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Basic Writings of Nietzsche

Written by Friedrich Nietzsche
Translated by Walter Kaufmann
Introduction by Peter Gay


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78339-8 (0-679-78339-3)

One hundred years after his death, Friedrich Nietzsche remains the most influential philosopher of the modern era. Basic Writings of Nietzsche gathers the complete texts of five of Nietzsche's most important works, from his first book to his last: The Birth of Tragedy; Beyond Good and Evil; On the Genealogy of... Read more >
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Beyond Good & Evil
Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future
Written by Friedrich Nietzsche
Translated by Walter Kaufmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72465-0 (0-679-72465-6)

This translation (by distinguished Nietzsche scholar Walter Kaufmann) of one of the most influential books of the nineteenth century is based on the only edition Nietzsche himself published, and all variant readings in later editions are noted. It includes an index of subjects and persons referred to in the book as... Read more >
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The Birth of Tragedy and The Case of Wagner

Written by Friedrich Nietzsche


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1967
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70369-5 (0-394-70369-3)

Nietzsche's first book is here, compiled with one of his last. Both works transcend their ostensible subjects to sound themes developed in the twentieth century by classicists, psychoanalysts, existentialists, and others. In addition to providing the distinguished translation, Walter Kaufmann has also provides running footnote commentaries, relevant passages from Nietzsche's correspondence... Read more >
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The Gay Science
With a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
Written by Friedrich Nietzsche
Translated by Walter Kaufmann


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1974
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71985-6 (0-394-71985-9)

The book Nietzsche called "the most personal of all my books," it contains some of his most sustained discussions of art and morality, knowledge and truth, the intellectual conscience, and the origin of logic. It "mirrors all of Nietzsche's thought and could be related in hundreds of ways to his other... Read more >
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On the Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo

Written by Friedrich Nietzsche
Edited by Walter Kaufmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72462-9 (0-679-72462-1)

On the Genealogy of Morals is Nietzsche's major work on ethics. It shows him using philosophy, psychology, and classical philology in an effort to give new directions to an ancient discipline. Also included in this volume is Ecce Home, Nietzsche's review of his life and works, first published posthumously in 1908... Read more >
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Poetic Justice
The Literary Imagination and Public Life
Written by Martha Nussbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 30, 1997
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4109-3 (0-8070-4109-2)

In Poetic Justice, one of our most prominent philosophers explores how the literary imagination is an essential ingredient of just public discourse and a democratic society.

“Timely and urgent. . . . Ms. Nussbaum’s appeal to the outlook of fiction as a model for judicial and social policy is bracingly utopian and... Read more >

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Communism
A History
Written by Richard Pipes


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 5, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6864-4 (0-8129-6864-6)

With astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime's scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice.

At its heart, the book is a history of the Soviet Union, the most comprehensive reorganization of human... Read more >
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Charisma
The Gift of Grace, and How It Has Been Taken Away from Us
Written by Philip Rieff


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27753-4 (0-307-27753-4)

Charisma has come to be understood today as a special gift or talent that celebrities–artistic performers, athletes, movie stars, or political leaders–possess, a quality that makes their lives exemplary and transforms them into objects of universal appeal or attraction.

In Charisma, Philip Rieff explores the emergence and evolution of this mysterious and... Read more >
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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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Walk Like a Buddha
Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You're Hungover Again
Written by Lodro Rinzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-093-7 (1-61180-093-5)

Since the summer of 2010, young Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler has been writing a popular advice column for the Huffington Post and the Interdependence Project called “What Would Sid Do?” (“Sid” being Lodro’s nickname for Siddhartha Gautama–the prince who became the Buddha). Lodro’s insightful and often funny answers to questions–ranging from... Read more >

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Hunting for Hope
A Father's Journeys
Written by Scott R. Sanders


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 15, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6425-2 (0-8070-6425-4)

