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  • 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
  • WISE WORDS : The Philosophy of Everyday Life
    WISE WORDS : The Philosophy of Everyday Life
    TROMBLEY STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781784976521
    Title: WISE WORDS : The Philosophy of Everyday Life
    Author: TROMBLEY STEPHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A philosophical miscellany, as diverting as it is instructive, centred on an eclectic sequence of themes, ranging from advice to ageing, from backbiting to bigotry, from freedom to friendship, and from work to walking.

    Stephen Trombley mines the canon of two and half millennia of Western thought for observations that reflect the seriousness, the joy and the strangeness of human existence, counterpointing these words of wisdom with episodes – sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, sometimes plain odd – from the lives of the great philosophers.

    WISE WORDS includes, on each of its themes, the thoughts of philosophers from the distant past to the present. The result is a multi-dimensional treatment of each theme that crosses temporal, national and ideological boundaries.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WORK OF MOURNING
    WORK OF MOURNING
    DERRIDA JACQUES
    ISBN: 9780226142814
    Title: WORK OF MOURNING
    Author: DERRIDA JACQUES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One must go before the other. This inevitability bestows upon the mourner a further inevitability - to say something and to participate in the codes and rites of mourning. The distinguished French philosopher Jacques Derrida has been forced to wrestle with the complexities of mourning, as colleagues and friends passed away before him. This volume gathers together letters of condolence, memorial essays, eulogies and funeral orations, written after the deaths of figures well known in France and the US: Roland Barthes, Paul de man, Louis Marin, Emmanuel Levinas, Joseph Riddel and Michel Serviere to name but a few. Many essays are available in English for the first time. Each chapter has an introduction and a biographical sketch of its subject. Derrida bears witness to the singularity of friendship and to the uniqueness of each relationship. He is aware of the questions of tact, taste and ethical responsibility involved in speaking of the dead, and the risk of using the occasion of death for one's own reason. This collection of memorial addresses captures Derrida's relation to prominent French thinkers and his thoughts on some important themes - mourning, the "gift of death", time, memory and friendship.

    Imprint: UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PR
    RRP: $35.99

    Price: $35.99
  • 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
  • ZEALOT : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH
    ZEALOT : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH
    ASLAN REZA
    ISBN: 9781743319390
    Title: ZEALOT : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH
    Author: ASLAN REZA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the 'Kingdom of God'.
    The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal. Within decades after his shameful death, his followers would call him God.Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against historical sources, Aslan describes a complex figure: a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity secret; and the seditious King of the Jews, whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his lifetime. Aslan explores why the early Church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary, and grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself.

    This is a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the pulse of a fast-paced novel, and a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time and the birth of a religion.

    'riveting biography' - The New Yorker

    'compulsively readable' - Publishers Weekly

    'A vivid, persuasive portrait of the world and societies in which Jesus lived and the role he most likely played in both' - Salon

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
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