Is Democracy Possible Here? Principles for a New Political Debate

Politics in America are polarized and trivialized, perhaps as never before. In Congress, the media, and academic debate, opponents from right and left, the Red and the Blue,...

Children's Literature A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter

Ever since children have learned to read, there has been children's literature. Children's Literature charts the makings of the Western literary imagination from Aesop's fables to...

The Vampire A Casebook

Finally, the truth about vampires. Vampires are the most fearsome and fascinating of all creatures of folklore. For the first time, detailed accounts of the vampire and how its...

The Accidental Mind How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God

You've probably seen it before: a human brain dramatically lit from the side, the camera circling it like a helicopter shot of Stonehenge, and a modulated baritone voice exalting...

The Taste for Civilization Food, Politics, and Civil Society

From table talk to farmers' markets, analyzing the cultural politics of what and how we eatThis audiobook explores the idea that table activities - the mealtime rituals of food...

The Spirit of Early Christian Thought Seeking the Face of God

Written by a preeminent religious historian, this book provides an introduction to early Christian thought. Focusing on major figures such as St. Augustine and Gregory of Nyssa,...

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin is perhaps the most remarkable figure in American history: the greatest statesman of his age, he played a pivotal role in the formation of the American republic....

The Way Hollywood Tells It Story and Style in Modern Movies

Hollywood moviemaking is one of the constants of American life, but how much has it changed since the glory days of the big studios? David Bordwell argues that the principles of...

Truth and Truthfulness

What does it mean to be truthful? What role does truth play in our lives? What do we lose if we reject truthfulness? No philosopher is better suited to answer these questions than...

Reason and Rationality

One of the world's most important political philosophers, Jon Elster is a leading thinker on reason and rationality and their roles in politics and public life. In this short...

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