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Mad Travelers
Mad Travelers

Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Illnesses

Hacking, Ian

"It all began one morning last July when we noticed a young man of twenty-six crying in his bed in Dr. Pitre's ward. He had just come from a long journey on foot and was...


A Many-Colored Glass
A Many-Colored Glass

Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe

Dyson, Freeman J.

Freeman Dyson’s latest book does not attempt to bring together all of the celebrated physicist’s thoughts on science and technology into a unified theory. The emphasis is,...


Hope without Optimism
Hope without Optimism
Eagleton, Terry

In his latest book, Terry Eagleton, one of the most celebrated intellects of our time, considers the least regarded of the virtues. His compelling meditation on hope begins...


Structural Intuitions
Structural Intuitions

Seeing Shapes in Art and Science

Kemp, Martin

"All great achievements of science must start from intuitive knowledge," wrote Albert Einstein. In Structural Intuitions, a fascinating exploration of the commonalities...


Fatalism in American Film Noir
Fatalism in American Film Noir

Some Cinematic Philosophy

Pippin, Robert B.

The crime melodramas of the 1940s known now as film noir shared many formal and thematic elements, from unusual camera angles and lighting to moral ambiguity and femmes fatales...


In and Out of the West
In and Out of the West

Reconstructing Anthropology

Godelier, Maurice

Is anthropology simply a continuation of colonial domination and cultural imperialism by other means, or has it--since its nineteenth-century rebirth as a purportedly...


The Moral Architecture of World Peace
The Moral Architecture of World Peace

Nobel Laureates Discuss Our Global Future

Cobban, Helena

In November 1998, eight visionary recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize gathered on the grounds of the University of Virginia for two days of extraordinary dialogue. From the...


Dialect Diversity in America
Dialect Diversity in America

The Politics of Language Change

Labov, William

The sociolinguist William Labov has worked for decades on change in progress in American dialects and on African American Vernacular English (AAVE). In Dialect Diversity in...


The Conversation of Humanity
The Conversation of Humanity
Mulhall, Stephen

Based on the author’s Page-Barbour lectures, delivered at the University of Virginia in 2005, The Conversation of Humanity critically examines the idea that the nature...


The Legitimacy of the Business Corporation in the Law of the United States, 1780-1970
The Legitimacy of the Business Corporation in the Law of the United States, 1780-1970
Hurst, James Willard

The History of Corporate Law by the Foremost Legal Historian, James Willard Hurst This study, which is based on a series of lectures delivered at the University of Virginia Law...


The Significance of Territory
Gottman, Jean

Over her thirty-year study of the concept of territory, Jean Gottmann has seen its significance evolve in a wide variety of ways throughout the world. Factors that influence...


Moments of Freedom
Moments of Freedom

Anthropology and Popular Culture

Fabian, Johannes

Johannes Fabian was one of the first anthropologists to introduce the concept of popular culture into the study of contemporary Africa. Drawing on his research in the Shaba...


Philosophy as Poetry
Philosophy as Poetry
Rorty, Richard

Undeniably iconoclastic, and doggedly practical where others were abstract, the late Richard Rorty was described by some as a philosopher with no philosophy. Rorty was...


Three Rings
Three Rings

A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate

Mendelsohn, Daniel

In this genre-defying book, best-selling memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn explores the mysterious links between the randomness of the lives we lead and the artfulness of...