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Full Responsibility
Full Responsibility (September 2022)
On Pragmatic, Political, and Other Modes of Sharing Action
Steven G. Smith - Author

 
 
Schelling and Spinoza
Schelling and Spinoza (August 2022)
Realism, Idealism, and the Absolute
Benjamin Norris - Author

Presents a novel interpretation of Schelling's philosophy by way of his reading and critique of Spinoza.



"Compellingly presented, painstakingly researched and sourced, as well as commendably readable, Norris makes an intriguing case for Schelling's relevance to the contemporary concerns of both continental and analytic philosophy." — Dale E. ...(Read More)
 
 
Cognition and Practice
Cognition and Practice (July 2022)
Li Zehou's Philosophical Aesthetics
Rafal Banka - Author

Explores the aesthetic theory of one of China's most important and influential contemporary philosophers.

This is the first book on the role of cognition in the aesthetic theory of Li Zehou (1930–2021), one of China's most important and influential contemporary philosophers. The cognitive dimension and its integration with practice is discussed by examining one of Li's pivotal conc...(Read More)
 
 
Wonder Strikes
Wonder Strikes (July 2022)
Approaching Aesthetics and Literature with William Desmond
Steven E. Knepper - Author
William Desmond - Foreword by

 
 
Tasting Coffee
Tasting Coffee (June 2022)
An Inquiry into Objectivity
Kenneth Liberman - Author

Draws upon the situated work of professional coffee tasters in over a dozen countries to shed light on the methods we use to convert subjective experience into objective knowledge.

At once ethnographic and phenomenological, Tasting Coffee investigates the global chain of coffee production "from seed to cup," stopping at every stage along the way to describe the tasting pract...(Read More)
 
 
The Threefold Struggle
The Threefold Struggle (June 2022)
Pursuing Ecological, Social, and Personal Wellbeing in the Spirit of Daniel Quinn
Andrew Frederick Smith - Author

Drawing on the thought of novelist and cultural critic Daniel Quinn, argues it is not too late to free ourselves from a culture in which we are compelled to destroy the world, one another, and even ourselves.

We members of settler colonial culture—the latest form of what novelist and cultural critic Daniel Quinn calls Taker culture—are constrained by myriad institutions that...(Read More)
 
 
Horizons of Difference
Horizons of Difference (May 2022)
Rethinking Space, Place, and Identity with Irigaray
Ruthanne Crapo Kim - Editor
Yvette Russell - Editor
Brenda Sharp - Editor

Edited collection engaging Luce Irigaray's work and pushing it in important new directions.

Horizons of Difference offers twelve original essays inspired by Luce Irigaray's complex, nuanced critique of Western philosophy, culture, and metaphysics, and her call to rethink our relationship to ourselves and the world through sexuate difference. Contributors engage urgent topics...(Read More)
 
 
Dimensions of Aesthetic Encounters
Dimensions of Aesthetic Encounters (April 2022)
Perception, Interpretation, and the Signs of Art
Robert E. Innis - Author

A novel fusing of multiple approaches and range of examples exploring the dimensions, objects, and import of aesthetic encounters.

We encounter in our lives things and situations that elicit from us special forms of attention. They affect and inform us in various ways, drawing us in and holding us in their grasp or turning us away. Works of art of all sorts, and nature in its myria...(Read More)
 
 
Human Landscapes
Human Landscapes (April 2022)
Contributions to a Pragmatist Anthropology
Roberta Dreon - Author

The first work to offer a comprehensive pragmatist anthropology focusing on sensibility, habits, and human experience as contingently yet irreversibly enlanguaged.

Human Landscapes works out a pragmatist anthropology which the Classical Pragmatists never put together in a comprehensive form—despite the many insights on the topic to be found in Dewey's, James's, and Mead's te...(Read More)
 
 
Of an Alien Homecoming
Of an Alien Homecoming (April 2022)
Reading Heidegger's "Hölderlin"
Charles Bambach - Author

The first book-length study in English of the Heidegger-Hölderlin relation, addressing the tension between Heidegger's political commitments during National Socialism and Hölderlin's ideal of poetic dwelling.

Few themes resonate as powerfully in Heidegger as those connected to homecoming, homeland, and Heimat. This emphasis plays out most powerfully in Heidegger's reading of...(Read More)
 
 
Racism and Resistance
Racism and Resistance (April 2022)
Essays on Derrick Bell's Racial Realism
Timothy Joseph Golden - Editor

Essays providing a multi-disciplinary look at Derrick Bell's thesis of racial realism.

African American legal theorist Derrick Bell argued that American anti-Black racism is permanent but that we are nevertheless morally obligated to resist it. Bell—an extraordinary legal scholar, activist, and public intellectual whose academic and political work included his employment as a young...(Read More)
 
 
Rethinking Life
Rethinking Life (April 2022)
Italian Philosophy in Precarious Times
Silvia Benso - Editor

Fourteen Italian philosophers reflect on how the global experience of vulnerability and precariousness—of which the Covid-19 pandemic is but one example—compels us to rethink life and collective living.

This volume gathers fourteen contributions written by Italian philosophers within the context of the precariousness and vulnerability revealed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic...(Read More)
 
 
Normality, Abnormality, and Pathology in Merleau-Ponty
Normality, Abnormality, and Pathology in Merleau-Ponty (February 2022)
Susan Bredlau - Editor
Talia Welsh - Editor

Drawing on Merleau-Ponty offers new insights into our understandings of health and illness, ability and disability, and the scientific and cultural practices that both enable and limit our capacity for diverse experiences.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s work draws our attention to how the body is always our way of having a world and never merely a thing in the world. Our conception of the...(Read More)
 
 
Unworkable
Unworkable (February 2022)
Delusions of an Imploding Civilization
Fabio Vighi - Author

Explores the slow but inevitable implosion of our civilization by considering the correlation between capital, work, and ideology.

Unworkable discusses the ongoing implosion of our globalized world from three distinct angles: the capitalist elimination of labor through technological automation, the dissolution of our shared social narratives, and the subtle imposition of an ...(Read More)
 
 
Literature and Skepticism
Literature and Skepticism (January 2022)
Pablo Oyarzun - Author

Examines the skeptical foundations of literature in order to reassess the status of fiction.

Literature and Skepticism links the skeptic attitude to the conditions of possibility in (modern) literature—in particular, the narrative form and the essay. Pablo Oyarzun proposes that narrative and the essay document the relationship between literature and skepticism in different b...(Read More)
 
 
Philosophy, Mysticism, and the Political
Philosophy, Mysticism, and the Political (January 2022)
Essays on Dante
Massimo Cacciari - Author
Alessandro Carrera - Edited and with an introduction by
Giorgio Mobili - Translator

Nine masterful essays on Dante’s Divine Comedy and his political theology by one of today’s leading Italian philosophers.

Among today’s Italian philosophers, Massimo Cacciari is perhaps the most assiduous commentator of Dante. Philosophy, Mysticism, and the Political collects all of Cacciari’s writings on Dante to this day, from his masterful analysis of St. Francis o...(Read More)
 
 
All the World Is Awry
All the World Is Awry (December 2021)
Al-Ma‛arrī and the Luzūmiyyāt, Revisited
R. Kevin Lacey - Author

Examines the thought of Abū al-‛Alā’ al-Ma‛arrī (973–1057 CE) within the broader context of the major trends in Arab Islamic political and intellectual history by the time of his flourishing.

Free-thinking poet, grammarian, social critic, and satirist, Abū al-‛Alā' al-Ma‛arrī (973–1057 CE) remains one of the more celebrated and intriguing personalities in the history of Arab Islami...(Read More)
 
 
The Cultural Power of Personal Objects
The Cultural Power of Personal Objects (December 2021)
Traditional Accounts and New Perspectives
Jared Kemling - Editor

Historical and theoretical discussions that describe and reflect on personal objects from a variety of perspectives.

The Cultural Power of Personal Objects seeks to understand the value and efficacy of objects, places, and times that take on cultural power and reverence to such a degree that they are treated (whether metaphorically or actually) as “persons,” or as objects wi...(Read More)
 
 
Thinking Ecologically, Thinking Responsibly
Thinking Ecologically, Thinking Responsibly (December 2021)
The Legacies of Lorraine Code
Nancy Arden McHugh - Editor
Andrea Doucet - Editor

Engages and extends the feminist philosopher Lorraine Code’s groundbreaking work on epistemology and ethics.

Thinking Ecologically, Thinking Responsibly brings together a transdisciplinary cohort of feminist, critical race, Indigenous, and decolonial scholars who build upon and seek to widen and deepen the legacy and potential of feminist philosopher Lorraine Code's work. Si...(Read More)
 
 
Under the Bed of Heaven
Under the Bed of Heaven (December 2021)
Christian Eschatology and Sexual Ethics
Richard W. McCarty - Author

Explores how concepts of sex in heaven can inform Christian sexual ethics in ways that challenge traditional norms and open new possibilities.

Under the Bed of Heaven is a work of Christian ethics that examines how eschatology might reshape concepts of sexual morality. With the rise of institutional Christianity in the Roman Empire, Christian attitudes about sexual desire an...(Read More)
 
 
Journal of Buddhist Philosophy - Annual
Journal of Buddhist Philosophy - Annual (November 2021)


A peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the academic discussion of Buddhist philosophy.

The Journal of Buddhist Philosophy provides a forum for the academic discussion of Buddhist philosophy, which emerges as an independent discipline. Articles engage with buddhology, comparative philosophy, and Buddhist critical reflection, while discussions of concepts and arguments are highlighted. The Journal of Buddhist Philosop...(Read More)
 
 
Democracy at the Ballpark
Democracy at the Ballpark (November 2021)
Sport, Spectatorship, and Politics
Thomas David Bunting - Author

Examines how the national pastime of baseball has the capacity to shape politics and American democracy.

What is the relationship between sports and politics? Often, politics are thought to be serious, whereas sports are diversionary and apolitical. Using baseball as a case study, Democracy at the Ballpark challenges this understanding, examining politics as they emerge at t...(Read More)
 
 
Pragmatist Ethics
Pragmatist Ethics (November 2021)
A Problem-Based Approach to What Matters
James Jakób Liszka - Author

Argues that the path to the good life does not consist in working toward some abstract concept of the good, but rather by ameliorating the problems of the practices and institutions that make up our practical life.

Grounded in American pragmatism, Pragmatist Ethics proposes a rethinking of ethics. Rather than looking to the good—a concept for which consensus is difficult to ...(Read More)
 
 
The Holiday in His Eye
The Holiday in His Eye (October 2021)
Stanley Cavell's Vision of Film and Philosophy
William Rothman - Author

Presents an original, insightful, and compelling vision of the trajectory of Cavell's oeuvre, one that takes his kinship with Emerson as inextricably bound up with his ever-deepening thinking about movies.

From The World Viewed to Cities of Words, writing about movies was strand over strand with Stanley Cavell's philosophical work. Cavell was one of the first philosop...(Read More)
 
 
Contemporary Italian Women Philosophers
Contemporary Italian Women Philosophers (September 2021)
Stretching the Art of Thinking
Silvia Benso - Editor
Elvira Roncalli - Editor

A unique portrayal of the theoretical positions of eleven Italian women thinkers who share the practice of philosophy and extend philosophical work and interests beyond the realm of the discipline strictly defined.

Gathering the contributions of eleven contemporary Italian women thinkers who share a philosophical practice, Contemporary Italian Women Philosophers embraces a g...(Read More)
 
 
D. G. Leahy and the Thinking Now Occurring
D. G. Leahy and the Thinking Now Occurring (September 2021)
Lissa McCullough - Editor
Elliot R. Wolfson - Editor

A critical introduction to the American philosopher D. G. Leahy (1937–2014), whose oeuvre sets forth a fundamental thinking in which change itself is revealed to be the very essence of reality and mind.

This book offers a critical introduction to the work of American philosopher D. G. Leahy (1937–2014). Leahy’s fundamental thinking can be characterized as an absolute creativity<...(Read More)
 
 
Encountering the Impossible
Encountering the Impossible (August 2021)
The Fantastic in Hollywood Fantasy Cinema
Alexander Sergeant - Author

The first academic explanation for how spectators use their imaginations as part of the experience and appreciation of popular fantasy filmmaking.

Hollywood fantasy cinema is responsible for some of the most lucrative franchises produced over the past two decades, yet it remains difficult to find popular or critical consensus on what the experience of watching fantasy cinema actual...(Read More)
 
 
Nos/Otras
Nos/Otras (August 2021)
Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Multiplicitous Agency, and Resistance
Andrea J. Pitts - Author

Offers a timely reconsideration of the writings of Gloria Anzaldúa, treating issues of multiplicitous agency, identarian politics, and the stakes of coalition building as core themes in the author’s work.

In a refreshingly novel approach to the writings of Gloria E. Anzaldúa (1942–2004), Andrea J. Pitts addresses issues relevant to contemporary debates within feminist theory and cr...(Read More)
 
 
The Amorous Imagination
The Amorous Imagination (August 2021)
Individuating the Other-as-Beloved
D. Andrew Yost - Author

Building on Jean-Luc Marion’s phenomenology of love this book takes up the “question of the Other” and argues that through the interpretive activities of the amorous imagination lovers come to experience one another as the Beloved.

In The Amorous Imagination, D. Andrew Yost builds upon Jean-Luc Marion's phenomenology of love to argue that through the interpretive activities ...(Read More)
 
 
The Godfather and Sicily
The Godfather and Sicily (July 2021)
Power, Honor, Family, and Evil
Raymond Angelo Belliotti - Author

Offers a distinctive interpretation of The Godfather as a novel and film sequence.

In this interdisciplinary work, Raymond Angelo Belliotti presents an interpretation of The Godfather as, among other things, a commentary on the transformation of personal identity within the Sicilian and Italian immigrant experience. The book explores both the novel and the film sequen...(Read More)
 
 
The Seasons
The Seasons (July 2021)
Philosophical, Literary, and Environmental Perspectives
Luke Fischer - Editor
David Macauley - Editor

Pioneering essays that demonstrate the significance of the seasons for philosophy, environmental thought, anthropology, cultural studies, aesthetics, poetics, and literary criticism.

Although the seasons have been a perennial theme in literature and art, their significance for philosophy and environmental theory has remained largely unexplored. This pioneering book demonstrates the...(Read More)
 
 
Toward an African Future—Of the Limit of World
Toward an African Future—Of the Limit of World (July 2021)
Nahum Dimitri Chandler - Author

Examines the thought of W. E. B. Du Bois, with attention to its potential for reorienting present-day critical theory and political philosophy.

Widely known for his probing analysis of W. E. B. Du Bois's early work, in this book Nahum Dimitri Chandler references writing from across the whole of Du Bois's long career, while bringing sharp focus on two later texts issued in the immed...(Read More)
 
 
A Philosophical Defense of Culture
A Philosophical Defense of Culture (June 2021)
Perspectives from Confucianism and Cassirer
Shuchen Xiang - Author

Draws on two different but strikingly similar streams in our world tradition to argue for the contemporary philosophical relevance of “culture.”

In A Philosophical Defense of Culture, Shuchen Xiang draws on the Confucian philosophy of "culture" and Ernst Cassirer's philosophy of symbolic forms to argue for the importance of "culture" as a philosophic paradigm. A defining ide...(Read More)
 
 
Leo Strauss and Contemporary Thought
Leo Strauss and Contemporary Thought (June 2021)
Reading Strauss Outside the Lines
Jeffrey A. Bernstein - Editor
Jade Larissa Schiff - Editor

Broadens the horizons of Strauss’s thought by initiating dialogues between him and figures with whom little or no dialogue has yet occurred.

Leo Strauss’s readings of historical figures in the philosophical tradition have been justly well explored; however, his relation to contemporary thinkers has not enjoyed the same coverage. In Leo Strauss and Contemporary Thought, an in...(Read More)
 
 
The Critical Margolis
The Critical Margolis (June 2021)
Joseph Margolis - Author
Russell Pryba - Edited and with a preface by

This critical reader covers Joseph Margolis’s controversial views of mind, truth, science, and reality, along with his revolutionary theories about culture, art, language, personhood, and morality.

Pragmatism’s revival since 1980 can be credited to several thinkers, among them the longtime professor of philosophy at Temple University, Joseph Margolis. The Critical Margolis c...(Read More)
 
 
Cosmopolitan Belongingness and War
Cosmopolitan Belongingness and War (May 2021)
Animals, Loss, and Spectral-Poetic Moments
Matthew Leep - Author

Offers a cosmopolitan account of war that blends sharp inquiry into interspecies politics with original poetry on animals, loss, and war.

In Cosmopolitan Belongingness and War, Matthew Leep develops a cosmopolitan account of war that blends sharp inquiry into interspecies politics with original poetry on animals, loss, and war. Informed by the works of Jacques Derrida, this ...(Read More)
 
 
Hegel on Tragedy and Comedy
Hegel on Tragedy and Comedy (May 2021)
New Essays
Mark Alznauer - Editor

Explores the full extent of Hegel’s interest in tragedy and comedy throughout his works and extends from more literary and dramatic issues to questions about the role these genres play in the history of society and religion.

No philosopher has treated the subject of tragedy and comedy in as original and searching a manner as G. W. F. Hegel. His concern with these genres runs throug...(Read More)
 
 
Édouard Glissant, Philosopher
Édouard Glissant, Philosopher (April 2021)
Heraclitus and Hegel in the Whole-World
Alexandre Leupin - Author
Andrew Brown - Translator

Translation of Alexandre Leupin’s award-winning study of Édouard Glissant’s entire work in relation to philosophy.

One of the greatest writers of the late twentieth century, Édouard Glissant's body of work covers multiple genres and addresses many cogent contemporary problems, such as borders, multiculturalism, postcolonial and decolonial studies, and global humanities. Édouard ...(Read More)
 
 
Making the Case
Making the Case (April 2021)
Feminist and Critical Race Philosophers Engage Case Studies
Heidi Grasswick - Editor
Nancy Arden McHugh - Editor

Analyzes the value of using case-based methodologies to address contemporary social justice issues in philosophy.

Making the Case brings together established and emerging philosophers who use case studies to address a variety of contemporary social justice causes. The contributors show both the depth and breadth of work in this area and highlight the distinctive approaches t...(Read More)
 
 
Open Borders
Open Borders (March 2021)
Encounters between Italian Philosophy and Continental Thought
Silvia Benso - Editor
Antonio Calcagno - Editor

Offers a dialogue about the future of the nature of the human, technology, metaphysical foundations, globalization, and social and political oppression.

In order to create a greater dialogue between new and emerging Italian philosophy and established continental traditions of thought, Silvia Benso and Antonio Calcagno bring together the work of well-known figures in Italian philoso...(Read More)
 
 
Decolonizing American Philosophy
Decolonizing American Philosophy (February 2021)
Corey McCall - Editor
Phillip McReynolds - Editor

Wide-ranging examination of American philosophy's ties to settler colonialism and its role as both an object and a force of decolonization.

In Decolonizing American Philosophy, Corey McCall and Phillip McReynolds bring together leading scholars at the forefront of the field to ask: Can American philosophy, as the product of a colonial enterprise, be decolonized? Does America...(Read More)
 
 
Levinas, Adorno, and the Ethics of the Material Other
Levinas, Adorno, and the Ethics of the Material Other (December 2020)
Eric S. Nelson - Author

A provocative examination of the consequences of Levinas’s and Adorno’s thought for contemporary ethics and political philosophy.

This book sets up a dialogue between Emmanuel Levinas and Theodor W. Adorno, using their thought to address contemporary environmental and social-political situations. Eric S. Nelson explores the “non-identity thinking” of Adorno and the “ethics of the O...(Read More)
 
 
Critique in German Philosophy
Critique in German Philosophy (November 2020)
From Kant to Critical Theory
María del Rosario Acosta López - Editor
J. Colin McQuillan - Editor

Traces a conceptual history of critique in German philosophy from the eighteenth century to the present.

Critique has been a central theme in the German philosophical tradition since the eighteenth century. The main goal of this book is to provide a history of this concept from its Kantian inception to contemporary critical theory. Focusing on both canonical and previously overloo...(Read More)
 
 
Epistemic Responsibility
Epistemic Responsibility (November 2020)
Lorraine Code - Author

Develops a new kind of epistemological position that highlights virtue over more standard epistemological theories.

Having adequate knowledge of the world is not just a matter of survival but also one of obligation. This obligation to “know well” is what philosophers have termed “epistemic responsibility.” In this innovative and eclectic study, Lorraine Code explores the po...(Read More)
 
 
Jews Out of the Question
Jews Out of the Question (November 2020)
A Critique of Anti-Anti-Semitism
Elad Lapidot - Author

A provocative study of opposition to anti-Semitism in contemporary political philosophy.

In post-Holocaust philosophy, anti-Semitism has come to be seen as a paradigmatic political and ideological evil. Jews Out of the Question examines the role that opposition to anti-Semitism has played in shaping contemporary political philosophy. Elad Lapidot argues that post-Holocaust p...(Read More)
 
 
Manufactured Uncertainty
Manufactured Uncertainty (November 2020)
Implications for Climate Change Skepticism
Lorraine Code - Author

Wide-ranging critique of the epistemological and ethical assumptions that underlie contemporary debates concerning climate change.

In this provocative work, Lorraine Code returns to the idea of "epistemic responsibility," as developed in her influential 1987 book of the same name, to confront the telling new challenges we now face to know the world with some sense of responsibility...(Read More)
 
 
The Split Economy
The Split Economy (November 2020)
Saint Paul Goes to Wall Street
Nimi Wariboko - Author

Draws on philosophy, economics, theology, and psychoanalytic theory to reveal a fundamental dynamic of capitalism.

Starting with Marx and Freud, scholars have attempted to identify the primary ethical challenge of capitalism. They have named injustice, inequality, repression, exploitative empires, and capitalism’s psychic hold over all of us, among other ills. Nimi Wariboko instea...(Read More)
 
 
A World Not Made for Us
A World Not Made for Us (September 2020)
Topics in Critical Environmental Philosophy
Keith R. Peterson - Author

Proposes a nonanthropocentric reassessment of key themes and approaches in environmental philosophy

In A World Not Made for Us, Keith R. Peterson provides a broad reassessment of the field of environmental philosophy, taking a fresh and critical look at three classical problems of environmentalism: the intrinsic value of nature, the need for an ecological worldview, and a n...(Read More)
 
 
Endangered Excellence
Endangered Excellence (September 2020)
On the Political Philosophy of Aristotle
Pierre Pellegrin - Author
Anthony Preus - Translator

A fresh look at Aristotle’s political theory with attention to the resonance of his thought for contemporary concerns.

In Endangered Excellence, Pierre Pellegrin provides a fresh interpretation of Aristotle's Politics, revealing the extent to which Aristotle diverged from other ancient writers on politics, and the extent to which many of his positions resemble modern ...(Read More)
 
 
John Dewey's Later Logical Theory
John Dewey's Later Logical Theory (September 2020)
James Scott Johnston - Author

A study of the development of Dewey's logic from 1916-1937 leading up to his final 1938 book on the subject.

By 1916, Dewey had written two volumes on logical theory. Yet, in light of what he would write in his 1938 Logic: The Theory of Inquiry, much remained to be done. Dewey did not yet have an adequate account of experience suitable to explain how our immediate experienci...(Read More)
 
 
Religion within the Limits of History Alone
Religion within the Limits of History Alone (September 2020)
Pragmatic Historicism and the Future of Theology
Demian Wheeler - Author

Shows that pragmatic historicism is a significant intellectual tradition in the history of American religious and philosophical thought.

Among the greatest challenges facing religious thinkers today is that created by historicism, the notion that human beings and their myriad understandings of reality are utterly historical, conditioned by contingent circumstances and tied to particular contexts. In this book, Demian Wheeler co...(Read More)
 
 
Suffrage and Its Limits
Suffrage and Its Limits (September 2020)
The New York Story
Kathleen M. Dowley - Editor
Susan Ingalls Lewis - Editor
Meg Devlin O'Sullivan - Editor
Kathy Hochul - Preface by

Reflects on the legacy and limits of suffrage in New York State as a way to understand present-day issues with women’s social and political rights, as well proposes ideas for future progress.

Suffrage and Its Limits offers a unique interdisciplinary overview of the legacy and limits of suffrage for the women of New York State. It commemorates the state suffrage centennial of 2017, yet arrives in time to contribute ...(Read More)
 
 
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)
 
 
The Aesthetic Clinic
The Aesthetic Clinic (September 2020)
Feminine Sublimation in Contemporary Writing, Psychoanalysis, and Art
Fernanda Negrete - Author

Examines experimental art and literature by women alongside psychoanalysis and philosophy to develop a new understanding of sublimation and aesthetic experience.

In The Aesthetic Clinic, Fernanda Negrete brings together contemporary women writers and artists well known for their formal experimentation—Louise Bourgeois, Sophie Calle, Lygia Clark, Marguerite Duras, Roni Horn,...(Read More)
 
 
The Disintegration of Community
The Disintegration of Community (September 2020)
On Jorge Portilla’s Social and Political Philosophy, With Translations of Selected Essays
Carlos Alberto Sánchez - Author
Francisco Gallegos - Author

Analysis of this important Mexican philosopher's social, cultural, and political writings.

The Disintegration of Community analyzes the social and cultural writings of Jorge Portilla (1919−1963) in order to demonstrate the continued relevance of his thought. Carlos Alberto Sánchez and Francisco Gallegos situate Portilla’s otros ensayos—a series of essays originally p...(Read More)
 
 
The Primary Way
The Primary Way (September 2020)
Philosophy of Yijing
Chung-ying Cheng - Author
Robert Cummings Neville - Foreword by

A unique work on the underlying ontology, cosmology, and moral philosophy of the Yijing.

In The Primary Way, the distinguished scholar of Chinese philosophy Chung-ying Cheng synthesizes his lifetime of work on the Yijing, also known as the I Ching or Book of Changes. Cheng offers a systematic engagement with the classic Chinese text as a philosoph...(Read More)
 
 
Adult Life
Adult Life (August 2020)
Aging, Responsibility, and the Pursuit of Happiness
John Russon - Author

Drawing from philosophy and psychology, offers a clear and compelling interpretation of what it means to be an adult.

What does it mean to be an adult? In this original and compelling work, John Russon answers that question by leading us through a series of rich reflections on the psychological and social dimensions of adulthood and by exploring some of the deepest ethical and exis...(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)
 
 
Jouissance
Jouissance (August 2020)
A Lacanian Concept
Néstor A. Braunstein - Author
Silvia Rosman - Translation and introduction by

A comprehensive discussion of an important but elusive Lacanian concept within the field of psychoanalysis, as well as its relevance for philosophy, literature, gender, and queer studies.

Whether inscribed within the context of capitalist or neoliberal logic and its imperative to “enjoy,” as a critique of all forms of heteronormativity, a liberating force in a positive reading of b...(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)
 
 
On Metaphysical Necessity
On Metaphysical Necessity (August 2020)
Essays on God, the World, Morality, and Democracy
Franklin I. Gamwell - Author

Emphasizes the importance of metaphysical necessity to both philosophical theology and, through it, to moral and political theory.

In this collection of essays, Franklin I. Gamwell offers a defense of transcendental metaphysics, especially in its neoclassical form, and builds a case for its importance as a tool for addressing abiding problems in philosophical theology and morality—including talk about God, human fault, mor...(Read More)
 
 
Carl Schmitt between Technological Rationality and Theology
Carl Schmitt between Technological Rationality and Theology (June 2020)
The Position and Meaning of His Legal Thought
Hugo E. Herrera - Author

Situates Schmitt's legal scholarship in the context of debates regarding whether his thought was more theological or technocratic.

Carl Schmitt, one of the most influential legal and political thinkers of the twentieth century, is known chiefly for his work on international law, sovereignty, and his doctrine of political exception. This book argues that greater prominence should be...(Read More)
 
 
Thinking Difference with Heidegger and Levinas
Thinking Difference with Heidegger and Levinas (June 2020)
Truth and Justice
Rozemund Uljée - Author

Highlights the extent to which the two thinkers share a common philosophical framework, while also demonstrating how Levinas shifts the orientation of philosophical thinking from truth to justice.

Tracing the relationship between truth and justice as articulated by Heidegger and Levinas, Rozemund Uljée presents the relation between the two thinkers as a subtle, profound, and comple...(Read More)
 
 
American Aesthetics
American Aesthetics (May 2020)
Theory and Practice
Walter B. Gulick - Editor
Gary Slater - Editor

Proposes a distinctly American approach to aesthetic judgment and practice.

Although there are distinctly American artists—Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Grandma Moses, Thomas Hart Benton, and Andy Warhol, for example—very little attention has been devoted to formulating any distinctively American characteristics of aesthetic judgment and practice. This volume takes a step in this direction, presenting an introducto...(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)
 
 
Leo Strauss and the Theopolitics of Culture
Leo Strauss and the Theopolitics of Culture (April 2020)
Philipp von Wussow - Author

This archive-based study of the philosophy of Leo Strauss provides in-depth interpretations of key texts and their larger theoretical contexts.

2020 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

In this book, Philipp von Wussow argues that the philosophical project of Leo Strauss must be located in the intersection of culture, religion, and the political. Based on archiv...(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)
 
 
E-Co-Affectivity
E-Co-Affectivity (April 2020)
Exploring Pathos at Life’s Material Interfaces
Marjolein Oele - Author

Offers an interdisciplinary investigation of affectivity in various forms of life.

E-Co-Affectivity is a philosophical investigation of affectivity in various forms of life: photosynthesis and growth in plants, touch and trauma in bird feathers, the ontogenesis of human life through the placenta, the bare interface of human skin, and the porous materiality of soil. Combining biology, phenomenology, Ancient Greek thought,...(Read More)
 
 
The World after the End of the World
The World after the End of the World (April 2020)
A Spectro-Poetics
Kas Saghafi - Author

Examines themes of loss and mourning in the late work of Derrida.

In this book, Kas Saghafi argues that the notion of “the end the world” in Derrida’s late work is not a theological or cosmological matter, but a meditation on mourning and the death of the other. He examines this and several other tightly knit motifs in Derrida’s work: mourning, survival, the phantasm, the event, an...(Read More)
 
 
Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray
Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray (April 2020)
Language, Origin, Art, Love
Gail M. Schwab - Editor

A broad exploration of Irigaray’s philosophy of life and living.

Featuring a highly accessible essay from Irigaray herself, this volume explores her philosophy of life and living. Life-thinking, an important contemporary trend in philosophy and in women’s and gender studies, stands in contrast to philosophy’s traditional grounding in death, exemplified in the work of philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Sc...(Read More)
 
 
Merleau-Ponty at the Gallery
Merleau-Ponty at the Gallery (March 2020)
Questioning Art beyond His Reach
Veronique M. Foti - Author

A study of the significance of the visual arts in Merleau-Ponty's aesthetics in relation to the work of five artists not known or discussed by him.

Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological ontology engages deeply with visual art, and this aspect of his work remains significant not only to philosophers, but also to artists, art theorists, and critics. Until recently, scholarly attention has...(Read More)
 
 
The Movement of Showing
The Movement of Showing (March 2020)
Indirect Method, Critique, and Responsibility in Derrida, Hegel, and Heidegger
Johan de Jong - Author

Explores why Derrida, Hegel, and Heidegger conceive of their thought as a “movement” rather than as a presentation of results or conclusions.

This book explores the idea shared by Derrida, Hegel, and Heidegger that the value of their thought is not found in its results or conclusions, but in its “movement.” All three describe the heart of their work in terms of a pathway, development, or movement that see...(Read More)
 
 
Time in Exile
Time in Exile (March 2020)
In Conversation with Heidegger, Blanchot, and Lispector
Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback - Author

Proposes a theoretically rich treatment of temporality within exile as “gerundive” time.

This book is a philosophical reflection on the experience of time from within exile. Its focus on temporality is unique, as most literature on exile focuses on the experience of space, as exile involves dislocation, and moods of nostalgia and utopia. Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback proposes that in exile, time is experience...(Read More)
 
 
Announcements
Announcements (January 2020)
On Novelty
Kristina Mendicino - Author

A study of novelty through analyses of the language of announcement in revolutionary texts.

Walter Benjamin claimed that the notion of novelty took on unprecedented importance with the growth of high capitalism in the nineteenth century. In this book, Kristina Mendicino analyzes a selection of canonical texts that reflect profound concern with novelty and its apparent contrary, th...(Read More)
 
 
The Aesthetics of Senescence
The Aesthetics of Senescence (January 2020)
Aging, Population, and the Nineteenth-Century British Novel
Andrea Charise - Author

Investigates how nineteenth-century British literature grappled with a new understanding of aging as both an individual and collective experience.

Shortlisted for the 2020 BSLS Book Prize presented by the British Society for Literature and Science

The Aesthetics of Senescence investigates how chronological age has come to possess far-reaching ideological, et...(Read More)
 
 
Being Measured
Being Measured (December 2019)
Truth and Falsehood in Aristotle's Metaphysics
Mark R. Wheeler - Author

Advances an interpretation of Aristotle’s theory of truth in terms of accurate measurement.

On the basis of careful textual exegesis and philosophical analysis of Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Mark R. Wheeler offers a groundbreaking interpretation of Aristotle’s theory of truth in terms of measurement. Wheeler demonstrates that Aristotle’s investigation of truth and falsehood in...(Read More)
 
 
Merleau-Ponty and Contemporary Philosophy
Merleau-Ponty and Contemporary Philosophy (December 2019)
Emmanuel Alloa - Editor
Frank Chouraqui - Editor
Rajiv Kaushik - Editor

Assesses the importance of Merleau-Ponty to current and ongoing concerns in contemporary philosophy.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty is widely recognized as one of the major figures of twentieth-century philosophy. The recent publication of his lecture courses and posthumous working notes has opened new avenues for both the interpretation of his thought and philosophy in general. These works confirm that, with a surprising premonition, Me...(Read More)
 
 
Philosophers and Their Poets
Philosophers and Their Poets (December 2019)
Reflections on the Poetic Turn in Philosophy since Kant
Charles Bambach - Editor
Theodore George - Editor

Examines the role that poets and the poetic word play in the formation of philosophical thinking in the modern German tradition.

Several of the most celebrated philosophers in the German tradition since Kant afford to poetry an all-but-unprecedented status in Western thought. Fichte, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Gadamer argue that the scope, limits, and possibilities of philosophy are intimately intertwined with those of poe...(Read More)
 
 
Revolutionary Time
Revolutionary Time (December 2019)
On Time and Difference in Kristeva and Irigaray
Fanny Söderbäck - Author

Examines the relationship between time and sexual difference in the work of French feminists Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray.

This book is the first to examine the relationship between time and sexual difference in the work of Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray. Because of their association with reproduction, embodiment, and the survival of the species, women have been confined to ...(Read More)
 
 
The Beauty of Detours
The Beauty of Detours (December 2019)
A Batesonian Philosophy of Technology
Yoni Van Den Eede - Author

Proposes an innovative, holistic understanding of technology.

Winner of the 2020 S.I. Hayakawa Book Prize presented by The Institute of General Semantics
Winner of the 2020 Susanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Symbolic Form presented by the Media Ecology Association
The Beauty of Detours proposes a new way of understandin...(Read More)
 
 
Cinematic Skepticism
Cinematic Skepticism (November 2019)
Across Digital and Global Turns
Jeroen Gerrits - Author

Drawing on the film-philosophies of Stanley Cavell and Gilles Deleuze, argues that skepticism is an ethical problem that pervades contemporary film.

Because of its automatic way of recording reality, film has a privileged relation to the problem of skepticism. If early film theorists celebrate cinema for overcoming skeptical doubt about the power of human vision, recent film-philosophers argue that our postphotographic, digital...(Read More)
 
 
Dancing with Sophia
Dancing with Sophia (November 2019)
Integral Philosophy on the Verge
Michael Schwartz - Editor
Sean Esbjörn-Hargens - Editor
Brian Schroeder - Foreword by
Ken Wilber - Afterword

Explores the philosophical dimensions and implications of integral theory.

Dancing with Sophia is the first book of essays to focus on the philosophical dimensions and implications of integral theory. A metatheory that organizes first order theories and disciplines into higher order modes of knowing and insight needed to address the complexity of today’s world, integral theory has already impacted a wide range of d...(Read More)
 
 
Genealogies of the Secular
Genealogies of the Secular (November 2019)
The Making of Modern German Thought
Willem Styfhals - Editor
Stéphane Symons - Editor

Presents a historical and philosophical overview of the twentieth-century German debates on secularization, and their significance for contemporary discussions about the relationship between theology and modernity.

While the concept of secularization is traditionally used to define the nature of modern culture, and sometimes to uncover the theological origins of secular modernity, its validity is being questioned ever more radi...(Read More)
 
 
Merleau-Ponty between Philosophy and Symbolism
Merleau-Ponty between Philosophy and Symbolism (November 2019)
The Matrixed Ontology
Rajiv Kaushik - Author

Argues that symbolism is an important and unique element of Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology.

Merleau-Ponty says in his Institution and Passivity lectures that he wants to “consider criticism itself as a symbolic form” instead of doing “a philosophy of symbolic form.” This invites the possibility of an unconventional thought: If critical philosophy is a symbolic form, it cannot disclose its own limits and is, ...(Read More)
 
 
Tuitions and Intuitions
Tuitions and Intuitions (November 2019)
Essays at the Intersection of Film Criticism and Philosophy
William Rothman - Author

Makes the case that philosophy has an essential role to play in the serious study of film.

William Rothman has long been considered one of the seminal figures in the field of film-philosophy. From his landmark book Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze, now in its second edition, to the essays collected here in Tuitions and Intuitions, Rothman has been guided by two intuitions: first, that his kind of film criticism is philosop...(Read More)
 
 
Metaphysics of Goodness
Metaphysics of Goodness (October 2019)
Harmony and Form, Beauty and Art, Obligation and Personhood, Flourishing and Civilization
Robert Cummings Neville - Author

Develops a theory of culture based on a metaphysics that elaborates on the Platonic and Confucian traditions.

In Metaphysics of Goodness, Robert Cummings Neville extends Alfred North Whitehead’s project of cultural studies, which was based on a new metaphysics that Whitehead developed in Adventures of Ideas. Neville’s focus is value or goodness in many modes. The meta...(Read More)
 
 
Bergson and History
Bergson and History (October 2019)
Transforming the Modern Regime of Historicity
Leon ter Schure - Author

Explores the philosophy of history of Henri Bergson and shows its relevance to contemporary historical thought.

Henri Bergson is famous for his explorations of time as duration, yet he rarely referred to history in his writings. Simultaneously, historians and philosophers of history have generally disregarded Bergson’s ideas about the nature of time. Modernity has brought change at an ever-accelerating rate, and one of the...(Read More)
 
 
Culture and Tactics
Culture and Tactics (October 2019)
Gramsci, Race, and the Politics of Practice
Robert F. Carley - Author

Juxtaposes Antonio Gramsci’s work and critical race theory to offer a new understanding of tactics as a transformative practice.

While scholars of social and political movements tend to analyze tactics in terms of their effectiveness in achieving specific outcomes, Robert F. Carley argues by contrast that tactics are, above all, what social movements do. They are not mere me...(Read More)
 
 
With a Diamond in My Shoe
With a Diamond in My Shoe (October 2019)
A Philosopher's Search for Identity in America
Jorge J. E. Gracia - Author

The intellectual autobiography of a leading figure in the field of Latin American philosophy.

In 1961, at the age of nineteen, Jorge J. E. Gracia escaped from the island of Cuba by passing himself off as a Catholic seminarian. He arrived in the United States with just a few spare belongings and his mother’s diamond ring secured in a hole in one of his shoes. With a Diamond in My Shoe tells the story of Gracia&rsquo...(Read More)
 
 
Beyond the Subject
Beyond the Subject (September 2019)
Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Hermeneutics
Gianni Vattimo - Author
Peter Carravetta - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by

An original reading of Nietzsche and Heidegger that paved the way for Vattimo’s conception of weak thought.

In Beyond the Subject Gianni Vattimo offers a reading of Nietzsche and Heidegger that shows how the premises to overcome the metaphysical Subject were already embedded in their thought. Vattimo makes a case for a Nietzsche who is not concerned with the structure and glorification of the Overman, but rather wit...(Read More)
 
 
Earthly Encounters
Earthly Encounters (September 2019)
Sensation, Feminist Theory, and the Anthropocene
Stephanie D. Clare - Author

A feminist approach to the Anthropocene that recovers the relevance of sensation and phenomenology.

Earthly Encounters develops a fuller account of the lived experience of racialized gender formation as it exists on this planet, earth. It analyzes sensations: the chill of winter, the warm embrace of the wind, the feeling of being immersed in water, and a stifling sense of c...(Read More)
 
 
Levinas and the Torah
Levinas and the Torah (September 2019)
A Phenomenological Approach
Richard I. Sugarman - Author

A Levinasian commentary on the Torah.

The French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas (1906–95) was one of the most original Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century. This book interprets the Hebrew Bible through the lens of Levinas’s religious philosophy. Richard I. Sugarman examines the Pentateuch using a phenomenological approach, drawing on both Levinas’s philosophical and Jewish writ...(Read More)
 
 
Power and Progress
Power and Progress (September 2019)
Joseph Ibn Kaspi and the Meaning of History
Alexander Green - Author

Study of a fascinating medieval Jewish philosopher, focusing on his twin conceptions of history.

The philosopher and biblical commentator Joseph Ibn Kaspi (1280–1345) was a provocative Jewish thinker of the medieval era whose works have generally been overlooked by modern scholars. Power and Progress is the first book in English to focus on a central aspect of his work: Ibn Kaspi’s philosophy of history. Alex...(Read More)
 
 
Subjects That Matter
Subjects That Matter (September 2019)
Philosophy, Feminism, and Postcolonial Theory
Namita Goswami - Author

Argues for postcoloniality as a model for philosophical practice.

In this ambitious book, Namita Goswami draws on continental philosophy, postcolonial criticism, critical race theory, and African American and postcolonial feminisms to offer postcoloniality as a model for philosophical practice. Moving among and between texts, traditions, and frameworks, including the work of Gayatri Spivak, Theodor Adorno, Barbara Christian, Pa...(Read More)
 
 
Confucianism's Prospects
Confucianism's Prospects (August 2019)
A Reassessment
Shaun O'Dwyer - Author

Challenges descriptions of East Asian societies as Confucian cultures and communitarian Confucian models as a political alternative to liberal democracy.

In Confucianism's Prospects, Shaun O'Dwyer offers a rare critical engagement with English language scholarship on Confucianism. Against the background of historical and sociological research into the rapid modernization of ...(Read More)
 
 
Hyperthematics
Hyperthematics (August 2019)
The Logic of Value
Marc M. Anderson - Author

Presents a new and unique method for developing principles to be applied in creating and increasing value.

In this innovative work, Marc M. Anderson presents an account of value and value creation, which both defines value and introduces a method to manipulate value practically. Using this new methodology, Anderson first explores where value lies in experience, both human and otherwise, uncovering tendencies in human action and...(Read More)
 
 
John Dewey and Confucian Thought
John Dewey and Confucian Thought (August 2019)
Experiments in Intra-cultural Philosophy, Volume Two
Jim Behuniak - Author

Assesses John Dewey’s visit to China in 1919–21 as an “intra-cultural” episode and promotes “Chinese natural philosophy” as a philosophical context in which to understand the connections between Dewey’s philosophy and early Confucian thinking.

In this conclusion to his two-volume series, Jim Behuniak builds upon the groundbreaking work begun in John Dewey and Daoist Thought ...(Read More)
 
 
John Dewey and Daoist Thought
John Dewey and Daoist Thought (August 2019)
Experiments in Intra-cultural Philosophy, Volume One
Jim Behuniak - Author

Proposes an “intra-cultural philosophy” based on John Dewey’s “cultural turn” and promotes Daoist thought as a resource that can help to reconstruct outmoded assumptions that continue to shape how we currently think.

In this timely and original work, Dewey's late-period "cultural turn" is recovered and "intra-cultural philosophy" proposed as its next logical step—a step beyond what...(Read More)
 
 
Meaning and Embodiment
Meaning and Embodiment (August 2019)
Human Corporeity in Hegel's Anthropology
Nicholas Mowad - Author

Examines Hegel's insights regarding the complexity and significance of embodiment in human life, identity, and experience.

Meaning and Embodiment provides a detailed study of Hegel’s anthropology to examine the place of corporeity or embodiment in human life, identity, and experience. In Hegel’s view, to be human means in part to produce one’s own spiritual embodiment in cul...(Read More)
 
 
Romantic Vacancy
Romantic Vacancy (August 2019)
The Poetics of Gender, Affect, and Radical Speculation
Kate Singer - Author

Examines the concept of a poetics of vacancy in Romantic-era literature.

Romantic Vacancy argues that, at the cult of sensibility's height, Romantic writers found alternative tropes of affect to express movement beyond sensation and the body. Grappling with sensibility's claims that sensation could be translated into ideas and emotions, poets of vacancy rewrote core empirici...(Read More)
 
 
On the Good Life
On the Good Life (July 2019)
Thinking through the Intermediaries in Plato's Philebus
Cristina Ionescu - Author

Argues that mediation is a central theme in this Platonic dialogue dedicated to the exploration of what it means to live a good life.

Plato’s Philebus continues to fascinate us with its reflections on what it means to live a good life by aiming at the right combination of pleasure and knowledge. In this book, Cristina Ionescu argues that mediation is a central theme in the dialogue. Whether we talk about mediating ...(Read More)
 
 
Philosophy-Screens
Philosophy-Screens (July 2019)
From Cinema to the Digital Revolution
Mauro Carbone - Author
Marta Nijhuis - Translator

Draws from twentieth-century French thought on film and aesthetics to address the philosophical significance of the pervasiveness of screens in contemporary technological life as well as the mutation of philosophy that such a pervasiveness seems to require.

In The Flesh of Images, Mauro Carbone analyzed Merleau-Ponty’s interest in film and modern painting as it relates to hi...(Read More)
 
 
Beyond the Troubled Water of Shifei
Beyond the Troubled Water of Shifei (June 2019)
From Disputation to Walking-Two-Roads in the Zhuangzi
Lin Ma - Author
Jaap van Brakel - Author

Offers the first focused study of the shifei debates of the Warring States period in ancient China and challenges the imposition of Western conceptual categories onto these debates.

In recent decades, a growing concern in studies in Chinese intellectual history is that Chinese classics have been forced into systems of classification prevalent in Western philosophy and thus imperceptibly transformed into examples that echo Wester...(Read More)
 
 
Logoi and Muthoi
Logoi and Muthoi (June 2019)
Further Essays in Greek Philosophy and Literature
William Wians - Editor

Essays on Greek philosophy and literature from Homer and Hesiod to Aristotle.

In Logoi and Muthoi, William Wians builds on his earlier volume Logos and Muthos, highlighting the richness and complexity of these terms that were once set firmly in opposition to one another as reason versus myth or rationality versus irrationality. It was once common to think of intellect...(Read More)
 
 
Beyond Bergson
Beyond Bergson (May 2019)
Examining Race and Colonialism through the Writings of Henri Bergson
Andrea J. Pitts - Editor
Mark William Westmoreland - Editor
Leonard Lawlor - Foreword by

Examines Bergson’s work from the perspectives of critical philosophy of race and decolonial theory, placing it in conversation with theorists from Africa, the African Diaspora, and Latin America.

Building upon recent interest in Henri Bergson’s social and political philosophy, this volume offers a series of fresh and novel perspectives on Bergson’s writings through the lenses of cr...(Read More)
 
 
Face to Face with Animals
Face to Face with Animals (May 2019)
Levinas and the Animal Question
Peter Atterton - Editor
Tamra Wright - Editor

Explores Levinas’s approach to animal ethics from a range of perspectives.

This is the first volume of primary and secondary source material dedicated solely to the animal question in Levinas. Drawing on previously unpublished material, including the recent discovery and digitization of the original French recording of an interview with Levinas that took place in 1986, it seeks to give fresh impetus to the debate surround...(Read More)
 
 
Life as Insinuation
Life as Insinuation (May 2019)
George Santayana's Hermeneutics of Finite Life and Human Self
Katarzyna Kremplewska - Author

A holistic reinterpretation of Santayana’s thought in terms of a dramatic philosophy of life.

In this book, Katarzyna Kremplewska offers a thorough analysis of Santayana’s conception of human self, viewed as part of his larger philosophy of life. Santayana emerges as an author of a provocative philosophy of drama, in which human life is acted out. Kremplewska demonstrates how his thought addresses the dynamics of hum...(Read More)
 
 
The Real Metaphysical Club
The Real Metaphysical Club (May 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)
 
 
Pragmatism Applied
Pragmatism Applied (April 2019)
William James and the Challenges of Contemporary Life
Clifford S. Stagoll - Editor
Michael P. Levine - Editor

Illustrates how William James’s philosophical pragmatism can help to resolve issues in everyday contemporary life.

William James, one of America’s most original philosophers and psychologists, was concerned above all with the manner in which philosophy might help people to cope with the vicissitudes of daily life. Writing around the turn of the twentieth century, James experienced firsthand, much as we do now, the impact ...(Read More)
 
 
The Ages of the World (1811)
The Ages of the World (1811) (April 2019)
F. W. J. Schelling - Author
Joseph P. Lawrence - Translated and with an introduction by

The first English translation of the first of three versions of this unfinished work by Schelling.

In 1810, after establishing a reputation as Europe's most prolific philosopher, F. W. J. Schelling embarked on his most ambitious project, The Ages of the World. For over a decade he produced multiple drafts of the work before finally conceding its failure, a "failure" in which...(Read More)
 
 
Nothingness in the Heart of Empire
Nothingness in the Heart of Empire (March 2019)
The Moral and Political Philosophy of the Kyoto School in Imperial Japan
Harumi Osaki - Author

Reveals the complicity between the Kyoto School’s moral and political philosophy, based on the school’s founder Nishida Kitarō’s metaphysics of nothingness, and Japanese imperialism.

In the field of philosophy, the common view of philosophy as an essentially Western discipline persists even today, while non-Western philosophy tends to be undervalued and not investigated seriously. ...(Read More)
 
 
The Cudgel and the Caress
The Cudgel and the Caress (March 2019)
Reflections on Cruelty and Tenderness
David Farrell Krell - Author

Offers philosophical and psychological reflections on cruelty and tenderness.

The Cudgel and the Caress explores the enduring significance of tenderness and cruelty in a range of works across philosophy, psychoanalysis, and literature. Divided into two parts, the book initially focuses on tenderness, with David Farrell Krell delivering original readings of Homer’s Iliad, Sophocles’s Antigone, and ...(Read More)
 
 
Totalitarian Space and the Destruction of Aura
Totalitarian Space and the Destruction of Aura (March 2019)
Saladdin Ahmed - Author

Diagnoses our contemporary spatial experience as fundamentally totalitarian through a multilayered critical theory of space.

We live today within a system in which state and corporate power aim to render space flat, transparent, and uniform, for only then can it be truly controlled. The gaze of power and the commodity form are capable of infiltrating even the darkest of corners, and often, we invite them into our most private spa...(Read More)
 
 
Boundary Lines
Boundary Lines (February 2019)
Philosophy and Postcolonialism
Emanuela Fornari - Author
Iain Halliday - Translator
Étienne R. Balibar - Foreword by

Systematically addresses the philosophical implications of the postcolonial.

In this book, Emanuela Fornari systematically examines the philosophical implications of postcolonial studies. She considers postcolonial critique not as a school or a current of thought but rather as a multiform constellation that—from the celebrated Orientalism of Edward Said to the contributions of authors like Homi Bhabha, Gayatri Spiv...(Read More)
 
 
Inoue Enryo
Inoue Enryo (February 2019)
A Philosophical Portrait
Rainer Schulzer - Author

The first comprehensive treatment of Inoue Enryō, a pioneer of modern Buddhism and a key figure in the reception of Western philosophy in East Asia.

Rainer Schulzer provides the first comprehensive study, in English, of the modern Japanese philosopher Inoue Enryō (1858–1919). Enryō was a key figure in several important intellectual trends in Meiji Japan, including the establishment...(Read More)
 
 
Property Rights in Contemporary Governance
Property Rights in Contemporary Governance (February 2019)
Staci M. Zavattaro - Editor
Gregory R. Peterson - Editor
Ann E. Davis - Editor

Examines how our diverse understandings of property impact real-world governing strategies.

Property is a concept that is seemingly simple to understand yet continually evolving in the face of cultural change and technological advance. Property Rights in Contemporary Governance examines the many meanings of property, how they have changed over time, and the roles they play in policy, society, and law. With its deeply interdisc...(Read More)
 
 
Following His Own Path
Following His Own Path (January 2019)
Li Zehou and Contemporary Chinese Philosophy
Jana S. Rošker - Author

Critically introduces the philosophical system of Li Zehou, one of the most significant modern scholars of Chinese history and culture.

In this book, Jana S. Rošker offers the first comprehensive overview and exegesis of the work of Li Zehou, who is one of the most significant and influential Chinese philosophers of our time. Rošker shows us how Li’s complex system of  thought seeks to revive various Ch...(Read More)
 
 
Militant Acts
Militant Acts (January 2019)
The Role of Investigations in Radical Political Struggles
Marcelo Hoffman - Author

Offers a history of the role of investigations in radical political struggles from the nineteenth century forward.

Militant Acts presents a broad history of the concept and practice of investigations in radical political struggles from the nineteenth century to the present. Radicals launched investigations into the conditions and struggles of the oppressed and exploited to s...(Read More)
 
 
Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness
Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness (January 2019)
David Chai - Author

Investigates the cosmological and metaphysical thought in the Zhuangzi from the perspective of nothingness.

Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness offers a radical rereading of the Daoist classic Zhuangzi by bringing to light the role of nothingness in grounding the cosmological and metaphysical aspects of its thought. Through a careful analysis of the text a...(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.

Winner of the 2020 Josiah Royce Prize in American Idealist Thought presented by the Josiah Royce Society

Another white Man's Burden performs a case study of Josiah Royce's philosophy of racial difference. In an effort to lay bare the ethno...(Read More)
 
 
Approaching Hegel's Logic, Obliquely
Approaching Hegel's Logic, Obliquely (December 2018)
Melville, Moliere, Beckett
Angelica Nuzzo - Author

An unprecedented reading of Hegel’s Logic that sets this difficult work in a dialogue with literary texts.

Winner of the 2020 Hegelpd-Prize presented by the University of Padova Research Group

In this book, Angelica Nuzzo proposes a reading of Hegel’s Logic as “logic of transformation” and “logic of action,” and supports this thesis by looking to works of literature a...(Read More)
 
 
The Poetry of Georges Bataille
The Poetry of Georges Bataille (December 2018)
Georges Bataille - Author
Stuart Kendall - Translated and with an introduction by

Presents a new window into the literary, philosophical, and theological concerns of this enigmatic thinker and writer.

Despite its relative rarity, and the condensed brevity of the poems themselves, poetry occupies a striking place in the literary and philosophical oeuvre of Georges Bataille. For Bataille, poetry had no meaning “except in the violence of revolt,” which it could attain “only by evoking the impos...(Read More)
 
 
Remnants of Hegel
Remnants of Hegel (November 2018)
Remains of Ontology, Religion, and Community
Félix Duque - Author
Nicholas Walker - Translator

An original philosophical exploration of the limits of Hegel’s thought.

In the preface to the second edition of the Science of Logic, Hegel speaks of an instinctive and unconscious logic whose forms and determinations “always remain imperceptible and incapable of becoming objective even as they emerge in language.” In spite of Hegel’s ambitions to provide a philosophical system that might transcend...(Read More)
 
 
The Asymptote of Love
The Asymptote of Love (November 2018)
From Mundane to Religious to God's Love
James Kellenberger - Author

Discusses the complexities and paradoxes of love as represented in the history of Western philosophy and Christianity.

In The Asymptote of Love, James Kellenberger develops a theory of religious love that resists essentialist definitions of the term and brings into conversation historical debates on love in Western philosophy and Christian theology. He argues that if love can be likened to a mathematical asymptote, which is a ...(Read More)
 
 
The Other in Perception
The Other in Perception (November 2018)
A Phenomenological Account of Our Experience of Other Persons
Susan Bredlau - Author

Demonstrates the unique, pervasive, and overwhelmingly important role of other people within our lived experience.

Drawing on the original phenomenological work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Edmund Husserl, Simone de Beauvoir, and John Russon, as well as recent research in child psychology, The Other in Perception argues for perception’s inherently existential significance: we a...(Read More)
 
 
Aesthetic Reason and Imaginative Freedom
Aesthetic Reason and Imaginative Freedom (October 2018)
Friedrich Schiller and Philosophy
María del Rosario Acosta López - Editor
Jeffrey L. Powell - Editor

Shows the relevance of Schiller’s thought for contemporary philosophy, particularly aesthetics, ethics, and politics.

This book seeks to draw attention to Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805) as a philosophical thinker in his own right. For too long, his philosophical contribution has been neglected in favor of his much-deserved reputation as a political playwright. The essays in this c...(Read More)
 
 
Atomistic Intuitions
Atomistic Intuitions (October 2018)
An Essay on Classification
Gaston Bachelard - Author
Roch C. Smith - Translated and with an introduction by
Daniel Parrochia - Preface by

An English translation of the French philosopher’s sixth book, in which he seeks to develop a metaphysical context for modern atomistic science.

French philosopher Gaston Bachelard (1884–1962) is best known in the English-speaking world for his work on poetics and the literary imagination, but much of his oeuvre is devoted to epistemology and the philosophy of science. Like Thomas Kuhn, whose work he anticipates by t...(Read More)
 
 
Phrase
Phrase (October 2018)
Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe - Author
Leslie Hill - Translator

The first complete English translation of Lacoue-Labarthe’s most innovative and original work, exploring the very origins of experience, language, desire, and mortality.

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe (1940–2007) is widely acknowledged in his native France and in the English-speaking world as one of the most important philosophers of his generation and an exceptionally rigorous reader of Heidegger, Hölderlin, Benjamin...(Read More)
 
 
Storytelling
Storytelling (October 2018)
The Destruction of the Inalienable in the Age of the Holocaust
Rodolphe Gasché - Author

An innovative philosophical meditation on the muteness of Holocaust survivors and the human faculty of storytelling.

In Storytelling, Rodolphe Gasché reexamines the muteness of Holocaust survivors, that is, their inability to tell their stories. This phenomenon has not been explained up to now without reducing the violence of the events to which survivors were subjected, on the one hand, and diminishing the specif...(Read More)
 
 
Appreciating the Chinese Difference
Appreciating the Chinese Difference (September 2018)
Engaging Roger T. Ames on Methods, Issues, and Roles
Jim Behuniak - Editor

A wide-ranging exploration and critical assessment of the work of a major figure in Chinese and comparative philosophy.

In this volume, prominent philosophers working in Chinese thought and related areas critically reflect upon the work of Roger T. Ames, one of the most significant contemporary figures working in the field of Chinese philosophy. Through his decades of collaborativ...(Read More)
 
 
Partial Truths and Our Common Future
Partial Truths and Our Common Future (September 2018)
A Perspectival Theory of Truth and Value
Donald A. Crosby - Author

Argues that a pluralistic understanding of truth can foster productive conversations about common concerns involving religion, science, ethics, politics, economics, and ecology without falling into relativism.

In this book, Donald A. Crosby defends the idea that all claims to truth are at best partial. Recognizing this, he argues, is a necessary safeguard against arrogance, close-mindedness, and potentially violent reactions to...(Read More)
 
 
Thinking the Inexhaustible
Thinking the Inexhaustible (September 2018)
Art, Interpretation, and Freedom in the Philosophy of Luigi Pareyson
Silvia Benso - Editor
Brian Schroeder - Editor
Dennis J. Schmidt - Foreword by

Essays address the major themes of Pareyson’s hermeneutic philosophy in the context of his existentialist approach to personhood.

What if the inexhaustible were the only mode of self-revelation of truth? The question of the inexhaustibility of truth, and its relation to being and interpretation, is the challenge posed by the philosophy of the prominent Italian thinker Luigi Pareyson (1918–1991). Art, the inter...(Read More)
 
 
Hegel and Right
Hegel and Right (August 2018)
A Study of the Philosophy of Right
Philip J. Kain - Author

An especially accessible introduction to Hegel’s moral and political philosophy.

In this book, Philip J. Kain introduces Hegel’s Philosophy of Right by focusing on disagreements, both with standard interpretations of his work and with Hegel himself. Arguing that Hegel’s justification for punishment ultimately fails, Kain shows how this failure brings into focus the inherent difficulties in justifying pun...(Read More)
 
 
Plato and the Body
Plato and the Body (August 2018)
Reconsidering Socratic Asceticism
Coleen P. Zoller - Author

Offers an innovative reading of Plato, analyzing his metaphysical, ethical, and political commitments in connection with feminist critiques.

For centuries, it has been the prevailing view that in prioritizing the soul, Plato ignores or even abhors the body; however, in Plato and the Body Coleen P. Zoller argues that Plato does value the body and the role it plays in philosophical life, focusing on Plato’s use of So...(Read More)
 
 
Steven Holl
Steven Holl (July 2018)
Making Architecture
Kerry Dean Carso - Author
Steven Holl - Author
Nina Stritzler-Levine - Author
Peter Olshavsky - Author
Sara J. Pasti - Author
Kristin Swan - Editor

Examines Steven Holl’s intricate and distinctive process of making architecture through approximately one hundred models, related sketches and other studies created for nine recent projects.

