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xix, 192 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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xiii, 345 pages ; 24 cm.
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xiii, 293 pages ; 25 cm
  • Is she not also a human being?
  • Difference and left universalism
  • Ethical communism in African thought
  • Individualism in Fanon and after
  • Enigmas and proverbs.
Green Library
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xiv, 347 pages ; 22 cm.
  • 1. Editors' Introduction.- 2. The Strange Conversation of Plato's Minos.- 3. Platonic Beginnings.- 4. A Look at Socrates' Motives in the Laches.- 5. Socrates' Self-Knowledge.- 6. Socrates' Exhortation to Follow the Logos.- 7. Philosophy, Eros, and the Socratic Turn.- 8. Free to Care: Socrates' Political Engagement.- 10. Socrates: Sisyphean or Overflowing?.- 11. Socrates' Motives and Human Wisdom in Plato's Theages.- 12. Plato's Euthyphro on Divine and Human Wisdom.- 13. On the Question of Socratic Benevolence.- 14. Philanthropy in the Action of the Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito.- 15. Philosophic Care in the Life of Plato's Socrates.- 16. Plato's Sons and the Library of Magnesia.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319768304 20180806
This book addresses the problem of fully explaining Socrates' motives for philosophic interlocution in Plato's dialogues. Why, for instance, does Socrates talk to many philosophically immature and seemingly incapable interlocutors? Are his motives in these cases moral, prudential, erotic, pedagogic, or intellectual? In any one case, can Socrates' reasons for engaging an unlikely interlocutor be explained fully on the grounds of intellectual self-interest (i.e., the promise of advancing his own wisdom)? Or does his activity, including his self-presentation and staging of his death, require additional motives for adequate explanation? Finally, how, if at all, does our conception of Socrates' motives help illuminate our understanding of the life of reason as Plato presents it? By inviting a multitude of authors to contribute their thoughts on these question-all of whom share a commitment to close reading, but by no means agree on the meaning of Plato's dialogues-this book provides the reader with an excellent map of the terrain of these problems and aims to help the student of Plato clarify the tensions involved, showing especially how each major stance on Socrates entails problematic assumptions that prompt further critical reflection.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319768304 20180806
Green Library
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2 volumes (xvi, 1455 pages) : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Vorwort der Herausgeber
  • Siglen
  • Einleitung
  • Perspektiven der Zeichen- und Interpretationsphilosophie Günter Abels / Ulrich Dirks und Astrid Wagner
  • Interpretation, Subjekt und Selbstbewusstsein
  • Interpretation zwischen Konstruktion und Verstehen : Hermeneutik und Interpretationsphilosophie / Emil Angehrn
  • Subjektbezug jenseits von Konstruktion : Replik zum Beitrag von Emil Angehrn / Günter Abel
  • Interpretation und Selbstbewusstsein / Georg W. Bertram
  • Selbstbewusstsein als zeichen-interpretatives Selbstverhältnis : Replik zum Beitrag von Georg W. Bertram / Günter Abel
  • Sinn und Verstehen
