Religion and Spirituality

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Beyond the Secular

Investigates, through a critical exploration of Derrida's political thought, the foundations of modern secular discourse in relation to issues of race and colonialism.

The Annotated Laozi

A clear translation and helpful explanations illuminate this ancient classic of self-cultivation for a modern audience.

Effacing the Self

Argues that self and selflessness are aspects of the same insoluble problem at the very heart of modernity.

Evolutionary Emergence of Purposive Goals and Values

Develops and defends a philosophical account of meaning, purpose, and value in human life and
experience that is naturalistic without being reductionistic or scientistic.

From Metaphysical Representations to Aesthetic Life

Reevaluates Western and Chinese philosophical traditions to question the boundaries of entrenched conceptual frameworks.

The Craft of Oblivion

Examines the intersections between forgetting and remembering in classical Chinese civilization.

Order, Crisis, and Redemption

A critical reflection on the limitations of Carl Schmitt's political theology, reconsidered in light of the current crisis of the liberal democratic order.

Feminist Spiritualities

Explores the feminist spiritual and emotional politics of literary and cultural works by Black Caribbean women.

The Sound of Vultures' Wings

Explores the music of the Tibetan Chöd tradition.

The Festival of Indra

Details the textual and performative history of the South Asian festival of Indra and its role in the development of classical Hinduism.

Musicology of Religion

Spearheads a new field for the combined study of religion and music, drawing upon theories and methods of the social sciences, ethnomusicology, philosophy, theology, liturgical studies, and cognitive studies.

Freedom and Ground

A new interpretation of Schelling's 1809 treatise on freedom, demonstrating how the work is an answer to the problem of ground.

Rethinking Interiority

A philosophical investigation of the concept of interiority, presenting readers with its unmined aspects and senses.

A Walk in the Night with Zhuangzi

A complete translation and analysis of "All Things Flow into Form" (Fan wu liu xing), a recently discovered manuscript from the Warring States period (481–221 BCE).

Introduction to Buddhist East Asia

Offers a variety of pedagogical and theoretical essays designed to assist professors in introducing undergraduate students to Buddhism in China, Korea, and Japan.

Searching for Ashoka

Reveals how the persona of India's most famous emperor was constantly reinvented in ancient times to suit a variety of social visions, political agendas, and moral purposes.

Critical Studies on Heidegger

Original reading of Heidegger suggesting what his project could mean for building an ethical way of life now and in the future.

Life Above the Clouds

Edited by Steven DeLay
Subjects: Philosophy

The definitive philosophical exploration of the work of pioneering filmmaker Terrence Malick.

A Wild and Sacred Call

An ecopsychological, ecospiritual exploration of humankind's relationship with the rest of nature.

The Future of China's Past

Addresses the question of China's rise and what it portends for the future.

Process Mysticism

Offers a process philosophical approach to mysticism and mystical religious experience.

Toward a Pragmatist Philosophy of the Humanities

Develops a pragmatist approach to the philosophy of the humanities, interpreting history, literature, and religion in terms of pragmatic realism.

New Perspectives in Modern Korean Buddhism

Offers alternative approaches to the study of colonial and postcolonial Korean Buddhism, suggesting new directions for scholarship.

Early Buddhist Society

A richly scholarly yet accessible and imaginative account of society in the time of the Buddha.

The Many Lives of Yang Zhu

Presents the most important portrayals of the Daoist master Yang Zhu throughout Chinese history, from the Warring States period until today.

Relocating the Sacred

Maps manifestations of the sacred and religious syncretism in Afro-Brazilian cultural forms.

Racism and Resistance

Essays providing a multi-disciplinary look at Derrick Bell's thesis of racial realism.

Approaches to Chan, Sŏn, and Zen Studies

A comprehensive treatment of the shared traditions of Chan, Sŏn, and Zen in dynamic interaction across East Asia, acknowledging the changing and growing parameters of the field of Zen studies.

Myth and Authority

Argues that Giambattista Vico's early modern account of Roman mythology was a sophisticated attempt to present an epistemological and political critique of the aristocratic way of conceiving the world.

Heidegger and the Human

Original and critical essays by leading scholars on the question of the human in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger.

Religion and Empire in Portuguese India

Examines the colonization of Goa in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the durability of Portuguese rule.

The Truths and Lies of Nationalism as Narrated by Charvak

Edited by Partha Chatterjee
Notes by Partha Chatterjee
Subjects: Asian Studies

Rejects Hindu nationalism and pluralist secularism in favor of a revitalized politics of Indian federalism.

Full Responsibility

Explores the basic forms of responsibility that we willingly assume and the collaborative fulfillment that we find in each.

Philosophy as Stranger Wisdom

The first complete intellectual biography of one of the most influential and controversial philosophers of the twentieth century, Leo Strauss.

