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The Macat Library: Great Works for Critical Thinking


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Making the ideas of the world’s great thinkers accessible, affordable, and comprehensible to everybody, everywhere. 

With a growing list of over 180 titles across a broad range of subject areas, Macat works with leading academics from the world’s top universities to produce new analyses that focus on the ideas and the impact of the most influential works ever written. By setting them in context – and looking at the influences that shaped their authors, as well as the responses they provoked – Macat encourages readers to look at these classics and game-changers with fresh eyes.

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Culture's Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutes and Organizations across Nations

Culture's Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutes and Organizations across Nations

Forthcoming

Katherine Erdman
January 31, 2018

The Dutch anthropologist Geert Hofstede is recognized as a pioneer in the fields of international management and social psychology – and his work is a perfect example of the ways in which interpretative skills can help solve problems and provide the foundation for strong thinking and understanding...

Situated Learning

Situated Learning

Forthcoming

Charmi Patel
January 31, 2018

Social anthropologist Jean Lave and computer scientist Etienne Wenger’s seminal Situated Learning helped change the fields of cognitive science and pedagogy by approaching learning from a novel angle. Traditionally, theories of learning and education had focused on processes of cognition – the...

Burton Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street

Burton Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street

Forthcoming

Nicholas Pierpan
January 31, 2018

Burton Malkiel’s 1973 A Random Walk Down Wall Street was an explosive contribution to debates about how to reap a good return on investing in stocks and shares. Reissued and updated many times since, Malkiel’s text remains an indispensable contribution to the world of investment strategy – one that...

Centuries of Childhood

Centuries of Childhood

Forthcoming

Eva-Marie Prag, Joseph Tendler
January 31, 2018

In Centuries of Childhood, the French historian Philippe Aries offers a fundamentally fresh interpretation of what childhood is and what the institution means for society at large. Aries's core idea is that ‘childhood,’ as we understand it today – a special time that requires special efforts and...

The Old Social Classes And The Revolutionary Movements Of Iraq

The Old Social Classes And The Revolutionary Movements Of Iraq

Forthcoming

Dale J. Stahl
January 31, 2018

How do you solve a problem like understanding Iraq? For Hanna Batatu, the solution to this conundrum lay in generating alternative possibilities that effectively side-stepped the conventional wisdom of the time. Historians had long held that Iraq – like other artificial creations of ex-colonial...

The Problem of Unbelief in the 16th Century

The Problem of Unbelief in the 16th Century

Forthcoming

Joseph Tendler
January 31, 2018

Febvre asked this core question in The Problem of Unbelief: “Could sixteenth-century people hold religious views that were not those of official, Church-sanctioned Christianity, or could they simply not believe at all?” The answer informed a wider debate on modern history, particularly modern...

Baruch Spinoza's Ethics

Baruch Spinoza's Ethics

Forthcoming

Gary Slater, Andreas Vrahimis
January 31, 2018

Baruch Spinoza’s Ethics is a dense masterpiece of sustained argumentative reasoning. It earned its place as one of the most important and influential books in Western philosophy by virtue of its uncompromisingly direct arguments about the nature of God, the universe, free will, and human morals....

Susan Sontag's On Photography

Susan Sontag's On Photography

Forthcoming

Nico Epstein
January 31, 2018

Susan Sontag’s 1997 text, On Photography, brought photographic theory into the university classroom with its staunch defence of the medium as art and inspired a new wave of Marxist Criticism in the field.  Sontag explains the way in which we are addicted to images and depend on them for...

Pierre Bourdieu's Outline of a Theory of Practice

Pierre Bourdieu's Outline of a Theory of Practice

Forthcoming

Rodolfo Maggio
January 31, 2018

In Outline of a Theory of Practice, Bourdieu questions the preeminent ideas of social anthropologists such as Levi-Strauss who stressed the structural principles governing human action rather than the actions themselves and, Bourdieu asserts, doesn’t account for all observable nuances of behaviour....

Yasser Tabbaa's The Transformation of Islamic Art During the Sunni Revival

Yasser Tabbaa's The Transformation of Islamic Art During the Sunni Revival

Forthcoming

Bilal Badat
January 31, 2018

Tabbaa’s Transformation offers an innovative approach to understanding the profound changes undergone by Islamic art and architecture during the often neglected Medieval Islamic period.  Examining devices such as calligraphy, arabesque, muqarnas, and stonework, Tabbaa argues we propagated in a...

John Berger's Ways of Seeing

John Berger's Ways of Seeing

Forthcoming

Emmanouil Kalkannis
January 31, 2018

Ways of Seeing is a key art-historical work that continues to provoke widespread debate. It is comprised of seven different essays, three of which are pictorial and the other containing texts and images.  Berger first examines the relationship between seeing and knowing, discussing how our...

Griselda Pollock's Vision and Difference: Feminism, Femininity and Histories of Art

Griselda Pollock's Vision and Difference: Feminism, Femininity and Histories of Art

Forthcoming

Karina Jakubowicz
January 31, 2018

Vision and Difference, published in 1988, is one of the most significant works in feminist visual culture arguing that feminist art history of is a political as well as academic endeavour.  Pollock expresses how images are key to the construction of sexual difference, both in visual culture...

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