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  • RELIGION FOR ATHEISTS : A NON BELIEVERS GUIDE TO THE USES OF RELIGION
    RELIGION FOR ATHEISTS : A NON BELIEVERS GUIDE TO THE USES OF RELIGION
    DE BOTTON ALAIN
    ISBN: 9780141046310
    Title: RELIGION FOR ATHEISTS : A NON BELIEVERS GUIDE TO THE USES OF RELIGION
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Rejects the supernatural claims of religion and points out just how many good ideas they sometimes have about how we should live. This book shows us a range of ideas on a range of topics, including relationships, work, culture, love and death - and that could be of use to all of us, irrespective of whether we do or don't believe.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • RETURN OF THE POLITICAL
    RETURN OF THE POLITICAL
    MOUFFE CHANTAL
    ISBN: 9781788738569
    Title: RETURN OF THE POLITICAL
    Author: MOUFFE CHANTAL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Chantal Mouffe is one of the most influential political theorists at work today. Her work has influenced political parties across Europe and continues to inform the direction of left politics. In this work, Mouffe argues that liberal democracy misunderstands the problems of ethnic, religious and nationalist conflicts because of its inadequate conception of politics.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • REVOLUTION AT THE GATES : ZIZEK ON LENIN THE 1917 WRITINGS
    REVOLUTION AT THE GATES : ZIZEK ON LENIN THE 1917 WRITINGS
    ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    ISBN: 9781844677146
    Title: REVOLUTION AT THE GATES : ZIZEK ON LENIN THE 1917 WRITINGS
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The idea of a Lenin renaissance might well provoke an outburst of sarcastic laughter. Marx is ok, but Lenin? Doesn't he stand for a monumental catastrophe that left an indelible mark on all of subsequent history and political thinking? Lenin, however, deserves wider consideration than this, and his writings of 1917 are testament to a formidable political figure. Zizek puts the 1917 writings in their historical context, while his extensive Afterword tackles the key question of whether this man can be reinvented in our era of cultural capitalism.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • RIGHTEOUS MIND : Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
    RIGHTEOUS MIND : Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
    HAIDT JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9780141039169
    Title: RIGHTEOUS MIND : Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
    Author: HAIDT JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why can it sometimes feel as though half the population is living in a different moral universe? Why do ideas such as 'fairness' and 'freedom' mean such different things to different people? And why do political views which conflict with our own often seem illogical? Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt reveals how the conflict, self-righteousness and hypocrisy that can make it so hard for us to get along are actually the natural expression of our moral minds. Drawing on twenty-five years of groundbreaking research, Haidt shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from intuition, and why we evolved to be this way. Morality binds and blinds, but this book will help you to see and understand your friends, enemies and fellow citizens as never before.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ROAD TO CHARACTER
    ROAD TO CHARACTER
    BROOKS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780141980362
    Title: ROAD TO CHARACTER
    Author: BROOKS DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How would you like to be remembered? In our success-driven lives, we can overlook what gives existence true meaning. This astonishing bestseller will help you on a journey to discover who you really are and embrace a simple truth: in order to fulfil yourself, you must learn to forget yourself.

    'Profound and eloquent.' Andrew Solomon

    'A powerful, haunting book that works its way beneath your skin.' Oliver Burkeman, Guardian

    'A hyper-readable, lucid, often richly detailed human story . . . In the age of the selfie, Brooks wishes to exhort us back to a semiclassical sense of self-restraint.' Pico Iyer, TheNew York Times Book Review

    'A pitch-perfect clarion call for awakening to the greatest rewards of living.' Maria Popova



    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ROLAND BARTHES BY ROLAND BARTHES
    ROLAND BARTHES BY ROLAND BARTHES
    BARTHES ROLAND
    ISBN: 9781784876500
    Title: ROLAND BARTHES BY ROLAND BARTHES
    Author: BARTHES ROLAND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The only autobiography by the great Roland Barthes, philosopher, literary theorist and semiotician.

    This is the autobiography of one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century. As idiosyncratic as its author, Barthes plays both commentator and subject to reveal his tastes, habits, passions and regrets. No event, relationship or thought is given priority over any other; no attempt to construct a narrative is made. And yet, via a series of vignettes, Barthes's life and views on a multitude of subjects emerge - from money and love to language and truth.

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ADAM PHILLIPS

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ROLAND BARTHES READER
    ROLAND BARTHES READER
    BARTHES ROLAND
    ISBN: 9780099224914
    Title: ROLAND BARTHES READER
    Author: BARTHES ROLAND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    At last, with A Barthes Reader, we have a sort of Michelin guide to one of the most beguiling minds of our era.

