Category: Philosophy

Life Driven Purpose

Pitchstone Llc | April 1, 2015 | 216 pages
Every thinking person wants to lead a life of meaning and purpose. For thousands of years, holy books have told us that such a life is available only through obedience and submission to some higher power. Today, the faithful keep popular devotionals and tracts within easy reach on bedside tables... More Info

A Death on Diamond Mountain

Gotham | March 17, 2015 | 304 pages
An investigative reporter explores an infamous case where an obsessive and unorthodox search for enlightenment went terribly wrong.  More Info

The Future of an Illusion

Penguin UK | August 7, 2008 | 112 pages
This investigation of religion by greatest psychoanalyst of the twentieth-century explores the role faith can take in the life of man, what it can mean to us and why as a species we are inclined towards it. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see... More Info
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The Power at the End of the Economy

December 4, 2014 | 144 pages
In his latest book, the influential critic Brian Massumi offers a new theory of political economy that demonstrates how emotional, affective and nonconscious decisions work together with rational self-interest in the shaping of neoliberalism. Massumi's analysis shows the potential for a new... More Info

Thrive

Harmony | March 17, 2015 | 352 pages
Looking way beyond power and money, the president of The Huffington Post Media Group introduces the Third Metric—the importance of wellbeing, wisdom and fulfillment—which will help all of us reinvent what it means to be successful in the workplace and in our personal lives. 100,000 first... More Info

Let the Elephants Run

February 19, 2015 | 256 pages
Written by David Usher, the award-winning musician and founder of CloudID Creativity Lab in Montreal, this book is based on his wildly popular speaking engagements. Usher believes creativity is in our DNA; it's in everyone, not just the creative class. This book helps readers reignite creativity in... More Info

Becoming Human

House of Anansi | June 18, 2008 | 166 pages
Acclaimed as a man "who inspires the world" (Maclean's) and a "nation builder" (Globe and Mail), Jean Vanier has made a difference in the lives of countless people — including those with disabilities and the many young people who have been moved by his life's work. Becoming Humanis a modern... More Info

The Rise

Simon & Schuster | March 17, 2015 | 272 pages
From celebrated art historian, curator, and teacher Sarah Lewis, a fascinating examination of how our most iconic creative endeavors—from innovation to the arts—are not achievements but conversions, corrections after failed attempts. The gift of failure is a riddle: it will always be both the... More Info

The Idea of Europe

January 2, 2015 | 48 pages
The extraordinary meditation on Europe by the “brilliantly illuminating” (Alain de Botton) public intellectual In this remarkable short book, the foremost intellectual of our age brings a lifetime of erudition to bear on a subject that he has grappled with for decades, and whose future is... More Info

The Malaise of Modernity

House of Anansi | September 22, 1991 | 135 pages
In Malaise of Modernity, Charles Taylor focuses on the key modern concept of self-fulfillment, often attacked as the central support of what Christopher Lasch has called the culture of narcissism. To Taylor, self-fulfillment, although often expressed in self-centered ways, isn't necessarily a... More Info

There Are Two Sexes

January 1, 2015 | 352 pages
Antoinette Fouque cofounded the Mouvement de Libération des Femmes (MLF) in France in 1968 and spearheaded its celebrated "Psychanalyse et Politique," a research group that informed the cultural and intellectual heart of French feminism. Rather than reject Freud's discoveries on the pretext of... More Info

Listening to Killers

February 26, 2015 | 312 pages
"Listening to Killers offers an inside look at twenty years' worth of murder files from Dr. James Garbarino, a leading expert psychological witness who listens to killers so that he can testify in court. The author offers detailed accounts of how killerstravel a path that leads from childhood... More Info

Appetites for Thought

February 1, 2015 | 128 pages
Appetites for Thought offers up a delectable intellectual challenge: can we better understand the concepts of philosophers from their culinary choices? Guiding us around the philosopher's banquet table with erudition, wit, and irreverence, Michel Onfray offers surprising insights on foods ranging... More Info

Pilate and Jesus

February 1, 2015 | 88 pages
A probing investigation of the trial of Jesus by noted Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben.  More Info

Aspects of the Theory of Syntax

MIT Press | December 26, 2014 | 296 pages
Originally published as a Special technical report # 11 in 1965.  More Info

Stupidity and Knowledge in the 21st Century

Polity | February 9, 2015 | 200 pages
In 1944 Horkheimer and Adorno warned that industrial society turns reason into rationalization, and Polanyi warned of the dangers of the self-regulating market, but today, argues Stiegler, this regression of reason has led to societies dominated by unreason, stupidity and madness. However,... More Info

A Novel Journal: The Wizard of Oz

Canterbury Classics | March 1, 2015 | 160 pages
Read between the lines of this journal and you'll find flying monkeys, angry trees, and deadly poppies.Like many famous and great movies, it all began as a book. Frank L. Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz brought Dorothy, Toto, Glinda, and other beloved characters to readers in 1900, and the tale... More Info

