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  • The Existential Literature Collection

    Existentialism is a movement in philosophy and literature that emphasizes individual existence, freedom and choice. It holds that, as there is no God or any other transcendent force, the only way to counter this nothingness (and hence to find meaning in life) is by embracing existence.The Existential Literature Collection features:FEAR AND TREMBLING, by Soren KierkegaardMANIFESTO OF THE COMMUNIST ... Read more

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  • The Plague

    by Albert Camus ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    'A story for our, and all, times' GuardianSet in a town consumed by a deadly virus, The Plague is Albert Camus's world-renowned fable of fear and courageThe townspeople of Oran are in the grip of a deadly plague, which condemns its victims to a swift and horrifying death. Fear, isolation and claustrophobia follow as they are forced into quarantine. Each person responds in their own way to the ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Outsider

    by Albert Camus ...
    Translated by Sandra Smith ...
    Meursault leads an apparently unremarkable bachelor life in Algiers until he commits a random act of violence. His lack of emotion and failure to show remorse only serve to increase his guilt in the eyes of the law, and challenges the fundamental values of society - a set of rules so binding that any person breaking them is condemned as an outsider. For Meursault, this is an insult to his reason ... Read more

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  • The Myth of Sisyphus

    by Albert Camus ...
    Translated by Justin O'Brien ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    In this profound and moving philosophical statement, Camus poses the fundamental question: Is life worth living? If human existence holds no significance, what can keep us from suicide?As Camus argues, if there is no God to give meaning to our lives, humans must take on that purpose themselves. This is our 'absurd' task, like Sisyphus forever rolling his rock up a hill, as the inevitability of ... Read more

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  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    by Milan Kundera ...
    'A cult figure.' Guardian'A dark and brilliant achievement.' Ian McEwan'Shamelessly clever ... Exhilaratingly subversive and funny.' Independent'A modern classic ... As relevant now as when it was first published. ' John BanvilleA young woman is in love with a successful surgeon; a man torn between his love for her and his womanising. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, live... ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • The History of Philosophy

    AUTHORITATIVE AND ACCESSIBLE, THIS LANDMARK WORK IS THE FIRST SINGLE-VOLUME HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY SHARED FOR DECADES'A cerebrally enjoyable survey, written with great clarity and touches of wit' Sunday TimesThe story of philosophy is an epic tale: an exploration of the ideas, views and teachings of some of the most creative minds known to humanity. But there has been no comprehensive history of ... Read more

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  • The Fall

    by Albert Camus ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    'An irresistibly brilliant examination of modern conscience' The New York TimesJean-Baptiste Clamence is a soul in turmoil. Over several drunken nights in an Amsterdam bar, he regales a chance acquaintance with his story. From this successful former lawyer and seemingly model citizen a compelling, self-loathing catalogue of guilt, hypocrisy and alienation pours forth. The Fall (1956) is a ... Read more

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  • The Magic Mountain

    The Magic Mountain is a novel by Thomas Mann, first published in German in November 1924. It is widely considered to be one of the most influential works of twentieth-century German literature.Mann started writing what was to become The Magic Mountain in 1912. It began as a much shorter narrative which revisited in a comic manner aspects of Death in Venice, a novella that he was preparing for ... Read more

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  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra

    Translated by R. J. Hollingdale ...
    'Enigmatic, vatic, emphatic, passionate . . . Nietzsche's works together make a unique statement in the literature of European ideas' A. C. GraylingNietzsche was one of the most revolutionary thinkers in Western philosophy, and Thus Spoke Zarathustra remains his most influential work. It describes how the ancient Persian prophet Zarathustra descends from his solitude in the mountains to tell the ... Read more

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  • The Complete Dramatic Works of Samuel Beckett

    The present volume gathers all of Beckett's texts for theatre, from 1955 to 1984. It includes both the major dramatic works and the short and more compressed texts for the stage and for radio.'He believes in the cadence, the comma, the bite of word on reality, whatever else he believes; and his devotion to them, he makes clear, is a sufficient focus for the reader's attention. In the modern ... Read more

    $22.99 AUD

  • Cosmos and Psyche

    Intimations of a New World View

    A groundbreaking book that explores how astrology can inform our understanding of the events that have shaped our world—the inspiration for the docuseries Changing of the Gods.In these pages, distinguished philosopher and cultural historian Richard Tarnas traces the connection between cosmic cycles and archetypal patterns of human experience. Based on thirty years of meticulous research, and on ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Fear and Trembling

