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Hanna H. Wei

In A Dialogical Concept of Minority Rights, Hanna H. Wei demonstrates that a more plausible and realistic concept of minority rights should consist of not only rights against the state but also rights against the group. She formulates and defends three separate but related rights to dialogue, and thoroughly analyses how they may operate not only to maintain a healthy balance between the minorities’ need to be culturally distinct and their need to relate to and belong in the larger society, but also that they address the generalisations and presuppositions on which the debate of multiculturalism has been based, and constitute the first step of a possible solution to many of the theoretical and practical difficulties of minority protection.

Von Göttern und Zombies

Die Sehnsucht nach Lebendigkeit

Peter Strasser

A Greek and Arabic Lexicon (GALex)

Materials for a Dictionary of the Mediaeval Translations from Greek into Arabic. Fascicle 13, بيت TO بين


Edited by Gerhard Endress and Dimitri Gutas

From the eighth to the tenth century A.D., Greek scientific and philosophical works were translated wholesale into Arabic. A Greek and Arabic Lexicon is the first systematic attempt to present in an analytical, rationalized way our knowledge of the vocabulary of these translations.

María José Falcón y Tella

María José Falcón y Tella invites us on a fascinating journey through the world of law and literature, travelling through the different eras and exploring eternal and as such current issues such as justice, power, resistance, vengeance, rights, and duties. This is an unending conversation, which brings us back to Sophocles and Dickens, Cervantes and Kafka, Dostoyevsky and Melville, among many others.
There are many ways to approach the concept of “Law and Literature”. In the classical manner, the author distinguishes three paths: the Law of Literature, involving a technical approach to the literary theme; Law as Literature, a hermeneutical and rhetorical approach to examining legal texts; and finally, Law in Literature, which is undoubtedly the most fertile and documented perspective (the fundamental part of the work focusses on this direction). This timely volume offers an introduction to this enormous field of study, which was born in the United States over a century ago and is currently taking root in the European continent.

Concepts and Categorization

Systematic and Historical Perspectives

Edited by David Hommen, Christoph Kann and Tanja Oswald

The study of concepts lies at the intersection of various disciplines, both analytic and empiric. The rising cognitive sciences, for instance, are interested in concepts insofar as they are used in an explanation of such diverse epistemic phenomena like categorization, inference, memory, learning, and decision-making. In philosophy, the challenge imposed by conceptualization consists, among other things, in accommodating reverse intuitions about concepts like shareability, mind-dependency, mediation between reference, knowledge and reality, etc. While researchers have collaborated more and more to contribute to a unified understanding of concepts and categorization, the joint venture unfortunately suffers (so far) from the fact that it is generally left unclear how exactly the different approaches undertaken in the participating sciences relate to each other. What do psychologists and philosophers mean by the notion of a concept? Is there a core-theory of concepts and categorization underlying analytical and empirical studies? The present collection of essays addresses these and related questions and tries to answer them from both a systematic and a historical perspective.

Anna Kreysing

Wenn ein Kunstwerk nicht schön ist, warum schauen wir es dann dennoch an? Weil es nachdenklich macht, weil es eine Weltsicht artikuliert, weil Kunstwerke uns Erfahrungen machen lassen, die epistemisch wertvoll sind. Unter diesem Aspekt wird nicht der aktuellen Debatte, die Kunst als Forschung versteht, zugestimmt, sondern untersucht, ob die These der epistemischen Relevanz Ästhetischer Erfahrung sich mit Rückgriff auf die philosophische Ästhetik fundieren lässt. Dazu werden zentrale Gedanken Nelson Goodmans, Catherine Elgins, John Deweys, Roman Ingardens, Moritz Geigers und Judith Siegmunds dargestellt und erläutert. In drei Beispielen werden mögliche Ästhetische Erfahrungen bestimmter Kunstwerke geschildert, um zu prüfen, ob die theoretischen Ansätze tatsächlich zur Analyse konkreter Ästhetischer Erfahrungen tauglich sind. Da durch diese Veranschaulichungen nicht nur Prozesse und Funktionen des Erkennens in Ästhetischen Erfahrungen hervorgehoben werden, sondern auch die Schwachstellen der Theorien deutlich zu Tage treten, kann schließlich in Reaktion darauf ein eigenes Verständnis Ästhetischer Erfahrung begründet werden.


