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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.


  • Four philosophical problems : God, freedom, mind, and perception / by Leon Pearl
    BD 21 P32

  • Nostalgia : an existential exploration of longing and fulfilment in the modern age / Ralph Harper ; with a foreword by Richard A. Macksey
    B 819 H33 1966

  • Ethical philosophy : the complete texts of Grounding for the metaphysics of morals and Metaphysical principles of virtue (part II of The metaphysics of morals) / Immanuel Kant ; translated by James W. Ellington ; introduction by Warner A. Wick
    B 2766 E6 E44 1983

  • Towards self-meaning [by] Garrett Barden and Philip McShane
    BD 450 B3 1969

  • Virtue ethics and professional journalism / Aaron Quinn
    BJ1521

  • Description of situations : an essay in contextualist epistemology / Nuno Venturinha
    BD161

  • Situatedness and place : multidisciplinary perspectives on the spatio-temporal contingency of human life / Thomas Hünefeldt, Annika Schlitte, editors
    B829.5

  • The philosophy of the Kyoto School / Masakatsu Fujita, editor ; translated by Robert Chapeskie and revised by John W. M. Krummel
    B5241 .P45 2018

  • Humanism and the challenge of difference / Anthony B. Pinn, editor
    B821 .H6585 2018

  • Believing in accordance with the evidence : new essays on evidentialism / Kevin McCain, editor
    BC173 .B45 2018

  • Classics in logic; readings in epistemology, theory of knowledge and dialectics
    BC 6 R8

  • Homo viator : prolégomènes à une métaphysique de l'espérance / Gabriel Marcel
    B 2430 M253H6 1944

  • Beyond disruption : technology's challenge to governance / George P. Shultz, Jim Hoagland, and James Timbie, editors
    BJ 59 B49 2018
    In Beyond Disruption: Technology's Challenge to Governance , George P. Shultz, Jim Hoagland, and James Timbie present views from some of the country's top experts in the sciences, humanities, and military that scrutinize the rise of post-millennium technologies in today's global society. They contemplate both the benefits and peril carried by the unprecedented speed of these innovations--from genetic editing, which enables us new ways to control infectious diseases, to social media, whose ubiquitous global connections threaten the function of democracies across the world. Some techniques, like the advent of machine learning, have enabled engineers to create systems that will make us more productive. For example, self-driving vehicles promise to make trucking safer, faster, and cheaper. However, using big data and artificial intelligence to automate complex tasks also ends up threatening to disrupt both routine professions like taxi driving and cognitive work by accountants, radiologists, lawyers, and even computer programmers themselves.

  • Individual, relational, and contextual dynamics of emotions / edited by Laura Petitta, Charmine E. J. Härtel, Neal M. Ashkanasy and Wilfred J. Zerbe
    B 105 E46 I53 2018eb
    This volume of Research on Emotions in Organizations contributesto the ongoing study of the emotion-related forces that shape the functioning of individual, interpersonal workplace relationships and the organizationalsystem as a whole. The chapters in this book demonstrate the complex interplaybetween emotion, cognitive processes, brain functioning and contextual factorsthat contribute to a better understanding of organizational behavior atmultiple levels of workplace life and in the context of a fast-paced, uncertainand dynamically changing work environment. Taken together, they provide recent advances on the dynamics of emotions and point to future researchvenues consistent with the increasing interest in cross-country investigationand the role of neuroscience in organizational psychology.

    This volume isorganized in three parts to provide coverage of the latest developments in eachof the following areas: micro-level self-related dynamicsof emotions; relational-centered dynamics of emotions; and emotional dynamics related to macro contextual factors.


