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  • WORLD BEYOND YOUR HEAD : HOW TO FLOURISH IN AN AGE OF DISTRACTION
    WORLD BEYOND YOUR HEAD : HOW TO FLOURISH IN AN AGE OF DISTRACTION
    CRAWFORD MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9780241959442
    Title: WORLD BEYOND YOUR HEAD : HOW TO FLOURISH IN AN AGE OF DISTRACTION
    Author: CRAWFORD MATTHEW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In an age of perpetual distraction, how do we focus on what matters most?

    In the modern age something is always seeking to occupy our attention. Many of us rarely have a moment to ourselves, let alone to be ourselves, leaving us feeling disconnected and out of touch. In this entertaining follow-up to his bestselling The Case for Working With Your Hands, Matthew Crawford argues that by reconnecting with the people, places and things around us, we create meaningful relationships that make us happier and allow us to flourish.

    Drawing on moral philosophy, cognitive science, the work lessons of craftsmen and his own life lessons as an academic and mechanic, he shows how each of us can learn to live in the world around us.

    'A philosophical treatise on how to cope with modernity.' Observer

    'Rich and rewarding.' Observer

    'Elegant and impassioned.' New Statesman

    'Deserves our full attention.' Sunday Times

    'Persuasive, entertaining.' Financial Times



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • ZIZEK AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES : ON THE EMERGENCE OF THE SLOVENIAN LACAN
    ZIZEK AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES : ON THE EMERGENCE OF THE SLOVENIAN LACAN
    MOTOH HELENA
    ISBN: 9781441105134
    Title: ZIZEK AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES : ON THE EMERGENCE OF THE SLOVENIAN LACAN
    Author: MOTOH HELENA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The popularity of the inimitable Slavoj Zizek has perhaps cast a shadow over the collective influence exerted by Slovenian intellectuals on modern day philosophy. This book relocates Zizek as a thinker whose ideas are born of a specifically Slovenian context.

    Imprint: CONTINUUM
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • 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
  • ZIZEKS JOKES: (DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT HEGEL AND NEGATION?)
    ZIZEKS JOKES: (DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT HEGEL AND NEGATION?)
    ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    ISBN: 9780262535304
    Title: ZIZEKS JOKES: (DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT HEGEL AND NEGATION?)
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.'?'Ludwig Wittgenstein. The good news is that this book offers an entertaining but enlightening compilation of Žižekisms. Unlike any other book by Slavoj Žižek, this compact arrangement of jokes culled from his writings provides an index to certain philosophical, political, and sexual themes that preoccupy him. Žižek's Jokes contains the set-ups and punch lines - as well as the offenses and insults - that Žižek is famous for, all in less than 200 pages. So what's the bad news? There is no bad news. There's just the inimitable Slavoj Žižek, disguised as an impossibly erudite, politically incorrect uncle, beginning a sentence, 'There is an old Jewish joke, loved by Derrida . . .' For Žižek, jokes are amusing stories that offer a shortcut to philosophical insight. He illustrates the logic of the Hegelian triad, for example, with three variations of the 'Not tonight, dear, I have a headache'? classic: first the wife claims a migraine; then the husband does; then the wife exclaims, 'Darling, I have a terrible migraine, so let's have some sex to refresh me!'? A punch line about a beer bottle provides a Lacanian lesson about one signifier. And a 'truly obscene'? version of the famous 'aristocrats'? joke has the family offering a short course in Hegelian thought rather than a display of unspeakables. Žižek's Jokes contains every joke cited, paraphrased, or narrated in Žižek's work in English (including some in unpublished manuscripts), including different versions of the same joke that make different points in different contexts. The larger point being that comedy is central to Žižek's seriousness.

    Imprint: MIT PRESS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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