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  • ANTI-BADIOU : The Introduction of Maoism into Philosophy
    ANTI-BADIOU : The Introduction of Maoism into Philosophy
    LARUELLE FRANCOIS
    ISBN: 9781350009080
    Title: ANTI-BADIOU : The Introduction of Maoism into Philosophy
    Author: LARUELLE FRANCOIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This compelling and highly original book represents a confrontation between two of the most radical thinkers at work in France today: Alain Badiou and the author, François Laruelle.

    At face value, the two have much in common: both espouse a position of absolute immanence; both argue that philosophy is conditioned by science; and both command a pluralism of thought. Anti-Badiou relates the parallel stories of Badiou's Maoist 'ontology of the void' and Laruelle's own performative practice of 'non-philosophy' and explains why the two are in fact radically different. Badiou's entire project aims to re-educate philosophy through one science: mathematics. Laruelle carefully examines Badiou's Being and Event and shows how Badiou has created a new aristocracy that crowns his own philosophy as the master of an entire theoretical universe. In turn, Laruelle explains the contrast with his own non-philosophy as a true democracy of thought that breaks philosophy's continual enthrall with mathematics and instead opens up a myriad of 'non-standard' places where thinking can be found and practised.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTIFRAGILE : Things that Gain from Disorder
    ANTIFRAGILE : Things that Gain from Disorder
    TALEB NASSIM NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780141038223
    Title: ANTIFRAGILE : Things that Gain from Disorder
    Author: TALEB NASSIM NICHOLAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and his revelatory new book Antifragile offers a definitive solution: how to live in a world that is unpredicatable, chaotic, and full of shocks, and how to thrive during periods of disaster. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner. For what Taleb calls the 'antifragile' is beyond the merely robust; it benefits from shocks, uncertainty and stressors.

    The most successful of us, the most daring and creative will take advantage of disorder and invent new, more powerful opportunities and advantages beyond our expectations.

    'Antifragility is the secret to success in a world full of uncertainty, a system for turning random mutations to lasting advantage . . . highly entertaining . . . . whether you find Mr Taleb amusing or irritating, you want to read on.' Economist

    'Taleb is a very funny writer with a finely tuned BS detector . . . Antifragility isn't just sound economic and political doctrine. It's also the key to a good life.' Fortune

    'This is a bold, entertaining, clever book, richly crammed with insights, stories, fine phrases and intriguing asides . . . I will have to read it again. And again.' Matt Ridley, Wall Street Journal

    'A new kind of strength . . . not invincible but better able to handle life's inevitable surprises . . . such a combination leaves open the possibility of big rewards while minimizing exposure to risk.' Los Angeles Times

    'Taleb is an outsider in a business of outsiders, and if he is lobbing grenades at the power in the centre - well, that's the point.' Daily Telegraph



    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $27.99
    Price: $27.99
  • ANTI-OEDIPUS
    ANTI-OEDIPUS
    DELEUZE GILLES AND GUATTARI FELIX
    ISBN: 9781780936611
    Title: ANTI-OEDIPUS
    Author: DELEUZE GILLES AND GUATTARI FELIX
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The collaboration of the philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the psychoanalyst Felix Guattari has been one of the most profoundly influential partnerships in contemporary thought. Anti-Oedipus is the first part of their masterpiece, Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Ranging widely across the radical tradition of 20th Century thought and culture that preceeded them - from Foucault, Lacan and Jung to Samuel Beckett and Henry Miller - this revolutionary analysis of the intertwining of desire, reality and capitalist society is an essential read for anyone interested in postwar continental thought.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ANXIETY : Expert Advice from a Neurotic Shrink Who's Lived with Anxiety All His Life
    ANXIETY : Expert Advice from a Neurotic Shrink Who's Lived with Anxiety All His Life
    CROSS MARK
    ISBN: 9780733339424
    Title: ANXIETY : Expert Advice from a Neurotic Shrink Who's Lived with Anxiety All His Life
    Author: CROSS MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Expert advice from a neurotic shrink who's lived with it all his life Consultant psychiatrist Dr Mark Cross knows a lot about anxiety. Many of his patients are sufferers, which is hardly surprising, given anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia, affecting up to one in four people at some point in their lives. But Mark also knows about anxiety from another perspective, because he too has suffered from anxiety all his life.

