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  • BOURDIEU : A Critical Introduction
    BOURDIEU : A Critical Introduction
    SCHIRATO TONY
    ISBN: 9781760111748
    Title: BOURDIEU : A Critical Introduction
    Author: SCHIRATO TONY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Throughout his career, French philosopher Pierre Bourdieu sought to interrogate what he described as the 'social unconscious', the means by which power is held and transmitted across generations. Bourdieu's work has been hugely influential in disciplines across the social sciences and humanities for decades, yet Schirato and Roberts argue that few scholars are using his work to its full potential.

    Bourdieu's work is so wide-ranging that commentary tends to focus on specific theoretical concepts he developed or his books on particular fields of inquiry. However he continued to develop these concepts in his work across his whole career, and much of the richness of his thinking is lost if this isn't taken into account.

    Drawing on recently released lectures, Schirato and Roberts offer a systematic account of Bourdieu's full body of work, from his early research in Algiers to his last lectures in Paris. They show how Bourdieu continued to develop his concepts of habitus, field, capital, power and socio-cultural reproduction well into his later years. They also offer a nuanced reading of Bourdieu's thinking about education, class, language, knowledge and culture beyond the individual books Bourdieu published on these topics.

    This critical introduction to Bourdieu is essential reading for all Bourdieu scholars, and for researchers and thinkers using Bourdieu's work in their own social and cultural analysis.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BUDDHISM : The Basics
    BUDDHISM : The Basics
    CANTWELL CATHY
    ISBN: 9780415408806
    Title: BUDDHISM : The Basics
    Author: CANTWELL CATHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Buddhism: The Basics provides a thorough and accessible introduction to a fascinating religion. Examining the historical development of Buddhism and its presence today, this guide covers: principal traditions practices and beliefs ethical guidelines and philosophy religious texts community With helpful features including a detailed map of the Buddhist world, glossary of terms and tips for further study, this is an ideal text for students and interested readers wanting to familiarise themselves with the Buddhist faith. Cathy Cantwell is an academic researcher at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford. She specialises in Tibetan Buddhism, and has worked on eleventh century manuscripts, an eighteenth century scriptural collection, and contemporary Buddhist ritual manuals and practice. She has taught widely in UK Higher Education and is joint author of Early Tibetan Documents on Phur pa from Dunhuang.

    Imprint: Routledge
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BUDDHISM PLAIN AND SIMPLE : The Practice of Being Aware Right Now Every Day
    BUDDHISM PLAIN AND SIMPLE : The Practice of Being Aware Right Now Every Day
    HAGEN STEVE
    ISBN: 9780804851183
    Title: BUDDHISM PLAIN AND SIMPLE : The Practice of Being Aware Right Now Every Day
    Author: HAGEN STEVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Buddhism Plain and Simple Zen priest and longtime teacher Steve Hagen presents this heart of Buddhist teaching, pared down to its essence and explained in everyday language. It’s a true “beginner’s mind” introduction to the practice of being awake and in touch with the here and now.

    Imprint: TUTTLE
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • CABINET OF PHILOSOPHICAL CURIOSITIES : A Collection of Puzzles Oddities Riddles and Dilemmas
    CABINET OF PHILOSOPHICAL CURIOSITIES : A Collection of Puzzles Oddities Riddles and Dilemmas
    SORENSEN ROY
    ISBN: 9781846685224
    Title: CABINET OF PHILOSOPHICAL CURIOSITIES : A Collection of Puzzles Oddities Riddles and Dilemmas
    Author: SORENSEN ROY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An entertaining miscellany of logical curiosities - from anecdotes and proofs to puzzles and puns - found outside the classroom.

    If you want to learn how to conform to confound, raze hopes, succeed your successor, order absence in the absence of order, win by losing and think contrapositively, look no further. Here you can unlock the secrets of Plato's void, Wittgenstein's investigations, Schopenhauer's intelligence test, Voltaire's big bet, Russell's slip of the pen and lobster logic. Among your discoveries will be why the egg came before the chicken, what the dishwasher missed and just what it was that made Descartes disappear.

    Experience the unbearable lightness of logical conclusions in Professor Sorensen's intriguing cabinet of riddles, problems, paradoxes, puzzles and the anomalies of human utterance. As you accompany him on investigations into the mysteries of truth, falsehood, reason and delusion, prepare to be surprised, enlightened, mystified and, above all, entertained.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO EXISTENTIALISM
    CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO EXISTENTIALISM
    CROWELL STEVEN
    ISBN: 9780521732789
    Title: CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO EXISTENTIALISM
    Author: CROWELL STEVEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Existentialism exerts a continuing fascination on students of philosophy and general readers. As a philosophical phenomenon, though, it is often poorly understood, as a form of radical subjectivism that turns its back on reason and argumentation and possesses all the liabilities of philosophical idealism but without any idealistic conceptual clarity. In this volume of original essays, the first to be devoted exclusively to existentialism in over forty years, a team of distinguished commentators discuss the ideas of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and Beauvoir and show how their focus on existence provides a compelling perspective on contemporary issues in moral psychology and philosophy of mind, language and history. A further sequence of chapters examines the influence of existential ideas beyond philosophy, in literature, religion, politics and psychiatry. The volume offers a rich and comprehensive assessment of the continuing vitality of existentialism as a philosophical movement and a cultural phenomenon.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $56.99

