In this brilliant study, Thomas Pfau argues that the loss of foundational concepts in classical and medieval Aristotelian philosophy caused a fateful separation between reason and will in European thought. Pfau traces the evolution and eventual deterioration of key concepts of human agency—will, person, judgment, action—from antiquity through Scholasticism and on to eighteenth-century moral theory and its critical revision in the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Featuring extended critical discussions of Aristotle, Gnosticism, Augustine, Aquinas, Ockham, Hobbes, Shaftesbury, Mandeville, Hutcheson, Hume, Adam Smith, and Coleridge, this study contends that humanistic concepts these writers seek to elucidate acquire meaning and significance…Read More
James D. Redwood
Love beneath the Napalm is James D. Redwood’s collection of deeply affecting stories about the enduring effects of colonialism and the Vietnamese War over the course of a century on the Vietnamese and the American and French foreigners who became inextricably connected with their fate. These finely etched, powerful tales span a wide array of settings, from the former imperial capital of Hue at the end of the Nguyen Dynasty, to Hanoi after the American pullout from Vietnam, the Chinese invasion of Vietnam in 1979, contemporary San Francisco, and Schenectady, New York.
Redwood reveals…Read More
April is National Poetry Month and the City of San Antonio will appoint Laurie Ann Guerrero as the second poet laureate to represent the city. Guerrero succeeds inaugural poet laureate Carmen Tafolla whose two-year term ends March 31. The 2014 Poet Laureate Investiture will take place at City Council Chamber,…
Katherine C. Little’s elegant study Transforming Work: Early Modern Pastoral and Late Medieval Poetry is reviewed in the March 14, 2014, issue of the Times Literary Supplement. James Wade says, “More germane to the arguments of Transforming Work is a larger question of how genre shapes periodization. To rethink the…