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HIGHLIGHTS IN PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION
Google Me: One-Click Democracy Disappointment
BARBARA CASSIN Toward a Critical Hermeneutics of Worldbuilding
Translated by Michael Syrotinski JARRETT ZIGON
“A readable and entertaining, yet serious indictment of infor- “A clear and powerful rethinking of the concept of the politi-
mational culture. Cassin’s reflections give us a critical space cal grounded in the world of situations rather than the sub-
to consider the cost of our acquiescence to the quantification ject of enunciations, Disappointment announces the arrival
of culture that lies at the heart of today’s information-driven of a major new figure in the ontological turn in anthropol-
capitalism.”—Mark B. N. Hansen, Duke University ogy.”—Elizabeth Povinelli, Columbia University
In this witty and polemical critique, the philosopher Bar- Increasingly, anthropologists, political theorists and phi-
bara Cassin takes aim at Google and our culture of big data. losophers are calling for imaginative and creative analyses
While impressed by the search engine’s brilliance, Cassin en- and theories that might help us think and bring about an
lists her formidable knowledge of the rhetorical tradition to otherwise. Disappointment responds to this call by showing
challenge the Google myth of a “good” tech company and its how collaboration between an anthropologist and a political
“democracy of clicks,” laying bare the philosophical poverty movement of marginalized peoples can disclose new possibili-
and political naïveté that underwrites its founding slogans: ties for being and acting politically. In Disappointment, Jarrett
“Organize the world’s information” and “Don’t be evil.” Zigon puts ethnography in dialogue with both political theory
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Edited by J.M Bernstein, Adi Ophir, and Ann Laura Stoler
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Political Concepts seeks to revive our common political Out of the Ordinary
vocabulary—both everyday and academic—and to do so A Life of Gender and Spiritual Transitions
critically. Its entries take the form of essays in which each MICHAEL DILLON/LOBZANG JIVAKA
contributor presents her or his own original reflection on a Edited by Jacob Lau and Cameron Partridge
concept posed in the traditional Socratic question format Foreword by Susan Stryker
“What is X?” and asks what sort of work a rethinking of that “The importance of this work to the history of sexuality—
concept can do for us now. and especially to the history of transsexuality—cannot be
The concepts collected in Political Concepts are “Arche” overstated.”—Jose Ignacio Cabezon, University of Califor-
(Stathis Gourgouris), “Blood” (Gil Anidjar), “Colony” (Ann nia, Santa Barbara
Laura Stoler), “Concept” (Adi Ophir), “Constituent Power” “In his gripping autobiography, Dillon finds new answers to
(Andreas Kalyvas), “Development” (Gayatri Spivak), “Exploi- enduring questions about gender. At the same time, he never
tation” (Étienne Balibar), “Federation” (Jean Cohen), “Iden- manages to solve the puzzle of his own identity and dies in the
tity” (Akeel Bilgrami), “Rule of Law” (J. M. Bernstein), “Sexual pursuit of transcendence. His memoir deserves a place along-
Difference” (Joan Copjec), and “Translation” (Jacques Lezra) side the great spiritual narratives, from Augustine to Merton.”—
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not have been available to me had I entered the world 50 years
later. Just lucky, I guess.”—Stanley Fish, The New York Times
In this provocative book, Frank Donoghue shows how this
growing corporate culture of higher education threatens
its most fundamental values by erasing one of its defining
features: the tenured professor. This new edition includes a
substantial Introduction that elaborates on recent develop-
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How to Do Comparative Theology Power of Gentleness
Francis X. Clooney, S.J. and Klaus von Stosch, Editors Meditations on the Risk of Living
ANNE DUFOURMANTELLE
“Clooney and von Stosch have produced a truly excel-
Translated by Katherine Payne and Vincent Sallé
lent collection of papers in comparative theology. They Foreword by Catherine Malabou
and a few others with papers in this volume are seasoned,
senior scholars. The volume is remarkable, however, for “Power of Gentleness is an important text that teaches us,
introducing the work of mid-career and very new scholars. comforts us, disturbs us too.”—Catherine Malabou
Some of the papers do actual comparisons and some apply The simplicity of gentleness is misleading. It is an active pas-
comparative theology to practices of religious life. Among sivity that may become an extraordinary force of resistance
the most interesting are those dealing with methodological within ethics and politics. In this powerful rethinking by a
differences regarding comparative theology. They all defend renowned philosopher and psychoanalyst whose untimely
the view that comparative theology is “faith seeking under- death captured worldwide attention, gentleness becomes a
standing,” and they explore some of the very different ways series of embodied paradoxes: power that is also soft, nobil-
this approach can be interpreted. This volume is a vital and ity that is also humble, fragility that can subvert the status quo.
