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The Macat Library: Great Works for Critical Thinking


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Making the ideas of the world’s great thinkers accessible, affordable, and comprehensible to everybody, everywhere. 

With a growing list of over 180 titles across a broad range of subject areas, Macat works with leading academics from the world’s top universities to produce new analyses that focus on the ideas and the impact of the most influential works ever written. By setting them in context – and looking at the influences that shaped their authors, as well as the responses they provoked – Macat encourages readers to look at these classics and game-changers with fresh eyes.

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An Analysis of Donna Haraway's A Cyborg Manifesto Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century

An Analysis of Donna Haraway's A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Rebecca Pohl
September 28, 2018

Haraway’s ‘A Cyborg Manifesto’ is a key postmodern text and is widely taught in many disciplines as one of the first texts to embrace technology from a leftist and feminist perspective using the metaphor of the cyborg to champion socialist, postmodern, and anti-identitarian politics. Until Haraway’...

An Analysis of David J. Teece's Dynamic Capabilites and Strategic Management Organizing for Innovation and Growth

An Analysis of David J. Teece's Dynamic Capabilites and Strategic Management: Organizing for Innovation and Growth

1st Edition

Veselina Stoyanova
August 06, 2018

Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management is a pioneering book in business studies, one of the most succinct and in-depth examinations of dynamic capabilities, explaining both their foundations and the strategic implications they hold for both academics and practitioners in the field of ...

An Analysis of Roland Barthes's The Death of the Author

An Analysis of Roland Barthes's The Death of the Author

1st Edition

Laura Seymour
June 04, 2018

Roland Barthes’s 1967 essay, "The Death of the Author," argues against the traditional practice of incorporating the intentions and biographical context of an author into textual interpretation because of the resultant limitations imposed on a text. Hailing "the birth of the reader," Barthes posits...

An Analysis of Jacques Derrida's Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences

An Analysis of Jacques Derrida's Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences

1st Edition

Tim Smith-Laing
May 15, 2018

Jacques Derrida’s Structure, Sign, and Play is one of the most controversial and influential philosophical texts of the 20th century. Delivered at a conference on structuralism at Johns Hopkins, the lecture took aim at the critical and philosophical fashions of the time and radically proposing a ...

An Analysis of James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds Why the Many are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economics, Societies, and Nations

An Analysis of James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economics, Societies, and Nations

1st Edition

Nikki Springer
May 15, 2018

In The Wisdom of Crowds, New Yorker columnist, Surowiecki, explores the question of whether the many are better than an elite few – no matter their qualifications – at solving problems, promoting innovation and making wise decisions. Surowiecki’s text uses multiple case studies and touches on the ...

An Analysis of Martin Buber's I and Thou

An Analysis of Martin Buber's I and Thou

1st Edition

Simon Ravenscroft
May 15, 2018

Martin Buber’s I and Thou argues that humans engage with the world in two ways. One is with the attitude of an ‘I’ towards an ‘It’, where the self stands apart from objects as items of experience or use. The other is with the attitude of an ‘I’ towards a ‘Thou’, where the self enters into real ...

An Analysis of N.T. Wright's The New Testament and the People of God

An Analysis of N.T. Wright's The New Testament and the People of God

1st Edition

Benjamin Laird
May 15, 2018

Wright’s The New Testament and the People of God is the first volume of his acclaimed series ‘Christian Origins and the Question of God’ comprehensively addressing the historical and theological questions surrounding the origins of Christianity. The text outlines Wright's hermeneutical theory and ...

An Analysis of Pankaj Ghemawat's Distance Still Matters The Hard Reality of Global Expansion

An Analysis of Pankaj Ghemawat's Distance Still Matters: The Hard Reality of Global Expansion

1st Edition

Alessandro Giudici, Marianna Rolbina
May 15, 2018

"Distance Still Matters" is an influential Harvard Business Review article. In this work, Ghemawat proposes the CAGE distance framework that allows firms to consider four dimensions of international distance (cultural, administrative, geographic, and economic) when planning global expansion. Then, ...

An Analysis of William H. Whyte's The Organization Man

An Analysis of William H. Whyte's The Organization Man

1st Edition

Nikki Springer
May 15, 2018

William Whyte’s core idea in The Organization Man is that the Protestant Ethic that characterized financial and personal success in American history had been replaced in modern times by the Social Ethic. This stressed the group as the source of creativity and emphasized that the greatest need of ...

An Analysis of Erwin Panofsky's Meaning in the Visual Arts

An Analysis of Erwin Panofsky's Meaning in the Visual Arts

1st Edition

Emmanouil Kalkanis
May 15, 2018

Erwin Panofsky’s Meaning in the Visual Arts is considered a key work in art history. Its ideas have provoked widespread debate, and although it was first published more than sixty years ago, it continues to feature regularly on numerous university reading lists. Meaning in the Visual Arts ...

An Analysis of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Epistemology of the Closet

An Analysis of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Epistemology of the Closet

1st Edition

Christien Garcia
May 15, 2018

In this book, Sedgwick examines texts from Europe and America such as Wilde, Nietzsche and Proust and considers the historical moment when sexual orientation came to be as important a signifier of personhood as gender had been for centuries. In doing this, Sedgwick provides a history of sexuality ...

An Analysis of Friedrich Schleiermacher's On Religion Speeches to its Cultured Despisers

An Analysis of Friedrich Schleiermacher's On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers

1st Edition

Ruth Jackson
May 15, 2018

On Religion is a major text for the development of modern religious thought in the West and its author, German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher, is remembered as the Father of Modern Protestant Theology, as well as for his contributions to philosophy, ethics and hermeneutics. Comprising five ...

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