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See below for a selection of the latest books from Popular philosophy category. Presented with a red border are the Popular philosophy books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Popular philosophy books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Fourfold Remedy

The Fourfold Remedy

Author: John Sellars Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2021

What do we really need in order to live a happy life? Over two thousand years ago the Greek philosopher Epicurus offered a seemingly simple answer: pleasure. All we really want is pleasure. Today we tend to associate the word 'Epicurean' with the enjoyment of fine food and wine and decadent self-indulgence. But, as philosopher John Sellars shows, these things are a world away from the vision of a pleasant life developed by Epicurus and his followers who were more concerned with mental pleasures and avoiding pain. Their goal, in short, was a life of tranquillity. In this uplifting and elegant book, Sellars walks us through the history of Epicureanism from a private garden on the edge of ancient Athens to the streets of Rome, showing us how it can help us think anew about joy, friendship, nature and being alive in the world.

Fictional Blues

Fictional Blues

Author: Kimberly Mack Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2020

The familiar story of Delta blues musician Robert Johnson, who sold his soul to the devil at a Mississippi crossroads in exchange for guitar virtuosity, and the violent stereotypes evoked by legendary blues bad men like Stagger Lee undergird the persistent racial myths surrounding authentic blues expression. Fictional Blues unpacks the figure of the American blues performer, moving from early singers such as Ma Rainey and Big Mama Thornton to contemporary musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Rhiannon Giddens, and Jack White to reveal that blues makers have long used their songs, performances, interviews, and writings to invent personas that resist racial, social, economic, and gendered oppression.Using examples of fictional and real-life blues artists culled from popular music and literary works from writers such as Walter Mosley, Alice Walker, and Sherman Alexie, Kimberly Mack demonstrates that the stories blues musicians construct about their lives (however factually slippery) are inextricably linked to the primary story of the narrative blues tradition, in which autobiography fuels musicians' reclamation of power and agency.

Fictional Blues

Fictional Blues

Author: Kimberly Mack Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2020

The familiar story of Delta blues musician Robert Johnson, who sold his soul to the devil at a Mississippi crossroads in exchange for guitar virtuosity, and the violent stereotypes evoked by legendary blues bad men like Stagger Lee undergird the persistent racial myths surrounding authentic blues expression. Fictional Blues unpacks the figure of the American blues performer, moving from early singers such as Ma Rainey and Big Mama Thornton to contemporary musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Rhiannon Giddens, and Jack White to reveal that blues makers have long used their songs, performances, interviews, and writings to invent personas that resist racial, social, economic, and gendered oppression.Using examples of fictional and real-life blues artists culled from popular music and literary works from writers such as Walter Mosley, Alice Walker, and Sherman Alexie, Kimberly Mack demonstrates that the stories blues musicians construct about their lives (however factually slippery) are inextricably linked to the primary story of the narrative blues tradition, in which autobiography fuels musicians' reclamation of power and agency.

Am I Loved?

Am I Loved?

Author: John D Bieber Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/12/2020

We did not enter this world with a manual. This book is the next best thing. As the world's only emotional beings is it not truly astonishing that we function through emotions that we do not remotely understand or control? How then can we possibly understand or control ourselves? Bound together by a total ignorance of the human condition, we conduct our lives unaware of how we are meant to live. Am I Loved? is nothing if not about being human. It is a book of secrets. A book about life, how life has been lived by a parade of humanity 65 billion names long all of whom have got it wrong, failing to understand how things are meant to be. This book defines the human condition as it is and, unknown until now, how it has always been. Our emotions exist not to benefit us but to safeguard our genes, protecting the life within us. Thus is the language of our emotions translated for us to understand, their crucial interaction with the greatest human need of all, our need to be loved, duly explained. All else flows from this. We spend our lives intent on surviving when fulfilment comes from loving and being loved. Nature's Protections serve to liberate us yet we allow them to inhibit our lives without realising that the majority of our many emotional problems are solvable simply by a proper understanding of the human condition. Understanding what we do not understand will be a hugely fulfilling experience significantly enhancing the quality of our lives. Am I Loved? explains how this may be done enabling us to get everything right.

Community, Immunity and the Proper

Community, Immunity and the Proper

Author: Greg (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada) Bird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2020

It is widely apparent in our hyper-globalized world that the epistemologies, institutions, and practices underwriting it have reached a state of profound crisis. In the globalized world, everything is inevitably brought into proximity and correlation. Wars, natural disasters, climatic upheaval, nor political and economic turmoil, none of these can be effectively isolated, insulated, instituted, even immunized, as something apart, something that might be considered proper only to itself. This collected edition considers this crisis of the proper with a focus on Italian political theorist Roberto Esposito's work on community, immunity, and biopolitics. This collection introduces Esposito's work to a wider English-speaking audience and provides many important contributions to the burgeoning scholarship on his political theory. Important international scholars working in this area examine and analyze his theory from a variety of perspectives, including those of biopolitics, feminism, political theory, the history of philosophy (Spinoza, Hegel, Heidegger, and Jean-Luc Nancy), property, community, and gift economies. The collection also includes previously untranslated essays by Esposito and Jean-Luc Nancy. This collection will be of interest to those just discovering Esposito and for those who are already familiar with his work. This book was originally published as a Special Issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities.

