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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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In Praise of Weakness (with a Foreword by Matthieu Ricard)
Pre-release—available May 30, 2017. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 21,120. Language: English. Published by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Inspirational
The first and only major philosopher in history to be born with cerebral palsy, A. JOLLIEN tells the story of how he grew up in a home for the severely disabled and was destined to roll cigars; how he found philosophy, which changed his life forever, helping him to confront his fate, endow it with meaning, and - against all odds - turn his disability into a source of strength and creative energy.
Homo Conscius: A Novel
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 68,920. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2017 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
As a surgeon cuts a hole in his wrist, Victor Andrews, this black comedy's hero, contemplates his impending death. It’s not dying he fears, however, but that he may quit life having understood little or nothing about it. If the doctors don't kill him, he decides to embark on a forensic investigation of his mind in search of answers. Murder, love, sex, truth, beauty – the inquisition must begin ...
Passing Time: An Essay on Waiting
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 22,240. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
Graced with lyricism, PASSING TIME is a thoughtful and wide-ranging meditation on the ways in which human beings are compelled — 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.
Vase of Pompeii: A Play
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 22,240. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Plays » Russian & Former Soviet Union
On his sixtieth birthday, Monsieur Lebordin, a world-renowned scholar and antiquities expert, suffers a heart attack, and is visited by the mysterious stranger Angela , who is not at all who she appears to be ... Set in 1930s France, "Vase of Pompeii" is a Symbolist masterpiece, social commentary (applying as much to our own time as to pre-war Europe) masquerading as bourgeois tragedy.
The Complete Plays
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 83,790. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Plays » Russian & Former Soviet Union
Arguably the most significant modern Hungarian poet, Lajos Walder was born in 1913 and died in 1945 in the Gunskirchen concentration camp. Reading Walder is like reliving an era long gone and, at the same time, learning to see our own world with new eyes. For the first time, Lajos Walder's complete plays – "Below Zero," "Vase of Pompeii," and "Tyrtaeus" – are made available in English.
Below Zero: A Play
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 27,310. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Plays » Russian & Former Soviet Union, Plays » Canadian
Set in a remote radio outpost in northern Quebec in 1942, "Below Zero" is a study in obsession, duplicity, aversion, infidelity, and psychological abuse to the point of murder ... people stuck together with no escape ... Written in early 1940s in Hungary, Below Zero is arguably the prototypical existential drama, anticipating Jean-Paul "Sartre’s No Exit" (1944), among other works.
Tyrtaeus: A Tragedy
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 37,690. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Plays » Russian & Former Soviet Union
Written in the early 1940s under Nazi terror and set in ancient Sparta during the 2nd Messenean War in the 7th century BCE, "Tyrtaeus" dramatizes contemporary political concerns—the brutality of totalitarianism, the precariousness of democracy, and the sociopolitical role of art—through the prism of Greek elegiac poet Tyrtaeus’ involvement in the conflict. A perennial play that speaks to all ages.
On Dialogic Speech
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 9,700. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2016 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Linguistics / Sociolinguistics, Nonfiction » Social Science » Social psychology
Published in 1923, On Dialogic Speech is the first study devoted entirely to the forms of speech in their concrete, social and inter-subjective manifestations. It is also the first study addressing the linguistic, psycho-physiological, pragmatic, semantic and socio-political aspects of dialogue and dialogic interaction.
What We Gain As We Grow Older: On Gelassenheit
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 20,390. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2016 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Aging well, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
Learning to live with one's own aging is the new task: making an art of what once was a given—growing older; turning our society's anti-aging bias into a true art of aging that will enable us to live with rather than against the inevitable. In ten practical steps, this book teaches you how to welcome and embrace growing older with 'gelassenheit' at any age.
Become a Message: Poems
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 27,060. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2015 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Eastern European Poetry
Exuberant, witty, poignant, severe, trenchant, yet lighthearted, Lajos Walder's (1913-45) poems cut to the quick and stay with us. Reading them is like reliving an era long gone and, at the same time, learning to see our own world with new eyes. Walder's message speaks to us as directly today as it did to his contemporaries: "that apart from thieves and murderers there are are also human beings."
A Moment More Sublime: A Novel (Winner of the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award for Contemporary Fiction)
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 76,490. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Urban
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...
High on Low: Harnessing the Power of Unhappiness (Winner of the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award for Self Help)
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 16,840. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Depression, Nonfiction » Psychology » Mental health
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.
The Wisdom of Parenthood: An Essay
Series: Subway Line, no. 7. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 7,110. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Adoption, Essay » Sociology
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)
Series: Subway Line, no. 6. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 24,900. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: 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
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 20,710. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2013 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » European poetry, Essay » Literature
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
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
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
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 39,680. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays
"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
Series: Subway Line, no. 1. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 9,860. Language: German. Published: July 25, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Public affairs, Essay » Sociology
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
Series: Subway Line, no. 2. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 18,610. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Social, Essay » Sociology
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
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 7,570. Language: German. Published: July 13, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Mind & Body, Essay » Literature
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
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 8,050. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Mind & Body, Essay » Literature
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 (Winner of the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Award for Creative Non-Fiction).
Series: Subway Line, no. 4. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 14,470. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Essay » Literature
Winner of the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Award for Creative Non-Fiction. 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
Series: Subway Line, no. 3. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 12,490. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Essay » Business
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 ...


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