Books published by Harvard University Press

DISTILLING KNOWLEDGE

Harvard University Press | December 11, 2017 | 210 pages
Reacting to the perception that the break, early on in the scientific revolution, between alchemy and chemistry was clean and abrupt, Moran literately and engagingly recaps what was actually a slow process. Far from being the superstitious amalgam it is now considered, alchemy was genuine science... More Info
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The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History

Harvard University Press | March 5, 2012 | 352 pages
Professor:  Prof. Umut Ozsu
Course Codes:  LAWS 5663, 6003
Semester:  Fall-2017
Human rights offer a vision of international justice that today’s idealistic millions hold dear. Yet the very concept on which the movement is based became familiar only a few decades ago when it profoundly reshaped our hopes for an improved humanity. In this pioneering book, Samuel Moyn elevates... More Info

The Great Convergence

Harvard University Press | October 14, 2016 | 330 pages
From 1820 to 1990 the share of world income going to today s wealthy nations soared from 20% to 70%. That share has recently plummeted. Richard Baldwin shows how the combination of high tech with low wages propelled industrialization in developing nations, deindustrialization in developed nations,... More Info

On Betrayal

Harvard University Press | February 6, 2017 | 310 pages
Betrayal seems to have lost its grip on the public consciousness in liberal societies, yet it is all around us, dissolving the thick glue of trust that holds friends, families, and communities together. By focusing on the ethics of betrayal, Avishai Margalit offers a philosophical account of what... More Info

Moral Prejudices

Harvard University Press | December 11, 1995 | 369 pages
Annette Baier delivers an appeal for our fundamental moral notions to be governed not by rules and codes but by trust: a moral prejudice. Along the way, she gives us the best feminist philosophy there is. Baierâe(tm)s topics range from violence to love, from cruelty to justice, and are linked by a... More Info
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Adorno and Existence

Harvard University Press | November 14, 2016 | 272 pages
Adorno was forever returning to the philosophies of bourgeois interiority, seeking the paradoxical relation between their manifest failure and their hidden promise. As Peter E. Gordon shows, Adorno s writings on Kierkegaard, Husserl, and Heidegger present us with a photographic negative a... More Info

Puzzling Identities

Harvard University Press | February 15, 2016 | 224 pages
As a logical concept, identity refers to one and the same thing. So how can it describe membership in various groups, as in ethnic and religious identity? Bringing together an analytic conception of identity with a psychosocial understanding, Vincent Descombes demonstrates why a person has more... More Info

Newton's Apple and Other Myths about Science

Harvard University Press | November 4, 2015 | 290 pages
A falling apple inspired the law of gravity or so the story goes. Is it true? Perhaps not. But why do such stories endure as explanations of how science happens? "Newton s Apple and Other Myths about Science" brushes away popular misconceptions to provide a clearer picture of scientific... More Info

How the Other Half Banks

Harvard University Press | October 6, 2015 | 280 pages
The United States has two separate banking systems one serving the well-to-do and another exploiting everyone else. Deserted by banks and lacking credit, many people are forced to wander through a Wild West of payday lenders and check-cashing services thanks to the effects of deregulation in the... More Info

Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Harvard University Press | October 6, 2015 | 120 pages
In this dialogue between a famous atheist and a former radical, Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz invite you to join an urgently needed conversation: Is Islam a religion of peace or war? Is it amenable to reform? Why do so many Muslims seem drawn to extremism? The authors demonstrate how two people with... More Info

The Black Box Society

Harvard University Press | January 5, 2015 | 319 pages
Every day, corporations are connecting the dots about our personal behavior—silently scrutinizing clues left behind by our work habits and Internet use. The data compiled and portraits created are incredibly detailed, to the point of being invasive. But who connects the dots about what firms are... More Info

In Defense of Common Sense

Harvard University Press | December 11, 2017 | 401 pages
One of the leading humanists of Quattrocento Italy, Lorenzo Valla (ca. 1406âe"1457) has been praised as a brilliant debunker of medieval scholastic philosophy. In this book Lodi Nauta seeks a more balanced assessment, presenting us with the first comprehensive analysis of the humanistâe(tm)s... More Info

UGLY FEELINGS

Harvard University Press | December 11, 2017 | 422 pages
Through readings of Herman Melville, Nella Larsen, Sigmund Freud, Alfred Hitchcock, Gertrude Stein, Ralph Ellison, and Bruce Andrews, among others, this work shows how art turns to ugly feelings as a site for interrogating its own suspended agency in the affirmative culture of a market society,... More Info

THE ECONOMY OF PRESTIGE

Harvard University Press | September 1, 2008 | 409 pages
This is a book about one of the great untold stories of modern cultural life: the remarkable ascendancy of prizes in literature and the arts. James F. English documents the dramatic rise of the awards industry and its complex role within what he describes as an economy of cultural prestige.  More Info

Distinction

Harvard University Press | December 11, 1984 | 613 pages
Examines differences in taste between modern French classes, discusses the relationship between culture and politics, and outlines the strategies of pretension  More Info

Nuclear Iran

Harvard University Press | October 14, 2014 | 217 pages
This succinct book is timely reading for anyone who wishes to understand the maze of science and secrecy at the heart of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Writing for the general reader, Jeremy Bernstein draws on his knowledge as a physicist to elucidate the scientific principles and technical hurdles... More Info

Bee Time

Harvard University Press | October 1, 2014 | 296 pages
Being among bees is a full-body experience, Mark Winston writes. Bee Time presents his reflections on three decades spent studying these remarkable creatures, and on the lessons they can teach about how humans might better interact with one another and the natural world, from the boardroom to urban... More Info

Alien Landscapes?

