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  • CONSOLATIONS OF PHILOSOPHY
    CONSOLATIONS OF PHILOSOPHY
    DE BOTTON ALAIN
    ISBN: 9780140276619
    Title: CONSOLATIONS OF PHILOSOPHY
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Consolations of Philosophy is Alain de Botton's internationally bestselling guide to life.

    Alain de Botton, bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, has set six of the finest minds in the history of philosophy to work on the problems of everyday life. Here then are Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietsche on some of the things that bother us all: lack of money, the pain of love, inadequacy, anxiety; the fear of failure and the pressure to conform.

    "Singlehandedly, de Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose: helping us live our lives". ("Independent").

    "No doubt about it, philosophy is the new rock and roll and Alain de Botton is its Colonel Tom Parker ...A pleasure to read. And good writing, like good philosophy, is always a consolation". (John Banville, "Irish Times").

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CONTENT AND CONSCIOUSNESS
    CONTENT AND CONSCIOUSNESS
    DENNETT DANIEL C
    ISBN: 9780415567862
    Title: CONTENT AND CONSCIOUSNESS
    Author: DENNETT DANIEL C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Content and Consciousness is an original and ground-breaking attempt to elucidate a problem integral to the history of Western philosophical thought: the relationship of the mind and body. In this formative work, Dennett sought to develop a theory of the human mind and consciousness based on new and challenging advances in the field that came to be known as cognitive science. This important and illuminating work is widely-regarded as the book from which all of Dennett's future ideas developed. It is his first explosive rebuttal of Cartesian dualism and one of the founding texts of philosophy of mind.

    Imprint: Routledge
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CONTINGENCY HEGEMONY UNIVERSALITY
    CONTINGENCY HEGEMONY UNIVERSALITY
    BUTLER J / LACLAU E / ZIZEK S
    ISBN: 9781844676682
    Title: CONTINGENCY HEGEMONY UNIVERSALITY
    Author: BUTLER J / LACLAU E / ZIZEK S
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Hegelian legacy, Left strategy, and post-structuralism versus Lacanian psychoanalysis.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CONVERSATIONS WITH GOETHE
    CONVERSATIONS WITH GOETHE
    ECKERMANN JOHANN PETER
    ISBN: 9780241421673
    Title: CONVERSATIONS WITH GOETHE
    Author: ECKERMANN JOHANN PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: January 2021 New Release

    By the end of the nineteenth century, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was the world's most celebrated poet, novelist, critic and thinker. Today his name is echoed as that of a 'great man' alongside Plato, Montaigne and Shakespeare.

    This book covers the last nine years of his life, partially spent having conversations with the young Johann Eckermann, who was thirty-one to Goethe's seventy-four, and who dedicated this time to recording Goethe's thoughts, ideas, observations and witticisms. The result is Conversations with Goethe, the most direct glimpse into the Great Man's mind, revealing a gentler, more human side to him, as well as his thoughts on art, science, poetry, philosophy and the minutiae of life.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • COURAGE OF HOPELESSNESS : Chronicles of a Year of Acting Dangerously
    COURAGE OF HOPELESSNESS : Chronicles of a Year of Acting Dangerously
    ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    ISBN: 9780141986098
    Title: COURAGE OF HOPELESSNESS : Chronicles of a Year of Acting Dangerously
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The maverick philosopher returns to explore today's idealogical, political and economic battles, and asks whether radical change is possible.


    In these troubled times, even the most pessimistic diagnosis of our future ends with an uplifting hint that things might not be as bad as all that, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

    Yet, argues Slavoj Zizek, it is only when we have admitted to ourselves that our situation is completely hopeless - that the light at the end of the tunnel is in fact the headlight of a train approaching us from the opposite direction - that fundamental change can be brought about.

    Surveying the various challenges in the world today, from mass migration and geopolitical tensions to terrorism, the explosion of rightist populism and the emergence of new radical politics - all of which, in their own way, express the impasses of global capitalism - Zizek explores whether there still remains the possibility for genuine change. Today, he proposes, the only true question is, or should be, this: do we endorse the predominant acceptance of capitalism as a fact of human nature, or does today's capitalism contain strong enough antagonisms to prevent its infinite reproduction? Can we, he asks, move beyond the failure of socialism, and beyond the current wave of populist rage, and initiate radical change before the train hits?

