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Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present > Western philosophy, from c 1900 - > General

A Philosopher Looks at Architecture (Paperback): Paul Guyer A Philosopher Looks at Architecture (Paperback)
Paul Guyer
R286 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R46 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What should our buildings look like? Or is their usability more important than their appearance? Paul Guyer argues that the fundamental goals of architecture first identified by the Roman architect Marcus Pollio Vitruvius - good construction, functionality, and aesthetic appeal - have remained valid despite constant changes in human activities, building materials and technologies, as well as in artistic styles and cultures. Guyer discusses philosophers and architects throughout history, including Alberti, Kant, Ruskin, Wright, and Loos, and surveys the ways in which their ideas are brought to life in buildings across the world. He also considers the works and words of contemporary architects including Annabelle Selldorf, Herzog and de Meuron, and Steven Holl, and shows that - despite changing times and fashions - good architecture continues to be something worth striving for. This new series offers short and personal perspectives by expert thinkers on topics that we all encounter in our everyday lives.

The Destruction of Reason (Paperback): Georg Lukacs The Destruction of Reason (Paperback)
Georg Lukacs
R767 R630 Discovery Miles 6 300 Save R137 (18%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A classic of Western Marxism, The Destruction of Reason is Georg Lukacs's trenchant criticism of German philosophy after Marx and the role it played in the rise of National Socialism. Originally published in 1952, the book is a sustained and detailed polemic against post-Hegelian German philosophy and sociology from Kierkegaard to Heidegger. The Destruction of Reason is unsparing in its contention that with almost no exceptions, the post-Hegelian tradition prepared the ground fascist thought. In this, the main culprits are Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger who are accused, in turn, of introducing irrationalism into social and philosophical thought, pronounced antagonism to the idea of progress in history, an aristocratic view of the "masses," and, consequently, hostility to socialism, which in its classic expressions are movements for popular democracy-especially, but not exclusively, the expropriation of most private property in terms of material production. The Destruction of Reason remains one of Lukacs's most controversial, albeit little read, books. This new edition, featuring an historical introduction by Peter E. Gordon, will finally see this classic come back in to print.

The Deconstructive Turn - Essays in the Rhetoric of Philosophy (Paperback): Christopher Norris The Deconstructive Turn - Essays in the Rhetoric of Philosophy (Paperback)
Christopher Norris
R1,026 Discovery Miles 10 260 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

What might be the outcome for philosophy if its texts were subjected to the powerful techniques of rhetorical close-reading developed by current deconstructionist literary critics? When first published in 1983, Christopher Norris' book was the first to explore such questions in the context of modern analytic and linguistic philosophy, opening up a new and challenging dimension of inter-disciplinary study and creating a fresh and productive dialogue between philosophy and literary theory.

Contemporary French Philosophy - A Study in Norms and Values (Hardcover): Colin Smith Contemporary French Philosophy - A Study in Norms and Values (Hardcover)
Colin Smith
R3,164 Discovery Miles 31 640 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

First published in 1964, this is not just a chronicle or encyclopaedia, but deals thoroughly in turn with meaning, view about reason, and views about values, particularly moral values. The author's knowledge of French literature is extensive and thorough, and a feature of the book is his analysis of the philosophical implications of literary works by Sartre, Paul Valery, Camus and others.

The Forgetting of Air in Martin Heidegger (Paperback, New Ed): Luce Irigaray The Forgetting of Air in Martin Heidegger (Paperback, New Ed)
Luce Irigaray; Translated by Mary Beth Mader
R538 Discovery Miles 5 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

French philosopher Luce Irigaray has become one of the twentieth century's most influential feminist thinkers. Among her many writings are three books (with a projected fourth) in which she challenges the Western tradition's construals of human beings' relations to the four elements--earth, air, fire, and water--and to nature. In answer to Heidegger's undoing of Western metaphysics as a "forgetting of Being," Irigaray seeks in this work to begin to think out the Being of sexedness and the sexedness of Being.

