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History, Criticism, & Surveys

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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

    $20.99 AUD

  • Humankind

    A Hopeful History

    THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA Guardian, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman and Daily Express Book of the Year'Hugely, highly and happily recommended'Stephen Fry'You should read Humankind. You'll learn a lot (I did) and you'll have good reason to feel better about the human race'Tim Harf... ... Read more

    $15.72 AUD

  • Happy

    Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine

    by Derren Brown ...
    The Sunday Times Bestseller'Really brilliant and just crammed with wisdom and insight. It will genuinely make a difference to me and the way I think about myself.' Stephen Fry___Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it?In Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Consolations of Philosophy

    THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLEROne of the most influential voices in modern philosophy - the author of The Course of Love, Religion for Atheists, The Art of Travel and The School of LifeAlain de Botton presents a one-stop shop for solving the problems of everyday life through the wisdom of history's great philosophers'Singlehandedly, de Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD $4.99 AUD

  • The Swerve

    How the Renaissance Began

    WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2012Almost six hundred years ago, a short, genial man took a very old manuscript off a library shelf. With excitement, he saw what he had discovered and ordered it copied. The book was a miraculously surviving copy of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things by Lucretius and it changed the course of history.He found a beautiful poem ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • How to Live

    A Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer

    How to get on well with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love? How to live?This question obsessed Renaissance nobleman Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-92), who wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. Into these essays he put whatever was in his head: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Lessons of History

    A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant.With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity over time. Juxtaposing the great lives, ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • Descartes's Dog

    Animals, Machines, and the Problem of Other Minds

    Animals feel pain – so much is obvious. But René Descartes didn’t think so.In fact, the man who has been called the Father of Modern Philosophy thought there was no more to the yelps and cries of a suffering animal than the squeaks and groans of an unoiled hinge, and (for the purposes of science) he was even rumoured to have dissected living dogs and nailed cats to trees. For, he reasoned, we ... Read more

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  • Story of Philosophy

    by Will Durant ...
    A brilliant and concise account of the lives and ideas of the great philosophers, from Plato to Dewey.Few write for the non-specialist as well as Will Durant, and this book is a splendid example of his eminently readable scholarship. Durant’s insight and wit never cease to dazzle; The Story of Philosophy is a key book for anyone who wishes to survey the history and development of philosophical ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy

    A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy

    This is a book about the big questions in life: knowledge, consciousness, fate, God, truth, goodness, justice. It is for anyone who believes there are big questions out there, but does not know how to approach them. Think sets out to explain what they are and why they are important. Simon Blackburn begins by putting forward a convincing case for the study of philosophy and goes on to give the ... Read more

    $15.72 AUD

  • The Passion Of The Western Mind

    Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View

    The Passion of the Western Mind is a complete guide to Western civilisation and the philosophical ideas that have shaped our world view. From Plato to Hegel, from Augustine to Nietzsche, from Copernicus to Freud, Richard Tarnas described profound philosophical concepts simply, but without simplifying them.Ten years in the making, The Passion of the Western Mind was hailed as an instant classic on ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD

  • The Secret Teachings of All Ages

    AN ENCYCLOPEDIC OUTLINE OF MASONIC, HERMETIC, QABBALISTIC AND ROSICRUCIAN SYMBOLICAL PHILOSOPHY

    Manly Palmer Hall wrote this book at age twenty-one and self-published it later in his mid twenties. The book is pure conceptual truth without bogging ourselves down with the details. Great read for anyone who likes Joseph Campbell and wishes to follow up on the Power of Myth and get into the right-hand occult. ... Read more

    $3.84 AUD

  • Philosophy

    by Philip Stokes ...
    'It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.'- AristotleThis illustrated guide showcases the major philosophers of the western tradition. Concise and informative, it provides an ideal introduction to their lives, ideas and the effect those ideas have had on the wider world.Both easy-to-use and a stimulating read, this book is an ideal reference for ... Read more

    $3.99 AUD

  • The Heart of Things

    Applying Philosophy to the 21st Century

    The new bestseller from one of Britain's most pre-eminent philosophers and arguably the best known, A.C. GraylingEveryone wishes to live a life that is satisfying and fulfilling, in which there is achievement and pleasure, and which has the respect of people one, in turn, respects. And one of the fundamentals to living such a life is to reflect on the choices we make.In this new collection, A.C. ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • The Classic Plato Collection: 24 Socratic Dialogues (Illustrated Edition)

    by Plato ...
    In 427 B.C., the Ancient Greek city-state of Athens was flourishing. Approximately 80 years earlier, the Athenians had formed the first self-representative democracy in history, the Peloponnesian War against Sparta had only just started, and Socrates was only beginning to lay the foundation of what would become Western philosophy. That year Plato was born to a wealthy family: with an uncle who was ... Read more

