Polity blog posts highlight new and recent books published by us, often with the comments and views of the authors themselves.
In our latest book Global Health: An Introductory Text we have drawn upon a social scientific lens to critically consider this topic area, because we believe that the social determinants of health should be at the forefront of analyses in this area. That is not to say that the physical … Read More
Written by William E Scheuerman
Why a new book on civil disobedience? Many impressive intellectuals –just to mention a few of the most famous: Hannah Arendt, Jürgen Habermas, and John Rawls– have already written extensively on the topic. What more could one possibly say about something that so preoccupied Mahatma … Read More
Ecological Ethics was published in a second edition, revised and considerably expanded, in 2011. Last year, I wrote a new Foreword for it. I didn’t feel it was necessary to revise the text again because the last few years have seen little change in what I … Read More
Shakespeare is our contemporary. So is Aristotle, and El Greco, and Murasaki Shikibu, the Japanese court lady who, a bit more than a thousand years ago, wrote The Tale of Genji, considered by many to be the first psychological novel in the whole world. They are our contemporaries because what … Read More
Why does a woman who discovers relatives she never knew she had, feel so moved when she recognises a family resemblance with them, and how is it that family resemblances can feel uncanny, or spooky, or even magical? What is happening when someone feels an affinity with a place, or … Read More