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  • BEAUTY OF EVERYDAY THINGS
    BEAUTY OF EVERYDAY THINGS
    YANAGI SOETSU
    ISBN: 9780241366356
    Title: BEAUTY OF EVERYDAY THINGS
    Author: YANAGI SOETSU
    Format: A FORMAT PAPERBACKS
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The Japanese philosopher and aesthete's definitive, hugely influential exposition of his philosophy of folkcrafts, setting out the hallmarks of Japanese design as we know it today - anonymity, quality, simplicity and honesty - and, of course, wabi-sabi, the beauty of imperfection.


    The daily lives of ordinary people are replete with objects, common things used in commonplace settings. These objects are our constant companions in life. As such, writes Soetsu Yanagi, they should be made with care and built to last, treated with respect and even affection. They should be natural and simple, sturdy and safe - the aesthetic result of wholeheartedly fulfilling utilitarian needs. They should, in short, be things of beauty.

    In an age of feeble and ugly machine-made things, these essays call for us to deepen and transform our relationship with the objects that surround us. Inspired by the work of the simple, humble craftsmen Yanagi encountered during his lifelong travels through Japan and Korea, they are an earnest defence of modest, honest, handcrafted things - from traditional teacups to jars to cloth and paper. Objects like these exemplify the enduring appeal of simplicity and function: the beauty of everyday things.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BED OF PROCRUSTES : Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
    BED OF PROCRUSTES : Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
    TALEB NASSIM NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780141985022
    Title: BED OF PROCRUSTES : Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
    Author: TALEB NASSIM NICHOLAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    With characteristic panache and brio, Taleb uses aphorisms to condense his rambunctious ideas and style. This is the perfect reference for anyone searching for the right questions to ask.

    A condensed guide to life, Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Bed of Procrustes is an invaluable collection of aphorisms to help you navigate the modern world.

    Second edition, revised and expanded
    Why are we so often unwilling to accept that life is unpredictable? In this brilliant book Nassim Nicholas Taleb distils his idiosyncratic wisdom to demolish our illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance and erudition against modern philistinism and phoniness. Only by accepting what we don't know, he shows, can we see the world as it really is.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEING AND NOTHINGNESS
    BEING AND NOTHINGNESS
    SARTRE JEAN-PAUL
    ISBN: 9780415278485
    Title: BEING AND NOTHINGNESS
    Author: SARTRE JEAN-PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Being and Nothingness is without doubt one of the most significant books of the twentieth century. The central work by one of the world's most influential thinkers, it altered the course of western philosophy. Its revolutionary approach challenged all previous assumptions about the individual's relationship with the world. Known as 'the Bible of existentialism', its impact on culture and literature was immediate and was felt worldwide, from the absurd drama of Samuel Beckett to the soul-searching cries of the Beat poets. Being and Nothingness is one of those rare books whose influence has affected the mind-set of subsequent generations. Sixty years after its first publication, its message remains as potent as ever - challenging the reader to confront the fundamental dilemmas of human freedom, responsibility and action.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BEING AND TIME
    BEING AND TIME
    HEIDEGGER MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780061575594
    Title: BEING AND TIME
    Author: HEIDEGGER MARTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "What is the meaning of being?" This is the central question of Martin Heidegger's profoundly important work, in which the great philosopher seeks to explain the basic problems of existence. A central influence on later philosophy, literature, art, and criticism--as well as existentialism and much of postmodern thought--Being and Time forever changed the intellectual map of the modern world. As Richard Rorty wrote in the New York Times Book Review, "You cannot read most of the important thinkers of recent times without taking Heidegger's thought into account."

    This first paperback edition of John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson's definitive translation also features a new foreword by Heidegger scholar Taylor Carman.



    Imprint: Harper U.S.A
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • BEING AND TIME - STAMBAUGH TRANSLATION
    BEING AND TIME - STAMBAUGH TRANSLATION
    HEIDEGGER MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781438432762
    Title: BEING AND TIME - STAMBAUGH TRANSLATION
    Author: HEIDEGGER MARTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A revised translation of Heidegger’s most important work.

    The publication in 1927 of Martin Heidegger’s magnum opus signaled an intellectual event of the first order and had an impact in fields far beyond that of philosophy proper. Being and Time has long been recognized as a landmark work of the twentieth century for its original analyses of the character of philosophic inquiry and the relation of the possibility of such inquiry to the human situation. Still provocative and much disputed, Heidegger’s text has been taken as the inspiration for a variety of innovative movements in fields ranging from psychoanalysis, literary theory, and existentialism to ethics, hermeneutics, and theology. A work that disturbs the traditions of philosophizing that it inherits, Being and Time raises questions about the end of philosophy and the possibilities for thinking liberated from the presumptions of metaphysics.

