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In Pursuit of the Great Peace
In Pursuit of the Great Peace (June 2019)
Han Dynasty Classicism and the Making of Early Medieval Literati Culture
Zhao Lu - Author

Examines the Great Peace (taiping), one of the first utopian visions in Chinese history, and its impact on literati lives in Han China.

Through an examination of the Great Peace (taiping), one of the first utopian visions in Chinese history, Zhao Lu describes the transformation of literati culture that occurred during the Han Dynasty. Driven by anxiety over losing the mandate of Heaven, the imperial court encouraged clas...(Read More)
 
 
Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki
Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki (May 2019)
Avram Alpert - Author

Explores how writers across five continents and four centuries have debated ideas about what it means to be an individual, and shows that the modern self is an ongoing project of global history.

In Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki, Avram Alpert contends that scholars have yet to fully grasp the constitutive force of global connections in the making of modern selfhood. Alpert argues that canonic...(Read More)
 
 
The Politics of Paradigms
The Politics of Paradigms (April 2019)
Thomas S. Kuhn, James B. Conant, and the Cold War “Struggle for Men’s Minds”
George A. Reisch - Author

Uncovers long-ignored political themes—ideology, propaganda, mind control, and Orwellian history—at work within the pages of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

The Politics of Paradigms shows that America’s most famous and influential book about science, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions of 1962, was inspired and shaped by Thomas Kuhn’s political interests, his relationship ...(Read More)
 
 
Imagining China in Tokugawa Japan
Imagining China in Tokugawa Japan (March 2019)
Legends, Classics, and Historical Terms
Wai-ming Ng - Author

Pioneering study of the localization of Chinese culture in early modern Japan, using legends, classics, and historical terms as case studies.

While current scholarship on Tokugawa Japan (1603–1868) tends to see China as either a model or “the Other,” Wai-ming Ng’s pioneering and ambitious study offers a new perspective by suggesting that Chinese culture also functioned as a collection of “cultural b...(Read More)
 
 
The Real Metaphysical Club
The Real Metaphysical Club (March 2019)
The Philosophers, Their Debates, and Selected Writings from 1870 to 1885
Frank X. Ryan - Editor
Brian E. Butler - Editor
James A. Good - Editor
John R. Shook - Introduction

A full account of the Metaphysical Club, featuring the members’ philosophical writings and four critical essays.

The Metaphysical Club, a gathering of intellectuals in the 1870s, is widely recognized as the crucible where pragmatism, America’s distinctively original philosophy, was refined and proclaimed. Louis Menand’s bestseller about the group was a dramatic publishing success. However, only three actual mem...(Read More)
 
 
Another white Man's Burden
Another white Man's Burden (December 2018)
Josiah Royce's Quest for a Philosophy of white Racial Empire
Tommy J. Curry - Author

Demonstrates the extent to which Josiah Royce’s ideas about race were motivated explicitly in terms of imperial conquest.

Another white Man’s Burden performs a case study of Josiah Royce’s philosophy of racial difference. In an effort to lay bare the ethnological racial heritage of American philosophy, Tommy J. Curry challenges the common notion that the cultural racism of the twentieth century was more...(Read More)
 
 
The Hand of the Engraver
The Hand of the Engraver (December 2018)
Albert Flocon Meets Gaston Bachelard
Hans-Jörg Rheinberger - Author
Kate Sturge - Translator

A rich intellectual encounter, revolving around the hands of the experimenter and those of the artist, highlighting the relation between the sciences and the arts.

This book is the first to explore in detail the encounter between Albert Flocon and Gaston Bachelard in postwar Paris. Bachelard was a philosopher and historian of science who was also involved in literary studies and poetics. Flocon was a student of the Bauhaus in De...(Read More)
 
 
Sons of Sarasvati
Sons of Sarasvati (September 2018)
Late Exemplars of the Indian Intellectual Tradition
Chinya V. Ravishankar - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by

Presents rare biographies of traditional Indian scholars during the nineteenth century, a critical moment of transition for the Indian intellectual tradition.

Traditional Indian pāṇḍitya (scholarship) has a long and distinguished history but is now practically extinct. Its decline is remarkably recent—traditional pāṇḍitya flourished as recently as 150 years ago. The decline is...(Read More)
 
 
The Concept of Bharatavarsha and Other Essays
The Concept of Bharatavarsha and Other Essays (September 2018)
B. D. Chattopadhyaya - Author

This exploration of key terms related to social and political order, found in early Indian texts, challenges the idea of a unified ancient India and a unified national identity at that time.

This collection explores what may be called the idea of India in ancient times. Its undeclared objective is to identify key concepts which show early Indian civilization as distinct and differently oriented from other formations.

The...(Read More)
 
 
The Pen Confronts the Sword
The Pen Confronts the Sword (September 2018)
Exiled German Scholars Challenge Nazism
Avihu Zakai - Author

Demonstrates how four books by dissident German intellectuals served as a rebuke to the Nazi regime.

During 1942, the decisive battles of Stalingrad and El Alamein raged and the Nazi genocide was at its lethal peak. The Pen Confronts the Sword examines the shared motives behind four remarkable texts German exiles began writing that year: Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus (1947); Ernst Cassirer’s The Myth o...(Read More)
 
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