In the Brightness of Place

Drawing on a range of sources in philosophy and literature, but with particular reference to the work of Heidegger, makes a compelling case for the importance of place in philosophical discourse.

Hindutva and Violence

Examines the place of history in the political thought of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, one of the key architects of modern Hindu nationalism.

Schelling and Spinoza

Presents a novel interpretation of Schelling's philosophy by way of his reading and critique of Spinoza.

How Trump and the Christian Right Saved LGBTI Human Rights

Traces the Trump administration's surprising support for LGBTI human rights abroad to Trump's indifference and the cynicism and political interests of Christian conservative elites.

The Split Time

Aims to construct an economic philosophy from indigenous African thought.

(White)Washing Our Sins Away

Analyzes how White American mainline Protestants used the internal musical controversies of the turn-of-the-millennium Worship Wars to negotiate their shifting position within the nation's diversifying religious and sociopolitical ecosystems.

Truth and Politics

Endorses the pursuit of paradigm shifts in our understandings of faith, truth, and nature to remedy the "underside" of modernity and thus to inaugurate a post-modern (but not anti-modern) and post-secular (but not anti-secular) view of the world.

The Shadow of Totalitarianism

Examines the relationship of evil, action, and judgment in the work of Immanuel Kant, Hannah Arendt, and Jean-François Lyotard.

A Postcolonial Relationship

Offers an Asian immigrant perspective on US racial relations and explores the unique situations and challenges facing Asian immigrants in the United States.

The Space of the Transnational

Challenges and reimagines transnational feminism by analyzing the concept of ummah, or community, in Muslim women's writing.

Pragmatist Ethics

Argues that the path to the good life does not consist in working toward some abstract concept of the good, but rather by ameliorating the problems of the practices and institutions that make up our practical life.

Leo Strauss on Democracy, Technology, and Liberal Education

The first book-length study of Leo Strauss' understanding of the relation between modern democracy, technology, and liberal education.

Sacred and Secular

Explores distinctions between the sacred and the secular in a variety of religious traditions, and proposes ways in which their relationship can be mutually beneficial.

Religion in Multidisciplinary Perspective

An up-to-date examination of the work of one of the most inventive thinkers in the study of religion.

All the World Is Awry

Examines the thought of Abū al-‛Alā’ al-Ma‛arrī (973–1057 CE) within the broader context of the major trends in Arab Islamic political and intellectual history by the time of his flourishing.

Saying Peace

Offers an immanent critique of Levinas’s core philosophical proposals by reference to his allegedly eurocentric statements.

An Introduction to the Study of Mysticism

A comprehensive, concise, and easy-to-read introduction intended for undergraduates and general readers interested in the study of mysticism.

The Nation or the Ummah

Explains why Turkey embraced the Arab Spring despite the risk both domestically and internationally.

Under the Bed of Heaven

Explores how concepts of sex in heaven can inform Christian sexual ethics in ways that challenge traditional norms and open new possibilities.

Christianity and Politics in Tribal India

Chronicles the astonishing and counterintuitive spread of Christianity among a group of previously isolated tribes in a remote and hilly part of Northeastern India.

Nine Nights of Power

Explores the rich diversity of narratives, rituals, and participants connected with one of the most important celebrations for Hindus in South Asia and in the diaspora.

The Fatah-Hamas Rift

By Gadi Hitman
Subjects: Area Studies

Analyzes the relationship between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas since 2007, a period of time that has been marked by the parties' continual failure to end political disagreements and formulate a common national vision.

When Does History Begin?

Documents how the premodern techniques of narrating the past in South Asia were deeply transformed by colonial modernity, resulting in newer forms of truth-telling within the Sikh community.

Philosophy, Mysticism, and the Political

Nine masterful essays on Dante’s Divine Comedy and his political theology by one of today’s leading Italian philosophers.

Ziran

The ancient concept of spontaneous self-causation (ziran) from Daoism opens a path to understanding human action as self-organizing, attention as effortless, and art as somatic.

Wonder Strikes

By Steven E. Knepper
Foreword by William Desmond
Subjects: Philosophy

The first book-length examination of the prominent contemporary philosopher William Desmond's approach to aesthetics, art, and literature.

Singing the Goddess into Place

Explores how a folk ballad in southern India transforms the landscape and embeds the deities that are its subject within the social worlds of their devotees.

Self-Cultivation in Early China

An introduction to ancient Chinese ideas on how to live a good life.

The Writing of Innocence

An original reading of Blanchot's thought with far-reaching philosophical and literary implications.

Line of Sight

A unique, firsthand account of working with a spiritual master in the midst of "ordinary" life.

God the Created

Develops a creative and provocative new model of God that brings together insights from both process theology and ground-of-being theology.

Unholy Trinity

Examines representations of religion in Mexican film from the Golden Age to the early twenty-first century.

Translating Buddhism

Explores key questions about translations and translators of South Asian Buddhist texts, past and present.

