Category: Philosophy

Migrating Texts and Traditions

December 15, 2012 | 400 pages
Philosophy is deeply influenced by the culture in which it is developed: classical Greek culture inspired Greek philosophy, Christianity influenced medieval Western philosophy, Asian culture shaped Buddhism and Confucianism. Even today, philosophical approaches such as postmodernism and conceptual... More Info

Predictably Irrational

HarperCollins | April 27, 2010 | 349 pages
Explores the reasons why irrational thought often overcomes level-headed practices, explaining the structural patterns that cause people to make the same mistakes repeatedly, with new insight into the financial crisis.  More Info

Tales of the Dervishes

Penguin Group USA | October 1, 1993 | 221 pages
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On Living and Dying Well

Penguin Classics | November 27, 2012 | 240 pages
Philosophical writings on “the good life” by the great Roman orator, in a vital new translation In the first century BC, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator, statesman, and defender of republican values, created these philosophical treatises on such diverse and trenchant topics as friendship,... More Info

The Fair Society

University of Chicago Press | October 1, 2012 | 251 pages
We’ve been told, again and again, that life is unfair. But what if we’re wrong simply to resign ourselves to this situation? What if we have the power—and more, the duty—to change society for the better? We do. And our very nature inclines us to do so. That’s the provocative argument... More Info

Fundamentalism:The Search For Meaning

OUP Oxford | March 24, 2005 | 260 pages
Since the end of the Cold War fundamentalism has been seen as the major threat to world peace and prosperity, a concern that was exacerbated by the events of 9/11, and the 'War against Terrorism'.But what does 'fundamentalism' really mean? Since it was coined by American Protestant evangelicals in... More Info

Sewn in the Sweatshops of Marx

University of Chicago Press | October 8, 2012 | 91 pages
Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Yves Klein, and Marcel Duchamp form an unlikely quartet, but they each played a singular role in shaping a new avant-garde for the 1960s and beyond. Each of them staged brash, even shocking, events and produced works that challenged the way the mainstream art world... More Info

Walter Benjamin

University of Chicago Press | August 15, 2012 | 244 pages
Seven decades after his death, German Jewish writer, philosopher, and literary critic Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) continues to fascinate and influence. Here Uwe Steiner offers a comprehensive and sophisticated introduction to the oeuvre of this intriguing theorist. Acknowledged only by a small... More Info

Animal Rights Without Liberation

September 16, 2012 | 246 pages
Alasdair Cochrane introduces an entirely new theory of animal rights grounded in their interests as sentient beings. He then applies this theory to different and underexplored policy areas, such as genetic engineering, pet-keeping, indigenous hunting, and religious slaughter. In contrast to other... More Info

After Evil

November 11, 2012 | 526 pages
The way in which mainstream human rights discourse speaks of such evils as the Holocaust, slavery, or apartheid puts them solidly in the past. Its elaborate techniques of "transitional" justice encourage future generations to move forward by creating a false assumption of closure, enabling those... More Info
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The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere

Columbia Univ Pr | February 1, 2011 | 137 pages
The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere represents a rare opportunity to experience a diverse group of preeminent philosophers confronting one pervasive contemporary concern: what role doesùor shouldùreligion play in our public lives?  More Info

Subjects of Desire

June 12, 2012 | 268 pages
This classic work by one of the most important philosophers and critics of our time charts the genesis and trajectory of the desiring subject from Hegel's formulation in "Phenomenology of Spirit" to its appropriation by Koj?ve, Hyppolite, Sartre, Lacan, Deleuze, and Foucault. Judith Butler plots... More Info

Philosophy of Communication

MIT Press (MA) | August 10, 2012 | 674 pages
To philosophize is to communicate philosophically. From its inception, philosophy hascommunicated forcefully. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle talk a lot, and talk ardently. Becausephilosophy and communication have belonged together from the beginning--and because philosophy comesinto its own and... More Info

The Ethics of Animal Research

MIT Press (MA) | March 30, 2012 | 352 pages
An estimated 100 million nonhuman vertebrates worldwide--including primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, birds, rats, and mice--are bred, captured, or otherwise acquired every year for research purposes. Much of this research is seriously detrimental to the welfare of these animals, causing... More Info

Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Responsibility

MIT Press | September 14, 2012 | 349 pages
"Human dignity" has been enshrined in international agreements and nationalconstitutions as a fundamental human right. The World Medical Association calls on physicians torespect human dignity and to discharge their duties with dignity. And yet human dignity is aterm--like love, hope, and... More Info

Political Philosophy

October 30, 2012 | 296 pages
Who ought to govern? Why should I obey the law? How should conflict be controlled? What is the proper education for a citizen and a statesman? These questions probe some of the deepest and most enduring problems that every society confronts, regardless of time and place. Today we ask the same... More Info