This publication, and the exhibition at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art that it accompanies, investigates the architect Steven Holl’s unique process of making architecture, the foundation of which is drawing, almost always by han...(Read More)
 
 
Gender and the Abjection of Blackness
Gender and the Abjection of Blackness (July 2018)
Sabine Broeck - Author

An anti-racist critique of gender studies as a field.

In Gender and the Abjection of Blackness, Sabine Broeck argues that gender studies as a mostly white field has taken insufficient account of Black contributions, and that more than being an ethnocentric limitation or blind spot, this has represented a structural anti-Blackness in the field. Engaging with the work of Black feminist authors Sylvia Wynter, Hortense Spillers, a...(Read More)
 
 
Roberto Esposito
Roberto Esposito (July 2018)
Biopolitics and Philosophy
Inna Viriasova - Editor
Antonio Calcagno - Editor

Analyzes key concepts and arguments in the work of one of Europe’s leading philosophers.

One of Europe’s leading philosophers, Roberto Esposito has produced a considerable body of work that continues to have a significant impact on political science, sociology, literature, and philosophy. This volume offers both a comprehensive introduction to and critical explanation of Esposito’s political thought and key con...(Read More)
 
 
Adorno's Poetics of Form
Adorno's Poetics of Form (June 2018)
Josh Robinson - Author

A critical study of the concept of form in Adorno’s writings on art and literature.

Adorno's Poetics of Form is the first book-length examination of the elusive deployment of the concept of form in Adorno's writings on art and literature, and the first monograph to offer a comprehensive account of the relation of these writings to his broader philosophical project. It examin...(Read More)
 
 
Another Mind-Body Problem
Another Mind-Body Problem (June 2018)
A History of Racial Non-being
John Harfouch - Author

Demonstrates the profound overlap of philosophy’s mind-body problem and various racist doctrines found in thinkers ranging from Descartes to Kant.

The mind-body problem in philosophy is typically understood as a discourse concerning the relation of mental states to physical states, and the experience of sensation. On this level it seems to transcend issues of race and racism, but ...(Read More)
 
 
Anti-Music
Anti-Music (June 2018)
Jazz and Racial Blackness in German Thought between the Wars
Mark Christian Thompson - Author

Examines how African American jazz music was received in Germany both as a racial and cultural threat and as a partner in promoting the rise of Nazi totalitarian cultural politics.

Anti-Music examines the critical, literary, and political responses to African American jazz music in interwar Germany. During this time, jazz was the subject of overt political debate between le...(Read More)
 
 
Immanent Frames
Immanent Frames (June 2018)
Postsecular Cinema between Malick and von Trier
John Caruana - Editor
Mark Cauchi - Editor

Explores a growing number of films and filmmakers that challenge the strict boundaries between belief and unbelief.

For some time now, thinkers across the humanities and social sciences have increasingly called into question the once-dominant view of the relationship between modernity and secularism, prompting some to speak of a “postsecular turn.” Until now, film studies has large...(Read More)
 
 
The Holocaust and the Nonrepresentable
The Holocaust and the Nonrepresentable (June 2018)
Literary and Photographic Transcendence
David Patterson - Author

Argues that Holocaust representation has ethical implications fundamentally linked to questions of good and evil.

Many books focus on issues of Holocaust representation, but few address why the Holocaust in particular poses such a representational problem. David Patterson draws from Emmanuel Levinas’s contention that the Good cannot be represented. He argues that the assault on the Good is equally nonrepresentable and thi...(Read More)
 
 
Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge in the Dialogues of Plato
Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge in the Dialogues of Plato (May 2018)
Sara Ahbel-Rappe - Author

Argues that Socrates’ fundamental role in the dialogues is to guide us toward self-inquiry and self-knowledge.

In this highly original and provocative book, Sara Ahbel-Rappe argues that the Platonic dialogues contain an esoteric Socrates who signifies a profound commitment to self-knowledge and whose appearances in the dialogues are meant to foster the practice of self-inquiry. Ac...(Read More)
 
 
The Art of Gratitude
The Art of Gratitude (May 2018)
Jeremy David Engels - Author

Explores how the emotional experience of gratitude has been enlisted in neoliberal governance through the language of debt.

In The Art of Gratitude, Jeremy David Engels sketches a genealogy of gratitude from the ancient Greeks to the contemporary self-help movement. One of the most striking things about gratitude, Engels finds, is how consistently it is described using the language of indebtedness. A chief purpose of thi...(Read More)
 
 
The Essentialist Villain
The Essentialist Villain (May 2018)
On Leo Bersani
Mikko Tuhkanen - Author

The first book-length study of Bersani’s work, tracing the unfolding of his onto-ethics/aesthetics amidst numerous literary, artistic, and philosophical influences.

Since his first publications in the late 1950s, Leo Bersani’s work has influenced numerous scholarly fields, from studies of French modernism and realist fiction to psychoanalytic criticism and film theory. It has occasionally helped precipitate the emerg...(Read More)
 
 
Atmospheres of Breathing
Atmospheres of Breathing (April 2018)
Lenart Škof - Editor
Petri Berndtson - Editor

Attempts to think anew about philosophical questions from the perspective of breath and breathing.

As a physiological or biological matter, breath is mostly considered to be mechanical and thoughtless. By expanding on the insights of many religions and therapeutic practices, which emphasize the cultivation of breath, the contributors argue that breath should be understood as fundam...(Read More)
 
 
Reconfigurations of Philosophy of Religion
Reconfigurations of Philosophy of Religion (April 2018)
A Possible Future
Jim Kanaris - Editor

Explores the place and meaning of philosophy of religion in our current poststructuralist, postsecular, postcolonialist context.

This collection addresses, as it exemplifies, an identity crisis in contemporary philosophy of religion. It represents a unique two-way dialogue between philosophers of religion and scholars of religion and broaches issues pertaining to the philosophy of...(Read More)
 
 
The Vocation of Writing
The Vocation of Writing (April 2018)
Literature, Philosophy, and the Test of Violence
Marc Crépon - Author
D. J. S. Cross - Translator
Tyler M. Williams - Translator

Explores how violence structures language and the writing of literature and philosophy.

Within the violence our societies must confront today exists a dimension proper to language. Anyone who has been through the educational system, for example, recognizes how language not only shapes and models us, but also imposes itself upon us. During the twentieth century, this system revealed how language can condemn one to a certain death...(Read More)
 
 
Biodeconstruction
Biodeconstruction (March 2018)
Jacques Derrida and the Life Sciences
Francesco Vitale - Author
Mauro Senatore - Translator

Analyzes Derrida’s 1975 seminar “La vie la mort” as a deconstruction of biology with relevance to his work more broadly.

In Biodeconstruction,Francesco Vitale demonstrates the key role that the question of life plays in Jacques Derrida’s work. In the seminar La vie la mort (1975), Derrida engages closely with the life sciences, especially biology and evolution theory. Connecting this ...(Read More)
 
 
Germs of Death
Germs of Death (March 2018)
The Problem of Genesis in Jacques Derrida
Mauro Senatore - Author

An analysis of Derrida’s early work engaging Plato, Hegel, and the life sciences.

Germs of Death explores the idea of genesis, or dissemination, in the early work of Jacques Derrida. Looking at Derrida’s published and unpublished work from “Force and Signification” in 1963 to Glas in 1974, Mauro Senatore traces the development of Derrida’s understanding of genesis both linguistically ...(Read More)
 
 
Statement on the True Relationship of the Philosophy of Nature to the Revised Fichtean Doctrine
Statement on the True Relationship of the Philosophy of Nature to the Revised Fichtean Doctrine (March 2018)
An Elucidation of the Former
F. W. J. Schelling - Author
Dale E. Snow - Translated with an introduction and notes by

Schelling’s 1806 polemic against Fichte, and his last major work on the philosophy of nature.

The heat of anger can concentrate the mind. Convinced that he had been betrayed by his former collaborator and colleague, Schelling attempts in this polemic to reach a final reckoning with Fichte. Employing the format of a book review, Schelling directs withering scorn at three of Fichte’s recent publications, at one point l...(Read More)
 
 
The Parthenon and Liberal Education
The Parthenon and Liberal Education (March 2018)
Geoff Lehman - Author
Michael Weinman - Author

Discusses the importance of the early history of Greek mathematics to education and civic life through a study of the Parthenon and dialogues of Plato.

The Parthenon and Liberal Education seeks to restore the study of mathematics to its original place of prominence in the liberal arts. To build this case, Geoff Lehman and Michael Weinman turn to Philolaus, a near contemporary of Socrates. The authors demonstrate the influ...(Read More)
 
 
Aristotle on God's Life-Generating Power and on Pneuma as Its Vehicle
Aristotle on God's Life-Generating Power and on Pneuma as Its Vehicle (February 2018)
Abraham P. Bos - Author

Proposes an innovative rethinking of Aristotle’s work as a system that integrates his theology with his doctrine of reproduction and life.

In this deep rethinking of Aristotle’s work, Abraham P. Bos argues that scholarship on Aristotle’s philosophy has erred since antiquity in denying the connection between his theology and his doctrine of reproduction and life in the earthly spher...(Read More)
 
 
Inheritance in Psychoanalysis
Inheritance in Psychoanalysis (February 2018)
Joel Goldbach - Editor
James A. Godley - Editor

Anthology of recent, cutting-edge work in psychoanalysis and philosophy on the concept of inheritance.

In contrast to the way inheritance is understood in scientific discourse and culture more broadly, inheritance in psychoanalysis is a paradox. Although it’s impossible, strictly speaking, for the unconscious to be inherited, this volume demonstrates how the concept of inheritance can occasion a rich reassessment and rein...(Read More)
 
 
Lessing and the Enlightenment
Lessing and the Enlightenment (February 2018)
His Philosophy of Religion and Its Relation to Eighteenth-Century Thought
Henry E. Allison - Author

A comprehensive study of Lessing’s religious thought.

Although only one aspect of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s diverse oeuvre, his religious thought had a significant influence on thinkers such as Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and present-day liberal Protestant theologians. His thought is particularly difficult to assess, however, because it is found largely in a series of essays, reviews, critical studies, polemical writi...(Read More)
 
 
Mystery 101
Mystery 101 (February 2018)
An Introduction to the Big Questions and the Limits of Human Knowledge
Richard H. Jones - Author

Delineates the knowable from the unknowable in philosophy, science, and theology.

Offering readers much to ponder, Richard H. Jones approaches the “big questions” of philosophy such as the nature of reality, consciousness, free will, the existence of God, and the meaning of life not by weighing the merits of leading arguments in these debates, but instead by questioning the extent to which we are even in a position t...(Read More)
 
 
The Last Fortress of Metaphysics
The Last Fortress of Metaphysics (February 2018)
Jacques Derrida and the Deconstruction of Architecture
Francesco Vitale - Author
Mauro Senatore - Translator

Examines the relationship of Derrida’s writings on architecture to his methodology of deconstruction and to deconstrutivism in architecture.

Between 1984 and 1994 Jacques Derrida wrote and spoke a great deal about architecture both in his academic work and in connection with a number of particular building projects around the world. He engaged significantly with the work of architects such as Bernard Tschumi, Peter Eisenm...(Read More)
 
 
The Tragedy of Optimism
The Tragedy of Optimism (February 2018)
Writings on Hermann Cohen
Steven S. Schwarzschild - Author
George Y. Kohler - Editor

Complete collection of Schwarzschild’s essays on the neo-Kantian Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen.

Steven S. Schwarzschild (1924–1989) was arguably the leading expositor of German-Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen (1842–1918), undertaking a lifelong effort to reintroduce Cohen’s thought into contemporary philosophical discourse. In The Tragedy of Optimism, George Y. Kohler brings together all of Sch...(Read More)
 
 
Failing Desire
Failing Desire (January 2018)
Karmen MacKendrick - Author

Draws on theology and queer theory to argue for the power of humiliating pleasures in a culture oriented very strongly to denying any enjoyment that is not about success.

Luckily for human diversity, we are perfectly capable of desiring impossible things. Failing Desire explores a particular set of these impossibilities, those connected to humiliation. These include the failure of autonomy in submission, of inward privacy...(Read More)
 
 
For Foucault
For Foucault (January 2018)
Against Normative Political Theory
Mark G. E. Kelly - Author

Calls for a Foucauldian approach to political thought that is intrinsically resistant to power and subordination to public policy.

This book comprises a series of staged confrontations between the thought of Michel Foucault and a cast of other figures in European and Anglophone political philosophy, including Marx, Lenin, Althusser, Deleuze, Rorty, Honneth, and Geuss. Focusing on the status of normativity in their thought, Mark...(Read More)
 
 
The Symbolic Order of the Mother
The Symbolic Order of the Mother (January 2018)
Luisa Muraro - Author
Francesca Novello - Translator
Timothy S. Murphy - Edited and with an introduction by
Alison Stone - Foreword by

Argues that affirming the irreducible differences between men and women can lead to more transformative politics than the struggle for abstract equality between the sexes.

In The Symbolic Order of the Mother Luisa Muraro identifies the bond between mother and child as ontologically fundamental to the development of culture and politics, and therefore as key to achieving truly emancipatory political change. Both corporea...(Read More)
 
 
Unmaking The Making of Americans
Unmaking The Making of Americans (January 2018)
Toward an Aesthetic Ontology
E. L. McCallum - Author

Develops the sustained, relational, dynamic, and reflective attention demanded by Gertrude Stein’s novel into a theory of reading and critical analysis.

Arguing that Gertrude Stein’s monumental novel The Making of Americans models a radically aesthetic relation to the world, E. L. McCallum demonstrates how the novel teaches us to read differently, unmaking our habits of reading. Each of the chapters works thro...(Read More)
 
 
Think Like an Archipelago
Think Like an Archipelago (December 2017)
Paradox in the Work of Edouard Glissant
Michael Wiedorn - Author

A career-spanning assessment of Glissant’s work as a philosophical project.

With a career spanning more than fifty years as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual, Édouard Glissant produced an astonishingly wide range of work, including poems, novels, essays, pamphlets, and theater. In Think Like an Archipelago, Michael Wiedorn offers a fresh interpretation of Glissant’...(Read More)
 
 
Plato's Laughter
Plato's Laughter (December 2017)
Socrates as Satyr and Comical Hero
Sonja Madeleine Tanner - Author

Counters the long-standing, solemn interpretation of Plato’s dialogues with one centered on the philosophical and pedagogical significance of Socrates as a comic figure.

Plato was described as a boor and it was said that he never laughed out loud. Yet his dialogues abound with puns, jokes, and humor. Sonja Madeleine Tanner argues that in Plato’s dialogues Socrates plays a comical hero who draws heavi...(Read More)
 
 
Satan and Apocalypse
Satan and Apocalypse (December 2017)
And Other Essays in Political Theology
Thomas J. J. Altizer - Author

Offers a profound vision of the Christian epic as the site of the modern apocalyptic reenactment of the original apocalypse.

In this series of essays, Thomas J. J. Altizer explores the Christian epic as the site of modern revolutionary apocalyptic reenactments and renewals of the original apocalypse enacted by Jesus Christ and primitive Christianity. Beginning with the pivotal seve...(Read More)
 
 
Beautiful, Bright, and Blinding
Beautiful, Bright, and Blinding (November 2017)
Phenomenological Aesthetics and the Life of Art
H. Peter Steeves - Author

Phenomenological analysis of beauty and art across various aspects of lived experience and culture.

Through a careful analysis of concrete examples taken from everyday experience and culture, Beautiful, Bright, and Blinding develops a straightforward and powerful aesthetic methodology founded on a phenomenological approach to experience—one that investigates how consciousness engages with the world and thus what i...(Read More)
 
 
The Experience of Truth
The Experience of Truth (November 2017)
Gaetano Chiurazzi - Author
Robert T. Valgenti - Translator

Advances a hermeneutic conception of truth as a mode of being, in dialogue with Aristotle, Nietzsche, Gadamer, Heidegger, Putnam, and Rorty.

What does it mean to say that something is true? In this book Gaetano Chiurazzi argues that when we say that something is true, we do not say something merely about a state of affairs, but also about ourselves. Truth is not just the fact of “what is out there,” but a mode of e...(Read More)
 
 
Spontaneous Combustion
Spontaneous Combustion (October 2017)
The Eros Effect and Global Revolution
Jason Del Gandio - Editor
AK Thompson - Editor
Peter Marcuse - Foreword by

Provides answers to one of the enduring paradoxes of mass social change.

From the events of May 1968 to the Arab Spring and Occupy, we have seen social movements develop spontaneously around the globe propelling thousands and, at times, millions of people into the streets to demand an end to oppression.

“In order to make sense of such events, the authors draw on George Katsiaficas&r...(Read More)
 
 
Adventures in Phenomenology
Adventures in Phenomenology (September 2017)
Gaston Bachelard
Eileen Rizo-Patron - Editor
Edward S. Casey - Editor
Jason M. Wirth - Editor

Repositions Bachelard as a critical and integral part of contemporary continental philosophy.

Like Schelling before him and Deleuze and Guattari after him, Gaston Bachelard made major philosophical contributions to the advancement of science and the arts. In addition to being a mathematician and epistemologist whose influential work in the philosophy of science is still being absorbed, Bachelard was also one of the most innova...(Read More)
 
 
Beyond Beauty
Beyond Beauty (September 2017)
Federico Vercellone - Author
Sarah De Sanctis - Translator

Traces the decline of beauty as an ideal from early German romanticism to the twentieth century.

The American abstract expressionist painter Barnett Newman famously declared in 1948 that the impulse of modern art is to destroy beauty. Not long after that, Andy Warhol was reconciling the world of art with the world of everyday life, painting soup cans and soda bottles. In this book, Federico Vercellone provides an account of th...(Read More)
 
 
Body/Self/Other
Body/Self/Other (September 2017)
The Phenomenology of Social Encounters
Luna Dolezal - Editor
Danielle Petherbridge - Editor

Examines the lived experience of social encounters drawing on phenomenological insights.

Body/Self/Other brings together a variety of phenomenological perspectives to examine the complexity of social encounters across a range of social, political, and ethical issues. It investigates the materiality of social encounters and the habitual attitudes that structure lived experience. In particular, the contributors examine ...(Read More)
 
 
Expressing the Heart's Intent
Expressing the Heart's Intent (September 2017)
Explorations in Chinese Aesthetics
Marthe Atwater Chandler - Author

Using Li Zehou’s theories of aesthetics, argues for the importance of the arts to philosophy.

In this wide-ranging examination of the concept of zhi (“the heart’s intent”) as the foundation of Chinese aesthetics, Marthe Atwater Chandler places traditional Chinese aesthetics in conversation with contemporary Chinese theory and traditional western philosophy. Poetry, music, painting, ...(Read More)
 
 
Imagination, Music, and the Emotions
Imagination, Music, and the Emotions (September 2017)
A Philosophical Study
Saam Trivedi - Author

Articulates an imaginationist solution to the question of how purely instrumental music can be perceived by a listener as having emotional content.

Both musicians and laypersons can perceive purely instrumental music without words or an associated story or program as expressing emotions such as happiness and sadness. But how? In this book, Saam Trivedi discusses and critiques the leading philosophical approaches to this question...(Read More)
 
 
The Politics of Unreason
The Politics of Unreason (September 2017)
The Frankfurt School and the Origins of Modern Antisemitism
Lars Rensmann - Author

The first systematic analysis of the Frankfurt School’s research and theorizing on modern antisemitism.

Although the Frankfurt School represents one of the most influential intellectual traditions of the twentieth century, its multifaceted work on modern antisemitism has so far largely been neglected. The Politics of Unreason fills this gap, providing the first systematic study of the Frankfurt School’s philosophical,...(Read More)
 
 
The Quest for Purpose
The Quest for Purpose (September 2017)
The Collegiate Search for a Meaningful Life
Perry L. Glanzer - Author
Jonathan P. Hill - Author
Byron R. Johnson - Author

Demonstrates how students and educators can resist narrow, utilitarian views of higher education’s purpose.

While the search for meaning and purpose appears to be a constant throughout human history, there are characteristics about our current time period that make this search different from any other previous time, particularly for college students. In this book, Perry L. Glanzer, Jonathan P. Hill, and Byron R. Johnson e...(Read More)
 
 
Essays on the Foundations of Ethics
Essays on the Foundations of Ethics (August 2017)
C. I. Lewis - Author
John Lange - Editor

2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Presentation of C. I. Lewis’s final book, formulating a cognitivistic ethics.

C. I. Lewis, one of America’s greatest philosophers, was tremendously influential in the fields of logic and epistemology. However, it was to ethics that he devoted the last years of his life. His approach to ethics was not merely as an academic pursuit, but as the deepest...(Read More)
 
 
God and the Self in Hegel
God and the Self in Hegel (July 2017)
Beyond Subjectivism
Paolo Diego Bubbio - Author

Argues that Hegel’s conception of God and the self holds the key to overcoming subjectivism in both philosophy of religion and metaphysics.

God and the Self in Hegel proposes a reconstruction of Hegel’s conception of God and analyzes the significance of this reading for Hegel’s idealistic metaphysics. Paolo Diego Bubbio argues that in Hegel’s view, subjectivism—the tenet that there is no und...(Read More)
 
 
Bodies in China
Bodies in China (June 2017)
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Gender, and Politics
Eva Kit Wah Man - Author

Engages with Chinese philosophy to offer new conceptual models for reframing gender, bodies, and aesthetics.

Bodies in China uses Chinese philosophy to reframe Western scholarship on gender, body, and aesthetics. Does Confucianism rule out the capacity of women as moral subjects and hence as aesthetic subjects? Do forms of Chinese philosophy contribute or correspond to patriarchal Confucian culture? Can Chinese philosoph...(Read More)
 
 
New Forms of Revolt
New Forms of Revolt (June 2017)
Essays on Kristeva's Intimate Politics
Sarah K. Hansen - Editor
Rebecca Tuvel - Editor

Essays explore the significance of Julia Kristeva’s concept of intimate revolt for social and political philosophy.

Over the last twenty years, French philosopher, psychoanalyst, and novelist Julia Kristeva has explored how global crises threaten people’s ability to revolt. In a context of widespread war, deepening poverty, environmental catastrophes, and rising fundamentalisms, she argues that a revival of inner ps...(Read More)
 
 
The Metaphysics of the Pythagorean Theorem
The Metaphysics of the Pythagorean Theorem (June 2017)
Thales, Pythagoras, Engineering, Diagrams, and the Construction of the Cosmos out of Right Triangles
Robert Hahn - Author

Explores Thales’s speculative philosophy through a study of geometrical diagrams.

Bringing together geometry and philosophy, this book undertakes a strikingly original study of the origins and significance of the Pythagorean theorem. Thales, whom Aristotle called the first philosopher and who was an older contemporary of Pythagoras, posited the principle of a unity from which all ...(Read More)
 
 
Neo-Confucian Ecological Humanism
Neo-Confucian Ecological Humanism (May 2017)
An Interpretive Engagement with Wang Fuzhi (1619-1692)
Nicholas S. Brasovan - Author

Addresses Ming Dynasty philosopher Wang Fuzhi’s neo-Confucianism from the perspective of contemporary ecological humanism.

In this novel engagement with Ming Dynasty philosopher Wang Fuzhi (1619–1692), Nicholas S. Brasovan presents Wang’s neo-Confucianism as an important theoretical resource for engaging with contemporary ecological humanism. Brasovan coins the term “person-in-the-wor...(Read More)
 
 
Viva Voce
Viva Voce (April 2017)
Conversations with Italian Philosophers
Silvia Benso - Author

Firsthand perspectives on the past, present, and future of contemporary Italian philosophy.

Through conversations with twenty-three leading Italian philosophers representing a variety of scholarly concerns and methodologies, this volume offers an informal overview of the background, breadth, and distinctiveness of contemporary Italian philosophy as a tradition. The conversations begin with general questions addr...(Read More)
 
 
Centering and Extending
Centering and Extending (April 2017)
An Essay on Metaphysical Sense
Steven G. Smith - Author

An original metaphysical proposal building on classical and contemporary sources.

In Centering and Extending, Steven G. Smith retrieves and refashions some of the best ideas of classical and early modern metaphysics to support insight into the natures of mental and material beings and their relations. Avoiding what he critiques as distortive paths of idealism, materialism, repressive monism, and overly permissive plura...(Read More)
 
 
Confucianism and American Philosophy
Confucianism and American Philosophy (April 2017)
Mathew A. Foust - Author

A comparative analysis of Confucianism and the American Transcendentalist and Pragmatist traditions.

In this highly original work, Mathew A. Foust breaks new ground in comparative studies through his exploration of the connections between Confucianism and the American Transcendentalist and Pragmatist movements. In his examination of a broad range of philosophers, including Confucius, Mencius, Xunzi, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Da...(Read More)
 
 
Quasi-Things
Quasi-Things (April 2017)
The Paradigm of Atmospheres
Tonino Griffero - Author
Sarah De Sanctis - Translator

An aesthetic and phenomenological account of feelings.

In this book, Tonino Griffero introduces and analyzes an ontological category he terms “quasi-things.” These do not exist fully in the traditional sense as substances or events, yet they powerfully act on us and on our states of mind. He offers an original approach to the study of emotions, regarding them not as inner states of the subject, but a...(Read More)
 
 
The Extraordinary in the Ordinary
The Extraordinary in the Ordinary (April 2017)
Seven Types of Everyday Miracle
Donald A. Crosby - Author

Explores miracles as dimensions of everyday existence through the lens of religious naturalism.

Miracles are usually regarded as an intrusion of a supernatural force upsetting the normal workings and laws of the universe, but if one is attentive to the natural world, one can instead find miracles beneath the surface of everyday existence. This outlook is part of Donald A. Crosby’s religious naturali...(Read More)
 
 
Entanglements
Entanglements (March 2017)
A System of Philosophy
Crispin Sartwell - Author

Click here to watch Crispin Sartwell discuss his book in nine videos.

Presents strikingly original and contemporary answers to the most traditional philosophical problems in epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, and political theory.

A work of maximally ambitious scope with a foundation in humility, Entanglem...(Read More)
 
 
The Love of Ruins
The Love of Ruins (March 2017)
Letters on Lovecraft
Scott Cutler Shershow - Author
Scott Michaelsen - Author

Explores issues related to race and religion in Lovecraft criticism.

Today, H. P. Lovecraft is both more popular and controversial than ever: the influence of his “Cthulhu mythos” is everywhere in popular culture, his cosmic pessimism has reemerged as a major theme in contemporary philosophy, and his racism continues to spark controversy in the media. The Love of Ruins takes a fresh look at a figure widely ack...(Read More)
 
 
Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe's Phrase
Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe's Phrase (January 2017)
Infancy, Survival
Christopher Fynsk - Author

First sustained critical reading of Lacoue-Labarthe’s Phrase, which provides insights into a philosophically inspired work of prose poetry.

This book presents an interpretation of a volume of poetry and theoretical reflections (Phrase) by the late Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, who is widely known as one of the major contributors to thinking about the relation between philosophy and literature in...(Read More)
 
 
Plato's Statesman
Plato's Statesman (January 2017)
Dialectic, Myth, and Politics
John Sallis - Editor

Explores the interplay between the dramatic form of the dialogue and the basic themes it addresses.

The Statesman is among the most widely ranging of Plato’s dialogues, bringing together in a single discourse disparate subjects such as politics, mathematics, ontology, dialectic, and myth. The essays in this collection consider these subjects and others, focusing in particular on the dramatic form of the dialogue. T...(Read More)
 
 
The Debt of the Living
The Debt of the Living (January 2017)
Ascesis and Capitalism
Elettra Stimilli - Author
Arianna Bove - Translator
Roberto Esposito - Foreword by

Analyzes theological and philosophical understandings of debt and its role in contemporary capitalism.

Max Weber’s account of the rise of capitalism focused on his concept of a Protestant ethic, valuing diligence in earning and saving money but restraint in spending it. However, such individual restraint is foreign to contemporary understandings of finance, which treat ever-increasing consumption and debt as natural, almo...(Read More)
 
 
Whitehead's Religious Thought
Whitehead's Religious Thought (January 2017)
From Mechanism to Organism, From Force to Persuasion
Daniel A. Dombrowski - Author

Presents the process theistic thought of Whitehead as a third alternative between classical theism and religious skepticism.
This original interpretation of the religious thought of Alfred North Whitehead highlights Whitehead’s moves from mechanism to organism, and from force to persuasion to offer a third alternative between classical theism and religious skepticism. Daniel A. Dombrowski argues that the move from force t...(Read More)
 
 
Philosophy, History, and Tyranny
Philosophy, History, and Tyranny (December 2016)
Reexamining the Debate between Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojeve
Timothy W. Burns - Editor
Bryan-Paul Frost - Editor

The first comprehensive examination of the debate between Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojève on the subject of philosophy and tyranny.

On Tyranny remains a perennial favorite, possessing a timelessness that few philosophical or scholarly debates have ever achieved. On one hand, On Tyranny is the first book-length work in Leo Strauss’s extended study of Xenophon, and his “Re...(Read More)
 
 
Leo Strauss on Science
Leo Strauss on Science (December 2016)
Thoughts on the Relation between Natural Science and Political Philosophy
Svetozar Y. Minkov - Author

The first study of Strauss’s confrontation with modern science and its methods.

Drawing upon a wealth of previously unpublished archival material, Leo Strauss on Science brings to light the thoughts of Leo Strauss on the problem of science. Introducing us to Strauss’s reflections on the meaning and perplexities of the scientific adventure, Svetozar Y. Minkov explores questions such as: Is there...(Read More)
 
 
Topography and Deep Structure in Plato
Topography and Deep Structure in Plato (December 2016)
The Construction of Place in the Dialogues
Clinton DeBevoise Corcoran - Author

A literary and historical analysis of the structure and meaning of recurrent symbols, images, and actions employed in Plato’s dialogues.

In this book, Clinton DeBevoise Corcoran examines the use of place in Plato’s dialogues. Corcoran argues that spatial representations, such as walls, caves, and roads, as well as the creation of eternal patterns and chaotic images in the particular spaces, times, characterizations...(Read More)
 
 
Zhuangzi's Critique of the Confucians
Zhuangzi's Critique of the Confucians (December 2016)
Blinded by the Human
Kim-chong Chong - Author

Looks at the Daoist Zhuangzi’s critique of Confucianism.

The Daoist Zhuangzi has often been read as a mystical philosopher. But there is another tradition, beginning with the Han dynasty historian Sima Qian, which sees him as a critic of the Confucians. Kim-chong Chong analyzes the Inner Chapters of the Zhuangzi, demonstrating how Zhuangzi criticized the pre-Qin Confucians through metaphorical inversion an...(Read More)
 
 
Between Philosophy and Non-Philosophy
Between Philosophy and Non-Philosophy (November 2016)
The Thought and Legacy of Hugh J. Silverman
Donald A. Landes - Editor
Leonard Lawlor - Editor
Peter Gratton - Editor

Engages the work and career of a central figure in contemporary philosophy.