    Price: $56.99
  • CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO PRAGMATISM
    CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO PRAGMATISM
    MALACHOWSKI ALAN
    ISBN: 9780521125802
    Title: CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO PRAGMATISM
    Author: MALACHOWSKI ALAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Pragmatism established a philosophical presence over a century ago through the work of Charles Peirce, William James and John Dewey, and has enjoyed an unprecedented revival in recent years owing to the pioneering efforts of Richard Rorty and Hilary Putnam. The essays in this volume explore the history and themes of classic pragmatism, discuss the revival of pragmatism and show how it engages with a range of areas of inquiry including politics, law, education, aesthetics, religion and feminism. Together they provide readers with an overview of the richness and vitality of pragmatist thinking and the influence that it continues to exert both in philosophy and other disciplines. The volume will be of interest to students and scholars of pragmatism, American philosophy and political theory.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $56.95

    Price: $56.95
  • CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY OF PHILOSOPHY
    CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY OF PHILOSOPHY
    AUDI ROBERT [ED]
    ISBN: 9781107643796
    Title: CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY OF PHILOSOPHY
    Author: AUDI ROBERT [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the leading, full-scale comprehensive dictionary of philosophical terms and thinkers to appear in English in more than half a century. Written by a team of more than 550 experts and now widely translated, it contains approximately 5,000 entries ranging from short definitions to longer articles. It is designed to facilitate the understanding of philosophy at all levels and in all fields. Key features of this third edition include:
    • 500 new entries covering Eastern as well as Western philosophy, and covering individual countries such as China, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain
    • Increased coverage of such growing fields as ethics and philosophy of mind
    • More than 100 new intellectual portraits of leading contemporary thinkers
    • Wider coverage of Continental philosophy
    • Dozens of new technical concepts in cognitive science and other areas
    • Enhanced cross-referencing to add context and increase understanding
    • Expansions in both text and index to facilitate research and browsing

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $65.99

    Price: $65.99
  • CAMERA LUCIDA
    CAMERA LUCIDA
    BARTHES ROLAND
    ISBN: 9780099225416
    Title: CAMERA LUCIDA
    Author: BARTHES ROLAND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Examining the themes of presence and absence, the relationship between photography and theatre, history and death, these 'reflections on photography' begin as an investigation into the nature of photographs. Then, as Barthes contemplates a photograph of his mother as a child, the book becomes an exposition of his own mind.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CAMERA LUCIDA : Reflections on Photography
    CAMERA LUCIDA : Reflections on Photography
    BARTHES ROLAND
    ISBN: 9781784876012
    Title: CAMERA LUCIDA : Reflections on Photography
    Author: BARTHES ROLAND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Examining themes of presence and absence, these reflections on photography begin as an investigation into the nature of photographs - their content, their pull on the viewer, their intimacy. Then, as Barthes contemplates a photograph of his mother as a child, the book becomes an exposition of his own mind. He was grieving for his mother at the time of writing. Strikingly personal, yet one of the most important early academic works on photography, Camera Lucida remains essential reading for anyone interested in the power of images.

    A special Vintage Design Edition, with wrap-around cover and stunning photography throughout the text.

    'Effortlessly, as if in passing, his reflections on photography raise questions and doubts which will permanently affect the vision of the reader' Guardian

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHALLENGE OF THINGS : Thinking Through Troubled Times
    CHALLENGE OF THINGS : Thinking Through Troubled Times
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9781408864623
    Title: CHALLENGE OF THINGS : Thinking Through Troubled Times
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A. C. Grayling's lucid and stimulating books, based on the idea that philosophy should engage with the world and make itself useful, are immensely popular...

    The Challenge of Things joins earlier collections like The Reason of Things and Thinking of Answers, but this time to collect Grayling's recent writings on the world in a time of war and conflict. In describing and exposing the dark side of things, he also explores ways out of the habits and prejudices of mind that would otherwise trap us forever in the deadly impasses of conflicts of all kinds.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • CHANGING THE SUBJECT : Philosophy from Socrates to Adorno
    CHANGING THE SUBJECT : Philosophy from Socrates to Adorno
    GEUSS RAYMOND
    ISBN: 9780674248359
    Title: CHANGING THE SUBJECT : Philosophy from Socrates to Adorno
    Author: GEUSS RAYMOND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "A history of philosophy in twelve thinkers...The whole performance combines polyglot philological rigor with supple intellectual sympathy, and it is all presented...in a spirit of fun."
    -Times Literary Supplement

    "If one of philosophy's crucial tasks is to snap us out of complacency and re-frame the parameters of debate, then there is always scope for a roll call of practitioners who have particularly enjoyed inspiring the 'moment when the gears shift.'...Geuss, who wears his expansive learning lightly, has interesting things to say about them all."
    -Catholic Herald

