Ethan Mills, “Three Pillars of Skepticism in Classical India: Nagarjuna, Jayarasi, and Sri Harsa” (Lexington Books, 2018)
Skepticism has a long history in the Western tradition, from Pyrrhonian Skepticism in the Hellenistic period to more contemporary forms of skepticism most often used as foils to theories of knowledge. The existence of skepticism in Indian Philosophy, however, has long been neglected in favor of dogmatic positions. In Three... Read More
Gil Ben-Herut, “Śiva’s Saints: The Origins of Devotion in Kannada according to Harihara’s Ragaḷegaḷu” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Studies of Hindu saints tend to focus primarily on the saints themselves—their words, teachings, and practices—rather than tending to the often complex and complicated world of texts and traditions about those saints—which is how we have come to know them. Even when hagiographical writings are addressed, more often than not... Read More
Samuel Hayim Brody, “Martin Buber’s Theopolitics” (Indiana UP, 2018)
Martin Buber is known as one of the 20th century’s greatest Jewish scholars and thinkers, but he is less well known for his political theory and activism. In Martin Buber’s Theopolitics (Indiana University Press, 2018), Samuel Hayim Brody demonstrates how Buber sees the bible as providing a blueprint for a... Read More
Stefanos Geroulanos, “Transparency in Postwar France: A Critical History of the Present” (Stanford UP, 2017)
What does it mean to do a “microhistory” of a concept? Stefanos Geroulanos pursues just such a project in the 22 chapters of Transparency in Postwar France: A Critical History of the Present (Stanford University Press, 2017). A rich and complex history of France in the decades after 1945, the... Read More
Adrienne Mayor, “Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology” (Princeton UP, 2018)
The first robot to walk the earth was a bronze giant called Talos. This wondrous machine was created not by the MIT Robotics Lab, but by Hephaestus, the Greek god of invention. More than 2,500 years ago, long before medieval automata, and centuries before technology made self-moving devices possible, Greek... Read More