand and Lacan, Slavoj i ek, and Alain Badiou on the other, Ruti proposes that underneath these differences one can discern a shared concern with the thorny relationship between the singularity of experience and the universality of ethics.

    "Between Levinas and Lacan" is an important new book for anyone interested in contemporary theory, ethics, psychoanalysis, and feminist and queer theory."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00

  • Between the Monster & the Saint  Reflections on the Human Condition
    Between the Monster & the Saint Reflections on the Human Condition
    ISBN: 9781921520112
    Title: Between the Monster & the Saint Reflections on the Human Condition

    Provocative, wide-ranging and full of wisdom, Between the Monster and the Saint is a brilliant book about our place in the world. Being human isn't easy. We might think that consciousness and free will give us control over our lives but our minds are dangerous and unpredictable places. We are susceptible to forces we don't understand. We are capable of inflicting immense cruelty on one another - violence, torture and rape - and yet we also have the capacity to be tender, to empathise, to feel. In his thought-provoking new book Richard Holloway holds a mirror up to the human condition.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • Beyond Black & White: from Civil Rights to Barack Obama
    Beyond Black & White: from Civil Rights to Barack Obama
    ISBN: 9781784787660
    Title: Beyond Black & White: from Civil Rights to Barack Obama

    Highly acclaimed dissection of the new racism, from one of the greatest radical black intellectuals of our time
    Many in the US, including Barack Obama, have called for a post-racial politics: yet race still divides the country politically, economically and socially. In this highly acclaimed work, Manning Marable rejects both liberal inclusionist strategies and the separatist politics of the likes of Louis Farrakhan. Beginning by looking back at African-American politics and the fight against racism of the recent past, outlining a trenchant analysis of the New Racial Domain that must be uprooted, he argues powerfully for a transformationist strategy, which retains a distinctive black cultural identity but draws together all the poor and exploited in a united struggle against oppression."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
  • Beyond Good & Evil
    Beyond Good & Evil
    ISBN: 9780140449235
    Title: Beyond Good & Evil

    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
  • Beyond Good & Evil
    Beyond Good & Evil
    ISBN: 9780141395838
    Title: Beyond Good & Evil

    One of the most iconoclastic philosophers of all time, Nietzsche dramatically rejected notions of good and evil, truth and God.Beyond Good and Evil demonstrates that the world is steeped in false piety and infected with a 'slave morality'. With wit and subversive energy, Nietzsche demands that the individual impose their own 'will to power' upon the world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
  • Beyond Happiness: The Trap of Happiness & How to Find Deeper Meaning & Joy
    Beyond Happiness: The Trap of Happiness & How to Find Deeper Meaning & Joy
    ISBN: 9781473619449
    Title: Beyond Happiness: The Trap of Happiness & How to Find Deeper Meaning & Joy

    As Britain's best-known headmaster, Sir Anthony famously introduced happiness, or well-being, lessons at his school, Wellington College. In 2011, he co-founded Action for Happiness, a body to raise awareness of the discovery of happiness and reduction of depression, whose influence is growing rapidly in Britain and across the world.

    In this book Anthony Seldon distinguishes between pleasure, happiness and joy, and offers an original 8-step approach on how to make our lives far more meaningful and rewarding. The pursuit of happiness can all too easily become a trap which seduces us into thinking there is no more to life than being happy. In fact, the author is highly critical of 'positive psychology' and other dominant schools of thought.

    In fact, we need to reach beyond this if we are to access the deepest levels of human experience open to us, and find our own unique path in life. The author offers a further 5 steps, which point the way to accessing these deeper levels of experience, which alone result in the joyful life which is our birthright.

    Paradoxically, as this book demonstrates, stepping off the happiness treadmill will ultimately make for a happier and more fulfilled life. It is time to go beyond happiness.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Big Ideas in Brief
    Big Ideas in Brief
    ISBN: 9781780871455
    Title: Big Ideas in Brief
    Author: CROFTON IAN

    Big Ideas in Brief provides an accessible and easily understood tour of 200 key concepts that really matter. The ideas covered come from a wide range of subjects - Philosophy, Religion, Science, Politics, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and the Arts. A series of short and lively articles accompanied by 100 illustrations, introduce a host of diverse topics, from Existentialism to Expressionism, from Consciousness to Constitutionalism, from Feminism to Free Trade, from Class to Cognitive Theory, from Reincarnation to Relativity - all explained simply and clearly. Incredibly quick - clear artworks and simple explanations that can be easily remembered. Based on scientific research that the brain best absorbs information visually. Compact and portable format - the ideal, handy reference.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $13.00
  • Big Ideas in Social Science
    Big Ideas in Social Science
    ISBN: 9781473913806
    Title: Big Ideas in Social Science

    Are human beings less violent than before? Why do we adopt certain moral and political judgements? Why is the gap between rich and poor getting bigger? How do we decide which criminal policies are effective? What is the Population Challenge for the 21st& Century? What is social science?&

    In& Big Ideas in Social Science, David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton put these and more of our society's burning questions to 18 of the world's leading social scientists including Steven Pinker, Ann Oakley, Lawrence Sherman, Kate Pickett, Robert J. Shiller and Doreen Massey.