Kant's Humorous Writings

Kant's Humorous Writings

Author: Noel Carroll, Robert R. (Gwynedd Mercy University, USA) Clewis Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2020

While Kant is commonly regarded as one of the most austere philosophers of all time, this book provides quite a different perspective of the founder of transcendental philosophy. Kant is often thought of as being boring, methodical, and humorless. Yet the thirty jokes and anecdotes collected and illustrated here for the first time reveal a man and a thinker who was deeply interested in how humor and laughter shape how we think, feel, and communicate with fellow human beings. In addition to a foreword on Kant's theory of humor by Noel Carroll as well as Clewis's informative chapters, Kant's Humorous Writings contains new translations of Kant's jokes, quips, and anecdotes. Each of the thirty excerpts is illustrated and supplemented by historical commentaries which explain their significance.

The Little Art of War Book

The Little Art of War Book

Author: Orange Hippo! Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2020

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, knowing how to deal with it is key. Looking for a flash of inspiration to solve a tricky problem? Want some tried and tested tactics to help you gain the upper hand in a sticky situation? You need The Little Art of War Book, a collection of over 170 quotes drawn straight from the ancient treatise by China's most famous warrior and philospher, Sun Tzu. Written 2,500 years ago, the Art of War has not only influenced the greatest military leaders throughout history, but studied by modern-day politicians, business consultants, football coaches and video gamers, too. 'To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.' 'The best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.' 'In the wise leader's plans, considerations of advantage and of disadvantage will be blended together.' 'No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique.'

Kant's Humorous Writings

Kant's Humorous Writings

Author: Noel Carroll, Robert R. (Gwynedd Mercy University, USA) Clewis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2020

While Kant is commonly regarded as one of the most austere philosophers of all time, this book provides quite a different perspective of the founder of transcendental philosophy. Kant is often thought of as being boring, methodical, and humorless. Yet the thirty jokes and anecdotes collected and illustrated here for the first time reveal a man and a thinker who was deeply interested in how humor and laughter shape how we think, feel, and communicate with fellow human beings. In addition to a foreword on Kant's theory of humor by Noel Carroll as well as Clewis's informative chapters, Kant's Humorous Writings contains new translations of Kant's jokes, quips, and anecdotes. Each of the thirty excerpts is illustrated and supplemented by historical commentaries which explain their significance.

The Mobile Philosopher: Matters of Lunch and Death

The Mobile Philosopher: Matters of Lunch and Death

Author: Will Bynoe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

* What's wrong with gluttony? * Would it be boring to live forever? * Should education prepare us for work or leisure? With a light touch, Matters of Lunch and Death distils complex philosophical thought from the ancient world to the present day into a collection of fascinating arguments on life, death, laughter and laziness. Part of the Mobile Philosopher series, this little book will inspire and provoke you, luring you away from newsfeeds and notifications to enrich your mind with deep thoughts and surprising arguments. This is mezze for the soul.

The Mobile Philosopher: Pigeons Bearing Bad News

The Mobile Philosopher: Pigeons Bearing Bad News

Author: Will Bynoe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

* Does anything happen for no reason at all? * Can you donate your brain and survive? * How long is the present? With a light touch, Logic and Monsters distils complex philosophical thought from the ancient world to the present day into a collection of fascinating arguments on unicorns, sugar lumps, perforated socks and other puzzling objects. Part of the Mobile Philosopher series, this little book will inspire and provoke you, luring you away from newsfeeds and notifications to enrich your mind with deep thoughts and surprising arguments. This is mezze for the soul.

A Sound History

A Sound History

Author: Steven P. Garabedian Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Lawrence Gellert has long been a mysterious figure in American folk and blues studies, gaining prominence in the left-wing folk revival of the 1930s for his fieldwork in the U.S. South. A lean, straggly-haired New Yorker, as Time magazine called him, Gellert was an independent music collector, without formal training, credentials, or affiliation. At a time of institutionalized suppression, he worked to introduce white audiences to a tradition of black musical protest that had been denied and overlooked by prior white collectors. By the folk and blues revival of the 1960s, however, when his work would again seem apt in the context of the civil rights movement, Gellert and his collection of Negro Songs of Protest were a conspicuous absence. A few leading figures in the revival defamed Gellert as a fraud, dismissing his archive of black vernacular protest as a fabrication -- an example of left-wing propaganda and white interference. A Sound History is the story of an individual life, an excavation of African American musical resistance and dominant white historiography, and a cultural history of radical possibility and reversal in the defining middle decades of the U.S. twentieth century.

A Sound History

A Sound History

Author: Steven P. Garabedian Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Lawrence Gellert has long been a mysterious figure in American folk and blues studies, gaining prominence in the left-wing folk revival of the 1930s for his fieldwork in the U.S. South. A lean, straggly-haired New Yorker, as Time magazine called him, Gellert was an independent music collector, without formal training, credentials, or affiliation. At a time of institutionalized suppression, he worked to introduce white audiences to a tradition of black musical protest that had been denied and overlooked by prior white collectors. By the folk and blues revival of the 1960s, however, when his work would again seem apt in the context of the civil rights movement, Gellert and his collection of Negro Songs of Protest were a conspicuous absence. A few leading figures in the revival defamed Gellert as a fraud, dismissing his archive of black vernacular protest as a fabrication -- an example of left-wing propaganda and white interference. A Sound History is the story of an individual life, an excavation of African American musical resistance and dominant white historiography, and a cultural history of radical possibility and reversal in the defining middle decades of the U.S. twentieth century.