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  • ATHEIST MUSLIM
    ATHEIST MUSLIM
    RIZVI ALI A
    ISBN: 9781250094445
    Title: ATHEIST MUSLIM
    Author: RIZVI ALI A
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In much of the Muslim world, religion is the central foundation upon which family, community, morality, and identity are built. The inextricable embedment of religion in Muslim culture has forced a new generation of non-believing Muslims to face the heavy costs of abandoning their parents’ religion: disowned by their families, marginalized from their communities, imprisoned, or even sentenced to death by their governments. Struggling to reconcile the Muslim society he was living in as a scientist and physician and the religion he was being raised in, Ali A. Rizvi eventually loses his faith. Discovering that he is not alone in his beliefs, he moves to North America and promises to use his new freedom of speech to represent the voices that are usually quashed before reaching the mainstream media—the Atheist Muslim. In The Atheist Muslim, we follow Rizvi as he finds himself caught between two narrative voices he cannot relate to: extreme Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry in a post-9/11 world. The Atheist Muslim recounts the journey that allows Rizvi to criticize Islam—as one should be able to criticize any set of ideas—without demonizing his entire people. Emotionally and intellectually compelling, his personal story outlines the challenges of modern Islam and the factors that could help lead it toward a substantive, progressive reformation.

    Imprint: ST MARTINS PRESS
    RRP: $35.99

    Price: $35.99
  • BADIOU AND HIS INTERLOCUTORS : Lectures Interviews and Responses
    BADIOU AND HIS INTERLOCUTORS : Lectures Interviews and Responses
    BADIOU ALAIN
    ISBN: 9781350026667
    Title: BADIOU AND HIS INTERLOCUTORS : Lectures Interviews and Responses
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is a unique collection presenting work by Alain Badiou and commentaries on his philosophical theories. It includes three lectures by Badiou, on contemporary politics, the infinite, cinema and theatre and two extensive interviews with Badiou – one concerning the state of the contemporary situation and one wide ranging interview on all facets of his work and engagements. It also includes six interventions on aspects of Badiou's work by established scholars in the field, addressing his concept of history, Lacan, Cinema, poetry, and feminism; and four original essays by young and established scholars in Australia and New Zealand addressing the key concerns of Badiou's 2015 visit to the Antipodal region and the work he presented there.

    With new material by Badiou previously unpublished in English this volume is a valuable overview of his recent thinking. Critical responses by distinguished and gifted Badiou scholars writing outside of the European context make this text essential reading for anyone interested in the development and contemporary reception of Badiou's thought.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $47.99

    Price: $47.99
  • BADIOU AND INDIFFERENT BEING
    BADIOU AND INDIFFERENT BEING
    WATKIN WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781350015678
    Title: BADIOU AND INDIFFERENT BEING
    Author: WATKIN WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first critical work to attempt the mammoth undertaking of reading Badiou's Being and Event as part of a sequence has often surprising, occasionally controversial results. Looking back on its publication Badiou declared- I had inscribed my name in the history of philosophy . Later he was brave enough to admit that this inscription needed correction. The central elements of Badiou 's philosophy only make sense when Being and Event is read through the corrective prism of its sequel, Logics of Worlds, published nearly twenty years later. At the same time as presenting the only complete overview of Badiou 's philosophical project, this book is also the first to draw out the central component of Badiou 's ontology- indifference. Concentrating on its use across the core elements Being and Event the void, the multiple, the set and the event Watkin demonstrates that no account of Badiou 's ontology is complete unless it accepts that Badiou 's philosophy is primarily a presentation of indifferent being. Badiou and Indifferent Being provides a detailed and lively section by section reading of Badiou 's foundational work. It is a seminal source text for all Badiou readers.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $47.99

    Price: $47.99
  • BADIOUS BEING AND EVENT : A READERS GUIDE
    BADIOUS BEING AND EVENT : A READERS GUIDE
    NORRIS CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780826498298
    Title: BADIOUS BEING AND EVENT : A READERS GUIDE
    Author: NORRIS CHRISTOPHER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CONTINUUM
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • BASIC WRITINGS OF BERTRAND RUSSELL
    BASIC WRITINGS OF BERTRAND RUSSELL
    RUSSELL BERTRAND
    ISBN: 9780415472388
    Title: BASIC WRITINGS OF BERTRAND RUSSELL
    Author: RUSSELL BERTRAND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Few philosophers have had a more profound influence on the course of modern philosophy than Bertrand Russell. The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell is a comprehensive anthology of Russells most definitive essays written between 1903 and 1959. First published in 1961, this remarkable collection is a testament to a philosopher whom many consider to be one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. This is an essential introduction to the brilliance of Bertrand Russell.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BATTLE FOR GOD : FUNDAMENTALISM IN JUDAISM CHRISTINAITY AND ISLAM
    BATTLE FOR GOD : FUNDAMENTALISM IN JUDAISM CHRISTINAITY AND ISLAM
    ARMSTRONG KAREN
    ISBN: 9780006383482
    Title: BATTLE FOR GOD : FUNDAMENTALISM IN JUDAISM CHRISTINAITY AND ISLAM
    Author: ARMSTRONG KAREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $24.95
    Price: $24.95
  • BEAUTY OF EVERYDAY THINGS
    BEAUTY OF EVERYDAY THINGS
    YANAGI SOETSU
    ISBN: 9780241366356
    Title: BEAUTY OF EVERYDAY THINGS
    Author: YANAGI SOETSU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: January 2019 New Release

