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  • Thinking Past Terror

    Price: $22.00

    Thinking Past Terror
    Islamism and Critical Theory on the Left
    Susan Buck-Morss

    Renowned critical theorist Susan Buck-Morss argues convincingly that a global public needs to think past the twin insanities of terrorism and counter-terrorism in order to dismantle regressive intellectual barriers. Surveying the widespread literature on the relationship of Islam to modernity, she reveals that there is surprising overlap where scholars commonly and simplistically see antithesis. Thinking Past Terror situates this engagement with the study of Islam among critical contemporary discourses—feminism, post-colonialism and the critique of determinism.

    Reminding us powerfully that domination and consensus are maintained not by the lack of opposing ideas but by the disorganization of dissent, Thinking Past Terror presents the empowering idea of a global counter-culture as a very real possibility. If the language of a global, radically cosmopolitan Left is not presumed but its attainment struggled for, if the Leftist project is itself this struggle, then democracy defines its very core....

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  • Histories

    Price: $19.95

    Histories
    French Constructions of the Past
    Postwar French Thought, Volume 1

    Edited by Jacques Revel and Lynn Hunt
    The period from 1945 to the present has been one of the most intellectually fruitful in French history. Entirely new approaches to a number of fields have been developed, and the influence of French thinkers has resonated throughout the West, in many ways reformulating our approach to modern knowledge. This 654-page volume traces developments in French historiography from questions of social history and global history (1945-1960s), structuralism (mid-1960s through mid-1970s), the territory of the historian (1970s through mid-1980s), to criticisms and reformulations (1980s to the present). Featuring work by Francois Furet, Michel de Certeau, Michelle Perrot, Pierre Nora, Roger Chartier, Ernest Labrousse, Fernand Braudel, Claude Levi-Strauss, Michel Foucault, Jacques Le Goff, Pierre Bourdieu, and others, this volume illuminates the most important controversies about historical method in the twentieth century.

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  • Autonomy and Ideology

    Price: $35.00

    Autonomy and Ideology
    Positioning an Avant-Garde in America
    Robert E. Somol, editor

    Essays by Phyllis Lambert, Bernard Tschumi, Terence Riley, Robert Somol, Colin Rowe, Philip Johnson, Jeffrey Kipnis, Francesco Dal Co, Joan Ockman, Mark Linder, Detlef Mertins, Mitchell Schwarzer, K. Michael Hays, Sylvia Lavin, Rem Koolhaas, Paulette Singley, Peter Eisenman, and Beatriz Colomina

    This is the documentation — transcripts, essays, and images — of the proceedings of an influential conference held in honor of Philip Johnson. Hosted in New York City in February 1996 by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, together with the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the Museum of Modern Art, the conference was organized by Phyllis Lambert and Peter Eisenman and convened by Robert Somol. The international roster of diverse participants included historians, theorists, critics, and architects who debated such themes as the critical dynamics between museums as institutions and the material they represent; the issue of “high”...

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  • A Culture of Conspiracy

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    A Culture of Conspiracy
    Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America
    Michael Barkun

    What do UFO believers, Christian millennialists, and right-wing conspiracy theorists have in common? According to Michael Barkun in this fascinating yet disturbing book, quite a lot. It is well known that some Americans are obsessed with conspiracies. The Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the 2001 terrorist attacks have all generated elaborate stories of hidden plots. What is far less known is the extent to which conspiracist worldviews have recently become linked in strange and unpredictable ways with other “fringe” notions such as a belief in UFOs, Nostradamus, and the Illuminati. Unraveling the extraordinary genealogies and permutations of these increasingly widespread ideas, Barkun shows how this web of urban legends has spread among subcultures on the Internet and through mass media, how a new style of conspiracy thinking has recently arisen, and how this phenomenon relates to larger changes in American culture. This book,...

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  • Writing

    Price: $23.95

    Writing
    The Political Test
    Claude Lefort

    Writing involves risks—the risk that one will be misunderstood, the risk of being persecuted, the risks of being made a champion for causes in which one does not believe, this risk of inadvertently supporting a reader’s prejudices, to name a few. In trying to give expression to what is true, the writer must “clear a passage within the agitated world of passions,” an undertaking that always to some extent fails: writers are never the master of their own speech.
    In Writing: The Political Test, France’s leading political philosopher, Claude Lefort, illuminates the process by which writers negotiate difficult path to free themselves from the ideological and contextual traps that would doom their attempts to articulate a new vision. Lefort examines writers whose works provide special insights into this problem of risk, both literary artists and political philosophers. Among them are Salman Rushdie, Sade, Tocqueville, Machiavelli, Leo Strauss, Orwell, Kant,...

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  • The Cultural Turn

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    The Cultural Turn
    Selected Writings on the Postmodern, 1983–1998
    Fredric Jameson

    A convenient introduction to Jameson’s key writings on postmodernism.

    No one would contest that Fredric Jameson, one of the leading Marxist critics in the English-speaking world, has had an immense impact on the way we now understand the phenomenon of postmodernism. His classic work, Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, has been widely acclaimed as the seminal analysis of postmodernity from a cultural, philosophical and historical perspective.

    Jameson’s reflections have become an essential reference-point for all those attempting to engage with postmodernism. However, until now his key writings on postmodernism have been unavailable in an easily accessible and affordable form. This book, designed as a short and convenient introduction to Jameson’s thought for both the student and the general reader, meets this need. Jameson on Postmodernism includes:

    * “Postmodernism and Consumer Society,” Jameson’s classic analysis of postmodernity
    * “Marxism and Postmodernism,” in which Jameson responds to his critics
    * “Theories of the Postmodern,” his survey of alternative approaches
    * “The Antinomies of Postmodernity,” an extract from his recently published work,...

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