Subject Area: Philosophy

A HISTORY OF THE QUEST FOR PHILOSOPHICAL CLARITY FROM DESCARTES TO WITTGENSTEIN: “We Can Only Understand What We Ourselves Have Made”
 Roscoe, John
2011 0-7734-1563-7 292 pages
This work examines the philosophical positions of the canonical thinkers of the Western tradition from Descartes to Wittgenstein. It argues that philosophical discourse becomes confused whenever it has no explicit semantic basis.

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A NEW THEORY IN THE PHILOSOPHY AND HISTORY OF THREE TWENTIETH-CENTURY STYLES IN ART: Modernism, Postmodernism, and Surrealsim
 Casebier, Allan
2006 0-7734-5816-6 164 pages
This book provides the reader with the first comprehensive explanation of the much used distinction between modernist and postmodernist art. Where so many readers and appreciators of the arts find the distinction confronting them at every turn but are unable to understand its nature or comprehend its value, the book provides a conceptual map of the terrain in which the distinction functions. At the same time, the notion of a surrealist style often leaves the reader of history of the arts with sheer mystification where clarity would be most welcome. It provides a much needed corrective to this situation by indicating how to identify surrealist art from its opposing styles. The book provides many illustrations in explaining these three dominant artistic styles of the twentieth century.

This work will appeal to academic readers in history of the arts, cinema and art history; theorists and students of literature and film; and general readers in the history of the arts.

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A PHILOSOPHICAL STUDY OF T. S. ELIOT’S FOUR QUARTETS
 Warner, Martin
1999 0-7734-8176-1 148 pages


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Adorno's Philosophy of Modern Music
 Dennis, Christopher
1997 0-7734-8434-5 144 pages
Examines Adorno's principal theme: the historical demise of tonality as the basis for the valid practice of musical art. This theme proceeds from his dialectical view of reality, and from the consequences of the historical change that began with the ascendancy of the bourgeoisie. Responses to these circumstances by the principal composers of the period span a continuum from authenticity, in acknowledgment of the end of musical art, achieved in the objectifying constructions of Schoenberg's 12-tone principles; to inauthenticity, in the pretence of Stravinsky's works to maintain a traditional tonality which is really dead. The consequences of this history for contemporary music are presented as Adorno described them in publications subsequent to Philosophy of Modern Music. Inconsistency is noted in Adorno's understanding of what tonality is, and where it actually applies: this casts doubt upon the notion of tonality from which its historical demise supposedly derives. Adorno's characterization of present historical trends is read as negative, and an interpretation of this apparently essentialist position is offered.

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Aesthetics of Ralph Waldo Emerson the Materials and Methods of His Poetry
 Hudnut, Robert K.
1996 0-7734-8817-0 120 pages
Examines Emerson's aesthetic as a metaphysical poem about two things: the human act of creation, and the divine. In the transcendental frame of reference, an aesthetic becomes basically a religion and not a philosophy. This study constructs a deductive framework from Emerson's writings, which works from the ground upward toward the Emersonian ideas on art: the "Materials" of Art must be considered before the "Method" of Art, and from these is created a philosophical-theological mold. It particularly examines Emerson's indebtedness to Coleridge, and also mentions earlier influences on both of them, such as Kant, Fichte, Plotinus, Plato, et al.

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American Women Philosophers, 1650-1930. Six Exemplary Thinkers
 Dykeman, Therese Boos
1993 0-7734-9266-6 404 pages
This text introduces six American women (Anne Bradstreet, Mercy Otis Warren, Mary Whiton Calkins, Judith Sargent Murray, Frances Wright, and Ednah Dow Cheney), and discusses their works as philosophy. This anthology presents a number of works never reprinted and difficult to locate. The works are of interdisciplinary interest: philosophy, feminist philosophy, women's studies, political science, and history.

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ANTON BRUCKNER'S LAST ADAGIO: THE DECOMPOSING SELF
 Petty, Jonathan Christian
2022 1-4955-0991-5 188 pages
This work employs tenets of Group Mental System theory in considering the musical syntax and affective semantics of Anton Bruckner's last adagio. "The main tenet of this theory is that the sole linguistic object of music, language of the emotions, is Self. Musical language qualifies Self by qualifying its affect (emotions, moods, dispositions). ...[I]t is of particular interest to consider those musical works in which alterations to the Self play a direct role." -Jonathan Christian Petty

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Augustine and the Phenomenological Question of Time / Augustinus und die Phänomeologische Frage Nach der Zeit
 von Herrmann, Friedrich-Wilhelm
2008 0-7734-5131-5 232 pages
In this work F.-W. von Herrmann, Professor Emeritus of Freiburg Universität im Breisgau, demonstrates the direct influence of Augustine of Hippo on the thought of Husserl and Heidegger. The importance of the translation lies in its presentation of Augustine as a phenomenological thinker on the question of time to an audience unaware of his influence on the contemporary age.

