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See below for a selection of the latest books from Philosophy category. Presented with a red border are the Philosophy books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Philosophy books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Letter to an Inuk from 2022

Letter to an Inuk from 2022

Author: Jean Malaurie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2019

As climate change transforms the landscape of the ice sheet in Greenland and future industries prepare to extract precious metals and petroleum, Jean Malaurie addresses a younger generation of Inuit, caught between assimilation into Western societies and heritage of thinking with the earth and the environment. With his sweeping personal narrative as explorer, scientist, and goodwill ambassador for indigenous knowledge, Malaurie calls on these inhabitants of a young nation to preserve their cultural knowledge and develop a healthful relation between future and past forms of sustainable living. It is urgent to recognize the prescience of indigenous populations and their obstinate will to respect the land on which they live-not as latecomers to our current times but as precursors to our future.

Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evaluation of Women's Philosophical Thought

Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evaluation of Women's Philosophical Thought

Author: Eileen O'Neill Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2019

Over the course of the past twenty-five years, feminist theory has had a forceful impact upon the history of Western philosophy. The present collection of essays has as its primary aim to evaluate past women's published philosophical work, and to introduce readers to newly recovered female figures; the collection will also make contributions to the history of the philosophy of gender, and to the history of feminist social and political philosophy, insofar as the collection will discuss women's views on these issues. The volume contains contributions by an international group of leading historians of philosophy and political thought, whose scholarship represents some of the very best work being done in North and Central America, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Handbook of Anticipation Theoretical and Applied Aspects of the Use of Future in Decision Making

Handbook of Anticipation Theoretical and Applied Aspects of the Use of Future in Decision Making

Author: Roberto Poli Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2019

This Handbook presents the state of the art overview of current research on anticipation studies. It develops anticipation from both the theoretical and applied points of view. Via this comprehensive overview of the research on anticipation, this Handbook makes clear that anticipation is a serious topic of research that can and should be connected to Futures Studies research, perspectives and orientation. The Handbook uses the anticipatory viewpoint as a unifying framework able both to stop the progressive fragmentation of the human and social sciences and begin a process aimed at progressively closer integration, mutual knowledge and dialogue among the human and social sciences. It sets the agenda for the field, helps futures studies to come of age, and contributes to changing the orientation of the human and social sciences from their dominant past-orientation to a new future-orientation. The Handbook presents research from a variety of fields such as: Biology, ecology, psychology, social sciences, humanities, engineering, and computer science. The editorial board consists of scholars from various sciences, such as futurists, sociologists, economists, statisticians, computer scientists, designers and game builders.

The Edges of Fiction

The Edges of Fiction

Author: Jacques Ranciere Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2019

What distinguishes fiction from ordinary experience is not a lack of reality but a surfeit of rationality - this was the thesis of Aristotle's Poetics. The rationality of fiction is that appearances are inverted. Fiction overturns the ordinary course of events that occur one after the other, aiming to show how the unexpected arises, happiness transforms into unhappiness and ignorance into knowledge. In the modern age, argues Ranci re, this fictional rationality was developed in new ways. The social sciences extended the model of causal linkage to all spheres of human action, seeking to show us how causes produce their effects by inverting appearances and expectations. Literature took the opposite path. Instead of democratizing fictional rationality to include all human activity in the world of rational knowledge, it destroyed its principles by abolishing the limits that circumscribed a reality peculiar to fiction. It aligned itself with the rhythms of everyday life and plumbed the power of the random moment into which an entire life is condensed. In the avowed fictions of literature as well as in the unavowed fictions of politics, social science or journalism, the central question is the same: how to construct the perceptible forms of a shared world. From Stendhal to Jo o Guimar es Rosa and from Marx to Sebald, via Balzac, Poe, Maupassant, Proust, Rilke, Conrad, Auerbach, Faulkner and some others, this book explores these constructions and sheds new light on the constitutive movement of modern fiction, the movement that shifted its centre of gravity from its traditional core toward those edges in which fiction gets confronted with its possible revocation.

