Introduces the ideas of Jacques Lacan through the medium of American film, taking his examples from over 100 years of cinema, from "Charlie Chaplin" to "The Matrix" and referencing along the way such figures as Lenin and Hegel, Michel Foucault and Jesus Christ. This book is a guide to cinema and psychoanalysis.
Presents an examination of the authorship controversy surrounding Shakespeare: the claim made repeatedly that the plays were ghost written. This title asks what is at stake in the imputation that 'Shakespeare' did not write the plays, and shows that the plays themselves both thematize and theorize that controversy.
A collection of essays on works of literature, such as Salman Rushdie's controversial "Satanic Verses", and twentieth century thinkers, such as Jacques Derrida and Karl Marx. It questions and deconstructs power structures where ever they operate.
"Love is a force of destiny whose power reaches from heaven to hell". So Jung advises while reflecting on "The love problem of a student", contained in this volume. He also speaks of concepts crucial to his understanding of the personality, such as animus and anima.
Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural notion of the female, or indeed of sex or gender, this book questions the category 'woman' and continues in this vein with examinations of 'the masculine' and 'the feminine'. It considers gender as a reiterated social "performance" rather than the expression of a prior reality.
An extravaganza of beautiful princesses and stout stable boys, sour-faced witches and king with hearts of gold. Each tale is a masterpiece of storytelling from the hilarious Three Sillies to the delightfully macabre Sammles ghost.
This classic work by D.T. Suzuki, the man who brought Zen Buddhism to the west, is a book that challenges and inspires; it will benefit readers of all persuasions who seek to understand something of the nature of spiritual life.
As author himself points out in his introduction to this seminal childcare book, to be a successful parent means a lot of very hard work. Controversial yet powerfully influential to this day, this classic collection of his lectures offers important guidelines for child rearing based on the crucial role of early relationships.
Tells the story of how the oppressed became the oppressors; how Irish immigrants achieved acceptance among an initially hostile population in America, only by proving that they could be more brutal in their oppression of African Americans than the nativists.
Explores the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals and writers, both within the academy and without. This book provides an interpretive framework for the work of such prominent Black feminist thinkers as Angela Davis, bell hooks, Alice Walker, and Audre Lorde.
Central to Maurice Merleau-Ponty's thought was the idea that human understanding comes from our bodily experience of the world that we perceive. This title provides a guide to a whole universe of experience, from the pursuit of scientific knowledge, through the psychic life of animals to the glories of the art of Paul Cezanne.
Takes an approach - 'New Historicism' drew from history, anthropology, Marxist theory, post-structuralism, and psychoanalysis and in the process, blew apart the academic boundaries insulating literature from the world around it. This book charts the evolution of that approach and provides an exploration of a contradictory epoch.
Few philosophers have had more influence on the shape of western philosophy after 1900 than Martin Heidegger. This title offers a full range of this profound and controversial thinker's writings, including: "The Origin of the Work of Art"; "The introduction to Being and Time"; "What Is Metaphysics?"; and, "The End of Philosophy".
Bertrand Russell is regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest minds. Well-known for his profound knowledge and controversial approach to myriad of different issues and subjects, his prolific works also exhibit great intellectual wit and humour. This book presents a testament to the remarkable life work and wit of Bertrand Russell.
An examination of the concepts of nothingness and freedom, both of which are derived from the ability of consciousness to imagine objects both as they are and as they are not - ideas that would drive Sartre's existentialism and entire theory of human freedom.
Illuminates the social pretentions of the middle classes in the modern world, focusing on the tastes and preferences of the French bourgeoisie. This book argues that the social world functions simultaneously as a system of power relations and as a symbolic system in which minute distinctions of taste become the basis for social judgement.
Science of Mythology provides an account of the meaning and the purpose of mythic themes that is linked to modern life: the heroic battles between good and evil of yore are still played out, reflected in contemporary fears.
A collection of essays, which critique structures of power and oppression as they operate within American society and provide a way of thinking about human dignity and difference. It explores the politics and philosophy of America, the role of the black intellectual, and the fate of African Americans.
What is right? What is wrong? How do we decide? To a remarkable extent, our decision-making is determined by the origins of the ethical ideas that we employ and the history of their development. This title presents an insightful history of moral philosophy in the West, from the Greeks to contemporary times.
Michel Foucault was part of a glittering generation of thinkers, one which included Sartre, de Beauvoir and Deleuze. Arguable his finest work, this classic is a challenging but fantastically rewarding introduction to his ideas.
One of the most important texts of modern times, Herbert Marcuse's analysis and image of a one-dimensional man in a one-dimensional society has shaped many young radical's way of seeing and experiencing life.
In 1600, renagade philosopher and theologian Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake in Rome. His crime was to preach a doctrine of brotherhood, peace and free love. Four centuries later he is known as the Prophet of the New Age.
These lectures were given in 1921, the same year Einstein received the Nobel Prize for Physics. They remain key texts for anyone wishing to discover the workings of one of the most ispiring minds of the twentieth century.
In this text, Jung explains the essence of his teachings for a readership unfamiliar with his ideas. He highlights the importance of individual responsibility and freedom in the context of today's mass society.
A history of the role that the occult has played in the formation of modern science and medicine, The Rosicrucian Enlightenment has had a tremendous impact on our understanding of the western esoteric tradition.
Throughout her distinguished and prolific writing career, she explored questions of good and bad, myth and morality. The framework for Murdoch's questions - and her own conclusions - can be found in the Sovereignty of Good.
In addresses written for a wide general audience, one of the twentieth century's most prominent thinkers, Claude Levi-Strauss, here offers the insights of a lifetime on the crucial questions of human existence.
Turning his back on neoliberalism at the moment that its advocates were in their pomp, trumpeting 'the end of history' and the supposedly unstoppable spread of liberal values across the globe, Gray's was a lone voice of scepticism. The thinking he criticised here would lead ultimately to the invasion of Iraq.