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Being and Power. A Phenomenological Ontology of Forms of Life

Daniel Rueda Garrido

ISBN: 978-1-64889-817-4
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Why do we act the way we do? Why do we assume that our community's way of being and behaving is the right, good and common sense way? Why can't we come to understand those who act, feel and are different? Why don't we feel understood and accepted in the majority social group? These are some of the questions raised and answered in this book. A book that continues the same project as ‘Forms of Life and Subjectivity: Rethinking Sartre’s Philosophy’ (2021). With this ontology, I am conscious of making a turn or joining this contemporary turn from the centrality of language to action as an expression of our being. I construct this ontology from the phenomenological tradition but with the innovation of taking the “form of life” as the central ontological unit. We are our form of life, but as a transcendental-immanent reality, this is not directly equivalent to culture or society, but to the realisation in the world of an image of the human being shared by a given community. This overcomes the Sartrean dualities of individual and society, consciousness and body, facticity and freedom. The subject is a subject because he identifies with this image of the human being, which is equivalent to the intersubjective consciousness of how one should act and be in the world. This gives rise to multiple forms of life, which I also catalogue and study in their network of relations. Thus, in this attempt to show how the form of life is the fundamental unit that explains individual as well as social and international relations, I devote the second part of the book to a detailed study of the use of language as propaganda to reaffirm and reinforce the will to be, which is the power to impose onto oneself and then onto others the image of the human being we identify with.

Practical and Theoretical Reason in Modern Philosophy

Edited by Paniel Reyes Cárdenas

ISBN: 978-1-64889-736-8
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$103 £82 €96

The present collection aims to examine this fertile period in the history of philosophy concerning its significance for understanding the relation between theoretical and practical reason, or, relatedly, facts and values. Our contributors have explored different important ways in which both the shortcomings and insights of the theoretical/practical distinction have shaped Western philosophy.

Eros and Thanatos. Love across Civilizations

Alberto Castelli, Hainan University, China

November 2023 / ISBN: 978-1-64889-804-4
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254pp. ¦ $82 £65 €76

'Eros and Thanatos' is about the deadly nature of love. It is remarkable that literary critics have paid so little attention to the combination between love and death in literature. This book seeks to address this significant scholarly lacuna by exploring key literary texts of the last two hundred years as exemplary of a consistent tendency toward love and death. Its emphasis on singular characters and close readings suggests the spectrum of an arbitrary dichotomy never fully resolved. The existential discussion triggered by each plot is so intense that the erotic and the merely sexual seem inappropriate. Indeed, each writer chose to reduce it to the setting and background of a story that takes place elsewhere. With this in mind, the author intends to reflect love’s paradoxical nature. If love is triggered by beauty, beauty can be immoral and love must die to preserve the illusion of beauty.

Science, technology and society for a post-truth age: Comparative dialogues on reflexivity

Edited by Emine Onculer Yayalar and Melike Sahinol

November 2023 / ISBN: 978-1-64889-788-7
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338pp. ¦ $111 £89 €103

In an era shaped by misinformation, conspiracy theories, and anti-science movements, Science and Technology Studies / Science, Technology and Society (STS) provides a lighthouse of insight and interdisciplinary research. This volume, 'Science, technology and society for a post-truth age: Comparative dialogues on reflexivity,' embarks on a transformative journey through the interdependencies of science, technology, and society, offering vital perspectives and new insights on these challenging topics. This book, written by scholars in the field, reshapes post-truth discourse through STS and positions STS as a central force in addressing the post-truth crisis. It presents a compelling contribution that anchors STS at the heart of contemporary debates about truth and knowledge. 'Science, technology and society for a post-truth age: Comparative dialogues on reflexivity' is a contemporary and thought-provoking exploration of the evolving relationship between knowledge, truth, and society. It makes the case that STS is a catalyst for reshaping our understanding of truth in an age characterised by scepticism and uncertainty.

What are Coincidences? A Philosophical Guide Between Science and Common Sense

Alessandra Melas, University of Sassari, Italy and Pietro Salis, University of Cagliari, Italy

September 2023 / ISBN: 978-1-64889-768-9
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90pp. ¦ $46 £38 €42

It is a common opinion that chance events cannot be understood in causal terms. Conversely, according to a causal view of chance, intersections between independent causal chains originate accidental events, called “coincidences”. Firstly, this book explores this causal conception of chance and tries to shed new light on it. Such a view has been defended by authors like Antoine Augustine Cournot and Jacques Monod. Second, a relevant alternative is provided by those accounts that, instead of acknowledging an intersection among causal lines, claim to track coincidences back to some common cause. Third, starting from Herbert Hart and Anthony Honoré’s view of coincidences (Causation in the Law. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1959). This book provides a more detailed account of coincidences, according to which coincidental events are hybrids constituted by ontic (physical) components, which is the intersection between independent causal chains, plus epistemic aspects, including but not limited to, access to information, expectations, relevance, significance, desires, which in turn are psychological aspects. The main target of the present work is to show that the epistemic aspects of coincidences are, together with the independence between the intersecting causal chains, a constitutive part of coincidental phenomena. This book aims to introduce and discuss recent work in psychology concerning one’s judgment about coincidences; this data offers further materials and reasons to reflect upon our understanding of coincidences and to refine our hybrid conception.