  • Alliierte im gleichen Projekt? : Interpretationismus aus der Sicht der Hermeneutik / Andrzej Przylebski
  • Zeichen und Interpretativität des Verstehens : Replik zum Beitrag von Andrzej Przylebski / Günter Abel
  • "Entschmelzung der Horizonte" : Reflektiertes Gleichgewicht und Verstehensgleichgewicht / Marco Brusotti
  • Verstehensgleichgewichte und Horizont-Entschmelzung : Replik zum Beitrag von Marco Brusotti / Günter Abel
  • Sprache und Interpretationspraxis
  • 'Alles ist Sprache' : zur Unterscheidung von 'Namen' und 'Sachen' im Zeichen der Interpretationsphilosophie / Tilman Borsche
  • Zeichen der Sprache, Sprache der Zeichen : Replik zum Beitrag von Tilman Borsche / Günter Abel
  • Vom Signal zur Sprache : Kooperationslogische Grundlagen begrifflichen Verstehens / Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer
  • Sprachphilosophie als Zweig der Zeichen- und Interpretationsphilosophie : Replik zum Beitrag von Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer / Günter Abel
  • Some Worries about Günter Abel's "Interpretational Praxis" / Joseph Margolis
  • Ziele der Zeichen- und Interpretationsphilosophie : Replik zum Beitrag von Joseph Margolis / Günter Abel
  • Zeichen und Leiblichkeit
  • Mit anderen Worten : Zeichen, Interpretation und Fürwahrhalten / Josef Simon
  • Interpretationsphilosophie und Philosophie des Zeichens : Replik zum Beitrag von Josef Simon / Günter Abel
  • Die Poetisierung der Zeichen aus der Leiblichkeit / Jesús Conill
  • Genealogien der Leiblichkeit : Replik zum Beitrag von Jesús Conill / Günter Abel
  • Neurobiologische Kognition und Zeitlichkeit
  • Zur Frage nach dem "Semantem" / Hinderk M. Emrich
  • Schnittstellen von Zeichen- und Interpretationsphilosophie, Psychologie und Psychiatrie : Replik zum Beitrag von Hinderk M. Emrich / Günter Abel
  • Tempo rubato / Denis Thouard
  • Zeitordnung und Erfahrungswirklichkeit : Replik zum Beitrag von Denis Thouard / Günter Abel
  • Wissensformen
  • The Epistemic Normativity of Knowing-How / Catherine Z. Elgin
  • Die praxis-interne Normativität des Sprechens, Denkens und Handelns : Replik zum Beitrag von Catherine Z. Elgin / Günter Abel
  • Ist das Können eine 'unergründliche Wissensform'? : Sprachanalyse und Modellbildung in der Philosophie / Hans J. Schneider
  • Wissensformen und praktische Fähigkeiten : Replik zum Beitrag von Hans Julius Schneider / Günter Abel
  • Günter Abel on knowing how and knowing that / Dagfinn Føllesdal
  • Knowing-how als irreduzible wissensform : Replik zum Beitrag von Dagfinn Føllesdal / Günter Abel
  • Epistemische Dinge und technische Artefakte
  • Über epistemische Dinge / Hans-Jörg Rheinberger
  • Epistemologie epistemischer Objekte : Replik zum Beitrag von Hans-Jörg Rheinberger / Günter Abel
  • Ontotogie technischer Artefakte / Hans Poser
  • Zeichen- und Interpretationsphilosophie der Technik : Replik zum Beitrag von Hans Poser / Günter Abel
  • Wissenschaft und Weltbild
  • Wissenschaft als Interpretationsprozess : die Verwissenschaftlichung der Theologie und die Transformation des Wissenschaftsbegriffs im 13. Jahrhundert / Ludger Honnefelder
  • Pluralität der Wissensformen und deren Realitätshaltigkeit : Replik zum Beitrag von Ludger Honnefelder / Günter Abel
  • Welt : Universum : Kosmos : Entmythologisierung und Physikalisierung des Weltbilds / Erwin Sedlmayr
  • Zeichen-interpretative Wissenschaftsphilosophie : Replik zum Beitrag von Erwin Sedlmayr / Günter Abel.