  • Visual ethics / edited by Michael Schwartz, Howard Harris and Debra R. Comer
    BJ 1012 V57 2018eb
    This volume includes six varied contributions tothe study of visual ethics in organizations. The implications of our visualworld for organizational life and personal behaviour have received scantresearch attention. This volume sets out to address that lack of research. Itincludes contributions on empirical studies, film, personal portraits, socialresearch using the photovoice method, bureaucracy and critical theory.Contributors show how the application of disciplines developed for the study offilms can help us to understand how organizations areperceived, and how visual images can be used in empiricalresearch about organizations, ethics and organizational citizenship behaviour.Some say philosophy has abandoned art, some that humans lack moralvision. A number of contributors show how a careful and informed study ofart can enhance our understanding of organizational life. This volume seeks toput the visual back into ethics and organizations.

  • Methodological pragmatism : a systems-theoretic approach to the theory of knowledge / Nicholas Rescher
    B 832 R4

  • Meaning in life : a therapist's guide / Clara E. Hill
    B 105 M4H54 2018eb

  • Heroic humility : what the science of humility can say to people raised on self-focus / Everett L. Worthington Jr. and Scott T. Allison
    BJ 1533 H93W665 2018eb
    In this age of selfies, instant celebrity, and corporate scandals, the need for greater humility is pressing. This book synthesizes both research and theory relevant to humility and heroism, articulating a vision of heroic humility --humility of such great depth that it inspires others.

    Fortunately, humility can be learned. It has three parts: an honest self‑appraisal (including an attitude that one is teachable), modest self‑presentation, and an orientation toward building others up rather than putting them down. People who embody heroic humility not only demonstrate instances of great humility, but practice it throughout their lives, even when severely tested. Thus, this book likens the formation of a humble character to a hero's journey, with a "call," a passage through challenges and temptations, a descent into abyss, and redemption.

    An impressive array of examples--such as Mother Teresa, Malala Yousafzai, and Abraham Lincoln--illustrates that no two heroic journeys are identical. This insightful volume challenges readers to embark on their own journey of heroic humility in their work, service, and personal lives.

  • Emerson, Thoreau et Brownson au Québec : éléments pour une comparaison des milieux intellectuels en Nouvelle-Angleterre et au Bas-Canada (1830-1860) / Yvan Lamonde
    B 905 L234 2018eb

  • The war of words / Kenneth Burke ; edited by Anthony Burke, Kyle Jensen, and Jack Selzer
    B 840 B87 2018

    When Kenneth Burke conceived his celebrated "Motivorum" project in the 1940s and 1950s, he envisioned it in three parts. Whereas the third part, A Symbolic of Motives , was never finished, A Grammar of Motives (1945) and A Rhetoric of Motives (1950) have become canonical theoretical documents.

    A Rhetoric of Motives was originally intended to be a two-part book. Here, at last, is the second volume , the until-now unpublished War of Words , where Burke brilliantly exposes the rhetorical devices that sponsor war in the name of peace. Discouraging militarism during the Cold War even as it catalogues belligerent persuasive strategies and tactics that remain in use today, The War of Words reveals how popular news media outlets can, wittingly or not, foment international tensions and armaments during tumultuous political periods. This authoritative edition includes an introduction from the editors explaining the compositional history and cultural contexts of both The War of Words and A Rhetoric of Motives. The War of Words illuminates the study of modern rhetoric even as it deepens our understanding of post-World War II politics .


  • Science and the good : the tragic quest for the foundations of morality / James Davison Hunter, Paul Nedelisky
    BJ 57 H86 2018
    Why efforts to create a scientific basis of morality are doomed to fail

    In this illuminating book, James Davison Hunter and Paul Nedelisky recount the centuries-long, passionate quest to discover a scientific foundation for morality. The "new moral science" led by such figures as E.O. Wilson, Patricia Churchland and Joshua Greene is only the newest manifestation of an effort that has failed repeatedly. Though claims for its accomplishments are often wildly exaggerated, this new iteration has been no more successful than its predecessors. Hunter and Nedelisky argue that in the end, science cannot tell us how we should live or why we should be good and not evil, and this is for both philosophical and scientific reasons.

    In the face of this failure, the new moral science has taken a surprising turn. Whereas earlier efforts sought to demonstrate what is right and wrong, the new moral scientists have concluded that right and wrong, because they are not amenable to scientific study, don't actually exist. Their (perhaps unwitting) moral nihilism turns the science of morality into a social engineering project. If there is nothing moral for science to discover, the science of morality becomes, at best, a program to achieve arbitrary societal goals.

