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  • SILENCE IN THE AGE OF NOISE
    SILENCE IN THE AGE OF NOISE
    KAGGE ERLING
    ISBN: 9780241309889
    Title: SILENCE IN THE AGE OF NOISE
    Author: KAGGE ERLING
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Behind a cacophony of traffic noise, iPhone alerts and our ever-spinning thoughts, an elusive notion - silence - lies in wait. But what really is silence? Where can it be found? And why is it more important now than ever?

    Erling Kagge, the Norwegian adventurer and polymath, once spent fifty days walking solo in Antarctica with a broken radio. In this meditative, charming and surprisingly powerful book, he explores the power of silence and the importance of shutting out the world. Whether you're in deep wilderness, taking a shower or on the dance floor, you can experience perfect stillness if you know where to look. And from it grows self-knowledge, gratitude, wonder and much more.

    Take a deep breath, and prepare to submerge yourself in Silence. Your own South Pole is out there, somewhere.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SINGULAR UNIVERSE AND THE REALITY OF TIME :  A Proposal in Natural Philosophy
    SINGULAR UNIVERSE AND THE REALITY OF TIME : A Proposal in Natural Philosophy
    UNGER ROBERTO MANGABEIRA / SMOLIN LEE
    ISBN: 9781107074064
    Title: SINGULAR UNIVERSE AND THE REALITY OF TIME : A Proposal in Natural Philosophy
    Author: UNGER ROBERTO MANGABEIRA / SMOLIN LEE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Cosmology is in crisis. The more we discover, the more puzzling the universe
    appears to be. How and why are the laws of nature what they are?

    A philosopher and a physicist, world-renowned for their radical ideas in their fields, argue for a revolution. To keep cosmology scientific, we must replace the old view in which the universe is governed by immutable laws by a new
    one in which laws evolve. Then we can hope to explain them. The revolution that Roberto Mangabeira Unger and Lee Smolin propose relies on three central ideas. There is only one universe at a time. Time is real: everything in the
    structure and regularities of nature changes sooner or later. Mathematics, which has trouble with time, is not the oracle of nature and the prophet of science; it is simply a tool with great power and immense limitations. The argument is readily accessible to non-scientists as well as to the physicists and cosmologists whom it challenges.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $38.99

    Price: $38.99
  • SKIN IN THE GAME : Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
    SKIN IN THE GAME : Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
    TALEB NASSIM NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780141982656
    Title: SKIN IN THE GAME : Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
    Author: TALEB NASSIM NICHOLAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why should we never listen to people who explain rather than do? Why do companies go bust? How is it that we have more slaves today than in Roman times? Why does imposing democracy on other countries never work? The answer- too many people running the world don't have skin in the game. In this provocative book, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows that skin in the game applies to all aspects of our lives. It's about having something to lose and taking a risk. Citizens, lab experimenters, artisans, political activists and hedge fund traders all have skin in the game. Policy wonks, corporate executives, theoreticians, bankers and most journalists don't.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SOCIETY MUST BE DEFENDED
    SOCIETY MUST BE DEFENDED
    FOUCAULT MICHEL
    ISBN: 9780241435168
    Title: SOCIETY MUST BE DEFENDED
    Author: FOUCAULT MICHEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Society Must Be Defended is taken from a series of lectures given by Foucault at the College de France in 1975-76. Using war to analyse power relations, he contended that politics is ultimately a continuation of battlefield violence, and that ingrained ideas of sovereignty and individual rights are attempts to refute the fact that all power relations are based on domination. Coloured with brilliant historical examples, Foucault draws from many periods in both England and France, with wonderful digressions into subjects as diverse as classical French tragedy and the gothic novel.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • SOLITUDE : In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World
    SOLITUDE : In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World
    HARRIS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781847947666
    Title: SOLITUDE : In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World
    Author: HARRIS MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Solitude is a rapidly vanishing experience. Our society now embraces sharing like never before- time alone is being forced out of our lives by the constant pings of smartphones and pokes of social media. But what if being alone still has something to offer us - something we have forgotten, but that we still desperately need?

