Good publishers for Nietzsche etc.

pbaber's picture


Can anyone recommend me a company who publishes Nietzsche, Derrida, Foucault etc. in English and whose books are nicely designed and produced. I live in Amsterdam, and there seems to be plenty of nicely designed philosophy books in Dutch (in particular Uitgeverij SUN — stiched binding, nice typography), whilst all the English publishers' efforts are dire. I just can't bring myself to spend €20 on a book that looks like it is printed on toilet paper and bound with pritt-stick, let alone attempt to read it.

Any suggestions would be great

— Phil

blank's picture

If you don’t mind cheesy Renaissance style leather bindings and high prices, a book club like The Easton Press is a good place to get well-printed editions of all sorts of classics. You can often buy large lots of these books on eBay at a big discount because they’re quite popular with elderly readers, but not with their heirs.

fredo's picture

Do they have to be newly published? If not, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers could serve you.

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Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Hi, Phil.

Try Verso Books:

Or Continuum:

[EDIT] Oops, I was forgetting Routledge:


Linda Cunningham's picture

Start with and look for English translations -- we had tons of articles photocopied into my "Philosophical Directions in Environmental Design" by Derrida et al that were in English.

Not that most of them were well designed, but they were, at least, half-decent translations, not to mention the other candidates (Heidigger, Nietzsche, Foucault, Johnston, Wittgenstein, etc.). In particular, you might want to check the bibliography in Jan Zwicky's Wisdom and Metaphor, which has some excellent English sources of philosophical translations.

(Disclaimer: Jan and I went to high school together, and she's one of the more interesting philosophers I know. She's also a professional musician, and a rather good poet -- she's won the award as Canada's top poet, actually -- as well.)

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