    Concise and rigorously argued, Science and the Good is a major critique of a would-be science that has gained too much influence in today's public discourse, and an exposé of that project's darker turn.

  • An introduction to the philosophy of methodology / Kerry E. Howell
    BD 241 H735 2013eb
    This book provides students with a concise introduction to the philosophy of methodology. The book stands apart from existing methodology texts by clarifying in a student-friendly and engaging way distinctions between philosophical positions, paradigms of inquiry, methodology and methods. Building an understanding of the relationships and distinctions between philosophical positions and paradigms is an essential part of the research process and integral to deploying the methodology and methods best suited for a research project, thesis or dissertation.

    Aided throughout by definition boxes, examples and exercises for students, the book covers topics such as:

    - Positivism and Post-positivism

    - Phenomenology

    - Critical Theory

    - Constructivism and Participatory Paradigms

    - Post-Modernism and Post-Structuralism

    - Ethnography

    - Grounded Theory

    - Hermeneutics

    - Foucault and Discourse

    This text is aimed at final-year undergraduates and post-graduate research students. For more experienced researchers developing mixed methodological approaches, it can provide a greater understanding of underlying issues relating to unfamiliar techniques.


  • Vérité de l'être et affirmation de Dieu : essai sur la philosophie de Saint Thomas / par F.M. Genuyt
    B 765 T54 G366

  • The philosophical thought of Wang Chong = Wen nan / Alexus McLeod
    B 128 W254 M35 2018eb

  • Infinity in early modern philosophy / Ohad Nachtomy, Reed Winegar, editors
    BD411

  • Life concepts from Aristotle to Darwin : on vegetable souls / Lucas John Mix
    BD431

  • Idealization and the laws of nature / Billy Wheeler
    B823

  • Priority Nominalism : Grounding Ostrich Nominalism as a Solution to the Problem of Universals / Guido Imaguire
    B105.U5

  • Merleau-Ponty, existentialist of the social world / by Albert Rabil, Jr.
    B 2430 M38R3 1967

  • Transcendental curves in the Leibnizian Calculus / Viktor Blåsjö
    B2598

    Transcendental Curves in the Leibnizian Calculus analyzes a mathematical and philosophical conflict between classical and early modern mathematics. In the late 17th century, mathematics was at the brink of an identity crisis. For millennia, mathematical meaning and ontology had been anchored in geometrical constructions, as epitomized by Euclid's ruler and compass.

    As late as 1637, Descartes had placed himself squarely in this tradition when he justified his new technique of identifying curves with equations by means of certain curve-tracing instruments, thereby bringing together the ancient constructive tradition and modern algebraic methods in a satisfying marriage. But rapid advances in the new fields of infinitesimal calculus and mathematical mechanics soon ruined his grand synthesis.

    Descartes's scheme left out transcendental curves, i.e. curves with no polynomial equation, but in the course of these subsequent developments such curves emerged as indispensable. It was becoming harder and harder to juggle cutting-edge mathematics and ancient conceptions of its foundations at the same time, yet leading mathematicians, such as Leibniz felt compelled to do precisely this. The new mathematics fit more naturally an analytical conception of curves than a construction-based one, yet no one wanted to betray the latter, as this was seen as virtually tantamount to stop doing mathematics altogether. The credibility and authority of mathematics depended on it.