distinctive contribution to the larger field of comparative Against a risk-averse society that crushes human beings “gen-
theology.”—Robert Cummings Neville, Boston University tly,” Dufourmantelle celebrates the uncompromising gentle-
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dinary women and men who fully embrace the risk of living.
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Introduction by Jeffrey S. Librett
Portraits, this book suggests, unlock the paradoxes of sub- Intercarnations
jectivity. Nancy shows how the portrait, far from conveying Exercises in Theological Possibility
a sitter’s self-sameness, is suspended between proximity CATHERINE KELLER
and distance, likeness and strangeness, representation and “Keller at her scholarly best. Intercarnations deals with theo-
presentation, the faithful and the forceful. A portrait can logical bodies be they female, carnal, animal, vegetal, min-
identify an individual, but it can also express a more complex eral, cosmological. She generates new and exciting outcomes
double movement of approach and withdrawal. and possibilities, speaking across disciplines with grace and
Nancy’s readings range from carvings on ancient drinking ease.”—Lisa Isherwood, University of Winchester
vessels to recent experimental or parodic pieces in which “Keller’s scholarship is vast and detailed. The essays in this
sitters are rendered in the ‘media’ of their own blood, germ volume move seamlessly between the history of Eastern and
culture, or DNA. The forms of appearing (and disappear- Western thought, as well as process theology, political theol-
ing) that mark portraits—old and new—can serve to renew ogy, ecology, feminism, and recent Continental philosophy.
our exploration of the human figure today. At stake is what Whatever one makes of her controversial claims, Intercarna-
Nancy calls “the very possibility of our being present.” tions is an important contribution to current debates in Con-
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Expectation: Philosophy, Literature
JEAN-LUC NANCY Plato and the Invention of Life
Translated by Robert Bononno MICHAEL NAAS
Introduction by Jean-Michel Rabaté
“Michael Naas’s remarkable account of Plato traces the
“Expectation stages a courtship between philosophy and lit- contemporary line between bios and zōē, which has been
erature that has never been presented with such wit, grace, and an abiding feature of recent discussions of biopolitics, to
finesse. What’s more, this intense courtship leads to a marriage reveal the original Platonic invention of the division between
blessed with specific offspring: Nancy’s book offers both an epi- ‘Life itself ’ and all other forms of living, including eternal
thalamium and a pregnant poetics, a poetics of awakening and life. Perhaps another way of saying this, according to Naas,
emergence—poetics as obstetrics ushering in new ‘senses’ in and is that already in Plato there is Platonism, the opposite of
of the world, plus strong and luminescent poems never seen in Platonism, and the deconstruction of every future Pla-
English before.”—from Jean-Michel Rabaté’s Introduction tonism.”—Gregg Lambert, Syracuse University
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L I T E R AT U R E
Of Stigmatology The Marrano Specter
Punctuation as Experience Derrida and Hispanism
PETER SZENDY Erin Graff Zivin, Editor
Translated by Jan Plug Foreword by Peggy Kamuf
Afterword by Geoffrey Bennington
“From ontology to linguistics, from learned treatise to comic
book, the grace of this fascinating text brings being back to “The Marrano Specter dazzles in all of its parts and as a whole.
