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100-199 Philosophy, Psychology, and Ethics


Boethius (Translated by David R. Slavitt; Introduction by Seth Lerer)

The Consolation of Philosophy

208 pp., 4 3/8” x 7 1/8”, bibliog., $19.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2008

Harvard University Press

Composed while its author was imprisoned, this book remains one of Western literature’s most eloquent meditations on the transitory nature of earthly belongings, and the superiority of things of the mind. Slavitt’s translation captures the energy and passion of the original. And in an introduction intended for the general reader, Seth Lerer places Boethius’s life and achievement in context.

LC 2008010051, ISBN 978-0-67403105-0 (c.)




Pastoureau, Michel

Black: The History of a Color

216 pp., 9” x 9”, 106 color illus., bibliog., $35.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2008

Princeton University Press

“Who would have thought the history of a single color could be so fascinating? Black: The History of a Color, by Michel Pastoureau...proceeds chronologically from cave painting to modern fashion and focuses on mythology, heraldry, religion, science and painting along the way. The author, a historian at the Sorbonne, narrates developments in the material, aesthetic and sociological dimensions of the color black with infectious, wide-ranging curiosity and easy-going erudition.”—The New York Times

LC 2008025145, ISBN 978-0-691-13930-2 (c.)




Tuan, Yi-Fu

Human Goodness

248 pp., 5 1/2” x 7 1/4”, bibliog.,

$24.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2008

The University of Wisconsin Press

Acclaimed geographer Yi-Fu Tuan seizes big, metaphysical issues and considers them in uniquely accessible ways. Human Goodness is both as simple, and as epic, as it sounds. “In defining the characteristics of those called “good,” Yi-Fu Tuan has offered...an important and encouraging contribution to the literature on what it means to be truly human.”—ForeWord. “[T]his remarkable book delights in the varieties and contradictions in goodness...readers will feel better and more intelligent for having read about these lives well-lived.”—Publishers Weekly

LC 2007040158, ISBN 978-0-299-22670-1 (c.)




Hoyk, Robert, and Paul Hershey

The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behavior: 45 Psychological Traps that Every One of Us Falls Prey To

152 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., index,

$24.95 cloth

September 2008

Stanford University Press

Drs. Robert Hoyk and Paul Hersey describe 45 psychological traps that every one of us falls prey to that cause us to act illegally or unethically. “Examining the headline-making moral lapses at Enron, Tyco International, Adelphia, World Com and other less-than-ethical business locales in the light of numerous psychological experiments, clinical psychologist Hoyk and professor Hersey illustrate in 45 breezy but beneficial lessons how we all face and fall victim to ‘day-to-day’ ethical traps...As the authors note, ‘[g]ood intentions are not enough,’ and this guide provides a useful, easy-to-read antidote for our unwitting corruptibility.” —Publishers Weekly

LC 2008027907, ISBN 978-0-8047-5965-6 (c.)



Jackson, William J.

The Wisdom of Generosity: A Reader in American Philanthropy

430 pp., 7” x 10”, 37 images, bibliog., $34.95 paper, CIP included

November 2008

Baylor University Press

William Jackson harvests a rich collection that presents the depth of American generosity. Drawing upon an abundant variety of genres—myths, proverbs, poems, letters, short stories, news stories, folktales, sermons, and essays—this interesting and useful collection documents the religious dimensions of American philanthropy. The Wisdom of Generosity not only chronicles the manifestations of philanthropy, but also reveals philanthropy’s integral connection with American history and how Americans are still striving to fulfill their original promises. This reader offers resources both classic and fresh for reflecting on the heritage of American giving.

LC 2008010620, ISBN 978-1-602580-59-6 (p.)




Castricano, Jodey (Editor)

Animal Subjects: An Ethical Reader in a Posthuman World

324 pp., 6” x 9”, b&w illus., index, $38.95 paper, CIP included

May 2008

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Although Cultural Studies has attacked sexism and racism, the question of the animal has lagged behind developments in broader society with regard to animal suffering in factory farming, product testing, laboratory experimentation, zoos, rodeos, circuses, and public aquariums. The contributors to Animal Subjects are from diverse perspectives whose work calls into question the boundaries that divide the animal kingdom from humanity, focusing on the medical, biological, cultural, philosophical, and ethical concerns between non-human animals and ourselves. Aims to include the non-human-animal question as part of the ethical purview of Cultural Studies and to explore the question in interdisciplinary terms.

C 20079068529, ISBN 978-0-88920-512-3 (p.)



Preece, Rod

Sins of the Flesh: A History of Ethical Vegetarian Thought

416 pp., 6” x 9”, notes, bibliog., index, $85.00 cloth, $29.95 paper, CIP included

October 2008

University of British Columbia Press

Full ethical consideration for animals resulting in the eschewing of flesh arose after the Aristotelian period in Greece and recurred in Ancient Rome, but then mostly disappeared for centuries. Despite the occasional presence of ascetic and cultural vegetarianism, it was not until the turn of the nineteenth century that vegetarian thought was revived and enjoyed some success; it subsequently went into another period of decline that lasted through much of the twentieth century. The authority-questioning cultural revolution of the 1960s brought a fresh resurgence of vegetarian ethics that continues to the present day.

C 2008902835X, ISBN 978-0-7748-1509-3 (c.), ISBN 978-0-7748-1510-9 (p.)


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