    Brings to light this underlying and often implicit complex of concerns that permeate early calculus Evaluates the technical conception and mathematical construction of the geometrical method Reveals a previously unrecognized Liebnizian programmatic cohesion in early calculus Provides a beautifully written work of outstanding original scholarship

  • The nature of goodness, by George Herbert Palmer
    BJ 1401 P2 1903

  • The Cambridge companion to Isaiah Berlin / edited by Joshua L. Cherniss, Georgetown University, Steven B. Smith, Yale University
    B 1618 B454C66 2018eb
    Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997) was a central figure in twentieth-century political thought. This volume highlights Berlin's significance for contemporary readers, covering not only his writings on liberty and liberalism, the Enlightenment and Romanticism, Russian thinkers and pluralism, but also the implications of his thought for political theory, history, and the social sciences, as well as the ethical challenges confronting political actors, and the nature and importance of practical judgment for politics and scholarship. His name and work are inseparable from the revival of political philosophy and the analysis of political extremism and defense of democratic liberalism following World War II. Berlin was primarily an essayist who spoke through commentary on other authors and, while his own commitments and allegiances are clear enough, much in his thought remains controversial. Berlin's work constitutes an unsystematic and incomplete, but nevertheless sweeping and profound, defense of political, ethical, and intellectual humanism in an anti-humanistic age.

  • The Cambridge companion to Hume / edited by David Fate Norton
    B 1498 C26 1994eb
    David Hume is, arguably, the most important philosopher ever to have written in English. Although best known for his contributions to epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion, Hume also made substantial and influential contributions to psychology and the philosophy of mind, ethics, the philosophy of science, political and economic theory, political and social history, and, to a lesser extent, aesthetic and literary theory. All facets of Hume's output are discussed in this volume, the first genuinely comprehensive overview of his work. The picture that emerges is of a thinker who, though critical to the point of scepticism, was nonetheless able to build on that scepticism a profoundly important, and still viable, constructive philosophy.

  • Categories for the working philosopher / edited by Elaine Landry
    BC 172 C378 2017
    Often people have wondered why there is no introductory text on category theory aimed at philosophers working in related areas. The answer is simple: what makes categories interesting and significant is their specific use for specific purposes. These uses and purposes, however, vary over manyareas, both "pure", e.g., mathematical, foundational and logical, and "applied", e.g., applied to physics, biology and the nature and structure of mathematical models.Borrowing from the title of Saunders Mac Lane's seminal work "Categories for the Working Mathematician", this book aims to bring the concepts of category theory to philosophers working in areas ranging from mathematics to proof theory to computer science to ontology, from to physics to biology tocognition, from mathematical modeling to the structure of scientific theories to the structure of the world.Moreover, it aims to do this in a way that is accessible to non-specialists. Each chapter is written by either a category-theorist or a philosopher working in one of the represented areas, and in a way that builds on the concepts that are already familiar to philosophers working in theseareas.

  • Conversion and discipleship : a Christian foundation for ethics and doctrine / Stephen Happel & James J. Walter
    BJ 1249 H355 1986
    Happel and Walter's contribution is in constructing a dialogue between a systematician and a moralist about common foundations for their respective disciplines. This is much needed in theology today and this book helps move the issue of cross-fertilization among theological specialties."? Kenneth Himes, Chair, Theology Department, Boston College"The project as a whole will be of interest to serious constructive theologians of all denominations.... It is daring in its scope, and I think it will provoke many important discussions."? Robin W. Lovin, Cary M. Maguire University, Professor of Ethics, Perkins School of Theology, Dallas

  • The hermeneutics of the subject : lectures at the Collège de France, 1981-82 / Michel Foucault ; edited by Frédéric Gros ; general editors, François Ewald and Alessandro Fontana ; translated by Graham Burchell
    B 2430 F723 H4713 2005

    The Hermeneutics of the Subject is the third volume in the collection of Michel Foucault's lectures at the Collège de France, where faculty give public lectures on any topic of their choosing. Attended by thousands, Foucault's lectures were seminal events in the world of French letters, and his ideas expressed there remain benchmarks of contemporary critical inquiry.

    Foucault's wide-ranging lectures at this school, delivered throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, clearly influenced his groundbreaking books, especially The History of Sexuality and Discipline and Punish . In the lectures comprising this volume, Foucault focuses on how the "self" and the "care of the self" were conceived during the period of antiquity, beginning with Socrates. The problems of the ethical formation of the self, Foucault argues, form the background for our own questions about subjectivity and remain at the center of contemporary moral thought.

