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The Ontology of Becoming and the Ethics of Particularity
By M. C. Dillon
· Edited by Lawrence Hass

M. C. Dillon (1938–2005) was widely regarded as a world-leading Merleau-Ponty scholar. His book Merleau-Ponty’s Ontology (1988) is recognized as a classic text that revolutionized the philosophical conversation about the great French phenomenologist. Dillon followed that book with two others: Semiological Reductionism, a critique of early-1990s linguistic reductionism, and Beyond Romance, a richly developed theory of love.

Philosophy · Continental Philosophy

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The Memory of Place
A Phenomenology of the Uncanny
By Dylan Trigg

From the frozen landscapes of the Antarctic to the haunted houses of childhood, the memory of places we experience is fundamental to a sense of self. Drawing on influences as diverse as Merleau-Ponty, Freud, and J. G. Ballard, The Memory of Place charts the memorial landscape that is written into the body and its experience of the world.

Continental Philosophy

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The Tenets of Cognitive Existentialism
By Dimitri Ginev

In The Tenets of Cognitive Existentialism, Dimitri Ginev draws on developments in hermeneutic phenomenology and other programs in hermeneutic philosophy to inform an interpretative approach to scientific practices. At stake is the question of whether it is possible to integrate forms of reflection upon the ontological difference in the cognitive structure of scientific research. A positive answer would have implied a proof that (pace Heidegger) “science is able to think.”

Continental Philosophy · Philosophy | Movements | Phenomenology

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The Intentional Spectrum and Intersubjectivity
Phenomenology and the Pittsburgh Neo-Hegelians
By Michael D. Barber

World-renowned analytic philosophers John McDowell and Robert Brandom, dubbed “Pittsburgh Neo-Hegelians,” recently engaged in an intriguing debate about perception. In The Intentional Spectrum and Intersubjectivity Michael D. Barber is the first to bring phenomenology to bear not just on the perspectives of McDowell or Brandom alone, but on their intersection.

Continental Philosophy

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Transversal Rationality and Intercultural Texts
Essays in Phenomenology and Comparative Philosophy
By Hwa Yol Jung

Transversality is the keyword that permeates the spirit of these thirteen essays spanning almost half a century, from 1965 to 2009. The essays are exploratory and experimental in nature and are meant to be a transversal linkage between phenomenology and East Asian philosophy.Transversality is the concept that dispels all ethnocentrisms, including Eurocentrism.

Philosophy · Continental Philosophy

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Dead Letters to Nietzsche, or the Necromantic Art of Reading Philosophy
By Joanne Faulkner

Dead Letters to Nietzsche examines how writing shapes subjectivity through the example of Nietzsche’s reception by his readers, including Stanley Rosen, David Farrell Krell, Georges Bataille, Laurence Lampert, Pierre Klossowski, and Sarah Kofman. More precisely, Joanne Faulkner finds that the personal identification that these readers form with Nietzsche’s texts is an enactment of the kind of identity-formation described in Lacanian and Kleinian psychoanalysis.

Continental Philosophy · Philosophy

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Prophetic Politics
Emmanuel Levinas and the Sanctification of Suffering
By Philip J. Harold

In Prophetic Politics, Philip J. Harold offers an original interpretation of the political dimension of Emmanuel Levinas’s thought. Harold argues that Levinas’s mature position in Otherwise Than Being breaks radically with the dialogical inclinations of his earlier Totality and Infinity and that transformation manifests itself most clearly in the peculiar nature of Levinas’s relationship to politics.Levinas’s

Philosophy | Movements | Phenomenology · Philosophy

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Between You and I
Dialogical Phenomenology
By Beata Stawarska

Classical phenomenology has suffered from an individualist bias and a neglect of the communicative structure of experience, especially the phenomenological importance of the addressee, the inseparability of I and You, and the nature of the alternation between them.