    $2.98 AUD

  • The Famous Works of Immanuel Kant: Philosophy and Anthropology

    by Immanuel Kant ...
    Immanuel Kant was a German philosopher from Königsberg (today Kaliningrad of Russia), who researched, lectured, and wrote on philosophy and anthropology during the Enlightenment at the end of the 18th century.At the time, there were major successes and advances in the sciences (for example, Isaac Newton, Carl Friedrich Gauss, and Robert Boyle) applying reason and logic. Kant’s major work, the ... Read more

    $1.99 AUD

  • The Reason of Things

    Living with Philosophy

    The follow-up to THE MEANING OF THINGS which continues A.C. Grayling's philosophical journey through lifeThe most important question we can ask ourselves is: what kind of life is the best? This is the same as asking: How does one give meaning to one's life? How can one justify one's existence and make it worthwhile?How does one make experience valuable, and keep growing and learning in the process ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • The Wreck of Western Culture

    humanism revisited

    by John Carroll ...
    Humanism built Western civilisation as we know it today. Its achievements include the liberation of the individual, democracy, universal rights, and widespread prosperity and comfort. Its ambassadors are the heroes of modern culture: Erasmus, Holbein, Shakespeare, Velázquez, Descartes, Kant, and Freud.Those who sought to contain humanism’s pride within a frame of higher truth — Luther, Calvin, ... Read more

    $21.33 AUD

  • Philosophy 100 Essential Thinkers

    by Philip Stokes ...
    Who am I? What is justice? What does it mean to live a good life? Many of the fundamental questions of philosophy are questions that we begin to ask ourselves as young adults when we look at the world around us, at ourselves, and try to make sense of things.This engaging and accessible book invites the reader to explore the questions and arguments of philosophy through the work of one hundred of ... Read more

    $5.99 AUD

  • A New History of Western Philosophy

    by Anthony Kenny ...
    series New History of Western Philosophy
    This book is no less than a guide to the whole of Western philosophy -- the ideas that have undergirded our civilization for two-and-a-half thousand years. Anthony Kenny tells the story of philosophy from ancient Greece through the Middle Ages and the Enlightenment into the modern world. He introduces us to the great thinkers and their ideas, starting with Plato, Aristotle, and the other founders ... Read more

    $28.48 AUD

  • The Great Philosophers: Sir Karl Popper, Jean-Paul Sartre and Michel Foucault

    series The Great Philosophers
    No matter how you view philosophy, regardless of what you think it is, this series from The Independent will give you a strong sense of the life and work of the very best thinkers in the philosophical neighbourhood, dealing carefully and rationally with the most human of questions, the hardest questions, the questions which matter most. William James, in his last great work Some Problems of ... Read more

    $1.99 AUD

  • The Frontiers of Knowledge

    What We Know About Science, History and The Mind

    'Grayling brings satisfying order to daunting subjects' Steven Pinker_________________________In very recent times humanity has learnt a vast amount about the universe, the past, and itself. But through our remarkable successes in acquiring knowledge we have learned how much we have yet to learn: the science we have, for example, addresses just 5 per cent of the universe; pre-history is still ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Hegel: A Very Short Introduction

    by Peter Singer ...
    series Very Short Introductions #49
    Many people regard Hegel's work as obscure and extremely difficult, yet his importance and influence are universally acknowledged. Professor Singer eliminates any excuse for remaining ignorant of the outlines of Hegel's philosophy by providing a broad discussion of his ideas and an account of his major works. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press ... Read more

    $11.43 AUD

  • The Philosophy Book

    Big Ideas Simply Explained

    by DK ...
    series Big Ideas
    For all the deep thinkers with questions about the world, this encyclopedia holds the answers you have been searching for.What is the meaning of life? What is the Universe made of? Read what our eminent philosophers thought about the nature of reality, and the fundamental questions we ask ourselves.To help you understand the subject and what it is about, The Philosophy Book introduces you to ... Read more

    $8.99 AUD