Category: Philosophy

A short history of African philosophy

Indiana Univ Pr | August 13, 2009 | 193 pages
A Short History of African Philosophy discusses major ideas, figures, and schools of thought in philosophy in the African context. While drawing out critical issues in the formation of African philosophy, Barry Hallen focuses on recent scholarship and relevant debates that have made African... More Info
$12.50

Introducing Ethics for Everyday Life

March 20, 2012 | 215 pages
A Practical Guide to applying the philosophy of ethics to real life.  More Info
$25.95

A Brief History of Everything

Shambhala Publications | March 20, 2017 | 376 pages
An altogether friendly and accessible account of men and women's place in the universe of sex, soul and spirit, this vivid summary of the new and emerging American wisdom provides radical commentary on hot topics of the day, from political correctness to spiritual enlightenment.  More Info
$20.00

Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It

Penguin | May 2, 2017 | 224 pages
A humorous and philosophical trip through life, from the New York Times–bestselling coauthor of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . Daniel Klein’s fans have fallen in love with the warm, humorous, and thoughtful way he shows how philosophy resonates in everyday life. Readers of his... More Info
$16.99

Against the Double Blackmail

Penguin Press | February 23, 2017 | 128 pages
How do we respond to the refugee crisis - by opening our doors, or pulling up the drawbridge? Both solutions, argues Slavoj Aixek, offer ideological blackmail, and both are wrong. He proposes that instead we see the crisis as an opportunity- a unique chance for Europe to redefine itself and its... More Info

The Will to Power

Penguin Classics | December 29, 2016 | 320 pages
New to Penguin Classics, The Will to Power contains some of Nietzsche's most fascinating and combative writings on nihilism, metaphysics and the future of Europe. Assembled by Nietzsche's sister after his death, The Will to Power is a collection of the philosopher's reflections and theories taken... More Info

Fail Better

April 11, 2017 | 304 pages
A smart, accessible look into the philosophy of baseball, with a focus on its lessons for a life best lived.  More Info

The Compassion Book

Shambhala Publications | March 21, 2017 | 144 pages
Let compassion and fearlessness guide you and you'll live wisely and effectively in good times and bad. But that's easier said than done. Here Pema Ch�dr�n introduces a powerful, transformative method to nurture these qualities using a practice called lojong, which has been a primary focus of... More Info

Treatise on Toleration

Penguin Books | August 4, 2016 | 208 pages
One of the most important essays on religious tolerance and freedom of thought, a French bestseller in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks In 1762 Jean Calas, a merchant from Toulouse, was executed after being falsely accused of killing his son. As it became clear that Calas was in fact... More Info

Local Knowledge

Basic Books | November 18, 2017 | 244 pages
In essays covering everything from art and common sense to charisma and constructions of the self, the eminent cultural anthropologist and author of The Interpretation of Cultures deepens our understanding of human societies through the intimacies of "local knowledge." A companion volume to The... More Info

Not in God's Name

Schocken Books Incorporated | February 7, 2017 | 320 pages
***2015 National Jewish Book Award Winner*** In this powerful and timely book, one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem,... More Info

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Penguin | February 7, 2017 |
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The Idea of Socialism

Polity | November 30, 2016 | 216 pages
The idea of socialism has given normative grounding and orientation to the outrage over capitalism for more than 150 years, and yet today it seems to have lost much of its appeal. Despite growing discontent, many would hesitate to invoke socialism when it comes to envisioning life beyond... More Info

Liberals and Cannibals

Verso | January 10, 2017 | 184 pages
With debates on the meaning of 'liberal society' more heated than ever, this is a timely re-issue of a classic text Can the tension between relativism and the moral universalism current in contemporary politics be resolved within the framework of liberalism? How is liberal society to interpret the... More Info

True Love

Shambhala Publications | January 2, 2011 | 112 pages
First offers readers the technique of conscious breathing as a method for synchronizing the mind and body to establish the conditions of love, then explains a mantra practice for generating love that consists of four key statements or intentions in our relationships that will also heal our own... More Info

Heidegger

June 8, 2016 | 112 pages
Martin Heidegger was an ordinary Nazi and a loyal member of the provincial petty bourgeoisie. He was also a seminal thinker of the Continental tradition and one of the twentieth century's most important philosophers. How are we to make sense of this dual life? Should we factor Heidegger's domestic... More Info

Beauty and the Inferno

January 17, 2017 | 288 pages
Gomorrah, Roberto Saviano's 2006 expos� of Naples's Camorra mafia, was an international bestseller and became an award-winning film. But the death threats that followed forced the author into hiding. Saviano was ostracized by his countrymen and went on the run, changing his location every few... More Info
$33.95

