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McCuaig, William 1949-

Works: 35 works in 132 publications in 1 language and 8,007 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources 
Roles: Author, Translator
Classifications: T17, 609.40902
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Most widely held works by William McCuaig
Books, banks, buttons, and other inventions from the Middle Ages by Chiara Frugoni( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Once regarded by historians as a period of intellectual stagnation, the Middle Ages were actually a time of extraordinary cultural and technological innovation. This romp through the inventions of the period tells the story of the first appearance of dozens of items and ideas of lasting significance." "Ranging from the invention of eyeglasses (by a now-forgotten layperson who sought to keep his methods secret, the better to profit from them) to the creation of the fork (at first regarded as an instrument of diabolical perversion but embraced when it helped people handle another invention of the age, pasta), this volume is a fitting tribute to an era from which we still benefit today."--Jacket
Nihilism & emancipation : ethics, politics, and law by Gianni Vattimo( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A marriage of philosophy and practical politics, this collection is the first of Gianni Vattimo's many books to combine his intellectual pursuits with his public and political life. Vattimo is a paradoxical figure, at once a believing Christian and a vociferous critic of the Catholic Church, an outspoken liberal but not a former communist, and a recognized authority on Nietzsche and Heidegger as well as a prominent public intellectual and member of the European parliament. Building on his unique position as a philosopher and politician. Vattimo takes on some of the most pressing questions of our times: Is it still possible, long after Nietzsche proclaimed the death of God, to talk of moral imperatives, individual rights, or political freedom? Are these values still relevant in today's world?"--Jacket
Carlo Sigonio : the changing world of the late Renaissance by William McCuaig( Book )

13 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Democracy in what state? by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concentrating on the classical roots of democracy and its changing meaning over time and within different contexts, these essays uniquely defend what is left of the left-wing tradition after the fall of Soviet communism. They confront disincentives to active democratic participation that have caused voter turnout to decline in Western countries, and they address electoral indifference by invoking and reviving the tradition of citizen involvement. Passionately written and theoretically rich, this collection speaks to all facets of modern political and democratic debate. --Book Jacket
On liberal revolution by Piero Gobetti( Book )

