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Isaiah Berlin was one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century - and a man who set ideas on fire. His defence of individual liberty and cultural variety was passionate and persuasive, and inspired a generation. His ideas - especially his reasoned rejection of political despotism and all forms ...
In Search of Isaiah Berlin: A Literary Adventure
Isaiah Berlin was one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century - and a man who set ideas on fire. His defence of individual liberty and cultural variety was passionate and persuasive, and inspired a generation. His ideas - especially his reasoned rejection of political despotism and all forms of excessive certainty - have become even more prescient and vital today. But Berlin himself published very little of his work and needed an intellectual impresario. In Search of Isaiah Berlin tells the compelling story of a decades-long collaboration between Berlin and his principal editor, Henry Hardy, who made it his vocation to bring Berlin's huge body of writings into print. Hardy discovered that Berlin had written far more than people realised, most of it unknown. As he describes his struggles with Berlin, who was almost on principle reluctant to have his work published, an intimate and revealing picture of the self-deprecating philosopher emerges. This is a unique portrait of a man who gave us a new way of thinking about the human predicament, and whose work had for most of his life remained largely hidden from view.
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34.12 USD

In Search of Isaiah Berlin: A Literary Adventure

by Henry Hardy
Hardback
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Friedrich Nietzsche's work blasted the foundation of western thinking. The death of God, the UEbermensch, and the slave morality permeate our culture, high and low, and yet he is one of history's most misunderstood philosophers. Nietzsche himself thought that all philosophy was autobiographical and in this myth-shattering book, Sue Prideaux ...
I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche's work blasted the foundation of western thinking. The death of God, the UEbermensch, and the slave morality permeate our culture, high and low, and yet he is one of history's most misunderstood philosophers. Nietzsche himself thought that all philosophy was autobiographical and in this myth-shattering book, Sue Prideaux brings readers into the world of a brilliant, eccentric and deeply troubled man, illuminating the events and people that shaped his life and work. From his placid, devoutly Christian upbringing, overshadowed by the mysterious death of his father, through his lonely philosophising on high mountains, to the horror and pathos of his final descent into madness, Prideaux explores Nietzsche's intellectual, emotional and spiritual life with insight and sensitivity. The book is studded with unforgettable portraits of the people who were most important to him, including Richard and Cosima Wagner, Lou Salome - the femme fatale who broke his heart - and his rabidly nationalist and anti-Semitic sister Elizabeth, who betrayed him by manipulating his texts and putting them to infinite misuse at the hands of the Nazis. Today, Nietzsche's ideas continue to be adopted by both the left and the right. I Am Dynamite! is the essential biography for anyone seeking to understand the philosopher who foresaw - and sought solutions to - our own troubled times.
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42.66 USD
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The enduring appeal of liberalism lies in its commitment to the idea that human beings have a natural potential to live as free and equal individuals. The realization of this potential, however, is not a matter of nature, but requires that people be molded by a complex constellation of political ...
The Anxiety of Freedom: Imagination and Individuality in Locke's Political Thought
The enduring appeal of liberalism lies in its commitment to the idea that human beings have a natural potential to live as free and equal individuals. The realization of this potential, however, is not a matter of nature, but requires that people be molded by a complex constellation of political and educational institutions. In this eloquent and provocative book, Uday Singh Mehta investigates in the major writings of John Locke the implications of this tension between individuals and the institutions that mold them. The process of molding, he demonstrates, involves an external conformity and an internal self-restraint that severely limit the scope of individuality. Mehta explores the centrality of the human imagination in Locke's thought, focusing on his obsession with the potential dangers of the cognitive realm. Underlying Locke's fears regarding the excesses of the imagination is a political anxiety concerning how to limit their potential effects. In light of Locke's views on education, Mehta concludes that the promise of liberation at the heart of liberalism is vitiated by its constraints on cognitive and political freedom.
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10.450000 USD

