New French Thought Series9

  • New French Thought New French Thought: Political Philosophy Edited by Mark Lilla

    The past fifteen years in France have seen a remarkable flourishing of new work in political philosophy. This anthology brings into English for the first time essays by some of the best young French political thinkers writing today...

  • The Era of the Individual The Era of the Individual: A Contribution to a History of Subjectivity Alain Renaut
    Translated by M. B. DeBevoise and Franklin Philip

    With the publication of French Philosophy of the Sixties, Alain Renaut and Luc Ferry in 1985 launched their famous critique against canonical figures such as Foucault, Derrida, and Lacan, bringing under rigorous scrutiny the entire...

  • Moral Disquiet and Human Life Moral Disquiet and Human Life Monique Canto-Sperber
    Translated by Silvia Pavel

    Attempting to steer moral philosophy away from abstract theorizing, Moral Disquiet and Human Life argues that moral philosophy should be a practical, rational, and argumentative engagement with reality, and that moral reflection should...

  • A World beyond Politics? A World beyond Politics?: A Defense of the Nation-State Pierre Manent
    Translated by Marc A. LePain

    We live in the grip of a great illusion about politics, Pierre Manent argues in A World beyond Politics? It's the illusion that we would be better off without politics--at least national politics, and perhaps all politics. It is a...

  • The Mind's Provisions The Mind's Provisions: A Critique of Cognitivism Vincent Descombes

    Vincent Descombes brings together an astonishingly large body of philosophical and anthropological thought to present a thoroughgoing critique of contemporary cognitivism and to develop a powerful new philosophy of the mind.

    Beginning...

  • Art of the Modern Age Art of the Modern Age: Philosophy of Art from Kant to Heidegger Jean-Marie Schaeffer
    Translated by Steven Rendall

    This is a sweeping and provocative work of aesthetic theory: a trenchant critique of the philosophy of art as it developed from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century, combined with a carefully reasoned plea for a new and...

  • Literature, Theory, and Common Sense Literature, Theory, and Common Sense Antoine Compagnon
    Translated by Carol Cosman

    In the late twentieth century, the common sense approach to literature was deemed naïve. Roland Barthes proclaimed the death of the author, and Hillis Miller declared that all interpretation is theoretical. In many a literature...

  • The Empire of Fashion The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy Gilles Lipovetsky
    Translated by Catherine Porter

    In a book full of playful irony and striking insights, the controversial social philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky draws on the history of fashion to demonstrate that the modern cult of appearance and superficiality actually serves the...

  • The City of Man The City of Man Pierre Manent
    Translated by Marc A. LePain

    The "City of God" or the "City of Man"? This is the choice St. Augustine offered 1500 years ago--and according to Pierre Manent the modern West has decisively and irreversibly chosen the latter. In this subtle and wide-ranging book on...