University of Scranton Press Announces New Publications

Nov 19, 2008

The University of Scranton announces the publication of nine new books this fall.

• The Catholic Church and American Culture: Why the Claims of The DaVinci Code Struck a Chord by Eric Plumer, Ph.D., associate professor of theology/religious studies at The University of Scranton. The book examines the explosive popularity of Dan Brown’s best-selling novel and what that phenomenon tells us about ourselves, our Church, our society, our nation, and our future.

The Grappling Hook and Other Tales From the War In Iraq by F. X. Moughan features 10 stories about the emotions experienced during wartime. Moughan, a veteran of the war in Iraq, is a theology teacher at Piux X High School in Bangor.

NAFTA and the Campesinos: The Impact of NAFTA on Small-Scale Agricultural Producers in Mexico and the Prospects for Change is edited by Juan Rivera, Ph.D., Manuel Chávez, Ph.D., and Scott Whiteford, Ph.D. This book examines the effect the North American Free Trade Agreement has had on small family farms in Mexico. Dr. Rivera is a professor of accounting in the Mendoza College of Business and a faculty fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Chávez is an assistant professor of journalism at Michigan State University. Dr. Whiteford is the director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona.

A Comprehensive Philosophy of Transformation by Manfred Halpern, Ph.D., edited by David Abalos, Ph.D., discusses modes of political activities, stresses personal involvement in politics and calls for a just society built through the efforts of compassionate people. The late Dr. Halpern was a professor of politics at Princeton University. Dr. Abalos is visiting professor of politics at Princeton and professor emeritus of religious studies and sociology at Seton Hall University.

Descartes and Poinsot: The Crossroad of Signs and Ideas by John Deely, Ph.D., examines the work of the philosopher René Descartes and theologian John Poinsot. Dr. Deely holds the Rudman Chair in Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas. He is the author of Intentionality and Semiotics, also published by The University of Scranton Press.

Augustine and Poinsot: The Protosemiotic Development by John Deely, Ph.D., discusses the connection between St. Augustine and Poinsot’s contribution to the field of semiotics. Dr. Deely holds the Rudman Chair in Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas.

Regulars and the Secular Realm: The Benedictines of the Congregation of Saint-Maur during the 18th Century and the French Revolution by Mary Kathryn Robinson, Ph.D., is an account of the Benedictines who were forced from their monasteries by the French Republic in the late 18th century. Dr. Robinson is an assistant professor of history at Lourdes College, Sylvania, Ohio.

New in paperback is Christianity, Wilderness, and Wildlife by Susan Bratton, Ph.D., chair of the environmental studies department at Baylor University. Dr. Bratton examines the theme of wilderness spirituality and nature in religious literature.

Divine Subjectivity: Understanding Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion by Dale M. Schlitt, O.M.I., has been revised and republished in paperback. Fr. Schlitt’s book focuses on the work of German philosopher Georg Hegel. Fr. Sclitt is rector of St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada.

The books are available for purchase at all major bookstores, or through The University of Scranton Press at 1-800-621-2736.

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