• Humankind A Hopeful History
    Humankind A Hopeful History
    It's a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Dawkins, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest.

    Humankind makes a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. The instinct to cooperate rather than compete, trust rather than distrust, has an evolutionary basis going right back to the beginning of Homo sapiens. By thinking the worst of others, we bring out the worst in our politics and economics too.

    In this major book, internationally bestselling author Rutger Bregman takes some of the world's most famous studies and events and reframes them, providing a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history. From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the Blitz, a Siberian fox farm to an infamous New York murder, Stanley Milgram's Yale shock machine to the Stanford prison experiment, Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think - and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society.

    It is time for a new view of human nature.

    ISBN: 9781408898949
    Publication date: 19/05/2020
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Bregman, Rutger
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • I Ching the Book of Change
    I Ching the Book of Change
    In a radically new translation and interpretation of the I Ching, David Hinton strips this ancient Chinese masterwork of the usual apparatus and discovers a deeply poetic and philosophical text. Teasing out an elegant vision of the cosmos as ever-changing yet harmonious, Hinton reveals the seed from which Chinese philosophy, poetry, and painting grew. Although it was and is widely used for divination, the I Ching is also a book of poetic philosophy, deeply valued by artists and intellectuals, and Hinton's translation restores it to its original lyrical form. Previous translations have rendered the I Ching as a divination text full of arcane language and extensive commentary. Though informative, these versions rarely hint at the work's philosophical heart, let alone its literary beauty. Here, Hinton translates only the original stratum of the text, revealing a fully formed work of literature in its own right. The result is full of wild imagery, fables, aphorisms, and stories. Acclaimed for the eloquence of his many translations of ancient Chinese poetry and philosophy, Hinton has reinvented the I Ching as an exciting contemporary text at once primal and postmodern.

    ISBN: 9780374536428
    Publication date: 01/06/2017
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Hinton, David
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Joyous Science
    Joyous Science
    The Joyous Science is a liberating voyage of discovery as Nietzsche's realization that 'God is dead' and his critique of morality, the arts and modernity give way to an exhilarating doctrine of self-emancipation and the concept of eternal recurrence. Here is Nietzsche at his most personal and affirmative; in his words, this is a book of 'exuberance, restlessness, contrariety and April showers'. With its unique voice and style, its playful combination of poetry and prose, and its invigorating quest for self-emancipation, The Joyous Science is a literary tour de forceand quite possibly Nietzsche's best book.

    ISBN: 9780141195391
    Publication date: 03/12/2018
    Price: $26.00
    Author: Nietzsche, Friedrich
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Labyrinth
    As graduates embark on the next phase of their lives, what better way to get them accustomed to the rat race they are about to enter than by introducing them to the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre? Cleverly told through the story of a pair of rats trapped in the labyrinth of existence, this allegory humorously conveys the key ideas of Sartre's existential philosophy in graphic-novel form-accessible for students and readers of all ages.

    In addition, two reputable Sartre scholars have contributed the introduction and afterword: Gary Cox, a British philosopher with a doctorate from the University of Birmingham, and Christine Daigle, professor of philosophy at Brock University in Canada.

    ISBN: 9781419740022
    Publication date: 14/04/2020
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Argon, Ben
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $29.99
  • Lessons in Stoicism What Ancient Philosophers Teach Us about How to Live
    Lessons in Stoicism What Ancient Philosophers Teach Us about How to Live
    What aspects of your life do you really control? What do you do when you cannot guarantee that things will turn out in your favour? And what can Stoicism teach us about how to live together?

    In the past few years, Stoicism has been making a comeback. But what exactly did the Stoics believe? In Lessons in Stoicism, philosopher John Sellars weaves together the key ideas of the three great Roman Stoics - Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius - with snapshots of their fascinating lives, to show us how their ideas can help us today.

    In vivid prose, Sellars shows how the works of these three Stoics have inspired readers ever since, speaking as they do to some of the perennial issues that face anyone trying to navigate their way through life. Their works, fundamentally, are about how to live - how to understand one's place in the world, how to cope when things don't go well, how to manage one's emotions and how to behave towards others.

    Consoling and inspiring, Lessons in Stoicism is a deeply thoughtful guide to the philosophy of a valuable life.

    ISBN: 9780141990040
    Publication date: 01/10/2020
    Price: $26.00
    Author: Sellars, John
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Little Art of War Book: Strategies to Live By
    Little Art of War Book: Strategies to Live By
    Conflict is an inevitable part of life, knowing how to deal with it is key.

    Looking for a flash of inspiration to solve a tricky problem? Want some tried and tested tactics to help you gain the upper hand in a sticky situation? You need The Little Art of War Book, a collection of over 170 quotes drawn straight from the ancient treatise by China's most famous warrior and philospher, Sun Tzu.

