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The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and by Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, Rene Descartes

By Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, Rene Descartes

Among the years 1643 and 1649, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618–80) and Ren? Descartes (1596–1650) exchanged fifty-eight letters—thirty-two from Descartes and twenty-six from Elisabeth. Their correspondence includes the single identified extant philosophical writings via Elisabeth, revealing her mastery of metaphysics, analytic geometry, and ethical philosophy, in addition to her willing curiosity in ordinary philosophy. The letters are crucial examining for someone drawn to Descartes’s philosophy, specifically his account of the person as a union of brain and physique, in addition to his ethics. additionally they offer a special perception into the nature in their authors and the way in which rules boost via highbrow collaboration.Philosophers have lengthy been acquainted with Descartes’s part of the correspondence. Now Elisabeth’s letters—never prior to on hand in translation of their entirety—emerge this quantity, including much-needed context and intensity either to Descartes’s principles and the legacy of the princess. Lisa Shapiro’s annotated edition—which additionally contains Elisabeth’s correspondence with the Quakers William Penn and Robert Barclay—will be heralded through scholars of philosophy, feminist theorists, and historians of the early glossy interval.

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Diderot, Sénèque et Jean-Jacques. Un dialogue à trois voix. by Eric Gatefin

By Eric Gatefin

Dans l'Essai sur les règnes de Claude et de Néron, dernier texte publié de son vivant, Diderot dresse un portrait élogieux du philosophe Sénèque, dont l'action et les préceptes devraient être, selon son apologiste, l'objet d'une égale admiration. Exploitant l'opinion des uns, contestant les parti-pris des autres, le défenseur du sage stoïcien tente de donner de l'éclat à l'action du philosophe et de pousser le lecteur à partager son enthousiasme. Toutefois, l'univocité du discours ne peut cacher une interrogation de Diderot sur l. a. réussite du programme qu il s'est fixé. Cette étude sur l'apologie de Sénèque s'efforce de montrer que ce questionnement est en bien des issues related à celui qui hante Rousseau dans ses Dialogues. Inquiets de voir certains préjugés prendre los angeles forme de vérités incontestées, Diderot et Jean-Jacques veulent fixer pour l. a. postérité une photo favorable, presque idéale de l'homme qu'ils défendent. Dans le sillage d'un auteur dont l'objectif central est de démontrer son innocence absolue, le défenseur de Sénèque ne se résout pas à ne pas avoir le dernier mot, révélant, au-delà de l significance d'un enjeu qui dépasse le cadre de l'Antiquité romaine, une facette étrange et inattendue de son personnage.

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The Way to the Salt Marsh: A John Hay Reader by John Hay, Christopher Merrill

By John Hay, Christopher Merrill

"In universal issues are larger extensions of ourselves than we ever conceived of."

"Life in the world springs from a collateral magic that we infrequently consult," observes John Hay, naturalist, essayist, sage, and inveterate walker of byways. This assortment from the 50-year lengthy occupation of America's preeminent nature author illustrates the total variety of Hay's paintings. a chic and lyrical stylist, he's, in Merrill's phrases, "the nature writer's author, an illustrator of the Emersonian inspiration that 'the global is emblematic.'"

And so Hay unearths the ever-present yet frequently omitted logos throughout us. The mad, most unlikely rush of alewives flinging themselves upstream to mate, for instance, represents "the force to be, a typical and poor sending out, to which males also are certain in helplessness." within the migratory activities of the terns and the golf green turtles earlier his liked Cape Cod Hay sees the secret and elegance of homing: "To recognize your course and go back via outer indicators, is as new because it is historic. we're nonetheless humans of the planet, with all its unique instructions ready in our being." even if describing the rugosa or bayberry of a sand dune, the plight of stranded pilot whales, or a spider swinging on its gossamer, Hay encourages us to magnify our internal universe by means of gazing, appreciating, and maintaining the outer one we so frequently forget about. hence, he says, "we could locate that we're being led onto traveled ways in which have been as soon as invisible to us," and via spotting our "deep alliance with average forces we discover a brand new intensity in ourselves. this is often the typical flooring for all residing things."

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At Lincoln's Side: John Hay's Civil War Correspondence and by Michael Burlingame

By Michael Burlingame

John Hay believed that genuine background is informed in deepest letters, and the greater than 220 surviving letters and telegrams from his Civil conflict days end up that to be precise, exhibiting Abraham Lincoln in motion: The wealthy person is in positive whack. i've got not often obvious him extra serene and busy. he's coping with this warfare, the draft, overseas family members, and making plans a reconstruction of the Union, abruptly. I by no means knew with what tyrannous authority he principles the cupboard, until eventually now. crucial issues he makes a decision and there's no cavil. besides Hay's own correspondence, Burlingame contains his surviving authentic letters. notwithstanding missing the literary brilliance of [Hay's] own letters, Burlingame explains, they assist flesh out the historic list. Burlingame additionally contains a number of the letters Hay composed for Lincoln's signature, together with the prestigious letter of condolence to the Widow Bixby.

