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The Aesthetic Thought of the French Enlightenment (Paperback): Francis X. J. Coleman The Aesthetic Thought of the French Enlightenment (Paperback)
Francis X. J. Coleman
R819 Discovery Miles 8 190 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For most of the twentieth century, the writings of aestheticians of the French Enlightenment were neglected by philosophers and students of the fine arts. Coleman has applied philosophical analysis to the writings of Diderot, Montesquieu, Dubos, Batteux, Andre, and Crousaz, among others, to reflect on the fine arts of the first two-thirds of the eighteenth century.

Nothing Left Over - A Plain and Simple Life (Paperback): Toinette Lippe Nothing Left Over - A Plain and Simple Life (Paperback)
Toinette Lippe
R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"The ideas in "Nothing Left Over" are seeds bursting with vitality and her book is a primer in grateful living. As you come to know her in a delightful intimacy, you come to know yourself from unsuspected perspectives."--Brother David Steindl-Rast

"A magnificent piece of writing."--Stephen Batchelor

Torture and Dignity - An Essay on Moral Injury (Paperback): J. M. Bernstein Torture and Dignity - An Essay on Moral Injury (Paperback)
J. M. Bernstein
R870 Discovery Miles 8 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this unflinching look at the experience of suffering and one of its greatest manifestations--torture--J. M. Bernstein critiques the repressions of traditional moral theory, showing that our morals are not immutable ideals but fragile constructions that depend on our experience of suffering itself. Morals, Bernstein argues, not only guide our conduct but also express the depth of mutual dependence that we share as vulnerable and injurable individuals. Beginning with the attempts to abolish torture in the eighteenth century, and then sensitively examining what is suffered in torture and related transgressions, such as rape, Bernstein elaborates a powerful new conception of moral injury. Crucially, he shows, moral injury always involves an injury to the status of an individual as a person--it is a violent assault against his or her dignity. Elaborating on this critical element of moral injury, he demonstrates that the mutual recognitions of trust form the invisible substance of our moral lives, that dignity is a fragile social possession, and that the perspective of ourselves as potential victims is an ineliminable feature of everyday moral experience.

The Idea of Hegel`s 'Science of Logic' (Paperback): Rosen The Idea of Hegel`s 'Science of Logic' (Paperback)
Rosen
R936 Discovery Miles 9 360 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Although Hegel considered Science of Logic essential to his philosophy, it has received scant commentary compared with the other three books he published in his lifetime. Here philosopher Stanley Rosen rescues the Science of Logic from obscurity, arguing that its neglect is responsible for contemporary philosophy's fracture into many different and opposed schools of thought. Through deep and careful analysis, Rosen sheds new light on the precise problems that animate Hegel's overlooked book and their tremendous significance to philosophical conceptions of logic and reason. Rosen's overarching question is how, if at all, rationalism can overcome the split between monism and dualism. Monism--which claims a singular essence for all things--ultimately leads to nihilism, while dualism, which claims multiple, irreducible essences, leads to what Rosen calls "the endless chatter of the history of philosophy." The Science of Logic, he argues, is the fundamental text to offer a new conception of rationalism that might overcome this philosophical split. Leading readers through Hegel's book from beginning to end, Rosen's argument culminates in a masterful chapter on the Idea in Hegel. By fully appreciating the Science of Logic and situating it properly within Hegel's oeuvre, Rosen in turn provides new tools for wrangling with the conceptual puzzles that have brought so many other philosophers to disaster.

Ethics - Subjectivity and Truth: Essential Works of Michel Foucault 1954-1984 (Paperback): Michel Foucault Ethics - Subjectivity and Truth: Essential Works of Michel Foucault 1954-1984 (Paperback)
Michel Foucault 1
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'A fabulous journey through thirty years of political and intellectual ferment ... will reorient our reading of Foucault's major works' Didier Eribon The Essential Works of Michel Foucault offers the definitive collection of his articles, interviews and seminars from across thirty years of his extraordinary career. This first volume, Ethics, contains the summaries of Foucault's renowned courses at the College de France, as well as key writings and candid interviews on ethical matters: from the role of the intellectual and philosopher in society to friendship, sexuality and the care of the self and others. Edited by Paul Rabinow Translated by Robert Hurley and Others

