BOOKS RECEIVED: Ralph Haeussler, “Becoming Roman: Diverging Identities and Experiences in Ancient Northwest Italy” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
Few empires had such an impact on the conquered peoples as did the Roman empire, creating social, economic, and cultural changes that erased long-standing differences in material culture, languages, cults, rituals and identities. But even Rome could not create a… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Leif E. Vaage, “Borderline Exegesis” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Borderline Exegesis, Leif Vaage presents an alternative approach to biblical interpretation, or exegesis—an approach that bends the boundaries of the traditional North American methodology to analyze the meaning of biblical texts for a wider audience. To accomplish this, Vaage… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Scott R. Stroud, “Kant and the Promise of Rhetoric” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Immanuel Kant is rarely connected to rhetoric by those who study philosophy or the rhetorical tradition. If anything, Kant is said to see rhetoric as mere manipulation and as not worthy of attention. In Kant and the Promise of Rhetoric Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Heidi C. M. Scott, “Chaos and Cosmos: Literary Roots of Modern Ecology in the British Nineteenth Century” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Chaos and Cosmos, Heidi Scott integrates literary readings with contemporary ecological methods to investigate two essential and contrasting paradigms of nature that scientific ecology continues to debate: chaos and balance. Ecological literature of the Romantic and Victorian eras… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Andre C. Willis, “Toward a Humean True Religion: Genuine Theism, Moderate Hope, and Practical Morality” (Penn State UP, 2015)
David Hume is traditionally seen as a devastating critic of religion. He is widely read as an infidel, a critic of the Christian faith, and an attacker of popular forms of worship. His reputation as irreligious is well forged among… Read More
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