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The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

Written by Charles Eisenstein

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-724-1 (1-58394-724-8)

This inspirational and thought-provoking book serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what’s true: we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power. By fully embracing and practicing this... Read more >
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Cabin Fever
A Suburban Father's Search for the Wild
Written by Tom Montgomery Fate

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0098-4 (0-8070-0098-1)

Try to imagine Thoreau married, with a job, three kids, and a minivan. This is the sensibility–serious yet irreverent–that suffuses Cabin Fever, as the author seeks to apply the hermit-philosopher’s insights to a busy modern life. Tom Montgomery Fate lives in a Chicago suburb, where he is a husband, father, professor... Read more >
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Sailing Home
Using the Wisdom of Homer's Odyssey to Navigate Life's Perils and Pitfalls
Written by Norman Fischer

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: July 5, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-996-4 (1-55643-996-2)

Homer’s Odyssey holds a timeless allure. It is an ancient story for every generation: the struggle of a man on a long and difficult voyage longing to return to love and family. Odysseus’s strivings to overcome both divine and earthly obstacles and to control his own impulsive nature hold valuable lessons... Read more >

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Wounded Prophet
A Portrait of Henri J.M. Nouwen
Written by Michael Ford

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: February 19, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49373-4 (0-385-49373-8)

Henri Nouwen, a Dutch Roman Catholic priest, was one of the most beloved and important spiritual writers of the twentieth century. Since his death in 1996, his stature has only increased; and his books, including The Inner Voice of Love, The Wounded Healer, and The Return of the Prodigal Son, have... Read more >
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When I Am Playing with My Cat, How Do I Know That She Is Not Playing with Me?
Montaigne and Being in Touch with Life
Written by Saul Frampton

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27865-4 (0-307-27865-4)

A celebration of Montaigne, the most enjoyable and yet profound of all Renaissance writers.

In the year 1570, at the age of thirty-seven, Michel de Montaigne gave up his job as a magistrate and retired to his château to brood on the deaths of his best friend, his father, his brother, and... Read more >
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Zen of Seeing
Seeing/Drawing as Meditation
Written by Frederick Franck

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1973
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-71968-9 (0-394-71968-9)

Seeing/Drawing is a way of contemplation by which all things are made new, by which the world is freshly experienced at each moment. It is the opposite of looking at things from the outside, or taking them for granted. "What I have not drawn, I have never really seen," says Frederick... Read more >

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On Truth

Written by Harry G. Frankfurt

Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 31, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26422-0 (0-307-26422-X)

Having outlined a theory of bullshit and falsehood, Harry G. Frankfurt turns to what lies beyond them: the truth, a concept not as obvious as some might expect.

Our culture's devotion to bullshit may seem much stronger than our apparently halfhearted attachment to truth. Some people (professional thinkers) won't even acknowledge "true"... Read more >
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Basic Teachings of the Great Philosophers

Written by S.E. Frost

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1962
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-03007-6 (0-385-03007-X)

A complete summary of the views of some of the most important philosophers in Western civilization. Includes Plato, Descartes, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Dewey, Sartre and many others. Read more >

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Explore Everything
Place-Hacking the City
Written by Bradley Garrett

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-129-9 (1-78168-129-5)

It is assumed that every inch of the world has been explored and charted; that there is nowhere new to go. But perhaps it is the everyday places around us–the cities we live in–that need to be rediscovered. What does it feel like to find the city’s edge, to explore its... Read more >
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On Being Blue
A Philosophical Inquiry
Written by William H. Gass
Introduction by Michael Gorra

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-718-1 (1-59017-718-5)

On Being Blue is a book about everything blue—sex and sleaze and sadness, among other things—and about everything else. A discursive essay on the powers of the color blue in literature and life, written with typical wit, style, and control by a true master of experimental fiction and the art of... Read more >
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Enlightenment Volume 2

Written by Peter Gay

Format: eBook, 720 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83145-3 (0-307-83145-0)

The Science of Freedom completes Peter Gay's brilliant reinterpretation begun in The Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Paganism. In the present book, he describes the philosophes' program and their views of society. His masterful appraisal opens a new range of insights into the Enlightenment's critical method and its humane and libertarian... Read more >

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How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
Seven Steps to Genius Every Day
Written by Michael J. Gelb

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: February 8, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50827-4 (0-440-50827-4)

Step-by-step, through exercises and provocative lessons, anyone can harness the power and awesome wonder of their own genius, mastering such life-changing skills as problem solving, creative thinking, self-expression, goal setting and life balance, and harmonizing body and mind. Michael Gelb's How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci is an inspiring and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Prophet

Written by Kahlil Gibran

Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 12, 1923
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-40428-8 (0-394-40428-9)

Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies.