    Smartly introduced by Susan Sontag, the Reader samples Barthes' achievement over three decades' - Newsweek

    A selection of works by the French intellectual Roland Barthes, including seminal essays, such as 'Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narratives' as well as his more unusual works, such as 'The World of Wrestling'. 'Susan Sontag makes a convincing argument for Barthes the Great Writer...

    What is new about Barthes' posthumous reputation is the view of him as a writer whose books of criticism and personal musing must be admired as serious and beautiful works of the imagination' - New York Times Book Review

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • RUSSIAN THINKERS
    RUSSIAN THINKERS
    BERLIN ISAIAH
    ISBN: 9780141442204
    Title: RUSSIAN THINKERS
    Author: BERLIN ISAIAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Few, if any, English-language critics have written as perceptively as Isaiah Berlin about Russian thought and culture. Russian Thinkers is his unique meditation on the impact that Russia's outstanding writers and philosophers had on its culture. In addition to Tolstoy's philosophy of history, which he addresses in his most famous essay, 'The Hedgehog and the Fox,' Berlin considers the social and political circumstances that produced such men as Herzen, Bakunin, Turgenev, Belinsky, and others of the Russian intelligentsia, who made up, as Berlin describes, 'the largest single Russian contribution to social change in the world.'

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SAGES TAO TE CHING : 20th Anniversary Edition
    SAGES TAO TE CHING : 20th Anniversary Edition
    TUSINKI HANK
    ISBN: 9781615196432
    Title: SAGES TAO TE CHING : 20th Anniversary Edition
    Author: TUSINKI HANK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lao Tzu's TAO TE CHING, one of the world's most widely read books of wisdom, reminds its readers that the sage has been venerated in China for thousands of years. In this free-verse interpretation of the Tao, William Martin subtly and powerfully captures the complex emotions connected with growing older. He encourages today's sages to recognize their inestimable worth in a youth-centric world that often goes astray: 'Will I be able to harvest my life in compassion and love for the world? Will I find in my own heart the wisdom for which I long? This question trumps all others for me. I suspect it is the same for you.'

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SCHOOL OF LIFE : An Emotional Education
    SCHOOL OF LIFE : An Emotional Education
    DE BOTTON ALAIN
    ISBN: 9780241985830
    Title: SCHOOL OF LIFE : An Emotional Education
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What does it mean to live wisely and well in the twenty-first century? And how should we go about doing it?

    These are the most important questions to ask ourselves and the ones we most often avoid dealing with. This insightful, witty and generous book reveals one simple answer to the question of a good life- emotional intelligence.

    Emotional intelligence will not make you into a perfect person. It will not save you from moments of self-doubt, frustration or lost temper. Instead it will allow you to understand that these moments are completely normal, completely human, and that there is no such thing as perfect. There is only good enough - and that really is good enough.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SECOND MANIFESTO FOR PHILOSOPHY
    SECOND MANIFESTO FOR PHILOSOPHY
    BADIOU ALAIN
    ISBN: 9780745648620
    Title: SECOND MANIFESTO FOR PHILOSOPHY
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Twenty years ago, Alain Badiou's first Manifesto for Philosophy rose up against the all-pervasive proclamation of the "end" of philosophy. In lieu of this problematic of the end, he put forward the watchword: "one more step". The situation has considerably changed since then. Philosophy was threatened with obliteration at the time, whereas today it finds itself under threat for the diametrically opposed reason: it is endowed with an excessive, artificial existence. "Philosophy" is everywhere. It serves as a trademark for various media pundits. It livens up cafs and health clubs. It has its magazines and its gurus. It is universally called upon, by everything from banks to major state commissions, to pronounce on ethics, law and duty. In essence, "philosophy" has now come to stand for nothing other than its most ancient enemy: conservative ethics. Badiou's second manifesto therefore seeks to demoralize philosophy and to separate it from all those "philosophies" that are as servile as they are ubiquitous. It demonstrates the power of certain eternal truths to illuminate action and, as such, to transport philosophy far beyond the figure of "the human" and its "rights". There, well beyond all moralism, in the clear expanse of the idea, life becomes something radically other than survival.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $33.99

    Price: $33.99
  • SECOND MOUNTAIN : The Quest For A Moral Life
    SECOND MOUNTAIN : The Quest For A Moral Life
    BROOKS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780141990903
    Title: SECOND MOUNTAIN : The Quest For A Moral Life
    Author: BROOKS DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Are you on your first or second mountain? Is life about yourself or others? Are you self-improving or committed?

    Mainstream culture teaches us that human beings pursue our self-interest - money, power, fame. But at some point in our life we might discover that we're not interested in what other people tell us to want. We want to want the things that are truly worthy of wanting. At this point, you have moved to your second mountain.

    What does it mean to elevate your desires, to look beyond consumption and find a moral cause? To forget about independence and discover dependence - to be utterly enmeshed in a web of warm relationships? What does it mean to want intimacy, devotion, responsibility and commitment above individual freedom? In The Second Mountain David Brooks explores the meaning and possibilities that scaling a second mountain offer us, and the four commitments that most commonly move us there- family, vocation, philosophy and community. Inspiring, personal and full of joy, this is the start of a deeper journey into the world.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SENSORIA : Thinkers for the Twentieth-first Century
    SENSORIA : Thinkers for the Twentieth-first Century
    WARK MCKENZIE
    ISBN: 9781788735063
    Title: SENSORIA : Thinkers for the Twentieth-first Century
    Author: WARK MCKENZIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As we face the compounded crises of late capitalism, environmental catastrophe and technological transformation, who are the thinkers and the ideas who will allow us to understand the world we live in? McKenzie Wark surveys three areas at the cutting edge of current critical thinking- design, environment, technology and introduces us to the thinking of nineteen major writers. Each chapter is a concise account of an individual thinker, providing useful context and connections to the work of the others.
    The authors include- Sianne Ngai, Kodwo Eshun, Lisa Nakamura, Hito Steyerl, Yves Citton, Randy Martin, Jackie Wang, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Achille Mbembe, Deborah Danowich and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Eyal Weizman, Cory Doctorow, Benjamin Bratton, Tiziana Terranova, Keller Easterling, Jussi Parikka.
    Wark argues that we are too often told that expertise is obtained by specialisation. Sensoria connects the themes and arguments across intellectual silos. They explore the edges of disciplines to show how we might know the world- through the study of culture, the different notions of how we create such things, and the impact that the machines that we devise have had upon us. The book is a vital and timely introduction to the future both as a warning but also as a road map on how we might find our way out of the current crisis.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SEVEN TYPES OF ATHEISM
    SEVEN TYPES OF ATHEISM
    GRAY JOHN
    ISBN: 9780141981109
    Title: SEVEN TYPES OF ATHEISM
    Author: GRAY JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When you explore older atheisms, you will find some of your firmest convictions - secular or religious - are highly questionable. If this prospect disturbs you, what you are looking for may be freedom from thought.'For a generation now, public debate has been corroded by a shrill, narrow derision of religion in the name of an often very vaguely understood 'science'. John Gray's stimulating and extremely enjoyable new book describes the rich, complex world of the atheist tradition, a tradition which he sees as in many ways as rich as that of religion itself, as well as being deeply intertwined with what is so often crudely viewed as its 'opposite'. The result is a book that sheds an extraordinary and varied light on what it is to be human and on the thinkers who have, at different times and places, battled to understand this issue.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • SEX AND THE FAILED ABSOLUTE
    SEX AND THE FAILED ABSOLUTE
    ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    ISBN: 9781350202412
    Title: SEX AND THE FAILED ABSOLUTE
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: March 2021 New Release

    In the most rigorous articulation of his philosophical system to date, Slavoj Zizek provides nothing short of a new definition of dialectical materialism.
    In forging this new materialism, Zizek critiques and challenges not only the work of Alain Badiou, Robert Brandom, Joan Copjec, Quentin Meillassoux, and Julia Kristeva (to name but a few), but everything from popular science and quantum mechanics to sexual difference and analytic philosophy. Alongside striking images of the Mubius strip, the cross-cap, and the Klein bottle, i ek brings alive the Hegelian triad of being-essence-notion. Radical new readings of Hegel, and Kant, sit side by side with characteristically lively commentaries on film, politics, and culture.
    Here is Zizek at his interrogative best.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • SEXUALITY IN THE FIELD OF VISION
    SEXUALITY IN THE FIELD OF VISION
    ROSE JACQUELINE
    ISBN: 9781788738620
    Title: SEXUALITY IN THE FIELD OF VISION
    Author: ROSE JACQUELINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A pivotal work in the history of feminism and a groundbreaking intervention into film theory, Sexuality in the Field of Vision is a brilliantly original exploration of the interface between feminism, psychoanalysis, semiotics and film theory

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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