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The Captive Mind

Written by Czeslaw Milosz


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72856-6 (0-679-72856-2)

This best known prose work by the winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature examines the moral and intellectual conflicts faced by men and women living under totalitarianism of the right or left. It reveals in fascinating detail the often beguiling allure of totalitarian rule to people of all political... Read more >

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The Complete Works

Written by Michel de Montaigne


Format: Hardcover, 1392 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 29, 2003
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4021-6 (1-4000-4021-3)

Humanist, skeptic, acute observer of himself and others, Michel de Montaigne (1533–92) was the first to use the term “essay” to refer to the form he pioneered and he has remained one of its most famous practitioners. He reflected on the great themes of existence in his masterly and engaging writings... 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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The Birth of Tragedy & The Genealogy of Morals

Written by Friedrich Nietzsche


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 7, 1956
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-09210-4 (0-385-09210-5)

Two of Nietzsche's essential works explore the conflict between the moral and aesthetic approaches to life, the impact of Christianity on human values, the meaning of science, and the contrast between the Apollonian and Dionysian spirits. Although the Greeks, according to Nietzsche in The Birth of Tragedy, knew very well that... Read more >

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The Will to Power

Written by Friedrich Nietzsche


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1968
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70437-1 (0-394-70437-1)

This first critical edition in any language of Nietzsche's notebooks includes his writings on such topics as nihilism, art, psychology, morality, religion, and the theory of knowledge. Down through the Nazi period The Will to Power was often mistakenly considered to be Nietzsche's crowning systematic labor; since World War II it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Majesty of the Law
Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6747-0 (0-8129-6747-X)

In The Majesty of the Law, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor explores the law, her life as a Justice, and how the Court has evolved and continues to function, grow, and change as an American institution. Tracing some of the origins of American law through history, people, and ideas, O’Connor... Read more >

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Dying to Win
The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism
Written by Robert Pape


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 25, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7338-9 (0-8129-7338-0)

Suicide terrorism is rising around the world, but there is great confusion as to why. In this paradigm-shifting analysis, University of Chicago political scientist Robert Pape has collected groundbreaking evidence to explain the strategic, social, and individual factors responsible for this growing threat.

One of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Saint Paul
A Screenplay
Written by Pier Paolo Pasolini


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-288-3 (1-78168-288-7)

Presented here for the first time in English is a remarkable screenplay about the apostle Paul by Pier Paolo Pasolini, legendary filmmaker, novelist, poet, and radical intellectual activist. Written between the appearance of his renowned film Teorema and the shocking, controversial Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, St Paul was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On The Pleasure Principle In Culture
Illusions Without Owners
Written by Robert Pfaller


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-174-9 (1-78168-174-0)

For many illusions it is easy to find owners—people who declare their belief in things such as life after death, human reason, or the self-regulation of financial markets. Yet there are also different kinds of illusions, too, for example, in art: trompe l'oeil painting pleases its observers with "anonymous illusions"—illusions where... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Labyrinths of Reason
Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge
Edited by William Poundstone


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1989
Price: $12.76
ISBN: 978-0-385-24271-4 (0-385-24271-9)

This sharply intelligent, consistently provocative book takes the reader on an astonishing, thought-provoking voyage into the realm of delightful uncertainty--a world of paradox in which logical argument leads to contradiction and common sense is seemingly rendered irrelevant. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prehistory
The Making of the Human Mind
Written by Colin Renfrew


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7661-8 (0-8129-7661-4)

In Prehistory, the award-winning archaeologist and renowned scholar Colin Renfrew covers human existence before the advent of written records–the overwhelming majority of our time here on earth–and gives an incisive, concise, and lively survey of the past, and of how scholars and scientists labor to bring it to light.

Renfrew begins... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Buddha Walks into the Office
A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation
Written by Lodro Rinzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-061-6 (1-61180-061-7)

Apply the simple Buddhist teachings and practices Lodro Rinzler provides here to whatever you do for a living, and you’ll be setting out on the path toward making your livelihood an expression of your inherent wisdom, honesty, and compassion. Students will discover practical ways to bring mindfulness into administrative support, cabinet-making... Read more >

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A World of Ideas
A Dictionary of Important Theories, Concepts, Beliefs, and Thinkers
Written by Chris Rohmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 31, 2000
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-43706-8 (0-345-43706-3)

Prepared with the assistance of an academic board of leading scholars, this invaluable reference includes:

- Hundreds of entries, alphabetically arranged, with key words and concepts highlighted and cross-referenced--more than two thousand in all.
- A special emphasis on multicultural influences and contemporary thought.
- A comprehensive index giving easy access to all essential... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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America the Philosophical

Written by Carlin Romano


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80470-9 (0-345-80470-8)

This bold, insightful book argues that America today towers as the most philosophical culture in the history of the world, an unprecedented marketplace for truth and debate.

