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  • ANCIENT GREEKS : TEN WAYS THEY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD
    ANCIENT GREEKS : TEN WAYS THEY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD
    HALL EDITH
    ISBN: 9780099583646
    Title: ANCIENT GREEKS : TEN WAYS THEY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD
    Author: HALL EDITH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. They wrote the timeless myths of Odysseus and Oedipus, and the histories of Leonidas's three hundred Spartans and Alexander the Great.

    But who were the ancient Greeks? And what was it that enabled them to achieve so much?

    Here, Edith Hall gives us a revelatory way of viewing this geographically scattered people, visiting different communities at various key moments during twenty centuries of ancient history.

    Identifying ten unique traits central to the widespread ancient Greeks, Hall unveils a civilization of incomparable richness and a people of astounding complexity and explains how they made us who we are today.

    A thoroughly readable and illuminating account of this fascinating people This excellent book makes us admire and like the ancient Greeks equally' Independent A worthy and lively introduction to one of the two groups of ancient peoples who really formed the western world' Sunday Times Throughout, Hall exemplifies her subjects' spirit of inquiry, their originality and their open-mindedness'

    Imprint: ARROW
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY : A NEW HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY VOLUME ONE
    ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY : A NEW HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY VOLUME ONE
    KENNY ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780198752721
    Title: ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY : A NEW HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY VOLUME ONE
    Author: KENNY ANTHONY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sir Anthony Kenny tells the fascinating story of the birth of philosophy and its remarkable flourishing in the ancient Mediterranean world. This is the first of four volumes in which he unfolds a magisterial new history of Western philosophy, the first major single-author narrative of the history of philosophy for several decades. Kenny's lucid and stimulating history brings to life the great minds of the past and tells the story of one thousand years of thought, from 550 BC to 450 AD, revealing the origins of many modern ideas and issues.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $31.99

    Price: $31.99
  • ANGER AND FORGIVENESS : Resentment Generosity and Justice
    ANGER AND FORGIVENESS : Resentment Generosity and Justice
    NUSSBAUM MARTHA C
    ISBN: 9780199335879
    Title: ANGER AND FORGIVENESS : Resentment Generosity and Justice
    Author: NUSSBAUM MARTHA C
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this volume based on her 2014 Locke Lectures, Martha C. Nussbaum provides a bracing new view that strips the notion of forgiveness down to its Judeo-Christian roots, where it was structured by the moral relationship between a score-keeping God and penitent, self-abasing, and erring mortals.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $30.99

    Price: $30.99
  • ANIMAL LIBERATION
    ANIMAL LIBERATION
    SINGER PETER
    ISBN: 9780061711305
    Title: ANIMAL LIBERATION
    Author: SINGER PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since its original publication in 1975, this groundbreaking work has awakened millions of people to the existence of "speciesism"--our systematic disregard of nonhuman animals--inspiring a worldwide movement to transform our attitudes to animals and eliminate the cruelty we inflict on them.

    In Animal Liberation, author Peter Singer exposes the chilling realities of today's "factory farms" and product-testing procedures--destroying the spurious justifications behind them, and offering alternatives to what has become a profound environmental and social as well as moral issue. An important and persuasive appeal to conscience, fairness, decency, and justice, it is essential reading for the supporter and the skeptic alike.

    Imprint: HARPER U S
    RRP: $25.99
    Price: $25.99
  • ANTI-BADIOU : The Introduction of Maoism into Philosophy
    ANTI-BADIOU : The Introduction of Maoism into Philosophy
    LARUELLE FRANCOIS
    ISBN: 9781350009080
    Title: ANTI-BADIOU : The Introduction of Maoism into Philosophy
    Author: LARUELLE FRANCOIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This compelling and highly original book represents a confrontation between two of the most radical thinkers at work in France today: Alain Badiou and the author, François Laruelle.

