Category: Philosophy

Dignity in Adversity

Polity | November 15, 2011 | 288 pages
The language of human rights has become the public vocabulary of our contemporary world. Ironically, as the political influence of human rights has grown, their philosophical justification has become ever more controversial. Building on a theory of discourse ethics and communicative rationality,... More Info

On Psychoanalysis

Polity | September 4, 2012 | 240 pages
Paul Ricoeur's Freud and Philosophy was a major reinterpretation of psychoanalysis and its philosophical significance, but Ricoeur also wrote many important articles on similar themes. This volume makes available some of his key writings on Freud and psychoanalysis: together with Freud and... More Info

On Education

May 18, 2012 | 100 pages
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Nonviolence in Political Theory

Edinburgh University Press | July 3, 2012 | 202 pages
Examines the relevance of nonviolent tactics to current debates about political action and political thought. Nonviolent political action has played a significant role in achieving social and political change in the last century. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King were prominent proponents of... More Info

Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy

Polity | July 31, 2012 | 220 pages
Confucian political philosophy has recently emerged as a vibrant area of thought both in China and around the globe. This book provides an accessible introduction to the main perspectives and topics being debated today, and shows why Progressive Confucianism is a particularly promising approach.... More Info

God Is Not Great

Emblem Editions | September 2, 2008 | 320 pages
Christopher Hitchens, described in the London Observer as "one of the most prolific, as well as brilliant, journalists of our time" takes on his biggest subject yetthe increasingly dangerous role of religion in the world. In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam... More Info

Beyond Religion

Signal Books | October 23, 2012 | 208 pages
In his "fascinating approach to moral guidance in an age of technological globalization and multicultural societies,"(L.A. Times) the Dalai Lama, honored in 1989 with the Nobel Peace Prize, and spiritual light for followers of Tibetan Buddism, argues that humanity does not need religion to lead a... More Info

In Other Worlds

Signal Books | October 11, 2011 | 272 pages
At a time when speculative fiction seems less and less far-fetched, Margaret Atwood lends her distinctive voice and singular point of view to the genre in a series of essays that brilliantly illuminates the essential truths about the modern world.  More Info


Signal Books | September 4, 2012 | 816 pages
For nearly four decades, Christopher Hitchens has been telling us, in pitch-perfect prose, what we confront when we grapple with first principles -- the principles of reason and tolerance and skepticism that define and inform the foundations of our civilization -- principles that, to endure, must... More Info


Signal Books | September 6, 2011 | 816 pages
From one of the most admired public intellectuals of our time, and a multi-award winning and #1 bestselling author, comes a collection of his most important and controversial essays on the theme of culture and politics and how the two relate.  More Info

In Other Worlds

Signal Books | August 21, 2012 | 272 pages
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imaginationis Margaret Atwood's account of her relationship with the literary form we have come to know as "science fiction." This relationship has been lifelong, stretching from her days as a child reader in the 1940s, through her time as a graduate student at... More Info

In Praise of Nonsense

McGill Queens Univ | June 28, 2012 | 236 pages
A speculative exploration of theory, subjectivity and art in an age of uncertainty.  More Info


McGill Queens Univ | March 28, 2012 | 192 pages
Covering a wide variety of topics, Moralism takes on such salient issues as the nearly impossible demands of stringent morality, the conflict between morals and other values, and the contrast between the practice of moral philosophy and other modes of moral thought and reflection. In connecting his... More Info

Watching War

Stanford University Press | August 22, 2012 | 256 pages
What does it mean to be a spectator to war in an era when the boundaries between witnessing and perpetrating violence have become profoundly blurred? Arguing that the contemporary dynamics of military spectatorship took shape in Napoleonic Europe, Watching War explores the status of warfare as a... More Info

On Philosophy

Stanford University Press | January 9, 2013 | 288 pages
Deepening divisions separate today's philosophers, first, from the culture at large; then, from each other; and finally, from philosophy itself. Though these divisions tend to coalesce publicly as debates over the Enlightenment, their roots lie much deeper. Overcoming them thus requires a... More Info

Arendt and Adorno

Stanford University Press | July 4, 2012 | 364 pages
Hannah Arendt and Theodor W. Adorno, two of the most influential political philosophers and theorists of the twentieth century, were contemporaries with similar interests, backgrounds, and a shared experience of exile. Yet until now, no book has brought them together. In this first comparative... More Info


Stanford General Books | July 6, 2011 | 392 pages
The author, an experienced psychiatrist and professor, examines the feeling of guilt in different times, places, cultures, religions, and contexts.  More Info

