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Taxation in Utopia
Taxation in Utopia (September 2020)
Required Sacrifice and the General Welfare
Donald Morris - Author

An interdisciplinary exploration of utopian political philosophy from the neglected perspective of taxation.

Taxation in Utopia explores utopian political philosophy from the neglected perspective of taxation. At its core, taxation is an ethical question. It requires people to sacrifice for the benefit of others, whether or not they also benefit themselves. Donald Morris re...(Read More)
 
 
DIY on the Lower East Side
DIY on the Lower East Side (August 2020)
Books, Buildings, and Art after the 1975 Fiscal Crisis
Andrew Strombeck - Author

Engaging look at Lower East Side writers and artists in the wake of the 1975 New York fiscal crisis.

The severe financial austerity imposed on New York City during the 1975 fiscal crisis resulted in a city falling apart. Broken windows, crumbling walls, and piles of bricks were everywhere. While, for many, this physical decay was a sign that the postwar welfare state had failed, f...(Read More)
 
 
Image and Argument in Plato's Republic
Image and Argument in Plato's Republic (August 2020)
Marina Berzins McCoy - Author

Argues that images are at the heart of the dialogue’s philosophical argumentation.

Although Plato has long been known as a critic of imagination and its limits, Marina Berzins McCoy explores the extent to which images also play an important, positive role in Plato’s philosophical argumentation. She begins by examining the poetic educational context in which Plato is writing and the...(Read More)
 
 
Modernity as Exception and Miracle
Modernity as Exception and Miracle (August 2020)
Eduardo Sabrovsky - Author
Javier Burdman - Translator
Peter Fenves - Introduction

Proposes "the extraordinary" as a defining characteristic of modernity.

Translated from the Spanish De lo extraordinario: Nominalismo y Modernidad, this book argues that a defining aspect of modernity is an ever-increasing pursuit of, and need for, what Eduardo Sabrovsky calls “the extraordinary,” a term that encompasses both the exception and the miraculous. Sabrovsky show...(Read More)
 
 
Off the Derech
Off the Derech (August 2020)
Leaving Orthodox Judaism
Ezra Cappell - Editor
Jessica Lang - Editor

Combines powerful first-person accounts with incisive scholarly analysis to understand the phenomenon of ultra-Orthodox Jews who leave their insular communities and venture into the wider world.

In recent years, many formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews have documented leaving their communities in published stories, films, and memoirs. This movement is often identified as “off the derech” (OTD), or off the path, with ...(Read More)
 
 
Kept from All Contagion
Kept from All Contagion (May 2020)
Germ Theory, Disease, and the Dilemma of Human Contact in Late Nineteenth-Century Literature
Kari Nixon - Author

Highlights connections between authors rarely studied together by exposing their shared counternarratives to germ theory's implicit suggestion of protection in isolation.

Kept from All Contagion explores the surprising social effects of germ theory in the late nineteenth century. Connecting groups of authors rarely studied in tandem by highlighting their shared interest in c...(Read More)
 
 
The Historical Mind
The Historical Mind (May 2020)
Humanistic Renewal in a Post-Constitutional Age
Justin D. Garrison - Editor
Ryan R. Holston - Editor

Timely and provocative asessment of various cultural, moral, and political problems in "post-constitutional" America.

America is increasingly defined not only by routine disregard for its fundamental laws, but also by the decadent character of its political leaders and citizens—widespread consumerism and self-indulgent behavior, cultural hedonism and anarchy, the coarsening of mora...(Read More)
 
 
Black Cultural Mythology
Black Cultural Mythology (April 2020)
Christel N. Temple - Author

Offers a new conceptual framework rooted in mythological analysis to ground the field of Africana cultural memory studies.

Winner of the 2021 CLA Book Award presented by the College Language Association

Black Cultural Mythology retrieves the concept of "mythology" from its Black Arts Movement origins and broadens its scope to illuminate the relationship betwe...(Read More)
 
 
Capital in the Mirror
Capital in the Mirror (April 2020)
Critical Social Theory and the Aesthetic Dimension
Dan Krier - Editor
Mark P. Worrell - Editor

Analyzes contemporary capitalism through the products of culture and art for fresh insight into emancipatory possibilities concealed within capitalism’s darkest dynamics.

Aesthetic objects, crafted as poetic reflections of the contradictory worlds that they inhabit, are simultaneously theorized and theorizing. In Capital in the Mirror, eminent critical theorists explore the ...(Read More)
 
 
The Space of Disappearance
The Space of Disappearance (April 2020)
A Narrative Commons in the Ruins of Argentine State Terror
Karen Elizabeth Bishop - Author

Examines the evolution of disappearance as a formal narrative and epistemological phenomenon in late twentieth-century Argentine fiction.

More than thirty thousand people were forcibly disappeared during the military dictatorship that governed Argentina from 1976 to 1983, leaving behind a cultural landscape fractured by absence, denial, impunity, and gaps in knowledge. This book is about how these absences assume narrative form ...(Read More)
 
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