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The Aesthetic Dimension
Toward A Critique of Marxist Aesthetics
Written by Herbert Marcuse


Format: Trade Paperback, 108 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 15, 1979
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1519-3 (0-8070-1519-9)

Developing a concept briefly introduced in Counterrevolution and Revolt, Marcuse here addresses the shortcomings of a Marxist aesthetic theory and explores a dialectical aesthetic in which art functions as the conscience of society. Marcuse argues that art is the only form of expression that can take up where religion and philosophy... Read more >

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An Essay on Liberation

Written by Herbert Marcuse


Format: Trade Paperback, 104 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 1971
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0595-8 (0-8070-0595-9)

Marcuse, the author of One-Dimensional Man, argues that the traditional conceptions of human freedom have been rendered obsolete by the development of advanced industrial society. An Essay on Liberation outlines the new possibilities for contemporary human liberation. Read more >
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One-Dimensional Man
Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society
Written by Herbert Marcuse


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 1, 1991
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1417-2 (0-8070-1417-6)

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.

“Marcuse shows himself to be... Read more >
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Do It Anyway
The New Generation of Activists
Written by Courtney E. Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0047-2 (0-8070-0047-7)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated G — General Audience

If you care about social change but hate feel-good platitudes, Do It Anyway is the book for you. Courtney Martin’s rich profiles of the new generation of activists dig deep, to ask the questions that... Read more >
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Capital
A Critique of Political Policy
Written by Karl Marx


Format: Trade Paperback, 1152 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1977
Price: $16.75
ISBN: 978-0-394-72657-1 (0-394-72657-X)

Translated by Ben Fowkes, Introduction by Ernest Mandel. This 1976 translation of Volume One (the only volume to be completed and edited by Marx himself) includes Marx's Preface to the First Edition, Postface to the Second Edition, and Preface and Postface to the French Edition, as well as Engels' Prefaces to... Read more >

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Humanism and Terror
An Essay on the Communist Problem
Written by Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Translated by John O'Neill


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 30, 1990
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0277-3 (0-8070-0277-1)

First published in France In 1947, Merleau-Ponty’s essay was in part a response to Arthur Koestler’s novel, Darkness at Noon, and in a larger sense a contribution to the political and moral debates of a postwar world suddenly divided into two armed camps. For Merleau-Ponty, the basic question was: given the... Read more >

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The Basic Writings of John Stuart Mill
On Liberty, The Subjection of Women and Utilitarianism
Written by John Stuart Mill
Commentaries by Dale E. Miller
Introduction by J.B. Schneewind


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75918-5 (0-375-75918-2)

The writings of John Stuart Mill have become the cornerstone of political liberalism. Collected for the first time in this volume are Mill’s three seminal and most widely read works: On Liberty, The Subjection of Women, and Utilitarianism. A brilliant defense of individual rights versus the power of the state, On... Read more >
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Agonistics
Thinking The World Politically
Written by Chantal Mouffe


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: December 17, 2013
Price: $95.00
ISBN: 978-1-78168-114-5 (1-78168-114-7)

Political conflict in our society is inevitable, and its results are often far from negative. How then should we deal with the intractable differences arising from complex modern culture?

Developing her groundbreaking political philosophy of agonistics — the search for a radical and plural democracy — Chantal Mouffe examines international relations, strategies... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Agonistics
Thinking The World Politically
Written by Chantal Mouffe


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-103-9 (1-78168-103-1)

Political conflict in our society is inevitable, and its results are often far from negative. How then should we deal with the intractable differences arising from complex modern culture?

Developing her groundbreaking political philosophy of agonistics — the search for a radical and plural democracy — Chantal Mouffe examines international relations, strategies... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Human Rights and the Uses of History

Written by Samuel Moyn


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-263-0 (1-78168-263-1)

What are the origins of human rights? This question, rarely asked before the end of the Cold War, has in recent years become a major focus of historical and ideological strife. In this sequence of reflective and critical studies, Samuel Moyn engages with some of the leading interpreters of human rights... Read more >
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Basic Writings of Nietzsche

Written by Friedrich Nietzsche
Translated by Walter Kaufmann
Introduction by Peter Gay


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78339-8 (0-679-78339-3)

One hundred years after his death, Friedrich Nietzsche remains the most influential philosopher of the modern era. Basic Writings of Nietzsche gathers the complete texts of five of Nietzsche's most important works, from his first book to his last: The Birth of Tragedy; Beyond Good and Evil; On the Genealogy of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a hardcover.

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Beyond Good & Evil
Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future
Written by Friedrich Nietzsche
Translated by Walter Kaufmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72465-0 (0-679-72465-6)

This translation (by distinguished Nietzsche scholar Walter Kaufmann) of one of the most influential books of the nineteenth century is based on the only edition Nietzsche himself published, and all variant readings in later editions are noted. It includes an index of subjects and persons referred to in the book as... Read more >
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For Love of Country?
A New Democracy Forum on the Limits of Patriotism
Written by Martha Nussbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 6, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4329-5 (0-8070-4329-X)

After the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, American flags appeared everywhere. Is patriotism a good response at a time of national crisis? What does it mean for us to think of ourselves as a nation first?

