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  • The Birth of Tragedy

    Out of the Spirit of Music

    Translated by Shaun Whiteside ...
    Nietzsche's first published book, The Birth of Tragedy is a compelling argument for the necessity of art in lifeThis landmark work of criticism is fuelled by Nietzsche's enthusiasms for Greek tragedy, the philosophy of Schopenhauer and the music of Wagner, to whom the book was dedicated. Nietzsche outlined a distinction between two central forces in art: the Apolline, representing beauty and order ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • Reparative Aesthetics

    Witnessing in Contemporary Art Photography

    By offering a new way of thinking about the role of politically engaged art, Susan Best opens up a new aesthetic field: reparative aesthetics. The book identifies an innovative aesthetic on the part of women photographers from the southern hemisphere, who against the dominant modes of criticality in political art, look at how cultural production can be reparative.The winner ofthe Art Association ... Read more

    $44.99 AUD

  • A Philosophical Inquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

    With linked Table of Contents

    by Edmund Burke ...
    'A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful' is a 1757 treatise on aesthetics written by Edmund Burke. In short, the Beautiful, according to Burke, is what is well-formed and aesthetically pleasing, whereas the Sublime is what has the power to compel and destroy us. The preference for the Sublime over the Beautiful was to mark the transition from the ... Read more

    $1.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Ways of Seeing

    by John Berger ...
    Series series Penguin Modern Classics
    How do we see the world around us? The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever."Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.""But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Wabi Sabi

    Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life

    by Beth Kempton ...
    **Order Beth Kempton's new book KOKORO: Japanese Wisdom for a Life Well Lived**'A truly transformative read' Sunday Times STYLE'More than ever, we need books like this' Jessica Seaton, Co-Founder of Toast and author of Gather, Cook, FeastA whole new way of looking at the world - and your life - inspired by centuries-old Japanese wisdom.Wabi sabi ("wah-bi sah-bi... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Practice

    by Seth Godin ...
    From the bestselling author of Purple Cow and This is Marketing comes a book that will inspire artists, writers, and entrepreneurs to stretch and commit to putting their best work out into the world.Creative work doesn't come with a guarantee. But there is a pattern to who succeeds and who doesn't. And engaging in the consistent practice of its pursuit is the best way forward.Based on the ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • Sartre: Philosophy in an Hour

    Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Sartre in just one hour.Here is a concise, expert account of Jean-Paul Sartre’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and easy to understand. Also included are selections from Jean-Paul Sartre’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Sartre in the context of the broader scheme of ... Read more

    $6.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Aristotle: The Complete Works

    by Aristotle ...
    Aristotle (384–322 BCE) was a Greek philosopher and student of Plato who stunningly changed the course of Western philosophy. He has gone down in history as one of the greatest philosophers of all time. Cicero, the Roman statesman and philosopher, once called his writing style "a river of gold;" and his scope of thought and subsequent influence on the study of science, logic, philosophical ... Read more

    $0.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Art Of Memory

    The ancient Greeks, to whom a trained memory was of vital importance - as it was to everyone before the invention of printing - created an elaborate memory system, based on a technique of impressing 'places' and 'images' on the mind. Inherited and recorded by the Romans, this art of memory passed into the European tradition, to be revived, in occult form, at the Renaissance, and particularly by ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • Schopenhauer: Philosophy in an Hour

    Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Schopenhauer in just one hour.Arthur Schopenhauer, the ‘philosopher of pessimism,’ makes it clear that he regards the world and our life in it as a bad joke. However, if the world is indifferent to our fate it doesn’t thwart us deliberately – its façade is supported by what Schopenhauer calls the universal Will. He saw this ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Art of Rhetoric (Collins Classics)

    by Aristotle ...
    Series series Collins Classics
    HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics.Despite dating from the 4th century BC, The Art of Rhetoric continues to be regarded by many as the single most important work on the art of persuasion. As democracy began emerging in 5th-century Athens, public speaking and debate became an increasingly important tool to garner influence in the assemblies, ... Read more

    $4.99 AUD

  • Either/Or

    A Fragment of Life

    In Either/Or, using the voices of two characters - the aesthetic young man of part one, called simply 'A', and the ethical Judge Vilhelm of the second section - Kierkegaard reflects upon the search for a meaningful existence, contemplating subjects as diverse as Mozart, drama, boredom, and, in the famous Seducer's Diary, the cynical seduction and ultimate rejection of a young, beautiful woman. A ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

    by Roger Scruton ...
    Series series Very Short Introductions
    Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference. In this Very Short Introduction the renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object - either in art, in nature, or the human form - beautiful, and ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • In Praise of Shadows