    The result is a collection of thought-provoking discussions that span the fields of sociology, politics, economics, criminology, geography and many more.From the people who brought us the& Philosophy Bites& series,& Big Ideas in Social Science& is a fascinating and accessible introduction to the key ideas and findings of the social sciences.

    The interviews for this book are based on a series of podcasts,& Social Science Bites, sponsored by SAGE.& Social Science Bites& was inspired by the popular Philosophy Bites podcast (www.philosophybites.com), which was founded by David and Nigel in 2007 and has so far had 26 million downloads.& Philosophy Bites has spawned three books,& Philosophy Bites, Philosophy Bites Back& and& Philosophy Bites Again.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $48.00
  • Big Lebowski & Philosophy
    Big Lebowski & Philosophy
    ISBN: 9781118074565
    Title: Big Lebowski & Philosophy

    <b>Celebrate the Dude with an abiding look at the philosophy behind <i>The Big Lebowski</i></b><p>Is the Dude a bowling-loving stoner or a philosophical genius living the good life? Naturally, it′s the latter, and <i>The Big Lebowski and Philosophy</i> explains why. Enlisting the help of great thinkers like Plato and Nietzsche, the book explores the movie′s hidden philosophical layers, cultural reflection, and political commentary. It also answers key questions, including: The Dude abides, but is abiding a virtue? Is the Dude an Americanized version of the Taoist way of life? How does <i>The Big Lebowski</i> illustrate the Just War Theory? How does bowling help Donny, Walter, and the Dude oppose nihilism? Yes, the Dude is deep, and so is this book. Don′t watch the movie-or go to Lebowski Fest-without it.<ul><li>Explores many of <i>The Big Lebowski</i>′s key themes, such as nihilism, war and politics, money and materialism, idealism and morality, history, and more <li>Gives you new perspective on the movie′s characters-the Dude, the Big Lebowski, Walter Sobchak, Donny, Maude Lebowski, Bunny Lebowski, and others<li>Helps you appreciate the Coen Brothers classic even more with the insights of Aristotle, Epicurus, Kant, Derrida, and other philosophical heavyweights</ul>

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • Big Questions of Philosophy
    Big Questions of Philosophy
    ISBN: 9781849160001
    Title: Big Questions of Philosophy

    The Big Questions series is designed to let renowned experts confront the 20 most fundamental and frequently asked questions of a major branch of science or philosophy. Each 3000-word essay simply and concisely examines a question that has eternally perplexed enquiring minds, and provides answers from history's great thinkers. This ambitious project is a unique distillation of humanity's best ideas.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Big Think Book: Discover Philosophy Through 99 Perplexing Problems
    Big Think Book: Discover Philosophy Through 99 Perplexing Problems
    ISBN: 9781780747422
    Title: Big Think Book: Discover Philosophy Through 99 Perplexing Problems
    Author: CAVE PETER

    Is it morally acceptable to kill one person to save five? How do we know the sun will rise tomorrow? Can a robot be human?In philosophy, the questions range from the wonderful to the strange, and from the ridiculous to the very serious indeed. With the aid of tall stories, jokes, common sense and bizarre insights, Peter Cave addresses some of the biggest issues in the subjects of ethics, knowledge, logic, politics, emotions, metaphysics and more. Replete with amusing and mind-boggling examples, The Big Think Book is the perfect gift for anyone who likes to puzzle over the conundrums of life and is an ideal introduction for new students of philosophy.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Biocentrism
    ISBN: 9781935251743
    Title: Biocentrism
    Author: LANZA ROBERT

    Robert Lanza is one of the most respected scientists in the worlda US News & World Report cover story called him a genius” and a renegade thinker,” even likening him to Einstein. Lanza has teamed with Bob Berman, the most widely read astronomer in the world, to produce Biocentrism, a revolutionary new view of the universe.

    Every now and then a simple yet radical idea shakes the very foundations of knowledge. The startling discovery that the world was not flat challenged and ultimately changed the way people perceived themselves and their relationship with the world. For most humans of the 15th century, the notion of Earth as ball of rock was nonsense. The whole of Western, natural philosophy is undergoing a sea change again, increasingly being forced upon us by the experimental findings of quantum theory, and at the same time, towards doubt and uncertainty in the physical explanations of the universe’s genesis and structure. Biocentrism completes this shift in worldview, turning the planet upside down again with the revolutionary view that life creates the universe instead of the other way around.

    In this paradigm, life is not an accidental byproduct of the laws of physics. Biocentrism takes the reader on a seemingly improbable but ultimately inescapable journey through a foreign universeour ownfrom the viewpoints of an acclaimed biologist and a leading astronomer. Switching perspective from physics to biology unlocks the cages in which Western science has unwittingly managed to confine itself. Biocentrism will shatter the reader’s ideas of lifetime and space, and even death. At the same time it will release us from the dull worldview of life being merely the activity of an admixture of carbon and a few other elements; it suggests the exhilarating possibility that life is fundamentally immortal.

