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  • WHY TRUST SCIENCE?
    WHY TRUST SCIENCE?
    ORESKES NAOMI
    ISBN: 9780691179001
    Title: WHY TRUST SCIENCE?
    Author: ORESKES NAOMI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Do doctors really know what they are talking about when they tell us vaccines are safe? Should we take climate experts at their word when they warn us about the perils of global warming? Why should we trust science when our own politicians don’t? In this landmark book, Naomi Oreskes offers a bold and compelling defense of science, revealing why the social character of scientific knowledge is its greatest strength—and the greatest reason we can trust it.

    Tracing the history and philosophy of science from the late nineteenth century to today, Oreskes explains that, contrary to popular belief, there is no single scientific method. Rather, the trustworthiness of scientific claims derives from the social process by which they are rigorously vetted. This process is not perfect—nothing ever is when humans are involved—but she draws vital lessons from cases where scientists got it wrong. Oreskes shows how consensus is a crucial indicator of when a scientific matter has been settled, and when the knowledge produced is likely to be trustworthy.

    Based on the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Princeton University, this timely and provocative book features critical responses by climate experts Ottmar Edenhofer and Martin Kowarsch, political scientist Jon Krosnick, philosopher of science Marc Lange, and science historian Susan Lindee, as well as a foreword by political theorist Stephen Macedo.

    Imprint: Princeton University Press
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • WILL TO POWER
    WILL TO POWER
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780141195353
    Title: WILL TO POWER
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Will to Power contains some of Nietzsche's most fascinating and combative writings on nihilism, metaphysics and the future of Europe. Assembled by Nietzsche's sister after his death,
    The Will to Power is a collection of the philosopher's reflections and theories taken from his unpublished notebooks. Covering topics such as nihilism, Christianity, morality and the famous 'will to power', the book was controversially presented as Nietzsche's all-but-completed magnum opus containing his philosophical system. Including some of his most interesting metaphysical and epistemological thoughts, as well as some of his most disturbing ethical and political comments, the book would prove to have a significant influence on Nietzsche's contentious reception in the twentieth century.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WITCRAFT : The Invention of Philosophy in English
    WITCRAFT : The Invention of Philosophy in English
    REE JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9780141027418
    Title: WITCRAFT : The Invention of Philosophy in English
    Author: REE JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This fresh and brilliant history of how philosophy became established in English presents a new form of philosophical storytelling. R?e tells the story of philosophy as it was lived and practised, embedded in its time and place, by men and women from many walks of life, engaged with the debates and culture of their age. And, by focusing on works in English, he shows them to be quite as diverse, inventive and cosmopolitan as their continental counterparts. Compelling intellectual portraits of celebrated British and American philosophers rub shoulders with the remarkable philosophical work of literary writers, such as William Hazlitt and George Eliot, as well as a carnival of overlooked characters - priests and poets, teachers, servants and crofters, thinking for themselves and reaching their own conclusions about religion, politics, art and everything else.

    The book adopts a novel structure, examining its subject at fifty-year intervals from the sixteenth century to the twentieth. It is full of stories and personalities as well as ideas, and shows philosophy springing from the life around it. Witcraft overturns the established orthodoxies of the history of philosophy, and celebrates the diversity, vitality and inventiveness of philosophical thought.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • WORLD AS WILL AND REPRESENTATION - VOLUME 1
    WORLD AS WILL AND REPRESENTATION - VOLUME 1
    SCHOPENHAUER ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9780486217611
    Title: WORLD AS WILL AND REPRESENTATION - VOLUME 1
    Author: SCHOPENHAUER ARTHUR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Arthur Schopenhauer's Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung is one of the most important philosophical works of the nineteenth century, the basic statement of one important stream of post-Kantian thought. It is without question Schopenhauer's greatest work. Conceived and published before the philosopher was 30 and expanded 25 years later, it is the summation of a lifetime of thought.

    For 70 years, the only unabridged English translation of this work was the Haldane-Kemp collaboration. In 1958, a new translation by E. F. J. Payne appeared that decisively supplanted the older one. Payne's translation is superior because it corrects nearly 1,000 errors and omissions in the Haldane-Kemp translation, and it is based on the definitive 1937 German edition of Schopenhauer's work prepared by Dr. Arthur Hubscher. Payne's edition is the first to translate into English the text's many quotations in half a dozen languages. It is thus the most useful edition for the student or teacher.

    Imprint: DOVER
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • WORLD AS WILL AND REPRESENTATION - VOLUME 2
    WORLD AS WILL AND REPRESENTATION - VOLUME 2
    SCHOPENHAUER ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9780486217628
    Title: WORLD AS WILL AND REPRESENTATION - VOLUME 2
    Author: SCHOPENHAUER ARTHUR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Arthur Schopenhauer's Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung is one of the most important philosophical works of the 19th century, the basic statement of one important stream of post-Kantian thought. It is without question Schopenhauer's greatest work, and, conceived and published before the philosopher was 30 and expanded 25 years later, it is the summation of a lifetime of thought.

    For 70 years, the only unabridged English translation of this work was the Haldane-Kemp collaboration. In 1958, a new translation by E. F. J. Payne appeared which decisively supplanted the older one. Payne's translation is superior because it corrects nearly 1,000 errors and omissions in the Haldane-Kemp translation, and it is based on the definitive 1937 German edition of Schopenhauer's work prepared by Dr. Arthur Hubscher. Payne's edition is the first to translate into English the text's many quotatioins in half a dozen languages, and Mr. Payne has provided a comprehensive index of 2,500 items. It is thus the most useful edition for the student or teacher.

