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?

The Return of Inequality: Social Change and the Weight of the Past, by Mike Savage, from Harvard University Press

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Jacket: The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America, by Beth Lew-Williams, from Harvard University Press

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Part II

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re showcasing titles that document the Asian American experience. Our second excerpt comes from Beth Lew-Williams’s prizewinning book The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America, which historian Richard White describes as “a powerful argument about racial violence that could not be more timely.” Monday night, Gong was asleep in his tent when the vigilantes returned