    In this book, the well-known author of Changing Minds, who featured on the award-winning ABC TV series of the same name, demystifies this mental illness in his trademark warm and friendly style. He looks at causes, treatments, both medical and natural, anxiety in the workplace and more, sharing his own experiences as well as stories from others.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ARCHAEOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE
    ARCHAEOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE
    FOUCAULT MICHEL
    ISBN: 9780415287531
    Title: ARCHAEOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE
    Author: FOUCAULT MICHEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In France, a country that awards its intellectuals the status other countries give their rock stars, Michel Foucault was part of a glittering generation of thinkers, one which also included Sartre, de Beauvoir and Deleuze. One of the great intellectual heroes of the twentieth century, Foucault was a man whose passion and reason were at the service of nearly every progressive cause of his time.

    From law and order, to mental health, to power and knowledge, he spearheaded public awareness of the dynamics that hold us all in thrall to a few powerful ideologies and interests.

    Arguably his finest work, Archaeology of Knowledge is a challenging but fantastically rewarding introduction to his ideas.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARCHITECTURE OF HAPPINESS
    ARCHITECTURE OF HAPPINESS
    DE BOTTON ALAIN
    ISBN: 9780241970058
    Title: ARCHITECTURE OF HAPPINESS
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The Architecture of Happiness is Alain de Botton's exploration of the hidden links between buildings and our well being.

    In The Architecture of Happiness, bestselling author Alain de Botton explores one of our most intense but often hidden love affairs: with our houses and their furnishings.

    He asks: What makes a house truly beautiful? Why are many new houses so ugly? Why do we argue so bitterly about sofas and pictures - and can differences of taste ever be satisfactorily resolved?
    To answer these questions and many more, de Botton looks at buildings across the world, from medieval wooden huts to modern skyscrapers; he examines sofas and cathedrals, tea sets and office complexes, and teases out a host of often surprising philosophical insights.
    The Architecture of Happiness will take you on a beguiling tour through the history and psychology of architecture and interior design, and will change the way you look at your home.

    "Engaging and intelligent ...full of splendid ideas, happily and beautifully expressed". (Independent).




    Alain de Botton was born in 1969 and is the author of non-fiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His bestselling books include Essays in Love; The Romantic Movement; Kiss and Tell; Status Anxiety; How Proust Can Change Your Life; The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work; The Art of Travel; The Architecture of Happiness and Religion for Atheists. He lives in London and founded The School of Life and Living Architecture.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ARE YOU AN ILLUSION
    ARE YOU AN ILLUSION
    MIDGLEY MARY
    ISBN: 9781844657926
    Title: ARE YOU AN ILLUSION
    Author: MIDGLEY MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Are You an Illusion?today's scientific orthodoxy, which treats the self as nothing more than an elaborate illusion, comes under spirited attack. In an impassioned defence of the importance of our own thoughts, feelings and experiences, Mary Midgley shows that there's much more to our selves than a jumble of brain cells.

    Exploring the remarkable gap that has opened up between our understanding of our own sense of self and today's science, she exposes some very odd claims and muddled thinking on the part of cognitive scientists and psychologists when they talk about the self and shows that many well-known philosophical problems in causality and free have been glossed over.

    Midgley argues powerfully and persuasively that the rich variety of our imaginative life cannot be contained in the narrow bounds of a highly puritanical materialism that simply equates brain and self. Engaging with the work of prominent thinkers, Midgley investigates the source of our current attitudes to the self and reveals how ideas, traditions and myths have been twisted to fit in, seemingly naturally, with science's current preoccupation with the physical and, in doing so, have made many other valuable activities and ideas appear as anti-scientific. Midgley shows that the subjective sources of thought - our own experiences - are every bit as necessary in helping to explain the world as the objective ones such as brain cells.

    Are You an Illusion?offers a salutary analysis of science's claim to have done away with the self and a characteristic injection of common sense from one of our most respected philosophers into a debate increasingly in need of it.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $33.99

    Price: $33.99
  • ARISTOTLES ART OF RHETORIC
    ARISTOTLES ART OF RHETORIC
    ARISTOTLE
    ISBN: 9780226591629
    Title: ARISTOTLES ART OF RHETORIC
    Author: ARISTOTLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    For more than two thousand years. Aristotle’s “Art of Rhetoric” has shaped thought on the theory and practice of rhetoric, the art of persuasive speech. In three sections, Aristotle discusses what rhetoric is, as well as the three kinds of rhetoric (deliberative, judicial, and epideictic), the three rhetorical modes of persuasion, and the diction, style, and necessary parts of a successful speech. Throughout, Aristotle defends rhetoric as an art and a crucial tool for deliberative politics while also recognizing its capacity to be misused by unscrupulous politicians to mislead or illegitimately persuade others.