the infinity of its cut.”—Catherine Malabou What preoccupies that whole—deconstruction? Hispanism?
both? neither?—may turn out to be its secret subject, which
“Peter Szendy’s brilliant reflections on the punctuation of
makes this collection an exemplary meditation on the nature
experience make for a magnificent composition: a new
of identity and the limits of disciplinary thinking.”—Andrew
philosophy of the sensible focused on how one feels oneself
Parker, Rutgers University
feeling . . . . Never before have exclamation points, dashes,
interrogatives, full stops, and quotation marks been treated “This work by top-notch scholars will contribute to larger
so existentially; never before has the musicality of existence debates about disciplinarity and the university today. While
been so keenly tied to its notation; never before has the the authors locate the traditions they engage in a specifically
distance between points been used so effectively as a mea- ‘hispanist’ history, they indicate how the philosophical inter-
sure of life-span. In the ‘pows!’ and ‘blams’ of comic-book ventions are universal and universalizable.”—Rachel Price,
blows, glimmers of political violence come into focus. This Princeton University
is an amazing work of philosophy, aesthetics, media, and Contributors: Patrick Dove, Erin Graff Zivin, Jaime Hanneken,
critique!!!”—Emily Apter, New York University David Kelman, Brett Levinson, Jacques Lezra, Alberto Moreiras,
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Poetry and Mind
Tractatus Poetico-Philosophicus
E N V I R O N M E N TA L
LAURENT DUBREUIL STUDIES
“Poetry and Mind is an excellent book that performs its own Eco-Deconstruction
thesis as a ‘thinking experiment’ that is part classical argu- Derrida and Environmental Philosophy
ment and part poetic suggestion. In the breathtaking range Matthias Fritsch, Philippe Lynes, and David Wood,
of literary and philological knowledge on display, we have a Editors
form of verification built on Wittgensteinian perspicuity— “Essential reading for anyone interested in environmental
on the very brilliance of its own learning. Many scholars philosophy.”—Jeffrey Nealon, Pennsylvania State University
and artists have attempted the Tractatarian form before,
but seldom with Dubreuil’s success.”—John Ó Maoilearca, “An invaluable reference point for all those interested in
Kingston University the intersection of ‘continental’ philosophy, literary criti-
cism, posthumanism, and environmental concerns.”—Mick
An elliptic response to Wittgenstein’s point of arrival in Smith, Queens University
the Tractatus, Poetry and Mind is first and foremost an in-
Contributors: Karen Barad, Timothy Clark, Claire Colebrook, Mat-
terdisciplinary study of poetry, drawing on literary theory,
thias Fritsch, Vicki Kirby, John Llewelyn, Philippe Lynes, Michael
philosophy, and cognitive science. Marder, Dawne McCance, Michael Naas, Kelly Oliver, Michael
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POLITICS
Deconstructing the Death Penalty Reified Life
Derrida’s Seminars and the New Abolitionism Speculative Capital and the Ahuman Condition
Kelly Oliver and Stephanie M. Straub, Editors J. PAUL NARKUNAS
“Deconstructing the Death Penalty . . . offers an indispens- The 2008 economic crisis solidified the dominion of neolib-
able reckoning with deconstruction’s legacy and relevance to eral and financial capital to organize human societies much
current debates around the question of sovereignty and the to the detriment of the world’s populations. Reified Life
state’s monopoly on violence.”—David Lloyd, University of theorizes the dangerous social implications of a posthuman
California, Riverside future, whereby human agency is secondary to algorithmic
Contributors: Nicole Anderson, Katie Chenoweth, Lisa Guenther, processes, digital protocols, speculative financial instru-
Christina Howells, Peggy Kamuf, Kir Kuiken, Elissa Marder, Mi- ments, and nonhuman market and technological forces. As
chael Naas, Kelly Oliver, Elizabeth Rottenberg, Kas Saghafi, Adam such, Reified Life addresses the most pressing political ques-
Thurschwell, Sarah Tyson tion of the 21st century: what forms of life are free and what
296 PAGES forms are perceived legally and economically as surplus or
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Between Economic and Political Theology
NICHOLAS HERON The Eclipse of the Utopias of Labor
“Liturgical Power makes a significant contribution to litur- ANSON RABINBACH
