For all you fellow vintage paperback lovers out there, here’s something we don’t see every day: Huxley from the 1950s. Just look at those cover designs! These are all Bantam printings:
Crome Yellow (1959 printing, first published in 1921, Huxley’s first novel) – $5.00 Ape and Essence (1958 printing, first published in 1948) – $5.00 Brave New World (1955 printing, first published in 1932) – $5.00
A new arrival in our architecture section this week is The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton.
From the back of the book:
The Architecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.
Our price is $8.45 – find in-store or in our online shop.
Since Descartes famously proclaimed, “I think, therefore I am,” science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person’s true being. Even modern neuroscience has tended, until recently, to concentrate on the cognitive aspects of brain function, disregarding emotions. This attitude began to change with the publication of Descartes’ Error in 1995. Antonio Damasio—”one of the world’s leading neurologists” (The New York Times)—challenged traditional ideas about the connection between emotions and rationality. In this wondrously engaging book, Damasio takes the reader on a journey of scientific discovery through a series of case studies, demonstrating what many of us have long suspected: emotions are not a luxury, they are essential to rational thinking and to normal social behavior.
Our price is $7.50 – find it in-store or in our online shop.
It’s still January, by far the looongest month in South Dakota. It’s both the best and the worst time for me to revisit the titular Monsieur Meursault in The Stranger by Albert Camus.
Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a French author, journalist, and philosopher associated with the philosophy known as absurdism. He is often lumped in with the existentialists of the time, though Camus rejected that label.
The Stranger is a novel published in 1942. It’s one of the most popular works by this important literary figure, and is quite short and non-intimidating for anyone wanting to read Camus for the first time. We currently have two in stock!
Perhaps the most important work of philosophy written in the twentieth century, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus was the only philosophical work that Ludwig Wittgenstein published during his lifetime. Written in short, carefully numbered paragraphs of extreme brilliance, it captured the imagination of a generation of philosophers. For Wittgenstein, logic was something we use to conquer a reality which is in itself both elusive and unobtainable. He famously summarized the book in the following words: ‘What can be said at all can be said clearly; and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.’
Both of these hardcovers are editions from the 1970s. They come covered in clear protective books jackets – $15.00 each.