Perspectiva Press

Perspectiva seeks to understand the relationship between systems, souls and society in a time of crisis, and to develop methods, grounded in an applied philosophy of education, to help us meet the challenges of our time.

As part of this broader endeavour, Perspectiva Press will specialise in short books of between 20,000 and 50,000 words, with occasional longer works. These books will be beautiful, well-presented and distinctive. Their purpose is to shape and share thinking that helps to:

  • Create a community of expert generalists with skills of synthesis and epistemic agility
  • Envisage a world beyond consumerism, and pathways for how we might get there
  • Support sociological imagination in a dynamic ecological and technological context
  • Cultivate spiritual sensibility; clarifying how it manifests and why it matters
  • Encourage a more complex and systemic understanding of the world
  • Commit to going beyond critique, by developing vision and method
  • Indicate how we can do pluralism better; epistemic, cultural, political, spiritual
  • Clarify what it means to become the change we want to see in the world
  • Increase the authority of people doing important work aligned with Perspectiva

It is unusual for a charity like Perspectiva to become a publisher, even a small one, but we value books as dignified cultural artefacts with their own kind of analogue power, and we believe ideas travel further and connect more deeply when they are rooted in the mandate of a publication designed to last for years, not merely moments. We also saw a gap in the market for books that specialise in the kinds of integrative and imaginative sensibilities that speak to the challenges of our time. 

Newly published – purchase here.

The Matter With Things by Iain McGilchrist

In this landmark book The Matter With Things (published by Perspectiva Press), Iain McGilchrist addresses some of the oldest and hardest questions humanity faces – ones that, however, have a practical urgency for all of us today…

The Entangled Activist: Learning to recognise the master’s tools by Anthea Lawson

A seasoned campaigner on how your sense of power and possibility changes when you realise ‘getting the bastards’ is not working. 

The Politics of Waking Up: Power and possibility in the fractal age by Indra Adnan

A psychosocial therapist on refashioning politics by meeting people where they are.

Unlearn by Hanno Burmester

A compass for societal transformation, arising from the personal testimony of coming out in the shadow of Nazi Germany.

Collective Wisdom in the West: Beyond the shadows of the Enlightenment by Liam Kavanagh

A Cognitive Scientist and Contemplative on the nature of ‘collective wisdom’ and what we need to do to get there.

Dispatches from a Time Between Worlds: Crisis and emergence in metamodernity

Authors include Jonathan Rowson (ed), Layman Pascal (ed), Zak Stein, Bonnitta Roy, Daniel Gortz, Lene Rachel Andersen, Sarah Stein Lubrano, Minna Salami, John Vervaeke & Christopher Mastropietro, Tom Murray, Mark Vernon & Jonathan Jong, Siva Thambisetty, & Brent Cooper.

Previously published by Perspectiva Press:

The World we Create: From God to Market by Tomas Bjorkman