    Written 2,500 years ago, the Art of War has not only influenced the greatest military leaders throughout history, but studied by modern-day politicians, business consultants, football coaches and video gamers, too.

    'To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.'

    'The best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.'

    'In the wise leader's plans, considerations of advantage and of disadvantage will be blended together.'

    'No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique.'

    ISBN: 9781911610632
    Publication date: 12/11/2020
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Orange Hippo!
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $14.99
  • Little Book of Philosophy
    Little Book of Philosophy
    If you want to know your Socrates from your Sartre and your Confucius from your Kant, strap in for this whirlwind tour of the highlights of philosophy. Including accessible primers on:

    The early Ancient Greek philosophers and the `big three': Socrates, Plato and Aristotle
    Key schools of philosophy and their impact on modern life
    Insights into the main questions philosophers have explored over the years: Who am I? What is the meaning of life? Do I have free will?
    Practical applications for the theories of Descartes, Kant, Wollstonecraft, Marx, Nietzsche and many more.

    This illuminating little book will introduce you to the key thinkers, themes and theories you need to know to understand how human ideas have sculpted the world we live in and the way we think today.

    ISBN: 9781786858085
    Publication date: 13/06/2019
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Poulton, Rachel
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Lives of the Stoics The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius
    Lives of the Stoics The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius
    For millennia, Stoicism has been the ancient philosophy that attracts those who seek greatness, from athletes to politicians and everyone in between. And no wonder: its embrace of self-mastery, virtue and indifference to that which we cannot control has much to offer those grappling with today's chaotic world. But who were the Stoics?

    In this book, Ryan Holiday and Steohen Hanselman offer a fresh approach to understanding Stoicism through the lives of the people who practiced it. Through short biographies of all the famous, and lesser-known, Stoics, this book will show what it means to live stoically, and reveal the lessons to be learned from their struggles and successes. The result is a treasure trove of insights for anyone in search of living a good life.

    ISBN: 9781788162609
    Publication date: 24/09/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Holiday, Ryan
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Logic a Complete Introduction
    Logic a Complete Introduction
    Understand Logic is a comprehensive introduction to this fascinating though sometimes challenging subject. As well as looking at logic in theoretical terms the book considers its everyday uses and demonstrates how it has genuine practical applications. It will take you step by step through the most difficult concepts and is packed with exercises to help you consolidate your learning at every stage. Covering everything from syllogistic logic to logical paradoxes and even looking at logic in Alice in Wonderland, this is the only guide you will ever need.

    ISBN: 9781473608436
    Publication date: 12/01/2017
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Lee, Siu-Fan
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Madness in Civilization A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine
    Madness in Civilization A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine
    This ambitious volume, worldwide in scope and ranging from antiquity to the present, examines the human encounter with Unreason in all its manifestations, the challenges it poses to society and our responses to it. In twelve chapters organized chronologically from the Bible to Freud, from exorcism to mesmerism, from Bedlam to Victorian asylums, from the theory of humours to modern pharmacology, Andrew Scull writes compellingly about madness, its meanings, its consequences and our attempts to understand and treat it.

    ISBN: 9780500295632
    Publication date: 30/01/2020
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Scull, Andrew
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Mans Search for Meaning
    Mans Search for Meaning
    A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped (or didn't) with the experience. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest - and who offered proof that everything can be taken away from us except the ability to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances. The sort of person the concentration camp prisoner became was the result of an inner decision and not of camp influences alone. Only those who allowed their inner hold on their moral and spiritual selves to subside eventually fell victim to the camp's degenerating influence - while those who made a victory of those experiences turned them into an inner triumph. Frankl came to believe man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. This outstanding work offers us all a way to transcend suffering and find significance in the art of living.

    ISBN: 9781846042843
    Publication date: 20/01/2011
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Frankl, Viktor E.
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $32.99
  • Marx Towards the Centre of Possibility
    Marx Towards the Centre of Possibility
    Classic study of Marx by Japan's leading critical theorist Originally published in 1974, Kojin Karatani's Marx: Towards the Centre of Possibility has been amongst his most enduring and pioneering works in critical theory. Written at a time when the political sequences of the New Left had collapsed into crisis and violence, with widespread political exhaustion for the competing sectarian visions of Marxism from 1968, Karatani's Marx laid the groundwork for a new reading, unfamiliar to the existing Marxist discourse in Japan at the time.

    Karatani's Marx takes on insights from semiotics, deconstruction, and the reading of Marx as a literary thinker, treating Capital as an intervention in philosophy that could be read as itself a theory of signs. Marx is unique in this sense, not only because of its importance in post-68 Japanese thought, but also because the heterodox reading of Marx that Karatani debuts in this text, centered on his theory of the value-form, will go on to form the basis of his globally-influential work.

    ISBN: 9781788730587
    Publication date: 10/03/2020
    Price: $42.99
    Author: Karatani, Kojin
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.99
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