Faculty Books

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The Problems of Contemporary Philosophy

Dr. Paul Livingston

This accessible new book provides a clear and wide-ranging introduction to the defining problems of contemporary philosophy. Its unique feature is to focus on problems that cut across the established divide between “analytic” and “continental” philosophical traditions. Instead of segregating the two traditions, as is usually done, the authors offer a critical orientation and guide for readers who are not exclusively affiliated with either approach and who want to understand the increasingly shared questions philosophers are asking and addressing today.

Each chapter starts with a fundamental overarching question: (1) What and how can we know? (2) What is the structure of the world? (3) What goes beyond the physical world? (4) What is to be done? (5) What does it mean to orient oneself philosophically? Under these headings, the authors critically examine the discipline’s most fundamental problems. Their approach reveals deep and unexpected connections across the analytic/continental divide, and opens up new ways of thinking about critique itself. No other book about contemporary philosophy is as comprehensive and cosmopolitan.

The Problems of Contemporary Philosophy provides newcomers and seasoned philosophers alike with an entertaining, engaging, and far-reaching portrait of today’s philosophical landscape. It is an exemplary instance of thinking across and beyond the analytic/continental divide. 

Available for purchase here.

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Beyond the Analytic-Continental Divide: Pluralist Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century

Dr. Paul Livingston

Beyond the Analytic-Continental Divide: Pluralist Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century, a new anthology co-edited by Dr. Livingston is now available from Routledge Press and may be purchased via the Amazon link below.

Available for purchase here.

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Adventures in Transcendental Materialism: Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers

Dr. Adrian Johnston

Dr. Adrian Johnston's book, Adventures in Transcendental Materialism:  Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers, is set for publication in April 2014 by Edinburgh University Press. 

Available for purchase here.

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A Luxury of the Understanding: On the Value of True Belief

Dr. Allan Hazlett

Dr. Allan Hazlett's book, A Luxury of the Understanding: On the Value of True Belief, was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press. 

Available for purchase here.

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Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, Volume One: The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy

Dr. Adrian Johnston

Northwestern University Press has just released a new book by Professor Adrian Johnston entitled Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, Volume One: The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy. This is the first installment of a trilogy as well as the first book to appear in the new Diaeresis series at Northwestern U.P. co-edited by Professor Johnston with Slavoj Žižek and Todd McGowan.

Dr. Johnston's book recently earned a very positive review on NDPR. 

Available for purchase here.

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Self and Emotional Life: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience

Dr. Adrian Johnston and Catherine Malabou

Dr. Adrian Johnston, working with Catherine Malabou, has published Self and Emotional Life: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience .

Dr. Johnston's recent book, Self and Emotional Life: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience, just earned a very positive review in NDPR.

Available for purchase here.

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Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary

Dr. Ann Murphy

Dr. Ann Murphy's book, Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary, was published in 2012 by SUNY Press.

Available for purchase here.

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The Bloomsbury Companion to Socrates

John Bussanich (Editor), Nicholas D. Smith (Editor)

This comprehensive and accessible guide to Socrates life and death, character and philosophical concerns, features thirteen specially commissioned sections, written by a team of leading experts in the field of ancient philosophy, covering every aspect of Socratic thought. The Companion presents a comprehensive overview of the various features, themes and topics apparent in Socrates' thought, including Socratic irony, metaphysics, epistemology, happiness, virtue, moral psychology, philosophy of love, political philosophy, and religious belief. It concludes with a thoroughly comprehensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Available for purchase here.

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The Sensitivity Principle in Epistemology

edited by Kelly Becker and Tim Black

Dr. Kelly Becker, working with Tim Black at Cal State, Northridge, has published a collection of brand new essays on Nozick's (and Dretske's and Goldman's) sensitivity principle in epistemology. The book, entitled (naturally enough) The Sensitivity Principle in Epistemology, is available from Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Becker's book recently earned a very positive review on NDPR

Available for purchase here.

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Can the Veda speak?

Dr. John Taber with Vincent Eltschinger and Helmut Krasser

Dr. John Taber, working with Vincent Eltschinger and Helmut Krasser, has published an annotated English translation of the last section of Dharmakīrti’s Pramānavārttikasvavrtti (PVSV 164,24–176,16, ad stanzas 1.312–340). The book, entitled Can the Veda speak? is available through the Austrian Academy of Science Press.

