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Foucault with Marx (Paperback): Jacques Bidet Foucault with Marx (Paperback)
Jacques Bidet; Translated by Steven Corcoran
R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With this timely commitment, Jacques Bidet unites the theories of arguably the world's two greatest emancipatory political thinkers. In this far-reaching and decisive text, Bidet examines Marxian and Foucauldian criticisms of capitalist modernity. For Marx, the intersection between capital and the market is crucial, while for Foucault, the organizational aspects of capital are what really matter. According to Marx, the ruling class is identified with property; with Foucault, it is the managers who hold power and knowledge that rule. Bidet identifies these two sides of capitalist modernity as 'market' and 'organization', showing that each leads to specific forms of social conflict; against exploitation and austerity, over wages and pensions on the one hand, and against forms of 'medical' and work-based discipline, control of bodies and prisons on the other. Bidet's impetus and clarity however serve a greater purpose: uniting two souls of critical social theory, in order to overcome what has become an age-long separation between the 'old left' and the 'new social movements'.

On the Nature and Existence of God (Paperback): Richard M. Gale On the Nature and Existence of God (Paperback)
Richard M. Gale
R492 Discovery Miles 4 920 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First published in 1991, Richard M. Gale's classic book is a response to and critique of new, contemporary arguments for the existence of God from analytical philosophers. Considering concepts including time, free will, personhood, actuality and the objectivity of experience, Gale evaluates the new versions of cosmological, ontological, pragmatic and religious experience arguments that emerged in the late-twentieth century. Presented in a fresh twenty-first-century series livery, and including a specially commissioned preface written by Paul K. Moser, illuminating its enduring importance and relevance to philosophical enquiry, this influential work has been revived for a new generation of readers.

The Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy: After Kant (Paperback): Richard Schacht, James Conant, Jay R Elliott The Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy: After Kant (Paperback)
Richard Schacht, James Conant, Jay R Elliott; Edited by (general) Richard Schacht
R889 Discovery Miles 8 890 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy: After Kant provides a comprehensive introduction to the predominantly European ("Continental") interpretive tradition of philosophy after Kant in one volume, and to the now predominantly Anglo-American analytic tradition in the other. It features the extensive editorial apparatus for which Norton Anthologies have been known and trusted by professors and students alike for more than 50 years. Ideal for courses at all levels in the history of philosophy after Kant, these volumes belong on every philosopher's (and philosophy student's) bookshelf.

Introductory Readings in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy (Paperback, 2nd): C. D. C Reeve, Patrick Lee Miller Introductory Readings in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy (Paperback, 2nd)
C. D. C Reeve, Patrick Lee Miller; Lloyd P. Gerson
R1,418 R1,110 Discovery Miles 11 100 Save R308 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This concise anthology of primary sources designed for use in an ancient philosophy survey ranges from the Presocratics to Plato, Aristotle, the Hellenistic philosophers, and the Neoplatonists. The Second Edition features an amplified selection of Presocratic fragments in newly revised translations by Richard D. McKirahan. Also included is an expansion of the Hellenistic unit, featuring new selections from Lucretius and Sextus Empiricus as well as a new translation, by Peter J. Anderson, of most of Seneca's De Providentia . The selections from Plotinus have also been expanded.

Is Political Philosophy Impossible? - Thoughts and Behaviour in Normative Political Theory (Paperback): Jonathan Floyd Is Political Philosophy Impossible? - Thoughts and Behaviour in Normative Political Theory (Paperback)
Jonathan Floyd
R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Political philosophy seems both impossible to do and impossible to avoid. Impossible to do, because we cannot agree on a single set of political principles. Impossible to avoid, because we're always living with some kind of political system, and thus some set of principles. So, if we can't do the philosophy, but can't escape the politics, what are we to do? Jonathan Floyd argues that the answer lies in political philosophy's deepest methodological commitments. First, he shows how political philosophy is practiced as a kind of 'thinking about thinking'. Second, he unpicks the different types of thought we think about, such as considered judgements, or intuitive responses to moral dilemmas, and assesses whether any are fit for purpose. Third, he offers an alternative approach - 'normative behaviourism' - which holds that rather than studying our thinking, we should study our behaviour. Perhaps, just sometimes, actions speak louder than thoughts.

