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  • TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO CLASSICAL PHILOSPHY
    TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO CLASSICAL PHILOSPHY
    GASKIN JOHN
    ISBN: 9780500294734
    Title: TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO CLASSICAL PHILOSPHY
    Author: GASKIN JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this clear and evocative account, John Gaskin unfolds the thinking about nature, life, death and other worlds that informed the culture and society of the Classical world, drawing out its interest for modern readers. Witty sketches and diagrams enliven the story, which runs from Homeric Greece to the banning of pagan religions in ad 391. The book concludes with a gazetteer describing notable sites and the people and ideas connected with them, making it an ideal companion for visitors to Classical ruins and for all armchair travellers curious to explore life's big questions.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TRAVELS WITH EPICURUS : A JOURNEY TO A GREEK ISLAND IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHENTIC LIFE
    TRAVELS WITH EPICURUS : A JOURNEY TO A GREEK ISLAND IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHENTIC LIFE
    KLEIN DANIEL
    ISBN: 9781922147639
    Title: TRAVELS WITH EPICURUS : A JOURNEY TO A GREEK ISLAND IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHENTIC LIFE
    Author: KLEIN DANIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of an Authentic Old Age is a humorous, uplifting meditation on finding the pleasures of old age, by the New York Times bestselling co-author of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar. When philosopher, jokester and septuagenarian Daniel Klein goes to the dentist for a regular check-up, he is informed that he needs a section of his lower teeth removed and replaced with either a denture plate or implants. The implants would require frequent trips to the dentist over the course of a year, a lot of money and a lot of pain. The denture plate on the other hand would leave Klein with the unmistakable clunky smile of an old man. Though Klein initially opts for the implants he soon questions his decision. Is it better to a spend a precious year trying to extend the prime of his life, or to live an authentic old age, toothless grin and all? Klein decided the answer lay in a place where people seemed to know the secret to a long, happy and healthy life - Greece. He travels there with a library of his favourite philosophers and observes other septuagenarians and octogenarians, and contemplates his own life, particularly seeking out wisdom from renowned hedonist Epicurus. From that journey comes a sincere and humorous book on ageing and an Epicurean way of living.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TROUBLE IN PARADISE : FROM THE END OF HISTORY TO THE END OF CAPITALISM
    TROUBLE IN PARADISE : FROM THE END OF HISTORY TO THE END OF CAPITALISM
    ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    ISBN: 9780141979540
    Title: TROUBLE IN PARADISE : FROM THE END OF HISTORY TO THE END OF CAPITALISM
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Despite living in a world of almost constant crisis, we still seem to accept that capitalism - dangerously enticing, promiscuous, unstable - is what we're stuck with. Philosopher Slavoj Žižek ranges over everything from music videos and Batman to Marx and Lacan to analyze our predicament, and explore the possibilities of radical change.

    'A provocative diagnosis of the malaise of liberal capitalism . . . European philosophy's punk icon, his prose is irrepressible, sometimes bonkers but never boring.' Josh Cohen, New Statesman

    'Few thinkers illustrate the contradictions of contemporary capitalism better than Slavoj Zizek.' John Gray, New York Review of Books

    'To witness Zizek in full flight is a wonderful and at times alarming experience, part philosophical tightrope walk, part performance-art marathon, part intellectual roller-coaster ride.' Sean O'Hagan, Observer



    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
    TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
    CIORAN E M
    ISBN: 9780241467275
    Title: TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
    Author: CIORAN E M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    'Not to be born is undoubtedly the best plan of all. Unfortunately it is within no one's reach.'

    In The Trouble With Being Born, E. M. Cioran grapples with the major questions of human existence- birth, death, God, the passing of time, how to relate to others and how to make ourselves get out of bed in the morning.

    In a series of interlinking aphorisms which are at once pessimistic, poetic and extremely funny, Cioran finds a kind of joy in his own despair, revelling in the absurdity and futility of our existence, and our inability to live in the world.