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The Politics of Logic: Badiou, Wittgenstein, and the Consequences of Formalism

Dr. Paul Livingston

Dr. Paul Livingston's new book, The Politics of Logic: Badiou, Wittgenstein, and the Consequences of Formalism, was published August 2011 by Routledge Press.

Available for purchase here.

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Heidegger, Art, and Postmodernity

Dr. Iain Thomson

Dr. Iain Thomson's new book, Heidegger, Art, and Postmodernity, was published April 2011 by Cambridge University Press.

Available for purchase here.

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Discourse on a New Method: Reinvigorating the Marriage of History and Philosophy of Science

edited by Mary Domski and Michael Dickson

The new book Discourse on a New Method: Reinvigorating the Marriage of History and Philosophy of Science, edited by Mary Domski and Michael Dickson, was published November 2010 by Open Court.

The volume honors the work of Michael Friedman in the history and philosophy of science. It includes contributions from some of the most well‑respected scholars currently working in the history of philosophy, history of science, and philosophy of science, and Michael Friedman generously contributed a 230 page original essay that presents his current positions on the issues raised by other contributors. It was reviewed by NDPR in April 2011.

Available for purchase here.

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Philosophical History and the Problem of Consciousness

Dr. Paul Livingston

Dr. Paul Livingston's book, Philosophical History and the Problem of Consciousness, was published November 2009 by Cambridge University Press.

Available for purchase here.

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Badiou, Zizek, and Political Transformations

Dr. Adrian Johnston

Dr. Adrian Johnston's book, Badiou, Zizek, and Political Transformations: The Cadence of Change, was published October 2009 by Northwestern University Press.

Available for purchase here.

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The Riddle of the World

Dr. Barbara Hannan

Dr. Barbara Hannan's book, The Riddle of the World, was published February 2009 by Oxford University Press.

Available for purchase here.

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Philosophy and the Vision of Language

Dr. Paul Livingston

Dr. Paul Livingston's book, Philosophy and the Vision of Language, was published June 2008 by Routledge Press.

Available for purchase here.

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Zizek's Ontology: A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity

Dr. Adrian Johnston

Dr. Adrian Johnston's book, Zizek's Ontology: A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity, was published March 2008 by Northwestern University Press.

Available for purchase here.

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Epistemology Modalized

Dr. Kelly Becker

Dr. Kelly Becker's book, Epistemology Modalized, was published May 2007 by Routledge Press.

Available for purchase here.

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The Demands of Taste in Kant's Aesthetics

Dr. Brent Kalar

Dr. Brent Kalar's book, The Demands of Taste in Kant's Aesthetics, was published December 2006 by Continuum Press.

Available for purchase here.

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Heidegger on Ontotheology

Dr. Iain Thomson

Dr. Iain Thomson's book, Heidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education, was published July 2005 by Cambridge University Press.

Available for purchase here.

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A Hindu Critique of Buddhist Epistemology

Dr. John Taber

Dr. John Taber's book, A Hindu Critique of Buddhist Epistemology: The 'Determination of Perception' Chapter of Kumarila Bhatta's Slokavarttika (annotated edition), was published February 2005 by Routledge Press.

Available for purchase here.

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Wittgenstein and William James

Dr. Russell Goodman

Dr. Russell Goodman's book, Wittgenstein and William James, was published July 2002 by Cambridge University Press.

Available for purchase here.

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Reinventing Critical Pedagogy: Widening the Circle of Anti-Oppression Education

Ricky Lee Allen

Reinventing Critical Pedagogy offers a fresh perspective from which to read, discuss, and debate recent critical interpretations of schooling and our world at present.

The authors build upon past accomplishments of critical pedagogy and critique those elements that contradict the radically democratic orientation of the field.

Ultimately, they argue that critical pedagogy needs to welcome a wider representational and ideological base for the oppressed, and that it should do so in a way that makes the field more vital in the preparation for the revolutionary struggles ahead.

Reinventing Critical Pedagogy takes a step in that direction because it not only takes to task "external" forces such as capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy, but also engages the manifestations of these external forces within critical pedagogy itself.

Available for purchase here.