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Merleau-Ponty and the Face of the World
Merleau-Ponty and the Face of the World (October 2016)
Silence, Ethics, Imagination, and Poetic Ontology
Glen A. Mazis - Author

Assesses Merleau-Ponty’s contribution to ethics as calling for a poetic interplay between perception and imagination, and between silence and solidarity, that reveals our place in the world, and our obligations to ourselves and others.

Before his death in 1961, Merleau-Ponty worried about what he saw as humanity’s increasingly self-enclosed and manipulative way of experiencing self, others, and the w...(Read More)
Virtue in Being
Virtue in Being (October 2016)
Towards an Ethics of the Unconditioned
Andrew Benjamin - Author

A radical rethinking of ethics set within the development of a philosophical anthropology.

In his last book, Towards a Relational Ontology, Andrew Benjamin provided a philosophical account of what he terms anoriginal relationality, demonstrating how this concept can be seen to be at work throughout the history of philosophy. In Virtue in Being, he builds on that project to argue for a new wa...(Read More)
The Tragedy of Philosophy
The Tragedy of Philosophy (September 2016)
Kant's Critique of Judgment and the Project of Aesthetics
Andrew Cooper - Author

Reframes philosophical understanding of, and engagement with, tragedy.

In The Tragedy of Philosophy Andrew Cooper challenges the prevailing idea of the death of tragedy, arguing that this assumption reflects a problematic view of both tragedy and philosophy—one that stifles the profound contribution that tragedy could provide to philosophy today. To build this case, Cooper presents a novel reading of Immanuel Kant&...(Read More)
Self-Realization through Confucian Learning
Self-Realization through Confucian Learning (September 2016)
A Contemporary Reconstruction of Xunzi's Ethics
Siufu Tang - Author

Confucian philosopher Xunzi’s moral thought is considered in light of the modern focus on self-realization.

Self-Realization through Confucian Learning reconstructs Confucian thinker Xunzi’s moral philosophy in response to the modern focus on self-realization. Xunzi (born around 310 BCE) claims that human xing (“nature” or “native conditions”) is without an ethical framework a...(Read More)
Encounters with Godard
Encounters with Godard (June 2016)
Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics
James S. Williams - Author

A wide-ranging and accessible approach to Godard’s later work, and a major intervention in the study of film aesthetics and ethics.

Encounters with Godard takes the reader on a personal voyage into the sensory pleasures and polyphonic rhythms of Jean-Luc Godard’s multimedia work since the late 1970s, from his feature films and video essays to his published writings, art books, and media perfor...(Read More)
Out of Control
Out of Control (June 2016)
Confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas
Richard A. Cohen - Author

Explores the fundamental confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas in ethics, politics, science, and religion.
After the end of superstitious religion, what is the meaning of the world? Baruch Spinoza’s answer is truth, Emmanuel Levinas’s is goodness: science versus ethics. In Out of Control, Richard A. Cohen brings this debate to life, providing a nuanced exposition of Spinoza and Levinas and the confrontat...(Read More)
Lectures on the Theory of Ethics (1812)
Lectures on the Theory of Ethics (1812) (February 2016)
J. G. Fichte - Author
Benjamin D. Crowe - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by

Lectures from the late period of Fichte’s career, never before available in English.

Translated here for the first time into English, this text furnishes a new window into the final phase of Fichte’s career. Delivered in the summer of 1812 at the newly founded University of Berlin, Fichte’s lectures on ethics explore some of the key concepts and issues in his evolving system of radical ide...(Read More)
Religion among We the People
Religion among We the People (November 2015)
Conversations on Democracy and the Divine Good
Franklin I. Gamwell - Author

Explores democracy with religious freedom and its dependence on theism.

Franklin I. Gamwell holds that democracy with religious freedom is dependent on metaphysical theism. Democratic politics can be neutral to all religious convictions only if its constitution establishes a full and free discourse about the ultimate terms of justice and their application to decisions of the state, and the divine good is the tru...(Read More)
The Ethics of Democracy
The Ethics of Democracy (October 2015)
A Contemporary Reading of Hegel's Philosophy of Right
Lucio Cortella - Author
Giacomo Donis - Translator

Demonstrates how the ethical underpinning of Hegel’s political and social philosophy has relevance for contemporary democratic life.

The legal regulations and formal rules of democracy alone are not enough to hold a society together and govern its processes. Yet the irreducible ethical pluralism that characterizes contemporary society seems to make it impossible to impose a single system of values as a sou...(Read More)
Sharing the Burden
Sharing the Burden (September 2015)
Rabbi Simhah Zissel Ziv and the Path of Musar
Geoffrey D. Claussen - Author

Examines a fascinating and important figure in the history of modern Jewish ethics.

Sharing the Burden analyzes the rich moral traditions of the nineteenth-century Musar movement, an Eastern European Jewish movement focused on the development of moral character. Geoffrey D. Claussen focuses on that movement’s leading moral theorist, Rabbi Simḥah Zissel Ziv (1824–1898), the founder of the first Musar mov...(Read More)
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