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  • WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY FOR?
    WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY FOR?
    MIDGLEY MARY
    ISBN: 9781350051072
    Title: WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY FOR?
    Author: MIDGLEY MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The last major book from one of Britain's most respected and popular female philosophers, Mary Midgley. What Is Philosophy for? asks the big questions at the heart of philosophy and doesn't shy away from coming up with some unsettling answers

    Why should anybody take an interest in philosophy' Is it just another detailed study like metallurgy' Or is it similar to history, literature and even religion- a study meant to do some personal good and influence our lives'

    Mary Midgley addresses these provocative questions in her most up-to-date statement on the various forms of our current intellectual anxieties and confusions and how we might deal with them. In doing so, she provides a robust, yet not uncritical, defence of philosophy and the life of the mind.
    This defence is expertly placed in the context of contemporary debates about science, religion, and philosophy. It asks whether, in light of rampant scientific and technological developments, we still need philosophy to help us think about the big questions of meaning, knowledge, and value.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY?
    WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY?
    DELEUZE GILLES
    ISBN: 9780860916864
    Title: WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY?
    Author: DELEUZE GILLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This work examines what it means to be a philosopher and attacks the sterility of modern philosophy. Part One explores the nature and scope of philosophy and its relation to social and economic development. Part Two considers other forms of thought: science, art, literature and music.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
    WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
    THE SCHOOL OF LIFE
    ISBN: 9781999747176
    Title: WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
    Author: THE SCHOOL OF LIFE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An in-depth look at a much misunderstood practice, offering a fresh viewpoint on how this science can be a universally effective route to our better selves.

    Imprint: School of Life Press
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WHAT KIND OF CREATURES ARE WE
    WHAT KIND OF CREATURES ARE WE
    CHOMSKY NOAM
    ISBN: 9780231175968
    Title: WHAT KIND OF CREATURES ARE WE
    Author: CHOMSKY NOAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Noam Chomsky is widely known and deeply admired for being the founder of modern linguistics, one of the founders of the field of cognitive science, and perhaps the most avidly read political theorist and commentator of our time. In these lectures, he presents a lifetime of philosophical reflection on all three of these areas of research to which he has contributed for over half a century.

    In clear, precise, and non-technical language, Chomsky elaborates on fifty years of scientific development in the study of language, sketching how his own work has implications for the origins of language, the close relations that language bears to thought, and its eventual biological basis. He expounds and criticizes many alternative theories, such as those that emphasize the social, the communicative, and the referential aspects of language. Chomsky reviews how new discoveries about language overcome what seemed to be highly problematic assumptions in the past. He also investigates the apparent scope and limits of human cognitive capacities and what the human mind can seriously investigate, in the light of history of science and philosophical reflection and current understanding. Moving from language and mind to society and politics, he concludes with a searching exploration and philosophical defense of a position he describes as "libertarian socialism," tracing its links to anarchism and the ideas of John Dewey, and even briefly to the ideas of Marx and Mill, demonstrating its conceptual growth out of our historical past and urgent relation to matters of the present.

    Imprint: COLUMBIA UNI PRESS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • WHAT MONEY CANT BUY : THE MORAL LIMITS OF MARKETS
    WHAT MONEY CANT BUY : THE MORAL LIMITS OF MARKETS
    SANDEL MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780241954485
    Title: WHAT MONEY CANT BUY : THE MORAL LIMITS OF MARKETS
    Author: SANDEL MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In recent decades, market values have impinged on almost every aspect of life - medicine, education, government, law, even family life. We have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society.

    In What Money Can't Buy Michael Sandel asks: Isn't there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? And how do we protect the things that really matter?

    'Brilliant, easily readable, beautifully delivered and often funny . . . an indispensable book.' David Aaronovitch, The Times

    'The indispensable voice of reason.' John Gray

    'A star philosopher.' Diane Coyle, Independent

    'So patient and accumulative in its argument and examples.' John Lanchester

    'A wake-up call.' Rowan Williams, Prospect

    'The world's most relevant living philosopher.' Newsweek

    'Currently the most effective communicator of ideas.' Guardian

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHAT WOULD DE BEAUVOIR DO?
    WHAT WOULD DE BEAUVOIR DO?
    GEE TABI JACKSON / ROSE FREYA
    ISBN: 9781788400305
    Title: WHAT WOULD DE BEAUVOIR DO?
    Author: GEE TABI JACKSON / ROSE FREYA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Have you ever wondered what Andrea Dworkin would have to say about your Brazilian wax? Or what Mary Wollstonecraft would think about the 'fairy-tale' weddings you're constantly being invited to? Ever thought about what advice Naomi Wolf would give you on your Tinder profile?

