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Posthumanism and Ancestrality
Before Humanity takes up the question of the post- in the posthuman from the position of ancestrality. Speculating about who or what comes after the human inevitably throws us back to our very beginnings. The before in Before Humanity in this context takes on two meanings: 1) what happened before we apparently became human? – which translates into a critical reading of paleo-anthropology, as well as evolutionary narratives of hominization; 2) living through the end of a certain (humanist, anthropocentric) notion of humanity, what tasks lie before us? – which provokes a critical reading of the Anthropocene and current narratives of geologization.
In other words, Before Humanity investigates conceptualizations of humanity and asks whether we have ever been human and if not, what could, or maybe what should we have been?
In Nicholas of Cusa on the Trinitarian Structure of the Innate Criterion of Truth, Paula Pico Estrada offers an analysis of Nicholas of Cusa’s (1401-1464) unitrine conception of the human power of judgment, arguing that the innate criterion that guides human beings to their end is formed by a cognitive, an affective and a social dimension, and that it not only makes possible the systematization and evaluation of cognitive experience but also enables morality.
Based on a close reading of Cusanus’ philosophical treatises, the study deepens our understanding of Nicholas of Cusa’s epistemology, showing that his anthropological conception integrates philosophy and theology.
Author: Andrea Branchi
In Pride, Manners, and Morals: Bernard Mandeville’s Anatomy of Honour Andrea Branchi offers a reading of the Anglo-Dutch physician and thinker’s philosophical project from the hitherto neglected perspective of his lifelong interest in the theme of honour. Through an examination of Mandeville’s anatomy of early eighteenth-century beliefs, practices and manners in terms of motivating passions, the book traces the development of his thought on human nature and the origin of sociability.

By making honour and its roots in the desire for recognition the central thread of Mandeville’s theory of society, Andrea Branchi offers a unified reading of his work and highlights his relevance as a thinker far beyond the moral problem of commercial societies, opening up new perspectives in Mandeville’s studies.
Im Allgemeinen gilt die Philosophie von Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel als äußerst bedeutend und wirkmächtig, gleichsam aber als überaus sperrig und schwer. Wer würde da annehmen, dass diese ausgerechnet von der Liebe inspiriert wurde? Tatsächlich begegnet Hegel während seiner Beschäftigung mit der Liebe jener Methodik, die ihn unsterblich gemacht hat: der Dialektik.
Bei der Liebe geht es um Selbstbejahung, um Selbstvergessenheit, aber auch darum, ein Selbstbewusstsein auf vertiefte Weise wiederzuerlangen. Am Ende steht womöglich eine Synthese zwischen Liebendem und Geliebten. Was Begriffe wie „Selbstbewusstsein“, „absoluter Geist“, „absolutes Wissen“ im Kosmos Hegels exakt bedeuten, erklärt die Einführung ebenso klar wie pointenreich. Zahlreiche Illustrationen, die nicht nur komplexe Sachverhalte veranschaulichen, sondern immer wieder auch Anekdoten aus Hegels Leben einstreuen, sorgen für eine spannende und unterhaltsame Lektüre. Schnell wird man den Grundzügen des Hegelschen Philosophierens, der Grundstruktur seines philosophischen Systems sowie seiner zentralen Thesen und Konzeptionen auf die Spur kommen. Das Buch richtet sich an Einsteiger:innen ohne philosophisches Vorwissen oder spezielle Hegelkenntnisse.
This interdisciplinary volume of essays explores how the notion of time varies across disciplines by examining variance as a defining feature of temporalities in cultural, creative, and scholarly contexts. Featuring a President’s Address by philosopher David Wood, it begins with critical reassessments of J.T. Fraser’s hierarchical theory of time through the lens of Anthropocene studies, philosophy, ecological theory, and ecological literature; proceeds to variant narratives in fiction, video games, film, and graphic novels; and concludes by measuring time’s variance with tools as different as incense clocks and computers, and by marking variance in music, film, and performance art.