  • Recht und Gesetz
  • Das Recht und die Grenzen der 'Offenheit der Interpretation' / Hans Jörg Sandkühler
  • Zeichen- und Interpretationsphilosophie des Rechts und der Menschenrechte : Replik zum Beitrag von Hans Jörg Sandkühler / Günter Abel
  • Vom Umgang mit Gesetzen / Walter Grasnick
  • Juristische Argumentation und die Interpretativität des Rechts : Replik zum Beitrag von Walter Grasnick / Günter Abel
  • Ethik, Demokratie und Öffentlichkeit
  • Erklären oder Begründen? : zum Verhältnis von Interpretationsethik und Demokratie / Lukas K. Sosoe
  • Die Lebenswelt als Fundierungsinstanz : Replik zum Beitrag von Lukas K. Sosoe / Günter Abel
  • Kraft des Genitivs : über eine mögliche Interpretation des öffentlichen Raumes / Ugo Perone
  • Ein Plädoyer für ein adualistisches Philosophieren : Replik zum Beitrag von Ugo Perone / Günter Abel
  • Bilder und Klänge
  • Leibniz' Lichtbild des Tentamen anagogicum : für eine materiale Philosophie des Bildes / Horst Bredekamp
  • Zeichen- und Interpretationsphilosophie der Bilder : Replik zum Beitrag von Horst Bredekamp / Günter Abel
  • Wie schaut man ein Kunstwerk an? / Riccardo Dottori
  • Ästhetische Zeichen und Interpretationen : Replik zum Beitrag von Riccardo Dottori / Günter Abel
  • Autonome Kunst : Musikalischer Ausdruck : Musikalische Geste / Helga de la Motte
  • Zeichen- und interpretationsphilosophische Musikästhetik : Replik zum Beitrag von Helga de la Motte / Günter Abel
  • Architektur
  • Figuren im Grund : Architektonische Spurenlese, angeregt von Günter Abels Interpretationswelten / Fritz Neumeyer
  • Zeichen- und Interpretationsphilosophie der Architektur : Replik zum Beitrag von Fritz Neumeyer / Günter Abel
  • Entwurfslehren und 'Grammatik architektonischer Form' : Wissensbestände der Architektur von Vitruv bis zum Handbuch der Architektur / Uta Hassler
  • Architekturgeschichte als Zeichen- und Interpretationsgeschichte : Replik zum Beitrag von Uta Hassler / Günter Abel
  • Orientierung und Perspektivität
  • Orientierungsmittel : Wissen nach Nietzsche, Luhmann und Abel / Werner Stegmaier
  • Orientierung als Herausforderung der Philosophie : Replik zum Beitrag von Werner Stegmaier / Günter Abel
  • Die Perspektivierung der Wirklichkeit / Martina Plümacher
  • Perspektivismus in der Zeichen- und Interpretationsphilosophie : Replik zum Beitrag von Martina Plümacher / Günter Abel
  • Pluralität und Kreativität
  • Warum es nur eine Welt gibt / Logi Gunnarsson
  • Die Einheit der Welt und die Vielheit der Wirklichkeiten : Replik zum Beitrag von Logi Gunnarsson / Günter Abel
  • Onto-generative hermeneutics of creativity : interpretation of indeterminancy : from creative experience to Abel to Yijing / Chung-ying Cheng
  • Zeichen-interpretative Prozessphilosophie : Replik zum Beitrag von Chung-ying Cheng / Günter Abel
  • Skeptizismus und Naturalismus
  • Skeptizismus und Interpretationismus / Tim Koehne
  • Grenzen des Skeptizismus : Replik zum Beitrag von Tim Koehne / Günter Abel
  • Naturalismus und Interpretationismus : Einige Bemerkungen zu Abels Interpretationsphilosophie / Rogério Lopes
  • Skeptizismus im nicht-reduktionistischen Naturalismus : Replik zum Beitrag von Rogerio Lopes / Günter Abel
  • Dialektik und Pragmatismus
  • Dialektik und Interpretationsphilosophie / Elena Ficara
  • Dialektik als Zeichen- und Interpretationsprozess : Replik zum Beitrag von Elena Ficara / Günter Abel
  • Pragmatism, Inquiry, and Knowledge / Robert Schwartz
  • Der Pragmatismus in der Zeichen- und Interpretationsphilosophie : Replik zum Beitrag von Robert Schwartz / Günter Abel
  • Interpretation der Interpretation
  • Interpretationsphilosophie und Interpretationismus als 'Erste Philosophie'? / Hans Lenk
  • Das Verhältnis der Zeichen- und Interpretationsphilosophie zum methodologischen Interpretationismus : Replik zum Beitrag von Hans Lenk / Günter Abel
  • The challenge of ontology in interpretationalism / Luis Eduardo Gama Barbosa
  • Philosophieren ohne ontologisches Fundament : Replik zum Beitrag von Luis Eduardo Gama Barbosa / Günter Abel
  • Verzeichnis der Publikationen Günter Abels (1973-2016) / Ulrich Dirks und Astrid Wagner
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xvii, 592 pages ; 24 cm.