Harvard University Press | September 1, 2014 | 448 pages
We have made huge progress in understanding the biology of mental illnesses, but comparatively little in interpreting them at the psychological level. The eminent philosopher Jonathan Glover believes that there is real hope of progress in the human interpretation of disordered minds. The challenge... More Info

Hate Crimes in Cyberspace

Harvard University Press | September 22, 2014 | 352 pages
Some see the Internet as a Wild West where those who venture online must be thick-skinned enough to endure verbal attacks in the name of free speech protection. Danielle Keats Citron rejects this view. Cyber-harassment is a matter of civil rights law, and legal precedents as well as social norms of... More Info

Upriver

Harvard University Press | September 15, 2014 | 331 pages
In this story of one man’s encounter with an indigenous people of Peru, Michael Brown guides his readers upriver into a contested zone of the Amazonian frontier, where more than 50,000 Awajún—renowned for pugnacity and fierce independence—use hard-won political savvy, literacy, and digital... More Info

Makers of Modern Asia

Harvard University Press | August 29, 2014 | 393 pages
The twenty-first century has been dubbed the Asian Century. Highlighting diverse thinker-politicians rather than billionaire businessmen, Makers of Modern Asia presents eleven leaders who theorized and organized anticolonial movements, strategized and directed military campaigns, and designed and... More Info

Overreach

Harvard University Press | October 1, 2014 | 336 pages
In the run-up to the Iraq invasion, a number of Americans thought the idea was crazy. Now everyone, except a few die-hards, thinks it was. So what was going through the minds of the talented and experienced men and women who planned and initiated the war? What were their assumptions? Overreach aims... More Info

The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History

Harvard University Press | October 13, 2014 | 336 pages
For 250 years the Turkic Muslims of Tibet, who call themselves Uyghurs today, have cultivated a sense of history and identity that challenges Beijing’s national narrative. The roots of this history run deeper than recent conflicts, Rian Thum says, to a time when manuscripts and pilgrimage along... More Info

The Myth of Race

Harvard University Press | October 6, 2014 | 384 pages
Although eugenics is now widely discredited, some groups and individuals claim a new scientific basis for old racist assumptions. Pondering the continuing influence of racist research and thought, despite all evidence to the contrary, Robert Sussman explains why—when it comes to race—too many... More Info

Ontogeny and Phylogeny

Harvard University Press | December 11, 1977 | 501 pages
Prospectus; The analogistic tradition from anaximander to bonnet; Transcendental origins, 1793-1860; Evolutionary triumph, 1859-1900; Pervasive influence; Decline, fall, and generalization; Heterochrony and paedomorphosis; Heterochrony and the parallel of ontogeny and phylogeny; The ecological and... More Info

Immigration Economics

Harvard University Press | June 9, 2014 | 296 pages
Nearly 3% of the world's population no longer live in the country where they were born. George Borjas synthesizes the theories, models, and econometric methods used to identify the causes and consequences of international labor flows, and lays out with clarity a full spectrum of topics with crucial... More Info

Forces of Habit

Harvard University Press | October 1, 2002 | 288 pages
Offering a social and biological account of why psychoactive goods proved so seductive, David Courtwright tracks the intersecting paths by which popular drugs entered the stream of global commerce. He shows how the efforts of merchants and colonial planters expanded world supply, drove down prices,... More Info

Among Empires

Harvard University Press | December 11, 2017 | 373 pages
This elegantly written book examines the structure and impact of empires and asks whether the United States shares their traits and behavior. Charles S. Maier outlines the essentials of empire throughout history, then explores the exercise of U.S. power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.... More Info

The People's Car

Harvard University Press | April 9, 2013 | 416 pages
Bernhard Rieger reveals how a car commissioned by Hitler and designed by Ferdinand Porsche became a global commodity on a par with Coca-Cola. The Beetle's success hinged on its uncanny ability to capture the imaginations of executives, engineers, advertisers, car collectors, suburbanites, hippies,... More Info

Baghdad

Harvard University Press | November 18, 2013 | 377 pages
Baghdad: The City in Verse captures the essence of life lived in one of the world's enduring metropolises. This unusual anthology offers original translations of 170 Arabic poems from Bedouin, Muslim, Christian, Kurdish, and Jewish poets--most for the first time in English--from Baghdad's founding... More Info

Monad to Man

Harvard University Press | March 31, 2009 | 640 pages
In interviews with today's major figures in evolutionary biology--including Stephen Jay Gould, E. O. Wilson, Ernst Mayr, and John Maynard Smith--Ruse offers an unparalleled account of evolutionary theory, from popular books to museums to the most complex theorizing, at a time when its status as... More Info