    At face value, the two have much in common: both espouse a position of absolute immanence; both argue that philosophy is conditioned by science; and both command a pluralism of thought. Anti-Badiou relates the parallel stories of Badiou's Maoist 'ontology of the void' and Laruelle's own performative practice of 'non-philosophy' and explains why the two are in fact radically different. Badiou's entire project aims to re-educate philosophy through one science: mathematics. Laruelle carefully examines Badiou's Being and Event and shows how Badiou has created a new aristocracy that crowns his own philosophy as the master of an entire theoretical universe. In turn, Laruelle explains the contrast with his own non-philosophy as a true democracy of thought that breaks philosophy's continual enthrall with mathematics and instead opens up a myriad of 'non-standard' places where thinking can be found and practised.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTIFRAGILE : THINGS THAT GAIN FROM DISORDER
    ANTIFRAGILE : THINGS THAT GAIN FROM DISORDER
    TALEB NICHOLAS NASSIM
    ISBN: 9780141038223
    Title: ANTIFRAGILE : THINGS THAT GAIN FROM DISORDER
    Author: TALEB NICHOLAS NASSIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and his revelatory new book Antifragile offers a definitive solution: how to live in a world that is unpredicatable, chaotic, and full of shocks, and how to thrive during periods of disaster. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner. For what Taleb calls the 'antifragile' is beyond the merely robust; it benefits from shocks, uncertainty and stressors.

    The most successful of us, the most daring and creative will take advantage of disorder and invent new, more powerful opportunities and advantages beyond our expectations.

    'Antifragility is the secret to success in a world full of uncertainty, a system for turning random mutations to lasting advantage . . . highly entertaining . . . . whether you find Mr Taleb amusing or irritating, you want to read on.' Economist

    'Taleb is a very funny writer with a finely tuned BS detector . . . Antifragility isn't just sound economic and political doctrine. It's also the key to a good life.' Fortune

    'This is a bold, entertaining, clever book, richly crammed with insights, stories, fine phrases and intriguing asides . . . I will have to read it again. And again.' Matt Ridley, Wall Street Journal

    'A new kind of strength . . . not invincible but better able to handle life's inevitable surprises . . . such a combination leaves open the possibility of big rewards while minimizing exposure to risk.' Los Angeles Times

    'Taleb is an outsider in a business of outsiders, and if he is lobbing grenades at the power in the centre - well, that's the point.' Daily Telegraph



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $27.99
    Price: $27.99
  • ANTI-OEDIPUS
    ANTI-OEDIPUS
    DELEUZE GILLES AND GUATTARI FELIX
    ISBN: 9781780936611
    Title: ANTI-OEDIPUS
    Author: DELEUZE GILLES AND GUATTARI FELIX
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The collaboration of the philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the psychoanalyst Felix Guattari has been one of the most profoundly influential partnerships in contemporary thought. Anti-Oedipus is the first part of their masterpiece, Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Ranging widely across the radical tradition of 20th Century thought and culture that preceeded them - from Foucault, Lacan and Jung to Samuel Beckett and Henry Miller - this revolutionary analysis of the intertwining of desire, reality and capitalist society is an essential read for anyone interested in postwar continental thought.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ARCHAEOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE
    ARCHAEOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE
    FOUCAULT MICHEL
    ISBN: 9780415287531
    Title: ARCHAEOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE
    Author: FOUCAULT MICHEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In France, a country that awards its intellectuals the status other countries give their rock stars, Michel Foucault was part of a glittering generation of thinkers, one which also included Sartre, de Beauvoir and Deleuze. One of the great intellectual heroes of the twentieth century, Foucault was a man whose passion and reason were at the service of nearly every progressive cause of his time.

    From law and order, to mental health, to power and knowledge, he spearheaded public awareness of the dynamics that hold us all in thrall to a few powerful ideologies and interests.

    Arguably his finest work, Archaeology of Knowledge is a challenging but fantastically rewarding introduction to his ideas.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARCHITECTURE OF HAPPINESS
    ARCHITECTURE OF HAPPINESS
    DE BOTTON ALAIN
    ISBN: 9780241970058
    Title: ARCHITECTURE OF HAPPINESS
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Architecture of Happiness is Alain de Botton's exploration of the hidden links between buildings and our well being.

