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Philosophy, Aesthetics, Ethics - Concordia University Libraries Recent Acquisitions

Titles in the call number range B - BD (Philosophy) and BH - BJ (Aesthetics, Ethics) that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 60 days.

  • Lin Yutang and China's search for modern rebirth / Qian Suoqiao

  • Conceiving Nature after Aristotle, Kant, and Hegel The Philosopher's Guide to the Universe

  • Real fourdimensionalism an essay in the ontology of persistence and mind / Ludwig Jaskolla

  • The Chinese philosophy of fate / Yixia Wei

  • Testing coherence in narrative film Katerina Virvidaki

  • Boundary objects and beyond : working with Leigh Star / edited by Geoffrey C. Bowker, Stefan Timmermans, Adele E. Clarke, and Ellen Balka
    BD 175 B675 2015eb

  • System : the shaping of modern knowledge / Clifford Siskin
    BD 255 S57 2016eb

    A system can describe what we see (the solar system), operate a computer (Windows 10), or be made on a page (the fourteen engineered lines of a sonnet). In this book, Clifford Siskin shows that system is best understood as a genre -- a form that works physically in the world to mediate our efforts to understand it. Indeed, many Enlightenment authors published works they called "system" to compete with the essay and the treatise. Drawing on the history of system from Galileo's "message from the stars" and Newton's "system of the world" to today's "computational universe," Siskin illuminates the role that the genre of system has played in the shaping and reshaping of modern knowledge.

    Previous engagements with systems have involved making them, using them, or imagining better ones. Siskin offers an innovative perspective by investigating system itself. He considers the past and present, moving from the "system of the world" to "a world full of systems." He traces the turn to system in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and describes this primary form of Enlightenment as a mediator of political, cultural, and social modernity -- pointing to the moment when people began to "blame the system" for working both too well ("you can't beat the system") and not well enough (it always seems to "break down"). Throughout, his touchstones are: what system is and how it has changed; how it has mediated knowledge; and how it has worked in the world.

  • The Cambridge history of eighteenth-century philosophy. edited by Knud Haakonssen
    B 802 C36 2008eb

  • The Cambridge history of eighteenth-century philosophy. edited by Knud Haakonssen
    B 802 C36 2006eb

  • Applications of formal philosophy the road less travelled / Rafal Urbaniak, Gillman Payette, editors
    B 29 A67 2017eb

  • Nietzsche and Montaigne Robert Miner

  • Evil, fallenness, and finitude / Bruce Ellis Benson, B. Keith Putt, editors
    BJ 1406 E95 2017eb

  • Plato's Protagoras : essays on the confrontation of philosophy and sophistry / Olof Pettersson, Vigdis Songe-Møller, Editors
    B 395 P573 2017eb

    This book presents a thorough study and an up to date anthology of Plato's Protagoras . International authors' papers contribute to the task of understanding how Plato introduced and negotiated a new type of intellectual practice - called philosophy - and the strategies that this involved. They explore Plato's dialogue, looking at questions of how philosophy and sophistry relate, both on a methodological and on a thematic level.

    While many of the contributing authors argue for a sharp distinction between sophistry and philosophy, this is contested by others. Readers may consider the distinctions between philosophy and traditional forms of poetry and sophistry through these papers. Questions for readers' attention include: To what extent is Socrates' preferred mode of discourse, and his short questions and answers, superior to Protagoras' method of sophistic teaching? And why does Plato make Socrates and Protagoras reverse positions as it comes to virtue and its teachability?

    This book will appeal to graduates and researchers with an interest in the origins of philosophy, classical philosophy and historical philosophy.

  • Natural processes : understanding metaphysics without substance / Andrew M. Winters
    BD 372 W56 2017eb

  • Innovations in the history of analytical philosophy / Sandra Lapointe, Christopher Pincock, editors
    B 808.5 I56 2017eb

  • A copernican critique of Kantian idealism / J.T.W. Ryall

  • Humanism in a non-humanist world / Monica R. Miller, editor

  • Essays on Husserl's logic and philosophy of mathematics Stefania Centrone, editor

  • Heidegger and the death of God : between Plato and Nietzsche / Duane Armitage
    B 3279 H494 A76 2017eb