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CRUELTY OR HUMANITY : Challenges, Opportunities and Responsibilities
    CRUELTY OR HUMANITY : Challenges, Opportunities and Responsibilities
    REES STUART
    ISBN: 9781447356981
    Title: CRUELTY OR HUMANITY : Challenges, Opportunities and Responsibilities
    Author: REES STUART
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Combining evidence-based analysis, human stories and art in the form of poetry, Cruelty or Humanity displays dramatic examples of cruelties practiced around the world which are then linked to compelling arguments about humanitarian alternatives.

    Cruelty has long been a feature of states' domestic and foreign policies but is seldom acknowledged. Governments mouth respect for human rights yet promote discrimination, violence and suppression of critics.

    Documenting case studies from around the world, distinguished academic and human rights activist Stuart Rees exposes politicians' cruel motives and the resulting outcomes. Using his first-hand observations and insights from international poets, he argues for courageous action to support non-violence in every aspect of public and private life for the survival of people, animals and the planet.

    'A sobering account of a disease that inflicts unimaginable pain on all living things. Stuart Rees courageously gives it its proper name 'cruelty', brilliantly identifies its causes and effects, and with erudition and compassion points the way to a healthier future.'” - Joseph Camilleri, La Trobe University



    Imprint: POLICY PRESS
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • CURIOSITY
    CURIOSITY
    MANGUEL ALBERTO
    ISBN: 9780300219807
    Title: CURIOSITY
    Author: MANGUEL ALBERTO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An eclectic history of human curiosity, a great feast of ideas, and a memoir of a reading life from an internationally celebrated reader and thinker.


    Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters. The question Why? has appeared under a multiplicity of guises and in vastly different contexts throughout the chapters of human history. Why does evil exist? What is beauty? How does language inform us? What defines our identity? What is our responsibility to the world? In Alberto Manguel s most personal book to date, the author tracks his own life of curiosity through the reading that has mapped his way. Manguel chooses as his guides a selection of writers who sparked his imagination. He dedicates each chapter to a single thinker, scientist, artist, or other figure who demonstrated in a fresh way how to ask Why?


    Leading us through a full gallery of inquisitives, among them Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Lewis Carroll, Rachel Carson, Socrates, and, most importantly, Dante, Manguel affirms how deeply connected our curiosity is to the readings that most astonish us, and how essential to the soaring of our own imaginations.

    Imprint: Yale University Press
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • DAILY SOTIC
    DAILY SOTIC
    HOLIDAY RYAN / HANSELMAN STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781781257654
    Title: DAILY SOTIC
    Author: HOLIDAY RYAN / HANSELMAN STEPHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'No role is so well suited to philosophy as the one you happen to be in right now.' - Marcus Aurelius

    The Stoics' unique blend of practicality and wisdom has been inspiring the most successful among us for centuries, from Roman Emperors to Barack Obama, and most recently via Ryan Holiday's bestselling The Obstacle is the Way. If that book introduced readers to the idea that what is in the way is the way, The Daily Stoic widens our view on the Stoic philosophy and shows that it can be applied to any problem.

    From how to manage failure to getting what you want, the ideas of Seneca, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius and others continue to be vitally relevant to today's doers and thinkers. Here, in bold new translations of the ancient classics, language is stripped down to reveal powerful aphorisms that cut straight to the heart of our day-to-day challenges.

