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Great Ideas... - Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are.

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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 28 books in this booklist

This list represents some of the books on this subject that we have had in our shop - but there will be many more that we can order for you!

  • Cover image of book Utopia by Thomas More
    Utopia - by Thomas More

    £4.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780141043692 | ISBN 10: 0141043695

    In Utopia Thomas More painted a fantastical picture of a distant island where society is perfected and people live in harmony, yet its title means 'no place', and More's hugely influential work was ultimately an attack on his own corrupt, dangerous t ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Horrors and Absurdities of Religion by Arthur Schopenhauer
    The Horrors and Absurdities of Religion - by Arthur Schopenhauer

    £4.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780141191591 | ISBN 10: 0141191597

    A fascinating examination of ethics, religion and psychology, this selection of Schopenhauer's works contains scathing attack on the nature and logic of religion, and an essay on ethics that ranges from the American slavery debate to the vices of Bud ... more

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  • Cover image of book Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
    Tao Te Ching - by Lao Tzu

    £4.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780141043685 | ISBN 10: 0141043687

    Fundamental to Chinese philosophy and religion, the Tao Te Ching is a simple guidebook for virtue, encouraging peace, understanding and humility. Ranging from political advice to common wisdom, it has also served as an inspiration to artists across t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Decline of the English Murder by George Orwell
    Decline of the English Murder - by George Orwell

    £4.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780141191263 | ISBN 10: 0141191260

    In these timeless and witty essays George Orwell explores the English love of reading about a good murder in the papers (and laments the passing of the heyday of the 'perfect' murder involving class, sex and poisoning), as well as unfolding his trenc ... more

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  • Cover image of book Writings from the Zen Masters by The Zen Masters
    Writings from the Zen Masters - by The Zen Masters

    £4.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780141043845 | ISBN 10: 0141043849

    These are unique stories of timeless wisdom and understanding from the Zen Masters. With rich and fascinating tales of swords, tigers, tea, flowers and dogs, the writings of the Masters challenge every perception - and seek to bring all readers close ... more

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  • Cover image of book An Apology for Idlers by Robert Louis Stevenson
    An Apology for Idlers - by Robert Louis Stevenson

    £4.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780141043968 | ISBN 10: 0141043962

    An irresistible invitation to reject the work ethic and enjoy life's simple pleasures (such as laughing, drinking and lying in the open air), Robert Louis Stevenson's witty and seminal essay on the joys of idleness is accompanied here by his writings ... more

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  • Cover image of book Why Look at Animals? by John Berger
    Why Look at Animals? - by John Berger

    £4.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780141043975 | ISBN 10: 0141043970

    John Berger broke new ground with his penetrating writings on life, art and how we see the world around us. Here he explores how the ancient relationship between man and nature has been broken in the modern consumer age, with the animals that used to ... more

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  • Cover image of book Books v. Cigarettes by George Orwell
    Books v. Cigarettes - by George Orwell

    £4.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780141036618 | ISBN 10: 0141036613

    Beginning with a dilemma about whether he spends more money on reading or smoking, George Orwell's entertaining and uncompromising essays go on to explore everything from the perils of second-hand bookshops to the dubious profession of being a critic ... more

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  • Cover image of book An Appeal to the Toiling, Oppressed and Exhausted Peoples of Europe by Leon Trotsky
    An Appeal to the Toiling, Oppressed and Exhausted Peoples of Europe - by Leon Trotsky

    £4.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780141036755 | ISBN 10: 0141036753

    Whether calling for an end to the capitalist system, addressing the crowds after the Russian Revolution, or attacking Stalin during his years of exile, Trotsky's speeches give an extraordinary insight into a man whose words and actions determined the ... more

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  • Cover image of book Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Nature - by Ralph Waldo Emerson

    £4.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780141036823 | ISBN 10: 0141036826

    Originally published anonymously, Nature was the first modern essay to recommend the appreciation of the outdoors as an all-encompassing positive force. Emerson's writings were recognized as uniquely American in style and content, and launched the id ... more

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  • Cover image of book Useful Work versus Useless Toil by William Morris
    Useful Work versus Useless Toil - by William Morris

    £4.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780141036700 | ISBN 10: 0141036702

    Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriche ... more

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  • Cover image of book Days of Reading by Marcel Proust
    Days of Reading - by Marcel Proust

    £4.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780141036731 | ISBN 10: 0141036737

    Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriche ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Lamp of Memory by John Ruskin
    The Lamp of Memory - by John Ruskin

    £4.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780141036670 | ISBN 10: 0141036672

    Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriche ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
    The Myth of Sisyphus - by Albert Camus

    £4.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780141023991 | ISBN 10: 0141023996

    Inspired by the myth of a man condemned to ceaselessly push a rock up a mountain and watch it roll back to the valley below, The Myth of Sisyphus transformed twentieth-century philosophy with its impassioned argument for the value of life in a world ... more

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  • Cover image of book Conspicuous Consumption by Thorstein Veblen
    Conspicuous Consumption - by Thorstein Veblen

    £4.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780141023984 | ISBN 10: 0141023988

    With its wry portrayal of a shallow, materialistic 'leisure class' obsessed by clothes, cars, consumer goods and climbing the social ladder, this withering satire on modern capitalism is as pertinent today as when it was written over a century ago. ... more

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  • Cover image of book Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard
    Fear and Trembling - by Soren Kierkegaard

    £4.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780141023939 | ISBN 10: 0141023937

    The Father of Existentialism, Kierkegaard transformed philosophy with his conviction that we must all create our own nature; in this great work of religious anxiety, he argues that a true understanding of God can only be attained by making a personal ... more

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  • Cover image of book Miracles and Idolatry by Francois Voltaire
    Miracles and Idolatry - by Francois Voltaire

    £4.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780141023922 | ISBN 10: 0141023929

    Voltaire's short, radical and iconoclastic essays on philosophical ideas from angels to idolatry, miracles to wickedness, make wry observations about human beliefs, and mock hypocrisy and extravagant piety - his call to his fellow men to act with rea ... more

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  • Cover image of book Eichmann and the Holocaust by Hannah Arendt
    Eichmann and the Holocaust - by Hannah Arendt

    £4.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780141024004 | ISBN 10: 0141024003

    Inspired by the trial of a bureaucrat who helped cause the Holocaust, this radical work on the banality of evil stunned the world with its exploration of a regime's moral blindness and one man's insistence that he be absolved all guilt because he was ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Symposium by Plato
    The Symposium - by Plato

    £4.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780141023847 | ISBN 10: 0141023848

    Plato's retelling of the discourses between Socrates and his friends on such subjects as love and desire, truth and illusion, spiritual transcendence and the qualities of a good ruler, profoundly affected the ways in which we view human relationships ... more

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  • Cover image of book Where I Lived, and What I Lived For by Henry David Thoreau
    Where I Lived, and What I Lived For - by Henry David Thoreau

    £4.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780141023977 | ISBN 10: 014102397x

    Thoreau's account of his solitary and self-sufficient home in the New England woods remains an inspiration to the environmental movement - a call to his fellow men to abandon their striving, materialistic existences of 'quiet desperation' for a simpl ... more

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  • Cover image of book Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
    Meditations - by Marcus Aurelius

    £4.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780141018829 | ISBN 10: 0141018828

    The Meditations of the great Roman Philosopher-Emperor Marcus Aurelius are simple yet profound works of stoic philosophy. ... more

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  • Cover image of book Common Sense by Thomas Paine
    Common Sense - by Thomas Paine

    £4.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780141018904 | ISBN 10: 0141018909

    The book that created the modern United States, Paine's incendiary call for Americans to revolt against British rule converted millions to the cause of independence and set out a vision of a just society. ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman - by Mary Wollstonecraft

    £4.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780141018911 | ISBN 10: 0141018917

    A passionate declaration of female independence from the founder of modern feminism. ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
    The Communist Manifesto - by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

    £4.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780141018935 | ISBN 10: 0141018933

    The work that changed the face of the twentieth century beyond recognition. ... more

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  • Cover image of book On Art and Life by John Ruskin
    On Art and Life - by John Ruskin

    £4.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780141018959 | ISBN 10: 014101895x

    Ruskin's treatise on the need for individual artistic freedom remains powerfully relevant to our ideas of beauty today. ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Room of One
    A Room of One's Own - by Virginia Woolf

    £4.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780141018980 | ISBN 10: 0141018984

    Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom. ... more

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  • Cover image of book Why I Write by George Orwell
    Why I Write - by George Orwell

    £4.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780141019000 | ISBN 10: 014101900x

    "Anyone who wants to understand the twentieth century will still have to read Orwell."(Timothy Garton Ash, New York Review of Books) Whether puncturing the lies of politicians, wittily dissecting the English character or telling unpalatable trut ... more

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  • Cover image of book Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
    Civilization and Its Discontents - by Sigmund Freud

    £4.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780141018997 | ISBN 10: 0141018992

    Freud's epoch-making insights revolutionized our perception of the self, and founded the theories of psychoanalysis. ... more

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