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Popular philosophy

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!

Keep It Together philosophy for everyday emergencies

Keep It Together philosophy for everyday emergencies

Author: Marie Robert Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2020

Twelve great thinkers guide you calmly through life's difficult times, and help you to keep it together, even when everything seems to be falling apart. Whether you are dealing with an unexpected breakup, a nightmare social occasion, or the spurious urge to go on a radical juice detox, as philosophy professor Marie Robert shows, sometimes the best solutions to today's problems are timeless. Discover Epicurus's answer to how to disconnect from digital media, let Aristotle cure your hangover, get into shape with Nietzsche, and find answers to all of life's most pressing dilemmas in this little book of philosophy for the real world.

Reading the World

Reading the World

Author: Michael (University of Evansville) Austin Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 03/01/2020

With 77 readings by some of the world's great thinkers, Reading the World is the only great ideas reader to offer a global perspective, allowing students to explore the development of ideas across cultures, an increasingly important approach in our diverse society. Selections strike a balance between Western and non-Western, classic and contemporary, verbal and visual, and longer and shorter. The new edition features a new chapter on Ethics & Empathy, a new casebook on Visual Arguments, 36 new readings in total, and new guidance on identifying and avoiding bias.

The Policy Test

The Policy Test

Author: Phil (Manchester Metropolitan University) Hutchinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2019

On what basis do we make policy decisions? And how should we assess the ones that have been made? In The Policy Test, philosopher Phil Hutchinson argues that we need to move beyond mere evidence-based politics to appraise policy within a much wider evaluative framework, one that encourages a much deeper reflection of the issues. He proposes five fundamental parameters by means of which all public policy positions ought to be assessed: precaution, evidence, political economy, asymmetry and framing. Twelve policy areas of current interest are considered from GM foods to antibiotics and each are evaluated in turn using the five parameters. Has the precautionary principle been invoked? What counts as evidence? What are the likely political-economic consequences? Who stands to benefit or suffer? And has the right question been asked? In so doing, Hutchinson is able to offer new insights into the policies themselves, a greater clarity of the issues involved, and a new set of tools that can be used by us all, whether of a reformist or conservative persuasion, for advocating or critiquing policy.

How to Disagree: Negotiate difference in a divided world. 20 thought-provoking lessons

How to Disagree: Negotiate difference in a divided world. 20 thought-provoking lessons

Author: Dr. Adam Ferner, Darren Chetty Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/11/2019

How can we disagree productively? Disagreements are a fact of life. Productive disagreements are a rarity. We find ourselves living in a divided world in which it's increasingly difficult to have productive arguments. In 20 thought-provoking discussions, philosophers Adam Ferner and Darren Chetty examine some of today's most pressing debates in politics, society and education. Opening up conversations about conversation, they offer helpful ways to navigate personal and political conflicts. Explore the myriad ways we engage with others. Discover actionable means to encourage positive, helpful debate. Learn why productive disagreement is essential. Address the challenging topics that need conversation.

Stranger Things and Philosophy

Stranger Things and Philosophy

Author: Jeffrey A Ewing Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/11/2019

Stranger Things and Philosophy is an important book, the first of its kind to examine the fantastical world of this award-winning, widely beloved, phenomenal show with a philosophical lens. This is important precisely because the show rests so heavily on a complex and thought-provoking mythos based around secretive government experiments and a parallel dimension that darkly reflects readers' own. The series as a whole has asked more questions than it has delivered answers, and the chapters in this volume will explore these topics. From the deepest recesses of the Upside Down, its tunnels snaking beneath the local bookstores of Hawkins, Indiana and who knows where else, this collection of philosophical musings on the world of Stranger Things promises to enlighten readers. This volume considers many of the philosophically related ideas that that come up in the show such as: What are the moral implications of secret government projects? What is the nature of friendship? Does scientific research need to be concerned with ethics? What might it be like to experience the world from the perspective of the Mind Flayer? Is it possible to understand the metaphysics of the Upside Down?

This Is Water Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

This Is Water Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

Author: David Foster Wallace Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/11/2019

How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. After his death, it became a treasured piece of writing reprinted in The Wall Street Journal and the London Times, commented on endlessly in blogs, and emailed from friend to friend. Writing with his one-of-a-kind blend of causal humor, exacting intellect, and practical philosophy, David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading.

Abducting the Outside Collected Writings 2003-2018

Abducting the Outside Collected Writings 2003-2018

Author: Reza Negarestani Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2019

From decay to geotrauma to universalism to rationalist inhumanism, a collection that charts the evolution of a uniquely radical thinker. A collection of Reza Negarestani's writings from 2003-2018, Abducting the Outside begins with texts in which horror, decay, cruelty, and barbarism assail the solidity of thought. It goes on to chart the sustained development of a geophilosophical realism in which the Nietzschean/DeleuzoGuattarian inquiry into human thought's relation to its contingent material origins is pushed beyond the localist obsession with the planet: geotraumatic thought descends to the core of the earth, only to expand outward according to other (physical, chemical, topological) modes of distribution. Negarestani's universalism refuses all allegiance to the planet or its solar hegemon, dissipates all parochial territories into an unbound Outside, and yields increasingly sophisticated formalisms to account for the universal's self-differentiation via incomplete traumatic cuts. Pledged to the powers of reason and the universal, but never losing the disconcerting edge of its idiosyncratic strangeness, its last dizzying acceleration takes us from a true-to-the-universe thought to the rationalist inhumanism developed in Negarestani's recent major work Intelligence and Spirit. Each time a conclusion seems to come into view, Negarestani moves on to new gestures and more powerful models that render the line of thought unrecognizable once again. Allowing the reader to experience this original and unique trajectory in one collection, Abducting the Outside presents an encyclopedic view of what it means to depart from the human, to descend into the abyss, and to see thinking as an infinite drift outside of our established habitats and perspectives.