  • Exploring Ātman from the perspective of the Vivekacūḍāmaṇi Walter Menezes

  • Kierkegaard after the genome science, existence, and belief in this world / Ada S. Jaarsma

  • A naturalistic afterlife : evolution, ordinary existence, eternity / David Harmon

  • Dignity in the 21st Century Middle East and West / by Doris Schroeder, Abol-Hassan Bani-Sadr
    BJ 1533 D45 S36 2017eb

  • Teaching Ethics with Three Philosophical Novels by Michael Boylan

  • Conquest of body biopower with biotechnology

  • Perception, affectivity, and volition in Husserl's phenomenology Roberto Walton, Shigeru Taguchi, Roberto Rubio, editors

  • Aesthetics of universal knowledge / Simon Schaffer; John Tresch, Pasquale Gagliardi, editors
    Born out of a major international dialogue held at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy, this collection of essays presents innovative and provocative arguments about the claims of universal knowledge schemes and the different aesthetic and material forms in which such claims have been made and executed. Contributors take a close look at everything from religious pilgrimages, museums, and maps of the world, to search engines and automated GPS.
    Current obsessions in information technology, communications theory, and digital culture often concern the value and possibility of a grand accumulation of universally accessible forms of knowledge: total libraries, open data bases, ubiquitous computing, and 'smart' technologies. These obsessions have important social and philosophical origins, and they raise profound questions about the very nature of knowledge and its organization. This volume's contributors draw on the histories of maps and of encyclopedias, worldviews and visionary collections, to make sense of the crucial relation between the way the world is known and how it might be displayed and transformed.

  • Wittgenstein's investigations : awakening the imagination / Beth Savickey

  • Rethinking Knowledge The Heuristic View / by Carlo Cellucci

  • Buddhism and Jainism edited by K. T. S. Sarao, Jeffery D. Long

  • Eppur si muove: Doing History and Philosophy of Science with Peter Machamer : a Collection of Essays in Honor of Peter Machamer / edited by Marcus P. Adams, Zvi Biener, Uljana Feest, Jacqueline A. Sullivan

  • Evaluating Ethical Frameworks for the Assessment of Human Cognitive Enhancement Applications

  • Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management / edited by Alejo José G. Sison, Gregory R. Beabout, Ignacio Ferrero

  • The Rule-Following Paradox and its Implications for Metaphysics / Jody Azzouni

  • Gossip, epistemology, and power : knowledge underground / Karen Adkins

  • 100 years of European philosophy since the great war : crisis and reconfigurations / Matthew Sharpe, Rory Jeffs, Jack Reynolds, editors

  • Reflections on ethics and responsibility : essays in honor of Peter A. French / Zachary J. Goldberg

  • Themes, issues and problems in African philosophy / Isaac E. Ukpokolo, editor

    This volume provides the key to a deepened discourse on philosophy in Africa. Available literature and academic practice in African philosophy since the 1960s have largely featured discourses in the areas of origin, general meaning and nature of the discipline, with little attention given to specialized areas. By contrast, this book examines a noticeable shifting focus from such general concerns to more specific subject-matter, in such areas as epistemology, moral philosophy, metaphysics, aesthetics, and social and political philosophy in the light of the African experience. The volume includes specific discourses from expert contributors on the nature, history and scope of African ethics and metaphysics, while also discussing particular themes in African epistemology, philosophy of education, existentialism and political philosophy. Researchers seeking for new perspective on African philosophy will find this work thought-provoking, instructive and informative.

  • Tadeusz Kotarbiński's Action Theory : Reinterpretive Studies / by Piotr Tomasz Makowski

  • The immediacy of mystical experience in the European tradition / Miklos Vassanyi, Eniko Sepsi, Aniko Droczi, editors
    This volume examines mystical experiences as portrayed in various ways by "authors" such as philosophers, mystics, psychoanalysts, writers, and peasant women. These "mystical authors" have, throughout the ages, attempted to convey the unsayable through writings, paintings, or oral stories. The immediate experience of God is the primary source and ultimate goal of these mystical expressions. This experience is essentially ineffable, yet all mystical authors, either consciously or unconsciously, feel an urge to convey what they have undergone in the moments of rapture. At the same time they are in the role of intermediaries: the goal of their self-expression - either written, painted or oral - is to make others somehow understand or feel what they have experienced, and to lead others toward the spiritual goal of human life. This volume studies the mystical experiences and the way they have been described or portrayed in West-European culture, from Antiquity to the present, from an interdisciplinary perspective, and approaches the concept of "immediate experience" in various ways.

