Philosophy round-up

May 26, 2011

Deleuzian Concepts: Philosophy, Colonization, Politics

Author: Paul Patton

Edition: First

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Pages: 2

Price: £56.50 and £22.50

ISBN 9780804768771 and 8788

Patton discusses Gilles Deleuze's notion of philosophy as the creation of concepts and illustrates how this may be helpful in understanding the nature of political concepts such as rights, justice and democracy. He offers attempts to think with Deleuzian concepts in relation to other philosophers and other problems in order to situate his thought in the contemporary intellectual landscape. He also compares Deleuze with contemporaries such as Jacques Derrida, Richard Rorty and John Rawls to show how elements of his philosophy may be usefully applied to key contemporary issues, including colonisation and decolonisation, the nature of liberal democracy, and the concepts and critical utopian aspirations of political philosophy.

A World of Becoming

Author: William E. Connolly

Edition: First

Publisher: Duke University Press

Pages: 240

Price: £60.00 and £14.99

ISBN 9780822348634 and 8795

Connolly draws inspiration from philosophers such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Alfred North Whitehead, complexity theorist Stuart Kauffman and theologian Catherine Keller to outline a political philosophy suited to a world whose powers of creative evolution include and exceed the human estate. Connolly argues that attunement to a world of becoming may help us to address dangerous resonances between global finance capital, cross-regional religious resentments, neoconservative ideology and the 24-hour mass media.

An Introduction to Philosophical Methods

Author: Chris Daly

Edition: First

Publisher: Broadview Press

Pages: 256

Price: £24.50

ISBN 9781551119342

Daly introduces and illustrates the methodological considerations that are involved in current philosophical debates and the various methods that philosophers use to support their views. Where there is controversy, Daly presents the case for each side, and highlights wherein the key difficulties lie. While intended to be student-friendly, the book also attempts to make an important contribution to the debate of the acceptability of various philosophical methods, and should be of interest to more experienced philosophers.

John Dewey's Philosophy of Spirit: With The 1897 Lecture on Hegel

Editors: John Shook and James Good

Edition: Second

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Pages: 192

Price: £64.95 and £21.95

ISBN 9780823231386 and 1393

Philosophers have long disputed the extent to which John Dewey's thought is indebted to Georg Hegel, and here Shook and Good present two essays defending the viewpoint that, far from repudiating Hegel, Dewey's entire pragmatic philosophy is premised on a "philosophy of spirit" inspired by Hegel's project. The book's core essays are joined by the definitive text of Dewey's 1897 lecture at the University of Chicago on Hegel's philosophy of spirit.

Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction

Authors: Michael B. Wilkinson with Hugh N. Campbell

Edition: First

Publisher: Continuum

Pages: 416

Price: £55.00 and £17.99

ISBN 9781441165183 and 67736

Wilkinson and Campbell set out traditional arguments such as the problem of evil or the concept of God within the contexts of contemporary debates. In addition to classical questions and issues, the authors also cover more modern debates on reformed epistemology, theological non-realism and foundationalism and explain the development of religious language, the challenge of modern science and afterlife beliefs. This text is aimed at students coming to philosophy of religion for the first time; the authors presuppose little prior knowledge and provide extensive examination and study advice throughout.

Philosophers on Art from Kant to the Postmodernists: A Critical Reader

Editor: Christopher Kul-Want

Edition: First

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Pages: 376

Price: £62.00 and £20.50

ISBN 9780231140942 and 0959

Kul-Want brings together 25 texts on art by 20 philosophers in an attempt to demonstrate how philosophy adopted a new orientation toward aesthetic experience and subjectivity in the wake of Kant's legacy. He elucidates these texts with essays on aesthetics, from Hegel and Nietzsche to Badiou and Ranciere and each essay is accompanied by an overview and interpretation. The volume ranges from the Enlightenment to Post-Modernism and draws on Continental philosophy and aesthetics, considering, among others, the Marxist intellectual tradition and psychoanalytic theory.

Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy of Time: A Critical Introduction and Guide

Author: James Williams

Edition: First

Publisher: University of Edinburgh

Pages: 216

Price: £60.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9780748638536 and 8543

Gilles Deleuze developed a series of original philosophies of time throughout his career and applied these to many different fields. In this book, Williams' conceptual approach presents Deleuze's philosophy of time as the central concept underpinning his philosophy as a whole. He considers Deleuze's early studies of Hume, Nietzsche, Kant, Bergson and Spinoza; his two great philosophical works; and his influential late-career studies of literature, film and painting.

Phenomenology: An Introduction

Authors: Michael Lewis and Tanja Staehler

Edition: First

Publisher: Continuum

Pages: 280

Price: £65.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9780826431431 and 39994

This book seeks to offer an introduction to the concept of phenomenology by explaining the development of the phenomenological method in the works of four thinkers: Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. It considers the criticisms directed at phenomenology by Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, and the ways in which phenomenology has continued to flourish in spite of such critique, in the work of Michel Henry and Jean-Luc Marion. Features include an extensive bibliography, key definitions, sample essay and exam questions, and suggested readings for each topic covered, making it suitable for those encountering phenomenology for the first time, but also for postgraduates and scholars.

The Government of Self and Others

Author: Michel Foucault

Edition: Second

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 424

Price: £12.99

ISBN 9781403986672

The lectures given by Michel Foucault in 1983 at the College de France present an enquiry into the notion of parresia, rethinking the role, significance and the practices of parresia from antiquity to the present, and continue Foucault's rereading of ancient philosophy. The platonic figure of the philosopher king, the condemnation of writing, and Socrates' rejection of political involvement are some of the topics of ancient philosophy revisited in Foucault's lectures.

Global Ethics: An Introduction

Author: Kimberly Hutchings

Edition: First

Publisher: Polity

Pages: 176

Price: £50.00 and £14.99

ISBN 9780745636818 and 6825

Hutchings aims to provide an assessment of key perspectives in global ethics and their implications for substantive moral issues in global politics. The issues discussed include the morality of state and non-state violence, the obligations of rich to poor in a globalising world and the nature of international human rights. This accessible introduction is intended for students of international relations, politics and globalisation.

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind

Editors: Brian McLaughlin, Ansgar Beckermann and Sven Walter

Edition: Second

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 832

Price: £.50

ISBN 9780199596317

This guide presents 45 critical surveys of a wide range of topics relating to the mind. Subjects addressed include: the place of the mind in the natural world; its ontological status; how it fits into the causal fabric of the Universe; the nature of consciousness; and epistemic issues such as knowledge of one's own and other minds. It concludes with a section on self, personhood and agency.

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