    This series of lectures continues to throw new light on Foucault's final works, and shows the full depth of his engagement with ancient thought. Lucid and provocative, The Hermeneutics of the Subject reveals Foucault at the height of his powers.


  • The Cambridge companion to Augustine / edited by David Vincent Meconi, S.J., St. Louis University and Eleonore Stump, St. Louis University
    B 655 Z7C35 2014eb
    It has been over a decade since the first edition of The Cambridge Companion to Augustine was published. In that time, reflection on Augustine's life and labors has continued to bear much fruit: significant new studies into major aspects of his thinking have appeared, as well as studies of his life and times and new translations of his work. This new edition of the Companion, which replaces the earlier volume, has eleven new chapters, revised versions of others, and a comprehensive updated bibliography. It will furnish students and scholars of Augustine with a rich resource on a philosopher whose work continues to inspire discussion and debate.

  • Consciousness and the philosophy of signs : how Peircean semiotics combines phenomenal qualia and practical effects / Marc Champagne
    B 805 C43 2018

    It is often thought that consciousness has a qualitative dimension that cannot be tracked by science. Recently, however, some philosophers have argued that this worry stems not from an elusive feature of the mind, but from the special nature of the concepts used to describe conscious states. Marc Champagne draws on the neglected branch of philosophy of signs or semiotics to develop a new take on this strategy.

    The term "semiotics" was introduced by John Locke in the modern period - its etymology is ancient Greek, and its theoretical underpinnings are medieval. Charles Sanders Peirce made major advances in semiotics, so he can act as a pipeline for these forgotten ideas. Most philosophers know Peirce as the founder of American pragmatism, but few know that he also coined the term "qualia," which is meant to capture the intrinsic feel of an experience. Since pragmatic verification and qualia are now seen as conflicting commitments, Champagne endeavors to understand how Peirce could (or thought he could) have it both ways. The key, he suggests, is to understand how humans can insert distinctions between features that are always bound.

    Recent attempts to take qualities seriously have resulted in versions of panpsychism, but Champagne outlines a more plausible way to achieve this. So, while semiotics has until now been the least known branch of philosophy ending in -ics, his book shows how a better understanding of that branch can move one of the liveliest debates in philosophy forward.


  • Understanding others : peoples, animals, pasts / Dominick LaCapra
    BD 213 L325 2018

    To what extent do we and can we understand others--other peoples, species, times, and places? What is the role of others within ourselves, epitomized in the notion of unconscious forces? Can we come to terms with our internalized others in ways that foster mutual understanding and counteract the tendency to scapegoat, project, victimize, and indulge in prejudicial and narcissistic impulses? How do various fields or disciplines address or avoid such questions? And have these questions become particularly pressing and not in the least confined to other peoples, times, and places?

    Making selective and critical use of the thought of such important figures as Sigmund Freud, Jacques Derrida, and Mikhail Bakhtin, in Understanding Others Dominick LaCapra investigates a series of crucial topics from the current state of deconstruction, trauma studies, and the humanities to newer fields such as animal studies and posthumanist scholarship. LaCapra adroitly brings critical historical thought into a provocative engagement with politics and our current political climate. This is LaCapra at his best, critically rethinking major currents and exploring the old and the new in combination, often suggesting what this means in the age of Trump.


  • Levinas and the trauma of responsibility : the ethical significance of time / Cynthia D. Coe
    B 2430 L484 C63 2018

    Levinas's account of responsibility challenges dominant notions of time, autonomy, and subjectivity according to Cynthia D. Coe. Employing the concept of trauma in Levinas's late writings, Coe draws together his understanding of time and his claim that responsibility is an obligation to the other that cannot be anticipated or warded off. Tracing the broad significance of these ideas, Coe shows how Levinas revises our notions of moral agency, knowledge, and embodiment. Her focus on time brings a new interpretive lens to Levinas's work and reflects on a wider discussion of the fragmentation of human experience as an ethical subject. Coe's understanding of trauma and time offers a new appreciation of how Levinas can inform debates about gender, race, mortality, and animality.


