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              Meditations

              Meditations (Paperback)

              By Descartes, Rene

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              Widely regarded as the father of modern Western philosophy, Descartes sought to look beyond established ideas and create a thought system based on reason. In this work, he meditates on doubt, the human soul, God, truth and the nature of existence itself.

              ISBN 9780141192963
              Released NZ 15 Sep 2010
              Publisher Penguin
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              Why Vegan?

              Why Vegan? (Paperback)

              By Singer, Peter

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              One of the great moral philosophers of the modern age, Peter Singer asks unflinching questions about how we should live our lives. The ideas collected in these writings, arguing that human tyranny over animals is a wrong comparable to racism and sexism, triggered the animal right...s movement and gave impetus to the rise in vegan eating. GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.
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              ISBN 9780241472385
              Released NZ 17 Dec 2020
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              The Jewish State

              The Jewish State (Paperback)

              By Herzl, Theodor

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              Presents an essay that led directly to the creation of Israel.

              ISBN 9780141192901
              Released NZ 15 Sep 2010
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              An Image of Africa

              An Image of Africa (Paperback)

              By Achebe, Chinua

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              Asserts the author's belief in Joseph Conrad as a 'bloody racist' and his conviction that Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness only serves to perpetuate damaging stereotypes of black people. This title includes The Trouble with Nigeria , the author's searing outpouring of his frustra...tions with his country.
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              ISBN 9780141192581
              Released NZ 13 Sep 2010
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              The Lamp of Memory

              The Lamp of Memory (Paperback)

              By Ruskin, John

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              States that ancient buildings must be conserved for their deep, mystical links with the past and that creative design is essential - not for financial gain, but to communicate eternal human truths. This title brings the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionar...ies whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.
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              ISBN 9780141036670
              Released NZ 27 Oct 2008
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              Miracles and Idolatry

              Miracles and Idolatry (Paperback, New title)

              By Voltaire

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              Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. ...Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are. Voltaire's short, radical and iconoclastic essays on philosophical ideas from angels to idolatry, miracles to wickedness, make wry observations about human beliefs, and mock hypocrisy and extravagant piety - his call to his fellow men to act with reason and see through the lies they are fed by their leaders has provided inspiration to freethinkers everywhere.
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              ISBN 9780141023922
              Released NZ 24 Oct 2005
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              Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

              Where I Lived, and What I Lived For (Paperback, New title)

              By Thoreau, Henry

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              Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. ...Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are. Thoreau's account of his solitary and self-sufficient home in the New England woods remains an inspiration to the environmental movement - a call to his fellow men to abandon their striving, materialistic existences of 'quiet desperation' for a simple life within their means, finding spiritual truth through awareness of the sheer beauty of their surroundings.
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              ISBN 9780141023977
              Released NZ 24 Oct 2005
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              Conspicuous Consumption

              Conspicuous Consumption (Paperback, New title)

              By Veblen, Thorstein

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              Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. ...Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are. With its wry portrayal of a shallow, materialistic 'leisure class' obsessed by clothes, cars, consumer goods and climbing the social ladder, this withering satire on modern capitalism is as pertinent today as when it was written over a century ago.
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              ISBN 9780141023984
              Released NZ 24 Oct 2005
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              The Power of Words

              The Power of Words (Paperback)

              By Weil, Simone

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              In these selected writings by Simone Weil - philosopher, activist, mystic - she explores the influence of language employed by the powerful, an individual's rights and responsibilities, and foods of the soul such as liberty, truth, security and equality. Provocative, eloquent and... deeply moral, these are essays to untangle the intangible, nourish the spirit and inspire thought. GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.
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              ISBN 9780241472903
              Released NZ 1 Dec 2020
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              The Freedom to Be Free

              The Freedom to Be Free (Paperback)

              By Arendt, Hannah

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              Three exhilarating and inspiring essays in which the great twentieth-century political philosopher argues that there can be no freedom without politics, and no politics without freedom. GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the ...way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are
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              ISBN 9780241472880
              Released NZ 1 Dec 2020
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
              Series Penguin Great Ideas
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