This volume is the first English translation of L'oubli de l'air chez Martin Heidegger (1983). In this complex, lyrical, meditative engagement with the later work of the eminent German philosopher, Irigaray critiques Heidegger's emphasis on the element of earth as the ground of life and speech and his "oblivion" or forgetting of air.

With the other volumes (Elemental Passions and Marine Lover of Friedrich Nietzsche, published elsewhere) in Irigaray's "elemental" series, The Forgetting of Air offers a fundamental rereading of basic tenets in Western metaphysics. And with its emphasis on dwelling and human habitation, it will be important reading not only in the humanities but also in architecture and the environmental sciences.

The Deconstructive Turn - Essays in the Rhetoric of Philosophy (Hardcover): Christopher Norris The Deconstructive Turn - Essays in the Rhetoric of Philosophy (Hardcover)
Christopher Norris
R3,159 Discovery Miles 31 590 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

What might be the outcome for philosophy if its texts were subjected to the powerful techniques of rhetorical close-reading developed by current deconstructionist literary critics? When first published in 1983, Christopher Norrisa (TM) book was the first to explore such questions in the context of modern analytic and linguistic philosophy, opening up a new and challenging dimension of inter-disciplinary study and creating a fresh and productive dialogue between philosophy and literary theory.

RLE: Michel Foucault (5 Vols) (Hardcover): Various RLE: Michel Foucault (5 Vols) (Hardcover)
Various
R10,648 R3,398 Discovery Miles 33 980 Save R7,250 (68%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Providing a detailed and in depth analysis of one of the most important sociologists of the twentieth century, this Routledge Library Edition brings together some of the most significant and insightful scholarship on Michel Foucault published in the past quarter of a century. These five volumes, first published between 1984 and 1991, offer an extremely valuable study of this influential figure, covering a wide variety of themes, which range from Foucault's views on education and society through to his thoughts on ethics sexuality, Marxism and power. Not only does the collection offer a detailed analysis of Foucault's social and philosophical theories, it also seeks to assess the continuing influence and significance of Foucault in the decade immediately following his death in 1984.

Immediacy and its Limits - A Study in Martin Buber's Thought (Hardcover): Nathan Rotenstreich Immediacy and its Limits - A Study in Martin Buber's Thought (Hardcover)
Nathan Rotenstreich
R3,153 Discovery Miles 31 530 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Originally published in 1991, this book focuses on a major problem in the philosophy of Martin Buber. This is the topic of immediacy which is presented in terms of the contact between human beings on the one hand, and man and God on the other. The basic theme throughout is whether the I-Thou relation refers to immediate contact between human beings, as Buber saw it, or whether that relation is something established or aspired to. This is an important study which should be consulted in any future discussion of Martin Buber's thought. At the same time, it raises critical issues for recent European philosophy. Students of philosophy, and religious and social thought will find its critical exposition extremely helpful.

A Fantasy of Reason (Routledge Library Editions: Political Science Volume 29) (Hardcover): Don Locke A Fantasy of Reason (Routledge Library Editions: Political Science Volume 29) (Hardcover)
Don Locke
R3,887 R1,335 Discovery Miles 13 350 Save R2,552 (66%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This 'philosophical biography' gives an account of Godwin's life and thought, and by setting his thoughts in the context of his life, brings the two into juxtaposition. It relates Godwin's views on politics and morality, education and religion, freedom and society, to the events of his life, notably the revolution in France and its impact on radicalism and reaction in Britain and the parliamentary reforms of 1832.

