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Songs of Experience: Modern American and European Variations on a Universal Theme
$24.56
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Few words in both everyday parlance and theoretical discourse have been as rhapsodically defended or as fervently resisted as "experience." Yet, to date, there have been no comprehensive studies of how the concept of experience has evolved over time and why so many thinkers in so many different traditions have been compelled to understand it. Songs of Experience is a remarkable history of Western ideas about the nature of human experience written by one of our best-known intellectual historians. With its sweeping historical reach and lucid comparative analysis-qualities that have made Martin Jay's previous books so distinctive and so successful-Songs of Experience explores Western discourse from the sixteenth century to the present, asking why the concept of experience has been such a magnet for controversy. Resisting any single overarching narrative, Jay discovers themes and patterns that transcend individuals and particular schools of thought and illuminate the entire spectrum of intellectual history.

As he explores the manifold contexts for understanding experience-epistemological, religious, aesthetic, political, and historical-Jay engages an exceptionally broad range of European and American traditions and thinkers from the American pragmatists and British Marxist humanists to the Frankfurt School and the French poststructuralists, and he delves into the thought of individual philosophers as well, including Montaigne, Bacon, Locke, Hume and Kant, Oakeshott, Collingwood, and Ankersmit. Provocative, engaging, erudite, this key work will be an essential source for anyone who joins the ongoing debate about the material, linguistic, cultural, and theoretical meaning of "experience" in modern cultures.
ISBN
9780520248236
By
Jay, Martin
Publisher
University of California Press
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How to Be an Epicurean: The Ancient Art of Living Well
$30.00
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A leading philosopher shows that if the pursuit of happiness is the question, Epicureanism is the answer
Epicureanism has a reputation problem, bringing to mind gluttons with gout or an admonition to eat, drink, and be merry. In How to Be an Epicurean, philosopher Catherine Wilson shows that Epicureanism isn't an excuse for having a good time: it's a means to live a good life. Although modern conveniences and scientific progress have significantly improved our quality of life, many of the problems faced by ancient Greeks -- love, money, family, politics -- remain with us in new forms. To overcome these obstacles, the Epicureans adopted a philosophy that promoted reason, respect for the natural world, and reverence for our fellow humans. By applying this ancient wisdom to a range of modern problems, from self-care routines and romantic entanglements to issues of public policy and social justice, Wilson shows us how we can all fill our lives with purpose and pleasure.
ISBN
9781541672635
By
Wilson, Catherine
Publisher
Basic Books
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Ecstatic Confessions: The Heart of Mysticism (Martin Buber Library)
$10.82
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Beginning with Buber's seminal essay on mysticism, this book offers texts down the centuries from oriental, pagan, Gnostic, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim sources. It aims to convey some quality of an experience that is essentially beyond the power of words to capture.

ISBN
9780815604228
By
Buber, Martin
Publisher
Syracuse University Press
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Deflationary Truth
$6.77
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This book is a collection of important writings on deflationism, with a detailed introduction and an exhaustive annotated bibliography. Among philosophers concerned with the theory of truth, deflationist positions have quickly gained ground and have become the most popular. Yet heretofore there has been no single book to which the readers can go for a detailed, overall view of the entire phenomenon of deflationism. This is the only available map of the whole terrain of deflationism.
Deflationism is a comparatively new approach, though it has its roots in the thinking of some philosophers in the early twentieth century. Deflationism rejects all the traditional theories of truth: the correspondence theory (truth corresponds with facts), the coherence theory (truth is membership of a coherent set of beliefs), the pragmatist theory is provability or verifiability).
This book gives complete coverage to all the different varieties of deflationism, and to earlier philosophers who anticipated deflationism. The articles and exerpts include classic works by Frege, Ayer, Ramsey, Tarsk, and Quine, and recent works by the leading deflationist authors of today: Paul Horwich, Hartry Field, Stephen Schiffer, Robert Brandom, and Stephen Leeds.
ISBN
9780812695540
Publisher
Open Court
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From Socrates to Sartre: The Philosophic Quest
$4.99
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A challenging new look at the great thinkers whose ides have shaped our civilization

From Socrates to Sartre
presents a rousing and readable introduction to the lives, and times of the great philosophers. This thought-provoking book takes us from the inception of Western society in Plato's Athens to today when the commanding power of Marxism has captured one third of the world. T. Z. Lavine, Elton Professor of Philosophy at George Washington University, makes philosophy come alive with astonishing clarity to give us a deeper, more meaningful understanding of ourselves and our times.

