Download E-books The Conquest of Bread (Penguin Classics) PDF

By Peter Kropotkin

"Well-being for all isn't a dream."

In this brilliantly stress-free rallying-cry of a booklet, Kropotkin lays out the center of his anarchist beliefs—beliefs that surged world wide within the overdue nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and that experience a renewed relevance and poignancy at the present time. Humane and considerate, but additionally a devastating critique of the way smooth society is equipped (with the brutal, slim few clinging onto their wealth and privileges on the cost of the many), The Conquest of Bread is a ebook to be argued over, back and again.

For greater than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts better by way of introductions and notes through unusual students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Download E-books Information: A Very Short Introduction PDF

By Luciano Floridi

We are living in a society that's awash with details, yet few people relatively comprehend what info is. during this Very brief Introduction, one of many world's prime experts at the philosophy of knowledge and on details ethics, Luciano Floridi, bargains an illuminating exploration of data because it pertains to either philosophy and technology. He discusses the roots of the idea that of knowledge in arithmetic and technology, and considers the function of knowledge in different fields, together with biology. Floridi additionally discusses recommendations comparable to "Infoglut" (too a lot info to approach) and the emergence of a data society, and he addresses the character of knowledge as a verbal exchange technique and its position as a actual phenomenon. might be extra very important, he explores information's which means and cost, and ends by means of contemplating the wider social and moral concerns in relation to details, together with difficulties surrounding accessibility, privateness, possession, copyright, and open resource. This booklet is helping us comprehend the real that means of the idea that and the way it may be used to appreciate our world.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and magnificence, Very brief Introductions offer an creation to a couple of life's best issues. Written by way of specialists for the newcomer, they show the best modern pondering the important difficulties and concerns in countless numbers of key subject matters, from philosophy to Freud, quantum thought to Islam.

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Download E-books Karl Polanyi on Ethics and Economics: Foreword by Marguerite Mendell PDF

By Gregory Baum

Exploring Polanyi's lesser-known works in addition to the nice Transformation, Baum presents a extra entire and nuanced realizing of Polanyi's concept. He examines Polanyi's interpretation of contemporary financial and social heritage, clarifies the moral presuppositions found in Polanyi's paintings, and addresses how Polanyi's knowing of the relation among ethics and economics touches on many matters proper to the modern debate in regards to the world's fiscal destiny. Baum argues that we must always glance to Polanyi's realizing of contemporary capitalism to reinstate the social discourse and, in political perform, the foundations of reciprocity and unity. He issues to examples, either in Canada and out of the country, of makes an attempt to formulate substitute types of financial improvement and to create new types of institutional and cultural intervention. Karl Polanyi on Ethics and Economics presents attention-grabbing insights into Polanyi's paintings and modern relevant social and political matters. it is going to be of serious curiosity to sociologists, economists, political scientists, and philosophers.

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Download E-books Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom (The Wellek Library Lectures) PDF

By David Harvey

Liberty and freedom are often invoked to justify political motion. Presidents as various as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush have outfitted their regulations on a few model of those noble values. but in perform, idealist agendas frequently flip bitter as they confront particular situations at the flooring. tested through incidents at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay, the pursuit of liberty and freedom can result in violence and repression, undermining our belief in common theories of liberalism, neoliberalism, and cosmopolitanism.

Combining his passions for politics and geography, David Harvey charts a worldly order extra acceptable to an emancipatory type of international governance. Political agendas are inclined to fail, he argues, simply because they forget about the complexities of geography. Incorporating geographical wisdom into the formation of social and political coverage is consequently an important situation for actual democracy.

Harvey starts with an insightful critique of the political makes use of of freedom and liberty, particularly in the course of the George W. Bush management. Then, via an ontological research into geography's foundational concepts—space, position, and environment—he extensively reframes geographical wisdom as a foundation for social concept and political motion. As Harvey makes transparent, the cosmopolitanism that emerges is rooted in human adventure instead of illusory beliefs and brings us towards attaining the liberation we seek.

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Download E-books Recovering Ethical Life: Jürgen Habermas and the Future of Critical Theory PDF

By J. M. Bernstein

Examining around the complete variety of Habermas' paintings, this e-book strains the advance of the idea of communicative cause from its inception to its defence opposed to postmodernism. Bernstein's analyses are consistently challenge focused and thematic instead of textual, making this an important contribution to the serious literature on Habermas.

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'Bernstein's striking ebook is now additionally crucial examining for somebody serious about Habermas's considering and its implications for modern social and political theory' - Radical Philosophy

'One of the easiest books but on Habermas.' - Dr N Stevenson, Sheffield collage --This textual content refers back to the Paperback edition.

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Download E-books The Severed Head: Capital Visions (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism) PDF

Informed by means of a provocative exhibition on the Louvre curated by means of the writer, The Severed Head unpacks creative representations of severed heads from the Paleolithic interval to the current. Surveying work, sculptures, and drawings, Julia Kristeva turns her famed severe eye to a examine of the pinnacle as image and metaphor, as spiritual item and actual truth, additional constructing a severe subject matter in her work--the strength of horror--and the potential of the face to supply an event of the sacred.