  • Hegel and resistance : history, politics, and dialectics / edited by Bart Zantvoort and Rebecca Comay
    B 2948 H31783 2018
    The concept of resistance has always been central to the reception of Hegel's philosophy. The prevalent image of Hegel's system, which continues to influence the scholarship to this day, is that of an absolutist, monist metaphysics which overcomes all resistance, sublating or assimilating all differences into a single organic 'Whole'. For that reason, the reception of Hegel has always been marked by the question of how to resist Hegel: how to think that which remains outside of or other to the totalizing system of dialectics.In recent years the work of scholars such as Catherine Malabou, Slavoj Žižek, Rebecca Comay and Frank Ruda has brought considerable nuance to this debate. A new reading of Hegel has emerged which challenges the idea that there is no place for difference, otherness or resistance in Hegel, both by refusing to reduce Hegel's complex philosophy to a straightforward systematic narrative and by highlighting particular moments within Hegel's philosophy which seem to counteract the traditional understanding of dialectics.This book brings together established and new voices in this field in order to show that the notion of resistance is central to this revaluation of Hegel.

  • The politics of Socratic humor / John Lombardini
    B 318 I7 L66 2018
    Was Socrates an ironist? Did he mock his interlocutors and, in doing so, show disdain for both them and the institutions of Athenian democracy? These questions were debated with great seriousness by generations of ancient Greek writers and helped to define a primary strand of the western tradition of political thought. By reconstructing these debates, The Politics of Socratic Humor compares the very different interpretations of Socrates developed by his followers--including such diverse thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, Aristophanes, and the Hellenistic philosophers--to explore the deep ethical and political dimensions of Socratic humor and its implications for civic identity, democratic speech, and political cooperation. Irony has long been seen as one of Socrates' most characteristic features, but as Lombardini shows, irony is only one part of a much larger toolkit of Socratic humor, the broader intellectual context of which must be better understood if we are to appropriate Socratic thought for our own modern ends.

  • Understanding Blanchot, understanding modernism / edited by Christopher Langlois
    B 2430 B574 U53 2018
    Maurice Blanchot occupies a central though still-overlooked position in the Anglo-American reception of 20th-century continental philosophy and literary criticism. On the one hand, his rigorous yet always-playful exchanges with the most challenging figures of the philosophical and literary canons of modernity have led thinkers such as Georges Bataille, Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Foucault to acknowledge Blanchot as a major influence on the development of literary and philosophical culture after World War II. On the other hand, Blanchot 's reputation for frustrating readers with his difficult style of thought and writing has resulted in a missed opportunity for leveraging Blanchot in advancing the most essential discussions and debates going on today in the comparative study of literature, philosophy, politics, history, ethics, and art. Blanchot 's voice is simply too profound, too erudite, and too illuminating of what is at stake at the intersections of these disciplines not to be exercising more of an influence than it has in only a minority of intellectual circles.
    Understanding Blanchot, Understanding Modernism brings together an international cast of leading and emergent scholars in making the case for precisely what contemporary modernist studies stands to gain from close inspection of Blanchot 's provocative post-war writings.

  • Kierkegaard's journals and notebooks / edited by Niels Jørgen Cappelørn [and others]
    B 4372 E5 2005

    I would like to write a novel in which the main character would be a man who got a pair of glasses, one lens of which reduced images as powerfully as an oxyhydrogen microscope, and the other of which magnified on the same scale, so that he perceived everything relatively.
    ?


    A flight of fancy by an aspiring science fiction writer? While it may sound as such, this wistful musing is one of the little-discussed personal reflections of nineteenth-century philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, whose remarkable journals and notebooks, unpublished during his lifetime, are presented here.


