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  • BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    BADIOU ALAIN
    ISBN: 9781509512089
    Title: BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Who has not had the frightening experience of stumbling around in the pitch black?

    As a child, Alain Badiou went through it when he, along with friends, made up a game called On the stroke of midnight. The furtive discovery of the dark continent of sex in banned magazines, the beauty of black ink on paper, but also the mysteries of the universe and the grief of mourning: these are some of the things we encounter as the philosopher takes us on a trip through the private theater of his mind, at the whim of his memories.

    Music, painting, politics, sex, and metaphysics: all contribute to making black more luminous than it has ever been.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • BLACK SWAN : THE IMPACT OF THE HIGHLY IMPROBABLE
    BLACK SWAN : THE IMPACT OF THE HIGHLY IMPROBABLE
    TALEB NICHOLAS NASSIM
    ISBN: 9780141034591
    Title: BLACK SWAN : THE IMPACT OF THE HIGHLY IMPROBABLE
    Author: TALEB NICHOLAS NASSIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A condensed guide to life from the bestselling author of "The Black Swan", Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "The Bed of Procrustes" is an invaluable collection of aphorisms navigate the modern world. Why are we so often unwilling to accept that life is unpredictable? In this brilliant book Nassim Nicholas Taleb distils his idiosyncratic wisdom to demolish 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

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BOOK OF MAGIC : FROM ANTIQUITY TO ENLIGHTENMENT
    BOOK OF MAGIC : FROM ANTIQUITY TO ENLIGHTENMENT
    COPENHAVER BRIAN
    ISBN: 9780141393148
    Title: BOOK OF MAGIC : FROM ANTIQUITY TO ENLIGHTENMENT
    Author: COPENHAVER BRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    'As when iron is drawn to a magnet, camphor is sucked into hot air, crystal lights up in the Sun, sulphur and a volatile liquid are kindled by flame, an empty eggshell filled with dew is raised towards the Sun...'

    This rich, fascinating anthology of the western magical tradition stretches from its roots in the wizardry of the Old Testament and the rituals of the ancient world, through writers such as Thomas Aquinas, John Milton, John Dee and Matthew Hopkins, and up to the tangled, arcane beginnings of the scientific revolution. Arranged historically, with commentary, this book includes incantations, charms, curses, Golems, demons and witches, as well as astrology, divination and alchemy, with some ancient and medieval works which were once viewed as too dangerous even to open.

    Selected and translated with an introduction and notes by Brian Copenhaver

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BOURDIEU : A Critical Introduction
    BOURDIEU : A Critical Introduction
    SCHIRATO TONY
    ISBN: 9781760111748
    Title: BOURDIEU : A Critical Introduction
    Author: SCHIRATO TONY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Throughout his career, French philosopher Pierre Bourdieu sought to interrogate what he described as the 'social unconscious', the means by which power is held and transmitted across generations. Bourdieu's work has been hugely influential in disciplines across the social sciences and humanities for decades, yet Schirato and Roberts argue that few scholars are using his work to its full potential.

    Bourdieu's work is so wide-ranging that commentary tends to focus on specific theoretical concepts he developed or his books on particular fields of inquiry. However he continued to develop these concepts in his work across his whole career, and much of the richness of his thinking is lost if this isn't taken into account.

    Drawing on recently released lectures, Schirato and Roberts offer a systematic account of Bourdieu's full body of work, from his early research in Algiers to his last lectures in Paris. They show how Bourdieu continued to develop his concepts of habitus, field, capital, power and socio-cultural reproduction well into his later years. They also offer a nuanced reading of Bourdieu's thinking about education, class, language, knowledge and culture beyond the individual books Bourdieu published on these topics.

    This critical introduction to Bourdieu is essential reading for all Bourdieu scholars, and for researchers and thinkers using Bourdieu's work in their own social and cultural analysis.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BRIEF HISTORY OF THOUGHT : A PHILOSOPHICAL GUIDE TO LIVING
    BRIEF HISTORY OF THOUGHT : A PHILOSOPHICAL GUIDE TO LIVING
    FERRY LUC
    ISBN: 9780062074249
    Title: BRIEF HISTORY OF THOUGHT : A PHILOSOPHICAL GUIDE TO LIVING
    Author: FERRY LUC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    French superstar philosopher Luc Ferry encapsulates an enlightening treatise of pop-philosophy in a lively narrative of Western thought—explaining how the history of philosophy can teach us how to live better lives today. This blockbuster better living guide has already sold nearly a half a million copies in Europe; now it is available worldwide in an exciting, highly readable translation.

