Basic Texts

McLuhan, MarshallUnderstanding Media PIC Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, Classical Trivium PIC The Classical Trivium: The Place of Thomas Nashe in the Learning of His Time

McLuhan, Eric * & Marshall:  Laws of Media PIC Laws of Media: The New Science, Media Formal Cause PIC Media and Formal Cause

Carpenter, Edmund: New Languages "The New Languages," They Became PIC They Became What They Beheld, Oh what a Blow PIC Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me!

Weiner, Norbert:  Cybernetics PIC Cybernetics: Or Control and Communication in Animal and Machine, Human Use PIC The Human Use of Human Beings,  God and Golem PIC God and Golem, Inc.

Desantillana, GiorgioHamlets Mill PIC Hamlet's Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge And Its Transmission Through Myth

Donald, Merlin: Origins Modern Mind PIC The Origin of the Modern Mind: Three Stages in the Evolution of Culture and Cognition

Jaynes, Julian: Origins Consciousness PIC The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

Perez, Carlota *: Technological Revolutions PIC Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital

 

Digital

Madnick/Donovan: Operating Systems Operating Systems

Bell/Newell: Computer Structures Computer Structures

Grusin, Richard: Nonhuman The Nonhuman Turn

Latour, Bruno: Pasteurization Irreductions, Reassembling the Social Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory

Brynjolfsson/McAfee: Second Machine Age The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in an Age of Brilliant Technologies, Race Against the Machine Race Against the Machine

Smith/Marx: Does Technology Does Technology Drive History? The Dilemma of Technological Determinism

Dyson, George *: Turings Cathedral Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

Kelly, Kevin: What Tech Wants What Technology Wants

Wark, McKensie *: Hacker A Hacker Manifesto

Turner, Fred: Cyberculture From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Cyber-Utopianism

Searls, Doc * : Cluetrain The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual, Intention The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge

Rushkoff, Douglas * : Present ShockThrowing Bricks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity, Program Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commandments for a Digital Age

 

Spheres

Huntington, Samuel: Clash The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

Quigley, Carroll: Evolution CivilizationsThe Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis,Anglo American The Anglo-American Establishment,Tragegy Hope Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in our Time

Toynbee, Arnold: Study of History A Study of History (12 Volumes plus a 2 volume Abridgement)

Saul, John Ralston:  Collapse of Globalism The Collapse of Globalism

Schmidt/Cohen: New Digital Age The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Businesses and our Lives

 

China

Wilhelm/Baynes: I Ching The I Ching, or, Book of Changes

Brooks/Brooks: Analects The Original Analects

Pregadio, Fabrizio: Seal of Unity The Seal of the Unity of the Three: A Study and Translation of the Cantong qi, the Source of the Taoist Way of the Golden Elixir

Minamiki, George: Rites Controversy The Chinese Rites Controversy: From Its Beginning to Modern Times

Puett, Micheal: Become God To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice and Self-Divination in Early China

Graham, A.C: Disputers Tao Disputers of the Tao: Philosophical Argument in Ancient China

Coase/Wang *: China Capitalist How China Became Capitalist

Seagrave, Sterling: Lords Rim Lords of the Rim: The Invisible Empire of the Overseas Chinese

Jullien, Francois: Propensity The Propensity of Things: Toward a History of Efficacy in China

Weber, Max: Religion China The Religion of China

Needham, Joseph: Science China Science and Civilization in China (7 Volumes in 27 books)

 

Greece

Aristotle: De Anima De Anima, Organon Organum, Ethics Nicomachean Ethics

Plato: Republic The Republic, Timeaus Timaeus, LawsThe Laws

Ptolemy: Almagest The Almagest

Havelock, EricPreface to Plato PIC Preface to Plato

Dodd, E.R.: Greeks Irrational The Greeks and the Irrational

Wasson/Hofmann/Ruck: Raod Eleusis The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secrets of the Mysteries

 

Catholicism (Latin/Roman)

St. Augustine of Hippo: Trinity On The Trinity, City of God The City of God Against the Pagans

St. Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologica Summa Theologica (5 Volumes), Summa Contra Summa Contra Gentiles (4 Volumes)

Alighieri, Dante: Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradisio

Vico, GiambattistaNew Science Principles of New Science of Giambattista Vico Concerning the Common Nature of the Nations

Belloc, Hilary: Europe Faith Europe and the Faith, Survivals Survivals and New Arrivals, Servile State The Servile State

Chesterton, G.K.:  Aquinas St. Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox, St. Francis St. Francis of Assisi, Orthodoxy Orthodoxy

Gilson, Etienne: Bonaventure The Philosophy of St. Bonaventure, History Christian Philosophy History of Christian Philosophy in the Middle Ages

De Lubac, Henri:  Medieval Exegesis Medieval Exegesis: The Four Senses of Scripture (3 Volumes)

Haskins, Charles Homer: Universities The Rise of Universities

Pope Leo XIII: Rerum Novarum Rerum Novarum

Pope Francis: Laudato Si Laudato Si'

Guardini, Romano: End Modern World The End of the Modern World & Power and Responsibility

Wilhelmsen, Frederick: Paradoxical Structure The Paradoxical Structure of Existence, War in Man The War in Man: Media and Machines

 

Protestants

King James I: Bible The Bible

Scott, Otto: Jame I James I: The Fool as King

Leibniz, Gottfried: Theodicy Theodicy, Leibniz China Writings on China

Antognazza, Maria: Leibniz Leibniz: An Intellectual Biography

White, Michael : Issac Newton Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer

Mandeville, Bernard: Fable Bees The Fable of the Bees Or Private Vices & Publick Benefits

Billington, James: Fire Minds Fire in the Minds of Men: Origins of the Revolutionary Faith, Icon Axe The Icon and the Axe: An Interpretive History of Russian Culture 

Melanson, Terry: Perfectibilists  Perfectibilists: The 18th Century Bavarian Order of the Illuminati

Churton, Tobias: Invisible History  The Invisible History of the Rosicrucians: The World's Most Mysterious Secret Society

GoetheFaust Faust: Parts I & II

Binswanger, Hans Christian: Magic Money  Magic and Money: A Critique of the Modern Economy in the Light of Goethe's Faust

Gray, Ronald: Goethe Alchemist  Goethe the Alchemist: A Study of Alchemical Symbolism in Goethe's Literary and Scientific Works

Mark/Engels: Communist The Communist Manifesto

Weber, Max: Protestant Ethic The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Vocation Science as a Vocation

Nietzsche, Freidrich: Zarathustra Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and Nobody, Birth Tragedy The Birth of Tragedy, Out of the Spirit of Music

Heidegger, Martin: Question Technology The Question Concerning Technology

Jung, Carl: Seven Sermons Seven Sermons for the Dead

Noll, Richard: Aryan Christ The Aryan Christ: The Secret Life of Carl Jung

Jacobs, Jane: Systems Survival Systems of Survival: A Dialoue on the Moral Foundations of Politics and Commerce

Wells, H.G: Anticipations Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress: Upon Human Life and Thought, Modern Utopia A Modern Utopia, Open Conspiracy The Open Conspiracy: Blueprint for World Revolution

Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World A Brave New World, Doors of Perception The Doors of Perception

Voegelin, Eric: Science Politics The New Science of Politics: An Introduction

Polak, Fred:  Image Future The Image of the Future: Enlightening the Past, Orienting the Present, Forecasting the Future (2 Volumes)

Collier/Horowitz: Rockefellers The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty

Bird, Kai: The Chairman The Chairman: John J McCloy & the Making of the American Establishment

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