    The Japanese philosopher and aesthete's definitive, hugely influential exposition of his philosophy of folkcrafts, setting out the hallmarks of Japanese design as we know it today - anonymity, quality, simplicity and honesty - and, of course, wabi-sabi, the beauty of imperfection.


    The daily lives of ordinary people are replete with objects, common things used in commonplace settings. These objects are our constant companions in life. As such, writes Soetsu Yanagi, they should be made with care and built to last, treated with respect and even affection. They should be natural and simple, sturdy and safe - the aesthetic result of wholeheartedly fulfilling utilitarian needs. They should, in short, be things of beauty.

    In an age of feeble and ugly machine-made things, these essays call for us to deepen and transform our relationship with the objects that surround us. Inspired by the work of the simple, humble craftsmen Yanagi encountered during his lifelong travels through Japan and Korea, they are an earnest defence of modest, honest, handcrafted things - from traditional teacups to jars to cloth and paper. Objects like these exemplify the enduring appeal of simplicity and function: the beauty of everyday things.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BED OF PROCRUSTES
    BED OF PROCRUSTES
    TALEB NICHOLAS NASSIM
    ISBN: 9780241954096
    Title: BED OF PROCRUSTES
    Author: TALEB NICHOLAS NASSIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Happily provocative . . . blistering . . .his observations concern superiority, wealth, suckerdom, academia, modernity, technology and the all-purpose, ignorant 'they' . . . very quotable'
    The New York Times

    Why are we so often unwilling to accept that life is unpredictable? In this brilliant book Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the bestselling phenomenon Black Swan, distils his idiosyncratic wisdom to show us how we humans, facing the limits of our knowledge, try to squeeze life into reductive categories and pre-packaged narratives.

    Here he demolishes our illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance and erudition against modern philistinism and phoniness. Only by accepting what we don't know, he shows, can we see the world as it really is.

    'A teasing, thought-provoking book . . . its title is taken from the Greek myth in which Procrustes fitted his guests to a bed - cutting to size those too tall and stretching those too short. Taleb's crystalline nuggets of thought stand alone like esoteric poems'
    Financial Times

    'Opinionated and witty . . .It showcases his wit and learning,

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.95

    Price: $19.95
  • BEING AND NOTHINGNESS
    BEING AND NOTHINGNESS
    SARTRE JEAN-PAUL
    ISBN: 9780415278485
    Title: BEING AND NOTHINGNESS
    Author: SARTRE JEAN-PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Being and Nothingness is without doubt one of the most significant books of the twentieth century. The central work by one of the world's most influential thinkers, it altered the course of western philosophy. Its revolutionary approach challenged all previous assumptions about the individual's relationship with the world. Known as 'the Bible of existentialism', its impact on culture and literature was immediate and was felt worldwide, from the absurd drama of Samuel Beckett to the soul-searching cries of the Beat poets. Being and Nothingness is one of those rare books whose influence has affected the mind-set of subsequent generations. Sixty years after its first publication, its message remains as potent as ever - challenging the reader to confront the fundamental dilemmas of human freedom, responsibility and action.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BEING AND TIME
    BEING AND TIME
    HEIDEGGER MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780061575594
    Title: BEING AND TIME
    Author: HEIDEGGER MARTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "What is the meaning of being?" This is the central question of Martin Heidegger's profoundly important work, in which the great philosopher seeks to explain the basic problems of existence. A central influence on later philosophy, literature, art, and criticism--as well as existentialism and much of postmodern thought--Being and Time forever changed the intellectual map of the modern world. As Richard Rorty wrote in the New York Times Book Review, "You cannot read most of the important thinkers of recent times without taking Heidegger's thought into account."

    This first paperback edition of John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson's definitive translation also features a new foreword by Heidegger scholar Taylor Carman.



    Imprint: HARPER U S
    RRP: $37.99
    Price: $37.99
  • BEING AND TIME - STAMBAUGH TRANSLATION
    BEING AND TIME - STAMBAUGH TRANSLATION
    HEIDEGGER MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781438432762
    Title: BEING AND TIME - STAMBAUGH TRANSLATION
    Author: HEIDEGGER MARTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A revised translation of Heidegger’s most important work.

