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Taming the Wild Horse

by Louis Komjathy Columbia University Press (March 21, 2017)

In thirteenth-century China, a Daoist monk named Gao Daokuan (1195-1277) composed a series of illustrated poems and accompanying verse commentary known as the Daoist Horse Taming Pictures. In this annotated...

Unnatural Wonders

by Arthur C. Danto Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

Arthur C. Danto's essays not only critique bodies of work but reflect upon art's conceptual evolution as well, drawing for the reader a kind of "philosophical map" indicating how art and the criteria for judging...

Extending Political Liberalism: A Selection from Rawls's Political Liberalism, edited by Thom Brooks and Martha C. Nussbaum

by Martha C. Nussbaum Columbia University Press (March 17, 2015)

Widely hailed as one of the most significant works in modern political philosophy, John Rawls’s Political Liberalism (1993) defended a powerful vision of society that respects reasonable ways of life, both...

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...

Sexual Orientation and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Sexual Science and Clinical Practice

by Richard C. Friedman & Jennifer I. Downey Columbia University Press (March 24, 2008)

This book bridges psychoanalytic thought and sexual science. It brings sexuality back to the center of psychoanalysis and shows how important it is for students of human sexuality to understand motives that...

Confidence Game: The Limited Vision of the News Gurus

by Dean Starkman Columbia University Press (November 22, 2011)

Dean Starkman takes on what has become a dominant perspective on the future of news in the digital age as personified by three well known media thinkers — Jay Rosen, Clay Shirky, and Jeff Jarvis — who have...


by Elizabeth Grosz Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

Philosophy has inherited a powerful impulse to embrace either dualism or a reductive monism, either a radical separation of mind and body or the reduction of mind to body. From its origins in the writings of...

The Best American Magazine Writing 2016

by The American Society of Magazine Editors, Sid Holt & Roger Hodge Columbia University Press (November 29, 2016)

This year’s Best American Magazine Writing features outstanding writing on contentious issues including incarceration, policing, sexual assault, labor, technology, and environmental catastrophe. Selections...

Ethics of Opting Out

by Mari Ruti Columbia University Press (March 07, 2017)

In its quest for effective forms of political resistance, queer theory often promotes the opting out of our culture’s dominant ideals––particularly its neoliberal narratives of success, cheerfulness, good...

Energy Dreams

by Michael Marder Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

The question of energy is among the most vital for the future of humanity and the flourishing of life on this planet. Yet, only very rarely (if at all) do we ask what energy is, what it means, what ends it serves,...

Marriage as a Fine Art

by Julia Kristeva, Philippe Sollers & Lorna Scott Fox Columbia University Press (December 20, 2016)

“We found so much to say, to share, to learn. . . . For it wasn’t just the Marquis de Sade profile and the sporty thighs-and-calves that seduced me. It was even more, perhaps, or certainly just as much, the...

Archaeology of the Political

by Elías José Palti Columbia University Press (March 07, 2017)

In the past few decades, the focus of political-philosophical reflection has been reoriented to penetrate that dimension of reality known as "the political." Many of the key figures in contemporary political...

Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook

by David Galef Columbia University Press (November 08, 2016)

Flash fiction is over in the blink of an eye yet lingers with the reader. In Brevity, David Galef guides creative writing students through this timely literary genre, detailing best techniques, key examples,...

Political Uses of Utopia

by S. D. Chrostowska & James D. Ingram Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

Utopia has long been banished from political theory, framed as an impossible—and possibly dangerous—political ideal, a flawed social blueprint, or a thought experiment without any practical import. Even...

Left-Wing Melancholia

by Enzo Traverso Columbia University Press (December 20, 2016)

The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the Cold War but also the rise of a melancholic vision of history as a series of losses. For the political left, the cause lost was communism, and this trauma determined...

The Politics of Being

by Richard Wolin Columbia University Press (October 04, 2016)

Martin Heidegger’s ties to Nazism have tarnished his stature as one of the towering figures of twentieth-century philosophy. With the publication of Heidegger’s Black Notebooks, which reveal the full extent...

Love in the Dark

by Diane Enns Columbia University Press (September 06, 2016)

Intimate love requires exceptional vulnerability that opens us to suffering, sacrifice, and loss. Is it always worth the risk? Consulting philosophers, writers, and poets who draw insights from material life,...

The Intimate Universal

by William Desmond Columbia University Press (November 15, 2016)

William Desmond sees religion, art, philosophy, and politics as essential and distinctive modes of human practice, manifestations of an intimate universality that illuminates individual and social being. They...

Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from The Hunger Games to Campus Rape

by Kelly Oliver Columbia University Press (May 24, 2016)

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games), Bella Swan (Twilight), Tris Prior (Divergent), and other strong and resourceful characters have decimated the fairytale archetype of the helpless girl waiting to be rescued....

Negotiating Languages: Urdu, Hindi, and the Definition of Modern South Asia

by Walter N. Hakala Columbia University Press (August 30, 2016)

Prior to the nineteenth century, South Asian dictionaries, glossaries, and vocabularies reflected a hierarchical vision of nature and human society. By the turn of the twentieth century, the modern dictionary...

Psychoanalysis and the Human Sciences

by Louis Althusser, Steven Rendall & Pascale Gillot Columbia University Press (September 06, 2016)

What can psychoanalysis, a psychological approach developed over a century ago, offer us in an age of rapidly evolving, hard-to-categorize ideas of sexuality and the self? Should we abandon Freud’s theories...

Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence

by Timothy Morton Columbia University Press (April 12, 2016)

Timothy Morton argues that ecological awareness in the present Anthropocene era takes the form of a strange loop or Möbius strip, twisted to have only one side. Deckard travels this Oedipal path in Blade Runner...

I Speak, Therefore I Am: Seventeen Thoughts About Language

by Andrea Moro & Ian Roberts Columbia University Press (July 05, 2016)

And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them:

and whatsoever Adam called every living creature,


Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future

by Jeffrey T. Kiehl Columbia University Press (March 01, 2016)

Facing Climate Change explains why people refuse to accept evidence of a warming planet and shows how to move past partisanship to reach a consensus for action. A climate scientist and licensed psychotherapist,...

Recognition or Disagreement: A Critical Encounter on the Politics of Freedom, Equality, and Identity

by Axel Honneth, Jacques Rancière, Katia Genel & Jean-Philippe Deranty Columbia University Press (May 10, 2016)

Axel Honneth is best known for his critique of modern society centered on a concept of recognition. Jacques Rancière has advanced an influential theory of modern politics based on disagreement. Underpinning...

Death and Mastery

by Benjamin Y. Fong Columbia University Press (November 08, 2016)

The first philosophers of the Frankfurt School famously turned to the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud to supplement their Marxist analyses of ideological subjectification. Since the collapse of their...

Negative Emotions and Transitional Justice

by Mihaela Mihai Columbia University Press (March 22, 2016)

Vehement resentment and indignation are rife in societies emerging from dictatorship or civil conflict. How should institutions deal with these emotions? Arguing for the need to recognize and constructively...

An Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for a Radical Politics

by Noëlle Vahanian, Jeffrey W. Robbins, Clayton Crockett & Ward Blanton et al. Columbia University Press (April 05, 2016)

An Insurrectionist Manifesto contains four insurrectionary gospels based on Martin Heidegger’s philosophical model of the fourfold: earth and sky, gods and mortals. Challenging religious dogma and dominant...

Journalism After Snowden

by Smitha Khorana, Jennifer R. Henrichsen, Emily Bell & Taylor Owen Columbia University Press (January 31, 2017)

Edward Snowden’s release of classified NSA documents exposed the widespread government practice of mass surveillance in a democratic society. The publication of these documents, facilitated by three journalists,...

What Kind of Creatures Are We?

by Noam Chomsky Columbia University Press (December 08, 2015)

Noam Chomsky is widely known and deeply admired for being the founder of modern linguistics, one of the founders of the field of cognitive science, and perhaps the most avidly read political theorist and commentator...

Everyone Dies Young: Time Without Age

by Marc Augé & Jody Gladding Columbia University Press (April 26, 2016)

We are awash in time, savoring a few moments of it; we project ourselves into it, reinvent it, play with it; we take our time or let it slip away: it is the raw material of our imagination. Age, on the other...


by César Rendueles, Heather Cleary & Roberto Simanowski Columbia University Press (April 11, 2017)

The great ideological cliché of our time, César Rendueles argues in Sociophobia, is the idea that communication technologies can support positive social dynamics and improve economic and political conditions....

Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks

by Jonathan Schwabish Columbia University Press (November 15, 2016)

Whether you are a university professor, researcher at a think tank, graduate student, or analyst at a private firm, chances are that at some point you have presented your work in front of an audience. Most of...

State of Nature, Stages of Society: Enlightenment Conjectural History and Modern Social Discourse

by Frank Palmeri Columbia University Press (March 29, 2016)

Frank Palmeri sees the conjectural histories of Rousseau, Hume, Herder, and other Enlightenment philosophers as a template for the development of the social sciences in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries....

