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  • A Degree in a Book: Philosophy

    Everything You Need to Know to Master the Subject ... In One Book!

    A perfect introduction for students and laypeople alike, A Degree in a Book: Philosophy provides you with all the concepts you need to understand the fundamental issues.Filled with helpful diagrams, suggestions for further reading, and easily digestible features on the history of philosophy, this book makes learning the subject easier than ever. Including ideas from Aristotle and Zeno to Descartes ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • Philosophy in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds

    A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 2

    by Peter Adamson ...
    Series series A History of Philosophy
    Peter Adamson offers an accessible, humorous tour through a period of eight hundred years when some of the most influential of all schools of thought were formed: from the third century BC to the sixth century AD. He introduces us to Cynics and Skeptics, Epicureans and Stoics, emperors and slaves, and traces the development of Christian and Jewish philosophy and of ancient science. Chapters are ... Read more

    $15.99 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

    $17.99 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

    $16.99 AUD

  • Sophie's World

    The international bestseller about life, the universe and everything.'A simply wonderful, irresistible book' DAILY TELEGRAPH'A terrifically entertaining and imaginative story wrapped round its tough, thought-provoking philosophical heart' DAILY MAIL'Remarkable ... an extraordinary achievement' SUNDAY TIMESWhen 14-year-old Sophie encounters a mysterious mentor who introduces her to philosophy... ... Read more

    $12.99 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

    $16.99 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

  • The Swerve

    How the Renaissance Began

    A riveting, exemplary tale of the great cultural "swerve" known as the Renaissance.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 ... Read more

    $18.99 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

    $18.99 AUD

  • Story of Philosophy

    by Will Durant ...
    This brilliant and concise account of the lives and ideas of the world's great philosophers—Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Spinoza, Voltaire, Kant, Schopenhauer, Spencer, Nietzsche, Bergson, Croce, Russell, Santayana, James, and Dewey—is "a delight" (The New York Times) and remains one of the most important books of our time.Will Durant chronicles the ideas of the great thinkers, the economic and ... 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

    $29.99 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

    $19.99 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

  • Machiavelli: Philosophy in an Hour

    Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Machiavelli in just one hour.Niccolò Machiavelli’s work remains misunderstood – synonymous with wicked scheming and underhand politics – nearly 350 years after his death. His philosophy of statecraft was scientific and highly rational, leaving sentiment, and ultimately morality, to one side. His advice is as relevant to ... Read more

    $4.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • 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

  • 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 First Paul

    Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Conservative Icon

    “Borg and Crossan reveal a figure who, besides being neither anti-Semitic, anti-sex, nor misogynist, stresses social and political equality among Christians and between them and others. A refreshing and heartening exculpation of a still routinely maligned figure of the first importance to culture and civilization.” — Booklist (starred review)John Dominic Crossan and Marcus J. Borg—two of the world ... Read more

    $10.99 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

    $2.92 AUD

  • The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus

    The Definitive Collection of Mystical Gospels and Secret Books about Jesus of Nazareth

    For all those readers curious to read the actual texts of the Gnostic Gospels, here is the definitive collection of all the Gnostic Gospels and Gospel–like texts.o Marvin Meyer, premier scholar of Gnostic and other Christian literature outside the New Testament, presents every Gnostic Gospel and Jesus text with a brilliant overall introduction, introductions to each text, and notes that explain ... Read more

    $6.99 AUD

  • The Philosophy Cure

    Lessons on Living from the Great Philosophers

    The wisdom of famous philosophers distilled into practical takeaways for readers who seek to confront reality and carve out a livable space within it.For centuries, philosophers have considered the “big questions” of human life, mulling over everything from ethics to the definition of reality. Their ideas and insights are powerful and innovative, but often inaccessible and far too academic for ... Read more

    $22.99 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 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

    $16.99 AUD

  • Understanding History

    And Other Essays

    Essays on topics from nuclear physics to the role of faith in society from the Nobel Prize–winning philosopher.Originally written in 1943 and published in 1957 by Philosophical Library, Inc, these vigorous essays from one of the most distinguished minds of our time reveal several facets of the English philosopher’s thought. The title piece exposes the deadliness of the academic approach to the ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • How the World Thinks

    A Global History of Philosophy

    *SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*'There to fill the Sapiens-size hole in your life' ObserverIn this groundbreaking global overview of philosophy, Julian Baggini travels the world to provide a wide-ranging map of human thought.One of the great unexplained wonders of human history is that written philosophy flowered entirely separately in China, India and Ancient Greece at more or less the s... ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD