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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.
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.
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.
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„Man muss denken, wie die wenigsten und reden wie die meisten.“ Als einer der verständlichsten Denker der Philosophiegeschichte wird Arthur Schopenhauer konsequent diesem Credo gerecht. Mit seiner pessimistischen, oft misanthropischen Grundeinstellung bietet Schopenhauer dem deutschen Mainstream-Idealismus die Stirn und verfasst – nicht ohne satirisches Talent – Polemiken gegen dessen Hauptvertreter Fichte, Schelling und Hegel und setzt dort an, wo Kants Philosophie aufhört. Während es mit anderen Philosophen zeitlebens zum Zerwürfnis kommt, residiert Schopenhauer ohne größere Konflikte mit seinem Pudel „Butz“ in Frankfurt. Anhand von zahlreichen illustrierten Texten werden die Biografie und das Werk Schopenhauers anschaulich dargestellt. So bietet der Comic aus der beliebten Reihe Philosophische Einstiege eine verständliche und amüsante Einführung in das Denken eines echten Klassikers der Philosophie.
Volume Editors: Serena Citro and Fabio Tanga
Philology, philosophy, commentary and reception in Plutarch's work are only some of the main topics discussed within a large academic output devoted to the writer of Chaeronea by Professor Paola Volpe Cacciatore. The volume is divided into four sections: Plutarchean Fragments, Quaestiones convivales, Religion & Philosophy, and Plutarch's Reception from Humanism to Modern Times. The eighteen studies collected in this volume, originally published in Italian and here translated into English, concern the Corpus Plutarcheum, including Table-Talks, De Iside et Osiride, the treatises against the Stoics, De genio Socratis, De liberis educandis, De musica, and some Plutarchean fragments. The volume is a tribute to celebrate the lifelong study of Plutarch's work by Professor Paola Volpe Cacciatore, one of the most remarkable Plutarchean scholars of the last decades.
Animal Liberation, Marxism, and Critical Theory
Author: Marco Maurizi
In Beyond Nature Maurizi tackles the animal question from an unprecedented perspective: strongly criticizing the abstract moralism that has always characterized animal rights activism, the author proposes a historical-materialistic analysis of the relationship between humans and non-humans.

By contrasting the thinking of Hegel, Marx and the Frankfurt School with classical authors in the field of animal rights (such as Singer, Regan, and Francione) this text offers an alternative, social and dialectical theory of animality and a different practical approach to the problem of animal suffering. The hopes for change placed in veganism, liberationism and animal activism are here assumed in a political, revolutionary perspective, in which human and animal liberation finally cease to oppose each other.