Recent Books

  • Young Sidney Hook

    Price: $19.95

    “This is a provocative, elegantly crafted piece of our intellectual history. Phelps’s rediscovery of Hook’s radical philosophy is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the fate of the American left.”–Michael Kazin, author of The Populist Persuasion: An American History “Like other famous rebels who eventually came home to patriotism and conservatism, Hook’s life is one of breathtaking intellectual twists and turns. He occupied, at one time or another, almost every intellectual position available on the left: Leninist, Trotskyist, right-wing Socialist plus several nuances between them. . . . Christopher Phelps, in his persuasive new biography of young Sidney Hook, . . . strives . . . to uncover the young philosopher and activist at the height of his powers. What he discovers is not just a brilliant interpreter of Marx and the Russian Revolution, but a remarkable advocate and practitioner of the Americanization of Marxism.”–Jim Gilbert, In These Times “Sidney Hook’s critics and admirers have long held that his pragmatism was incompatible with his early Marxist politics....

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  • What's Wrong with Postmodernism?

    Price: $14.95

    What’s Wrong with Postmodernism collects seven of Christopher Norris’s reviews of recent work in literary theory. Throughout, Norris appears to assume that his readers possess substantial background knowledge in politics and philosophy as well as literary theory. He clearly deserves his reputation as the most philosophically astute of British literary theorists and, considering the abstruseness of the topics under consideration, he also manages to be surprisingly clear.Two purposes permeate the collection. The first is to criticize postmodernism, described as “the upshot of a generalized incredulity with regard to all theories, truth-claims, or ‘scientific’ notions of system and method.” Through discussion of Jean Baudrillard’s Selected Writings and Stanley Fish’s Doing What Comes Naturally, Norris argues that in addition to its obvious intellectual flaws, postmodernism leads in the political sphere to malaise, cynicism, and apathy. The appeal of postmodernism, he suggests, is due to the failure of literary theories based on Ferdinand de Saussure’s structuralism; fortunately, because there are approaches to the philosophy of language other than Saussure’s,...

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  • Abuses

    Price: $14.95

    Part travelogue, part meditation, Abuses is a bold exploration of central themes in Continental philosophy by one of the most passionate and original thinkers in that tradition writing today. A gripping record of desires, obsessions, bodies, and spaces experienced in distant lands, Alphonso Lingis’s book offers no less than a new approach to philosophyaesthetic and sympatheticwhich departs from the phenomenology of Levinas and Merleau-Ponty. “These were letters written to friends,” Lingis writes, “from places I found myself for months at a time, about encounters that moved me and troubled me. . . . These writings also became no longer my letters. I found myself only trying to speak for others, others greeted only with passionate kisses of parting.” Ranging from the elevated Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, to the living rooms of the Mexican elite, to the streets of Manila, Lingis recounts incidents of state-sponsored violence and the progressive incorporation of third-world peoples into the circuits of exchange of international capitalism....

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  • Invisible Leviathan

    Price: $25.95

    Discusses the importance of Marx’s labour theory of value to an understanding of the social world and its historical development, and challenges the idea that free-market economics are better suited to meeting human needs than any other alternative. Subjects include the value abstraction and the dialectic of social development; the contemporary value controversy; and international and inter-regional value transfers.

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  • Hèléne Cixous

    Price: $16.95

    Reflecting the broad spectrum of modern European and American theory, this volume from an introductory series focuses on those cultural theorists who have had the most significant impact in the twentieth century. This series aims to show how modern thinkers differ in their approaches to interpreting culture, texts, society, language, history, gender, and social life. This book demonstrates how the fiction, literary criticism, and epic theater of Cixous since the 1960s can be read as a chronicle of the major intellectual currents in France during the past three decades; and interprets her work as somewhere between poetry and politics, creating and defining a new form that accounts for feminist values.

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  • Red Hunting in the Promised Land

    Price: $18.95

    In the wake of the cold war, an eminent social critic examines the roots of America’s anticommunist frenzy. What amounted to an American civil religion for nearly half a century was at least as much a spiritual as a political phenomenon, according to Joel Kovel. It succeeded because it mobilized fears about our own social and individual identities against a demonized enemy. Organized around a series of compelling portraits of leading politicians and ideologues, Red Hunting in the Promised Land traces the evolution of anticommunism from the time of the Bolshevik Revolution to the collapse of Communism in our time. Beginning with the great red scare of 1919, Kovel goes on to explore the diabolic imaginings of Father Coughlin and his brand of anti-Semitic anticommunism; George Kennan and his elitist vision of the national security state; John Foster Dulles and the apocalyptic world of “massive retaliation”; J. Edgar Hoover and the paranoia of socio-sexual repression; Joe McCarthy and the right-wing populism of the “American Inquisition”;...

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