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Home and Beyond: Generative Phenomenology after Husserl

Strengths: The background for Steinbock's significant and worthwhile contribution is the work of Husserl. Husserl produced three large volumes that are a sustained engagement with the contribution of empathy [Einfühlung] to the phenomenology of intersubjectivity. The material for his never completed Systematic Work is rich in literally hundreds of references to empathy in both the foundation and superstructure (XV: 79f.). Since this ...

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The Philosophical Roots of Anti-Capitalism

The well-respected historian of philosophy, David Black, has shown himself to be a consummate philosopher, so much so that he has produced a work that will stand the test of time as a major contribution to the Marxist tradition of philosophical works. His new work is a major achievement, and one that speaks directly to the historical times that we unhappily inhabit. This work is more than a feast for academics, it is necessary fuel f...

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The Wind and the Source: In the Shadow of Mont Ventoux

"Allen Weiss's essay is an antidote to arid scholarship. In a text as deftly at ease with literary giants of different languages and periods, such as Augustine, Petrarch, Mallarme, and Char, Weiss also defies the boundaries of the genre of literary criticism. He does so by inscribing autobiographical references in his general investigation of the productive elision of Mont Ventoux by poets whose writings are nevertheless paradoxicall...

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The Techno-Human Condition

The Techno-Human Condition will infuriate some, be dismissed out-of-hand by a few, but will unsettle almost all readers. The reason is, that while Allenby & Sarewitz's analysis of current problem solving is a bitter pill to swallow, there is an underlying understanding that their approach is not only correct but also essential to embrace. The book is a fast-paced, easy read. I couldn't put it down. The Techno-Human Condition is f...

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Catastrophe and Survival: Walter Benjamin and Psychoanalysis

"In Catastrophe and Survival: Walter Benjamin and Psychoanalysis, Elizabeth Stewart examines the crisis caused by the collision of the psyche with an incompatible internal or external reality. She uniquely combines philosophical and psychoanalytic approaches to understand the process of mimesis in the origin and development of the psyche. Like Benjamin, Lacan, and Bion, she finds the point of psychic origin in the clash between body ...

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The Conception of Man in the Works of John Amos Comenius

This book maps the entire development of Comenius’s considerations on man, from his earliest writings to his philosophical masterwork. Although this book primarily offers an analysis and description of the conception of man in Comenius’s work, it may also serve the reader as a more general introduction to his philosophical conception. The author shows that, in spite of the fact that Comenius has received no small amount of academic a...

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Does History Make Sense?: Hegel on the Historical Shapes of Justice

“History is the theme for which Hegel is best known to non-philosophers, but it is also one of the easiest ways to misunderstand what Hegel is all about. Does History Make Sense? is an excellent companion to Hegel’s actual text on history, and fulfills a pressing need in Hegel scholarship. Pinkard is one of the leading interpreters of Hegel, and this is the most accessible book-length presentation of his views on a host of issues tha...

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The Radical Machiavelli: Politics, Philosophy, and Language

"These papers cohere very well, often speaking to each other and sometimes disagreeing. They underscore the truism that The Prince remains a battlefield and that no consensus on it is likely ever to be reached. But these papers, with their carefully constructed arguments, extensive documentation, and nuanced evaluations, as well as their forty-seven pages of bibliography, do much to clear away old smoke."

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The Dialogue in Hell between Machiavelli and Montesquieu

Joly's Dialogue addresses perennial questions that are now more urgent than ever: What are the prospects for freedom? Is the liberal system universally applicable? Is despotism a benighted remnant of the past or can it develop into new forms? After a century and a half, Joly's thought ―repressed, ignored, hijacked, and misunderstood ―comes into light [and] his voice is still quite fresh. The bitter irony of the despotic abuse to whic...