All That Matters

All That Matters

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Love: All That Matters

By Mark Vernon

Love: All That Matters argues that the modern view on love has been distorted by a fixation on romantic love that has depleted our resources for living through the darker sides of love, whereas in fact there are several ways in which humans give and experience love over the course of their lives and it is best to have access to them all.

Vernon draws on science, psychology, philosophy and literature, to examine eight different kinds of love, each associated with a phase of human development. From infant narcissism and the emergence of eros, through puberty and the rush of romantic love, to the end of life and the love of God, this is a beguiling tour of the most mysterious force of all.

This accessible and readable book will appeal to both students and general readers, giving a fascinating introduction to the psychology and philosophy of love - and what matters most about it.

Does love really conquer all?End of January publication date makes this an ideal Valentine's day purchase for a discerning customer.A fascinating book pulling together ideas from science, literature, philosophy, and psychology.Part of 'All That Matters', a major new series from Hodder.
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Future: All That Matters

By Ziauddin Sardar

In Future: All That Matters, Ziauddin Sardar shows that thinking and speculating about the future has always been a part of human history, but exploring the futures in a systematic and scientific way is a recent phenomenon. What is known variously as 'futures studies', 'futurology' or 'foresight' only emerged as a discipline during the last few decades. The study of the future, however, is not only about 'predicting' or 'forecasting' the future, which is always a perilous exercise. It is also about appreciating the potentials and possibilities, as well as risks and threats, lurking over the horizon. It can enable us both to avoid the dangers as well as shape a viable and desirable future.

This book explores the exciting field of futures studies, and shows how knowledge of the future is acquired and put into practice. We examine various methods for studying the future, with the emphasis not so much on predicting specific events but on delineating alternative paths to the future. We look at some celebrated readings of the future as well as case studies where exploration of the future has been used to shape policy and planning in businesses and communities, international organisations and regional institutions, and interest and lobby groups. Finally, the book suggests why and how in an increasingly complex, uncertain and diverse world, the study of the future can help people recover their agency and help them to create the world in which they wish to live.

This accessible and readable book will appeal both to students and general readers, giving a fascinating introduction to thinking about the future - and what matters most about it.

How can we study the future?Ziauddin Sardar, writer, broadcaster and cultural critic, is Professor of Law and Society, Middlesex University. He was editor of Futures, the monthly journal of policy, planning and futures studies, from 1999 to 2011. Described as 'Britain's own Muslim polymath', He has worked as a science journalist for Nature and New Scientist, as reporter for London Weekend Television and Channel 4 and has made numerous television and radio programmes for the BBC. A former columnist on the New Statesman, he is widely known as a public intellectual and appears frequently on radio and television. Currently, he is Consulting Editor of Futures.A topic with strong general market appeal, but also relevant to students of planning, economics, and MBA courses.No academically robust competition at this price point.High profile authorPart of 'All That Matters', a major new series from Hodder. Each book will be supported by its own national publicity campaign, and academic marketing.
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Democracy: All That Matters

By Steven Beller

Democracy is in crisis. This is a crisis of growth on the one hand, with the Arab Spring and possible change in Burma and elsewhere, but also a crisis of alienation and stagnation in the more established democracies, in the United States and in Europe, where apathy and the uncontrolled power exerted by financial markets and the wealthy are threatening the core of democratic effectiveness and democratic values. We can no longer take democracy for granted, if we ever could, because it is both more powerful and widespread than it has ever been, and more under threat.


This short book, of about 25,000 words, spells out the basic characteristics of modern-day democracy, its origins, its history, its current practice and problems, and its potential future.

Is democracy just a passing fad?Steven Beller is a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, Washington DC, and a former Research Fellow in History at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.The first book on democracy to take into account the Arab Spring and challenge of climate change.Steven Beller is an academic with a strong international profile.Part of 'All That Matters', a major new series from Hodder. Each book will be supported by its own national publicity campaign, academic marketing, and video and audio author interviews.
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Bioethics: All That Matters

By Donna Dickenson
A thoughtful, intelligent, highly readable work written by someone with impeccable credentialsThis book provides an accessible and readable introduction. This is a timely and provocative read that will challenge the reader to produce his (or more likely her) own counterarguments.'She is good on many of the issues.'A highly accessible guide to the ethical implications of biotechnology for the well-designed and edited All That Matters series... Dickenson defuses jargon and makes history compelling.Dickenson manages to combine a wealth of fact and opinion alike into one bite-sized digest. The text also poses some interesting questions that transcend medical, legal and philosophical boundaries. This is a thought-provoking book that stimulates much further consideration after reading.

Stem cell research, animal-human hybrids, gene patenting - this book will help the reader make sense of these thorny issues from the cutting edge of biotech science, whose importance will only grow in years to come.

Professor Donna Dickenson is one of the world's leading authorities in Bioethics. Her academic career spans 40 years and includes over 20 books. She is Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of London and holds honorary posts at the Universities of Bristol and Oxford. She won the 'International Spinoza Lens Award' in 2006 for her campaigning work.

Biotechnology throws up countless dilemmas for contemporary society - this book makes sense of themDonna Dickenson is an internationally respected expert in this fieldNo other short accessible introduction to the field currently available
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The Romans: All That Matters

By John Manley

In The Romans: All That Matters, John Manley focuses on some of the fundamental aspects of the Roman Empire, especially those topics that have relevance beyond the study of Antiquity itself - how its material remains and philosophical concepts have survived and still influence us today.

How did a rather obscure settlement spread over a few hills on the banks of the Tiber come to dominate the lives of 65 million people? What drove this relentless desire to conquer? How did Rome manage to maintain direct rule over such a vast area - from present-day Scotland to Syria - approximately 6 million square kilometres? The answer, in part, is that there were many different kinds of Roman culture, as each separate provincial elite, each region and each group of indigenous community leaders, chose slightly different elements of the Roman colonial 'package' to establish their particular identity.

This accessible and readable book will appeal both to students and general readers, giving a fascinating introduction to the Romans - and what mattered most about them.

Why do the Romans still matter?John Manley is an archaeologist, historian and social anthropologist. He is best known for discovering a new Roman building near Fishbourne Roman Palace in Chichester, and for advancing the theory that the Roman invasion of Britain landed in West Sussex rather than in Kent. He has written ten books, has been CEO of the UK's largest archaeological society, and has excavated Roman sites in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.A topic with core appeal to students of history and classics, but which also has a wide general market interest.Written by one of the world's leading research voices into the Romans.Part of 'All That Matters', a major new series from Hodder. Each book will be supported by its own national publicity campaign, and academic marketing.

Mark Vernon

Mark Vernon is writer and author of several books including After Atheism (2007), The Philosophy of Friendship (2005) and Wellbeing (2008). He has degrees in physics and theology, and a PhD in philosophy and is an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck College, London. He also writes for newspapers including the Guardian, TLS and Financial Times, and began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England.

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