Seine Bedeutung, seine Grenzen

Edited by Neil Roughley and Julius Schälike

Seit Aristoteles scheint es selbstverständlich, dass Menschen mit einem strebenden Vermögen ausgestattet sind. Historisch gibt es starke Variationen sowohl in den Konzeptionen eines solchen Vermögens als auch in den Vorstellungen darüber, wo und auf welche Weise es philosophisch bedeutsam ist. Weitgehende Einigkeit herrscht allerdings darüber, dass das, was wir heute am ehesten mit »Wollen« bezeichnen, philosophisch weniger bedeutsam ist als theoretische Einstellungen wie der Glauben oder auch das Wissen. Das ist aber weit weniger selbstverständlich als oft angenommen wird. Überraschend ist ferner, dass es bis heute keine systematischen Versuche gibt, die Bedeutung des Wollens in den verschiedenen Sparten der Philosophie miteinander in Bezug zu setzen, damit ersichtlich wird, welche ›Arbeit‹ insgesamt von diesem Vermögen geleistet wird. Dieser Band trägt zur Herstellung einer solchen Übersicht bei, indem er Beiträge zusammen führt, die die Themen (1) Wollen und Glauben, (2) Wollen, Wertungen und Werte, (3) Wollen und Sollen, (4) Willensschwäche und -stärke und (5) Willensfreiheit und Verantwortlichkeit behandeln.

The Philosophy of Life

A New Reading of the Zhuangzi


Guying Chen

Chen Guying, one of the leading scholars on Daoism in contemporary China, provides in his book The Philosophy of Life, A New Reading of the Zhuangzi a detailed analysis and a unique interpretation of Zhuangzi’s Inner, Outer and Miscellaneous chapters.
Unlike many other Chinese scholars Chen does not focus on a philological, but on a philosophical reading of the Zhuangzi highlighting the main topics of self-cultivation, aesthetics, and epistemology. Chen’s perspectives on the Zhuangzi range from the historical background of the Warring States Period to his own personal (political) experience. Since Chen is also a specialist on Nietzsche, he elaborates Zhuangzi’s philosophy of life and the idea of regulating one’s heart by drawing a parallel to Nietzsche’s perspectivism.


Christoph Senft

This study offers a comprehensive overview of Indian writing in English in the 21st century. Through ten exemplary analyses in which canonical authors stand next to less well-known and diasporic ones Christoph Senft provides deep insights into India’s complex literary world and develops an argumentative framework in which narrative texts are interpreted as transmodern re-readings of history, historicity and memory. Reconciling different postmodern and postcolonial theoretical approaches to the interpretation and construction of literature and history, Senft substitutes traditional, Eurocentric and universalistic views on past and present by decolonial and pluralistic practices. He thus helps to better understand the entanglements of colonial politics and cultural production, not only on the subcontinent.

Marx and the Earth

An Anti-Critique


John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett

A decade and a half ago John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett introduced a new, revolutionary understanding of the ecological foundations of Marx’s thought, demonstrating that Marx’s concepts of the universal metabolism of nature, social metabolism, and metabolic rift prefigured much of modern systems ecology. Ecological relations were shown to be central to Marx’s critique of capitalism, including his value analysis. Now in Marx and the Earth Foster and Burkett expand on this analysis in the process of responding to recent ecosocialist criticisms of Marx. The result is a full-fledged anti-critique—pointing to the crucial roles that dialectics, open-system thermodynamics, intrinsic value, and aesthetic understandings played in the original Marxian critique, holding out the possibility of a new red-green synthesis.