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Richard Rorty, Liberalism and Cosmopolitanism (Paperback): David E. McClean Richard Rorty, Liberalism and Cosmopolitanism (Paperback)
David E. McClean
R992 Discovery Miles 9 920 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Richard Rorty was one of the most controversial and influential philosophers of the late twentieth century. McClean re-evaluates Rorty's work in the light of his liberal cosmopolitan outlook, showing how it can be applied to a range of social and political issues.

Russell on Religion - Selections from the Writings of Bertrand Russell (Hardcover): Bertrand Russell Russell on Religion - Selections from the Writings of Bertrand Russell (Hardcover)
Bertrand Russell; Edited by Stefan Andersson, Louis Greenspan
R3,079 Discovery Miles 30 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


Russell on Religion presents a comprehensive and accessible selection of Bertrand Russell's writing on religion and related topics from the turn of the century to the end of his life. The influence of religion pervades almost all Bertrand Russell's writings from his mathematical treatises to his early fiction. Russell contends with religion as a philosopher, as a historian, as a social critic and as a private individual. The papers in this volume are arranged chronologically for optimum coherence of the development of Russell's thinking and are divided into five main sections:
* Personal statements
* Religion and Philosophy
* Religion and Science
* Religion and Morality
* Religion and History
Students at all levels will find this a valuable insight into Russell's thought on religion.

eBook available with sample pages: 0203450965

Wittgenstein's Art of Investigation (Hardcover): Beth Savickey Wittgenstein's Art of Investigation (Hardcover)
Beth Savickey
R3,081 Discovery Miles 30 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Wittgenstein's Art of Investigation is one of the first to focus on and provide an original and detailed analysis of Wittgenstein's grammatical investigations. Beth Sarkey offers us new insight into the historical context and influences on method which will help students understand the intricacies and depth of his work.

Nietzsche - The Arguments of the Philosophers (Hardcover): Richard Schacht Nietzsche - The Arguments of the Philosophers (Hardcover)
Richard Schacht
R6,625 Discovery Miles 66 250 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book is available either individually, or as part of the specially-priced Arguments of the Philosphers Collection.

Heidegger - An Introduction (Hardcover): Richard Polt Heidegger - An Introduction (Hardcover)
Richard Polt
R3,084 Discovery Miles 30 840 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Heidegger is a classic introduction to Heidegger's notoriously difficult work. Truly accessible, it combines clarity of exposition with an authoritative handling of the subject-matter. Richard Polt has written a work that will become the standard text for students looking to understand one of the century's greatest minds.

Found in Translation - Connecting Reconceptualist Thinking with Early Childhood Education Practices (Paperback): Nicola... Found in Translation - Connecting Reconceptualist Thinking with Early Childhood Education Practices (Paperback)
Nicola Yelland, Dana Frantz Bentley
R1,040 Discovery Miles 10 400 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Found in Translation: Connecting Reconceptualist Thinking with Early Childhood Education Practices highlights the relationships between reconceptualist theory and classroom practice. Each chapter in this edited collection considers a contemporary issue and explores its potential to disrupt the status quo and be meaningful in the lives of young children. The book pairs reconceptualist academics and practitioners to discuss how theories can be relevant in everyday educational contexts, working with children who are from a wide range of cultural, ethnic, gender, language, and social orientations to enable previously unimagined ways of being, thinking, and doing in contemporary times.

On Philosophy and Philosophers - Unpublished Papers, 1960-2000 (Hardcover): Richard Rorty On Philosophy and Philosophers - Unpublished Papers, 1960-2000 (Hardcover)
Richard Rorty; Edited by W. P. Malecki, Chris Voparil
R1,783 Discovery Miles 17 830 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

On Philosophy and Philosophers is a volume of unpublished philosophical papers by Richard Rorty, a central figure in late-twentieth-century intellectual debates and a primary force behind the resurgence of American pragmatism. The first collection of new work to appear since his death in 2007, these previously unseen papers advance novel views on metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, philosophical semantics and the social role of philosophy, critically engaging canonical and contemporary figures from Plato and Kant to Kripke and Brandom. This book's diverse offerings, which include technical essays written for specialists and popular lectures, refine our understanding of Rorty's perspective and demonstrate the ongoing relevance of the iconoclastic American philosopher's ground-breaking thought. An introduction by the editors highlights the papers' original insights and contributions to contemporary debates.