    Presented in a page-per-day format, this daily resource of Stoic inspiration combines quotations with calls to further reflection - and action. Arranged topically, this guide features twelve principles for overcoming obstacles and achieving greater satisfaction. It introduces readers to a new daily ritual and new orientation that will bring them balanced action, insight, effectiveness, and serenity.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DEEP THOUGHT : 42 Fantastic Quotes That Define Philosophy
    DEEP THOUGHT : 42 Fantastic Quotes That Define Philosophy
    COX GARY
    ISBN: 9781350066588
    Title: DEEP THOUGHT : 42 Fantastic Quotes That Define Philosophy
    Author: COX GARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Gary Cox guides us through 42 of the most misunderstood, misquoted, provocative and significant quotes in the history of philosophy providing a witty and compelling commentary along the way. This entertaining and illuminating collection of quotes doesn't merely list who said what and when, it explores who each philosopher is and what he or she really meant when they said what they said.
    Viewing each quote as a philosophical thesis in itself, Cox probes the writings of everyone from Douglas Adams to A.J. Ayer and Thomas Aquinas to Karl Marx. This is a philosophical journey through history, culture and writing to bring us to a deeper understanding of why we think the way we do.
    As Douglas Adams points out, if there is no final answer to the question, 'What is the meaning of life?', '42' is as good or bad an answer as any other. Here Cox shows that 42 quotes might be even better!

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DEMANDING THE IMPOSSIBLE
    DEMANDING THE IMPOSSIBLE
    ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    ISBN: 9780745672298
    Title: DEMANDING THE IMPOSSIBLE
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Where are we today and what is to be done? Slavoj Zizek ponders these questions in this unique and timely book. Based on live interviews, the book captures i ek at his irrepressible best, elucidating such topics as the uprisings of the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis, populism in Latin America, the rise of China and even the riddle of North Korea. Zizek dazzles readers with his analyses of Hollywood films, Venezuelan police reports, Swedish crime fiction and much else. Wherever the conversation turns, his energetic mind illuminates unexpected horizons. While analyzing our present predicaments, Zizek also explores possibilities for change. What sort of society is worth striving for? Why is it difficult to imagine alternative social and political arrangements? What are the bases for hope? A key obligation in our troubled times, argues Zizek, is to dare to ask fundamental questions: we must reflect and theorize anew, and always be prepared to rethink and redefine the limits of the possible. These original and compelling conversations offer an engaging and accessible introduction to one of the most important thinkers of our time.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $31.99

    Price: $31.99
  • DIALECTIC OF ENLIGHTENMENT
    DIALECTIC OF ENLIGHTENMENT
    ADORNO THEODOR / HORKHEIMER MAX
    ISBN: 9781784786793
    Title: DIALECTIC OF ENLIGHTENMENT
    Author: ADORNO THEODOR / HORKHEIMER MAX
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A classic of twentieth-century thought, charting how reason regressed back into myth and superstition. Dialectic of Enlightenment is, quite justifiably, one of the most celebrated and often cited works of modern social philosophy. It has been identified as the keystone of the 'Frankfurt School' of which Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer were the leading members, and does not cease to impress in its wide-randing ambition and panache.

    Adorno and Horkheimer addressed themselves to a question which went to the very heart of the modern age, namely 'why mankind, instead of entering into a truly human condition, is sinking into a new kind of barbarism'. Modernity, far from redeeming the promises and hopes of the Enlightenment, had resulted in a stultification of mankind and administered society, characterised by simulation and candy-floss entertainment.

