2008 University Press Books


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100-199 Philosophy, Psychology, and Ethics


Sartre, Jean-Paul (Translated by Carol Macomer; Edited by John Kulka)

Existentialism Is a Humanism

128 pp., 5” x 7 3/4”, $9.95 paper, CIP included

June 2007

Yale University Press

This book presents a new English translation of two seminal works by Jean-Paul Sartre, the most dominant European intellectual of the post-World War II decades. The volume includes Sartre’s “Existentialism Is a Humanism” and his analysis of Camus’s The Stranger, along with a discussion of these works by acclaimed Sartre biographer Annie Cohen-Solal. “Sartre matters because so many fundamental points of his analysis of the human reality are right and true, and because their accuracy and veracity entail real consequences for our lives as individuals and in social groups.” —Philosophy Now

LC 2007002684, ISBN 978-0-300-11546-8

AASL: not reviewed



MacIntyre, Alasdair

After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, Third Edition

312 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $26.00 paper, CIP included

March 2007

University of Notre Dame Press

When After Virtue first appeared in 1981, it was recognized as a significant and potentially controversial critique of contemporary moral philosophy. Newsweek called it “a stunning new study of ethics by one of the foremost moral philosophers in the English-speaking world.” Now, twenty-five years later, the third edition includes a new prologue. “After Virtue is a striking work. It is clearly written and readable. The nonprofessional will find MacIntyre perspicuous and lively. He stands within the best modern traditions of writing on such matters.” —The New York Review of Books

LC 2006102640, ISBN 978-0-268-03504-4

AASL: not reviewed



Kille, Kent J. (Editor)

The UN Secretary-General and Moral Authority: Ethics and Religion in International Leadership

384 pp., 6” x 9”, $29.95 paper, CIP included

October 2007

Georgetown University Press

“What can be learned from the ethical principles and religious beliefs held by previous secretaries-general? How have these ideas affected the office itself and the claims of many for its moral authority? This book offers richly detailed case studies in ethics and statesmanship at the UN. It is a welcome and much-needed addition to our understanding of how the UN works.”—Joel H. Rosenthal, president, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

LC 2007011204, ISBN 978-1-58901-180-9




Rockwood, Lawrence P.

Walking Away from Nuremberg: Just War and the Doctrine of Command Responsibility

248 pp., 6” x 9”, $80.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

October 2007

University of Massachusetts Press

In 1994, Captain Lawrence P. Rockwood was deployed to Haiti as part of Operation Restore Democracy. Shortly after arriving, he began receiving reports of human rights abuses at the local jails, including the murder of political prisoners. In this book, Rockwood places his own experience within the broader context of the American military doctrine of “command responsibility”—the set of rules that holds individual officers directly responsible for the commission of war crimes under their authority. “A forceful, reasoned, informed, and convincing call to duty to the entire military. It comes from one who saw his duty and did it, and continues to do it to this day.”—Dr. Stephen Wrage (from the Foreword)

LC 2007011596, ISBN 978-1-55849-598-2 (c.), ISBN 978-1-55849-599-9 (p.)




Green, Ronald M.

Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice

288 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/4”, 4 b&w illus., bibliog., index, CIP included

October 2007

Yale University Press

Countering loud cries of alarm, bioethics expert Ronald Green explains why our fears about genetic engineering are overblown and how we can move forward responsibly to create a better future. “This is a brilliant and provocative book by one of the top-and most visionary-bioethicists in the world.”—Robert Lanza, Vice President of Research and Scientific Development at Advanced Cell Technology. “Green presents ethical positions and arguments in the context of modern thought, and in a language that will be accessible to scholars, scientists and lay-people.”—Lee Silver, Princeton University

LC 2007019927, ISBN 978-0-300-12546-7

AASL: not reviewed



Prograis Jr. MD, Lawrence and Edmund D. Pellegrino MD (Editors)

African American Bioethics: Culture, Race, and Identity

192 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $44.95 cloth, $26.95 paper, CIP included

May 2007

Georgetown University Press

Do people of differing ethnicities, cultures, and races view medicine and bioethics differently? And, if they do, should they? In African American Bioethics, Medical practitioners, researchers, and theorists discuss the continuing African American experience with bioethics in many contexts making a compelling case for locating a black bioethical framework within the broader practice, yet recognizing profound nuances within that framework.

LC 2006031183, ISBN 978-1-58901-163-2 (c.), ISBN 978-1-58901-164-9 (p.)




Mitchell, Ben C., et al.

