PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS
Matthew B. Crawford
SHOP CLASS AS SOULCRAFT
An inquiry into the Value of Work
A philosopher/mechanic systematically destroys the pretensions
of the high-prestige workplace and makes an irresistible case for
working with one’s hands. “[Crawford] issues a clarion call for
reviving trade and skill development classes in American preparatory schools. The result is inspired social criticism and deep personal exploration….Should be required reading for all educational
leaders.”—Library Journal. “Shop Class as Soulcraft offers a bracing
alternative to the technobabble that passes for conventional wisdom and points the way to a profoundly necessary reconnection
with the material world.”—Jackson Lears, editor in chief, Raritan.
Penguin Press • 256 pp. • 978-1-59420-223-0 • $25.95
HOW PHILOSOPHY CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE
10 ideas That matter most
This new book from the author of Little Big Minds reveals how
the heartbeats of philosophy—clear thinking, quiet reflection,
and good conversation—are essential ingredients in a well-lived
life. Framed around ten “big ideas”—themes that are necessary to
grasp if one wants to live a truly fulfilling life: simplicity, communication, perspective, flexibility, empathy, individuality, belonging,
serenity, possibility, and joy.
Tarcher • 304 pp. • 978-1-58542-746-8 • $14.95
THE LAST DAYS OF SOCRATES
Translated by Hugh Tredennick
Edited by Harold Tarrant
The trial and death of Socrates (469-399 BCE) have almost as central a place in Western consciousness as the trial and death of Jesus.
In four superb dialogues, Plato provides the classic account.
Penguin Classics • 272 pp. • 978-0-14-044928-0 • $13.00
PhiLosoPhY & EThiCs
Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Christopher Gill
A deft interweaving of different viewpoints and ideas about the
nature of love—as a response to beauty, a cosmic force, a motive for
social action, and as a means of ethical education—all discussed in
the course of a lively Athenian drinking party. “Translated in bright
modern English by Christopher Gill.”— The Times (London).
Penguin Classics • 144 pp. • 978-0-14-044927-3 • $9.00
Also available: The Republic 978-0-14-045511-3,
Protagoras and Meno 978-0-14-044903-7
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Benedict de Spinoza
Translated by Edwin Curley
Introduction by Stuart Hampshire
Published shortly after his death in 1677, Ethics is undoubtedly
Spinoza’s greatest work—a fully cohesive philosophical system that
strives to provide a coherent picture of reality and to comprehend
the meaning of an ethical life. “The noblest and most lovable of the
great philosophers...ethically he is supreme.”—Bertrand Russell.
Penguin Classics • 208 pp. • 978-0-14-043571-9 • $14.00