Book Review: Edmund Burke, the Imperatives of Empire and the American Revolution: An Interpretation

We are delighted to share a new review of H.G. Callaway’s Edmund Burke, the Imperatives of Empire and the American Revolution: An Interpretation, published in the latest volume of Studies in Burke and His Time. The full review can be read open access here (scroll down to p.92), and an indicative excerpt is below:

“The editor’s challenge in this volume is to inject freshness into a largely familiar collection of Burke’s writings relating to America. This he does with a textual analysis that appears to stand upon four main arguments: that the tension over the legacy of the Glorious Revolutionwas focused primarily on the relationship of liberty and representation; that Burke was a “liberal Whig” in his conception of that relationship; that the almost unforeseen consequences of the acquisition of an extensive continental empire—in 1763, but also in 1803—contorted that tension in challenging and unexpected ways; that there remains unplumbed contemporary value in grappling with these issues afresh—not least in comparing the thought of Burke and of Thomas Jefferson, a comparison that finds “poignant commonalties” to place beside the “well known contrasts” (p. xvi).”

The book is available to purchase directly from Cambridge Scholars – please click here to do so.

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Ruth Thomas-Pellicer on Nietzsche for a Post-Ecocidal Age

Today marks the end of our celebration of Friedrich Nietzsche’s birthday, and we end our month of short articles on his thinking with a post from Ruth Thomas-Pellicer, author of The Places of God in an Age of Re-Embodiments: What is Culture? Ruth is at the forefront of utilising continental philosophy to rethink our ‘ecocidal’ age, and her book is among four that is being offered in October for a 50% discount. Today is the last day of the promotion, so act fast if you’d like to pick up a copy of her book for only 23.99 – please click here to see more.

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‘We Need to Talk About Nietzsche’ Marina Gržinić on Nietzsche, Racism, and Capitalism

As the month begins to draw to a close, our series of articles marking Nietzsche’s birthday continue. This time, Marina Gržinić offers her thoughts on a part of Nietzsche’s world view that is often sidelined – his racism. Marina is a philosopher, theoretician and artist from Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is a prominent contemporary theoretical and critical figure in Slovenia, and has been employed at the Institute of Philosophy at the Scientific and Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts (ZRC-SAZU in Slovenian / SRC-SASA in English) since 1993. She currently serves as a Professor and research adviser. Read on for her thoughts… Continue reading

Jibu George on Friedrich Nietzsche and ‘Certain Predicaments of Our Time’

We continue our month of short articles celebrating Nietzsche’s birthday with a piece from our Editorial Advisory Board member Jibu George. Jibu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Indian and World Literatures at the English and Foreign Languages University (formerly the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages), India, and whose books include Ulysses Quotīdiānus: James Joyce’s Inverse Histories of the Everyday (2016) and The Ontology of Gods: An Account of Enchantment, Disenchantment, and Re-Enchantment (2017). Here, Jibu reflects on Nietzsche and our current predicament with this wide-ranging and insightful essay.  Continue reading

“Supposing Truth is a Woman—What Then?” Dylan Daniel on Nietzsche and Truth

As we move into the second half of October, our tributes to and reflections on the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche continue. This time, Dylan Daniel has penned his reflections on Nietzsche and truth in our contemporary – sometimes called post-truth – era. Dylan is one of our Editorial Board Members in Philosophy, and the authored of the just published book Formal Dialectics, which is available to buy now – use the discount code DIALECTICS20 when buying on our website for 20% off. You can hear more about Dylan’s work on this podcast here. Read on for his thoughts on one of the most important issues of our day… Continue reading

Cambridge Scholars Publishing at the 24th International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, Newcastle University

Cambridge Scholars Publishing was delighted to sponsor the 24th International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, which took place on the 20th and 21st of September at Newcastle University. One of the largest meetings of philosophers interested in Nietzsche’s work, the conference showcased the best in Nietzsche scholarship – and in philosophy more widely – published by Cambridge Scholars.

In part, the conference was a celebration of the publication of a new paperback edition of Andrea Rehberg’s Nietzsche and Phenomenology. A lecturer in philosophy at Newcastle University, Andrea was the principle conference organiser, and as such we decided to do a little giveaway of the new book. Delegates were asked to guess the number of words in the new paperback, a competition which elicited some astonishing responses – the best of which was 2,000,000 words (for reference, all of the Harry Potter books added together contain 1,084,170 words…). The answer was 86,716 words, and the winner was Richard Elliott of Birkbeck University, with an impressively close 85,000. A copy of the book will be winging its way to Richard soon.

Aside from this, we also presented our most recent books on the enigmatic German thinker, including Yunus Tuncel’s Nietzsche and Transhumanism and Raymond Angelo Belliotti’s Nietzsche’s Will to Power: Eagles, Lions, and Serpents. Of particular interest to delegates was Paul van Tongeren’s new book Friedrich Nietzsche and European Nihilism, which is a groundbreaking historical study of nihilism which emphasises not only the history of the idea before Nietzsche, but also it’s haunting endurance in the present day.

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The conference also featured speakers who serve on the Editorial Board of Stefan Lorenz Sorgner and Yunus Tuncel’s acclaimed series with Cambridge Scholars, Nietzsche Now. Ashley Woodward gave an inspired talk on Nietzsche’s nihilism, drawing in part on Paul van Tongeren’s book and previous work, and Vanessa Lemm examined the confluences of Nietzsche’s thinking on nature, sexuality, and politics. Meanwhile, discussions as to the relevance of Nietzsche’s thinking continued in coffee breaks and corridors, punctuated by one prominent scholar asking where the good pubs are in Newcastle as “Nietzsche would want us to engage in some debauchery after a conference dedicated to his thought”…

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Cambridge Scholars was immensely proud to support the conference, which also marks the beginning of our celebrations of Nietzsche’s birthday in October. Moreover, we are always looking to add to our current list of titles on Nietzsche and in philosophy more generally, and would be delighted to talk to anyone interested in working with us on a book project. For more information, please contact our Commissioning Editor Camilla Harding, who can be reached at: camilla.harding@cambridgescholars.com.