Philosophy

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    The Tao and the Bard
    A Conversation
    Phillip DePoy
    (Arcade Publishing)
    Shakespeare and Lao Tzu match wits and wisdom in this playful encounter—a new take on the old dialogue between East and West. The Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way of Virtue, is a touchstone of Eastern philosophy and mysticism. It has been called the wisest book ever written. Its author, Lao Tzu, is known... [READ MORE]
    The Temptation to Exist
    E. M. Cioran, Richard Howard
    (Arcade Publishing)
    This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank. Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers.The Temptation to Exist first introduced this brilliant European... [READ MORE]
    The Trouble with Being Born
    E. M. Cioran, Richard Howard, Eugene Thacker
    (Arcade Publishing)
    In this volume, which reaffirms the uncompromising brilliance of his mind, Cioran strips the human condition down to its most basic components, birth and death, suggesting that disaster lies not in the prospect of death but in the fact of birth, "that laughable accident." In the lucid, aphoristic style... [READ MORE]
    History and Utopia
    E. M. Cioran, Richard Howard, Eugene Thacker
    (Arcade Publishing)
    “Only a monster can allow himself the luxury of seeing things as they are,” writes E. M. Cioran, the Romanian-born philosopher who has rightly been compared to Samuel Beckett.In History and Utopia, Cioran the monster writes of politics in its broadest sense, of history, and of the utopian dream. His... [READ MORE]
    All Gall is Divided
    The Aphorisms of a Legendary Iconoclast
    E. M. Cioran, Richard Howard
    (Arcade Publishing)
    E. M. Cioran lived on the margins of the modern world. Like his friends Beckett and Ionesco, he stood apart from all the official trappings of his chosen medium of philosophy. Not since Nietzsche has a thinker revealed himself so drastically. All Gall Is Divided is a breviary of estrangement that rejoices... [READ MORE]
    Anathemas and Admirations
    E. M. Cioran, Richard Howard, Eugene Thacker
    (Arcade Publishing)
    In this collection of essays and epigrams, E.M. Cioran gives us portraits and evaluations—which he calls "admirations"—of Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the poet Paul Valery, and Mircea Eliade, among others. In alternating sections of aphorisms—his "anathemas"—he delivers insights... [READ MORE]
    Drawn and Quartered
    E. M. Cioran, Richard Howard, Eugene Thacker
    (Arcade Publishing)
    In this collection of aphorisms and short essays, E.M. Cioran sets about the task of peeling off the layers of false realities with which society masks the truth. For him, real hope lies in this task, and thus, while he perceives the world darkly, he refuses to give in to despair. He hits upon this ultimate... [READ MORE]
    A Short History of Decay
    E. M. Cioran, Richard Howard, Eugene Thacker
    (Arcade Publishing)
    E. M. Cioran confronts the place of today's world in the context of human history—focusing on such major issues of the twentieth century as human progress, fanaticism, and science—in this nihilistic and witty collection of aphoristic essays concerning the nature of civilization in mid-twentieth-century... [READ MORE]
    The Tao and the Bard
    A Conversation
    Phillip DePoy
    (Arcade Publishing)
    The Tao Te Ching or Book of the Way of Virtue is a touchstone of Eastern philosophy and mysticism. It has been called the wisest book ever written, and its author, Lao Tzu, is known as the Great Archivist. Shakespeare, the Bard, was the West’s greatest writer and even invented human nature, according... [READ MORE]
    Conjunctions and Disjunctions
    Octavio Paz
    (Arcade Publishing)
    Fascinated by the polarity of being, Paz has boldly attempted to write a "history of man". Unlike countless other histories that simply chronicle civilizations and cultures, Paz's work explores the human heart, the meaning of human nature, and the duality that exists within all beings.... [READ MORE]
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