The Prophet is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and... Read more >
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Plato at the Googleplex
Why Philosophy Won't Go Away
Written by Rebecca Goldstein

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37819-4 (0-307-37819-5)

From the acclaimed writer and thinker—whose award-winning books include both fiction and nonfiction—a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden but essential role in today’s debates on love, religion, politics, and science.

Imagine that Plato came to life in the twenty-first century and set out on a multicity... Read more >
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G. R. S. Mead and the Gnostic Quest

Edited by Clare Goodrick-Clarke and Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: August 10, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-572-0 (1-55643-572-X)

George Robert Stowe Mead (1863-1933) was a major translator, editor, and commentator on Gnostic and hermetic literature and thus a pivotal figure linking the late 19th-century esoteric revival to 20th-century art, literature, and psychology. As a young convert to the new movement of theosophy, he served as private secretary to its... Read more >

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Species, Gender, and Identity
Written by Richard Grossinger
Illustrated by Phoebe Gloeckner and Jillian O'Malley

Format: Hardcover, 952 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: April 28, 2000
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-359-7 (1-55643-359-X)

Embryogenesis completes an ethnographer's 22-year study of the origins and boundaries of the universe. Echoing Sheldon Nuland's How We Die, Sogyal Rinpoche's Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, and many other sources, this book makes the vital link between science and religion as it discusses the evolution of the species. Touching... Read more >
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The Theory of Communicative Action: Volume 1
Reason and the Rationalization of Society
Written by Juergen Habermas
Translated by Thomas Mccarthy

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 1, 1985
Price: $37.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1507-0 (0-8070-1507-5)

“A major contribution to contemporary social theory. Not only does it provide a compelling critique of some of the main perspectives in 20th century philosophy and social science, but it also presents a systematic synthesis of the many themes which have preoccupied Habermas for thirty years.” -Times Literary Supplement Read more >

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The Theory of Communicative Action: Volume 2
Lifeword and System: A Critique of Functionalist Reason
Written by Juergen Habermas
Translated by Thomas Mccarthy

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 1, 1985
Price: $36.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1401-1 (0-8070-1401-X)

“One of the broadest, most comprehensive, elaborate and intensely theoretical works in social theory. Social theory and philosophy may never be the same again.” -Philosophy and Social Criticism
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From Philosophy to Neuroscience
Written by Stephen S. Hall

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38968-8 (0-307-38968-5)

We all recognize wisdom, but defining it is more elusive. In this fascinating journey from philosophy to science, Stephen S. Hall gives us a penetrating history of wisdom, from its sudden emergence in the fifth century B.C. to its modern manifestations in education, politics, and the workplace. Hall’s bracing exploration of... Read more >
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Tao Te Ching
A New Translation
Written by Sam Hamill

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: March 20, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-387-0 (1-59030-387-3)

Part poetry, part paradox, always stirring and profound, Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching has been inspiring readers since it was written over two thousand years ago. This masterpiece is also one of the most frequently translated books in all of history, in part because the multiple meanings of the Chinese characters... Read more >

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Why You Should Question Everything
Written by Guy P. Harrison

Format: Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-807-2 (1-61614-807-1)

This accessible and introductory guide to critical thinking will help students think like a scientist, learn to question everything, and understand how our brains can trip us up. This fresh and witty approach to science, skepticism, and critical thinking challenges everyone to embrace the skeptical life, and improve their critical thinking... Read more >
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A Companion To Marx's Capital, Volume 2

Written by David Harvey

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: December 17, 2013
Price: $95.00
ISBN: 978-1-78168-122-0 (1-78168-122-8)

The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression shows no sign of coming to a close and Marx’s work remains key in understanding the cycles that lead to recession. For nearly forty years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, becoming one of the world’s most foremost Marx scholars.

Based on... Read more >
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The Museum in Transition
A Philosophical Perspective
Written by Hilde S. Hein

Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2000
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-396-5 (1-56098-396-5)

During the past thirty years, museums of all kinds have tried to become more responsive to the interests of a diverse public. With exhibitions becoming people-centered, idea-oriented, and contextualized, the boundaries between museums and the “real” world are eroding. Setting the transition from object-centered to story-centered exhibitions in a philosophical framework... Read more >
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Kinds of Power

Written by James Hillman

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: January 1, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48967-6 (0-385-48967-6)

The New York Times bestselling author of The Soul’s Code explains how a broad experience of power is rooted in the body, the mind, and the emotions, rather than the customary narrow interpretation that equated power with strength. His “anatomy” of power explores two dozen expressions of power every artful leader... Read more >
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One Simple Idea
How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life
Written by Mitch Horowitz

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98649-8 (0-307-98649-7)

Do not order before 1/1/2014
The positive thinking movement is frequently dismissed as philosophical fluff, attracting only New Agers and self-help junkies. One Simple Idea, Mitch Horowitz’s exciting new tome, sets out to correct misperceptions. Drawing on dramatic personalities like Norman Vincent Peale, Horowitz makes the case for a movement that has... Read more >
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