Against Freud

Stanford Univ Pr | May 2, 2007 | 180 pages
Against Freud is a highly accessible, informative, and entertaining examination of Freud's controversial ideas and legacy by the world's most knowledgeable critics of psychoanalysis.  More Info

Henri Lefebvre on Space

U of Minnesota Press | August 1, 2011 | 400 pages
Shows how Lefebvre’s theory of space developed out of direct engagement with architecture, urbanism, and urban sociology.  More Info

Gilles Deleuze and the Fabulation of Philosophy

Univ Of Minnesota Press | December 30, 2011 | 432 pages
A surprising—and wide-ranging—reconsideration of Deleuze  More Info

In Search of a New Image of Thought

U of Minnesota Press | September 11, 2012 | 241 pages
Gregg Lambert demonstrates that since the publication of Proust and Signs in 1964 Gilles Deleuze's search for a new means of philosophical expression became a central theme of all of his oeuvre, including those written with psychoanalyst Félix Guattari.  More Info

Without Offending Humans

August 16, 2012 | 156 pages
Discusses the history of philosophy regarding human-animal realationships, arguing that historical philosophical indifference to animal life has in fact demeaned humanity.  More Info


July 2, 2012 | 227 pages
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On the Commerce of Thinking

June 1, 2009 | 59 pages
Jean-Luc Nancy's On the Commerce of Thinking concerns the particular communication of thoughts that takes place by means of the business of writing, producing, and selling books.  More Info

The Magic Monastery

Octagon Pr | June 1, 1991 | 208 pages
The Magic Monastery differs from its predecessors in that it contains not only traditional tales--mostly unpublished--but also stories specially written by Shah to complete the book as 'a course in non-linear thinking.'  More Info

The art of war

Shambhala Pubns | May 7, 1991 | 114 pages
An ancient Chinese treatise on the strategies of war stresses the importance of speed, sound tactics, subterfuge, discipline, appropriate form of attack, and accurate intelligence  More Info

Finding Peace

House of Anansi Pr | February 1, 2003 | 90 pages
One of our deepest human desires and needs is to live in peace. We all yearn for peace, but what is it exactly? How do we find it, and how can we bring peace to our lives and our communities? Jean Vanier reflects on recent world events, identifying the sources of conflict and fear within and among... More Info

Made for Happiness

House of Anansi Pr | March 28, 2005 | 203 pages
In Made for Happiness, Jean Vanier offers us an uplifting, contemporary, and practical application of philosophy to our human needs and yearnings. Having discovered, through his work with people with disabilities, the degree to which our society is divided and our values are misplaced, Vanier... More Info

Nostalgia for the Absolute

House of Anansi Press | March 1, 1997 | 61 pages
The decline of formal religious systems has left a moral and emotional emptiness in Western culture. George Steiner, internationally renowned thinker and scholar, pursues this and examines the alternative "mythologies" of Marxism, Freudian psychology, Lévi-Straussian anthropology, and fads of... More Info


March 29, 2012 | 120 pages
In Morality Bernard Williams confronts the problems of writing moral philosophy, and offers a stimulating alternative to more systematic accounts which seem nevertheless to have left all the important issues somewhere off the page. Williams explains, analyses and distinguishes a number of key... More Info

Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

Cambridge University Press | April 19, 2012 | 104 pages
Published in 1785, Immanuel Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals ranks alongside Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics as one of the most profound and influential works in moral philosophy ever written. In Kant's own words, its aim is to identify and corroborate the supreme... More Info

Mortal Questions

March 26, 2012 | 232 pages
Thomas Nagelís Mortal Questions explores some fundamental issues concerning the meaning, nature and value of human life. Questions about our attitudes to death, sexual behaviour, social inequality, war and political power are shown to lead to more obviously philosophical problems about personal... More Info

The Invention of Tradition

March 26, 2012 | 326 pages
Many of the traditions which we think of as very ancient in their origins were not in fact sanctioned by long usage over the centuries, but were invented comparatively recently. This book explores examples of this process of invention - the creation of Welsh and Scottish 'national culture'; the... More Info

What Is Life?

