Schools of Philosophy
Pragmatism: A Reader
Pragmatism
A Reader
Paperback      ISBN: 0679775447

Pragmatism has been called America's only major contribution to philosophy. But since its birth was announced a century ago in 1898 by William James, pragmatism has played a vital role in almost every area of American intellectual and cultural life, inspiring judges, educators, politicians, poets, and social prophets.

Now the major texts of American pragmatism, from William James and John Dewey to Richard Rorty and Cornel West, have been brought together and reprinted unabridged. From the first generation of pragmatists, including the Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and the founder of semiotics, Charles Sanders Peirce, to the leading figures in the contemporary pragmatist revival, including the philosopher Hilary Putnam, the jurist Richard Posner, and the literary critic Richard Poirier, all the contributors to this volume are remarkable for the wit and vigor of their prose and the mind-clearing force of their ideas. Edited and with an Introduction by Louis Menand, Pragmatism: A Reader will provide both the general reader and the student of American culture with excitement and pleasure.
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0394571029
Clear and Queer Thinking: Wittgenstein's Development and His Relevance to Modern Thought
Clear and Queer Thinking
Wittgenstein's Development and His Relevance to Modern Thought
Paperback      ISBN: 0847695468

Wittgenstein is generally regarded as a difficult philosopher. This comprehensive volume looks at Wittgenstein's development and his relevance to modern though.

Adventures in Lesbian Philosophy
Adventures in Lesbian Philosophy
Paperback      ISBN: 0253208998

"Adventures in Lesbian Philosophy contains many illuminating discussions (of S/M sex, lesbian ethics, lesbian desire, bisexuality), and includes a useful bibliography of lesbian criticism." --Passion

"This new collection edited by Claudia Card includes important articles of interest to feminist philosophy relating to lesbian feminist issues and ethics." --Ethics

" . . . a fun and engaging conceptual romp." --Journal of the History of Sexuality

These essays explore diverse positive understandings of "lesbian philosophy," from contested sexual behaviors such as pornography and sadomasochism to the meaning of "lesbianism." Editor Claudia Card has also included an up-to-date bibliography of lesbian philosophy and related works.

African Philosophy
African Philosophy
Hardcover      ISBN: 9024734223

This publication is a continuation of two earlier series of chroni- cles, Philosophy of the Mid-Century (Firenze 1958/59) and Con- temporary Philosophy (Firenze 1968), edited by Raymond Klibansky. Like the other series, these chronicles provide a survey of significant trends in contemporary philosophical discussion from 1970 to 1985. The need for such surveys has, I believe, increased rather than decreased over the last years. The philosophical scene appears, for various reasons, more complex than ever before. The continuing process of specialization in most branches, the emergence of new schools of thought, the convergence of interest (thought not neces- sarily of opinion) of different traditions upon certain problems, the increasing attention being paid to the history of philosophy in discussions of contemporary problems, and the growing signifi- cance for philosophical discourse of the social, political and cul- tural situation in various regions of the world are the most impor- tant contributory factors. Surveys of the present kind are a valu- able source of knowledge of this complexity and may as such be an assistance in renewing the understanding of one's own philo- sophical problems. The surveys, it is to be hoped, may also help to strengthen a world-wide Socratic element of modern philosophy, the dialogue or Kommunikationsgemeinschaft. So far, five volumes have been prepared for the new series.

Albert Görlands Systematische Philosophie
Albert Görlands Systematische Philosophie
Other    Hardcover      ISBN: 3110121557

In der Reihe werden herausragende monographische Untersuchungen und Sammelb nde zu allen Aspekten der Philosophie Kants ver ffentlicht, ebenso zum systematischen Verh ltnis seiner Philosophie zu anderen philosophischen Ans tzen in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Ver ffentlicht werden Studien, die einen innovativen Charakter haben und ausdr ckliche Desiderate der Forschung erf llen. Die Publikationen repr sentieren damit den aktuellsten Stand der Forschung.

The Arrogance of Humanism
The Arrogance of Humanism
Paperback      ISBN: 0195028902

An inquiry into the origins, dissemination, and consequences of the modern belief that humans can solve any problem and overcome any difficulty, given time and resources enough.

