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  • 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
  • CONVERSATIONS ON ETHICS
    CONVERSATIONS ON ETHICS
    VOORHOEVE ALEX
    ISBN: 9780199602940
    Title: CONVERSATIONS ON ETHICS
    Author: VOORHOEVE ALEX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Can we trust our intuitive judgments of right and wrong?

    Are moral judgements objective?

    What reason do we have to do what is right and avoid doing what is wrong?

    In Conversations on Ethics, Alex Voorhoeve elicits answers to these questions from eleven outstanding philosophers and social scientists: Ken Binmore Philippa Foot Harry Frankfurt Allan Gibbard Daniel Kahneman Frances Kamm Alasdair MacIntyre T. M. Scanlon Peter Singer David Velleman Bernard Williams The exchanges are direct, open, and sharp, and give a clear account of these thinkers' core ideas about ethics. They also provide unique insights into their intellectual development - how they became interested in ethics, and how they conceived the ideas for which they became famous. Conversations on Ethics will engage anyone interested in moral philosophy.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $30.99

    Price: $30.99
  • COURAGE OF HOPELESSNESS : Chronicles of a Year of Acting Dangerously
    COURAGE OF HOPELESSNESS : Chronicles of a Year of Acting Dangerously
    ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    ISBN: 9780141986098
    Title: COURAGE OF HOPELESSNESS : Chronicles of a Year of Acting Dangerously
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The maverick philosopher returns to explore today's idealogical, political and economic battles, and asks whether radical change is possible.


    In these troubled times, even the most pessimistic diagnosis of our future ends with an uplifting hint that things might not be as bad as all that, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

    Yet, argues Slavoj Zizek, it is only when we have admitted to ourselves that our situation is completely hopeless - that the light at the end of the tunnel is in fact the headlight of a train approaching us from the opposite direction - that fundamental change can be brought about.

    Surveying the various challenges in the world today, from mass migration and geopolitical tensions to terrorism, the explosion of rightist populism and the emergence of new radical politics - all of which, in their own way, express the impasses of global capitalism - Zizek explores whether there still remains the possibility for genuine change. Today, he proposes, the only true question is, or should be, this: do we endorse the predominant acceptance of capitalism as a fact of human nature, or does today's capitalism contain strong enough antagonisms to prevent its infinite reproduction? Can we, he asks, move beyond the failure of socialism, and beyond the current wave of populist rage, and initiate radical change before the train hits?

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COURAGE OF TRUTH / LECTURES AT THE COLLEGE DE FRANCE 1983-1984
    COURAGE OF TRUTH / LECTURES AT THE COLLEGE DE FRANCE 1983-1984
    FOUCAULT MICHEL
    ISBN: 9781403986696
    Title: COURAGE OF TRUTH / LECTURES AT THE COLLEGE DE FRANCE 1983-1984
    Author: FOUCAULT MICHEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The course given by Michel Foucault from February to March 1984, under the title The Courage of Truth, was his last at the College de France. His death shortly after, on June 25th, tempts us to detect a philosophical testament in these lectures, especially in view of the prominence they give to the theme of death, notably through a reinterpretation of Socrates' last words-'Crito, we owe a cock to Asclepius'- which, with Georges Dumezil, Foucault understands as the expression of a profound gratitude towards philosophy for its cure of the only serious illness: that of false opinions and prejudices. These lectures continue and radicalize the analyses of those of the previous year. Foucault's 1983 lectures investigated the function of 'truth telling' in politics in order to establish courage and conviction as ethical conditions for democracy irreducible to the formal rules of consensus. With the Cynics, this manifestation of the truth no longer appears simply as a risky speaking out, but in the very substance of existence. In fact, Foucault offers an incisive study of ancient Cynicism as practical philosophy, athleticism of the truth, public provocation, and ascetic sovereignty. The scandal of the true life is constructed in opposition to Platonism and its world of transcendent intelligible Forms. 'There is no establishment of the truth without an essential position of otherness. The truth is never the same. There can be truth only in the form of the other world and the other life.'

    Imprint: PALGRAVE
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • CREATING CAPABILITIES : THE HUMAN DEVELPMENT APPROACH
    CREATING CAPABILITIES : THE HUMAN DEVELPMENT APPROACH
    NUSSBAUM MARTHA
    ISBN: 9780674050549
    Title: CREATING CAPABILITIES : THE HUMAN DEVELPMENT APPROACH
    Author: NUSSBAUM MARTHA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: BELKNAP PRESS
    RRP: $32.95
    Price: $32.95
  • CRITIQUE OF EVERYDAY LIFE : THE ONE VOLUME EDITION
    CRITIQUE OF EVERYDAY LIFE : THE ONE VOLUME EDITION
    LEFEBVRE HENRI
    ISBN: 9781781683170
    Title: CRITIQUE OF EVERYDAY LIFE : THE ONE VOLUME EDITION
    Author: LEFEBVRE HENRI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Henri Lefebvre's three-volume Critique of Everyday Life is perhaps the richest, most prescient work by one of the twentieth century's greatest philosophers. Written at the birth of post-war consumerism, the Critique was a philosophical inspiration for the 1968 student revolution in France and is considered to be the founding text of all that we know as cultural studies, as well as a major influence on the fields of contemporary philosophy, geography, sociology, architecture, political theory and urbanism. A work of enormous range and subtlety,

    Lefebvre takes as his starting-point and guide the trivial details of quotidian experience: an experience colonized by the commodity, shadowed by inauthenticity, yet one which remains the only source of resistance and change. This is an enduringly radical text, untimely today only in its intransigence and optimism.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • CULTURE
    CULTURE
    EAGLETON TERRY
    ISBN: 9780300228731
    Title: CULTURE
    Author: EAGLETON TERRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $27.99
    Price: $27.99
  • CURATORIAL
    CURATORIAL
    MARTINON JEAN-PAUL
    ISBN: 9781474229210
    Title: CURATORIAL
    Author: MARTINON JEAN-PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stop curating! And think what curating is all about. This book starts from this simple premise: thinking the activity of curating. To do that, it distinguishes between 'curating' and 'the curatorial'. If 'curating' is a gamut of professional practices for setting up exhibitions, then 'the curatorial' explores what takes place on the stage set up, both intentionally and unintentionally, by the curator. It therefore refers not to the staging of an event, but to the event of knowledge itself.

    In order to start thinking about curating, this book takes a new approach to the topic. Instead of relying on conventional art historical narratives (for example, identifying the moments when artistic and curatorial practices merged or when the global curator-author was first identified), this book puts forward a multiplicity of perspectives that go from the anecdotal to the theoretical and from the personal to the philosophical. These perspectives allow for a fresh reflection on curating, one in which, suddenly, curating becomes an activity that implicates us all (artists, curators, and viewers), not just as passive recipients, but as active members. As such, the Curatorial is a book without compromise: it asks us to think again, fight against sweeping art historical generalizations, the sedimentation of ideas and the draw of the sound bite. Curating will not stop, but at least with this book it can begin to allow itself to be challenged by some of the most complex and ethics-driven thought of our times.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM AND PHILOSOPHY
    CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM AND PHILOSOPHY
    RALKOWSKI MARK
    ISBN: 9780812697667
    Title: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM AND PHILOSOPHY
    Author: RALKOWSKI MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: OPEN COURT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
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