Socialism (Paperback): Peter Lamb Socialism (Paperback)
Peter Lamb
R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Socialism has made a dramatic comeback in the 21st century. In the wake of financial crisis, mounting inequality and social decay, it seems more relevant than ever. Nobody who seeks to understand contemporary politics can ignore it. In this book, leading scholar Peter Lamb identifies the key ideas and principles of socialism and explores different (often conflicting) interpretations that have appeared in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, from the early nineteenth century until today. He explores the different ways that socialist thinkers have conceptualised community, equality and liberty and shows how, despite overlap with other traditions, socialists have combined these ideas in common and distinct ways that make the socialist tradition uniquely valuable. Lamb goes on to trace the recent re-emergence of these ideas, and explain what will be required for such a revival to be popular, powerful and sustained. This book will be invaluable to any student or scholar interested in political theory, socialism, communism or political ideologies, as well as to general readers striving to understand contemporary politics throughout the world.

How to Read a Book - The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (Paperback, Rev. Ed): Mortimer J. Adler, Charles Van Doren How to Read a Book - The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (Paperback, Rev. Ed)
Mortimer J. Adler, Charles Van Doren 2
R320 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R104 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How to Read a Book, originally published in 1940, has become a rare phenomenon, a living classic. It is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. And now it has been completely rewritten and updated.

You are told about the various levels of reading and how to achieve them -- from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading, you learn how to pigeonhole a book, X-ray it, extract the author's message, criticize. You are taught the different reading techniques for reading practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science.

Finally, the authors offer a recommended reading list and supply reading tests whereby you can measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension and speed.

Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (Paperback): Rene Descartes Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (Paperback)
Rene Descartes; Edited by Andrew Bailey; Translated by Ian Johnston
R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume provides new translations of Rene Descartes's two most important philosophical works. The Discourse offers a concise presentation and defense of Descartes' method of intellectual inquiry - a method that greatly influenced both philosophical and scientific reasoning in the early modern world. Considered a foundational text in modern philosophy, the Meditations presents numerous powerful arguments that to this day influence debates in epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of religion. Descartes's timeless writing strikes an uncommon balance of novelty and familiarity, offering arguments concerning knowledge, science, and metaphysics (including the famous 'I think, therefore I am') that are as compelling in the 21st century as they were in the 17th. Ian Johnston's translations are modern, clear, and thoroughly annotated, ideal for readers unfamiliar with Descartes's intellectual context. An approachable introduction engages both the historical and the philosophical aspects of the text, helping the reader to understand the concepts and arguments contained therein.

Jewish & Islamic Philosophy (Hardcover): Goodman Jewish & Islamic Philosophy (Hardcover)
Goodman
R1,779 Discovery Miles 17 790 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Rhetoric of Midwiferyoffers new insights into understanding these questions within the context of our present-day medical system.As a point of departure, Mary M. Lay analyzes the public discussion over non-academically trained-or direct-entry-midwives within Minnesota. From 1991-1995, that state held public hearings about the possible licensing of traditional midwives. Lay focuses on these debates to examine the complex relationships of power, knowledge, and gender within the medical profession. Lay examines the hearings and provides a framework for appreciating the significance of these debates. She also details the history of midwifery, highlighting ongoing concerns that have surfaced ever since the profession was created, centuries ago. In the remaining chapters, she focuses on the key testimonies offered during the debates. Capturing the actual testimony of midwives, home-birth parents, nurses, physicians, and attorneys, The Rhetoric of Midwifery reveals how the modern medical profession seeks to claim authority about birth. Lay bolsters her argument by culling from such sources such as historical documents, an internet discussion group, and conversations with modern midwives

Capitalist Realism - Is There No Alternative? (Paperback): Mark Fisher Capitalist Realism - Is There No Alternative? (Paperback)
Mark Fisher
R221 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R42 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

After 1989, capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system - a situation that the bank crisis of 2008, far from ending, actually compounded. The book analyses the development and principal features of this capitalist realism as a lived ideological framework. Using examples from politics, films, fiction, work and education, it argues that capitalist realism colours all areas of contemporary experience. But it will also show that, because of a number of inconsistencies and glitches internal to the capitalist reality program capitalism in fact is anything but realistic.

