New Books Network

Brian Weatherson, “A History of Philosophy Journals. Volume 1: Evidence from Topic Modeling, 1876-2013” (2020)
Anglophone philosophy in the twentieth century was centered, to an unprecedented extent, around journals: periodical publications that aimed to present (one vision of) the best philosophical work of the moment. By looking at the trends across these journals, we can see important trends in philosophy itself. But looking at the... Read More
Karen Taliaferro, “The Possibility of Religious Freedom: Early Natural Law and the Abrahamic Faiths” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Religious freedom debates set blood boiling. Just consider notable Supreme Court cases of recent years such as Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission or Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania. How can we reach any agreement between those who adhere strictly to the demands of divine law and... Read More
Ernest Freeberg, “A Traitor to His Species: Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement” (Basic Books, 2020)
In Gilded Age America, people and animals lived cheek-by-jowl in environments that were dirty and dangerous to man and animal alike. The industrial city brought suffering, but it also inspired a compassion for animals that fueled a controversial anti-cruelty movement. From the center of these debates, Henry Bergh launched a... Read More
Mira L. Siegelberg, “Statelessness: A Modern History” (Harvard UP, 2020)
In her book, Statelessness: A Modern History (Harvard University Press, 2020), Mira L. Siegelberg traces the history of the concept of statelessness in the years following the First and Second World Wars. At its core, this thoughtful monograph is an intellectual history of an idea that jurists in the United... Read More
Alexis Wick, “The Red Sea In Search of Lost Space” (U California Press, 2016)
The Red Sea has, from time immemorial, been one of the world’s most navigated spaces, in the pursuit of trade, pilgrimage and conquest. Yet this multidimensional history remains largely unrevealed by its successive protagonists. Intrigued by the absence of a holistic portrayal of this body of water and inspired by... Read More
Boel Berner, “Strange Blood: The Rise and Fall of Lamb Blood Transfusion in 19th-Century Medicine and Beyond” (Transcript Verlag, 2020)
In the mid-1870s, the experimental therapy of lamb blood transfusion spread like an epidemic across Europe and the USA. Doctors tried it as a cure for tuberculosis, pellagra and anemia; proposed it as a means to reanimate seemingly dead soldiers on the battlefield. It was a contested therapy because it... Read More
Elleni Centime Zeleke, “Ethiopia in Theory: Revolution and Knowledge Production, 1964-2016” (Haymarket Books, 2020)
Between the years 1964 and 1974, Ethiopian post-secondary students studying at home, in Europe, and in North America produced a number of journals where they explored the relationship between social theory and social change within the project of building a socialist Ethiopia. Ethiopia in Theory: Revolution and Knowledge Production, 1964-2016... Read More
Joshua Kotin, “Utopias of One” (Princeton UP, 2017)
Joshua Kotin’s Utopias of One (Princeton University Press, 2017) analyzes a particular and peculiar sub-genre of utopian literature. Kotin identifies works by Thoreau, Dubois, the Mandel’shtams, and the poets Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, and J.H. Prynne as “utopias of one.” In these works, the authors at one and the same... Read More
Jill Richards, “The Fury Archives: Female Citizenship, Human Rights, and the International Avant-Gardes” (Columbia UP, 2020)
In The Fury Archives: Female Citizenship, Human Rights, and the International Avant-Gardes (Columbia UP 2020), Jill Richards radically rewrites our understanding of first-wave feminism by demonstrating its proximity to international avant-garde movements including surrealism, Dada, and futurism. Using case studies including the movement for a proletarian birth strike, the anti-Nazi... Read More
Jerry Gershenhorn, “Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle” (UNC Press, 2018)
Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle (University of North Carolina Press, 2018) by Jerry Gershenhorn is a history of the struggle for Black equality in North Carolina from 1927 to 1971 as told through the life and activism of Black newspaperman Louis... Read More