    The first of an eleven-volume series produced by Copenhagen's Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, this volume is the first English translation and commentary of Kierkegaard's journals based on up-to-date scholarship. It offers new insight into Kierkegaard's inner life. In addition to early drafts of his published works, the journals contain his thoughts on current events and philosophical and theological matters, notes on books he was reading, miscellaneous jottings, and ideas for future literary projects. Kierkegaard wrote his journals in a two-column format, one for his initial entries and the second for the marginal comments he added later. The new edition of the journals reproduces this format and contains photographs of original manuscript pages, as well as extensive scholarly commentary. Translated by leading experts on Kierkegaard, Journals and Notebooks will become the benchmark for all future Kierkegaard scholarship.


  • The lies that bind : rethinking identity, creed, country, color, class, culture / Kwame Anthony Appiah
    BD 236 A58 2018
    Who do you think you are? That's a question bound up in another: What do you think you are? Gender. Religion. Race. Nationality. Class. Culture. Such affiliations give contours to our sense of self, and shape our polarized world. Yet the collective identities they spawn are riddled with contradictions, and cratered with falsehoods.

    Kwame Anthony Appiah's The Lies That Bind is an incandescent exploration of the nature and history of the identities that define us. It challenges our assumptions about how identities work. We all know there are conflicts between identities, but Appiah shows how identities are created by conflict. Religion, he demonstrates, gains power because it isn't primarily about belief. Our everyday notions of race are the detritus of discarded nineteenth-century science. Our cherished concept of the sovereign nation--of self-rule--is incoherent and unstable. Class systems can become entrenched by efforts to reform them. Even the very idea of Western culture is a shimmering mirage.

    From Anton Wilhelm Amo, the eighteenth-century African child who miraculously became an eminent European philosopher before retiring back to Africa, to Italo Svevo, the literary marvel who changed citizenship without leaving home, to Appiah's own father, Joseph, an anticolonial firebrand who was ready to give his life for a nation that did not yet exist, Appiah interweaves keen-edged argument with vibrant narratives to expose the myths behind our collective identities.

    These "mistaken identities," Appiah explains, can fuel some of our worst atrocities--from chattel slavery to genocide. And yet, he argues that social identities aren't something we can simply do away with. They can usher in moral progress and bring significance to our lives by connecting the small scale of our daily existence with larger movements, causes, and concerns.

    Elaborating a bold and clarifying new theory of identity, The Lies That Bind is a ringing philosophical statement for the anxious, conflict-ridden twenty-first century. This book will transform the way we think about who--and what--"we" are.


  • Geometry of the passions : fear, hope, happiness : philosophy and political use / Remo Bodei ; translated by Gianpiero W. Doebler
    B 815 B6313 2018

    The passions have long been condemned as a creator of disturbance and purveyor of the temporary loss of reason, but as Remo Bodei argues in Geometry of the Passions , we must abandon the perception that order and disorder are in a constant state of collision.

    By means of a theoretical and historical analysis, Bodei interprets the relationship between passion and reason as a conflict between two complementary logics. Geometry of the Passions investigates the paradoxical conflict-collaboration between passions and reason, and between individual and political projects. Tracing the roles passion and reason have played throughout history, including in the political agendas of Descartes, Hobbes, and the French Jacobins, Geometry of the Passions reveals how passion and reason may be used as a vehicle for affirmation rather than self-enslavement.


  • The concept of woman / Sister Prudence Allen, R.S.M
    BD 450 A4725 1997
    This pioneering study by Sister Prudence Allen traces the concept of woman in relation to man in more than seventy philosophers from ancient and medieval traditions.

    The fruit of ten years' work, this study uncovers four general categories of questions asked by philosophers for two thousand years. These are the categories of opposites, of generation, of wisdom, and of virtue. Sister Prudence Allen traces several recurring strands of sexual and gender identity within this period. Ultimately, she shows the paradoxical influence of Aristotle on the question of woman and on a philosophical understanding of sexual coomplemenarity. Supplemented throughout with helpful charts, diagrams, and illustrations, this volume will be an important resource for scholars and students in the fields of women's studies, philosophy, history, theology, literary studies, and political science.

