The concept of empire contains features that are both irreducibly spectral and terrifyingly real. With much of both aspects prevailing at subliminal levels, it is nearly impossible for the casual observer to think through the maze of contradictions and constitutive forces inherent in the imperial system. In her latest work of nfiction, Meditations on the Human Condition in an Imperial Age, author and political philosopher Irina V. Boca uses her expertise and research to help readers analyze the presence of empire as an indelible contemporary political force. This intricate work unravels the Gordian kt of imperial politics and allows the reader to consider overlapping concepts from multiple perspectives, finally making it possible for the general audience to get all the facts. From post-Hegelian philosophy to political science and popular culture, the author has identified the intricately woven forces of imperial politics and invites readers to reconsider any easy location of power and any clear-cut path to resistance or liberation.