The Power of Chowa - Finding Your Inner Strength Through the Japanese Concept of Balance and Harmony (Hardcover): Akemi Tanaka The Power of Chowa - Finding Your Inner Strength Through the Japanese Concept of Balance and Harmony (Hardcover)
Akemi Tanaka
R489 R402 Discovery Miles 4 020 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Notebooks, 1914-1916 (Paperback, 2nd edition): Ludwig Wittgenstein Notebooks, 1914-1916 (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Ludwig Wittgenstein; Edited by G.H.Von Wright
R871 Discovery Miles 8 710 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This considerably revised second edition of Wittgenstein's 1914-16 notebooks contains a new appendix with photographs of Wittgenstein's original work, a new preface by Elizabeth Anscombe, and a useful index by E.D. Klemke. Corrections have been made throughout the text, and notes have been added, making this the definitive edition of the notebooks. The writings intersperse Wittgenstein's technical logical notations with his thoughts on the meaning of life, happiness, and death.
"When the first edition of this collection of remarks appeared in 1961 we were provided with a glimpse of the workings of Wittgenstein's mind during the period when the seminal ideas of the "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus" were being worked out. This second edition provided the occasion to be struck anew by the breadth, rigor, and above all the restlessness of that mind."--T. Michael McNulty, S. J., "The Modern Schoolman"

Plotinus: The Enneads (Hardcover): Lloyd P. Gerson Plotinus: The Enneads (Hardcover)
Lloyd P. Gerson; Translated by John M Dillon, George Boys-Stones, James Wilberding
R3,345 Discovery Miles 33 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Enneads by Plotinus is a work which is central to the history of philosophy in late antiquity. This volume is the first complete edition of the Enneads in English for over seventy-five years, and also includes Porphyry's Life of Plotinus. Led by Lloyd P. Gerson, a team of experts present up-to-date translations which are based on the best available text, the editio minor of Henry and Schwyzer and its corrections. The translations are consistent in their vocabulary, making the volume ideal for the study of Plotinus' philosophical arguments. They also offer extensive annotation to assist the reader, together with cross-references and citations which will enable users more easily to navigate the texts. This monumental edition will be invaluable for scholars of Plotinus with or without ancient Greek, as well as for students of the Platonic tradition.

Medical Humanities - An Introduction (Paperback): Thomas R Cole, Nathan S Carlin, Ronald A. Carson Medical Humanities - An Introduction (Paperback)
Thomas R Cole, Nathan S Carlin, Ronald A. Carson
R1,240 Discovery Miles 12 400 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This textbook brings the humanities to students in order to evoke the humanity of students. It helps to form individuals who take charge of their own minds, who are free from narrow and unreflective forms of thought, and who act compassionately in their public and professional worlds. Using concepts and methods of the humanities, the book addresses undergraduate and premed students, medical students, and students in other health professions, as well as physicians and other healthcare practitioners. It encourages them to consider the ethical and existential issues related to the experience of disease, care of the dying, health policy, religion and health, and medical technology. Case studies, images, questions for discussion, and role-playing exercises help readers to engage in the practical, interpretive, and analytical aspects of the material, developing skills for critical thinking as well as compassionate care.

The Ambivalences of Rationality - Ancient and Modern Cross-Cultural Explorations (Hardcover): G. E. R Lloyd The Ambivalences of Rationality - Ancient and Modern Cross-Cultural Explorations (Hardcover)
G. E. R Lloyd
R967 Discovery Miles 9 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Is rationality a well-defined human universal such that ideas and behaviour can everywhere be judged by a single set of criteria? Or are the rational and the irrational simply cultural constructs? This study provides an alternative to both options. The universalist thesis underestimates the variety found in sound human reasonings exemplified across time and space and often displays a marked Eurocentric bias. The extreme relativist faces the danger of concluding that we are all locked into mutually unintelligible universes. These problems are worse when certain concepts, often inherited from ancient Greek thought, especially binaries such as nature and culture, or the literal and the metaphorical, are not examined critically. Drawing on a variety of disciplines, from philosophy to cognitive science, this book explores what both ancient societies (Greece and China especially) and modern ones (as revealed by ethnography) can teach us concerning the heterogeneity of what can be called rational.

