Peter Gabel’s new book Another Way of Seeing: in hardcover, paperback and eBooks

In ANOTHER WAY OF SEEING, critical legal studies scholar Peter Gabel argues that our most fundamental spiritual need as human beings is the desire for authentic mutual recognition. Because we live in a world in which this desire is systematically denied due to the legacy of fear of the other that has been passed on from generation to generation, we exist as what he calls ‘withdrawn selves,’ perceiving the other as a threat rather than as the source of our completion as social beings. Calling for a new kind of ’spiritual activism’ that speaks to this universal interpersonal longing, Gabel shows how we can transform law, politics, public policy, and culture so as to build a new social movement through which we become more fully present to each other—creating a new ‘parallel universe’ existing alongside our socially separated world and reaffirming the social bond that inherently unites us.

“Peter Gabel is one of the grand prophetic voices in our day. He also is a long-distance runner in the struggle for justice. Don’t miss this book!”
—Cornel West, The Class of 1943 Professor, Princeton University, and Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary

“Peter Gabel has delivered a set of unmatched phenomenological analyses of the profound alienation that pervades everyday life in America in the early 21st century. His insightful descriptions of the way things really are challenge us to open our eyes, minds and hearts to our own and one another’s deepest longings, and together, to bring one another back home…. Like a pick axe thrown ahead to anchor us all, to paraphrase one of his most evocative images, Gabel’s polemic teaches and inspires us to ‘think with our hearts,’ to genuinely and confidently love ourselves and our brothers and sisters on this very planet Earth, to lift ourselves and one another on the strength of our authentic Presence, and to move things forward together. Now.”
—Rhonda V. Magee, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco

“Gabel’s essays on law, politics, and foreign and domestic policy urge us to take a step back from our deeply alienated habits of seeing, living and feeling—habits that threaten the destruction of the planet as well as of our social, national and global communal bonds—and to forge a new politics grounded in a recognition of our longing for a genuinely loving and spiritual connection with each other…. Gabel ultimately describes a place for an engagement with law and legal practice centered on our ability to use law as a way to inscribe and act on our responsibilities to care for each other as well as ourselves, politics as a vehicle through which to express our deepest social and spiritual commitments and foreign and domestic policy both as expressions of a forgotten or suppressed, but still realizable, beloved community.”
—Robin West, Frederick Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy, Georgetown University Law Center

“Replete with wise insights that reward readers with Another Way of Seeing toward their pursuit of compassion, community, and a better world, law professor, activist and philosopher Peter Gabel’s excellent essay collection elaborates upon the meaning of Martin Luther King Jr.’s expression ‘Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love.’ No matter what your expertise, Gabel’s thoughts are pertinent to fulfillment of your human possibilities.”
—Ralph Nader, Washington, DC

Law professor, educational leader, and noted Critical Legal Studies scholar Peter Gabel offers a new collection of thoughtful and challenging essays on the hotbed issues of today and of the last, tumultuous decade—and a new perspective to engage them.

Hardcover available at leading sites such as, Barnes & Noble online, BooksAMillion, Ingram, YBP Library Services, and other booksellers.

Paperback found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BooksAMillion, Ingram, YBP Library Services, and other booksellers. It may also be ordered from Quid Pro Books directly, at our eStore page, fulfilled securely by Amazon. Contact us for bulk sales of the print editions.

Ebook edition available in all leading formats:

Amazon for Kindle.

Barnes & Noble for Nook.

Google for Google Play, and more generally at Google Books here.

Apple iTunes and iBooks (previewed online here).

And at Smashwords in ePub format. Also, look for it at Diesel e-books and at Kobobooks.


ISBN 9781610271974 (hbk.); list price $32.99
ISBN 9781610271981 (pbk.); list $23.99
ISBN 9781610271998 (eBook); list $9.99

Published: Oct. 16, 2013
Page count: 206 pp.
Title: Another Way of Seeing: Essays on Transforming Law, Politics and Culture
Author: Peter Gabel