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America
America
by Jean Baudrillard
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Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) began teaching sociology at the Université de Paris-X in 1966. He retired from academia in 1987 to write books and travel until his death in 2007. His many works include Simulations and Simulacra, America, The... (read more)

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Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story
Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story
by Jim Holt
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Tackling the “darkest question in all of philosophy” with “raffish erudition” (Dwight Garner, New York Times), author Jim Holt explores the greatest metaphysical mystery of all: why is there something rather than nothing? This... (read more)

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Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love
Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love
by Andrew Shaffer
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Few people have failed at love as spectacularly as the great philosophers. Although we admire their wisdom, history is littered with the romantic failures of the most sensible men and women of every age, including: Friedrich Nietzsche: "Ah, women. They... (read more)

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What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets
What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets
by Michael J. Sandel
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A renowned political philosopher rethinks the role that markets and money should play in our society. Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we put a price on human life to decide how much pollution to allow? Is it ethical to... (read more)

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The Sublime Object of Ideology (Essential Zizek)
The Sublime Object of Ideology (Essential Zizek)
by Slavoj Zizek
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Slavoj Zizek, the maverick philosopher, author of over 30 books, acclaimed as the "Elvis of cultural theory", and today's most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political... (read more)

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The God Delusion
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins
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A typically bold and incisive book from one of our great science writers, The God Delusion pulls no punches. I gave it to my cousin in hardcover last year, and he hasn't stopped citing passages since. "There are lots of people out there," Dawkins notes... (read more)

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The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths
The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths
by John Gray
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A searching, captivating look at the persistence of myth in our modern world “By nature volatile and discordant, the human animal looks to silence for relief from being itself while other creatures enjoy silence as their birthright.” In a... (read more)

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Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
by Michael J Sandel
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“For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport,” The Nations reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed book—based on his legendary Harvard course—Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues... (read more)

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On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry (New York Review Books)
On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry (New York Review Books)
by William H Gass
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William H. Gass (b. 1924) is an essayist, novelist, and literary critic. He grew up in Ohio and is a former professor of philosophy at Washington University. Among his books are six works of fiction and nine books of essays, including Tests of Time (2002)... (read more)

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The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today
The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today
by Razmig Keucheyan
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As the crisis of capitalism unfolds, the need for alternatives is felt ever more intensely. The struggle between radical movements and the forces of reaction will be merciless. A crucial battlefield, where the outcome of the... (read more)

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Examined Life: Excursions with Contemporary Thinkers
Examined Life: Excursions with Contemporary Thinkers
by Astra Taylor
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Examined Life boldly takes philosophy out of the dark corners of the academy and into the streets, reminding us that great ideas are born through profound engagement with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, not in isolation from it. A companion to... (read more)

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Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
by Alain De Botton
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What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? The long-running and often boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved forward by Alain de Botton’s inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the... (read more)

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The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
by Sam Harris
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Sam Harris’s first book, The End of Faith, ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Harris discovered that most people—from religious fundamentalists to non-believing scientists—agree on one... (read more)

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The Adventure of French Philosophy
The Adventure of French Philosophy
by Alain Badiou
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The Adventure of French Philosophy is essential reading for anyone interested in what Badiou calls the “French moment” in contemporary thought. Badiou explores the exceptionally rich and varied world of French philosophy in a number of... (read more)

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A Spinoza Reader: The "Ethics" and Other Works
A Spinoza Reader: The "Ethics" and Other Works
by Benedictus Spinoza
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This anthology of the work of Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677) presents the text of Spinoza's masterwork, the Ethics, in what is now the standard translation by Edwin Curley. Also included are selections from other works by Spinoza, chosen by Curley to make... (read more)

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Why I Am Not a Christian: And Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
Why I Am Not a Christian: And Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
by Bertrand Russell
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Chapter 1 Why I Am Not a Christian This lecture was delivered on March 6, 1927, at Battersea Town Hail under the auspices of the South London Branch of the National Secular Society. As your Chairman has told you, the subject about which I am going to... (read more)

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Critique of Instrumental Reason (Radical Thinkers)
Critique of Instrumental Reason (Radical Thinkers)
by Max Horkheimer
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Max Horkheimer (1895–1973) was a philosopher and sociologist.... (read more)

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The End of Faith: Religion, Terror & the Future of Reason
The End of Faith: Religion, Terror & the Future of Reason
by Sam Harris
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In ?, Sam Harris delivers a startling analysis of the clash between reason and religion in the modern world. He offers a vivid, historical tour of our willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs--even when these beliefs inspire the worst... (read more)

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How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Asking the Right Questions
How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Asking the Right Questions
by Christopher W Dicarlo
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What can I know? What am I? Why am I here? How should I behave? What is to come of me? The way you answer these questions will tell you a lot about yourself. And if you ask others these questions, their answers will tell you a good deal about them, how... (read more)

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Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking
by Daniel C Dennett
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Over a storied career, Daniel C. Dennett has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind. His answers have combined rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding. And a lot of fun. Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking offers... (read more)

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