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Wendy Lochner, Publisher for Philosophy and Religion

My main areas of acquisition are philosophy, religious studies, and animal studies. I’m interested in books for general readers, course books, and broad single-volume references as well as monographs with wide and interdisciplinary audiences. (*Please send all proposals and manuscripts via e-mail.)

My philosophy list is primarily focused on continental philosophies, with strong connections to critical theory, political philosophy, and feminist philosophy. This part of the list includes three series. New Directions in Critical Theory (edited by Amy Allen) aims to renew and advance the program of critical social theory, with a particular focus on theorizing contemporary struggles around gender, race, sexuality, class, and globalization and their complex interconnections. It includes works by Nancy Fraser, Axel Honneth, Rainer Forst, Adriana Cavarero, and other leading scholars.

Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts (edited by Lydia Goehr and Gregg Horowitz) aims to publish books that show the ability of the arts to stimulate critical reflection on modern and contemporary social, political, and cultural life. It includes books by Goehr, John Hamilton, Stefan Jonsson, and others.

Columbia Studies in Political Thought/Political History (edited by Dick Howard) aims to explore ideas in political philosophy within their historical context and sets of practices. It includes works by Howard, Pierre Rosanvallon, Claude Lefort, and Andrew Arato.

We are also building a list in analytic philosophy through the series Columbia Themes in Philosophy (edited by Akeel Bilgrami), which has a broad and accommodating thematic reach as well as an ecumenical approach to the outdated disjunction between analytical and European philosophy. It is committed to an examination of key themes in new and startling ways and to the exploration of new topics in philosophy. It includes books by Edward Said, Alan Montefiore, and Michael Dummett.

Our philosophy backlist is highlighted by major works by John Rawls, Hilary Putnam, Gianni Vattimo, Richard Rorty, John Searle, David Foster Wallace, and Arthur Danto. We just published Judith Butler's Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism.

In the area of religious studies, our strengths include political theology, Islam, American religion, and Asian religion. Here we have several important series.

Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture (edited by Slavoj Zizek, Jeffrey Robbins, Clayton Crockett, and Creston Davis) seeks not only to explore the various forms of political theology across religious traditions and political commitments but also to reflect critically on the very concept of the religious against its political and cultural background. It includes titles by Antonio Negri, John Caputo, Udi Aloni, and Peter Sloterdijk.

Gender, Theory, and Religion (edited by Amy Hollywood) uses religious studies to draw upon history, anthropology, sociology, literature, philosophy, and theology, among other disciplines, and employ feminist theory itself for the analytical tools that will bring all religious traditions into the scope of the series. It has published work of Elizabeth Castelli, Susan Ackerman, and Jennifer Knust.

A new series, Columbia Series in Politics and Religion (edited by Gaston Espinosa and Chester Gillis) examines the influence religion exercises in the public order on areas including politics, environmental policy, social policy, law, church-state relations, foreign policy, race, class, gender, and culture. It includes titles by Gary Dorrien and Richard Miller

Another new series, Religion, Culture, and Public Life (edited by Karen Barkey, Alfred Stepan, and Mark Taylor and co-edited at the Press by Anne Routon and myself), focuses on issues related to questions of difference, identity and practice within local, national and international contexts. Special attention is paid to the ways in which religious traditions encourage conflict, violence and intolerance as well as support human rights, ecumenical values and mutual understanding. It includes books by Denis Lacorne and Courtney Bender.

And another new series, the Sheng Yen Series in Chinese Buddhist Studies, edited by Chun-fang Yu, is an endowed series that supports the publication of new scholarship on Chinese Buddhism as well as translations of essential Chinese Buddhist texts.

Also on the religion list are found notable works by Peter Brown, Caroline Bynum, Ronald Davidson, Frederick Smith, and others.

My list in animal studies is highly interdisciplinary and includes works in philosophy, religion, literary studies, and ethics. Leading authors in this area include Paul Waldau and Kimberley Patton, Gary Francione, Gary Steiner, Matthew Calarco, Stanley Cavell, and Julian Franklin.

We have also begun a new series, Critical Perspectives on Animals: Philosophy, Politics, Law, and Culture (edited by Gary Francione and Gary Steiner), which give crucially needed direction to the emerging interdisciplinary field of animal studies and provide appreciation of the subjective experience and the moral status of animals as well as of the nature and place of human beings.