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The Trouble with Being Born

E. M. Cioran

"One of the most delicate minds of real power writing today."—Susan SontagIn this volume, which reaffirms the uncompromising brilliance of his mind, Cioran strips the human condition down to its most basic components, birt...

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Published: Feb 2013

Deconstruction For Beginners

Jim Powell

Deconstruction is so labyrinthine that it has become the monster that murdered philosophy. When Jacques Derrida, the father of deconstruction, uses buzzwords such as “phallogocentrism” and “transcendental signified,” humanitie...

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Published: Jan 2008

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Alain de Botton

We spend most of our waking lives at work–in occupations often chosen by our unthinking younger selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our occupations mean to us. The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is an exp...

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Published: Jun 2010

Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a ...

David Edmonds

On October 25, 1946, in a crowded room in Cambridge, England, the great twentieth-century philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper came face to face for the first and only time. The meeting -- which lasted ten minutes -- did n...

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Published: Sep 2002

Philosophy and the Spontaneous Philos...

Louis Althusser

Collected here are Althusser's most significant philosophical writings from 1965 to 1978.Intended to contribute, in his own words, to a "left-wing critique of Stalinism that would help put some substance back into the revolutionary pr...

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Published: Jan 2012

The Truth about the Truth (New Consci...

Walter Truett Anderson

Includes essays and excerpts from the works of prominent modern thinkers such as Umberto Eco, Jacques Derrida, and Isaiah Berlin among others.

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Published: Aug 1995

Love and Saint Augustine

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt began her scholarly career with an exploration of Saint Augustine's concept of caritas, or neighborly love, written under the direction of Karl Jaspers and the influence of Martin Heidegger. After her German academic lif...

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Published: Apr 1998

The Life of the Mind (Combined 2 Volu...

Hannah Arendt

The author’s final work, presented in a one-volume edition, is a rich, challenging analysis of man’s mental activity, considered in terms of thinking, willing, and judging. Edited by Mary McCarthy; Indices.

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Published: Mar 1981

Language, Truth and Logic

A. J. Ayer

Classic introduction to objectives and methods of schools of empiricism and linguistic analysis, especially of the logical positivism derived from the Vienna Circle. Topics: elimination of metaphysics, function of philosophy, nature o...

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Published: Jun 1952

Erotism: Death and Sensuality

Georges Bataille

Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality—Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective. He challenges any single discourse on the erotic. The scope of his inquiry ra...

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Published: Jan 2001

Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, I...

Jean Baudrillard

The first full-length translation in English of an essential work of postmodernist thought

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Published: Feb 1995

Principles of Human Knowledge and Thr...

George Berkeley

Principles of Human Knowledge and Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous

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Published: Jul 1988

The Roots of Romanticism (Second Edit...

Isaiah Berlin

In The Roots of Romanticism, one of the twentieth century's most influential philosophers dissects and assesses a movement that changed the course of history. Brilliant, fresh, immediate, and eloquent, these celebrated Mellon Lectures...

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Published: Apr 2013

The Instant of My Death / Demeure: Fi...

Maurice Blanchot

This volume records a remarkable encounter in critical and philosophical thinking: a meeting of two of the great pioneers in contemporary thought, Maurice Blanchot and Jacques Derrida, who are also bound together by friendship and a c...

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Published: Apr 2000

Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduct...

Christopher Butler

Postmodernism has become the buzzword of contemporary society over the last decade. But how can it be defined? In this highly readable introduction the mysteries of this most elusive of concepts are unraveled, casting a critical light...

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Published: Jan 2003

The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

Albert Camus

By one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of our century, The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution. For Albert Camus, the urge to revolt is one of the 'essential dimensions' of human nature, manifested in man's timeless Pro...

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Published: Jan 1992

Introducing Walter Benjamin: A Graphi...

Howard Caygill

This beautifully illustrated guide to Walter Benjamin—the genius behind the famous essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction—traces his influence on modern aesthetics and cultural history as well as his particula...

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Published: Sep 2014

The Chomsky-Foucault Debate: On Human...

Noam Chomsky

Two of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers debate a perennial question.In 1971, at the height of the Vietnam War and at a time of great political and social instability, two of the world's leading intellectuals, Noam Ch...

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Published: Sep 2006

Introducing Derrida

Jeff Collins

Jacques Derrida is the most famous philosopher of the late twentieth century. His philosophy is an array of rigorous tactics for destabilizing texts, meanings, and identities. Introducing Derrida introduces and explores his life and w...

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Published: Jun 2011

Woody Allen and Philosophy: You Mean ...

Mark T. Conard

Comedian, writer, director, actor, musician, and deep thinker, Woody Allen is clearly trying to say something, but what? And why should anyone care? Fifteen philosophers representing different schools of thought answer these questions...

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Published: Aug 2004

Read My Desire: Lacan Against the His...

Joan Copjec

In Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful modern discourses – psychoanalysis and historicism. Ordinarily, these discourses only cro...

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Published: Jun 2015

Continental Philosophy: A Very Short ...

Simon Critchley

In this enlightening new Very Short Introduction, Simon Critchley shows us that Continental philosophy encompasses a distinct set of philosophical traditions and practices, with a compelling range of problems all too often ignored by ...

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Published: Jun 2001

Meditations on First Philosophy: with...

Rene Descartes

Here is a brilliant new translation of Descartes's Meditations, one of the most influential books in the history of Western philosophy, including the full texts of the Third and Fourth Objections and Replies, and a selection from the ...

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Published: Jun 2008

The Passions of the Soul and Other La...

Rene Descartes

'Those most capable of being moved by passion are those capable of tasting the most sweetness in this life.'Descartes is most often thought of as introducing a total separation of mind and body. But he also acknowledged the intimate u...

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Published: Jan 2016

How to Read Derrida (How to Read)

Penelope Deutscher

Intent on letting the reader experience the pleasure and intellectual stimulation in reading classic authors, the How to Read series will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon.An idiosyncratic and highly...

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Published: Apr 2006

Freedom and Culture

John Dewey

The twentieth century has witnessed the blossoming of Western culture: new technology; communications and transportation systems; social, political, educational, agricultural, and medical advances. But with these changes have come the...

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Published: Oct 1989

Fallen Leaves: Last Words on Life, Lo...

Will Durant

Praised as a "revelatory" book by The Wall Street Journal, this is the last and most personal work of Pulitzer Prize–winning author and historian Will Durant, discovered thirty-two years after his death.The culmination of ...

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Published: Dec 2015

Belief or Nonbelief?: A Confrontation...

Umberto Eco

An enlightened, spirited exchange that will resonate with believers and nonbelievers alike./strong/One is the beloved author of emThe Name of the Rose/em, a celebrated scholar, philosopher, and self-declared secularist; the other is a...

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Published: Oct 2012

Madness and Civilization: A History o...

Michel Foucault

Perhaps the French philosopher's masterpiece, which is concerned with an extraordinary question: What does it mean to be mad?

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Published: Nov 1988

Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews ...

Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault has become famous for a series of books that have permanently altered our understanding of many institutions of Western society. He analyzed mental institutions in the remarkable Madness and Civilization; hospitals in ...

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Published: Nov 1980
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