• 30 Second Philosophies
    30 Second Philosophies
    Cogito ergo sum. Cynicism. Dialectical Materialism. Existentialism. The Socratic Method. Deconstructionism. Everybody knows what they mean. Or thinks they know what they mean. At least you have probably heard of them and like to bandy about them to impress your friends. But do you have the back up? What happens if you get trapped in the corner by a real hottie with a masters degree in phenomenology? 30-Second Philosophies takes a revolutionary approach to getting a grip on the 50 most important and significant schools of philosophy. It will challenge a half century of great thinkers to quit fretting about the meaning for a while and explain the most significant theories of philosophical thought in half a minute, using nothing more than two pages, 300 words and a metaphorical image. Here in one unique volume you have the opportunity to pick the potted brains of our leading philosophers and understand complex concepts such as 'the categorical imperative' without ending up in a darkened room with an ice pack on your head.

    ISBN: 9781742661773
    Publication date: 01/02/2011
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Loewer, Barry
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $24.99
  • Absolute Recoil Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism
    Absolute Recoil Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism
    At the outset of the twentieth century, Lenin argued that materialism has to change its form with each new scientific discovery. Today, argues Slavoj Zizek in this major new work, we should apply this stricture to Lenin himself. Philosophical materialism has not yet risen to the challenge of relativity theory and quantum physics, or breakthroughs like Freudian psychoanalysis--and we need hardly mention the failure of actually existing Communism. In Absolute Recoil, Zizek proposes a new foundation for dialectical materialism that answers these fundamental challenges.

    ISBN: 9781784781996
    Publication date: 06/10/2015
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Zizek, Slavoj
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Age of Nothing
    Age of Nothing
    The closing months of 2008 saw the world's nations united in financial uncertainty. Amid endless reports of collapsing stock markets, failed banks, fiscal fraud and snowballing unemployment, THE AGE OF NOTHING offers a compelling insight into the demise of capitalism and the beginning of a new era. Peter Watson's scintillating thesis argues that the unprecedented credit crunch of 2008 was the result of a fundamental change in the fabric of society - one that became truly visible only as it reached its culmination. In a commanding narrative, Watson provides a historical perspective on the shift in our attitudes towards capitalism, while exploring the philosophical roots that underpin it. Of central importance in Watson's theory is Nietzsche's warning regarding mankind's responsibility for 'the death of God' - and the consequences thereof. Nietzsche's views on the frailty of human values in a world bereft of religious faith were echoed by writers including Tolstoy, Marx and Kandinsky - and his chilling message went on to resonate with thinkers throughout the 20th century.
    When Max Weber called the modern world 'disenchanted', and argued that society must choose to create a new value system based on knowledge or else surrender and embrace a religious faith, he was the latest in a long line of intellectuals attempting to address the problem Nietzsche had laid bare. With the arrival of THE AGE OF NOTHING, the line continues. The work fills a crucial gap in our intellectual history and serves as a comprehensive study of society's current predicament - as well as a timely answer to the question of what to do next.

    ISBN: 9780753828106
    Publication date: 11/02/2016
    Price: $41.99
    Author: Watson, Peter
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $41.99
  • Analects
    Analects
    One of the most influential books in human history, in a revelatory new translation China's first and greatest teacher, Confucius traveled from state to state as an itinerant philosopher. Eventually he came to represent the standard of behavior for all of society--including the emperor himself. "The Analects "preserves his major teachings, as compiled by his disciples after his death--everything from how people should relate to each other (the Golden Rule, which he was the first to define), to how a country should be organized (like a family), to how to lie in bed (not like a corpse). This new translation, by one of the pre-eminent scholars of Confucius, draws on the most recent excavated texts and latest scholarship. A historian, Annping Chin sets out to illuminate the historical context of Confucius's teachings, explaining who the many local figures referenced in "The Analects" are, and navigating a rich tradition of historical commentaries to provide a map of Confucian thought that brings us as close as possible to experiencing Confucius as his followers might have 2,500 years ago.