    In The Architecture of Happiness, bestselling author Alain de Botton explores one of our most intense but often hidden love affairs: with our houses and their furnishings.

    He asks: What makes a house truly beautiful? Why are many new houses so ugly? Why do we argue so bitterly about sofas and pictures - and can differences of taste ever be satisfactorily resolved?
    To answer these questions and many more, de Botton looks at buildings across the world, from medieval wooden huts to modern skyscrapers; he examines sofas and cathedrals, tea sets and office complexes, and teases out a host of often surprising philosophical insights.
    The Architecture of Happiness will take you on a beguiling tour through the history and psychology of architecture and interior design, and will change the way you look at your home.

    "Engaging and intelligent ...full of splendid ideas, happily and beautifully expressed". (Independent).




    Alain de Botton was born in 1969 and is the author of non-fiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His bestselling books include Essays in Love; The Romantic Movement; Kiss and Tell; Status Anxiety; How Proust Can Change Your Life; The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work; The Art of Travel; The Architecture of Happiness and Religion for Atheists. He lives in London and founded The School of Life and Living Architecture.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ARE YOU AN ILLUSION
    ARE YOU AN ILLUSION
    MIDGLEY MARY
    ISBN: 9781844657926
    Title: ARE YOU AN ILLUSION
    Author: MIDGLEY MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Are You an Illusion?today's scientific orthodoxy, which treats the self as nothing more than an elaborate illusion, comes under spirited attack. In an impassioned defence of the importance of our own thoughts, feelings and experiences, Mary Midgley shows that there's much more to our selves than a jumble of brain cells.

    Exploring the remarkable gap that has opened up between our understanding of our own sense of self and today's science, she exposes some very odd claims and muddled thinking on the part of cognitive scientists and psychologists when they talk about the self and shows that many well-known philosophical problems in causality and free have been glossed over.

    Midgley argues powerfully and persuasively that the rich variety of our imaginative life cannot be contained in the narrow bounds of a highly puritanical materialism that simply equates brain and self. Engaging with the work of prominent thinkers, Midgley investigates the source of our current attitudes to the self and reveals how ideas, traditions and myths have been twisted to fit in, seemingly naturally, with science's current preoccupation with the physical and, in doing so, have made many other valuable activities and ideas appear as anti-scientific. Midgley shows that the subjective sources of thought - our own experiences - are every bit as necessary in helping to explain the world as the objective ones such as brain cells.

    Are You an Illusion?offers a salutary analysis of science's claim to have done away with the self and a characteristic injection of common sense from one of our most respected philosophers into a debate increasingly in need of it.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $31.99

    Price: $31.99
  • ART AS THERAPY
    ART AS THERAPY
    DE BOTTON ALAIN / ARMSTRONG JOHN
    ISBN: 9780714872780
    Title: ART AS THERAPY
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN / ARMSTRONG JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Two authorities on popular culture reveal the ways in which art can enhance mood and enrich lives - now available in paperback

    This passionate, thought-provoking, often funny, and always-accessible book proposes a new way of looking at art, suggesting that it can be useful, relevant, and therapeutic. Through practical examples, the world-renowned authors argue that certain great works of art have clues as to how to manage the tensions and confusions of modern life. Chapters on love, nature, money, and politics show how art can help with many common difficulties, from forging good relationships to coming to terms with mortality.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • ART OF LOSING CONTROL : A Philosopher's Search for Ecstatic Experience
    ART OF LOSING CONTROL : A Philosopher's Search for Ecstatic Experience
    EVANS JULES
    ISBN: 9781782118688
    Title: ART OF LOSING CONTROL : A Philosopher's Search for Ecstatic Experience
    Author: EVANS JULES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jules Evans is lying at the bottom of a mountain after a skiing accident. But he's not thinking about his broken femur. He's having an ecstatic revelation. Jules's brush with ecstasy leads him on an investigation: why have we been happy to accept Greek philosophy's attitude that rationality is the highest part of human nature for so many centuries, when we are capable of so many more states of experience? On his way, Jules discovers that by mastering the art of losing control, we can liberate ourselves from toxic habits and lead a better, deeper life.