A Novel Journal: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Canterbury Classics | March 1, 2015 | 160 pages
Write your own adventure in the spirit of Mark Twain.A scathing and often hilarious tale set in the antebellum American South, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has transcended the children's literature genre and serves as a much-analyzed and admired political commentary on the era. It's... More Info

A Novel Journal - Great Expectations

Canterbury Classics | March 1, 2015 | 160 pages
Pip's words 'You have been in every line I have ever read' take on new meaning with A Novel Journal: Great Expectations.A coming-of-age tale set in early 19th century London, Great Expectations is full of unforgettable characters and all of the trials and tribulations of the time. Considered... More Info

A Novel Journal - Dracula

Canterbury Classics | March 1, 2015 | 160 pages
Dream up something as dark as Dracula for your next writing project.Dracula, Bram Stoker's famed story of a fictional vampire has haunted imaginations since the novel's debut in 1897. The subject of countless adaptations and spinoffs, this critically acclaimed horror story ranks among the finest of... More Info

After the New Atheist Debate

University of Toronto Press | October 27, 2014 | 208 pages
The first decade of the twenty-first century saw a number of best-selling books which not only challenged the existence of god, but claimed that religious faith was dangerous and immoral. The New Atheists, as writers such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett have... More Info

God is Beautiful

Polity | January 20, 2015 | 400 pages
The melodious recitation of the Quran is a fundamental aesthetic experience for Muslims, and the start of a compelling journey of ideas. In this important new book, the prominent German writer and Islamic scholar Navid Kermani considers the manner in which the Quran has been perceived, apprehended... More Info

Truth

Polity | December 22, 2014 | 224 pages
What is truth? Is there anything that all truths have in common that makes them true rather than false? Is truth independent of human thought, or does it depend in some way on what we believe or what we would be justified in believing? In what sense, if any, is it better for beliefs or statements... More Info

Irrationality

Polity | November 24, 2014 | 200 pages
We talk about irrationality when behaviour defies explanation or prediction, when decisions are driven by emotions or instinct rather than by reflection, when reasoning fails to conform to basic principles of logic and probability, and when beliefs lack coherence or empirical support. Depending on... More Info

Selected Letters of Langston Hughes

Knopf | February 10, 2015 | 480 pages
A comprehensive selection from the correspondence of the canonical African-American author reflects his private struggles, intellectual relationships and extraordinary achievements in a segregated America. 25,000 first printing.  More Info

On the State

Polity | January 20, 2015 | 480 pages
What is the nature of the modern state? How did it come into being and what are the characteristics of this distinctive field of power that has come to play such a central role in the shaping of all spheres of social, political and economic life? In this major work the great sociologist Pierre... More Info

Chasing Gideon

February 1, 2015 | 288 pages
On the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark case that led to free legal counsel for those who needed it, a veteran journalist investigates the way justice is delivered to the poor--and discovers a crisis in our nation's courts. 15,000 first printing.  More Info

Trouble in Paradise

Allen Lane | September 22, 2017 | 196 pages
Despite living in a world of almost constant crisis, we still seem to accept that capitalism - a dangerously enticing, promiscuous, roller-coaster of an ideology - represents the best of all possible worlds. Alternatives, such as greater equality, democracy and solidarity, seem by contrast stodgy... More Info

Who's Afraid of Academic Freedom?

February 10, 2015 | 448 pages
In these seventeen essays, distinguished senior scholars discuss the conceptual issues surrounding the idea of freedom of inquiry and scrutinize a variety of obstacles to such inquiry that they have encountered in their personal and professional experience.  More Info

What Does Europe Want?

December 9, 2014 | 240 pages
Slavoj Žižek and Srecko Horvat combine their critical clout to emphasize the dangers of ignoring Europe's growing wealth gap and the parallel rise in right-wing nationalism, which is directly tied to the fallout from the ongoing financial crisis and its prescription of imposed austerity. To... More Info

Cannibal Metaphysics

Univocal Publishing | December 1, 2014 | 245 pages
The iconoclastic Brazilian anthropologist and theoretician Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, well known in his discipline for helping initiate its “ontological turn,” offers a vision of anthropology as “the practice of the permanent decolonization of thought.” After showing that Amazonian and... More Info

No Mud, No Lotus

Parallax Press | December 9, 2014 | 192 pages
The secret to happiness is to acknowledge and transform suffering, not to run away from it. In No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh offers practices and inspiration for transforming suffering and finding true joy. Thich Nhat Hanh acknowledges that because suffering can feel so bad, we try to run away... More Info

Girls and Philosophy

Open Court Publishing Company | November 11, 2014 | 288 pages
The drama-comedy Girls — often unfairly written off as Sex and the City for the millennial generation — has made TV history and provoked controversy for its pitilessly accurate portrayal of four oddly sympathetic twentysomething female characters, notable for their self-absorption, empathy... More Info