The Anxiety of Freedom: Imagination and Individuality in Locke's Political Thought

by Uday Singh Mehta
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In the five hundred years since he wrote The Prince, Machiavelli's name has been linked to tyranny and the doctrine that the ends justify the means. But that is not what he stood for. In Be Like the Fox, Erica Benner takes us back to Renaissance Florence, where newly liberated ...
Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli In His World
In the five hundred years since he wrote The Prince, Machiavelli's name has been linked to tyranny and the doctrine that the ends justify the means. But that is not what he stood for. In Be Like the Fox, Erica Benner takes us back to Renaissance Florence, where newly liberated citizens fought to build a free republic after the Medici princes were exiled. Machiavelli dedicated his life to this struggle for freedom. But despite his heroic efforts, the Medici soon swept back into power. Forced out of politics and prevented from speaking freely, Machiavelli had to use his skills of foxlike dissimulation to defend democracy in an era of tyrannical princes. Drawing on his letters, political writings, hard-hitting satirical dramas, and conversations with kings and popes, Be Like the Fox reveals Machiavelli as an unlikely hero for our times.
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18.850000 USD

Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli In His World

by Erica Benner
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Alexandre Koj ve (1902-1968) was an important and provocative thinker. Born in Russia, he spent most of his life in France. His interpretation of Hegel and his notorious declaration that history had come to an end exerted great influence on French thinkers and writers such as Raymond Aron, Georges Bataille, ...
The Black Circle: A Life of Alexandre Kojeve
Alexandre Koj ve (1902-1968) was an important and provocative thinker. Born in Russia, he spent most of his life in France. His interpretation of Hegel and his notorious declaration that history had come to an end exerted great influence on French thinkers and writers such as Raymond Aron, Georges Bataille, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jacques Lacan, and Raymond Queneau. An unorthodox Marxist, he was a critic of Martin Heidegger and interlocutor of Leo Strauss who played a significant role in establishing the European Economic Community; a polyglot with many unusual interests, he wrote works, mostly unpublished in his lifetime, on quantum physics, the problem of the infinite, Buddhism, atheism, and Vassily Kandinsky's paintings. In The Black Circle, Jeff Love reinterprets Koj ve's works, showing him to be an essential thinker who challenged modern society and its valuation of individuality, self-interest, and freedom from death. Emphasizing Koj ve's neglected Russian roots, The Black Circle puts him in the context of the late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Russian debates over the proper ends of human life. Love explores notions of perfection, freedom, and finality in Koj ve's account of Hegel and his neglected later works, clarifying Koj ve's emancipatory thinking and the meaning of the oft-misinterpreted end of history. Combining intellectual history, close textual analysis, and philosophy, The Black Circle reveals Koj ve's thought as a profound critique of capitalist individualism and a timely meditation on human freedom.
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42.000000 USD

The Black Circle: A Life of Alexandre Kojeve

by Jeff Love
Hardback
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Adam Smith: Father of Economics
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33.600000 USD

Adam Smith: Father of Economics

by Jesse Norman
Hardback
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Open the Gates
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14.160000 USD

Open the Gates

by Carol L Nelson
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Aristotle: Ancient Greek Philosophers
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11.500000 USD

Aristotle: Ancient Greek Philosophers

by A E Taylor
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Nikola Tesla: Colorado Springs Notes, 1899-1900
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17.800000 USD

Nikola Tesla: Colorado Springs Notes, 1899-1900

by Nikola Tesla
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The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau (Illustrated)
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18.900000 USD

The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau (Illustrated)

by Jean Jacques Rousseau
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The Reason for Life: According to Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Leo Tolstoy
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21.000000 USD

The Reason for Life: According to Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Leo Tolstoy

by Waltenegus Dargie
Hardback
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Biographia Literaria
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13.340000 USD

Biographia Literaria

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Maine de Biran
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10.450000 USD

Maine de Biran

by Ernest Naville
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Travel Notebook
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7.340000 USD

Travel Notebook

by Wild Pages Press
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Lives of the Eminent Philosophers
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45.140000 USD

Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

by Diogenes Laertius
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Explaining more than 100 of the most important big ideas and groundbreaking theories of key philosophers in a clear and simple way, this is the perfect introduction to philosophy and the history of how we think. Untangling knotty theories and shedding light on abstract concepts, The Philosophy Book makes use ...
The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
Explaining more than 100 of the most important big ideas and groundbreaking theories of key philosophers in a clear and simple way, this is the perfect introduction to philosophy and the history of how we think. Untangling knotty theories and shedding light on abstract concepts, The Philosophy Book makes use of innovative graphics and easy-to-follow explanations to demystify complex ideas. Explore the history of philosophy, from ancient Greece and China to today, and find out how theories from over 2,000 years ago are still relevant to our modern lives. Follow the progression of human ideas and meet the world's most influential philosophers - from Plato and Confucius through Descartes and Mary Wollstonecraft to Wittgenstein, Chomsky, and Derrida. With clever illustrations, clear explanations, a philosopher directory, and a vocabulary glossary, The Philosophy Book is a perfect and comprehensive introduction to a fascinating subject.
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29.14 USD

The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

by DK
Hardback
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The Confessions of an Anti-Feminist: The Autobiography of Anthony M. Ludovici
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52.500000 USD

The Confessions of an Anti-Feminist: The Autobiography of Anthony M. Ludovici

by Anthony M Ludovici
Hardback
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Autobiography of John Stuart Mill: John Stuart Mill
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9.400000 USD

Autobiography of John Stuart Mill: John Stuart Mill

by John Stuart Mill
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A tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the twentieth century to mentor a generation of young artists like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call them the New Negro-the gender ambiguous, transformative, artistic African Americans whose art would subjectivize Black people ...
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
A tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the twentieth century to mentor a generation of young artists like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call them the New Negro-the gender ambiguous, transformative, artistic African Americans whose art would subjectivize Black people and embolden greatness. Alain Locke (1885-1954) believed Black Americans were sleeping giant that could transform America into a truly humanistic and pluralistic society. In the 1920s, these views were radical, but by announcing a New Negro in art, literature, music, dance, theatre, Locke shifted the discussion of race from the problem-centered discourses of politics and economics to the new creative industries of American modernism. Although this Europhile detested jazz, he used the Jazz Age interest in Black aesthetics to plant the notion in American minds that Black people were America's quintessential artists and Black urban communities were crucibles of creativity where a different life was possible in America. By promoting art, a Black dandy subjectivized Black people and became in the process a New Negro himself.
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41.950000 USD

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke

by Jeffrey C Stewart
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Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is
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11.540000 USD

Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is

by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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All twelve books by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius - his personal guidelines to live and rule well. Do every deed, speak every word, think every thought in the knowledge that you may end your days any moment. We have body, soul, and intelligence. To the body belong the senses, to ...
Meditations: Complete and Unabridged
All twelve books by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius - his personal guidelines to live and rule well. Do every deed, speak every word, think every thought in the knowledge that you may end your days any moment. We have body, soul, and intelligence. To the body belong the senses, to the soul the passions, to the intelligence principles. Think not as your insulter judges or wishes you to judge: but see things as they truly are. To pursue impossibilities is madness; and it is impossible that the wicked should not act in some such way as this. Order not your life as though you had ten thousand years to live. Fate hangs over you. While you live, while yet you may, be good. Meditations is a collection of twelve books written by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. This set of book was originally compiled in the form of private journals. Marcus Aurelius used these notes as personal guides to live by and to better himself as a ruler. He compiled these journals during his time as emperor, and while they were not intended for public consumption, there are valuable lessons to be gleaned from his wisdom. The entries include his views of stoicism--the Hellenistic philosophy devoid of destructive emotions that could tamper with logic--and its practical use in ruling and military tactics. Completely unabridged, with a new foreword written by Huffington Post writer Carolyn Gregoire, this publication of Meditations is an all-encompassing collection of Marcus Aurelius's works.
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3.09 USD
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Jaron Lanier, `the father of Virtual Reality ... a high-tech genius' (Sunday Times), tells the extraordinary story of how in just over three decades Virtual Reality went from being a dream to a reality - and how its power to turn dreams into realities will transform us and our world. ...
Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality
Jaron Lanier, `the father of Virtual Reality ... a high-tech genius' (Sunday Times), tells the extraordinary story of how in just over three decades Virtual Reality went from being a dream to a reality - and how its power to turn dreams into realities will transform us and our world. Virtual Reality has long been one of the dominant cliches of science fiction. Now Virtual Reality is a reality: those big headsets that make people look ridiculous, even while radiating startled delight; the place where war veterans overcome PTSD, surgeries are trialled, aircraft and cities are designed. But VR is far more interesting than any single technology, however spectacular. It is, in fact, the most effective device ever invented for researching what a human being actually is - and how we think and feel. More than thirty years ago, legendary computer scientist, visionary and artist Jaron Lanier pioneered its invention. Here, in what is likely to be one of the most unusual books you ever read, he blends scientific investigation, philosophical thought experiment and his memoir of a life lived at the centre of digital innovation to explain what VR really is: the science of comprehensive illusion; the extension of the intimate magic of earliest childhood into adulthood; a hint of what life would be like without any limits. As Lanier shows, we are standing on the threshold of an entirely new realm of human creativity, expression, communication and experience. While we can use VR to test our relationship with reality, it will test us in return, for how we choose to use it will reveal who we truly are. Welcome to a mind-expanding, life-enhancing, world-changing adventure.
17.05 USD

Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality

by Jaron Lanier
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Shortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize Paris, near the turn of 1932-3. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking... ...
At The Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails
Shortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize Paris, near the turn of 1932-3. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking... `It's not often that you miss your bus stop because you're so engrossed in reading a book about existentialism, but I did exactly that... The story of Sartre, Beauvoir, Camus, Heidegger et al is strange, fun and compelling reading. If it doesn't win awards, I will eat my copy' Independent on Sunday `Bakewell shows how fascinating were some of the existentialists' ideas and how fascinating, often frightful, were their lives. Vivid, humorous anecdotes are interwoven with a lucid and unpatronising exposition of their complex philosophy... Tender, incisive and fair' Daily Telegraph `Quirky, funny, clear and passionate... Few writers are as good as Bakewell at explaining complicated ideas in a way that makes them easy to understand' Mail on Sunday
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15.49 USD

At The Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

by Sarah Bakewell
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Eros and Revolution: The Critical Philosophy of Herbert Marcuse
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29.400000 USD

Eros and Revolution: The Critical Philosophy of Herbert Marcuse

by Javier Sethness-Castro
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Inspired by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and Bertrand Russell and David Hilbert's pursuit of the fundamental rules of mathematics, some of the most brilliant minds of the generation came together in post-World War I Vienna to present the latest theories in mathematics, science, and philosophy and to build a ...
Exact Thinking in Demented Times: The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science
Inspired by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and Bertrand Russell and David Hilbert's pursuit of the fundamental rules of mathematics, some of the most brilliant minds of the generation came together in post-World War I Vienna to present the latest theories in mathematics, science, and philosophy and to build a strong foundation for scientific investigation. Composed of such luminaries as Kurt Goedel and Rudolf Carnap, and stimulated by the works of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper, the Vienna Circle left an indelible mark on science. Exact Thinking in Demented Times tells the often outrageous, sometimes tragic, and never boring stories of the men who transformed scientific thought. A revealing work of history, this landmark book pays tribute to those who dared to reinvent knowledge from the ground up.
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33.600000 USD

Exact Thinking in Demented Times: The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science

by Karl Sigmund
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C. G. Jung (1875-1961) was a preeminent thinker of the modern era. In seeking to establish an interdisciplinary science of analytical psychology, he studied psychiatry, religion, mysticism, literature, physics, biology, education, and criminology. He introduced the concepts of extraversion and introversion, and terms such as complex, archetype, individuation, and the ...
The Quotable Jung
C. G. Jung (1875-1961) was a preeminent thinker of the modern era. In seeking to establish an interdisciplinary science of analytical psychology, he studied psychiatry, religion, mysticism, literature, physics, biology, education, and criminology. He introduced the concepts of extraversion and introversion, and terms such as complex, archetype, individuation, and the collective unconscious. He stressed the primacy of finding meaning in our lives. The Quotable Jung is the single most comprehensive collection of Jung quotations ever assembled. It is the essential introduction for anyone new to Jung and the Jungian tradition. It will also inspire those familiar with Jung to view him in an entirely new way. The Quotable Jung presents hundreds of the most representative selections from the vast array of Jung's books, essays, correspondence, lectures, seminars, and interviews, as well as the celebrated Red Book, in which Jung describes his own fearsome confrontation with the unconscious. Organized thematically, this collection covers such topics as the psyche, the symbolic life, dreams, the analytic process, good and evil, creativity, alchemical transformation, death and rebirth, the problem of the opposites, and more. The quotations are arranged so that the reader can follow the thread of Jung's thought on these topics while gaining an invaluable perspective on his writings as a whole. Succinct and accessible, The Quotable Jung also features a preface by Judith Harris and a detailed chronology of Jung's life and work. The single most comprehensive collection of Jung quotations ever assembled Features hundreds of quotes Covers such topics as the psyche, dreams, good and evil, death and rebirth, and more Includes a detailed chronology of Jung's life and work Serves as the ideal introduction to Jung and the Jungian tradition
25.58 USD