Deciding What's True

by Lucas Graves Columbia University Press (September 06, 2016)

Over the past decade, American outlets such as PolitiFact,, and the Washington Post’s Fact Checker have shaken up the political world by holding public figures accountable for what they say....

Political Responsibility: Responding to Predicaments of Power

by Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo Columbia University Press (May 03, 2016)

Scholars in the humanities and social sciences have turned to ethics to theorize politics in what seems to be an increasingly depoliticized age. Yet the move toward ethics has obscured the ongoing value of political...

Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language

by Seth Lerer Columbia University Press (August 04, 2015)

Seth Lerer tells a masterful history of the English language from the age of Beowulf to the rap of Eminem. Many have written about the evolution of grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary, but only Lerer situates...

Journalistic Authority

by Matt Carlson Columbia University Press (May 23, 2017)

When we encounter a news story, why do we accept its version of events? A complicated set of cultural, structural, and technological relationships inform this interaction, and Journalistic Authority provides...

Friendship Reconsidered: What It Means and How It Matters to Politics

by P. E. Digeser Columbia University Press (September 06, 2016)

Friendship is an enduring subject in political theory. Theorists have long searched for a way to bring conflicting groups closer together and advance an idea of pluralism that promotes greater social harmony....

Beyond Individualism: The Challenge of Inclusive Communities

by George Rupp Columbia University Press (September 01, 2015)

In many places around the globe, relations between ethnic and religious groups that once coexisted more or less amicably are now fraught with aggression and violence. This troubling trend has profound international...

Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences

by William A. Richards Columbia University Press (December 08, 2015)

In the early 1960s, scientists openly advocated for experimentation with psychedelics. This effort, however, quickly turned into a discredited enterprise involving recreational drug use. But what if a study...

A Rasa Reader: Classical Indian Aesthetics

by Sheldon Pollock Columbia University Press (April 19, 2016)

From the early years of the Common Era to 1700, Indian intellectuals explored with unparalleled subtlety the place of emotion in art. Their investigations led to the deconstruction of art’s formal structures...

Through Vegetal Being: Two Philosophical Perspectives

by Luce Irigaray & Michael Marder Columbia University Press (June 07, 2016)

Blossoming from a correspondence between Luce Irigaray and Michael Marder, Through Vegetal Being is an intense personal, philosophical, and political meditation on the significance of the vegetal for our lives,...

Taste as Experience: The Philosophy and Aesthetics of Food

by Nicola Perullo & Massimo Montanari Columbia University Press (April 05, 2016)

Taste as Experience puts the pleasure of food at the center of human experience. It shows how the sense of taste informs our preferences and relationship to nature, pushes us toward ethical practices of consumption,...

The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory

by Amy Allen Columbia University Press (January 12, 2016)

While post- and decolonial theorists have thoroughly debunked the idea of historical progress as a Eurocentric, imperialist, and neocolonialist fallacy, many of the most prominent contemporary thinkers associated...

Doing Aesthetics with Arendt: How to See Things

by Cecilia Sjoholm Columbia University Press (August 18, 2015)

Cecilia Sjöholm reads Hannah Arendt as a philosopher of the senses, grappling with questions of vision, hearing, and touch even in her political work. Constructing an Arendtian theory of aesthetics from the...

Eat This Book: A Carnivore's Manifesto

by Dominique Lestel & Gary Steiner Columbia University Press (March 08, 2016)

If we want to improve the treatment of animals, Dominique Lestel argues, we must acknowledge our evolutionary impulse to eat them, and we must expand our worldview to see how others consume meat ethically and...

Way Too Cool: Selling Out Race and Ethics

by Shannon Winnubst Columbia University Press (September 08, 2015)

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of cool have informed the American ethos since at least the 1970s. Whether we strive for it in politics or fashion, cool is big business for those who can sell it across a range...

Algerian Imprints: Ethical Space in the Work of Assia Djebar and Hélène Cixous

by Brigitte Weltman-Aron Columbia University Press (August 18, 2015)

Born and raised in French Algeria, Assia Djebar and Hélène Cixous represent in their literary works signs of conflict and enmity, drawing on discordant histories so as to reappraise the political on the very...

The Practices of the Enlightenment: Aesthetics, Authorship, and the Public

by Dorothea E. von Mücke Columbia University Press (May 19, 2015)

Rethinking the relationship between eighteenth-century pietistic traditions and Enlightenment thought and practice, The Practices of Enlightenment unravels the complex and often neglected religious origins of...