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154 pages ; 21 cm.
  • L'action et la décision dans l'éthique de la passivité -- Éthique, folie et exclusion -- La finitude de la décision -- L'inclusion bioéthico-politique -- Levinas et le dernier Foucault -- L'action éthique et utopique -- Au-delà du possible -- L'enfant et le temps -- Le relâchement sans lâcheté de la virilité -- Levinas et le féminisme -- La subjectivité utopique. Levinas et Bloch -- Le travail, l'oeuvre et le temps -- La temporalité du souci -- Travail et nature réelle du temps humain -- Levinas et le marxisme -- Travail, oeuvre et désoeuvrement -- Une action politique faible ? -- Les sujets traditionnels du politique : l'homme, le citoyen et leurs droits -- Les sujets de la politique faible à venir : les réfugiés -- Action et interdépendance.
"Cet essai part de la nécessité de mettre en rapport l'articulation de l'éthique et de la politique levinassiennes avec les "philosophies sociales" plus ou moins explicitement présentes dans son oeuvre. Seront ainsi convoqués les concepts d'exclusion et de biopolitique chez Foucault, le concept de culpabilité originaire de Heidegger, la lecture féministe de Levinas et le travail comme autoproduction chez Marx. La recherche d'une "politique faible" qui serait, pour une part, présente au coeur même de la philosophie de Levinas, à savoir dans son éthique de la vulnérabilité, et qui, pour une autre part, rendrait justice à la vulnérabilité de la subjectivité éthique vis-à-vis de l'histoire et de la société, nous sera l'occasion de reprendre, dans un deuxième temps, deux pensées contemporaines de l'action politique l'ontologie faible de Giorgio Agamben et la tentative de Judith Butler de surmonter le schisme entre l'action et la dépendance."--Page 4 of cover.
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xii, 275 pages ; 24 cm.
Green Library
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xii, 299 pages ; 24 cm.
Green Library
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vii, 167 pages ; 22 cm.
A new analysis of the mind/body relationship based on the philosophy of SpinozaIt is widely recognised that Spinoza put an end to the Cartesian dualism of body and mind by thinking through the possibility of their unity. Revisiting this generally accepted notion of psychophysical parallelism in Spinoza, Chantal Jaquet offers a new analysis of the relation between body and mind. Using an original methodology, she analyses their unity in action through the affects that bring together a body's affection and the idea of this affection.Looking at a range of Spinoza's texts, Jaquet reveals that understanding affects, actions and passions provides the key to how the mind and body are the same individual expressed in two different ways. She presents the Spinozist model in all its complexity, illuminating its potentialities for contemporary debates on the nature of the mind-body problem.Key FeaturesCritiques the false conception of psychophysical parallelism in SpinozaGives us a new analysis of the mind/body relationshipContrasts Descartes' conception of the passions with Spinoza's conception of the affectsDefines Spinozian affects and their variations in a new way.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781474433181 20180611
Green Library
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v, 186 pages ; 24 cm.
