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  • BIG IDEAS FOR CURIOUS MINDS : An Introduction to Philosophy
    BIG IDEAS FOR CURIOUS MINDS : An Introduction to Philosophy
    THE SCHOOL OF LIFE
    ISBN: 9781999747145
    Title: BIG IDEAS FOR CURIOUS MINDS : An Introduction to Philosophy
    Author: THE SCHOOL OF LIFE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Accessible philosophy for children; a collection of important concepts from 25 famous thinkers, contextualised in relatable everyday scenarios.

    Children are, in many ways, born philosophers. Without prompting, they ask some of the largest questions: about time, mortality, happiness and the meaning of it all. Yet sadly, too often, this inborn curiosity is not developed and with age the questions fall away. This is a book designed to harness childrens' spontaneous philosophical instinct and to develop it through introductions to some of the most vibrant and essential philosophical ideas of history. The book takes us to meet leading figures of philosophy from around the world and from all eras - and shows us how their ideas continue to matter. The book functions as an ideal introduction to philosophy as well as a charming way to open up conversations between adults and children about the biggest questions we all face.

    Imprint: School of Life Press
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BIG THINK BOOK : DISCOVER PHILOSOPHY THROUGH 99 PERPLEXING PROBLEMS
    BIG THINK BOOK : DISCOVER PHILOSOPHY THROUGH 99 PERPLEXING PROBLEMS
    CAVE PETER
    ISBN: 9781780747422
    Title: BIG THINK BOOK : DISCOVER PHILOSOPHY THROUGH 99 PERPLEXING PROBLEMS
    Author: CAVE PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A thorough introduction to Philosophy. Without the boring bits.

    Is it morally acceptable to kill one person to save five? How do we know the sun will rise tomorrow? Can a robot be human?

    In philosophy, the questions range from the wonderful to the strange, and from the ridiculous to the very serious indeed. With the aid of tall stories, jokes, common sense and bizarre insights, Peter Cave addresses some of the biggest issues in the subjects of ethics, knowledge, logic, politics, emotions, metaphysics and more. Replete with amusing and mind-boggling examples, The Big Think Book is the perfect gift for anyone who likes to puzzle over the conundrums of life and is an ideal introduction for new students of philosophy.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BIRTH OF BIOPOLITICS  /  LECTURES AT THE COLLEGE DE FRANCE 1978-1979
    BIRTH OF BIOPOLITICS / LECTURES AT THE COLLEGE DE FRANCE 1978-1979
    FOUCAULT MICHEL
    ISBN: 9781403986559
    Title: BIRTH OF BIOPOLITICS / LECTURES AT THE COLLEGE DE FRANCE 1978-1979
    Author: FOUCAULT MICHEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Michel Foucault's 1979 lectures at the College de France, The Birth of Biopolitics, pursue and develop further the themes of his lectures from the previous year, Security, Territory, Population. Having shown how eighteenth century political economy marks the birth of a new governmental reason, Foucault undertakes the detailed analysis of the forms of this liberal governmentality. This involves describing the political rationality within which the specific problems of life and population were posed: "Studying liberalism as the general framework of biopolitics". What are the specific features of the liberal art of government as they were outlined in the eighteenth century? What crisis of governmentality characterizes the present world and what revisions of liberal government has it given rise to? This is the diagnostic task addressed by Foucault's study of the two major twentieth century schools of neo-liberalism: German ordo-liberalism and the neo-liberalism of the Chicago School. In the years he taught at the College de France, this was Michel Foucault's sole foray into the field of contemporary history. This course raises questions of political philosophy and social policy that are at the heart of current debates about the role and status of neo-liberalism in twenty-first century politics. A remarkable feature of these lectures is their discussion of contemporary economic theory and practice, culminating in an analysis of the model of homo oeconomicus, or economic man. Foucault's analysis also highlights the paradoxical role played by "society" in relation to government. "Society" is that in the name of which government strives to limit itself, but it is also the target for permanent governmental intervention to produce, multiply, and guarantee the freedoms required by economic liberalism. Far from being opposed to the State, civil society is thus shown to be the correlate of a liberal technology of government.

    Imprint: PALGRAVE
    RRP: $38.99

    Price: $38.99
  • BIRTH OF THE CLINIC : An Archaeology of Medical Perception
    BIRTH OF THE CLINIC : An Archaeology of Medical Perception
    FOUCAULT MICHEL
    ISBN: 9780415307727
    Title: BIRTH OF THE CLINIC : An Archaeology of Medical Perception
    Author: FOUCAULT MICHEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Foucault's classic study of the history of medicine.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 FIVE RINGS
    BOOK OF FIVE RINGS
    MUSASHI MIYAMOTO
    ISBN: 9781611806403
    Title: BOOK OF FIVE RINGS
    Author: MUSASHI MIYAMOTO
    Format: A FORMAT PAPERBACKS
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Book of Five Rings -which has become a well-known classic among American business people, studied for its insights into the Japanese approach to business strategy-was composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Unlike previous editions of The Book of Five Rings, Thomas Cleary's is an accessible translation, free of jargon, with an introduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior tradition. Along with Musashi's text, Cleary translates another important Japanese classic on leadership and strategy- The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War by Yagyu Munenori, which highlights the ethical and spiritual insights of Taoism and Zen as they apply to the way of the warrior.

    Imprint: SHAMBALA
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • 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
  • BORN LIQUID
    BORN LIQUID
    BAUMAN ZYGMUNT
    ISBN: 9781509530687
    Title: BORN LIQUID
    Author: BAUMAN ZYGMUNT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: February 2019 New Release


    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $20.95
    Price: $20.95
  • 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
    BRIEF HISTORY OF THOUGHT
    FERRY LUC
    ISBN: 9781847672872
    Title: BRIEF HISTORY OF THOUGHT
    Author: FERRY LUC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: February 2019 New Release

    The International Bestseller

    From the timeless wisdom of ancient Greece through to Christianity, the Enlightenment, existentialism and postmodernism, A Brief History of Thought brilliantly and accessibly explains the enduring teachings of philosophy - including its profound relevance in today's world as well as its essential role in achieving happiness and living a meaningful life.

    This lively journey through the great thinkers challenges every one of us to learn to think for ourselves and asks us the most important question of all: how can we live better?

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • BUDDHISM PLAIN AND SIMPLE : The Practice of Being Aware Right Now Every Day
    BUDDHISM PLAIN AND SIMPLE : The Practice of Being Aware Right Now Every Day
    HAGEN STEVE
    ISBN: 9780804851183
    Title: BUDDHISM PLAIN AND SIMPLE : The Practice of Being Aware Right Now Every Day
    Author: HAGEN STEVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Buddhism Plain and Simple Zen priest and longtime teacher Steve Hagen presents this heart of Buddhist teaching, pared down to its essence and explained in everyday language. It’s a true “beginner’s mind” introduction to the practice of being awake and in touch with the here and now.

    Imprint: TUTTLE
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • 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
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