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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...


Film Worlds: A Philosophical Aesthetics of Cinema

by Daniel Yacavone Columbia University Press (December 02, 2014)

Film Worlds unpacks the significance of the “worlds” that narrative films create, offering an innovative perspective on cinema as art. Drawing on aesthetics and the philosophy of art in both the continental...


The Best American Magazine Writing 2014

by The American Society of Magazine Editors, Sid Holt & Mark Jannot Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Our annual anthology of finalists and winners of the National Magazine Awards 2014 includes Jonathan Franzen’s eloquent rumination in National Geographic on the damage we continue to inflict on the environment...


On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary

by Lutz Koepnick Columbia University Press (October 07, 2014)

Speed is an obvious facet of contemporary society, whereas slowness has often been dismissed as conservative and antimodern. Challenging a long tradition of thought, Lutz Koepnick instead proposes to understand...


The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal

by Daniel Cloud Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to mean by them...


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...


Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy

by Evan Thompson & Stephen Batchelor Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)

A renowned philosopher of the mind, also known for his groundbreaking work on Buddhism and cognitive science, Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep, dreaming, and meditation with Indian...


The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

by Joel Simon Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)

Journalists are being imprisoned and killed in record numbers. Online surveillance is annihilating privacy, and the Internet can be brought under government control at any time. Joel Simon, the executive director...


Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience

by Rey Chow Columbia University Press (September 23, 2014)

Although the era of European colonialism has long passed, misgivings about the inequality of the encounters between European and non-European languages persist in many parts of the postcolonial world. This unfinished...


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...


Social Inquiry After Wittgenstein and Kuhn: Leaving Everything as It Is

by John G. Gunnell Columbia University Press (October 28, 2014)

John G. Gunnell argues that a distinctive feature of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s work after 1930 was his turn to a conception of philosophy as a form of social inquiry and that Thomas Kuhn’s approach to the philosophy...


Photography and Its Violations

by John Roberts Columbia University Press (September 30, 2014)

Theorists critique photography for “objectifying” its subjects and manipulating appearance for the sake of art. In this bold counterargument, John Roberts recasts photography’s violating powers and aesthetic...


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...


Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia

by Paul Gionfriddo Columbia University Press (October 07, 2014)

Paul Gionfriddo’s son Tim is one of the “6 percent”—the percentage of all Americans with serious mental illness. He is also one of the half million homeless people with serious mental illnesses in desperate...


Informing the Global Citizen: A Selection from The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

by Joel Simon Columbia University Press (September 02, 2014)

Today, anyone with an iPhone can provide firsthand accounts from the world’s front lines. Despite our increased access to events around the world, journalists are more vital than ever as they bring context...


Self-Consciousness and the Critique of the Subject: Hegel, Heidegger, and the Poststructuralists

by Simon Lumsden Columbia University Press (August 26, 2014)

Poststructuralists hold Hegel responsible for giving rise to many of modern philosophy’s problematic concepts—the authority of reason, self-consciousness, the knowing subject. Yet, according to Simon Lumsden,...


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...


Intimate Strangers: Arendt, Marcuse, Solzhenitsyn, and Said in American Political Discourse

by Andreea Deciu Ritivoi Columbia University Press (August 26, 2014)

Hannah Arendt, Herbert Marcuse, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Edward Said each steered major intellectual and political schools of thought shaping American political discourse after World War II. Yet none of them...


Alienation

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...


Intoxicating Minds: How Drugs Work

by Ciaran Regan Columbia University Press (July 17, 2001)

Why do smokers claim that the first cigarette of the day is the best? What is the biological basis behind some heavy drinkers' belief that the "hair-of-the-dog" method alleviates the effects of a hangover? Why...


Pain: The Science of Suffering

by Patrick Wall Columbia University Press (April 30, 2002)

Pain is one of medicine's greatest mysteries. When farmer John Mitson caught his hand in a baler, he cut off his trapped hand and carried it to a neighbor. "Sheer survival and logic" was how he described it....


Radical History and the Politics of Art

by Gabriel Rockhill Columbia University Press (July 15, 2014)

Gabriel Rockhill opens new space for rethinking the relationship between art and politics. Rather than understanding the two spheres as separated by an insurmountable divide or linked by a privileged bridge,...


