• 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
    Edition: RP
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Loewer, Barry
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $24.99
  • 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
  • Another Now Dispatches from an Alternative Present
    Another Now Dispatches from an Alternative Present
    What would a fair and equal society look like? The world-renowned economist and bestselling author Yanis Varoufakis presents his radical and subversive answer.

    Imagine it is now 2025 and that years earlier, in the wake of the world financial crisis of 2008, a new post-Capitalist society had been born. In this ingenious book, Yanis Varoufakis draws on the greatest thinkers in European culture from Plato to Marx, as well as the great thought-experiments of science fiction, to offer us a dramatic and tantalising glimpse of a brave new world where the principles of democracy, equality and justice are truly embedded in our economy.

    Through the eyes of three characters - a liberal economist, a radical feminist and a left-wing technologist - we come to see what would be needed to forge such a world but also at what cost. This transformative vision forces each of us to confront the profound questions and trade-offs that underpin all societies- how do we balance freedom with fairness? How do we unleash the best that humanity has to offer without opening the door to the worst?

    Another Now offers answers to some of the most pressing questions of today. It also challenges us to consider how far we are willing to go in pursuit of our ideals.

    ISBN: 9781847925640
    Publication date: 10/09/2020
    Price: $37.00
    Author: Varoufakis, Yanis
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • 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
  • Antigone Rising
    Antigone Rising
    The idealized picture of classical antiquity most of us learned in school conveniently glosses over the most brutal parts of the history -- and omits surprising stories of feminist resistance. For each story of misogynist violence, there's another that tells of solidarity and empowerment. And it's time we reclaimed them.

    Through short, pointed chapters, acclaimed classicist Helen Morales grapples with this legacy and charts a path forward. In a chapter called '#MeToo, or as Daphne Might Say, #EgoQuoque,' Morales reminds us of the myth of Procne and Philomela, two sisters who refused to be silenced by assault and worked together to take down a powerful man. In a chapter called 'Beyonce, Goddess,' Morales shows how Beyonce deliberately challenges the images of "traditional," and traditionally white, goddesses to bring images from African mythology into the canon.

    By turns witty and inspiring, ANTIGONE RISING offers a much-needed, fascinating new lens on the stories we take for granted.

    ISBN: 9781472273611
    Publication date: 14/04/2020
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Morales, Helen
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • 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: The Philosophy Classic
    Beyond Good and Evil: The Philosophy Classic
    A deluxe, high-quality edition of Friedrich Nietzsche's seminal work


    Beyond Good and Evil is one of the final books by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. This landmark work continues to be one of the most well-known and influential explorations of moral and ethical philosophy ever conceived. Expanding on the concepts from his previous work Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche adopts a polemic approach to past philosophers who, in his view, lacked critical sense in accepting flawed premises in their consideration of morality. The metaphysics of morality, Nietzsche argues, should not assume that a good man is simply the opposite of an evil man, rather merely different expression of humanity's common basic impulses.


    Controversial in its time, as well as hotly debated in the present, Nietzsche's work moves beyond conventional ethics to suggest that a universal morality for all human beings in non-existent - perception, reason and experience are not static, but change according to an individual's perspective and interpretation. The work further argues that philosophic traditions such as "truth," "self-consciousness" and "free will" are merely inventions of Western morality and that the "will to power" is the real driving force of all human behaviour. This volume:





    Critiques the belief that actions, including domination or injury to the weak, can be universally objectionable

    Explores themes of religion and "master and slave" morality

    Includes a collection of stunning aphorisms and observations of the human condition



    Part of the bestselling Capstone Classics Series edited by Tom Butler-Bowdon,this collectible, hard-back edition of Beyond Good and Evil provides an accessible and insightful Introduction by leading Nietzsche authority Dr Christopher Janaway.


    This deluxe volume is perfect for anyone with interest in philosophy, psychology, science, history and literature.

    ISBN: 9780857088482
    Publication date: 19/12/2019
    Price: $23.99
    Author: Nietzsche, Friedrich
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $23.99
  • Black and White Thinking When grey matter and grey matters collide
    Black and White Thinking When grey matter and grey matters collide
    It is human instinct to sort and categorize. According to Professor Kevin Dutton, a psychologist at the University of Oxford, we are hardwired to discriminate and frame everything in binary black and white. It's how our brains work. Migrant or refugee? Muslim or Christian? Them or us? Rather than reaching out to those who are different, we bond with those who are similar to ourselves. Rather than challenging our own thinking about the world, we endeavour only to confirm what we believe.

    The result is that the difference between polarized beliefs becomes ever greater. Dangerous possibilities arise. The Arab Spring. Brexit. Trump. Through persistent binary thinking our capacity for rational thought - seeing the grey, rather than merely black and white - begins to erode.

    Black and White Thinking is an alarm call. Amidst a rising tide of religious intolerance and political extremism, it argues that by understanding the evolutionary programming of our binary brains we can overcome it, make sense of the world and in future make much subtler - and far better - decisions.

    ISBN: 9781787630635
    Publication date: 27/08/2020
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Dutton, Kevin
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Book of Master Mo
    Book of Master Mo
    This is a key work of ancient Chinese philosophy that is brought back to life in Ian Johnston's compelling and definitive translation, new to Penguin Classics. Very little is known about Master Mo, or the school he founded. However, the book containing his philosphical ideas has survived centuries of neglect and is today recognised as a fundamental work of ancient Chinese philosophy. The book contains sections explaining the ten key doctrines of Mohism; lively dialogues between Master Mo and his followers; discussion of ancient warfare; and an extraordinary series of chapters that include the first examples of logic, dialectics and epistemology in Chinese philosophy. The ideas discussed in The Book of Master Mo - ethics, anti-imperalism, and a political hierarchy based on merit - remain as relevant as ever, and the work is vital to understanding ancient Chinese philosophy. Translator Ian Johnston has an MA in Latin, a PhD in Greek and a PhD in Chinese, and was Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Sydney University until his retirement.
    He has published translations of Galen's medical writings, early Chinese poetry (Singing of Scented Grass and Waiting for the Owl), and early Chinese philosophical works (the Mozi and - with Wang Ping - the Daxue and Zhongyong). In 2011 he was awarded the NSW Premier's Prize and the PEN medallion for translation. Unlike previous translations, this version includes the complete text. It also includes an introduction and explanatory endnotes. "A landmark endeavour". (Asia Times). "A magnificent and valuable achievement". (Journal of Chinese Studies). "Eminently readable and at the same time remarkably accurate...Johnston's work will be the standard for a long time". (China Review International). "Compelling and engaging reading...while at the same time preserving the diction and rhetorical style of the original Chinese". (New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies).

    ISBN: 9780141392103
    Publication date: 07/11/2013
    Price: $12.99
    Author: Zi, Mo
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $12.99
  • Classical Philosophy in a Nutshell
    Classical Philosophy in a Nutshell
    From Socrates' fascinating discussions of morality and virtue to Pythagoras' attempts to understand the arrangement of the cosmos, the thinkers of the ancient world provided us with an astonishing array of ideas that has helped to shape the modern world.

    Ranging across Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy from Anaximander to Plotinus, Classical Philosophy in a Nutshell explains important ideas such as Plato's Theory of Forms, Zeno's Paradox, and the Stoicism of Marcus Aurelius.

    Filled with helpful diagrams and simple summaries of complex theories, this essential introduction brings the great ideas of antiquity to everyone.

    ISBN: 9781788283717
    Publication date: 15/10/2018
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Moore, Michael
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
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