2010 University Press Books

 

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100-199 Philosophy, Psychology, and Ethics


100

Hamilton, Christopher

Middle Age

160 pp., 5 1/2” x 7 1/5”, $18.95 paper

May 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Philosopher Christopher Hamilton (who is in his early 40s) provides a philosophical exploration of the moods, emotions, and experiences of middle age in the contemporary world, drawing on personal experiences as well as a wide range of sources—from the philosophical writings of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Hegel, and Heidegger to the literature of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Conrad, and the films of Woody Allen—to offer us a philosophy of middle age.

LC 2009379953, ISBN 9781844651658 (p.)


100

Hiddleston, Jane

Understanding Postcolonialism

224 pp., 5 1/2”x 8 1/2”, $85.00 cloth, $22.95 paper

April 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Postcolonialism offers challenging and provocative ways of thinking about colonial and neocolonial power, about self and other, and about the discourses that perpetuate postcolonial inequality and violence. Much of the seminal work in postcolonialism has been shaped by currents in philosophy, notably Marxism and ethics. Understanding Postcolonialism examines the philosophy of postcolonialism to reveal the often conflicting systems of thought which underpin it. In so doing, the book presents a reappraisal of the major postcolonial thinkers of the twentieth century.

ISBN 9781844651603 (c.), ISBN 9781844651610 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


100

Thompson, Mel

Me

160 pp., 5 1/2” x 7 1/2”, $18.95 paper

May 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

“Who am I?” Faced with a world where religion, psychology, and philosophy have all tried, in their different ways, to provide an answer and give meaning and coherence to individual existence, how we should construct a meaningful “me”—and make sense of our lives—is the question at the heart of Mel Thompson’s illuminating book.

ISBN 9781844651665 (p.)

PLA: G


111.2

Gairdner, William D.

The Book of Absolutes: A Critique of Relativism and a Defence of Universals

416 pp., 6” x 9”, $95.00 cloth, $29.95 paper

September 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Current dogma holds that all cultures and moral values are conditional, nothing human is innate, and Einstein proved that the whole universe is “relative.” Challenging this position, William Gairdner argues that relativism is not only logically and morally self-defeating but that progress in scientific and intellectual disciplines has actually strengthened the case for absolutes, universals, and constants of nature and human nature.

LC 2009294540, ISBN 9780773534131 (c.), ISBN 9780773536197 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


152.46

Strasser, Judith

Facing Fear: Cancer and Politics, Courage and Hope

232 pp., 5 5/8” x 8 3/8”, bibliography, $19.95 paper, CIP included

March 2009

Borderland Books/The University of Wisconsin Press

Part memoir, part journalism, Facing Fear traces Strasser’s attempt to understand the nature of fear and anxiety and to regain control of a life threatened by a fatal disease. “Terrifying situations, ranging from the author’s own cancer to murders of a peace community in Colombia, with an eye on how ordinary people have managed not to be overwhelmed, not to be hysterical, but rather to live as much and as calmly as possible in the present.”—James P. Gustafson, M.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Compelling consideration of our difficult circumstances and prospects for escaping them.”—The Nation

LC 2008932130, ISBN 9780976878193 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


155.633

Beauboeuf-Lafontant, Tamara

Behind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman: Voice and the Embodiment of a Costly Performance

194 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/4”, $64.50 cloth, $23.95 paper, CIP included

July 2009

Temple University Press

Drawing on Black feminist scholarship, cultural studies, and voice-centered research, Behind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman traces the historical and social influences on normative Black femininity. This provocative book lays bare the common perception that strength is an exemplary quality of “authentic” Black womanhood, maintaining that the expectation of strength creates a distraction from broader forces of discrimination and imbalances of power.

LC 2009005892, ISBN 9781592136674 (c.), ISBN 9781592136681 (p.)

PLA: G


155.7

Hrdy, Sarah Blaffer

Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding

462 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 52 halftones, index included, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2009

The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

More than a million years ago, a line of apes began to rear their young differently than their Great Ape ancestors. From this new form of care came new ways of engaging and understanding each other. How such singular human capacities evolved, and how they have kept us alive for thousands of generations, is the mystery revealed in this bold and wide-ranging new vision of human emotional evolution.

LC 2008052936, ISBN 9780674032996 (c.)

AASL: O/P

PLA: G


155.937

May, Todd

Death

160 pp, 5 1/2” x 7 1/2”, $18.95 paper

May 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Drawing on the thoughts of many philosophers and writers—both ancient and modern—as well as personal reflection and experience, May puts forward a view of how we might think about and, more importantly, live our lives in view of the inescapability of our dying. In the end, he argues, the contingency of our lives must be grasped and folded into the time remaining to each of us. In so doing, we can live each moment as though it were at once a link to an uncertain future and also the only thing we have.

ISBN 9781844651641 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


158.1

Tweit, Susan J.

Walking Nature Home: A Life’s Journey

192 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 8 b&w drawings, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2009

University of Texas Press

A beautifully written, moving memoir about how the diagnosis of a terminal illness led to a perilous journey of self-awareness that not only restored the author’s health but also taught her the healing power of love and of our connection to the natural world.

LC 2008042275, ISBN 9780292719170 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


174.957

Bonnicksen, Andrea L.

Chimeras, Hybrids, and Interspecies Research: Politics and Policymaking

184 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 2 figures, 2 tables, index, $26.95 paper, CIP included

September 2009

Georgetown University Press

Bonnicksen seeks to understand reasons behind support of and disdain for interspecies research in such areas as chimerism, hybridization, interspecies nuclear transfer, cross-species embryo transfer, and transgenics. She highlights two claims critics make against early interspecies studies: that the research will violate human dignity and that it can lead to procreation. Are these claims sufficient to justify restrictive policy? Bonnicksen carefully illustrates the challenges of making policy for sensitive and often sensationalized research—research that touches deep-seated values and that probes the boundary between human and nonhuman animals.

LC 2009007990, ISBN 9781589015746 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


194

Dalton, Drew M.

Longing for the Other: Levinas and Metaphysical Desire

328 pp., 9 1/2” x 6, index, $25.00 paper, CIP included

October 2009

Duquesne University Press

In this study, Drew M. Dalton attempts to illuminate this experience by examining the philosophical thought of Emmanuel Levinas on longing, or what Levinas terms “metaphysical desire.” Metaphysical desire, according to Levinas, does not stem from any determinate lack within us, nor does it aim at a particular object beyond us, much less promise any eventual satisfaction. Rather, it functions in the realm of the infinite where such distinctions as inside and outside or one and the other are indistinguishable, perhaps even eliminated. As Levinas conceives such longing, it becomes a mediator in our relation to the other—both the human other and the divine Other.

LC 2009023812, ISBN 9780820704258 (p.)


194

Allen, Sarah

The Philosophical Sense of Transcendence: Levinas and Plato on Loving Beyond Being

378 pp., 9 1/2” x 6”, index, $26.00 paper, CIP included

September 2009

Duquesne University Press

What is the philosophical sense of transcendence? What meaning can transcendence have in philosophy? What direction, organization, and order might it give to philosophy? And how does transcendence transform or inspire philosophical thinking? Sarah Allen confronts these questions as she explores Emmanuel Levinas’s approach to transcendence, which is set within a phenomenological context. Levinas seeks an approach that does not subordinate transcendence to the self-referential activities of human consciousness, and which does not simply fall into ontotheological, metaphysical language about God.

LC 2009002928, ISBN 9780820704227 (p.)


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