gical studies through its ability to illuminate Agamben’s “Widely regarded as a classic of cultural studies, Anson Rabi-
significant work on the subject in his more recent writings. nbach’s The Human Motor revealed for the first time the im-
The book demonstrates first-rate scholarship in that it takes portance of the late-19th-century European obsession with
up a significant philological discussion that is pursued across the laboring body and its vicissitudes. Scholars from many
centuries and various sources.”—Colby Dickinson, Loyola different fields who have drawn on it over the years, as well as
University Chicago those eager to join the discussion, will warmly welcome the
“Heron’s book offers a magisterial reconstruction of the remarkable essays collected in The Eclipse of the Utopias of
Christian idea of government. Liturgical Power makes a Labor, which will enrich their understanding of previous as
crucially important intervention into the emerging field of well as on-going efforts to create a productive, efficient and
political theology.”—Miguel Vatter, University of New South just society.”—Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley
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Commonalities
Modern Language Initiative

On the Nature of Marx’s Things
Translation as Necrophilology
JACQUES LEZRA
Foreword by Vittorio Morfino
“The project of returning ‘Marxist logic’ to a materialist and
pragmatic approach has been underway for some years now.
Jacques Lezra, plunging into this logic’s deepest reaches,
discovers there a ‘language of things,’ exactly as in Lucretius;
but also a language of singularities, as in Spinoza; and of dif-
ferences, marshaled against the possibility of any system of
general equivalences. What he calls ‘necrophilology’ inter-
venes wherever such systems would reinstall the fetishes of
humanism to the heights from which they’ve been cast—as a
rupture, a break. Is Lezra proposing an ontology? The word
is heavy, but recalling Lucretius and Spinoza in this way
certainly lightens its weight, and makes ontology powerfully
viable for, and by means of, the critique of contemporary
capitalism.“—Antonio Negri
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RELIGION
Atopias The Self-Emptying Subject
Manifesto for a Radical Existentialism Kenosis and Immanence, Medieval to Modern
FRÉDÉRIC NEYRAT ALEX DUBILET
Translated by Walt Hunter and Lindsay Turner
“Lucid, timely, and important. Dubilet explores kenosis as
Foreword by Steven Shaviro
a radical possibility for life—where we may find an imma-
“Everything is in flux, as we are told over and over again. And nent joy not dependent on a future redemption.”—Karmen
yet, these are fluxes in which nothing ever really changes... MacKendrick, Le Moyne College
Other thinkers have characterized globalized and financial-
“In this important book, Dubilet recharges immanence via
ized capitalism in this way; Neyrat sees it as a dilemma for
Deleuze and others to fashion a kenotic subject without
critical thought as well... In a world where anything can be
transcendence. Based on cutting-edge scholarship, these
anyplace, and anything can switch places with anything else,
ground-breaking interpretations of Eckhart, Hegel, and
philosophy must insist on its power to be, not everyplace,
Bataille constitute a significant intervention into contem-
but noplace. It must never fit in, but always disturb its con-
porary continental philosophy of religion and theology.”
text,... maintaining a relation with the very Outside that our
—Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas
dominant social, economic, and intellectual conditions seek
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forms of existence with whom we share our planet.”—Steven
Shaviro, from the Foreword
112 PAGES Trauma and Transcendence
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Trauma theory has become a burgeoning site of research in
Derrida after the End of Writing recent decades, often demanding interdisciplinary reflec-
Political Theology and New Materialism tions on trauma as a phenomenon that defies claims of disci-
CLAYTON CROCKETT plinary ownership. This volume gathers scholars in a variety
of disciplines to meet the challenge of how to think of trauma
“This book is not for you—if you think the specter of Der-
in light of its burgeoning interdisciplinarity and theoretical
rida can be exorcised. Clayton Crockett has millennially up-
splintering. From distinctive disciplinary approaches, the
dated and multi-discursively refreshed deconstruction itself.
