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  • The World of Perception

    1st Edition

    By Maurice Merleau-Ponty

    'In simple prose Merleau-Ponty touches on his principle themes. He speaks about the body and the world, the coexistence of space and things, the unfortunate optimism of science – and also the insidious stickiness of honey, and the mystery of anger.' - James Elkins Maurice Merleau-Ponty was one of…

    Paperback – 2008-02-01
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  • Gender Trouble

    Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, 1st Edition

    By Judith Butler

    One of the most talked-about scholarly works of the past fifty years, Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble is as celebrated as it is controversial. Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural, 'essential' notion of the female, or indeed of sex or gender, Butler starts by questioning…

    Paperback – 2006-05-12
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  • The Location of Culture

    2nd Edition

    By Homi K. Bhabha

    Rethinking questions of identity, social agency and national affiliation, Bhabha provides a working, if controversial, theory of cultural hybridity - one that goes far beyond previous attempts by others. In The Location of Culture, he uses concepts such as mimicry, interstice, hybridity, and…

    Paperback – 2004-09-01
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  • Why I am not a Christian

    and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects, 2nd Edition

    By Bertrand Russell

    While its tone is playful and frivolous, this book poses tough questions over the nature of religion and belief. Religion provides comfortable responses to the questions that have always beset humankind - why are we here, what is the point of being alive, how ought we to behave? Russell…

    Paperback – 2004-02-02
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  • History of Western Philosophy

    1st Edition

    By Bertrand Russell

    First published in 1946, History of Western Philosophy went on to become the best-selling philosophy book of the twentieth century. A dazzlingly ambitious project, it remains unchallenged to this day as the ultimate introduction to Western philosophy. Providing a sophisticated overview of the ideas…

    Paperback – 2004-02-02
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  • Being and Nothingness

    An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology, 2nd Edition

    By Jean-Paul Sartre

    Being and Nothingness is without doubt one of the most significant books of the twentieth century. The central work by one of the world's most influential thinkers, it altered the course of western philosophy. Its revolutionary approach challenged all previous assumptions about the individual's…

    Paperback – 2003-08-28
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  • Purity and Danger

    An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo, 1st Edition

    By Professor Mary Douglas

    In Purity and Danger Mary Douglas identifies the concern for purity as a key theme at the heart of every society. In lively and lucid prose she explains its relevance for every reader by revealing its wide-ranging impact on our attitudes to society, values, cosmology and knowledge. The book has…

    Paperback – 2002-09-12
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  • Wholeness and the Implicate Order

    1st Edition

    By David Bohm

    David Bohm was one of the foremost scientific thinkers and philosophers of our time. Although deeply influenced by Einstein, he was also, more unusually for a scientist, inspired by mysticism. Indeed, in the 1970s and 1980s he made contact with both J. Krishnamurti and the Dalai Lama whose…

    Paperback – 2002-07-04
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  • Complete Fairy Tales

    2nd Edition

    By Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm

    The tale of 'Cinderella' is told wherever stories are still read aloud and everyone is familiar with 'Rapunzel' and 'The Golden Goose', but who has heard all the wonderful stories collected by the Brothers Grimm? Well, here's your chance, for within these covers you will find every one of their 210…

    Paperback – 2002-06-13
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  • Archaeology of Knowledge

    2nd Edition

    By Michel Foucault

    In France, a country that awards its intellectuals the status other countries give their rock stars, Michel Foucault was part of a glittering generation of thinkers, one which also included Sartre, de Beauvoir and Deleuze. One of the great intellectual heroes of the twentieth century, Foucault was…

    Paperback – 2002-05-09
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  • The Logic of Scientific Discovery

    2nd Edition

    By Karl Popper

    Described by the philosopher A.J. Ayer as a work of 'great originality and power', this book revolutionized contemporary thinking on science and knowledge. Ideas such as the now legendary doctrine of 'falsificationism' electrified the scientific community, influencing even working scientists,…

    Paperback – 2002-02-21
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  • The Order of Things

    2nd Edition

    By Michel Foucault

    When one defines "order" as a sorting of priorities, it becomes beautifully clear as to what Foucault is doing here. With virtuoso showmanship, he weaves an intensely complex history of thought. He dips into literature, art, economics and even biology in The Order of Things, possibly one of the…

    Paperback – 2001-10-11
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  • Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

    2nd Edition

    By Ludwig Wittgenstein

    Perhaps the most important work of philosophy written in the twentieth century, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus was the only philosophical work that Ludwig Wittgenstein published during his lifetime. Written in short, carefully numbered paragraphs of extreme brilliance, it captured the imagination…

    Paperback – 2001-05-18
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  • Writing and Difference

    2nd Edition

    By Jacques Derrida

    In the 1960s a radical concept emerged from the great French thinker Jacques Derrida. Read the book that changed the way we think; read Writing and Difference, the classic introduction.…

    Paperback – 2001-05-18
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  • Relativity

    2nd Edition

    By Albert Einstein

    Time's 'Man of the Century', Albert Einstein is the unquestioned founder of modern physics. His theory of relativity is the most important scientific idea of the modern era. In this short book Einstein explains, using the minimum of mathematical terms, the basic ideas and principles of the theory…

    Paperback – 2001-05-18
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  • The Culture Industry

    Selected Essays on Mass Culture, 2nd Edition

    By Theodor W Adorno

    Edited by J. M. Bernstein

    The creation of the Frankfurt School of critical theory in the 1920s saw the birth of some of the most exciting and challenging writings of the twentieth century. It is out of this background that the great critic Theodor Adorno emerged. His finest essays are collected here, offering the reader…

    Paperback – 2001-05-17
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  • The Road to Serfdom

    2nd Edition

    By F.A. Hayek

    The Road to Serfdom remains one of the all-time classics of twentieth-century intellectual thought. For over half a century, it has inspired politicians and thinkers around the world, and has had a crucial impact on our political and cultural history. With trademark brilliance, Hayek argues…

    Paperback – 2001-05-17
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  • Modern Man in Search of a Soul

    2nd Edition

    By C.G. Jung

    Modern Man in Search of a Soul is the perfect introduction to the theories and concepts of one of the most original and influential religious thinkers of the twentieth century. Lively and insightful, it covers all of his most significant themes, including man's need for a God and the mechanics of…

    Paperback – 2001-05-17
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  • The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

    1st Edition

    By Max Weber

    Max Weber's best-known and most controversial work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, first published in 1904, remains to this day a powerful and fascinating read. Weber's highly accessible style is just one of many reasons for his continuing popularity. The book contends that the…

    Paperback – 2001-05-17
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Gender Trouble: It's a Classic for a Reason

Does Butler's Gender Trouble still apply to current gender issues? Read our Q&A with Dr Nina Power for her take.

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