  • Doing valuable time : the present, the future, and meaningful living / Cheshire Calhoun
    BD 431 C22465 2018
    Doing Valuable Time explores the human concern with expending our life's time well. We pursue what we take to be valuable, strive to live meaningfully, judge whether our present circumstances are good enough, and have standards for what we are willing to take an interest in. Doing valuabletime, however, is not an easy task. Expending time on big, important life-projects often entails lots of little time expenditures on the seemingly meaningless, and our ability to take an interest in our own futures is fragile. Our present circumstances often leaves us with endless opportunities fordiscontent-too much spare time, too much of the same thing all of the time, or too much time stuck in stalled projects. Doing Valuable Time is a book about the difficulties we face in achieving valuable time and the interest - and disinterest - we take in our own present and future. Professor Cheshire Calhoun explores the implications of using time well in order to achieve the unachievable: living a meaningful life.Through seven chapters of rigorous philosophical inquiry and compelling practical insights, Calhoun explains the motivating interest we take in our future, and how hope sustains activities that are likely to fail. Doing Valuable Time shows the value of committing ourselves to having a particularfuture, and the possibilities for finding contentment with the imperfect present.

  • Atlas, or The anxious gay science / Georges Didi-Huberman ; translated by Shane Lillis
    B 105 I47 D5313 2018
    Aby Warburg's Mnemosyne Atlas (1925-1929) is a prescient work of mixed media assemblage, made up of hundreds of images culled from antiquity to the Renaissance and arranged into startling juxtapositions. Warburg's allusive atlas sought to illuminate the pains of his final years, after he had suffered a breakdown and been institutionalized. It continues to influence contemporary artists today, including Gerhard Richter and Mark Dion.

    In this illustrated exploration of Warburg and his great work, Georges Didi-Huberman leaps from Mnemosyne Atlas into a set of musings on the relation between suffering and knowledge in Western thought, and on the creative results of associative thinking. Deploying writing that delights in dramatic jump cuts reminiscent of Warburg's idiosyncratic juxtapositions, and drawing on a set of sources that ranges from ancient Babylon to Walter Benjamin, Atlas, or the Anxious Gay Science is rich in Didi-Huberman's trademark combination of elan and insight.

  • Thinking between Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty / Judith Wambacq
    B 2430 D454 W36 2017

    Thinking between Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty is the first book-length examination of the relation between these two major thinkers of the twentieth century. Questioning the dominant view that the two have little of substance in common, Judith Wambacq brings them into a compelling dialogue to reveal a shared, historically grounded concern with the transcendental conditions of thought. Both Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze propose an immanent ontology, differing more in style than in substance. Wambacq's synthetic treatment is nevertheless critical; she identifies the limitations of each thinker's approach to immanent transcendental philosophy and traces its implications--through their respective relationships with Bergson, Proust, Cézanne, and Saussure--for ontology, language, artistic expression, and the thinking of difference. Drawing on primary texts alongside current scholarship in both French and English, Thinking between Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty is comprehensive and rigorous while remaining clear, accessible, and lively. It is certain to become the standard text for future scholarly discussion of these two major influences on contemporary thought.


  • Meditations and other metaphysical writings / René Descartes ; translated with an introduction by Desmond M. Clarke
    B 1837 C58 2003
    The Meditations (1641) must surely be Rene Descartes' masterpiece. The six Meditations and accompanying selections from the Objections and Replies provide a definitive statement of what Descartes intended as the foundations of his whole philosophy. His project was to resolve the epistemological questions brought about by the prevailing scepticism of his age; to build, from the basis of self-awareness, through the notion of a benevolent God, to a systematic and novel approach to metaphysics, and to construct a secure starting-point for science. The first part of a new two-volume edition of the works of Descartes in Penguin Classics, this volume consists not only of a new translation of the original Latin text and extensive selections from the Objections and Replies , but also includes relevant correspondence from the period 1643-9, Part One of The Principles of Philosophy and Comments On a Certain Manifesto , as examples of Descartes' other metaphysical writings from the period 1641-9.

  • Homo viator : introduction to a metaphysic of hope / Gabriel Marcel ; translated by Emma Craufurd
    B 2430 M253H6 1962
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