Selected as a Freshman Read — Mansfield University

After an angry confrontation with his son on a hiking trip intended to restore their relationship, Scott Sanders realizes that his own despair has darkened his son's world. In Hunting for Hope he sets out to gather his own reasons for facing the future... Read more >
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The Age of Reason
A Novel
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 7, 1992
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73895-4 (0-679-73895-9)

The first novel of Sartre's monumental Road to Freedom series, The Age of Reason is set in 1938 and tells of Mathieu, a French professor of philosophy who is obsessed with the idea of freedom. As the shadows of World War II draw closer--even as his personal life is complicated by... Read more >

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Anti-Semite and Jew
An Exploration of the Etiology of Hate
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1047-7 (0-8052-1047-4)

Sartre's classic portrait of both anti-Semite and Jew, written by a non-Jew and from a non-Jewish point of view, is a "fervent and brilliant challenge to anti-Semitism."
--The New York Times

"Sartre's account of anti-Semitism is an acknowledged classic, based in large measure on assimilated Jews whom he personally knew. Michael Walzer's essay... Read more >

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No Exit and Three Other Plays

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72516-9 (0-679-72516-4)

In these four plays, Sartre, the great existentialist novelist and philosopher, displays his mastery of drama. No Exit is an unforgettable portrayal of hell. The Flies is a modern reworking of the Electra-Orestes story. Dirty Hands is about a young intellectual torn between theory and praxis. The Respectful Prostitute is a... Read more >

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The Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 27, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7632-1 (1-4000-7632-3)

Here in one volume is a unique, essential overview of the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. Extensive excerpts from Sartre's major philosophical and literary writings—Being and Nothingness, The Critique of Dialetical Reason, Nausea, No Exit, The Flies, St. Genet, as well as lesser known works—are organized systematically, illustrating the key elements of... Read more >

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The Reprieve
A Novel
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 7, 1992
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74078-0 (0-679-74078-3)

The second novel of Sartre's Roads to Freedom series, The Reprieve is set in France during the critical eight days before the signing of the fateful Munich Pact and the subsequent takeover of Czechoslovakia in September 1938. A masterly historical re-creation, it depicts at once the negotiations between the British government... Read more >

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Search for a Method

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1968
Price: $11.16
ISBN: 978-0-394-70464-7 (0-394-70464-9)

Translated and with an Introduction by Hazel Barnes. This is Sartre's own introduction to, and explication of, the Critique of Dialectical Reason. Read more >

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Troubled Sleep
A Novel
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 7, 1992
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74079-7 (0-679-74079-1)

The third novel of Sartre's Roads to Freedom series, Troubled Sleep powerfully depicts the fall of France in 1940, and the anguished feelings of a group of Frenchmen, whose war apathy gives way to a consciousness of the dignity of individual resistance--to the German occupation and to fate in general--and solidarity... Read more >

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We Have Only This Life to Live
The Selected Essays of Jean-Paul Sartre, 1939-1975
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre
Edited by Adrian van den Hoven and Ronald Aronson
Introduction by Ronald Aronson


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-493-7 (1-59017-493-3)

Philosopher, novelist, playwright, biographer, journalist, and activist, Jean-Paul Sartre was also–and perhaps above all–a great essayist. The essay was uniquely suited to Sartre because of its intrinsically provisional and open-ended character. It is the perfect form in which to dramatize the existential character of our deepest intellectual, artistic, and political commitments... Read more >

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Words

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1981
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74709-5 (0-394-74709-7)

Written when he was fifty-nine, this book is a masterpiece of self-analysis. Sartre the philosopher, novelist and playwright brings to his own childhood the same rigor of honesty and insight he applied so brilliantly to other authors. Born into a gentle, book-loving family and raised by a widowed mother and doting... 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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New Self, New World
Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century
Written by Philip Shepherd
Foreword by Andrew Harvey


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-911-7 (1-55643-911-3)

New Self, New World challenges the primary story of what it means to be human, the random and materialistic lifestyle that author Philip Shepherd calls our “shattered reality.” This reality encourages us to live in our heads, self-absorbed in our own anxieties. Drawing on diverse sources and inspiration, New Self, New... 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 >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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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 >
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