Books published by University of Chicago Press

The Great Derangement

University of Chicago Press | July 28, 2017 | 176 pages
Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In his first major book of nonfiction since In an Antique Land, Ghosh examines our inability—at the level of... More Info

Kindly Inquisitors

University of Chicago Press | January 23, 2014 | 214 pages
“A liberal society stands on the proposition that we should all take seriously the idea that we might be wrong. This means we must place no one, including ourselves, beyond the reach of criticism; it means that we must allow people to err, even where the error offends and upsets, as it often... More Info

The Ideas in Things

University of Chicago Press | October 15, 2010 | 196 pages
Presents an analysis of nineteenth-century English fiction, focusing on objects found in three Victorian novels, arguing that these items have meanings the modern reader does not understand, but were clear to the Victorian reader.  More Info

Growing Each Other Up

University of Chicago Press | September 29, 2016 | 287 pages
From growing their children, parents grow themselves, learning the lessons their children teach. “Growing up”, then, is as much a developmental process of parenthood as it is of childhood. While countless books have been written about the challenges of parenting, nearly all of them position the... More Info

Supersizing Urban America

University of Chicago Press | March 15, 2017 | 265 pages
More than one-third of adults in the United States are obese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are over 112,000 obesity-related deaths annually, and for many years, the government has waged a very public war on the problem. Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona... More Info

What Is a Dog?

University of Chicago Press | March 7, 2017 | 257 pages
Of the world’s dogs, less than two hundred million are pets, living with humans who provide food, shelter, squeaky toys, and fashionable sweaters. But roaming the planet are four times as many dogs who are their own masters—neighborhood dogs, dump dogs, mountain dogs. They are dogs, not... More Info

Heidegger

University of Chicago Press | June 16, 2016 | 266 pages
The present work is the fourth volume of the twenty projected volumes of our "Seminars of Jacques Derrida Series" edited by Geoffrey Bennington and Peggy Kamuf. The work derives from an early phase of Derrida s teaching at the Ecole Normale Superieur at Ulm from 1964-5. In this course Derrida... More Info

Biopower

University of Chicago Press | January 4, 2016 | 386 pages
Michel Foucault’s notion of “biopower” has been a highly fertile concept in recent theory, influencing thinkers worldwide across a variety of disciplines and concerns. In The History of Sexuality: An Introduction, Foucault famously employed the term to describe “a power bent on generating... More Info

Freedom Is an Endless Meeting

University of Chicago Press | May 1, 2004 | 295 pages
Freedom Is an Endless Meeting offers vivid portraits of American experiments in participatory democracy throughout the twentieth century. Drawing on meticulous research and more than one hundred interviews with activists, Francesca Polletta challenges the conventional wisdom that participatory... More Info

The Modernity Bluff

University of Chicago Press | June 20, 2012 | 318 pages
In Côte d’Ivoire, appearing modern is so important for success that many young men deplete their already meager resources to project an illusion of wealth in a fantastic display of Western imitation, spending far more than they can afford on brand name clothing, accessories, technology, and a... More Info

The Meaning of the Body

University of Chicago Press | November 15, 2008 | 308 pages
The belief that the mind and the body are separate and that the mind is the source of all meaning has been a part of Western culture for centuries. Both philosophers and scientists have questioned this dualism, but their efforts have rarely converged. Many philosophers continue to rely on... More Info
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Pressed for Time

University of Chicago Press | June 6, 2016 | 227 pages
The technologically tethered, iPhone-addicted figure is an image we can easily conjure. Most of us complain that there aren't enough hours in the day and too many e-mails in our thumb-accessible inboxes. This widespread perception that life is faster than it used to be is now ingrained in our... More Info

Moving Politics

University of Chicago Press | December 15, 2009 | 536 pages
In the late 1980s, after a decade spent engaged in more routine interest-group politics, thousands of lesbians and gay men responded to the AIDS crisis by defiantly and dramatically taking to the streets. But by the early 1990s, the organization they founded, ACT UP, was no more—even as the AIDS... More Info

The Post Card

University of Chicago Press | January 1, 1987 | 521 pages
Examines the philosophies of Socrates and Plato, Sigmund Freud's theory of psychoanalysis, and the nature of communication  More Info

China's Hidden Children

University of Chicago Press | March 28, 2016 | 224 pages
During the 1990s and early 2000s, China became the world s largest supplier of healthy, predominantly female, children for international adoption--a veritable diaspora of 120,000 girls. We in the west have come to believe that this situation was the result of China s One-Child Policy, combined with... More Info

Obsolescence

University of Chicago Press | February 12, 2016 | 208 pages
Things fall apart. But in his innovative, wide-ranging, and well-illustrated book, Daniel Abramson investigates the American definition of what falling apart entails. We build new buildings partly in response to demand, but even more because we believe that existing buildings are slowly becoming... More Info

Arendt and America

University of Chicago Press | October 20, 2015 | 416 pages
Books about Hannah Arendt abound; but there are none that deal with Arendt's 30-year time in America, at least not until now. Richard King's study of Arendt and America will be quick to establish itself as one of the most significant publications in intellectual history in recent years. Arendt's... More Info