    To seek an answer to the questions of how such a condition could arise, Adorno and Horkheimer subjected the whole history of Western categories of reason and nature, from Homer to Nietzche, to a searching philosophical and psychological critique. Drawing on psychoanalytical insights, their own work on the 'culture industry', deep knowledge of the key Enlightenment and anti-Enlightenment thinkers, as well as fascinating considerations on the relationship between reason and myth - the rational and the irrational - the authors exposed the domination and violence towards both nature and humanity that underpin the Enlightenment project.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • DIALECTICS OF LIBERATION
    DIALECTICS OF LIBERATION
    COOPER DAVID
    ISBN: 9781781688915
    Title: DIALECTICS OF LIBERATION
    Author: COOPER DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Congress of the Dialectics of Liberation, held in London in 1967, was a unique expression of the politics of modern dissent, in which existential psychiatrists, Marxist intellectuals, anarchists and political leaders met to discuss the key social issues of the following decade. Edited by David Cooper, this volume compiles the speeches by Stokely Carmichael, Herbert Marcuse, R.D. Laing, Paul Sweezy, and others. The collection explores the roots of violence in society. Against the backdrop of rising student frustrations, racism, class inequality, and environmental degradation, this conference aimed to create genuine revolutionary momentum by fusing ideology and action on the levels of the individual and of mass society. These speeches clearly indicate the rise of a new, forceful and (to some) ominous style of political activity.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DID SOMEBODY SAY TOTALITARIANISM
    DID SOMEBODY SAY TOTALITARIANISM
    ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    ISBN: 9781844677139
    Title: DID SOMEBODY SAY TOTALITARIANISM
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Totalitarianism has always had a precise strategic function: to guarantee the liberal democratic hegemony by dismissing the Leftist critique of liberal democracy as the two-faced twin of Right-wing dictatorships. Instead of providing yet another systematic exposition of the history of this notion, Zizek looks at totalitarianism in a way that Wittgenstein would approve of - finding it a cobweb of family resemblances. He reveals the consensus view of totalitarianism, in which it is invariably defined in terms of four things: the holocaust as the ultimate, diabolical evil; the Stalinist gulag as the alleged truth of the socialist revolutionary project; the recent wave of ethnic and religious fundamentalisms to be fought through multiculturalist tolerance; and the deconstructionist idea that the ultimate root of totalitarianism is the ontological closure of thought. Zizek concludes that the devil lies not so much in the detail but in what enables the very designation totalitarian: the liberal-democratic consensus itself.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DISCIPLINE AND PUNISH : The Birth of the Prison
    DISCIPLINE AND PUNISH : The Birth of the Prison
    FOUCAULT MICHEL
    ISBN: 9780241386019
    Title: DISCIPLINE AND PUNISH : The Birth of the Prison
    Author: FOUCAULT MICHEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the Middle Ages there were gaols and dungeons, but punishment was for the most part a spectacle.

    The economic changes and growing popular dissent of the 18th century made necessary a more systematic control over the individual members of society, and this in effect meant a change from punishment, which chastised the body, to reform, which touched the soul. Foucault shows the development of the Western system of prisons, police organizations, administrative and legal hierarchies for social control - and the growth of disciplinary society as a whole. He also reveals that between school, factories, barracks and hospitals all share a common organization, in which it is possible to control the use of an individual's time and space hour by hour.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • DISOBEY ! : The Philosophy of Resistance
    DISOBEY ! : The Philosophy of Resistance
    GROS FREDERIC
    ISBN: 9781788736312
    Title: DISOBEY ! : The Philosophy of Resistance
    Author: GROS FREDERIC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The world is out of joint, so much so that disobeying should be an urgent act for everyone. In this provocative essay, Frederic Gros explores the roots of political obedience, social conformity, economic subjection, respect for authorities, constitutional consensus. Examining the various styles of obedience provides tools to study, invent and induce new forms of civic disobedience and lyrical protest. Nothing can be taken for granted- neither supposed certainties nor social conventions, economic injustice or moral conviction. Thinking philosophically requires us to never accept truths and generalities that seem obvious it restores a sense of political responsibility. At a time when the decisions of experts are presented as the result of icy statistics and anonymous calculations, disobeying becomes an assertion of humanity. To philosophise is to disobey. This book is a call for critical democracy and ethical resistance.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DISPARITIES
    DISPARITIES
    ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    ISBN: 9781350066564
    Title: DISPARITIES
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The concept of disparity has long been a topic of obsession and argument for philosophers but Slavoj Zizek would argue that what disparity and negativity could mean, might mean and should mean for us and our lives has never been more hotly debated.
    Disparities explores contemporary 'negative' philosophies from Catherine Malabou's plasticity, Julia Kristeva's abjection and Robert Pippin's self-consciousness to the God of negative theology, new realisms and post-humanism and draws a radical line under them. Instead of establishing a dialogue with these other ideas of disparity, Slavoj Zizek wants to establish a definite departure, a totally different idea of disparity based on an imaginative dialectical materialism. This notion of rupturing what has gone before is based on a provocative reading of how philosophers can, if they're honest, engage with each other. Slavoj Zizek borrows Alain Badiou's notion that a true idea is the one that divides. Radically departing from previous formulations of negativity and disparity, Zizek employs a new kind of negativity- namely positing that when a philosopher deals with another philosopher, his or her stance is never one of dialogue, but one of division, of drawing a line that separates truth from falsity.


    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
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