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  • 100 GREAT BOOKS OF LIBERTY : ESSENTIAL INTRODUCTION TO THE GREATEST IDEA OF WESTERN CIVILISATION
    100 GREAT BOOKS OF LIBERTY : ESSENTIAL INTRODUCTION TO THE GREATEST IDEA OF WESTERN CIVILISATION
    BERG CHRIS (ED)
    ISBN: 9781921421570
    Title: 100 GREAT BOOKS OF LIBERTY : ESSENTIAL INTRODUCTION TO THE GREATEST IDEA OF WESTERN CIVILISATION
    Author: BERG CHRIS (ED)
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dozens of Australia's best thinkers, writers and commentators reassess the books that provide the foundation for liberty and democracy in Australia and around the world. From Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations to Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, Australian freedom has been influenced by the greatest ideas from around the world. Australian authors.



    Imprint: CONNORCOURT
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 50 GREAT MYTHS ABOUT ATHEISM
    50 GREAT MYTHS ABOUT ATHEISM
    BLACKFORD RUSSELL
    ISBN: 9780470674055
    Title: 50 GREAT MYTHS ABOUT ATHEISM
    Author: BLACKFORD RUSSELL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page. The authors rebut claims that range from atheism being just another religion to the alleged atrocities committed in its name.

    Imprint: WILEY
    RRP: $31.95
    Price: $31.95
  • 50 PHILOSOPHY CLASSICS : Your Shortcut to the Most Important Ideas on Being Truth and Meaning
    50 PHILOSOPHY CLASSICS : Your Shortcut to the Most Important Ideas on Being Truth and Meaning
    BUTLER-BOWDON TOM
    ISBN: 9781473655423
    Title: 50 PHILOSOPHY CLASSICS : Your Shortcut to the Most Important Ideas on Being Truth and Meaning
    Author: BUTLER-BOWDON TOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The greatest philosophy books distilled, in the relaunch of the bestselling 50 Classics series.

    For over 2000 years, philosophy has been our best guide to the experience of being human, and the true nature of reality.

    From Aristotle, Plato, Epicurus, Confucius, Cicero and Heraclitus in ancient times to 17th century rationalists Descartes, Leibniz and Spinoza, from 20th-century greats Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Baudrillard and Simone de Beauvoir to contemporary thinkers Michael Sandel, Peter Singer and Slavoj Zizek, 50 PHILOSOPHY CLASSICS explores key writings that have shaped the discipline and had an impact on the real world.

    Philosophy can no longer be confined to academia, and 50 PHILOSOPHY CLASSICS shows how powerful it can be as a tool for opening our minds and helping us think. Whether you are fascinated or daunted by the big questions of how to think, how to be, how to act and how to see, this is the perfect introduction to some of humanity's greatest minds and their landmark books.

    Imprint: NICHOLAS BREALEY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ABSENCE OF MIND
    ABSENCE OF MIND
    ROBINSON MARILYNNE
    ISBN: 9780300171471
    Title: ABSENCE OF MIND
    Author: ROBINSON MARILYNNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this ambitious book, acclaimed writer Marilynne Robinson applies her astute intellect to some of the most vexing topics in the history of human thought-science, religion, and consciousness. Crafted with the same care and insight as her award-winning novels, Absence of Mind challenges postmodern atheists who crusade against religion under the banner of science. In Robinson's view, scientific reasoning does not denote a sense of logical infallibility, as thinkers like Richard Dawkins might suggest. Instead, in its purest form, science represents a search for answers. It engages the problem of knowledge, an aspect of the mystery of consciousness, rather than providing a simple and final model of reality. By defending the importance of individual reflection, Robinson celebrates the power and variety of human consciousness in the tradition of William James. She explores the nature of subjectivity and considers the culture in which Sigmund Freud was situated and its influence on his model of self and civilization. Through keen interpretations of language, emotion, science, and poetry, Absence of Mind restores human consciousness to its central place in the religion-science debate.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $25.95

