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Our store is known for its deep sections in philosophy and literary criticism. This list is a good place to start looking at books we are excited to feature.
Moral Imagination: Essays
Bromwich, David

Spanning many historical and literary contexts, Moral Imagination brings together a dozen recent essays by one of America’s premier cultural critics. David Bromwich explores the importance of imagination and sympathy to suggest how these faculties may illuminate the motives of human action... (more)

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Novel: A Biography
Schmidt, Michael

The 700-year history of the novel in English defies straightforward telling. Geographically and culturally boundless, with contributions from Great Britain, Ireland, America, Canada, Australia, India, the Caribbean, and Southern Africa; influenced by great novelists working in other languages; a... (more)

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Other Black List: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s
Washington, Mary Helen

Mary Helen Washington recovers the vital role of 1950s leftist politics in the works and lives of contemporary African American writers and artists. While most histories of McCarthyism focus on the devastation of the black list and the intersection of leftist politics and American culture, few in... (more)

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Romanticism: A German Affair
Safranski, Rüdiger & Robert E. Goodwin, trans.
The renowned scholar Rüdiger Safranski’s Romanticism: A German Affair both offers an accessible overview of Romanticism and, more critically, traces its lasting influence, for better and for ill, on German culture. Safranski begins with the eighteenthcentury Sturm und Drang moveme... (more)

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Shakespeare's Montaigne
Montaigne, Michel de & Stephen Greenblatt, ed.
An NYRB Classics Original

Shakespeare, Nietzsche once wrote, was Montaigne’s best reader. It is a typically brilliant Nietzschean insight, capturing the intimate relationship between the ever-changing record of the mutable self constituted by Montaigne’s Essays and Shakespeare’s ka... (more)

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Anxiety: The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book X
Jacques Lacan is widely recognized as a key figure in the history of psychoanalysis and one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th Century. In Anxiety, now available for the first time in English, he explores the nature of anxiety, suggesting that it is not nostalgia for the object that... (more)

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Culture and the Death of God
Eagleton, Terry
How to live in a supposedly faithless world threatened by religious fundamentalism? Terry Eagleton, formidable thinker and renowned cultural critic, investigates in this thought-provoking book the contradictions, difficulties, and significance of the modern search for a replacement for God. Eng... (more)

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Head Cases: Julia Kristeva on Philosophy and Art in Depressed Times
Miller, Elaine P.
While philosophy and psychoanalysis privilege language and conceptual distinctions and mistrust the image, the philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva recognizes the power of art and the imagination to unblock important sources of meaning. She also appreciates the process through which cre... (more)

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Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed -- and What It Means for Our Future
Jamieson, Dale
From the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference there was a concerted international effort to stop climate change. Yet greenhouse gas emissions increased, atmospheric concentrations grew, and global warming became an observable fact of life.
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Yablo, Stephen

Aboutness has been studied from any number of angles. Brentano made it the defining feature of the mental. Phenomenologists try to pin down the aboutness-features of particular mental states. Materialists sometimes claim to have grounded aboutness in natural regularities. Attempts have even been ... (more)

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Bull, Malcolm
Nietzsche, the philosopher seemingly opposed to everyone, has met with remarkably little opposition himself. He remains what he wanted to be— the limit-philosopher of a modernity that never ends. In this provocative, sometimes disturbing book, Bull argues that merely to reject Nietzsche is not to es... (more)

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Unspeakable Girl: The Myth and Mystery of Kore
Agamben, Giorgio & Monica Ferrando

Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben is the rare writer whose ideas and works have a broad appeal across many fields, and his devoted fans are not just philosophers, but readers of political and legal theory, sociology, and literary criticism as well. Agamben’s intuition and meditation are fas... (more)

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Introduction to Metaphysics: Second Edition
Heidegger, Martin & Fried, Gregory, et al., trans.
This new edition of one of Heidegger’s most important works features a revised and expanded translators’ introduction and an updated translation, as well as the first English versions of Heidegger’s draft of a portion of the text and of his later critique of his own lectures. Other new features... (more)

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Donoghue, Denis

Denis Donoghue turns his attention to the practice of metaphor and to its lesser cousins, simile, metonym, and synecdoche. Metaphor ("a carrying or bearing across") supposes that an ordinary word could have been used in a statement but hasn't been. Instead, something else, something unexpected, a... (more)

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Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life
Eiland, Howard & Michael W. Jennings

Walter Benjamin is one of the twentieth century's most important intellectuals, and also one of its most elusive. His writings--mosaics incorporating philosophy, literary criticism, Marxist analysis, and a syncretistic theology--defy simple categorization. And his mobile, often improvised existen... (more)

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Dionysian Vision of the World
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm & Mark Daniel Cohen, trans.

Before the world knew of the thinker who “philosophizes with a hammer,” there was a young, passionate thinker who was captivated by the two forces found within Greek art: Dionysus and Apollo. In this essay, which was the forerunner to his groundbreaking book The Birth of Tragedy, The Dion... (more)

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Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling: The Function of Avowal in Justice
Foucault, Michel

Three years before his death, Michel Foucault delivered a series of lectures at the Catholic University of Louvain that until recently remained almost unknown. These lectures—which focus on the role of avowal, or confession, in the determination of truth and justice—provide the missing link betwe... (more)

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