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Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement

by Catherine Keller Columbia University Press (December 02, 2014)

What generates the cloud of the impossible is what becomes possible in the very face of what appears to be impossible, whether it be radical democracy or the reversal of climate change. The experience of the...

Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila

by Julia Kristeva & Lorna Scott Fox Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Mixing fiction, history, psychoanalysis, and personal fantasy, Teresa, My Love follows Sylvia Leclercq, a French psychoanalyst, academic, and incurable insomniac, as she falls for the sixteenth-century Saint...

Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World

by Nancy Fraser Columbia University Press (December 16, 2008)

Until recently, struggles for justice proceeded against the background of a taken-for-granted frame: the bounded territorial state. With that "Westphalian" picture of political space assumed by default, the...

Love and War: How Militarism Shapes Sexuality and Romance

by Tom Digby Columbia University Press (October 28, 2014)

Ideas of masculinity and femininity become sharply defined in war-reliant societies, resulting in a presumed enmity between men and women. This so-called battle of the sexes intensifies in tandem with dispositions...

The Philosopher's Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium

by Michael Marder & Mathilde Roussel Columbia University Press (November 04, 2014)

Despite their conceptual allergy to vegetal life, philosophers have used germination, growth, blossoming, fruition, reproduction, and decay as illustrations of abstract concepts; mentioned plants in passing...

Interspecies Ethics

by Cynthia Willett Columbia University Press (August 05, 2014)

Interspecies Ethics explores animals’ vast capacity for agency, justice, solidarity, humor, and communication across species. The social bonds diverse animals form provide a remarkable model for communitarian...

Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons

by Banu Bargu Columbia University Press (September 09, 2014)

Starve and Immolate tells the story of leftist political prisoners in Turkey who waged a deadly struggle against the introduction of high security prisons by forging their lives into weapons. Weaving together...


by Rahel Jaeggi, Frederick Neuhouser & Alan E. Smith Columbia University Press (July 15, 2014)

The Hegelian-Marxist idea of alienation fell out of favor after the postmetaphysical rejection of humanism and essentialist views of human nature. In this book Rahel Jaeggi draws on the Hegelian philosophical...

Animal Rights and Moral Philosophy

by Julian H. Franklin Columbia University Press (December 14, 2004)

Animals obviously cannot have a right of free speech or a right to vote because they lack the relevant capacities. But their right to life and to be free of exploitation is no less fundamental than the corresponding...

Our Broad Present: Time and Contemporary Culture

by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht Columbia University Press (May 27, 2014)

Considering a range of present-day phenomena, from the immediacy effects of literature to the impact of hypercommunication, globalization, and sports, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht notes an important shift in our relationship...

A Semite: A Memoir of Algeria

by Denis Guénoun, William Smock, Ann Smock & Judith Butler Columbia University Press (May 06, 2014)

Denis Guénoun's father was an Algerian Jew who inherited French citizenship and revered the principles of the French Revolution. He taught science in a French lycée in Oran and belonged to the French Communist...

Religion and Ecology: Developing a Planetary Ethic

by Whitney A. Bauman Columbia University Press (March 11, 2014)

Moving beyond identity politics while continuing to respect diverse entities and concerns, Whitney A. Bauman builds a planetary politics that better responds to the realities of a pluralistic world. Calling...

Jacques Lacan, Past and Present: A Dialogue

by Alain Badiou, Elisabeth Roudinesco & Jason E. Smith Columbia University Press (May 06, 2014)

Prompted by the thirtieth anniversary of the French philosopher Jacques Lacan’s death, this exchange between two prominent intellectuals is rich with surprising insights. Alain Badiou shares the clearest,...

Christ Without Adam: Subjectivity and Sexual Difference in the Philosophers' Paul

by Benjamin H. Dunning Columbia University Press (April 15, 2014)

The apostle Paul deals extensively with gender, embodiment, and desire in his authentic letters, yet many of the contemporary philosophers interested in his work downplay these aspects of his thought. Christ...

Mad Mothers, Bad Mothers, and What a "Good" Mother Would Do: The Ethics of Ambivalence

by Sarah LaChance Adams Columbia University Press (April 29, 2014)

When a mother kills her child, we call her a bad mother, but, as this book shows, even mothers who intend to do their children harm are not easily categorized as “mad” or “bad.” Maternal love is a complex...

Ahmed the Philosopher: Thirty-Four Short Plays for Children and Everyone Else

by Alain Badiou & Joseph Litvak Columbia University Press (April 29, 2014)

English-speaking readers might be surprised to learn that Alain Badiou writes fiction and plays along with his philosophical works and that they are just as important to understanding his larger intellectual...

Derrida/Searle: Deconstruction and Ordinary Language

by Raoul Moati, Maureen Chun, Timothy Attanucci & Jean-Michel Rabaté Columbia University Press (March 11, 2014)

Raoul Moati intervenes in the critical debate that divided two prominent philosophers in the mid-twentieth century. In the 1950s, the British philosopher J. L. Austin advanced a theory of speech acts, or the...

