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The Pilgrim's Progress (Paperback, New edition): John Bunyan The Pilgrim's Progress (Paperback, New edition)
John Bunyan; Introduction by Stuart Sim; Series edited by Tom Griffith
R111 R94 Discovery Miles 940 Save R17 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

With an Introduction by Professor Stuart Sim. John Bunyan was variously a tinker, soldier, Baptist minister, prisoner and writer of outstanding narrative genius which reached its apotheosis in this, his greatest work. It is an allegory of the Christian life of true brilliance and is presented as a dream which describes the pilgrimage of the hero - Christian - from the City of Destruction via the Slough of Despond, the Hill of Difficulty, the Valley of the Shadow of Death and Vanity Fair over the River of the Water of Life and into the Celestial City. The Pilgrim's Progress has been translated into 108 languages, was a favourite of Dr Johnson and was praised by Coleridge as one of the few books which might be read repeatedly and each time with a new and different pleasure.

Contemporary Continental Philosophy - The New Scepticism (Paperback): Stuart Sim Contemporary Continental Philosophy - The New Scepticism (Paperback)
Stuart Sim
R826 Discovery Miles 8 260 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This title was first published in 2000. Contemporary continental philosophy is a widely-used, but in many ways a highly problematic, term and its exact frame of reference is not always clear. In its more recent French manifestations in particular, it continues to arouse considerable controversy and create bitter divisions, with particularly hostile reactions to the work of Derrida and others. Much work in the recent continental tradition can be fitted into a longer-running philosophical tradition of scepticism, and scepticism has always had the power to provoke and unsettle the philosophical establishment. Presenting an overview of the philosophical landscape of the continental tradition since the 1940s, this book traces the establishment of the new, super-scepticism as an intellectual paradigm with the power to threaten and disorientate existing world-views and more traditional styles of philosophical discourse - marking the continental divide. Exploring how contemporary continental philosophy from existentialism to postmodernism can be characterised as this new, more resistant form of scepticism, Sim identifies a clutch of key themes - including "difference", "the subject", "antifoundationalism", "dialectics" - which have been obsessively worked over by key thinkers in the Existentialist-Postmodernist period and demonstrates how these have contributed to the development of a super-sceptical outlook. Presenting a new theme-led approach to provide an entry into current debates in continental philosophy, Stuart Sim reintegrates the work of Sartre into the more recent continental tradition, and suggests that something qualitatively different is now occurring in French philosophy.

The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism (Hardcover, 3rd New edition): Stuart Sim The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism (Hardcover, 3rd New edition)
Stuart Sim
R2,594 Discovery Miles 25 940 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This fully revised third edition of The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism provides the ideal introduction to postmodernist thought. Featuring contributions from a cast of international scholars, the Companion contains 19 detailed essays on major themes and topics along with an A-Z of key terms and concepts. As well as revised essays on philosophy, politics, literature, and more, the first section now contains brand new essays on critical theory, business, gender and the performing arts. The concepts section, too, has been enhanced with new topics ranging from hypermedia to global warming. Students interested in any aspect of postmodernism will continue to find this an indispensable resource.

Post-Marxism - An Intellectual History (Hardcover, New): Stuart Sim Post-Marxism - An Intellectual History (Hardcover, New)
Stuart Sim
R4,082 Discovery Miles 40 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


This book traces the crystallisation of post-Marxism as a specific theoretical position in its own right and considers the role played in its development by post-structuralism, postmodernism and second-wave feminism. It examines the history of dissenting tendencies within the Marxist tradition and considers what the future prospects of post-Marxism are likely to be.