    The 21st century is predicted to be the Century of Biology, a shift from the previous century dominated by physics. It seems fitting, then, to begin the century by turning the universe outside-in and unifying the foundations of science with a simple idea discovered by one of the leading life-scientists of our age. Biocentrism awakens in readers a new sense of possibility, and is full of so many shocking new perspectives that the reader will never see reality the same way again.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • 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

    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: $46.00

  • Biography of Silence: An Essay on Meditation
    Biography of Silence: An Essay on Meditation
    ISBN: 9781946764232
    Title: Biography of Silence: An Essay on Meditation

    With silence increasingly becoming a stranger to us, one man set out to become its intimate: Pablo d'Ors, a Catholic priest whose life was changed by Zen meditation. With disarming honesty and directness, as well as a striking clarity of language, d'Ors shares his struggles as a beginning meditator: the tedium, restlessness, and distraction. But, persevering, the author discovers not only a deep peace and understanding of his true nature, but also that silence, rather than being a retreat from life, offers us an intense engagement with life just as it is. Imbued with a rare beauty, Biography of Silence shows us the deep joy of silence that is available to us all.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
  • Birth of the Clinic
    Birth of the Clinic
    ISBN: 9780415307727
    Title: Birth of the Clinic

    In this remarkable book Michel Foucault, one of the most influential thinkers of recent times, calls us to look critically at specific historical events in order to uncover new layers of significance. In doing so, he challenges our assumptions not only about history, but also about the nature of language and reason, even of truth. The scope of such an undertaking is vast, but by means of his uniquely engaging narrative style, Foucault's penetrating gaze is skilfully able to confront our own. After reading his words our perceptions are never quite the same again.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • 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

    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

  • Bizarrism the Revised and Expanded Edition
    Bizarrism the Revised and Expanded Edition
    ISBN: 9781909394322
    Title: Bizarrism the Revised and Expanded Edition
    Author: MIKUL CHRIS

    Bizarrism is a collection of strange-but-true tales, featuring a grand parade of eccentrics, visionaries, crackpots, cult leaders, artists, theorists and outsiders of every stripe. First published in 1999, this new, fully revised and expanded edition revisits a host of unique individuals, including: . William Chidley, who believed that, when it comes to sex, we ve all been making a terrible mistake . Arthur Cravan, who combined poetry with boxing . Slim Gaillard, jazz singer and dispenser of vout . William Lindsay Gresham, author of the classic noir novel Nightmare Alley . Rosaleen Norton, Australia s most notorious witch . Harry Crosby, poet, sun worshipper and the best looking corpse of 1929 . Reginal Levgiac, author of the mysterious pamphlet Drugs Virus Germs."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $41.00
  • Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion & the Death of Utopia
    Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion & the Death of Utopia
    ISBN: 9780141025988
    Title: Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion & the Death of Utopia
    Author: GRAY JOHN

    Our conventional view of history and human progress is wrong. It is founded on a pernicious myth of an acheivable utopia that in the last century alone caused the murder of tens of millions. In Black Mass John Gray tears down the religious, political and secular beliefs that we insist are fundamental to the human project and shows us how a misplaced faith in our ability to improve the world has actually made it far worse.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • Black Mirror: Fragments of an Obituary for Life
    Black Mirror: Fragments of an Obituary for Life
    ISBN: 9781848871298
    Title: Black Mirror: Fragments of an Obituary for Life

    Raymond Tallis looks back on his world from the standpoint of his future corpse. He reflects on the senses that opened up his late world, the elements they reveal, the distances, divisions and intimacies of space, the multifarious activities that occupied his days, his possessions, his utterances, his relationship to others, the extinguished flame that was his self, his journey towards the end and his after-life either side of the grave.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Black Sabbath & Philosophy Mastering Reality
    Black Sabbath & Philosophy Mastering Reality
    ISBN: 9781118397596
    Title: Black Sabbath & Philosophy Mastering Reality

    <b>A philosophical look at heavy metal′s dark masters of reality, Black Sabbath</b><p>Black Sabbath is one of the world′s most influential and enduring rock bands. Dubbed "the Beatles of heavy metal" by <i>Rolling Stone</i>, they helped to define a genre with classic songs like "Paranoid", "Iron Man", and "War Pigs", songs whose lyrics reveal hidden depth and philosophical insight. Their songs confront existential despair, social instability, political corruption, the horrors of war, and the nature of evil. This book explores the wide range of profound ideas in the band′s music and lyrics to help you understand Black Sabbath as never before.<ul><li>Discusses and debates essential Black Sabbath topics and themes, such as the problem of evil, "War Pigs" and the nature of just war theory, whether or not Sabbath is still Sabbath without Ozzy, and whether "evil is in the ear of the beholder"</li><li>Gives you new perspectives on Black Sabbath′s music and lyrics</li><li>Provides a deeper appreciation and understanding of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and Ronnie James Dio</li><li>Brings some of history′s heaviest thinkers to bear on the band′s music, from Aristotle and Nietzsche to Schopenhauer and Marx</ul><p>So . . . <i>can you help me, occupy my brain?</i> Yes! Start reading <i>Black Sabbath and Philosophy</i>.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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