    In Solitude, award-winning author Michael Harris examines why being alone matters now more than ever before. He reflects on the paradoxical feeling of isolation that emerges from being constantly connected - and on how learning the beauty of solitude can help us escape it. After all, it is when we are alone that we realise the greatest truths about ourselves. Being alone - really alone - could be the only antidote to the frenzy of our digital age.

    Rich with stories about the transformative power of solitude, and drawing on the research of the world's leading neuroscientists and behavioural psychologists, Solitude offers a timely and profound exploration of how to be alone - and why it matters for us all.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SPIRITUAL WRITINGS : A NEW TRANSLATION AND SELECTION
    SPIRITUAL WRITINGS : A NEW TRANSLATION AND SELECTION
    KIERKEGAARD SOREN
    ISBN: 9780061875991
    Title: SPIRITUAL WRITINGS : A NEW TRANSLATION AND SELECTION
    Author: KIERKEGAARD SOREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The rediscovered spiritual writings of Soren Kierkegaard, edited and translated by Oxford theologian George Pattison

    The New Yorker Harper Perennial Modern Classics presents the rediscovered spiritual writings of Søren Kierkegaard, edited and translated by Oxford theologian George Pattison. Called "the first modernist" by The Guardian and "the father of existentialism" by the New York Times, Kierkegaard left an indelible imprint on existential writers from Sartre and Camus to Kafka and Derrida.

    In works like Fear and Trembling, Sickness unto Death, and Either/Or, he by famously articulated that all meaning is rooted in subjective experience-but the devotional essays that Patterson reveals in Spiritual Writings will forever change our understanding of the great philosopher, uncovering the spiritual foundations beneath his secularist philosophy.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • STATUS ANXIETY
    STATUS ANXIETY
    DE BOTTON ALAIN
    ISBN: 9780141014869
    Title: STATUS ANXIETY
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Status Anxiety, bestselling author Alain de Botton sets out to understand our universal fear of failure - and how we might change.

    We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer - to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment - from status anxiety.

    For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to this universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions. He looks at history, philosophy, economics, art and politics - and reveals the many ingenious ways that great minds have overcome their worries. The result is a book that is not only entertaining and thought-provoking - but genuinely wise and helpful as well.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • STILLNESS IS THE KEY
    STILLNESS IS THE KEY
    HOLIDAY RYAN
    ISBN: 9781788162050
    Title: STILLNESS IS THE KEY
    Author: HOLIDAY RYAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Throughout history, there's been one indelible quality that great leaders, makers, artists and fighters have shared. The Zen Buddhists described it as inner peace, the Stoics called it ataraxia and Ryan Holiday calls it stillness: the ability to be steady, focussed and calm in a constantly busy world.

    This quality, valued by every major school of thought from Buddha to Seneca, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, is urgently necessary today. And, Holiday shows, it is entirely attainable. Just as Winston Churchill used bricklaying as a time to recharge and reflect, or Oprah Winfrey learned deep empathy from her quiet childhood, we can all benefit from stillness to feed into our greater ambitions - whether winning a battle, building a business, or simply finding happiness, peace and self-direction.

    Filled with wisdom and examples from historical and contemporary figures, this book shows how to cultivate this quality in your own life. Because stillness is not merely inactivity, but the doorway to the self-mastery, discipline and focus necessary to succeed in this competitive, noisy world.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • STOIC GUIDE TO A HAPPY LIFE
    STOIC GUIDE TO A HAPPY LIFE
    PIGLIUCCI MASSIMO
    ISBN: 9781846046674
    Title: STOIC GUIDE TO A HAPPY LIFE
    Author: PIGLIUCCI MASSIMO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Learn how to survive life's hardships and enjoy its pleasures with the modern stoic mindset.