eBook available with sample pages: 0203186168

Contemporary Continental Philosophy - The New Scepticism (Hardcover): Stuart Sim Contemporary Continental Philosophy - The New Scepticism (Hardcover)
Stuart Sim
R2,705 Discovery Miles 27 050 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This title was first published in 2000. Contemporary continental philosophy is a widely-used, but in many ways a highly problematic, term and its exact frame of reference is not always clear. In its more recent French manifestations in particular, it continues to arouse considerable controversy and create bitter divisions, with particularly hostile reactions to the work of Derrida and others. Much work in the recent continental tradition can be fitted into a longer-running philosophical tradition of scepticism, and scepticism has always had the power to provoke and unsettle the philosophical establishment. Presenting an overview of the philosophical landscape of the continental tradition since the 1940s, this book traces the establishment of the new, super-scepticism as an intellectual paradigm with the power to threaten and disorientate existing world-views and more traditional styles of philosophical discourse - marking the continental divide. Exploring how contemporary continental philosophy from existentialism to postmodernism can be characterised as this new, more resistant form of scepticism, Sim identifies a clutch of key themes - including "difference", "the subject", "antifoundationalism", "dialectics" - which have been obsessively worked over by key thinkers in the Existentialist-Postmodernist period and demonstrates how these have contributed to the development of a super-sceptical outlook. Presenting a new theme-led approach to provide an entry into current debates in continental philosophy, Stuart Sim reintegrates the work of Sartre into the more recent continental tradition, and suggests that something qualitatively different is now occurring in French philosophy.

A-Z Guide to Modern Social and Political Theorists (Hardcover): Professor Stuart Sim, Noel Parker A-Z Guide to Modern Social and Political Theorists (Hardcover)
Professor Stuart Sim, Noel Parker
R3,581 Discovery Miles 35 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The A-Z Guide to Modern Social and Political Theories is a companion volume to the already published A-Z Guide to Modern Literary and Cultural Theorists. It ranges widely through the social sciences and related areas to identify thinkers who have had a major impact on the development of modern social and political theory and given clear, accessible summaries of their work. While the accent is on the later twentieth century, several up-and-coming theorists are included to ensure a contemporary edge to the volume, classic names in the field from the earlier twentieth century are not neglected, and the collection also delves back into the nineteenth century for such founding figures of the social sciences as Marx and Comte. The volume is therefore both up-to-date and mindful of the sources of modern debates.

Fifty Key Postmodern Thinkers (Hardcover, New): Stuart Sim Fifty Key Postmodern Thinkers (Hardcover, New)
Stuart Sim
R3,085 Discovery Miles 30 850 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Postmodernism is an important part of the cultural landscape which continues to evolve, yet the ideas and theories surrounding the subject can be diverse and difficult to understand. Fifty Postmodern Thinkers critically examines the work of fifty of the most important theorists within the postmodern movement who have defined and shaped the field, bringing together their key ideas in an accessible format. Drawing on figures from a wide range of subject areas including literature, cultural theory, philosophy, sociology and architecture those covered include: John Barth Umberto Eco Slavoj Zizek Cindy Sherman John Cage Jean-Francois Lyotard Charles Jencks Jacques Derrida Homi K. Bhabha Quentin Tarantino Each entry examines the thinkers' career, key contributions and theories and refers to their major works. A valuable resource for those studying postmodern ideas at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, this text will appeal across the humanities and social sciences.

The Discourse of Sovereignty, Hobbes to Fielding - The State of Nature and the Nature of the State (Hardcover, New Ed): Stuart... The Discourse of Sovereignty, Hobbes to Fielding - The State of Nature and the Nature of the State (Hardcover, New Ed)
Stuart Sim, David Walker
R3,079 Discovery Miles 30 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this new study the authors examine a range of theories about the state of nature in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, considering the contribution they made to the period's discourse on sovereignty and their impact on literary activity. Texts examined include Leviathan, Oceana, Paradise Lost, Discourses Concerning Government, Two Treatises on Government, Don Sebastian, Oronooko, The New Atalantis, Robinson Crusoe, Dissertation upon Parties, David Simple, and Tom Jones. The state of nature is identified as an important organizing principle for narratives in the century running from the Civil War through to the second Jacobite Rebellion, and as a way of situating the author within either a reactionary or a radical political tradition. The Discourse of Sovereignty provides an exciting new perspective on the intellectual history of this fascinating period.