With our connections to the world growing stronger and more vital... Read more >

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Poetic Justice
The Literary Imagination and Public Life
Written by Martha Nussbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 30, 1997
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4109-3 (0-8070-4109-2)

In Poetic Justice, one of our most prominent philosophers explores how the literary imagination is an essential ingredient of just public discourse and a democratic society.

“Timely and urgent. . . . Ms. Nussbaum’s appeal to the outlook of fiction as a model for judicial and social policy is bracingly utopian and... Read more >

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Sacred Ground
Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America
Written by Eboo Patel


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7748-1 (0-8070-7748-8)

In the decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims has increased rather than subsided. Alarmist, hateful rhetoric once relegated to the fringes of political discourse has now become frighteningly mainstream, with pundits and politicians routinely invoking the specter of Islam as a menacing, deeply anti-American force... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Land Grabbers
The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth
Written by Fred Pearce


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 29, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0324-4 (0-8070-0324-7)

An unprecedented land grab is taking place around the world. Fearing future food shortages or eager to profit from them, the world’s wealthiest and most acquisitive countries, corporations, and individuals have been buying and leasing vast tracts of land around the world. The scale is astounding: parcels the size of small... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Consumer Republic
Using Brands to Get What You Want, Make Corporations Behave, and Maybe Even Save the World
Written by Bruce Philp


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Emblem Editions
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-7004-4 (0-7710-7004-7)

In the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell, and for the same people who read Seth Godin and bought The Black Swan and How We Decide, this book breaks down the myth of brands and puts the power back in consumers' hands.

The foundation of Consumer Republic's message is this single, inarguable truth: Brands... Read more >
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What Comes After Money?
Essays from Reality Sandwich on Transforming Currency and Community
Edited by Daniel Pinchbeck and Ken Jordan
Contribution by Charles Eisenstein and Peter Lamborn Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-349-6 (1-58394-349-8)

Most people believe that money is organic and inevitable; we forget that money is just a tool created to perform certain functions. But just as computer programmers drop out-of date tools and pick up better ones as soon as they become available, we might switch from bank-financed currency to a more... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Republic and Other Works

Written by Plato
Translated by Benjamin Jowett


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 1, 1960
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-09497-9 (0-385-09497-3)

A compilation of the essential works of Plato in one paperback volume: The Republic, The Symposium, Parmenides, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo. Read more >
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The Republic
The Complete and Unabridged Jowett Translation
Written by Plato


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 1991
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73387-4 (0-679-73387-6)

The Republic, in the course of its tautly reasoned Socratic dialogues, accomplishes nothing less than an anatomy of the soul and an exhaustive description of a state that both mirrors and enforces the soul's idea of harmony. No other book, except the Bible, has had its formative influence on two thousand... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Selected Dialogues of Plato
The Benjamin Jowett Translation
Written by Plato
Introduction by Hayden Pelliccia


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75840-9 (0-375-75840-2)

Benjamin Jowett's translations of Plato have long been classics in their own right. In this volume, Professor Hayden Pelliccia has revised Jowett's renderings of five key dialogues, giving us a modern Plato faithful to both Jowett's best features and Plato's own masterly style.

Gathered here are many of Plato's liveliest and richest... Read more >
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For Common Things
Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today
Written by Jedediah Purdy


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70691-2 (0-375-70691-7)

Jedediah Purdy argues for the necessity of a return to social and political engagement and a renewal of attention to the "common things" we all have a stake in: the environment, education, culture, law, and government. Drawing on a wide range of sources--from Thoreau to Seinfeld--he contemplates such questions as the... Read more >
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A Tolerable Anarchy
Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom
Written by Jedediah Purdy


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9584-1 (1-4000-9584-0)

In A Tolerable Anarchy, Jedediah Purdy traces the history of the American understanding of freedom, an ideal that has inspired the country’s best—and worst—moments, from independence and emancipation to war and economic uncertainty. Working from portraits of famous American lives, like Frederick Douglas and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Purdy asks crucial questions... Read more >
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Moments Politiques

Written by Jacques Ranciere
Translated by Mary Foster


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 26, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-533-3 (1-60980-533-X)

To speak of “political moments” is to say, first and foremost, that politics is not the continuous unfolding of governmental acts and power struggles; rather, it exists in those moments that question what politics is, exactly, what kind of community it engages, what people are contained therein and what those people... Read more >
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The Engaged Spiritual Life
A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World
Written by Donald Rothberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7725-2 (0-8070-7725-9)

By the time Donald Rothberg was in his early twenties, he knew he had two vocations. He wanted to dedicate himself to justice and social change, and he wanted to commit himself to exploring the depths of human consciousness-to an awakening of our deeper spiritual nature. It has been his life’s... Read more >
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