Books published by Columbia University Press

History and Repetition

Columbia University Press | August 20, 2019 | 239 pages
Kojin Karatani wrote the essays in History and Repetition during a time of radical historical change, triggered by the collapse of the Cold War and the death of the Showa emperor in 1989. Reading Karl Marx in an original way, Karatani developed a theory of history based on the repetitive cycle of... More Info

Buddhist Philosophy of Language in India

Columbia University Press | August 20, 2019 | 204 pages
"A readable, elegant translation and introduction to a central work in a neglected area of Buddhist philosophy."---Jonathan C. Gold, Princeton University Jnanasrimitra (975-1025) was regarded by both Buddhists and non-Buddhists as the most important Indian philosopher of his generation. His theory... More Info

The Metamorphoses of Fat

Columbia University Press | July 15, 2016 |
Georges Vigarello maps the evolution of Western ideas about fat and fat people from the Middle Ages to the present, paying particular attention to the role of science, fashion, fitness crazes, and public health campaigns in shaping these views. While hefty bodies were once a sign of power, today... More Info

Bodily Citations

Columbia University Press | August 20, 2019 | 311 pages
In such works as Gender Trouble and Bodies That Matter, Judith Butler broke new ground in understanding the construction and performance of identities. While Butler's writings have been crucial and often controversial in the development of feminist and queer theory, Bodily Citations is the first... More Info

Prison Notebooks

Columbia University Press | January 1, 2011 | 608 pages
Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) is widely celebrated as the most original political thinker in Western Marxism and an all-around outstanding intellectual figure. Arrested and imprisoned by the Italian Fascist regime in 1926, Gramsci died before fully regaining his freedom. Nevertheless, in his prison... More Info

The Domestication of Language

Columbia University Press | November 25, 2014 | 288 pages
Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to mean by them every day. Applying DarwinÕs theory of Òunconscious artificial selectionÓ to the... More Info

The New Censorship

Columbia University Press | November 18, 2014 | 240 pages
Journalists are being imprisoned and killed in record numbers. Online surveillance is annihilating privacy, and the Internet can be brought under government control at any time. Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, warns that we can no longer assume our global... More Info

Field Notes from Elsewhere

Columbia University Press | October 7, 2014 | 288 pages
In the fall of 2005, Mark C. Taylor, the controversial public intellectual and widely respected scholar, suddenly fell critically ill. For two days a team of forty doctors, many of whom thought he would not live, fought to save him. Taylor would eventually recover, but only to face a new threat:... More Info

If A, Then B

Columbia University Press | June 11, 2013 | 352 pages
While logical principles seem timeless, placeless, and eternal, their discovery is a story of personal accidents, political tragedies, and broad social change. If A, Then B begins with logic's emergence twenty-three centuries ago and tracks its expansion as a discipline ever since. It explores... More Info

Perversion for Profit

Columbia University Press | July 1, 2013 | 400 pages
While America is not alone in its ambivalence toward sex and its depictions, the preferences of the nation swing sharply between toleration and censure. This pattern has grown even more pronounced since the 1960s, with the emergence of the New Right and its attack on the "floodtide of filth" that... More Info

Truth, Errors, and Lies

Columbia University Press | August 20, 2019 | 460 pages
Grzegorz W. Kolodko, one of the world's leading authorities on economics and development policy and a key architect of Poland's successful economic reforms, applies his far-reaching knowledge to the past and future of the world economy, introducing a framework for understanding our global situation... More Info

Quest for Security

Columbia University Press | April 23, 2013 | 412 pages
The essays in this collection boldly confront the quest for security arising out of the social, economic, environmental, and political crises and transformations of our century. Joseph E. Stiglitz and Mary Kaldor begin with an expansive, balanced analysis of the global landscape and the factors... More Info

Animal Oppression and Human Violence

Columbia University Press | April 23, 2013 | 336 pages
Jared Diamond and other leading scholars have argued that the domestication of animals for food, labor, and tools of war has advanced the development of human society. But by comparing practices of animal exploitation for food and resources in different societies over time, David A. Nibert reaches... More Info

The Lives of Erich Fromm

Columbia University Press | February 24, 2013 | 410 pages
Looks at the life and works of Eric Fromm in the context of his many roles—political activist, psychologist, psychoanalyst, and philosopher.  More Info

L'Incident D'Antioche

Columbia University Press | February 10, 2013 | 216 pages
Offers an English-French bilingual edition of a noted philosopher's play, in which statesmen, workers and revolutionaries struggle to reconcile the nature and practice of politics. Reprint.  More Info

Revolution unending

Columbia University Press | February 1, 2005 | 370 pages
Having traveled and researched in Afghanistan since 1988, Gilles Dorronsoro has developed a rich and nuanced understanding of the country's history and people. In Revolution Unendinghe draws on his extensive firsthand experience to consider the political, historical, economic, and ethnic factors... More Info

Parting Ways

Columbia University Press | July 24, 2012 | 251 pages
Revisiting Edward Said's late proposals for a one-state solution, Butler has come to a startling suggestion: Jewish ethics not only demand a critique of Zionism, but must transcend its exclusive Jewishness in order to realize the ethical and political ideals of living together in radical democracy.  More Info