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Out of Time
The Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing
Written by Lynne Segal and Elaine Showalter


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-299-9 (1-78168-299-2)

As the baby boomers approach their sixth or seventh decade, they are faced with new challenges and questions of politics and identity. In the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir, Out of Time looks at many of the issues facing the aged–the war of the generations and baby-boomer bashing, the politics of... Read more >
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The Arithmetic of Life and Death

Written by George Shaffner


Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42645-1 (0-345-42645-2)

In this thought-provoking primer, Shaffner cuts to the heart of real-life dilemmas great and small-whether it's the risks of smoking or the advantages of teamwork-and shows how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide your way to deeper understanding. 224 pp.

"Shaffner believes in living life by the numbers...Life not adding up? Try... Read more >
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How Much is Enough?
Money and the Good Life
Written by Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: August 20, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-634-8 (1-59051-634-6)

What constitutes the good life? What is the true value of money? Why do we work such long hours merely to acquire greater wealth? These are some of the questions that many asked themselves when the financial system crashed in 2008. This book tackles such questions head-on.

The authors begin with... Read more >
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Art of Forgiving

Written by Lewis B. Smedes


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 12, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-41344-4 (0-345-41344-X)

Smedes offers hope and direction for all those seeking to understand and practice forgiveness. With compassion, insight, and illuminating example he explains the three stages of forgiveness. He shows why we should forgive and whom we should forgive, explains how faith can help us find the strength to forgive, and demonstrates... Read more >

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What Nietzsche Really Said

Written by Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 30, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1094-1 (0-8052-1094-6)

What Nietzsche Really Said gives a lucid overview—both informative and demystifying—of perhaps the most widely read and least understood philosopher in history.

Friedrich Nietzsche’s aggressive independence, flamboyance, sarcasm, and celebrationo of strength has struck responsive chords in contemporary culuture. But Nietzsche’s ideas are often overshadowed by the myths and rumors that surround... Read more >
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Social and Political Philosophy
Readings From Plato to Gandhi
Written by John Somerville and Ronald Santoni


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 6, 1963
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-01238-6 (0-385-01238-1)

As an established anthology of some of the most influential social and political philosophers of Western Civilization, this book focuses on contrasting views of the origin, development, and degeneration of the state. It includes substantial selections from Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Lenin, Dewey, Gandhi, and others.

Table of Contents

Introduction

PLATO
from... Read more >
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Mandela's Way
Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
Written by Richard Stengel
Preface by Nelson Mandela


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Crown Archetype
On Sale: March 30, 2010
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46068-4 (0-307-46068-1)

We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liberated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before.

Now Time magazine editor Rick Stengel... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Antifragile
Things That Gain from Disorder
Written by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6782-4 (1-4000-6782-0)

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, reveals how to thrive in an uncertain world.

Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to repress them, many things... Read more >
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The Black Swan: Second Edition
The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and Fragility"
Written by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7381-5 (0-8129-7381-X)

Selected for Wellesley Reads 2010

A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Black Swan: Second Edition
The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and Fragility"
Written by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 17, 2007
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6351-2 (1-4000-6351-5)

Selected for Wellesley Reads 2010

A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Passion of the Western Mind

Written by Richard Tarnas


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 16, 1993
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-36809-6 (0-345-36809-6)

The Passion of the Western Mind is a major new presentation of the evolution of the consciousness of Western culture, from the dawn of Western civilization to the dawn of the twenty-first century. Tarnas traces the interplay of philosophy, religion, and science as they have converged to mold our culture and... Read more >
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The Consolations of the Forest
Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga
Written by Sylvain Tesson
Translated by Linda Coverdale


Format: Hardcover, 244 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4127-1 (0-8478-4127-8)

Winner-Prix Médicis for nonfiction
No stranger to inhospitable places, Sylvain Tesson exiles himself to a wooden cabin on Siberia’s Lake Baikal, a full day’s hike from any “neighbor,” with his thoughts, his books, a couple of dogs, and many bottles of vodka for company. Writing from February to July, he shares his... Read more >
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Walden and Other Writings

Written by Henry David Thoreau
Edited by Brooks Atkinson
Introduction by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78334-3 (0-679-78334-2)

Naturalist, philosopher, champion of self-reliance and moral independence, Henry David Thoreau remains not only one of our most influential writers but also one of our most contemporary. This unique and comprehensive edition gathers all of Thoreau's most significant works (including his masterpiece Walden, reproduced in its entirety). Taken together, they reveal... Read more >
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Action Philosophers

Written by Fred Van Lente
Illustrated by Ryan Dunlavey


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-61655-539-9 (1-61655-539-4)

The definitive tenth-anniversary edition of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey's award-winning, best-selling Action Philosophers!