work of philosophers, social theorists, philosophical psy-
With transdisciplinary panache and a haunting intimacy,
chologists, and theologians consider the limits and prospects
this leading philosopher of religion brings forth the political
of theory when thinking trauma and transcendence. Trauma
theologian and new materialist Derrida could only become
and Transcendence draws attention to the increasing chal-
postmortem.”—Catherine Keller, George T. Cobb Professor
lenge of deciding whether trauma’s transcendent, evental,
of Constructive Theology, Drew University, and author of
or unassimilable quality is being wielded as a defense of
Intercarnations: Exercises in Theological Possibility
traumatic experience against reductionism, or whether it is
Derrida After the End of Writing argues for the importance of promulgated as a form of obscurantism.
reading Derrida’s later work from a new materialist perspec- 304 PAGES
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realism and object-oriented ontology, Crockett claims that
Derrida was never a linguistic idealist
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RELIGION
Inner Animalities
Sexual Disorientations Theology and the End of the Human
Queer Temporalities, Affects, Theologies ERIC DARYL MEYER
Kent L. Brintnall, Joseph A. Marchal,
and Stephen D. Moore, Editors “Meyer adds considerable nuance to the more widespread
Afterword by Elizabeth Freeman observation that Christian anthropology depends on a notion
of animality in its understanding of the human. More clearly
“This volume compellingly queers what we thought we knew
than any thinker I’ve read, Meyer shows that the moment
about sexuality and temporality in Christian texts, interpre-
Christian theologians disavow animals often betrays a trace of
tations, and theologies. Beginning with the question of histo-
another way of thinking about animals, humans, and God. He
riography in the study of ancient texts, it moves through into
has brought out internal inconsistencies in Christian theologi-
the queer time of ethics and theology. Bodies, texts, and time
cal articulations of the human/animal binary in a remarkably
race forward, touch, pause, and tarry; they fall into catastro-
fruitful way.”—Aaron Gross, University of San Diego
phe, witness, cry out, and are haunted by pain and hope; yet
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—Erin Runions, Pomona College
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F. DOMINIC LONGO
“Longo engages in an intriguing comparative inquiry into
Religion of the Field Negro spiritual grammar in medieval Arabic and Latin treatises.
On Black Secularism and Black Theology Delineating and crossing boundaries and genres, he explores
VINCENT W. LLOYD a new confusing yet delightful subfield in the genre of com-
“Once again Vincent Lloyd has written an insightful, parative theological Islamo-Christian studies.”
demanding, even daring book, and this time with an ir- —Pim Valkenberg, The Catholic University of America
ritating title straight out of the 1960s. Lloyd throws down “Dominic Longo helps us to understand Islam and Chris-
a stinging challenge to all those of us who cling to idola- tianity in deeper ways through the genre of ‘spiritual
tries of race, class, and gender as well as to our privileges grammar’. This is an extraordinary book that will benefit
in the classroom, the boardroom, and the pulpit. We have scholars of Islam, Christianity, and Comparative Theology.”
betrayed black theology in our failure to uphold the wis- —Amir Hussain, Loyola Marymount University
dom of the marginalized, the cherished people of God.” 256 PAGES
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O RT H O D OX
C AT H O L I C S T U D I E S CHRISTIANITY
The Bread of the Strong Liturgical Theology after Schmemann
Lacouturisme and the Folly of the Cross, 1910-1985 An Orthodox Reading of Paul Ricoeur
JACK LEE DOWNEY BRIAN A. BUTCHER
Foreword by Andrew Louth, FBA
“The Bread of the Strong is a thrilling spiritual adventure
story. Jack Downey brilliantly tracks the origins and flour- While only rarely reflecting explicitly on liturgy, French phi-
ishing of the controversial, mysterious, and extremely losopher Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005) gave sustained attention
influential retreat movement most prominently associated to several themes pertinent to the interpretation of worship,
with Dorothy Day and the Catholic Workers. ‘The retreat’ including metaphor, narrative, subjectivity, and memory.