Essentials of Political Ideas - For A Level (Paperback, 1st ed. 2018): Andrew Heywood Essentials of Political Ideas - For A Level (Paperback, 1st ed. 2018)
Andrew Heywood
R864 R716 Discovery Miles 7 160 Save R148 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This new textbook from best-selling politics author Andrew Heywood investigates the ideas that have dominated political thinking across the globe, and examines the different ways in which they have been interpreted and reinterpreted. Written in an accessible and engaging style, it covers the key ideological traditions, offering an exposition of their history and development, their core themes and internal divisions and their impact on contemporary political behaviour, movements, parties and governments. This new introduction is written specifically for the new A Level syllabus in Political Ideas and covers all the issues and topics in the Edexcel and AQA specifications. It includes a range of useful features to help students develop and apply their understanding of ideas, ideologies and thinkers.

My Revision Notes OCR A Level Religious Studies: Religion and Ethics (Paperback): Julian Waterfield, Chris Eyre My Revision Notes OCR A Level Religious Studies: Religion and Ethics (Paperback)
Julian Waterfield, Chris Eyre
R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Exam board: OCR Level: A-level Subject: Religious Studies First teaching: September 2016 First exams: Summer 2017 Target success in OCR A Level Religious Studies with this proven formula for effective, structured revision; key content coverage is combined with exam-style tasks and practical tips to create a revision guide you can rely on to review, strengthen and test their knowledge. With My Revision Notes you can: - Plan and manage a successful revision programme using the topic-by-topic planner - Consolidate subject knowledge by working through clear and focused content coverage - Test understanding and identify areas for improvement with regular 'Now Test Yourself' tasks and answers - Improve exam technique through practice questions, expert tips and examples of typical mistakes to avoid

Theory of Knowledge Third Edition (Paperback, 3 Rev Ed): Nicholas Alchin, Carolyn P. Henly Theory of Knowledge Third Edition (Paperback, 3 Rev Ed)
Nicholas Alchin, Carolyn P. Henly
R1,082 Discovery Miles 10 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A unique narrative through the latest TOK guide from two of the IB's most respected experts - Guides students by helping them examine the nature of knowledge and ways of knowing - Develops diverse and balanced arguments by raising questions in a variety of contexts - Provides complete support assessment - Includes all the new ways of knowing and areas of knowledge Also available This Student's Book is supported by Dynamic Learning, which offers Teaching and Learning Resources that include a guide to teaching the course and classroom activities, plus a unique lesson builder tool to help teachers collate and organise a range of resources into lessons. The Dynamic Learning package also includes a Whiteboard eTextbook version of the book for front of class teaching and lesson planning. Also from later in the year, please look out for assignable and downloadable Student eTextbooks

The Power of Cute (Hardcover): Simon May The Power of Cute (Hardcover)
Simon May
R444 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R78 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An exploration of cuteness and its immense hold on us, from emojis and fluffy puppies to its more uncanny, subversive expressions Cuteness has taken the planet by storm. Global sensations Hello Kitty and Pokemon, the works of artists Takashi Murakami and Jeff Koons, Heidi the cross-eyed opossum and E.T.-all reflect its gathering power. But what does "cute" mean, as a sensibility and style? Why is it so pervasive? Is it all infantile fluff, or is there something more uncanny and even menacing going on-in a lighthearted way? In The Power of Cute, Simon May provides nuanced and surprising answers. We usually see the cute as merely diminutive, harmless, and helpless. May challenges this prevailing perspective, investigating everything from Mickey Mouse to Kim Jong-il to argue that cuteness is not restricted to such sweet qualities but also beguiles us by transforming or distorting them into something of playfully indeterminate power, gender, age, morality, and even species. May grapples with cuteness's dark and unpindownable side-unnerving, artful, knowing, apprehensive-elements that have fascinated since ancient times through mythical figures, especially hybrids like the hermaphrodite and the sphinx. He argues that cuteness is an addictive antidote to today's pressured expectations of knowing our purpose, being in charge, and appearing predictable, transparent, and sincere. Instead, it frivolously expresses the uncertainty that these norms deny: the ineliminable uncertainty of who we are; of how much we can control and know; of who, in our relations with others, really has power; indeed, of the very value and purpose of power. The Power of Cute delves into a phenomenon that speaks with strange force to our age.

