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Fichte's Addresses to the German Nation Reconsidered
Fichte's Addresses to the German Nation Reconsidered (September 2016)
Daniel Breazeale - Editor
Tom Rockmore - Editor

Essays on one of J. G. Fichte’s best-known and most controversial works.

One of J. G. Fichte’s best-known works, Addresses to the German Nation is based on a series of speeches he gave in Berlin when the city was under French occupation. They feature Fichte’s diagnosis of his own era in European history as well as his call for a new sense of German national identity, based upon a common language and cul...(Read More)
 
 
Freedom from the Free Will
Freedom from the Free Will (September 2016)
On Kafka's Laughter
Dimitris Vardoulakis - Author

Brings Kafka’s fiction into conversation with philosophy and political theory.
Many of Kafka’s narratives place their heroes in situations of confinement. Gregor Samsa is locked in his room in the Metamorphosis, and the land surveyor in The Castle is stuck in the village unable either to leave or to gain access to the castle. Dimitris Vardoulakis argues that Kafka constructs these plots of confinement in...(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)
 
 
Lessons Learned from Popular Culture
Lessons Learned from Popular Culture (August 2016)
Tim Delaney - Author
Tim Madigan - Author

Informative and entertaining introduction to the study of popular culture.

As the “culture of the people,” popular culture provides a sense of identity that binds individuals to the greater society and unites the masses on ideals of acceptable forms of behavior. Lessons Learned from Popular Culture offers an informative and entertaining look at the social relevance of popular culture. Focusing ...(Read More)
 
 
Cinematic Cuts
Cinematic Cuts (July 2016)
Theorizing Film Endings
Sheila Kunkle - Editor

Explores the philosophical, literary, and psychoanalytic significance of film endings.

Editing has been called the language of cinema, and thus a film’s ending can be considered the final punctuation mark of this language, framing everything that came before and offering the key to both our interpretation and our enjoyment of a film. In Cinematic Cuts, scholars explore the philosophical, literary, an...(Read More)
 
 
Gaston Bachelard, Revised and Updated
Gaston Bachelard, Revised and Updated (July 2016)
Philosopher of Science and Imagination
Roch C. Smith - Author

Comprehensive overview of the entire spectrum of works by one of twentieth-century France’s most original thinkers.

Gaston Bachelard, one of twentieth-century France’s most original thinkers, is known by English-language readers primarily as the author of The Poetics of Space and several other books on the imagination, but he made significant contributions to the philosophy and history of science. In this boo...(Read More)
 
 
Doing Time
Doing Time (June 2016)
Temporality, Hermeneutics, and Contemporary Cinema
Lee Carruthers - Author

Proposes that cinematic time is not a fixed idea, but a dynamic exchange between film and viewer.

Doing Time addresses two areas of interest in recent film study—film temporality and film philosophy—to propose an innovative theorization of cinematic time that sees it as a dynamic process of engagement, or something we do as viewers. This active relation to cinematic time, which discloses a film&r...(Read More)
 
 
Chinese Thought as Global Theory
Chinese Thought as Global Theory (June 2016)
Diversifying Knowledge Production in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Leigh Jenco - Editor

Using Chinese thought, explores how non-Western thought can structure generally applicable social and political theory.

With a particular focus on Chinese thought, this volume explores how, and under what conditions, so-called “non-Western” traditions of thought can structure generally applicable social and political theory. Reversing the usual comparison between “local” Chinese applicati...(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)
 
 
The Deep Ecology of Rhetoric in Mencius and Aristotle
The Deep Ecology of Rhetoric in Mencius and Aristotle (June 2016)
A Somatic Guide
Douglas Robinson - Author

Discusses philosophers Mencius and Aristotle as socio-ecological thinkers.

Mencius (385–303/302 BCE) and Aristotle (384–322 BCE) were contemporaries, but are often understood to represent opposite ends of the philosophical spectrum. Mencius is associated with the ecological, emergent, flowing, and connected; Artistotle with the rational, static, abstract, and binary. Douglas Robinson argues that in t...(Read More)
 
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