    Here Robert C. Bartlett offers a literal, yet easily readable, new translation of Aristotle’s “Art of Rhetoric,” one that takes into account important alternatives in the manuscript and is fully annotated to explain historical, literary, and other allusions. Bartlett’s translation is also accompanied by an outline of the argument of each book; copious indexes, including subjects, proper names, and literary citations; a glossary of key terms; and a substantial interpretive essay.

    Imprint: UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PR
    RRP: $79.00

    Price: $79.00
  • ARISTOTLES WAY : How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
    ARISTOTLES WAY : How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
    HALL EDITH
    ISBN: 9781784704254
    Title: ARISTOTLES WAY : How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
    Author: HALL EDITH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Wonderful and timely ... Hugely recommended' STEPHEN FRY

    What do you and an ancient philosopher have in common? It turns out much more than you might think...

    Aristotle was an extraordinary thinker, perhaps the greatest in history. Yet he was preoccupied by an ordinary question- how to be happy. His deepest belief was that we can all be happy in a meaningful, sustained way - and he led by example.

    In this handbook to his timeless teachings, Professor Edith Hall shows how ancient thinking is precisely what we need today, even if you don't know your Odyssey from your Iliad. In ten practical lessons we come to understand more about our own characters and how to make good decisions. We learn how to do well in an interview, how to choose a partner and life-long friends, and how to face death or bereavement.

    Life deals the same challenges - in Ancient Greece or the modern world. Aristotle's way is not to apply rules - it's about engaging with the texture of existence, and striding purposefully towards a life well lived.

    This is advice that won't go out of fashion.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ART AND FEAR AND ART AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE
    ART AND FEAR AND ART AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE
    VIRILIO PAUL
    ISBN: 9781474244107
    Title: ART AND FEAR AND ART AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE
    Author: VIRILIO PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paul Virilio is one of contemporary continental thought's most original and provocative critical voices. His vision of the impact of modern technology on the contemporary global condition is powerful and disturbing, ranging over art, architecture, science, politics, visual culture and warfare.

    In Art and Fear, Virilio traces the twin development of art and science over the 20th century. In his provocative vision, art and science vie with each other for the destruction of the human form as we know it. This is a radical take on the state of art for a post-human and post-historical world. In Art as Far as the Eye Can See Virilio considers the effects that the technological advances of the 20th century have had on art, aesthetics and politics and looks at the way in which these technologies alienate us from our physical environment.


    Imprint: I B TAURIS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ART AS THERAPY
    ART AS THERAPY
    DE BOTTON ALAIN / ARMSTRONG JOHN
    ISBN: 9780714872780
    Title: ART AS THERAPY
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN / ARMSTRONG JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Two authorities on popular culture reveal the ways in which art can enhance mood and enrich lives - now available in paperback

    This passionate, thought-provoking, often funny, and always-accessible book proposes a new way of looking at art, suggesting that it can be useful, relevant, and therapeutic. Through practical examples, the world-renowned authors argue that certain great works of art have clues as to how to manage the tensions and confusions of modern life. Chapters on love, nature, money, and politics show how art can help with many common difficulties, from forging good relationships to coming to terms with mortality.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • ART OF LOSING CONTROL : A Philosopher's Search for Ecstatic Experience
    ART OF LOSING CONTROL : A Philosopher's Search for Ecstatic Experience
    EVANS JULES
    ISBN: 9781782118787
    Title: ART OF LOSING CONTROL : A Philosopher's Search for Ecstatic Experience
    Author: EVANS JULES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A wise, witty and dynamic guide to the philosophy of human ecstasy from the leading expert in the modern science of ecstatic experience.

    Since the Enlightenment, western culture has written off ecstatic experience as a form of mental illness. But why should rationality be considered the highest part of human nature when we are capable of so many more states of experience?

