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On the Ethics of Torture
On the Ethics of Torture (April 2013)
Uwe Steinhoff - Author

A detailed, clear, and comprehensive overview of the current philosophical debate on torture.

The question of when, and under what circumstances, the practice of torture might be justified has received a great deal of attention in the last decade in both academia and in the popular media. Many of these discussions are, however, one-sided with other perspectives either ignored or quickly dismissed with minimal ar...(Read More)
 
 
A Vigilant Society
A Vigilant Society (March 2013)
Jewish Thought and the State in Medieval Spain
Javier Roiz - Author
Selma L. Margaretten - Translator

Uncovers a fundamental change that took place in Western thinking, especially its departure from the Sephardic philosophy found in the Iberian Peninsula during the thirteenth century.

A Vigilant Society presents a provocative hypothesis that argues that Western society as we know it emerged from the soil of Jewish intellectual advances in the thirteenth century, especially those formulated on the Ibe...(Read More)
 
 
The State of Sovereignty
The State of Sovereignty (June 2012)
Lessons from the Political Fictions of Modernity
Peter Gratton - Author

Considers the problems of sovereignty through the work of Rousseau, Arendt, Foucault, Agamben, and Derrida.

Following up on the fables and stories surrounding political sovereignty—once theological, now often nationalist—Peter Gratton’s The State of Sovereignty takes aim at the central concepts surrounding the post-9/11 political environment. Against those content to conceptualize what has been called the “soverei...(Read More)
 
 
Marxism and Ethics
Marxism and Ethics (March 2012)
Freedom, Desire, and Revolution
Paul Blackledge - Author

Accessible introduction to key thinkers of Marxist theory and the debate on the nature of Marxist ethics.

Marxism and Ethics is a comprehensive and highly readable introduction to the rich and complex history of Marxist ethical theory as it has evolved over the last century and a half. Paul Blackledge argues that Marx’s ethics of freedom underpin his revolutionary critique of capitalism. Marx’...(Read More)
 
 
Mimesis and Reason
Mimesis and Reason (September 2011)
Habermas's Political Philosophy
Gregg Daniel Miller - Author

Excavates the experiential structure of Habermas’s communicative action.

Complicating the standard interpretation of Habermas as a proceduralist, Mimesis and Reason uncovers the role that mimesis, or imitation, plays as a genuinely political force in communicative action. Through a penetrating examination of Habermas’s use of themes and concepts from Plato, George Herbert Mead, and Walter Benj...(Read More)
 
 
Between Nihilism and Politics
Between Nihilism and Politics (October 2010)
The Hermeneutics of Gianni Vattimo
Silvia Benso - Editor
Brian Schroeder - Editor

Essays describe Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo’s unique and radical hermeneutic philosophy.

This is the first collection of essays in English that deals directly with the philosophy of Gianni Vattimo from a purely critical perspective, further establishing his rightful place in contemporary European philosophy. Vattimo, who first came to prominence as the translator of Gadamer’s Tr...(Read More)
 
 
Radicalizing Levinas
Radicalizing Levinas (June 2010)
Peter Atterton - Editor
Matthew Calarco - Editor

Levinas on politics, postcolonialism and globalization, animals and the environment, and science and technology.

Radicalizing Levinas initiates a third wave of Levinas scholarship. If the first wave was aimed at commentary and exposition, and the second focused on situating Levinas within the context of poststructuralism and deconstruction, the third wave is an explicit attempt to situate and explore his wor...(Read More)
 
 
Rewriting Difference
Rewriting Difference (June 2010)
Luce Irigaray and 'the Greeks'
Elena Tzelepis - Editor
Athena Athanasiou - Editor
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak - Foreword by

A transdisciplinary reader on Luce Irigaray’s reading and rewriting of ancient Greek texts.

In this definitive reader, prominent scholars reflect on how Luce Irigaray reads the classic discourse of Western metaphysics and also how she is read within and against this discourse. Her return to “the Greeks,” through strategies of deconstructing, demythifying, reconstructing, and remythifying, is not a ...(Read More)
 
 
The Other Side of Gridlock
The Other Side of Gridlock (April 2010)
Policy Stability and Supermajoritarianism in U.S. Lawmaking
Manabu Saeki - Author

A detailed study of political gridlock in Congress, offering an alternative perspective for evaluating its persistence and charting a course for change.

Drawing upon a wealth of congressional data from 1953 through 2006, this study offers new insights into the politics of gridlock, one of the more contentious issues in Washington, DC, since the early 1990s. Previous analyses have focused on either the volume of ena...(Read More)
 
 
Eros and the Intoxications of Enlightenment
Eros and the Intoxications of Enlightenment (March 2010)
On Plato's Symposium
Steven Berg - Author

Provocative reinterpretation of Plato’s Symposium.

An original analysis of one of Plato’s most well-known and pivotal dialogues, this study is based upon the effort to think together the most manifest themes of the Symposium (the nature of eros and the relation between poetry and philosophy) with its less obvious but no less essential themes (the character of the city and the nature and limi...(Read More)
 
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