The Edges of Fiction

The Edges of Fiction

Author: Jacques Ranciere Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

What distinguishes fiction from ordinary experience is not a lack of reality but a surfeit of rationality - this was the thesis of Aristotle's Poetics. The rationality of fiction is that appearances are inverted. Fiction overturns the ordinary course of events that occur one after the other, aiming to show how the unexpected arises, happiness transforms into unhappiness and ignorance into knowledge. In the modern age, argues Ranci re, this fictional rationality was developed in new ways. The social sciences extended the model of causal linkage to all spheres of human action, seeking to show us how causes produce their effects by inverting appearances and expectations. Literature took the opposite path. Instead of democratizing fictional rationality to include all human activity in the world of rational knowledge, it destroyed its principles by abolishing the limits that circumscribed a reality peculiar to fiction. It aligned itself with the rhythms of everyday life and plumbed the power of the random moment into which an entire life is condensed. In the avowed fictions of literature as well as in the unavowed fictions of politics, social science or journalism, the central question is the same: how to construct the perceptible forms of a shared world. From Stendhal to Jo o Guimar es Rosa and from Marx to Sebald, via Balzac, Poe, Maupassant, Proust, Rilke, Conrad, Auerbach, Faulkner and some others, this book explores these constructions and sheds new light on the constitutive movement of modern fiction, the movement that shifted its centre of gravity from its traditional core toward those edges in which fiction gets confronted with its possible revocation.

Correspondence 1923-1966

Correspondence 1923-1966

Author: Theodor W. Adorno, Siegfried Kracauer Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2019

Theodor W. Adorno and Siegfried Kracauer were two of the most influential philosophers and cultural critics of the 20th century. While Adorno became the leading intellectual figure of the Frankfurt School, Kracauer's writings on film, photography, literature and the lifestyle of the middle classes opened up a new and distinctive approach to the study of culture and everyday life in modern societies. This volume brings together for the first time the long-running correspondence between these two major figures of German intellectual culture. As left-wing German Jews who were forced into exile with the rise of Nazism, Adorno and Kracauer shared much in common, but their worldviews were in many ways markedly different. These differences become clear in a correspondence that ranges over a great diversity of topics, from the nature of criticism and the meaning of utopia to the work of their contemporaries, including Bloch, Brecht and Benjamin. Where Kracauer embraced the study of new mass media, above all film, Adorno was much more sceptical. This is borne out in his sharp criticism of Kracauer's study of the composer Offenbach, which Adorno derided as musically illiterate, as well as his later criticism of Kracauer's Theory of Film. Exposing the very different ways that both men were grappling intellectually with the massive transformations of the 20th century, these letters shed fresh light on the principles shaping their work at the same time as they reveal something of the intellectual brilliance and human frailties of these two towering figures of 20th century thought. This unique volume will be of great value to anyone interested in critical theory and in 20th century intellectual and cultural history.

Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger Philosophy, Modernity, and Education

Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger Philosophy, Modernity, and Education

Author: Paulina Sosnowska Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

The drama of totalitarianism, one of the most important turns in the modern philosophy and history of the West undergirds the intellectual relationship between Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt. The rise of totalitarianism caused the disruption of traditional metaphysical and political categories and the necessity of a painstaking forging of new languages for the description of reality. This book argues that Arendt's answer to Heidegger's philosophy, intelligible only within the wider context of both thinkers' struggles with the philosophical tradition of the West, also opens up a new horizon of conceptualizing the relationship between philosophy and education. Arendt's answer is a development of her thesis of the broken thread of tradition, situated in the wider context of Heideggerian philosophy and his entanglement with Nazism that questions the traditional relationship between philosophy and education. The final parts of this book return to the problem of dialogue between philosophy, thinking, and university education in times when the political and ethical framework is no longer determined by the continuity of tradition, but the caesura of 20th-century totalitarianism.