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Bibliography, History, Pedagogy and Philosophy in Music and Percussion
 Larrick, Geary
1999 0-7734-8165-6 190 pages
Section I contains more than a hundred brief essays headed with bibliographic entries, covering aspects of contemporary percussion music. Section II contains more than twenty essays on a broad selection of subjects having to do with music ranging from the symphony to the xylophone. Section III contains several essays of musical scholarship covering analysis, biography, education, history, pedagogy and performance. The biographical sketches are of a professional nature. "The book traverses an expansive terrain of composers: some of the well known masters who happened to write for various percussion instruments, and others, writing as percussion performers themselves, who have made contributions to the solo literature. . . . there is an entire section devoted to women in the field. Geary Larrick deals at length with the literature on percussion music, and reviews, for instance, catalogues of instruments and the literature written for them. Monographs and methods, both historical and pedagogical, fall within the scope of his discussion, and he has reviewed many solo anthologies (some of which are for students), and collections of orchestral excerpts. . . . Even more diversity appears in his commentary on percussion instruments. Naturally the instruments of the orchestral percussion section are appropriate here, but the Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian instruments appear alongside oriental and biblical instruments. . . . concise and within the reach of every insider. It is even accessible to outsiders, where the world of percussion has remained, until now, incomprehensible. This book shows how vast and variegated that world is." – Richard Pinnell, Chair, Department of Musick University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse

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Bouwsma's Notes on Wittgenstein's Philosophy, 1965-1975
 Bouwsma, O.K.
1995 0-7734-8885-5 460 pages
Bouwsma's notes focus on sections of the Philosophical Investigations and Blue Book with the aim of helping a reader understand the unique insights which Wittgenstein brought to philosophy. Wittgenstein's writing is indirect, fragmented, and presupposes an occupation with specific philosophical problems. Established philosophers argue over the simplest interpretations, such as whether he was an empiricist, nominalist or skeptic. Bouwsma's work helps the reader appreciate Wittgenstein's insights. Bouwsma understands and can demonstrate how to apply Wittgenstein to the theories of other philosophers such as Descartes, Plato, and St. Augustine. This volume will be useful as a reference for philosophers and students working with the Philosophical Investigations and Blue Book.

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Collapse of Philosophy and Its Rebirth
 Nikiforov, Vladimir
2006 0-7734-5594-9 460 pages
This monograph can be called a forensic study of the lethal effects of the First World War on the European cultural tradition. Philosophy was considered as the foundation of that tradition. The monograph describes this metamorphosis taking as the case study of the problem of the individual, this “nucleus of genuinely German thought” (Troeltsch). The monograph contains a critical analysis of the problem of the individual as it was treated in the 1900s by the pure phenomenology of Edmund Husserl and the transcendental axiology of Heinrich Rickert. Mikhail Bakhtin creates a new approach to the problem of the individual bringing together and transforming the ideas of Marx and Stirner, Lotze and Nietzsche, Simmel and Windelband, William James and Max Weber. The present study may be the first step to demonstrate the potential of Bakhtin’s early work which remains largely undiscovered.

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Conceptually Distinguishing Mirth, Humor, and Comedy: A Philosophical Analysis
 Kort, Eva
2015 1-4955-0287-2 116 pages
This book opens a new dialogue for philosophical treatments of humor and comedy. It traces their history from the Dionysian Performance Tradition and brings a fresh perspective to the issue as it recasts standard interpretations of the Aristotelian theory in broader terms that offer new grounds for distinguishing ‘humor’, ‘comedy’ and ‘mirth’.

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Creating a Global Dialogue on Value Inquiry. Papers From the XXII World Congress of Philosophy (Rethinking Philosophy Today)
 Yan, Jinfen
2009 0-7734-4702-4 508 pages
This work examines the range of work in which value theorists are engaging in the first decade of the twenty-first century. The essays illustrate the ways in which value theorists from different parts of the world draw on an increasingly broad range of intellectual thought, including Chinese, European and African traditions.

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Humour Theorists of the Twentieth Century
 Parkin, John
1997 0-7734-8459-0 324 pages
This volume examines six theorists of humour who have emerged as particularly influential in the 20th century: Henri Bergson, Sigmund Freud, Mikhail Bakhtin, Arthur Koestler, Northrop Frye, and Helene Cixous. Their major theories are reviewed and tested, and major principles of the theories are set in context with one another, while also being inserted into an over-view which borrows from all of them but is determined by none.

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Intuitive Reality : paintings - eclectic objects - sculptures
 Lazarevic, Milo
2021 1-4955-0866-8 350 pages
Professor Milo Lazarevic composes in this masterful book his paintings, sculptures and eclectic objects (from full color plates), revealing his insightful philosophical and artistic awareness of "intuitive reality." This bilingual English and Serbo-Croatian, 9"x12" full-color multimedia compilation of Dr. Lazarevic's artistic works (350 pages) represents the author's esteemed career as an art educator as well as a highly esteemed, award winning painter and sculptor.

