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Ethics and Selfhood
Ethics and Selfhood (July 2003)
Alterity and the Phenomenology of Obligation
James R. Mensch - Author

Argues that a coherent theory of ethics requires an account of selfhood.

According to James R. Mensch, a minimal requirement for ethics is that of guarding against genocide. In deciding which races are to live and which to die, genocide takes up a standpoint outside of humanity. To guard against this, Mensch argues that we must attain the critical distance required for ethical judgment without assuming a superhuman po...(Read More)
 
 
What Happens to Us When We Think
What Happens to Us When We Think (July 2003)
Transformation and Reality
Michael Gelven - Author

Explores the transformation humans undergo when they do metaphysics.

Author Michael Gelven suggests that thinking metaphysically transforms us, and consequently the nature of metaphysics itself is transformational. Using concrete existential phenomena such as the learning process, how children mature into adults, and how fear can develop into courage, he establishes an understanding of metaphysical transformation.
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Lost Souls
Lost Souls (March 2003)
The Philosophic Origins of a Cultural Dilemma
David Weissman - Author

Traces the history of mind-body dualism.

Lost Souls examines the origins and consequences of the philosophic idea that mind and body are distinct. The author traces mind-body dualism from Plato, Plotinus, Augustine, and Proclus through Descartes and Kant to Nietzsche, Heidegger, Carnap, and Quine. Mind's separation from body has dominated philosophic thinking for millennia, yet most mental activities are now ex...(Read More)
 
 
Panpsychism and the Religious Attitude
Panpsychism and the Religious Attitude (February 2003)
D. S. Clarke - Author

Defends panpsychism, the view that mentality is present in all natural bodies with unified and persisting organization.
Human beings have thoughts, sensations, and feelings and think that at least some of this mental life is shared with domestic and wild animals. But, are there reduced degrees of mentality found in mosquitoes, bacteria, and even more primitive natural bodies? Panpsychists think so and have defended this belief throughout...(Read More)
 
 
Sarajevo Essays
Sarajevo Essays (January 2003)
Politics, Ideology, and Tradition
Rusmir Mahmutcehajic - Author

Draws on the Bosnian situation to argue for a reconciliation between modernity and tradition.
One of Bosnia’s leading intellectuals explains the Bosnian experience by critiquing the politics and ideology that brought about the great destruction—both material and spiritual—of Bosnia and Herzegovina. These incisive and theologically profound essays address the confrontation between the West and Islam as the author explores the realm of hum...(Read More)
 
 
Process and Analysis
Process and Analysis (November 2002)
Whitehead, Hartshorne, and the Analytic Tradition
George W. Shields - Editor

Leading thinkers from both traditions explore common philosophical topics.

Process and Analysis
brings together an unprecedented collection of the world’s leading contemporary process and analytic philosophers to explore philosophical topics of common interest. The contributors examine a wide variety of explicit and implicit commonalities and differences of approach to such central philosophical issues as the n...(Read More)
 
 
Labyrinths of Exemplarity
Labyrinths of Exemplarity (August 2002)
At the Limits of Deconstruction
Irene E. Harvey - Author

A fascinating account of exemplarity in the context of deconstruction.

Labyrinths of Exemplarity presents the first comprehensive, in-depth study of the problem of exemplarity—or how we move between the general and the particular in order to try to understand our world. The author's focus ranges from the most basic and fundamental issues of what examples are and where they come from to the complex key...(Read More)
 
 
The Patterns of the Present
The Patterns of the Present (November 2001)
Interpreting the Authority of Form
George Allan - Author

An original philosophical treatise on form and the foundations of social value.
The third volume in a trilogy by George Allan, The Patterns of the Present argues that organisms, persons, and cultures are all meaningful systems, and that the ontological conditions necessary for their sustained systemic unity provide a normative standard--ideals of virtue and responsibility--by which individuals can judge how best to live their live...(Read More)
 
 
What is Knowledge?
What is Knowledge? (November 2001)
Jose Ortega y Gasset - Author
Jorge Garcia-Gomez - Editor/translator

Appearing in English for the first time, this book comprises two of Ortega's most important works,?Que es conocimiento? and the essay "Ideas y creencias." This is Ortega's attempt to systematically present the foundations of his metaphysics of human life and, on that basis, to provide a radical philosophical account of knowledge. In so doing, he criticizes idealism and overcomes it. Accordingly, this book goes well beyond a treatis...(Read More)
 
 
The Theory of Difference
The Theory of Difference (April 2001)
Readings in Contemporary Continental Thought
Douglas L. Donkel - Editor

Key readings by Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze, Derrida and Irigaray.

Unlike other anthologies in continental thought, this book focuses on a specific issue—the theory of difference—as the most effective way to generate interest and understanding not only of the specific issue in question, but also of the deeper philosophical connections which constitute the historical fabric of a tradition. Presented her...(Read More)
 
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