    Using 40 everyday questions and problems as springboards for exploring the theories and concepts of the greatest feminist theorists of all time, WHAT WOULD DE BEAUVOIR DO? tackles all the important issues in your life through a feminist lens.

    From bell hooks to Betty Friedan, Shulamith Firestone to Susie Orbach, let the most influential feminists in history answer all your everyday questions, and in doing so shed light on even the most complex feminist theories.

    Imprint: OCTOPUS
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • WHAT WOULD FREUD DO?
    WHAT WOULD FREUD DO?
    TOMLEY SARAH
    ISBN: 9781844039425
    Title: WHAT WOULD FREUD DO?
    Author: TOMLEY SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ever wondered what Wilfred Bion would have to say about your horrible boss's behaviour? Or how Carl Jung would feel about your mid-life crisis red Ferrari? Ever wondered if Eric Berne might have the perfect answer to the question, 'Does my bum look big in this?'?

    Find answers to all of life's important questions with What Would Freud Do?. The book is split into sections such as 'What am I like?', and 'Why am I acting like this?', leaving no stone of the human psyche unturned.

    Questions include:

    -'Why can't I find Mr/Ms Right?'

    -'Why do I keep buying the same chocolate brand?'

    -'Is my partner lying to me?'

    -'Why do I always buy the more expensive option?'

    With Sarah Tomley's enlightening commentary throughout, this book provides the answers to the most deep and meaningful (or, indeed, shallow and meaningless) questions that you have ever pondered. A pocket guide to facing the hurdles and obstacles of life, with the advice of all the greatest psychologists at your fingertips.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • WHAT WOULD NIETZSCHE DO?
    WHAT WOULD NIETZSCHE DO?
    WEEKS MARCUS
    ISBN: 9781844039265
    Title: WHAT WOULD NIETZSCHE DO?
    Author: WEEKS MARCUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ever wondered if Schopenhauer could fix your broken heart? How Heraclitus might help you if you lost your phone? Given the chance, would Foucault leave the toilet seat up?

    With sections on Relationships, Self and Identity, How to Live, Art and Aesthetics, and Politics, there is an answer to each of modern life's questions here. Each section is comprised of a collection of questions, from 'Is Shakespeare better than the Simpsons?' to 'Should I get a takeaway tonight?'; from little niggling questions, to the great mysteries of human existence. With Marcus Weeks's illuminating commentary on each philosopher's answer to the question at hand, you'll be spouting Socrates and discussing Descartes before you know it.

    A guide to life, of sorts, and also a fantastic introduction to philosophy for anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of the subject.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE : The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
    WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE : The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
    WRIGHT ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781439195468
    Title: WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE : The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
    Author: WRIGHT ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From one of America’s greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

    Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain.

    But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly—and proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people.

    In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy. With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom, it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true—which is to say, a way out of our delusion—but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves, as individuals and as a species.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHY I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN
    WHY I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN
    RUSSELL BERTRAND
    ISBN: 9780415325103
    Title: WHY I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN
    Author: RUSSELL BERTRAND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • WHY MARX WAS RIGHT
    WHY MARX WAS RIGHT
    EAGLETON TERRY
    ISBN: 9780300231069
    Title: WHY MARX WAS RIGHT
    Author: EAGLETON TERRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this combative, controversial book, Terry Eagleton takes issue with the prejudice that Marxism is dead and done with. Taking ten of the most common objections to Marxism - that it leads to political tyranny, that it reduces everything to the economic, that it is a form of historical determinism, and so on - he demonstrates in each case what a woeful travesty of Marx's own thought these assumptions are. In a world in which capitalism has been shaken to its roots by some major crises, Why Marx Was Right is as urgent and timely as it is brave and candid. Written with Eagleton's familiar wit, humor, and clarity, it will attract an audience far beyond the confines of academia.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • WHY READ HANNAH ARENDT NOW?
    WHY READ HANNAH ARENDT NOW?
    BERNSTEIN RICHARD J
    ISBN: 9781509528608
    Title: WHY READ HANNAH ARENDT NOW?
    Author: BERNSTEIN RICHARD J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW RELEAS