Philosophy · Continental Philosophy

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Kant and the Role of Pleasure in Moral Action
By Iain P. D. Morrisson

Kant scholars since the early nineteenth century have disaxadgreed about how to interpret his theory of moral motivation. Kant tells us that the feeling of respect is the incentive to moral action, but he is notoriously ambiguous on the question of what exactly this means. In Kant and the Role of Pleasure in Moral Action, Iain Morrisson offers a new view on Kant’s theory of moral action.In

Philosophy · Continental Philosophy

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Rational Animals
The Teleological Roots of Intentionality
By Mark Okrent

Rational Animals: The Teleological Roots of Intentionality offers an original account of the intentionality of human mental states, such as beliefs and desires.The account of intentionality in Rational Animals is broadly biological in its basis, emphasizing the continuity between human intentionality and the levels of intentionality that should be attributed to animal actions and states.Establishing

Philosophy

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Topologies of the Flesh
A Multidimensional Exploration of the Lifeworld
By Steven M. Rosen

The concept of “flesh” in philosophical terms derives from the writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. This was the word he used to name the concrete realm of sentient bodies and life processes that has been eclipsed by the abstractions of science, technology, and modern culture. Topology, to conventional understanding, is the branch of mathematics that concerns itself with the properties of geometric figures that stay the same when the figures are stretched or deformed.Topologies

Philosophy

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Merleau-Ponty and Derrida
Intertwining Embodiment and Alterity
By Jack Reynolds

While there have been many essays devoted to comparing the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty with that of Jacques Derrida, there has been no sustained book-length treatment of these two French philosophers. Additionally, many of the essays presuppose an oppositional relationship between them, and between phenomenology and deconstruction more generally.Jack

Continental Philosophy

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The World Unclaimed
A Challenge to Heidegger’s Critique of Husserl
By Lilian Alweiss

The World Unclaimed argues that Heidegger’s critique of modern epistemology in Being and Time is seriously flawed. Heidegger believes he has done away with epistemological problems concerning the external world by showing that the world is an existential structure of Dasein. However, the author argues that Heidegger fails to make good his claim that he has “rescued” the phenomenon of the world, which he believes the tradition of philosophy has bypassed.

Philosophy

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The Romance of Individualism in Emerson and Nietzsche
By David Mikics

The great American thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson and the influential German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, though writing in different eras and ultimately developing significantly different philosophies, both praised the individual’s wish to be transformed, to be fully created for the first time. Emerson and Nietzsche challenge us to undertake the task of identity on our own, in order to see (in Nietzsche’s phrase) “how one becomes what one is.”David

Philosophy

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Husserl and Transcendental Intersubjectivity
A Response to the Linguistic-Pragmatic Critique
By Dan Zahavi

Husserl and Transcendental Intersubjectivity analyzes the transcendental relevance of intersubjectivity and argues that an intersubjective transformation of transcendental philosophy can already be found in phenomenology, especially in Husserl. Husserl eventually came to believe that an analysis of transcendental intersubjectivity was a conditio sine qua non for a phenomenological philosophy.

Philosophy

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Science Unfettered
A Philosophical Study in Sociohistorical Ontology
By James E. McGuire and Barbara Tuchansk

Working on a large canvas, Science Unfettered contributes to the ongoing debates in the philosophy of science. The ambitious aim of its authors is to reconceptualize the orientation of the subject, and to provide a new framework for understanding science as a human activity.

Philosophy

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Monad and Thou
Phenomenological Ontology of Human Being
By Hiroshi Kojima

The genesis for this volume was in the bombing of Japan during World War II, where the author, as a young boy, watched the bombers overhead, speculating about the lives of the pilots and their relationship with those huddled on the ground.From

Philosophy

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Placing Aesthetics
Reflections on the Philosophic Tradition
By Robert E. Wood

Examining select high points in the speculative tradition from Plato and Aristotle through the Middle Ages and German tradition to Dewey and Heidegger, Placing Aesthetics seeks to locate the aesthetic concern within the larger framework of each thinker’s philosophy.In Professor Robert Wood’s study, aesthetics is not peripheral but rather central to the speculative tradition and to human existence as such. In Dewey’s terms, aesthetics is “experience in its integrity.”

Philosophy · Philosophy | Aesthetics

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Kant’s Methodology
An Essay in Philosophical Archeology
By Charles P. Bigger

Kant’s revolution in methodology limited metaphysics to the conditions of possible experience. Since, following Hume, analysis—the “method of discovery” in early modern physics—could no longer ground itself in sense or in God’s constituting reason a new arché, “origin” and “principle,” was required, which Kant found in the synthesis of the productive imagination, the common root of sensibility and understanding.