Hope and Christian Ethics (Hardcover): David Elliot Hope and Christian Ethics (Hardcover)
David Elliot
R2,161 R2,005 Discovery Miles 20 050 Save R156 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The theological virtue of hope has long been neglected in Christian ethics. However, as social, civic and global anxieties mount, the need to overcome despair has become urgent. This book proposes the theological virtue of hope as a promising source of rejuvenation. Theological hope sustains us from the sloth, presumption and despair that threaten amid injustice, tragedy and dying; it provides an ultimate meaning and transcendent purpose to our lives; and it rejoices and refreshes us 'on the way' with the prospect of eternal beatitude. Rather than degrading this life and world, hope ordains earthly goods to our eschatological end, forming us to pursue social justice with a resilience and vitality that transcend the cynicism and disillusionment so widespread at present. Drawing on Thomas Aquinas and virtue ethics, the book shows how the virtue of hope contributes to human happiness in this life and not just the next.

The Analogy of Religion (Paperback): Joseph Butler The Analogy of Religion (Paperback)
Joseph Butler
R557 Discovery Miles 5 570 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Lot of People Are Saying - The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy (Hardcover): Nancy L. Rosenblum, Russell Muirhead A Lot of People Are Saying - The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy (Hardcover)
Nancy L. Rosenblum, Russell Muirhead
R671 R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Save R182 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How the new conspiracists are undermining democracy-and what can be done about it Conspiracy theories are as old as politics. But conspiracists today have introduced something new-conspiracy without theory. And the new conspiracism has moved from the fringes to the heart of government with the election of Donald Trump. In A Lot of People Are Saying, Russell Muirhead and Nancy Rosenblum show how the new conspiracism differs from classic conspiracy theory, why so few officials speak truth to conspiracy, and what needs to be done to resist it. Classic conspiracy theory insists that things are not what they seem and gathers evidence-especially facts ominously withheld by official sources-to tease out secret machinations. The new conspiracism is different. There is no demand for evidence, no dots revealed to form a pattern, no close examination of shadowy plotters. Dispensing with the burden of explanation, the new conspiracism imposes its own reality through repetition (exemplified by the Trump catchphrase "a lot of people are saying") and bare assertion ("rigged!"). The new conspiracism targets democratic foundations-political parties and knowledge-producing institutions. It makes it more difficult to argue, persuade, negotiate, compromise, and even to disagree. Ultimately, it delegitimates democracy. Filled with vivid examples, A Lot of People Are Saying diagnoses a defining and disorienting feature of today's politics and offers a guide to responding to the threat.

Precarious Life - The Powers of Mourning and Violence (Paperback): Judith Butler Precarious Life - The Powers of Mourning and Violence (Paperback)
Judith Butler
R291 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R62 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In her most impassioned and personal book to date, Judith Butler responds in this profound appraisal of post-9/11 America to the current US policies to wage perpetual war, and calls for a deeper understanding of how mourning and violence might instead inspire solidarity and a quest for global justice.

Biopolitics, Materiality and Meaning in Modern European Drama (Hardcover): Hedwig Fraunhofer Biopolitics, Materiality and Meaning in Modern European Drama (Hardcover)
Hedwig Fraunhofer
R2,286 R1,900 Discovery Miles 19 000 Save R386 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Arguing that existing modernisation theories have been unnecessarily one-sided, Hedwig Fraunhofer offers a rewriting of modernity that cuts across binary methodologies - nature and culture, mind and matter, epistemology and ontology, critique and affirmative writing, dramatic and postdramatic theatre. She specifically reworks the biopolitical exclusions that mark modern western epistemology, leading up to modernity's totalitarian crisis point. Fraunhofer reveals the performativity of theatre in its double sense - as theatrical production and as the intra-activity of a dynamic system of multiple relations between human and more-than-human actors, energies and affects. In modern theatre, public and private, human and more-than-human, materiality and meaning collapse in a common life.

Foucault - The Birth of Power (Paperback): Stuart Elden Foucault - The Birth of Power (Paperback)
Stuart Elden
R513 Discovery Miles 5 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Michel Foucault's The Archaeology of Knowledge was published in March 1969; Discipline and Punish in February 1975. Although only six years apart, the difference in tone is stark: the former is a methodological treatise, the latter a call to arms. What accounts for the radical shift in Foucault's approach? Foucault's time in Tunisia had been a political awakening for him, and he returned to a France much changed by the turmoil of 1968. He taught at the experimental University of Vincennes and then moved to a prestigious position at the College de France. He quickly became involved in activist work concerning prisons and health issues such as abortion rights, and in his seminars he built research teams to conduct collaborative work, often around issues related to his lectures and activism. Foucault: The Birth of Power makes use of a range of archival material, including newly available documents at the Bibliotheque nationale de France, to provide a detailed intellectual history of Foucault as writer, researcher, lecturer and activist. Through a careful reconstruction of Foucault's work and preoccupations, Elden shows that, while Discipline and Punish may be the major published output of this period, it rests on a much wider range of concerns and projects.

