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  • Civilization and Progressby Radoslav A. Tsanoff

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Historical and systematic in its treatment, this work reviews the idea of progress in Western thought as it relates to civilization, in a more comprehensive survey than is to be found in previous writings on the subject. In the author's view, the history of civilization reveals an increasing range of human capacity, both for good and for evil, depending... more...

  • Jean-Jacques Rousseauby Merle L. Perkins

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    In this study, Merle L. Perkins links individual freedom with national power in offering a close reading of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's major texts. He sees in Rousseau's thought an extreme tension and interdependence between the idiosyncrasy of nonconforming character and an almost obsessive concern with the external pressures operating on the state.... more...

  • The Politics of Motionby Thomas A. Jr. Spragens; Antony Flew

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Two principal issues interact and overlap in this penetrating analysis: the relationship between Hobbes' natural philosophy and his civil philosophy, and the relationship between Hobbes' thought and the Aristotelian world view that constituted the philosophical orthodoxy he rejected. On the first point Thomas A. Spragens Jr. argues that Hobbes' political... more...

  • Jefferson's Declaration of Independenceby Allen Jayne

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Allen Jayne analyzes the ideology of the Declaration of Independence -- and its implications -- by going back to the sources of Jefferson's ideas: Bolingbroke, Kames, Reid, and Locke. He concludes that the Declaration must be read as an attack on two claims of absolute authority: that of government over its subjects and of religion over the minds... more...

  • Pilate and Jesusby Giorgio Agamben; Adam Kotsko

    Stanford University Press 2015; US$ 15.95

    Pontius Pilate is one of the most enigmatic figures in Christian theology. The only non-Christian to be named in the Nicene Creed, he is presented as a cruel colonial overseer in secular accounts, as a conflicted judge convinced of Jesus's innocence in the Gospels, and as either a pious Christian or a virtual demon in later Christian writings. This... more...

  • State of Insecurityby Isabell Lorey; Judith Butler; Aileen Derieg

    Verso Books 2015; US$ 12.95

    Years of remodelling the welfare state, the rise of technology, and the growing power of neoliberal government apparatuses have established a society of the precarious. In this new reality, productivity is no longer just a matter of labour, but affects the formation of the self, blurring the division between personal and professional lives. Encouraged... more...

  • Heroesby Franco "Bifo" Berardi

    Verso Books 2015; US$ 12.95

    What is the relationship between capitalism and mental health? In his most unsettling book to date, Franco ?Bifo? Berardi embarks on an exhilarating journey through philosophy, psychoanalysis and current events, searching for the social roots of the mental malaise of our age. Spanning an array of horrors ? the Aurora ?Joker? killer; Anders Breivik;... more...

  • Deja Vu and the End of Historyby Paolo Virno; David Broder

    Verso Books 2015; US$ 12.95

    Déjà vu, which doubles and confuses our experience of time, is a psychological phenomenon with peculiar relevance to our contemporary historical circumstances. From this starting point, the acclaimed Italian philosopher Paolo Virno examines the construct of memory, the passage of time, and the ?end of history.? Through thinkers such as Bergson, Kojève... more...

  • The Futureby Marc Auge; John Howe

    Verso Books 2015; US$ 12.95

    For Marc Augé, best-selling author of Non-Places , the prevailing idea of ?the Future? rests on our present fears of the contemporary world. It is to the future that we look for redemption and progress; but it is also where we project our personal and apocalyptic anxieties. By questioning notions of certainty, truth, and totality, Augé finds ways... more...

  • Kant: Critique of Practical Reasonby Andrews Reath; Mary Gregor

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 20.00

    Authoritative revised edition of the second of Kant's three Critiques and one of his major works in moral theory. more...