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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.


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

  • Nietzsche and Montaigne Robert Miner
    B785.M74

  • 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
    BD418.3

  • Humanism in a non-humanist world / Monica R. Miller, editor
    B821

  • Essays on Husserl's logic and philosophy of mathematics Stefania Centrone, editor
    B3279.H94

  • 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
    B133.S49

  • Kierkegaard after the genome science, existence, and belief in this world / Ada S. Jaarsma
    B67

  • A naturalistic afterlife : evolution, ordinary existence, eternity / David Harmon
    BD444

  • 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
    BJ1725

  • Conquest of body biopower with biotechnology
    B105.B64

  • Perception, affectivity, and volition in Husserl's phenomenology Roberto Walton, Shigeru Taguchi, Roberto Rubio, editors
    B3279.H94

  • Aesthetics of universal knowledge / Simon Schaffer; John Tresch, Pasquale Gagliardi, editors
    BH39
    This volume 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. This collection of essays and debates is the result of a major international dialogue held at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy.
    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
    B3376.W563

  • Rethinking Knowledge The Heuristic View / by Carlo Cellucci
    BD143

  • Buddhism and Jainism edited by K. T. S. Sarao, Jeffery D. Long
    B5289.2

  • 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
    B67

  • Evaluating Ethical Frameworks for the Assessment of Human Cognitive Enhancement Applications
    B5802

  • Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management / edited by Alejo José G. Sison, Gregory R. Beabout, Ignacio Ferrero
    BJ1725

  • The Rule-Following Paradox and its Implications for Metaphysics / Jody Azzouni
    BD111

  • Gossip, epistemology, and power : knowledge underground / Karen Adkins
    BJ1535.G6

  • 100 years of European philosophy since the great war : crisis and reconfigurations / Matthew Sharpe, Rory Jeffs, Jack Reynolds, editors
    B4672

  • Reflections on ethics and responsibility : essays in honor of Peter A. French / Zachary J. Goldberg
    BJ320

  • Themes, issues and problems in African philosophy / Isaac E. Ukpokolo, editor
    B5305

    This book explores the meaning, nature and scope of a range of aspects of African philosophical discourse and issues raised therein. It examines a range of topics including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of religion and gender studies to offer a comprehensive overview of the branches of philosophy in Africa.


  • Tadeusz Kotarbiński's Action Theory : Reinterpretive Studies / by Piotr Tomasz Makowski
    B53

  • The immediacy of mystical experience in the European tradition / Miklos Vassanyi, Eniko Sepsi, Aniko Droczi, editors
    B53
    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
    B5802

    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?
    B5802

  • Interdisciplinary perspectives on fairness, equity, and justice / Meng Li, David P. Tracer, editors
    BJ1533.F2

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Pragmatic idealism and scientific prediction a philosophical system and its approach to prediction in science / Amanda Guillán
    B832

  • Nature, artforms, and the world around us an introduction to the regions of aesthetic experience / Robert E. Wood
    BH39

  • Critique as critical history Bregham Dalgliesh
    B2430.F724

  • Wittgenstein's anthropological philosophy / Gunter Gebauer
    B3376.W564

  • Theories of the logos / Ermanno Bencivenga
    B187.L6

  • Colours in the development of Wittgenstein's Philosophy
    B3376.W564

  • Ethics, law and the politics of information a guide to the philosophy of Luciano Floridi / Massimo Durante
    B 1626 F5833 D87 2017eb

  • Watsuji Tetsurô's global ethics of emptiness a contemporary look at a modern Japanese philosopher / Anton Luis Sevilla
    B5244.W354

  • Repetition in performance : returns and invisible forces / Eirini Kartsaki
    B105.R37

  • 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.

  • The infidel and the professor : David Hume, Adam Smith, and the friendship that shaped modern thought / Dennis C. Rasmussen
    B 1497 R37 2017

    The story of the greatest of all philosophical friendships--and how it influenced modern thought

    David Hume is widely regarded as the most important philosopher ever to write in English, but during his lifetime he was attacked as "the Great Infidel" for his skeptical religious views and deemed unfit to teach the young. In contrast, Adam Smith was a revered professor of moral philosophy, and is now often hailed as the founding father of capitalism. Remarkably, the two were best friends for most of their adult lives, sharing what Dennis Rasmussen calls the greatest of all philosophical friendships. The Infidel and the Professor is the first book to tell the fascinating story of the friendship of these towering Enlightenment thinkers--and how it influenced their world-changing ideas.