blended passionately mystical Québécois spirituality with Inspired by his well-known aphorism, “The symbol gives
the hard-nosed militancy of Catholic labor movement advo- rise to thought,” Liturgical Theology after Schmemann of-
cacy of Industrial Era Pittsburgh. The result was a paradoxi- fers an original exploration of the symbolic world of the
cal—and most potent—form of Catholic spiritual radicalism Byzantine Rite , culminating in a Ricoeurian analysis of its
that fulfilled Dorothy Day’s lifelong search for authentic Theophany “Great Blessing of Water.”
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Catholic Practice in North America Winner of the 2017 Alpha Sigma Nu Award
Christianity, Democracy, and
the Shadow of Constantine
O RT H O D OX Edited by George E. Demacopoulos
CHRISTIANITY and Aristotle Papanikolaou
“Many of us in the field of political theology are poorer for
God, Hierarchy, and Power the lack of conversation most of us experience between East-
Orthodox Theologies of Authority from Byzantium ern and Western political theologies. Even if we are open
ASHLEY M. PURPURA and sympathetic to one another—and historically that is a
“How can we understand and work with the concept of big ‘if ’—the traditions are so distinct from one another that
hierarchy in an era of democratic values, concerns about few can claim expertise in both, and so we continue to focus
abuse of power by those with authority, and empowerment narrowly on our own traditions. This volume represents a
for those who lack it? Purpura asks serious questions with welcome change to this pattern, opening a conversation
skill, economy, clarity, and penetrating insight. A powerful between theologians across Eastern and Western traditions
new voice that will matter to theologians and historians on the timely topics of church and state, democracy, and lib-
alike, this is a rich, masterful entry into major Orthodox cur- eralism.”—Elizabeth Phillips, Tutor in Theology and Ethics,
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The Forgiveness to Come Other Others
The Holocaust and the Hyper-Ethical The Political after the Talmud
PETER BANKI SERGEY DOLGOPOLSKI
“An extremely well-written, subtle, and moving medita- “Dolgopolski’s Other Others is the most ambitious work I
tion on the impasses of forgiveness in the face of the have read in the field of Jewish political and philosophical
Holocaust and other unforgivable crimes, challenging though in some time. It is creative, synthetic, well writ-
our notions of what it means to be a person and whether ten and conceptually clear. Dolgopolski is a master of his
there is a universal order of ​human beings that might al- material and an innovator. The combination makes for a
low perpetrator and victim to recognize in each other scintillating piece of scholarship.”—Sarah Hammerschlag,
a shared humanity. Banki’s book is an excellent study— University of Chicago
supple in its interpretations, limpid in its style—and will Excluding certain others from a society, while still tolerating
be of great interest to students and scholars of literature, diversity, stabilizes a political order. Or does it? Revisiting
political science, philosophy, history, and anthropology.” this classical question of political theory, this book turns
—Rochelle Tobias, Johns Hopkins University to the Talmud. That late ancient body of text and thought
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Moses and the Violent Origins of Religion Stasis Before the State
Gilad Sharvit and Karen S. Feldman, Editors Nine Theses on Agonistic Democracy
Over the last few decades, vibrant debates regarding post- DIMITRIS VARDOULAKIS
secularism have found inspiration and provocation in the “A beautiful and lyrical book. Over the course of nine theses
works of Sigmund Freud. A new interest in the intercon- Vardoulakis contends with some of the central issues of
nection of psychoanalysis, religion, political theory, and contemporary politics and shows that we need not fear con-
modernity has emerged, with Freud’s final book, Moses and flict but should embrace it as a critical aspect of democratic
Montheism, taking a central role. Highlighting the broad life.”—James Martel, San Francisco State University