    Piecing together interviews, analysis of ancient and modern philosophy, and his own eclectic encounters with the sublime, philosopher Jules Evans mounts an investigation into what we can gain from mastering the art of losing control. From Aristotle and Plato to the Bishop of London and Sister Bliss, radical Jihadis to Silicon Valley transhumanists, The Art of Losing Control is a funny, life-enhancing journey that will change the way you think about how you feel.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ART OF SOLITUDE
    ART OF SOLITUDE
    BATCHELOR STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780300250930
    Title: ART OF SOLITUDE
    Author: BATCHELOR STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    A moving and wide-ranging meditation on being alone with others in this world When world renowned Buddhist writer Stephen Batchelor turned sixty, he took a sabbatical from his teaching and turned his attention to solitude, a practice integral to the meditative traditions he has long studied and taught. He aimed to venture more deeply into solitude, discovering its full extent and depth. This beautiful literary collage documents his multifaceted explorations. Spending time in remote places, appreciating and making art, practicing meditation and participating in retreats, drinking peyote and ayahuasca, and training himself to keep an open, questioning mind have all contributed to Batchelor's ability to be simultaneously alone and at ease. Mixed in with his personal narrative are inspiring stories from solitude's devoted practitioners, from the Buddha to Montaigne, and from Vermeer to Agnes Martin. In a hyperconnected world that is at the same time plagued by social isolation, this book shows how to enjoy the inescapable solitude that is at the heart of human life.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AT THE CENTER OF ALL BEAUTY : Solitude and the Creative Life
    AT THE CENTER OF ALL BEAUTY : Solitude and the Creative Life
    JOHNSON FENTON
    ISBN: 9780393608298
    Title: AT THE CENTER OF ALL BEAUTY : Solitude and the Creative Life
    Author: JOHNSON FENTON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    Known for his lyrical prose and clear insight, Fenton Johnson explores what it means to be not "single"-meaningless outside of coupledom-but "solitary," able to be alone, inclined to mine the treasures of inner life. Americans tend to celebrate "fortress marriage," turning an equal right into an omnivorous expectation, marginalizing solitaries as odd, even potentially threatening. Johnson taps into an older tradition embodied by Trappist monks near the Kentucky home where he grew up, and by artists and writers including Paul Cezanne, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Henry James, Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston, Rod McKuen, Nina Simone, and Bill Cunningham. Johnson includes his parents, who in workshop or garden found places to be alone; married people, too, can be solitaries in spirit.

    A hybrid of memoir, inspiration, social criticism, and celebration of the lives of great solitary artists, At the Center of All Beauty will resonate with anyone needing a break from the clamor of "society."

    Imprint: WW NORTON CO
    RRP: $41.95

    Price: $41.95
  • AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFE : Freedom Being and Apricot Cocktails
    AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFE : Freedom Being and Apricot Cocktails
    BAKEWELL SARAH
    ISBN: 9780099554882
    Title: AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFE : Freedom Being and Apricot Cocktails
    Author: BAKEWELL SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paris, near the turn of 1933. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking. Pointing to his drink, he says, "You can make philosophy out of this cocktail!"


    From this moment of inspiration, Sartre will create his own extraordinary philosophy of real, experienced life – of love and desire, of freedom and being, of cafés and waiters, of friendships and revolutionary fervour. It is a philosophy that will enthral Paris and sweep through the world, leaving its mark on post-war liberation movements, from the student uprisings of 1968 to civil rights pioneers.

    At the Existentialist Café tells the story of modern existentialism as one of passionate encounters between people, minds and ideas. From the ‘king and queen of existentialism’ – Sartre and de Beauvoir – to their wider circle of friends and adversaries including Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Iris Murdoch, this book is an enjoyable and original journey through a captivating intellectual movement. Weaving biography and thought, Sarah Bakewell takes us to the heart of a philosophy about life that also changed lives, and that tackled the biggest questions of all: what we are and how we are to live.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BADIOU AND INDIFFERENT BEING
    BADIOU AND INDIFFERENT BEING
    WATKIN WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781350015678
    Title: BADIOU AND INDIFFERENT BEING
    Author: WATKIN WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first critical work to attempt the mammoth undertaking of reading Badiou's Being and Event as part of a sequence has often surprising, occasionally controversial results. Looking back on its publication Badiou declared- I had inscribed my name in the history of philosophy . Later he was brave enough to admit that this inscription needed correction. The central elements of Badiou 's philosophy only make sense when Being and Event is read through the corrective prism of its sequel, Logics of Worlds, published nearly twenty years later. At the same time as presenting the only complete overview of Badiou 's philosophical project, this book is also the first to draw out the central component of Badiou 's ontology- indifference. Concentrating on its use across the core elements Being and Event the void, the multiple, the set and the event Watkin demonstrates that no account of Badiou 's ontology is complete unless it accepts that Badiou 's philosophy is primarily a presentation of indifferent being. Badiou and Indifferent Being provides a detailed and lively section by section reading of Badiou 's foundational work. It is a seminal source text for all Badiou readers.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $47.99

    Price: $47.99
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