Animal Oppression and Human Violence: Domesecration, Capitalism, and Global Conflict

by David A. Nibert Columbia University Press (April 23, 2013)

Jared Diamond and other leading scholars have argued that the domestication of animals for food, labor, and tools of war has advanced the development of human society. But by comparing practices of animal exploitation...


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...


Between East and West: From Singularity to Community

by Luce Irigaray & Stephen Pluhácek Columbia University Press (March 08, 2002)

With this book we see a philosopher well steeped in the Western tradition thinking through ancient Eastern disciplines, meditating on what it means to learn to breathe, and urging us all at the dawn of a new...


Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age

by Russell Jacoby Columbia University Press (January 22, 2005)

-- Amos Elon, author, The Pity of It All: A Portrait of the German-Jewish Epoch, 1743-1933


A Daughter's Memoir of Burma

by Wendy Law-Yone & David I. Steinberg Columbia University Press (July 01, 2014)

Wendy Law-Yone was fifteen at the time of Burma's military coup in 1962. The daughter of Ed Law-Yone, daredevil proprietor of Rangoon Nation, Burma’s leading postwar English-language daily, she experienced...


The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun

by Wilt L. Idema Columbia University Press (February 25, 2014)

The Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi (369–286 B.C.E.) encountered a skull that later in a dream praises the pleasures of death over the toil of living. This anecdote became popular with poets in the second and...


Shadow Medicine: The Placebo in Conventional and Alternative Therapies

by John S. Haller, Jr. Columbia University Press (July 08, 2014)

A distinguished historian of medicine, John S. Haller Jr. explores the epistemological foundations of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and the challenges it presents for both conventional and alternative therapies....


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...


Looks Good on Paper?: Using In-Depth Personality Assessment to Predict Leadership Performance

by Leslie S. Pratch Columbia University Press (June 17, 2014)

Leslie S. Pratch is a practicing psychologist who focuses on assessing and coaching executives who occupy or are candidates for top positions in business organizations. In this book, she shares insights from...


Media in the Digital Age

by John V. Pavlik Columbia University Press (May 12, 2008)

Digital technologies have fundamentally altered the nature and function of media in our society, reinventing age-old practices of public communication and at times circumventing traditional media and challenging...


The Statesman's Science: History, Nature, and Law in the Political Thought of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

by Pamela Edwards Columbia University Press (August 25, 2004)

Author of "Kubla Khan" and the epic "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Samuel Taylor Coleridge is remembered principally for his contributions as a romantic poet. This innovative reconsideration of Coleridge's...


The Power of Tolerance: A Debate

by Wendy Brown, Rainer Forst, Luca Di Blasi & Christoph F. E. Holzhey Columbia University Press (April 01, 2014)

We invoke the ideal of tolerance in response to conflict, but what does it mean to answer conflict with a call for tolerance? Is tolerance a way of resolving conflicts or a means of sustaining them? Does it...


Freedom's Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life

by Axel Honneth Columbia University Press (February 11, 2014)

Theories of justice often fixate on purely normative, abstract principles unrelated to real-world situations. The philosopher and theorist Axel Honneth addresses this disconnect, and constructs a theory of justice...


Imaginal Politics: Images Beyond Imagination and the Imaginary

by Chiara Bottici Columbia University Press (April 01, 2014)

Between the radical, creative capacity of our imagination and the social imaginary we are immersed in is an intermediate space philosophers have termed the imaginal, populated by images or (re)presentations...


Moved by the Past: Discontinuity and Historical Mutation

by Eelco Runia Columbia University Press (May 06, 2014)

Historians go to great lengths to avoid confronting discontinuity, searching for explanations as to why such events as the fall of the Berlin Wall, George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, and the introduction of...


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...


Beyond News: The Future of Journalism

by Mitchell Stephens Columbia University Press (February 04, 2014)

For a century and a half, journalists made a good business out of selling the latest news or selling ads next to that news. Now that news pours out of the Internet and our mobile devices—fast, abundant, and...


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...


Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions

by Jennifer McWeeny & Ashby Butnor Columbia University Press (April 01, 2014)

In this collection of original essays, international scholars put Asian traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism, into conversation with one or more contemporary feminist philosophies,...


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...


Head Cases: Julia Kristeva on Philosophy and Art in Depressed Times

by Elaine P. Miller Columbia University Press (February 18, 2014)

While philosophy and psychoanalysis privilege language and conceptual distinctions and mistrust the image, the philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva recognizes the power of art and the imagination to...