impact of Moses and Monotheism across the humanities, the “Against the naïve utopias of radical democracy and of lib-
contributors hail from such diverse disciplines as philoso- eral democracy alike, Vardoulakis presents us with ‘agonistic
phy, comparative literature, cultural studies, German stud- democracy’—a non-teleological and paradoxical political
ies, Jewish studies and psychoanalysis. practice that constitutes the condition of possibility as well as
Contributors: Jan Assmann, Richard Bernstein, Willi Goetschel, the only real alternative to sovereign power. Stasis before the
Ronald Hendel, Catherine Malabou, Gabriele Schwab, Yael Sega- State is a truly remarkable and memorable book.”—Cesare
lovitz, Gilad Sharvit, Joel Whitebook
Casarino, University of Minnesota, Cultural Critique Senior
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MEDIA STUDIES ART
Goods Georges de La Tour and
Advertising, Urban Space, the Enigma of the Visible
and the Moral Law of the Image DALIA JUDOVITZ
EMANUELE COCCIA
“A century has passed since the paintings of Georges de La
Translated by Marissa Gemma
Tour were rescued from near oblivion. Yet the interest in his
“This short, unsettling book offers new perspectives on the enigmatic achievement has never diminished. Dalia Judovitz
moral place of things in the cosmology of industrial mo- surveys a wealth of previous writings, and argues brilliantly
dernity. In making his radical argument, Coccia questions for the significance of the new spiritual dimension that his
many of our habits of thought, by showing that the love of work inhabits.”—Stephen Bann, Bristol University
things—crystallized in fashion, advertising and consump-
By exploring the representations of light, vision, and the vis-
tion—reflects a search for a form of political normativity
ible in La Tour’s works, this interdisciplinary study examines
which has for too long been seen as illicit, illusory and im-
the nature of painting and its artistic, religious, and philo-
moral.”—Arjun Appadurai, New York University
sophical implications.
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The Technological Introject
Friedrich Kittler between Implementation MEDICINE
and the Incalculable
Jeffrey Champlin and Antje Pfannkuchen, Editors
Pathological Realities
Essays on Disease, Experiments, and History
Afterword by Avital Ronell
MIRKO GRMEK
“Spearheaded by New York philosophy icon Avital Ronell, Edited, translated, and with an Introduction by
this book pays tribute to Germany’s most controversial yet Pierre-Olivier Méthot
most original media theorist, who completely changed the Foreword by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger
German academic landscape by following his declared goal Pathological Realities proposes a collection of engaging es-
to drive the human out of the humanities. In completely says by the late Mirko D. Grmek (1924-2000), providing
new and exciting ways, the essays collected in this important a portrait of his entire career as a historian of science and
volume introduce Friedrich Kittler’s radical and challenging an engaged intellectual figure. Drawing on literary works,
approach to the study of Western culture, literature, and scientific texts, and artistic and biological artefacts, Grmek’s
philosophy to an American audience.”—Arne Hocker, Uni- scholarship pieces together the “traces of the past in the pres-
versity of Colorado, Boulder ent” and reconstructs the “pathological reality” of particular
Contributors: Rudiger Campe, Jeffrey Champlin, Bernhard J. historical moments, places and peoples. Through detailed
Dotzler, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Hans-Christian von Herrmann, case-studies his contributions reveal the interconnections of
Ute Holl, Alexander Lambrow, Antje Pfannkuchen, Mert Bahadir diseases, societies, mentalities and medical theories. Strad-
Reisoğlu, Nimrod Reitman, Laurence A. Rickels, Avital Ronell, dling the sciences and the humanities, his historical work re-
Bernhard Siegert, Chadwick T. Smith, Elisabeth Weber, Samuel
sulted in him crafting significant new concepts and methods
Weber, Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, Dominik Zechner
and to engaging with contemporary social problems such as
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