Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization

By Richard Sennett

This bright background of town in Western civilization tells the tale of city lifestyles via physically experience.

Flesh and Stone is the tale of the private elements of life―how men and women moved in private and non-private areas, what they observed and heard, the smells that assailed them, the place they ate, how they dressed, the mores of bathing and of creating love―all within the structure of stone and area from historical Athens to fashionable New York.

Early in Flesh and Stone, Richard Sennett probes the ways that the traditional Athenians skilled nakedness, and the relation of nakedness to the form of the traditional urban, its bothered politics, and the inequalities among women and men. the tale then strikes to Rome throughout the Emperor Hadrian, exploring Roman ideals within the geometrical perfection of the body.

the second one a part of the booklet examines how Christian ideals concerning the physique concerning the Christian city―the Venetian ghetto, cloisters, and markets in Paris. the ultimate a part of Flesh and Stone offers with what occurred to city house as sleek clinical figuring out of the physique reduce unfastened from pagan and Christian ideals. Flesh and Stone is smart of our regularly evolving city residing areas, aiding us to construct a standard domestic for the elevated range of our bodies that make up the fashionable urban.

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The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy

By Martha C. Nussbaum

This e-book is a learn of old perspectives approximately "moral luck." It examines the basic moral challenge that some of the valued materials of a well-lived lifestyles are prone to elements open air a person's regulate, and asks how this impacts our appraisal of individuals and their lives. The Greeks made a profound contribution to those questions, but neither the issues nor the Greek perspectives of them have obtained the eye they deserve. This up to date version encompasses a new preface.

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The Consolations of Philosophy

From the across the world heralded writer of How Proust Can switch Your Life comes this striking new ebook that offers the knowledge of a few of the best thinkers of the a while as recommendation for our daily struggles.

Solace for the damaged middle are available within the phrases of Schopenhauer. the traditional Greek Epicurus has the wisest, and such a lot cheap, option to funds move difficulties. A treatment for impotence lies in Montaigne. Seneca deals recommendation upon wasting a role. And Nietzsche has wise counsel for every thing from loneliness to sickness. The Consolations of Philosophy is a booklet as accessibly erudite because it turns out to be useful and pleasing.

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A Companion to Hume

Made out of twenty-nine in particular commissioned essays, A spouse to Hume examines the intensity of the philosophies and impact of 1 of history's so much notable thinkers.

  • Demonstrates the diversity of Hume's paintings and illuminates the continued debates that it has generated
  • Organized by way of topic, with introductions to every part to orient the reader
  • Explores issues comparable to wisdom, ardour, morality, faith, economics, and politics
  • Examines the paradoxes of Hume's concept and his legacy, overlaying the tools, issues, and effects of his contributions to philosophy

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Knowledge (Central Problems of Philosophy)

By Michael Welbourne

Knowledge provides a transparent and obtainable evaluation of the most issues and questions that experience supplied the context for contemporary discussions, starting with Plato and Cartesian individualism. Welbourne examines many of the modern, tripartite analyses of data when it comes to trust, fact, and a few kind of justification and exhibits that they fail to correctly catch the assumption of data. He argues for a much wider view of philosophy of data that comes with exam of the encircling social practices, putting specific emphasis at the inspiration of testimony. Welbourne argues that wisdom is an basically a public phenomenon rooted in our communicative practices and exhibits that brooding about how testimony works as a resource of ideals truly supplies us a deal with at the concept of information itself. The e-book can be crucial analyzing for somebody attracted to epistemology, the philosophy of language, or the intersection among the two.

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Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority (Philosophical Series)

By Emmanuel Levinas

Inspired partially by means of the dialogical philosophies of Franz Rosenzweig and Martin Buber,Totality and Infinity departs from the ethically impartial culture of ontology to research the "face-to-face" relation with the opposite. First released in English via Duquesne in 1969, this has develop into one of many classics of contemporary philosophy. absolutely listed.