    The Stambaugh translation captures the vitality of the language and thinking animating Heidegger’s original text. It is also the most comprehensive edition insofar as it includes the marginal notes made by Heidegger in his own copy of Being and Time, and takes into account the many changes that he made in the final German edition of 1976. The revisions to the original translation correct ambiguities and problems that have become apparent since the translation first appeared. Bracketed German words have also been liberally inserted both to clarify and highlight words and connections that are difficult to translate, and to link this translation more closely to the German text. This definitive edition will serve the needs of scholars well acquainted with Heidegger’s work and of students approaching Heidegger for the first time.

    Imprint: SUNY PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    GAWANDE ATUL
    ISBN: 9781846685828
    Title: BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the international bestselling author of Better, Complications and The Checklist Manifesto and Reith Lecturer 2014, a revolutionary and emotionally searing account of death, dying and medicine.

    For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. It didn't matter whether you were five or fifty - every day was a roll of the dice. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year, we have become increasingly detached from the reality of being mortal. So here is a book about the modern experience of mortality - about what it's like to get old and die, how medicine has changed this and how it hasn't, where our ideas about death have gone wrong. With his trademark mix of perceptiveness and sensitivity, Atul Gawande outlines a story that crosses the globe, as he examines his experiences as a surgeon and those of his patients and family, and learns to accept the limits of what he can do.

    Never before has aging been such an important topic. The systems that we have put in place to manage our mortality are manifestly failing; but, as Gawande reveals, it doesn't have to be this way. The ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death, but a good life - all the way to the very end.

    Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection, a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BERTRAND RUSSELLS BEST
    BERTRAND RUSSELLS BEST
    RUSSELL BERTRAND
    ISBN: 9780415473583
    Title: BERTRAND RUSSELLS BEST
    Author: RUSSELL BERTRAND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This collection showcases the very best of Russells writings on an impressively diverse range of subjects. From sex and marriage, to education and politics, this is a delightfully funny introduction to one of the twentieth centurys greatest thinkers.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    MACKAY HUGH
    ISBN: 9781743534854
    Title: BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    Author: MACKAY HUGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What do people actually mean when they say 'God'?

    Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some 'higher power', but fewer than one in ten Australians attend church weekly. In Beyond Belief, Hugh Mackay presents this discrepancy as one of the great unexamined topics of our time. He argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever.

    Mackay interviews dozens of Australians representing many different points on the spectrum of faith, including some who are part of the emerging 'spiritual but not religious' movement. He exposes the deep vein of ambivalence about religion that runs through our society: we may not actively worship, but we still like to see local churches operating in our midst, and we use 'our' church to marry, christen our babies, educate our children and commemorate our dead. He points out some uncomfortable truths, such as our tendency to call on God only in a crisis, and unpacks our human need for 'answers', even when science can't find them. He endorses the Christian ideal of the good
    life - a life lived for others - but acknowledges that there are many pathways to that same goal, not all of them religious.

    Written with all the insight and compassion we have come to expect of our leading chronicler of Australian life, Beyond Belief is an engrossing exploration of the ways we find spiritual fulfilment in an avowedly secular age.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140449235
    Title: BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beyond Good and Evil confirmed Nietzsche's position as the towering European philosopher of his age.

    The work dramatically rejects the traditional of Western thought with its notions of truth and God, good and evil. Nietzsche seeks to demonstrate that the Christian world is steeped in a false piety and infected with a 'slave morality'. With wit and energy, he turns from this critique to a philosophy that celebrates the present and demands that the individual impose their own 'will to power' upon the world.

    This edition includes a commentary on the text by the translator and Michael Tanner's introduction, which explains some of the more abstract passages in Beyond Good and Evil.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780857088482
    Title: BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    Beyond Good and Evil is one of the final books by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. This landmark work continues to be one of the most well-known and influential explorations of moral and ethical philosophy ever conceived. Expanding on the concepts from his previous work Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche adopts a polemic approach to past philosophers who, in his view, lacked critical sense in accepting flawed premises in their consideration of morality. The metaphysics of morality, Nietzsche argues, should not assume that a good man is simply the opposite of an evil man, rather merely different expression of humanity’s common basic impulses.

    Controversial in its time, as well as hotly debated in the present, Nietzsche’s work moves beyond conventional ethics to suggest that a universal morality for all human beings in non-existent – perception, reason and experience are not static, but change according to an individual’s perspective and interpretation. The work further argues that philosophic traditions such as “truth,” “self-consciousness” and “free will” are merely inventions of Western morality and that the “will to power” is the real driving force of all human behaviour.

    Imprint: CAPSTONE
    RRP: $20.95

    Price: $20.95
  • BIG IDEAS FOR CURIOUS MINDS : An Introduction to Philosophy
    BIG IDEAS FOR CURIOUS MINDS : An Introduction to Philosophy
    THE SCHOOL OF LIFE
    ISBN: 9781999747145
    Title: BIG IDEAS FOR CURIOUS MINDS : An Introduction to Philosophy
    Author: THE SCHOOL OF LIFE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Accessible philosophy for children; a collection of important concepts from 25 famous thinkers, contextualised in relatable everyday scenarios.

