Interesting New Books: November/December 2010

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Archive of interesting books (from October 2008)

   

Rousseau on Women, Love, and Family


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Rousseau on Women, Love, and Family / Jean-Jacques Rousseau, ed. Christopher Kelly, Eve Grace, Publisher: Dartmouth (April 30, 2009), ISBN-10: 1584657502

“This collection is a treasure! The editors clearly and persuasively make the case for the central importance of Rousseau’s writings on women for his philosophy generally. They deserve our gratitude for making these essential materials readily available.” - Ruth Grant, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University

From Dartmouth College Press

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Pythagoras and Renaissance Europe


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Pythagoras and Renaissance Europe: Finding Heaven / Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier, ISBN: 9780521517959, Publication date: December 2009

In this book, Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier offers the first systematic study of Pythagoras and his influence on mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, religion, medicine, music, the occult, and social life - as well as on architecture and art - in the late medieval and early modern eras. Following the threads of admiration for this ancient Greek sage from the fourteenth century to Kepler and Galileo in the seventeenth, this book demonstrates that Pythagoras's influence in intellectual circles - Christian, Jewish, and Arab - was more widespread than has previously been acknowledged. Joost-Gaugier shows that during this period Pythagoras was respected by many intellectuals in different areas of Europe. She also shows how this admiration was reflected in ideas that were applied to the visual arts by a number of well known architects and artists who sought, through the use of a visual language inspired by the memory of Pythagoras, to obtain perfect harmony in their creations. Among these were Alberti, Bramante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Thus, she suggests, did some of the greatest art works in the Western world owe their modernity to an inspirational force that, paradoxically, had been conceived in the distant past.
From Cambridge University Press

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The Normal Personality


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The Normal Personality: A New Way of Thinking About People / Steven Reiss PhD. Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 28, 2008), ISBN-10: 0521881064

"The Normal Personality: A New Way of Thinking About People, Steven Reiss (Cambridge University Press): Good news: You're normal. Despite the fact that every lesbian you know is on Prozac or in therapy, Reiss insists most of us aren't crazy. Instead, he contends that an over reliance on Freudian analysis led modern psychopathology to evaluate normal personal problems using constructs developed from studies of mental illness. Rather than unconscious mental forces originating in childhood, Reiss points to 16 basic human desires lead that lead to personal issues. Not immune from the natural human intolerance of people expressing significantly different values; Reiss argues, psychologists and psychiatrists often confuse individuality with abnormality and over-diagnose disorders."
Curve Magazine (after Amazon.com)

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Nietzsche And Paradox


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Nietzsche And Paradox / Rogerio Miranda De Almeida, Mark S. Roberts. Publisher: State University of New York Press (October 5, 2006), ISBN-10: 0791468895

From the Back Cover:
Newly translated into English, this book analyzes the paradoxical discourse that flows through and fundamentally characterizes Nietzsche's writings. Examining Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy; Human, All Too Human; Beyond Good and Evil; On the Genealogy of Morals; and The Antichrist; Rogario Miranda de Almeida patiently opens these texts to the multiplicity of truths that unfold through the process of continuous reinterpretation and reevaluation. Never formally defining the contradictions within Nietzsche's conception of metaphysics, religion, art, science, and philosophy, Miranda de Almeida acknowledges instead that the history of thought, and the development of Nietzsche's writings in particular, is an interplay of forces and drives, encroachment and surrender, construction and destruction, overcoming and transformation, lack and fulfillment, satisfaction and dissatisfaction, pleasure and displeasure, pain and delight. This book reveals the endless perspectives and truths that Nietzsche creates and transforms.

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The Narcissism Epidemic


Book cover: The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement


The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement / Jean M. Twenge. Free Press (April 21, 2009), ISBN-10: 1416575987

Twenge and Campbell, psychologists and authors of previous books on self-admiration, team up for a thorough look at a troubling trend that has broad cultural implications. They begin by chronicling changes in American culture that have brought us Botox, fake paparazzi, and MySpace. The authors distinguish between self-esteem and narcissism, drawing on scientific research, but focus on narcissistic personality traits “among the normal population” and cultural narcissism that goes deep into social values. The authors debunk myths about narcissism—that it is necessary in order to be competitive and that narcissists are actually overcompensating for low self-esteem. Although young girls have been hit hardest by the narcissism epidemic, with unrealistic notions of physical beauty, the scourge has affected us all—witness Wall Street greed and the mortgage crisis with its overblown sense of materialism and entitlement. The authors argue that the nation needs to recognize the epidemic and its negative consequences, and take corrective action. Individuals can start by practicing gratitude, and parents can teach their children friendship skills, with the emphasis on others rather than self.
Vanessa Bush from Booklist (after Amazon.com)

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Laboratories of Faith


Book cover: Laboratories of Faith: Mesmerism, Spiritism, and Occultism in Modern France


Laboratories of Faith: Mesmerism, Spiritism, and Occultism in Modern France / John Warne Monroe. Publisher: Cornell University Press; 2nd edition edition (January 2008), ISBN-10: 0801445620

From the Back Cover
"This is a deeply humane book. John Warne Monroe takes us into the occult world of first-rate mediums, for-profit somnambulists, sober scientists, bored aesthetes, earnest seekers, clueless dupes, shrill moralists, tireless self-promoters, and blatant crooks. He introduces them to us without a hint of mockery or condescension. In fact, he writes about them in ways that make us see them as entirely familiar and utterly human."--Raymond Jonas, Giovanni and Amne Costigan Professor of History, University of Washington

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The Idea of Creativity


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The Idea of Creativity (Philosophy of History and Culture) / Michael Krausz, Denis Dutton, Karen Bardsley. Brill (February 28, 2009), ISBN-10: 9004174443

Seventeen philosophers, scientists and artists consider questions about the intriguing idea of creativity: Is creativity essentially mysterious? Is creativity essentially inspirational or rationalistic? What role does skill play in creativity? What are the criteria of creativity? Should we assign logical priority to creative persons, creative processes, or creative products? How do forms of creativity relate to different domains of human activity? How does creativity relate to self-transformation? How does our knowledge of the circumstances of creativity effect our appreciation of its products? Can a recipient of a creative work also be a creator of it?
From BRILL

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Heidegger and the Earth


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Heidegger and the Earth: Essays in Environmental Philosophy, Edited by Ladelle McWhorter and Gail Stenstad New Studies in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 2009, ISBN 9780802099884

Some of the fundamental questions of our time are ecological - urgent environmental problems demand newly conceived solutions for the betterment and preservation of life on this planet. In this newly revised and greatly expanded edition of Heidegger and the Earth, the contributors approach contemporary ecological issues through the medium of Heidegger's thought. Amid pressing concerns about wildlife and wilderness preservation, agricultural practices, and technological innovation, contributors discuss how thinking with Heidegger in the twenty-first century yields creative ideas about the natural world that are unconstrained by traditional theoretical frameworks. The conflicting viewpoints in some of the essays will inspire further conversation and debate among readers and break apart established thought patterns. Unconventional and provocative, Heidegger and the Earth urges us to set aside what we think we know in order to work through ecological problems and to discover new ways of living in the world.
From University of Toronto Press - Publishing

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Eros Revisited


Book cover: Eros Revisited: Love for the Indeterminate Other


Eros Revisited: Love for the Indeterminate Other / Isaac B. Rosler. Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc, October 2007, ISBN: 0739122029

Dr. Isaac B. Rosler draws from the works of Plato, Butler, and Derrida to explore the unreadability of Eros's enigma and the desire to address its mystery through assertive and noncontradictory discourse, resulting in the modern objectification of Eros into defined sexual orientations.

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