Stalking the Wild Pendulum - On the Mechanics of Consciousness (Hardcover, New edition): Itzhak Bentov Stalking the Wild Pendulum - On the Mechanics of Consciousness (Hardcover, New edition)
Itzhak Bentov
R363 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R127 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In his exciting and original view of the universe, Itzhak Bentov has provided a new perspective on human consciousness and its limitless possibilities. Widely known and loved for his delightful humor and imagination, Bentov explains the familiar world of phenomena with perceptions that are as lucid as they are thrilling. He gives us a provocative picture of ourselves in an expanded, conscious, holistic universe.

Hegel: The Essential Writings (Paperback): Frederick G. Weiss Hegel: The Essential Writings (Paperback)
Frederick G. Weiss; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
R485 Discovery Miles 4 850 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy: After Kant (Paperback): Richard Schacht, James Conant, Jay R Elliott The Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy: After Kant (Paperback)
Richard Schacht, James Conant, Jay R Elliott; Edited by (general) Richard Schacht
R897 Discovery Miles 8 970 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy: After Kant provides a comprehensive introduction to the predominantly European ("Continental") interpretive tradition of philosophy after Kant in one volume, and to the now predominantly Anglo-American analytic tradition in the other. It features the extensive editorial apparatus for which Norton Anthologies have been known and trusted by professors and students alike for more than 50 years. Ideal for courses at all levels in the history of philosophy after Kant, these volumes belong on every philosopher's (and philosophy student's) bookshelf.

Denial Of Death (Paperback): Ernest Becker Denial Of Death (Paperback)
Ernest Becker 1
R275 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R55 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the 'why' of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie - man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality.

The book argues that human civilisation is a defence against the knowledge that we are mortal beings. Becker states that humans live in both the physical world and a symbolic world of meaning, which is where our 'immortality project' resides. We create in order to become immortal - to become part of something we believe will last forever. In this way we hope to give our lives meaning.

In The Denial of Death, Becker sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates decades after it was written.

The Gettier Problem (Paperback): Stephen Hetherington The Gettier Problem (Paperback)
Stephen Hetherington
R686 Discovery Miles 6 860 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When philosophers try to understand the nature of knowledge, they have to confront the Gettier problem. This problem, set out in Edmund Gettier's famous paper of 1963, has yet to be solved, and has challenged our best attempts to define what knowledge is. This volume offers an organised sequence of accessible and distinctive chapters explaining the history of debate surrounding Gettier's challenge, and where that debate should take us next. The chapters describe and evaluate a wide range of ideas about knowledge that have been sparked by philosophical engagements with the Gettier problem, including such phenomena as fallibility, reasoning, evidence, reliability, truth-tracking, context, luck, intellectual virtue, wisdom, conceptual analysis, intuition, experimental philosophy, and explication. The result is an authoritative survey of fifty-plus years of epistemological research - along with provocative ideas for future research - into the nature of knowledge.

Moral Enhancement - Critical Perspectives (Paperback): Michael Hauskeller, Lewis Coyne Moral Enhancement - Critical Perspectives (Paperback)
Michael Hauskeller, Lewis Coyne
R665 Discovery Miles 6 650 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The papers collected in this volume examine moral enhancement: the idea that we should morally improve people through the manipulation of their biological constitution. Whether moral enhancement is possible or even desirable is highly controversial. Proponents argue that it is necessary if we are to address various social ills and avert catastrophic climate change. Detractors have raised a variety of concerns, some of a practical nature and others of principle. Perhaps most fundamentally, however, the proposal forces us to ask anew what being moral actually means, in order for the idea of moral enhancement to make sense at all. The present collection both addresses these issues and moves the debate beyond its current parameters, bringing together authors with a wide range of perspectives and areas of expertise. Chapters variously draw on experimental psychology, social philosophy, pragmatism, Kantian and Aristotelian moral philosophy, and the ethics of care, sex, and psychedelics.

