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"Mitchell Aboulafia offers a gracefully presented and intellectually satisfying conception of transcendence for an age when multiculturalism is an undeniable social fact. Aboulafia's argument crisscrosses the Atlantic to bring into play its key themescosmopolitanism and self-determination. The result is a highly persuasive and sophisticated conception of human freedom that acknowledges the social and biological forces associated with Darwin without succumbing to the old dualism of freedom and determinism."Cynthia Willett, Emory University
"Aboulafia has written a fascinating and important book, one that reaches across intellectual contexts and advances our insights into the social medium in which we fashion our world and ourselves. The figures that dwell in this book come from different places and, while they are not unaware of each other, their conversations are surprising, and Aboulafia shows us ways of thinking and creating philosophical conversations that offer new insights."Robert Gibbs, University of Toronto
About the Author
Mitchell Aboulafia is Director of Interdivisional Liberal Arts and Professor of Liberal Arts and Philosophy at The Juilliard School. His most recent book is The Cosmopolitan Self: George Herbert Mead and Continental Philosophy (2001).
When not commenting on the world (and other assorted matters) in his blog, UP@NIGHT http://upnight.com/, the author is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Manhattan College. He has been Professor of Liberal Arts and Philosophy, and Director of Liberal Arts at The Juilliard School in NYC.
His most recent book, Transcendence: On Self-Determination and Cosmopolitanism, is published by Stanford University Press. The book's Introduction and Afterword are available on Stanford's web site for the book http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?isbn=0804770190
The Afterword is only available on the Web and it discusses Obama's relationship to pragmatism.
Aboulafia is also Co-editor of the journal Contemporary Pragmatism.