    Imprint: DOVER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WORLD OF PERCEPTION
    WORLD OF PERCEPTION
    MERLEAU-PONTY MAURICE
    ISBN: 9780415773812
    Title: WORLD OF PERCEPTION
    Author: MERLEAU-PONTY MAURICE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'In simple prose Merleau-Ponty touches on his principle themes. He speaks about the body and the world, the coexistence of space and things, the unfortunate optimism of science - and also the insidious stickiness of honey, and the mystery of anger.' - James Elkins Maurice

    Merleau-Ponty was one of the most important thinkers of the post-war era. Central to his thought was the idea that human understanding comes from our bodily experience of the world that we perceive: a deceptively simple argument, perhaps, but one that he felt had to be made in the wake of attacks from contemporary science and the philosophy of Descartes on the reliability of human perception.

    From this starting point, Merleau-Ponty presented these seven lectures on The World of Perception to French radio listeners in 1948.

    Available in a paperback English translation for the first time in the Routledge Classics series to mark the centenary of Merleau-Ponty's birth, this is a dazzling and accessible guide to a whole universe of experience, from the pursuit of scientific knowledge, through the psychic life of animals to the glories of the art of Paul Cezanne.

    Imprint: Routledge
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WORLD THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL : An Enquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul
    WORLD THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL : An Enquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul
    BERNAL J D
    ISBN: 9781786630926
    Title: WORLD THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL : An Enquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul
    Author: BERNAL J D
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A pioneering book proposing a transhumanist vision of the future, from one of the most influential visionary scientists of the twentieth century

    Deemed by Arthur C. Clarke to be "the most brilliant attempt at scientific prediction ever made", The World, the Flesh and the Devil is most famous for having been the first to propose the so-called Bernal Sphere, a type of space habitat intended for permanent residence. Written by one of the most well-known and controversial scientists of the twentieth century, this futuristic essay explores radical changes to human bodies and intelligence, as well as suggesting their impact on society in the future. It includes far-reaching visions of the future of space research and colonisation, material sciences, genetic engineering and near-technology, as well as the idea of a universal brain of the species to be created by technological means. In Bernal's view, it will be possible for the material conditions of civilisation to reach a state of materialist utopia on earth. For all three realms, the world, the flesh and the devil, Bernal attempted to map out the utmost limit of technoscientific progress of which he could conceive, and found that there are almost no limits.

    Introduced by McKenzie Wark

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE
    ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE
    PIRSIG ROBERT M
    ISBN: 9780099786405
    Title: ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE
    Author: PIRSIG ROBERT M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance caused a sensation when it was first published in 1974.The story of the narrator, his son Chris and their month-long motorcycle odyssey from Minnesota to California profoundly affected an entire generation. Both personal and philosophical, this book is a compelling study of relationships, values, madness and, eventually, enlightenment.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE    -   40th Anniversary Edition
    ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE - 40th Anniversary Edition
    PIRSIG ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780099598169
    Title: ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE - 40th Anniversary Edition
    Author: PIRSIG ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live.

    Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ZEN WISDOM FOR THE ANXIOUS
    ZEN WISDOM FOR THE ANXIOUS
    TANIYAMA AYAKO
    ISBN: 9784805315736
    Title: ZEN WISDOM FOR THE ANXIOUS
    Author: TANIYAMA AYAKO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: October 2020 New Release

    By dipping into this little book of simple Zen Buddhist sayings, you can calm your anxiety and return serenity to your soul.

    Are you feeling stress and anxiety from the demands of daily life? Do you feel overwhelmed by your to-do list and the constant deluge of information from all quarters? Are you unhappy with your life and envious of those around you? At times like these it's important to step back and take a breath.

    Zen meditation may conjure up images of sitting in silence for long hours, but according to Buddhist monk and author Shinsuke Hosokawa, Zen can be summed up as 'the knowledge needed for a person to live life with a positive outlook.' With this in mind, he has produced this charmingly illustrated volume of sayings to introduce you to the world of Zen, which you can dip into when feeling stressed.

    The sayings include:

    • Pay attention to what is right in front of your eyes
    • Nothing happens by chance. Every encounter has its meaning
    • Be careful not to confuse the means and the purpose
    • Keep flowing just like water
    • Nothing will control you
    • Even a bad day is a good day
    • Check the ground beneath your feet when you're in trouble
    • You'll never walk alone

    These 52 mindful sayings mirror the 52 steps that are traditionally taken to achieve enlightenment, and also the 52 weeks of the yea — passing through the seasons, both of the natural world and of our lives. Each saying has an illustration and a simple, meditative reflection to help you look into your own heart, accept your current state of being, reduce anxiety and find calmness.



    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ZIZEK NOW
    ZIZEK NOW
    KHADER JAMIL
    ISBN: 9780745653716
    Title: ZIZEK NOW
    Author: KHADER JAMIL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Arguably the most prolific and widely read philosopher of our time, Slavoj Zizek has made indelible interventions into a number of disciplines in the so-called human sciences that have transformed the terms of discussion in these fields. Although his work has been the subject of many volumes of searching criticism and commentary, there is no assessment to date of the value of his work for the development of these disciplines. Zizek Now brings together distinguished critics to explore the utility and far-ranging implications of i ek's thought and provide an evaluation of the difference his work makes or promises to make in their chosen fields. As such, the volume offers chapters on quantum physics and Zizek's transcendentalist materialist theory of the subject, Hegel's absolute, materialist Christianity, postcolonial violence, eco-politics, ceremonial acts, and the postcolonial revolutionary subject. Contributors to the volume include Adrian Johnston, Ian Parker, Todd McGowan, Bruno Bosteels, Erik Vogt, Verena Andermatt Conley, Joshua Ramey, Jamil Khader, and Zizek himself.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
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