Intellectual History
The Cambridge Apostles, 1820 1914: Liberalism, Imagination, and Friendship in British Intellectual and Professional Life
The Cambridge Apostles, 1820 1914
Liberalism, Imagination, and Friendship in British Intellectual and Professional Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0521572134

This book is a full-scale study of the world's most famous secret society, the Cambridge "Apostles." It shows how the Apostles recruited their members, examines their intellectual preoccupations, and studies the careers of such figures as F. D. Maurice, Lytton Strachey and John Maynard Keynes by tracing the participation of the Apostles in politics, letters, and liberal reform in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book also examines the role of liberalism, imagination, and friendship in modern life.

The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Franklin
The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Franklin
Hardcover      ISBN: 0521871344

Comprehensive and accessible, this Companion addresses several well-known themes in the study of Franklin and his writings, while also showing Franklin in conversation with his British and European counterparts in science, philosophy, and social theory. Specially commissioned chapters, written by scholars well-known in their respective fields, examine Franklin's writings and his life with a new sophistication, placing Franklin in his cultural milieu while revealing the complexities of his intellectual, literary, social, and political views. Individual chapters take up several traditional topics, such as Franklin and the American dream, Franklin and capitalism, and Franklin's views of American national character. Other chapters delve into Franklin's library and his philosophical views on morality, religion, science, and the Enlightenment and explore his continuing influence in American culture. This Companion will be essential reading for students and scholars of American literature, history and culture.

The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Franklin
The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Franklin
Paperback      ISBN: 0521691869

Comprehensive and accessible, this Companion addresses several well-known themes in the study of Franklin and his writings, while also showing Franklin in conversation with his British and European counterparts in science, philosophy, and social theory. Specially commissioned chapters, written by scholars well-known in their respective fields, examine Franklin's writings and his life with a new sophistication, placing Franklin in his cultural milieu while revealing the complexities of his intellectual, literary, social, and political views. Individual chapters take up several traditional topics, such as Franklin and the American dream, Franklin and capitalism, and Franklin's views of American national character. Other chapters delve into Franklin's library and his philosophical views on morality, religion, science, and the Enlightenment and explore his continuing influence in American culture. This Companion will be essential reading for students and scholars of American literature, history and culture.

Cambridge Contributions
Cambridge Contributions
Hardcover      ISBN: 0521592437

Written primarily for a nonspecialist audience, these essays describe contributions made by some of the University of Cambridge's most colorful and able characters in a number of academic disciplines. The essays reveal particularly fertile periods of development and chart voyages of discovery that have occurred all over Cambridge, under group or individual leadership. Approaches vary, from the presentation of historically significant discoveries to the explanation of current research--"contributions" in the making.

Cambridge Contributions
Cambridge Contributions
Paperback      ISBN: 0521597382

Written primarily for a nonspecialist audience, these essays describe contributions made by some of the University of Cambridge's most colorful and able characters in a number of academic disciplines. The essays reveal particularly fertile periods of development and chart voyages of discovery that have occurred all over Cambridge, under group or individual leadership. Approaches vary, from the presentation of historically significant discoveries to the explanation of current research--"contributions" in the making.

Cambridge in the Age of the Enlightenment: Science, Religion and Politics from the Restoration to the French Revolution
Cambridge in the Age of the Enlightenment
Science, Religion and Politics from the Restoration to the French Revolution
Paperback      ISBN: 0521524970

This book attempts to defend the use of the term 'English Enlightenment' by using late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Cambridge as an illustration of the widespread diffusion of some of the chief characteristics of the Enlightenment within the Church of England and the English 'Establishment' more generally. It also seeks to provide a social context for the dissemination of such ideas by indicating how the political and ecclesiastical consequences of such events as the Restoration, the Glorious Revolution and the French Revolution helped either to facilitate or to impede that linkage between Anglicanism and science which is sometimes referred to as 'the holy alliance'. In summary, the book argues that in the period 1660-88 there was little political or ecclesiastical encouragement for such an alliance while the period 1688-1760 was, by contrast, its heyday.

Cambridge Minds
Cambridge Minds
Paperback      ISBN: 0521456258

This collection of essays by a group of leading authorities is addressed primarily to a nonspecialist readership, with the aim of introducing people and achievements associated with the University of Cambridge over the past 150 years. It explains, in simple terms, what has been done in a wide variety of fields while some who have made important contributions to Cambridge science describe their own work and discoveries. As a whole, the book offers an intellectual portrait of many of modern Cambridge's most notable achievements and will appeal to a broad range of readers within the University and far beyond.

Camera Obscura: An Archeological Survey from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age
Camera Obscura
An Archeological Survey from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age
Paperback      ISBN: 0801485932

Marx, Freud, Nietzsche--in vastly different ways all three employed the metaphor of the camera obscura in their work. In this classic book--at last available in an English translation--the distinguished French philosopher Sarah Kofman offers an extended reflection on this metaphor. She contrasts the mechanical function of the camera obscura as a kind of copy machine, rendering a mirror-image of the work, with its use in the writings of master thinkers.

In her opening chapter on Marx, Kofman provides a reading of inversion as necessary to the ideological process. She then explores the metaphor of the camera obscura in Freud's description of the unconscious. For Nietzsche the camera obscura is a metaphor for forgetting. Kofman asks here whether the magical apparatus of the camera obscura, rather than bringing about clarity, serves some thinkers as fetish. Camera Obscura is a powerful discussion of a metaphor that dominates contemporary theory from philosophy to film.

--Nicole Fermon, Fordham University
Camera Obscura: An Archeological Survey from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age
Camera Obscura
An Archeological Survey from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age
Hardcover      ISBN: 0801436419

Marx, Freud, Nietzsche--in vastly different ways all three employed the metaphor of the camera obscura in their work. In this classic book--at last available in an English translation--the distinguished French philosopher Sarah Kofman offers an extended reflection on this metaphor. She contrasts the mechanical function of the camera obscura as a kind of copy machine, rendering a mirror-image of the work, with its use in the writings of master thinkers.

In her opening chapter on Marx, Kofman provides a reading of inversion as necessary to the ideological process. She then explores the metaphor of the camera obscura in Freud's description of the unconscious. For Nietzsche the camera obscura is a metaphor for forgetting. Kofman asks here whether the magical apparatus of the camera obscura, rather than bringing about clarity, serves some thinkers as fetish. Camera Obscura is a powerful discussion of a metaphor that dominates contemporary theory from philosophy to film.

--Nicole Fermon, Fordham University
Cavalier and Yankee: The Old South and American National Character
Cavalier and Yankee
The Old South and American National Character
Paperback      ISBN: 0195082842

William Taylor's Cavalier and Yankee was one of the most famous works of American history written in the 1960s. The book is an intellectual history of the South before the Civil War, the perception of it in the North, and the effect it had upon the nation in the years from 1800 to 1860. First published in 1961 and out of print for several years, Taylor's classic study remains essential to the study of the pre-Civil War South.