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PHILOSOPHICAL ESSAYS
Written by BENJAMIN FONDANE
Edited by BRUCE BAUGH
Translator BRUCE BAUGH
Introduction by BRUCE BAUGH

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17898-0

Benjamin Fondane—who was born and educated in Romania, moved as an adult to Paris, lived for a time in Buenos Aires, where he was close to Victoria Ocampo, Jorge Luis Borges’s friend and publisher, and died in Auschwitz—was an artist and thinker who found in every limit, in every border, “a torture and a spur.” Poet, critic, man of the theater, movie director, Fondane was the most daring of the existentialists, a metaphysical anarchist, affirming individual against those great abstractions...

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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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STAYING HUMAN IN THE AGE OF BIG DATA
Written by CURTIS WHITE

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 11/17/2015

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19455-4

In the tradition of Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not a Gadget, a rousing, sharply argued—and, yes, inspiring!—reckoning with our blind faith in technology
 
Can technology solve all our problems? Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many of our most famous journalists, pundits, and economists seem to think so. According to them, “intelligent machines” and big data will free us from work, educate our children, transform our environment, and even make religion more user-friendly. This is...

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A GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY OF ROSA LUXEMBURG
Written by KATE EVANS
Edited by PAUL BUHLE

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-784-78099-9

A graphic novel of the dramatic life and death of German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg

A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. But she was much more than just a thinker. She made herself heard in a world inimical to the voices of strong-willed women. She overcame physical infirmity and the prejudice she faced as a Jew to become an active revolutionary whose philosophy enriched every corner of an incredibly...

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TOWARDS A NEW FOUNDATION OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM
Written by SLAVOJ ZIZEK

Format: Trade Paperback, pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 10/06/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-784-78199-6

Philosophical materialism in all its forms – from scientific naturalism to Deleuzian New Materialism – has failed to meet the key theoretical and political challenges of the modern world. This is the burden of philosopher Slavoj Žižek’s argument in this pathbreaking and eclectic new work. Recent history has seen developments such as quantum physics and Freudian psychoanalysis, not to speak of the failure of twentieth-century communism, shake our understanding of existence.

In the process, the...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 210 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 06/09/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68891-5

A revolutionary compilation of speeches which produced a political groundwork for many of the radical movements in the following decades

The now legendary Dialectics of Liberation congress, held in London in 1967, was a unique expression of the politics of dissent. Existential psychiatrists, Marxist intellectuals, anarchists, and political leaders met to discuss key social issues. Edited by David Cooper, The Dialectics of Liberation compiles interventions from congress contributors Stokely...

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Written by ALAIN BADIOU
Translator DAVID MACEY, STEVE CORCORAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 05/12/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68870-0

“We know that communism is the right hypothesis. All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy, to parliamentary democracy—the form of state suited to capitalism—and to the inevitable and ‘natural’ character of the most monstrous inequalities.”—Alain Badiou

Alain Badiou’s “communist hypothesis,” first stated in 2008, cut through the cant and compromises of the past twenty years to reconceptualize the Left. The hypothesis is a fresh demand for...

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Written by ALAIN BADIOU
Translator BRUNO BOSTEELS

Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 05/05/2015

Price: $9.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68869-4

An urgent and provocative account of the modern ‘militant’, a transformative figure at the front line of emancipatory politics. Around the world, recent events have seen the creation of a radical phalanx comprising students, the young, workers and immigrants. It is Badiou’s contention that the politics of such militants should condition the tasks of philosophy, even as philosophy clarifies the truth of our political condition.

To resolve the conflicts between politics, philosophy and...

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Written by MARIE LUISE KNOTT

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 04/14/2015

Price: $13.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51749-9

Short-listed for the Tractatus Essay Prize, an examination of the innovative strategies Arendt used to achieve intellectual freedom
 
After observing the trial of Adolf Eichmann, Hannah Arendt articulated her controversial concept of the “banality of evil,” thereby posing one of the most chilling and divisive moral questions of the twentieth century: How can genocidal acts be carried out by non-psychopathic people? By revealing the full complexity of the trial with reasoning that defied...

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THE POLITICAL IMAGINARY OF THE PARIS COMMUNE
Written by KRISTIN ROSS

Format: Hardcover, 156 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 04/07/2015

Price: $23.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68839-7

Reclaiming the legacy of the Paris Commune for the twenty-first century

Kristin Ross’s new work on the thought and culture of the Communard uprising of 1871 resonates with the motivations and actions of contemporary protest, which has found its most powerful expression in the reclamation of public space. Today’s concerns—internationalism, education, the future of labor, the status of art, and ecological theory and practice—frame and inform her carefully researched restaging of the words and...

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REFLECTIONS ON THE EXPLOITATION OF JEWISH SUFFERING

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68561-7

In his iconoclastic and controversial study, Norman G. Finkelstein moves from an interrogation of the place the Holocaust has come to occupy in global culture to a disturbing examination of recent Holocaust compensation settlements. It was not until the Arab–Israeli War of 1967, when Israel’s evident strength brought it into line with US foreign policy, that memory of the Holocaust began to acquire the exceptional prominence it has today.

Recalling Holocaust fraudsters such as Jerzy Kosiński...

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WHERE ACTIVISM MEETS MYSTICISM
Written by JAMES O'DEA

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Watkins Publishing

On Sale: 12/09/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-780-28843-7

An extraordinary and rousing manifesto from award-winning author James O’Dea, The Conscious Activist is both a compelling narrative and a deep reflection on the demands of mystical realization and effective activism.

Throughout the book, O'Dea poses that an integration of the two has the power to permanently transform the social order and to wake up humanity from its course of rapid self-destruction. Divided into two parts, Part I offers parallel narratives of author James O’Dea’s training...

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