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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Passion of Isis and Osiris
A Gateway to Transcendent Love
Written by Jean Houston


Format: Trade Paperback, 452 pages
Publisher: Wellspring/Ballantine
On Sale: August 18, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42477-8 (0-345-42477-8)

In The Passion of Isis and Osiris, Jean Houston, internationally renowned philosopher, psychologist, and explorer of world myth, takes us deep into the mysteries of Egypt, land of the ancient soul within us all. Houston brings this world to wonderful life, showing how the myth of Isis and Osiris gives modern... Read more >

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Mother Nature
Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species
Written by Sarah Hrdy


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-40893-8 (0-345-40893-4)

~Library Journal Best Book of 1999~

Maternal instinct--the all-consuming, utterly selfless love that mothers lavish on their children--has long been assumed to be an innate, indeed defining element of a woman's nature. But is it? In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthropologist (and mother) Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a radical new vision... Read more >

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Man's Place in Nature

Written by Thomas H. Huxley
Series edited by Stephen Jay Gould


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75847-8 (0-375-75847-X)

Thomas H. Huxley was one of the first supporters of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, and he did more than any other writer to advance its acceptance among scientists and nonscientists alike. His most famous book, Man’s Place in Nature, published only five years after Darwin’s The Origin... Read more >
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Systems of Survival
A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics
Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 13, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74816-8 (0-679-74816-4)

In her first book in a decade, Jacobs offers a brilliant and original study of the ethical basis of public life. Written in the form of a platonic dialogue, Systems of Survival argues that human behavior is governed by two distinct ethical systems. The first is a guardian syndrome, which arises... Read more >

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The Antinomies Of Realism

Written by Fredric Jameson


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-133-6 (1-78168-133-3)

The Antinomies of Realism is a history of the nineteenth-century realist novel and its legacy told without a glimmer of nostalgia for artistic achievements that the movement of history makes it impossible to recreate. The works of Zola, Tolstoy, Pérez Galdós, and George Eliot are in the most profound sense inimitable... Read more >
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Basic Writings of Kant

Written by Immanuel Kant
Edited by Allen W. Wood
Translated by F. Max Muller and Thomas K. Abbott


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75733-4 (0-375-75733-3)

With an Introduction by renowned Kant scholar Allen W. Wood, this is the only available one-volume edition of the essential works of the Enlightenment's greatest philosopher and one of the most influential thinkers of modern times. Containing carefully selected excerpts from his most frequently taught essays and book-length publications, including Critique... Read more >

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The Angel of the Left Bank
The Secrets of Delacroix's Parisian Masterpiece
Written by Jean-Paul Kauffmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7086-9 (0-8129-7086-1)

In this mesmerizing examination of Delacroix’s crowning masterwork, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, and of Saint-Sulpice, the grand church that houses it, Jean-Paul Kauffmann reveals the city of Paris in an entirely new way.

With the same insight and understanding he brought to his National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated The Black Room... Read more >

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Mountains Beyond Mountains

Written by Tracy Kidder


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-50616-1 (0-375-50616-0)

ALA Notable Book, 2003


Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town. He has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the “master of the non-fiction narrative.” This powerful and inspiring new book... Read more >

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Training in Christianity

Written by Soren Kierkegaard
Preface by Richard J. Neuhaus
Translated by Walter Lowrie


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72564-7 (0-375-72564-4)

This indispensable guide to the search for kinship with God was written by the great nineteenth-century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), whose writings set the stage for existentialism and continue to exert a lasting influence on believers and nonbelievers alike.

Kierkegaard struck out against all forms of established order–including the established... Read more >

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The Nature of Generosity

Written by William Kittredge


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75687-3 (0-679-75687-6)

The Nature of Generosity is at once a natural sequel to the acclaimed memoir Hole in the Sky and an entirely unique masterwork from one of the finest writers of the American West.