    The publication in 1927 of Martin Heidegger’s magnum opus signaled an intellectual event of the first order and had an impact in fields far beyond that of philosophy proper. Being and Time has long been recognized as a landmark work of the twentieth century for its original analyses of the character of philosophic inquiry and the relation of the possibility of such inquiry to the human situation. Still provocative and much disputed, Heidegger’s text has been taken as the inspiration for a variety of innovative movements in fields ranging from psychoanalysis, literary theory, and existentialism to ethics, hermeneutics, and theology. A work that disturbs the traditions of philosophizing that it inherits, Being and Time raises questions about the end of philosophy and the possibilities for thinking liberated from the presumptions of metaphysics.

    The Stambaugh translation captures the vitality of the language and thinking animating Heidegger’s original text. It is also the most comprehensive edition insofar as it includes the marginal notes made by Heidegger in his own copy of Being and Time, and takes into account the many changes that he made in the final German edition of 1976. The revisions to the original translation correct ambiguities and problems that have become apparent since the translation first appeared. Bracketed German words have also been liberally inserted both to clarify and highlight words and connections that are difficult to translate, and to link this translation more closely to the German text. This definitive edition will serve the needs of scholars well acquainted with Heidegger’s work and of students approaching Heidegger for the first time.

    Imprint: SUNY PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BEING GOOD : A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS
    BEING GOOD : A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS
    BLACKBURN SIMON
    ISBN: 9780192853776
    Title: BEING GOOD : A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS
    Author: BLACKBURN SIMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This accessible introduction to ethics continues the trend of Blackburn's best-selling Think. His rare combination of depth, rigor and sparking prose, and his distinguished ranking among contemporary philosophers, mark Being Good as an important statement on our current disenchantment with ethics.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $20.99

    Price: $20.99
  • BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    GAWANDE ATUL
    ISBN: 9781846685828
    Title: BEING MORTAL : ILLNESS MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the international bestselling author of Better, Complications and The Checklist Manifesto and Reith Lecturer 2014, a revolutionary and emotionally searing account of death, dying and medicine.

    For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. It didn't matter whether you were five or fifty - every day was a roll of the dice. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year, we have become increasingly detached from the reality of being mortal. So here is a book about the modern experience of mortality - about what it's like to get old and die, how medicine has changed this and how it hasn't, where our ideas about death have gone wrong. With his trademark mix of perceptiveness and sensitivity, Atul Gawande outlines a story that crosses the globe, as he examines his experiences as a surgeon and those of his patients and family, and learns to accept the limits of what he can do.

    Never before has aging been such an important topic. The systems that we have put in place to manage our mortality are manifestly failing; but, as Gawande reveals, it doesn't have to be this way. The ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death, but a good life - all the way to the very end.

    Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection, a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BELIEVING BULLSHIT : HOW NOT TO GET SUCKED INTO AN INTELLECTUAL BLACK HOLE
    BELIEVING BULLSHIT : HOW NOT TO GET SUCKED INTO AN INTELLECTUAL BLACK HOLE
    LAW STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781616144111
    Title: BELIEVING BULLSHIT : HOW NOT TO GET SUCKED INTO AN INTELLECTUAL BLACK HOLE
    Author: LAW STEPHEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: PROMETHEUS BOOKS
    RRP: $36.99
    Price: $36.99
  • BERTRAND RUSSELLS BEST
    BERTRAND RUSSELLS BEST
    RUSSELL BERTRAND
    ISBN: 9780415473583
    Title: BERTRAND RUSSELLS BEST
    Author: RUSSELL BERTRAND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This collection showcases the very best of Russells writings on an impressively diverse range of subjects. From sex and marriage, to education and politics, this is a delightfully funny introduction to one of the twentieth centurys greatest thinkers.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    MACKAY HUGH
    ISBN: 9781743534854
    Title: BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    Author: MACKAY HUGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    What do people actually mean when they say 'God'?

    Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some 'higher power', but fewer than one in ten Australians attend church weekly. In Beyond Belief, Hugh Mackay presents this discrepancy as one of the great unexamined topics of our time. He argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever.

    Mackay interviews dozens of Australians representing many different points on the spectrum of faith, including some who are part of the emerging 'spiritual but not religious' movement. He exposes the deep vein of ambivalence about religion that runs through our society: we may not actively worship, but we still like to see local churches operating in our midst, and we use 'our' church to marry, christen our babies, educate our children and commemorate our dead. He points out some uncomfortable truths, such as our tendency to call on God only in a crisis, and unpacks our human need for 'answers', even when science can't find them. He endorses the Christian ideal of the good
    life - a life lived for others - but acknowledges that there are many pathways to that same goal, not all of them religious.

    Written with all the insight and compassion we have come to expect of our leading chronicler of Australian life, Beyond Belief is an engrossing exploration of the ways we find spiritual fulfilment in an avowedly secular age.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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