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  • 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: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    MARX KARL / ENGELS FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9781840220964
    Title: COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    Author: MARX KARL / ENGELS FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an introduction by Dr. Laurence Marlow.

    A spectre is haunting Europe (and the world). Not, in the twenty-first century, the spectre of communism, but the spectre of capitalism. Marx's prediction that the state would wither away of its own accord has proved inaccurate, and he did not foresee the tyrannies which have ruled large parts of the globe in his name. Indeed, he would have been appalled if he had witnessed them. But his analysis of the evils and dangers of raw capitalism is as correct now as when it was written, and some of his suggestions (progressive income tax, abolition of child labour, free education for all children) are now accepted with little question.

    In a world where capitalism is no longer held in check by fear of a communist alternative, 'The Communist Manifesto' (with Socialism Utopian and Scientific, Engels's brief and clear exposition of Marxist thought) is essential reading.

    'The Condition of the Working Class in England' is Engels's first, and probably best-known, book. With Henry Mayhew's 'London Labour and the London Poor', it was and is the outstanding study of the working class in Victorian England.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • CONDITIONS
    CONDITIONS
    BADIOU ALAIN
    ISBN: 9781350009042
    Title: CONDITIONS
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beginning with a sustained critique of the so-called 'end of philosophy', Badiou goes on to propose a new definition of philosophy, one that is tested with respect to both its origin, in Plato, and its contemporary state. The essays that follow are ordered according to what Badiou sees as the four great conditions of philosophy: philosophy and poetry, philosophy and mathematics, philosophy and politics, and philosophy and love. Conditions provides an illuminating reworking of all the major theories in Being and Event. In so doing, Badiou not only develops the complexity of the concepts central to Being and Event but also adds new ones to his already formidable arsenal. The essays in Conditions reveal the extraordinary and systematic nature of Badiou's philosophical enterprise.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $33.99

    Price: $33.99
  • CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
    CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
    ATTAR FARID UD-DIN
    ISBN: 9780140444346
    Title: CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
    Author: ATTAR FARID UD-DIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The paths of God are intricate and strange' Composed in the twelfth century in north-eastern Iran, Attar's great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A marvellous, allegorical rendering of the Islamic doctrine of Sufism - a system concerned with the search for truth through God - it describes the conference of the birds of the world when they meet to begin the search for their ideal king, the Simorgh bird. On hearing that to find him they must undertake an arduous journey, the birds soon express their reservations to their leader, the hoopoe. With eloquence and insight, however, the hoopoe calms their fears, using a series of riddling parables to provide guidance in the search for spiritual truth. By turns witty and profound, worldly and spiritual, The Conference of the Birds transforms deep belief into magnificent poetry. This edition has been updated to include translations of the poem's Prologue and Epilogue for the first time. A new introduction by Dick Davis outlines Attar's life and beliefs, discusses the poem's themes and influence, and places it in the context of Medieval literature.


    Translated by AFKHAM DARBANDI and DICK DAVIS With a new introduction by DICK DAVIS

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CONQUEST OF HAPPINESS
    CONQUEST OF HAPPINESS
    RUSSELL BERTRAND
    ISBN: 9780415378475
    Title: CONQUEST OF HAPPINESS
    Author: RUSSELL BERTRAND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Leading the reader step by step through the causes of unhappiness and the personal choices, compromises and sacrifices that (may) lead to the final, affirmative conclusion of 'The Happy Man', this book is written by Bertrand Russell.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY
    CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY
    BOETHIUS / SLAVITT DAVID [TRAN]
    ISBN: 9780674048355
    Title: CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY
    Author: BOETHIUS / SLAVITT DAVID [TRAN]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In this highly praised new translation of Boethius' "The Consolation of Philosophy", David R. Slavitt presents a graceful, accessible, and modern version for both longtime admirers of one of the great masterpieces of philosophical literature and those encountering it for the first time. Slavitt preserves the distinction between the alternating verse and prose sections in the Latin original, allowing us to appreciate the Menippian parallels between the discourses of literary and logical inquiry. His prose translations are lively and colloquial, conveying the argumentative, occasionally bantering tone of the original, while his verse translations restore the beauty and power of Boethius' poetry. The result is a major contribution to the art of translation. Those less familiar with "Consolation" may remember it was written under a death sentence. Boethius (c. 480-524), an Imperial official under Theodoric, Ostrogoth ruler of Rome, found himself, in a time of political paranoia, denounced, arrested, and then executed two years later without a trial. Composed while its author was imprisoned, cut off from family and friends, it remains one of Western literature's most eloquent meditations on the transitory nature of earthly belongings, and the superiority of things of the mind. In an artful combination of verse and prose, Slavitt captures the energy and passion of the original. And in an introduction intended for the general reader, Seth Lerer places Boethius's life and achievement in context.

    Imprint: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • CONSOLATIONS OF PHILOSOPHY
    CONSOLATIONS OF PHILOSOPHY
    DE BOTTON ALAIN
    ISBN: 9780140276619
    Title: CONSOLATIONS OF PHILOSOPHY
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The "Consolations of Philosophy" is Alain de Botton's internationally bestselling guide to life. It is the inspiration for the TV series "Philsophy: A Guide to Happiness. Alain de Botton, bestselling author of "How Proust Can Change Your Life", has set six of the finest minds in the history of philosophy to work on the problems of everyday life. Here then are Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietsche on some of the things that bother us all: lack of money, the pain of love, inadequacy, anxiety; the fear of failure and the pressure to conform.

    "Singlehandedly, de Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose: helping us live our lives". ("Independent").

    "No doubt about it, philosophy is the new rock and roll and Alain de Botton is its Colonel Tom Parker ...A pleasure to read. And good writing, like good philosophy, is always a consolation". (John Banville, "Irish Times").

    "Few discussions on the great philosophers can have been so entertaining ...an ingenious, imaginative book". (Humphrey Carpenter, "Sunday Times").

    "Witty, thoughtful, entertaining ...a stylish book, which manages to make philosophy both enjoyable and relevant". (Anthony Clare, "Literary Review").

    "Gentle, helpful and humane ...De Botton's instinct is surely right: if we are to bring philosophy to life we should look again at those thinkers who have sought to be not clever or paradoxical, but simply wise". (Roger Scruton, "Mail on Sunday").

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CONTENT AND CONSCIOUSNESS
    CONTENT AND CONSCIOUSNESS
    DENNETT DANIEL C
    ISBN: 9780415567862
    Title: CONTENT AND CONSCIOUSNESS
    Author: DENNETT DANIEL C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Content and Consciousness is an original and ground-breaking attempt to elucidate a problem integral to the history of Western philosophical thought: the relationship of the mind and body. In this formative work, Dennett sought to develop a theory of the human mind and consciousness based on new and challenging advances in the field that came to be known as cognitive science. This important and illuminating work is widely-regarded as the book from which all of Dennett's future ideas developed. It is his first explosive rebuttal of Cartesian dualism and one of the founding texts of philosophy of mind.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CONTINGENCY HEGEMONY UNIVERSALITY
    CONTINGENCY HEGEMONY UNIVERSALITY
    BUTLER J / LACLAU E / ZIZEK S
    ISBN: 9781844676682
    Title: CONTINGENCY HEGEMONY UNIVERSALITY
    Author: BUTLER J / LACLAU E / ZIZEK S
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Hegelian legacy, Left strategy, and post-structuralism versus Lacanian psychoanalysis.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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