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New Publication: 'Nietzsche's 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra' A Critical Guide'' Cambridge University Press (June 2022)

Keith Ansell-Pearson, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, has co-edited a new book with Paul S Loeb, Nietzsche’s ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’ A Critical Guide, just published by Cambridge University Press. See here:

In ‘Ecce Homo’, Nietzsche writes that his book ‘ Thus Spoke Zarathustra’ is the ‘greatest gift’ humanity has ever received - the ‘most elevated book’ with a ‘voice that spans over millennia’. Despite this, anglophone Nietzsche scholars have been somewhat reluctant to engage with the work he took to be his true masterpiece. Nietzsche regarded ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’ as his most important philosophical contribution because it proposes solutions to the problems and questions he poses in his later books – for example, his cure for the human disposition to vengefulness and his creation of new values as the antidote to nihilism. It is also the only place where he elaborates his concepts of the superhuman and the eternal recurrence of the same. In this Critical Guide, an international group of distinguished scholars analyse the philosophical ideas in ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’, discussing a range of topics that include literary parody as philosophical critique, philosophy as a way of life, the meaning of human life, philosophical naturalism, fatalism, radical flux, human passions and virtues, great politics, transhumanism, and ecological conscience. The volume will be invaluable for philosophers, scholas and students interested in Nietzsche’s thought.

Thu 30 Jun 2022, 10:50 | Tags: Home Page, Publication

New Publication: 'Value in Modernity, The Philosophy of Existential Modernism in Nietzsche, Scheler, Sartre and Musil' by Professor Peter Poellner

Peter Poellner, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, has a new book published by Oxford University Press. In Value in Modernity, The Philosophy of Existential Modernism in Nietzsche, Scheler, Sartre, and Musil (OUP, April 2022), Professor Poellner presents an original and innovative reconstruction of a strand of philosophical modernism previously overlooked, and explores new interpretations of Nietzsche and Sartre and their ethical thought. Professor Poellner’s text also offers the first in depth interpretation in English of the philosophical centre of Musil’s The Man Without Qualities.

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Mon 13 Jun 2022, 10:19 | Tags: Home Page, Publication

New Publication: Hegel on Being by Professor Stephen Houlgate, Published by Bloomsbury Academic (November 2021)

Hegel on Being is a comprehensive study of the first part of Hegel’s Science of Logic — the “doctrine of being” — by Stephen Houlgate and published by Bloomsbury Academic Publishers (in two volumes). Based on many years of research and teaching, this new book examines the purpose and method of Hegel’s Logic and explains in detail Hegel’s derivation of the categories of quality, quantity and measure. It also contains an original account of Hegel’s critique of Kant (including Kant’s antinomies) and an extensive comparative study of Hegel and Frege.


Thu 11 Nov 2021, 14:19 | Tags: Home Page, Publication, Research

New Publication: 'Extremism: A Philosophical Analysis' by Professor Quassim Cassam (Routledge, September 2021)

Professor Quassim Cassam’s ongoing research into philosophical subjects which connect to urgent global issues continues with a new volume on extremism published by Routledge in September 2021.

Professor Cassam’s authoritative narrative provides an incisive and thought-provoking discussion of extremism in its many differing forms, and uses real world examples to address a range of pressing questions, including: what is extremism and what are its different forms? How does extremism differ from fanaticism and fundamentalism?  How does one become an extremist? How should the notions of radicalization, counter-radicalization and deradicalization be understood?

Extremism: A Philosophical Analysis’ offers the reader a clear and highly accessible overview of a controversial subject and its evolving threat to the world today.

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Mon 06 Sep 2021, 14:37 | Tags: Home Page, Publication

The Best Philosophy Books for Beginners

Professor Quassim Cassam features in a newly revised online article, The Best Philosophy Books for Beginners, which has been produced by – a website dedicated to encouraging people worldwide to read more books. The list of recommended Philosophy titles has been updated and now includes more book nominations selected by an extended panel of philosophy experts. Quassim Cassam’s contribution is on Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel. The article can be found here: 

Tue 18 May 2021, 11:06 | Tags: Home Page, Publication

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