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The Self, Ethics and Human Rights: Lacan, Levinas and Alterity

By Joseph Indaimo

This e-book explores how the inspiration of human identification informs the moral aim of justice in human rights. in the sleek discourse of human rights, the problem of identification has been principally overlooked. even though, inside this discourse lies a conceptualisation of id that was once derived from a selected liberal philosophy concerning the ‘true nature’ of the remoted, self-determining and rational person. Rights are therefore conceived as whatever which are owned by way of each one self sustaining self, and that warrantly the workout of its autonomy. significantly attractive this topic of rights, this e-book considers how fresh shifts within the suggestion of id and, extra particularly, the serious humanist idea of ‘the other’, presents a foundation for re-imagining the root of up to date human rights. Drawing at the paintings of Jacques Lacan and Emmanuel Levinas, an inter-subjectivity among self and different ‘always already’ marks human id with a moral openness. And, this publication argues, it's within the shift clear of the human self as a ‘sovereign individual’ that human rights have come to mirror a self-identity that's grounded within the strength of an irreducible trouble for the other.

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In Defense of Lost Causes

Acclaimed, adrenalin-fuelled manifesto for common values by way of 'the most threatening thinker within the West.'

In this combative significant new paintings, philosophical sharpshooter Slavoj Zizek appears for the kernel of fact within the totalitarian politics of the previous.

Examining Heidegger's seduction through fascism and Foucault's flirtation with the Iranian Revolution, he means that those have been the 'right steps within the improper direction.' at the innovative terror of Robespierre, Mao and the Bolsheviks, Zizek argues that whereas those struggles resulted in historical failure and horror, there has been a helpful center of idealism misplaced underneath the bloodshed.

A redemptive imaginative and prescient has been obscured via the gentle, decentralized politics of the liberal-democratic consensus. confronted with the arrival ecological obstacle, Zizek argues the case for progressive terror and the dictatorship of the proletariat. A go back to earlier beliefs is required regardless of the dangers. within the phrases of Samuel Beckett: 'Try back. Fail back. Fail better.'

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Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (FSG Classics)

By Jostein Gaarder

A page-turning novel that also is an exploration of the nice philosophical recommendations of Western concept, Sophie's international has fired the mind's eye of readers world wide, with greater than twenty million copies in print.

One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes domestic from university to discover in her mailbox notes, with one query on every one: "Who are you?" and "Where does the realm come from?" From that impossible to resist starting, Sophie turns into captivated with questions that take her a long way past what she understands of her Norwegian village. via these letters, she enrolls in a type of correspondence direction, masking Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious thinker, whereas receiving letters addressed to a different woman. who's Hilde? And why does her mail hold turning up? to resolve this riddle, Sophie needs to use the philosophy she is learning―but the reality seems to be way more advanced than she may have imagined.

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A Philosophy of Emptiness

By Gay Watson

We usually view vacancy as a adverse , a symptom of melancholy, depression, or grief—an evaluate furthered through authors like Franz Kafka or the existentialists, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. providing another view, A Philosophy of Emptiness reclaims those hole emotions as a good or even empowering country, an antidote to the trendy obsession with substance and foundation.
 
Digging via early and non-Western philosophy, homosexual Watson uncovers a wealthy background of vacancy. She travels from Buddhism, Taoism, and spiritual mysticism to the modern global of philosophy, technology, and paintings perform. even though so much Western philosophies are involved in substance and starting place, she reveals that the 20 th century has noticeable a resurgence of vacancy and gives explanation why such an it seems that unappealing proposal has attracted smooth musicians, artists, and scientists, in addition to preeminent thinkers in the course of the a while. Probing the belief of the way a lifestyles with out origin could be lived—and why an individual may perhaps decide on this path—A Philosophy of Emptiness links those options to modern principles of meditation and the brain, offering a wealthy and exciting tackle the concept that of vacancy and the heritage of thought.

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