Titles - Philosophy

10/31/2017: Principles and Causes: An Essay on John Lesley Mackie’s Ethics [Hardback] by Massimo Vittorio

Principles and Causes: An Essay on John Lesley Mackie’s Ethics [Hardback] This is a book about John Leslie Mackie’s ethics. Its aim is to offer an updated view on his thought and a global perspective on his philosophy, which has thusfar been seen from an exclusive standpoint within analytical philosophy. The book connects the main aspects of Mackie’s philosophy, which have basically been analyzed separately, and intertwines them within a consistent framework. The result is a new, wider perspective on Mackie’s thought, representing a precious tile within the puzzle of contemporary ethics and ontology. The book tries to render the whole of Mackie’s thought and its unity and, at the same time, it tries to locate it within a specific area between meta-ethics, logic, and (social) ontology. "Principles and causes" should be of interest to a wide community of philosophy scholars, serving as a reference volume in contemporary ethics and ontology, a good connection to social ontology and essential reading for those interested in meta-ethics.
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06/30/2017: Atheism and the Christian Faith [Hardback] by William H. U. Anderson

Atheism and the Christian Faith [Hardback] Atheism and the Christian Faith is an anthology of the proceedings from a conference of the same name which convened at Concordia University of Edmonton in May 2016. The book represents a wide diversity of subtopics—primarily from a philosophical perspective—including submissions from atheists, agnostics and theists. This combination of topics and perspectives makes the book totally unique. There are arguments for and against theism. The forward to the book is by Professor Richard Swinburne, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Oxford University, who contributes two chapters to the book: “Why Believe That There is a God?” and “Why God Allows Suffering”. The book includes a chapter from renowned astrophysicist, and former student of Stephen Hawkins, Professor Dr. Don Page from the University of Alberta “On the Optimal Argument for the Existence of God”. Atheism and the Christian Faith advances arguments around serious philosophical issues of direct relevance to contemporary society. It will be of interest to a broad range of scholars in philosophy, theology and epistemology.
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06/30/2017: Beyond Realism: Seeking the Divine Other [Hardback] by Simon Smith

Beyond Realism: Seeking the Divine Other [Hardback] The meaning of “God-talk” remains the fundamental issue facing religious thinkers today. This study concerns the analogies needed to make sense of that talk. Embracing those analogies signals the application of Austin Farrer’s cutting-edge theology. Almost fifty years after his death, Farrer remains one of the twentieth century’s last great metaphysical minds, his grasp of faith and philosophy unequalled. Having defended religious thought against both Positivist and Process reduction, he pursued his own revision of scholastic tradition, ultimately developing the vital corrective to an overweening impersonalism, one which depersonalises the divine so severs the cosmological connection. Following this course returns us to an earlier tradition, to a metaphysic of persons exemplified in the expressions of lived faith. This draws upon the logic of personal identity: what it means to be, or rather, to become, a person. Hence, journey’s end lies in a Feuerbachian anthropology of theology or ‘anthropotheism’. Like Farrer, Feuerbach used the believer’s language to relocate theology and philosophy within a framework that makes fertile use of anthropomorphic personifications to ‘think’ God. Revisiting the personalist presuppositions of metaphysics in this way throws light on the most vital questions of personal identity. To answer them is to ‘draw’ reality on a grander scale than either realism or consequentialism is capable of. Most importantly, it is locate our place within that image. Doing theology dynamically or psychologically informed – as both Farrer and Feuerbach insisted – means recognising the constitutive role such images play in self-construction. Without active participation in our ideals and aspirations, we cannot become persons at all; participation entails the enactment of our prospective selves. This returns us to the practice of piety: faith in a Godly person. Here we find the reconstruction of Feuerbach’s anthropology as applied theology and, by extension or amplification, the completion of Farrer’s personalist metaphysics.
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06/15/2017: Neither Capital, Nor Class [Hardback] by Jacek Tittenbrun

Neither Capital, Nor Class [Hardback] This book offers an in-depth examination of Pierre Bourdieu's theoretical framework. The book is not just a collection of more or less critical remarks but constitutes a coherent whole, underpinned by an original analytical framework. This conceptual apparatus makes it possible to present some alternative solutions to the theoretical problems under consideration. The book goes largely against the grain of views that are dominant in the literature on Bourdieu. Therefore, its conclusions may be surprising to many a reader. The book demonstrates that Bourdieu's well-known theory of 'capital' forms is untenable, resembling more an illegitimate metaphor rather than a scientific concept. In a similar vein, the Bourdesian class theory should be largely regarded as a variant of social stratification rather than class. There are many theoretical and empirical problems with Bourdieu's theory of social and cultural reproduction as well. There is more to the above criticisms than meets the eye. The point is that many weaknesses of Bourdieu's style of theorising seem to stem from his intellectual dependence upon structuralism, especially in Claude Lévi-Strauss' version. It is this affinity that accounts for such features of Bourdieu's approach as its essentialism, formalism and epistemic idealism. The book will be of interest primarily to students of Bourdieu's many and varied contributions to social theory. In view of Bourdieu's immense influence, it will also hold interest to critical scholars in political science, economic sociology and political philosophy.
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06/01/2017: Bertrand Russell’s Life and Legacy [Hardback] by Peter Stone

Bertrand Russell’s Life and Legacy [Hardback] This volume brings together a collection of papers dealing with the philosopher, humanist, and peace activist Bertrand Russell. The various papers deal with Russell’s life, thought, and work. The organizing idea behind the book is that Russell remains intensely relevant to our intellectual life today, more than four decades after his death. The aim, therefore, has been to show what Russell has to contribute to questions of interest to the contemporary reader in a variety of fields. The primary audience for this book is, of course, the world of Russell studies. Scholars focused on Russell will appreciate the contributions the book’s essays make to the many ongoing conversations regarding the philosopher. But readers outside this field will find the book a welcoming invitation to join one or more of these conversations. Philosophers, for example, will appreciate both the historical essays connecting Russell’s work to that of Wittgenstein, Carnap, and Husserl. They will also enjoy the new treatment given to one of Russell’s most famous works, The Problems of Philosophy. Readers interested in religion can learn from both the extended analysis of Russell’s book Religion and Science and the paper comparing Russell’s approach to spirituality with that of contemporary New Atheist Sam Harris. An essay on Russell’s approach to peace practice will inform readers from both peace studies and education. And those who enjoy biography will enjoy learning more about Russell the man—his family, his life, and his loves. They can also enjoy an extended mediation upon the lessons biography has to offer the world of philosophy. Above all, Bertrand Russell’s Life and Legacy invites the reader into Russell’s world—a world that should prove of interest to both philosophers and non-philosophers for many years to come.
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