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  • The Tyranny of Guiltby Pascal Bruckner; Steven Rendall

    Princeton University Press 2010; US$ 19.95

    Fascism, communism, genocide, slavery, racism, imperialism--the West has no shortage of reasons for guilt. And, indeed, since the Holocaust and the end of World War II, Europeans in particular have been consumed by remorse. But Pascal Bruckner argues that guilt has now gone too far. It has become a pathology, and even an obstacle to fighting today's... more...

  • Perpetual Euphoriaby Pascal Bruckner; Steven Rendall

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 29.95

    Happiness today is not just a possibility or an option but a requirement and a duty. To fail to be happy is to fail utterly. Happiness has become a religion--one whose smiley-faced god looks down in rebuke upon everyone who hasn't yet attained the blessed state of perpetual euphoria. How has a liberating principle of the Enlightenment--the right to... more...

  • Prophets of the Pastby Steven Rendall; Michael Brenner

    Princeton University Press 2010; US$ 46.95

    Prophets of the Past is the first book to examine in depth how modern Jewish historians have interpreted Jewish history. Michael Brenner reveals that perhaps no other national or religious group has used their shared history for so many different ideological and political purposes as the Jews. He deftly traces the master narratives of Jewish history... more...

  • Reason and Rationalityby Jon Elster; Steven Rendall

    Princeton University Press 2008; US$ 21.95

    One of the world's most important political philosophers, Jon Elster is a leading thinker on reason and rationality and their roles in politics and public life. In this short book, he crystallizes and advances his work, bridging the gap between philosophers who use the idea of reason to assess human behavior from a normative point of view and social... more...

  • Manhuntsby Grégoire Chamayou; Steven Rendall

    Princeton University Press 2012; US$ 35.00

    Touching on issues of power, authority, and domination, Manhunts takes an in-depth look at the hunting of humans in the West, from ancient Sparta, through the Middle Ages, to the modern practices of chasing undocumented migrants. Incorporating historical events and philosophical reflection, Grégoire Chamayou examines the systematic and organized... more...

  • The Fanaticism of the Apocalypseby Pascal Bruckner; Steven Rendall

    Wiley 2013; US$ 14.95

    The planet is sick. Human beings are guilty of damaging it. We have to pay. Today, that is the orthodoxy throughout the Western world. Distrust of progress and science, calls for individual and collective self-sacrifice to ‘save the planet’ and cultivation of fear: behind the carbon commissars, a dangerous and counterproductive ecological... more...

  • On Borrowed Timeby Harald Weinrich; Steven Rendall

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 30.00

    Life is short. This indisputable fact of existence has driven human ingenuity since antiquity, whether through efforts to lengthen our lives with medicine or shorten the amount of time we spend on work using technology. Alongside this struggle to manage the pressure of life’s ultimate deadline, human perception of the passage and... more...

  • The Promise of Salvationby Martin Riesebrodt; Steven Rendall

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 22.50

    Why has religion persisted across the course of human history? Secularists have predicted the end of faith for a long time, but religions continue to attract followers. Meanwhile, scholars of religion have expanded their field to such an extent that we lack a basic framework for making sense of the chaos of religious phenomena. To remedy this state... more...

  • Valkyrieby Philip Freiher Von Boeselager; Florence Fehrenbach; Jerome Fehrenbach; Steven Rendall

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.00

    When the Second World War broke out, Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, then 25-years-old, fought enthusiastically for Germany as a cavalry officer. But after discovering Nazi crimes, von Boeselager?s patriotism quickly turned to disgust, and he joined a group of conspirators who plotted to kill Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. In this elegant but... more...

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