Hugh J. Silverman was an inspiring scholar and teacher, known for his work engaging and shaping phenomenology, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, structuralism, poststructuralism, and deconstruction. As Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University, State University of New York, Silverman&rsq...(Read More)
 
 
German Idealism's Trinitarian Legacy
German Idealism's Trinitarian Legacy (November 2016)
Dale M. Schlitt - Author

A study of the roots and legacy of German Idealist philosophy for trinitarian theology.

Dale M. Schlitt presents a study of trinitarian thought as it was understood and debated by the German Idealists broadly—engaging Schelling’s philosophical interpretations of Trinity as well as Hegel’s—and analyzing how these Idealist interpretations influenced later philosophers and theologians. Divided into different...(Read More)
 
 
Poetic Fragments
Poetic Fragments (November 2016)
Karoline von Günderrode - Author
Anna C. Ezekiel - Translated and with introductory essays by

Bilingual English-German edition of second collection published by the German poet, dramatist, and philosopher Karoline von Günderrode (1780–1806).

The second collection of writings by the German poet, dramatist, and philosopher Karoline von Günderrode (1780–1806), Poetic Fragments was published in 1805 under the pseudonym “Tian.” Günderrode’s work is an unmined...(Read More)
 
 
The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many
The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many (November 2016)
Confucian Essays on Metaphysics, Morals, Rituals, Institutions, and Genders
Robert Cummings Neville - Author

Presents a twenty-first-century, progressive, liberal Confucianism.
Building on his long-standing work in metaphysics and Asian philosophy, Robert Cummings Neville presents a series of essays that cumulatively articulate a contemporary, progressive Confucian position as a global philosophy. Through analysis of the metaphysical and moral traditions of Confucianism, Neville brings these traditions into the twenty-first century. A...(Read More)
 
 
Containing Community
Containing Community (October 2016)
From Political Economy to Ontology in Agamben, Esposito, and Nancy
Greg Bird - Author

2017 Symposium Book Award, presented by the Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy

Analyzes the role of community in the writings of Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito, and Jean-Luc Nancy.

Community has been both celebrated and demonized as a fortress that shelters and defends its members from being exposed to difference. Instead of abandoning community as an anti...(Read More)
 
 
Merleau-Ponty and the Face of the World
Merleau-Ponty and the Face of the World (October 2016)
Silence, Ethics, Imagination, and Poetic Ontology
Glen A. Mazis - Author

Assesses Merleau-Ponty’s contribution to ethics as calling for a poetic interplay between perception and imagination, and between silence and solidarity, that reveals our place in the world, and our obligations to ourselves and others.
Before his death in 1961, Merleau-Ponty worried about what he saw as humanity’s increasingly self-enclosed and manipulative way of experiencing self, others, and the world—the co...(Read More)
 
 
The Heir and the Sage, Revised and Expanded Edition
The Heir and the Sage, Revised and Expanded Edition (October 2016)
Dynastic Legend in Early China
Sarah Allan - Author

A comprehensive analysis of the transformations of ancient history in early Chinese texts.

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the accounts of change of rule in Chinese texts from 600 to 100 BC, including the core philosophical works of the Chinese tradition attributed to Confucius, Mozi, Mencius, Xunzi, Hanfeizi, and Zhuangzi. Drawing from the early structuralism of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Sarah...(Read More)
 
 
Virtue in Being
Virtue in Being (October 2016)
Towards an Ethics of the Unconditioned
Andrew Benjamin - Author

A radical rethinking of ethics set within the development of a philosophical anthropology.

In his last book, Towards a Relational Ontology, Andrew Benjamin provided a philosophical account of what he terms anoriginal relationality, demonstrating how this concept can be seen to be at work throughout the history of philosophy. In Virtue in Being, he builds on that project to argue for a new wa...(Read More)
 
 
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 their conceptions ...(Read More)
 
 
Between Faith and Belief
Between Faith and Belief (May 2016)
Toward a Contemporary Phenomenology of Religious Life
Joeri Schrijvers - Author

A contemporary philosophy of religion that offers a phenomenology of love.

What is to be done at the end of metaphysics? Joeri Schrijvers’s contemporary philosophy of religion takes up this question, originally posed by Reiner Schürmann and central to continental philosophy. The book navigates the work of thinkers who have addressed such metaphysical concerns, including Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-Luc Nan...(Read More)
 
 
Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato
Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato (May 2016)
A Modern Interpretation and Philosophical Defense of Platonism
Michael LaFargue - Author

Describes a Platonic personal spirituality based on reason that is readily accessible to people today.

Michael LaFargue presents an important and accessible aspect of Plato’s legacy largely overlooked today: a variety of personal spirituality based on reason and centered on virtue. Plato’s Virtue-Forms are transcendent in their goodness, ideals that Platonists can use to improve character and become like ...(Read More)
 
 
Engaging the World
Engaging the World (May 2016)
Thinking after Irigaray
Mary C. Rawlinson - Editor

Offers essays demonstrating the critical relevance of Irigaray’s thought of sexual difference for addressing contemporary ethical and social issues.

Engaging the World explores Luce Irigaray’s writings on sexual difference, deploying the resources of her work to rethink philosophical concepts and commitments and expose new possibilities of vitality in relationship to nature, others, and to one’s self. Th...(Read More)
 
 
Fundamentals of Comparative and Intercultural Philosophy
Fundamentals of Comparative and Intercultural Philosophy (May 2016)
Lin Ma - Author
Jaap van Brakel - Author

Discusses the conditions of possibility for intercultural and comparative philosophy, and for crosscultural communication at large.

This innovative book explores the preconditions necessary for intercultural and comparative philosophy. Philosophical practices that involve at least two different traditions with no common heritage and whose languages have very different grammatical structure, such as Indo-Germanic languages and...(Read More)
 
 
Philosophy of Mysticism
Philosophy of Mysticism (May 2016)
Raids on the Ineffable
Richard H. Jones - Author

A comprehensive exploration of the philosophical issues raised by mysticism.
This work is a comprehensive study of the philosophical issues raised by mysticism. Mystics claim to experience reality in a way not available in normal life, a claim which makes this phenomenon interesting from a philosophical perspective. Richard H. Jones’s inquiry focuses on the skeleton of beliefs and values of mysticism: knowledge claims made...(Read More)
 
 
Without the Least Tremor
Without the Least Tremor (May 2016)
The Sacrifice of Socrates in Plato's Phaedo
M. Ross Romero, SJ - Author

A reading of the death of Socrates as a self-sacrifice, with implications for ideas about suffering, wisdom, and the soul’s relationship to the body.

In Without the Least Tremor, M. Ross Romero considers the death of Socrates as a sacrificial act rather than an execution, and analyzes the implications of such an understanding for the meaning of the Phaedo. Plato’s recounting of Socrate...(Read More)
 
 
Chinese Philosophy on Teaching and Learning
Chinese Philosophy on Teaching and Learning (April 2016)
Xueji in the Twenty-First Century
Xu Di - Editor
Hunter McEwan - Editor

A translation and discussion of the central Confucian text on education, Xueji (On Teaching and Learning), influential in China from the Han dynasty to the present day.

Written over two and a half millennia ago, the Xueji (On Teaching and Learning) is one of the oldest and most comprehensive works on educational philosophy and teaching methods as well as a consideration of the appropriate roles of teac...(Read More)
 
 
In His Voice
In His Voice (April 2016)
Maurice Blanchot's Affair with the Neuter
David Appelbaum - Author

A creative study of Maurice Blanchot’s theory of literary voice.

In His Voice considers the idea of the neuter in Maurice Blanchot’s work, and seeks to work out through an exercise of literary impersonation, or ventriloquism, how and why Blanchot relied on this form. Neither active nor passive, the neuter expresses a kind of third voice beyond the command of the author, one that speaks paradox...(Read More)
 
 
In-Between
In-Between (April 2016)
Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Multiplicity, and the Self
Mariana Ortega - Author

Draws from Latina feminism, existential phenomenology, and race theory to explore the concept of selfhood.

This original study intertwining Latina feminism, existential phenomenology, and race theory offers a new philosophical approach to understanding selfhood and identity. Focusing on writings by Gloría Anzaldúa, María Lugones, and Linda Martín Alcoff, Mariana Ortega articulates a phenomenology th...(Read More)
 
 
Kant and Aristotle
Kant and Aristotle (April 2016)
Epistemology, Logic, and Method
Marco Sgarbi - Author

A historical and philosophical reassessment of the impact of Aristotle and early-modern Aristotelianism on the development of Kant’s transcendental philosophy.

Kant and Aristotle reassesses the prevailing understanding of Kant as an anti-Aristotelian philosopher. Taking epistemology, logic, and methodology to be the key disciplines through which Kant’s transcendental philosophy stood as an ind...(Read More)
 
 
Merleau-Ponty and the Art of Perception
Merleau-Ponty and the Art of Perception (April 2016)
Duane H. Davis - Editor
William S. Hamrick - Editor

Philosophers and artists consider the relevance of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy for understanding art and aesthetic experience.

This collection of essays brings together diverse but interrelated perspectives on art and perception based on the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Although Merleau-Ponty focused almost exclusively on painting in his writings on aesthetics, this collection also considers...(Read More)
 
 
A History of the Concept of God
A History of the Concept of God (February 2016)
A Process Approach
Daniel A. Dombrowski - Author

A history of the concept of God through the lens of process thought.

Daniel A. Dombrowski explores the history of the concept of God from the perspective of neoclassical, or process, theism. His neoclassical approach assuages the current crisis in philosophical theism, caught between a defense of classical theism and assertions of religious skepticism. Instead, the work offers Charles Hartshorne’s notion of a God who always evo...(Read More)
 
 
Contingency and Commitment
Contingency and Commitment (February 2016)
Mexican Existentialism and the Place of Philosophy
Carlos Alberto Sánchez - Author

Offers the first comprehensive survey of Mexican existentialism to appear in English.

This book examines the emergence of existentialism in Mexico in the 1940s and the quest for a genuine Mexican philosophy that followed it. It focuses on the pivotal moments and key figures of the Hyperion group, including Emilio Uranga, Luis Villoro, Leopoldo Zea, and Jorge Portilla, who explored questions of interpretation, marginality, identi...(Read More)
 
 
Lectures on the Theory of Ethics (1812)
Lectures on the Theory of Ethics (1812) (February 2016)
J. G. Fichte - Author
Benjamin D. Crowe - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by

Lectures from the late period of Fichte’s career, never before available in English.

Translated here for the first time into English, this text furnishes a new window into the final phase of Fichte’s career. Delivered in the summer of 1812 at the newly founded University of Berlin, Fichte’s lectures on ethics explore some of the key concepts and issues in his evolving system of radical ide...(Read More)
 
 
Deconstruction, Its Force, Its Violence
Deconstruction, Its Force, Its Violence (January 2016)
together with "Have We Done with the Empire of Judgment?"
Rodolphe Gasché - Author

A reappraisal of deconstruction from one of its leading commentators, focusing on the themes of force and violence.

In this book, Rodolphe Gasché returns to some of the founding texts of deconstruction to propose a new and broader way of understanding it—not as an operation or method to reach an elusive outside, or beyond, of metaphysics, but as something that takes place within it. Rather than unraveling metaphysi...(Read More)
 
 
On Nietzsche
On Nietzsche (December 2015)
Georges Bataille - Author
Stuart Kendall - Translated and with an introduction by

A poetic, philosophical, and political account of Nietzsche’s importance to Bataille, and of Bataille’s experience in Nazi-occupied France.
Georges Bataille wrote On Nietzsche in the final months of the Nazi occupation of France in order to cleanse the German philosopher of the “stain of Nazism.” More than merely a treatise on Nietzsche, the book is as much a work of ethics in which thought is put...(Read More)
 
 
Philosophical Perspectives on Punishment, Second Edition
Philosophical Perspectives on Punishment, Second Edition (December 2015)
Gertrude Ezorsky - Editor

Historical and contemporary philosophical writings on punishment.

Bringing together classic and contemporary texts, this collection considers general philosophical concepts about and justifications for punishment, along with particular issues such as the death penalty and possible alternatives to punishment. New to the second edition are sections on prison labor, solitary confinement, and issues relating to the ...(Read More)
 
 
Returning to Zhu Xi
Returning to Zhu Xi (December 2015)
Emerging Patterns within the Supreme Polarity
David Jones - Editor
Jinli He - Editor

A reconsideration of Zhu Xi, known as the “great synthesizer” of Confucianism, which establishes him as an important thinker in his own right.

Zhu Xi (1130–1200), the chief architect of neo-Confucian thought, affected a momentous transformation in Chinese philosophy. His ideas came to dominate Chinese intellectual life, including the educational and civil service systems, for centuries. Despite...(Read More)
 
 
Buried Ideas
Buried Ideas (November 2015)
Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts
Sarah Allan - Author

Four Warring States texts discovered during recent decades challenge longstanding understandings of Chinese intellectual history.

The discovery of previously unknown philosophical texts from the Axial Age is revolutionizing our understanding of Chinese intellectual history. Buried Ideas presents and discusses four texts found on brush-written slips of bamboo and their seemin...(Read More)
 
 
Existence and Heritage
Existence and Heritage (November 2015)
Hermeneutic Explorations in African and Continental Philosophy
Tsenay Serequeberhan - Author

Explores overlapping concerns and themes in African(a) and continental philosophy.

In Existence and Heritage, Tsenay Serequeberhan examines what the European philosophical tradition has to offer when encountered from the outsider perspective of postcolonial African thought. He reads Kant in the context of contemporary international relations, finds in Gadamer’s work a way of conceiving relations am...(Read More)
 
 
Flower of the Desert
Flower of the Desert (November 2015)
Giacomo Leopardi's Poetic Ontology
Antonio Negri - Author
Timothy S. Murphy - Translator

A profound meditation on Leopardi’s art and thought as well as a reframing and reassertion of Negri’s own philosophical and political project of liberation.

Antonio Negri, one of Italy’s most influential and controversial contemporary philosophers, offers in this book a radical new interpretation of the nineteenth-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi. For Negri, Leopardi is not the bitter, ide...(Read More)
 
 
Religion among We the People
Religion among We the People (November 2015)
Conversations on Democracy and the Divine Good
Franklin I. Gamwell - Author

Explores democracy with religious freedom and its dependence on theism.

Franklin I. Gamwell holds that democracy with religious freedom is dependent on metaphysical theism. Democratic politics can be neutral to all religious convictions only if its constitution establishes a full and free discourse about the ultimate terms of justice and their application to decisions of the state, and the divine good is the tru...(Read More)
 
 
The Ethics of Democracy
The Ethics of Democracy (October 2015)
A Contemporary Reading of Hegel's Philosophy of Right
Lucio Cortella - Author
Giacomo Donis - Translator

Demonstrates how the ethical underpinning of Hegel’s political and social philosophy has relevance for contemporary democratic life.

The legal regulations and formal rules of democracy alone are not enough to hold a society together and govern its processes. Yet the irreducible ethical pluralism that characterizes contemporary society seems to make it impossible to impose a single system of values as a sou...(Read More)
 
 
The Flesh of Images
The Flesh of Images (October 2015)
Merleau-Ponty between Painting and Cinema
Mauro Carbone - Author
Marta Nijhuis - Translator

Highlights Merleau-Ponty’s interest in film and connects it to his aesthetic theory.

In The Flesh of Images, Mauro Carbone begins with the point that Merleau-Ponty’s often misunderstood notion of “flesh” was another way to signify what he also called “Visibility.” Considering vision as creative voyance, in the visionary sense of creating as a particular presence ...(Read More)
 
 
Thomas Hobbes
Thomas Hobbes (October 2015)
Otfried Höffe - Author
Nicholas Walker - Translator

An introduction to Thomas Hobbes as a systematic and not merely political philosopher.

Best known for his contributions to political philosophy, Thomas Hobbes set out to develop a coherent philosophical system extending from logic and natural philosophy to civil and religious philosophy. In this introduction to Hobbes’s thought, Otfried Höffe begins by providing an overview of the entire scope of his ...(Read More)
 
 
A Psychoanalyst in the Classroom
A Psychoanalyst in the Classroom (September 2015)
On the Human Condition in Education
Deborah P. Britzman - Author

Offers a new view of pedagogical practices to psychoanalysts interested in pedagogy.

A Psychoanalyst in the Classroom provides rich descriptions of the surprising ways individuals handle matters of love and hate when dealing with reading and writing in the classroom. With wit and sharp observations, Deborah P. Britzman advocates for a generous recognition of the vulnerabilities, creativity, and responsibi...(Read More)
 
 
Contemporary Italian Political Philosophy
Contemporary Italian Political Philosophy (September 2015)
Antonio Calcagno - Editor

Highlights and critically assesses the work of contemporary Italian political philosophers.

Italy has a rich philosophical legacy, and recent developments and movements in its political philosophy have produced a significant body of thought by internationally renowned philosophers working on questions and themes such as the critique of neoliberalism, statehood, politics and culture, feminism, community, the ...(Read More)
 
 
Embracing Our Complexity
Embracing Our Complexity (September 2015)
Thomas Aquinas and Zhu Xi on Power and the Common Good
Catherine Hudak Klancer - Author

Using the thought of Christian thinker Thomas Aquinas and Neo-Confucian Zhu Xi, explores how to exercise and limit authority.

This book discusses what a religiously grounded authority might look like from the viewpoints of the European Catholic Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) and the Chinese Neo-Confucian Zhu Xi (1130–1200). The consideration of these two figures, immensely influential in their respective...(Read More)
 
 
Hegel and Capitalism
Hegel and Capitalism (September 2015)
Andrew Buchwalter - Editor

Examines Hegel’s unique understanding and assessment of capitalism as an economic, social, and cultural phenomenon.

Bringing together scholars from varying perspectives, this book examines the value of Hegel’s thought for understanding and assessing capitalism, both as encountered by Hegel himself and in forms it takes today. The contributors consider Hegel’s complex and multifaceted appraisal ...(Read More)
 
 
Nature as Sacred Ground
Nature as Sacred Ground (September 2015)
A Metaphysics for Religious Naturalism
Donald A. Crosby - Author

Provides a metaphysical outlook for religious naturalism.

Nature as Sacred Ground explores a metaphysics for religious naturalism. Donald A. Crosby discusses major aspects of reality implicit in his ongoing explication of Religion of Nature, a religious outlook that holds the natural world to be the only world, one with no supernatural domains, presences, or powers behind it. Nature as thus envisioned is far more than jus...(Read More)
 
 
Nearer to Never
Nearer to Never (September 2015)
Poems
R. S. Mason - Author

FINALIST - 2017 Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, presented by Utica College
A poetic examination of what’s waiting just beneath every day experience.

As the title suggests, the poems in R. S. Mason’s Nearer to Never paradoxically comprise a book of the unmanifest, a poetic examination of what’s waiting just beneath everyday experience. Recalling Blake, Baudelaire, and Eliot, Mason ...(Read More)
 
 
Two Confessions
Two Confessions (September 2015)
María Zambrano - Author
Rosa Chacel - Author
Noël Valis - Translator
Carol Maier - Translator

First English translation of these important works by two of Spain’s most gifted writers and intellectuals.
Following the defeat of the Second Spanish Republic, María Zambrano (1904–1991) and Rosa Chacel (1898–1994), two of Spain’s most gifted intellectuals and writers, wrote compelling meditations on the meaning of confession in life and literature. Noël Valis and Carol Maier provide the first ...(Read More)
 
 
Brain, Consciousness, and God
Brain, Consciousness, and God (August 2015)
A Lonerganian Integration
Daniel A. Helminiak - Author

A constructive critique of neuropsychological research on human consciousness and religious experience that applies the thought of Bernard Lonergan.
Brain, Consciousness, and God is a constructive critique of neuroscientific research on human consciousness and religious experience. An adequate epistemology—a theory of knowledge—is needed to address this topic, but today there exists no consensus on what human ...(Read More)
 
 
Ecstasy, Catastrophe
Ecstasy, Catastrophe (August 2015)
Heidegger from Being and Time to the Black Notebooks
David Farrell Krell - Author

Lectures on ecstatic temporality and on Heidegger’s political legacy.

In Ecstasy, Catastrophe, David Farrell Krell provides insight into two areas of Heidegger’s thought: his analysis of ecstatic temporality in Being and Time (1927)and his “political” remarks in the recently published Black Notebooks (1931–1941). The first part of Krell’s book focuses on Heidegger’s inter...(Read More)
 
 
The Limits of Knowledge
The Limits of Knowledge (August 2015)
Generating Pragmatist Feminist Cases for Situated Knowing
Nancy Arden McHugh - Author

Argues for a transactionally situated approach to science and medicine in order to meet the needs of marginalized groups.

The Limits of Knowledge provides an understanding of what pragmatist feminist theories look like in practice, combining insights from the work of American pragmatist John Dewey concerning experimental inquiry and transaction with arguments for situated knowledge rooted in contemporary ...(Read More)
 
 
Schelling's Practice of the Wild
Schelling's Practice of the Wild (July 2015)
Time, Art, Imagination
Jason M. Wirth - Author

Reconsiders the contemporary relevance of Schelling’s radical philosophical and religious ecology.

The last two decades have seen a renaissance and reappraisal of Schelling’s remarkable body of philosophical work, moving beyond explications and historical study to begin thinking with and through Schelling, exploring and developing the fundamental issues at stake in his thought and their contemporary ...(Read More)
 
 
Complicated Presence
Complicated Presence (June 2015)
Heidegger and the Postmetaphysical Unity of Being
Jussi Backman - Author

A synthetic assessment of Heidegger’s entire path of thinking as a radical attempt to thematize and rethink the fundamental notions of unity dominating the Western metaphysical tradition.

From its Presocratic beginnings, Western philosophy concerned itself with a quest for unity both in terms of the systematization of knowledge and as a metaphysical search for a unity of being—two trends that can be regarded as convergi...(Read More)
 
 
Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian
Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian (June 2015)
The Four Masks of an Eastern Postmodernism
Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh - Author

Discusses how contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern thinkers and artists are forging a new postmodern vision.

The insurgent, the poet, the mystic, the sectarian: these are four modes of subjectivity that have emerged amid Middle Eastern thought’s attempt to reverse, dethrone, or supersede modernity. Providing a theoretical overview of each of these existential stances, Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh engages the v...(Read More)
 
 
Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History
Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History (June 2015)
Jeffrey A. Bernstein - Author

Explores how the thought of Leo Strauss amounts to a model for thinking about the connection between philosophy, Jewish thought, and history.

In Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History, Jeffrey A. Bernstein explores how the thought of Leo Strauss amounts to a model for thinking about the connection between philosophy, Jewish thought, and history. For Bernstein, Strauss shows that a close study of the ...(Read More)
 
 
The Illusion of Will, Self, and Time
The Illusion of Will, Self, and Time (June 2015)
William James's Reluctant Guide to Enlightenment
Jonathan Bricklin - Author

Discusses how William James’s work suggests a world without will, self, or time and how research supports this perspective.

William James is often considered a scientist compromised by his advocacy of mysticism and parapsychology. Jonathan Bricklin argues James can also be viewed as a mystic compromised by his commitment to common sense. James wanted to believe in will, self, and time, but his deepest insights sug...(Read More)
 
 
Towards a Relational Ontology
Towards a Relational Ontology (June 2015)
Philosophy's Other Possibility
Andrew Benjamin - Author

An original philosophical account of relational ontology drawing on the work of Descartes, Kant, Fichte, Hegel, and Heidegger.

In this original work of philosophy, Andrew Benjamin calls for a new understanding of relationality, one inaugurating a philosophical mode of thought that takes relations among people and events as primary, over and above conceptions of simple particularity or abstraction. Drawing on the w...(Read More)
 
 
Res Publica
Res Publica (May 2015)
Plato's Republic in Classical German Philosophy
Günter Zöller - Author

Analysis of Plato’s influence on the political thinking of Kant, Hegel, and Fichte.

In Res Publica, Günter Zöller offers a concise and perceptive analysis of the influence that Plato’s Republic had on the political thought of three leading German philosophers rarely discussed together—Kant, Hegel, and Fichte. He investigates how these three thinkers engaged with one of ...(Read More)
 
 
Wonder
Wonder (May 2015)
A Grammar
Sophia Vasalou - Author

Synthesizes the most important recent work on wonder and brings a number of disciplines into conversation.

Wonder has been celebrated as the quintessential passion of childhood. From the earliest stages of our intellectual history, it has been acclaimed as the driving force of inquiry and the prime passion of thought. Yet for an emotion acknowledged so widely for the multiple roles it plays in our lives, wonder ha...(Read More)
 
 
Maternal Activism
Maternal Activism (April 2015)
Mothers Confronting Injustice
Danielle Poe - Author

Demonstrates how individuals can respond to widespread injustice and systemic militarization in society.

Maternal Activism tells the stories of women who refused to ignore injustice even though many people urged them to stop their activism by claiming it would harm their children. Molly Rush, Michele Naar-Obed, Cindy Sheehan, and Diane Wilson recognized that the potential well-being of their children relates...(Read More)
 
 
Michael Oakeshott and the Conversation of Modern Political Thought
Michael Oakeshott and the Conversation of Modern Political Thought (April 2015)
Luke Philip Plotica - Author

A fresh reading of Oakeshott’s contributions to the ongoing conversation of modern political thought.
One of the seminal voices of twentieth-century political thought, Michael Oakeshott’s work has often fallen prey to the ideological labels applied to it by his interpreters and commentators. In this book, Luke Philip Plotica argues that we stand to learn more by embracing Oakeshott’s own understanding of his work ...(Read More)
 
 
The Origin of Time
The Origin of Time (April 2015)
Heidegger and Bergson
Heath Massey - Author

A critical examination of the relationship between the philosophies of Martin Heidegger and Henri Bergson, focusing on the central issue of time.

The recent renewal of interest in the philosophy of Henri Bergson has increased both recognition of his influence on twentieth-century philosophy and attention to his relationship to phenomenology. Until now, the question of Martin Heidegger’s debt to Bergson has re...(Read More)
 
 
Encounters of Mind
Encounters of Mind (March 2015)
Luminosity and Personhood in Indian and Chinese Thought
Douglas L. Berger - Author

Discusses the journey of Buddhist ideas on awareness and personhood from India to China.

Encounters of Mind explores a crucial step in the philosophical journey of Buddhism from India to China, and what influence this step, once taken, had on Chinese thought in a broader scope. The relationship of concepts of mind, or awareness, to the constitution of personhood in Chinese traditions of reflection was to change profoundly ...(Read More)
 
 
Klee's Mirror
Klee's Mirror (March 2015)
John Sallis - Author

A philosophical perspective on the relation between Paul Klee’s art and his thought.

The artist Paul Klee once said that “art does not reproduce the visible but makes visible.” In Klee’s Mirror John Sallis examines the various ways in which Klee’s art makes visible things that ordinarily go unseen. He shows how Klee’s art is like a mirror capable of reflecting not only the...(Read More)
 
 
Naturalizing Heidegger
Naturalizing Heidegger (March 2015)
His Confrontation with Nietzsche, His Contributions to Environmental Philosophy
David E. Storey - Author

Explores the evolution of Heidegger’s thinking about nature and its relevance for environmental ethics.
In Naturalizing Heidegger, David E. Storey proposes a new interpretation of Heidegger’s importance for environmental philosophy, finding in the development of his thought from the early 1920s to his later work in the 1940s the groundwork for a naturalistic ontology of life. Primarily drawing on Heidegger’...(Read More)
 
 
Phantoms of the Other
Phantoms of the Other (March 2015)
Four Generations of Derrida's Geschlecht
David Farrell Krell - Author

Features a reconstruction of an unfinished text by Jacques Derrida from his most penetrating series of readings of Heidegger’s philosophy.
During the 1980s Jacques Derrida wrote and published three incisive essays under the title Geschlecht, a German word for “generation” and “sexuality.” These essays focused on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, taking up the rarely discussed issue of sexual di...(Read More)
 
 
A Hindu Theology of Liberation
A Hindu Theology of Liberation (February 2015)
Not-Two Is Not One
Anantanand Rambachan - Author

Discusses Hindu Advaita Vedānta as a philosophy of social justice for the modern world.

This engaging and accessible work provides an introduction to the Hindu tradition of Advaita Vedānta and brings it into discussion with contemporary concerns. Advaita, the non-dual school of Indian philosophy and spirituality associated with Śaṅkara, is often seen as “other-worldly,” rega...(Read More)
 
 
Philosophical Theology Set (Volumes 1, 2 and 3)
Philosophical Theology Set (Volumes 1, 2 and 3) (February 2015)
Robert Cummings Neville - Author

Philosophical Theology Set, Volume 1
Ultimates: Philosophical Theology

Philosophical Theology Set, Volume 2
Existence: Philosophical Theology

Philosophical Theology Set, Volume 3
Religion: Philosophic...(Read More)
 
 
Religion
Religion (February 2015)
Philosophical Theology, Volume Three
Robert Cummings Neville - Author

Complete 3 volume set available for special price: Philosophical Theology Set (Volumes 1, 2 and 3)

The concluding volume in a trilogy advancing a systematic philosophical theology, this book presents a plausible sacred worldview for religious participation.

Religion is the third and final volume in Robert Cummings Neville&...(Read More)
 
 
Sexual Virtue
Sexual Virtue (February 2015)
An Approach to Contemporary Christian Ethics
Richard W. McCarty - Author

Uses virtue ethics to offer a sexual ethics inclusive of LGBT and straight people, one that challenges the longstanding procreative patriarchal norm.

Richard W. McCarty offers a compassionate and inclusive conception of sexual virtue, one that liberates Christians from traditional patriarchal requirements for heterosexuality, marriage, and procreation. Daring to depart from ongoing debates about what Aristotle or Aquinas had to sa...(Read More)
 
 
The Sage Returns
The Sage Returns (February 2015)
Confucian Revival in Contemporary China
Kenneth J. Hammond - Editor
Jeffrey L. Richey - Editor

An interdisciplinary exploration of the contemporary Confucian revival.

Until its rejection by reformers and revolutionaries in the twentieth century, Confucianism had been central to Chinese culture, identity, and thought for centuries. Confucianism was rejected by both Nationalists under Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong’s Communist Party, which characterized it as an ideology of reaction and repression. Yet th...(Read More)
 
 
Whose Tradition? Which Dao?
Whose Tradition? Which Dao? (January 2015)
Confucius and Wittgenstein on Moral Learning and Reflection
James F. Peterman - Author

Considers the notable similarities between the thought of Confucius and Wittgenstein.

In an incisive work of comparative philosophy, James F. Peterman considers the similarities between early Chinese ethicist Confucius and mid-twentieth century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Their enduring legacies rest in no small part on projects to restore humanity to healthy ways of living and thinking. Confucius offers a method of answerin...(Read More)
 
 
A Man of Little Faith
A Man of Little Faith (December 2014)
Michel Deguy - Author
Christopher Elson - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by
Jean-Luc Nancy - Contributor

A poetic and philosophical negotiation of the alternatives of atheism and religious faith.

