Institute for Human Sciences Vienna Lecture Series

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: Varieties of Religion Today: William James Revisited

Varieties of Religion Today: William James Revisited

Taylor, Charles

A hundred years after William James delivered the celebrated lectures that became The Varieties of Religious Experience, one of the foremost thinkers in the English-speaking world returns to the questions posed in James’s masterpiece to clarify the circumstances and conditions of religion in our day.

Cover: The Course of Recognition

The Course of Recognition

Ricoeur, Paul
Pellauer, David

Recognition, though it figures profoundly in our understanding of objects and persons, identity and ideas, has never before been the subject of a single, sustained philosophical inquiry. This work, by one of contemporary philosophy’s most distinguished voices, pursues recognition through its various philosophical guises and meanings and, through the “course of recognition,” seeks to develop nothing less than a proper hermeneutics of mutual recognition.

Cover: Does Ethics Have a Chance in a World of Consumers?

Does Ethics Have a Chance in a World of Consumers?

Bauman, Zygmunt

Zygmunt Bauman urges us to think in new ways about a newly flexible, newly challenging modern world. In an era of routine travel, where most people circulate widely, the inherited beliefs that aid our thinking about the world have become an obstacle. He challenges members of the “knowledge class” to overcome their estrangement from the rest of society.

Cover: Puzzling Identities

Puzzling Identities

Descombes, Vincent
Schwartz, Stephen Adam

As a logical concept, identity refers to one and the same thing. So how can it describe membership in various groups, as in ethnic and religious identity? Bringing together an analytic conception of identity with a psychosocial understanding, Vincent Descombes demonstrates why a person has more than one answer to the essential question Who am I?

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Jacket: Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age, by James L. Nolan, Jr., from Harvard University Press

Remembering Hiroshima

On this day 75 years ago, the United States dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. James L. Nolan Jr.’s grandfather was a doctor who participated in the Manhattan Project, and he writes about him in Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age, an unflinching examination of the moral and professional dilemmas faced by physicians who took part in the project. Below, please find the introduction to Nolan’s book. On the morning of June 17, 1945, Captain James F. Nolan, MD, boarded a plane