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The tourist
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MacCannell, Dean.

The tourist : a new theory of the leisure class / by Dean MacCannell ; with a new foreword by Lucy R. Lippard ; and a new epilogue by the author.

Berkeley : University of California Press, [1999]

Abstract: Long regarded as a classic, "The Tourist" is an examination of the phenomenon of tourism through a social theory lens that encompasses discussions of authenticity, high and low culture, and the construction of social reality. It brings the concerns of social science to an analysis of travel and sightseeing in the postindustrial age, during which the middle class acquired leisure time for international travel. This edition includes a new foreword by Lucy R. Lippard and a new afterword by the author.

Homo Deus
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Harari, Yuval N.,

Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow / Yuval Noah Harari ; translated by the author.

Revised edition.

London : Vintage 2017

Abstract: Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonald's than from being blown up by Al Qaeda. What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet Earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century -- from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers?

The crooked timber of humanity
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Berlin, Isaiah <1909-1997.>

The crooked timber of humanity : chapters in the history of ideas / Isaiah Berlin ; edited by Henry Hardy ; foreword by John Banville.

Second Edition.

Abstract: "Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made". (Immanuel Kant). Isaiah Berlin was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century - an activist of the intellect who marshalled vast erudition and eloquence in defence of the endangered values of individual liberty and moral and political plurality. In The Crooked Timber of Humanity he exposes the links between the ideas of the past and the social and political cataclysms of our own time: between the Platonic belief in absolute truth and the lure of authoritarianism; between the eighteenth-century reactionary ideologue Joseph de Maistre and twentieth-century Fascism; between the romanticism of Schiller and Byron and the militant - and sometimes genocidal - nationalism that convulses the modern world. This new edition features a revised text, a new foreword in which award-winning novelist John Banville discusses Berlin's life and ideas, particularly his defence of pluralism, and a substantial new appendix that provides rich context, including letters and previously uncollected writings by Berlin, notably his virtuoso review of Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy.

Modernity and bourgeois life
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Seigel, Jerrold E.

Modernity and bourgeois life : society, politics, and culture in England, France and Germany since 1750 / Jerrold Seigel.

Abstract: "To be modern may mean many different things, but for nineteenth-century Europeans 'modernity' suggested a new form of life in which bourgeois activities, people, attitudes and values all played key roles. Jerrold Seigel's panoramic new history offers a magisterial and highly original account of the ties between modernity and bourgeois life, arguing that they can be best understood not in terms of the rise and fall of social classes, but as features of a common participation in expanding and thickening 'networks of means' that linked together distant energies and resources across economic, political and cultural life. Exploring the different configurations of these networks in England, France and Germany, he shows how their patterns gave rise to distinctive forms of modernity in each country and shaped the rhythm and nature of change across spheres as diverse as politics, money and finance, gender relations, morality, and literary, artistic and musical life"--

Renaissances
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Goody, Jack.

Renaissances : the one or the many? / Jack Goody.

New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.