The Return of The Troublemaker - - (Paperback): Maxwell Stuart Sims The Return of The Troublemaker - - (Paperback)
Maxwell Stuart Sims
R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A-Z Guide to Modern Social and Political Theorists (Paperback): Professor Stuart Sim, Noel Parker A-Z Guide to Modern Social and Political Theorists (Paperback)
Professor Stuart Sim, Noel Parker
R1,372 Discovery Miles 13 720 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

An easy, convenient reference to the most important social and political ideas - and theorists - of the modern and post-modern age.KEY TOPICS:This book ranges widely through the social sciences to identify the thinkers with the greatest impact on modern social and political theory. Essays, biographies and bibliographies make these authors' works more accessible than ever. Some of the authors covered include: Arendt, Aron, de Beauvoir, Bell, Braudel, Burnham, Comte, Djilas, Durkheim, Dworkin, Fanon, Foucault, Freud, Friedan, Milton Friedman, Fuller, Galbraith, Gramsci, Habermas, Hayek, Illich, Jung, Keynes, Kuhn, Laing, Le Corbusier, Lenin, Levi-Strauss, Luxembourg, McLuhan, Marx, Mao Ze Dong, Marcuse, Mead, Mills, Nozick, Samuelson, Peter Singer, B.F. Skinner, Tillich, Toffler, Trotsky, Veblen and Weber.MARKET:Anyone interested in contemporary political and social theory.

Lyotard and Politics (Paperback): Stuart Sim Lyotard and Politics (Paperback)
Stuart Sim
R636 R568 Discovery Miles 5 680 Save R68 (11%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

It is Jean Francois Lyotard's political focus that singles him out from his poststructuralist and postmodernist contemporaries. He is invariably 'thinking politics': finding ways of translating philosophical thought into a basis for political action. Stuart Sim explores how Lyotard's brand of pragmatism can provide a focus for political theory and action in our cultural climate, especially in light of the dramatic resurgence of right-wing extremism.

Lyotard and Politics (Hardcover): Stuart Sim Lyotard and Politics (Hardcover)
Stuart Sim
R1,839 Discovery Miles 18 390 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

It is Jean Francois Lyotard's political focus that singles him out from his poststructuralist and postmodernist contemporaries. He is invariably 'thinking politics': finding ways of translating philosophical thought into a basis for political action. Stuart Sim explores how Lyotard's brand of pragmatism can provide a focus for political theory and action in our cultural climate, especially in light of the dramatic resurgence of right-wing extremism.

Fifty Key Postmodern Thinkers (Paperback): Stuart Sim Fifty Key Postmodern Thinkers (Paperback)
Stuart Sim
R895 Discovery Miles 8 950 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Postmodernism is an important part of the cultural landscape which continues to evolve, yet the ideas and theories surrounding the subject can be diverse and difficult to understand. Fifty Postmodern Thinkers critically examines the work of fifty of the most important theorists within the postmodern movement who have defined and shaped the field, bringing together their key ideas in an accessible format. Drawing on figures from a wide range of subject areas including literature, cultural theory, philosophy, sociology and architecture those covered include: John Barth Umberto Eco Slavoj Zizek Cindy Sherman John Cage Jean-Francois Lyotard Charles Jencks Jacques Derrida Homi K. Bhabha Quentin Tarantino Each entry examines the thinkers' career, key contributions and theories and refers to their major works. A valuable resource for those studying postmodern ideas at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, this text will appeal across the humanities and social sciences.

The Lyotard Dictionary (Paperback): Stuart Sim The Lyotard Dictionary (Paperback)
Stuart Sim
R625 Discovery Miles 6 250 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The first dictionary dedicated to the work of Jean-Francois Lyotard. Drawing on a multidisciplinary team of experts, the 168 entries in The Lyotard Dictionary explain all of his main concepts, contextualising these within his work as a whole and relating him to his contemporaries.
* 118 entries cover all of Lyotard's concepts and concerns, from 'Addressee' and 'Aesthetics', through 'I don't know what' and 'Is it happening?' to 'Unpresentable' and 'Writing'
* A further 50 'linking' entries contextualise Lyotard within the wider intellectual currents of his time, from concepts such as Nazism and Memory to thinkers from Aristotle to Jean BaudrillardJean-Francois Lyotard's postmodern thought is massively influential across a host of academic disciplines, from philosophy and the social sciences through to literary, media, and cultural studies.

