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Imperfection

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Book Series: Cultural Dialectics ISSN: 19158378 ISBN: 9781926836751 9781926836768 9781926836768 Year: Pages: 240 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
Subject: Philosophy
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??aspirations to perfection awaken us to our actual imperfection.? It is in the space between these aspirations and our inability to achieve them that Grant reflects upon imperfection. Grant argues that an awareness of imperfection, defined as both suffering and the need for justice, drive us to an unrelenting search for perfection, freedom, and self-determination. The twenty-one brief chapters of Imperfection develop this governing idea as it relates to the present situation of the God debate, modern ethnic conflicts, and the pursuit of freedom in relation to the uncertainties of personal identity and the quest for self-determination. Known for his exploration of the relationship between Buddhism and violent ethnic conflict in modern Sri Lanka, as well as his contribution to the study of Northern Ireland and the complex relationships among religion, literature, and ethnicity, Grant provides the reader with an analysis of the widespread rise of religious extremism across the globe. Referencing Plato, Van Gogh, Jesus, and the Buddha, he enlightens the reader with both succinct and original insights into human society. Imperfection is the result of an important Canadian public intellectual at work.

Poetics and Politics

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ISBN: 9783110536690 Year: Pages: 280 DOI: 10.1515/9783110536690 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council - 246603
Subject: Arts in general
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Far from teleological historiography, the pan-European perspective on Early Modern drama offered in this volume provides answers to why, how, where and when the given phenomena of theatre appear in history. Using theories of circulation and other concepts of exchange, transfer and movement, the authors analyze the development and differentiation of European secular and religious drama, within the disciplinary framework of comparative literature and the history of literature and concepts. Within this frame, aspects of major interest are the relationship between tradition and innovation, the status of genre, the proportion of autonomous and heteronomous creational dispositions within the artefacts or genres they belong to, as well as strategies of functionalization in the context of a given part of the cultural net. Contributions cover a broad range of topics, including poetics of Early Modern Drama; political, institutional and social practices; history of themes and motifs (Stoffgeschichte); history of genres/cross-fertilization between genres; textual traditions and distribution of texts; questions of originality and authorship; theories of circulation and net structures in Drama Studies.

History and Drama. The Pan-European Tradition

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ISBN: 9783110604276 Year: Pages: 210 DOI: 10.1515/9783110604276 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Performing Arts
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Aristotle’s neat compartmentalization notwithstanding (Poetics, ch. 9), historians and playwrights have both been laying claim to representations of the past – arguably since Antiquity, but certainly since the Renaissance. At a time when narratology challenges historiographers to differentiate their “emplotments” (White) from literary inventions, this thirteen-essay collection takes a fresh look at the production of historico-political knowledge in literature and the intricacies of reality and fiction. Written by experts who teach in Germany, Austria, Russia, and the United States, the articles provide a thorough interpretation of early modern drama (with a view to classical times and the 19th century) as an ideological platform that is as open to royal self-fashioning and soteriology as it is to travestying and subverting the means and ends of historical interpretation. The comparative analysis of metapoetic and historiosophic aspects also sheds light on drama as a transnational phenomenon, demonstrating the importance of the cultural net that links the multifaceted textual examples from France, Russia, England, Italy, and the Netherlands.

El mundo amenazado : Las crisis globales y su repercusión en las ciencias, la filosofía y la literatura en el primer tercio del siglo XX

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ISBN: 9789874960139 DOI: 10.4000/books.eunrn.2934 Language: Spanish
Publisher: Editorial UNRN
Subject: History --- Languages and Literatures --- Philosophy --- Science (General)
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Esta obra indaga acerca del impacto de las crisis mundiales sobre diversas áreas de la cultura, en especial, el pensamiento económico, las ciencias naturales, la filosofía y la literatura. Los estudios reunidos se centran en las primeras décadas del siglo XX, etapa en la que la interdependencia de las diversas regiones del planeta –acompañada por la de las distintas esferas de la vida– alcanzó el estatus de global, es decir, constituyó un único mundo. Es entonces cuando las crisis históricas precedentes convergen con las nuevas crisis mundiales y la percepción de los cambios se modifica sustancialmente. De ahí la importancia de los seis ensayos que este volumen ofrece al lector para comenzar a comprender las transformaciones en las ciencias y el campo cultural dentro de un marco conceptual común, conformado por los modelos de espacios controversiales y crisis de mundo del reconocido filósofo de la ciencia Oscar Nudler.

Communities and knowledge production in archaeology

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ISBN: 9781526134554 9781526134561 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102763
Subject: Archaeology
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The dynamic processes of knowledge production in archaeology and elsewhere in the humanities and social sciences are increasingly viewed as the collaborative effort of groups, clusters and communities of researchers rather than the isolated work of so-called ‘instrumental’ actors. Shifting focus from the individual scholar to the wider social contexts of her work and the dynamic creative processes she participates in, this volume critically examines the importance of informal networks and conversation in the creation of knowledge about the past. Engaging with theoretical approaches such as the sociology and geographies of knowledge and Actor-Network Theory (ANT), and using examples taken from different archaeologies in Europe and North America from the seventeenth to the mid-twentieth century, the book caters to a wide readership, ranging from students of archaeology, anthropology, classics and science studies to the general reader.