    ISBN: 9780143106852
    Publication date: 27/11/2014
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Confucius
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Ancient Rhetoric From Aristotle to Philostratus
    Ancient Rhetoric From Aristotle to Philostratus
    A new and original anthology that introduces the key writings on rhetoric in the classical world, from Aristotle to Cicero and beyond.Classical rhetoric is one of the earliest versions of what is today known as media studies. It was absolutely crucial to life in the ancient world, whether in the courtroom, the legislature or on ceremonial occasions, and was described as either the art of persuasion or the art of speaking well. This anthology, edited by Thomas Habinek, brings together all the most important ancient writings on rhetoric, including works by Cicero, Aristotle, Quintilian and Philostratus. Ranging across such themes as memory, persuasion, delivery and style, it provides a fascinating introduction to classical rhetoric and will be an invaluable sourcebook for students of the ancient world.

    ISBN: 9780141392646
    Publication date: 16/11/2017
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Habinek, Thomas N.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Ant and the Ferrari Lifting the Hood on Truth, Society and the Universe
    Ant and the Ferrari Lifting the Hood on Truth, Society and the Universe
    The Ant and the Ferrari is a magical tour-de-force that takes on the big questions in life and answers them in Dr Kerry Spackman's easily accessible writing style. This is one of those rare books that will change your beliefs - and in doing so will change your life. THE ANT AND THE FERRARI offers readers a clear, navigable path through the big questions that confront us all today. What is the meaning of life? Can we be ethical beings in today's world? Can we know if there is life after death? Is there such a thing as Absolute Truth? What caused the Big Bang and why should you care?

    ISBN: 9781869509590
    Publication date: 01/06/2012
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Spackman, Dr. Kerry
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Archaeology of Knowledge
    Archaeology of Knowledge
    In France, a country that awards its intellectuals the status other countries give their rock stars, Michel Foucault was part of a glittering generation of thinkers, one which also included Sartre, de Beauvoir and Deleuze. One of the great intellectual heroes of the twentieth century, Foucault was a man whose passion and reason were at the service of nearly every progressive cause of his time. From law and order, to mental health, to power and knowledge, he spearheaded public awareness of the dynamics that hold us all in thrall to a few powerful ideologies and interests. Arguably his finest work, Archaeology of Knowledge is a challenging but fantastically rewarding introduction to his ideas.

    ISBN: 9780415287531
    Publication date: 09/05/2002
    Price: $35.99
    Author: Foucault, Michel
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.99
  • Art of Losing Control a Philosopher's Search for Ecstatic Experience
    Art of Losing Control a Philosopher's Search for Ecstatic Experience
    Jules Evans is lying at the bottom of a mountain after a skiing accident. But he's not thinking about his broken femur. He's having an ecstatic revelation. Jules's brush with ecstasy leads him on an investigation: why have we been happy to accept Greek philosophy's attitude that rationality is the highest part of human nature for so many centuries, when we are capable of so many more states of experience? On his way, Jules discovers that by mastering the art of losing control, we can liberate ourselves from toxic habits and lead and better, deeper life. Balancing personal narrative, interviews, and readings from ancient and modern philosophers, The Art of Losing Control is a fascinating, funny and thrilling guide to the different ways we can experience ecstasy and how it can motivate us, heal us and set us free.

    ISBN: 9781782118688
    Publication date: 04/05/2017
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Evans, Jules
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Art of Rhetoric
    Art of Rhetoric
    With the emergence of democracy in the city-state of Athens in the years around 460 BC, public speaking became an essential skill for politicians in the Assemblies and Councils and even for ordinary citizens in the courts of law. In response, the technique of rhetoric rapidly developed, bringing virtuoso performances and a host of practical manuals for the layman. While many of these were little more than collections of debaters' tricks, the Art of Rhetoric held a far deeper purpose. Here Aristotle (384 322 BC) establishes the methods of informal reasoning, provides the first aesthetic evaluation of prose style and offers detailed observations on character and the emotions. Hugely influential upon later Western culture, the Art of Rhetoric is a fascinating consideration of the force of persuasion and sophistry, and a compelling guide to the principles behind oratorical skill.