The End of Modernity - What the Financial and Environmental Crisis is Really Telling Us (Hardcover): Stuart Sim The End of Modernity - What the Financial and Environmental Crisis is Really Telling Us (Hardcover)
Stuart Sim
R538 Discovery Miles 5 380 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Global financial crisis, global environmental crisis -- what connects them? Stuart Sim claims they are both symptoms of the end of modernity, the cultural system that has prevailed in the West from the Enlightenment onwards. In this provocative book, Sim argues that the modern world's insatiable need for technologically driven economic progress is unsustainable, and potentially destructive of the planet and its socio-economic systems. The new landscape this creates - socially, politically, economically, intellectually - is explored through an interdisciplinary approach, providing a wide-ranging assessment of the collapse of modernity and the challenges it poses us. Sim calls for a radical alteration in our world view and for purposeful changes both to our economic and intellectual life: we need to jettison the free market, rein in conspicuous consumption, reinvigorate public service, and develop talents other than the entrepreneurial if we are to reconstruct our society satisfactorily. Key Features * Brings out the broader cultural dimensions of the global financial crisis * Reveals the contradictions at the heart of modernity and its cult of progress * Offers a thought-provoking interdisciplinary analysis of late modernity and its aftermath * Provides a detailed reassessment of the value of postmodern thought in the new cultural situation * Outlines the ideological adjustments we shall have to make in a post-progress world

The Carbon Footprint Wars - What Might Happen If We Retreat from Globalization? (Hardcover): Stuart Sim The Carbon Footprint Wars - What Might Happen If We Retreat from Globalization? (Hardcover)
Stuart Sim
R644 Discovery Miles 6 440 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Climate change is acknowledged to be the major problem currently facing the human race, and the need to reduce our carbon footprint becomes ever more urgent as the scientific predictions of the effects of climate change become increasingly dire. Whether we are fully aware of the social and political consequences of striving for a significant reduction is more questionable. The Carbon Footprint Wars identifies the many dangers inherent in the projected solutions - such as retreating from the spread of globalization, the current socio-economic paradigm for world trade. The war of words that is being waged over the appropriate way to deal with our collective carbon footprint has critical implications for us all. Stuart Sim examines the issues in detail, raising questions about the assumptions being made on both sides of the climate change divide. He argues that we must urgently address the problem of how to engineer the best possible trade-off between economic survival and ecological disaster - and he puts forward some radical suggestions about how we should set about doing so. Key Features *Challenges current policies about how to deal with global warming, outlining their potentially disastrous side-effects on society and the environment *Brings out the political complexities of the links between globalization and global warming *Provides a wide variety of case studies *Calls for a radical re-think of West-Third World relations

The Eighteenth-century Novel and Contemporary Social Issues - An Introduction (Paperback): Stuart Sim The Eighteenth-century Novel and Contemporary Social Issues - An Introduction (Paperback)
Stuart Sim
R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This study introduces readers to the eighteenth-century novel through a consideration of contemporary social issues.

Eighteenth-century authors grappled with very similar problems to the ones we face today such as: what motivates a fundamentalist terrorist? (see James Hogg's "Confessions of a Justified Sinner"); what are the justifiable limits of state power? (see William Godwin's "Caleb Williams"); what dangers lie in wait for us when we create life artificially? (see Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"). As Stuart Sim shows, the fictional treatment of these problems inspires social criticism that has wide public resonance.

The book discusses key authors from Aphra Behn in the late seventeenth century to James Hogg in the 1820s, covering the 'long' eighteenth century. It guides readers through the main genres of the period from Realism, Gothic romance and historical romance to proto-science fiction and introduces a range of debates around race relations, anti-social behaviour, family values and born-again theology as well as the power of the media, surveillance, political sovereignty and fundamentalist terrorism. Each novel is shown to be directly relevant to some of the most urgent moral issues of our own time.

