Philosophy & Critical Theory
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The Technology Trap: Capital, labor and Power in the Age of Automation
Carl Benedikt Frey
How the history of technological revolutions can help us better understand economic and political polarization in the age of automation
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Time of the Magicians
Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the Decade That Reinvented Philosophy
Wolfram Eilenberger
A grand narrative of the intertwining lives of Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Ernst Cassirer, major philosophers whose ideas shaped the twentieth century
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The Benjamin Files
Fredric Jameson
The Benjamin Files offers a comprehensive new reading of all of Benjamin's major works and a great number of his shorter book reviews, notes and letters. Its premise is that Benjamin was an anti-philosophical, anti-systematic thinker whose conceptual interests also felt the gravitational pull of his vocation as a writer.
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Stranger Faces
Namwali Serpell
"Wise, warm, witty and dizzyingly wide-ranging."—The New York Times "Serpell's vital treatise is one readers will find themselves returning to again and again."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
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If Then
How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future
Jill Lepore
A revelatory account of the Cold War origins of the data-mad, algorithmic twenty-first century, from the author of the acclaimed international bestseller These Truths.
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Splinters in Your Eye
Essays on the Frankfurt School
Martin Jay
Although successive generations of the Frankfurt School have attempted to adapt Critical Theory to new circumstances, the work done by its founding members continues in the 21st century to unsettle conventional wisdom about culture, society and politics...
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Know-It-All Society
Truth and Arrogance in Political Culture
Michael P. Lynch
The "philosopher of truth" (Jill Lepore, The New Yorker) returns with a clear-eyed and timely critique of our culture's narcissistic obsession with thinking that "we" know and "they" don't.
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Character
The History of a Cultural Obsession
Marjorie Garber
A spirited, engaging investigation into the concept of character, an enduring human obsession in literature, psychology, politics, and everyday life.
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THIS IS MAJOR ' NOTES ON DIANA ROSS DAR
Shayla Lawson is major. You don't know who she is. Yet. But that’s okay. She is on a mission to move black girls like herself from best supporting actress to a starring role in the major narrative.
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VIRUS IN THE AGE OF MADNESS
Forget the world that came before. The author of American Vertigo serves up an incisive look at how COVID-19 reveals the dangerous fault lines of contemporary society.
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I Like to Watch
Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution
Emily Nussbaum
From The New Yorker's fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we watch.
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Humankind
A Hopeful History
Rutger Bergman
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Utopia for Realists comes the extraordinary #1 Dutch bestseller Humankind, which offers a bold, provocative argument that humans thrive in a crisis and that our innate kindness and cooperation have been the greatest factors in our long-term success on the planet.
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Being Property Once Myself
Blackness and the End of Man
Joshua Bennett
A prize-winning poet argues that blackness acts as the caesura between human and nonhuman, man and animal.
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Scandinavian Noir
In Pursuit of a Mystery
Wendy Lesser
An in-depth and personal exploration of Scandinavian crime fiction as a way into Scandinavian culture at large.

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