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Recent General Interest Articles

  1. March Book of the Month!

    The Routledge Guidebook to Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks

    By John Schwarzmantel

    Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks are one of the most important and original sources of modern political philosophy but the Prison Notebooks present great difficulties to the reader. Not originally intended for publication, their fragmentary character and their oftentimes cryptic language can mystify readers, leading to misinterpretation of the text. The Routledge Guidebook to Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks provides readers with the historical background, textual analysis and other relevant information needed for a greater understanding and appreciation of this classic text.

    Learn more here.
     

  2. Gender Trouble

    Gender Trouble: It’s a Classic for a reason

    Redefine what it means to be 'masculine' or 'feminine' with the Routledge Classic Gender Trouble:Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler.

    Routledge Classics doesn’t stand still. In 2015 we are bringing you a Classic a Month to spotlight the pedigree of our list, along with an interview with an eminent thinker about why this is their favorite Routledge Classic. In February, we are pleased to present Judith Butler's timeless and powerful Gender Trouble, with a hardback version on its way in March. Routledge Classics also spoke with Dr Nina Power, author, contributor to The Guardian, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton, UK.

    The debate over gender definitions and inequalities rages on in academic scholarship and popular culture today as strongly as it did when Judith Butler first wrote Gender Trouble. Butler's work will forever be an essential contribution to resolving what it really means to be female. Such a book cannot exist without causing controversy, and Gender Trouble is as celebrated as it is controversial. 

    Does Butler's Gender Trouble still apply to current gender issues? Read our Q&A with Dr Nina Power below for her take. You can also check out this excerpt from the text, Preface and Chapter One: Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire, and Butler's recent interview withThe New York Times' George Yancy, What’s Wrong With ‘All Lives Matter’?.

    Tell us your thoughts - @Routledge_Clas #routledgeclassics.

  3. The Conquest of Happiness: It’s a Classic for a reason

    Beat ‘Blue Monday’ with the Routledge Classic The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell

    Routledge Classics doesn’t stand still. In 2015 we are bringing you a Classic a Month to spotlight the pedigree of our list, along with an interview with an eminent thinker about why this is their favorite Routledge Classic. In January we are delighted to showcase The Conquest of Happiness and an interview with the philosopher A.C.Grayling, whose preface features in the Routledge Classic edition.

    The current interest in happiness studies shows no signs of abating, with academic studies into well-being and happiness research competing with a proliferation of self-help experts, books and resources to tell us with how we can attain and retain happiness in life. This is nothing new though, as Bertrand Russell demonstrated in his classic title The Conquest of Happiness. Russell encourages zest, a retreat from self-absorption and an interest in the world around us in order to strive to attain happiness. Pre-dating our current fascination with self-help books by decades; this is a true classic offering sage advice for a satisfying life, beyond the facile quick fixes of today.


    Is Russell’s The Conquest of Happiness still as relevant today? Read an extract What Makes People Unhappy? here, and our Q&A with philosopher A. C. Grayling below.

    Tell us your thoughts - @Routledge_Clas #routledgeclassics.
     

  4. Dewey

    Steven Fesmire discusses his new book, Dewey

    In this exclusive interview Steven Fesmire tells us more about his interest in the philosopher John Dewey and gives us a behind the scenes glimpse into his new book.

  5. Read our exclusive interview with John Nolt, author of Environmental Ethics for the Long Term

    In Environmental Ethics for the Long Term, John Nolt considers both contemporary issues and the extent of humanity’s responsibility for distant future life. In this interview he tells us a bit more about the book and the issues it discusses.

  6. Justin Garson

    Read our exclusive interview with Justin Garson, author of The Biological Mind

    ‘A wonderful, clear, lively, informative, and extremely accessible book. It is a terrific introduction to the philosophy of mind for those who want to explore the relation between our biological and psychological natures.’ Karen Neander, Duke University, USA

    The Biological Mind is already garnering praise from philosophers in the field. We talked to author Justin Garson to find out more about the book.
     

  7. Acumen Publishing Joins the Routledge Humanities Family

    Routledge is pleased to announce that we have recently acquired Acumen Publishing.  With over 500 outstanding titles in Philosophy, Religion, Archaeology, and Classical Studies joining our publishing program, we now have even more solutions for your teaching and research needs.

  8. 8th Routledge Lecture in Philosophy: Acting and Thinking Together Podcast

    On Thursday 12th June 2014 Professor Michael Bratman (Stanford University) gave the 8th Routledge Lecture in Philosophy: Acting and Thinking Together at the University of Cambridge.

    Follow this link www.phil.cam.ac.uk/news/routledge-jun2014 to listen to the podcast.

  9. June Book of the Month: The Routledge Companion to 18th Century Philosophy

    "A superb collection, imaginatively conceived and expertly realized. Impressively comprehensive in its handling of recent scholarship on the history of eighteenth-century thought, the Companion also asks new questions about the relationship between philosophy and the arts and sciences in the European Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment. The result is a gift to students and essential reading for scholars of modern and early modern philosophy." - Thomas Holden, University of California-Santa Barbara, USA


    "A marvelous volume. In Garrett's hands, "eclecticism" proves a fresh and useful way of viewing the period's rich philosophizing. It is high praise to say that this remarkable collection proves wonderfully eclectic as well." - Stephen Darwall, Yale University, USA

     

  10. June Series of the Month: The Routledge Philosophers

    Routledge Philosophers is a major series of introductions to the great Western philosophers. Each book places a major philosopher or thinker in historical context, explains and assesses their key arguments, and considers their legacy. Additional features include a chronology of major dates and events, chapter summaries, annotated suggestions for further reading and a glossary of technical terms.

    An ideal starting point for those new to philosophy, they are also essential reading for those interested in the subject at any level.
     

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