Lindsay Waters

Executive Editor for the Humanities

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Lindsay Waters, Executive Editor for the Humanities

startquoteI seek books that develop a global humanism which reflects upon the limits of reductionism. My main areas of acquisition are philosophy and literary studies, though I make forays into other disciplines. I work on the assumption that cultures are undergoing a great shift, as they abandon a mode of thinking that quantifies and commodifies the world around us to the exclusion of spiritual values. Central to my list is the work of authors engaged in spiritual inquiry—Charles Taylor, John O’Malley, Robert Bellah, and many others. In philosophy, a main line of inquiry builds on the transcendental thinking of Emerson and Thoreau and threads through books by Hilary Putnam, Willard Quine, John McDowell, Jennifer Hornsby, Robert Brandom, Elizabeth Anscombe, Wilfred Sellars, Amartya Sen, Stanley Cavell, and Nancy Bauer. In literary and cultural studies, the books I sponsor extend the reach of our “new histories” of French, German, and American literature to include works by Lawrence Buell, Gish Jen, and Namwali Serpell, among others. My “angel of history” is Walter Benjamin, whose writings have inspired a fusion of history, politics, and the arts and sparked a revival of aesthetics.endquote

Recent Books

Cover: Jottings under Lamplight, by Lu Xun, edited by Eileen J. Cheng and Kirk A. Denton, from Harvard University Press

Jottings under Lamplight
Lu Xun, edited by Eileen J. Cheng and Kirk A. Denton

Cover: As If: Idealization and Ideals, by Kwame Anthony Appiah, from Harvard University Press

As If: Idealization and Ideals
Kwame Anthony Appiah

Cover: A New Literary History of Modern China, edited by David Der-wei Wang, from Harvard University Press

A New Literary History of Modern China
Edited by David Der-wei Wang

Cover: The Fateful Triangle: Race, Ethnicity, Nation, by Stuart Hall, edited by Kobena Mercer, with a Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., from Harvard University Press

The Fateful Triangle: Race, Ethnicity, Nation
Stuart Hall, edited by Kobena Mercer, with a Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Cover: What Is China? Territory, Ethnicity, Culture, and History, by Zhaoguang Ge, translated by Michael Gibbs Hill, from Harvard University Press

What Is China? Territory, Ethnicity, Culture, and History
Zhaoguang Ge, translated by Michael Gibbs Hill

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