Reason, Faith, and Revolution

Yale Univ Pr | March 16, 2010 | 200 pages
Terry Eagleton’s witty and polemical Reason, Faith, and Revolution is bound to cause a stir among scientists, theologians, people of faith and people of no faith, as well as general readers eager to understand the God Debate. On the one hand, Eagleton demolishes what he calls the... More Info

Giving Voice to Values

February 28, 2012 | 273 pages
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Abnormal

Picador USA | September 1, 2004 | 374 pages
A second collection of lectures by the influential philosopher addresses the role of psychiatry in the modern criminal justice system, the theme of societal defense against criminals, how to define "abnormality" and "normality," and how to identify and categorize criminal behavior and perpetrators.... More Info

"Society Must Be Defended"

Picador USA | November 18, 2003 | 336 pages
Exploring the interrelationship between war and politics, a series of lectures by the late French philosopher traces the evolution of a new understanding of society and its relation to war, revealing war as the permanent basis of all institutions of power. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.  More Info

Louis Althusser

Psychology Press | January 24, 2006 | 162 pages
Best known for his theories of ideology and its impact on politics and culture, Louis Althusser revolutionized Marxist theory. His writing changed the face of literary and cultural studies, and continues to influence political modes of criticism such as feminism, postcolonialism and queer theory.  More Info

The history of sexuality

May 24, 1998 |
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Care of the Self: T

Vintage | November 28, 1988 | 288 pages
The Care of the Self is the third and possibly final volume of Michel Foucault's widely acclaimed examination of "the experience of sexuality in Western society." Foucault takes us into the first two centuries of our own era, into the Golden Age of Rome, to reveal a subtle but decisive break from... More Info

Power/knowledge

Vintage | November 12, 1980 | 270 pages
Study of the intersection of history and philosophy as it relates to recent French political change, evidenced in essays concerning popular justice, power struggles, and the history of sexuality  More Info

The Birth of the Clinic

Psychology Press | July 3, 2003 | 288 pages
In this remarkable book Michel Foucault, one of the most influential thinkers of recent times, calls us to look critically at specific historical events in order to uncover new layers of significance. In doing so, he challenges our assumptions not only about history, but also about the nature of... More Info

Emmanuel Lévinas

Taylor & Francis | May 24, 2017 | 138 pages
In this clear, accessible guide, Sean Hand sets Levinas's work in its intellectual and social contexts and examines: the influence of phenomenology and Judaism on Levinas's thought key Levinasian concepts such as the 'face', the 'other', ethical consciousness and responsibility Levinas's work on... More Info

Excitable Speech

Psychology Press | May 24, 1997 | 185 pages
Excitable Speech examines the issue of the threatening action of words. Negotiating the work of Austin, Derrida and Bourdieu, Butler offers a theory of the political performativity of language and illuminates the efficacy of injurious language.  More Info

Ideas That Matter

January 3, 2012 | 448 pages
With customary wit and passion, a renowned philosopher examines the essential theories, movements and philosophies that will shape our world in the decades to come, from animal rights to bioethics and neurophilosophy, from war crimes and fundamentalism to globalization. Reprint.  More Info

Introductions to Nietzsche

February 9, 2012 | 302 pages
A comprehensive and unusual introduction to Nietzsche, providing a separate introductory essay for each of his major works.  More Info

This Is Not a Pipe

Univ of California Pr | July 1, 2008 | 104 pages
What does it mean to write "This is not a pipe" across a bluntly literal painting of a pipe? Reneacute; Magritte's famous canvas provides the starting point for a delightful homage by French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. Much better known for his incisive and mordant explorations of... More Info

Meaning and Humour

Cambridge University Press | May 31, 2012 | 380 pages
How are humorous meanings generated and interpreted? Understanding a joke involves knowledge of the language code (a matter mostly of semantics) and background knowledge necessary for making the inferences to get the joke (a matter of pragmatics). This book introduces and critiques a wide range of... More Info

The Cambridge Companion to Deleuze

Cambridge University Press | September 27, 2012 | 392 pages
Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was an influential and provocative twentieth-century thinker who developed and presented an alternative to the image of thought found in traditional philosophy. This volume offers an extensive survey of Deleuze's philosophy by some of his most influential interpreters.... More Info
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Appropriating the Past

Cambridge University Press | September 30, 2012 | 350 pages
In this book an international team of archaeologists, philosophers, lawyers, and heritage professionals addresses significant ethical questions about the rights to access, manage, and interpret the material remains of the past. The chapters explore competing claims to interpret and appropriate the... More Info

Versions of Antihumanism

April 19, 2012 | 340 pages
"Stanley Fish, one of the foremost critics of literature working today, has spent much of his career writing and thinking about Milton. This book brings together his finest published work with brand new material on Milton and on other authors and topics in early modern literature. In his analyses... More Info