Papi

University of Chicago Press | March 22, 2016 | 176 pages
Papi tells a story in the voice of an eight year old girl waiting in Santo Domingo for her father to return from New York to lavish her with gifts and the glory of his fame. Things don't go according to plan.  More Info

Nothing

University of Chicago Press | October 16, 2015 | 289 pages
Though contemporary European philosophy and critical theory have long had a robust engagement with Christianity, there has been no similar engagement with Buddhism—a surprising lack, given Buddhism's global reach and obvious affinities with much of Continental philosophy. This volume fills that... More Info

About the Beginning of the Hermeneutics of the Self

University of Chicago Press | December 29, 2015 | 152 pages
In 1980, Michel Foucault began a vast project of research on the relationship between subjectivity and truth, an examination of conscience, confession, and truth-telling that would become a crucial feature of his life-long work on the relationship between knowledge, power, and the self. The... More Info

The Great Prince Died

University of Chicago Press | May 13, 2015 | 416 pages
On August 20, 1940, Marxist philosopher, politician, and revolutionary Leon Trotsky was attacked with an ice axe in his home in Coyoacán, Mexico. He died the next day. In The Great Prince Died, Bernard Wolfe offers his lyrical, fictionalized account of Trotsky’s assassination as witnessed... More Info

Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science

University of Chicago Press | July 15, 2011 | 526 pages
In Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science, David N. Livingstone and Charles W. J. Withers gather essays that deftly navigate the spaces of science in this significant period and reveal how each is embedded in wider systems of meaning, authority, and identity. Chapters from a distinguished range... More Info

Science in the Marketplace

University of Chicago Press | October 22, 2007 | 432 pages
The nineteenth century was an age of transformation in science, when scientists were rewarded for their startling new discoveries with increased social status and authority. But it was also a time when ordinary people from across the social spectrum were given the opportunity to participate in... More Info

The View of Life

University of Chicago Press | June 19, 2015 | 240 pages
Published in 1918, The View of Life is Georg Simmel’s final work. Famously deemed “the brightest man in Europe” by George Santayana, Simmel addressed diverse topics across his essayistic writings, which influenced scholars in aesthetics, epistemology, and sociology. Nevertheless, certain core... More Info
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House of Debt

University of Chicago Press | April 23, 2015 | 227 pages
The Great American Recession resulted in the loss of eight million jobs between 2007 and 2009. More than four million homes were lost to foreclosures. Is it a coincidence that the United States witnessed a dramatic rise in household debt in the years before the recession—that the total amount of... More Info

Morality for Humans

University of Chicago Press | March 25, 2014 | 273 pages
What is the difference between right and wrong? This is no easy question to answer, yet we constantly try to make it so, frequently appealing to some hidden cache of cut-and-dried absolutes, whether drawn from God, universal reason, or societal authority. Combining cognitive science with a... More Info

More Than Cool Reason

University of Chicago Press | February 15, 1989 | 230 pages
"The authors restore metaphor to our lives by showing us that it's never gone away. We've merely been taught to talk as if it had: as though weather maps were more 'real' than the breath of autumn; as though, for that matter, Reason was really 'cool.' What we're saying whenever we say is a theme... More Info

The Romantic Machine

University of Chicago Press | November 27, 2014 | 467 pages
In the years immediately following Napoleon’s defeat, French thinkers in all fields set their minds to the problem of how to recover from the long upheavals that had been set into motion by the French Revolution. Many challenged the Enlightenment’s emphasis on mechanics and questioned the... More Info

Feminism in Twentieth-Century Science, Technology, and Medicine

University of Chicago Press | November 1, 2001 | 264 pages
What useful changes has feminism brought to science? Feminists have enjoyed success in their efforts to open many fields to women as participants. But the effects of feminism have not been restricted to altering employment and professional opportunities for women. The essays in this volume explore... More Info

Accident Prone

University of Chicago Press | June 15, 2009 | 336 pages
Technology demands uniformity from human beings who encounter it. People encountering technology, however, differ from one another. Thinkers in the early twentieth century, observing the awful consequences of interactions between humans and machines—death by automobiles or dismemberment by... More Info

Jan Patocka

University of Chicago Press | August 15, 1989 | 386 pages
One of the most important Central European philosophers of this century, Jan Patocka (1907-77) was a student and heir of Masaryk, Husserl, and Heidegger as well as a philosopher and historian of ideas in his own right. Patocka, who was forced to retire prematurely from Charles University in Prague... More Info

Top 40 Democracy

University of Chicago Press | October 20, 2014 | 312 pages
If you drive into any American city with the car stereo blasting, you’ll undoubtedly find radio stations representing R&B/hip-hop, country, Top 40, adult contemporary, rock, and Latin, each playing hit after hit within that musical format. American music has created an array of rival... More Info

Baroque Science

University of Chicago Press | July 21, 2014 | 352 pages
In Baroque Science, Ofer Gal and Raz Chen-Morris present a radically new perspective on the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. Instead of celebrating the triumph of reason and rationality, they study the paradoxes and anxieties that stemmed from the New Science and the intellectual... More Info