In A Man of Little Faith the French poet and philosopher Michel Deguy reflects on the loss of religious faith both personally and culturally. Disenchanted not only with the oversimplifications of radical atheism but also with what he sees as an insipid sacralization of art as the influence of religion has waned, Deg...(Read More)
 
 
Ancient and Medieval Concepts of Friendship
Ancient and Medieval Concepts of Friendship (December 2014)
Suzanne Stern-Gillet - Editor
Gary M. Gurtler, SJ - Editor

Charts the stages of the history of friendship as a philosophical concept in the Western world.

Focusing on Plato and Aristotle, the Stoics and Epicureans, and early Christian and Medieval sources, Ancient and Medieval Concepts of Friendship brings together assessments of different philosophical accounts of friendship. This volume sketches the evolution of the concept from ancient ideals of friendship a...(Read More)
 
 
John Dewey's Earlier Logical Theory
John Dewey's Earlier Logical Theory (December 2014)
James Scott Johnston - Author

Analysis of Dewey’s pre-1916 work on logic and its relationship to his better-known 1938 book on the topic.

When John Dewey’s logical theory is discussed, the focus is invariably on his 1938 book Logic: The Theory of Inquiry. His earlier logical works are seldom referenced except in relation to that later work. As a result, Dewey’s earlier logical theory is cut off from his later work, a...(Read More)
 
 
Manifesto of New Realism
Manifesto of New Realism (December 2014)
Maurizio Ferraris - Author
Sarah De Sanctis - Translator
Graham Harman - Foreword by

Retraces the history of postmodern philosophy and proposes solutions to overcome its impasses.

Philosophical realism has taken a number of different forms, each applied to different topics and set against different forms of idealism and subjectivism. Maurizio Ferraris’s Manifesto of New Realism takes aim at postmodernism and hermeneutics, arguing against their emphasis on reality as constructed and ...(Read More)
 
 
Apropos of Nothing
Apropos of Nothing (November 2014)
Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, and the Coen Brothers
Clark Buckner - Author

Everything you wanted to know about the Lacanian critique of deconstruction, but were afraid to ask the Coen Brothers.

The Coen Brothers’ films are rife with figures of absence. In The Big Lebowski, the Dude does nothing. He is put on the trail of a kidnapping that never happened, and solves the crime when he realizes that he paid the ransom with “a ringer for a ringer.” The Hudsuck...(Read More)
 
 
Binghamton Journal of Philosophy - Annual
Binghamton Journal of Philosophy - Annual (November 2014)


A collection of essays drawn from the Pell Honors Program held at Binghamton University, the State University of New York. Each essay addresses contemporary issues in justice and law. The essays originated as Honors papers through the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Law of Binghamton University’s Harpur College of Arts and Sciences.

The Binghamton Journal of Philosophy publishes original research articles in phil...(Read More)
 
 
How to Escape
How to Escape (November 2014)
Magic, Madness, Beauty, and Cynicism
Crispin Sartwell - Author

Passionate and rollicking personal and intellectual essays by philosopher Crispin Sartwell.

Philosopher, music critic, and syndicated columnist Crispin Sartwell has forged a distinctive and fiercely original identity over the years as a cultural commentator. In books about anarchism, art and politics, Native American and African American thought and culture, Eastern spirituality, and American transcendentalism, Sa...(Read More)
 
 
The Returns of Antigone
The Returns of Antigone (November 2014)
Interdisciplinary Essays
Tina Chanter - Editor
Sean D. Kirkland - Editor

Examines Antigone’s influence on contemporary European, Latin American, and African political activism, arts, and literature.

Despite a venerable tradition of thinkers having declared the death of tragedy, Antigone lives on. Disguised in myriad national costumes, invited to a multiplicity of international venues, inspiring any number of political protests, Antigone transmits her energy through the a...(Read More)
 
 
Why Be Moral?
Why Be Moral? (November 2014)
Learning from the Neo-Confucian Cheng Brothers
Yong Huang - Author

Explores the resources for contemporary ethics found in the work of the Cheng brothers, canonical neo-Confucian philosophers.
Yong Huang presents a new way of doing comparative philosophy as he demonstrates the resources for contemporary ethics offered by the Cheng brothers, Cheng Hao (1032–1085) and Cheng Yi (1033–1107), canonical neo-Confucian philosophers. Huang departs from the standard method of Chinese/Western c...(Read More)
 
 
Between Levinas and Heidegger
Between Levinas and Heidegger (October 2014)
John E. Drabinski - Editor
Eric S. Nelson - Editor

Investigates the philosophical relationship between Levinas and Heidegger in a nonpolemical context, engaging some of philosophy’s most pressing issues.
Although both Levinas and Heidegger drew inspiration from Edmund Husserl’s phenomenological method and helped pave the way toward the post-structuralist movement of the late twentieth century, very little scholarly attention has been paid to the relation of these two t...(Read More)
 
 
Inner Experience
Inner Experience (September 2014)
Georges Bataille - Author
Stuart Kendall - Translated and with an introduction by

Outlines a mystical theology and experience of the sacred founded on the absence of god.

Originally published in 1943, Inner Experience is the single most significant work by one of the twentieth century’s most influential writers. It outlines a mystical theology and experience of the sacred founded on the absence of god. Bataille calls Inner Experience a “narrative of despair,” ...(Read More)
 
 
Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character
Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character (September 2014)
Engaging Joel J. Kupperman
Chenyang Li - Editor
Peimin Ni - Editor

A consideration of Confucian ethics that employs the work and concerns of the eminent comparative ethicist Joel J. Kupperman.

In this volume, leading scholars in Asian and comparative philosophy take the work of Joel J. Kupperman as a point of departure to consider new perspectives on Confucian ethics. Kupperman is one of the few eminent Western philosophers to have integrated Asian philosophical traditions into ...(Read More)
 
 
More Than Discourse
More Than Discourse (August 2014)
Symbolic Expressions of Naturalistic Faith
Donald A. Crosby - Author

Discusses the role of symbols in religion and suggests particular symbols appropriate to religious naturalism.

Religious life involves more than prosaically stated beliefs. It also encompasses attitudes, emotions, values, and practices whose meanings cannot be adequately captured in verbal assertions but require effective expression in forceful images, portrayals, and enactments of a nonliteral sort. Indeed, the ...(Read More)
 
 
Sacrifice in the Post-Kantian Tradition
Sacrifice in the Post-Kantian Tradition (August 2014)
Perspectivism, Intersubjectivity, and Recognition
Paolo Diego Bubbio - Author

An examination of the philosophical notion of sacrifice from Kant to Nietzsche.

In this book, Paolo Diego Bubbio offers an alternative to standard philosophical accounts of the notion of sacrifice, which generally begin with the hermeneutic and postmodern traditions of the twentieth century, starting instead with the post-Kantian tradition of the nineteenth century. He restructures the historical development of th...(Read More)
 
 
Existence
Existence (July 2014)
Philosophical Theology, Volume Two
Robert Cummings Neville - Author

Complete 3 volume set available for special price: Philosophical Theology Set (Volumes 1, 2 and 3)

The second volume in a trilogy advancing a systematic philosophical theology, this book explores the realities of human existence articulated by religion.


Religion, writes Robert Cummings Neville, articulates existential predicament...(Read More)
 
 
Habitations of the Veil
Habitations of the Veil (July 2014)
Metaphor and the Poetics of Black Being in African American Literature
Rebecka Rutledge Fisher - Author

A hermeneutical study of metaphor in African American literature.

In Habitations of the Veil, Rebecka Rutledge Fisher uses theory implicit in W. E. B. Du Bois’s use of metaphor to draw out and analyze what she sees as a long tradition of philosophical metaphor in African American literature. She demonstrates how Olaudah Equiano, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and R...(Read More)
 
 
The Demise of the Inhuman
The Demise of the Inhuman (July 2014)
Afrocentricity, Modernism, and Postmodernism
Ana Monteiro-Ferreira - Author
Molefi Kete Asante - Foreword by

2015 Best Scholarly Book Award, presented by the Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement

Employs a critical Afrocentric reading of Western constructions of knowledge so as to overcome the dehumanizing tendencies of modernity.

Afrocentricity is the most intellectually dominant idea in the African world, one that is having a growing impact on social science discourse. Thi...(Read More)
 
 
After Leo Strauss
After Leo Strauss (June 2014)
New Directions in Platonic Political Philosophy
Tucker Landy - Author

Proposes a post-Straussian reading of Plato to advance a reconciliation of ancient and modern theories of natural right.

Few thinkers of the twentieth century studied the fundamental questions of ethics and politics, or penetrated further into the philosophical sources of the moral relativism of our times, more deeply than Leo Strauss. After Leo Strauss is not yet another attempt to explicate, critique, ...(Read More)
 
 
Emplotting Virtue
Emplotting Virtue (June 2014)
A Narrative Approach to Environmental Virtue Ethics
Brian Treanor - Author

A rich hermeneutic account of the way virtue is understood and developed.

Despite its ancient roots, virtue ethics has only recently been fully appreciated as a resource for environmental philosophy. Other approaches dominated by utilitarian and duty-based appeals for sacrifice and restraint have had little success in changing behavior, even to the extent that ecological concerns have been embraced. Our actions of...(Read More)
 
 
Good White People
Good White People (June 2014)
The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism
Shannon Sullivan - Author

2016 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award, presented by the Society of Professors of Education

2014 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title


Argues for the necessity of a new ethos for middle-class white anti-racism.

Building on her book Revealing Whiteness, Shannon Sullivan identifies a constellation of attitudes c...(Read More)
 
 
Luce Irigaray's Phenomenology of Feminine Being
Luce Irigaray's Phenomenology of Feminine Being (June 2014)
Virpi Lehtinen - Author

A dynamic interpretation of feminine identity capable of resistance, change, and transformation.

The reception of Luce Irigaray’s ideas about feminine identity has centered largely on questions of essentialism, whether criticizing this as a destructive flaw or interpreting it in strategic or pragmatic terms. Staking out an alternative approach, Virpi Lehtinen finds in the phenomenology of Husserl and Merlea...(Read More)
 
 
Philosophizing ad Infinitum
Philosophizing ad Infinitum (June 2014)
Infinite Nature, Infinite Philosophy
Marcel Conche - Author
Laurent Ledoux - Translator
Herman G. Bonne - Translator
J. Baird Callicott - Foreword by

An original and insightful account of nature and our place in it from one of France’s preeminent historians of philosophy.

One of France’s preeminent historians of philosophy, Marcel Conche has written and translated more than thirty-five books and is recognized for his groundbreaking and authoritative work in Greek philosophy, as well as on Montaigne. In Philosophizing ad Infinitum, one of h...(Read More)
 
 
Reconstructing the Confucian Dao
Reconstructing the Confucian Dao (June 2014)
Zhu Xi's Appropriation of Zhou Dunyi
Joseph A. Adler - Author

Discusses how Zhou Dunyi’s thought became a cornerstone of neo-Confucianism.

Zhu Xi, the twelfth-century architect of the neo-Confucian canon, declared Zhou Dunyi to be the first true sage since Mencius. This was controversial, as many of Zhu Xi’s contemporaries were critical of Zhou Dunyi’s Daoist leanings, and other figures had clearly been more significant to the Song dynasty Confucian resurg...(Read More)
 
 
The Pursuit of Wisdom and Happiness in Education
The Pursuit of Wisdom and Happiness in Education (June 2014)
Historical Sources and Contemplative Practices
Sean Steel - Author

Explores the nature and role of wisdom in education.

Modern scholarship has struggled to come to terms with the meaning of wisdom and its significance in the field of education. This book examines the importance of pursuing wisdom in schools by turning to ancient and medieval sources for clarification concerning the nature of wisdom. Sean Steel argues that our current emphasis on the development of rigorous criti...(Read More)
 
 
Environmental Philosophy in Asian Traditions of Thought
Environmental Philosophy in Asian Traditions of Thought (May 2014)
J. Baird Callicott - Editor
James McRae - Editor

Seminal essays on environmental philosophy from Indian, Chinese, and Japanese traditions of thought.

Environmental Philosophy in Asian Traditions of Thought provides a welcome sequel to the foundational volume in Asian environmental ethics Nature in Asian Traditions of Thought. That volume, edited by J. Baird Callicott and Roger T. Ames and published in 1989, inaugurated comparative env...(Read More)
 
 
Lacan's Ethics and Nietzsche's Critique of Platonism
Lacan's Ethics and Nietzsche's Critique of Platonism (May 2014)
Tim Themi - Author

Brings Lacan and Nietzsche together as part of a common effort to rethink the tradition of Western ethics.

Bringing together Jacques Lacan and Friedrich Nietzsche, Tim Themi focuses on their conceptions of ethics and on their accounts of the history of ethical thinking in the Western tradition. Nietzsche blames Plato for setting in motion a degenerative process that turned ethics away from nature, the body, and i...(Read More)
 
 
Nihilism and Metaphysics
Nihilism and Metaphysics (May 2014)
The Third Voyage
Vittorio Possenti - Author
Daniel B. Gallagher - Translator
Brian Schroeder - Foreword by

An assessment and reevaluation of nihilism’s ascendency over metaphysics.

Challenging the idea that nihilism has supplanted metaphysics, Vittorio Possenti finds in this philosophical turn the grounds for a mature renewal of metaphysics. Possenti takes the reader on a “third voyage” that goes beyond the “second voyage” indicated by Plato in the Phaedo. He traces the as...(Read More)
 
 
Living Alterities
Living Alterities (April 2014)
Phenomenology, Embodiment, and Race
Emily S. Lee - Editor

Philosophers consider race and racism from the perspective of lived, bodily experience.

Broadening the philosophical conversation about race and racism, Living Alterities considers how people’s racial embodiment affects their day-to-day lived experiences, the lived experiences of individuals marked by race interacting with and responding to others marked by race, and the tensions that arise between d...(Read More)
 
 
The Laws of the Spirit
The Laws of the Spirit (April 2014)
A Hegelian Theory of Justice
Shannon Hoff - Author

An account of Hegel’s political insights and their contemporary relevance.

Drawing from a variety of Hegel’s writings, Shannon Hoff articulates a theory of justice that requires answering simultaneously to three irreducibly different demands: those of community, universality, and individuality. The domains of “ethicality,” “legality,” and “morality” correspond to the...(Read More)
 
 
Destiny Domesticated
Destiny Domesticated (March 2014)
The Rebirth of Tragedy out of the Spirit of Technology
Jos de Mul - Author
Bibi van den Berg - With translation assistance from

Analyzes contemporary technological society through the lens of Greek tragedy.

Destiny Domesticated investigates three ways Western civilization has tried to tame fate: the heroic affirmation of fate in the tragic culture of the Greeks, the humble acceptance of divine providence in Christianity, and the abolition of fate in modern technological society. Against this background, Jos de Mul argues that the u...(Read More)
 
 
Moral Relativism and Chinese Philosophy
Moral Relativism and Chinese Philosophy (March 2014)
David Wong and His Critics
Yang Xiao - Editor
Yong Huang - Editor

A wide-ranging consideration of the work of contemporary ethicist David Wong.

Original, influential, and often controversial, ethicist David Wong defends forms of moral relativism. His 1984 Moral Relativity was a study of this concept, and his 2006 Natural Moralities presented a new and sophisticated account of it. Wong’s vision is of a pluralistic moral relativism; he does not defend all f...(Read More)
 
 
Reproduction, Race, and Gender in Philosophy and the Early Life Sciences
Reproduction, Race, and Gender in Philosophy and the Early Life Sciences (March 2014)
Susanne Lettow - Editor

Investigates the impact of theories of reproduction and heredity on the emerging concepts of race and gender at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries.

Focusing on the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, this volume highlights the scientific and philosophical inquiry into heredity and reproduction and the consequences of these developing ideas on understandings of race...(Read More)
 
 
Humor and the Good Life in Modern Philosophy
Humor and the Good Life in Modern Philosophy (February 2014)
Shaftesbury, Hamann, Kierkegaard
Lydia B. Amir - Author

An exploration of philosophical and religious ideas about humor in modern philosophy and their secular implications.

By exploring the works of both Anthony Ashley Cooper, Third Earl of Shaftesbury, and Søren Kierkegaard, Lydia B. Amir finds a rich tapestry of ideas about the comic, the tragic, humor, and related concepts such as irony, ridicule, and wit. Amir focuses chiefly on these two thinkers, but she ...(Read More)
 
 
From Modernity to Cosmodernity
From Modernity to Cosmodernity (January 2014)
Science, Culture, and Spirituality
Basarab Nicolescu - Author

Offers a new paradigm of reality, based on the interaction between science, culture, spirituality, religion, and society.

The quantum, biological, and information revolutions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries should have thoroughly changed our view of reality, yet the old viewpoint based on classical science remains dominant, reinforcing a notion of a rational, mechanistic world that allows for endless ...(Read More)
 
 
Catastrophe and Redemption
Catastrophe and Redemption (December 2013)
The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben
Jessica Whyte - Author

Offers a striking new reading of Agamben’s political thought and its implications for political action in the present.

Challenging the prevalent account of Agamben as a pessimistic thinker, Catastrophe and Redemption proposes a reading of his political thought in which the redemptive element of his work is not a curious aside but instead is fundamental to his project. Jessica Whyte considers his cr...(Read More)
 
 
Hans Jonas's Ethic of Responsibility
Hans Jonas's Ethic of Responsibility (December 2013)
From Ontology to Ecology
Theresa Morris - Author

Articulates the fundamental importance of ontology to Hans Jonas’s environmental ethics.

Despite his tremendous impact on the German Green Party and the influence of his work on contemporary debates about stem cell research in the United States, Hans Jonas’s (1903–1993) philosophical contributions have remained partially obscured. In particular, the ontological grounding he gives his ethics, based ...(Read More)
 
 
In the Spirit of Critique
In the Spirit of Critique (December 2013)
Thinking Politically in the Dialectical Tradition
Andrew J. Douglas - Author

Offers a new perspective on the political significance of the Hegelian dialectical legacy.

Focusing on the critical postures of Hegel, Marx, and a series of twentieth-century intellectuals, including Sartre, Adorno, and C. L. R. James, this book explores what dialectical thinking entails and how such thinking might speak to the lived realities of the contemporary political moment. What is revealed is not a formal ...(Read More)
 
 
Moments of Disruption
Moments of Disruption (December 2013)
Levinas, Sartre, and the Question of Transcendence
Kris Sealey - Author

Explores the ethical and political implications of Levinas’s and Sartre’s accounts of human existence.

In Moments of Disruption, Kris Sealey considers Emmanuel Levinas and Jean-Paul Sartre together to fully realize the ethical and political implications of their similar descriptions of human existence. Focusing on points of contact and difference between their writings on transcendence...(Read More)
 
 
Auden's O
Auden's O (November 2013)
The Loss of One's Sovereignty in the Making of Nothing
Andrew W. Hass - Author

FINALIST - 2014 American Academy of Religion Book Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion, in the Constructive-Reflective category

Explores the rise of the idea of nothing in Western modernity and how its figuration is transforming and offering new possibilities.

In this groundbreaking, interdisciplinary history of ideas, Andrew W. Hass explores the ascendency of the concept of no...(Read More)
 
 
Beyond Oneness and Difference
Beyond Oneness and Difference (November 2013)
Li and Coherence in Chinese Buddhist Thought and Its Antecedents
Brook Ziporyn - Author

Continues the author’s inquiry into the development of the Chinese philosophical concept Li, concluding in Song and Ming dynasty Neo-Confucianism.

Beyond Oneness and Difference considers the development of one of the key concepts of Chinese intellectual history, Li. A grasp of the strange history of this term and its seemingly conflicting implications—as oneness and differentiation, as the...(Read More)
 
 
Fichte's Vocation of Man
Fichte's Vocation of Man (November 2013)
New Interpretive and Critical Essays
Daniel Breazeale - Editor
Tom Rockmore - Editor

New perspectives on Fichte’s best known and most popular work.

Written for a general audience during a period of intense controversy in the German philosophical community, J. G. Fichte’s short book The Vocation of Man (1800) is both an introduction to and a defense of his philosophical system, and is one of the best-known contributions to German Idealism. This collection of new essays...(Read More)
 
 
Goodbye, Kant!
Goodbye, Kant! (November 2013)
What Still Stands of the Critique of Pure Reason
Maurizio Ferraris - Author
Richard Davies - Translator

A penetrating and freewheeling evaluation of Kant’s magnum opus.

A best seller in Italy, Maurizio Ferraris’s Goodbye, Kant! delivers a nontechnical, entertaining, and occasionally irreverent overview of Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. He borrows his title from Wolfgang Becker’s Goodbye Lenin!, the 2003 film about East Germany after the fall of the Berlin...(Read More)
 
 
Kristeva's Fiction
Kristeva's Fiction (November 2013)
Benigno Trigo - Editor

Psychoanalytic perspectives on Kristeva’s fiction.

With published work spanning more than forty years, Julia Kristeva’s influence in psychoanalysis and literary theory is difficult to overstate. In addition to this scholarship Kristeva has written several novels, however this portion of her oeuvre has received comparatively scant attention. In this book, Kristeva scholars from a number of disciplines a...(Read More)
 
 
Redeeming Words
Redeeming Words (November 2013)
Language and the Promise of Happiness in the Stories of Döblin and Sebald
David Michael Kleinberg-Levin - Author

Probing study of how literature can redeem the revelatory, redemptive powers of language.

In this probing look at Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz and the stories of W. G. Sebald, Redeeming Words offers a philosophical meditation on the power of language in literature. David Kleinberg-Levin draws on the critical theory of Benjamin and Adorno; the idealism and romantic...(Read More)

 
 
Ultimates
Ultimates (October 2013)
Philosophical Theology, Volume One
Robert Cummings Neville - Author

Complete 3 volume set available for special price: Philosophical Theology Set (Volumes 1, 2 and 3)

FINALIST – 2015 John N. Findlay Award in Metaphysics, presented by the Metaphysical Society of America


A new theology of ultimate realities and a new theory of religion to back it up addressed to believers, unbeliever...(Read More)
 
 
Dramatic Experiments
Dramatic Experiments (October 2013)
Life according to Diderot
Eyal Peretz - Author

A major new interpretation of the philosophical significance of the oeuvre of Denis Diderot.

Dramatic Experiments offers a comprehensive study of Denis Diderot, one of the key figures of European modernity. Diderot was a French Enlightenment philosopher, dramatist, art critic, and editor of the first major modern encyclopedia. He is known for having made lasting contributions to a number of fields, but h...(Read More)
 
 
Listening to Ourselves
Listening to Ourselves (September 2013)
A Multilingual Anthology of African Philosophy
Chike Jeffers - Editor
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o - Foreword by

Contemporary African philosophy in indigenous African languages and English translation.

A groundbreaking contribution to the discipline of philosophy, this volume presents a collection of philosophical essays written in indigenous African languages by professional African philosophers with English translations on the facing pages—demonstrating the linguistic and conceptual resources of African languages for...(Read More)
 
 
The Barbarian Principle
The Barbarian Principle (September 2013)
Merleau-Ponty, Schelling, and the Question of Nature
Jason M. Wirth - Editor
Patrick Burke - Editor

Essays exploring a rich intersection between phenomenology and idealism with contemporary relevance.

Toward the end of his life, Maurice Merleau-Ponty made a striking retrieval of F. W. J. Schelling’s philosophy of nature. The Barbarian Principle explores the relationship between these two thinkers on this topic, opening up a dialogue with contemporary philosophical and ecological significance that...(Read More)
 
 
Kant and the Concept of Race
Kant and the Concept of Race (August 2013)
Late Eighteenth-Century Writings
Jon M. Mikkelsen - Editor/translator

Late eighteenth-century writings on race by Kant and four of his contemporaries.

Kant and the Concept of Race features translations of four texts by Immanuel Kant frequently designated his Racenschriften (race essays), in which he develops and defends an early theory of race. Also included are translations of essays by four of Kant’s contemporaries—E. A. W. Zimmermann, Georg Forster, ...(Read More)
 
 
Truth and Interpretation
Truth and Interpretation (August 2013)
Luigi Pareyson - Author
Robert T. Valgenti - Translated and with an introduction by
Silvia Benso - Revised and Edited by
Gianni Vattimo - Foreword by

A resolute defense of philosophy and hermeneutics against the threats of dogmatism and relativism.

Luigi Pareyson (1918–1991) was one of the most important Italian philosophers to emerge after World War II and stands shoulder to shoulder with fellow hermeneutic thinkers Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur. The product of a well-developed theory of interpretation that stretches back to the late 1940s, his 1971 ...(Read More)
 
 
Ecology Is Permanent Economy
Ecology Is Permanent Economy (July 2013)
The Activism and Environmental Philosophy of Sunderlal Bahuguna
George Alfred James - Author

Explores the nonviolent philosophy and environmental activism of India’s Sunderlal Bahuguna.

For decades, Sunderlal Bahuguna has been an environmental activist in his native India, well known for his efforts on behalf of the Himalayas and its people. In the 1970s, he was instrumental in the successful Chipko (or “hug”) movement during which local people hugged trees to prevent logging for outside...(Read More)
 
 
Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy
Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy (June 2013)
Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780–1830
Peter K. J. Park - Author

2016 Frantz Fanon Prize for Outstanding Book in Caribbean Thought, presented by the Caribbean Philosophical Association

A historical investigation of the exclusion of Africa and Asia from modern histories of philosophy.

In this provocative historiography, Peter K. J. Park provides a penetrating account of a crucial period in the development of philosophy...(Read More)

 
 
Antigone, in Her Unbearable Splendor
Antigone, in Her Unbearable Splendor (June 2013)
New Essays on Jacques Lacan's The Ethics of Psychoanalysis
Charles Freeland - Author

A study of Lacan’s engagement with the Western philosophical traditions of ethical and political thought in his seventh seminar and later work.

With its privileging of the unconscious, Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic thought would seem to be at odds with the goals and methods of philosophy. Lacan himself embraced the term “anti-philosophy” in characterizing his work, and yet his seminars u...(Read More)
 
 
Wonder and Generosity
Wonder and Generosity (June 2013)
Their Role in Ethics and Politics
Marguerite La Caze - Author

A compelling understanding of equality and difference in public life.

Wonder and Generosity provides a fresh account of how the passions of wonder—based on accepting others’ differences—and generosity—based on self-respect and mutual respect—can supplement each other to establish an ethics and politics of respect for sexual and cultural differences. Drawing on the work of bo...(Read More)
 
 
Thinking the Poetic Measure of Justice
Thinking the Poetic Measure of Justice (May 2013)
Holderlin-Heidegger-Celan
Charles Bambach - Author

A new reading of justice engaging the work of two philosophical poets who stand in conversation with the work of Martin Heidegger.

What is the measure of ethics? What is the measure of justice? And how do we come to measure the immeasurability of these questions? Thinking the Poetic Measure of Justice situates the problem of justice in the interdisciplinary space between philosophy and poetry in an ef...(Read More)
 
 
Being, Time, Bios
Being, Time, Bios (May 2013)
Capitalism and Ontology
A. Kiarina Kordela - Author

A psychoanalytic theory of biopolitics.

Although both share a focus on human life as it is inscribed by power, Foucauldian biopolitics and Lacanian psychoanalysis have remained isolated from and even opposed to one another. In Being, Time, Bios, A. Kiarina Kordela aims to overcome this divide, formulating a historical ontology that draws from Spinoza, Marx, Heidegger, and Sartre to theorize the changed character of ...(Read More)
 
 
Derrida and Joyce
Derrida and Joyce (May 2013)
Texts and Contexts
Andrew J. Mitchell - Editor
Sam Slote - Editor

All of Derrida’s texts on Joyce together under one cover in fresh, new translations, along with key essays covering the range of Derrida’s engagement with Joyce’s works.

Bringing together all of Jacques Derrida’s writings on James Joyce, this volume includes the first complete translation of his book Ulysses Gramophone: Two Words for Joyce as well as the first translation of the...(Read More)
 
 
Issues in Military Ethics
Issues in Military Ethics (May 2013)
To Support and Defend the Constitution
Martin L. Cook - Author

Reflections on, and analysis of, ethical issues facing military service in the United States.

Reflecting on a seventeen-year career teaching at military educational institutions of the Air Force, the Army, and the Navy, Martin L. Cook finds a powerful but underappreciated basis for military ethics in the oath to the Constitution that members of the armed services pledge. In Issues in Military Ethics, Coo...(Read More)
 
 
John Dewey and the Ethics of Historical Belief
John Dewey and the Ethics of Historical Belief (April 2013)
Religion and the Representation of the Past
Curtis Hutt - Author

Uses the thought of John Dewey to address the ethics of historical belief within religious and critical historiographical traditions.

John Dewey and the Ethics of Historical Belief addresses the ethics of the representation of the past with a focus on the justification of historical belief within religious and critical historiographical traditions. What makes a belief about the past justified? What ma...(Read More)
 
 
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)
 
 
Figuring Religions
Figuring Religions (March 2013)
Comparing Ideas, Images, and Activities
Shubha Pathak - Editor

Offers new ways of comparing features of the world’s religions.

Figuring Religions offers new ways of comparing prominent features of the world’s religions. Comparison has been at the heart of religious studies as a modern academic discipline, but comparison can be problematic. Scholars of religion have been faulted for ignoring or reinterpreting differences to create a universal paradigm. ...(Read More)
 
 
Ontological Humility
Ontological Humility (March 2013)
Lord Voldemort and the Philosophers
Nancy J. Holland - Author

Explores ontological humility in the history of philosophy, from Descartes to contemporary gender and race theory.

Neither self-effacing modesty nor religious meekness, ontological humility is a moral and philosophical attitude toward transcendence—the unknown and unknowable background of existence—and a recognition and awareness of the contingency and chance that influence the course of our lives. ...(Read More)
 
 
The Prosthetic Pedagogy of Art
The Prosthetic Pedagogy of Art (February 2013)
Embodied Research and Practice
Charles R. Garoian - Author

Uses autobiographical and cultural narratives related to art research and practice to explore, experiment, and improvise multiple correspondences between and among learners’ own lived experiences and understandings, and those of others.

By beginning each chapter of The Prosthetic Pedagogy of Art with an autobiographical assemblage of personal memory and cultural history, Charles R. Garoian creates a...(Read More)
 
 
The Kyoto School
The Kyoto School (January 2013)
An Introduction
Robert E. Carter - Author
Thomas P. Kasulis - Foreword by

An accessible discussion of the thought of key figures of the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy.

This book provides a much-needed introduction to the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy. Robert E. Carter focuses on four influential Japanese philosophers: the three most important members of the Kyoto School (Nishida Kitaroµ, Tanabe Hajime, and Nishitani Keiji), and a fourth (Watsuji Tetsuroµ), ...(Read More)
 
 
Critical Animal Studies
Critical Animal Studies (January 2013)
An Introduction
Dawne McCance - Author

Comprehensive overview of key theoretical approaches and issues in the field.