    Price: $25.95
  • ABSOLUTE RECOIL : TOWARDS A NEW FOUNDATION OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALSIM
    ABSOLUTE RECOIL : TOWARDS A NEW FOUNDATION OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALSIM
    ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    ISBN: 9781784781996
    Title: ABSOLUTE RECOIL : TOWARDS A NEW FOUNDATION OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALSIM
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    At the outset of the twentieth century, Lenin argued that materialism has to change its form with each new scientific discovery. Today, argues Slavoj Zizek in this major new work, we should apply this stricture to Lenin himself. Philosophical materialism has not yet risen to the challenge of relativity theory and quantum physics, or breakthroughs like Freudian psychoanalysis-and we need hardly mention the failure of actually existing Communism. In Absolute Recoil, Zizek proposes a new foundation for dialectical materialism that answers these fundamental challenges.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AESTHETIC THEORY
    AESTHETIC THEORY
    ADORNO THEODOR W
    ISBN: 9781780936598
    Title: AESTHETIC THEORY
    Author: ADORNO THEODOR W
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Theodor Adorno (1903-69) was undoubtedly the foremost thinker of the Frankfurt School, the influential group of German thinkers that fled to the US in the 1930s, including such thinkers as Herbert Marcuse and Max Horkheimer. His work has proved enormously influential in sociology, philosophy and cultural theory. Aesthetic Theory is Adorno's posthumous magnum opus and the culmination of a lifetime's investigation. Analysing the sublime, the ugly and the beautiful, Adorno shows how such concepts frame and distil human experience and that it is human experience that ultimately underlies aesthetics. In Adorno's formulation Aart is the sedimented history of human misery'.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AGAINST THE DOUBLE BLACKMAIL : Refugees Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbours
    AGAINST THE DOUBLE BLACKMAIL : Refugees Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbours
    ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    ISBN: 9780141984124
    Title: AGAINST THE DOUBLE BLACKMAIL : Refugees Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbours
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Today, hundreds of thousands of people, desperate to escape war, violence and poverty, are crossing the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Europe. Our response from our protected European standpoint, argues Slavoj Zizek, offers two versions of ideological blackmail: either we open our doors as widely as possible; or we try to pull up the drawbridge. Both solutions are bad, states Zizek. They merely prolong the problem, rather than tackling it.

    The refugee crisis also presents an opportunity, a unique chance for Europe to redefine itself: but, if we are to do so, we have to start raising unpleasant and difficult questions. We must also acknowledge that large migrations are our future: only then can we commit to a carefully prepared process of change, one founded not on a community that see the excluded as a threat, but one that takes as its basis the shared substance of our social being.

    The only way, in other words, to get to the heart of one of the greatest issues confronting Europe today is to insist on the global solidarity of the exploited and oppressed. Maybe such solidarity is a utopia. But, warns Zizek, if we don't engage in it, then we are really lost. And we will deserve to be lost.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AGAMBEN AND THE POLITICS OF HUMAN RIGHTS : STATELESSNESS IMAGES VIOLENCE
    AGAMBEN AND THE POLITICS OF HUMAN RIGHTS : STATELESSNESS IMAGES VIOLENCE
    LECHTE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781474403054
    Title: AGAMBEN AND THE POLITICS OF HUMAN RIGHTS : STATELESSNESS IMAGES VIOLENCE
    Author: LECHTE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2015 NEW RELEASE

    Human rights are in crisis today. Everywhere one looks, there is violence, deprivation, and oppression, which human rights norms seem powerless to prevent. This book investigates the roots of the current crisis through the thought of Italian philosopher, Giorgio Agamben. Human rights theory and practice must come to grips with key problems identified by Agamben the violence of the sovereign state of exception and the reduction of humanity to bare life. Any renewal of human rights today must involve breaking decisively with the traditional coordinates of Western political thought and instead affirm a new understanding of life and political action.

    Imprint: EDINBURGH UNI PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • AGE OF ABSURDITY : WHY MODERN LIFE MAKES IT HARD TO BE HAPPY
    AGE OF ABSURDITY : WHY MODERN LIFE MAKES IT HARD TO BE HAPPY
    FOLEY MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781847396273
    Title: AGE OF ABSURDITY : WHY MODERN LIFE MAKES IT HARD TO BE HAPPY
    Author: FOLEY MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The good news is that the great thinkers from history have proposed the same strategies for happiness and fulfilment. The bad news is that these turn out to be the very things most discouraged by contemporary culture. This knotty dilemma is the subject of The Age of Absurdity - a wry and accessible investigation into how the desirable states of wellbeing and satisfaction are constantly undermined by modern life.