Kristeva considers the top as icon, artifact, and locus of notion, looking a keener knowing of the violence and hope that drives us to sever, and often times maintain, one of these powerful item. Her learn stretches all of the as far back as 6,000 B.C.E., with people' early ornament and worship of skulls, and follows with the Medusa fable; the mandylion of Laon (a holy relic within which the face of a saint seems to be on a section of cloth); the biblical tale of John the Baptist and his counterpart, Salome; stories of the guillotine; sleek homicide mysteries; or even the rhetoric surrounding the struggle for and opposed to capital punishment. Kristeva translates those "capital visions" during the lens of psychoanalysis, drawing limitless connections among their manifestation and sacred adventure and intensely a lot putting forward the potential for the sacred, even in an period of "faceless" interaction.

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Download E-books Irrationalism: Lukács and the Marxist View of Reason PDF

By Tom Rockmore

This can be the 1st specific examine, following the new cave in of political Marxism in jap Europe, of twentieth-century Hungarian thinker Georg Lukács and his place because the major proponent of the Marxist conception of cause. Lukács's heritage and sophistication awareness has been referred to as one of many 3 so much influential philosophical works of this century, and he, the phenomenal Marxist thinker. Marxism has lengthy suffered relative overlook in philosophical dialogue because of its personal invidious contrast among itself and the meant irrationality of what it regards as bourgeois philosophy.

Tom Rockmore bargains a uniquely unique philosophical research of Lukács's complete place as a thought of cause, in accordance with the excellence among cause and unreason, or irrationalism. the writer supplies certain emphasis to Lukács's connection to German neo-Kantianism, fairly Lask, and on his final, unfinished work.

Rockmore starts off with an account of the roots of Lukács's Marxism, by means of an in-depth research of his usually pointed out, yet nonetheless incompletely understood, seminal essay "Reification and the category awareness of the Proletariat." He then lines the evolution and later dying of the excellence among cause and irrationalism in Lukács's ultimate inspiration. the writer therefore makes on hand for the 1st time in English a strictly philosophical dialogue of Georg Lukács's Marxist part and brings attention of his suggestion into the broader philosophical discussion.

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"This e-book can be an incredible contribution to the knowledge of Marxism now not as a political blueprint or only social concept yet as a contemporary strategy to deal with the deeply threatening cloud of Unreason in human affairs and in human knowing. Rockmore offers fascinating readings of the 2 peaks of Lukács's Marxist idea. this is often one of many few makes an attempt at an interpretation and an overview of Lukács after his flip to Marx after 1918. And it's noteworthy too for Rockmore's critical rejections of a lot of Lukács's writings inside his both transparent admiration for the man's intelligence, scholarship, and artistic philosophical insights."
—Robert S. Cohen, Professor of Physics and Philosophy, Boston college

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Download E-books Break-Out from the Crystal Palace: The Anarcho-Psychological Critique: Stirner, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky (2nd Edition) PDF

By John Carroll

Publish yr note: First released in 1974
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Before Marcuse and Laing, earlier than Heidegger and Sartre, even sooner than Freud, the way in which was once ready for the anarcho-psychological critique of monetary guy, of all codes of ideology or absolute morality, and of clinical conduct of brain. First released in 1974, this identify strains this philosophical culture to its roots within the 19th century, to the figures of Stirner, Nietzsche and Dostoevsky, and to their mental demolition of the 2 replacement axes of social conception and perform, a critique which this day reads extra pertinently than ever, and is still unanswered.

To comprehend this critique is important for an age which has proven a mounting revulsion on the results of the Crystal Palace, image right away of technologico-industrial growth and its rationalist-scientist ideology, an age whose imaginitive preoccupations have telescoped onto the person, and whose curiosity has switched from the social realm to that of anarchic, internal, 'psychological man'.

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Download E-books Craft of Sociology: Epistemological Preliminaries PDF

By Pierre Bourdieu

The paintings of the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu has emerged, during the last 20 years, as essentially the most big and cutting edge our bodies of conception and study in modern social technology. The Craft of Sociology, either a textbook and an unique contribution to epistemology in social technology, makes a speciality of a easy challenge of sociological examine: the need of an epistemological holiday with the preconstructed items social perform deals to the researcher. Pierre Bourdieu and his co-authors argue within the epistemological culture of students like Bachelard, Canguilhem, Koyre, a convention that identifies the development of the item as being the basic clinical act. Their means of discussing the difficulty makes it obtainable not just to lecturers and specialists of epistemology, but additionally to complex scholars of social technology, utilizing for representation quite a lot of texts from a few of the social sciences in addition to from philosophy of technological know-how. The booklet comprises an interview with Pierre Bourdieu and an creation by way of the editor to his sociological method.

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Download E-books Paul Virilio: From Modernism to Hypermodernism and Beyond (Theory, Culture & Society) PDF

Paul Virilio is among the most important and stimulating French cultural theorists writing this present day. more and more hailed because the 'archaeologist of the future', Virilio is famous for his proclamation that the good judgment of ever expanding acceleration lies on the center of the association and transformation of the modern international.

The first publication to find the money for a adequately serious review of Virilio's cultural concept, it contains an interview with Virilio; a lately translated instance of his paintings; and a decide upon bibliography of his writings. The commissioned contributions by way of top cultural and social theorists learn Virilio's paintings from his early speculations on army and concrete house to his present writings on dromology, politics, ne

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