Taking as his topic the “ordinary yearning to take physical and emotional care,” William Kittredge embarks upon a... Read more >
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Unlearning with Hannah Arendt

Written by Marie Luise Knott


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-647-8 (1-59051-647-8)

After observing the trial of Adolf Eichmann, Hannah Arendt articulated her controversial concept of the “banality of evil,” thereby posing one of the most chilling and divisive moral questions of the twentieth century: How can genocidal acts be carried out by non-psychopathic people? By revealing the full complexity of the trial... Read more >
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In Search of Zarathustra
Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World's First Prophet
Written by Paul Kriwaczek


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3142-9 (1-4000-3142-7)

A fascinating journey through time and across Europe and Central Asia, in search of the prophet Zarathustra (a.k.a. Zoroaster)—perhaps the greatest religious lawgiver of the ancient world—and his vast influence.

In Persia more than three thousand years ago, Zarathustra spoke of a single universal god, the battle between good and evil, the... Read more >
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The Book of Job
When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person
Written by Harold S. Kushner


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4292-8 (0-8052-4292-9)

From one of our most trusted spiritual advisers, a thoughtful, illuminating guide to that most fascinating of biblical texts, the book of Job, and what it can teach us about living in a troubled world.

The story of Job is one of unjust things happening to a good man. Yet after losing... Read more >

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

Written by Harold S. Kushner


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 24, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3335-5 (1-4000-3335-7)

From the author of the best-selling When Bad Things Happen to Good People and Living a Life That Matters—a new book of practical spirituality, of inspiration and encouragement gleaned from what may be the best-known and best-loved chapter in the Bible: the Twenty-third Psalm.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Written by Harold S. Kushner


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 24, 2004
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3472-7 (1-4000-3472-8)

As a young theology student, Harold Kushner puzzled over the Book of Job. As a small-town rabbi he counseled other people through pain and grief. But not until he learned that his three-year-old son, Aaron, would die in his early teens of a rare disease did he confront one of life's... Read more >

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From Socrates to Sartre
The Philosophic Quest
Written by T.Z. Lavine


Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 1, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-25161-6 (0-553-25161-9)

From Socrates To Satre presents a readable introduction to the lives, and times of f he great philosophers. This thought-provoking book takes us from the inception of Western society Plato's Athens to today when the commanding power of Marxism has captured one third of the world. Read more >
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The Empiricists
Locke: Concerning Human Understanding; Berkeley: Principles of Human Knowledge & 3 Dialogues; Hume: Concerning Human Understanding & Concerning Natural Religion
Written by John Locke, George Berkeley and David Hume


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 21, 1960
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-09622-5 (0-385-09622-4)

This volume includes the major works of the British Empiricists, philosophers who sought to derive all knowledge from experience. All essays are complete except that of Locke, which Professor Richard Taylor
of Brown University has skillfully abridged. Includes Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Berkeley's Principles of Human Knowledge, and Three Dialogues... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Prince

Written by Niccolo Machiavelli


Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1984
Price: $4.50
ISBN: 978-0-553-21278-5 (0-553-21278-8)

Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince . . . a king . . . a president. When, in 1512, Machiavelli was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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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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Basic Writings of Existentialism

Edited by Gordon Marino


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75989-5 (0-375-75989-1)

Basic Writings of Existentialism, unique to the Modern Library, presents the writings of key nineteenth- and twentieth-century thinkers broadly united by their belief that because life has no inherent meaning that humans can discover, we must determine meaning for ourselves.

This anthology brings together into one volume the most influential and commonly... Read more >
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Being Logical
A Guide to Good Thinking
Written by D.Q. McInerny


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7115-6 (0-8129-7115-9)

Whether regarded as a science, an art, or a skill–and it can properly be regarded as all three–logic is the basis of our ability to think, analyze, argue, and communicate. Indeed, logic goes to the very core of what we mean by human intelligence. In this concise, crisply readable book, distinguished... Read more >
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