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 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?

Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine, by Jim Downs, from Harvard University Press

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Jacket: An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns, by Bruno Latour, translated by Catherine Porter, from Harvard University Press

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In awarding Bruno Latour the 2021 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy, the Inamori Foundation said he has “revolutionized the conventional view of science” and “his philosophy re-examines ‘modernity’ based on the dualism of nature and society.” Below is an excerpt from An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns. For more than twenty years, scientific and technological controversies have proliferated in number and scope, eventually reaching the climate itself. Since geologists are beginning to use the term “Anthropocene” to designate the era of Earth’s history that follows the Holocene