Alex Tissandier argues that an understanding of Deleuze's relationship to Leibniz is essential for a full understanding of his philosophy. Throughout Deleuze's work we find two opposing characterisations of Leibniz. On the one hand Deleuze presents Leibniz as a conservative theologian committed to justifying the order and harmony of a God-governed world. On the other, Leibniz appears as a revolutionary thinker credited with "the most insane concept creation we have ever witnessed in philosophy."Tissandier traces Leibniz's ambiguous status for Deleuze in order to provide a framework for explaining two key ideas in Deleuze's own philosophy: a concept of difference that is not reducible to a relation of contradiction and an account of the genesis of the world that does not presuppose the structure of representation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781474417747 20180910
Green Library
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142 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Table of Contents Introduction Chapter One The Crisis of Philosophy: African Dimension Chapter Two Erasure of African Philosophy Chapter Three Post-colonial African Body Chapter Four The African and the Cost of Being a Christian Chapter Five Decolonizing African Legal Philosophy Chapter Six Musical Aesthetics in African Life Chapter Seven Would Socrates Recognize Us Epilogue.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780815376545 20180702
The history of the human world has reached a stage where no philosophical community can any longer philosophize in isolation from other philosophical communities. The African philosophical community is not an exception and neither is any other philosophical community. There is a widespread notion in the West that philosophy originated in Greece and found its way throughout Europe, from where it migrated to Africa. This book argues that Philosophy did not migrate to African from anywhere but that it is radically native to all communities. The chapters cover the erasure of African philosophy, African philosophical departures, the threat that Christianity has posed to African philosophy, African legal philosophy, African musical aesthetics and connections with classical philosophy. Arguing that the landscape of philosophy has a place not only for Africans but also for all human beings and that African philosophers are among the architects of this landscape, this book is an important read for scholars and students of African philosophy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780815376545 20180702
Green Library
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xx, 251 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Acknowledgements Dedication Preface Introduction Addressing the Epistemic Marginalization of Women in African Philosophy and Building a Culture of Conversations Dr. Jonathan O. Chimakonam (University of Calabar, Nigeria and University of Pretoria, South Africa) Henry Odera Oruka and the Female Sage: Re-evaluating the Nature of Sagacity Dr. Pius Mosima (BIRD, University of Bamenda, Cameroon) Women and Ubuntu: Does Ubuntu Condone the Subordination of Women? Dr. Rianna Oelofsen (University of Fort Hare, South Africa) African Philosophy, its Questions, the Place and the Role of Women and its Disconnect with its World Dr. Olajumoke Akiode (University of Lagos, Nigeria) Dialogues and Alliances: Positions of Women in African Philosophy Drs. Renate Schepen (University of Humanistic Studies Utrecht/VU Amsterdam, Netherlands) Dealing with the Trauma of a Loss: Interrogating the Feminine Experience of Coping with Spouse's Death in African Traditions Dr. Elvis Imafidon (Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria) Human Rights Discourse: Friend or Foe of African Women's Sexual Freedoms? Prof. Louise du Toit (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) African Philosophy's Injustice against Women Prof. Bernard Matolino (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) Conceptual Decolonization in African Philosophy: The Women Perspective Prof. Oladele Balogun (Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria) Women in the history of African Philosophy and the Imperative of `Her-Storical' Perspective in the Contemporary African Philosophy Dr. Mesembe I. Edet (University of Calabar, Nigeria) Buffeted: Developing an Afro Feminist Response to Environmental Questions Dr. Betty Wambui (State University of New York, Oneonta) Ecofeminism in Africa: The Contribution of Wangari Maathai Dr. Anke Graness (University of Vienna) Women in the Kitchen of Philosophy: Re-Asking the Questions of African Philosophy Dr. Egbai Uti Ojah, (University of Calabar, Nigeria) Are Women Marginalized in African Philosophy? Prof. Uduma Oji Uduma (Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria).