    An essay on aesthetics by the Japanese novelist, this book explores architecture, jade, food, and even toilets, combining an acute sense of the use of space in buildings. The book also includes descriptions of laquerware under candlelight and women in the darkness of the house of pleasure. ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Art of Creative Thinking

    by Rod Judkins ...
    A scuba diving company faces bankruptcy because sharks have infested the area. Solution? Open the world's first extreme diving school.The Art of Creative Thinking reveals how we can transform ourselves, our businesses and our society through a deeper understanding of human creativity.Rod Judkins, of the world-famous St Martin's College of Art, has studied successful creative thinkers from every ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Bluets


    by Maggie Nelson ...
    **AS SEEN ON BBC2's BETWEEN THE COVERS**A Guardian Book of the YearMaggie Nelson is one of the most electrifying writers at work in America today, among the sharpest and most supple thinkers of her generation - Olivia LaingBluets winds its way through depression, divinity, alcohol, and desire, visiting along the way with famous blue figures, including Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Yves Kl... ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • Philosophy Bites

    Philosophy Bites is a selection of the best interviews from the hugely successful podcast of the same name. Leading philosophers discuss a wide range of philosophical issues, from ethics to aesthetics to metaphysics, in a lively, informal, personal way. Time, infinity, evil, friendship, animals, wine, sport, tragedy - all human life is here.Philosophy Bites was set up in 2007 by David Edmonds and ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • About Looking

    by John Berger ...
    'Polemical, meditative, radical, always original, Berger's essays are extremely wide-ranging' Geoff Dyer'One of the most influential intellectuals of our time' Observer'Berger is a writer one demands to know more about ... an intriguing and powerful mind and talent' New York TimesAs a novelist, essayist, and cultural historian, John Berger is a writer of dazzling eloquence and arresting insight ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Easy Beauty

    On Seeing and Being Seen

    FINALIST FOR THE 2023 PULITZER PRIZE FOR MEMOIR'An exquisite exploration of disability, identity and the human capacity to do (and be) more than we've ever dreamed' Time'Gorgeously, vividly alive' New York Times'Challenges the unspoken social taboos about the disabled body, unpacking myths of beauty and our complicity in upholding those myths' Lit HubBorn with sacr... ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Vibrate Higher Daily

    Live Your Power

    by Lalah Delia ...
    Tap into your inner power with this mind-opening guide to vibrational-based living from Instagram star and self-help pioneer behind the internet community Vibrate Higher Daily.“There is another way of being in the world. There is a better way to exist, rise, move beyond, and take our power back.”Too often we feel pulled down by circumstances or the negativity of others. We think we have no control ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Drops Like Stars: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering

    by Rob Bell ...
    Rob Bell’s extraordinary and provocative Drops Like Stars, published as part of the Rob Bell Classics relaunch, explores the relationship between suffering and creativity, and the transformative power of pain.‘We plot. We plan. We assume things are going to go a certain way. And when they don’t, we find ourselves in a new place - a place we haven’t been before; a place we never would have imagined ... Read more

    $8.99 AUD

  • How to Read Literature

    A literary master’s entertaining guide to reading with deeper insight, better understanding, and greater pleasureWhat makes a work of literature good or bad? How freely can the reader interpret it? Could a nursery rhyme like Baa Baa Black Sheep be full of concealed loathing, resentment, and aggression? In this accessible, delightfully entertaining book, Terry Eagleton addresses these intriguing ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • Divine Beauty

    The Invisible Embrace

    In this eagerly awaited follow-up to his international bestsellers Anam Cara and Eternal Echoes, John O'Donohue turns his attention to the subject of beauty - the divine beauty that calls the imagination and awakens all that is noble in the human heart.In these uncertain times of global conflict and crisis, we are riven with anxiety; our trust in the future has lost its innocence, for we know now ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Modern Philosophy

    An Introduction and Survey

    Roger Scruton is one of the most widely respected philosophers of our time, whose often provocative views never fail to simulate debate. In Modern Philosophy he turns his attention to the whole of the field, from the philosophy of logic to aesthetics, and in so doing provides us with an essential and comprehensive guide to modern thinking. ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD