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No Spiritual Investment in the World

by Willem Styfhals Cornell University Press (May 15, 2019)

Throughout the twentieth century, German writers, philosophers, theologians, and historians turned to Gnosticism to make sense of the modern condition. While some saw this ancient Christian heresy as a way to...

Brutal Reasoning

by Erica Fudge Cornell University Press (February 15, 2019)

Early modern English thinkers were fascinated by the subject of animal rationality, even before the appearance of Descartes's Discourse on the Method (1637) and its famous declaration of the automatism of animals....

Perilous Futures

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Since his death, the writings of Carl Schmitt (1888–1985) have been debated, cited, and adopted by political and legal thinkers on both the left and right with increasing frequency, though not without controversy...

Obscene Pedagogies

by Carissa M. Harris Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

As anyone who has read Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales knows, Middle English literature is rife with sexually explicit language and situations. Less canonical works can be even more brazen in describing illicit...

When Right Makes Might

by Stacie E. Goddard Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Why do great powers accommodate the rise of some challengers but contain and confront others, even at the risk of war? When Right Makes Might proposes that the ways in which a rising power legitimizes its expansionist...

The Anxiety of Freedom

by Uday Singh Mehta Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

The enduring appeal of liberalism lies in its commitment to the idea that human beings have a "natural" potential to live as free and equal individuals. The realization of this potential, however, is not a matter...

Lord I'm Coming Home

by John Forrest & Deborah Blincoe Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Lord I'm Coming Home focuses on a small, white, rural fishing community on the southern reaches of the Great Dismal Swamp in North Carolina. By menas of a new kind of anthropological fieldwork, John Forrest...

Toward a Liberalism

by Richard Flathman Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

In Toward a Liberalism, Richard Flathman shows why and how political theory can contribute to the quality of moral and political practice without violating, as empiricist- and idealist-based theories tend to...

The Discourse of Modernism

by Timothy J. Reiss Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Timothy J. Reiss perceives a new mode of discourse emerging in early seventeenth-century Europe; he believes that this form of thought, still our own, may itself soon be giving way. In The Discourse of Modernism...

Without Foundations

by Donald J. Herzog Cornell University Press (March 15, 2018)

Can political theorists justify their ideas? Do sound political theories need foundations? What constitutes a well-justified argument in political discourse? Don Herzog attempts to answer these questions by...


by Susan Stanford Friedman Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Did James Joyce, that icon of modernity, spearhead the dismantling of the Cartesian subject? Or was he a supreme example of a modern man forever divided and never fully known to himself? This volume reads the...

Franz Kafka

by Stanley Corngold Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

In Stanley Corngold’s view, the themes and strategies of Kafka’s fiction are generated by a tension between his concern for writing and his growing sense of its arbitrary character. Analyzing Kafka’s work...

Poetry in Speech

by Egbert J. Bakker Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Applying linguistic theory to the study of Homeric style, Egbert J. Bakker offers a highly innovative approach to oral poetry, particularly the poetry of Homer. By situating formulas and other features of oral...

Feminizing the Fetish

by Emily Apter Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Shoes, gloves, umbrellas, cigars that are not just objects—the topic of fetishism seems both bizarre and inevitable. In this venturesome and provocative book, Emily Apter offers a fresh account of the complex...

The Ethics of Criticism

by Tobin Siebers Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Tobin Siebers asserts that literary criticism is essentially a form of ethics. The Ethics of Criticism investigates the moral character of contemporary literary theory, assessing a wide range of theoretical...

Democratic Hope

by Robert B. Westbrook Cornell University Press (July 22, 2015)

Pragmatism, as Richard Rorty has said, "names the chief glory of our country's intellectual tradition." In Democratic Hope, Robert B. Westbrook examines the varieties of classical pragmatist thought in the work...

Thinking in Time

by Suzanne Guerlac Cornell University Press

"In recent years, we have grown accustomed to philosophical language that is intensely self-conscious and rhetorically thick, often tragic in tone. It is enlivening to read Bergson, who exerts so little rhetorical...

The Arts of Cinema

by Martin Seel & Kizer S. Walker Cornell University Press (July 15, 2018)

In The Arts of Cinema, Martin Seel explores film’s connections to the other arts and the qualities that distinguishe it from them. In nine concise and elegantly written chapters, he explores the cinema’s...

Art of the Ordinary

by Richard Deming Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Cutting across literature, film, art, and philosophy, Art of the Ordinary is a trailblazing, cross-disciplinary engagement with the ordinary and the everyday. Because, writes Richard Deming, the ordinary is...

The Shorter Writings

by Xenophon & Gregory A. McBrayer Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

This book contains new, annotated, and literal yet accessible translations of Xenophon’s eight shorter writings, accompanied by interpretive essays that reveal these works to be masterful achievements by a...

Spaces of Feeling

by Marta Figlerowicz Cornell University Press (December 15, 2017)

Can other people notice our affects more easily than we do? In Spaces of Feeling, Marta Figlerowicz examines modernist novels and poems that treat this possibility as electrifying, but also deeply disturbing....

Deaf in the USSR

by Claire L. Shaw Cornell University Press (September 08, 2017)

"Engagingly written and impeccably researched, this history of the deaf community in the USSR is a welcome addition to the history of the Soviet Union, to the history of welfare, and to disability studies."—Diane...

The Sungod's Journey through the Netherworld

by Andreas Schweizer, David Lorton & Erik Hornung Cornell University Press (February 23, 2011)

"The ancient Egyptian sources come alive, speaking to us without seeming alien to our modern ways of thinking. Andreas Schweizer invites us to join the nocturnal voyage of the solar barque and to immerse ourselves,...

Next Line, Please

by Angela Ball, David Lehman & Robert Wilson Cornell University Press (March 15, 2018)

In this book, David Lehman, the longtime series editor of the Best American Poetry, offers a masterclass in writing in form and collaborative composition. An inspired compilation of his weekly column on the...

Language as Hermeneutic

by Walter J. Ong, Thomas D. Zlatic & Sara van den Berg Cornell University Press (January 15, 2018)

Language in all its modes—oral, written, print, electronic—claims the central role in Walter J. Ong’s acclaimed speculations on human culture. After his death, his archives were found to contain unpublished...

Thinking beyond the State

by Marc Abélès, Phillip Rousseau & Marie-Claude Haince Cornell University Press (November 15, 2017)

The French scholar Marc Abélès is one of the leading political and philosophical anthropologists of our time. He is perhaps the leading anthropologist writing on the state and globalization. Thinking beyond...

The Prince of Darkness

by Jeffrey Burton Russell Cornell University Press (March 10, 2016)

The Devil, Satan, Lucifer, Mephistopheles - throughout history the Prince of Darkness, the Western world's most powerful symbol of evil, has taken many names and shapes. Jeffrey Burton Russell here chronicles...

The Autobiography of Giambattista Vico

by Giambattista Vico, Max Harold Fisch & Thomas Goddard Bergin Cornell University Press

The Autobiography of Giambattista Vico is significant both as a source of insight into the influences on the eighteenth-century philosopher's intellectual development and as one of the earliest and most sophisticated...

The New Science of Giambattista Vico

by Giambattista Vico, Thomas Goddard Bergin & Max Harold Fisch Cornell University Press (November 20, 2015)

A pioneering treatise that aroused great controversy when it was first published in 1725, Vico's New Science is acknowledged today to be one of the few works of authentic genius in the history of social theory....

Blackness Visible

by Charles W. Mills Cornell University Press (December 18, 2015)

Charles Mills makes visible in the world of mainstream philosophy some of the crucial issues of the black experience. Ralph Ellison's metaphor of black invisibility has special relevance to philosophy, whose...

The Emergent Self

by William Hasker Cornell University Press (November 20, 2015)

In The Emergent Self, William Hasker joins one of the most heated debates in analytic philosophy, that over the nature of mind. His provocative and clearly written book challenges physicalist views of human...

Political Theory and the Displacement of Politics

by Bonnie Honig Cornell University Press (December 01, 2016)

03 In this book, Bonnie Honig rethinks that established relation between politics and political theory. From liberal to communitarian to republican, political theorists of opposing positions often treat political...

Giambattista Vico

by Giambattista Vico, Thora Ilin Bayer & Donald Phillip Verene Cornell University Press

Giambattista Vico: Keys to the "New Science" brings together in one volume translations, commentaries, and essays that illuminate the background of Giambattista Vico's major work. Thora Ilin Bayer and Donald...

Heinrich Kaan’s “Psychopathia Sexualis” (1844)

by Heinrich Kaan, Melissa Haynes & Benjamin Kahan Cornell University Press (September 16, 2016)

"With Heinrich Kaan's book we have then what could be called the date of birth, or in any case the date of the emergence, of sexuality and sexual aberrations in the psychiatric field."?Michel Foucault, Abnormal:...