A Materialism for the Masses: Saint Paul and the Philosophy of Undying Life

by Ward Blanton Columbia University Press (February 11, 2014)

Nietzsche and Freud saw Christianity as metaphysical escapism, with Nietzsche calling the religion a “Platonism for the masses” and faulting Paul the apostle for negating more immanent, material modes of...

The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy: A Study of Ernst Tugendhat

by santiago zabala, Michael Haskell & Gianni Vattimo Columbia University Press (May 14, 2008)

Contemporary philosophers—analytic as well as continental—tend to feel uneasy about Ernst Tugendhat, who, though he positions himself in the analytic field, poses questions in the Heideggerian style. Tugendhat...

Democracy and the Political Unconscious

by Noelle McAfee Columbia University Press (April 08, 2008)

Political philosopher Noelle McAfee proposes a powerful new political theory for our post-9/11 world, in which an old pathology-the repetition compulsion-has manifested itself in a seemingly endless war on terror....

Deleuze Beyond Badiou: Ontology, Multiplicity, and Event

by Clayton Crockett Columbia University Press (January 22, 2013)

First published in 1997, Alain Badiou’s Deleuze: The Clamor of Being cast the thinker as a secret philosopher of the One, compromising Deleuze’s standing among political philosophers concerned with the practical...

The Concept of World from Kant to Derrida

by Sean Gaston Rowman & Littlefield International (September 16, 2013)

A clear and concise account of the metaphysical concept of world, its possibilities and limitations, from Kant to Derrida.

Spinoza for Our Time: Politics and Postmodernity

by Antonio Negri, William McCuaig & Rocco Gangle Columbia University Press (September 24, 2013)

Antonio Negri, a leading scholar on Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677) and his contemporary legacy, offers a straightforward explanation of the philosopher’s elaborate arguments and a persuasive case for his ongoing...

Media of Reason: A Theory of Rationality

by Matthias Vogel & Darrell Arnold Columbia University Press (November 06, 2012)

Matthias Vogel challenges the belief, promoted by many contemporary philosophers, that reason is determined solely by our discursive, linguistic abilities as communicative beings. In his view, the medium of...

Buddhisms and Deconstructions

by Jin Y. Park & Robert Magliola Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 20, 2006)

Buddhisms and Deconstructions considers the connection between Buddhism and Derridean deconstruction, focusing on the work of Robert Magliola. Fourteen distinguished contributors discuss deconstruction and various...

Hatred and Forgiveness

by Julia Kristeva & Jeanine Herman Columbia University Press (December 23, 2010)

Dividing her essays into worlds, women, psychoanalysis, religion, portraits, and writing, Julia Kristeva explores the phenomenon of hate (and our attempts to subvert, sublimate, and otherwise process the emotion)...

Beyond the Cyborg: Adventures with Donna Haraway

by Helen Merrick, Margret Grebowicz & Donna Haraway Columbia University Press (June 18, 2013)

Feminist theorist and philosopher Donna Haraway has substantially impacted thought on science, cyberculture, the environment, animals, and social relations. This long-overdue volume explores her influence on...

Social Acceleration: A New Theory of Modernity

by Hartmut Rosa & Jonathan Trejo-Mathys Columbia University Press (May 21, 2013)

Hartmut Rosa advances an account of the temporal structure of society from the perspective of critical theory. He identifies three categories of change in the tempo of modern social life: technological acceleration,...

Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life

by Michael Marder, santiago zabala & Gianni Vattimo Columbia University Press (February 19, 2013)

The margins of philosophy are populated by non-human, non-animal living beings, including plants. While contemporary philosophers tend to refrain from raising ontological and ethical concerns with vegetal life,...

The Historiographic Perversion

by Marc Nichanian & Gil Anidjar Columbia University Press (August 26, 2009)

Genocide is a matter of law. It is also a matter of history. Engaging some of the most disturbing responses to the Armenian genocide, Marc Nichanian strikingly reveals the complex role played by law and history...

The Feminine and the Sacred

by Catherine Clément, Julia Kristeva & Jane Marie Todd Columbia University Press (October 23, 2012)

In November 1996, Catherine Clément and Julia Kristeva began a correspondence exploring the subject of the sacred. Their correspondence lead them to a controversial and fundamental question: is there anything...

Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Films

by Kelly Oliver Columbia University Press (October 09, 2012)

The image of a heavily pregnant woman, once considered ugly and indecent, is now common to Hollywood film. No longer is pregnancy a repulsive of shameful condition, but an attractive attribute, often enhancing...

Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine, and Culture

by Irina Aristarkhova Columbia University Press (July 31, 2012)

The question “Where do we come from?” has fascinated philosophers, scientists, and artists for generations. This book reorients the question of the matrix as a place where everything comes from (chora, womb,...

Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory

by Rosi Braidotti Columbia University Press (May 24, 2011)

Over the past fifteen years, Nomadic Subjects has guided the discourse in continental philosophy and feminist theory. Exploring the constitution of contemporary subjectivity, especially the concept of difference...