    Recently there has been an extraordinary international revival of interest in Hannah Arendt. She was extremely perceptive about the dark tendencies in contemporary life that continue to plague us. She developed a concept of politics and public freedom that serves as a critical standard for judging what is wrong with politics today.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $21.95

    Price: $21.95
  • WHY WE HATE CHEAP THINGS AND OTHER MONEY RELATED ESSAYS
    WHY WE HATE CHEAP THINGS AND OTHER MONEY RELATED ESSAYS
    ISBN: 9780995573635
    Title: WHY WE HATE CHEAP THINGS AND OTHER MONEY RELATED ESSAYS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We don't think we hate cheap things, of course, but we often behave as if we do. We rarely properly appreciate what is around us and doesn't appear to cost very much - for example, the night sky, pencils, fried eggs, zips, and the holding of hands. This essay explores the way we can grow disenchanted with our immediate circumstances and pine for what is exotic, costly and out of reach, and gently returns us to ourselves, full of new found wonder and gratitude. Combining literature, economics and sheer good sense, WHY WE HATE CHEAP THINGS reawakens us to the world around us and to the latent beauty and interest of what we have.

    Imprint: School of Life Press
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WHY YOU WILL MARRY THE WRONG PERSON
    WHY YOU WILL MARRY THE WRONG PERSON
    ISBN: 9780995573628
    Title: WHY YOU WILL MARRY THE WRONG PERSON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Anyone we might marry could, of course, be a little bit wrong for us. We don't expect bliss every day. The fault isn't entirely our own; it has to do with the devilish truth that anyone we're liable to meet is going to be rather wrong, in some fascinating way or another, because this is simply what all humans happen to be - including, sadly, ourselves. This collection of essays proposes that we don't need perfection to be happy. So long as we enter our relationships in the right spirit, we have every chance of coping well enough with, and even delighting in, the inevitable and distinctive wrongness that lies in ourselves and our beloveds.

    Imprint: School of Life Press
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WILL TO POWER
    WILL TO POWER
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780141195353
    Title: WILL TO POWER
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Will to Power contains some of Nietzsche's most fascinating and combative writings on nihilism, metaphysics and the future of Europe. Assembled by Nietzsche's sister after his death,
    The Will to Power is a collection of the philosopher's reflections and theories taken from his unpublished notebooks. Covering topics such as nihilism, Christianity, morality and the famous 'will to power', the book was controversially presented as Nietzsche's all-but-completed magnum opus containing his philosophical system. Including some of his most interesting metaphysical and epistemological thoughts, as well as some of his most disturbing ethical and political comments, the book would prove to have a significant influence on Nietzsche's contentious reception in the twentieth century.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WISDOM OF THE MYTHS : HOW GREEK MYTHOLOGY CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
    WISDOM OF THE MYTHS : HOW GREEK MYTHOLOGY CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
    FERRY LUC
    ISBN: 9780062215451
    Title: WISDOM OF THE MYTHS : HOW GREEK MYTHOLOGY CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
    Author: FERRY LUC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fascinating tour of Greek mythology that illuminates their lessons and meaning, by University of Paris philosopher and author Luc Ferry The apple of discord, a Herculean task, taking the bull by the horns, the labyrinth, Pandora's box, a Cassandra: all expressions we use in everyday discourse. But few are aware that the origins of all these allusions are found in Greek mythology. This new book from Luc Ferry tells the fascinating stories that are their colourful source. Mythology is above all a representation of the world as a universe that is harmonious, just, beautiful, and good - at the outset. But if such perfect balance were established, there would be no life, for the Gods would be bored. So it is that the struggle against chaos, the first Gods, and the Titans constitutes a major theme of Greek mythology. As does the profound meaning of the motto inscribed upon the temple of Delphi: know thyself- in other words, do not take yourself for a God. A plunge into the myths of ancient Greece is fascinating and riveting, the more so because they are interrelated. As spell-binding as the fairy tales of Grimm or Perrault, they are, moreover, an indispensable source of culture that sheds light and depth upon the bases of our way of perceiving the world and our fellow man.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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