Gegensatz Press

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"Gegensatz," pronounced "GAY-gun-ZAHTS," is German for "opposition" or "alternative state of affairs."

Eric v.d. Luft, Ph.D., M.L.S., a professional scholar, educator, librarian, and philosopher, founded Gegensatz Press in 1996 to bring durable, high-quality nonfiction works to the public in a way that is (1) hassle-free for the author, (2) economical for the buyer, (3) preservation-conscious for the librarian, and (4) edifying for the reader.

In 2004 Gegensatz Press published its first full-length book, God, Evil, and Ethics: A Primer in the Philosophy of Religion. A sturdy Smyth-sewn paperback costing only $14.95, we intend it to compete with many higher-priced anthologies and introductions to the philosophy of religion. We believe that its content and organization are equal or superior to any of them.

Gegensatz Press publishes philosophy, general nonfiction, popular culture, poetry, humor, and games.

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The Organs of the Brain: a farce in three acts, translated by Eric v.d. Luft, with an introduction, an essay, and an extensive bibliography of the first decade of phrenology
By August von Kotzebue
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,830. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2014 by Gegensatz Press. Category: Plays
A rollicking contemporary satire of the phrenology of Franz Joseph Gall, with the most extensive bibliography of the first decade of phrenology yet published.
Sequins and Scandals: Reflections on Figure Skating, Culture, and the Philosophy of Sport
By M.G. Piety
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 35,770. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2014 by Gegensatz Press. Category: Nonfiction
Is figure skating sport or art? Is the judging corrupt? Why has figure skating's popularity gone into a death spiral? These beautiful essays address these questions and more. Informed by the author's training in philosophy and her familiarity with the work of noted dance critics, this book will help you glide effortlessly to a deeper understanding of the mysterious world of figure skating.
Burke on the Sublime: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful with an Introductory Discourse Concerning Taste: A New Edition
By Edmund Burke
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,850. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013 by Gegensatz Press. Category: Nonfiction
This new edition provides an inexpensive, reliable, and textually rigorous digital version of this seminal text in the philosophy of art, Burke's essay on the sublime, which heretofore has been unavailable as an e-book. It includes corrections, expansions, accurate citations, a 6350-word historical/philosophical introduction, bibliographies, and English translations of foreign language quotations.
Hegel's Shorter Logic: An Introduction and Commentary
By John Grier Hibben
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,750. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013 by Gegensatz Press. Category: Nonfiction
Eric v.d. Luft's revision and expansion of John Grier Hibben's classic work on Hegel's Logic.
Ruminations: Selected Philosophical, Historical, and Ideological Papers, Volume 2, Dawns and Departures
By Eric v.d. Luft
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,160. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013 by Gegensatz Press. Category: Nonfiction
The second volume of the epitome of Eric v.d. Luft's short works.
The Value of Suicide
By Eric v.d. Luft
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,550. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012 by Gegensatz Press. Category: Nonfiction
The main point is to argue that suicide ought not automatically to be seen as an expression of despair, but that some people have non-despondent, creative, altruistic, unselfish, or advantageous reasons for doing themselves in. The ancients knew this. Our culture has lost this insight in the meantime. Luft wants to recover it.
Diary of Doses
By Rob Dickenson
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,730. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012 by Gegensatz Press. Category: Nonfiction
Brutal, filthy, no-holds-barred imagist poems that use sarcastic honesty, existential tension, and occasional humor to paint stark portraits of the hypocrisy, desperation, loneliness, delusion, and squalor of the substance abuse world.
Widespread Zombification in the 21st Century and the Wars of the Zombie Masters: DRUGS: For Kids - and the Occasional Interested Parent
By Brian Johnson, M.D.
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 43,670. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2012 by Gegensatz Press. Category: Nonfiction
An informative, entertaining book for kids about addictive drugs, written by a medical doctor with years of addiction treatment experience.
A Socialist Manifesto
By Eric v.d. Luft
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,560. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2012 by Gegensatz Press. Category: Nonfiction
A 23-point manifesto of nonviolent socialist revolution, building on the legacy of Thomas Paine's Common Sense and other important leftist statements of purpose.
When Fears Frustrate Contentment: Activate the Brain's Ability to Overcome Useless Fears: A Professionally Established Method
By Trevor N. Iskander, M.D.
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 58,000. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2012 by Gegensatz Press. Category: Nonfiction
Self-help for conquering stress, anxiety, and fear. "The Desensitization Hierarchy Method, described in this book, is a tool for managing change, but its users will always be in charge of deciding both what changes they want to make, and how much they want to do at any one time. The method is a bit like an automobile, a means of travel, the driver deciding where to go, and at what speed."
Rolling Stoned
By Andrew Loog Oldham
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 181,750. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2011 by Gegensatz Press. Category: Nonfiction
Andrew Loog Oldham was the original manager of the Rolling Stones, created their image, and made Mick Jagger and Keith Richards into songwriters. Without Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones would not have become "The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World." This is his story.
A New Financial You in 28 Days! A 37-Day Plan
By Brian J. Foley
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 28,580. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2011 by Gegensatz Press. Category: Nonfiction
"There are few books that will both revolutionize your life and also make you laugh so hard that you will nearly choke to death on a peanut while flying from Boston to Cleveland. This is one of those books." -- Jay Wexler, author of Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars (2009).
Into the Cool: The Collected Poems of David Saxton, 1992 through 2007
By David Saxton
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 30,020. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2011 by Gegensatz Press. Category: Fiction
Saxton's bittersweet reflections immerse the reader in the natural drama of Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist thought, human loneliness, and deep ecology.
Sow: Poems by Tanya Rucosky Noakes
By Tanya Rucosky Noakes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 6,370. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2011 by Gegensatz Press. Category: Fiction
Gentle, thoughtful poetry from an American expatriate in rural Australia.


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