Virtual Futures - Cyberotics, Technology and Posthuman Pragmatism (Hardcover): Joan Broadhurst Dixon, Eric Cassidy Virtual Futures - Cyberotics, Technology and Posthuman Pragmatism (Hardcover)
Joan Broadhurst Dixon, Eric Cassidy
R3,088 Discovery Miles 30 880 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"Virtual Futures" explores the ideas that the future lies in its ability to articulate the consequences of an increasingly synthetic and virtual world. New technologies like cyberspace, the internet, and Chaos theory are often discussed in the context of technology and its potential to liberate or in terms of technophobia. This collection examines both these ideas while also charting a new and controversial route through contemporary discourses on technology; a path that discusses the material evolution and the erotic relation between humans and machines. Including essays by Sadie Plant, Stelarc and Manuel de Landa, the collection heralds the death of humanism and the rise of posthuman pragmatism. This collection provides analyses by both established theorists and the most innovative new voices working in conjunction between the arts and contemporary technology.

The Story of Analytic Philosophy - Plot and Heroes (Hardcover): Anat Biletzki, Anat Matar The Story of Analytic Philosophy - Plot and Heroes (Hardcover)
Anat Biletzki, Anat Matar
R3,081 Discovery Miles 30 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This collection of essays looks at analytic philosophy in its historical context. It argues that analytic philosophy is in a state of crisis - having to deal with its self-image, its relationship with philosophical alternatives, its fruitfulness and even legitimacy in the general philosophical community. This crisis manifests itself both within analytic philosophy, as we can see with the discussions and debates concerning the interpretation of its origins and key players (such as Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein), as well as in its evaluation by philosophers of different bents (such as postmodernists and Continental philosophers). This book examines the the crisis with a view to interpreting it. It tells the story of analytic philosophy, presenting its "raison d'etre" and the motivations, methods, and results of its eminent figures.

John Dewey's Ethical Theory - The 1932 Ethics (Hardcover): Roberto Frega, Steven Levine John Dewey's Ethical Theory - The 1932 Ethics (Hardcover)
Roberto Frega, Steven Levine
R3,081 Discovery Miles 30 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book provides a wide-ranging, systematic, and comprehensive approach to the moral philosophy of John Dewey, one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century. It does so by focusing on his greatest achievement in this field: the Ethics he jointly published with James Hayden Tufts in 1908 and then republished in a heavily revised version in 1932. The essays in this volume are divided into two distinct parts. The first features essays that provide a running commentary on the chapters of the 1932 Ethics written by Dewey. Each chapter is introduced, situated within a historical perspective, and then its main achievements are highlighted and discussed. The second part of the book interprets the Ethics and demonstrates its contemporary relevance and vitality. The essays in this part situate the Ethics in the broader interpretive frameworks of Dewey's philosophy, American pragmatism, and 20th-century moral theory at large. Taken together, these essays show that, far from being a mere survey of moral theories, the 1932 Ethics presents the theoretical highpoint in Dewey's thinking about moral philosophy. This book features contributions by some of the most influential Dewey scholars from North America and Europe. It will be of keen interest to scholars and students of American pragmatism, ethics and moral philosophy, and the history of 20th-century philosophy.

Mortals and Others, Volume II - American Essays 1931-1935 (Paperback): Bertrand Russell Mortals and Others, Volume II - American Essays 1931-1935 (Paperback)
Bertrand Russell; Edited by Harry Ruja
R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

""Every man would like to be God, if it were possible; some few find it difficult to admit the impossibility.""
--Bertrand Russell
From 1931-1935 Bertrand Russell was one of the regular contributors to the literary pages of the "New York American," together with other distinguished authors, such a Aldous Huxley, Vita Sackville -West and Robert Benchley. "Mortals and Others" Volume II presents a selection of his essays from this journal provocative in content and clear in style. Even though written in the politically heated climate of the 1930s, these essays are surprisingly topical and engaging in the present. This volume, together with Volume I, serves as a splendid introduction to the wide-ranging scope of the mind of this erudite and witty author.

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
R3,080 Discovery Miles 30 800 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.

Deleuze and Philosophy - The Difference Engineer (Hardcover): Keith Ansell-Pearson Deleuze and Philosophy - The Difference Engineer (Hardcover)
Keith Ansell-Pearson
R3,088 Discovery Miles 30 880 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The work of Gilles Deleuze has had an impact far beyond philosophy. He is, among Foucault and Derrida, one of the most cited of all contemporary French thinkers. This searching collection considers Deleuze's relation to the philosophical tradition and beyond to the future of philosophy, science and technology. In addition to considering Deleuze's imaginative readings of classic figures such as Spinoza and Kant, the essays also point to the meaning of Deleuze on 'monstrous' and machinic thinking, on philosophy and engineering, on philosophy and biology, on modern painting and literature.

