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Think
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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Limits to Capital

Written by David Harvey


Format: Trade Paperback, 478 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: January 17, 2007
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-095-6 (1-84467-095-3)

The Limits to Capital provides one of the best theoretical guides to the history and geography of capitalist development. In this new edition, Harvey updates his classic text with a substantial discussion of the turmoil in world markets today.

In his analyses of ‘fictitious capital’ and ‘uneven geographical development’ Harvey takes the reader... Read more >

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Rebel Cities
From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution
Written by David Harvey


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-074-2 (1-78168-074-4)

Long before Occupy, cities were the subject of much utopian thinking. They are the centers of capital accumulation as well as of revolutionary politics, where deeper currents of social and political change rise to the surface. Do the financiers and developers control access to urban resources or do the people? Who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ayn Rand and the World She Made

Written by Anne Conover Heller


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7893-6 (1-4000-7893-8)

A New York Times Notable Book
A Chicago Tribune Favorite Book of the Year
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year

Ayn Rand’s books have attracted three generations of readers, shaped the Libertarian movement, influenced White House economic policies throughout the Reagan years and beyond, and inspired the Tea Party... 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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Assholes
A Theory
Written by Aaron James


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7135-9 (0-8041-7135-1)

What does it mean for someone to be an asshole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often stuck dealing with people for whom there is no better name. We try to avoid them, but assholes are everywhere—at work, at home, on the road, in the public... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Assholes
A Theory
Written by Aaron James


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53565-6 (0-385-53565-1)

In the spirit of the mega-selling On Bullshit, philosopher Aaron James presents a theory of the asshole that is both intellectually provocative and existentially necessary.

What does it mean for someone to be an asshole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often personally stuck dealing with people... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Varieties of Religious Experience
A Study in Human Nature
Written by William James


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 11, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64011-0 (0-679-64011-8)

"The Varieties of Religious Experience is certainly the most notable of all books in the field of the psychology of religion and probably destined to be the most influential [one] written on religion in the twentieth century," said Walter Houston Clark in Psychology Today. The book was an immediate bestseller upon... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Fear and Trembling and The Book on Adler

Written by Soren Kierkegaard


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 10, 1994
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-43130-5 (0-679-43130-6)

Now recognized as one of the nineteenth century's leading psychologists and philosophers, Kierkegaard was among other things the harbinger of exisentialisim. In Fear and Trembling he explores the psychology of religion, addressing the question 'What is Faith?' in terms of the emotional and psychological relationship between the individual and God. But... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis

Written by Benjamin Kunkel


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-327-9 (1-78168-327-1)

After the financial crash and the great recession, the media rediscovered Karl marx, socialist theory, and the very idea that capitalism can be questioned.

But in spite of the publicity, the main paths of contemporary critical thought have gone unexplored outside of the academy. Benjamin Kunkel’s Utopia or Bust leads readers — whether politically committed or simply curious — through... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Transcendental Temptation
A Critique of Religion and the Paranormal
Written by Paul Kurtz


Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-827-0 (1-61614-827-6)

In this widely acclaimed and highly controversial book, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary.

According to the Kurtz, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking - the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Masscult and Midcult
Essays Against the American Grain
Written by Dwight Macdonald
Edited by John Summers
Introduction by Louis Menand


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-447-0 (1-59017-447-X)

Political radical, trenchant essayist, and impresario of the New York intellectuals, Dwight Macdonald was one of the towering figures of twentieth-century American letters. In his most famous and controversial essay, “Masscult and Midcult”, MacDonald turns his formidable critical attention to what he sees as a new, and potentially catastrophic, development in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Lives of Michel Foucault

Written by David Macey


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75792-4 (0-679-75792-9)

When he died of an AIDS-related condition in 1984, Michel Foucault had become the most influential French philosopher since the end of World War II. His powerful studies of the creation of modern medicine, prisons, psychiatry, and other methods of classification have had a lasting impact on philosophers, historians, critics, and... Read more >

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The Essential Writings of Machiavelli

Written by Niccolo Machiavelli
Translated by Peter Constantine
Introduction by Albert Russell Ascoli


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 3, 2007
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7423-2 (0-8129-7423-9)

Finalist for the 2008 Pen Translation Award

“Essential is right. This compact and brilliantly edited volume enfolds not just The Prince, but also a splendidly translated assortment of political works, essays, and treatises, as well as a fine selection of literary gems and letters. Of particular value is the careful footnoting and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Happy Life
The Search for Contentment in the Modern World
Written by David Malouf


Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-90771-4 (0-307-90771-6)

By Australia’s greatest contemporary author, an elegant, succinct meditation on what makes for a happy life.

“Happiness surely is among the simplest of human emotions and the most spontaneous,” says David Malouf. But what exactly are we looking for when we chase happiness? At this particular moment in history, privileged, industrialized... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eros and Civilization
A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud
Written by Herbert Marcuse


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 15, 1974
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1555-1 (0-8070-1555-5)

In this classic work, Herbert Marcuse takes as his starting point Freud’s statement that civilization is based on the permanent subjugation of the human instincts, his reconstruction of the prehistory of mankind - to an interpretation of the basic trends of western civilization, stressing the philosophical and sociological implications.

“A philosophical critique... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Power of Movies
How Screen and Mind Interact
Written by Colin McGinn


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7720-5 (1-4000-7720-6)

How is watching a movie similar to dreaming? What goes on in our minds when we become absorbed in a movie? How does looking “into” a movie screen allow us to experience the thoughts and feelings of a movie’s characters? These and related questions are at the heart of The Power... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Pragmatism
A Reader
Written by Louis Menand


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 7, 1997
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77544-7 (0-679-77544-7)

Pragmatism has been called America's only major contribution to philosophy. Since its birth was announced a century ago in 1898 by William James, pragmatism has played a vital role in almost every area of American intellectual and cultural life, inspiring judges, educators, politicians, poets, and social prophets.

Now the major texts of... Read more >

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The Passion of Michel Foucault

Written by James Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 1, 1994
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47240-1 (0-385-47240-4)

A startling look at one of this century’s most influential philosophers, the book chronicles every stage of Foucault’s personal and professional odyssey, from his early interest in dreams to his final preoccupation with sexuality and the nature of personal identity.

“Probably the best general introductin to Foucault’s later thinking.” —Washington Post Book... 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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