    Translated by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and critic Richard Howard, The Trouble With Being Born is a provocative, illuminating testament to a singular mind.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • TWO REGIMES OF MADNESS : TEXTS AND INTERVIEWS 1975-1995
    TWO REGIMES OF MADNESS : TEXTS AND INTERVIEWS 1975-1995
    DELEUZE GILLES
    ISBN: 9781584350620
    Title: TWO REGIMES OF MADNESS : TEXTS AND INTERVIEWS 1975-1995
    Author: DELEUZE GILLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    People tend to confuse winning freedom with conversion to capitalism. It is doubtful that the joys of capitalism are enough to free peoples...The American "revolution" failed long ago, long before the Soviet one. Revolutionary situations and attempts are born of capitalism itself and will not soon disappear, alas. Philosophy remains tied to a revolutionary becoming that is not to be confused with the history of revolutions.--from Two Regimes of MadnessCovering the last twenty years of Gilles Deleuze's life (1975-1995), the texts and interviews gathered in this volume complete those collected in Desert Islands and Other Texts (1953-1974). This period saw the publication of his major works: A Thousand Plateaus (1980), Cinema I: Image-Movement (1983), Cinema II: Image-Time (1985), all leading through language, concept and art to What is Philosophy? (1991). Two Regimes of Madness also documents Deleuze's increasing involvement with politics (with Toni Negri, for example, the Italian philosopher and professor accused of associating with the Red Brigades). Both volumes were conceived by the author himself and will be his last. Michel Foucault famously wrote: "One day, perhaps, this century will be Deleuzian." This book provides a prodigious entry into the work of the most important philosopher of our time. Unlike Foucault, Deleuze never stopped digging further into the same furrow. Concepts for him came from life. He was a vitalist and remained one to the last. This volume restores the full text of the original French edition.The philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) published twenty-five books, including five in collaboration with Flix Guattari.

    Imprint: MIT PRESS
    RRP: $43.99

    Price: $43.99
  • TYRANNY OF MERIT : What's Become of the Common Good?
    TYRANNY OF MERIT : What's Become of the Common Good?
    SANDEL MICHAEL J
    ISBN: 9780241407608
    Title: TYRANNY OF MERIT : What's Become of the Common Good?
    Author: SANDEL MICHAEL J
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    These are dangerous times for democracy. We live in an age of winners and losers, where the odds are stacked in favour of the already fortunate. Stalled social mobility and entrenched inequality give the lie to the promise that "you can make it if you try". And the consequence is a brew of anger and frustration that has fuelled populist protest, with the triumph of Brexit and election of Donald Trump.

    Michael J. Sandel argues that to overcome the polarized politics of our time, we must rethink the attitudes toward success and failure that have accompanied globalisation and rising inequality. Sandel highlights the hubris a meritocracy generates among the winners and the harsh judgement it imposes on those left behind. He offers an alternative way of thinking about success - more attentive to the role of luck in human affairs, more conducive to an ethic of humility, and more hospitable to a politics of the common good.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • UNDERGROUND ASIA
    UNDERGROUND ASIA
    HARPER TIM
    ISBN: 9781846145629
    Title: UNDERGROUND ASIA
    Author: HARPER TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    The end of Europe's empires has so often been seen as a story of high politics and warfare. In Tim Harper's remarkable new book the narrative is very different - it shows how empires were fundamentally undermined from underneath. Using the new technology of cheap printing presses, global travel and the widespread use of French and English, young radicals from across Asia were able to communicate in ways simply not available before. These clandestine networks stretched to the heart of the imperial metropolises- to London, to Paris, but also increasingly to Moscow.

    They created a secret global network which was for decades engaged in bitter fighting with imperial police forces. They gathered in the great hubs of empire - Calcutta, Bombay, Singapore, Penang, Batavia, Hanoi, Shanghai and Hong Kong - and plotted with ceaseless ingenuity, both through persuasion and terrorism, the end of the colonial regimes. Many were caught and killed or imprisoned, but others would go on to rule their newly independent countries.

    Drawing on an amazing array of exotic sources, Harper's book turns upside down our understanding of 20th-century empire. The reader enters an extraordinary world of stowaways, false identities, secret codes, cheap firearms, posters and conspiracies as young Asians made their own plans for their future.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $69.99
    Price: $69.99
  • UNNAMABLE PRESENT
    UNNAMABLE PRESENT
    CALASSO ROBERTO
    ISBN: 9780141988016
    Title: UNNAMABLE PRESENT
    Author: CALASSO ROBERTO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tourists, terrorists, secularists, hackers, fundamentalists, transhumanists, algorithmicians- in this book Roberto Calasso considers the tribes that inhabit and inform the world today. A world that feels more elusive than ever before.

    Yet once contrasted with the period between 1933 and 1945, when the world made a partially successful attempt at self-annihilation, the new millennium begins to take on an unprecedented form. What emerges is something illusory, ever-shifting and occasionally murderous- the unnamable present.

    This book, the ninth part of a work in progress, is a meditation on the obscure and ubiquitous process of transformation happening in societies today, where distant echoes of Auden's The Age of Anxiety give way to something altogether more unsettling.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • UNPOPULAR ESSAYS
    UNPOPULAR ESSAYS
    RUSSELL BERTRAND
    ISBN: 9780415473705
    Title: UNPOPULAR ESSAYS
    Author: RUSSELL BERTRAND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A classic collection of Bertrand Russells more controversial works, reaffirming his staunch liberal values, Unpopular Essays is one of Russells most characteristic and self-revealing books. Written to "combat the growth in Dogmatism", on first publication in 1950 it met with critical acclaim and a wide readership and has since become one of his most accessible and popular books.