    ISBN: 9780140445107
    Publication date: 31/10/1991
    Price: $23.00
    Author: Aristotle
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Art of War
    Art of War
    Collected in this elegant volume are four of the most important and influential military and political treatises in history. Originally written for a specific purpose, the principles conveyed through these strategy texts are universal and timeless, and continue to illuminate and inspire.Whether you approach this reading for its historical significance or choose to apply this knowledge toward achieving success in your own life, you will be enriched. This stunning clothbound hardcover features a slipcase, ribbon marker, historical timeline, and comprehensive introduction providing the reader with enlightening information on the history of each text. Includes:The Art of WarIn the oldest and most influential strategy text in existence, Sun Tzu's teachings (c. 6th century BC) on how to successfully respond to and handle situations of conflict is a must-read for business leaders of today.The PrinceWritten during the Italian Renaissance, Niccolo Machiavelli's (1469-1527) astute observations on how to read people and situations, especially for acquiring and maintaining political power, is a classic primer for politicians and business leaders alike.On WarDrawing on his experience in the Prussian military, General Carl von Clausewitz's (1780-1831) examination of the realities of warfare, including its moral and psychological aspects, is required reading at military academies.Instructions to His GeneralsEstablishing Prussia as a major force by successfully defeating French, Russian, and Austrian armies during the Seven Years' War, Frederick the Great's (1712-1786) advice on leadership, strategy, tactics, and discipline continues to be relevant.

    ISBN: 9781631064180
    Publication date: 15/10/2017
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Ronningen, Erik O.
    Format: Slipcase
    Price: $45.00
  • Beyond Good and Evil
    Beyond Good and Evil
    The Will to Truth, which is to tempt us to many a hazardous enterprise, the famous Truthfulness of which all philosophers have hitherto spoken with respect, what questions has this Will to Truth not laid before us! What strange, perplexing, questionable questions! It is already a long story; yet it seems as if it were hardly commenced. Is it any wonder if we at last grow distrustful, lose patience, and turn impatiently away? That this Sphinx teaches us at last to ask questions ourselves? WHO is it really that puts questions to us here? WHAT really is this Will to Truth in us? In fact we made a long halt at the question as to the origin of this Will - until at last we came to an absolute standstill before a yet more fundamental question. We inquired about the VALUE of this Will. Granted that we want the truth: WHY NOT RATHER untruth? And uncertainty? Even ignorance? The problem of the value of truth presented itself before us - or was it we who presented ourselves before the problem? Which of us is the Oedipus here? Which the Sphinx? It would seem to be a rendezvous of questions and notes of interrogation. And could it be believed that it at last seems to us as if the problem had never been propounded before, as if we were the first to discern it, get a sight of it, and RISK RAISING it? For there is risk in raising it, perhaps there is no greater risk.

    ISBN: 9780141395838
    Publication date: 06/11/2014
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Nietzsche, Friedrich
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $19.99
  • Beyond Good and Evil
    Beyond Good and Evil
    Represents Nietzsche's attempt to sum up his philosophy. In nine parts the book is designed to give the reader a comprehensive idea of Nietzsche's thought and style: they span "The Prejudices of Philsophers," "The Free Spirit," religion, morals, scholarship, "Our Virtues," "Peoples and Fatherlands," and "What Is Noble," as well as epigrams and a concluding poem. Beyond Good and Evil is one of the most remarkable and influential books of the nineteenth century. This translation by Walter Kaufmann has become the standard one, for accuracy and fidelity to the eccentricities and grace of the style of the original. The translation is based on the only edition Nietzsche himself published, and all variant reading in later editions. This volume offers an inclusive index of subjects and persons, as well as a running footnote commentary on the text.

    ISBN: 9780679724650
    Publication date: 17/12/1989
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Nietzsche, Friedrich
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
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