    Dialectical Lyric by Johannes De Silentio

    Translated by Alastair Hannay ...
    Kierkegaard's infamous and hugely influential philosophical work on faith, choice and sacrificeIn Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard, writing under the pseudonym Johannes de silentio, expounds his personal view of religion through the scene in Genesis in which Abraham prepares to kill his son at God's command. Kierkegaard believed Abraham's unreserved obedience to be the essential leap of faith needed ... Read more

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  • All Things Shining

    Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age

    An inspirational book that is “a smart, sweeping run through the history of Western philosophy. Important for the way it illuminates life today and for the controversial advice it offers on how to live” (The New York Times).“What constitutes human excellence?” and “What is the best way to live a life?” These are questions that human beings have been asking since the beginning of time. In their ... Read more

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  • Nausea

    series Penguin Modern Classics
    Jean-Paul Sartre's first published novel, Nausea is both an extended essay on existentialist ideals, and a profound fictional exploration of a man struggling to restore a sense of meaning to his life. This Penguin Modern Classics edition is translated from the French by Robert Baldick with an introduction by James Wood.Nausea is both the story of the troubled life of an introspective historian, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Walking

    Originally given as part of a lecture in 1851, "Walking" by Henry David Thoreau was later published posthumously as an essay in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862. 
Now being a chief text in the environmental movement, Thoreau's "Walking" places man not separate from Nature and Wildness but within it and lyrically describes the ever beckoning call that draws us to explore and find ourselves lost in ... Read more

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  • Irrational Man

    A Study in Existential Philosophy

    Widely recognized as the finest definition of existentialist philosophy ever written, this book introduced existentialism to America in 1958. Barrett speaks eloquently and directly to concerns of the 1990s: a period when the irrational and the absurd are no better integrated than before and when humankind is in even greater danger of destroying its existence without ever understanding the meaning ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Fear and Trembling

    Translated by Alastair Hannay ...
    series Penguin Great Ideas
    The Father of Existentialism, Kierkegaard transformed philosophy with his conviction that we must all create our own nature; in this great work of religious anxiety, he argues that a true understanding of God can only be attained by making a personal 'leap of faith'. ... Read more

    $8.99 AUD

  • The Sickness Unto Death

    A Christian Psychological Exposition of Edification and Awakening by Anti-Climacus

    Translated by Alastair Hannay ...
    One of the most remarkable philosophical works of the nineteenth century, The Sickness Unto Death is also famed for the depth and acuity of its modern psychological insights. Writing under the pseudonym Anti-Climacus, Kierkegaard explores the concept of 'despair', alerting readers to the diversity of ways in which they may be described as living in this state of bleak abandonment - including some ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • The Divided Self

    An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness

    by R. D. Laing ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    The Divided Self, R.D. Laing's groundbreaking exploration of the nature of madness, illuminated the nature of mental illness and made the mysteries of the mind comprehensible to a wide audience.First published in 1960, this watershed work aimed to make madness comprehensible, and in doing so revolutionized the way we perceive mental illness. Using case studies of patients he had worked with, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Aristos

    by John Fowles ...
    Two years after The Collector had brought him international recognition and a year before he published The Magus, John Fowles set out his ideas on life in The Aristos. The chief inspiration behind them was the fifth century BC philosopher Heraclitus. In the world he posited of constant and chaotic flux the supreme good was the Aristos, 'of a person or thing, the best or most excellent its kind'. ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Existential Jesus

    by John Carroll ...
    Jesus is the man who made the West. What kind of man was he? Is he relevant to a modern world shaken by crises of meaning?The churches have mainly projected him as Jesus the carer and comforter, Jesus meek and mild, friend of the weak. This is Jesus the Good Shepherd, who preaches on sin and forgiveness. He is Lord and Saviour.But this church Jesus is not remotely like the existential hero ... Read more

    $23.99 AUD

  • The Courage to Be

    by Paul Tillich ...
    series The Terry Lectures Series
    The imminent philosopher and theologian examines religion in light of science and philosophy in modern society.Originally published more than fifty years ago, The Courage to Be has become a classic of twentieth-century religious and philosophical thought. The great Christian existentialist thinker Paul Tillich describes the dilemma of modern man and points a way to the conquest of the prob-lem of ... Read more

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  • The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air

    Three Godly Discourses

    Translated by Bruce H. Kirmmse ...
    A masterful new translation of one of Kierkegaard's most engaging worksIn the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells his followers to let go of earthly concerns by considering the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. Søren Kierkegaard's short masterpiece on this famous gospel passage draws out its vital lessons for readers in a rapidly modernizing and secularizing world. Trenchant, brilliant, ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • The Kierkegaard Collection

    Søren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote critical texts on organized religion, Christendom, morality, ethics, psychology, and the philosophy of religion, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and parables. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of ... Read more

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