Materialism

January 26, 2017 | 224 pages
A brilliant introduction to the philosophical concept of materialism and its relevance to contemporary science and culture In this eye-opening, intellectually stimulating appreciation of a fascinating school of philosophy, Terry Eagleton makes a powerful argument that materialism is at the center... More Info

Not for Profit

November 1, 2016 | 192 pages
In this short and powerful book, celebrated philosopher Martha Nussbaum makes a passionate case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education. Historically, the humanities have been central to education because they have been seen as essential for creating competent democratic... More Info

Bioethics

Polity | January 10, 2017 | 272 pages
This book provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to contemporary bioethics. It also presents provocative, philosophically informed arguments on current bioethical issues. Holland engages with debates ranging from the more familiar - such as euthanasia, advance decisions to refuse... More Info

A Little History of Philosophy

November 18, 2017 | 252 pages
Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them howlittle they genuinely understood. This... More Info

The Most Good You Can Do

July 5, 2016 | 232 pages
From the ethicist the "New Yorker" calls the most influential living philosopher, a new way of thinking about living ethically Peter Singer s books and ideas have been disturbing our complacency ever since the appearance of "Animal Liberation." Now he directs our attention to a new movement in... More Info

"The Tibetan Book of the Dead": A Biography

Princeton University Press | February 27, 2011 | 192 pages
The Tibetan Book of the Dead is the most famous Buddhist text in the West, having sold more than a million copies since it was first published in English in 1927. Carl Jung wrote a commentary on it, Timothy Leary redesigned it as a guidebook for an acid trip, and the Beatles quoted Leary's version... More Info

Black

Polity | November 30, 2016 | 80 pages
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... More Info

How to Write a Sentence

Harper Paperbacks | August 7, 2012 | 176 pages
Some appreciate fine art; others appreciate fine wines. Stanley Fish appreciates fine sentences. The New York Times columnist and world-class professor has long been an aficionado of language. Like a seasoned sportscaster, Fish marvels at the adeptness of finely crafted sentences and breaks them... More Info

When I Am Playing With My Cat, How Do I Know That She Is Not Playing With Me?

Vintage Books | April 17, 2012 | 320 pages
"When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep. And when I am walking alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts are sometimes preoccupied elsewhere, the rest of the time I bring them back to the walk, to the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, and to me." - Montaigne In the year 1570,at... More Info

Essence of Nihilism

Verso | October 11, 2016 | 384 pages
A groundbreaking classic of contemporary philosophy for the first time in English translation Between 1961 and 1970, Emanuele Severino was subjected to a thorough investigation by the Vatican Inquisition. The "fundamental incompatibility" identified between his thought and Christian doctrine... More Info

Grand Hotel Abyss

Verso | September 20, 2016 | 448 pages
"Grand Hotel Abyss investigates the lives and afterlives of the critical theorists who formed the Frankfurt School"--  More Info

Walter Benjamin

Belknap Press | November 21, 2016 | 768 pages
Walter Benjamin was perhaps the twentieth century's most elusive intellectual. His writings defy categorization, and his improvised existence has proven irresistible to mythologizers. In a major new biography, Howard Eiland and Michael Jennings present a comprehensive portrait of the man and his... More Info

Rethink

Scribner | November 15, 2016 | 352 pages
A brilliant and groundbreaking argument that innovation and progress are often achieved by revisiting and retooling ideas from the past rather than starting from scratch—from The Guardian columnist and contributor to The Atlantic. Innovation is not always as innovative as it may seem. This is the... More Info

Primary Greatness

Simon & Schuster | November 15, 2016 | 224 pages
From Stephen R. Covey—the late, legendary author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People—a set of principles for achieving a happy and fulfilling life of primary greatness. Many of us are hurting. We have chronic problems, dissatisfactions, and disappointments. Although we generally make it... More Info
$39.95

Adorno and Existence

Harvard University Press | November 14, 2016 | 272 pages
Adorno was forever returning to the philosophies of bourgeois interiority, seeking the paradoxical relation between their manifest failure and their hidden promise. As Peter E. Gordon shows, Adorno s writings on Kierkegaard, Husserl, and Heidegger present us with a photographic negative a... More Info

A Matter of Life and Death

August 18, 2016 | 232 pages
This book brings together contributors from different backgrounds including a Holocaust survivor and a death row inmate, to explore perspectives on death. Each contributor offers commentary on a written or visual work that best expresses death to them. A meaningful volume for the bereaved and those... More Info

Philosophy of Nature

John Wiley & Sons | July 5, 2016 | 288 pages
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Logic: A Very Short Introduction

Oxford Paperbacks | October 12, 2000 | 160 pages
This book is an introduction to modern formal logic. It is not a text book, however, but explores the philosophical roots of the subject. Each chapter takes some philosophical problem or logical conundrum, and explains how it may be handled in light of modern logic.  More Info