Wittgenstein, Politics and Human Rights (Hardcover, New): Robin Holt Wittgenstein, Politics and Human Rights (Hardcover, New)
Robin Holt
R3,068 Discovery Miles 30 680 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


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The Lesson of this Century - With Two Talks on Freedom and the Democratic State (Hardcover): Karl Popper The Lesson of this Century - With Two Talks on Freedom and the Democratic State (Hardcover)
Karl Popper
R3,068 Discovery Miles 30 680 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


The Troubles With Postmodernism (Hardcover, Reissue): Stefan Morawski The Troubles With Postmodernism (Hardcover, Reissue)
Stefan Morawski
R3,073 Discovery Miles 30 730 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

What is postmodernity - a cultural breakthrough, or a cultural collapse? And what are its consequences for the arts - a new era of unprecedented creativity, or the state of acute crisis? And above all, is postmodernism a new and revolutionary phenomenon, or is it a radical, logical or misguided, development of modern culture, and particularly of its avant-garde tradition? What are the continuities? What are the discontinuities? These are just some of the questions which this study asks and attempts to answer. It draws upon a wide range of evidence: from the experience of daily life in a consumer society; science and religion; visual arts and literature; film and television; and the most arcane works of contemporary music. The author sets high standards for the notoriously inconclusive, and all too often confused, debate about the cultural significance of postmodernism and postmodernity; he shows how large is the volume of historical and artistic knowledge needed to seriously grapple with the issues involved in any conceivable answer to the query.

Wittgenstein in the 1930s - Between the Tractatus and the Investigations (Paperback): David G. Stern Wittgenstein in the 1930s - Between the Tractatus and the Investigations (Paperback)
David G. Stern
R720 Discovery Miles 7 200 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Wittgenstein's 'middle period' is often seen as a transitional phase connecting his better-known early and later philosophies. The fifteen essays in this volume focus both on the distinctive character of his teaching and writing in the 1930s, and on its pivotal importance for an understanding of his philosophy as a whole. They offer wide-ranging perspectives on the central issue of how best to identify changes and continuities in his philosophy during those years, as well as on particular topics in the philosophy of mind, religion, ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of mathematics. The volume will be valuable for all who are interested in this formative period of Wittgenstein's development.

Body-and Image-Space - Re-Reading Walter Benjamin (Paperback): Sigrid Weigel Body-and Image-Space - Re-Reading Walter Benjamin (Paperback)
Sigrid Weigel
R990 Discovery Miles 9 900 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


Body-and Image-Space - Re-Reading Walter Benjamin (Hardcover): Sigrid Weigel Body-and Image-Space - Re-Reading Walter Benjamin (Hardcover)
Sigrid Weigel
R3,091 Discovery Miles 30 910 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The period 1985-1995 saw a new wave of interest, in philosophical and theoretical circles, in the writings of Walter Benjamin, associate of the early Frankfurt School and among the most innovative and uncategorizable of German modernist thinkers. It is against the horizon of the contemporary theoretical scene, combining impulses from post-structuralism, feminism, cultural anthropology, and psychoanalysis, that Sigrid Weigel, one of Germany's leading Benjamin experts, undertakes her re-reading of his work. The subject of this sequence of eleven essays, assembled here for the first time in English translation, is Benjamin as theorist, whereby his work on thinking in images or UBilddnken and the relation of this to 'the first material of human existence ...the body" is taken as constituting the specificity of his philosophy. Arranged in three sections ( "Politics of Images and Body", "Other - Gender - Readings", and "Memory and Writing") the essays provide a passage into Benjamin's thinking in images.