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780815359647 20180702
This book examines the underexplored notion of epistemic marginalization of women in the African intellectual place. Women's issues are still very much neglected by governments, corporate bodies and academics in sub-Saharan Africa. The entrenched traditional world-views which privilege men over women make it difficult for the modern day challenges posed by the neglect of the feminine epistemic perspective, to become obvious. Contributors address these issues from both theoretical and practical perspectives, demonstrating what philosophy could do to ameliorate the epistemic marginalization of women, as well as ways in which African philosphy exacerbates this marginalization. Philosophy is supposed to teach us how to lead the good life in all its ramifications; why is it failing in this duty in Africa where the issue of women's epistemic vision is concerned? The chapters raise feminist agitations to a new level; beginning from the regular campaigns for various women's rights and reaching a climax in an epistemic struggle in which the knowledge-controlling power to create, acquire, evaluate, regulate and disseminate is proposed as the last frontier of feminism.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780815359647 20180702
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ix, 235 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Introduction-- Part I. Frames: 1. The instant of their debt: Derrida with Freud and Heidegger in Greece Vassiliki Kolocotroni-- 2. Derrida and the psychoanalysis of culture Andrea Hurst-- 3. Derrida and sexual difference Ginette Michaud-- 4. Derrida queries De Man: a note on the materiality of the letter vs the violence of the letter Martin Mcquillan-- Part II. Focus: 5. Derrida as literary reader Derek Attridge-- 6. Broken singularities (Derrida and Celan) Joshua Schuster-- 7. Derrida and the essence of poetry Yue Zhuo-- 8. From Mallarme to the event: Badiou after Derrida Laurent Milesi-- Part III. Futures: 9. Ecce Animot: animal turns Jane Goldman-- 10. Deconstruction, collectivity, and world literature Jen Hui Bon Hoa-- 11. Literature calls justice: deconstruction's 'coming-to-terms' with literature Elisabeth Weber-- 12. The documental revolution and the archives of the future Maurizio Ferraris.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781108444521 20180910
This collection of essays explores the main concepts and methods of reading launched by French philosopher Jacques Derrida who died in 2004. Derrida exerted a huge influence on literary critics in the 1980s, but later there was a backlash against his theories. Today, one witnesses a general return to his way of reading literature, the rationale of which is detailed and explained in the essays. The authors, both well-known and younger specialists, give many precise examples of how Derrida, who always remained at the cusp between literature and philosophy, posed fundamental questions and thus changed the field of literary criticism, especially with regard to poetry. The contributors also highlight the way Derrida made spectacular interventions in feminism, psychoanalytic studies, animal studies, digital humanities and post-colonial studies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781108444521 20180910
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xiii, 205 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Introduction Lisa Downing-- Part I. Going After Foucault: 1. Foucault's genealogy Robert Gillett-- 2. Foucault's subjectivities Monica Greco and Martin Savransky-- 3. Foucault's history of neoliberalism Nicholas Gane-- 4. Foucault's bio-power Kay Peggs and Barry Smart-- Part II. Coming After Foucault: 5. Foucault and literary theory Simon During-- 6. Foucault and queer theory Lynne Huffer-- 7. Foucault, race and racism Rey Chow-- 8. Foucault and ecology Emma A. Foster-- Part III. Reading After Foucault: 9. Foucault and sex Tim Dean-- 10. Foucault and ethics Jacques Khalip-- 11. Foucault and the queer pharmatopia Oliver Davis-- 12. Foucault and true crime Lisa Downing.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781316506042 20180717
The work of Michel Foucault is much read, widely cited, and occasionally misunderstood. In response to this state of affairs, this collection aims to clarify, to contextualize, and to contribute to Foucauldian scholarship in a very specific way. Rather than offering either a conceptual introduction to Foucault's work, or a series of interventions aimed specifically at experts, After Foucault explores his critical afterlives, situates his work in current debates, and explains his intellectual legacy. As well as offering up-to-date assessments of Foucault's ongoing use in fields such as literary studies, sexuality studies, and history, chapters explore his relevance for urgent and emerging disciplines and debates, including ecology, animal studies, and the analysis of neoliberalism. Written in an accessible style, by leading experts, After Foucault demonstrates a commitment to taking seriously the work of a key twentieth-century thinker for contemporary academic disciplines, political phenomena, and cultural life.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781316506042 20180717
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xvi, 226 pages ; 22 cm.
An esteemed scholar of Hinduism presents a groundbreaking interpretation of ancient Indian texts and their historic influence on subversive resistance Ancient Hindu texts speak of the three aims of human life: dharma, artha, and kama. Translated, these might be called religion, politics, and pleasure, and each is held to be an essential requirement of a full life. Balance among the three is a goal not always met, however, and dharma has historically taken precedence over the other two qualities in Hindu life. Here, historian of religions Wendy Doniger offers a spirited and close reading of ancient Indian writings, unpacking a long but unrecognized history of opposition against dharma. Doniger argues that scientific disciplines (shastras) have offered lively and continuous criticism of dharma, or religion, over many centuries. She chronicles the tradition of veiled subversion, uncovers connections to key moments of resistance and voices of dissent throughout Indian history, and offers insights into the Indian theocracy's subversion of science by religion today.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300216196 20180430
Green Library
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xvi, 226 pages ; 22 cm.