    Michael Foley examines the elusive condition of happiness common to philosophy, spiritual teachings and contemporary psychology, then shows how these are becoming increasingly difficult to apply in a world of high expectations. The common challenges of earning a living, maintaining a relationship and ageing are becoming battlegrounds of existential angst and self-loathing in a culture that demands conspicuous consumption, high-octane partnerships and perpetual youth. In conclusion, rather than denouncing and rejecting the age, Foley presents an entertaining strategy of not just accepting but embracing today's world - finding happiness in its absurdity.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AGE OF GENIUS : THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY AND THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN MIND
    AGE OF GENIUS : THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY AND THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN MIND
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9781408870389
    Title: AGE OF GENIUS : THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY AND THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN MIND
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Best-selling author A. C. Grayling explains how, fuelled by original and unorthodox thinking, war and technological invention, the seventeenth century became the crucible of modernity


    What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could burst from the ground, and 1649, when a large crowd, perhaps including some who had seen Macbeth forty-four years earlier, could stand and watch the execution of a king? Or consider the difference between a magus casting a star chart and the day in 1639, when Jonathan Horrock and William Crabtree watched the transit of Venus across the face of the sun from their attic, successfully testing its course against Kepler's Tables of Planetary Motion, in a classic case of confirming a scientific theory by empirical testing.

    In this turbulent period, science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo, from the classicism of Aristotle, still favoured by the Church, to the evidence-based, collegiate investigation of Francis Bacon. And if the old ways still lingered and affected the new mind set - Descartes's dualism an attempt to square the new philosophy with religious belief; Newton, the man who understood gravity and the laws of motion, still fascinated to the end of his life by alchemy - by the end of that tumultuous century 'the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity' had irrevocably taken place.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • AGE OF NOTHING : HOW WE HAVE SOUGHT TO LIVE SINCE THE DEATH OF GOD
    AGE OF NOTHING : HOW WE HAVE SOUGHT TO LIVE SINCE THE DEATH OF GOD
    WATSON PETER
    ISBN: 9780753828106
    Title: AGE OF NOTHING : HOW WE HAVE SOUGHT TO LIVE SINCE THE DEATH OF GOD
    Author: WATSON PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A dazzling investigation into psychology, art and religion; the demise of capitalism; and the beginning of a new era from the author of IDEAS.

    The closing months of 2008 saw the world's nations united in financial uncertainty. Amid endless reports of collapsing stock markets, failed banks, fiscal fraud and snowballing unemployment, THE AGE OF NOTHING offers a compelling insight into the demise of capitalism and the beginning of a new era.

    Peter Watson's scintillating thesis argues that the unprecedented credit crunch of 2008 was the result of a fundamental change in the fabric of society - one that became truly visible only as it reached its culmination.

    In a commanding narrative, Watson provides a historical perspective on the shift in our attitudes towards capitalism, while exploring the philosophical roots that underpin it. Of central importance in Watson's theory is Nietzsche's warning regarding mankind's responsibility for 'the death of God' - and the consequences thereof. Nietzsche's views on the frailty of human values in a world bereft of religious faith were echoed by writers including Tolstoy, Marx and Kandinsky - and his chilling message went on to resonate with thinkers throughout the 20th century. When Max Weber called the modern world 'disenchanted', and argued that society must choose to create a new value system based on knowledge or else surrender and embrace a religious faith, he was the latest in a long line of intellectuals attempting to address the problem Nietzsche had laid bare.

    With the arrival of THE AGE OF NOTHING, the line continues. The work fills a crucial gap in our intellectual history and serves as a comprehensive study of society's current predicament - as well as a timely answer to the question of what to do next.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AGNOSTIC : A Spirited Manifesto
    AGNOSTIC : A Spirited Manifesto
    HAZLETON LESLEY
    ISBN: 9781594634147
    Title: AGNOSTIC : A Spirited Manifesto
    Author: HAZLETON LESLEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    A widely admired writer on religion celebrates agnosticism as the most vibrant, engaging—and ultimately the most honest - stance toward the mysteries of existence.

    One in four Americans rejects any affiliation with organized religion, and nearly half of those under thirty describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” But as the airwaves resound with the haranguing of preachers and pundits, who speaks for the millions who find no joy in whittling the wonder of existence to a simple yes/no choice?

    Lesley Hazleton does. In this provocative, brilliant book, she gives voice to the case for agnosticism, breaks it free of its stereotypes as watered-down atheism or amorphous “seeking,” and celebrates it as a reasoned, revealing, and sustaining stance toward life. Stepping over the lines imposed by rigid conviction, she draws on philosophy, theology, psychology, science, and more to explore, with curiosity and passion, the vital role of mystery in a deceptively information-rich world; to ask what we mean by the search for meaning; to invoke the humbling yet elating perspective of infinity; to challenge received ideas about death; and to reconsider what “the soul” might be. Inspired and inspiring, Agnostic recasts the question of belief not as a problem to be solved but as an invitation to an ongoing, open-ended adventure of the mind.