The Quotable Jung

by C. G. Jung
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Jaron Lanier, `the father of Virtual Reality ... a high-tech genius' (Sunday Times), tells the extraordinary story of how in just over three decades Virtual Reality went from being a dream to a reality - and how its power to turn dreams into realities will transform us and our world. ...
Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality
Jaron Lanier, `the father of Virtual Reality ... a high-tech genius' (Sunday Times), tells the extraordinary story of how in just over three decades Virtual Reality went from being a dream to a reality - and how its power to turn dreams into realities will transform us and our world. Virtual Reality has long been one of the dominant cliches of science fiction. Now Virtual Reality is a reality: those big headsets that make people look ridiculous, even while radiating startled delight; the place where war veterans overcome PTSD, surgeries are trialled, aircraft and cities are designed. But VR is far more interesting than any single technology, however spectacular. It is, in fact, the most effective device ever invented for researching what a human being actually is - and how we think and feel. More than thirty years ago, legendary computer scientist, visionary and artist Jaron Lanier pioneered its invention. Here, in what is likely to be one of the most unusual books you ever read, he blends scientific investigation, philosophical thought experiment and his memoir of a life lived at the centre of digital innovation to explain what VR really is: the science of comprehensive illusion; the extension of the intimate magic of earliest childhood into adulthood; a hint of what life would be like without any limits. As Lanier shows, we are standing on the threshold of an entirely new realm of human creativity, expression, communication and experience. While we can use VR to test our relationship with reality, it will test us in return, for how we choose to use it will reveal who we truly are. Welcome to a mind-expanding, life-enhancing, world-changing adventure.
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34.12 USD

Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality

by Jaron Lanier
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John Stuart Mill observed in his Autobiography that he was a rare case in nineteenth-century Britain because he had not lost his religion but never had any. He was a freethinker from beginning to end. What is not often realized, however, is that Mill's life was nevertheless impinged upon by ...
John Stuart Mill: A Secular Life
John Stuart Mill observed in his Autobiography that he was a rare case in nineteenth-century Britain because he had not lost his religion but never had any. He was a freethinker from beginning to end. What is not often realized, however, is that Mill's life was nevertheless impinged upon by religion at every turn. This is true both of the close relationships that shaped him and of his own, internal thoughts. Mill was a religious sceptic, but not the kind of person which that term usually conjures up. The unexpected presence and prominence of spirituality is not only there in Mill's late, startling essay, 'Theism', in which he makes the case for hope in God and in Christ. It is everywhere-in his immediate family, his best friends, and his vision for the future. It is even there in such a seemingly unlikely place as his Logic, which repeatedly addresses religious themes. John Stuart Mill: A Secular Life is a biography which follows one of Britain's most well-respected intellectuals through all of the key moments in his life from falling in love to sitting in Parliament and beyond. It also explores his classic works including, On Liberty, Principles of Political Economy, Utilitarianism, and The Subjection of Women. In this well-researched study which offers original findings and insights, Timothy Larsen presents the Mill you never knew. The Mill that even some of his closest disciples never knew. This is John Stuart Mill, the Saint of Rationalism-a secular life and a spiritual life.
51.19 USD

John Stuart Mill: A Secular Life

by Timothy Larsen
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