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NWP Books Author: Giorgio Baruchello

Giorgio Baruchello
Born in Genoa, Italy, Giorgio Baruchello is an Icelandic citizen and works as Professor of Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Akureyri, Iceland. He read philosophy in Genoa and Reykjavík, Iceland, and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Guelph, Canada. His publications encompass several different areas, especially social philosophy, theory of value, and intellectual history. Since 2005 he edits Nordicum-Mediterraneum: The Icelandic E-Journal of Nordic and Mediterranean Studies.

Dr. Baruchello's page at the University of Akureyri, Iceland.

Books by Giorgio Baruchello

The Business of Life and Death, Vol.1

The Business of Life and Death, Volume One:
Values and Economies

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As Descartes did for epistemology and Lévinas did for ethics, Baruchello places social and political philosophy as the new ‘first philosophy’. His research in the intersecting fields of economics, power politics, knowledge, and reality, presented here and in The Business of Life and Death Volume 2: Politics, Law, and Society, continues the work of John McMurtry, and fills in the unacknowledged missing pieces in the work of Paul Krugman, Naomi Klein, and Noam Chomsky, among others. He lays bare the frightening reality of how capital has controlled our understanding of knowledge, ethics, and meaning, to the detriment of the life-flourishing of peoples and environments. Yet his argument remains optimistic: he shows how the power of capital can be escaped, and how the life-ground of human goodness can replace it.

Contents

Part I - Introductions
The Cancer Stage of Capitalism
Value Wars
From Crisis to Cure

Part II - Applications
What Is To Be Conserved? An Appraisal of Political Conservatism
Good And Bad Tourism
Paul Krugman’s Banking Metastases
Social Philosophy and Oncology
On the Mission of Public Universities

Part III - Implications
Adam Smith, Historical and Rhetorical
Cornelius Castoriadis and the Crux of Adam Smith’s Liberty
The Price of Tranquility: Cruelty and Death in Adam Smith’s Liberalism
Adam Smith Can Never Be Wrong
Five Books of Economic History
A History of Economics
Epilogue: Good and Bad Capitalism

Read the introduction, and the chapter "What is to be conserved?", in PDF.

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The Business of Life and Death, Vol.2

The Business of Life and Death, Volume Two:
Politics, Law, and Society

by Giorgio Baruchello

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With patient logic, comprehensive research, a courageous sense of purpose, and indeed a gentle sense of humour, this volume of Baruchello’s essays continues the work of John McMurtry, and fills in the unacknowledged missing pieces in the work of Martha Nussbaum, Hans Jonas, and Arthur Fridolin Utz, among others. Baruchello lays bare the frightening reality of how capital has controlled our understanding of knowledge, ethics, and meaning, to the detriment of the life-flourishing of peoples and environments. Yet his argument remains optimistic: he shows how the power of capital can be escaped, and how the life-ground of human goodness can replace it.

Contents

Part I - Socialist and Conservative Perspectives
Einstein’s Socialism
Cornelius Castoriadis and “The Crisis of Modern Society”
Martha Nussbaum and John McMurtry
Guilio Tremonti’s Exit Strategy: Ending the Tyranny of Finance
Arthur Fridolin Utz’s Economic Ethics
Hans Jonas qua Political Thinker

Part II - Contemporary legal and social issues
The ICESCR qua Civil Commons
Europe’s Constitutions qua Civil Commons
Iceland and the Crises
Eight Noble Opinions and the Economic Crisis: Four Literary-philosophical sketches à la Eduardo Galeano

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Philosophy of Cruelty

by Giorgio Baruchello

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Baruchello’s Philosophy of Cruelty, the second collection of his essays, turns a difficult and emotionally charged topic into a surprisingly informative and enlightening read. Covering the history of Western philosophy’s treatment of cruelty as a topic, yet relating every point to present-day occasions of violence and injustice, this book is a touchstone for any discussion of cruelty as a philosophical theme. It pulls no punches, yet it leaves you standing taller.

Contents

Part I - Debating Cruelty
Two Questions About Cruelty
Three Perspectives On Cruelty
Two Questions about Liberalism of Fear

Part II - Cruelty in the History of Thought
No Pain, No Gain: The Understanding of Cruelty in Western Philosophy
The Politics of Cruelty: On Sade and Nietzeche
Ordinary Hell: Reflections on penal Justice between Dante and Nils Christie

Part III - Libera Nos A Crudelitate
Disciplinary DIvisions and Petty Academics: In Memory of Richard Rorty
The Ironic and Painful Cornering of Liberalism of Fear
Enemies of Interculturalism. The Economic Crisis in light of Xenophobia, Liberal Cruelties and Human Rights

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Mortals, Money, and Masters of Thought

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Mortals, Money, and Masters of Thought is a thoroughly enjoyable medley of philosophical meditations. Covering a very wide variety of topics, from metaphysical matters like the nature of history and art, to practical and ethically serious matters like global economic injustice, this collection nevertheless offers a remarkably coherent reading experience, where all topics are joined together by the common theme of death. This is the work of an enquiring mind, investigating the most serious matters with logical clarity and also with imaginative playfulness.

Contents

Part I - Mortals
Death and Anti-Anti-Death. A Cultural Exploration
Death and Life Support Systems
Mechanism, Galileo’s Animale and Heidegger’s Gestell: Reflections on the Lifelessness of Modern Science

Part II - Money
Deadly Economics: Reflections on the Neoclassical Paradigm
Life and Death Economics: A Dialogue
Life and Death Economics Revisited: One Year On
Cruelty and Austerity: Philo Hallie’s Categories of Ethical Thought and Today’s Greek Tragedy

Part III - Masters of Thought
Montaigne and Nietzsche: Ancient and Future Wisdom
Homer, Heroes and Humanity: Vico’s New Science on Death and Mortality
Contingency, Autonomy and Inanity: Cornelius Castoriadis on Human Mortality
Religion’s Gestalt. Reflections on Michael Polanyi, Tacit Knowing and Mortality

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