Having roots as a specialized philosophical movement at Oxford University in the early 1970s, critical animal studies is now taking shape as a wide-open, multidisciplinary endeavor through which scholars across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and others ranging from creative writers to architects, are joining together to a...(Read More)
 
 
Essays on Hegel's Philosophy of Subjective Spirit
Essays on Hegel's Philosophy of Subjective Spirit (January 2013)
David S. Stern - Editor

The first English-language collection devoted to Hegel’s Philosophy of Subjective Spirit.

Although Hegel considered his philosophy of subjective spirit to be of particular importance, it has been the focus of little present-day scholarship, particularly in English. Recent editorial work associated with the publication of a new edition of Hegel’s Gesammelte Werke and the discovery and...(Read More)
 
 
Hegel on Religion and Politics
Hegel on Religion and Politics (January 2013)
Angelica Nuzzo - Editor

Critical essays on Hegel’s views concerning the relationship between religion and politics.

Although scholars have written extensively on Hegel’s treatment of religion and politics separately, much less has been written about the connections between the two in his thought. Religion in Hegel’s philosophy occupies a difficult position relative to politics, existing both within the ethical and histo...(Read More)
 
 
Rethinking Autonomy
Rethinking Autonomy (January 2013)
A Critique of Principlism in Biomedical Ethics
John W. Traphagan - Author

Provides a critique of and alternative to the dominant paradigm used in biomedical ethics by exploring the Japanese concept of autonomy.

This groundbreaking book offers a critical examination of the concept of autonomy, one with major implications for biomedical ethics. Working from the perspectives of ethnography and medical anthropology, John W. Traphagan argues that the notion of autonomy as a foundational ...(Read More)
 
 
Retrieving Aristotle in an Age of Crisis
Retrieving Aristotle in an Age of Crisis (January 2013)
David Roochnik - Author

An urgent, contemporary defense of Aristotle.

In 1935 Edmund Husserl delivered his now famous lecture “Philosophy and the Crisis of European Humanity,” in which he argued that the “misguided rationalism” of modern Western science, dominated by the model of mathematical physics, can tell us nothing about the “meaning” of our lives. Today Husserl’s conviction that the Wes...(Read More)
 
 
The Orders of Nature
The Orders of Nature (January 2013)
Lawrence Cahoone - Author

2015 John N. Findlay Award in Metaphysics, presented by the Metaphysical Society of America

A systematic theory of naturalism, bridging metaphysics and the science of complexity and emergence.

Reviving and modernizing the tradition of post‑Darwinian naturalism, The Orders of Nature draws on philosophy and the natural sciences to present a naturalistic theory ...(Read More)
 
 
The Thou of Nature
The Thou of Nature (January 2013)
Religious Naturalism and Reverence for Sentient Life
Donald A. Crosby - Author

Explores the spiritual obligations of humans to animals from a religious naturalist’s perspective.

Humans share the earth with nonhuman animals who are also capable of conscious experience and awareness. Arguing that we should develop an I-thou, not an I-it, relationship with other sentient beings, Donald A. Crosby adds a new perspective to the current debates on human/animal relations ...(Read More)
 
 
The Suspension of Seriousness
The Suspension of Seriousness (December 2012)
On the Phenomenology of Jorge Portilla, With a Translation of Fenomenología del relajo
Carlos Alberto Sánchez - Author

First in-depth analysis of this important Mexican philosopher’s work.

The Suspension of Seriousness engages the Mexican philosopher Jorge Portilla (1919–1963), taking note of Portilla’s philosophical methodology, insights, and contributions to our understanding of value, being, and subjectivity. Portilla lived a short, troubled life and never held a teaching appointment, but his work...(Read More)
 
 
Aesthetics of the Virtual
Aesthetics of the Virtual (December 2012)
Roberto Diodato - Author
Justin L. Harmon - Translator
Silvia Benso - Revised and Edited by
John Protevi - Foreword by

Reconfigures classic aesthetic concepts in relation to the novelty introduced by virtual bodies.

Arguing that the virtual body is something new—namely, an entity that from an ontological perspective has only recently entered the world—Roberto Diodato considers the implications of this kind of body for aesthetics. Virtual bodies insert themselves into the space opened up by the famous distinction in Ari...(Read More)
 
 
Beauvoir and Western Thought from Plato to Butler
Beauvoir and Western Thought from Plato to Butler (December 2012)
Shannon M. Mussett - Editor
William S. Wilkerson - Editor

Essays on Beauvoir’s influences, contemporary engagements, and legacy in the philosophical tradition.

Despite a deep familiarity with the philosophical tradition and despite the groundbreaking influence of her own work, Simone de Beauvoir never embraced the idea of herself as a philosopher. Her legacy is similarly complicated. She is acclaimed as a revolutionary thinker on issues of gender, age, and oppres...(Read More)
 
 
Hegel's Trinitarian Claim
Hegel's Trinitarian Claim (December 2012)
A Critical Reflection
Dale M. Schlitt - Author

Landmark study of Hegel’s arguments for God as Trinity.

Hegel’s philosophical interpretation of Trinity as a dialectically developing movement of Spirit is one of the most profound readings of Trinity in Western thought. In Hegels Trinitarian Claim, Dale M. Schlitt provides a careful, detailed presentation of this claim in Hegel’s major published works and in his lectu...(Read More)
 
 
The Other Plato
The Other Plato (December 2012)
The Tübingen Interpretation of Plato's Inner-Academic Teachings
Dmitri Nikulin - Editor

Collected writings on Plato’s unwritten teachings.

Offering a provocative alternative to the dominant approaches of Plato scholarship, the Tübingen School suggests that the dialogues do not tell the full story of Plato’s philosophical teachings. Texts and fragments by his students and their followers—most famously Aristotle’s Physics—point to an “unwritten doct...(Read More)
 
 
Valuing Diversity
Valuing Diversity (December 2012)
Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future
Peter D. Hershock - Author

Uses Buddhist philosophy to discuss diversity as a value, one that can contribute to equity in a globalizing world.

Diversity matters. Whether in the context of ecosystems, education, the workplace, or politics, diversity is now recognized as a fact and as something to be positively affirmed. But what is the value of diversity? What explains its increasing significance? Valuing Diversity is a groundbrea...(Read More)
 
 
The Call to Radical Theology
The Call to Radical Theology (November 2012)
Thomas J. J. Altizer - Author
Lissa McCullough - Edited and with an introduction by
David E. Klemm - Foreword by

The major death-of-God theologian explores the meaning and purpose of radical theology.

In The Call to Radical Theology, Thomas J. J. Altizer meditates on the nature of radical theology and calls readers to undertake the vocation of radical theology as a way of living a fully examined life. In fourteen essays, he explores how the death of God in modernity and the dissolution of divine authority have free...(Read More)
 
 
The Ontology of Socratic Questioning in Plato's Early Dialogues
The Ontology of Socratic Questioning in Plato's Early Dialogues (November 2012)
Sean D. Kirkland - Author

2013 Symposium Book Award, presented by the Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy

A provocative close reading revealing a radical, proto-phenomenological Socrates.

Modern interpreters of Plato’s Socrates have generally taken the dialogues to be aimed at working out objective truth. Attending closely to the texts of the early dialogues and the que...(Read More)
 
 
The William Desmond Reader
The William Desmond Reader (September 2012)
William Desmond - Author
Christopher Ben Simpson - Edited and with an introduction by
John D. Caputo - Foreword by

Career-spanning selections from the writings of William Desmond.

Known especially for his original system of metaphysics in a trilogy of books published between 1995 and 2008, and for his scholarship on Hegel, William Desmond has left his mark on the philosophy of religion, ethics, and aesthetics. The William Desmond Reader provides for the first time in a single book a point of entry into his original an...(Read More)
 
 
A Propos, Levinas
A Propos, Levinas (September 2012)
David Appelbaum - Author

Rejects Levinas’s argument for the preeminence of ethics in philosophy.

“Imagine listening at a keyhole to a conversation with the task of transcribing it, and the result may be a text similar to the present one.” — from Part I: Stagework

In a series of meditations responding to writings by Emmanuel Levinas, David Appelbaum suggests that a flawed grammar warrants Le...(Read More)
 
 
Essential Difference
Essential Difference (September 2012)
Toward a Metaphysics of Emergence
James Blachowicz - Author

FINALIST – 2015 John N. Findlay Award in Metaphysics, presented by the Metaphysical Society of America

Proposes a new way of understanding the nature of metaphysics, focusing on nonreductionist emergence theory, both in ancient and modern philosophy, as well as in contemporary philosophy of science.

Is metaphysics possible? This book argues that the greatest threat to...(Read More)
 
 
Ironies of Oneness and Difference
Ironies of Oneness and Difference (September 2012)
Coherence in Early Chinese Thought; Prolegomena to the Study of Li
Brook Ziporyn - Author

Explores the development of Chinese thought, highlighting its concern with questions of coherence.

Providing a bracing expansion of horizons, this book displays the unsuspected range of human thinking on the most basic categories of experience. The way in which early Chinese thinkers approached concepts such as one and many, sameness and difference, self and other, and ...(Read More)
 
 
Weak Thought
Weak Thought (September 2012)
Gianni Vattimo - Editor
Pier Aldo Rovatti - Editor
Peter Carravetta - Translated and with an introduction by

Foundational collection on one of the most influential concepts to emerge from contemporary Italian philosophy.

Heralding the beginning of the philosophical dialogue on the concept for which Gianni Vattimo would become best known (and coining its name), this groundbreaking 1983 collection includes foundational essays by Vattimo and Pier Aldo Rovatti, along with original contributions by nine other Italian philoso...(Read More)
 
 
Enchanting
Enchanting (August 2012)
Beyond Disenchantment
Stephen David Ross - Author

Explores how we might think and live in the enchantment of the secular, modern world.

Taking his departure from Max Weber’s famous description of the world as disenchanted, by which he meant that everything could now be accounted for by theoretical and empirical science, Stephen David Ross asks how we might think and live in the enchantment of the secular, modern world. Enchanting offers...(Read More)
 
 
Jean-Luc Nancy and Plural Thinking
Jean-Luc Nancy and Plural Thinking (August 2012)
Expositions of World, Ontology, Politics, and Sense
Peter Gratton - Editor
Marie-Eve Morin - Editor

Wide-ranging essays on Jean-Luc Nancy’s thought.

Jean-Luc Nancy is one of the leading voices in European philosophy of the last thirty years, and he has influenced a range of fields, including theology, aesthetics, and political theory. This volume offers the widest and most up-to-date responses to his work, oriented by the themes of world, finitude, and sense, with attention also given to his recent proje...(Read More)
 
 
The Closed Commercial State
The Closed Commercial State (June 2012)
J. G. Fichte - Author
Anthony Curtis Adler - Translated, notes, interpretive essay

Critical scholarly edition of J. G. Fichte’s Closed Commercial State.

Appearing for the first time in a complete English translation, The Closed Commercial State represents the most sustained attempt of J. G. Fichte, the famed author of The Doctrine of Science, to apply idealistic philosophy to political economy. In the accompanying interpretive essay, Anthony Curtis Adler challenges the c...(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)
 
 
David Hume
David Hume (June 2012)
Platonic Philosopher, Continental Ancestor
Bernard Freydberg - Author

An original, rigorous, and daring reappraisal and recategorization of David Hume.

In the first book of its kind, Bernard Freydberg places David Hume firmly in the tradition of the Platonic dialogues, and regards him as a proper ancestor of contemporary continental philosophy. Although Hume is largely confined to his historical context within British Empiricism, his skepticism resonates with the Socratic Ignorance ...(Read More)
 
 
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (June 2012)
Philosophical Writings
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg - Author
Steven Tester - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by

The definitive scholarly edition of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg’s philosophical aphorisms.

Admired by philosophers such as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Freud, Benjamin, and Wittgenstein, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799) is known to the English-speaking world mostly as a satirist. An eminent experimental physicist and mathematician, Lichtenberg was knowledgeable about the philosophical v...(Read More)
 
 
The Intercorporeal Self
The Intercorporeal Self (June 2012)
Merleau-Ponty on Subjectivity
Scott L. Marratto - Author

An original interpretation of Merleau-Ponty on subjectivity, drawing from and challenging both the continental and analytic traditions.

Challenging a prevalent Western idea of the self as a discrete, interior consciousness, Scott L. Marratto argues instead that subjectivity is a characteristic of the living, expressive movement establishing a dynamic intertwining between a sentient body and its environment. He dr...(Read More)
 
 
Kant's Dog
Kant's Dog (May 2012)
On Borges, Philosophy, and the Time of Translation
David E. Johnson - Author

Situates Borges at the limit of philosophy and literature.

Kant’s Dog provides fresh insight into Borges’s preoccupation with the contradiction of the time that passes and the identity that endures. By developing the implicit logic of the Borgesian archive, which is most often figured as the universal demand for and necessary impossibility of translation, Kant’s Dog is able ...(Read More)
 
 
Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary
Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary (May 2012)
Ann V. Murphy - Author

Examines how violence has been conceptually and rhetorically put to use in continental social theory.

Images of violence enjoy a particular privilege in contemporary continental philosophy, one manifest in the ubiquity of violent metaphors and the prominence of a kind of rhetorical investment in violence as a motif. Such images have also informed, constrained, and motivated recent continental feminist theory. In <...(Read More)
 
 
The Structures of Love
The Structures of Love (April 2012)
Art and Politics beyond the Transference
James Penney - Author

Reframes the terms of cultural analysis with a fresh take on transference theory in Freud and Lacan and a critical engagement with the philosophy of Alain Badiou.

Both Freud and Lacan defined the transference as the ego’s last stand—its final desperate attempt to keep the truth of the unconscious at bay. Both also viewed the transference as a social phenomenon.

In The Stru...(Read More)
 
 
Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation
Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation (April 2012)
Dialectics of Negation and Difference
Henry Somers-Hall - Author

A critical account of the key connections between twentieth-century French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and nineteenth-century German idealist G. W. F. Hegel.

Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation provides a critical account of the key connections between twentieth-century French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and nineteenth-century German idealist G. W. F. Hegel. While Hegel has been recognized a...(Read More)
 
 
Heidegger on Science
Heidegger on Science (April 2012)
Trish Glazebrook - Editor

The first collection of essays devoted to Heidegger’s contribution to understanding modern science.

Although Martin Heidegger is well known for his work on technology, he is not often discussed in the context of science broadly speaking. This volume is the first to showcase diverse perspectives on Heidegger’s assessments of the sciences, looking at a number of different ways that Heidegger’s writ...(Read More)
 
 
The Philosophical Rupture between Fichte and Schelling
The Philosophical Rupture between Fichte and Schelling (April 2012)
Selected Texts and Correspondence (1800-1802)
J. G. Fichte - Author
F. W. J. Schelling - Author
Michael G. Vater - Editor, translator and introduction by
David W. Wood - Editor, translator and introduction by

Correspondence and texts by Fichte and Schelling illuminate their thought and the trajectory of their philosophical falling out.

The disputes of philosophers provide a place to view their positions and arguments in a tightly focused way, and also in a manner that is infused with human temperaments and passions. Fichte and Schelling had been perceived as “partners” in the cause of Criticism or transcen...(Read More)
 
 
Aristotle's Concept of Chance
Aristotle's Concept of Chance (March 2012)
Accidents, Cause, Necessity, and Determinism
John Dudley - Author

The first exhaustive study of Aristotle’s concept of chance.

This landmark book is the first to provide a comprehensive account of Aristotle’s concept of chance. Chance is invoked by many to explain the order in the universe, the origins of life, and human freedom and happiness. An understanding of Aristotle’s concept of chance is indispensable for an appreciation of his views on nature and et...(Read More)
 
 
Li Zhi, Confucianism, and the Virtue of Desire
Li Zhi, Confucianism, and the Virtue of Desire (March 2012)
Pauline C. Lee - Author

A philosophical analysis of the work of one of the most iconoclastic thinkers in Chinese history, Li Zhi, whose ethics prized spontaneous expression of genuine feelings.

Li Zhi (1527–1602) was a bestselling author with a devoted readership. His biting, shrewd, and visionary writings with titles like A Book to Hide and A Book to Burn were both inspiring and inflammatory. Widely read from his own time...(Read More)
 
 
In Search of the Lost Heart
In Search of the Lost Heart (February 2012)
Explorations in Islamic Thought
William C. Chittick - Author
Mohammed Rustom - Editor
Atif Khalil - Editor
Kazuyo Murata - Editor

Renowned scholar William C. Chittick explores the worldview of Islam in a series of essays written over thirty-six years.

In Search of the Lost Heart brings together twenty-six essays by William C. Chittick, renowned scholar of Sufism and Islamic philosophy. Written between 1975 and 2011, most of these essays are not readily available in Chittick’s own books. Although this is a collection, its edit...(Read More)
 
 
Experimental Phenomenology, Second Edition
Experimental Phenomenology, Second Edition (February 2012)
Multistabilities
Don Ihde - Author

Expanded new edition of the landmark book demonstrating the practice of phenomenology through visual illusions and ambiguous drawings.

Since the initial publication of Experimental Phenomenology in 1977, Don Ihde’s groundbreaking career has developed from his contributions to the philosophy of technology and technoscience to his own postphenomenology. This new and expanded edition of Experimenta...(Read More)
 
 
Painting Borges
Painting Borges (February 2012)
Philosophy Interpreting Art Interpreting Literature
Jorge J. E. Gracia - Author

A provocative examination of the artistic interpretation of twelve of Borges’s most famous stories.

In this groundbreaking book, Jorge J. E. Gracia explores the artistic interpretation of fiction from a philosophical perspective. Focusing on the work of Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most celebrated literary figures of Latin America, Gracia offers original interpretations of twelve of Borges’s most fam...(Read More)
 
 
Reframing the Practice of Philosophy
Reframing the Practice of Philosophy (January 2012)
Bodies of Color, Bodies of Knowledge
George Yancy - Editor

Reflections by leading Latin American and African American philosophers on their identity within the field of philosophy.

This daring and bold book is the first to create a textual space where African American and Latin American philosophers voice the complex range of their philosophical and meta-philosophical concerns, approaches, and visions. The voices within this book protest and theorize from their own stan...(Read More)
 
 
Living Consciousness
Living Consciousness (December 2011)
The Metaphysical Vision of Henri Bergson
G. William Barnard - Author

2012 Godbey Authors' Awards, presented by the Godbey Lecture Series in Southern Methodist University's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Explores the thought of Henri Bergson, highlighting his compelling theories on the nature of consciousness and its relationship to the physical world.

Living Consciousness examines the brilliant, but now largely ign...(Read More)
 
 
The Heidegger Change
The Heidegger Change (December 2011)
On the Fantastic in Philosophy
Catherine Malabou - Author
Peter Skafish - Translator

Elaborates the author’s conception of plasticity by proposing a new way of thinking through Heidegger’s writings on change.

Behind Martin Heidegger’s question of Being lies another one not yet sufficiently addressed in continental philosophy: change. Catherine Malabou, one of France’s most inventive contemporary philosophers, explores this topic in the writings of Heidegger through the the...(Read More)
 
 
This-Worldly Nibbana
This-Worldly Nibbana (December 2011)
A Buddhist-Feminist Social Ethic for Peacemaking in the Global Community
Hsiao-Lan Hu - Author

A Buddhist feminist social ethics for contemporary times.

Offering a feminist analysis of foundational Buddhist texts, along with a Buddhist approach to social issues in a globalized world, Hsiao-Lan Hu revitalizes Buddhist social ethics for contemporary times. Hu’s feminist exegesis references the Nikāya-s from the “Discourse Basket” of the Pāli Canon. These texts, among th...(Read More)
 
 
Nature Is Enough
Nature Is Enough (November 2011)
Religious Naturalism and the Meaning of Life
Loyal Rue - Author

Claims that the natural world, as opposed to a supernatural realm, can inspire a religious sensibility and a conviction that life is meaningful.

Nature is enough: enough to allow us to find meaning in life and to answer our religious sensibilities. This is the position of religious naturalists, who deny the existence of a deity and a supernatural realm. In this book, Loyal Rue answers critics by describing how ...(Read More)
 
 
Ontotheological Turnings?
Ontotheological Turnings? (November 2011)
The Decentering of the Modern Subject in Recent French Phenomenology
Joeri Schrijvers - Author

Explores and critiques the so-called “decentering of the subject” in French phenomenology.

This incisive work examines questions of ontotheology and their relation to the so-called “theological turn” of recent French phenomenology. Joeri Schrijvers explores and critiques the decentering of the subject attempted by Jean-Luc Marion, Jean-Yves Lacoste, and Emmanuel Levinas, three philosopher...(Read More)
 
 
Queer Times, Queer Becomings
Queer Times, Queer Becomings (November 2011)
E. L. McCallum - Editor
Mikko Tuhkanen - Editor

Queer theory essays on time and becoming in the fields of literature, philosophy, film, and performance.

If queer theorists have agreed on anything, it is that for queer thought to have any specificity at all, it must be characterized by becoming, the constant breaking of habits. Queer Times, Queer Becomings explores queer articulations of time and becoming in literature, philosophy, film, and p...(Read More)
 
 
Thinking with Irigaray
Thinking with Irigaray (November 2011)
Mary C. Rawlinson - Editor
Sabrina L. Hom - Editor
Serene J. Khader - Editor

An interdisciplinary and contemporary response to Irigaray’s work.

Thinking with Irigaray takes up Irigaray’s challenge to think beyond the androcentric, one-subject culture, identifying much that is useful and illuminative in Irigaray’s work while also questioning some of her assumptions and claims. Some contributors reject outright her prescriptions for changing our culture, others suggest that her ...(Read More)
 
 
The Possible Present
The Possible Present (October 2011)
Ugo Perone - Author
Silvia Benso - Translator
Brian Schroeder - Translator

A practical hermeneutics of time.

The Possible Present unfolds from within a freely reinterpreted hermeneutic perspective and provides an original theoretical proposal on the topic of time. In dialogue especially with the philosophies of Husserl and Heidegger, but resorting also to suggestions coming from a theological background (Barth and Bonhoeffer), the work proposes a personal and original theory of...(Read More)
 
 
The Story of Islamic Philosophy
The Story of Islamic Philosophy (October 2011)
Ibn Tufayl, Ibn al-'Arabi, and Others on the Limit between Naturalism and Traditionalism
Salman H. Bashier - Author

Offers a new interpretation of medieval Islamic philosophy, one informed by Platonic mysticism.

In this innovative work, Salman H. Bashier challenges traditional views of Islamic philosophy. While Islamic thought from the crucial medieval period is often depicted as a rationalistic elaboration on Aristotelian philosophy and an attempt to reconcile it with the Muslim religion, Bashier puts equal emphasis on the influenc...(Read More)
 
 
Creative Experiencing
Creative Experiencing (September 2011)
A Philosophy of Freedom
Charles Hartshorne - Author
Donald W. Viney - Editor
Jincheol O - Editor

A vigorous and wide-ranging defense of Hartshorne’s “neoclassical metaphysics” of creative freedom.

Charles Hartshorne, one of the premier metaphysicians of the twentieth century, surmised that Creative Experiencing: A Philosophy of Freedom made his contribution to technical philosophy essentially complete. Found among his papers, this book combines five chapters published here for the ...(Read More)
 
 
The Idolatry of the Actual
The Idolatry of the Actual (September 2011)
Habermas, Socialization, and the Possibility of Autonomy
David A. Borman - Author

Reinvigorates Jürgen Habermas’s early critical theory.

The first close study of Jürgen Habermas’s theory of socialization, a central but infrequently discussed component of his defense of deliberative democracy, The Idolatry of the Actual charts its increasingly uneasy relationship with the later development of Habermas’s social theory. In particular, David A. Borman argues tha...(Read More)
 
 
Xu Bing and Contemporary Chinese Art
Xu Bing and Contemporary Chinese Art (September 2011)
Cultural and Philosophical Reflections
Hsingyuan Tsao - Editor
Roger T. Ames - Editor

Explores how Xu Bing and other contemporary Chinese artists use Western ideas within a Chinese cultural discourse.

How Chinese is contemporary Chinese art? Treasured by collectors, critics, and art world cognoscenti, this art developed within an avant-garde that looked West to find a language to strike out against government control. Traditionally, Chinese artistic expression has been related to the structure and fun...(Read More)
 
 
Deleuze and Guattari's Immanent Ethics
Deleuze and Guattari's Immanent Ethics (August 2011)
Theory, Subjectivity, and Duration
Tamsin Lorraine - Author

Explains how the work of Deleuze and Guattari speaks to feminism and other progressive movements.

In Deleuze and Guattari’s Immanent Ethics, Tamsin Lorraine focuses on the pragmatic implications of Deleuze and Guattari’s work for human beings struggling to live ethical lives. Her bold alignment of Deleuze and Guattari’s project with the feminist and phenomenological projects of ground...(Read More)
 
 
Reason Unbound
Reason Unbound (August 2011)
On Spiritual Practice in Islamic Peripatetic Philosophy
Mohammad Azadpur - Author


A critique of the modern receptions of Islamic Peripatetic philosophy and a validation of the importance of Islamic philosophy for modern philosophy.

This intriguing work offers a new perspective on Islamic Peripatetic philosophy, critiquing modern receptions of such thought and highlighting the contribution it can make to contemporary Western philosophy. Mohammad Azadpur focuses on the thou...(Read More)
 
 
Whose Antigone?
Whose Antigone? (July 2011)
The Tragic Marginalization of Slavery
Tina Chanter - Author

Argues for the importance of the neglected theme of slavery in Antigone.

In this groundbreaking book, Tina Chanter challenges the philosophical and psychoanalytic reception of Sophocles’ Antigone, which has largely ignored the issue of slavery. Drawing on textual and contextual evidence, including historical sources, she argues that slavery is a structuring theme of the Oedipal cycle, but...(Read More)
 
 
Existence and the Good
Existence and the Good (June 2011)
Metaphysical Necessity in Morals and Politics
Franklin I. Gamwell - Author

Argues that morals and politics require on a metaphysical backing and proposes a neoclassical metaphysics.

Morals and politics depend on a metaphysical backing. All reality is marked by certain necessary features and a divine purpose inherent in all reality defines the good to which all human life should be directed.

These are bold assertions in a climate where the credibil...(Read More)
 
 
Nature and Logos
Nature and Logos (June 2011)
A Whiteheadian Key to Merleau-Ponty's Fundamental Thought
William S. Hamrick - Author
Jan Van der Veken - Author

Exploration of Alfred North Whitehead’s influence on Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s ontology of nature.

This is the first book-length account of how Maurice Merleau-Ponty used certain texts by Alfred North Whitehead to develop an ontology based on nature, and how he could have used other Whitehead texts that he did not know in order to complete his last ontology. This account is enriched by several of Merleau-P...(Read More)
 
 
Reading Kant's Geography
Reading Kant's Geography (June 2011)
Stuart Elden - Editor
Eduardo Mendieta - Editor

Perspectives on Kant’s teachings on geography and how they relate his understanding of the world.

For almost forty years, German enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant gave lectures on geography, more than almost any other subject. Kant believed that geography and anthropology together provided knowledge of the world, an empirical ground for his thought. Above all, he thought that knowledge of the world was in...(Read More)
 
 
The Examined Life--Chinese Perspectives
The Examined Life--Chinese Perspectives (May 2011)
Essays on Chinese Ethical Traditions
Xinyan Jiang - Edited and with an introduction by
Robert Cummings Neville - Foreword by

A collection of essays on Chinese ethical traditions, including Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist ethics.

This anthology is a collection of essays on Chinese ethical traditions, including Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist ethics. Most of the contributors are philosophers who are trained in both Chinese and Western Philosophy. The anthology intends to provide readers with some new perspectives, especially comparative...(Read More)
 
 
Plants as Persons
Plants as Persons (May 2011)
A Philosophical Botany
Matthew Hall - Author

Challenges readers to reconsider the moral standing of plants.

Plants are people too? Not exactly, but in this work of philosophical botany Matthew Hall challenges readers to reconsider the moral standing of plants, arguing that they are other-than-human persons. Plants constitute the bulk of our visible biomass, underpin all natural ecosystems, and make life on Earth possible. Yet plants are considered passive...(Read More)
 
 
Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought
Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought (May 2011)
Amy Olberding - Editor
Philip J. Ivanhoe - Editor

A wide-ranging exploration of traditional Chinese views of mortality.
Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought is the definitive exploration of a complex and fascinating but little-understood subject. Arguably, death as a concept has not been nearly as central a preoccupation in Chinese culture as it has been in the West. However, even in a society that seems to understand death as a part of life, responses to mortality ...(Read More)
 
 
Riding the Wind with Liezi
Riding the Wind with Liezi (April 2011)
New Perspectives on the Daoist Classic
Ronnie Littlejohn - Editor
Jeffrey Dippmann - Editor

New attention and fresh perspectives on the classic, but neglected text of Daoism, the Liezi.
The Liezi is the forgotten classic of Daoism. Along with the Laozi (Daodejing) and the Zhuangzi, it’s been considered a Daoist masterwork since the mid-eighth century, yet unlike those well-read works, the Liezi is little known and receives scant scholarly attention. Nevertheless, the Liez...(Read More)
 
 
Schelling's Organic Form of Philosophy
Schelling's Organic Form of Philosophy (February 2011)
Life as the Schema of Freedom
Bruce Matthews - Author

Locates in Schelling a new understanding of our relation to nature in philosophy.

The life and ideas of F. W. J. Schelling are often overlooked in favor of the more familiar Kant, Fichte, or Hegel. What these three lack, however, is Schelling’s evolving view of philosophy. Where others saw the possibility for a single, unflinching system of thought, Schelling was unafraid to question the foundations of his o...(Read More)
 
 
Sleights of Reason
Sleights of Reason (February 2011)
Norm, Bisexuality, Development
Mary Beth Mader - Author

Demonstrates the dramatic interplay of elements that comprise the concepts of norm, bisexuality, and development.

A brilliant and original reimagining of sexuality, Sleights of Reason examines how concepts lend themselves to power/knowledge formations. Many contemporary French philosophers make incidental use of the notion of a ruse. Its names are legion: “duplicity,” “concealment,&rdqu...(Read More)
 
 
Figures of Simplicity
Figures of Simplicity (January 2011)
Sensation and Thinking in Kleist and Melville
Birgit M. Kaiser - Author

A fascinating comparison of the work of Heinrich von Kleist and Herman Melville.

Figures of Simplicity explores a unique constellation of figures from philosophy and literature—Heinrich von Kleist,  Herman Melville, G. W. Leibniz, and Alexander Baumgarten—in an attempt to recover alternative conceptions of aesthetics and dimensions of thinking lost in the disciplinary narration of ae...(Read More)
 
 
Faith and Reason
Faith and Reason (January 2011)
Their Roles in Religious and Secular Life
Donald A. Crosby - Author

Explores the mutually dependent relationship of faith and reason in human life and human knowledge.