Butler on Whitehead: On the Occasion

by Deena Lin, Michael Halewood, Roland Faber & Catherine Keller et al. Lexington Books (March 22, 2012)

Considered together, Butler and Whitehead draw from a wide palette of disciplines to develop distinctive theories of becoming, of syntactical violence, and creative opportunities of limitation.

The contributors...

Derridada: Duchamp as Readymade Deconstruction

by Thomas Deane Tucker Lexington Books (September 26, 2008)

Derridada explores the affinities between the work of Marcel Duchamp and the discipline of deconstruction. It is the first text to explore Duchamp's work in the context of the theories of Derrida and deconstruction....

Politics of Culture and the Spirit of Critique: Dialogues

by Gabriel Rockhill & Alfredo Gomez-Muller Columbia University Press (March 08, 2011)

The idea of "culture" has become central to intellectual debates since at least the end of the 1970s, with the reemergence of longstanding cultural issues becoming an indispensible part of moral and political...

On Matricide: Myth, Psychoanalysis, and the Law of the Mother

by Amber Jacobs Columbia University Press (September 04, 2007)

Despite advances in feminism, the "law of the father" remains the dominant model of Western psychological and cultural analysis, and the law of the mother continues to exist as an underdeveloped and marginal...

Nancy, Blanchot

by Leslie Hill Rowman & Littlefield International (August 31, 2018)

The concept of community is one of the most frequently used and abused of recent philosophical or socio-political concepts. In the 1980s, faced with the imminent collapse of communism and the unchecked supremacy...

The Beautiful Animal

by Michael Lewis Rowman & Littlefield International (June 20, 2018)

Can philosophy conceive of a perfect animal? Can it think of the animal as anything other than an imperfect human? The book attempts to rethink the Hegelian dialectic so as to render it capable of assigning...

Feminist Consequences: Theory for the New Century

by Elisabeth Bronfen & Misha Kavka Columbia University Press (February 14, 2001)

Exploring the status of feminism in this "postfeminist" age, this sophisticated meditation on feminist thinking over the past three decades moves away from the all too common dependence on French theorists and...

Deleuze and the Humanities

by Rosi Braidotti, Kin Yuen Wong & Amy K. S. Chan Rowman & Littlefield International (March 14, 2018)

The volume is inspired by Gilles Deleuze’s philosophical project, which builds on the critique of European Humanism and opens up inspiring new perspectives for the renewal of the field. The book gathers leading...

Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism

by Nancy Bauer Columbia University Press (July 04, 2001)

In the introduction to The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir notes that "a man never begins by establishing himself as an individual of a certain sex: his being a man poses no problem." Nancy Bauer begins her book...

Plasticity at the Dusk of Writing: Dialectic, Destruction, Deconstruction

by Catherine Malabou, Carolyn Shread & Clayton Crockett Columbia University Press (November 16, 2009)

A former student and collaborator of Jacques Derrida, Catherine Malabou has generated worldwide acclaim for her progressive rethinking of postmodern, Derridean critique. Building on her notion of plasticity,...

Strange Wonder: The Closure of Metaphysics and the Opening of Awe

by Mary-Jane Rubenstein Columbia University Press (March 05, 2009)

Strange Wonder confronts Western philosophy's ambivalent relationship to the Platonic "wonder" that reveals the strangeness of the everyday. On the one hand, this wonder is said to be the origin of all philosophy....

This Is Not Sufficient: An Essay on Animality and Human Nature in Derrida

by Leonard Lawlor Columbia University Press (November 06, 2007)

Derrida wrote extensively on "the question of the animal." In particular, he challenged Heidegger's, Husserl's, and other philosophers' work on the subject, questioning their phenomenological criteria for distinguishing...

Things Beyond Resemblance: Collected Essays on Theodor W. Adorno

by Robert Hullot-Kentor & Lydia Goehr Columbia University Press (September 05, 2006)

Theodor W. Adorno was a major twentieth-century philosopher and social critic whose writings on oppositional culture in art, music, and literature increasingly stand at the center of contemporary intellectual...

Thinking Catherine Malabou

by Thomas Wormald & Isabell Dahms Rowman & Littlefield International (March 28, 2018)

This volume contributes to the growing body of literature exploring the work of contemporary French philosopher Catherine Malabou. Through its fifteen contributions, including two previously untranslated essays...

Narrating Evil: A Postmetaphysical Theory of Reflective Judgment

by Maria Pia Lara Columbia University Press (April 19, 2007)

Conceptions of evil have changed dramatically over time, and though humans continue to commit acts of cruelty against one another, today we possess a clearer, more moral way of analyzing them. In Narrating Evil...

Critical Models: Interventions and Catchwords

by Theodor W. Adorno , Henry W. Pickford & Lydia Goehr Columbia University Press (September 14, 2005)

Critical Models combines into a single volume two of Adorno's most important postwar works -- Interventions: Nine Critical Models (1963) and Catchwords: Critical Models II (1969). Written after his return to...