Versions of Academic Freedom

University of Chicago Press | October 17, 2014 | 177 pages
Advocates of academic freedom often view it as a variation of the right to free speech and an essential feature of democracy. Stanley Fish argues here for a narrower conception of academic freedom, one that does not grant academics a legal status different from other professionals. Providing a... More Info

The Hoarders

University of Chicago Press | October 9, 2014 | 197 pages
The verb “declutter” has not yet made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, but its ever-increasing usage suggests that it’s only a matter of time. Articles containing tips and tricks on how to get organized cover magazine pages and pop up in TV programs and commercials, while clutter... More Info

Packaged Pleasures

University of Chicago Press | September 1, 2014 | 336 pages
From the candy bar to the cigarette, records to roller coasters, a technological revolution during the last quarter of the nineteenth century precipitated a colossal shift in human consumption and sensual experience. Food, drink, and many other consumer goods came to be mass-produced, bottled,... More Info

Lies, Passions, and Illusions

University of Chicago Press | September 29, 2014 | 125 pages
François Furet needs little introduction. Widely considered one of the leading historians of the French Revolution, he was a maverick for his time, shining a critical light on the entrenched Marxist interpretations that prevailed during the mid-twentieth century.  More Info

The Making of Romantic Love

University of Chicago Press | August 30, 2012 | 449 pages
In the twelfth century, the Catholic Church attempted a thoroughgoing reform of marriage and sexual behavior aimed at eradicating sexual desire from Christian lives. Seeking a refuge from the very serious condemnations of the Church and relying on a courtly culture that was already preoccupied with... More Info

Collateral Knowledge

University of Chicago Press | May 1, 2011 | 295 pages
Who are the agents of financial regulation? Is good (or bad) financial governance merely the work of legislators and regulators? Here Annelise Riles argues that financial governance is made not just through top-down laws and policies but also through the daily use of mundane legal techniques such... More Info

The history

University Of Chicago Press | January 1, 1987 | 699 pages
Describes the background of Herodotus and his times, and shares his account and observations on the war between the Greeks and Persians  More Info

Stung!

University of Chicago Press | May 7, 2013 | 454 pages
Our oceans are becoming increasingly inhospitable to life—growing toxicity and rising temperatures coupled with overfishing have led many marine species to the brink of collapse. And yet there is one creature that is thriving in this seasick environment: the beautiful, dangerous, and now... More Info

Science on American Television

University of Chicago Press | December 21, 2012 | 306 pages
As television emerged as a major cultural and economic force, many imagined that the medium would enhance civic education for topics like science. And, indeed, television soon offered a breathtaking banquet of scientific images and ideas—both factual and fictional. Mr. Wizard performed... More Info

Law in Everyday Japan

University of Chicago Press | August 15, 2005 | 279 pages
Lawsuits are rare events in most people's lives. High-stakes cases are even less commonplace. Why is it, then, that scholarship about the Japanese legal system has focused almost exclusively on epic court battles, large-scale social issues, and corporate governance? Mark D. West's Law in Everyday... More Info

A Neighborhood That Never Changes

University of Chicago Press | February 1, 2010 | 352 pages
Newcomers to older neighborhoods are usually perceived as destructive, tearing down everything that made the place special and attractive. But as A Neighborhood That Never Changes demonstrates, many gentrifiers seek to preserve the authentic local flavor of their new homes, rather than ruthlessly... More Info

Reading History Sideways

University of Chicago Press | November 6, 2013 | 344 pages
European and American scholars from the eighteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries thought that all societies passed through the same developmental stages, from primitive to advanced. Implicit in this developmental paradigm—one that has affected generations of thought on societal... More Info

Wild Hope

University of Chicago Press | July 9, 2012 | 255 pages
Offers stories of successful conservation around the world, introducing the heroes and foot soldiers, and sharing the new ideas they are generating about how to make conservation work.  More Info

Seaweeds

University of Chicago Press | June 5, 2013 | 305 pages
Until recently, seaweed for most Americans was nothing but a nuisance, clinging to us as we swim in the ocean and stinking up the beach as it rots in the sun. With the ever-growing popularity of sushi restaurants across the country, however, seaweed is becoming a substantial part of our total food... More Info

Etienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1772-1844

University Of Chicago Press | February 15, 2004 | 302 pages
A professor at twenty-one and member of the Napoleon's Egyptian expedition at twenty-six, Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire was a man of one idea, which he formulated when he was twenty-four. Nature, he thought, had formed all living beings with one single plan. This was a revolutionary idea—and one... More Info

The Magical State

University Of Chicago Press | November 10, 1997 | 447 pages
In 1935, after the death of dictator General Juan Vicente Gomez, Venezuela consolidated its position as the world's major oil exporter and began to establish what today is South America's longest-lasting democratic regime. Endowed with the power of state oil wealth, successive presidents appeared... More Info

Fear of Food

University of Chicago Press | April 8, 2013 | 232 pages
There may be no greater source of anxiety for Americans today than the question of what to eat and drink. Are eggs the perfect protein, or are they cholesterol bombs? Is red wine good for my heart or bad for my liver? Will pesticides, additives, and processed foods kill me? Here with some very rare... More Info

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