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Faculty Books


John Rumrich's Immortality and the Body in the Age of Milton


The seventeenth-century Scientific Revolution unsettled traditional conceptions in theology and psychology. Perhaps the soul was neither immaterial nor immortal. Milton and certain of his contemporaries explored new ways of thinking about the soul and its relation to body, and imagined transcendence as including the body.

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Paul Woodruff's  The Garden of Leaders

 Garden of Leaders

Whether in engineering, music, or classics, The Garden of Leaders advances leadership as a core value that should be at the heart of the educational enterprise-contending that while a college campus can be many things, it should at the very least be a ground upon which new leaders can grow. 

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Hobbes’s Kingdom of Light by Devin Stauffer

Hobbes’s Kingdom of Light

Was Hobbes the first great architect of modern political philosophy? Highly critical of the classical tradition in philosophy, particularly Aristotle, Hobbes thought that he had established a new science of morality and politics. Devin Stauffer here delves into Hobbes’s critique of the classical tradition, making this oft-neglected aspect of the philosopher’s thought the basis of a new, comprehensive interpretation of his political philosophy.

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The Socratic Way of Life: Xenophon’s “Memorabilia of Socrates” by Thomas Pangle

The Socratic Way of Life: Xenophon’s “Memorabilia of Socrates”

The Socratic Way of Life is the first English-language book-length study of the philosopher Xenophon’s masterwork. In it, Thomas L. Pangle shows that Xenophon depicts more authentically than does Plato the true teachings and way of life of the citizen philosopher Socrates, founder of political philosophy.

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