Naturalistic Explanation in Spinoza's Ethics Being Mind-Full of Nature

Naturalistic Explanation in Spinoza's Ethics Being Mind-Full of Nature

Author: Harvey Shoolman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Spinoza was the most uncompromising naturalist in the history of philosophy, determined to provide a comprehensive system of ultimate reasons for the existence of any object or event by relating that object or event to the infinitely complex structure of Nature itself. Unprecedented in the detail of its philosophical analysis, Naturalistic Explanation in Spinoza's Ethics: Being Mind-Full of Nature examines explanatory naturalism in Spinoza's mature metaphysical text, the Ethics. Rooted in intellectual history yet committed to contemporary application, Harvey Shoolman's fresh interpretation of Spinoza's theory of mind and action highlights the originality of Spinoza's vision, including his account of the existence of consciousness in Nature and the way that conscious awareness relates to the complex physical structures that express cognitive properties. Shoolman provides a clear interpretation of Spinoza's doctrine of the Eternity of the Human Mind. He also gives insight into the way Spinoza understood both mathematics and physical science in purely naturalistic terms as examples of embodied rational practice, a view that is completely at odds with modern conceptions of what scientists do. Furthermore, the book interprets social and political phenomena as rational extensions of any naturalistic theory of mind. Shoolman presents us with a more subtle and potent Spinoza, whose naturalistic vision privileges the rational and the deductive over the empirical and the inductive.

Core Questions in Philosophy A Text with Readings

Core Questions in Philosophy A Text with Readings

Author: Elliott Sober Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Writing in an engaging lecture-style format, Elliott Sober shows students how philosophy is best used to evaluate many different kinds of arguments and to construct sound theories. Well known historical texts are included, not as a means to honor the dead or merely to discuss what various philosophers have thought, but to engage with, criticize, and even improve ideas from the past. In addition - because philosophy cannot function apart from its engagement with the wider society - traditional and contemporary philosophical problems are brought into dialogue with the physical, biological, and social sciences. Core Questions in Philosophy has served as a premier introductory textbook for more than two decades, with updates to each new edition. New improvements to this 7th Edition includes a new Routledge eResource www.routledge.com/9781138487338 featuring: Updated Supplementary Readings, with the inclusion of more work from women philosophers New videos and podcasts, organized by their relevance to each chapter in the book.

The Sartrean Mind

The Sartrean Mind

Author: Matthew (University of North Carolina - Wilmington, USA) Eshleman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His influence extends beyond academic philosophy and enjoys unprecedented influence over a wide range of phenomena from anti-colonial movements, through youth culture to artistic developments around the world. Comprising over 40 chapters by a team of international contributors this handbook covers: All major aspects of Sartre's thought, including phenomenology, existentialism, ontology, ethics, political theory; key historical influences; exploration of the philosophical, political and literary influences upon Sartre's thought and discussion of Sartre's major works. The Sartrean Mind is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy.

Core Questions in Philosophy A Text with Readings

Core Questions in Philosophy A Text with Readings

Author: Elliott Sober Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Writing in an engaging lecture-style format, Elliott Sober shows students how philosophy is best used to evaluate many different kinds of arguments and to construct sound theories. Well known historical texts are included, not as a means to honor the dead or merely to discuss what various philosophers have thought, but to engage with, criticize, and even improve ideas from the past. In addition - because philosophy cannot function apart from its engagement with the wider society - traditional and contemporary philosophical problems are brought into dialogue with the physical, biological, and social sciences. Core Questions in Philosophy has served as a premier introductory textbook for more than two decades, with updates to each new edition. New improvements to this 7th Edition includes a new Routledge eResource www.routledge.com/9781138487338 featuring: Updated Supplementary Readings, with the inclusion of more work from women philosophers New videos and podcasts, organized by their relevance to each chapter in the book.

Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism A Weak Nature Alone

Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism A Weak Nature Alone

Author: Adrian Johnston Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2019

Adrian Johnston's trilogy Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism aims to forge a thoroughly materialist yet antireductive theory of subjectivity. In this second volume, A Weak Nature Alone, Johnston focuses on the philosophy of nature required for such a theory. This volume is guided by a fundamental question: How must nature be rethought so that human minds and freedom do not appear to be either impossible or inexplicable within it? Asked differently: How must the natural world itself be structured such that sapient subjects in all their distinctive peculiarities emerged from and continue to exist within this world? In A Weak Nature Alone, Johnston develops his transcendental materialist account of nature through engaging with and weaving together five main sources of inspiration: Hegelian philosophy, Marxist materialism, Freudian-Lacanian metapsychology, Anglo-American analytic neo-Hegelianism, and evolutionary theory and neurobiology. Johnston argues that these seemingly (but not really) strange bedfellows should be brought together so as to construct a contemporary ontology of nature. Through this ontology, nonnatural human subjects can be seen to arise in an immanent, bottom-up fashion from nature itself.