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Kong in Chinese Philosophy, Psychology, and Poetics
 Shen, Leah
2022 1-4955-1029-8 484 pages
From the Introduction: "The project investigates a poetics of creative kong (emptiness) by studying the philosophical origins of the notion of emptiness in Indian Buddhism as well as its development in China from ancient times through the 17th century. I argue for the philosophical and religious significance of kong in the Chinese context as being open-minded, non-obsessive, and creative. The poetics and aesthetics of kong owes a significant debt to Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. The senses of kong enabled the writers and artists of the late Ming and early Qing to link with the immanent vividness of the world, and to evoke their creativity in literary and artistic practices when they tried to establish a close relationship to nature, instead of interfering with it." (pg. 2)
(Hardcover with seven color illustrations)

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Ludwig Wittgenstein on Race, Gender, and Cultural Identity. Philosophy as a Personal Endeavor
 Szabados, Béla
2010 0-7734-3817-3 300 pages
This book challenges conventional portraits of Ludwig Wittgenstein that narrowly depict him as a philosopher’s philosopher. Rather, this study demonstrates Wittgenstein’s engagement with social, ethical and cultural questions, including aspects of otherness.

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Philosophical Dialogue with Children: Essays on Theory and Practice
 Kennedy, David
2010 0-7734-1430-4 256 pages
“Philosophical Dialogue with Children” is a collection of essays that explores our common presuppositions about childhood and children’s thinking, and challenges adults to re-examine their notions about children’s capacity to engage in philosophical dialogue in group settings like the classroom.

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Philosophical Meditations of Lady Wang: Ethics and Gender in Imperial China: Together with the First Translation From Chinese Into English of the plaint of Lady Wang
 Yan, Jinfen
2013 0-7734-4349-5 384 pages
This refreshing work draws upon a multitude of fields including philosophy and psychology from both the eastern and western traditions in order to construct an inclusive view of ethics and gender. The goal is to better understand the crucial role that group awareness plays in advocating support in gender justice issues. This study includes the first ever English translation of the epic 12th Century work, Plaint of Lady Wang.


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PHILOSOPHICAL REFLECTIONS ON PHYSICAL STRENGTH: Does a Strong Mind Need a Strong Body?
 Holowchak, Mark Andrew
2010 0-7734-3825-4 300 pages
This collection of essays philosophically examines strength, considered in its brute, physical sense. This is the only book of its kind solely dedicated to physical strength. Each contributor has expertise in strength sports, three at the world-class level, or in an area of philosophy of sport, related to strength.

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Philosophy of Lev Shestov (1866-1938): A Russian Religious Existentialist (NYRB Softcover price)
 Shein, Louis J.
1991 1-4955-0930-3 120 pages
Lev Shestov is a strange and, in many respects, unique phenomenon in the history of Russian and philosophic thought. His approach to philosophical problems was so different from the traditional that it created difficulties in assimilating the essence of his thought. This is an attempt to clarify Shestov's work. The sudden death of Dr. Louis J.Shein prevented the completion of this work, but the editors of the Edwin Mellen Press decided that despite the unfinished nature of the manuscript, its contribution to scholarship renders it worthy of publication as Shein left it, with only minor editing adjustments.

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Political Approach to Pacifism
 Morrisey, Will
1996 0-7734-8910-X 472 pages
* Winner of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

This volume is intended to be a comprehensive demonstration of the relevance of regime theory to issues of peace.

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Robert Nozick’s Moral and Political Theory
 Papaioannou, Theo
2010 0-7734-3654-5 160 pages
This book examines the foundation and formation of Robert Nozick’s Libertarianism.

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Studies in the Philosophy of Law From Enlightenment to the Contemporary Period
 Dumitrescu, Corina Anderson
2021 1-4955-0821-8 368 pages
Drs. Dumitrescu and Craiovan presents this edited collection of papers from the international conference on “The Philosophy of Law from Enlightenment to the Contemporary Period.”

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THE BEGINNINGS OF MODERN GENDERED DISCOURSE IN LATE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY GERMANY Literary, Philosophical, and Popular Portrayals of Female Orality
 Benbow, Heather Merle
2009 0-7734-4722-9 196 pages
This book examines at the gender dimensions of orality in German culture and thought around 1800. It uncovers oral resonances in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, demonstrates that pedagogical and didactic literature about women and girls is based on a suppression of female orality, contrasts medicalized models of (open) female and (closed) male bodies and reinterprets two classic literary heroines in terms of their oral conformity and excess.

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The Human Condition in Rousseau's Essay on the Origin of Languages
 Kelly, Gary M.
2021 1-4955-0922-2 264 pages
From the Abstract:
"...this book aims to integrate the thematic question of who man is and the disciplinary question of how man knows, treating the Essay in its own right, standing on its own feet. The book will maintain that the Essay delivers an audial self combining the thematic who and the disciplinary how, a self whose reason links sense to soul through originating the activities of speaking, listening and hearing. These activities are grounded in an audial self whose internal reasoned operations include contemplation, anticipation and suspension, not only delivering sense to soul, but recalling and ratifying the self in man to self."

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