    Imprint: RIVERHEAD BOOKS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • AGONY OF EROS
    AGONY OF EROS
    HAN BYUNG-CHUL
    ISBN: 9780262533379
    Title: AGONY OF EROS
    Author: HAN BYUNG-CHUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Byung-Chul Han is one of the most widely read philosophers in Europe today, a member of the new generation of German thinkers that includes Markus Gabriel and Armen Avanessian. In The Agony of Eros, a bestseller in Germany, Han considers the threat to love and desire in today's society. For Han, love requires the courage to accept self-negation for the sake of discovering the Other. In a world of fetishized individualism and technologically mediated social interaction, it is the Other that is eradicated, not the self. In today's increasingly narcissistic society, we have come to look for love and desire within the 'inferno of the same.'? Han offers a survey of the threats to Eros, drawing on a wide range of sources - Lars von Trier's film Melancholia, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Fifty Shades of Grey, Michel Foucault (providing a scathing critique of Foucault's valorization of power), Martin Buber, Hegel, Baudrillard, Flaubert, Barthes, Plato, and others. Han considers the 'pornographication'? of society, and shows how pornography profanes eros; addresses capitalism's leveling of essential differences; and discusses the politics of rros in today's 'burnout society.'? To be dead to love, Han argues, is to be dead to thought itself. Concise in its expression but unsparing in its insight, The Agony of Eros is an important and provocative entry in Han's ongoing analysis of contemporary society. This remarkable essay, an intellectual experience of the first order, affords one of the best ways to gain full awareness of and join in one of the most pressing struggles of the day: the defense, that is to say'as Rimbaud desired it'the 'reinvention'? of love.'from the foreword by Alain Badiou

    Imprint: MIT PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALTRUISM
    ALTRUISM
    RICARD MATTHIEU
    ISBN: 9780857896995
    Title: ALTRUISM
    Author: RICARD MATTHIEU
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Happiness, Matthieu Ricard demonstrated that true happiness is not tied to fleeting moments or sensations, but is an enduring state of soul rooted in mindfulness and compassion for others. Now he turns his lens from the personal to the global, with a rousing argument that altruism - genuine concern for the well-being of others - could be the saving grace of the 21st century...Altruism is, he believes, the vital thread that can answer the main challenges of our time: the economy in the short term, life satisfaction in the mid-term, and environment in the long term. Ricard's message has been taken up by major economists and thinkers, including Dennis Snower, Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, and George Soros.

    Matthieu Ricard makes a robust and passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion as the best means for simultaneously benefitting ourselves and our society. It's a fresh outlook on an ardent struggle - and one that just might make the world a better place.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AMERICA
    AMERICA
    BAUDRILLARD JEAN
    ISBN: 9781844676828
    Title: AMERICA
    Author: BAUDRILLARD JEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In America, France's leading philosopher of postmodernism took to the freeways to produce a collection of traveler's tales from the land of hyperreality. From the sierras of New Mexico to the streets of New York and LA by night-- a sort of luminous, geometric, incandescent immensityA"--Baudrillard mixes apercus and observations with a wicked sense of fun to provide a unique insight into the country that dominates the world. In this new edition, leading cultural critic and novelist Geoff Dyer offers a thoughtful and perceptive take on the continuing resonance of Baudrillard's book in Obama's America.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY: THE BASICS
    AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY: THE BASICS
    STANLICK NANCY
    ISBN: 9780415689700
    Title: AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY: THE BASICS
    Author: STANLICK NANCY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    American Philosophy: The Basics introduces the history of American thought from early Calvinists to the New England Transcendentalists and from contract theory to contemporary African American philosophy. The key question it asks is: what it is that makes American Philosophy unique? This lively and compelling book moves through key periods in the development of American thought from the founding fathers to the transcendentalists and pragmatists to contemporary social commentators. Readers are introduced to: Some of the most important thinkers in American history including Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Paine, Charles Sanders Pierce, Thomas Kuhn, Cornel West and many more Developments in five key areas of thought: epistemology, metaphysics, religion and ethics, social philosophy, and political philosophy The contributions of American women, African-Americans and Native Americans. Featuring suggestions for further reading and assuming no prior knowledge of philosophy, this is an ideal first introduction for anyone studying or interested in the history of American thought.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
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