Study the tenets of Plato, the wrestling superstar from ancient Greece, learn the lessons of Nietzsche, the original übermensch, and meditate on the messages of Bodhidharma, a kung fu master. Laugh, learn, laugh some more, and... Read more >

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In Defence of the Terror
Liberty or Death in the French Revolution
Written by Sophie Wahnich
Foreword by Slavoj Zizek


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-862-4 (1-84467-862-8)

For two hundred years after the French Revolution, the Republican tradition celebrated the execution of princes and aristocrats, defending the Terror that the Revolution inflicted upon on its enemies. But recent decades have brought a marked change in sensibility. The Revolution is no longer judged in terms of historical necessity but... Read more >
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Nature, Man and Woman

Written by Alan W. Watts


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 27, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73233-4 (0-679-73233-0)

Nature, Man, and Woman challenges the Western assumptions that human beings stand separate from a nature that must be controlled, that the mind is somehow superior to the body, and that all sexuality entails a seduction. Drawing on the precepts of Taoism, Alan Watts offers an alternative vision of man and... Read more >
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The Wisdom of Insecurity
A Message for an Age of Anxiety
Written by Alan W. Watts


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74120-2 (0-307-74120-6)

Alan W. Watts’s “message for an age of anxiety” is as powerful today as it was when this modern classic was first published.

We spend too much time trying to anticipate and plan for the future; too much time lamenting the past. We often miss the pleasures of the moment in our... Read more >
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The Science Delusion
Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers
Written by Curtis White


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-200-0 (1-61219-200-9)

One of our most brilliant social critics–author of The Middle Mind–presents a scathing critique of the “delusions” of science alongside a rousing defense of the tradition of Romanticism and the “big” questions.

With the rise of religion critics such as Richard Dawkins, and of pseudo-science advocates such as Malcolm Gladwell and Jonah... Read more >
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The Essential Ken Wilber

Written by Ken Wilber


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: September 14, 1998
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-57062-379-0 (1-57062-379-1)

Since the publication of his first book, The Spectrum of Consciousness, Wilber has been identified as the most comprehensive philosophical thinker of our times. This introductory sampler, designed to acquaint new students with his work, contains brief passages from his most popular books, ranging over a variety of topics, including levels... Read more >

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Arguing A.I.
The Battle for Twenty-first-Century Science
Written by Sam Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: AtRandom
On Sale: January 22, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9180-2 (0-8129-9180-X)

Few scientific topics since the theory of biological evolution have inspired as much controversy as artificial intelligence has. Even now, fifty years after the term first made its appearance in academic journals, many philosophers and more than a few prominent scientists and software programmers dismiss the pursuit of thinking machines as... Read more >
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God in Pain
Inversions of Apocalypse
Written by Slavoj Zizek and Boris Gunjevic
Translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-369-8 (1-60980-369-8)

A brilliant dissection and reconstruction of the three major faith-based systems of belief in the world today--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam–by one of the world’s most articulate philosophers, Slavoj Zizek, in conversation with fellow Slovenian philosopher and priest Boris Gunjévic.

God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse shows how each of the world’s major... Read more >
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The Idea of Communism 2
The New York Conference
Edited by Slavoj Zizek
Contribution by Alain Badiou, Etienne Balibar, Bruno Bosteels and Susan Buck-Morss


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-980-5 (1-84467-980-2)

The first volume of The Idea of Communism followed the 2009 London conference called in response to Alain Badiou’s ‘communist hypothesis’, where an all-star cast of radical intellectuals put the idea of communism back on the map.

This volume brings together papers from the subsequent 2011 New York conference organized by Verso... Read more >

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Less Than Nothing
Hegel And The Shadow Of Dialectical Materialism
Written by Slavoj Zizek


Format: Trade Paperback, 1056 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-127-5 (1-78168-127-9)

For the last two centuries, Western philosophy has developed in the shadow of Hegel, an influence each new thinker struggles to escape. As a consequence, Hegel’s absolute idealism has become the bogeyman of philosophy, obscuring the fact that he is the defining philosopher of the historical transition to modernity, a period with which our own... Read more >
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Mapping Ideology

Edited by Slavoj Zizek
Contribution by Nicholas Abercrombie, Theodor Adorno, Louis Althusser and Michele Barrett


Format: Trade Paperback, 348 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-554-8 (1-84467-554-8)

For a long time, the term ‘ideology’ was in disrepute, having become associated with such unfashionable notions as fundamental truth and the eternal verities. The tide has turned, and recent years have seen a revival of interest in the questions that ideology poses to social and cultural theory, and to political... Read more >
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Welcome to the Desert of the Real
Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates
Written by Slavoj Zizek


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: January 16, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-019-3 (1-78168-019-1)

Liberals and conservatives proclaim the end of the American holiday from history. Now the easy games are over; one should take sides. Žižek argues this is precisely the temptation to be resisted. In such moments of apparently clear choices, the real alternatives are most hidden. Welcome to the Desert of the... Read more >
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