Between Quran and Kafka

Polity | October 17, 2016 | 300 pages
What connects Shiite passion plays with Brecht’s drama? Which of Goethe’s poems were inspired by the Quran? How can Ibn Arabi’s theology of sighs explain the plays of Heinrich von Kleist? And why did the Persian author Sadeq Hedayat identify with the Prague Jew Franz Kafka? ‘One who knows... More Info

The Edge of Reason

Yale University Press | September 22, 2016 | 272 pages
An urgent defense of reason, the essential method for resolving--or even discussing--divisive issues Reason, long held as the highest human achievement, is under siege. According to Aristotle, the capacity for reason sets us apart from other animals, yet today it has ceased to be a universally... More Info

Come and Take It

October 1, 2016 | 320 pages
Cody Wilson, a self-described crypto-anarchist and rogue thinker, combines the controversial yet thrilling story of the production of the first ever 3D printable gun with a startling philosophical manifesto that gets to the heart of the twenty-first century debate over the freedom of information... More Info

Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

OUP Oxford | June 26, 2003 | 160 pages
This book introduces readers to the concepts of political philosophy - authority, democracy, freedom and its limits, justice, feminism, multiculturalism, and nationality. Accessibly written and assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, it encourages the reader to think clearly and critically... More Info

One World Now

September 27, 2016 | 280 pages
"One World Now" seamlessly integrates major developments of the past decade into Peter Singer's classic text on the ethics of globalization, "One World." Singer, often described as the world's most influential philosopher, here addresses such essential concerns as climate change, economic... More Info

Highly Sensitive People in an Insensitive World

Jessica Kingsley Publishers | June 21, 2016 | 160 pages
What does it mean to be a highly sensitive person? How is it different from introversion, or shyness? And what unique advantages does high sensitivity have to offer? Ilse Sand answers all these questions and encourages other highly sensitive people to ride out the lows and embrace the creativity... More Info

Interview You: Who Do You Think You Are?

Carpet Bombing Culture | August 15, 2016 | 128 pages
Don t wait to be discovered. Discover yourself. Inside you ll find - the real you. Go on an adventure of self-discovery with this feast of fun and fascinating questions, tests, games, quizzes and tips to help you uncover the superstar within. Unleash your hidden legend and fast track yourself all... More Info

A Buddhist Grief Observed

August 9, 2016 | 136 pages
A Buddhist scholar and teacher suffers deep grief, "a season in hell," after the death of his wife. Amid the world-shattering pain of loss, what helps? In this brave record of his devastating experience, Guy Newland recounts falling to pieces and then learning to make sense of his pain and grief... More Info

A Lover's Discourse

Hill and Wang | October 12, 2010 | 256 pages
A Lover’s Discourse, at its 1978 publication, was revolutionary: Roland Barthes made unprecedented use of the tools of structuralism to explore the whimsical phenomenon of love. Rich with references ranging from Goethe’s Werther to Winnicott, from Plato to Proust, from Baudelaire to Schubert, A... More Info

Reading Capital

November 10, 2015 | 688 pages
Originally published in 1965, Reading Capital is a landmark of French thought and radical theory, which sought to reconstruct Western Marxism from its foundations. Previously only available in English in a highly abridged form, this 50th anniversary edition restores original chapters by Roger... More Info

Living and Dying With Confidence

July 12, 2016 | 216 pages
This guide provides a day planner to help readers prepare for death intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Anyen Rinpoche, a Tibetan monk, presents ancient and rich Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the topic in a contemporary, accessible manner. Learn how to release your attachments, embrace... More Info

The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick

Oxford University Press, USA | May 27, 2016 | 240 pages
Widely recognized as one of the most inventive science fiction writers of all time, Philip K. Dick is an author whose literary sophistication elevated the sci-fi genre into the storytelling powerhouse it is today. His works, known for their portrayals of simulated realities interspersed with... More Info

Anger and Forgiveness

Oxford University Press, USA | May 2, 2016 | 272 pages
We live in a culture of apology and forgiveness. But while there are a few thinkers who criticize forgiveness in favor of retribution, philosopher and intellectual Martha C. Nussbaum is unique in criticizing the supposed virtue from the other side: forgiveness, Nussbaum asserts, is at its heart... More Info

The Language Hoax

Oxford University Press, USA | June 1, 2016 | 184 pages
Japanese has a term that covers both green and blue. Russian has separate terms for dark and light blue. Does this mean that Russians perceive these colors differently from Japanese people? Does language control and limit the way we think? This short, opinionated book addresses the Sapir-Whorf... More Info

Living with Intent

Harmony | May 3, 2016 | 288 pages
"I'm trying to meditate one day but urgent thoughts keep intruding. Don't forget to take cupcakes to school! I have to prepare for my presentation for the wellness conference! Is that lunch with the other moms tomorrow or next week? My to-do list is stampeding through my mind, trampling any chance... More Info

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