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Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview
And Other Conversations
Written by Hannah Arendt


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-311-3 (1-61219-311-0)

 Hannah Arendt was one of the most important thinkers of her time, famous for her idea of “the banality of evil” which continues to provoke debate. This collection provides new and startling insight into Arendt’s thoughts about Watergate and the nature of American politics, about totalitarianism and history, and her own... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Poetics of Reverie

Written by Gaston Bachelard


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 1971
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6413-9 (0-8070-6413-0)

In this, his last significant work, an admired French philosopher provides extraordinary meditations on the relation between the imagining consciousness and the world, positing the notion of reverie as its most dynamic point of reference. Read more >

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The Poetics of Space

Written by Gaston Bachelard


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6473-3 (0-8070-6473-4)

“A magical book. . . . A prism through which all worlds from literary creation to housework to aesthetics to carpentry take on enhanced-and enchanted-significances. Every reader of it will never see ordinary spaces in ordinary ways. Instead the reader will see with the soul of the eye, the glint of... Read more >

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Reflections On Anti-Semitism

Written by Alain Badiou, Eric Hazan and Ivan Segre


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: December 17, 2013
Price: $95.00
ISBN: 978-1-78168-115-2 (1-78168-115-5)

Since the inception of the ‘War on Terror’, Israel has become increasingly important to Western imperial strategy and ever more aggressive in its policies towards the Palestinians. A key ideological weapon in this development is the cynical and unjustified accusation of ‘anti-Semitism’ to silence protest and dissent.

For historical reasons, this tactic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Reflections On Anti-Semitism

Written by Alain Badiou, Eric Hazan and Ivan Segre


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-877-8 (1-84467-877-6)

Since the inception of the ‘War on Terror’, Israel has become increasingly important to Western imperial strategy and ever more aggressive in its policies towards the Palestinians. A key ideological weapon in this development is the cynical and unjustified accusation of ‘anti-Semitism’ to silence protest and dissent.

For historical reasons, this tactic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Irrational Man
A Study in Existential Philosophy
Written by William Barrett


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 1, 1962
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-03138-7 (0-385-03138-6)

Widely recognized as the finest definition of existentialist Philosophy, this book introduced existentialism to America in 1958. Barrett discusses the views of 19th and 20th century existentialists Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre and interprets the impact of their thinking on literature, art, and philosophy. Read more >
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The Second Sex

Written by Simone de Beauvoir
Translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier


Format: Hardcover, 832 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 13, 2010
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26556-2 (0-307-26556-0)

Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork weaves together history, philosophy, economics, biology, and a host of other disciplines to analyze the Western notion of “woman” and to postulate on the power of sexuality.

Sixty years after its initial publication, The Second Sex is still... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Second Sex

Written by Simone de Beauvoir
Translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27778-7 (0-307-27778-X)

Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness. This long-awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Illuminations
Essays and Reflections
Written by Walter Benjamin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 13, 1969
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0241-0 (0-8052-0241-2)

Illuminations includes Benjamin's views on Kafka, with whom he felt the closest personal affinity, his studies on Baudelaire and Proust (both of whom he translated), his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. Also included are his penetrating study on "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,"... Read more >

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Reflections
Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
Written by Walter Benjamin


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 12, 1986
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0802-3 (0-8052-0802-X)

Walter Benjamin is recognized as one of the most acute analysts of literary and sociological phenomenon of the 19th and 20th centuries. A companion volume to Illuminations (also available in Schocken paperback), Reflections presents a new sampling of his wide-ranging work. In addition to literary criticism, it contains autobiographical narration and... Read more >

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The Art of Lying Down
A Guide to Horizontal Living
Written by Bernd Brunner
Translated by Lori Lantz


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-309-0 (1-61219-309-9)

We spend a good third of our lives lying down: sleeping, dreaming, making love, thinking, reading, and getting well. Bernd Brunner’s ode to lying down is a rich exploration of cultural history and an entertaining collection of tales, ranging from the history of the mattress to the “slow living movement” to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Occupy Spirituality
A Radical Vision for a New Generation
Written by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox
Afterword by Lama Surya Das
Foreword by Mona Eltahawy and Andrew Harvey


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-685-5 (1-58394-685-3)

The Occupy Wall Street movement and protest movements around the world are evidence of a new era of intergenerational activists seeking deeper spiritual meaning in their quest for peace and justice.

