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The Elements of Reconstruction

by H. G. Wells

This book contains a series of articles contributed to "The Times" in July and August of 1916. Due to their originality and depth of view, the articles deeply interested H. G. Wells, who collected them into...


The Disavowed Community

Politics, Theory, and Film

The Doctrine of the Mean

by Confucius

The Doctrine of the Mean is a text rich with symbolism and guidance to perfecting oneself. The person who follows the mean is on a path of duty and must never leave it. A superior person is cautious, a gentle...


The Analects

by Confucius

Confucius believed that the welfare of a country depended on the moral cultivation of its people, beginning from the nation's leadership. He believed that individuals could begin to cultivate an all-encompassing...


Cosmopolitan Peace

Walden

by Henry David Thoreau

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived....


An Age of Risk: Politics and Economy in Early Modern Britain

by Emily Nacol

In An Age of Risk, Emily Nacol shows that risk, now treated as a permanent feature of our lives, did not always govern understandings of the future. Focusing on the epistemological, political, and economic writings...


Tolerance among the Virtues

by John R. Bowlin

In a pluralistic society such as ours, tolerance is a virtue—but it doesn’t always seem so. Some suspect that it entangles us in unacceptable moral compromises and inequalities of power, while others dismiss...


Benjamin and Brecht: The Story of a Friendship

by Erdmut Wizisla & Christine Shuttleworth

A fascinating account of the friendship between two of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century

Germany in the mid 1920s, a place and time of looming turmoil, brought together Walter Benjamin—acclaimed...


The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy

by Daniel A. Bell

Westerners tend to divide the political world into “good” democracies and “bad” authoritarian regimes. But the Chinese political model does not fit neatly in either category. Over the past three decades,...


Common Sense: With Linked Table of Contents

by Thomas Paine

In January of 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense; the book inflamed its readers and ignited the American Revolution. In truth the fires of dissent were already smoldering, but Paine's impassioned writing...


Damn Great Empires!

Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

by Judith Butler

In Frames of War, Judith Butler explores the media’s portrayal of state violence, a process integral to the way in which the West wages modern war. This portrayal has saturated our understanding of human...


Marx and Human Nature: Refutation of a Legend

by Norman Geras

“Marx did not reject the idea of a human nature. He was right not to do so.”

That is the conclusion of this passionate and polemical new work by Norman Geras. In it, he places the sixth of Marx’s Theses...


Critical Theories of Crisis in Europe: From Weimar to the Euro

by Poul F. Kjaer & Niklas Olsen

This book provides truly interdisciplinary analysis, bridging the gap between humanities, legal and social science approaches to the ongoing crisis in Europe.


The Philosophical Treatise of William H. Ferris: Selected Readings from The African Abroad or, His Evolution in Western Civilization

by Tommy J. Curry

With a full introduction and textual commentary, this volume introduces William H. Ferris’s The African Abroad, a treatise on racial idealism, Black ethnology, and the evolution of Blacks from Negro to Negrosaxon,...


Distributive Justice

The Hidden God: A Study of Tragic Vision in the Pensées of Pascal and the Tragedies of Racine

by Lucien Goldmann, Philip Thody & Michael Löwy

A new edition of a major philosophical work

This remarkable text, first published in 1964, was a landmark of its era and remains, in the words of Michael Löwy, a work of “remarkable richness.” Drawing on...


Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow

by Steven B. Smith

Steven B. Smith examines the concept of modernity, not as the end product of historical developments but as a state of mind. He explores modernism as a source of both pride and anxiety, suggesting that its most...