A Truer Liberty - Simone Weil and Marxism (Hardcover): Laurence A. Blum, Victor Seidler A Truer Liberty - Simone Weil and Marxism (Hardcover)
Laurence A. Blum, Victor Seidler
R3,803 Discovery Miles 38 030 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Simone Weil philosopher, trade union militant, factory worker developed a penetrating critique of Marxism and a powerful political philosophy which serves an alternative both to liberalism and to Marxism. In A Truer Liberty, originally published in 1989, Blum and Seidler show how Simone Weil 's philosophy sought to place political action on a firmly moral basis. The dignity of the manual worker became the standard for political institutions and movements. Weil criticized Marxism for its confidence in progress and revolution and its attendant illusory belief that history is on the side of the proletariat.
Blum and Seidler relate Weil 's work to influential trends in political philosophy today, from analytic Marxism to central traditions within liberal thought. The authors stress the importance of Weil 's work for understanding liberation theology, Catholic radicalism, and, more generally, social movements against oppression which are closely tied to religion and spirituality.

Difference (Hardcover): Mark Currie Difference (Hardcover)
Mark Currie
R1,917 Discovery Miles 19 170 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


Difference is one of the most influential critical concepts of recent decades and in this book Mark Currie offers a comprehensive account of the history of the term and its place in some of the most influential schools of theory of the past four decades, including:
* post-structuralism
* deconstruction
* new historicism
* psychoanalysis
* French feminism
* postcolonialism.
Employing literary case studies throughout, Difference provides an accessible introduction to a term at the heart of today's critical idiom.

Michel Foucault - Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Hubert L Dreyfus Michel Foucault - Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Hubert L Dreyfus
R855 Discovery Miles 8 550 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book, which Foucault himself has judged accurate, is the first to provide a sustained, coherent analysis of Foucault's work as a whole.
To demonstrate the sense in which Foucault's work is beyond structuralism and hermeneutics, the authors unfold a careful, analytical exposition of his oeuvre. They argue that during the of Foucault's work became a sustained and largely successful effort to develop a new method--"interpretative analytics"--capable fo explaining both the logic of structuralism's claim to be an objective science and the apparent validity of the hermeneutical counterclaim that the human sciences can proceed only by understanding the deepest meaning of the subject and his tradition.
"There are many new secondary sources [on Foucault]. None surpass the book by Hubert Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow. . . . The American paperback edition contains Foucault's 'On the Genealogy of Ethics, ' a lucid interview that is now our best source for seeing how he construed the whole project of the history of sexuality."--David Hoy, "London Review of Books"

Jacques Derrida (Hardcover): Nicholas Royle Jacques Derrida (Hardcover)
Nicholas Royle
R1,918 Discovery Miles 19 180 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


There are few figures more important in literary and critical theory than Jacques Derrida. Whether lauded or condemned, his writing has had far-reaching ramifications, and his work on deconstruction cannot be ignored. This volume introduces students of literature and cultural studies to Derrida's enormously influential texts, covering such topics as:
*deconstruction, text and difference
*literature and freedom
*law, justice and the 'democracy to come'
*drugs, secrets and gifts.
Nicholas Royle's unique book, written in an innovative and original style, is an outstanding introduction to the methods and significance of Jacques Derrida.

New Feminist Stories of Child Sexual Abuse - Sexual Scripts and Dangerous Dialogue (Paperback): Paula Reavey, Sam Warner New Feminist Stories of Child Sexual Abuse - Sexual Scripts and Dangerous Dialogue (Paperback)
Paula Reavey, Sam Warner
R1,283 Discovery Miles 12 830 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


The international feminist contributors to this book look through the lens of poststructuralism at how child sexual abuse is differently represented and understood in the populist, academic, clinical, media and legal contexts. Reworking earlier feminist analyses, they show how child sexual abuse is not just about gender and power but also about class, race and sexuality. The first, theoretical section of the book critiques normative theories of the 'effects' of abuse, explores the impact and consequences of feminist interventions and critically examines the potential usefulness of a feminist post-stucturalist approach. In the second part, these understandings are applied to specific arenas of practice with the aim of providing a framework for critical intervention and alternative and better ways of working with child sexual abuse.