Ethics and Science - An Introduction (Paperback, New): Adam Briggle, Carl Mitcham Ethics and Science - An Introduction (Paperback, New)
Adam Briggle, Carl Mitcham
R791 R624 Discovery Miles 6 240 Save R167 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Who owns your genes? What does climate science imply for policy? Do corporations conduct honest research? Should we teach intelligent design? Humans are creating a new world through science. The kind of world we are creating will not simply be decided by expanding scientific knowledge, but will depend on views about good and bad, right and wrong. These visions, in turn, depend on critical thinking, cogent argument and informed judgement. In this book, Adam Briggle and Carl Mitcham help readers to cultivate these skills. They first introduce ethics and the normative structure of science and then consider the 'society of science' and its norms for the responsible conduct of research and the treatment of human and animal research subjects. Later chapters examine 'science in society' - exploring ethical issues at the interfaces of science, policy, religion, culture and technology. Each chapter features case studies and research questions to stimulate further reflection.

The Cambridge Handbook of Evolutionary Ethics (Paperback): Michael Ruse, Robert J. Richards The Cambridge Handbook of Evolutionary Ethics (Paperback)
Michael Ruse, Robert J. Richards
R711 R562 Discovery Miles 5 620 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Evolutionary ethics - the application of evolutionary ideas to moral thinking and justification - began in the nineteenth century with the work of Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer, but was subsequently criticized as an example of the naturalistic fallacy. In recent decades, however, evolutionary ethics has found new support among both the Darwinian and the Spencerian traditions. This accessible volume looks at the history of thought about evolutionary ethics as well as current debates in the subject, examining first the claims of supporters and then the responses of their critics. Topics covered include social Darwinism, moral realism, and debunking arguments. Clearly written and structured, the book guides readers through the arguments on both sides, and emphasises the continuing relevance of evolutionary theory to our understanding of ethics today.

Free Will (Paperback, Original): Sam Harris Free Will (Paperback, Original)
Sam Harris
R306 R146 Discovery Miles 1 460 Save R160 (52%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The physiologist Benjamin Libet famously demonstrated that activity in the brain's motor regions can be detected some 300 milliseconds before a person feels that he has decided to move. Another lab recently used fMRI data to show that some "conscious" decisions can be predicted up to 10 seconds before they enter awareness (long before the preparatory motor activity detected by Libet). Clearly, findings of this kind are difficult to reconcile with the sense that one is the conscious source of one's actions. The question of free will is no mere curio of philosophy seminars. A belief in free will underwrites both the religious notion of "sin" and our enduring commitment to retributive justice. The Supreme Court has called free will a "universal and persistent" foundation for our system of law. Any scientific developments that threatened our notion of free will would seem to put the ethics of punishing people for their bad behaviour in question.In Free Will Harris debates these ideas and asks whether or not, given what brain science is telling us, we actually have free will?

Self - Ancient and Modern Insights about Individuality, Life, and Death (Paperback): Richard Sorabji Self - Ancient and Modern Insights about Individuality, Life, and Death (Paperback)
Richard Sorabji
R924 Discovery Miles 9 240 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Over the centuries, the idea of the self has both fascinated and confounded philosophers. From the ancient Greeks, who problematized issues of identity and self-awareness, to Locke and Hume, who popularized minimalist views of the self, to the efforts of postmodernists in our time to decenter the human subject altogether, the idea that there is something called a self has always been in steady decline. But for Richard Sorabji, this negation of the self is dispiriting. In "Self," he sets out to recover the rich variety of positive accounts of the self from Antiquity right up to the present, while offering his own inspiring view of what precisely the self might be.Drawing on Eastern religion, classical Antiquity, and Western philosophy, Sorabji proceeds to tackle a number of thematic debates that have preoccupied philosophers over the ages, including the concept of the self, its sameness and mutability, the idea of the resurrection of the body and spirit, and the fear of death. According to Sorabji, the self is not an undetectable soul or ego, but an embodied individual whose existence is plain to see. It is also neither a linguistic creation nor a psychological fiction, but something that owns both a consciousness and a body. Ultimately, Sorabji argues, the demise of a positive idea of the self stems from much older and more pervasive problems of identity than we realize. Through an astute reading of this tradition, he helps us come to terms with our uneasiness about the subject in an account that will be at the forefront of philosophical debates for years to come.

