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Written by FRIEDRICH SCHILLER
Introduction by ALEXANDER SCHMIDT
Translator KEITH TRIBE

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 12/06/2016

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39696-5

German poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller’s famous text on art, politics, and society

The artist is certainly the child of his age, but all the worse for him if he is at the same time its pupil, even worse its minion.”

One of the most profound works of German philosophy, Friedrich Schiller’s On the Aesthetic Education of Man examines politics, revolution, and the history of ideas in order argue that art should have a greater role in shaping society. Deeply disillusioned with the course...

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Written by SAMO TOMSIC

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 12/08/2015

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-784-78108-8

A major systematic study of the connection between Marx and Lacan’s work

Finalist for the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize

Despite a resurgence of interest in Lacanian psychoanalysis, particularly in terms of the light it casts on capitalist ideology—as witnessed by the work of Slavoj Žižek—there remain remarkably few systematic accounts of the role of Marx in Lacan’s work.

A major, comprehensive study of the connection between their work, The Capitalist Unconscious...

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Written by DAVID BROOKS

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 04/14/2015

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99325-7

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character, but I wanted at least to know what the road looks like and how other people have trodden it.”—David Brooks

 
With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers, David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways. In The Social Animal, he explored the neuroscience of...

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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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Written by JACQUES RANCIERE
Translator JOHN HOWE

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 10/07/2014

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68606-5

Cinema, like language, can be said to exist as a system of differences. In his latest book, acclaimed philosopher Jacques Rancière looks at cinematic art in comparison to its corollary forms in literature and theatre. From literature, he argues, cinema takes its narrative conventions, while at the same time effacing literature’s images and philosophy; and film rejects theatre, while also fulfilling theatre’s dream.

Built on these contradictions, the cinema is the real, material space in...

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SOUL AND COSMOS: THE PHYSICS AND METAPHYSICS OF THE STARS AND PLANETS
Written by RICHARD GROSSINGER
Foreword by BERNADETTE MAYER

Format: Trade Paperback, 840 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 09/30/2014

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94710-4

Ever since Homo sapiens first looked up at the stars, we as a species have been looking for meaning in the mysteries of the night sky. Over the millennia, as our knowledge, science, and technology developed, the stories we told ourselves about the universe and our place in it developed as well. In The Night Sky, Richard Grossinger traces those developments, covering multiple aspects of humanity’s complex relationship to the cosmos. Covering not only astronomy but also cosmology, cosmogony,...

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A GUIDE TO LIVELIHOOD FOR A NEW GENERATION
Written by LODRO RINZLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Shambhala

On Sale: 09/09/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-611-80061-6

Apply the simple Buddhist teachings and practices Lodro Rinzler provides here to whatever you do for a living, and you’ll be setting out on the path toward making your livelihood an expression of your inherent wisdom, honesty, and compassion. Students will discover practical ways to bring mindfulness into administrative support, cabinet-making, financial management, nursing, truck-driving, or latté-brewing. In the process, students will discover genuine empathy and learn leadership skills...

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Written by BORIS GROYS

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 07/15/2014

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68292-0

On the New looks at the economies of exchange and valuation that drive modern culture's key sites: the intellectual marketplace and the archive. As ideas move from one context to another, newness is created. This continuous shifting of the line that separates the valuable from the worthless, culture from profanity, is at the center of Boris Groys's investigation which aims to map the uncharted territory of what constitutes artistic innovation and what processes underpin its recognition and...

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THE BIOGRAPHY: SPIRITUAL REVOLUTIONARY, ROMANTIC EXPLORER, OCCULT MASTER AND SPY
Written by TOBIAS CHURTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages

Publisher: Watkins Publishing

On Sale: 05/20/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-780-28384-5

Churton’s illuminating biography includes a detailed account of Crowley’s adventures as a British spy during World War I; his astonishing family background, with secrets that have remained hidden for over a century; his philosophical, scientific and psychological brilliance, and his rich legacy of high original ideas.

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A THEORY
Written by AARON JAMES

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 04/22/2014

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17135-9

What does it mean for someone to be an asshole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often stuck dealing with people for whom there is no better name. We try to avoid them, but assholes are everywhere—at work, at home, on the road, in the public sphere—and we struggle to comprehend why exactly someone should be acting like that.
 
Asshole management begins with asshole understanding. Finally giving us the concepts to discern why assholes disturb us so, philosopher Aaron...

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Written by BENJAMIN KUNKEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 03/11/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68327-9

After the financial crash and the great recession, the media rediscovered Karl marx, socialist theory, and the very idea that capitalism can be questioned.

But in spite of the publicity, the main paths of contemporary critical thought have gone unexplored outside of the academy. Benjamin Kunkel’s Utopia or Bust leads readers — whether politically committed or simply curious — through the most important critical theory today. Written with the wit and verve of Kunkel’s best-selling novel,...

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HOW POSITIVE THINKING RESHAPED MODERN LIFE
Written by MITCH HOROWITZ

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 01/07/2014

Price: $24.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-98649-8

Do not order before 1/1/2014
The positive thinking movement is frequently dismissed as philosophical fluff, attracting only New Agers and self-help junkies. One Simple Idea, Mitch Horowitz’s exciting new tome, sets out to correct misperceptions. Drawing on dramatic personalities like Norman Vincent Peale, Horowitz makes the case for a movement that has touched millions.

“Mitch Horowitz has written a powerful, perceptive, and enlightening testament to the idea that a single thought can...

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