  • Apeiron : Anaximander on Generation and Destruction

    This book offers an innovative analysis of the Greek philosopher Anaximander's work. In particular, it presents a completely new interpretation of the key word Apeiron, or boundless, offering readers a deeper understanding of his seminal cosmology and, with it, his unique conception of the origin of the universe.

    Anaximander traditionally applied Apeiron to designate the origin of everything. The authors' investigation of the extant sources shows, however, that this common view misses the mark. They argue that instead of reading Apeiron as a noun, it should be considered an adjective, with reference to the term phusis (nature), and that the phrase phusis apeiros may express the boundless power of nature, responsible for all creation and growth.

    The authors also offer an interpretation of Anaximander's cosmogony from a biological perspective: each further step in the differentiation of the phenomenal world is a continuation of the original separation of a fertile seed.

    This new reading of the first written account of cosmology stresses the central role of the boundless power of nature. It provides philosophers, researchers, and students with a thought-provoking explanation of this early thinker's conception of generation and destruction in the universe.

  • Why Are We Attracted to Sad Music?

  • Interdisciplinary perspectives on fairness, equity, and justice / Meng Li, David P. Tracer, editors

  • Pain, pleasure, and the greater good : from the Panopticon to the Skinner box and beyond / Cathy Gere
    B 843 G46 2017
    How should we weigh the costs and benefits of scientific research on humans? Is it right that a small group of people should suffer in order that a larger number can live better, healthier lives? Or is an individual truly sovereign, unable to be plotted as part of such a calculation?

    These are questions that have bedeviled scientists, doctors, and ethicists for decades, and in Pain, Pleasure, and the Greater Good , Cathy Gere presents the gripping story of how we have addressed them over time. Today, we are horrified at the idea that a medical experiment could be performed on someone without consent. But, as Gere shows, that represents a relatively recent shift: for more than two centuries, from the birth of utilitarianism in the eighteenth century, the doctrine of the greater good held sway. If a researcher believed his work would benefit humanity, then inflicting pain, or even death, on unwitting or captive subjects was considered ethically acceptable. It was only in the wake of World War II, and the revelations of Nazi medical atrocities, that public and medical opinion began to change, culminating in the National Research Act of 1974, which mandated informed consent. Showing that utilitarianism is based in the idea that humans are motivated only by pain and pleasure, Gere cautions that that greater good thinking is on the upswing again today and that the lesson of history is in imminent danger of being lost.

    Rooted in the experiences of real people, and with major consequences for how we think about ourselves and our rights, Pain, Pleasure, and the Greater Good is a dazzling, ambitious history.

  • Peace / Wendy Anderson Halperin
    B 105 P4 H35 2013
    This lavish and lyrical picture book based on the Tao Te Ching ponders the eternal question: How can we bring peace to the world?

    Radiating tenderness and reflecting the influence of eastern philosophies, a compilation of exquisite illustrations and wisely chosen words reveals the heart of where peace truly must originate: within ourselves. The beautifully intricate artwork, with tiny, precisely rendered details of life across the globe, complements the spare and powerful text that includes quotations from famous peacemakers. And with each reading, you'll find something else to notice--such as the visual storylines that subtly play out across the pages.

    Poetic and soothing, Peace is a masterful exploration of the true path to world peace and serves as a perfect springboard to discussions about bullying, conflict resolution, and right actions.