Biotechnology and the Human Good

224 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $24.95 paper, CIP included

April 2007

Georgetown University Press

“Moves the ethical debate over biotechnology to a new level. Biotechnology and the Human Good offers a critical analysis and constructive engagement that is informed, astute, and elegant. A must-read for anyone concerned about the prospect of a posthuman future.”—Brent Waters, Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics and Director, Stead Center for Ethics and Values, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

LC 2006021475, ISBN 978-1-58901-138-0




Hamel, Ronald P. and James Walters (Editors)

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration and the Permanently Unconscious Patient: The Catholic Debate

304 pp., 6” x 9”, $29.95 paper, CIP included

September 2007

Georgetown University Press

“Rather than argue for a simplistic and one sided solution to the problem at hand, Hamel and Walter offer an exemplary moral study guided by an appropriately theological methodology. They provide the relevant Church texts which frame the issue and present a legitimate range of theologians—gratefully, often new voices to the conversation—who responsibly engage and critically appropriate the tradition.”—Thomas Kopfensteiner, Catholic Health Initiatives

LC 2007007017, ISBN 978-1-58901-178-6




Jones, Robert P.

Liberalism’s Troubled Search for Equality: Religion and Cultural Bias in the Oregon Physician-Assisted Suicide Debates

352 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $30.00 paper, CIP included

February 2007

University of Notre Dame Press

“Examining the legal debates surrounding Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, [Jones] argues that liberal theorists such as Ronald Dworkin, whom he otherwise admires, are wrong to weigh in on the side of physician-assisted suicide. The cause of their error, he argues, is a failure to recognize the cultural biases that help socially determine suicide choices. This failure is connected with a failure to fully articulate the commitment to egalitarianism suggested by Dworkin’s own conception of ‘equality of resources.’”—SciTech Book News

LC 2006039827, ISBN 978-0-268-03267-8

AASL: not reviewed



Killinger, Barbara

Integrity: Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reason

214 pp., 6” x 9”, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

July 2007

McGill-Queen’s University Press

In a world in which fraudulent acts and corporate scandals are common news, society has become increasingly concerned over the deterioration in moral and ethical values. Bestselling author and psychologist Barbara Killinger explores the loss of basic integrity and offers practical techniques for developing and maintaining integrity in a culture that sometimes challenges it. Richly illustrated with personal stories, Integrity offers a positive “how to” perspective on safeguarding personal and professional integrity and on encouraging our children to develop this vital character trait.

C2007-902836-5, ISBN 978-07735-3287-8




Cordova, V. F. (Edited by Kathleen Dean Moore, et al.)

How It Is: The Native American Philosophy of V. F. Cordova

272 pp., 6” x 9”, $45.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

October 2007

The University of Arizona Press

The first Native American woman to receive a Ph.D in philosophy, Viola Cordova died before she completed her life’s work of defining a Native American philosophy. How It Is collects her most important thoughts. Here Cordova sets out a complete Native American philosophy in lucid, insightful, funny, angry, and illuminating essays. Contrasting Native American beliefs with the traditions of the Enlightenment and Christianized Europeans (what she calls “Euroman” philosophy), Cordova leads her readers to a deeper understanding of both traditions, and encourages us to question any view that claims a singular truth.

LC 2007020528, ISBN 978-0-8165-2648-2 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8165-2649-9 (p.)




Bloechl, Jeffrey

Levinas Studies: An Annual Review, Volume 2

250 pp., 6” x 9”, Index, $56.00 cloth

May 2007

Duquesne University Press

This volume includes essays examining Levinas’s relation to the history of philosophy and his own philosophy of history, by established interpreters of Levinas and his interlocutors—both well know (including Spinoza, Hegel, and Heidegger) and less known (Kabbalah, Rousseau, Schelling).

LC 2005213329, ISBN 978-0-8207-0385-5




Calcagno, Antonio

The Philosophy of Edith Stein

151 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $48.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

May 2007

Duquesne University Press

This work presents an excellent cross-section of Stein’s writings and demonstrates the timeliness and relevance of her ideas for contemporary philosophical scholarship. Calcagno covers most of Edith Stein’s philosophical life, and provides a critical and analytical reading of major Steinian texts. Working to correct the perception that Stein is either an “unfaithful and distorting” phenomenologist or a pious Catholic mystic, Calcagno brings to light important work that has been neglected by both secular and religious scholars. The essays are not merely expository, but discuss the philosophical questions raised by Stein’s work from a contemporary perspective, using Stein’s original German texts.

LC 2007005234, ISBN 978-0-8207-0398-5 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8207-0399-2 (p.)




Beals, Corey

Levinas and the Wisdom of Love: The Question of Invisibility

180 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., references, index, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2007

Baylor University Press

Directly challenging prevailing interpretations, Corey Beals explores the ideas of twentieth-century philosopher Emmanuel Levinas’s concept of love, love’s relation to wisdom, and how love makes the Other visible to us. Distinguishing love from other types of wisdom, Beals argues that Levinas’s “wisdom of love” is a real possibility, one which grants priority to ethics over ontology.

LC 2007028560, ISBN 978-1-932792-59-1


PLA: not reviewed

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