Edited by Christopher Hitchcock, J. O. and Juliette Koepfli Professor of Philosophy, with Helen Beebee and Huw Price (Oxford)
Making a Difference presents fifteen original essays on causation and counterfactuals by an international team of experts. Collectively, they represent the state of the art on these topics. The essays in this volume are inspired by the life and work of Peter Menzies, who made a difference in the lives of students, colleagues, and friends. Topics covered include: the semantics of counterfactuals, agency theories of causation, the context-sensitivity of causal claims, structural equation models, mechanisms, mental causation, causal exclusion argument, free will, and the consequence argument.
Co-edited by Cindy Weinstein, Eli and Edythe Broad Professor of English, Vice Provost, Chief Diversity Officer, and Robert S. Levine (W. W. Norton & Company)
"In Levine's and Weinstein's wonderful edition, Pierre, a book that discovers the unshored immensities of Moby-Dick in the heart of a privileged white New York family, stands forth in its own right as a classic, a brave, brilliant, unforgettable tracing-out of where the pursuits of Truth and Virtue may lead us. It is of its own time, as Levine and Weinstein show, but it is of our own as well."—Geoffrey Sanborn, Amherst College
"An intimate, touching, moving portrait of the self in peril and in pain, written with characteristic intelligence and lucidity by Merrill Joan Gerber."—Joyce Carol Oates, author of We Were the Mulvaneys and Winner of the National Humanities Award
"In the course of his career, Robert A. Rosenstone (emeritus, Cal Tech) has worked as one of the most brilliantly innovative historians in the United States. … His latest book Adventures of a Postmodern Historian is a beautifully written memoir that succeeds in being a profound meditation on the life of a historian as well as the nature of historical research and writing. It is also a highly entertaining and moving account of his unique and interesting career."—History News Network
Time, Tense, and American Literature: When Is Now?
By Cindy Weinstein, Professor of English; Vice Provost (Cambridge University Press)
"Cindy Weinstein, our finest contemporary scholar of sentimentalism, makes the temporal turn in Time, Tense, and American Literature, casting time itself as her protagonist. Weinstein charts the heretofore unexplored nonlinear intervals at the heart of the classic American novel, from the work of Charles Brockden Brown to the African American fiction of Edward P. Jones. At a moment in which the humanities themselves are under siege, Time, Tense, and American Literature insists that we reimagine the power of the literary and its use of time, space, and form. Weinstein's book should become required reading for scholars of American literature, the new aesthetics, and historians of the novel who will applaud her provocative, brilliant, and beautifully written achievement."—Julia Stern, Northwestern University
By Philip T. Hoffman, Rea A. and Lela G. Axline Professor of Business Economics and Professor of History (Princeton University Press)
Combining wide reading, the judicious use of data, and economic models that distinguish Hoffman's explanation from that of earlier historians, Why Did Europe Conquer the World? represents the very best in economic history."—Timothy Guinnane, Yale University
"Rosenstone, an innovative and compelling historian, turns his sensitive gaze back on a remarkable life in poems that crackle with feelings of love, humor, sadness, and the surprise of the unknown."—Marjorie Becker, National Book Award Nominee in poetry for Body Bach, and also author of Setting the Virgin on Fire, and Piano Glass / Glass Piano
"In the almost one hundred writings and more than 1,000 letters in this volume, Einstein is revealed yet again as the consummate puzzler of myriad scientific problems as well as the invested participant in social and political engagements."
"This argument for intellectual unity in Newton's method of working gives Newton and the Origin of Civilization philosophical as well as historical originality and importance . . . represents a climacteric in our understanding of its subject's life and thought."—Scott Mandelbrote, Times Literary Supplement
"You can explore Albert Einstein's digital brain with a new app, but you can learn more about the man's mind in a new volume of collected papers released today. The papers bring Einstein's thoughts and writings between 1922 and '23 to the public for the first time." —Wired magazine
Edited by Cindy Weinstein, Professor of English; Executive Officer for the Humanities (Columbia University Press)
"This is a book that deserves to be read by all who are, like its contributors, 'disenchanted with disenchantment' and looking to formulate whatever might come next . . . " —Jacob Brogan, College Literature
"According to older historiographies of science, Aristotle's matter-form theory was perceived as a major obstacle to be overcome at the threshold of modernity. In recent decades, scholars have challenged this progressionist perspective . . . [This volume] exhibits the vigor of the traditional approach to the history of philosophy . . . and offers fresh insights by historians of science into neglected areas of research." —Kuni Sakamotom, Early Science and Medicine Details
"Catherine Jurca has taken a nearly forgotten event in the history of Hollywood and demonstrated how much it can tell us about the state of the motion picture industry and its frailties, as well as about its relationship with its audience, at a critical moment in its development." —Richard Maltby
"Kristine Haugen gives us the most vivid portrait yet of a strange and fascinating man. At the same time, she traces—with learning, insight, and lucid, lively prose—the twists and turns of a great scholar's intellectual life. Richard Bentley's ambitions and his accomplishments will never look the same." —Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
By Jed Buchwald, Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History, and Diane Greco Josefowicz (Princeton University Press)
"This is a fascinating study of how politics, science, and religion intersected in the heated debates over the meanings of the hieroglyphics on a pair of stones brought from Egypt to Paris in 1821. At the heart of the tale is the question of how we know the past. It has the excitement of a real-life archaeological mystery combined with a clash between science and theology that has great resonance for today." —Walter Isaacson. President and CEO, the Aspen Institute
"Writing against Revolution is at once brilliant and brave, for it goes directly against the dominant ideological grain of Romanticism . . . It is a carefully considered defense of the literary, cultural and political achievements of a wide range of conservative writers . . . Very few mainstream scholars have read, or even registered, this conservative strain of writing . . . Writing against Revolution changes all this, and will change it permanently." —Kenneth R. Johnston, The Wordsworth Circle Details
"A radical revision of the geographical history of the discovery of the Americas that links Columbus's southbound route with colonialism, slavery, and today's divide between the industrialized North and the developing South." —MIT Press
This is an English translation of Hans Reichenbach's doctoral dissertation, reproduced with the German original on facing pages. The translators provide an introduction that connects the thesis to its influences and Reichenbach's later writings on probability and causality.
ByGeorge Gascoigne Edited with an Introduction and Commentary by G. W. Pigman, Professor of English (Oxford University Press)
"This edition is the best piece of luck Gascoigne has had in the four hundred and fifty years since his birth . . . Here, almost spotless, is almost anything a reader of Gascoigne could desire to know, in what must be one of the best editions of an early modern text produced in the last decade." —Colin Burrow, London Review of Books
By Fiona Cowie, Professor of Philosophy (Oxford University Press)
"This powerfully iconoclastic book reconsiders the influential nativist position toward the mind. Nativists assert that some concepts, beliefs, or capacities are innate or inborn: "native" to the mind rather than acquired. Fiona Cowie argues that this view is mistaken, demonstrating that nativism is an unstable amalgam of two quite different—and probably inconsistent—theses about the mind."