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The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt

by Seyla Benhabib

The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt rereads Arendt's political philosophy in light of newly gained insights into the historico-cultural background of her work.


Sexual Orientation and Human Rights

by Laurence Thomas & Michael Levin

What rights govern heterosexual and homosexual behaviors? Two distinguished philosophers debate this important issue in Sexual Orientation and Human Rights. Laurence M. Thomas argues that a society which has...


Ethics of Consumption: The Good Life, Justice, and Global Stewardship

by Crocker & Linden

In this comprehensive collection of essays, most of which appear for the first time, eminent scholars from many disciplines—philosophy, economics, sociology, political science, demography, theology, history,...


Diversity and Community in the Academy: Affirmative Action in Faculty Appointments

by Celia Wolf-Devine

In the wake of court rulings that have forced university administrators to reevaluate affirmative action policies, this balanced, thoughtful book examines three typical defenses of those policies: that affirmative...


Leveling the Playing Field: Justice, Politics, and College Admissions

by Robert K. Fullinwider & Judith Lichtenberg

Leveling the Playing Field examines the admissions policies of contemporary American colleges and universities in light of the assumption that enhancing the educational opportunities of lower-income and minority...


Latin American Perspectives on Globalization: Ethics, Politics, and Alternative Visions

by Mario Sáenz & Linda Martín|Castillo, Debra A. Alcoff

From the most prominent thinkers in Latin American philosophy, literature, politics, and social science comes a challenge to conventional theories of globalization. The contributors to this volume imagine a...


The Death Penalty: For and Against

by Louis P. Pojman

Two distinguished social and political philosophers take opposing positions in this highly engaging work. Louis P. Pojman justifies the practice of execution by appealing to the principle of retribution while...


Gandhi's Experiments with Truth: Essential Writings by and about Mahatma Gandhi

by Richard L. Johnson

This comprehensive Gandhi reader provides an essential new reference for scholars and students of his life and thought. It is the only text available that presents Gandhi's own writings, including excerpts from...


Goethe, Nietzsche, and Wagner: Their Spinozan Epics of Love and Power

by T. K. Seung

The author reads Goethe's Faust as the first epic written under Spinoza's influence. He shows how its thematic development is governed by Spinoza's pantheistic naturalism. He further contends that Wagner and...


The Death of Ivan Ilyich

by Leo Tolstoy

Ivan Ilyich, a high court judge, becomes seriously ill and faces a long and gruelling battle with death. The Death of Ivan Ilyich is more than a story about death, however. It leads the reader through a pensive,...


Animism and the Question of Life

by Istvan Praet

The central purpose of this book is to help change the terms of the debate on animism, a classic theme in anthropology. It combines some of the finest ethnographic material currently available (including firsthand...


Ethical Questions: East and West

by Bina Gupta

Eastern Philosophy represents one of the most ancient intellectual traditions of human culture, yet it is generally ignored by Western philosophers. Today more than ever, the need for understanding in a global...


Waves of Protest: Social Movements Since the Sixties

by Victoria Johnson, Jo Freeman & David G. Bromley

This book updates and adds to the classic Social Movements of the Sixties and Seventies, showing how social movement theory has grown and changed.


The Transformation of Plato's Republic

by Kenneth Dorter

Author Ken Dorter, in a passage-by-passage analysis traces Plato's depiction of how the most basic forms of human functioning and social justice contain the seed of their evolution into increasingly complex...


Contemporary Varieties of Religious Experience: James's Classic Study in Light of Resiliency, Temperament, and Trauma

by Lynn Bridgers & James W. Fowler

First published in 1902, William James's Varieties of Religious Experience is considered a classic in religious studies and the psychology of religion. But how has James's classic study weathered decades of...


Who's Afraid of Human Cloning?

by Gregory E. Pence

Gregory Penceoffers a candid look at the arguments for and against for and against human cloning, and comes to some startling conclusions.


Confronting Disaster: An Existential Approach to Technoscience

by Raphael Sassower

Contemporary society is rife with instability. Contemporary genetic research has raised and given life to the one-time science fiction specter: the clone. The scarcity of natural energy sources has led to greater...


Deep Democracy: Community, Diversity, and Transformation

by Judith M. Green

Deeply understood, democracy is more than a 'formal' institutional framework for which America provides the model, acting as a preferable alternative to the modern totalitarian regimes that have distorted social...


Cutting to the Core: Exploring the Ethics of Contested Surgeries

by David Benatar

When the benefits of surgery do not outweigh the harms or where they do not clearly do so, surgical interventions become morally contested. Cutting to the Core examines a number of such surgeries, including...


Faith, Reason, and Political Life Today

by Peter Augustine Lawler & Dale McConkey

This rich and varied collection of essays addresses some of the most fundamental human questions through the lenses of philosophy, literature, religion, politics, and theology. Peter Augustine Lawler and Dale...