• Deconstructionism, Structuralism, Post-structuralism
      March 2019

      Killing Times

      The Temporal Technology of the Death Penalty

      by David Wills

      Draws on the author’s previous work on the human as “prosthesis” to examine a specific machinery of the State used not to prolong but to end life.

    • Philosophy
      July 2019

      Thinking with Adorno

      The Uncoercive Gaze

      by Gerhard Richter

      The author is one of the leading scholars of Adorno and the Frankfurt School.

    • Christian theology
      May 2019

      A Theology of Failure

      Žižek against Christian Innocence

      by Marika Rose

      Rose builds upon Zizek's work, while remaining deeply critical at key moments.

    • Philosophy
      March 2019

      The Mathematical Imagination

      On the Origins and Promise of Critical Theory

      by Matthew Handelman

      This book gives us a more capacious version of critical theory, providing humanists with tools to confront the digital age.

    • Western philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance, c 500 to c 1600
      May 2019

      The Singular Voice of Being

      John Duns Scotus and Ultimate Difference

      by Andrew T. LaZella, Gyula Klima

      The Singular Voice of Being reconsiders John Duns Scotus’s well-studied theory of the univocity of being in light of his less explored discussions of ultimate difference. Ultimate difference is a notion introduced by Aristotle and known by the Aristotelian tradition, but one that, this book argues, Scotus radically retrofits to buttress his doctrine of univocity. Scotus broadens ultimate difference to include not only specific differences, but also intrinsic modes of being (e.g., finite/infinite) and principles of individuation (i.e., haecceitates). Furthermore, he deepens it by divorcing it from anything with categorical classification, such as substantial form. Scotus uses his revamped notion of ultimate difference as a means of dividing being, despite the longstanding Parmenidean arguments against such division. The book highlights the unique role of difference in Scotus’s thought, which conceives of difference not as a fall from the perfect unity of being but rather as a perfective determination of an otherwise indifferent concept. The division of being culminates in individuation as the final degree of perfection, which constitutes indivisible (i.e., singular) degrees of being. This systematic study of ultimate difference opens new dimensions for understanding Scotus’s dense thought with respect to not only univocity, but also to individuation, cognition, and acts of the will.

    • Deconstructionism, Structuralism, Post-structuralism
      June 2019

      For the Love of Psychoanalysis

      The Play of Chance in Freud and Derrida

      by Elizabeth Rottenberg

      For the Love of Psychoanalysis is a book about what exceeds or resists calculation—in life and in death. Rottenberg examines what emerges from the difference between psychoanalysis and philosophy.Part I, “Freuderrida,” announces a non-traditional Freud: a Freud associated not with sexuality, repression, unconsciousness, and symbolization, but with accidents and chance. Looking at accidents both in and of Freud’s writing, Rottenberg elaborates the unexpected insights that both produce and disrupt our received ideas of psychoanalytic theory. Whether this disruption is figured as a foreign body, as traumatic temporality, as spatial unlocatability, or as the death drive, it points to something that is neither simply inside nor simply outside the psyche, neither psychically nor materially determined.Whereas the close reading of Freud leaves us open to the accidents of psychoanalytic writing, Part II, “Freuderrida,” addresses itself to what transports us back and limits the openness of our horizon. Here the example par excellence is the death penalty and the cruelty of its calculating decision. If “Freuderrida” insists on the death penalty, if it returns to it compulsively, it is not only because its calculating drive is inseparable from the history of reason as philosophical reason; it is also because the death penalty provides us with one of the most spectacular and spectacularly obscene expressions of Freud’s death drive.Written with rigor, elegance, and wit, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in Freud, Derrida, and the many critical debates to which their thought gives rise.

    • Medieval history
      March 2019

      Colonizing Christianity

      Greek and Latin Religious Identity in the Era of the Fourth Crusade

      by George E. Demacopoulos

      Colonizing Christianity employs postcolonial critique to analyze the transformations of Greek and Latin religious identity in the wake of the Fourth Crusade. Through close readings of texts from the period of Latin occupation, this book argues that the experience of colonization splintered the Greek community over how best to respond to the Latin other while illuminating the mechanisms by which Western Christians authorized and exploited the Christian East. The experience of colonial subjugation opened permanent fissures within the Orthodox community, which struggled to develop a consistent response to aggressive demands for submission to the Roman Church.

    • Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500
      October 2019

      Whose Middle Ages?

      Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past

      by Andrew Albin, Mary C. Erler, Thomas O'Donnell, Nicholas L. Paul, Nina Rowe, David Perry, Geraldine Heng, Sandy Bardsley, Fred Donner, Nicholas L. Paul, Cord Whitaker, Magda Teter, W. Ormrod, Katherine Wilson, Ryan Szpiech, William Diebold, Lauren Mancia, Stephennie Mulder, Sarah Guérin, Pamela Patton, Elizabeth Tyler, David Wacks, Marian Bleeke, Andrew Reeves, Will Cerbone, Maggie Williams, Helen Young, Adam Bishop, J. Patrick Hornbeck II

      Whose Middle Ages? is an ideal course reader, featuring scholarship on the Middle Ages and the misuses of medievalism from across fields and disciplines including history, literature, religion and theology, art history, critical race studies, labor and economic history, gender and sexuality, Crusades studies, migration studies, Islamic studies, and more

    • Political science & theory
      November 2019

      Mutant Neoliberalism

      Market Rule and Political Rupture

      by William Callison, Zachary Manfredi, Étienne Balibar, Wendy Brown, Melinda Cooper, Sören Brandes, Julia Elyachar, Michel Feher, Megan C. Moodie, Christopher Newfield, Dieter Plehwe, Lisa Rofel, Leslie Salzinger, Quinn Slobodian

      While taking on the big question of our day, this book spans topics that will find interested readers everywhere: far right movements, immigration, feminism, populism, mass media, socialism, fascism, and struggles over the contemporary university.

    • Anthropology
      November 2019

      Morality at the Margins

      Youth, Language, and Islam in Coastal Kenya

      by Sarah Hillewaert

      Models how linguistic anthropological methods—including attention to speech acts and even gestures—can be used to provide new insights into discussions of ethical self-fashioning.

    • Philosophy
      October 2019

      Welcoming Finitude

      Toward a Phenomenology of Orthodox Liturgy

      by Christina M. Gschwandtner

      The Orthodox emphasis on living tradition and lived experience make the Orthodox liturgy especially fertile ground for a phenomenological investigation into religious experience more broadly

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      August 2019

      God and Love on Route 80

      The Hidden Mysteries of Human Connectedness

      by Stephen G. Post

      As a teen at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire, the author had a recurring dream of a youth about to jump off a ledge somewhere out west. Guided by the dream as if a premonition, the boy journeyed across the country on Rt. 80 and encountered the youth on the Golden Gate Bridge where the dream became a reality as he rescued the youth in an episode of synchronicity. At that moment, the boy understood that while we exist in different places and at different times we are all inevitably intertwined, and that coincidences are just God’s way of being anonymous. GOD AND LOVE ON RT. 80 weaves together thirteen episodes of synchronicity from Post’s journey to demonstrate the power of human connectedness and the value in being open and hopeful to surprises. It’s a book that fits in the long tradition of successful metaphysical titles like The Teachings of Don Juan, Be Here Now, The Secret, The Power of Now, and Loving What Is, but by a highly regarded scientist whose work has been praised by his peers and popular readers alike.

    • Judaism
      May 2020

      At Wit's End

      The Jewish Joke from the Weimar Republic through the Holocaust

      by Louis Kaplan


    • Political science & theory
      March 2020

      Crimmigrant Nations

      Resurgent Nationalism and the Closing of Borders

      by Robert Koulish, Maartje van der Woude


    • Anthropology
      May 2020

      Textures of the Ordinary

      Doing Anthropology after Wittgenstein

      by Veena Das

      Many humanists are now interested in what social sciences can bring to philosophy and social theory and particularly how anthropological work challenges notions of foundational views of human nature, rationality, or ontology.

    • Sociology
      April 2020

      Urban Formalism

      The Work of City Reading

      by David Faflik

      Reimagines what it means to “read” the modern city, in four interrelated case studies that provide a wide-ranging sensory tour of New York and Paris in the nineteenth century

    • Comparative religion
      May 2020

      Circling the Elephant

      A Comparative Theology of Religious Diversity

      by John J. Thatamanil

      The most comprehensive argument to date about how and why Christians must learn from other religious traditions.

    • Christianity
      May 2020

      Living with Tiny Aliens

      The Image of God for the Anthropocene

      by Adam Pryor

      A work of theology that engages closely with scientific work in astrobiology to explore what discoveries about interplanetary life might do to Christian theology.

    • Asian history
      March 2020

      Uniquely Okinawan

      Determining Identity During the U.S. Wartime Occupation

      by Courtney A. Short

      Since 1945 and continuing for as far and one can foresee, the issue of U.S. forces struggling on battlegrounds with large, potentially hostile, culturally diverse populations will continue to resonate. The “lessons learned” from Okinawa will continue to provide guidance.

    • Philosophy
      August 2020

      Merleau-Ponty's Poetic of the World

      Philosophy and Literature

      by Galen A. Johnson, Emmanuel de Saint Aubert, Mauro Carbone

      The authors are three of the leading scholars of Merleau-Ponty and phenomenology today.

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