Unended Quest - An Intellectual Autobiography (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Karl Popper Unended Quest - An Intellectual Autobiography (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Karl Popper
R2,102 Discovery Miles 21 020 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


At the age of eight, Karl Popper was puzzling over the idea of infinity and by fifteen beginning to take a keen interest in his father's well-stocked library of books. Unended Quest recounts these moments and many others in the life of one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Popper witnessed two World Wars and the collapse of Communism in the Eastern bloc, and provides here an indispensable account of the ideas that influenced him most, in particular his early fascination with science and philosophy. He talks about aspects of his life rarely discussed elsewhere, such as his love of music, the mixed feelings about his Jewish background, and his debate with Wittgenstein and the now legendary 'poker' incident. Popper also corresponded with a range of intellectual figures, including Heisenberg, Schrödinger, Einstein and Russell. Yet it is as an introduction to Popper's philosophy that Unended Quest shines. Popper lucidly explains some of the central ideas in his work, making this book ideal reading for anyone coming to Popper's life and work for the first time.

Archaeology of Knowledge (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Michel Foucault Archaeology of Knowledge (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Michel Foucault
R2,096 Discovery Miles 20 960 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


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 a man whose passion and reason were at the service of nearly every progressive cause of his time. From law and order, to mental health, to power and knowledge, he spearheaded public awareness of the dynamics that hold us all in thrall to a few powerful ideologies and interests. Arguably his finest work, Archaeology of Knowledge is a challenging but fantastically rewarding introduction to his ideas.

Evolution as a Religion - Strange Hopes and Stranger Fears (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Mary Midgley Evolution as a Religion - Strange Hopes and Stranger Fears (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Mary Midgley
R2,093 Discovery Miles 20 930 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


`A graceful, refreshing and enlightening book, applied philosophy that is relevant, timely and metaphysical in the best sense.' - New York Times Book Review

'Midgley is one of the most acute and penetrating voices in current moral philosophy. Her great gift is clarity, both of thought and, especially, of expression. To follow her reasoning is like watching a ballet dancer walking in the street: there is a litheness, a gracefulness, an ease of articulation, which attest to years of learning lightly worn.' - John Banville, Irish Times

French Theory in America (Paperback): Sylvere Lotringer, Sande Cohen French Theory in America (Paperback)
Sylvere Lotringer, Sande Cohen
R944 Discovery Miles 9 440 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


What is theory doing in America? Does high French theory continue to be a significant force in American intellectual life? This volume of new work presents both discussions of these questions and demonstrations of what French theory looks like today, thirty years after its first appearance.

Spinoza (Paperback): Justin Steinberg, Valtteri Viljanen Spinoza (Paperback)
Justin Steinberg, Valtteri Viljanen
R477 Discovery Miles 4 770 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Benedict de Spinoza is one of the most controversial and enigmatic thinkers in the history of philosophy. His greatest work, Ethics (1677), developed a comprehensive philosophical system and argued that God and Nature are identical. His scandalous Theological-Political Treatise (1670) provoked outrage during his lifetime due to its biblical criticism, anticlericalism, and defense of the freedom to philosophize. Together, these works earned Spinoza a reputation as a singularly radical thinker. In this book, Steinberg and Viljanen offer a concise and up-to-date account of Spinoza's thought and its philosophical legacy. They explore the full range of Spinoza's ideas, from politics and theology to ontology and epistemology. Drawing broadly on Spinoza's impressive oeuvre, they have crafted a lucid introduction for readers unfamiliar with this important philosopher, as well as a nuanced and enlightening study for more experienced readers. Accessible and compelling, Spinoza is the go-to text for anyone seeking to understand the thought of one of history's most fascinating thinkers.

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to the Later Heidegger (Hardcover): George Pattison Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to the Later Heidegger (Hardcover)
George Pattison
R2,411 Discovery Miles 24 110 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This text aims to guide the reader through the complexities of Heidegger's later works. The book offers an introduction to the main themes that preoccupied Heidegger in the second part of his career: technology; Art; the history of philosophy; and the exploration of a new post-technological way of thinking. The author explores many aspects of Heidegger's later life and work, including the massive controversy surrounding his Nazism, as well as his readings of Neitzsche, the Presocratics and Holderlin. He also assesses the difficult nature of Heidegger's thought and its significance for philosophy today.