Meaning and Relevance

March 22, 2012 | 400 pages
When people speak, their words never fully encode what they mean, and the context is always compatible with a variety of interpretations. How can comprehension ever be achieved? Wilson and Sperber argue that comprehension is a process of inference guided by precise expectations of relevance. What... More Info

Ethics and Science

Cambridge University Press | October 31, 2012 | 392 pages
Who owns your genes? What does climate science imply for policy? Do corporations conduct honest research? Should we teach intelligent design? Humans are creating a new world through science. The kind of world we are creating will not simply be decided by expanding scientific knowledge, but will... More Info

The Harm in Hate Speech

Harvard Univ Pr | May 14, 2012 | 264 pages
For constitutionalists, regulation of hate speech violates the First Amendment and damages a free society. Waldron rejects this view, and makes the case that hate speech should be regulated as part of a commitment to human dignity and to inclusion and respect for members of vulnerable minorities.  More Info

Secularism and Freedom of Conscience

Harvard University Press | October 24, 2011 | 152 pages
Jocelyn Maclure and Charles Taylor provide a clearly reasoned, articulate account of the two main principles of secularism—equal respect, and freedom of conscience—and argue that in our religiously diverse, politically interconnected world, secularism, properly understood, may offer the only... More Info

The Pursuits of Philosophy

Harvard Univ Pr | October 4, 2011 | 165 pages
Marking the tercentenary of David Hume's birth, Annette Baier has created an engaging guide to the philosophy of one of the greatest thinkers of Enlightenment Britain. Drawing deeply on a lifetime of scholarship and incisive commentary, she deftly weaves Hume’s autobiography together with his... More Info

Self-Knowledge and Resentment

Harvard Univ Pr | March 5, 2012 | 416 pages
In Self-Knowledge and Resentment, Akeel Bilgrami argues that self-knowledge of our intentional states is special among all the knowledges we have because it is not an epistemological notion in the standard sense of that term, but instead is a fallout of the radically normative nature of thought and... More Info

Early writings, 1910-1917

Belknap Press | May 9, 2011 | 303 pages
Walter Benjamin became a published writer at the age of seventeen. Yet the first stirrings of this most original of critical minds—penned during the years in which he transformed himself from the comfortable son of a haute-bourgeois German Jewish family into the nomadic, uncompromising... More Info
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Madness and civilization

Vintage | November 28, 1988 | 299 pages
Perhaps the French philosopher's masterpiece, which is concerned with an extraordinary question: What does it mean to be mad?  More Info

Rules, Reason, and Self-Knowledge

Harvard University Press | January 8, 2013 | 378 pages
Tanney challenges not only the cognitivist approach that has dominated philosophy and the special sciences for fifty years, but metaphysical-empirical approaches to the mind in general. Rules, Reason, and Self-Knowledge advocates a return to the world-involving, circumstance-dependent, normative... More Info

The Ethics of Voting

April 29, 2012 | 232 pages
Nothing is more integral to democracy than voting. Most people believe that every citizen has the civic duty or moral obligation to vote, that any sincere vote is morally acceptable, and that buying, selling, or trading votes is inherently wrong. In this provocative book, Jason Brennan challenges... More Info

Philosophical Logic

August 26, 2012 | 153 pages
Philosophical Logic is a clear and concise critical survey of nonclassical logics of philosophical interest written by one of the world's leading authorities on the subject. After giving an overview of classical logic, John Burgess introduces five central branches of nonclassical logic (temporal,... More Info

The I in We

Polity | October 23, 2012 | 240 pages
In this volume Axel Honneth deepens and develops his highly influential theory of recognition, showing how it enables us both to rethink the concept of justice and to offer a compelling account of the relationship between social reproduction and individual identity formation. Drawing on his... More Info

Trauma

Polity | June 26, 2012 | 180 pages
In this book Jeffrey C. Alexander develops an original social theory of trauma and uses it to carry out a series of empirical investigations into social suffering around the globe. Alexander argues that traumas are not merely psychological but collective experiences, and that trauma work plays a... More Info

Dignity in Adversity

Polity | November 15, 2011 | 288 pages
The language of human rights has become the public vocabulary of our contemporary world. Ironically, as the political influence of human rights has grown, their philosophical justification has become ever more controversial. Building on a theory of discourse ethics and communicative rationality,... More Info

Pragmatism

Polity | June 5, 2012 | 224 pages
Pragmatism: An Introduction provides an account of the arguments of the central figures of the most important philosophical tradition in the American history of ideas, pragmatism. This wide-ranging and accessible study explores the work of the classical pragmatists Charles Sanders Peirce, William... More Info

On Society

Polity | May 15, 2012 | 208 pages
'Society' is one of the most frequently used words in public life; it is also a foundational term in the social sciences. In our own time, however, the idea has never been so much in dispute and so little understood. For some critics, society is simply too consensual for a world of intensive... More Info

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