Naturalizing God?

Evaluates religious naturalists’ attempts to find a middle path between supernaturalism and atheistic secularism, and explores naturalistic, theistic, and panpsychist solutions.

Many Mahābhāratas

A major contribution to the study of South Asian literature, offering a landmark view of Mahābhārata studies.

Friendship and Hospitality

Offers a comparative and deconstructive reading of the cross-cultural encounter between the Jesuits and their Confucian hosts in late Ming China.

Faith, Hope, and Sustainability

A cross-case analysis of fifteen faith communities striving to care for the earth and live more sustainably.

Antigone's Sisters

An original and innovative exploration of Antigone, femininity, and love in various cosmological, philosophical, and theological contexts.

The Contemplative Foundations of Classical Daoism

Brings early Daoist writings into conversation with contemporary contemplative studies.

The Hagiographer and the Avatar

Examines the key role of a hagiographer within a charismatic religious movement.

Ummah

Offers the Islamic concept of ummah as an alternative to the nation-state.

D. G. Leahy and the Thinking Now Occurring

A critical introduction to the American philosopher D. G. Leahy (1937–2014), whose oeuvre sets forth a fundamental thinking in which change itself is revealed to be the very essence of reality and mind.

Christ Returns from the Jungle

An in-depth, ethnographic study of the transnational expansion of Santo Daime, a mystical religious tradition organized around sacramental ingestion of the mind-altering ayahuasca beverage.

The Mughals and the Sufis

Examines the relationship between Mughal political culture and the two dominant strains of Islam's Sufi traditions in South Asia: one centered around orthodoxy, the other focusing on a more accommodating and mystical spirituality.

The Anonymity of a Commentator

A close study of one of the most prolific commentary writers in Islamic history.

Hasidism, Suffering, and Renewal

Reconsiders the legacy of an important Hasidic mystic, leader, and educator who confronted the dilemmas of modernity after World War I and whose writing constitutes a unique testimony to religious experience and its rupture in the Warsaw Ghetto.

The Amorous Imagination

Building on Jean-Luc Marion’s phenomenology of love this book takes up the “question of the Other” and argues that through the interpretive activities of the amorous imagination lovers come to experience one another as the Beloved.

Unruly Catholic Feminists

Third- and fourth-wave feminists write about their experiences with Catholicism and their visions for the future of women in the Church.

The Hebrew Orient

Examines the role that images of Palestine played in the construction of prewar Jewish American identity.

The Split Economy

Draws on philosophy, economics, theology, and psychoanalytic theory to reveal a fundamental dynamic of capitalism.

Human Becomings

Offers an in-depth exposition of the Confucian conception of persons as the starting point of Confucian ethics.

Black Women's Yoga History

Examines how Black women elders have managed stress, emphasizing how self-care practices have been present since at least the mid-nineteenth century, with roots in African traditions.

Religion within the Limits of History Alone

Shows that pragmatic historicism is a significant intellectual tradition in the history of American religious and philosophical thought.

Tracing the Path of Yoga

A comprehensive and theory-rich investigation of the history and philosophy of yoga, from its Indian origins to the contemporary context.

Teardrops of Time

Investigates how the Thai poet Angkarn Kallayanapong adapts Buddhist concepts of time to create a modern Asian aesthetic imaginary.

The Muslim World in Modern South Asia

Sets out the challenges presented to Muslim societies by Western dominance over the past two hundred years, and explores Muslim responses, particularly in the context of South Asia.

Kabbalah in Print

Demonstrates the impact of print culture on the spread of Jewish mysticism, focusing on Kabbalistic study guides by R. Yissakhar Baer of seventeenth-century Prague.

Mindfulness as Sustainability

Offers practical and personal ways to help mitigate global climate change while sustaining an emotional and spiritual center through mindfulness practice.

Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds

Broadens the parameters of religious studies by accounting for material acts that help shape religious worlds.

The Science of Satyug

The first in-depth study of the All World Gayatri Pariwar, a modern Indian religious movement.

Bounded Integration

Investigates Turkey and Israel's contrasting treatment of religion and demonstrates how this treatment has had a significant impact on these countries' democratic performance.

Jews Out of the Question

A provocative study of opposition to anti-Semitism in contemporary political philosophy.

Till Kingdom Come

By Lokesh Ohri
Subjects: Asian Studies

The first book to offer a detailed framework, a fine-grained history, and an analytically nuanced understanding of one of the rarest branches of Hindu worship.

Words of Destiny

Investigates the professional practices of astrologers in urban India and their popularity among the educated middle and upper classes.

The Other Rāma

A systematic analysis of the myth cycle of Paraśurāma (“Rāma with the Axe”), an avatára of Viṣṇu with a much darker reputation.

Theosophy across Boundaries

Offers a new approach to Theosophy that takes into account its global dimensions and its interaction with highly diverse cultural contexts.