    Imprint: HARPER U S
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BUDDHISM : THE BASICS
    BUDDHISM : THE BASICS
    CANTWELL CATHY
    ISBN: 9780415408806
    Title: BUDDHISM : THE BASICS
    Author: CANTWELL CATHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BUILDING AND DWELLING
    BUILDING AND DWELLING
    SENNETT RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780713998757
    Title: BUILDING AND DWELLING
    Author: SENNETT RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    In this sweeping study, one of the world's leading thinkers about the urban environment traces the anguished relation between how cities are built and how people live in them, from ancient Athens to twenty-first-century Shanghai. Richard Sennett shows how Paris, Barcelona and New York City assumed their modern forms; rethinks the reputations of Jane Jacobs, Lewis Mumford and others; and takes us on a tour of emblematic contemporary locations, from the backstreets of MedellYn, Colombia, to the Google headquarters in Manhattan. Through it all, he shows how the 'closed city' - segregated, regimented, and controlled - has spread from the global North to the exploding urban agglomerations of the global South. As an alternative, he argues for the 'open city,' where citizens actively hash out their differences and planners experiment with urban forms that make it easier for residents to cope. Rich with arguments that speak directly to our moment - a time when more humans live in urban spaces than ever before - Building and Dwelling draws on Sennett's deep learning and intimate engagement with city life to form a bold and original vision for the future of cities.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • CABINET OF PHILOSOPHICAL CURIOSITIES : A Collection of Puzzles Oddities Riddles and Dilemmas
    CABINET OF PHILOSOPHICAL CURIOSITIES : A Collection of Puzzles Oddities Riddles and Dilemmas
    SORENSEN ROY
    ISBN: 9781846685224
    Title: CABINET OF PHILOSOPHICAL CURIOSITIES : A Collection of Puzzles Oddities Riddles and Dilemmas
    Author: SORENSEN ROY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An entertaining miscellany of logical curiosities - from anecdotes and proofs to puzzles and puns - found outside the classroom.

    If you want to learn how to conform to confound, raze hopes, succeed your successor, order absence in the absence of order, win by losing and think contrapositively, look no further. Here you can unlock the secrets of Plato's void, Wittgenstein's investigations, Schopenhauer's intelligence test, Voltaire's big bet, Russell's slip of the pen and lobster logic. Among your discoveries will be why the egg came before the chicken, what the dishwasher missed and just what it was that made Descartes disappear.

    Experience the unbearable lightness of logical conclusions in Professor Sorensen's intriguing cabinet of riddles, problems, paradoxes, puzzles and the anomalies of human utterance. As you accompany him on investigations into the mysteries of truth, falsehood, reason and delusion, prepare to be surprised, enlightened, mystified and, above all, entertained.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY OF PHILOSOPHY
    CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY OF PHILOSOPHY
    AUDI ROBERT [ED]
    ISBN: 9781107643796
    Title: CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY OF PHILOSOPHY
    Author: AUDI ROBERT [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the leading, full-scale comprehensive dictionary of philosophical terms and thinkers to appear in English in more than half a century. Written by a team of more than 550 experts and now widely translated, it contains approximately 5,000 entries ranging from short definitions to longer articles. It is designed to facilitate the understanding of philosophy at all levels and in all fields. Key features of this third edition include:
    • 500 new entries covering Eastern as well as Western philosophy, and covering individual countries such as China, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain
    • Increased coverage of such growing fields as ethics and philosophy of mind
    • More than 100 new intellectual portraits of leading contemporary thinkers
    • Wider coverage of Continental philosophy
    • Dozens of new technical concepts in cognitive science and other areas
    • Enhanced cross-referencing to add context and increase understanding
    • Expansions in both text and index to facilitate research and browsing

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $65.99

    Price: $65.99
  • CAMERA LUCIDA
    CAMERA LUCIDA
    BARTHES ROLAND
    ISBN: 9780099225416
    Title: CAMERA LUCIDA
    Author: BARTHES ROLAND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Examining the themes of presence and absence, the relationship between photography and theatre, history and death, these 'reflections on photography' begin as an investigation into the nature of photographs. Then, as Barthes contemplates a photograph of his mother as a child, the book becomes an exposition of his own mind.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • CARPE DIEM REGAINED : The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day
    CARPE DIEM REGAINED : The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day
    KRZNARIC ROMAN
    ISBN: 9781783524938
    Title: CARPE DIEM REGAINED : The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day
    Author: KRZNARIC ROMAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first ever cultural biography of carpe diem and a call to seize back the true meaning of ‘seize the day’.

    We’ve all heard the saying ‘seize the day’; it is one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history. But what does it really mean? And how can we use it to jump-start our lives? In the age of distraction, carpe diem is more essential than ever: it promises a remedy for the awareness we have that life is short and our time is running out; it asks us to live with greater passion, consciousness and intention; it asks us to live a life with no regrets.