Euripides’ Revolution under Cover

by Pietro Pucci Cornell University Press (March 10, 2016)

In this provocative book, Pietro Pucci explores what he sees as Euripides's revolutionary literary art. While scholars have long pointed to subversive elements in Euripides’s plays, Pucci goes a step further...

Augustine and Academic Skepticism

by Blake D. Dutton Cornell University Press (February 25, 2016)

Among the most important, but frequently neglected, figures in the history of debates over skepticism is Augustine of Hippo (354–430 CE). His early dialogue, Against the Academics, together with substantial...

Eating Beauty

by Ann W. Astell Cornell University Press (February 09, 2016)

"The enigmatic link between the natural and artistic beauty that is to be contemplated but not eaten, on the one hand, and the eucharistic beauty that is both seen (with the eyes of faith) and eaten, on the...

Vico's "New Science"

by Donald Phillip Verene Cornell University Press (January 05, 2016)

Giambattista Vico (1668–1744) is best remembered for his major work, the New Science (Scienza nuova), in which he sets forth the principles of humanity and gives an account of the stages common to the development...

Legal Naturalism

by Olúfémi Táíwò Cornell University Press (November 12, 2015)

Legal Naturalism advances a clear and convincing case that Marx's theory of law is a form of natural law jurisprudence. It explicates both Marx's writings and the idea of natural law, and makes a forceful contribution...

The Deed of Reading

by Garrett Stewart Cornell University Press (September 08, 2015)

Garrett Stewart begins The Deed of Reading with a memory of his first hesitant confrontation, as a teenager, with poetic density. In that early verbal challenge he finds one driving force of literature: to make...

News and Politics in the Age of Revolution

by Jeremy D. Popkin Cornell University Press (February 22, 2016)

At the center of this book stands the story of a great but forgotten newspaper: the Gazette de Leyde, edited by Jean Luzac from 1772 to 1798. A French-language biweekly newspaper published in the Dutch city...

Emotional Diplomacy

by Todd H. Hall Cornell University Press (November 25, 2015)

In Emotional Diplomacy, Todd H. Hall explores the politics of officially expressed emotion on the international stage, looking at the ways in which state actors strategically deploy emotional behavior to shape...

Living Buddhism

by Julia L. Cassaniti Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

In Living Buddhism, Julia Cassaniti explores Buddhist ideas of impermanence, nonattachment, and intention as they are translated into everyday practice in contemporary Thailand. Although most lay people find...

The Political Writings

by Alfarabi & Charles E. Butterworth Cornell University Press (July 09, 2015)

Alfarabi was among the first to explore the tensions between the philosophy of classical Greece and that of Islam, as well as of religion generally. His writings, extraordinary in their breadth and deep learning,...

Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom

by Mary P. Nichols Cornell University Press (March 05, 2015)

In Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom, Mary P. Nichols argues for the centrality of the idea of freedom in Thucydides' thought. Through her close reading of his History of the Peloponnesian War, she explores...


by Christopher R. Miller Cornell University Press (April 23, 2015)

Today, in the era of the spoiler alert, “surprise” in fiction is primarily associated with an unexpected plot twist, but in earlier usage, the word had darker and more complex meanings. Originally denoting...

"No One Helped"

Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Non-Fiction 2016

by Marcia M. Gallo Cornell University Press (April 09, 2015)

In "No One Helped" Marcia M. Gallo examines one of America's most infamous true-crime stories: the 1964 rape and murder of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese in a middle-class neighborhood of Queens, New York....

The Political Writings, Volume II

by Alfarabi & Charles E. Butterworth Cornell University Press (June 04, 2015)

Alfarabi (ca. 870–950) founded the great tradition of Aristotelian/Platonic political philosophy in medieval Islamic and Arabic culture. In this second volume of political writings, Charles E. Butterworth...

Albert Camus

by Robert D. Zaretsky Cornell University Press

"Like many others of my generation, I first read Camus in high school. I carried him in my backpack while traveling across Europe, I carried him into (and out of) relationships, and I carried him into (and out...


by Xenophon, Amy L. Bonnette & Christopher J. Bruell Cornell University Press (June 14, 2014)

An essential text for understanding Socrates, Xenophon's Memorabilia is the compelling tribute of an affectionate student to his teacher, providing a rare firsthand account of Socrates' life and philosophy....