    The book follows Hume and Smith's relationship from their first meeting in 1749 until Hume's death in 1776. It describes how they commented on each other's writings, supported each other's careers and literary ambitions, and advised each other on personal matters, most notably after Hume's quarrel with Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Members of a vibrant intellectual scene in Enlightenment Scotland, Hume and Smith made many of the same friends (and enemies), joined the same clubs, and were interested in many of the same subjects well beyond philosophy and economics--from psychology and history to politics and Britain's conflict with the American colonies. The book reveals that Smith's private religious views were considerably closer to Hume's public ones than is usually believed. It also shows that Hume contributed more to economics--and Smith contributed more to philosophy--than is generally recognized.

    Vividly written, The Infidel and the Professor is a compelling account of a great friendship that had great consequences for modern thought.


  • The omnibus homo sacer / Giorgio Agamben
    B 3611 A42 E5 2017

    Giorgio Agamben's Homo Sacer is one of the seminal works of political philosophy in recent decades. A twenty-year undertaking, this project is a series of interconnected investigations of staggering ambition and scope investigating the deepest foundations of every major Western institution and discourse.

    This single book brings together for the first time all nine volumes that make up this groundbreaking project. Each volume takes a seemingly obscure and outdated issue as its starting point--an enigmatic figure in Roman law, or medieval debates about God's management of creation, or theories about the origin of the oath--but is always guided by questions with urgent contemporary relevance.

    The Omnibus Homo Sacer includes:

    1. Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life

    2.1. State of Exception

    2.2. Stasis: Civil War as a Political Paradigm

    2.3. The Sacrament of Language: An Archeology of the Oath

    2.4. The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Glory

    2.5. Opus Dei: An Archeology of Duty

    3. Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive

    4.1. The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life

    4.2. The Use of Bodies


  • Memory and methodology / edited by Susannah Radstone
    BD 181.7 M46 2000

    The increasing centrality of memory to work being done across a wide range of disciplines has brought along with it vexed questions and far-reaching changes in the way knowledge is pursued. This timely collection provides a forum for demonstrating how various disciplines are addressing these concerns. Is an historian's approach to memory similar to that of theorists in media or cultural studies, or are their understandings in fact contradictory? Which methods of analysis are most appropriate in which contexts? What are the relations between individual and social memory? Why should we study memory and how can it enrich other research? What does its study bring to our understanding of subjectivity, identity and power? In addressing these knotty questions, Memory and Methodology showcases a rich and diverse range of research on memory. Leading scholars in anthropology, history, film and cultural studies address topics including places of memory; trauma, film and popular memory; memory texts; collaborative memory work and technologies of memory. This timely and interdisciplinary study represents a major contribution to our understanding of how memory is shaping contemporary academic research and of how people shape and are shaped by memory.


  • What can philosophy contribute to ethics? / James Griffin
    BJ 37 G75 2015
    Ethics appears early in the life of a culture. It is not the creation of philosophers. Many philosophers today think that their job is to take the ethics of their society in hand, analyse it into parts, purge the bad ideas, and organize the good into a systematic moral theory. The philosophers' ethics that results is likely to be very different from the culture's raw ethics and, they think, being better, should replace it. But few of us, even amongphilosophers, settle real-life moral questions by consulting the Categorical Imperative or the Principle of Utility, largely because, if we do, we often do not trust the outcome or cannot even reliably enoughdecide what it is. By contrast, James Griffin explores the question what philosophers can reasonably expect to contribute to normative ethics or to the ethics of a culture. Griffin argues that moral philosophers must tailor their work to what ordinary humans' motivational capabilities, and he offers a new account of moral deliberation.

  • Conversations on art and aesthetics / Hans Maes
    BH 39 M3195 2017
    What is art? What counts as an aesthetic experience? Does art have to beautiful? Can one reasonably dispute about taste? What is the relation between aesthetic and moral evaluations? How to interpret a work of art? Can we learn anything from literature, film or opera? What is sentimentality?What is irony? How to think philosophically about architecture, dance, or sculpture? What makes something a great portrait? Is music representational or abstract? Why do we feel terrified when we watch a horror movie even though we know it to be fictional? In Conversations on Art and Aesthetics, Hans Maes discusses these and other key questions in aesthetics with ten world-leading philosophers of art: Noel Carroll, Gregory Currie, Arthur Danto, Cynthia Freeland, Paul Guyer, Carolyn Korsmeyer, Jerrold Levinson, Jenefer Robinson, Roger Scruton, andKendall Walton.The exchanges are direct, open, and sharp, and give a clear account of these thinkers' core ideas and intellectual development. They also offer new insights into, and a deeper understanding of, contemporary issues in the philosophy of art.

  • Essais sur l'histoire de la mort en Occident : du Moyen Âge à nos jours / Philippe Ariès
    BD 444 A67 2015

  • Gesammelte Werke. Hrsg. im Auftrag der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft
    B 2903 1968
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