Philosophy

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Order in the Twilight
By Bernhard Waldenfels
· Translation by David J. Parent
· Introduction by David J. Parent

“Whoever distrusts the barking of watchdogs, however, does not immediately have to begin howling with the wolves.”—Bernhard WaldenfelsIn this seminal work, acclaimed philosopher Bernhard Waldenfels deals with the problem of the nature of order after the “shattering of the world,” and the loss of the idea of a universal or fundamental order.Order

Philosophy

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Scheler’s Critique of Kant’s Ethics
By Philip Blosser

“My interest in [Max] Scheler’s critique of Kant runs back nearly a decade…. The more I read of Scheler, the more I began to see the value of a project dealing with his critique of Kant in Der Formalismus in der Ethik und die Materiale Wetethik, which would possess the virtue of focusing in a single project three important strands of philosophical interest: phenomenology, Kantianism, and ethics….“The study is divided into six chapters and two appendices.

Philosophy

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Toward a Rationality of Emotions
An Essay In The Philosophy of Mind
By W. George Turski

“This book is indeed a fine one, intelligent, balanced well argued, challenging. It does what it proposes to do: ‘enrich’ our understanding of emotional life.”&mdashThomas; W. Busch, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology

Philosophy

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Intersubjectivity Revisited
Phenomenology and the Other
By Kathleen M. Haney

Edmund Husserl’s theory of intersubjectivity is widely rejected even among phenomenologists. This is a crucial issue, since it is intersubjectivity that guarantees objectivity in Husserl’s philosophy. As many of his critics have pointed out, if Husserl’s account of intersubjectivity is inadequate, then his systematic transcendental phenomenology is jeopardized. But, is the case really settled?

Philosophy | Movements | Phenomenology

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Heidegger and Whitehead
A Phenomenological Examination into the Intelligibility of Experience
By Ron L. Cooper

Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time can be broadly termed a transcendental inquiry into the structures that make human experience possible. Such an inquiry reveals the conditions that render human experience intelligible. Using Being and Time as a model, I attempt to show that Alfred North Whitehead’s Process and Reality not only aligns with Being and Time in opposing many elements of traditional Western philosophy but also exhibits a similar transcendental inquiry.Wit

Philosophy

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Rethinking Political Theory
Essays In Phenomenology and the Study of Politics
By Hwa Yol Jung

Essays In Phenomenology and the Study of Politics

Philosophy · Political Science

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Phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty
A Search for the Limits of Consciousness
By Gary Brent Madison
· Foreword by Paul Ricoeur

The first study of its kind to appear in English, The Phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty is a sustained ontological reading of Merleau-Ponty which traces the evolution of his philosophy of being from his early work to his late, unfinished manuscripts and working notes. Merleau-Ponty, who contributed greatly to the theoretical foundations of hermeneutics, is here approached hermeneutically.Most

Philosophy

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Word and Object in Husserl, Frege, and Russell
The Roots of Twentieth-Century Philosophy
By Claire Oritz Hill

In search of the origins of some of the most fundamental problems that have beset philosophers in English-speaking countries in the past century, Claire Ortiz Hill maintains that philosophers are treating symptoms of ills whose causes lie buried in history. Substantial linguistic hurdles have blocked access to Gottlob Frege’s thought and even to Bertrand Russell’s work to remedy the problems he found in it.

Philosophy

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Theory of Objective Mind
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Culture
By Hans Freyer

Theory of Objective Mind is the first book of the important German social philosopher Hans Freyer to appear in English. The work of the neo-Hegelian Freyer, especially the much admired Theory of Objective Mind (1923), had a notable influence on German thinkers to follow and on America’s two greatest social theorists, Talcott Parsons and Edward Shils.Freyer

Philosophy

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Anthropology and Historiography of Science
By D. P. Chattopadhyaya

Whether history or anthropology is the most fundamental social science remains still a controversial and undecided issue. For a proper understanding of this instructive controversy, the presuppositions of these two disciplines need to be critically and philosophically reviewed. Otherwise the true perspective of the controversy remains undisclosed and therefore unintelligible.A

Anthropology · Philosophy

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Ontology of the Work of Art
The Musical Work, The Picture, The Architectural Work, The Film
By Roman Ingarden
· Translation by Raymond Meyer and John T. Goldthwait

In these studies Roman Ingarden investigates the nature and mode of being of four kinds of art works: the musical work, the picture, the architectural work, and the film. He establishes that the work of art is a purely intentional object but considers also its connections to the real world. By analyzing a work of art in its “constitutive heterogeneous strata,” Ingarden demonstrates that a work of art will reveal, when examined in the appropriate way, its own inherent structure.

Philosophy · Art Criticism and Theory · Music, History and Criticism