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ATHEISM IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
Written by TIM WHITMARSH

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95832-7

How new is atheism? Although adherents and opponents alike today present it as an invention of the European Enlightenment, when the forces of science and secularism broadly challenged those of faith, disbelief in the gods, in fact, originated in a far more remote past. In Battling the Gods, Tim Whitmarsh journeys into the ancient Mediterranean, a world almost unimaginably different from our own, to recover the stories and voices of those who first refused the divinities.

Homer’s epic poems of...

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Written by W.G. SEBALD
Translator JO CATLING

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 06/09/2015

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97954-1

A Place in the Country is W. G. Sebald’s meditation on the six artists and writers who shaped his creative mind—and the last of this great writer’s major works to be translated into English.
 
This edition includes more than 40 pieces of art, all originally selected by W. G. Sebald.

This extraordinary collection of interlinked essays about place, memory, and creativity captures the inner worlds of five authors and one painter. In his masterly and mysterious style—part critical essay, part...

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WHY PHILOSOPHY WON'T GO AWAY
Written by REBECCA GOLDSTEIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-45672-4

Is philosophy obsolete? Are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news? The acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science.
 
At the origin of Western philosophy stands Plato, who got about as much wrong as one would expect from a thinker who...

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SENECA AT THE COURT OF NERO
Written by JAMES ROMM

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/02/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74374-9

From acclaimed classical historian, author of Ghost on the Throne a  high-stakes drama full of murder, madness, tyranny, perversion, with the sweep of history on the grand scale.

At the center, the tumultuous life of Seneca, ancient Rome’s preeminent writer and philosopher, beginning with banishment in his fifties and subsequent appointment as tutor to twelve-year-old Nero, future emperor of Rome. Controlling them both, Nero’s mother, Julia Agrippina the Younger, Roman empress,...

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Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Illustrated by RYAN DUNLAVEY

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Dark Horse Books

On Sale: 10/28/2014

Price: $29.99

ISBN: 978-1-616-55539-9

The definitive tenth-anniversary edition of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey's award-winning, best-selling Action Philosophers!

Study the tenets of Plato, the wrestling superstar from ancient Greece, learn the lessons of Nietzsche, the original übermensch, and meditate on the messages of Bodhidharma, a kung fu master. Laugh, learn, laugh some more, and ponder the messages of history's great thinkers as Van Lente and Dunlavey deliver this comprehensive cartoon history from the pre-Socratics...

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Written by DAVID HARVEY

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 12/17/2013

Price: $95.00

ISBN: 978-1-781-68122-0

The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression shows no sign of coming to a close and Marx’s work remains key in understanding the cycles that lead to recession. For nearly forty years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, becoming one of the world’s most foremost Marx scholars.

Based on his recent lectures, and following the success of his companion to the first volume of Capital, Harvey turns his attention to Volume 2, aiming to bring his depth of learning to a broader...

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JOHN LOCKE AND THE INVENTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Written by ETIENNE BALIBAR

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 10/08/2013

Price: $23.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68134-3

John Locke’s foundational place in the history of British empiricism and liberal political thought is well established. So, in what sense, can Locke be considered a modern European philosopher? Identity and Difference argues for reassessing this canonical figure. Closely examining the “treatise on identity” added to the second edition of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Étienne Balibar demonstrates Locke’s role in the formation of two concepts central to the metaphysics of the...

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Written by DAVID HARVEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 09/10/2013

Price: $21.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68121-3

The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression shows no sign of coming to a close and Marx’s work remains key in understanding the cycles that lead to recession. For nearly forty years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, becoming one of the world’s most foremost Marx scholars.

Based on his recent lectures, and following the success of his companion to the first volume of Capital, Harvey turns his attention to Volume 2, aiming to bring his depth of learning to a broader...

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ASKING THE BIG QUESTIONS IN A CULTURE OF EASY ANSWERS
Written by CURTIS WHITE

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 05/28/2013

Price: $23.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19200-0

One of our most brilliant social critics–author of The Middle Mind–presents a scathing critique of the “delusions” of science alongside a rousing defense of the tradition of Romanticism and the “big” questions.

With the rise of religion critics such as Richard Dawkins, and of pseudo-science advocates such as Malcolm Gladwell and Jonah Lehrer, you’re likely to become a subject of ridicule if you wonder “Why is there something instead of nothing?” or “What is our purpose on earth?” Instead, at...

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Written by JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU
Translator PETER CONSTANTINE
Edited by LEO DAMROSCH

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 03/26/2013

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98038-7

Newly translated by Peter Constantine
Edited and with an Introduction by Leo Damrosch

The Essential Writings of Rousseau collects the best and most indispensable work of one of the world’s most influential writers. A towering figure of Enlightenment thought, Jean-Jacques Rousseau was also one of that movement’s most passionate and persuasive critics. His extraordinarily original observations on politics, education, and human nature were provocative in their day and remain resonant more than...

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Written by NANCY MITFORD
Introduction by ADAM GOPNIK

Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 11/06/2012

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17578-1

The inimitable Nancy Mitford’s account of Voltaire’s fifteen-year relationship with the Marquise du Châtelet–the renowned mathematician who introduced Isaac Newton’s revolutionary new physics to France–is a spirited romp in the company of two extraordinary individuals as well as an erudite and gossipy guide to French high society during the Enlightenment. Mitford’s story is as delicious as it is complicated. The marquise was in love with another mathematician, Maupertuis, while she had an...

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SOCRATES, ATHENS AND THE SEARCH FOR THE GOOD LIFE
Written by BETTANY HUGHES

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/14/2012

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-07601-7

Winner of the Norton Medlicott Award
From the celebrated British author and historian: a brilliant new book combining historical inquiry and storytelling élan to paint an unprecedentedly vivid portrait of Socrates and the Golden Age of classical Athens.

We think the way we do because Socrates thought the way he did; in his unwavering commitment to truth and in the example of his own life, he set the standard for all subsequent Western philosophy. And yet, for twenty-five centuries, he has...

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