Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.

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Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc. provides a publication venue for original philosophical thinking steeped in lived life, in line with our motto: philosophical living & lived philosophy.

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High on Low: Harnessing the Power of Unhappiness
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 16,840. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Depression
Is not being happy really so bad? In HIGH ON LOW: HARNESSING THE POWER OF UNHAPPINESS, bestselling author Wilhelm Schmid argues that far from preventing us from living a full life, being unhappy is a crucial part of well-rounded, active, and creative living. Rather than treating unhappiness as an unwelcome interloper on our quest for happiness, we should harness the very power of not being happy.
A Moment More Sublime: A Novel
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 76,490. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Set in contemporary London, A MOMENT MORE SUBLIME is the riveting story of Tom Phelps, a philosophy teacher and tennis buff, who finds himself unexpectedly embroiled in his union’s struggle against a corrupt school administration and its plans to cut jobs under the pretense of modernization and fiscal austerity, just as he and his partner Sofia are getting ready to buy a home and start a family...
The Wisdom of Parenthood: An Essay
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Series: Subway Line, no. 7. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 7,110. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Category: Nonfiction » Parenting » Adoption
THE WISDOM OF PARENTHOOD is a provocative meditation on the meaning, experience and practice of parenthood both as a universally human phenomenon across history and, more specifically, in the age of assisted reproduction, in vitro fertilization, gestational surrogacy, “third-party production,” international adoption and the transformation of the nuclear family with the rise of LGBT parenting.
Yoga for the Mind: A New Ethic for Thinking and Being & Meridians of Thought (2014 Living Now Book Award Winner)
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Series: Subway Line, no. 6. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 24,900. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
"Yoga for the Mind is Slow Thought for a Fast Life." We are constituted to think and reflect, to query and question, to seek answers and not stop at the answers we find. In short, we are philosophical creatures. So, how can we achieve more fulfilling lives as philosophical beings? This question is at the core of Yoga for the Mind, a rich philosophical supplement to the daily diet of existence.
Mortal Diamond: Poems
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 20,660. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2013 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Category: Fiction » Poetry » European poetry
In this new collection of poems, Durs Grünbein takes us on a spiritual journey through the labyrinthine cosmos of the human soul and its manifold embodiments across the ages. In lovingly tracing the paradoxes of creatureliness—its joys and sufferings, its resilience and fragility—Grünbein reminds us of the “mortal diamond from the hands of nature” that is life.
Philosophical Fragments of a Contemporary Life
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 5,050. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Category: Essay » Literature
Brimming with insights and startling perspectives on the most diverse aspects of contemporary life – from marriage and parenting to love, friendship, and the logic of the everyday – this exquisite collection of aphorisms and essays, is bound to make its readers stop and reevaluate many a truth and commonplace we live by.
Descartes' Devil: Three Meditations
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 39,680. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Category: Essay » Literature
"Descartes’ Devil" is a moving and beautifully constructed book that opens our eyes to the fantasy, humor, and imagination of Descartes. Grünbein’s thought-provoking reflections on the poetry and modernity of the philosopher — this man "chosen to set the course for all of us" — are heightened and made whole by his own playful poems, which conclude each meditation.
17 Vorurteile, die wir Deutschen gegen Amerika und die Amerikaner haben und die so nicht ganz stimmen können
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Series: Subway Line, no. 1. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 9,870. Language: German. Published: July 25, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Public affairs
In this witty philosophical polemic, Misha Waiman uncovers the paradoxes and absurdities underlying Germans’ love-hate relationship with the US and its culture.
The DNA of Prejudice: On the One and the Many
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Series: Subway Line, no. 2. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 18,610. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Social
Winner of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Social Change. This book takes the reader through the many layers of meaning that accompany the word ‘prejudice’. By critically confronting the ways in which we think and speak about prejudice, Michael Eskin clears the path for a new understanding of prejudice as a concept, a phenomenon, and a lived experience.
November-Rose: Eine Rede über den Tod
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 7,570. Language: German. Published: July 13, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Mind & Body
2008 Independent Publisher Book Award Winner. In this penetrating and thought-provoking meditation on the death of the beloved other and the turmoil into which it throws those who were close to him, philosopher Kathrin Stengel pinpoints the personal and social complexities of life after death in a way that cannot but make us doubt some of our common practices in dealing with death and survival.
November Rose: A Speech on Death
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 8,050. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Mind & Body
2008 Independent Publisher Book Award Winner. In this penetrating and thought-provoking meditation on the death of the beloved other and the turmoil into which it throws those who were close to him, philosopher Kathrin Stengel pinpoints the personal and social complexities of life after death in a way that cannot but make us doubt some of our common practices in dealing with death and survival.
The Vocation of Poetry
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Series: Subway Line, no. 4. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 14,480. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Category: Essay » Literature
In a sequence of rivetingly personal essays, Europe's premier contemporary poet and essayist, Durs Grünbein, reflects on his own evolution as an artist and on the meaning and importance of poetry for life in general.
Fatal Numbers: Why Count on Chance
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Series: Subway Line, no. 3. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 12,490. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Category: Essay » Sociology
Tracing the interface between chance and probability in medical diagnostics, risk models, economics, and the fluctuations of financial markets, "Fatal Numbers" goes straight to the heart of what it means  to live, plan, and make decisions in a globalized, digitized, hyperlinked, science-driven, and uncertain world ...
The Waiting Game: An Essay on the Gift of Time
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Series: Subway Line, no. 5. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 21,330. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Category: Essay » Literature
Graced with lyricism, "The Waiting Game" is an engaging meditation on the ways in which human beings are forced — and choose — to mark time, from earliest childhood to the final moments of life. This is an unsparing, yet often poetic, essay on the ordeals and pleasures inherent in the universal experience of waiting.


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