Coming Soon:

The following books by Robert Paul Wolff are available on Amazon.com as e-books: KANT'S THEORY OF MENTAL ACTIVITY, THE AUTONOMY OF REASON, UNDERSTANDING MARX, UNDERSTANDING RAWLS, THE POVERTY OF LIBERALISM, A LIFE IN THE ACADEMY, MONEYBAGS MUST BE SO LUCKY, AN INTRODUCTION TO THE USE OF FORMAL METHODS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY.
Now Available: Volumes I, II, III, and IV of the Collected Published and Unpublished Papers.

NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE: LECTURES ON KANT'S CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON
LECTURE ONE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d__In2PQS60
LECTURE TWO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al7O2puvdDA

ALSO AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE: LECTURES ONE THROUGH TEN ON IDEOLOGICAL CRITIQUE



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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

KEEPING BUSY

I have now completed all of my editorial work on the four volumes of my collected published and unpublished papers.  It will still be a while before everything is done -- permissions obtained, covers designed, etc. -- but before too long they will go up on Amazon.com as e-books.  There must be a hundred essays, reviews, and the like in the four volumes.  On the one hand, that seems like a big pile of chopped liver, as they say where I come from.  On the other hand, over sixty-two years, that is not even two a year.  Tucked away in all that verbiage are some little pieces that I think are worth a look -- a critique of the work of Hannah Arendt, for example, and my unpublished [indeed, until now unpublishable] report on a conference at Columbia Law School on Immanuel Kant's legal philosophy.  And of course my satirical review of Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind.  The lovely comment just posted on this blog by Lucille encourages me to hope that a few people will find their way to one or another of the volumes. 

Seventy years ago, I would sit on the steps to the second floor in my parents' little row house and listen to the grownups talking, longing for the day when I would be able to join the conversation.  Writing has always been, for me, a way to join the great conversation of Western Civilization, as a kibitzer, if nothing more exalted.

3 comments:

Charles said...

What is the basis of the critique of Hannah Arendt? At least, can you point in the direction of finding your piece on this? Thank you.

Robert Paul Wolff said...

Of course, you can wait for the e-publication of my collected papers :) but it can be found in the 1982 volume of the GRADUATE FACULTY PHILOSOPHY JOURNAL of the New School for Social Research, in a symposium on Arendt. It is called "Notes for a Materialist Analysis of the Public and the Private Realms."

Charles said...

Thank you.

I'll take a look at the GFPJ.