With verve and keen intelligence, Carlin Romano—Pulitzer Prize finalist, award-winning book critic, and professor of philosophy—takes on the widely held belief that the United States... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Philosopher's Handbook
Essential Readings from Plato to Kant
Edited by Stanley Rosen


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Random House Reference
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72011-6 (0-375-72011-1)

A comprehensive introduction and reference for students, The Philosopher's Handbook features the writings of some of the world's most influential philosophers.

Based on the premise that all human beings are curious about their existence, Rosen's collection brings together primary excerpts from the works of prominent thinkers such as Plato, Nietzsche, Descartes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Essential Writings of Rousseau

Written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Edited by Leo Damrosch
Translated by Peter Constantine


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8038-7 (0-8129-8038-7)

Newly translated by Peter Constantine
Edited and with an Introduction by Leo Damrosch

The Essential Writings of Rousseau collects the best and most indispensable work of one of the world’s most influential writers. A towering figure of Enlightenment thought, Jean-Jacques Rousseau was also one of that movement’s most passionate and persuasive critics. His... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Great Partnership
Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1250-1 (0-8052-1250-7)

National Jewish Book Awards 2012, Finalist
Dorot Foundation Award for
Modern Jewish Thought and Experience

Impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned, The Great Partnership argues not only that science and religion are compatible, but that they complement each other—and that the world needs both.

“Atheism deserves better than the new atheists,” states... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Great Partnership
Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4301-7 (0-8052-4301-1)

An impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned book from one of the most admired religious thinkers of our time that argues not only that science and religion are compatible, but that they complement each other—and that the world needs both.

“Atheism deserves better than the new atheists,” states Rabbi Jonathan... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Billions & Billions
Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium
Written by Carl Sagan


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 12, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-37918-4 (0-345-37918-7)

In this book, his last, Carl Sagan shows once again his extraordinary ability to interpret the mysteries of life and the majesty of the universe for the general reader. Brilliant, eloquent, and imbued with Sagan's uniquely childlike sense of awe, this entertaining collection of essays captures the authors spirit at its... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Broca's Brain
Reflections on the Romance of Science
Written by Carl Sagan


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 12, 1986
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-33689-7 (0-345-33689-5)

"A message of tremendous hope for humanity--While ever conscious that human folly can terminate man's march into the future, Sagan nonetheless paints for us a mindboggling future: intelligent robots, the discovery of extraterrestrial life and its consequences, and above all the challenge and pursuit of the mystery of the universe." -... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Comet, Revised

Written by Carl Sagan


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 25, 1997
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-41222-5 (0-345-41222-2)

What is a comet? Where does it come from? What is it made of, and how long does it last? Are comets the building blocks from which the planets were formed? Were the fates of the dinosaurs and the origins of humans tied to the wanderings of a comet? Will we... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Demon-Haunted World
Science as a Candle in the Dark
Written by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 25, 1997
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40946-1 (0-345-40946-9)

Are we on the brink of a new Dark Age of irrationality and superstition? Sagan decries the current popularity of various "New Age" philosophies and healing practices and argues forcefully that scientific thinking is necessary to safeguard our democratic institutions and our technological civilization.  

Rich with moving human stories, including his own... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dragons of Eden
Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence
Written by Carl Sagan


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 12, 1986
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-34629-2 (0-345-34629-7)

Carl Sagan takes on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight into the brain of man and beast, the origin of human intelligence, the function of our most haunted legends - and their amazing links to recent discoveries.  

"Never have I read anything on the subject of human intelligence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Staying Put
Making a Home in a Restless World
Written by Scott Russell Sanders


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1994
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6341-5 (0-8070-6341-X)

In the tradition of Wendell Berry, Sanders champions fidelity to place, informed by ecological awareness, arguing that intimacy with one’s home region is the grounding for global knowledge.

“Reflective, rhapsodic, luminous essays. . . . A wise and beautifully written book.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review Read more >
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