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2014 Philosophy, Theory, and Literature Booklet

2014 Philosophy, Theory, and Literature Booklet

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PHILOSOPHY,THEORY, LITERATURE
20% DISCOUNT
 
on all titles
STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
NEW & FORTHCOMING
 
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Theory of Society, Volume 2
NIKLAS LUHMANN
Translated by Rhodes Barrett
Tis second volume o Niklas Luh-mann’s two-part final work was first published in German in 1997. Te culmination o his thirty-year theoreti-cal project to reconceptualize sociology, it offers a comprehensive description o modern society. Beginning with an account o the fluidity o meaning and the accordingly high improbability o successul communication, Luhmann analyzes a range o communicative media, including language, writing, the printing press, and electronic media, as well as “success media,” such as money, power, truth, and love, all o which structure this fluidity and make communication possible. Te book asks what gives rise to unctionally differentiated social systems, how they evolve, and how social movements, organizations, and patterns o interac-tion emerge.
“One o the masterpieces o social theory written afer World War II.” 
—Alex Honneth, Columbia University
CULTURAL MEMORY IN THE PRESENT
472 pp., 20139780804771603 Paper $27.95
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Spectacular Speculation
Trills, the Economy, and Popular Discourse
URS STÄHELI
Translated by Eric Savoth
Spectacular Speculation
 is a his-tory and sociological analysis o the semantics o speculation rom 1870 to 1930, when speculation began to assume enormous importance in popular culture. Inormed by the work o Luhmann, Foucault, Simmel and Deleuze, it looks at how specula-tion was translated into popular knowledge and charts the discursive struggles o making speculation a legitimate economic practice. Not-ing that the vocabulary available to discuss the concept was not properly economic, the book reveals the underside o putting it into words. Speculation’s success depended upon non-economic language and morally questionable thrills: a proximity to the wasteul practice o gambling or other “degenerate” behaviors, the experience o financial markets as seductive, or out o control. Ameri-can discourses o speculation take center stage, and the book covers an unusual range o material, including stock exchange guidebooks, ticker tape, moral treatises, plays, advertise-ments, and newspapers.
312 pp., 10 illustrations, 20139780804771320 Paper $27.95
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Philosophy and Social Theory.............................
2-9
Literature, Criticism, and Literature Theory ..................
10-19
Ordering Information ................
2
Exam Copy Policy .....................
19
Cover photo:
Regin Hjertholm, Svein Ove Kirkhorn, Bjørn-Eivind Årtun. Part of the exhibition, “fly.”
PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIAL THEORY
Most SUP titles are available as e-books via our website or your favorite e-reading platform. Visit
www.sup.org/ebooks
 for a complete list of offerings, as well as e-book rental and bundle options.
 
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What Money Wants
 An Economy of Desire
NOAM YURAN
with a Preface by Keith Hart
One thing all mainstream economists agree upon is that money has nothing whatsoever to do with desire. Tis strange blindness o the proession to what is otherwise considered to be a basic eature o economic lie serves as the starting point or this provocative new theory o money. Trough the works o Karl Marx, Torstein Veblen, and Max Weber,
What Money Wants
 argues that money is first and oremost an object o desire. In contrast to the common notion that money is but an ordinary object that people believe to be money, this book explores the theoretical consequences o the possibility that an ordinary object ulfills money’s unc-tion insoar as it is desired
as
 money. Rather than conceiving o the desire or money as pathological, Noam Yuran shows how it permeates economic reality, rom finance to its spectacular double in our consumer economy o addictive shopping. Rich in colorul and accessible examples, rom the work o Charles Dickens to Reality V and commercials, this book convinces us that we must return to Marx and Veblen i we are to under-stand how brand names, broadcast television, and celebrity culture work. Analyzing both classical and contemporary economic theory, it reveals the philosophical dimensions o the controversy between orthodox and heterodox economics.
“Noam Yurans brilliant book offers a new point o view about the relationship between money and the desire or it. Arguing that desire is built into the nature o money and is not an ex-ternal attachment to it, Yuran opens up new readings o Marx, Veblen, and Weber, and also gives readers a new perspective on the ways in which money can inspire excess and destabilize economies. Tis book will be o great interest to economists, phi-losophers, and social theorists.” 
—Arjun Appadurai, New York University
320 pp., 20149780804785938 Paper $24.95
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About Europe
Philosophical Hypotheses
DENIS GUÉNOUN
Translated by Christine Irizarry
Te concept o the universal was born in the lands we now call Europe, yet it is precisely the universal that is Europe’s undoing. All European politics is caught in a tension: to assert a European identity is to be open to multiplicity, but this very openness could dissolve Europe as such. Tis book reflects on Europe and its chang-ing boundaries over the span o twenty centuries. A work o philosophy, it consistently draws on concrete events. From ancient Greece and Rome, to Christianity, to the Reormation, to the national revolutions o the twentieth century, what we today call “Europe” has been a succession o projects in the name o
ecclesia
 or community. Empire, Church, and EU: all have been constructed in contrast to an Oriental “other.” Te stakes o Europe, then, are as much metaphysical as political.
CULTURAL MEMORY IN THE PRESENT
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