    But here’s the problem: carpe diem has been hijacked and reduced simply to the idea of living in the here and now, and the instant hit of one-click online shopping.

    Carpe Diem Regained: The vanishing art of seizing the day is a far-ranging read which explores five very different ways humankind has discovered over the centuries to seize the day, which we urgently need to revive. It draws on everything from the neuropsychology of regret to the anthropology of play, from medieval carnival rites to religious conceptions of the afterlife and early Japanese cinema. Offering food for thought as well as inspiring takeaways, the book examines not just the contributions of great thinkers throughout history, but also reveals insights from the lives of great seize-the-day practitioners, including nightclub dancers, war photographers, bored housewives and committed revolutionaries.

    In this thought-provoking and empowering book, leading popular philosopher Roman Krznaric unpacks the history, philosophy and modern-day applications of ‘seizing the day’ while delivering a rousing call to action for anyone up for the daunting challenge of leading a meaningful life.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CASE FOR GOD
    CASE FOR GOD
    ARMSTRONG KAREN
    ISBN: 9780099524038
    Title: CASE FOR GOD
    Author: ARMSTRONG KAREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    There is widespread confusion about the nature of religious truth. For the first time in history, a significantly large number of people want nothing to do with God. Mlitant atheists preach a gospel of godlessness with the zeal of missionaries and find an eager audience. What has happened?
    Tracing the history of faith from the Palaeolithic Age to the present, Karen Armstrong shows that meaning of words such as 'belief', 'faith', and 'mystery' has been entirely altered, so that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God - and, indeed, reason itself - in a way that our ancestors would have found astonishing.
    Does God have a future? Karen Armstrong examines how we can build a faith that speaks to the needs of our troubled and dangerously polarized world.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHALLENGE OF THINGS : Thinking Through Troubled Times
    CHALLENGE OF THINGS : Thinking Through Troubled Times
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9781408864623
    Title: CHALLENGE OF THINGS : Thinking Through Troubled Times
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A. C. Grayling's lucid and stimulating books, based on the idea that philosophy should engage with the world and make itself useful, are immensely popular...

    The Challenge of Things joins earlier collections like The Reason of Things and Thinking of Answers, but this time to collect Grayling's recent writings on the world in a time of war and conflict. In describing and exposing the dark side of things, he also explores ways out of the habits and prejudices of mind that would otherwise trap us forever in the deadly impasses of conflicts of all kinds.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • CHOICE OF HERCULES : PLEASURE DUTY AND THE GOOD LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    CHOICE OF HERCULES : PLEASURE DUTY AND THE GOOD LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9780753824436
    Title: CHOICE OF HERCULES : PLEASURE DUTY AND THE GOOD LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Duty or Pleasure? This was the legendary choice which faced Hercules and which pre-eminent philosopher A.C Grayling uses as the starting point of this masterful book.

    He shows us how much more people can understand about themselves and their world by reflecting on today's moral challenges. Above all, he explores the idea that certain demands and certain pleasures are necessary, not just because of their intrinsic merits but because of what they do for each other.

    The Good Life or the good life? With exceptional clarity and unrivalled prose, Grayling addresses the everyday ethical choices which confront us all.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • COMMON HUMANITY
    COMMON HUMANITY
    GAITA RAIMOND
    ISBN: 9781876485412
    Title: COMMON HUMANITY
    Author: GAITA RAIMOND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this marvellous book, Raimond Gaita discusses ideas about love and hatred, good and evil, guilt and forgiveness. Moving, wise and inspiring, A Common Humanity explores personal, political and philosophical ideas about the kind of society and the sort of public conversation we might have in the twenty-first century. 'Raimond Gaita's insights are original and his prose is as eloquent as it is affecting.' Economist, Books of the Year, 2000

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COMMUNIST HYPOTHESIS
    COMMUNIST HYPOTHESIS
    BADIOU ALAIN
    ISBN: 9781781688700
    Title: COMMUNIST HYPOTHESIS
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    'A new program for the Left after the death of neoliberalism. 'We know that communism is the right hypothesis. All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy, to parliamentary democracy-the form of state suited to capitalism-and to the inevitable and 'natural' character of the most monstrous inequalities.'-Alain Badiou..Alain Badiou's 'communist hypothesis', first stated in 2008, cut through the cant and compromises of the past twenty years to reconceptualize the Left. The hypothesis is a fresh demand for universal emancipation and a galvanizing call to arms. Anyone concerned with the future of the planet needs to reckon with the ideas outlined within this book.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
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