Few words are as widely misconceived as the word “faith.” Faith is often set in stark opposition to reason, considered antithetical to scientific thought, and heavily identified with religion. Donald A. Crosby’s revealing book provides a more complex picture, discussing faith and its connection to ...(Read More)
 
 
Guilty
Guilty (January 2011)
Georges Bataille - Author
Stuart Kendall - Translation and introduction by

A searing personal record of spiritual and communal crisis, wherein the death of god announces the beginning of friendship.

Guilty is a searing personal record of spiritual and communal crisis, wherein the death of god announces the beginning of friendship. It takes the form of a diary, recording the earliest days of World War II and the Nazi occupation of France, but this is no ordinary day book: it rec...(Read More)
 
 
Soul
Soul (January 2011)
A Cosmology
Joseph Grange - Author

Revives the concept of Soul, urging an understanding of Soul as expression.

Contemporary culture is soulless. A dead concept to contemporary thinkers, “Soul” has been displaced by philosophical and scientific abstractions. Yet, argues Joseph Grange in this timely and thought-provoking book, without Soul we are left defenseless against the negative constructs of our culture; neither matter nor mind, nor...(Read More)
 
 
The Politics of Spirit
The Politics of Spirit (December 2010)
Phenomenology, Genealogy, Religion
Tim Murphy - Author

A critical look at the development of the phenomenological approach to the study of religion, revealing its evaluative and metaphysical concepts.

A penetrating critique of the dominant approach to the study of religion, The Politics of Spirit explores the historical and philosophical scaffolding of the phenomenology of religion. Although this approach purports to give a value-free, neutral description...(Read More)
 
 
Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, III
Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, III (November 2010)
Dualism
Richard E. Lee - Editor
Immanuel Wallerstein - Foreword by

A provocative survey of interdisciplinary challenges to the concept of dualism.

During the last few decades, the fundamental premises of the modern view of knowledge have been increasingly called into question. Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, III: Dualism provides an in-depth look at “dualism” in the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities in detailed and w...(Read More)
 
 
Confucianism in Context
Confucianism in Context (November 2010)
Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, East Asia and Beyond
Wonsuk Chang - Editor
Leah Kalmanson - Editor

A wide-ranging consideration of Confucianism for Western readers.

What is Confucianism? This book provides a comprehensive view of the tradition and its contemporary relevance for Western readers. Discussing the development of Confucianism in China, the work shows the deep impact of Korean and Japanese cultures on Confucian thinking. A dialogic way of thought, highly sensitive to locations and conditions, Confu...(Read More)
 
 
Religious Philosophy as Multidisciplinary Comparative Inquiry
Religious Philosophy as Multidisciplinary Comparative Inquiry (November 2010)
Envisioning a Future for the Philosophy of Religion
Wesley J. Wildman - Author

Argues that philosophy, as multidisciplinary comparative inquiry, is essential to the contemporary academic study of religion.

What can philosophy contribute to the study of religion? This book argues that the study of religion needs philosophy in the form of multidisciplinary comparative inquiry. Contradicting the current tendency to regard philosophical reflection and the academic study of religion ...(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)
 
 
Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, I
Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, I (October 2010)
Determinism
Richard E. Lee - Editor
Immanuel Wallerstein - Foreword by

A provocative survey of interdisciplinary challenges to the concept of determinism.

During the last few decades, the fundamental premises of the modern view of knowledge have been increasingly called into question. Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, I: Determinism provides an in-depth look at “determinism” in the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities in det...(Read More)
 
 
Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, II
Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, II (October 2010)
Reductionism
Richard E. Lee - Editor
Immanuel Wallerstein - Foreword by

A provocative survey of interdisciplinary challenges to the concept of reductionism.

During the last few decades, the fundamental premises of the modern view of knowledge have been increasingly called into question. Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, II: Reductionism provides an in-depth look at the debates surrounding the status of “reductionism” in the sciences, ...(Read More)
 
 
Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously
Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously (October 2010)
Contemporary Theories and Applications
Kam-por Yu - Editor
Julia Tao - Editor
Philip J. Ivanhoe - Editor

A consideration of Confucian ethics as a living ethical tradition with contemporary relevance.

This thought-provoking work presents Confucianism as a living ethical tradition with contemporary relevance. While acknowledged as one of the world’s most influential philosophies, Confucianism’s significance is too often consigned to a historical or solely East Asian context. Discussing both the strengths ...(Read More)
 
 
Elemental Philosophy
Elemental Philosophy (September 2010)
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water as Environmental Ideas
David Macauley - Author

Explores the ancient and perennial notion of the four elements as environmental ideas.

Bachelard called them “the hormones of the imagination.” Hegel observed that, “through the four elements we have the elevation of sensuous ideas into thought.” Earth, air, fire, and water are explored as both philosophical ideas and environmental issues associated with their classical and perennial con...(Read More)
 
 
Objectivity
Objectivity (August 2010)
The Hermeneutical and Philosophy
Günter Figal - Author
Theodore George - Translator

Appearing for the first time in English, GünterFigal’s groundbreaking book in the tradition of philosophical hermeneutics offers original perspectives on perennial philosophical problems.

Figal has long been recognized as one of the most insightful interpreters working in the tradition of philosophical hermeneutics and its leading themes concerned with ancient Greek thought, art, language, and ...(Read More)
 
 
Being and Time
Being and Time (July 2010)
A Revised Edition of the Stambaugh Translation
Martin Heidegger - Author
Joan Stambaugh - Translator
Dennis J. Schmidt - Revised and with a Foreword by

A revised translation of Heidegger’s most important work.

The publication in 1927 of Martin Heidegger’s magnum opus signaled an intellectual event of the first order and had an impact in fields far beyond that of philosophy proper. Being and Time has long been recognized as a landmark work of the twentieth century for its original analyses of the character of philosophic inqui...(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)
 
 
The Dance of Person and Place
The Dance of Person and Place (April 2010)
One Interpretation of American Indian Philosophy
Thomas M. Norton-Smith - Author

Uses the concept of “world-making” to provide an introduction to American Indian philosophy.

Ever since first contact with Europeans, American Indian stories about how the world is have been regarded as interesting objects of study, but also as childish and savage, philosophically curious and ethically monstrous. Using the writings of early ethnographers and cultural anthropologists, early narratives...(Read More)
 
 
Archaeology and the Origins of Philosophy
Archaeology and the Origins of Philosophy (March 2010)
Robert Hahn - Author

Detailed study of how Anaximander’s cosmological and philosophical conceptions were affected by architectural technologies.

Promoting a new way to study and illuminate early Greek philosophy, Archaeology and the Origins of Philosophy explores archaeological resources and art historical evidence to contribute to the ongoing debates concerning the origins of philosophy. Focusing on the philosopher A...(Read More)
 
 
Asian Texts — Asian Contexts
Asian Texts — Asian Contexts (March 2010)
Encounters with Asian Philosophies and Religions
David Jones - Editor
E. R. Klein - Editor

An overview of some of the great texts of Asian philosophy and religion, along with an exploration of the contexts in which they arose.

In an increasingly global society, non-Western thought can no longer be an afterthought for educators and their students. Asian Texts — Asian Contexts helps bring Asian philosophy and religion into wider classroom consideration by giving nonspecialists entrée to ...(Read More)
 
 
The Medusa Effect
The Medusa Effect (December 2009)
Representation and Epistemology in Victorian Aesthetics
Thomas Albrecht - Author

Examines images of horror in Victorian fiction, criticism, and philosophy.

Focusing on the recurring metaphor of Medusa’s head, The Medusa Effect examines images of horror in texts by Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, and a series of Victorian artists and critics writing about aesthetics. Through nuanced and innovative readings of canonical works by Freud, Nietzsche, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Walter Pa...(Read More)
 
 
Hegel and History
Hegel and History (December 2009)
Will Dudley - Editor

Comprehensive overview of Hegel’s thought on history.

Nearly two centuries after declaring “the end of history,” Hegel remains a rich source of insights into our historical nature. The essays collected here interpret and develop those insights, while also challenging Hegel’s philosophical approach to comprehend present and future phenomena that he could neither experience nor imagine. They r...(Read More)
 
 
Spirit, the Family, and the Unconscious in Hegel's Philosophy
Spirit, the Family, and the Unconscious in Hegel's Philosophy (December 2009)
David V. Ciavatta - Author

HONORABLE MENTION - 2011 Biennial Book Prize, presented by the Canadian Philosophical Association

Investigates the role of family in Hegel’s phenomenology.

This original study of the role that family life plays in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and Philosophy of Right pays particular attention to Hegel’s characterization of the family as an uncon...(Read More)
 
 
The Promise of Democracy
The Promise of Democracy (November 2009)
Political Agency and Transformation
Fred Dallmayr - Author

Presentation of a new, ethical vision of democracy built around self-rule, civic education, and ethical cultivation.

A new ethical concept of democracy as the cultivation and practice of civic virtues in a pluralistic setting is presented in this thoughtful and wide-ranging study. Drawing upon such figures as Aristotle, Montesquieu, Hegel, Dewey, Heidegger, Arendt, and Lefort, Fred Dallmayr emphasizes the need for c...(Read More)
 
 
Realism in Religion
Realism in Religion (November 2009)
A Pragmatist's Perspective
Robert Cummings Neville - Author

A philosophical consideration of key religious issues from a pragmatist’s perspective.

Religion is basic to the human condition according to this philosophy of religion from a pragmatist’s perspective. While pragmatist thinkers have often been cool to religious claims, Robert Cummings Neville holds that a theology of truth can emerge from this tradition. Standing against the typical nominalist view that ...(Read More)
 
 
Constructing the Nation
Constructing the Nation (October 2009)
A Race and Nationalism Reader
Mariana Ortega - Editor
Linda Martín Alcoff - Editor

Philosophers and social theorists of color examine how racism can creep into defensive forms of nationalism.

“What does it mean today to be an ‘American’ when one does not represent or embody the norm of ‘Americanness’ because of one’s race, ethnicity, culture of origin, religion, or some combination of these? What is the norm of ‘Americanness’ today, how has it chang...(Read More)
 
 
Methodologies of Comparative Philosophy
Methodologies of Comparative Philosophy (October 2009)
The Pragmatist and Process Traditions
Robert W. Smid - Author

A much-needed consideration of methodology in comparative philosophy.

What is comparative philosophy? This question is ultimately a methodological one according to this much-needed book. The cultivation of area studies in diverse traditions has opened up opportunities for cross-cultural understanding that have rarely existed before, and comparative philosophy is a rapidly emerging area of inquiry. Yet, surprisingly...(Read More)
 
 
Beyond Negritude
Beyond Negritude (September 2009)
Essays from Woman in the City
Paulette Nardal - Author
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting - Translated with an introduction and notes by

Key text never before in English by central figure of the Negritude movement.

In the aftermath of World War II, Paulette Nardal, the Martinican woman most famously associated with the Negritude movement and its founders Aimé Césaire, Léopold Senghor, and Léon Damas during Paris’s interwar years, founded the journal Woman in the City. This annotated translation, with an in...(Read More)
 
 
The End of Comparative Philosophy and the Task of Comparative Thinking
The End of Comparative Philosophy and the Task of Comparative Thinking (September 2009)
Heidegger, Derrida, and Daoism
Steven Burik - Author

A work of and about comparative philosophy that stresses the importance of language in intercultural endeavors.

How do differences in language influence comparative philosophy? Although the Orientalism famously described by Edward Said is rare today, Steven Burik maintains that comparative philosophy often subtly privileges one tradition over another since certain conceptual schemes are so embedded in Western lang...(Read More)
 
 
Heidegger's Neglect of the Body
Heidegger's Neglect of the Body (August 2009)
Kevin A. Aho - Author

Challenges conventional understandings of Heidegger’s account of the body.

Martin Heidegger’s failure to acknowledge the role of the body in his analysis of everyday human existence (Dasein) has generated a cottage industry of criticism from such prominent continental figures as Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Derrida, and Irigaray. In Heidegger’s Neglect of the Body, Kevin A. Aho suggests the...(Read More)
 
 
Biotechnology
Biotechnology (July 2009)
Our Future as Human Beings and Citizens
Sean D. Sutton - Editor

Considers the ethics and challenges of biotechnology.

An essential introduction to a controversial yet crucial field of research, Biotechnology surveys recent advances in the field and offers a wide range of opinions for and against expanding this new branch of science. Incisively examining such key topics as therapeutic cloning, genetic enhancement, stem cell therapy, and the use of psychotropic drugs such ...(Read More)

 
 
Awareness Bound and Unbound
Awareness Bound and Unbound (July 2009)
Buddhist Essays
David R. Loy - Author

Essays from the singular experience of Buddhist social critic and philosopher David R. Loy on classic and contemporary concerns.

What do we need to do to become truly comfortable—at one—with our lives here and now? In these essays, Buddhist social critic and philosopher David R. Loy discusses liberation not from the world, but into it. Loy’s lens is a wide one, encompassing the classic and the con...(Read More)
 
 
Merleau-Ponty and the Possibilities of Philosophy
Merleau-Ponty and the Possibilities of Philosophy (July 2009)
Transforming the Tradition
Bernard Flynn - Editor
Wayne J. Froman - Editor
Robert Vallier - Editor

Leading scholars engage the later contributions of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty is arguably the preeminent French philosopher of the last century, and interest in his thought is growing exponentially. This volume celebrates and interrogates the thought of Merleau-Ponty by drawing upon both classic and state-of-the-art assessments, some available in English here for the first time. The result is an...(Read More)
 
 
Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Work of Julia Kristeva
Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Work of Julia Kristeva (June 2009)
Kelly Oliver - Editor
S. K. Keltner - Editor

Considers the social and political significance of Kristeva’s oeuvre.

The social and political relevance of Julia Kristeva’s work is perhaps the central question in Kristeva studies, and the essays in this collection provide a sustained interrogation of this complicated problematic from a variety of perspectives and across the various contexts and moments of Kristeva’s forty-year writing car...(Read More)
 
 
Eros and Ethics
Eros and Ethics (May 2009)
Reading Jacques Lacan's Seminar VII
Marc De Kesel - Author
Sigi Jottkandt - Translator

A comprehensive examination of Lacan’s seminar on ethics.

In Eros and Ethics, Marc De Kesel patiently exposes the lines of thought underlying Jacques Lacan’s often complex and cryptic reasoning regarding ethics and morality in his seventh seminar, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis (1959–1960). In this seminar, Lacan arrives at a rather perplexing conclusion: that which, over the ages, has ...(Read More)
 
 
The Democratic Ideal and the Shoah
The Democratic Ideal and the Shoah (May 2009)
The Unthought in Political Modernity
Shmuel Trigano - Author
Gila Walker - Translator

An original and revolutionary interpretation of the Jews’ destiny in modern politics.

Is the Shoah a unique event or just one of the many genocides that have occurred (and continue to occur) in modern history? In The Democratic Ideal and the Shoah, Shmuel Trigano begins with the hypothesis that the Shoah must be understood in both universal and singular terms: insofar as it addresses the meaning and va...(Read More)
 
 
Rorty, Pragmatism, and Confucianism
Rorty, Pragmatism, and Confucianism (May 2009)
With Responses by Richard Rorty
Yong Huang - Editor

An engagement between Confucianism and the philosophy of Richard Rorty.

Rorty, Pragmatism, and Confucianism offers a fascinating conversation between Confucianism, historically the dominant tradition in Chinese thought and society, and the contemporary philosophy of Richard Rorty. Well aware that his philosophical hero, John Dewey, has had a lasting influence among Chinese intellectuals, Rorty expressed a wis...(Read More)
 
 
Dreams in Exile
Dreams in Exile (March 2009)
Rediscovering Science and Ethics in Nineteenth-Century Social Theory
George E. McCarthy - Author

Examines the influence of Aristotle and Kant on the nineteenth-century social theory of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber.

The classical origins of nineteenth-century social theory are illuminated in this sequel to the award-winning Classical Horizons: The Origins of Sociology in Ancient Greece. George E. McCarthy stresses the importance of Aristotle and Kant in the creation of a new type of social science in the n...(Read More)
 
 
Sense and Finitude
Sense and Finitude (March 2009)
Encounters at the Limits of Language, Art, and the Political
Alejandro A. Vallega - Author

Takes Heidegger’s later thought as a point of departure for exploring the boundaries of post-conceptual thinking.

Sense and Finitude interrogates one of continental philosophy’s central insights: the temporality or finitude of philosophical thought. Juxtaposing the views of such philosophers as Plato, Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Gadamer, and Derrida on art, poetry, and non-Western cultures with t...(Read More)
 
 
If Creation Is a Gift
If Creation Is a Gift (March 2009)
Mark Manolopoulos - Author

Brings an ecotheological perspective to postmodern gift theory.

What if our world were considered a gift? Extending postmodern gift theory to ecological and ecotheological concerns, Mark Manolopoulos explores how “creation”—the what-is—can be seen as a gift. Creation, when viewed in a radically egalitarian way, is the matrix of all material things—human, otherwise-than-human, or humanly...(Read More)
 
 
Quantum Theory
Quantum Theory (March 2009)
A Philosopher's Overview
Salvator Cannavo - Author

Explores what can be known within quantum theory, with special emphasis on the difference between prediction and explanation.

In straightforward and nontechnical language, a philosopher of science goes to the very heart of what is still the central subject in modern physics, namely, quantum theory, with its astonishing ability to predict—yet not explain. There, he encounters and unravels the maze of bewilderi...(Read More)
 
 
Philosophy and Kabbalah
Philosophy and Kabbalah (March 2009)
Elijah Benamozegh and the Reconciliation of Western Thought and Jewish Esotericism
Alessandro Guetta - Author
Helena Kahan - Translator

Reconciles the conflict between these two seemingly diverse traditions.

Philosophy and Kabbalah offers an analysis of the life and work of Elijah Benamozegh (1823–1900), an Italian Kabbalist and philosopher of Moroccan origins. Although the relationship between Kabbalah and philosophy has always been problematic, Benamozegh considered Kabbalah to be the true dogmatic and rational tradition of Judais...(Read More)
 
 
Images of Thought
Images of Thought (February 2009)
Philosophical Interpretations of Carlos Estevez's Art
Jorge J. E. Gracia - Author

Explores the relationship between philosophy and art through the work of Cuban American artist Carlos Estévez.

Is philosophy hopelessly opposed to art? Images of Thought answers negatively, claiming that visual images can be used effectively to grasp complex thoughts, and philosophy can be deployed to deepen our understanding of art. Jorge J. E. Gracia provides philosophical interpretations of sevente...(Read More)
 
 
America's Economic Moralists
America's Economic Moralists (February 2009)
A History of Rival Ethics and Economics
Donald E. Frey - Author

Traces the history of two rival American economic moralities from colonial times to the present.

Since colonial times, two discernable schools have debated major issues of economic morality in America. The central norm of one morality is the freedom, or autonomy, of the individual and defines virtues, vices, obligations, and rights by how they contribute to that freedom. The other morality is relational and def...(Read More)
 
 
Aesthetics of Anxiety
Aesthetics of Anxiety (January 2009)
Ruth Ronen - Author

Places anxiety at the heart of the aesthetic experience.

What is the relation of anxiety to aesthetics? Aesthetics of Anxiety brings psychoanalysis into dialogue with aesthetics, providing provocative and original insights into aesthetic theory and experience. From Aristotle’s katharsis to the role played by pain and disgust in the aesthetics of the avant-garde, the notion of anxiety helps us u...(Read More)
 
 
Un-Forgetting
Un-Forgetting (January 2009)
Re-Calling Time Lost
Stephen David Ross - Author

Re-calling time lost.

To un-forget is to return from forgetting, to re-member nothing as if it were anything, to interpret oblivion with exposition, to re-call the sound of silence and unearth the depth of loss.

A Global Academic Publishing Book

 
 
Religious Naturalism Today
Religious Naturalism Today (December 2008)
The Rebirth of a Forgotten Alternative
Jerome A. Stone - Author

Looks at the history and revival of religious naturalism, a spiritual path without a supreme being.

Previously a forgotten option in religious thinking, religious naturalism is coming back. It seeks to explore and encourage religious ways of responding to the world on a completely naturalistic basis without a supreme being or ground of being. In this book, Jerome A. Stone traces its history and analyzes some of the ...(Read More)
 
 
Intertwinings
Intertwinings (December 2008)
Interdisciplinary Encounters with Merleau-Ponty
Gail Weiss - Editor

Connects Merleau-Ponty’s thought to themes and issues central to continental philosophy today.

Intertwinings presents exciting interdisciplinary scholarship on twentieth-century French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty. The contributors break new ground by bringing Merleau-Ponty’s work into conversation with literary theory, architecture, cultural studies, critical race studies, and current fe...(Read More)

 
 
Truth and History
Truth and History (December 2008)
Murray G. Murphey - Author

Addresses historical skepticism by presenting histories as testable theories of the past.

Setting aside barren issues such as the scientific status of history, Murray G. Murphey develops an empirical approach to historical study that can yield theories (interpretations) that are testable and confirmable. He examines the evidence on which historical theories are based, the types of explanations used, and particular...(Read More)

 
 
Montesquieu and His Legacy
Montesquieu and His Legacy (November 2008)
Rebecca E. Kingston - Editor

Essays on Montesquieu and the influence of his thought from the eighteenth century to today.

Montesquieu (1689–1755) is regarded as one of the most important thinkers of the Enlightenment. His Lettres persanes and L’Esprit des lois have been read by students and scholars throughout the last two centuries. While many have associated Montesquieu with the doctrine of the “separ...(Read More)

 
 
The Problem of Free Harmony in Kant's Aesthetics
The Problem of Free Harmony in Kant's Aesthetics (November 2008)
Kenneth F. Rogerson - Author

A study of the first half of Kant’s Critique of Judgment.

In this book, Kenneth F. Rogerson explores the first half of Kant’s Critique of Judgment, entitled the “Critique of Aesthetic Judgment.” Rogerson provides an interpretation of arguably the most important issue in Kant’s aesthetic theory, namely, a free harmony of the imagination and understanding. He uses this interpre...(Read More)
 
 
Democracy as Culture
Democracy as Culture (November 2008)
Deweyan Pragmatism in a Globalizing World
Sor-hoon Tan - Editor
John Whalen-Bridge - Editor

Explores the significance of Dewey’s thought on democracy for the contemporary world.

Using a multidisciplinary approach, contributors to this volume explore thesignificance of John Dewey’s Pragmatism for the contemporary world. They examine such issues as whether Classical Pragmatism justifies global democracy, whether Dewey’s idea of democracy—so intimately linked to American culture&mdash...(Read More)

 
 
Expanding Process
Expanding Process (November 2008)
Exploring Philosophical and Theological Transformations in China and the West
John H. Berthrong - Author

Brings Chinese Daoist and Confucian thought into conversation with Western process, pragmatic, and naturalist philosophy and theology.

Expanding Process explores how comparative philosophy expands our understanding of the critical themes of process, change, and transformation. John H. Berthrong examines how notions of process manifest and shape the classical Confucianism of Xunzi, the early medieval Daosim...(Read More)
 
 
Jacques Derrida's Ghost
Jacques Derrida's Ghost (October 2008)
A Conjuration
David Appelbaum - Author

A spirited reading of Derrida’s view of ethics as transcendental and performative.

In Jacques Derrida’s Ghost, David Appelbaum explores three of Derrida’s favorite themes: the other, death, and the work of mourning. He shows how Derrida’s unique philosophy, mindful of ghosts, proposes a respectful attitude toward otherness—whether the “other” be corporeal or indeed ...(Read More)

 
 
Meditations of Global First Philosophy
Meditations of Global First Philosophy (October 2008)
Quest for the Missing Grammar of Logos
Ashok K. Gangadean - Author

Traces the roots of logos in different cultural milieux.

In Meditations of Global First Philosophy, Ashok K. Gangadean builds on decades of research on the emergence of global reason to trace the roots of logos in different cultural milieux. Gangadean crosses into the uncharted frontier of global consciousness, global wisdom, and global first philosophy to illustrate that there is a primal force—a gl...(Read More)

 
 
The Browning of America and the Evasion of Social Justice
The Browning of America and the Evasion of Social Justice (October 2008)
Ronald R. Sundstrom - Author

Considers the effects of the browning of America on philosophical debates over race, racism, and social justice.

This book considers the challenge that the so-called browning of America poses for any discussion of the future of race and social justice. In the philosophy of race there has been little reflection about how the rapid increase in the Latino, Asian American, and mixed-race populations affects the histo...(Read More)
 
 
Schelling's Dialogical Freedom Essay
Schelling's Dialogical Freedom Essay (October 2008)
Provocative Philosophy Then and Now
Bernard Freydberg - Author

Explores Schelling’s Essay on Human Freedom, focusing on the themes of freedom, evil, and love, and the relationship between his ideas and those of Plato and Kant.

With clarity and liveliness, Bernard Freydberg explores the major themes treated in Schelling’s final public work: freedom, imagination, the nature of God, indifference, and love. Freydberg also examines Schelling’s engage...(Read More)
 
 
French Interpretations of Heidegger
French Interpretations of Heidegger (October 2008)
An Exceptional Reception
David Pettigrew - Editor
François Raffoul - Editor

A sustained philosophical engagement with significant and creative French interpreters of Heidegger.
French Interpretations of Heidegger undertakes a philosophical engagement with the work of the most significant and creative figures involved in the reception of Heidegger in France. The essays address those thinkers who have been influenced by Heidegger’s thought and have interpreted it in remarkable w...(Read More)
 
 
Before the Voice of Reason
Before the Voice of Reason (September 2008)
Echoes of Responsibility in Merleau-Ponty's Ecology and Levinas's Ethics
David Michael Kleinberg-Levin - Author

Provides a critique of reason, demanding that we take greater responsibility for nature and other people.

Before the Voice of Reason is a phenomenological critique of reason grounded in our experience of the voices that already address us and summon us prior to the emergence of the voice of reason. In part one, David Michael Kleinberg-Levin explores the voices of nature and draws on Merleau-Ponty’s ...(Read More)

 
 
Race after Sartre
Race after Sartre (September 2008)
Antiracism, Africana Existentialism, Postcolonialism
Jonathan Judaken - Editor

Examines Jean-Paul Sartre’s antiracist politics and his contributions to critical race theories, postcolonialism, and Africana existentialism.

Race after Sartre is the first book to systematically interrogate Jean-Paul Sartre’s antiracist politics and his largely unrecognized contributions to critical race theories, postcolonialism, and Africana existentialism. The contributors offer an overvi...(Read More)
 
 
Humans, Animals, Machines
Humans, Animals, Machines (September 2008)
Blurring Boundaries
Glen A. Mazis - Author

Examines the overlap and blurring of boundaries among humans, animals, and machines.

In the twenty-first century, the boundaries between both humans and machines and humans and animals are hotly contested and debated. In Humans, Animals, Machines, Glen A. Mazis examines the increasingly blurring boundaries among the three and argues that despite their violating collisions, there are ways for the three ...(Read More)

 
 
Reconstructing Democracy, Recontextualizing Dewey
Reconstructing Democracy, Recontextualizing Dewey (September 2008)
Pragmatism and Interactive Constructivism in the Twenty-first Century
Jim Garrison - Editor

Leading scholars challenge and reinvigorate the pragmatic method of John Dewey.

Focusing on issues of diversity, difference, and inclusion, leading scholars explore John Dewey’s pluralistic, deliberative, and communicative theory of democracy. They discuss the tensions between Dewey’s two criteria for a democratic society found in Democracy and Education; critique and recreate Deweyan demo...(Read More)

 
 
The Teachings of the Odd-Eyed One
The Teachings of the Odd-Eyed One (September 2008)
A Study and Translation of the Virupaksapancasika, with the Commentary of Vidyacakravartin
David Peter Lawrence - Author

A study and translation of a tantric contemplative manual and the commentary on it.

This book offers the first published translation of the contemplative manual Virūpāksapañcasikā, written circa the twelfth century CE, and the commentary on it, Vivrti by Vidyācakravartin. These late works from the Pratyabhij&nti...(Read More)
 
 
Living with Ambiguity
Living with Ambiguity (August 2008)
Religious Naturalism and the Menace of Evil
Donald A. Crosby - Author

How a religion based on the sacredness of nature deals with the problem of evil.

In this book Donald A. Crosby looks at how a religion based on the sacredness of nature deals with the problem of evil. Further developing and defending the vision of religious thought and life elaborated in his previous work, A Religion of Nature, Crosby explores how such a vision can enable us to interpret, respond to, an...(Read More)
 
 
Bergson-Deleuze Encounters
Bergson-Deleuze Encounters (August 2008)
Transcendental Experience and the Thought of the Virtual
Valentine Moulard-Leonard - Author

Explores the continuities and discontinuities in the work of Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze.

Bergson-Deleuze Encounters sheds light on the intricate bond between French philosophers Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze. It explores the major diffraction between the two thinkers, conveys a sense of the irreducible originality of Deleuze’s thought, and offers a detailed account of Ber...(Read More)

 
 
The Trinity and Creation in Augustine
The Trinity and Creation in Augustine (August 2008)
An Ecological Analysis
Scott A. Dunham - Author

Looks at Augustine’s theology in light of environmental concerns.

The first English-language book on Augustine’s Trinitarian doctrine of creation, The Trinity and Creation in Augustine explores Augustine’s relevance for contemporary environmental issues. Modern, environmentally conscious thinkers often see Augustine’s doctrines in a negative light, feeling they have been used to j...(Read More)
 
 
Mipam on Buddha-Nature
Mipam on Buddha-Nature (July 2008)
The Ground of the Nyingma Tradition
Douglas Samuel Duckworth - Author

A comprehensive overview of Tibetan Buddhist thinker Mipam’s work on emptiness and Buddha-nature.

Mipam (’ju mi pham rgya mtsho, 1846–1912) is one of the most prolific thinkers in the history of Tibet and is a key figure in the Nyingma tradition of Buddhism. His works continue to be widely studied in the Tibetan cultural region and beyond. This book provides an in-depth account of Mipam&...(Read More)
 
 
Reading Ricoeur
Reading Ricoeur (July 2008)
David M. Kaplan - Editor

Introduces readers to the work of Paul Ricoeur, one of the twentieth century’s leading philosophers.

In Reading Ricoeur, fourteen well-known scholars interpret, evaluate, and criticize the works of Paul Ricoeur, one of the twentieth century’s most important and far-reaching philosophers. The contributors discuss Ricoeur’s entire philosophical career: from his existentialist-phenomenology of t...(Read More)
 
 
Teaching Nonmajors
Teaching Nonmajors (July 2008)
Advice for Liberal Arts Professors
P. Sven Arvidson - Author

Delivers uncomplicated and useful techniques for better teaching to nonmajors in liberal arts courses.