Critical Theory and Sociological Theory - On Late Modernity and Social Statehood (Paperback): Darrow Schecter Critical Theory and Sociological Theory - On Late Modernity and Social Statehood (Paperback)
Darrow Schecter
R494 Discovery Miles 4 940 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Democracy in the twenty-first century faces a number of major challenges, populism, neoliberalism and globalisation being three of the most prominent. This book examines such challenges by investigating how the conditions of democratic statehood have been altered at several key historical intervals since 1945. It demonstrates that the formal mechanisms of democratic statehood, such as elections, have always been complemented by civic, cultural, educational, socio-economic and constitutional institutions that mediate between citizens and state authority. Rearticulating critical theory with a contemporary focus, the book shows why a sociological approach is urgently needed to address conceptual deficits and explain how the formal mechanisms of democratic statehood need to be complemented and updated in new ways today. -- .

Literature, Media, Information Systems (Hardcover, Reissue): Friedrich A. Edited and introduced by Johnston Kittler Literature, Media, Information Systems (Hardcover, Reissue)
Friedrich A. Edited and introduced by Johnston Kittler
R3,042 Discovery Miles 30 420 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This volume is a collection of public writings and insights of the German poststructuralist, Friedrich A. Kittler. It merges the discourse of literature, war and technology into a unified theme. His research results in a vision of the future in which the distinction between mediums is erased. The introduction by John Johnston explicates the theoretical and practical consequences of Kittler's insights into the social and psychological effects of the processes by which metaphor in one medium is made real by another.

Philosophical Investigations (Paperback, 4th Edition): Ludwig Wittgenstein Philosophical Investigations (Paperback, 4th Edition)
Ludwig Wittgenstein; Edited by P.M.S. Hacker, Joachim Schulte
R622 Discovery Miles 6 220 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Incorporating significant editorial changes from earlier editions, the fourth edition of Ludwig Wittgenstein's "Philosophical Investigations" is the definitive "en face" German-English version of the most important work of 20th-century philosophy

The extensively revised English translation incorporates many hundreds of changes to Anscombe's original translation Footnoted remarks in the earlier editions have now been relocated in the text What was previously referred to as 'Part 2' is now republished as "Philosophy of Psychology - A Fragment," and all the remarks in it are numbered for ease of reference New detailed editorial endnotes explain decisions of translators and identify references and allusions in Wittgenstein's original text Now features new essays on the history of the "Philosophical Investigations," and the problems of translating Wittgenstein's text

Cultural Collisions - Postmodern Technoscience (Paperback): Raphael Sassower Cultural Collisions - Postmodern Technoscience (Paperback)
Raphael Sassower
R922 Discovery Miles 9 220 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Combining postmodernism with technoscience, this work considers the viability of public works such as the superconducting supercollider in a postmodern age. Contending that technoscientific projects are contingent upon economic and political support, and not simply upon their scientific feasibility, Sassower illuminates the cultural context of postmodernism vis-a-vis an examination of postmodernism and the philosophy of late 20th-century technoscience. Drawing upon conflicts between Popperians, postmodernists and feminists, Sassower claims that "translation" between competing discourses about technoscience is necessary to avoid cultural collisions and foster fruitful exchange between divergent discourses; also that a discussion of reality, both natural and social, is the common ground for this debate. He emphasizes also the material, political and economic conditions which underlie technoscientific projects, and stresses the indespensible role imagination and art play in teaching the responsible development of technology in the next century.

Unpopular Essays (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Unpopular Essays (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
R628 Discovery Miles 6 280 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


In this volume of essays Russell is concerned to combat, in one way or another, the growth of dogmatism, whether of the Left or of the Right, which has hitherto characterised our tragic century.

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