Fifty Thinkers Who Shaped the Modern World profiles fifty landmark philosophers, scientists, political and social theorists as well as spiritual leaders whose ideas have defined the age we live in. It offers a crisp analysis of their key ideas, and in some cases a re-evaluation of their importance as we proceed into the 21st century.
The Introducing series is renowned throughout the world for its ingenious combination of graphic illustration and intelligent, precise text by leading academics on some of the most challenging subjects around. This is an examination of one of the most famous philosophers of the 20th century.
Introducing Rousseau presents a maverick thinker whose Enlightenment ideas revolutionized our understanding of childhood, education, government and language forever.Did Rousseau inspire the French Revolution? Can we trace Romanticism, psychoanalysis and Existentialism back to him? This great introduction charts Rousseau's turbulent life of lost innocence, persecution and paranoia.
'Machiavellian' is a popular byword for treachery and opportunism. This book traces the colourful life of this paradoxical realist whose clear-sighted patriotism made him the first truly modern political scientist. It brings the creative turbulence of Renaissance Italy to life.
A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped with the experience. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest.
'Pierre Bourdieu: Key Concepts' highlights his most important concepts and examines them in detail. This new edition of the leading text is entirely revised and updated and includes new essays on Methodology, Politics and Social Space.
In the modern world, ideology has never before been so much in evidence as a fact and so little understood as a concept. This book unravels the many different meanings of ideology, and charts the history of the concept from the Enlightenment to postmodernism.
What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? This title seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment, and tells their intimate stories: their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their wrenching dilemmas.
Explores the French commitment to rationalism and ideology, their belief in the State, their cult of heroes and their contempt for materialism. This book describes their fetishes, their fondness for general notions, their current fixations with the nation and collective memory, their messianic instincts and their devotion to universalism.
An Event can be an occurrence that shatters ordinary life, a radical political rupture, a transformation of reality, a religious belief, the rise of a new art form, or an intense experience such as falling in love. This book examines the new and highly-contested concept of Event.
From a young chef who suddenly lost her sense of smell, a fascinating personal exploration of this most nebulous of senses and the role it plays in how we eat, how we perceive the world, how we remember the past, and how we attract each other.
Time has always been the great Given, a fact of existence which cannot be denied or wished away; but the character of lived time is changing dramatically. This book offers a look at life's ineffable element, spanning fields from biology and culture to psychoanalysis and neuroscience.
Contemporary philosophy of science has paid close attention to the understanding of scientific practice, in contrast to the previous focus on scientific method. This work shows the deficiencies of many widespread ideas about the nature of knowledge. It argues that the only feasible explanation of any scientific success is a historical account.
Verso's classic Mapping series, published in association with New Left Review, collects the most important writings on key topics in a changing world and delineates the controversies among the most important scholars in each field.
Explains how ancient philosophy saved the author's life, and how we can all use it to become happier, wiser and more resilient. This title also explores how ancient philosophy is inspiring modern communities - Socratic cafes, Stoic armies, Platonic sects, Sceptic summer camps - and even whole nations in their quest for the good life.
Takes you on a tour of the mind and explains the systems that drive the way we think and make choices. This title exposes the extraordinary capabilities-and also the faults and biases-of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behaviour.
Covering many key concepts of Heidegger's work, this title provides an introduction to the ideas that are embodied in his magnum opus, "Being and Time". Thematically structured, it encourages the reader to engage with Heidegger's thought, leading him or her to a more thorough understanding of the roots of his philosophical concerns.
Ludwig Wittgenstein was arguably the most important and influential philosopher of the twentieth century. Covering the key concepts of his work, this book provides an introduction to the ideas of this hugely significant thinker. It leads the reader through an overview of the development of Wittgenstein's thought.