Key Features

* Relates the novels of the eighteenth century to current social and political debates.

* Accessibly and engagingly written for non-specialists.

* Covers the key authors and texts of the period including "Robinson Crusoe," "Gulliver's Travels," "Pamela," "Northanger Abbey," "Tristram Shandy" and "Frankenstein"

The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism (Paperback, 3rd New edition): Stuart Sim The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism (Paperback, 3rd New edition)
Stuart Sim
R833 Discovery Miles 8 330 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This fully revised third edition of The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism provides the ideal introduction to postmodernist thought. Featuring contributions from a cast of international scholars, the Companion contains 19 detailed essays on major themes and topics along with an A-Z of key terms and concepts. As well as revised essays on philosophy, politics, literature, and more, the first section now contains brand new essays on critical theory, business, gender and the performing arts. The concepts section, too, has been enhanced with new topics ranging from hypermedia to global warming. Students interested in any aspect of postmodernism will continue to find this an indispensable resource.

Twenty-First Century Puritanism - Why We Need It and How It Can Help Us (Paperback): Stuart Sim Twenty-First Century Puritanism - Why We Need It and How It Can Help Us (Paperback)
Stuart Sim
R499 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R84 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Aftermath (Paperback): Maxwell Stuart Sims The Aftermath (Paperback)
Maxwell Stuart Sims
R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Garbageman (Paperback): Maxwell Stuart Sims The Garbageman (Paperback)
Maxwell Stuart Sims
R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Troublemaker (Paperback): Maxwell Stuart Sims The Troublemaker (Paperback)
Maxwell Stuart Sims
R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Justice and Revenge in Contemporary American Crime Fiction (Hardcover): Stuart Sim Justice and Revenge in Contemporary American Crime Fiction (Hardcover)
Stuart Sim
R1,701 Discovery Miles 17 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The detective figure in contemporary American crime fiction increasingly relies on revenge to bring about justice in a society where there has been a sharp decline in moral values. This study demonstrates how the notion of the detective as a moral exemplar or heroic ideal breaks down in the works of writers such as James Ellroy and Sara Paretsky.

Introducing Critical Theory - A Graphic Guide (Paperback, Revised edition): Stuart Sim Introducing Critical Theory - A Graphic Guide (Paperback, Revised edition)
Stuart Sim; Illustrated by Borin Van Loon
R208 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R35 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

What might a 'theory of everything' look like? Is science an ideology? Who were Adorno, Horkheimer or the Frankfurt School? The decades since the 1960s have seen an explosion in the production of critical theories. Deconstructionists, poststructuralists, postmodernists, second-wave feminists, new historicists, cultural materialists, postcolonialists, black critics and queer theorists, among a host of others, all vie for our attention. Stuart Sim and Borin Van Loon's incisive graphic guide provides a route through the tangled jungle of competing ideas and provides an essential historical context, situating these theories within tradition of critical analysis going back to the rise of Marxism. They present the essential methods and objectives of each theoretical school in an incisive and accessible manner, and pay special attention to recurrent themes and concerns that have preoccupied a century of critical theoretical activity.

The Concise Pepys (Paperback): Samuel Pepys The Concise Pepys (Paperback)
Samuel Pepys; Introduction by Stuart Sim; Series edited by Tom Griffith
R230 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R19 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) began his celebrated diary on 1st January 1660 immediately prior to the Restoration of Charles II to the throne and the subsequent loosening of the rigid moral and social code enforced during the Puritan Commonwealth. As variously Clerk to the Council, a Member of Parliament, a prisoner in the Tower of London, twice Secretary to the Admiralty and President of the Royal Society, Pepys was in a unique position to observe and record in detail a fascinating ten-year period of English history which included not only the Restoration, but the Great Plague of 1665 and the Fire of London the following year. However it was not only the affairs of State which took up the great diarist's interest, for he was a regular attendant at the King's Theatre, was a hearty eater and drinker and delighted in recording his fondness for women, especially his own and his friends' young servant girls.

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