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From: Journal of the History of Ideas
Volume 74, Number 3, July 2013
pp. 497-501 | 10.1353/jhi.2013.0024

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Arena, Valentina. Libertas and the Practice of Politics in the Late Roman Republic. New York: Cambridge UP, 2013. ix, 324p., bibl., ill., index, $99. Competing languages of “liberty” and political legitimacy in the first century b.c .
Ball, Philip. Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2013. viii, 465p., bibl., ill., index, $35. Polymathic inquiry in the seventeenth century.
Bernier, Celeste-Marie. Characters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination. Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 2012. xxv, 435p., bibl., ill., index, $39.50. Depictions of Toussaint Louverture, Nat Turner, Sengbe Pieh, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman in literature and the arts.
Bogdan, Radu J. Mindvaults: Sociocultural Grounds for Pretending and Imagining. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT P, 2013. xxi, 236p., bibl., index, $35. Imagination as a social adaptation that emerges in four-year-olds.
Boulton, James T. and T. O. McLoughlin, eds. News From Abroad: Letters Written by British Travellers on the Grand Tour, 1728–71. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2012. x, 293p., bibl., index. George Lyttelton, Joseph Spence, James Boswell, James Berry, and Caroline Lennox.
Bowler, Peter J. Darwin Deleted: Imagining a World Without Darwin. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2013. ix, 318p., bibl., ill., index, $30. Counterfactual history asserts that not even Alfred Russel Wallace could have duplicated evolution by natural selection.
Costelloe, Timothy M. The British Aesthetic Tradition: From Shaftesbury to Wittgenstein. New York: Cambridge UP, 2013. x, 350p., bibl., ill., index, $34.99. Philosophy of art in Ages of Taste, Romanticism, and Analysis.
Costigliolo, Marica. Islam e Cristianesimo: Mondi di Differenze nel Medioevo: Il Dialogo con l’Islam nell’opera di Nicola da Cusa. Genoa: Genova UP, 2013. 155p., bibl., index, 16. Interfaith dialogues in De docta ignorantia, De pace fidei, Cribratio Alkorani.
Cressy, David. Saltpeter: The Mother of Gunpowder. New York: Oxford UP, 2013. xii, 237p., bibl., ill., index. Government intrusions into stables, pigeon houses, and around the world in pursuit of potassium nitrate, from the Tudors to the Victorians.
Crosswhite, James. Deep Rhetoric: Philosophy, Reason, Violence, Justice, Wisdom. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2013. xiii, 407p., bibl., index. The recasting of the ancient discipline of persuasion in Continental hermeneutics and the contemporary American university curriculum.
Delehanty, Ann T. Literary Knowing in Neoclassical France: From Poetics to Aesthetics. Lewisburg, Pa: Bucknell UP, 2013. ix, 209p., bibl., index. Dominique Bouhours, Nicolas Boileau, René Rapin, John Dennis, and the Abbé Dubos as literary critics after Pascal’s Lettres provinciales.
Dolgopolski, Sergey. The Open Past: Subjectivity and Remembering in the Talmud. New York: Fordham UP, 2013. xi, 379p, bibl., index, $65. “Virtual” thinking and speaking in late ancient and modern philosophy.
Fichte, Johann Gottlieb. Addresses to the German Nation. Trans. Isaac Nakhimovsky, Béla Kapossy, and Keith Tribe. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2013. xl, 192p., index, $16.95. Fourteen weekly lectures to the Berlin Academy of Science under French occupation, 1807–08.
Foster, R. F. Words Alone: Yeats and His Inheritances. New York: Oxford UP, 2012. xix, 236p., bibl., ill., index, $17.95. Sources of the poet’s themes in nineteenth-century Irish literature.
Gal, Ofer and Raz Chen-Morris. Baroque Science. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2013. xiv, 333p., bibl., ill., index, $45. Telescopes, microscopes, and mathematics induce anxiety more than rationality in Kepler, Galileo, and Newton.
Gilje, Paul A. Free Trade and Sailors’ Rights in the War of 1812. New York: Cambridge UP, 2013. xii, 425p., ill., index, $29.99. “Liberty” as commerce with all the world and opposition to impressment.
Griffin, Michael V. Leibniz, God and Necessity. New York: Cambridge UP, 2013. xi, 195p., bibl., index. The ontological argument in Descartes and Leibniz.
Hayot, Eric. On Literary Worlds. New York: Oxford UP, 2012. x, 202p., index, $27.95. Why modernist criteria of progress and originality don’t work for judging non-western literature.
Hirst, Derek and Steven N. Zwicker. Andrew Marvell, Orphan of the Hurricane. New York: Oxford UP, 2012. xvi, 197p., bibl., index. Lyric poetry, satire, and polemic in seventeenth-century England.
Humboldt, Alexander von. Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: A Critical Edition. E. Vera M. Kutzinski and Ottmar Ette. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2012. xxxvii, 618p., bibl., ill., index, $65. Translation...



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