Jun 202015

Giorgio Baruchello and Ingerid S. Straume (eds), Creation, Rationality and Autonomy: Essays on Cornelius Castoriadis. København, Denmark: NSU Press and Nordiskt Sommaruniversitet, 2013; 273pp. ISBN 978-87-87564-99-1.

Reviewed by Antonio Calcagno, King’s University College

Given the influence and impact of Cornelius Castoriadis’s work on post-World War II philosophy, psychoanalysis, politics, and economics, especially in France, one is surprised to  … Read More …

Jun 122015

Peter Gratton, Speculative Realism: Problems and Prospects. Bloomsbury: London, 2014; 266 pages. ISBN 1441174753.

Reviewed by Rick Elmore, Appalachian State University

Peter Gratton’s Speculative Realism: Problems and Prospects is the most complete and accessible critical introduction to contemporary continental realism available. Gratton provides a comprehensive review of thinkers associated with speculative realism (including Meillassoux, Harman, Brassier, and Grant), as  … Read More …

Jun 102015

Jean Baudrillard, The Divine Left: A Chronicle of the Years 19771984. Translated by David L. Sweet. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2014; 152 pages. ISBN: 978-1-58435-129-0.

Reviewed by Matthew R. McLennan, Saint Paul University

Substantively speaking, Jean Baudrillard’s thought appears to have developed very little from the mid-1970s to his death in 2007. It takes shape in a bleak  … Read More …

Jan 152015

Antoine Panaïoti, Nietzsche and Buddhist Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013; 244 pages. ISBN: 978-1-107-03162-3.

Reviewed by Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, University of Western Ontario

Antoine Panaïoti’s Nietzsche and Buddhist Philosophy is an interesting comparative interpretation of certain important aspects of Nietzsche’s thought in relation to Buddhist philosophy. The book explicitly aims to bring the Indian Theravadan Buddhist concepts of suffering  … Read More …

Jan 102015

David S. Stern (ed.), Essays on Hegel’s Philosophy of Subjective Spirit. Albany: SUNY Press, 2013; 266 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4384-4445-1.

Reviewed by Wes Furlotte, University of Ottawa

Essays on Hegel’s Philosophy of Subjective Spirit functions as a sea-change in Hegel scholarship—especially in English. While Hegel’s Philosophy of Subjective Spirit (PSS) operates as a crucial joint within the conceptual  … Read More …

Jan 072015

Rainer Forst, The Right to Justification: Elements of a Constructivist Theory of Justice, trans. Jeffrey Flynn. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012; 351 pages. ISBN: 978-0-231-14708-8.

Review by Michael Maidan

The Right to Justification contains twelve essays by Rainer Forst, a social philosopher in the tradition of Jürgen Habermas and the Frankfurt School, who refines and sharpens the positions  … Read More …

Dec 182014

Samir Haddad, Derrida and the Inheritance of Democracy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013; 178pp. ISBN: 9780253008411.

Reviewed by Clay Lewis, York University

It is not without justification that numerous scholars have noted a “return to the political” in contemporary Continental philosophy. Since Derrida’s death in 2004, there has been a proliferation of scholarship exploring the uncertain global fate of liberal  … Read More …