From Socrates to Sartre discusses Western philosophers in terms of the historical and intellectual environment which influenced them, and it connects their lasting ideas to the public and private choices we face in America today.

From Socrates to Sartre formed the basis of from the PBS television series of the same name.

ISBN
9780553251616
By
Lavine, T Z
Publisher
Bantam
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Man in the Light of Occultism, Theosophy and Philosophy
$40.48
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Steiner reveals historical developments from the esoteric schools of earliest antiquity, through personalities such as Plato, Aristotle, Francis of Assisi, and other spiritual figures, to the modern pressing moral problems.
ISBN
9780893450571
By
Steiner, Rudolf
Publisher
Garber Books
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Postmodernism and Popular Culture: A Cultural History
$6.33
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In this provocative study, John Docker takes his readers on an intellectual adventure. The journey includes a guided tour of the history of modernism, consideration of the development of postmodernism, explanation of structuralism and poststructuralism, and discussion of the debates and conflicts around each. It ranges widely, from theoretical discussion to consideration of everything from architecture, television and detective writing to Sydney's monorail. The book engages with some of the most important debates of our time, combining polemical force with intellectual rigor, and reclaims popular culture from the forces opposed to it.
ISBN
9780521465984
By
Docker, John
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
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SLEEPING WITH EXTRA-TERRESTRIA
$4.99
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In Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials, social critic Wendy Kaminer illuminates the various ways in which society has come to value emotion over reason, faith over fact, and argues that declarations of intense belief have largely taken the place of rational discourse. In a world in which "How do you feel," seems to be a more frequently asked question than "What do you know," Kaminer's examination of the rise of spiritualism, the mushrooming junk science, and the habitual merging of political and evangelical speech, blazes with relevance and incisive wit.

Probing the amusing and ominous implications of rampant credulity in our age, Kaminer raises important questions, and provides a thoughtful and eloquent perspective on the perils of present-day irrationalism.

ISBN
9780679758860
By
Kaminer, Wendy
Publisher
Random House, Inc.
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1119094
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York Notes on Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Prologue to the Canterbury Tales' Study Notes (York Notes Advanced)
$4.99
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This book has been specially written for the needs of A-level and undergraduate students. This book enables students to appreciate contrasting interpretations of the text and develop their own critical thinking.Key Features: *Study methods *Introduction to the text *Summaries with critical notes *Themes and techniques *Textual analysis of key passages *Author biography *Historical and literary background *Modern and historical critical approaches *Chronology *Glossary of literary term
ISBN
9780582414587
By
Alexander, Mary
Publisher
Pearson Education Ltd
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The Betweenness of Place: Towards a Geography of Modernity
$15.56
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What makes New York City different from Moscow? Are small towns looking more and more alike? What criteria should we use to distinguish onw place from another? Today, geographers and other social scientists are debating not only the answers to these sorts of questions but even whether or not to ask them at all. This ongoing controversy about how (or whether) to study place and its meaning in modern life forms the focus of J. Nicholas Entrikin's pioneering work.

Those who point to a decline in the study of place in geography, Entrikin explains, cite three main causes: the apparent homogenization of world culture; the belief that studying particular places is somehow "parochial"; and the tendency of the scientific method to generalize. Entrikin treats each of these in turn, addressing topics that include the Marxist view of a world economy, the moral implications of place (in such notions as community and provincialism), and the empiricist versus neo-Kantian traditions in philosophy.

To geographers arguing the merits of hard, scientific data versus subjective experience, Entrikin offers a compromise. "To understand place", he suggests, "requires that we have access to both an objective and a subjective reality. From the decentered vantage point of the theoretical scientist, place becomes either location or a set of generic relations and loses much of its significance for human action. From the centered viewpoint of the subjective self, place has meaning only in relation to one's own goals and concerns. Place is best viewed from points in-between."

