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  • Enlightenment Now

    The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

    by Steven Pinker

    'My new favourite book of all time' Bill Gates**TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERIs modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that** make it possible?If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred, and irrationality. Yet Steven Pinker shows that this is an illusion - a symptom of historical amnesia and ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • On Resistance

    A Philosophy of Defiance

    by Professor Howard Caygill

    No word is more central to the contemporary political imagination and action than 'resistance'. In its various manifestations - from the armed guerrilla to Gandhian mass pacifist protest, from Wikileaks and the Arab Spring to the global eruption and violent repression of the Occupy movement - concepts of resistance are becoming ubiquitous and urgent. In this book, Howard Caygill conducts the first ... Read more

    $28.26 AUD

  • Principles of Philosophy

    by René Descartes

    Principles of Philosophy was written in Latin by René Descartes. Published in 1644, it was intended to replace Aristotle's philosophy and traditional Scholastic Philosophy. This volume contains a letter of the author to the French translator of the Principles of Philosophy serving for a Preface and a letter to the most serene princess, Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Frederick, King of Bohemia, ... Read more

    $1.52 AUD

  • The Art of Travel

    by Alain de Botton

    THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER'Honest, funny and dripping with witty aphorisms. Extremely entertaining and enlightening [...] all the way to journey's end' HeraldOne of our greatest voices in modern philosophy, author of The Course of Love, The Consolations of Philosophy, Religion for Atheists and The School of Life, presents a travel guide with a difference - an expl... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • At The Existentialist Café

    Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

    by Sarah Bakewell

    Shortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman PrizeParis, near the turn of 1932-3. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking…‘It’s not often that you miss your bus stop because you’re so engrossed in reading a book about ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy

    A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy

    by Simon Blackburn

    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

    $14.95 AUD

  • The Silence of Animals

    On Progress and Other Modern Myths

    by John Gray

    The powerful, beautiful and chilling sequel to the bestselling Straw DogsJohn Gray draws on an extraordinary array of memoirs, poems, fiction and philosophy to make us re-imagine our place in the world. Writers as varied as Ballard, Borges, Freud and Conrad are mesmerised by forms of human extremity - experiences on the outer edge of the possible, or which tip into fantasy and myth. What happens ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Ideas That Matter

    A Personal Guide for the 21st Century

    by Prof A.C. Grayling

    Leading philosopher's guide to the ideas that will shape the 21st century'Ideas are the cogs that drive history, and understanding them is half way to being aboard that powerful juggernaut rather than under its wheels'.This is a book that celebrates the power of ideas: thought can, and does, change the world. And, in turn, ideas evolve. Fundamentalism, environmentalism and bioethics are defining ... Read more

    $13.99 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

    $29.25 AUD

  • Either/Or

    A Fragment of Life

    by Soren Kierkegaard and 4 more

    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

  • For the New Intellectual

    The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (50th Anniversary Edition)

    by Ayn Rand

    Here is Ayn Rand’s first non-fiction work—a challenge to the prevalent philosophical doctrines of our time and the “atmosphere of guilt, of panic, of despair, of boredom, and of all-pervasive evasion” that they create.As incisive and relevant today as it was sixty years ago, this book presents the essentials of Ayn Rand’s philosophy “for those who wish to acquire an integrated view of existence.” ... Read more

    $10.11 AUD

  • Beyond Good and Evil

    by Friedrich Nietzsche and 2 more

    'One of the greatest books of a very great thinker' Michael TannerBeyond Good and Evil confirmed Nietzsche's position as the towering European philosopher of his age. The work dramatically rejects traditional Western thought with its notions of truth and God, good and evil. Nietzsche seeks to demonstrate that the Christian world is steeped in a false piety and infected with a 'slave morality'. ... 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

  • One-Dimensional Man

    Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society

    by Herbert Marcuse

    Originally published in 1964, One-Dimensional Man quickly became one of the most important texts in the ensuing decade of radical political change. This second edition, newly introduced by Marcuse scholar Douglas Kellner, presents Marcuse's best-selling work to another generation of readers in the context of contemporary events. ... Read more

    $28.26 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

  • The Enlightenment: And Why it Still Matters

    And Why it Still Matters

    by Anthony Pagden

    This book tells nothing less than the story of how the modern, Western view of the world was born. Cultural and intellectual historian Anthony Pagden explains how, and why, the ideal of a universal, global, and cosmopolitan society became such a central part of the Western imagination in the ferment of the Enlightenment - and how these ideas have done battle with an inward-looking, tradition ... Read more

    $26.72 AUD

  • Pascal's Pensees (Illustrated Edition)

    by Blaise Pascal

    Blaise Pascal (June 19, 1623 August 19, 1662), was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a Tax Collector in Rouen. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by ... Read more

    $1.52 AUD

  • Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

    by Ludwig Wittgenstein

    Perhaps this book will be understood only by someone who has himself already had the thoughts that are expressed in it--or at least similar thoughts.--So it is not a textbook.--Its purpose would be achieved if it gave pleasure to one person who read and understood it.The book deals with the problems of philosophy, and shows, I believe, that the reason why these problems are posed is that the logic ... Read more

    $3.06 AUD

  • Discipline and Punish

    The Birth of the Prison

    by Michel Foucault

    'Imaginative, illuminating and innovative' The New York Times Book ReviewThe grisly spectacle of public executions and torture of centuries ago has been replaced by the penal system in western society - but has anything really changed?In his revolutionary work on control and power relations in our public institutions, Michel Foucault argues that the development of prisons, police organizations and ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • How to Live a Good Life

    A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Philosophy

    by Massimo Pigliucci and 2 more

    A collection of essays by fifteen philosophers presenting a thoughtful, introductory guide to choosing a philosophy for living an examined and meaningful life. A VINTAGE ORIGINALSocrates famously said "the unexamined life is not worth living," but what does it mean to truly live philosophically?This thought-provoking, wide-ranging collection brings together essays by fifteen leading philosophers ... Read more

    $18.58 AUD

  • Philosophy

    Who Needs It

    by Ayn Rand and 1 more

    This collection of essays was the last work planned by Ayn Rand before her death in 1982. In it, she summarizes her view of philosophy and deals with a broad spectrum of topics.According to Ayn Rand, the choice we make is not whether to have a philosophy, but which one to have: rational, conscious, and therefore practical; or contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately lethal.Written with all the ... Read more

    $10.11 AUD

  • Freedom Evolves

    by Daniel C. Dennett

    Dennett shows that human freedom is not an illusion; it is an objective phenomenon, distinct from all other biological conditions and found in only one species - us. There was a time on this planet when it didn't exist, quite recently in fact. It had to evolve like every other feature of the biosphere, and it continues to evolve today.Dennett shows that far from there being an incompatibility ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • A Brief History of Everything

    by Ken Wilber

    “A clarion call for seeing the world as a whole,” this philosophical bestseller takes readers on a journey through time, tracing history from the Big Bang through the 21st century (San Francisco Chronicle)Join one of the greatest contemporary philosophers on a breathtaking tour of time and the Cosmos.—from the Big Bang right up to the eve of the twenty-first century. This accessible and ... Read more

    $30.79 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

    $11.65 AUD