    For more than two thousand years, stoicism has offered a message of resilience in the face of hardship. Stoicism's resonance and influence is still as important today as more of us turn to its wisdom in modern times.

    In The Stoic Guide to a Happy Life philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers a thoughtful, practical reinterpretation of Epictetus' 53 lessons for living a good life from his foundational Handbook. Each lesson offers a simple piece of wisdom to help tackle the challenges of daily life- from transforming the way you relate to colleagues, friends and loved ones to embracing the grief that follows loss.

    This enlightening book will help you to reclaim the power of your emotional response and let go of the things you can't control. It is your essential guide to channelling a happy stoic mindset.

    Imprint: RIDER
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • STOP BEING REASONABLE
    STOP BEING REASONABLE
    GORDON-SMITH ELEANOR
    ISBN: 9781742235875
    Title: STOP BEING REASONABLE
    Author: GORDON-SMITH ELEANOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What if you?re not who you think you are? What if you don?t really know the people closest to you? And what if your most deeply-held beliefs turn out to be?wrong? In Stop Being Reasonable, philosopher Eleanor Gordon-Smith tells gripping true stories that show the limits of human reason. Susie realises her husband harbours a terrible secret, Dylan leaves the cult he?s been raised in since birth, after impersonating someone else for a month on reality TV, Alex discovers he can no longer return to his former identity, all of them radically altering their beliefs about the things that matter most. What makes them change course? What does this say about our own beliefs? And, in an increasingly divided world, what does it teach us about how we might change the minds of others? Inspiring, perceptive and full of moving stories, Stop Being Reasonable is an illuminating exploration of the place where philosophy and real life meet.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES : Making Meaning in a Meaningless Universe
    STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES : Making Meaning in a Meaningless Universe
    HOLLOWAY RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781786899934
    Title: STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES : Making Meaning in a Meaningless Universe
    Author: HOLLOWAY RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Throughout history we have told ourselves stories to try and make sense of what it all means: our place in a small corner of one of billions of galaxies, at the end of billions of years of existence. In this new book Richard Holloway takes us on a personal, scientific and philosophical journey to explore what he believes the answers to the biggest of questions are. He examines what we know about the universe into which - without any choice in the matter - we are propelled at birth and from which we are expelled at death, the stories we have told about where we come from, and the stories we tell to get through this muddling experience of life.

    Thought-provoking, revelatory, compassionate and playful, Stories We Tell Ourselves is a personal reckoning with life's mysteries by one of the most important and beloved thinkers of our time.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • STORY OF PHILOSOPHY
    STORY OF PHILOSOPHY
    GARVEY JAMES / STANGROOM JEREMY
    ISBN: 9781780877532
    Title: STORY OF PHILOSOPHY
    Author: GARVEY JAMES / STANGROOM JEREMY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Story of Philosophy sees philosophy for what it is: a passionate, exhilarating quest for human understanding that cannot be reduced to dry categories or simple definitions. It's a story with plot twists, a murder, accidental discoveries, disastrous love affairs, geniuses, idiots, monks, and vagabonds. At the heart of it all are the ideas and obsessions that have captured great thinkers from the very beginning.

    Packed with intriguing anecdotes and fascinating detail, James Garvey and Jeremy Stangroom bring us face to face with the most important philosophers in western history. Rigorous, refreshingly free of academic jargon, and highly accessible, this is the ideal introduction for anyone who wants to gain a new perspective on philosophy's biggest thoughts.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $27.00

    Price: $27.00
  • STRANGERS AT OUR DOOR
    STRANGERS AT OUR DOOR
    BAUMAN ZYGMUNT
    ISBN: 9781509512171
    Title: STRANGERS AT OUR DOOR
    Author: BAUMAN ZYGMUNT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Refugees from the violence of wars and the brutality of famished lives have knocked on other people's doors since the beginning of time. For the people behind the doors, these uninvited guests were always strangers, and strangers tend to generate fear and anxiety precisely because they are unknown.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $20.99