ISBN
9780801840845
By
Entrikin, J Nicholas
Publisher
The Johns Hopkins University Press
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The Passion of Michel Foucault
$6.32
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A shocking, revealing portrait of France's most notorious and influential contemporary thinker. Disclosing the true scandal of Focault's philosophical life, this work chronicles every stage of his odyssey, from his early interest in structuralism to his final preoccupation with sexuality.
ISBN
9780671695507
By
Miller, Jim
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
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Echoes: After Heidegger (Studies in Continental Thought)
$16.38
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Mobilizes the figure of echo, used by Heidegger to characterize originary thinking, as the motif around which to organize a radical reading of Heidegger's most important texts.
ISBN
9780253205834
By
Sallis, John
Publisher
Indiana University Press
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Nietzsche: Untimely Meditations (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)
$21.24
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The four early essays in Untimely Meditations are key documents for understanding the development of Nietzsche's thought and clearly anticipate many of his later writings. They deal with such broad topics as the relationship between popular and genuine culture, strategies for cultural reform, the task of philosophy, the nature of education, and the relationship among art, science and life. This new edition presents R. J. Hollingdale's translation of the essays and a new introduction by Daniel Breazeale, who places them in their historical context and discusses their significance for Nietzsche's philosophy.
ISBN
9780521585842
By
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
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H. D. Thoreau, a Writer's Journal
$4.99
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Timeless observations on the craft of writing, taken from Thoreau's journals -- conditions required, method of creation, ideals and purpose of his art, and much more. Also, experiments in style which culminated in Thoreau's classic Walden. Foreword. Introduction. Selected Bibliography. Index.
ISBN
9780486206783
Publisher
Dover Publications
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Heidegger's Language and Thinking
$15.13
ISBN
9780391036673
By
Mugerauer, Robert
Publisher
Prometheus Books
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Used, Like New
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1111375
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Postcolonial African Philosophy: A Critical Reader
$14.03
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Postcolonial African Philosophy sets out a timely and critical agenda for contemporary African, Afro-Caribbean, and African American philosophy. With many leading contributors, this collection of newly commissioned work provides key coverage of the postcolonial and the postmodern: the critique of eurocentrism in philosophy; philosophy in post-independence Africa and post-civil rights black America; multiculturalism; and intercultural dialogue between contemporary African and western philosophy. In addition, it includes important interventions on contemporary historical, political, and cultural situations of Africa and America at the end of the twentieth century, and philosophy's role in this milieu.
ISBN
9780631203407
Publisher
Wiley-Blackwell
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Aristotle: Introductory Readings (Hackett Classics)
$15.00
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Drawn from the translations and editorial aids of Irwin and Fine's Aristotle, Selections (Hackett Publishing Co., 1995), this anthology will be most useful to instructors who must try to do justice to Aristotle in a semester-long ancient-philosophy survey, but it will also be appropriate for a variety of introductory-level courses. Introductory Readings provides accurate, readable, and integrated translations that allow the reader to follow Aristotle's use of crucial technical terms and to grasp the details of his argument. Included are adaptations of the glossary and notes that helped make its parent volume a singularly useful aid to the study of Aristotle.

ISBN
9780872203396
By
Fine, Gail
Publisher
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
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The Middle Works of John Dewey, Volume 3, 1899 - 1924: Essyas on the New Empiricism, 1903-1906 (Collected Works of John Dewey)
$32.17
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Spanning the crucial years of Dewey's move from the University of Chicago to Columbia University, Volume 3 col-lects thirty-six essays and reviews pub-lished at the very time Dewey deter-mined that his professional future would lie in the field of philosophy. After resigning from Chicago, Dewey seriously considered a career in univer-sity administration before finally decid-ing to accept a professorship in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia, where he was to remain the rest of his professional life.

ISBN
9780809307753
By
Dewey, John
Publisher
Southern Illinois University Press
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That One Should Disdain Hardships: The Teachings of a Roman Stoic
$22.00
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Perennial wisdom from one of history's most important Stoic teachers

The Stoic philosopher Musonius Rufus was one of the most influential teachers of his era, imperial Rome, and his message still resonates with startling clarity today. Alongside Stoics like Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, he emphasized ethics in action, displayed in all aspects of life. Merely learning philosophical doctrine and listening to lectures, they believed, will not do one any good unless one manages to interiorize the teachings and apply them to daily life.

In Musonius Rufus's words, "Philosophy is nothing else than to search out by reason what is right and proper and by deeds to put it into practice." At a time of renewed interest in Stoicism, this collection of Musonius Rufus's lectures and sayings, beautifully translated by Cora E. Lutz and introduced by Gretchen Reydams-Schils, offers readers access to the thought of one of history's most influential and remarkable Stoic thinkers.
ISBN
9780300226034
By
Musonius Rufus
Publisher
Yale University Press
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New
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9780300226034
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Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us
$16.95
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From the moderator of The New York Times philosophy blog "The Stone," a book that argues that if we want to understand ourselves we have to go back to theater, to the stage of our lives

Tragedy presents a world of conflict and troubling emotion, a world where private and public lives collide and collapse. A world where morality is ambiguous and the powerful humiliate and destroy the powerless. A world where justice always seems to be on both sides of a conflict and sugarcoated words serve as cover for clandestine operations of violence. A world rather like our own.

