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Analytic Philosophy of Religion: Its History Since 1955 By Steven Duncan
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This book is a reconstruction and interpretation of the development of analytic philosophy of religion in Britain and the United States, with special reference to the debate over the existence of God... More > and the problem of evil, during the last fifty years. It discusses Theism and Atheism; Neo-Thomism; The Problem of Religious Language; The Argument from Evil and the Origins of Inductivism; The Inductivist Paradigm; The Ontological, Cosmological Argument and Teleological Arguments; Post-Deductivism; and The Philosophy of Religion Today. Steven M. Duncan’s other publications include A Primer of Modern Virtue Ethics (UPA, 1995) and The Proof of the External World (Wipf and Stock, 2008). "A concise yet rigorous and substantive review of most of the important work that has been done in analytic philosophy of religion during the past half century. It should prove valuable both to the professional philosopher and the student of philosophy. This is a wonderful book!"--Professor Paul Herrick< Less
Contemporary Philosophy of Religion By Steven Duncan
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Among the questions that have exercised philosophers of the last sixty years, that of the existence of God has been one of the most hotly contested. That question is the subject of this book. Its... More > chapters cover: What is the Philosophy of Religion? Three Competing Paradigms in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion; Deductivism (Neo-Thomism, Analytic Philosophy, Analytic Atheism, etc); Inductivism (Mitchell’s Inductivist Proposal, Swinburne’s various arguments, the Future of Inductivism); Post-Deductivism (the Ethics of Belief, The Post-Deductivists on Evil, Plantinga’s Reformed Epistemology, Plantinga and Wolterstorff: Christian Philosophy); and Recent Work on the Traditional Arguments for God’s Existence. "An excellent introduction to the subject area. It offers clear concise coverage of recent developments and is written in an accessible way. Newcomers to the philosophy of religion as well as those with a background in the field would profit from consulting it." -- Sarah Harrison< Less
Giorgio Agamben: Political Philosophy By Rasmus Ugilt
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Giorgio Agamben is one of the most hotly debated political philosophers today. His works on the political and legal paradigm of the West has caught the attention of philosophers, sociologists,... More > political scientists and jurists alike. This book seeks to dispel the most unhelpful myths arising from the politically controversial nature of his work and to defend the most pertinent of his arguments in political philosophy. It also seeks to show how Agamben’s philosophy can be useful for analyses of contemporary political and social phenomena. The book discusses centrepieces of Agamben’s political philosophy, focusing on Homo Sacer, State of Exception, and The Kingdom and the Glory, and it tackles some of the most pressing issues discussed by Agamben including sovereignty, law, religion, profanation and messianism. Rasmus Ugilt is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark, and author of The Metaphysics of Terror (2012).< Less
Modern Feminist Theory By Jennifer Rich
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This explication of the major contributions to feminist theory in the late Twentieth Century covers initial articulations of the ‘Woman’ Problem by Virginia Woolf; and Simone de Beauvoir,... More > Radical Feminism (Kate Millett; Shulamith Firestone; Radicalesbians; Mary Daly), Black Feminism (Audre Lorde; Alice Walker; Patricia Hill Collins), French Feminism (Luce Irigaray; Hélène Cixous; Monique Wittig; Julia Kristeva), Materialist Feminism (Gayle Rubin; Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak), and Queer Theory (Adrienne Rich; Judith Butler; Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick; Wayne Koestenbaum). Jennifer A. Rich is an Associate Professor at Hofstra Uiversity where she offers course in the rhetoric of feminism, theories and history of rhetoric and contemporary understandings of rhetoric. She has published widely in the areas of writing studies, rhetoric, film studies, and Shakespeare, and is the author of An Introduction to Critical Theory in the Humanities Insights series.< Less
The Subject of Politics: Slavoj Žižek’s Political Philosophy By Henrik Jøker Bjerre & Carsten Bagge Laustsen
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A study of Slavoj Žižek’s political philosophy. Focusing on the combination of psychoanalytic theory and philosophy, the book offers an overview of Žižek’s analysis of... More > contemporary society. In five chapters, the reader is introduced to Žižek’s method, his view of the political impasse in the postmodern world, and his suggestion for a way ahead to renewed action and political invention. Rich in examples, the book gives an engaging and entertaining tour around the landscape of Žižek’s political endeavour, while at the same time insisting on a more systematic and piecemeal approach than the Slovenian tends to offer himself.< Less