Do States Have the Right to Exclude Immigrants? (Paperback): Christopher Bertram Do States Have the Right to Exclude Immigrants? (Paperback)
Christopher Bertram
R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

States claim the right to choose who can come to their country. They put up barriers and expose migrants to deadly journeys. Those who survive are labelled 'illegal' and find themselves vulnerable and unrepresented. The international state system advantages the lucky few born in rich countries and locks others into poor and often repressive ones. In this book, Christopher Bertram skilfully weaves a lucid exposition of the debates in political philosophy with original insights to argue that migration controls must be justifiable to everyone, including would-be and actual immigrants. Until justice prevails, states have no credible right to exclude and no-one is obliged to obey their immigration rules. Bertram's analysis powerfully cuts through the fog of political rhetoric that obscures this controversial topic. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in the politics and ethics of migration.

Intellectuals and Power (Paperback): Francois Laruelle Intellectuals and Power (Paperback)
Francois Laruelle
R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this important new book, the leading philosopher Francois Laruelle examines the role of intellectuals in our societies today, specifically with regards to criminal justice. He argues that, rather than concerning themselves with abstract philosophical notions like justice, truth and violence, intellectuals should focus on the human victims. Drawing on his influential theory of non-philosophy , he shows how we can submit the theorizing of intellectuals to the scrutiny of the everyday suffering of the victims of crime. In the course of a wide-ranging discussion with Philippe Petit, Laruelle suspends the presumed authority of intellectuals by challenging the image of the dominant intellectual exemplified by philosophers such as Sartre, Foucault, Lyotard and Debray. In place of domination, he puts forward instead a theory of determination : the determined intellectual is one whose character is conditioned by his relationship to the victim, rather than one who attempts to dominate the victim s experience through a process of theorizing. While philosophy consistently takes the voice away from victims of suffering, non-philosophy is able to construct a theory of violence and crime that gives voice to the victim. This highly original book will be essential reading for all those interested in contemporary French philosophy and all those concerned with justice in the modern world.

Idealization and the Aims of Science (Paperback): Angela Potochnik Idealization and the Aims of Science (Paperback)
Angela Potochnik
R1,032 Discovery Miles 10 320 Pre-order

Science is the study of our world, as it is in its messy reality. Nonetheless, science requires idealization to function--if we are to attempt to understand the world, we have to find ways to reduce its complexity. Idealization and the Aims of Science shows just how crucial idealization is to science and why it matters. Beginning with the acknowledgment of our status as limited human agents trying to make sense of an exceedingly complex world, Angela Potochnik moves on to explain how science aims to depict and make use of causal patterns--a project that makes essential use of idealization. She offers case studies from a number of branches of science to demonstrate the ubiquity of idealization, shows how causal patterns are used to develop scientific explanations, and describes how the necessarily imperfect connection between science and truth leads to researchers' values influencing their findings. The resulting book is a tour de force, a synthesis of the study of idealization that also offers countless new insights and avenues for future exploration.

Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg and the Foundation of Jewish Political Thought (Hardcover): Joseph Isaac Lifshitz Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg and the Foundation of Jewish Political Thought (Hardcover)
Joseph Isaac Lifshitz
R1,917 R1,784 Discovery Miles 17 840 Save R133 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is a scholarly examination of the political thought of Rabbi Meir (Maharam) of Rothenburg, the most important thirteenth century German Rabbi who was associated with the Pietist movement of the period. From the Maharam's responsa on community matters, a coherent political thought emerges that exercised nearly unprecedented influence on European Jewish communities up to the Jewish Emancipation. Rabbi Meir's extremely sophisticated attempt to balance the demands of the community against those of the individual was facilitated by a characteristic three-tiered structure to his political thought: concrete legal rules supported by value-laden legal principles built upon his general religious ideology. Through a systematic analysis of the Maharam's political thought, Isaac Lifshitz offers an original contribution to Jewish studies, political theory, and the study of legal philosophy. By considering the legal and theological underpinnings of one of Medieval Jewry's most influential figures, it also makes a contribution to the history of ideas in the Medieval period.

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