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 An Introduction: The History of Sexuality, Volume 1
An Introduction: The History of Sexuality, Volume 1
by Michel Foucault
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Violence: Big Ideas/Small Books
Violence: Big Ideas/Small Books
by Slavoj Zizek
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Philosopher, cultural critic, and agent provocateur Slavoj Zižek constructs a fascinating new framework to look at the forces of violence in our world. Using history, philosophy, books, movies, Lacanian psychiatry, and jokes, Slavoj Zižek... (read more)

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The Waste Books (New York Review Books Classics)
The Waste Books (New York Review Books Classics)
by Georg Lichtenberg
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Breaking the Spell
Breaking the Spell
by Daniel Clement Dennett
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For all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask why—and how—it has shaped so many lives so strongly. Is religion a product of blind evolutionary... (read more)

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The Atheist's Guide to Christmas
The Atheist's Guide to Christmas
by Robin Harvie
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So, what do you get an atheist for Christmas? This collection of smart, funny essays, of course—short works by 42 resolutely secular-minded geniuses about how to survive (and even enjoy) the holiday season…without feeling the Christmas... (read more)

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Early Greek Philosophy
Early Greek Philosophy
by Jonathan Barnes
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This anthology presents the early sages of Western philosophy and science who paved the way for Plato and Aristotle and their successors. Democritus's atomic theory of matter, Zeno's dazzling "proofs" that motion is impossible, Pythagorean insights into... (read more)

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The Undercover Philosopher: A Guide to Detecting Shams, Lies, and Delusions
The Undercover Philosopher: A Guide to Detecting Shams, Lies, and Delusions
by Michael Philips
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What caused the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986? Why were thousands of parents wrongly accused of child sex abuse in the 1990s? Why do law courts throughout the world rely on a process that is next to useless? And why do people entrust millions... (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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Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason, Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself -- questions about man's place in the universe and the nature of the good life, questions... (read more)

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Fear and Trembling (Penguin Classics)
Fear and Trembling (Penguin Classics)
by Soren Kierkegaard
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The perfect books for the true book lover, Penguin's Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of history's most prodigious thinkers. Each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type-driven design that highlights the... (read more)

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values (P.S.)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values (P.S.)
by Robert M. Pirsig
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One of the most influential and provocative books of its generation, "Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" continues to attract and inspire readers of all ages with its intriguing blend of ancient and Eastern philosophy, cultural criticism, and... (read more)

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Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work
by Matthew B. Crawford
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One of the most engaging, thought-provoking books I've read in a long time. Matthew Crawford has delivered an accessible, carefully reasoned examination of work and America's evolving ideas about it, addressing a host of important subjects — for... (read more)

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On Liberty (Penguin Classics)
On Liberty (Penguin Classics)
by John Stuart Mill
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Two cornerstones of liberalism from the great social radical of English philosophy John Stuart Mill was a prodigious thinker who sharply challenged the beliefs of his age. In On Libertyone of the sacred texts of liberalismhe argues that any democracy... (read more)

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The Birth of Tragedy and the Case of Wagner
The Birth of Tragedy and the Case of Wagner
by Friedrich Nietzsche
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Phaedrus: Plato
Phaedrus: Plato
by Plato
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Plato's dialogue Phaedo portrays Socrates in prison awaiting execution and discussing with his friends the fate of the soul after death. In this edition, consisting of introduction, text and commentary, Professor Rowe guides the reader through the... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #34: Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #34: Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction
by Michael Tanner
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The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was almost wholly neglected during his sane life, which ended abruptly in 1889. Since then he has been appropriated as an icon by an astonishingly diverse spectrum of people, whose interpretations of his... (read more)

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The Proper Study of Mankind: An Anthology of Essays
The Proper Study of Mankind: An Anthology of Essays
by Isaiah Berlin
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Isaiah Berlin was one of the leading thinkers of our time and one of its finest writers. The Proper Study of Mankind brings together his most celebrated writing: here the reader will find Berlin's famous essay on Tolstoy, "The Hedgehog and the Fox"; his... (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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Time and the Art of Living
Time and the Art of Living
by Robert Grudin
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This is a book about time--about one's own journey through it and, more important, about enlarging the pleasure one takes in that journey. It's about memory of the past, hope and fear for the future, and how they color, for better and for worse, one's... (read more)

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The Gay Science: With a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
The Gay Science: With a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
by Friedrich Nietzsche
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Nietzsche called The Gay Science "the most personal of all my books." It was here that he first proclaimed the death of God -- to which a large part of the book is devoted -- and his doctrine of the eternal recurrence. Walter Kaufmann's commentary, with... (read more)

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Epistemology: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)
Epistemology: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)
by Robert M Martin
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Epistemology is the philosophical study of knowledge. Without knowledge, scientific enquiry is meaningless and we cant analyse the world around us. But what exactly is it and how do we obtain it? Presuming no prior experience of philosophy, this book... (read more)

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