    Price: $20.99
  • SUBLIME OBJECT OF IDEOLOGY
    SUBLIME OBJECT OF IDEOLOGY
    ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    ISBN: 9781844673001
    Title: SUBLIME OBJECT OF IDEOLOGY
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Slavoj Zizek, the maverick philosopher, author of over 30 books, acclaimed as the "Elvis of cultural theory," and today's most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture, literature and jokes all to provide acute analyses of the complexities of contemporary ideology as well as a serious and sophisticated philosophy. His recent films The Pervert's Guide to the Cinema and Zizek! reveal a theorist at the peak of his powers and a skilled communicator. Now Verso is making his classic titles, each of which stand as a core of his ever-expanding life's work, available as new editions. Each is beautifully re-packaged, including new introductions from Zizek himself. Simply put, they are the essential texts for understanding Zizek's thought and thus cornerstones of contemporary philosophy.


    Review: "Zizek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation" New Yorker

    "The giant of Ljubljana provides the best intellectual high since Anti-Oedipus." The Village Voice

    "The Elvis of cultural theory." Chronicle of Higher Education
    "Unafraid of confrontation and with a near limitless grasp of pop symbolism" The Times

    "Zizek is a thinker who regards nothing as outside his field: the result is deeply interesting and provocative." Guardian

    "The most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged in many decades." Terry Eagleton

    "Zizek is one of the few living writers to combine theoretical rigor with compulsive readability." Publishers Weekly"



    Author Biography: Slavoj Zizek is the maverick philosopher, author of over 30 books and acclaimed as the 'Elvis of cultural theory', is today's most controversial public intellectual.


    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SUMMER WITH MONTAIGNE : On The Art of Living Well
    SUMMER WITH MONTAIGNE : On The Art of Living Well
    COMPAGNON ANTOINE
    ISBN: 9781609455309
    Title: SUMMER WITH MONTAIGNE : On The Art of Living Well
    Author: COMPAGNON ANTOINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In his writing and his person, Michel de Montaigne embodied the Humanist ideal. He stands at the start of the French Renaissance in philosophy and literature. But what does Montaigne have to tell us about how to think and live today? In forty short and lively chapters written over a single summer, Antoine Compagnon seeks answers to that question. Compagnon and his subject are congenial, erudite companions. Both are vivid reminders that while ever there are people willing to consider carefully, observe passionately, and speak measuredly, there is hope.

    A few years ago, Antoine Compagnon was asked to host a radio broadcast, every day for an entire summer, on a formidable subject: Michel de Montaigne. From that experience came this engaging and entertaining book, A Summer with Montaigne. An intelligent and thought-provoking treatise in forty chapters that will introduce readers unfamiliar with Montaigne to his unique brilliance and remind those who already know Montaigne’s work of its vitality, force, and enduring timeliness.

    Compagnon breathes life into the musings of Montaigne, approaching his subject not as the recluse many imagine him to have been, but rather a multi-faceted individual of complex thought and astonishing analytical prowess. Once the mayor of Bordeaux, Montaigne was a committed spirit of his time, advising his powerful contemporaries and always in touch with the questions and concerns of the moment, of which many remain pressing today. Composed over a period of twenty years, Montaigne’s Essays deal with timeless themes. From the problems posed by religion, war, power and friendship to the ridiculousness of our weaknesses, Montaigne’s Essays remain a moving commentary on what it means to be a human being in any age.

    Imprint: Europa Editions
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SYSTEM OF OBJECTS
    SYSTEM OF OBJECTS
    BAUDRILLARD JEAN
    ISBN: 9781788738545
    Title: SYSTEM OF OBJECTS
    Author: BAUDRILLARD JEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The System of Objects is a tour de force a theoretical letter-in-a-bottle tossed into the ocean in 1968, which brilliantly communicates to us all the live ideas of the day offering a cultural critique of the commodity in consumer society.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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