    Imprint: Routledge
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • VERY HUMAN ENDING : How suicide haunts our species
    VERY HUMAN ENDING : How suicide haunts our species
    BERING JESSE
    ISBN: 9781784162368
    Title: VERY HUMAN ENDING : How suicide haunts our species
    Author: BERING JESSE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'This book touches on some deep questions relevant to us all... A fascinating, thoughtful, unflinching meditation on one of the most intriguing and curious aspects of the human condition.' - Dr Frank Tallis

    Why do people want to kill themselves? Despite the prevalence of suicide in the developed world, it's a question most of us fail to ask. On hearing news of a suicide we are devastated, but overwhelmingly we feel disbelief.

    In A Very Human Ending, research psychologist Jesse Bering lifts the lid on this taboo subject, examining the suicidal mindset from the inside out to reveal the subtle tricks the mind can play when we're easy emotional prey. In raising challenging questions Bering tests our contradictory superstitions about the act itself.

    Combining cutting-edge research with investigative journalism and first-person testimony, Bering also addresses the history of suicide and its evolutionary inheritance to offer a personal, accessible, yet scientifically sound examination of why we are the only species on earth that deliberately ends its own life.

    This penetrating analysis aims to demystify a subject that knows no cultural or demographic boundaries.

    Imprint: Black Swan
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • VIOLENCE
    VIOLENCE
    ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    ISBN: 9781846680274
    Title: VIOLENCE
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Zizek argues that the physical violence we see is often generated by the systemic violence that sustains our political and economic systems. With the help of eminent philosophers like Marx, Engel and Lacan, as well as frequent references to popular culture, he examines the real causes of violent outbreaks like those seen in Israel and Palestine and in terrorist acts around the world. Ultimately, he warns, doing nothing is often the most violent course of action we can take.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WAKING UP : Searching for Spirituality Without Religion
    WAKING UP : Searching for Spirituality Without Religion
    HARRIS SAM
    ISBN: 9781784160029
    Title: WAKING UP : Searching for Spirituality Without Religion
    Author: HARRIS SAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For the millions of people who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris's new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From bestselling author, neuroscientist, and new atheist Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the increasingly large numbers of people who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow. Waking Up is part seeker's memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris a scientist, philosopher, and famous sceptic could write it.

    Imprint: Black Swan
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WALKING : One Step at a Time
    WALKING : One Step at a Time
    KAGGE ERLING
    ISBN: 9780241357705
    Title: WALKING : One Step at a Time
    Author: KAGGE ERLING
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the bestselling author of Silence comes an illuminating examination of the joy of walking.

    From those perilous first steps as a toddler, to great expeditions, from walking to work to trekking to the North Pole, Erling Kagge explains that he who walks goes further and lives better.

    Walking is a book about the love of exploration, the delight of discovery and the equilibrium that can be found in this most simple of activities.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WELCOME TO THE DESERT OF THE REAL
    WELCOME TO THE DESERT OF THE REAL
    ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    ISBN: 9781781680193
    Title: WELCOME TO THE DESERT OF THE REAL
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Liberals and conservatives proclaim the end of the American holiday from history. Now the easy games are over; one should take sides. i ek argues this is precisely the temptation to be resisted. In such moments of apparently clear choices, the real alternatives are most hidden. Welcome to the Desert of the Real steps back, complicating the choices imposed on us. It proposes that global capitalism is fundamentalist and that America was complicit in the rise of Muslim fundamentalism. It points to our dreaming about the catastrophe in numerous disaster movies before it happened, and explores the irony that the tragedy has been used to legitimize torture. Last but not least it analyzes the fiasco of the predominant leftist response to the events.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WHAT I BELIEVE
    WHAT I BELIEVE
    RUSSELL BERTRAND
    ISBN: 9780415325097
    Title: WHAT I BELIEVE
    Author: RUSSELL BERTRAND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Along with Why I Am Not a Christian, this essay must rank as the most articulate example of Russell's famed atheism. It is also one of the most notorious. Used as evidence in a 1940 court case in which Russell was declared unfit to teach college-level philosophy, What I Believe was to become one of his most defining works. The ideas contained within were and are controversial, contentious and - to the religious - downright blasphemous. A remarkable work, it remains the best concise introduction to Russell's thought.

    Imprint: Routledge
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHAT IS LIFE
    WHAT IS LIFE
    SCHRODINGER ERWIN
    ISBN: 9781107604667
    Title: WHAT IS LIFE
    Author: SCHRODINGER ERWIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the twentieth century. It was written for the layman, but proved to be one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology and the subsequent discovery of DNA.
    What is Life? appears here together with Mind and Matter, his essay investigating a relationship which has eluded and puzzled philosophers since the earliest times. Brought together with these two classics are Schrödinger's autobiographical sketches, which offer a fascinating account of his life as a background to his scientific writings.


    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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