Teaching Nonmajors focuses on what dedicated teachers want to know—how can I teach better in the classroom? Unlike most books on teaching, this book delivers uncomplicated and immediately useful techniques and strategies for teaching required courses to nonmajors. Providing practical examples and b...(Read More)
 
 
Imagining Law
Imagining Law (June 2008)
On Drucilla Cornell
Renée J. Heberle - Editor
Benjamin Pryor - Editor

Essays consider Drucilla Cornell’s contributions to philosophy, political theory, and legal studies.

Drucilla Cornell’s contribution to legal thought and philosophy is unique in its attention to diverse traditions and the possibilities of dialogue among them. Renée J. Heberle and Benjamin Pryor bring together scholars from a range of disciplines who reflect on Cornell’s influence and import...(Read More)
 
 
Overcoming Modernity
Overcoming Modernity (June 2008)
Synchronicity and Image-Thinking
Yasuo Yuasa - Author
Shigenori Nagatomo - Translation and introduction by
John W. M. Krummel - Translator

These last writings by Japanese philosopher Yuasa engage both Western and Eastern thought to reconsider modernity and offer an alternative, more holistic paradigm.

In Overcoming Modernity, which contains the last writings from Yuasa, the prominent Japanese scholar reconsiders the modern Western paradigm of thinking and in its place proposes a more holistic worldview. A wide range of topics are examined,...(Read More)
 
 
Ritual and Deference
Ritual and Deference (June 2008)
Extending Chinese Philosophy in a Comparative Context
Robert Cummings Neville - Author

Brings Confucianism and Daoism into conversation with contemporary philosophy and the contemporary world situation.

Ritual and Deference develops Robert Cummings Neville’s thesis that contemporary philosophy has much to gain by shaping itself through important themes of the Chinese philosophical traditions, especially the themes of ritual and deference. Neville here offers a broad and detailed interpret...(Read More)
 
 
The Legacy of Anne Conway (1631-1679)
The Legacy of Anne Conway (1631-1679) (May 2008)
Reverberations from a Mystical Naturalism
Carol Wayne White - Author

Explores the work of Anne Conway, whose philosophy of the natural world incorporated a spiritual vision.

Carol Wayne White introduces readers to the religious naturalism of the seventeenth-century English philosopher Anne Conway, whose work offers an analysis of the mechanical conception of nature. White shows how Conway’s mystical cosmology provides an alternative to the dominant mechanistic models advanc...(Read More)
 
 
The Philosopher as Witness
The Philosopher as Witness (May 2008)
Fackenheim and Responses to the Holocaust
Michael L. Morgan - Editor
Benjamin Pollock - Editor

Responses to Fackenheim’s reflections on the centrality of the Holocaust to philosophy, Jewish thought, and contemporary experience.

Emil Fackenheim (1916–2003), one of the most important Jewish philosophers of the twentieth century, called on the world at large not only to bear witness to the Holocaust as an unprecedented assault on Judaism and on humanity, but also to recognize that the question o...(Read More)
 
 
Understanding Gregory Bateson
Understanding Gregory Bateson (May 2008)
Mind, Beauty, and the Sacred Earth
Noel G. Charlton - Author

Introduction to Gregory Bateson’s unique perspective on the relationship of humanity to the natural world.

Gregory Bateson (1904–1980), anthropologist, psychologist, systems thinker, student of animal communication, and insightful environmentalist, was one of the most important holistic thinkers of the twentieth century. Noel G. Charlton offers this first truly accessible introduction to Bateson&rsquo...(Read More)
 
 
The Ends of Solidarity
The Ends of Solidarity (March 2008)
Discourse Theory in Ethics and Politics
Max Pensky - Author

An in-depth look at the theory of solidarity of German philosopher Jürgen Habermas, serving also as a comprehensive introduction to his work.

Jürgen Habermas’s discourse theory demands that human beings see themselves in relations of solidarity that cross national, racial, and religious divides. While his theory has won adherents across a spectrum of contemporary debates, the required vision of soli...(Read More)
 
 
Linguistic Philosophy
Linguistic Philosophy (March 2008)
The Central Story
Garth L. Hallett - Author

Explores the role language plays in the relationship between reality and utterance.

How much authority should language, the medium of communication, be accorded as a determinant of truth and therefore of what we say? Garth L. Hallett argues that, although never explicitly debated, this is the most significant issue of linguistic philosophy. Here, for the first time, he traces the issue’s story. Starting with r...(Read More)
 
 
Identity, Memory, and Diaspora
Identity, Memory, and Diaspora (February 2008)
Voices of Cuban-American Artists, Writers, and Philosophers
Jorge J. E. Gracia - Editor
Lynette M. F. Bosch - Editor
Isabel Alvarez Borland - Editor

Offers a detailed picture of the lives of Cuban Americans through interviews with artists, writers, and philosophers.

This fascinating volume contains interviews with nineteen prominent Cuban-American artists, writers, and philosophers who tell their stories and share what they consider important for understanding their work. Struggling with issues of Cuban-American identity in particular and social identity in gen...(Read More)
 
 
The Perfectibility of Human Nature in Eastern and Western Thought
The Perfectibility of Human Nature in Eastern and Western Thought (February 2008)
Harold Coward - Author

Explores the issue of the perfectibility of nature in philosophy, psychology, and a variety of world religions.

How perfectible is human nature as understood in Eastern and Western philosophy, psychology, and religion? Harold Coward examines some of the very different answers to this question. He poses that in Western thought, including philosophy, psychology, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, human nature is ...(Read More)
 
 
Philosophy and the City
Philosophy and the City (January 2008)
Classic to Contemporary Writings
Sharon M. Meagher - Editor

The definitive source book on philosophy and the city.

Using philosophical works from ancient Greece to contemporary times, Philosophy and the City demonstrates both why philosophy matters to the city and how cities matter to philosophy. The collection addresses questions that remain central to urban planning and everyday urban life, such as, What is a city? What does it mean to be a good citizen? By ...(Read More)
 
 
Sarah Kofman's Corpus
Sarah Kofman's Corpus (January 2008)
Tina Chanter - Editor
Pleshette DeArmitt - Editor

Draws connections between the life and writings of philosopher Sarah Kofman.

This groundbreaking collection sketches a portrait of Sarah Kofman (1934–1994), the brilliant French feminist philosopher and author of more than two dozen books on an impressive range of topics and figures in philosophy, literature, psychoanalysis, aesthetics, and feminism. Leading feminist philosophers examine the lessons that Kofma...(Read More)
 
 
Why Democracy?
Why Democracy? (January 2008)
Paul Fairfield - Author

Reexamines the normative justification for democratic politics.

While much of the world now embraces the democratic idea—that the people must rule—the philosophical case for democracy has yet to be made convincingly. Why Democracy? not only reexamines the current debates in normative democratic theory, but also challenges popular conceptions that tend toward an uncritical idealization of popular ...(Read More)
 
 
Social Philosophy and Our Changing Points of View
Social Philosophy and Our Changing Points of View (January 2008)
Steven Scalet - Editor

Essays on contemporary issues in political philosophy.

This book is a collection of six essays adapted from an undergraduate honors conference held at Binghamton University, Spring 2008. Each essay addresses a contemporary issue in political philosophy. The essays originated as Honors Projects administered through the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL) at Binghamton University. The major leads to an ...(Read More)
 
 
Styles of Thought
Styles of Thought (November 2007)
Interpretation, Inquiry, and Imagination
David Weissman - Author

Differentiates inquiry from interpretation in order to secure a foundation for truth.

Every man and woman is located in two ways. One is stolidly physical: each human body has a unique address and trajectory. The other comes with beliefs that locate us by answering a salvo of questions: Who, what, and where am I? What are my relations to other people and things? Answers come with either of two emphases. Beliefs crit...(Read More)
 
 
The Japanese Arts and Self-Cultivation
The Japanese Arts and Self-Cultivation (November 2007)
Robert E. Carter - Author
Eliot Deutsch - Foreword by

Explores how spiritual values are learned and mind and body developed through the practice of the Japanese arts.

It is through the practice of the arts, and not through rules or theory that moral and spiritual values are taught in Japan. Author Robert E. Carter examines five arts (or “ways” in Japan): the martial art of aikido, Zen landscape gardening, the Way of Tea, the Way of Flowers, and ...(Read More)
 
 
Adorno
Adorno (October 2007)
The Recovery of Experience
Roger Foster - Author

Examines the role of experience within Adorno’s philosophy of language and epistemology.

In Adorno, Roger Foster argues that there is a coherent critical project at the core of Adorno’s philosophy of language and epistemology, the key to which is the recovery of a broader understanding of experience. Foster claims, in Adorno’s writings, it is the concept of spiritual experience that denotes ...(Read More)
 
 
Global Fragments
Global Fragments (October 2007)
Globalizations, Latinamericanisms, and Critical Theory
Eduardo Mendieta - Author

Philosophical explorations of the processes of globalization, particularly in the context of Latin America.

Global Fragments offers an innovative analysis of globalization that aims to circumvent the sterile dichotomies that either praise or demonize globalization. Eduardo Mendieta applies an interdisciplinary approach to one of the most fundamental experiences of globalization: the mega-urbanization o...(Read More)
 
 
In-Between Bodies
In-Between Bodies (October 2007)
Sexual Difference, Race, and Sexuality
Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo - Author

Connects theories of sexual difference to race and queer theories through a focus on “in-between” bodies.

Residing between culture and nature, lived bodies are not fixed objects nor biological givens. In-Between Bodies examines “the body” in light of recent work in sexual difference theory and considers contributions provided by sexual difference frameworks, as well as their limits. Ad...(Read More)
 
 
The Dynamic Individualism of William James
The Dynamic Individualism of William James (October 2007)
James O. Pawelski - Author

Explores James’s concept of the individual in terms of physiology, psychology, philosophy, and religion

The Dynamic Individualism of William James analyzes James’s rich and complex thought through an examination of his individualism. A central theme of James’s writings, individualism underlies his basic views on freedom, society, government, psychology, education, religion, pragmatism, an...(Read More)
 
 
The Question of the Other
The Question of the Other (September 2007)
Bernhard Waldenfels - Author

Introduces the phenomenology of the Other, taking into account the work of Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Schutz, and Derrida, but mostly going back to things themselves.

Drawn from a series of lectures that Bernhard Waldenfels delivered in honor of the Chinese philosopher Tang Junyi, The Question of the Other is a collection of seven papers introducing what he calls a new sort of responsive phenomenology....(Read More)
 
 
Paul Ricoeur and the Poetic Imperative
Paul Ricoeur and the Poetic Imperative (August 2007)
The Creative Tension between Love and Justice
W. David Hall - Author

Looks at Ricoeur’s writings on love and justice, prominent toward the end of his life, and how these serve as an interpretive key to his thought as a whole.

This book addresses the thought of Paul Ricoeur (1913–2005), paying particular attention to the creative tension between love and justice as principle themes in his work. Dealing with these issues chiefly in his writings on religion, Ricoeur explore...(Read More)
 
 
John Dewey in China
John Dewey in China (August 2007)
To Teach and to Learn
Jessica Ching-Sze Wang - Author

Shows how John Dewey’s visit to China from 1919–1921 influenced his social and political thought.

Combining biography with philosophy, this book explores John Dewey’s two-year trip to China (1919–1921) and its legacy for him as a teacher and a learner. Jessica Ching-Sze Wang looks at how Dewey was received in China, what he learned, and how he was changed as a result. She examines the intrigu...(Read More)
 
 
Such a Deathly Desire
Such a Deathly Desire (August 2007)
Pierre Klossowski - Author
Russell Ford - Translation and afterword by

Provocative essays on language, literature, and the aesthetics of embodiment.

Shocking, brilliant, and eccentric, the French author, translator, and artist Pierre Klossowski (1905–2001) exerted a profound effect on French intellectual culture throughout the twentieth century. The older brother of the painter Balthus, secretary to the novelist André Gide, friend to Georges Bataille and Maurice Blanchot, ...(Read More)
 
 
Religion and the Muse
Religion and the Muse (August 2007)
The Vexed Relation between Religion and Western Literature
Ernest H. Rubinstein - Author

Looks at the relationship between religion and literature and how both have appealed to the Western spiritual sensibility.

Ever since Plato banished poets from his ideal state, Western religion and literature have been in tension. Through close readings of selected texts, Religion and the Muse explores the alternately complementary and conflictual ways that religion and literature have appealed to the W...(Read More)
 
 
Sartre and Adorno
Sartre and Adorno (August 2007)
The Dialectics of Subjectivity
David Sherman - Author

Systematic comparison of Sartre and Adorno that focuses on their theories of the subject.

Focusing on the notion of the subject in Sartre’s and Adorno’s philosophies, David Sherman argues that they offer complementary accounts of the subject that circumvent the excesses of its classical formation, yet are sturdy enough to support a concept of political agency, which is lacking in both poststructuralism a...(Read More)
 
 
Theophany
Theophany (July 2007)
The Neoplatonic Philosophy of Dionysius the Areopagite
Eric D. Perl - Author

Situates Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite as a Neoplatonic philosopher in the tradition of Plotinus and Proclus.

The work of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite stands at a cusp in the history of thought: it is at once Hellenic and Christian, classical and medieval, philosophical and theological. Unlike the predominantly theological or text-historical studies which constitute much of the scholarly literature on Diony...(Read More)
 
 
Ellipsis
Ellipsis (July 2007)
Of Poetry and the Experience of Language after Heidegger, Holderlin, and Blanchot
William S. Allen - Author

Examines poetic language in the work of Heidegger, Hölderlin, and Blanchot.

What is the nature of poetic language when its experience involves an encounter with finitude; with failure, loss, and absence? For Martin Heidegger this experience is central to any thinking that would seek to articulate the meaning of being, but for Friedrich Hölderlin and Maurice Blanchot it is a mark of the tragic and unanswera...(Read More)
 
 
Historical-critical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mythology
Historical-critical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mythology (July 2007)
F. W. J. Schelling - Author
Mason Richey - Translator
Markus Zisselsberger - Translator
Jason M. Wirth - Foreword by

Appearing in English for the first time, Schelling’s 1842 lectures develop the idea that many philosophical concepts are born of religious-mythological notions.

Translated here into English for the first time, F. W. J. Schelling’s 1842 lectures on the Philosophy of Mythology are an early example of interdisciplinary thinking. In seeking to show the development of the concept of the divine Godhead in and thr...(Read More)
 
 
Identity and Difference
Identity and Difference (July 2007)
Studies in Hegel's Logic, Philosophy of Spirit, and Politics
Philip T. Grier - Editor

Contributors draw on Hegel’s account of identity and difference to challenge conventional theories of identity.

Identity and difference (or sameness and otherness) are contrasting but interrelated terms that have played an explicit role in the development of Western philosophy at least since Plato wrote the Sophist. As Plato pointed out then, and Hegel reiterated more recently in his Science of Logic...(Read More)
 
 
The Grounding of Positive Philosophy
The Grounding of Positive Philosophy (July 2007)
The Berlin Lectures
F. W. J. Schelling - Author
Bruce Matthews - Translated with an introduction and notes by

The first English translation of Schelling’s final “existential system.”

The Berlin lectures in The Grounding of Positive Philosophy, appearing here for the first time in English, advance Schelling’s final “existential system” as an alternative to modernity’s reduction of philosophy to a purely formal science of reason. The onetime protégé of Fichte and...(Read More)
 
 
Awakening Warrior
Awakening Warrior (May 2007)
Revolution in the Ethics of Warfare
Timothy L. Challans - Author

2007 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Explores moral progress in the American military.

Awakening Warrior argues for a revolution in the ethics of warfare for the American War Machine—those political and military institutions that engage the world with physical force. Timothy L. Challans focuses on the systemic, institutional level of morality rather than bemoaning the mora...(Read More)
 
 
Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance
Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance (May 2007)
Shannon Sullivan - Editor
Nancy Tuana - Editor

Leading scholars explore how different forms of ignorance are produced and sustained, and the role they play in knowledge practices.

Offering a wide variety of philosophical approaches to the neglected philosophical problem of ignorance, this groundbreaking collection builds on Charles Mills’s claim that racism involves an inverted epistemology, an epistemology of ignorance. Contributors explore how different...(Read More)
 
 
The Soul of Classical American Philosophy
The Soul of Classical American Philosophy (May 2007)
The Ethical and Spiritual Insights of William James, Josiah Royce, and Charles Sanders Peirce
Richard P. Mullin - Author

Introduces the spiritual ideas of three major American philosophers.

The Soul of Classical American Philosophy is an introduction to the thought of William James, Josiah Royce, and Charles Sanders Peirce, particularly in terms of the ethical and the spiritual. Writing for the nonspecialist in a straightforward style, Richard P. Mullin brings together the central ideas of these three key figures of classical A...(Read More)
 
 
Contemporary Italian Philosophy
Contemporary Italian Philosophy (April 2007)
Crossing the Borders of Ethics, Politics, and Religion
Silvia Benso - Editor/translator
Brian Schroeder - Editor

Leading Italian philosophers engage issues in ethics, politics, and religion.

Italian philosophy provides a long-overdue and much-needed supplement to continental thinking. This book offers some living and lively examples, some for the first time in English, of original thought from the Italian philosophical scene. The contributors—seventeen leading Italian philosophers—offer perspectives from many are...(Read More)
 
 
Living Attention
Living Attention (April 2007)
On Teresa Brennan
Alice A. Jardine - Editor
Shannon Lundeen - Editor
Kelly Oliver - Editor

Interdisciplinary exploration of the scope and impact of Teresa Brennan’s lifework.

As an internationally respected feminist philosopher, radical social and political theorist, and tireless activist, Teresa Brennan (1952–2003) was one of the most provocative thinkers of our time. Living Attention is a tribute to the significance of her thought and a testament to the transformative power of her lif...(Read More)
 
 
Mencius and Masculinities
Mencius and Masculinities (April 2007)
Dynamics of Power, Morality, and Maternal Thinking
Joanne D. Birdwhistell - Author

Looks at the Confucian classic Mencius from a feminist perspective and uncovers the “maternal thinking” within the work.

In this innovative work, Joanne D. Birdwhistell presents the first gender analysis of the Mencius, a central text in the Chinese philosophical tradition. Mencian philosophy, particularly its ideas about the processes by which a man could develop into a cultivated gentlem...(Read More)
 
 
Plotinus and the Presocratics
Plotinus and the Presocratics (March 2007)
A Philosophical Study of Presocratic Influences in Plotinus' Enneads
Giannis Stamatellos - Author

The first book-length philosophical study on the Presocratic influences in Plotinus’ Enneads.

Filling the void in the current scholarship, Giannis Stamatellos provides the first book-length study of the Presocratic influences in Plotinus’ Enneads. Widely regarded as the founder of Neoplatonism, Plotinus (204–270 AD) assimilated eight centuries of Greek thought into his work. In this book Sta...(Read More)
 
 
Rethinking the Just War Tradition
Rethinking the Just War Tradition (March 2007)
Michael W. Brough - Editor
John W. Lango - Editor
Harry van der Linden - Editor

Contributors seek to promote reasoned debate about emerging security threats and potential military responses.

The just war tradition is an evolving body of tenets for determining when resorting to war is just and how war may be justly executed. Rethinking the Just War Tradition provides a timely exploration in light of new security threats that have emerged since the end of the Cold War, including ongoing c...(Read More)
 
 
Whitehead's Radically Different Postmodern Philosophy
Whitehead's Radically Different Postmodern Philosophy (March 2007)
An Argument for Its Contemporary Relevance
David Ray Griffin - Author

Examines the postmodern implications of Whitehead’s metaphysical system.

Postmodern philosophy is often dismissed as unintelligible, self-contradictory, and as a passing fad with no contribution to make to the problems faced by philosophers in our time. While this characterization may be true of the type of philosophy labeled postmodern in the 1980s and 1990s, David Ray Griffin argues that Alfred North Whit...(Read More)
 
 
Dante and Derrida
Dante and Derrida (February 2007)
Face to Face
Francis J. Ambrosio - Author

Discusses Derrida as a religious thinker, reading Dante’s Commedia and Derrida’s religious writings together.

Reading Dante’s Commedia alongside Jacques Derrida’s later religious writings, Francis J. Ambrosio explores what these works reveal about religion as a fundamental dynamic of human existence, about freedom and responsibility, and about the significance of writing itself....(Read More)
 
 
The Birth of Novalis
The Birth of Novalis (February 2007)
Friedrich von Hardenberg's Journal of 1797, with Selected Letters and Documents
Bruce Donehower - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by
Novalis - Author
Friedrich von Hardenberg - Author

A frank and candid glimpse into the early life of the maturing poet.

Friedrich von Hardenberg, who later became known as the poet Novalis, kept a journal between April and July 1797 that captured his moods, thoughts, and observations following the death of his fifteen-year-old fiancée Sophie von Kühn and his dearly loved younger brother Erasmus. The journal’s short, day-to-day entries allow a frank...(Read More)
 
 
Hegel's Absolute
Hegel's Absolute (January 2007)
An Introduction to Reading the Phenomenology of Spirit
Donald Phillip Verene - Author

Offers suggestions for approaching Hegel’s most difficult and important work.

Reputed to be one of the most difficult yet rewarding works of philosophical literature, Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit has long been in need of an introduction for English readers. Without using jargon or technical terms, Donald Phillip Verene provides that introduction, guiding the reader through Hegel’s text a...(Read More)
 
 
Democratizing Technology
Democratizing Technology (October 2006)
Andrew Feenberg's Critical Theory of Technology
Tyler J. Veak - Editor

The first volume to critically engage the work of Andrew Feenberg.

Largely because of the Internet and the new economy, technology has become the buzzword of our culture. But what is it, and how does it affect our lives? More importantly, can we control and shape it, or does it control us? In short, can we make technology more democratic? Using the work of Andrew Feenberg, one of the most important and original fig...(Read More)
 
 
The Philosopher's
The Philosopher's "I" (October 2006)
Autobiography and the Search for the Self
J. Lenore Wright - Author

Using works written over the course of 1,500 years, considers philosophers’ autobiographies as a genre of philosophical writing.

This book examines philosophers’ autobiographies as a genre of philosophical writing. Author J. Lenore Wright focuses her attention on five philosophical autobiographies: Augustine’s Confessions, Descartes’ Meditations, Rousseau’s The Confessi...(Read More)
 
 
Critical Affinities
Critical Affinities (September 2006)
Nietzsche and African American Thought
Jacqueline Scott - Editor
A. Todd Franklin - Editor
Robert Gooding-Williams - Foreword by

Explores convergences between the ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche and African American thought.

Critical Affinities is the first book to explore the multifaceted relationship between the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and various dimensions of African American thought. Exploring the connections between these two unlikely interlocutors, the contributors focus on unmasking and understanding the root causes and ...(Read More)
 
 
The Cage
The Cage (September 2006)
Must, Should, and Ought from Is
David Weissman - Author

Philosophical examination of the relationship of normativity and freedom.

Hume argued that is does not entail ought; that we cannot infer necessity or obligation from any description of actual states of affairs. His philosophical heirs continue to argue that nothing outside ourselves constrains us. The Cage maintains, contrary to Humean tradition, that reality is a set of nested contexts, each di...(Read More)
 
 
The Gift of the Other
The Gift of the Other (August 2006)
Levinas and the Politics of Reproduction
Lisa Guenther - Author

2007 Symposium Book Award presented by Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy

A philosophical exploration of birth, maternity, and reproduction.

The Gift of the Other brings together a philosophical analysis of time, embodiment, and ethical responsibility with a feminist critique of the way women’s reproductive capacity has been theorized and represented in Wes...(Read More)
 
 
Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present
Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present (May 2006)
Philosophy in the Land of Prophecy
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Author

A comprehensive overview of the Islamic philosophical tradition.

Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present offers a comprehensive overview of Islamic philosophy from the ninth century to the present day. As Seyyed Hossein Nasr attests, within this tradition, philosophizing is done in a world in which prophecy is the central reality of life—a reality related not only to the realms of actio...(Read More)

 
 
Inquiry and Education
Inquiry and Education (April 2006)
John Dewey and the Quest for Democracy
James Scott Johnston - Author

Provides a central role for Dewey’s talk of education and how it fits into his overall philosophy.

Inquiry and Education offers a lucid and challenging interpretation of John Dewey, his critics, and his supporters. Thematically organized, the book focuses on four of Dewey’s preeminent concerns—inquiry, growth, community, and democracy—and their close association with formal education. This book f...(Read More)
 
 
Family Feuds
Family Feuds (April 2006)
Wollstonecraft, Burke, and Rousseau on the Transformation of the Family
Eileen Hunt Botting - Author

Compares the role of the family in the political thought of Rousseau, Burke, and Wollstonecraft.

Family Feuds is the first sustained comparative study of the place of the family in the political thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Edmund Burke, and Mary Wollstonecraft. Eileen Hunt Botting argues that Wollstonecraft recognized both Rousseau’s and Burke’s influential stature in late eighteenth-century de...(Read More)
 
 
Liberation as Affirmation
Liberation as Affirmation (March 2006)
The Religiosity of Zhuangzi and Nietzsche
Ge Ling Shang - Author

Uses the concept of religiosity to challenge traditional views of Nietzsche and Zhuangzi as nihilistic and anti-religious.

In this book, author Ge Ling Shang provides a systematic comparison of original texts by Zhuangzi (fourth century BCE) and Nietzsche (1846–1900), under the rubric of religiosity, to challenge those who have customarily relegated both thinkers to relativism, nihilism, escapism, pessimism, or ...(Read More)
 
 
Briefings on Existence
Briefings on Existence (March 2006)
A Short Treatise on Transitory Ontology
Alain Badiou - Author
Norman Madarasz - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by

Explores the link between mathematics and ontology.

This book continues Alain Badiou’s project to posit an integral link between mathematics and ontology. Originally published as part of a trilogy in 1998, Briefings on Existence engages the ideas of Deleuze, Spinoza, Plato, Aristotle, and Kant and outlines how the philosophical inquiry into Being and existence converges with the possible world topology ...(Read More)
 
 
Heidegger, Rorty, and the Eastern Thinkers
Heidegger, Rorty, and the Eastern Thinkers (March 2006)
A Hermeneutics of Cross-Cultural Understanding
Wei Zhang - Author

Explores the cross-cultural endeavors of Rorty and Heidegger, particularly how this work addresses the possibilities of comparative philosophy itself.

Wei Zhang joins the ongoing hermeneutic quest for understanding and appropriating the East-West encounter and cross-cultural engagement by exploring Martin Heidegger’s and Richard Rorty’s cross-cultural encounters with Eastern thinkers. Zhang begins by ex...(Read More)
 
 
Philosophical Dialectics
Philosophical Dialectics (March 2006)
An Essay on Metaphilosophy
Nicholas Rescher - Author

A study in philosophical methodology aimed at providing a clear view of the scope and limits of philosophical inquiry.

While the pursuit of philosophy “of” studies—of science, of art, of politics—has blossomed, the philosophy of philosophy remains a comparatively neglected domain. In this book, Nicholas Rescher fills this gap by offering a study in methodology aimed at providing a clear view of ...(Read More)
 
 
The German Invention of Race
The German Invention of Race (February 2006)
Sara Eigen - Editor
Mark Larrimore - Editor

Illuminates the emergence of race as a central concept in philosophy and the social sciences.

In The German Invention of Race, historians, philosophers, and scholars in literary, cultural, and religious studies trace the origins of the concept of “race” to Enlightenment Germany and seek to understand the issues at work in creating a definition of race. The work introduces a significant connection to th...(Read More)
 
 
An Islamic Philosophy of Virtuous Religions
An Islamic Philosophy of Virtuous Religions (February 2006)
Introducing Alfarabi
Joshua Parens - Author

Explores the approach to peaceful religious coexistence offered by Alfarabi, the greatest Islamic political philosopher.


Joshua Parens provides an introduction to the thought of Alfarabi, a tenth-century Muslim political philosopher whose writings are particularly relevant today. Parens focuses on Alfarabi’s Attainment of Happiness, in which he envisions the kind of government ...(Read More)
 
 
Being in the Pampas
Being in the Pampas (January 2006)
The Question of Being in Argentine Literature
Julio Cesar Diaz - Author

Explores the question of being through readings of Parmenides’s Poem, Zeno’s paradoxes, and Plato’s Parmenides.

The question of being arose in Greek philosophy out of a sense of awe before the diversity and plurality of beings. In Eleatic philosophy, this sense of awe soon became a quest for unity in the multiplicity of beings. The history of Western ontology is an attempt to convey, interpret, ...(Read More)
 
 
The Gods and Technology
The Gods and Technology (January 2006)
A Reading of Heidegger
Richard Rojcewicz - Author


An analysis of Heidegger’s philosophy of technology.

The Gods and Technology
is a careful and original reading of the principal statement of Martin Heidegger’s philosophy of technology, the essay Die Frage nach der Technik (“The question concerning technology”). That essay is a rich one, and Richard Rojcewicz’s goal is to mine it for the treasures only a cl...(Read More)
 
 
The Broken Whole
The Broken Whole (November 2005)
Philosophical Steps Toward a Theology of Global Solidarity
Thomas E. Reynolds - Author


Considers the problem of pluralism and offers a vision of human solidarity for the postmodern era.

In an increasingly precarious global situation, and in light of the postmodern emphasis on difference, efforts to grasp the "whole" as something universally shared by all human beings have fallen short, according to Thomas E. Reynolds. In this book, he explores the philosophical and theologic...(Read More)
 
 
Troubling Play
Troubling Play (October 2005)
Meaning and Entity in Plato's Parmenides
Kelsey Wood - Author

This new interpretation of Plato's Parmenides emphasizes its treatment of time and language—insights especially relevant for those working in the Continental tradition.

Troubling Pla
y is a new and illuminating interpretation of Plato's Parmenides—notoriously the most difficult of the dialogues. Showing that the Parmenides is an inquiry into time and the forms of language, author Kelsey ...(Read More)
 
 
Kierkegaard's Philosophy of Becoming
Kierkegaard's Philosophy of Becoming (September 2005)
Movements and Positions
Clare Carlisle - Author

An accessible and original exploration of the theological and philosophical significance of Kierkegaard’s religious thought.

Søren Kierkegaard’s proposal of “repetition” as the new category of truth signaled the beginning of existentialist thought, turning philosophical attention from the pursuit of objective knowledge to the movement of becoming that characterizes each individual&#x...(Read More)
 
 
Sojourns
Sojourns (July 2005)
The Journey to Greece
Martin Heidegger - Author
John Panteleimon Manoussakis - Translator
John Sallis - Foreword by

Heidegger's philosophical journal, written during his first visit to Greece in 1962, and appearing here in English for the first time.

The story of Martin Heidegger's enigmatic search for truth in the land that inspired his philosophy, Aufenthalte (Sojourns) is the philosophical journal that he kept during his first visit to Greece in the spring of 1962. Available here for the first time in English, this invalu...(Read More)
 
 
Hegel and the Other