An enthralling group portrait of the Asian intellectuals -- among them Gandhi, Sun Yat-sen, and Jamal al-Din al-Afghani -- who sought to create a tradition independent of the Western philosophic canon. Journalist Panjak Mishra finds a rich seam of reflective thought that exercises rapidly growing influence over world culture.
A small book packed with life-enriching mysteries, Mark Kurlanksy's latest distills the musings of thinkers from Confucius to Freud to arrive at a set of questions that may ever remain unanswered, but which nonetheless provide valuable signposts on the road to living an examined life.
French social philosopher
Gorz, idealogue of innovative leftist thought, pins our current economic woes
solely on our misunderstanding of the radical transformations engendered by
"the knowledge economy." Proposing an overhaul of copyright and
patent law to encourage creative cooperation, Gorz proves himself a utopian to
the end—and a lyrical, inspiring one.