Chronosis

Chronosis

Author: Reza Negarestani, Keith Tilford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2019

A unique fusion of comics culture and philosophical cogitation takes readers on a ride through time, space, and thought. Approaching the comic medium as a supercollider for achieving maximum abstraction, in Chronosis artist Keith Tilford and philosopher Reza Negarestani create a graphically stunning and conceptually explosive universe in which the worlds of pop culture, modern art, philosophy, science fiction, and theoretical physics crash into one another. Taking place after the catastrophic advent of the birth of time, Chronosis narrates the story of a sprawling multiverse at the center of which monazzeins, the monks of an esoteric time-cult, attempt to build bridges between the many fragmented tribes and histories of multiple possible worlds. Across a series of dizzying overlapping stories we glimpse worlds where time flows backward, where the universe can be recreated every five minutes, or where rigid facts are washed away by the tides of an infinite ocean of possibility. A unique fusion of comics culture and philosophical cogitation, this conceptually and visually mind-expanding tale takes the reader on a dizzying rollercoaster ride through time, space, and thought. This volume contains the entire Chronosis series in full color, along with additional background materials including early sketches, script notes, and alternative covers.

Consolations The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

Consolations The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

Author: David Whyte, Maria Popova Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2019

In Consolations David Whyte unpacks aspects of being human that many of us spend our lives trying vainly to avoid - loss, heartbreak, vulnerability, fear - boldly reinterpreting them, fully embracing their complexity, never shying away from paradox in his relentless search for truth. Beginning with 'Alone' and closing with 'Withdrawal', each chapter in this life-affirming book is a meditation on meaning and context, an invitation to shift and broaden our perspectives on life: pain and joy, honesty and anger, confession and vulnerability, the experience of feeling overwhelmed and the desire to run away from it all. Through this lens, procrastination may be a necessary ripening; hiding an act of freedom; and shyness something that accompanies the first stage of revelation. Consolations invites readers into a poetic and thoughtful consideration of words whose meaning and interpretation influence the paths we choose and the way we traverse them throughout our lives.

Collapse The Copernican Imperative

Collapse The Copernican Imperative

Author: Damian Veal, Carlo Rovelli, Julian Barbour, Conrad Shawcross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Addresses the deanthropomorphization of reality initiated by the Copernican Revolution and the enduring chasm between the spontaneous image of reality bequeathed to us by evolution and that revealed by the sciences in the wake of Copernicus. Ever since Nicolaus Copernicus unmoored the Earth from its anchorage at the centre of the Universe and set it hurtling around the Sun, science has progressively uncovered the lineaments of an objective reality to which human experience stands as only the most superficial and attenuated of abstractions. The fifth volume of Collapse brings together some of the most intellectually-challenging contemporary work devoted to exploring the philosophical implications of this ever-widening gulf between the real and the intuitable from a variety of overlapping and complementary standpoints. With articles by groundbreaking philosophers and scientists, in-depth interviews with prominent thinkers, and new work from contemporary artists, this volume addresses the issues of the deanthropomorphization of reality initiated by the Copernican Revolution and the enduring chasm between the spontaneous image of reality bequeathed to us by evolution and that revealed by the sciences in the wake of Copernicus.

Collapse Geo/Philosophy

Collapse Geo/Philosophy

Author: Robin James Mackay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Philosophers, theorists, eco-critics, leading scientific experts in climate change, and artists assess the present state of planetary thought. Is there an enduring bond between philosophical thought and the earth, or is philosophy's task to escape the planetary horizon? And what is the connection between the empirical earth, the contingent material support of human thinking, and the abstract world that is the condition for a whole of thought? Real and imaginary geographies and cartographies have played a dual role in philosophy, serving both as governing metaphor and as ultimate grounding for philosophical thought; but urgent contemporary concerns introduce new problems for geophilosophy: planetary political, technological, military, and financial mutations have scrambled territorial formations, and scientific predictions now present us with the apocalyptic scenario of a planet without human thought. The sixth volume of Collapse brings together philosophers, theorists, eco-critics, leading scientific experts in climate change, and artists whose work interrogates the link between philosophical thought, geography and cartography, in order to create a portrait of the present state of planetary thought.

Collapse Numerical Materialism

Collapse Numerical Materialism

Author: Robin Mackay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

An investigation of the nature and philosophical uses of number. The first volume of Collapse investigates the nature and philosophical uses of number. The volume includes an interview with Alain Badiou on the relation between philosophy, mathematics, and science, an in-depth interview with mathematician Matthew Watkins on the strange connections between physics and the distribution of prime numbers, and contributions that demonstrate the many ways in which number intersects with philosophical thought-from the mathematics of intensity to terrorism, from occultism to information theory, and graphical works of multiplicity.