  • Priest of nature : the religious worlds of Isaac Newton / Robert Iliffe
    B 1299 N34 I45 2017
    For centuries, the exact nature of Isaac Newton's religious beliefs has been a matter of intense debate, in part because so very few of his theological works were accessible to public scrutiny. During his lifetime Newton carefully monitored what he published, and with good reason. Hisreligious writings, which comprise a major part of the manuscripts-containing millions of words-that are now available for view reveal markedly unorthodox views, such as the denial of the Trinity, an admission that would have substantially damaged his public reputation and perhaps endangered hislife. In Priest of Nature, historian Rob Iliffe examines all the evidence and offers the definitive work on the religious views of the man who fundamentally changed how we look at the universe. Tracing Newton's life from his birth through his years at Cambridge, his tenure as Warden and Master of the Mint, and his twenty-four years as president of the Royal Society, continuing to his death in 1727, Iliffe examines how Newton managed the complex boundaries between private and publicprofessions of belief. While previous scholars and biographers have attempted to find coherence in his intellectual pursuits, Iliffe shows how wide-ranging and Catholic Newton's views and interests in fact were, taking issue with those who have attempted to underestimate their range and complexity.Arguing that there is no simplistic coherence between Newton's philosophical and religious views, Priest of Nature delves into the religious writings Newton produced during his life, from his account of the sexually depraved lives of the early monks to his views about the creation of the world andthe Apocalypse, showing that Newton's techniques for prosecuting those he saw as the corrupters of Christianity were identical to the ones he used against those who attacked his science. A portrait of the religious and spiritual life of Newton, Priest of Nature is at the same time a vibrant biography of one of history's towering scientific figures.

  • The meaning of life : a reader / edited by E.D. Klemke, Steven M. Cahn
    BD 431 M4688 2017
    Featuring twenty-five insightful selections by prominent philosophers, literary figures, and religious thinkers, The Meaning of Life serves as an ideal core text for courses on the meaning of life and introduction to philosophy courses where the topic is emphasized. The fourth edition addsselections reflecting Buddhist and Confucian thought and also features a new Part IV on the end of life, raising issues about how our perspectives on death affect our understanding of the meaning of life.

  • Moral judgments as educated intuitions / Hanno Sauer
    BJ 1408.5 S38 2017

    An argument that moral reasoning plays a crucial role in moral judgment through episodes of rational reflection that have established patterns for automatic judgment foundation.

    Rationalists about the psychology of moral judgment argue that moral cognition has a rational foundation. Recent challenges to this account, based on findings in the empirical psychology of moral judgment, contend that moral thinking has no rational basis. In this book, Hanno Sauer argues that moral reasoning does play a role in moral judgment -- but not, as is commonly supposed, because conscious reasoning produces moral judgments directly. Moral reasoning figures in the acquisition, formation, maintenance, and reflective correction of moral intuitions. Sauer proposes that when we make moral judgments we draw on a stable repertoire of intuitions about what is morally acceptable, which we have acquired over the course of our moral education -- episodes of rational reflection that have established patterns for automatic judgment foundation. Moral judgments are educated and rationally amenable moral intuitions.

    Sauer engages extensively with the empirical evidence on the psychology of moral judgment and argues that it can be shown empirically that reasoning plays a crucial role in moral judgment. He offers detailed counterarguments to the anti-rationalist challenge (the claim that reason and reasoning play no significant part in morality and moral judgment) and the emotionist challenge (the argument for the emotional basis of moral judgment). Finally, he uses Joshua Greene's Dual Process model of moral cognition to test the empirical viability and normative persuasiveness of his account of educated intuitions. Sauer shows that moral judgments can be automatic, emotional, intuitive, and rational at the same time.

  • I, me, mine : back to Kant, and back again / Béatrice Longuenesse
    B 2799 S37 L66 2017
    Beatrice Longuenesse presents an original exploration of our understanding of ourselves and the way we talk about ourselves. In the first part of the book she discusses contemporary analyses of our use of "I" in language and thought, and compares them to Kant's account of self-consciousness,especially the type of self-consciousness expressed in the proposition "I think." According to many contemporary philosophers, necessarily, any instance of our use of "I" is backed by our consciousness of our own body. For Kant, in contrast, "I think" just expresses our consciousness of beingengaged in bringing rational unity into the contents of our mental states. In the second part of the book, Longuenesse analyzes the details of Kant's view and argues that contemporary discussions in philosophy and psychology stand to benefit from Kant's insights into self-consciousness and the unityof consciousness. The third and final part of the book outlines similarities between Kant's view of the structure of mental life grounding our uses of "I" in "I think" and in the moral "I ought to," on the one hand; and Freud's analysis of the organizations of mental processes he calls "ego" and"superego" on the other hand. Longuenesse argues that Freudian metapsychology offers a path to a naturalization of Kant's transcendental view of the mind. It offers a developmental account of the normative capacities that ground our uses of "I," which Kant thought could not be accounted for withoutappealing to a world of pure intelligences, distinct from the empirical, natural world of physical entities.