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Claude Simon: A Retrospective by Jean H. Duffy

By Jean H. Duffy

This choice of essays celebrates the paintings of the French Nobel prize-winning novelist Claude Simon. students from France, Germany, the U.S. and the uk re-evaluate the fifty years of Simon’s fiction within the gentle of his large-scale autobiographical novel Le Jardin des Plantes (1997). From numerous views – postmodernist, psychoanalytic, aesthetic – members consider the primary paradox of Simon’s paintings: his writing and rewriting of an adventure of conflict so disruptive and stressful that phrases can by no means be enough to speak it. The layers of artifice in Le Jardin des Plantes and the character of Simon’s aesthetic are analyzed in essays which discover intertextual resonances among Simon and Proust, Flaubert, Borges and Poussin. A complementary view of Simon’s Photographies 1937–1970 indicates that it can also be noticeable as type of oblique autobiography.

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Mad Men Carousel: The Complete Critical Companion by Matt Zoller Seitz

By Matt Zoller Seitz

Mad males Carousel is an episode-by-episode advisor to all seven seasons of AMC's Mad Men. This publication collects television and picture critic Matt Zoller Seitz’s celebrated Mad Men recaps—as featured on New York magazine's Vulture blog—for the 1st time, including never-before-published essays on the show’s first 3 seasons. Seitz’s writing digs deep into the show’s topics, performances, and filmmaking, studying advanced and occasionally confounding elements of the sequence. The entire series—all seven seasons and ninety-two episodes—is covered.
each one episode evaluation additionally contains short causes of destinations, occasions, client items, and clinical developments which are vital to the characters, equivalent to P.J. Clarke’s eating place and the previous Penn Station; the innovations of the contraception tablet, the Xerox desktop, and the Apollo Lunar Module; the discharge of the Beatles’ Revolver and the seashore Boys’ Pet Sounds; and the entire wars, protests, assassinations, and murders that solid a bloody pall over a chaotic decade. 
Mad males Carousel is termed after an iconic second from the show’s first-season finale, “The Wheel,” in which Don grants an unforgettable pitch for a brand new slide projector that’s headquartered at the thought of nostalgia: “the ache from an outdated wound.” This publication will soothe the main ardent Mad Men fan’s nostalgia for the show. New audience, who probably want to binge-watch their method via essentially the most renowned television exhibits in contemporary reminiscence, will detect a spoiler-friendly companion to at least one of the main multilayered and mercurial television indicates of all time. 

It's definitely the right reward for Mad Men fans and obsessives.

additionally to be had from Matt Zoller Seitz: The Oliver Stone Experience, The Wes Anderson assortment: undesirable Dads, The Wes Anderson assortment: The Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Wes Anderson Collection.

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Pauline Conversations in Context: Essays in Honor of Calvin by Janice Capel Anderson, Philip Sellew, Claudia Setzer

By Janice Capel Anderson, Philip Sellew, Claudia Setzer

The "conversations" during this assortment open by means of not easy principles that experience develop into ordinary and topic them to severe second look. The important thread of these kinds of essays is a mirrored image at the tactics of studying and theologizing. one of the members to this quantity are David E. Aune, Jouette Bassler, Daniel Boyarin, Neil Elliott, Victor Paul provide, Lloyd Gaston, Steven J. Kraftchick, Robert C. Morgan, J. Andrew Overman, Mark Reasoner, Peter Richardson, and Robin Scroggs. Juanita Garciagodoy and David H. Hopper provide appreciations of Calvin Roetzel as a instructor and colleague.

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Conrad, Language, and Narrative by Michael Greaney

By Michael Greaney

During this re-assessment of the writings of Joseph Conrad, Michael Greaney areas language and narrative on the middle of his literary fulfillment. As a trilingual Polish expatriate, Conrad introduced an impressive linguistic self-consciousness to the English novel and tensions among speech and writing are the defining obsessions of his profession. Greaney examines quite a lot of Conrad's paintings, combining fresh serious methods to language in post-structuralism with a magnificent command of linguistic thought.

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The Journals of Ayn Rand by Ayn Rand

By Ayn Rand

Hardly ever has a author and philosopher of the stature of Ayn Rand afforded us entry to her such a lot intimate innovations and emotions. From Journals of Ayn Rand, we achieve a useful new realizing and appreciation of the girl, the artist, and the thinker, and of the long-lasting legacy she has left us.Rand comes vibrantly to lifestyles as an untried screenwriter in Hollywood, developing tales that replicate her younger imaginative and prescient of the realm. We see her painful stories of communist Russia and her struggles to exhibit them in We the Living. so much attention-grabbing is the elaborate, step by step technique wherein she created the plots and characters of her masterworks, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and the years of painstaking study that imbued the novels with their strong authenticity. whole with reflections on her mythical screenplay in regards to the making of the atomic bomb and tantalizing descriptions of tasks lower brief by means of her loss of life, Journals of Ayn Rand illuminates the brain and center of a unprecedented lady as no biography or memoir ever may possibly. On those brilliant pages, Ayn Rand lives.

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