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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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Centuries of Childhood

Centuries of Childhood

Eva-Marie Prag, Joseph Tendler
February 21, 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

Dale J. Stahl
February 21, 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

Joseph Tendler
February 21, 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

Gary Slater, Andreas Vrahimis
February 21, 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

Nico Epstein
February 21, 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

Rodolfo Maggio
February 21, 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

Bilal Badat
February 21, 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

Emmanouil Kalkanis
February 21, 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

Karina Jakubowicz
February 21, 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...

James March's Exploration and Exploitation in Organisational Learning

James March's Exploration and Exploitation in Organisational Learning

Padraig Belton
February 21, 2018

Exploration and Exploitation is a key text for scholars and business practitioners interested in promoting economic well-being and sustainable growth. March’s work promotes the preservation of companies’ competitiveness and sustainability in the fluctuating market environment by maintaining a...

Chris Argyris's Integrating The Individual and the Organization

Chris Argyris's Integrating The Individual and the Organization

Stoyan Stoyanov
February 21, 2018

Argyris’s Integrating The Individual and the Organization is part of a series of essays and books considering how organisations should be run. This essay explores the lack of congruence between the needs and expectations of individual employees and the organisations that employ them. Grounding his...

Ikujiro Nonaka's A Dynamic Theory of Organisational Knowledge Creation

Ikujiro Nonaka's A Dynamic Theory of Organisational Knowledge Creation

Stoyan Stoyanov
February 21, 2018

Ikujiro Nonaka’s A Dynamic Theory of Organisational Knowledge Creation outlines the creation of organisational knowledge through the constant conversion of the two types of knowledge, tacit and explicit, which Nonaka believes has the potential to guide managers’ knowledge creation strategies. This...

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