Philosophy in the American West - A Geography of Thought (Hardcover): Josh Hayes, Gerard Kuperus, Brian Treanor Philosophy in the American West - A Geography of Thought (Hardcover)
Josh Hayes, Gerard Kuperus, Brian Treanor
R3,081 Discovery Miles 30 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Philosophy in the American West explores the physical, ecological, cultural, and narrative environments associated with the western United States, reflecting on the relationship between people and the places that sustain them. The American West has long been recognized as having significance. From Crevecoeur's early observations in Letters from an American Farmer (1782), to Thoreau's reflections in Walden (1854), to twentieth-century thoughts on the legacy of a vanishing frontier, "the West" has played a pivotal role in the American narrative and in the American sense of self. But while the nature of "westernness" has been touched on by historians, sociologists, and, especially, novelists and poets, this collection represents the first attempt to think philosophically about the nature of "the West" and its influence on us. The contributors take up thinkers that have been associated with Continental Philosophy and pair them with writers, poets, and artists of "the West". And while this collection seeks to loosen the cords that tie philosophy to Europe, the traditions of "continental" philosophy-phenomenology, hermeneutics, deconstruction, and others-offer deep resources for thinking through the particularity of place. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Philosophy, as well as those working in Ecocriticism and the Environmental Humanities more broadly.

The Continental Philosophy Reader (Hardcover): Richard Kearney, Mara Rainwater The Continental Philosophy Reader (Hardcover)
Richard Kearney, Mara Rainwater
R3,877 Discovery Miles 38 770 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"The Continental Philosophy Reader" is the first comprehensive anthology of key writings from the major figures in European thought. The anthology is organised in three sections which map out the broad territory covered in "The Continental Philosophy Reader: " from Phenomenology to Hermeneutics, from Marxism to Critical Theory and from Structualism to Deconstruction. Within each section classic thinkers and writings of these movements are presented. The selections have been carefully chosen to be representative of the thinkers, and each piece of writing is introduced and placed in their historical and philosophical context by the editors. There is also a helpful chronology that allows the tradition to be seen in light of twentieth century thought and culture.
The thinkers and writing covered in "The Continental" "Philosophy Reader" include: Husserl on Phenomenology, Heidegger from "Being and Time," Jaspers from the "Philosophy of Existence," Sartre on Existentialism, Merleau-Ponty from "Phenomenology of Perception," de Beauvoir from "The Second Sex," Gadamer on Hermenuetics, Levinas on Ethics, Ricoeur on Interpretation, Luxemborg on Marxism, Lukacs from "History and Class Consciousness," Gramsci on Intellectuals, Adorno & Horkhiemer from the "Dialectic of the Enlightenment," Benjamin on History, Marcuse from "Eros and Civilisation," Habermas on Philosophy, Althusser from "Reading Marx," Arendt from "Between Past and Future," de Saussure on Signs, Levi-Strauss on Myth, Lacan on the Mirror Stage, Foucault on Power, Barthes on Semiology, Kristeva on Women's Time, Deleuze on Philosophy, Irigaray on the Feminine, Lyotard on the Postmodern

Cultural Collisions - Postmodern Technoscience (Paperback): Raphael Sassower Cultural Collisions - Postmodern Technoscience (Paperback)
Raphael Sassower
R933 Discovery Miles 9 330 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)
R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 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.

Feminisms and the Self - The Web of Identity (Paperback): Morwenna Griffiths Feminisms and the Self - The Web of Identity (Paperback)
Morwenna Griffiths
R946 Discovery Miles 9 460 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

What does the politics of the self mean for a politics of liberation? Morwenna Griffiths argues that mainstream philosophy, particularly the anglo-analytic tradition, needs to tackle the issues of the self, identity, autonomy and self creation. Although identity has been a central concern of feminist thought it has in the main been excluded from philosophical analysis.
Feminisms and the Self is both a critique and a construction of feminist philosophy. After the powerful challenges that postmodernism and poststructuralism posed to liberation movements like feminism, Griffiths book is an original and timely contribution to current debate surrounding the notion of identity and subjectivity.

Heidegger and Ethics (Paperback, New): Joanna Hodge Heidegger and Ethics (Paperback, New)
Joanna Hodge
R946 Discovery Miles 9 460 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


Heidegger and ethics is a contentious conjunction of terms. Martin Heidegger himself rejected the notion of ethics, while his endorsement of Nazism is widely seen as unethical. This major new study examines the complex and controversial issues involved in bringing them together.

By working backwards through his work, from his 1964 claim that philosophy has been completed to Being and Time, his first major work, Joanna Hodge questions Heidegger's denial that his enquires were concerned with ethics. She discovers a form of ethics in Heidegger's thinking which elucidates his important distinction between metaphysics and philosophy. Against many contemporary views, she proposes therefore that ethics can be retrieved and questions the relation between ethics and metaphysics that Heidegger had made so pervasive.

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