Being and Becoming: A Critique of Post-Modernism
Being and Becoming
A Critique of Post-Modernism
Hardcover      ISBN: 0313276161

Contemporary society, according to F.F. Centore, is dominated by a post-modern philosophical world-view. Therefore, he argues, it behooves the educated individual to know what this perspective means, where it came from, and where it is taking humankind. Lacking until now, from the many works that have been written on post-modernism, is one that scrutinizes its fundamental assumptions and presuppositions.

Being and Becoming fills this need by synthesizing the key developments in contemporary post-modernism. By taking the reader through the various historical periods and developments which have led to the current situation, Centore shows how, that which is now taken for granted by the vast majority of people, is not necessary for either philosophical or theological reasons. Moreover, he shows that post-modernism is not required as the rational foundation for personal freedom, privacy, and creativity. Centore offers an alternative solution to the basic problems that lie at the root of post-modern philosophy. The comprehensive, rational, and scientific approach that he advocates would, he argues, render post-modernism irrelevant and unnecessary. Our intellectual and social-political life would be much better without post-modern doctrine and with a more rational, emotionally satisfying philosophy of being and becoming. Centore's work is certain to prove controversial, but deserves to be given careful attention by anyone seriously interested in understanding the contemporary world.

The Castration of Oedipus: Psychoanalysis, Postmodernism, and Feminism
The Castration of Oedipus
Psychoanalysis, Postmodernism, and Feminism
Paperback      ISBN: 0814780199

The intellectual movements of psychoanalysis, postmodernism, and feminism have redefined the ways in which we think about human experience. And yet, an integration of these movements has been elusive, if not impossible. In this landmark book, J.C. Smith and Carla J. Ferstman combine these disparate traditions to create a provocative, unified, and tightly woven perspective that transcends the misogyny implicit in much of Freudian psychoanalytic theory.
The dialectics of domination and submission are central to Smith and Ferstman's argument. Men and women, they insist, must avoid the temptation to fetishize equality and recognize the roles of domination and submission in the human psyche, or, in Nietzsche's terms, the Will to Power. They argue that the unification of psychoanalysis, postmodernism, and feminism leads us to a shocking conclusion--that women and men cannot move beyond the suffering which so haunts the human condition, unless heterosexual men surrender the power that is causing their misery and affirm life by joyfully accepting domination by women. And women, conversely, must reaffirm their power by rejecting Oedipal genderization and embracing a liberating matriarchal consciousness and a matriphallic sexuality.
A work of tremendous insight and extraordinary intellectual energy, The Castration of Oedipus will provoke strong reactions in all readers regardless of ideology.

The Castration of Oedipus: Psychoanalysis, Postmodernism, and Feminism
The Castration of Oedipus
Psychoanalysis, Postmodernism, and Feminism
Hardcover      ISBN: 0814780180

The intellectual movements of psychoanalysis, postmodernism, and feminism have redefined the ways in which we think about human experience. And yet, an integration of these movements has been elusive, if not impossible. In this landmark book, J.C. Smith and Carla J. Ferstman combine these disparate traditions to create a provocative, unified, and tightly woven perspective that transcends the misogyny implicit in much of Freudian psychoanalytic theory.
The dialectics of domination and submission are central to Smith and Ferstman's argument. Men and women, they insist, must avoid the temptation to fetishize equality and recognize the roles of domination and submission in the human psyche, or, in Nietzsche's terms, the Will to Power. They argue that the unification of psychoanalysis, postmodernism, and feminism leads us to a shocking conclusion--that women and men cannot move beyond the suffering which so haunts the human condition, unless heterosexual men surrender the power that is causing their misery and affirm life by joyfully accepting domination by women. And women, conversely, must reaffirm their power by rejecting Oedipal genderization and embracing a liberating matriarchal consciousness and a matriphallic sexuality.
A work of tremendous insight and extraordinary intellectual energy, The Castration of Oedipus will provoke strong reactions in all readers regardless of ideology.