  • The three human aims
  • The influence of the Arthashastra on the Kamasutra
  • Dharma and adharma in the Arthashastra
  • Adharma and dharma in the Kamasutra
  • Glossing adharma with dharma
  • Skeptiscism and materialism in ancient India
  • Epilogue: Dharma and the subversion of science.
An esteemed scholar of Hinduism presents a groundbreaking interpretation of ancient Indian texts and their historic influence on subversive resistance Ancient Hindu texts speak of the three aims of human life: dharma, artha, and kama. Translated, these might be called religion, politics, and pleasure, and each is held to be an essential requirement of a full life. Balance among the three is a goal not always met, however, and dharma has historically taken precedence over the other two qualities in Hindu life. Here, historian of religions Wendy Doniger offers a spirited and close reading of ancient Indian writings, unpacking a long but unrecognized history of opposition against dharma. Doniger argues that scientific disciplines (shastras) have offered lively and continuous criticism of dharma, or religion, over many centuries. She chronicles the tradition of veiled subversion, uncovers connections to key moments of resistance and voices of dissent throughout Indian history, and offers insights into the Indian theocracy's subversion of science by religion today.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300216196 20180430
Law Library (Crown)
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xiv, 254 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Samir Okasha offers a philosophical perspective on evolutionary biology in Agents and Goals in Evolution. His focus is on "agential thinking", which is a mode of thought commonly employed in evolutionary biology. The paradigm case of agential thinking involves treating an evolved organism as if it were an agent pursuing a goal, such as survival or reproduction, and treating its phenotypic traits as strategies for achieving that goal, or furthering its biological interests. Agential thinking involves deliberately transposing a set of concepts - goals, interests, strategies - from rational human agents to the biological world more generally. Okasha's enquiry begins by asking whether this is justified. Is agential thinking mere anthropomorphism, or does it play a genuine intellectual role in the science? This central question leads Okasha to a series of further questions. How do we identify the "goal" that evolved organisms will behave as if they are trying to achieve? Can agential thinking ever be applied to groups or genes, rather than to individual organisms? And how does agential thinking relate to the controversies over fitness-maximization in evolutionary biology? In the final third of the book, Okasha examines the relation between the adaptive and the rational. If organisms can validly be treated as agent-like, for the purposes of evolutionary analysis, should we expect that their evolved behaviour will correspond to the behaviour of rational agents as codified in the theory of rational choice? If so, does this mean that the fitness-maximizing paradigm of the evolutionary biologist can be mapped directly to the utility-maximizing paradigm of the rational choice theorist? Okasha explores these questions using an inter-disciplinary methodology that draws on philosophy of science, evolutionary biology and economics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198815082 20180806
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xix, 165 pages ; 19 cm.
In All Talked Out J.D. Trout exemplifies the power of science in the hands of a philosopher, and the result is a timely and urgent argument about the future of philosophy. Based on his 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Romanell Lectures, Trout here presents a novel and positive view of intellectual advancements with respect to traditional topics in philosophy, and explains why these achievements occurred despite the archaic and often retrograde influence of philosophical doctrine and method. Together, these lines of inquiry lead to a conclusion that while foundational reflection remains as necessary as ever philosophy, as it is conceived in the halls of academia, no longer adds anything distinctively useful. At its best, philosophy is a place to grow new ideas. But many other disciplines can provide such incubation. At the same time, however, Trout argues that we don't have to kill philosophy; we just have to figure out what is worth preserving from it. Following a spirited introduction, the first lecture takes stock of the growing field of evidence-based approaches to reasoning, and in light of these scientific developments, criticizes important failures in epistemology as it is currently practiced in the English speaking world. The second lecture examines the psychological impulse to explain, the resulting sense of understanding, and the natural limits of cognitively appreciating the subject we have explained. The final lecture presents the proper reaction to the idea that scientific evidence matters to responsible governance.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190686802 20180910
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