8 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discourse on sacred and profane images by Gabriele Paleotti( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three lectures on post-industrial society by Daniel Cohen( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The era of ruptures -- The new world economy -- Is there a European social model?
A distant city : images of urban experience in the medieval world by Chiara Frugoni( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Labor economics by Pierre Cahuc( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La 4e de couv. indique : "This landmark graduate-level text combines depth and breadth of coverage with recent, cutting-edge work in all the major areas of modern labor economics. Its command of the literature and its coverage of the latest theoretical, methodological, and empirical developments make it also a valuable resource for practicing labor economists. This second edition has been substantially updated and augmented. It incorporates examples drawn from many countries, and it presents empirical methods using contributions that have proved to be milestones in labor economics. The data and codes of these research publications, as well as numerous tables and figures describing the functioning of labor markets, are all available on a dedicated website (, along with slides that can be used as course aids and a discussion forum. This edition devotes more space to the analysis of public policy and the levers available to policy makers, with new chapters on such topics as discrimination, globalization, income redistribution, employment protection, and the minimum wage or labor market programs for the unemployed. Theories are explained on the basis of the simplest possible models, which are in turn related to empirical results. Mathematical appendixes provide a toolkit for understanding the models."
Inventions of the Middle Ages by Chiara Frugoni( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy in turbulent times : Canguilhem, Sartre, Foucault, Althusser, Deleuze, Derrida by Elisabeth Roudinesco( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For Elisabeth Roudinesco, a historian of psychoanalysis and one of France's leading intellectuals, Canguilhem, Sartre, Foucault, Althusser, Deleuze, and Derrida belong to a ""great generation"" of French philosophers. Innovative and troubled, these thinkers accomplished remarkable work and lived incredible lives, and though their cultural horizon was dominated by Marxism and psychoanalysis, they were by no means strict adherents to Marxist and Freudian doctrines. Having known many of these intellectuals personally, Roudinesco merges an account of their thought and experiences with her
Horrorism : naming contemporary violence by Adriana Cavarero( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Words like "terrorism" and "war" no longer encompass the scope of contemporary violence. With this explosive book, Adriana Cavarero, one of the world's most provocative feminist theorists and political philosophers, effectively renders such terms obsolete. She introduces a new word--"horrorism"--To capture the experience of violence." "Unlike terror, horrorism is a form of violation grounded in the offense of disfiguration and massacre. Numerous outbursts of violence fall within Cavarero's category of horrorism, especially when the phenomenology of violence is considered from the perspective of the victim rather than that of the warrior. Cavarero locates horrorism in the philosophical, political, literary, and artistic representations of defenseless and vulnerable victims. She considers both terror and horror on the battlefields of the Iliad, in the decapitation of Medusa, and in the murder of Medea's children. In the modern arena, she forges a link between horror, extermination, and massacre, especially the Nazi death camps, and revisits the work of Primo Levi, Hannah Arendt's thesis on totalitarianism, and Arendt's debate with Georges Bataille on the estheticization of violence and cruelty." "In applying the horroristic paradigm to the current phenomena of suicide bombers, torturers, and hypertechnological warfare, Cavarero integrates Susan Sontag's views on photography and the eroticization of horror, as well as ideas on violence and the state advanced by Thomas Hobbes and Carl Schmitt. Through her searing analysis, Caverero proves that violence against the helpless claims a specific vocabulary, one that has been known for millennia, and not just to the Western tradition. Where common language fails to form a picture of atrocity, horrorism paints a brilliant portrait of its vivid reality."--Jacket
Not being God : a collaborative autobiography by Gianni Vattimo( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gianni Vattimo, a leading philosopher of the continental school, has always resisted autobiography. But in this intimate memoir, the voice of Vattimo as thinker, political activist, and human being finds its expression on the page. With Piergiorgio Paterlini, a noted Italian writer and journalist, Vattimo reflects on a lifetime of politics, sexual radicalism, and philosophical exuberance in postwar Italy. Turin, the city where he was born and one of the intellectual capitals of Europe (also the city in which Nietzsche went mad), forms the core of his reminiscences, enhanced by fascinating vignettes of studying under Hans Georg Gadamer, teaching in the United States, serving as a public intellectual and interlocutor of Habermas and Derrida, and working within the European Parliament to unite Europe. Vattimo's status as a left-wing faculty president paradoxically made him a target of the Red Brigades in the 1970s, causing him to flee Turin for his life. Left-wing terrorism did not deter the philosopher from his quest for social progress, however, and in the 1980s, he introduced a daring formulation called "weak thought," which stripped metaphysics, science, religion, and all other absolute systems of their authority. Vattimo then became notorious both for his renewed commitment to the core values of Christianity (he was trained as a Catholic intellectual) and for the Vatican's denunciation of his views. Paterlini weaves his interviews with Vattimo into an utterly candid first-person portrait, creating a riveting text that is destined to become one of the most compelling accounts of homosexuality, history, politics, and philosophical invention in the twentieth century
Italian foreign policy : the statecraft of the founders by Federico Chabod( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Federico Chabod (1901-1960) was one of Italy's best-known historians, noted for his study of Italian history in a European context. This is the first English translation of his most important book. Although he carried out his extensive archival research for this work from 1936 until 1943, the fall of fascism and Chabod's active participation in the Resistance delayed its completion. When it was published in 1951, it was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. Chabod intended to write a new kind of diplomatic history-- one in which political history is seen as part of a larger historical
A farewell to truth by Gianni Vattimo( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With Western cultures becoming more pluralistic, the question of ""truth"" in politics has become a game of interpretations. Today, we face the demise of the very idea of truth as an objective description of facts, though many have yet to acknowledge that this is changing. Gianni Vattimo explicitly engages with the important consequences for democracy of our changing conception of politics and truth, such as a growing reluctance to ground politics in science, economics, and technology. Yet in Vattimo's conception, a farewell to truth can benefit democracy, exposing the unspoke
The responsibility of the philosopher by Gianni Vattimo( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As he outlines his ideas about the philosopher's role, Vattimo builds an important companion to his life's work. He confronts questions of science, religion, logic, literature, and truth, and passionately defends the power of hermeneutics to engage with life's conundrums. Vattimo conjures a clear vision of philosophy as something separate from the sciences and the humanities but also intimately connected to their processes, and he explicates a conception of truth that emphasizes fidelity and participation through dialogue."--Pub. desc
Liberal socialism by Carlo Rosselli( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christianity, truth, and weakening faith : a dialogue by Gianni Vattimo( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The debate over the place of religion in secular, democratic societies often polarizes around simplistic reductions, making efforts at reconciliation impossible. Yet more rational stances do exist, positions that broker a peace between relativism and religion in people's public, private, and ethical lives." "Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith advances just such a dialogue, featuring the collaboration of two major philosophers known for their progressive approach to this issue. Seeking unity over difference, Gianni Vattimo and Rene Girard turn to Max Weber, Eric Auerbach, and Marcel Gauchet, among others, in their exploration of truth and liberty, relativism and faith, and the tensions of new forms of religiously inspired violence." "Vattimo and Girard ultimately conclude that secularism and the involvement (or lack thereof) of religion in governance are, in essence, produced by Christianity. In other words, Christianity is "the religion of the exit from religion," and democracy, civil rights, the free market, and individual freedoms are all facilitated by Christian culture. Through an exchange both intimate and enlightening, Vattimo and Girard share their unparalleled insight into religion, modernity, and the role of Christianity, especially as it exists in our multicultural world."--Jacket
Spinoza for our time : politics and postmodernity by Antonio Negri( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slow food : the case for taste by Carlo Petrini( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Slow Food is poised to revolutionize the way Americans shop for groceries, prepare and consume their meals, and think about food. The book not only recalls the origins, first steps, and international expansion of the movement from the perspective of its founder, it is also a powerful expression of the organization's goal of engendering social reform through the transformation of our attitudes about food and eating. As Newsweek described it, the Slow Food movement has now become the basis for an alternative to the American rat race, the inspiration for ""a kinder and gen
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Books, banks, buttons, and other inventions from the Middle Ages
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Mac Cuaig William

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MacCuaig, William 1949-

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Mc Cuaig, William 1949-

English (114)

Nihilism & emancipation : ethics, politics, and lawDemocracy in what state?On liberal revolutionThree lectures on post-industrial societyA distant city : images of urban experience in the medieval worldLabor economicsPhilosophy in turbulent times : Canguilhem, Sartre, Foucault, Althusser, Deleuze, DerridaHorrorism : naming contemporary violence