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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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Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesy

Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesy

1st Edition

Liam Haydon
May 15, 2018

The Defence of Poesy is the first major piece of literary criticism in English. Taking aim at classical authors who disparaged poetry, and contemporary critics who saw literature as a corrupting influence, Sidney foregrounds the moral force of poetry. Sidney considers the real life affects of...

William Wordsworth's Preface to The Lyrical Ballads

William Wordsworth's Preface to The Lyrical Ballads

1st Edition

Alex Latter, Rachel Teubner
May 15, 2018

Central to the creative process of the Romantic poets that followed him, Wordsworth’s Preface to the Lyrical Ballads has been both a gift and a thorn in the side of critics for over a century. Readers find themselves drawn back to the essay repeatedly as they seek to untangle the ideas and...

Martin Buber's I and Thou

Martin Buber's I and Thou

1st Edition

Simon Ravenscroft
May 15, 2018

Martin Buber’s I and Thou argues that humans engage with the world in two ways. One is with the attitude of an ‘I’ towards an ‘It’, where the self stands apart from objects as items of experience or use. The other is with the attitude of an ‘I’ towards a ‘Thou’, where the self enters into real...

Friedrich Schleiermacher's On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers

Friedrich Schleiermacher's On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers

1st Edition

Ruth Jackson
May 15, 2018

On Religion is a major text for the development of modern religious thought in the West and its author, German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher, is remembered as the Father of Modern Protestant Theology, as well as for his contributions to philosophy, ethics and hermeneutics. Comprising five...

Moses Maimonides's Guide of the Perplexed

Moses Maimonides's Guide of the Perplexed

1st Edition

Mark Scarlata
May 15, 2018

Written by the great medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides, The Guide of the Perplexed attempts to explain the perplexities of biblical language—and apparent inconsistencies in the text—in the light of philosophy and scientific reason.  Composed as a letter to a student, The Guide aims to...

Augustine of Hippo’s The City of God Against the Pagans

Augustine of Hippo’s The City of God Against the Pagans

1st Edition

Jonathan D. Teubner
May 15, 2018

The City of God against the Pagans is a central text in the Western intellectual tradition. Made up of twenty-two lengthy books, Augustine wrote his masterpiece over a thirteen-year period during which the Western Roman Empire began to unravel. The first ten books are a critique of pagan religion...

N.T. Wright's The New Testament and the People of God

N.T. Wright's The New Testament and the People of God

1st Edition

Benjamin Laird
May 15, 2018

Wright’s The New Testament and the People of God is the first volume of his acclaimed series ‘Christian Origins and the Question of God’ comprehensively addressing the historical and theological questions surrounding the origins of Christianity. The text outlines Wright's hermeneutical theory and...

Erwin Panofsky's Meaning in the Visual Arts

Erwin Panofsky's Meaning in the Visual Arts

1st Edition

Emmanouil Kalkanis
May 15, 2018

Erwin Panofsky’s Meaning in the Visual Arts is considered a key work in art history. Its ideas have provoked widespread debate, and although it was first published more than sixty years ago, it continues to feature regularly on numerous university reading lists. Meaning in the Visual Arts...

Ludwig von Mises's The Theory of Money and Credit

Ludwig von Mises's The Theory of Money and Credit

1st Edition

Padraig Belton
February 22, 2018

Ludwig Von Mises’s 1912 contribution to the theory of monetary policy and the current prevailing consensus in modern economic liberalism, The Theory of Money and Credit, was a milestone achievement. The author’s familiarity with the historical literature on banking and credit allows him to present...

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

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

1st Edition

Katherine Erdman
February 21, 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

1st Edition

Charmi Patel
February 21, 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

1st Edition

Nicholas Burton
February 21, 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...

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