How the French Think
An Affectionate Portrait of an Intellectual People
The historian Sudhir Hazareesingh traces the progress of French thought, from Descartes and Rousseau, through Auguste Comte, Sartre and Levi-Strauss to Derrida, and shows how it has informed Western ideas about freedom, rationality and justice. Off-mint.
The Reluctant Rebel
The author of Gulliver’s Travels was a man of contradictions: a conservative at war with authority, a church minister in love with a married woman, and a satirist both fascinated and despairing of the world. This biography follows his flight from war-torn Ireland in 1688 to the splendour and squalor of London, examining his shifting political allegiances and complicated love life to identify the roots of the ‘savage indignation’ that drove him.
The Myth of Sisyphus
‘It is legitimate and necessary to wonder whether life has a meaning; therefore it is legitimate to meet the problem of suicide face to face’: this is how Camus, in his preface, describes the subject of this profound philosophical statement. The Myth is accompanied by five short essays, including ‘Summer in Algiers’, evoking the city in which Camus’ novel The Outsider is set.
The Story of Philosophy
A History of Western Thought
The scope of this compact and punchy history of the Western philosophical tradition includes the Ancient Greeks and their related schools, the Enlightenment, the political and moral philosophy of Rousseau and Locke, and existentialism and analytic philosophy.
Badiou and Politics
In this interpretation of the work of the influential French philosopher Alain Badiou, Professor Bosteels draws on all Badiou’s writings, from his student days in 1960s to the present. The study examines his exchanges with other thinkers, including Althusser, Lacan, Deleuze and Derrida, tracks his political activity since May 1968, and argues for an understanding of his thought as a revival of dialectical materialism.
General Theory of Knowledge
Founder of the Vienna Circle and logical positivism, Moritz Schlick’s aim in this lucid epistemological treatise was to apply ‘ultimate principles’ when solving problems in the theory of knowledge. Anticipating the ideas of Russell and Wittgenstein, Schlick’s masterwork also presents a solution to the problem of the relationship between mind and body, but is most notably remembered for picking apart the Kantian and neo-Kantian doctrine of the synthetic a priori.
The Foucault Reader
An Introduction to Foucault's Thought
This selection of transcribed interviews and extracts from major works, including Discipline and Punish, The History of Sexuality and Madness and Civilization, introduces the key Foucauldian relationship between knowledge and power, and how it works to objectify and manipulate the individual. An authoritative introduction by editor Paul Rabinow tackles Foucault’s ‘three modes of objectification’: institutional isolation, scientific classification and self-objectification.
The First Book of Foundations
The first volume of philosopher Michel Serres’ Foundations Trilogy comprises a ‘continuous and free reading’ of the Roman historian Livy’s account of the origins of Rome. As Serres identifies the ancient author’s key themes – violence, murder, sacrifice, hospitality – he considers what the foundation of Rome reveals about the beginnings of society, knowledge and culture. Originally published in French in 1983, the book now appears in a new English translation by Randolph Burks.