    Children are, in many ways, born philosophers. Without prompting, they ask some of the largest questions: about time, mortality, happiness and the meaning of it all. Yet sadly, too often, this inborn curiosity is not developed and with age the questions fall away. This is a book designed to harness childrens' spontaneous philosophical instinct and to develop it through introductions to some of the most vibrant and essential philosophical ideas of history. The book takes us to meet leading figures of philosophy from around the world and from all eras - and shows us how their ideas continue to matter. The book functions as an ideal introduction to philosophy as well as a charming way to open up conversations between adults and children about the biggest questions we all face.

    Imprint: School of Life Press
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BIG THINK BOOK : DISCOVER PHILOSOPHY THROUGH 99 PERPLEXING PROBLEMS
    BIG THINK BOOK : DISCOVER PHILOSOPHY THROUGH 99 PERPLEXING PROBLEMS
    CAVE PETER
    ISBN: 9781780747422
    Title: BIG THINK BOOK : DISCOVER PHILOSOPHY THROUGH 99 PERPLEXING PROBLEMS
    Author: CAVE PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A thorough introduction to Philosophy. Without the boring bits.

    Is it morally acceptable to kill one person to save five? How do we know the sun will rise tomorrow? Can a robot be human?

    In philosophy, the questions range from the wonderful to the strange, and from the ridiculous to the very serious indeed. With the aid of tall stories, jokes, common sense and bizarre insights, Peter Cave addresses some of the biggest issues in the subjects of ethics, knowledge, logic, politics, emotions, metaphysics and more. Replete with amusing and mind-boggling examples, The Big Think Book is the perfect gift for anyone who likes to puzzle over the conundrums of life and is an ideal introduction for new students of philosophy.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BIRTH OF THE CLINIC : An Archaeology of Medical Perception
    BIRTH OF THE CLINIC : An Archaeology of Medical Perception
    FOUCAULT MICHEL
    ISBN: 9780415307727
    Title: BIRTH OF THE CLINIC : An Archaeology of Medical Perception
    Author: FOUCAULT MICHEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this book Michel Foucault, one of the most influential thinkers of recent times, calls us to look critically at specific historical events in order to uncover new layers of significance. In doing so, he challenges our assumptions not only about history, but also about the nature of language and reason, even of truth. By analysing the methods of observation that underpinned the origins of modern medical techniques, Foucault is able to identify 'that opening up of the concrete individual, for the first time in Western history, to the language of rationality, that major event in the relationship of man to himself and of language to things'. The scope of such an undertaking is vast, but it is Foucault's skill that, by means of his uniquely engaging narrative style, his penetrating gaze is able to confront our own. After reading his words our perceptions are never quite the same again.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    BADIOU ALAIN
    ISBN: 9781509512089
    Title: BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Who has not had the frightening experience of stumbling around in the pitch black?

    As a child, Alain Badiou went through it when he, along with friends, made up a game called On the stroke of midnight. The furtive discovery of the dark continent of sex in banned magazines, the beauty of black ink on paper, but also the mysteries of the universe and the grief of mourning: these are some of the things we encounter as the philosopher takes us on a trip through the private theater of his mind, at the whim of his memories.

    Music, painting, politics, sex, and metaphysics: all contribute to making black more luminous than it has ever been.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • BLACK SWAN : The Impact of the Highly Improbable
    BLACK SWAN : The Impact of the Highly Improbable
    TALEB NASSIM NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780141034591
    Title: BLACK SWAN : The Impact of the Highly Improbable
    Author: TALEB NASSIM NICHOLAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Black Swan is a concept that will change the way you look at the world. Black Swans underlie almost everything, from the rise of religions, to events in our own lives. A Black Swan is a highly improbable event with three principle characteristics- it's unpredictable; carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. Nassim Nicholas Taleb reveals that we are hard-wired not to truly estimate risk, too vulnerable to the impulse to simplify, narrate, and categorize and not open enough to rewarding those who can imagine the 'impossible'. In this revelatory book, Taleb explains everything we know about what we don't know, and shows us how to face the world.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BOOK OF MAGIC : From Antiquity to Enlightenment
    BOOK OF MAGIC : From Antiquity to Enlightenment
    COPENHAVER BRIAN
    ISBN: 9780141393148
    Title: BOOK OF MAGIC : From Antiquity to Enlightenment
    Author: COPENHAVER BRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'As when iron is drawn to a magnet, camphor is sucked into hot air, crystal lights up in the Sun, sulphur and a volatile liquid are kindled by flame, an empty eggshell filled with dew is raised towards the Sun...'

    This rich, fascinating anthology of the western magical tradition stretches from its roots in the wizardry of the Old Testament and the rituals of the ancient world, through writers such as Thomas Aquinas, John Milton, John Dee and Matthew Hopkins, and up to the tangled, arcane beginnings of the scientific revolution. Arranged historically, with commentary, this book includes incantations, charms, curses, Golems, demons and witches, as well as astrology, divination and alchemy, with some ancient and medieval works which were once viewed as too dangerous even to open.

    Selected and translated with an introduction and notes by Brian Copenhaver

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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