This book is a call to action for a new era of spirituality-infused activism. Authors Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox encourage... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The American Transcendentalists
Essential Writings
Edited by Lawrence Buell


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7509-3 (0-8129-7509-X)

Transcendentalism was the first major intellectual movement in U.S. history, championing the inherent divinity of each individual, as well as the value of collective social action. In the mid-nineteenth century, the movement took off, changing how Americans thought about religion, literature, the natural world, class distinctions, the role of women, and... Read more >

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Resistance, Rebellion, and Death
Essays
Written by Albert Camus


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76401-4 (0-679-76401-1)

In the speech he gave upon accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, Camus said that a writer "cannot serve today those who make history; he must serve those who are subject to it." In these twenty-three political essays, he demonstrates his commitment to history's victims, from the fallen maquis... Read more >
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Why Is God Laughing?
The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism
Written by Deepak Chopra
Foreword by Mike Myers


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: June 3, 2008
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-40888-4 (0-307-40888-4)

In this refreshing new take on spirituality, bestselling author Deepak Chopra uses a fictional tale of a comedian and his unlikely mentor to show us a path back to hope, joy, and even enlightenment—with a lot of laughter along the way.

Meet Mickey Fellows. A successful L.A. comedian, he’s just a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Aleister Crowley
The Biography: Spiritual Revolutionary, Romantic Explorer, Occult Master and Spy
Written by Tobias Churton


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78028-384-5 (1-78028-384-9)

Churton’s illuminating biography includes a detailed account of Crowley’s adventures as a British spy during World War I; his astonishing family background, with secrets that have remained hidden for over a century; his philosophical, scientific and psychological brilliance, and his rich legacy of high original ideas. Read more >

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The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27725-1 (0-307-27725-9)

We spend most of our waking lives at work—in occupations most often chosen by our inexperienced younger selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our jobs mean to us.

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is an exploration of the joys and perils of the... Read more >
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Religion for Atheists
A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47682-1 (0-307-47682-0)

What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? Alain de Botton’s bold and provocative book argues that we can benefit from the wisdom and power of religion—without having to believe in any of it.

He suggests that rather than mocking religion, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from it—because the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Religion for Atheists
A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37910-8 (0-307-37910-8)

What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? The long-running and often boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved forward by Alain de Botton’s inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are entirely false—but that it still has some very important... Read more >
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Status Anxiety

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72535-7 (0-375-72535-0)

Anyone who’s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor’s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton’s irresistibly clear-headed new book, immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Learning to Live Finally
The Last Interview
Written by Jacques Derrida
Translated by Pascal-Anne Brault and Michael Naas


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-094-5 (1-61219-094-4)

With death looming, Jacques Derrida, the world’s most famous philosopher-known as the father of “deconstruction”-sat down with journalist Jean Birnbaum of the French daily Le Monde. They revisited his life’s work and his impending death in a long, surprisingly accessible, and moving final interview.

Sometimes called “obscure” and branded “abstruse” by his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rationalists
Descartes: Discourse on Method & Meditations; Spinoza: Ethics; Leibniz: Monadology & Discourse on Metaphysics
Written by Rene Descartes, Benedict de Spinoza and Gottfried Wilhelm Von Leibniz


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 23, 1960
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-09540-2 (0-385-09540-6)

Founded in the mid-17th century, Rationalism was philosophy's first step into the modern era. This volume contains the essential statements of Rationalism's three greatest figures: Descartes, who began it; Spinoza, who epitomized it; and Leibniz, who gave it its last serious expression. Read more >
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Still Life with Oysters and Lemon
On Objects and Intimacy
Written by Mark Doty


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 19, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6609-6 (0-8070-6609-5)

Mark Doty’s prose has been hailed as “tempered and tough, sorrowing and serene” (The New York Times Book Review) and “achingly beautiful” (The Boston Globe). In Still Life with Oysters and Lemon he offers a stunning exploration of our attachment to ordinary things-how we invest objects with human store, and why.

“Books... Read more >
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The Vices

Written by Lawrence Douglas


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-415-3 (1-59051-415-7)

Oliver Vice, forty-one, prominent philosopher, scholar, and art collector, is missing and presumed dead, over the side of Queen Mary 2.Troubled by his friend’s possible suicide, the unnamed narrator of Lawrence Douglas’ new novel launches an all-consuming investigation into Vice’s life history. Douglas, moving backward through time, tells a mordantly humorous... Read more >
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The Four Global Truths
Awakening to the Peril and Promise of Our Times
Written by Darrin Drda


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-321-2 (1-58394-321-8)

With the planet increasingly threatened with catastrophe and perhaps even collapse, many seekers are looking to past, proven models to create meaningful change in their lives. One such model is Buddhism’s Four Noble Truths: the reality of suffering, the root cause of suffering, the end of suffering, and the path to... Read more >
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