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"The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work" is Alain de Botton's lucid exploration of a subject key to most of our lives. Why do so many of us love or hate our work? How has it come to dominate our lives? And what should we do about it? Work makes us. Without it we are at a... read more

Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
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When you explore older atheisms, you will find some of your firmest convictions - secular or religious - are highly questionable. If this prospect disturbs you, what you are looking for may be freedom from thought.'For a generation now, public debate has been corroded by ... read more

Seven Types of Atheism
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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER This breathtaking, inspiring little book teaches us how to find precious moments of silence - whether we are crossing the Antarctic, climbing Everest, or on the train at rush hour. 'Quietly, wisely, Silence makes a case for dumbing the di... read more

Silence - In the Age of Noise
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'Most of the serious thinking I have done over the past twenty years has been done while running.' Mark Rowlands has run for most of his life. He has also been a professional philosopher. And for him the two - running and philosophising - are inextricably connected. In Running with the Pack he tells u... read more

Running with the Pack: Thoughts From the Road on Meaning and Mortality
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This fascinating book charts the relationship between Mark Rowlands, a rootless philosopher, and Brenin, his extraordinarily well-travelled wolf. More than just an exotic pet, Brenin exerted an immense influence on Rowlands as both a person, and, strangely enough, as a philosopher, leading him to re-e... read more

The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death and Happiness
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Series:The Tanner Lectures on Human Values

Vanity Fair has declared the Age of Irony over. Joan Didion has lamented that Obama's United States is an "irony-free zone." Here Jonathan Lear argues that irony is one of the tools we use to live seriously, to get the hang of becoming human. It forces us to experience disruptions in our habitual ways... read more

A Case for Irony
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Following on from the success of the first edition of "What Philosophers Think", this second edition brings together a collection of interviews with some of the world's most important and influential philosophers and intellectuals and leading figures in the arts and politics, including: Bernard Willia... read more

What More Philosophers Think
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Here as Virilio states, "all one can do is guess." But Virilio's position is not one of pure guessery. His extrapolationist position against his delirium state, has the architecture of a 23rd century scientist: three parts - fractal geometry, two parts - theory of general relativity, o... read more

Grey Ecology
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Why is progress a pernicious myth? Why do beliefs that humanity can be improved end in farce or horror? Is atheism a hangover from Christian faith? John Gray, one of the most iconoclastic thinkers of our time, smashes through civilization's long cherished beliefs, overturning our view of the world and... read more

Gray's Anatomy: Selected writing
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What happens when we lose someone we love? A death, a separation or the break-up of a relationship are some of the hardest times we have to live through. We may fall into a nightmare of depression, lose the will to live and see no hope for the future. What matters at this crucial point is whether or n... read more

The New Black : Mourning, melancholia and depression
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Series:Thinking in Action

Many otherwise enlightened people often dismiss etiquette as a trivial subject or - worse yet - as nothing but a disguise for moral hypocrisy or unjust social hierarchies. Such sentiments either mistakenly assume that most manners merely frame the "real issues" of any interpersonal exchange or are th... read more

On Manners
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Creativity is a place. Memory is an image. The artistic process itself is a journey, a specific one, the return to a lost and cherished childhood realm, the original source of inspiration and identity. For the artists and writers in this book - Claude Monet, Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Karen Blixen,... read more

Source: Nature's Healing Role in Art and Writing
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