The Ethical Project

Harvard University Press | October 24, 2011 | 432 pages
Instead of conceiving ethical commands as divine revelations or as the discoveries of brilliant thinkers, we should see our ethical practices as evolving over tens of thousands of years, as members of our species have worked out how to live together and prosper. Here, Kitcher elaborates his radical... More Info

Bigger than Chaos

Harvard University Press | December 11, 2017 | 413 pages
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Hezbollah

Harvard University Press | September 10, 2012 | 256 pages
Hezbollah’s revolutionary role in global politics has invited lionization and vilification, rather than a clear-eyed view of its place in history. Now that the party is in power, how will Hezbollah reconcile its regional obligations with its religious beliefs? This nonpartisan account offers... More Info

Time's Arrow/Time's Cycle

Harvard University Press | December 11, 1987 | 222 pages
Examines scientific theories pertaining to the measurement of earth's history  More Info

Fathoming the Ocean

Harvard University Press | March 31, 2008 | 276 pages
By the middle of the 19th century, as scientists explored the frontiers of polar regions and the atmosphere, the ocean remained silent and inaccessible. Rozwadowski explores the scientific and cultural history of how this changed.  More Info

Indigenous (In)Justice

Harvard University Press | February 25, 2013 | 310 pages
Indigenous (In)Justice explores legal and human rights issues surrounding the Bedouin Arab population in Israel's Naqab/Negev desert. With contributions from international scholars, including United Nations officials, the volume examines the economic and social rights of indigenous peoples within... More Info

How Sex Changed

Harvard University Press | December 11, 2017 | 393 pages
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Citizenship and Its Discontents

Harvard University Press | February 15, 2013 | 346 pages
This book considers how the civic ideals embodied in India’s constitution are undermined by exclusions based on social and economic inequalities, sometimes even by its own strategies of inclusion. Once seen by Westerners as a political anomaly, India today is the case study that no global... More Info

Children's Chances

Harvard University Press | February 11, 2013 | 408 pages
Children’s Chances urges a shift from focusing on survival to targeting children’s full and healthy development. Drawing on comparative data on policies in 190 countries designed to combat poverty, discrimination, child labor, illiteracy, and child marriage, Heymann and McNeill tell what works... More Info

Teenage Citizens

Harvard University Press | February 14, 2013 | 320 pages
Too young to vote or pay taxes, teenagers are off the radar of political scientists. Yet civic identities form during adolescence and are rooted in experiences as members of families, schools, and community organizations. Flanagan helps us understand how young people come to envisage civic... More Info
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Black Jews in Africa and the Americas

Harvard University Press | February 4, 2013 | 239 pages
Tudor explains how many African peoples came to think of themselves as descendants of the ancient tribes of Israel. Pursuing medieval and modern race narratives over a millennium in which Jews were cast as black and black Africans were cast as Jews, he reveals a complex interaction between... More Info

Declaring His Genius

Harvard University Press | January 7, 2013 | 274 pages
Arriving at the port of New York in 1882, a 27-year-old Oscar Wilde quipped he had “nothing to declare but my genius.” But as this sparkling narrative reveals, Wilde was, rarely for him, underselling himself. A chronicle of his sensational eleven-month speaking tour of America, Declaring His... More Info

Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism

Harvard University Press | January 7, 2013 | 832 pages
In their famous debates, Lincoln and Douglas struggled with how to behave when an ethical conflict like slavery strained democracy’s commitment to rule by both consent and principle. What conscience demands and what it can persuade others to agree to are not always the same. Ultimately, this... More Info

The Fragile Wisdom

Harvard University Press | January 14, 2013 | 329 pages
Women’s physiology evolved to aid reproduction, not to reduce disease. Any trait—however detrimental to post-reproductive health—is preserved in the next generation if it increases the chances of having offspring who will survive and reproduce. For this reason, the author argues, many common... More Info

His Majesty's Opponent

Harvard University Press | November 12, 2012 | 448 pages
This definitive biography of Subhas Chandra Bose, the revered and controversial Indian nationalist who struggled to liberate his country from British rule before and during World War II, moves beyond the legend to reveal the impassioned life and times of the private and public man.  More Info

The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life

Harvard University Press | May 15, 2012 | 272 pages
Monarchical presidential regimes in the Arab world looked as though they would last indefinitely—until events in Tunisia and Egypt made clear their time was up. This is the first book to lay bare the dynamics of a governmental system that largely defined the Arab Middle East in the twentieth... More Info

The Missile Next Door

Harvard University Press | September 10, 2012 | 282 pages
In the 1960s the Air Force buried 1,000 ICBMs in pastures across the Great Plains to keep U.S. nuclear strategy out of view. As rural civilians of all political stripes found themselves living in the Soviet crosshairs, a proud Plains individualism gave way to an economic dependence on the... 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

Define and Rule

Harvard University Press | October 30, 2012 | 164 pages
When Britain abandoned its attempt to eradicate difference between conqueror and conquered and introduced a new idea of governance as the definition and management of difference, lines of political identity were drawn between settler and native, and between natives according to tribe. Out of this... More Info

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