The Open Society and Its Enemies (Paperback): Karl R. Popper The Open Society and Its Enemies (Paperback)
Karl R. Popper
R719 R655 Discovery Miles 6 550 Save R64 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A landmark defense of democracy that has been hailed as one of the most important books of the twentieth century One of the most important books of the twentieth century, The Open Society and Its Enemies is an uncompromising defense of liberal democracy and a powerful attack on the intellectual origins of totalitarianism. An immediate sensation when it was first published, Karl Popper's monumental achievement has attained legendary status on both the Left and Right. Tracing the roots of an authoritarian tradition represented by Plato, Marx, and Hegel, Popper argues that the spirit of free, critical inquiry that governs scientific investigation should also apply to politics. In a new foreword, George Soros, who was a student of Popper, describes the "revelation" of first reading the book and how it helped inspire his philanthropic Open Society Foundations.

Breaking Bread with the Dead - A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind (Hardcover): Alan Jacobs Breaking Bread with the Dead - A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind (Hardcover)
Alan Jacobs
R572 R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Save R118 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Great Political Theories V.2 - A Comprehensive Selection of the Crucial Ideas in Political Philosophy from the French... Great Political Theories V.2 - A Comprehensive Selection of the Crucial Ideas in Political Philosophy from the French Revolution to Modern Times (Paperback)
M. Curtis, Michael Curtis
R406 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R25 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This carefully selected compilation of the significant writings of the great political philosophers, scientists, and thinkers has long been an invaluable guide to the general reader as well as to the serious student of history, political science, and government. Such essential forces as Revolution, Idealism, and Nationalism are examined in detail and expounded by their leading exponents. Professor Curtis has written running commentary that places the extracts and their authors in the sequence of modern history.

Great Political Theories, Volume 1 - A Comprehensive Selection of the Crucial Ideas in Political Philosophy from the Greeks to... Great Political Theories, Volume 1 - A Comprehensive Selection of the Crucial Ideas in Political Philosophy from the Greeks to the Enlightenment (Paperback)
M. Curtis, Michael Curtis
R405 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R74 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As an introduction to political theory and science, this collection of writings by the great philosophers will be of close interest to general readers. It also serves as a basic textbook for students of government and political theory. Such fundamental concepts as Democracy, the Rule of Law, Justice, Natural Rights, Sovereignty, Citizenship, Power, the State, Revolution, Liberty, Reason, Materialism, Toleration, and the Separation of Church and State are traced from their origins, through their development and changing patterns, to show how they guide political thinking and institutions today.

What's the Point? - Finding Hope in a Crisis (Paperback): Paul Kolberg What's the Point? - Finding Hope in a Crisis (Paperback)
Paul Kolberg; Cover design or artwork by Paul Arnot
R219 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R21 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In times of crisis, we all ask, "What's the point?". It turns out the answer to the question is hidden in plain sight and is connected to the fundamental purpose and very essence of our existence. There is only one point in living but it may not be what you think. "Paul Koberg doesn't shy away from the tough questions. His answers to 'what is ego?', what is evil?' and 'is life simply the absence of death?' will fascinate and engage you. In today's times of crisis, Paul Koberg's book is a gift. Recommended for readers who appreciate a deep look into the deep questions of life." Reviewed by Stacie Haas for Readers' Favorite - 5 Stars

To Perpetual Peace - A Philosophical Sketch (Paperback): Immanuel Kant To Perpetual Peace - A Philosophical Sketch (Paperback)
Immanuel Kant; Translated by Ted Humphrey
R244 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R32 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is the standing of a sovereign nation and what are its rights relative to other sovereign nations? What is our obligation to pursue peace? Can intervention in the affairs of another sovereign nation be justified? Who, if any one, has the right to intervene? In this short essay, Kant completes his political theory and philosophy of history, considering the prospects for peace among nations and addressing questions that remain central to our thoughts about nationalism, war, and peace. Ted Humphrey provides an eminently readable translation, along with a brief introduction that sketches Kant's argument.

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