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Atheism

Alexandre Kojève. Translated by Jeff Love.
Columbia University Press

One of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and unconventional thinkers, Alexandre Kojève was a Russian émigré to France whose lectures on Hegel in the 1930s galvanized a generation of French intellectuals. Although Kojève wrote a great deal, he published very little in his lifetime, and so the ongoing rediscovery of his work continues to present new challenges to philosophy and political theory. Written in 1931 but left unfinished, Atheism is an erudite and open-ended exploration of profound questions of estrangement, death, suicide, and the infinite that demonstrates the range and the provocative power of Kojève’s thought. READ MORE

“LA PENNA È CHIACCHIERONA.” EDMONDO DE AMICIS E L’ARTE DEL NARRARE

Roberto Risso
Franco Cesati Editore

This monograph examines and analyzes the whole literary production of an author, Edmondo De Amicis (1846-1908) who is well known only for a very limited number of works, especially his best and long seller Cuore (The Heart of a Boy). But his journalist, traveller, narrator, patriot, novelist and educator produced a body of many thousand pages of works so different and so various that no scholar had tried to analyze them in full. This book, resulting from a decade of archival research, readings and travels and above all from a years-long historical researches on the journals and magazines of the times of the authors, gives an in depth study of the major and minor themes of this author, encouraging to face the least known of his works, giving a first hand analysis of his relevance in the past and in the present of Italian and European literature. READ MORE

The Black Circle

A Life of Alexandre Kojève

Jeff Love
Columbia University Press

Alexandre Kojève (1902–1968) was an important and provocative thinker. Born in Russia, he spent most of his life in France. His interpretation of Hegel and his notorious declaration that history had come to an end exerted great influence on French thinkers and writers such as Raymond Aron, Georges Bataille, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jacques Lacan, and Raymond Queneau. An unorthodox Marxist, he was a critic of Martin Heidegger and interlocutor of Leo Strauss who played a significant role in establishing the European Economic Community; a polyglot with many unusual interests, he wrote works, mostly unpublished in his lifetime, on quantum physics, the problem of the infinite, Buddhism, atheism, and Vassily Kandinsky’s paintings. READ MORE