Bamford, Kiff. Jean-François Lyotard
. London: Reaktion, 2017. 176p., bibl.,ill., $19. Biography emphasizing the particular contexts that shaped the subject's thought and writing.
Bentham, Jeremy. The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham. Vol. 1, 1752–76
. Ed. Timothy L. S. Sprigge. London: U College of London P, 2017. xlv, 383p., index, £25.
Bentham, Jeremy. The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham. Vol. 2, 1777–80
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Bentham, Jeremy. The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham. Vol. 3, 1781–88
. Ed. Ian R. Christie. London: U College of London P, 2017. xxxviii, 646p., index, £25.
Bentham, Jeremy. The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham. Vol. 4, 1788–93
. Ed. Alexander Taylor Milne. London: U College of London P, 2017. xlvi, 506p., index, £25.
Bentham, Jeremy. The Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham. Vol. 5, 1794–97
. ED. Alexander Taylor Milne. London: U College of London P, 2017. xxii, 402p., index, £25.
Bronner, Stephen Eric. Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction
. New York: Oxford UP, 2017. xx, 140p., bibl., ill., index, $11.95. The Frankfurt School and its resistance to conformism and authoritarianism in the second half of the twentieth century.
Brosses, Charles de, Rosalind C. Morris and Daniel H. Leonard. The Returns of Fetishism: Charles de Brosses and the Afterlives of an Idea
. With a new translation of On the Worship of Fetish Gods
. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2017. xvi, 425p., bibl., index, $35. The text, its eighteenth-century context, and the reception and uses of the concept from Kant, Hegel, and Marx to Freud, deconstruction, and modern anthropology.
Debes, Remy, ed. Dignity: A History
. New York: Oxford UP, 2017. 408p., bibl., ill., index. Eleven essays and three reflections on social distinction and inherent human worth under ancient paganism, medieval monotheism, and modern ethics.
Derrida, Jacques. Artaud the Moma: Interjections of Appeal
. Trans. Peggy Kamuf. Ed. Kaira M. Cabañas. New York: Columbia UP, 2017. x, 94p., $20. A 1996 lecture at New York's Museum of Modern Art confronts the museum's valorization of Antonin Artaud's originality.
Germana, Nicholas A. The Anxiety of Autonomy and the Aesthetics of German Orientalism
. Rochester, N. Y.: Camden House, 2017. xii, 266p., bibl., index, $95. Kant, Fichte, Schlegel, Novalis, and Hegel.
Gillespie, Michael Allen. Nietzsche's Final Teaching
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Holland, Ben. The Moral Person of the State: Pufendorf, Sovereignty and Composite Polities
. New York: Cambridge UP, 2017. ix, 262p., bibl., index, $99.99. Freedom, personality, and the soul as theologically-based alternatives to Hobbes's secularizing doctrine of fictitious persons.
Jelley, Jane. Traces of Vermeer
. New York: Oxford UP, 2017. xiii, 339p., bibl.,ill., index, $34.95. In the absence of written documents, a painter reconstructs the materials, layering process, and perspective used to depict life and light.
Kapossy, Béla, Isaac Nakhimovsky, and Richard Whatmore, eds. Commerce and Peace in the Enlightenment
. New York: Cambridge UP, 2017. xii, 350p., index, $99. Twelve essays on eighteenth-century economic rivalry and the rise of public finance.
Kindley, Evan. Poet-Critics and the Administration of Culture
. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 2017. 164p., index, $35. A transition (1920–50) in arts funding from aristocratic patronage to private foundations, universities, and government agencies administered by elite technocrats.
Kleinberg, Ethan. Haunting History: For a Deconstructive Approach to the Past
. Stanford, Cal.: Stanford UP, 2017. x, 189p., index, $24.95. The new digital media present an opportunity to move historical writing and presentation away from ontological realism that sets actors and events in a specific location in space and time.
Kolozi, Peter. Conservatives Against Capitalism: From the Industrial Revolution to Globalization
. New York: Columbia UP, 2017. x, 250p., index, $60. "Movement" conservatives (Russell Kirk, Pat Buchanan, Irving Kristol) skeptical of the social changes wrought by free markets and free trade.
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