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Existentialism

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  • Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch

    A Philosophical Sketch

    by Immanuel Kant

    Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical SketchImmanuel Kant was an influential German philosopher in the Age of Enlightenment. In his doctrine of transcendental idealism, he argued that space, time, and causation are mere sensibilities; "things-in-themselves" exist, but their nature is unknowable. ... Read more

    $1.76 AUD

  • 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

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Outsider

    by Albert Camus and 1 more

    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

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Myth of Sisyphus

    by Albert Camus and 1 more

    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

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Fall

    by Albert Camus

    A philosophical novel described by fellow existentialist Sartre as 'perhaps the most beautiful and the least understood' of his novels, Albert Camus' The Fall is translated by Robin Buss in Penguin Modern Classics.Jean-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 ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The History of Philosophy

    by A. C. Grayling

    'A cerebrally enjoyable survey, written with great clarity and touches of wit . . . The non-western section throws up some fascinating revelations'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 and entertaining, single-volume history of this great ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • The Complete Dramatic Works of Samuel Beckett

    by 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

    $22.98 AUD

  • Cosmos and Psyche

    Intimations of a New World View

    by Richard Tarnas

    From a philosopher whose magisterial history of Western thought was praised by Joseph Campbell and Huston Smith comes a brilliant new book that traces the connection between cosmic cycles and archetypal patterns of human experience. Drawing on years of research and on thinkers from Plato to Jung, Richard Tarnas explores the planetary correlations of epochal events like the French Revolution, the ... Read more

    $23.31 AUD

  • Fear and Trembling

    Dialectical Lyric by Johannes De Silentio

    by Soren Kierkegaard and 2 more

    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

    $10.99 AUD

  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra

    by Friedrich Nietzsche and 1 more

    '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

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Magic Mountain

    by Thomas Mann and 1 more

    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

    $0.99 AUD

  • Walking

    by Henry David Thoreau

    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

    $2.99 AUD

  • All Things Shining

    Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age

    by Hubert Dreyfus and 1 more

    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

    $20.99 AUD

  • Irrational Man

    A Study in Existential Philosophy

    by William Barrett

    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

    $20.12 AUD

  • The Sickness Unto Death

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

    by Soren Kierkegaard and 1 more

    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 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

    $23.86 AUD

  • Fear and Trembling

    by Soren Kierkegaard and 1 more

    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 Divided Self

    An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness

    by R. D. Laing

    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

  • Existentialism Made Easy: Flash

    by Mel Thompson and 1 more

    series Flash
    The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Existentialism Made Easy is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to existentialism. In just 96 pages, the reader will discover all the key ideas, from altruism to utilitarianism. Ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD

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

    Three Godly Discourses

    by Søren Kierkegaard and 2 more

    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

    $16.71 AUD

  • Nietzsche Made Simple: Flash

    by Roy Jackson

    series Flash
    The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Nietzsche Made Simple is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to Nietzsche. In just 96 pages, the reader will discover all his ideas, from the Superman to the Will to Power. Ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD

  • On The Nature of Things (Illustrated)

    by Lucretius

    “Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation; not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive you are free of them yourself is pleasant.”On The Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura) stands with Virgil's Aeneid as one of the vital and enduring achievements of Latin literature. Lost for more than a ... Read more

    $0.99 AUD

  • Kierkegaard

    An Essential Introduction

    by Michael Watts

    'Best single source on Kierkegaard I've seen. Excellent short biography of his life and family. Fantastic explanation of how to approach Kierkegaard's ideas… I did spend a lot of time on the Danish philosopher's work as a graduate student (particularly Fear and Trembling) and I do wish that I had had this at the time' (Austin Cline, online review at atheism.about.com; full review at http://atheism ... Read more

    $8.99 AUD

  • Basic Writings of Existentialism

    by Gordon Marino

    series Modern Library Classics
    Edited and with an Introduction by Gordon MarinoBasic Writings of Existentialism, unique to the Modern Library, presents the writings of key nineteenth- and twentieth-century thinkers broadly united by their belief that because life has no inherent meaning humans can discover, we must determine meaning for ourselves. This anthology brings together into one volume the most influential and commonly ... Read more

    $18.58 AUD