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The Language of Jane Austen
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The Language of Jane AustenThe Language of Jane Austen

Joe Bray’s careful analysis of Jane Austen’s stylistic techniques reveals that the genius of her writing is far from effortless; rather he makes the case for her as a meticulous craftswoman and a radical stylistic pioneer.
 
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Tags: stylistic, craftswoman, meticulous, makes, radical, Language, Austen, rather
Too Much of a Good Thing: How Four Key Survival Traits Are Now Killing Us
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Too Much of a Good Thing: How Four Key Survival Traits Are Now Killing UsToo Much of a Good Thing: How Four Key Survival Traits Are Now Killing Us

Dean of Columbia University's medical school explains why our bodies are out of sync with today's environment and how we can correct this to save our health.
Over the past 200 years, human life-expectancy has approximately doubled. Yet we face soaring worldwide rates of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, mental illness, heart disease, and stroke. In his fascinating new book, Dr. Lee Goldman presents a radical explanation: The key protective traits that once ensured our species' survival are now the leading global causes of illness and death.
 
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Tags: illness, radical, explanation, protective, presents, Thing, Killing, Traits, Survival
Cynics
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CynicsCynics

Once regarded as a minor Socratic school, Cynicism is now admired as one of the more creative and influential philosophical movements in antiquity. First arising in the city-states of late classical Greece, Cynicism thrived through the Hellenistic and Roman periods, until the triumph of Christianity and the very end of pagan antiquity. In every age down to the present, its ideals of radical simplicity and freedom have alternately inspired and disturbed onlookers.This book offers a survey of Cynicism, its varied representatives and ideas, and the many contexts in which it operated.
 
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Tags: Cynicism, antiquity, freedom, inspired, alternately, Cynics, radical, simplicity
Francis Bacon, the State and the Reform of Natural Philosophy
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Francis Bacon, the State and the Reform of Natural Philosophy

Why was it that Francis Bacon, trained for high political office, devoted himself to proposing a celebrated and sweeping reform of the natural sciences? Julian Martin's investigative study looks at Bacon's family context, his employment in Queen Elizabeth's security service and his radical critique of the relationship between the Common Law and the monarchy, to find the key to this important question.
 
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Tags: Bacon, Francis, radical, critique, relationship
The Use and Abuse of Literature
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The Use and Abuse of LiteratureIn this deep and engaging meditation on the usefulness and uselessness of reading in the digital age, Harvard English professor Marjorie Garber aims to reclaim “literature” from the periphery of our personal, educational, and professional lives and restore it to the center, as a radical way of thinking.
 But what is literature anyway, how has it been understood over time, and what is its relevance for us today?
 
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Tags: literature, center, radical, restore, lives
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
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The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning OrganizationThe Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization

This revised edition of Peter Senge’s bestselling classic, The Fifth Discipline, is based on fifteen years of experience in putting the book’s ideas into practice. As Senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition. The leadership stories in the book demonstrate the many ways that the core ideas in The Fifth Discipline, many of which seemed radical when first published in 1990, have become deeply integrated into people’s ways of seeing the world and their managerial practices.
 
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Tags: Discipline, Fifth, ideas, radical, first, Practice, Organization
Gramsci is Dead: Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social Movements
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Gramsci is Dead: Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social MovementsGramsci is Dead: Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social Movements

Gramsci and the concept of hegemony cast a long shadow over radical political theory. Yet how far has this theory got us? Is it still central to feminism, anti-capitalism, anti-racism, anarchism, and other radical social movements today?
Unlike previous revolutionary movements, Day argues, most contemporary radical social movements do not strive to take control of the state. Instead, they attempt to develop new forms of self-organisation that can run in parallel with---or as alternatives to---existing forms of social, political, and economic organization. This is to say that they follow a logic of affinity rather than one of hegemony.
 
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Tags: Social, Movements, Newest, Currents, Anarchist, social, radical, Gramsci, movements, political