The Age of Atheists

Simon & Schuster | December 23, 2014 | 640 pages
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014 From one of England’s most distinguished intellectual historians comes “an exhilarating ride…that will stand the test of time as a masterful account of” (The Boston Globe) one of the West’s most important intellectual movements: Atheism. In 1882,... More Info

Speech Matters

December 21, 2014 | 248 pages
To understand one another as individuals and to fulfill the moral duties that require such understanding, we must communicate with each other. We must also maintain protected channels that render reliable communication possible, a demand that, Seana Shiffrin argues, yields a prohibition against... More Info

Bruno Latour

Pluto Press | October 23, 2014 | 248 pages
Bruno Latour, the French sociologist, anthropologist and long-established superstar in the social sciences is revisited in this pioneering account of his ever-evolving political philosophy. Breaking from the traditional focus on his metaphysics, most recently seen in Harman's book Prince of... More Info

Infinite Thought

Bloomsbury Academic | December 18, 2014 | 176 pages
Alain Badiou (1937- ) is one of the most high profile and controversial philosophers writing in France today. A leading light in the generation of thinkers who come of intellectual age in 1968, his work deftly draws on a wide range of intellectual traditions and thinkers from Plato and Lucretius,... More Info

The Universal Exception

Bloomsbury Academic | December 18, 2014 | 464 pages
Slavoj Žižek is one of the world's foremost cultural commentators: a prolific writer and thinker, whose adventurous, unorthodox and wide-ranging writings have won him a unique place as one of the most high profile thinkers of our time. The Universal Exception brings together some of Žižek's... More Info

Fallen Leaves

Simon & Schuster | December 9, 2014 | 208 pages
The final and most personal work from Pulitzer Prize–winning author and historian Will Durant—discovered thirty-two years after his death—is a message of insight for everyone who has sought meaning in life or the council of a wise friend in navigating life’s journey. From 1968 to 1978, Will... More Info

The Morning After

September 2, 2014 | 320 pages
Only the most fearless of political journalists would dare to open the old wounds of the 1995 Quebec referendum, a still-murky episode in Canadian history that continues to defy our understanding. The referendum brought one of the world's most successful democracies to the brink of the unknown, and... More Info

On Bullshit

January 1, 2005 | 67 pages
Presents a theory of bullshit, how it differs from lying, how those who engage in it change the rules of conversation, and how indulgence in bullshit can alter a person's ability to tell the truth.  More Info

The Missing Pieces

Semiotext | October 8, 2014 | 88 pages
• A boarder for two years following a national funeral, Mirabeau is removed from the Pantheon and transferred to the cemetery of Clamart when his pornographic novels are discovered • A photograph taken by Hessling on Christmas night, 1943, of a young woman nailed alive to the village gate of... More Info

For a New West

Polity | November 10, 2014 | 272 pages
At a recent meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, it was reported that a ghost was haunting the deliberations of the assembled global elite - that of the renowned social scientist and economic historian, Karl Polanyi. In his classic work, The Great Transformation, Polanyi documented the... More Info

Laruelle

October 1, 2014 | 304 pages
Laruelle is one of the first books in English to undertake in an extended critical survey of the work of the idiosyncratic French thinker François Laruelle, the promulgator of non-standard philosophy. Laruelle, who was born in 1937, has recently gained widespread recognition, and Alexander R.... More Info

Radio Benjamin

Verso | October 7, 2014 | 320 pages
From 1927 to 1933, Walter Benjamin wrote and presented more than eighty broadcasts over the new medium of radio. Radio Benjamin gathers, for the first time in English, the surviving transcripts. This eclectic collection shows the range of Benjamin's thinking and includes stories for young and old,... More Info

Fields of Blood

October 28, 2014 | 432 pages
From the renowned and bestselling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion's connection to violence. For the first time in American history, religious self-identification is on the decline. Some have cited a perception that began to grow after September 11: that faith in... More Info

Coming Back to Life

New Society Publishers | November 1, 2014 | 352 pages
Deepening global crises surround us. We are beset by climate change, fracking, tar sands extraction, and pipelines traversing pristine land, to say nothing of Fukushima, the worst nuclear disaster in history. Many of us feel called to respond to these threats to life on our planet, but we are... More Info

Distinction

Harvard University Press | September 22, 1984 | 613 pages
Examines differences in taste between modern French classes, discusses the relationship between culture and politics, and outlines the strategies of pretension  More Info

The Philosophy of Beards

British Library Board | October 23, 2014 | 80 pages
Sure to be popular in the hipper precincts of Brooklyn (to say nothing of the Pacific Northwest), this eccentric Victorian volume makes a strong case for the universal wearing of beards. Reminding us that since ancient times the beard has been an essential symbol of manly distinction, Thomas S.... More Info

Versions of Academic Freedom

University of Chicago Press | October 17, 2014 | 177 pages
Advocates of academic freedom often view it as a variation of the right to free speech and an essential feature of democracy. Stanley Fish argues here for a narrower conception of academic freedom, one that does not grant academics a legal status different from other professionals. Providing a... More Info

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