    Balancing personal narrative, interviews, and readings from ancient and modern philosophers, The Art of Losing Control is a fascinating, funny and thrilling guide to the different ways we can experience ecstasy and how it can motivate us, heal us and set us free.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF MINDFUL WALKING : MEDITATIONS ON THE PATH
    ART OF MINDFUL WALKING : MEDITATIONS ON THE PATH
    FORD ADAM
    ISBN: 9781907332586
    Title: ART OF MINDFUL WALKING : MEDITATIONS ON THE PATH
    Author: FORD ADAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Art of Mindful Walking uses the concept of mindfulness to explore the activity of walking as an exercise for both body and mind.

    As an Anglican priest and former Priest-in-Ordinary to the Queen, a lecturer in Buddhism, and a devoted walker, Adam Ford is an inspiring guide with a refreshingly eclectic viewpoint. Contemplating the concept of a purposeful walking, he applies the notion of mindfulness to walks ranging from a simple journey to work to a personal odyssey in the Australian outback. Exploring the idea of the walk as both medium and metaphor, and considering ideas of pilgrimage alongside the notion of the walk in literature, he draws on his personal experience of both spirituality and walking. This book celebrates and enchances those moments: both for the hardened hiker and those who like to contemplate past walks from the comfort of their armchair.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ART OF READING
    ART OF READING
    YOUNG DAMON
    ISBN: 9780522867602
    Title: ART OF READING
    Author: YOUNG DAMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We are not born readers, we learn to turn words into worlds. But why is fine writing lauded while excellent reading is ignored?

    In The Art of Reading, philosopher Damon Young reveals the pleasures of this intimate pursuit through a rich sample of literature: from Virginia Woolf's diaries to Batman comics. He writes with honesty and humour about the blunders and revelations of his own bookish life.


    Devoting each chapter to a literary virtue—curiosity, patience, courage, pride, temperance, justice—The Art of Reading celebrates the reader's power: to turn shapes on a page into a lifelong adventure.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ARTMACHINES : DELEUZE GUATTARI SIMONDON
    ARTMACHINES : DELEUZE GUATTARI SIMONDON
    SAUVAGNARGUES ANNE
    ISBN: 9781474402545
    Title: ARTMACHINES : DELEUZE GUATTARI SIMONDON
    Author: SAUVAGNARGUES ANNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Artmachines presents and transforms the thought of Deleuze and Guattari, excavating a new philosophy of individuation and production from their work. The essays range over literature, art, philosophy, psychoanalysis and politics to converge around the concepts of individuation, ecology, territory, the machine, transversality and the refrain.

    Imprint: EDINBURGH UNI PRESS
    RRP: $47.99

    Price: $47.99
  • AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFE : FREEDOM BEING AND APRICOT COCKTAILS
    AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFE : FREEDOM BEING AND APRICOT COCKTAILS
    BAKEWELL SARAH
    ISBN: 9780099554882
    Title: AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFE : FREEDOM BEING AND APRICOT COCKTAILS
    Author: BAKEWELL SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paris, near the turn of 1933. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking. Pointing to his drink, he says, "You can make philosophy out of this cocktail!"


    From this moment of inspiration, Sartre will create his own extraordinary philosophy of real, experienced life – of love and desire, of freedom and being, of cafés and waiters, of friendships and revolutionary fervour. It is a philosophy that will enthral Paris and sweep through the world, leaving its mark on post-war liberation movements, from the student uprisings of 1968 to civil rights pioneers.

    At the Existentialist Café tells the story of modern existentialism as one of passionate encounters between people, minds and ideas. From the ‘king and queen of existentialism’ – Sartre and de Beauvoir – to their wider circle of friends and adversaries including Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Iris Murdoch, this book is an enjoyable and original journey through a captivating intellectual movement. Weaving biography and thought, Sarah Bakewell takes us to the heart of a philosophy about life that also changed lives, and that tackled the biggest questions of all: what we are and how we are to live.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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