    "Exceptionally engaging...Geuss has a remarkable knack for putting even familiar thinkers in a new light."
    -Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

    Raymond Geuss explores the ideas of twelve philosophers who broke dramatically with prevailing wisdom, from Socrates and Plato in the ancient world to Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and Adorno. The result is a striking account of some of the most innovative thinkers in Western history and an indirect manifesto for how to pursue philosophy today. Geuss cautions that philosophers' attempts to break from convention do not necessarily make the world a better place. Montaigne's ideas may have been benign, but the fate of those of Hobbes, Hegel, and Nietzsche has been more varied. Yet in the act of provoking people to think differently, philosophers remind us that we are not fated to live within the systems of thought we inherit.

    Imprint: Harvard University Press
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • CHINESE THOUGHT : From Confucius to Cook Ding
    CHINESE THOUGHT : From Confucius to Cook Ding
    STERCKX ROEL
    ISBN: 9780141984834
    Title: CHINESE THOUGHT : From Confucius to Cook Ding
    Author: STERCKX ROEL
    Format: A FORMAT PAPERBACKS
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    How did the ancient Chinese think about the world? What does environmental consciousness stand for in the Chinese tradition? Where does China's obsession with education come from?

    We are often told that the twenty-first century is bound to become China's century. Never before has Chinese culture been so physically, digitally, economically or aesthetically present in everyday life in the Western world. But how much do we really know about its origins and key beliefs especially compared to the many histories of Western philosophy?

    In this enlightening book, Roel Sterckx, one of the foremost experts in Chinese thought, takes us through centuries of Chinese history, from Confucius to Daoism to the Legalists. With evocative examples from philosophy, literature and everyday life, he shows us how the ancient Chinese have shaped the thinking of a civilization that is now influencing our own.

    Imprint: PELICAN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • COMMUNIST HYPOTHESIS
    COMMUNIST HYPOTHESIS
    BADIOU ALAIN
    ISBN: 9781781688700
    Title: COMMUNIST HYPOTHESIS
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    'A new program for the Left after the death of neoliberalism. 'We know that communism is the right hypothesis. All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy, to parliamentary democracy-the form of state suited to capitalism-and to the inevitable and 'natural' character of the most monstrous inequalities.'-Alain Badiou..Alain Badiou's 'communist hypothesis', first stated in 2008, cut through the cant and compromises of the past twenty years to reconceptualize the Left. The hypothesis is a fresh demand for universal emancipation and a galvanizing call to arms. Anyone concerned with the future of the planet needs to reckon with the ideas outlined within this book.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • CONDITIONS
    CONDITIONS
    BADIOU ALAIN
    ISBN: 9781350009042
    Title: CONDITIONS
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beginning with a sustained critique of the so-called 'end of philosophy', Badiou goes on to propose a new definition of philosophy, one that is tested with respect to both its origin, in Plato, and its contemporary state. The essays that follow are ordered according to what Badiou sees as the four great conditions of philosophy: philosophy and poetry, philosophy and mathematics, philosophy and politics, and philosophy and love. Conditions provides an illuminating reworking of all the major theories in Being and Event. In so doing, Badiou not only develops the complexity of the concepts central to Being and Event but also adds new ones to his already formidable arsenal. The essays in Conditions reveal the extraordinary and systematic nature of Badiou's philosophical enterprise.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • CONQUEST OF HAPPINESS
    CONQUEST OF HAPPINESS
    RUSSELL BERTRAND
    ISBN: 9780415378475
    Title: CONQUEST OF HAPPINESS
    Author: RUSSELL BERTRAND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Leading the reader step by step through the causes of unhappiness and the personal choices, compromises and sacrifices that (may) lead to the final, affirmative conclusion of 'The Happy Man', this book is written by Bertrand Russell.

    Imprint: Routledge
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CONSOLATIONS : The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words
    CONSOLATIONS : The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words
    WHYTE DAVID
    ISBN: 9781786897633
    Title: CONSOLATIONS : The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words
    Author: WHYTE DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    David Whyte explores the underlying meaning of 52 ordinary words, with an introduction by Maria Popova of Brain Pickings

    In Consolations David Whyte unpacks aspects of being human that many of us spend our lives trying vainly to avoid - loss, heartbreak, vulnerability, fear - boldly reinterpreting them, fully embracing their complexity, never shying away from paradox in his relentless search for truth. Beginning with 'Alone' and closing with 'Work', each chapter in this life-affirming book is a meditation on meaning and context, an invitation to shift and broaden our perspectives on life: pain and joy, honesty and anger, confession and vulnerability, the experience of feeling overwhelmed and the desire to run away from it all. Through this lens, procrastination may be a necessary ripening; hiding an act of freedom; and shyness something that accompanies the first stage of revelation. Consolations invites readers into a poetic and thoughtful consideration of words whose meaning and interpretation influence the paths we choose and the way we traverse them throughout our lives.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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