Solidarität und Solidarismus

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Book Series: Edition Politik ISBN: 9783837641813 9783839441817 Year: DOI: 10.14361/9783839441817 [2] Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103344
Subject: Political Science
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Der Begriff der Solidarität, der in der Zeit nach der Französischen Revolution geprägt wurde, steht in einer spezifischen Spannung zu den liberalen Sozialtheorien des 18. Jahrhunderts. Während er in den Sozialwissenschaften, bei Comte und Durkheim, als zentrale Beschreibungskategorie arbeitsteiliger Gesellschaften fungiert, avanciert er im Solidarismus der Jahrhundertwende (u.a. bei Léon Bourgeois) zum republikanischen Legitimationskonzept des entstehenden Wohlfahrtsstaates. Im 20. Jahrhundert erlebt er dann jedoch theoretisch und programmatisch einen eigentümlichen Niedergang. Hermann-Josef Große Kracht wirft in seiner Ideengeschichte des Solidaritätsbegriffes die Frage nach einem 'Neustart solidaristischer Vernunft' auf.

Dangerous Ideas: Women’s Liberation – Women’s Studies – Around the World

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ISBN: 9781922064950 Year: Pages: 322 DOI: 10.20851/dangerous-ideas Language: English
Publisher: University of Adelaide Press
Subject: Gender Studies --- History
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Dangerous Ideas explores sex and love, politics and performance, joy and anguish in a collection of essays focussed on the history and politics of the Women’s Liberation Movement and one of its offshoots, Women’s Studies, in Australia and around the world. These are serious matters: they are about tectonic changes in people’s lives and ideas in the late twentieth century, too little remembered or understood any longer. ‘Feminism’, this book suggests, ‘is always multiple and various, fluid and changing, defying efforts at definition, characterisation, periodisation’. Nevertheless, Dangerous Ideas tackles some hard questions. How did Women’s Liberation begin? What held this transformative movement together? Would it bring about the death of the family? Was it reorganising the labour market? Revolutionising human reproduction? How could Women’s Studies exist in patriarchal universities? Could feminism change the paradigms governing the world of learning? In the United States? In Russia? In the People’s Republic of China? It is great fun, too. This book tells of Hobart’s hilarious Feminist Food Guide; of an outburst of creative energies among feminists – women on top, behaving badly; of dreams and desires for an entirely different future. And, always unorthodox: it finds hope and cheer in a history of the tampon.

Schönheit ― Der Körper als Kunstprodukt

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ISBN: 9783496015932 Year: Pages: 374 DOI: https://doi.org/10.11588/arthistoricum.425 Language: German
Publisher: Reimer Verlag
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Seit der Antike wurden immer neue Kunstgriffe ersonnen, um den menschlichen Körper an sich und in seiner künstlerischen Darstellung zu perfektionieren. Der Band versammelt Texte, die dieses Streben nach Schönheit bezeugen, von dessen Anfängen bis zum Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts. Spätestens seit der antiken Erzählung von der schönen Helena gilt körperliche Schönheit als ein Kunstprodukt: Für sein Bildnis der Helena soll der griechische Maler Zeuxis die fünf hervorragendsten Jungfrauen ausgewählt und von jedem Modell den jeweils schönsten Körperteil gemalt haben. Nach dieser Vorstellung ist vollkommene Schönheit erst durch einen künstlichen Eingriff zu erzielen. Kunst und Körperpflege stehen damit in einem spannungsvollen Wechselverhältnis. Denn die Grundlagen und Mittel zur Erzeugung und Steigerung von körperlicher Schönheit, die in beiden Bereichen zur Verfügung stehen, überschneiden, ergänzen und beeinflussen sich. Das Buch beleuchtet dieses Wechselverhältnis anhand ausgewählter Grundlagentexte, allesamt in deutscher Übersetzung, ergänzt um fundierte Kommentare zum historischen Kontext.

For many centuries, new tricks have been devised to perfect the human body itself and in its artistic representation. The volume brings together texts that testify to this striving for beauty, from its beginnings to the end of the 18th century.
For his portrait of Helena, believed to be the most beautiful woman in the Ancient world, the Greek painter Zeuxis is said to have selected the five most outstanding virgins and to have painted the most beautiful body part of each model. According to this idea, transmitted by Ovid, perfect beauty can only be achieved through an artificial intervention. Art and personal hygiene are thus in an exciting interrelation. Because the basics and means of creating and enhancing physical beauty, which are available in both areas, overlap, complement and influence each other. The book illuminates this interrelation using selected basic texts, all in German translation, supplemented by well-founded comments on the historical context.

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