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  • On Obama

    By Paul C. Taylor

    On Obama examines some of the key philosophical questions that accompany the historic emergence of the 44th US president. The purpose of the book is to take seriously the once-common thought that Mr. Obama had ushered in a post-historical age. Three questions organize the argument of the…

    Paperback – 2015-11-11 
    Routledge
    Thinking in Action

  • Habermas

    By Kenneth Baynes

    Jürgen Habermas is one of the most important German philosophers and social theorists of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. His work has been compared in scope with Max Weber’s, and in philosophical breadth to that of Kant and Hegel. In this much-needed introduction Kenneth Baynes…

    Paperback – 2015-08-17
    Routledge
    The Routledge Philosophers

  • The Politics of Nothing

    On Sovereignty

    Edited by Clare Monagle, Dimitris Vardoulakis

    This book questions what sovereignty looks like when it is de-ontologised; when the nothingness at the heart of claims to sovereignty is unmasked and laid bare. Drawing on critical thinkers in political theology, such as Schmitt, Agamben, Nancy, Blanchot, Paulhan, The Politics of Nothing asks what…

    Paperback – 2015-07-23
    Routledge

  • Imagination and the Imaginary

    By Kathleen Lennon

    The concept of the imaginary is pervasive within contemporary thought, yet can be a baffling and often controversial term. In Imagination and the Imaginary, Kathleen Lennon explores the links between imagination - regarded as the faculty of creating images or forms - and the imaginary, which links…

    Hardback – 2015-02-20
    Routledge

  • Authenticity as an Ethical Ideal

    By Somogy Varga

    Authenticity has become a widespread ethical ideal that represents a way of dealing with normative gaps in contemporary life. This ideal suggests that one should be true to oneself and lead a life expressive of what one takes oneself to be. However, many contemporary thinkers have pointed out that…

    Paperback – 2014-11-10
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy

  • Walter Benjamin’s Concept of the Image

    By Alison Ross

    In this book, Alison Ross engages in a detailed study of Walter Benjamin’s concept of the image, exploring the significant shifts in Benjamin’s approach to the topic over the course of his career. Using Kant’s treatment of the topic of sensuous form in his aesthetics as a comparative reference,…

    Hardback – 2014-11-07
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy

  • Jacques Derrida

    Key Concepts

    Edited by Claire Colebrook

    Jacques Derrida: Key Concepts presents a broad overview and engagement with the full range of Derrida's work - from the early phenomenological thinking to his preoccupations with key themes, such as technology, psychoanalysis, friendship, Marxism, racism and sexism, to his ethico-political writings…

    Paperback – 2014-10-27
    Routledge
    Key Concepts

  • Alain Badiou

    Key Concepts

    By A. J. Bartlett, Justin Clemens

    Alain Badiou is one of the world's most influential living philosophers. Few contemporary thinkers display his breadth of argument and reference, or his ability to intervene in debates critical to both analytic and continental philosophy. Alain Badiou: Key Concepts presents an overview of and…

    Paperback – 2014-09-03
    Routledge
    Key Concepts

  • Genealogy and Ontology of the Western Image and its Digital Future

    By John Lechte

     With the emerging dominance of digital technology, the time is ripe to reconsider the nature of the image. Some say that there is no longer a phenomenal image, only disembodied information (0-1) waiting to be configured. For photography, this implies that a faith in the principle of an "…

    Paperback – 2014-07-03
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

  • The Žižek Dictionary

    Edited by Rex Butler

    Slavoj Žižek is the most popular and discussed philosopher in the world today. His prolific writings – across philosophy, psychoanalysis, political and social theory, film, music and religion – always engage and provoke. The power of his ideas, the breadth of his references, his capacity for…

    Paperback – 2014-06-05
    Routledge

  • Gramsci, Materialism, and Philosophy

    By Esteve Morera

    Western critical theory, Marxism included, has largely been based on a view of historical materialism that Gramsci, among others, developed in his prison notebooks.  For many, Gramsci’s philosophical reflections in prison offered a new foundation for the philosophy of the future.  His…

    Hardback – 2014-03-25
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

  • Hannah Arendt

    Key Concepts

    Edited by Patrick Hayden

    Hannah Arendt is one of the most prominent thinkers of modern times, whose profound influence extends across philosophy, politics, law, history, international relations, sociology, and literature. Presenting new and powerful ways to think about human freedom and responsibility, Arendt's work has…

    Paperback – 2014-02-28
    Routledge
    Key Concepts

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