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Why the World Does Not Exist Why the World Does Not Exist
Markus Gabriel

"A majestic thought experiment"
Slavoj Zizek

In this highly original new book, Markus Gabriel challenges our notion of what exists and what it means to exist. Revelling in humourous thought experiments, word play, and the courage of provocation, he demonstrates the necessity of a questioning mind and the role that humour can play in coming to terms with the abyss of human existence.


Freedom to Fail: Heidegger's Anarchy Freedom to Fail: Heidegger's Anarchy
Peter Trawny

Heidegger's highly controversial and secret 'Black Notebooks' have now been released to the public, revealing the extent to which his'personal Nazism' was part of his philosophical ethos.In this revealing new book, Peter Trawny provides a compelling argument for why Heidegger wanted the explosive material to be published, whilst also offering an original and provocative interpretation of Heidegger's work.

"Peter Trawny knows Heidegger's manuscripts from the 1930s and 1940s better than anybody. This essay offers a thoughtful and illuminating introduction to the issues they raise that will be of value to specialists as well as beginners."
Robert Bernasconi, Penn State University


The Lure of Technocracy The Lure of Technocracy
Jürgen Habermas

In developing his key concepts of the transnationalisation of democracy and the constitutionalisation of international law, Habermas offers a way out of the current economic and political crisis. He is harshly critical of incrementalist, technocratic policies and argues that only a deeper democratization of the European institutions will help the EU fulfil its promise as a model for how rampant market capitalism can once again be brought under political control.


States of Shock: Stupidity and Knowledge in the 21st Century States of Shock: Stupidity and Knowledge in the 21st Century
Bernard Stiegler

"This is Stiegler at his finest. This book offers a penetrating diagnosis of a contemporary configuration that links the shocks of modern political economy to profound transformations in the psychic sphere. But Stiegler also gives us a powerful argument -- based on highly original interpretations of major thinkers -- revealing the radical importance of technology for all human experience. This is in essence a call for a new Enlightenment, one appropriate to our digital age."
David Bates, University of California Berkeley

"Stiegler poses the question of how reason can renew itself in the face of unfettered global capitalism and the economic ideologies which propel it. Moving decisively beyond French postructuralism his thinking creates new conceptual weapons with which thought and knowledge can renew their sense of responsibility and engagement in the early 21st century."
Ian James, University of Cambridge


Practices of Selfhood Practices of Selfhood
Zygmunt Bauman & Rein Raud

How does an individual understand her or his position in the world? Are we determined by our genetic heritage, social circumstances and cultural preferences, or are we free in our choices? Does selfhood follow the same pattern of development in all people, all cultures, all ages? These are the questions that Zygmunt Bauman and Rein Raud explore in their engaging and wide-ranging dialogue on selfhood.


Philosophy and the Idea of Communism Philosophy and the Idea of Communism
Alain Badiou in conversation with Peter Engelmann

In the course of this wide-ranging conversation with Peter Engelmann, Alain Badiou explains why he continues to value the idea of communism and reflects on current socio-political developments. Their compelling dialogue is both a highly topical contribution to the question of how we might organize our societies and an accessible introduction to Badiou's thought.


The Secular State Under Siege: Religion and Politics in Europe and America The Secular State Under Siege: Religion and Politics in Europe and America
Christian Joppke

"In this impressive work, dealing with a theme of persistent (indeed, on some counts, increasing) public significance, the author follows up a sustained historical and conceptual discussion of the relations between political and religious power with a penetrating analysis of some of their major contemporary problematics. Throughout, the scholarly intensity of Joppke's argument is matched by his capacity for clear, literate exposition, rendering the book a very valuable contribution to the literature on its topic."
Gianfranco Poggi, University of Virginia

"The Secular State Under Siege takes on large and controversial questions with Joppke's characteristic verve and lucidity. Even those who disagree with parts of the argument will find the book engaging and illuminating."
Rogers Brubaker, University of California, Los Angeles


textbooks

Is the American Century Over? Is the American Century Over?
Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

"This calm, reflective, and thoughtful antidote to alarm about American decline displays Nye's astonishing capacity to engage with the full range of challenges to American leadership."
Michael Ignatieff, Harvard Kennedy School

"Joe Nye's compelling analysis shows that the future of the international order, and the respective roles of the US and China within it, will be shaped by a range of core domestic and foreign policy choices, rather than by some overwhelming, determinist, historical force that has somehow already decided the "natural" dimensions, depth and duration of American power."
Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia

"Joe Nye is always worth reading - objective without being aloof, insightful without lecturing. Our disordered world needs answers to the challenges posed here."
David Miliband, UK Foreign Secretary 2007- 2010

"oe Nye gives us a fascinating analysis of the complexities of power, exploring hard and soft power, state and non-state actors, and how to retain leadership once domination is over. European readers have much to learn from the U.S. experience and its lessons for the evolution of the EU."
Mario Monti, Prime Minister of Italy (2011-13) and President of Bocconi University


Can Financial Markets be Controlled? Can Financial Markets be Controlled?
Howard Davies

"Howard Davies accomplishes three striking feats in this remarkable book. He makes common sense of the large and technical literature on financial regulation. He warns against complacency in terms that will make even the most jaded reader sit up and listen. And he does so in an entertaining way. Who knew that thinking about financial reform could be fun?"
Barry Eichengreen, University of California, Berkeley

"Read this for a scary analysis of how the tidal wave of reform is not enough to stop things going even more disastrously wrong next time, and what needs be done now to prevent this."
Anthony Hilton, Financial Editor, Evening Standard

"As a former top regulator and as a board member and adviser to large financial institutions, no one is better qualified than Howard Davies to explain the causes of the global financial crisis and assess the reforms that have followed. His short well written book does both. His conclusion is a sobering one: despite complex and costly reforms, financial regulators have failed to address the structural forces that triggered the crisis."
Laura Tyson, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley


China's Coming War with Asia China's Coming War with Asia
Jonathan Holslag

"Jonathan Holslag explains why a rising China cannot help but become a revisionist power… His analysis is nuanced and his tone is measured, but his conclusions are far-reaching, ominous, and compelling. The book is a must-read for anyone who wants to see beyond today's headlines and get a glimpse of the more dangerous future that lies ahead."
Stephen M. Walt, Harvard Kennedy School

"Jonathan Holslag makes a brilliant case for the geopolitical dilemma facing the rising China, and his argument that China will likely enter into major conflict with Asia is compelling and thoughtful. Both Chinese experts and decision-makers will find this book illuminating reading."
Men Honghua, Central Party School, China

"An intellectually challenging and well-written argument by one of Europe's brightest young Asia hands that Asia is doomed to war because China's aspirations and the expectations of its Asian neighbors are irreconcilable. Well worth reading even by those who believe that smart diplomacy can preserve peace."
Susan L. Shirk, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, UC-San Diego


Civic Capitalism Civic Capitalism
Colin Hay & Anthony Payne

"For years we have been told "There Is No Alternative" to the debt-soaked, inequality generating model of neoliberal capitalism that we have had for the past 30 years. Well, now there is. Hay and Payne call it 'Civic Capitalism.' I would call it our last chance for a future we would want to leave to our kids."
Mark Blyth, Brown University

"Anglo-liberal capitalism has failed spectacularly. It can't be fixed or spun. “Civic capitalism” may save us, say the authors of this vital, spritely book. And they are right. The powerful should be tied to chairs, made to read the book and shift their stubborn mind sets. If they don't take note, the world is doomed."
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, journalist and author