Philip Roth through the Lens of Kepesh By Paul McDonald & Samantha Roden
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The Kepesh trilogy spans three decades of Philip Roth’s career, beginning with The Breast in 1972, and continuing with the Professor of Desire in 1977 and The Dying Animal in 2001. This study... More > demonstrates that the trilogy is not only worthy of critical analysis in its own right, but also that an appreciation of its themes and strategies deepens our understanding of his entire fictional enterprise, offering an invaluable perspective on one of the world’s most important novelists. Paul McDonald works at the University of Wolverhampton where he is Senior Lecturer in American Literature, and Course Leader for Creative Writing. Among his other HEB titles are The Philosophy of Humour (2012), and Reading Beloved (2014). Samantha Roden is a Lead Practitioner for English at North East Wolverhampton Academy. She writes educational resources, digital pedagogical guides and conducts national webinars for Cambridge University Press. Her first full collection of poetry, Catch Ourselves in Glass, is forthcoming.< Less
Reading Steinbeck: 'Of Mice and Men' and 'The Grapes of Wrath' By David Hallard
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"This is an informed, interesting and useful guide to Steinbeck’s two most famous and widely studied works. It sets them concisely in their biographical, historical, social and political... More > contexts, offers a range of insights into their narrative techniques, style, characterization and themes, and surveys key critical perspectives. The guide will be of benefit to A Level and undergraduate students, providing perspectives they can fruitfully employ in seminar discussions, presentations, essays and examinations." -- Nicholas Tredell (Consultant Editor of Palgrave Macmillan's Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism)< Less
Vanished Lives: A True Tale of Old Manchester By Alan Richardson
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In 1813, when John and Margaret Richardson arrived in Manchester, it was the world’s first great industrial city. To contemporaries it was an almost frightening spectacle that attracted... More > visitors from every nation on earth. As the years passed, the Richardsons' descendants became part of Disraeli’s “two nations,” the super rich and the working class, their lives marked by stoic endeavours, love affairs, grudges, feuds, tragedies and melodramas. Here we meet thrusting entrepreneurs, black sheep, clowns and heroines, hard-won prosperity and sudden misfortune. Author Alan Richardson qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1963 and pursued a career in veterinary research. He has also taken a serious interest in certain aspects of Roman archaeology and has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers on Roman roads, military camps, forts, surveys and field systems. In 1985 he was awarded the Reginald Taylor Prize by the British Archaeological Association for his work on the Roman penetration of East Cheshire.< Less
The Holocaust: Events, Motives and Legacy By Martyn Housden
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The Holocaust has proved a defining event in German, European and even world history. It has left moral, legal and political legacies which shape the global community we live in today. This text is... More > designed to introduce readers to the most important debates about the event. It discusses the origins and course of the Holocaust, as well as the motives of its perpetrators and the reactions of bystanders and victims alike. In the process, the study makes clear why ‘history’ is not just about the past. Martyn Housden is Reader in History at the University of Bradford. His books include "Hans Frank: Lebensraum and the Holocaust" (Palgrave, 2003),"Hitler: Study of a Revolutionary?" (Routledge, 2000) and "Resistance and Conformity in the Third Reich" (Routledge, 1997). He has written and lectured widely for student audiences. "An excellent introduction to the topic, geared to senor pupils and undergraduates, but also of value to the general reader." History Teaching Review< Less
Romantic Dialogues: Anglo-American Continuities, 1776-1862 By Richard Gravil
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Part 1 of this book examines the English contribution to the 'American Revolution', and the various models of relationship between Britain and America that existed for writers in the 'American... More > Renaissance'. Part 2 considers the politics of James Fenimore Cooper, and the inspirational role of the English Romantics in the thinking of Emerson and the art of Bryant, Thoreau, Hawthorne and Poe, Melville, Whitman and Dickinson. An epilogue explores how Dickinson and Whitman responded to the seductive music of Alfred Lord Tennyson. “How this study is received will say as much about the recovery of serious interest in literary history as about the work’s quality. Learned, rigorous in testing its assertions, mordant and spirited in its expression, Romantic Dialogues makes one wonder how one ever read the American text at all without the British context. …. An extraordinary achievement” —Robert Weisbuch, New England Quarterly< Less