March 26, 2012 | 194 pages
Nobel laureate Erwin Schr dinger's What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the twentieth century. A distinguished physicist's exploration of the question which lies at the heart of biology, it was written for the layman, but proved one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology... More Info

The Science of Language

March 31, 2012 | 328 pages
"Noam Chomsky is one of the most influential thinkers of our time, yet his views are often misunderstood. In this previously unpublished series of interviews, Chomsky discusses his iconoclastic and important ideas concerning language, human nature and politics. In dialogue with James McGilvray,... More Info

The Ethics of Species

Cambridge University Press | September 20, 2012 | 245 pages
We are causing species to go extinct at extraordinary rates, altering existing species in unprecedented ways, and creating entirely new species. More than ever before, we require an ethic of species to guide our interactions with them. In this book, Ronald L. Sandler examines the value of species... More Info

On Space and Time

March 26, 2012 | 308 pages
This book gets to the heart of science by asking a fundamental question about its essence: what is the true nature of space and time? Both defy modern physics, and scientists find themselves continually searching for answers. This unique volume brings together world leaders in cosmology, particle... More Info

Reinhold Niebuhr and his Circle of Influence

Cambridge University Press | September 30, 2012 | 280 pages
Reinhold Niebuhr, the prominent American theologian, was one of the few religious figures who had a significant impact on the broader society outside the theological community in the United States during the twentieth century. Niebuhr's influence was most pronounced among those associated with... More Info

The Two Cultures

March 26, 2012 | 182 pages
The notion that our society, its education system and its intellectual life, is characterised by a split between two cultures - the arts or humanities on one hand, and the sciences on the other - has a long history. But it was C. P. Snow's Rede lecture of 1959 that brought it to prominence and... More Info

Are We Getting Smarter?

Cambridge University Press | September 6, 2012 | 336 pages
The 'Flynn effect' is a surprising finding, identified by James R. Flynn, that IQ test scores have significantly increased from one generation to the next over the past century. Flynn now brings us an exciting new book which aims to make sense of this rise in IQ scores and considers what this tells... More Info

Conversations on the edge of the Apocalypse

Palgrave MacMillan | April 26, 2005 | 270 pages
A new collection of interviews by the author of Mavericks of the Mind includes intellectual and philosophical conversations with prize-winning scientists and pop culture icons and explores such topics as the future, the nature of consciousness, and alien encounters.  More Info

On Liberty

Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated | August 7, 2012 | 272 pages
On Liberty, John Stuart Mill's classic critique of the ethical limits of governmental authority, remains one of the most influential philosophical treatises ever written. This interactive edition in our popular Bold-Faced series prompts readers to reflect on the importance of free will, free... More Info

Social & Cultural Anthropology

Sterling Pub Co Inc | February 2, 2010 | 224 pages
Drawing on their own research in Indonesia and Mexico, the authors examine ways in which anthropology has advanced humans' understanding of their society and culture, as well as provide an accessible account of the big questions that have concerned anthropologists.  More Info

Reframing the Practice of Philosophy

State Univ of New York Pr | January 1, 2012 | 384 pages
Reflections by leading Latin American and African American philosophers on their identity within the field of philosophy.  More Info

Thinking With Irigaray

Suny Press | November 1, 2011 | 296 pages
An interdisciplinary and contemporary response to Irigaray's work.  More Info

Deleuze, The Dark Precursor

JHUP | August 9, 2012 | 264 pages
Gilles Deleuze is considered one of the most important French philosophers of the twentieth century. Eleanor Kaufman situates Deleuze in relation to others of his generation, such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Pierre Klossowski, Maurice Blanchot, and Claude Lévi-Strauss, and she engages the provocative... More Info

Heidegger, Metaphysics and the Univocity of Being

Continuum | December 29, 2011 | 230 pages
In Heidegger, Metaphysics and the Univocity of Being, Philip Tonner presents an interpretation of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger in terms of the doctrine of the ‘univocity of being'. According to the doctrine of univocity there is a fundamental concept of being that is truly predicable of... More Info

Driving with Plato

Free Pr | February 14, 2012 | 256 pages
"This book is elegant proof that philosophy doesn't have to be fusty and musty" (A.J. Jacobs, bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically).Learn to ride a bicycle with Einstein, have your first kiss with Kant, get your first job with Adam Smith, and weather midlife with Dante. Let history's... More Info

Self-Evident Truths?

Continuum | September 6, 2012 | 240 pages
The keywords of the Enlightenment—freedom, tolerance, rights, equality—are today heard everywhere, and they are used to endorse a wide range of positions, some of which are in perfect contradiction.  More Info

The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation

Wiley-Blackwell | February 14, 2012 | 320 pages
The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation undertakes a comprehensive and systematic investigation of the moral and aesthetic questions that arise from the practice of cultural appropriation.  More Info