The ancient Greeks hold a mirror up to us in which we see all the desolation and delusion of our lives but also the terrifying beauty and intensity of existence. This is not a time for consolation prizes and the fatuous banalities of the self-help industry and pop philosophy.

Tragedy allows us to glimpse, in its harsh and unforgiving glare, the burning core of our aliveness. If we give ourselves the chance to look at tragedy, we might see further and more clearly.

ISBN
9780525564645
By
Critchley, Simon
Publisher
Vintage
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New
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9780525564645
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Philosophy
The Essays (Penguin Classics)
$5.24
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The genius of Francis Bacon is nowhere better revealed than in his essays.

Bacon's education was grounded in the classical texts of ancient Greece and Rome, but he brought vividness and color to the arid scholasticism of medieval book-learning. Whatever their subject, whether it is something as personal as "Friendship" or as abstract as "Truth," the essays combine a mixture of rhetoric and philosophy; and are perhaps the most complete and rounded examples of Bacon's literary style.

Rather than merely summarizing popular philosophy or producing glib expositions of correct conduct, Bacon attempted to change the shape of the other men's minds. He believed rhetoric, as the force eloquence and persuasion, could incline the mind towards the pure light of reason.

ISBN
9780140432169
By
Bacon, Francis
Publisher
Penguin Classics
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Used, Good
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Ideas That Matter: The Concepts That Shape the 21st Century
$6.39
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Ideas can, and do, change the world. Just as Marxism, existentialism, and feminism shaped the last century, so fundamentalism, globalization, and bioethics are transforming our world now. In Ideas that Matter, renowned philosopher A.C. Grayling provides a personal dictionary of the ideas that will shape our world in the decades to come. With customary wit, fire, and erudition, Grayling ranges across the gamut of essential theories, movements, and philosophies--from animal rights to neurophilosophy to war crimes--provoking and elucidating throughout.

Ideas are the cogs that drive history, and in explaining the most complex and influential ones in laymen's terms, Ideas that Matter will help every engaged citizen better understand it.

ISBN
9780465019342
By
Grayling, A C
Publisher
Basic Books
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Used, Very Good
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Discourses
$4.99
Description
"It is not the well-being of individuals that makes cities great, but the well-being of the community"

Few figures in intellectual history have proved as notorious and ambiguous as Niccolò Machiavelli. But while his treatise The Prince made his name synonymous with autocratic ruthlessness and cynical manipulation, The Discourses (c.1517) shows a radically different outlook on the world of politics. In this carefully argued commentary on Livy's history of republican Rome, Machiavelli proposed a system of government that would uphold civic freedom and security by instilling the virtues of active citizenship, and that would also encourage citizens to put the needs of the state above selfish, personal interests. Ambitious in scope, but also clear-eyed and pragmatic, The Discourses creates a modern theory of republic politics.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

ISBN
9780140444285
By
Machiavelli, Niccolo
Publisher
Penguin Classics
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Used, Good
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708835
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On Liberty (Library of Liberal Arts)
$4.99
ISBN
9780024096906
By
Shields, Currin V
Publisher
MacMillan
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Used, Acceptable
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Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece (Suny Series in the Sociology of Culture): A Sociology of Greek Ethics from Homer to the Epicureans and Stoics
$29.16
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An exercise in cultural sociology, Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece seeks to explicate the dynamic currents of classical Hellenic ethics and social philosophy by situating those idea-complexes in their socio-historical and intellectual contexts. Central to this enterprise is a comprehensive historical-sociological analysis of the Polis form of social organization, which charts the evolution of its basic institutions, roles, statuses, and class relations. From the Dark Age period of "genesis" on to the Hellenistic era of "eclipse" by the emergent forces of imperial patrimonialism, Polis society promoted and sustained corresponding normative codes which mobilized and channeled the requisite emotive commitments and cognitive judgments for functional proficiency under existing conditions of life. The aristocratic warrior-ethos canonized in the Homeric epics; the civic ideology of equality and justice espoused by reformist lawgivers and poets; the democratization of status honor and martial virtue that attended the shift to hoplite warfare; the philosophical exaltation of the Polis-citizen bond as found in the architectonic visions of Plato and Aristotle; and the subsequent retreat from civic virtues and the interiorization of value articulated by the Skeptics, Epicureans, and Stoics, new age philosophies in a world remade by Alexander's conquests--these are the key phases in the evolving currents of Hellenic moral discourse, as structurally framed by transformations within the institutional matrix of Polis society.
ISBN
9780791430422
By
Bryant, Joseph M
Publisher
State University of New York Press
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Used, Like New
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745627
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