  • Disorientation and moral life / Ami Harbin
    BJ 301 H37 2016
    This book is a philosophical exploration of disorientation and its significance for action. Disorientations are human experiences of losing one's bearings, such that life is disrupted and it is not clear how to go on. In the face of life experiences like trauma, grief, illness, migration,education, queer identification, and consciousness raising, individuals can be deeply disoriented. These and other disorientations are not rare. Although disorientations can be common and powerful parts of individuals' lives, they remain uncharacterized by Western philosophers, and overlooked byethicists.Disorientations can paralyze, overwhelm, embitter, and misdirect moral agents, and moral philosophy and motivational psychology have important insights to offer into why this is. More perplexing are the ways disorientations may prompt improved moral action.Ami Harbin draws on first person accounts, philosophical texts, and qualitative and quantitative research to show that in some cases of disorientation, individuals gain new forms of awareness of political complexity and social norms, and new habits of relating to others and an unpredictable morallandscape. She then argues for the moral and political promise of these gains. A major contention of the book is that disorientations have 'non-resolutionary effects': they can help us act without first helping us resolve what to do. In exploring these possibilities, Disorientation and Moral Life contributes to philosophy of emotions, moral philosophy, and political thought from a distinctly feminist perspective. It makes the case for seeing disorientations as having the power to motivate profound and long-term shifts in moraland political action. A feminist re-envisioning of moral psychology provides the framework for understanding how they do so.

  • Logic, rationality, and interaction : 6th International Workshop, LORI 2017, Sapporo, Japan, September 11-14, 2017, Proceedings / Alexandru Baltag, Jeremy Seligman, Tomoyuki Yamada (eds.)
    BC 5 L675 2017eb

  • Morals and consent : contractarian solutions to ethical worries / Malcolm Murray
    BJ 1500 C65 M87 2017
    How are we meant to behave? And how are we to defend whatever answer we give? Morals and Consent grounds our notion of morality in natural evolution, and from that basis, Malcolm Murray shows why contractarianism is a far more viable moral theory than is widely believed. The scope of Morals and Consent has two main parts: theory and application. In his discussion of theory, Murray defends contractarianism by appealing to evolutionary game theory and metaethical analyses. His main argument is that we are not going to find morality as an objective fact in the world, and that instead, we can understand morality as a reciprocal cooperative trait. From this minimal moral architecture, Murray derives his innovative consent principle. The application of the theory, detailing what contractarians can - or ought to - say about moral matters, takes up the greater portion of the work. Murray offers a trenchant examination of what moral constraints we can claim concerning death (abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment), sex (pornography, prostitution, and sexual assault), beneficence (toward present and future people, animals, and the environment), and liberty (genetic enhancement, organ sales, and torture). By focusing on evolutionary contractarianism and the epistemic justification of our moral claims - or lack thereof - Malcolm Murray's Morals and Consent is a serious advance in the field of applied ethics and fills an important void.

  • Art can help / Robert Adams
    BH 39 A27 2017
    A collection of inspiring essays by the photographer Robert Adams, who advocates the meaningfulness of art in a disillusioned society

    In Art Can Help , the internationally acclaimed American photographer Robert Adams offers over two dozen meditations on the purpose of art and the responsibility of the artist. In particular, Adams advocates art that evokes beauty without irony or sentimentality, art that "encourages us to gratitude and engagement, and is of both personal and civic consequence." Following an introduction, the book begins with two short essays on the works of the American painter Edward Hopper, an artist venerated by Adams. The rest of this compilation contains texts--more than half of which have never before been published--that contemplate one or two works by an individual artist. The pictures discussed are by noted photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Emmet Gowin, Dorothea Lange, Abelardo Morell, Edward Ranney, Judith Joy Ross, John Szarkowski, and Garry Winogrand. Several essays summon the words of literary figures, including Virginia Woolf and Czeslaw Milosz. Adams's voice is at once intimate and accessible, and is imbued with the accumulated wisdom of a long career devoted to making and viewing art. This eloquent and moving book champions art that fights against disillusionment and despair.
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