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Philosophy: 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know

Philosophy: 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know

Ben Dupre

$19.99

Have you ever lain awake at night fretting over how we can be sure of the reality of the external world? Perhaps we are in fact disembodied brains, floating in vats at the whim of some deranged puppet-master? If so, you are not alone - and what's more, you are in exalted company. For this question and others like it have been the stuff of philosophical rumination for centuries, from Plato to Popper. In a series of accessible and engaging essays, this book introduces and explains the problems of knowledge, consciousness, identity, ethics, belief, justice and aesthetics that have engaged the attention of thinkers from the era of the ancient Greeks to the present day.
Classical Philosophy: A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

Classical Philosophy: A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

Peter Adamson

$38.95

Classical Philosophy is the first of a series of books in which Peter Adamson aims ultimately to present a complete history of philosophy, more thoroughly but also more enjoyably than ever before.

In short, lively chapters, based on the popular History of Philosophy podcast, he offers an accessible, humorous, and detailed look at the emergence of philosophy with the Presocratics, the probing questions of Socrates, and the first full flowering of philosophy with the dialogues of Plato and the treatises of Aristotle. The story is told 'without any gaps', discussing not only such major figures but also less commonly discussed topics like the Hippocratic Corpus, the Platonic Academy, and the role of women in ancient philosophy. Within the thought of Plato and Aristotle, the reader will find in-depth introductions to major works, such as the Republic and the Nicomachean Ethics, which are treated in detail that is unusual in an introduction to ancient philosophy. Adamson looks at fascinating but less frequently read Platonic dialogues like the Charmides and Cratylus, and Aristotle's ideas in zoology and poetics.

This full coverage allows him to tackle ancient discussions in all areas of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, ethics and politics. Attention is also given to the historical and literary context of classical philosophy, with exploration of how early Greek cosmology responded to the poets Homer and Hesiod, how Socrates was presented by the comic playwright Aristophanes and the historian Xenophon, and how events in Greek history may have influenced Plato's thought.

This is a new kind of history which will bring philosophy to life for all readers, including those coming to the subject for the first time.
The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew

The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew

Alan P. Lightman

$29.99

In The Accidental Universe, physicist and novelist Alan Lightman explores the emotional and philosophical questions raised by discoveries in science, focusing most intently on the human condition and the needs of humankind. Here, in a collection of exhilarating essays, Lightman shows us our own universe from a series of fascinating and diverse perspectives. He takes on the difficult dialogue between science and religion; the conflict between our human desire for permanence and the impermanence of nature; the possibility that our universe is simply an accident; the manner in which modern technology has divorced us from enjoying a direct experience of the world; and our resistance to the view that our bodies and minds can be explained by scientific logic and laws alone. With his customary passion, precision, lyricism and imagination, in The Accidental Universe Alan Lightman leaves us with the suggestion - heady and humbling - that what we see and understand of the world and ourselves is only a tiny piece of the extraordinary, perhaps unfathomable whole.
Introducing Alain Badou: A Graphic Guide

Introducing Alain Badou: A Graphic Guide

Michael Kelly

$12.99

Compact Introducing guide to one of the most controversial and challenging French philosophers in contemporary philosophy. 

The works of French philosopher Alain Badiou range from novels, poems, 'romanoperas' and popular political treatises to elaborate philosophical arguments engaging with mathematical theory.

Throughout all of his writings, there is a staunch commitment to emancipatory politics and radical change through fidelity to what he calls the 'event' and its 'truth'. Badiou's famous, or infamous, philosophy of emancipation is faithful to the communist truth, the universal idea of a collective life, but he also claims that 'philosophy is always a biography of the philosopher'.

Introducing Alain Badiou is an elegantly written and crisply illustrated guide to an essential contemporary thinker.
Introducing Levi-Strauss: A Graphic Guide

Introducing Levi-Strauss: A Graphic Guide

Boris Wiseman ,  Judy Groves

$12.99

Introducing Levi-Strauss is a guide to the work of the great French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss (1908-2009). The book brilliantly traces the development and influence of Levi-Strauss' thought, from his early work on the function of the incest taboo to initiate an exchange of women between groups, to his identification of a timeless wild or primitive mode of thinking - a pensee sauvage - behind the processes of human culture. Accessibly written by Boris Wiseman and beautifully illustrated by Judy Groves, Introducing Levi-Strauss also explores the major contribution that Levi-Strauss made to contemporary aesthetic history - his work on American-Indian mythology provides a key insight into the way in which art itself comes into being. This is an essential introduction to a key thinker.

$19.99

How to Be Alone: The School of Life
Sara Maitland
Paperback

$19.99

How to Connect with Nature: The School of Life
Tristan Gooley
Paperback

$19.99

How to Develop Emotional Health: The School of Life
Oliver James
Paperback

$19.99

How to Age: The School of Life
Anne Karpf
Paperback

$19.99

How to Deal with Adversity: The School of Life
Christopher Hamilton
Paperback

$19.99

How to Think About Exercise: The School of Life
Damon Young
Paperback
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