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
Paul C. Mocombe has released a new video on YouTube discussing his new book Mind, Body, and Consciousness in Society: Thinking Vygotsky via Chomsky. Click here to watch it, and the book itself can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars by clicking here.
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.
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”…
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vasil Gluchman’s recent edited collection Ethics of Social Consequences: Philosophical, Applied and Professional Challenges is the subject of two detailed and positive reviews in Ethics and Bioethics (in Central Europe) and Studia Philosophica Kantiana. The reviews are available here and here respectively, and two excerpts from each one is below:
“This presented book should serve as proof of its capabilities and consistency in terms of theoretical background – value orientation, principle adherence, theory of right, as well as its practical connotations applied to the numerous (and possibly boundless) ethical challenges that people face in postmodern world. […] Ethics of social consequences as a modern and dynamic theory of non-utilitarian consequentialism aims to achieve positive social consequences while following specific values and norms of humanity, human dignity, moral right, justice, responsibility, moral duty and tolerance. It is a contemporary ethical theory and, as presented in the book, a highly viable one.”
Lukáš Švaňa, University of Prešov
Ethics and Bioethics (in Central Europe) 8/1-2 (2018)
“It should be noted that the book devoted to V. Gluchman’s concept entitled “Ethics of Social Consequences: Philosophical, Applied and Professional Challenges” includes reflections on the structure and the function of the Slovak ethicist’s theory.The work constitutes a contribution in a broadly understood development of ethics which is the subject of interest. This development consists in specification of a number of anthropological and methodological issues in order to increase the applicability of the ethics and its universal nature in the changing reality and requirements it entails.”
Dr Paulina Dubiel-Zielińska, Witold Pilecki University of Applied Sciences
Studia Philosophica Kantiana 1 (2018)
Ethics of Social Consequences: Philosophical, Applied and Professional Challenges is out now, and can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars by clicking here.
Understanding the Other and Oneself, edited by Detlef Staude and Eckart Rushmann, has been reviewed in the latest issue of Philosophical Practice. The review is wide ranging and expansive, and an indicative excerpt is below. The full review is available here (requires subscription):
“Understanding the Other and Oneself is a fruit of the 14th International Conference on Philosophical Practice, which took place in Bern two years ago. The best conference papers constitute the content of this book and give a good overview of the variety of theories, approaches, and experiences in the field of philosophical practice today. It is impossible to write an abstract of the many views and ways which enter into a dialogue in the mind of the reader. Nonetheless, I would like to give a very short and sketchy picture of the different contributions, a sort of panoramic view of the theoretic landscape, because only by doing so does the richness of this collection become palpable, seducing one to actually step in and scrutinize this landscape more closely. […] In any case, what this collection shows is that philosophical practice is an expansive activity. It follows many paths, always explores new ways and walks in the most diverse directions. But sometimes these different roads come together at a great junction and all the voices start to talk to each other. Just open the book, and you will hear them.”
Albert Hoffman, Zurich Institute of Philosophical Practice
Please click here to see more information about the book, including how to purchase and an excerpt containing the table of contents and opening pages.
Our August Book of the Month is Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White’s Open World by Mohammed Hashas.
Geopoetics is a movement and creative project concerned with reconnecting human beings to the natural world and reinvigorating our understanding of the spaces and places in which we dwell. Largely associated with the Scottish poet Kenneth White and his Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, this project has spawned a vast, interdisciplinary body of scholarship that draws upon science, philosophy, and literary theory to push the latent possibilities of our relationship with the earth, and with each other.
Amongst this scholarship, Hashas’ book stands out as a landmark contribution. Hashas not only provides a critical overview and analysis of geopoetics, but also shows how White’s writing points us towards a more harmonious, fulfilling future. In the words of Elizabeth Rimmer, poet and member of White’s Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, the book is no less than “the book we have been waiting for; a template for taking geopoetics further.”
This work introduces Kenneth White’s geopoetics as a radical, postmodern interdisciplinary and intercultural project that reclaims the return to communication with the earth, nature, wo-man, and the self as part of a cosmic unity approach. It traces geopoetics’ beginnings, key concepts, territories and trajectories, aims, and perspectives. Geopoetics is shown here to be a cosmopolitan project for a more open and harmonious world, which buries narrow-mindedness and offers new horizons.
To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.
We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this book throughout August. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMAUG18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st September 2018.
Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving from academics, journalists, and government officials alike:
“Hashas’ reading of Kenneth White’s project is a worthwhile contribution to laying the foundation for a better understanding between cultures, namely the Arab-Islamic culture and Western culture.”
–Khalid Hajji, President of the Brussels Forum of Wisdom and World Peace
“White’s geopoetics deserves our attention in this hasty world that is losing values, connectedness, and humanness, and Hashas renders us this service intelligently in this work.”
–Francesca M. Corrao, Professor of Arabic Language and Culture, LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome
“Kenneth White’s exploration of Arabic culture has been less developed than that of Asia and of the Inuit in the West. Hashas, who has been initiated to geopoetics by a former student of Kenneth White, seems naturally destined to pursue the path of the Poet and Thinker as developed also by the International Institute of Geopoetics.”
–Michèle Duclos, Retired Senior Lecturer, Bordeaux Montaigne University, France; author of Kenneth White, nomade intellectual, poète du monde (2006).
“Enthusiasts of White’s ground-breaking synthesis of science, philosophy and poetry have long felt the need of a thorough academic structural outline of his thinking that would not only serve as a commentary on White’s oeuvre, but also provide a template for taking geopoetics further. In Intercultural Geopoetics, Mohammed Hashas has written the book we have been waiting for; it is a considerable achievement.”
–Elizabeth Rimmer, poet and member of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics
“Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White’s Open World represents a valuable contribution to the study of space, intersecting in a homogeneous and harmonious way the different literary, philosophical and geocultural perspectives that a meticulous study of geopoetics requires.”
–Simone Sibilio, Reset, 30/01/2018
Magdi Youssef’s new book with Cambridge Scholars, entitled The Contemporary Arab Contribution to World Culture: An Arab-Western Dialogue, has been reviewed by the publisher of the Middle East’s oldest newspaper: the daily Al-Ahram, on their website. The full text of the article can be read below, and the book itself can be published directly from Cambridge Scholars by clicking here. Continue reading