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Demarcation And Demystification

Author : J. Moufawad-Paul
ISBN : 1789042267
Genre : Philosophy
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Operating as a machine upon the terrain of theoretical truth procedures, philosophy's radical potential describes a militant cartography: interpretation, demarcation, clarification, and demystification.
Category: Philosophy

Sociology And The Demystification Of The Modern World Rle Social Theory

Author : John Rex
ISBN : 9781317650751
Genre : Social Science
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Professor Rex’s controversial book concerns not only those who are professional sociologists but all thinking people who live in the modern world. One of the objects of sociology is to give ‘power to the people’, to make a contribution to the understanding of political problems. Rex writes from a deep conviction that sociology is a subject whose insights should be made available to the great mass of the people, so that they may liberate themselves from the mystification of social reality that is continually and routinely presented to them through the media, by those who exercise power and by those who have influence. The book is dedicated to St Augustine and Franz Fanon, both of whom, Rex points out, were conscious of living in an age which was embarking on a new barbarism, but had the courage to use their intellects to help understand the possibility of a better future. Rex continues in this tradition, and his main preoccupations are reflected in the present book. It includes a discussion of the problem of social knowledge, an analysis of the basic problems of theory building, and, with the aid of concepts derived from Max Weber, an attempt to understand the major problems of the first, second and third worlds. The author also looks at social structures and moral perspectives, and discusses the vocation of a sociologist in a collapsing civilisation. The book is certain to stimulate debate, both in sociological and political fields and more generally, and is also a serious contribution to the discussion of the methodology and purposes of sociology.
Category: Social Science

Borders Of A Lip

Author : Jan Plug
ISBN : 9780791485873
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Explores the role of language, history, and politics in Romantic literature and thought, from Kant to Yeats.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Body Within

Author : Renée van de Vall
ISBN : 9789004176218
Genre : Art
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The central question of this interdisciplinary volume is, whether present day medical visualisation techniques like ultrasound, endoscopy, CT, MRI and PET-scans mark a significant shift in the historical and cultural construction and experience of bodily interiority.
Category: Art

Practical Film Criticism

Author : Bert Cardullo
ISBN : IND:30000067928022
Genre : Performing Arts
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The two volumes of Practical Film Criticism are an attempt to grapple with the nature of film art through the evaluation of vital and representative instances of that art, created throughout the world, from 1993 to 1998. The essays contained herein are acts of analysis and interpretation, they are neither windy theoretical musings nor impenetrable scholarly tracts. In addition, there are two translations of visionary articles by prominent international directors; an extended interview with an esteemed American movie critic, a speculative piece on the relationships among theatre, fiction and film; an overview of the careers of Vittorio De Sica and Woody Allen; and a long, polemical introduction. The book is illustrated.
Category: Performing Arts

Michel Foucault

Author : Rudi Visker
ISBN : MINN:31951D011810168
Genre : Genealogy (Philosophy)
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The reception of Michel Foucault's work has often been divided between two unsatisfactory alternatives. On the one hand there are those who admire the detail of his concrete analyses, but wonder how the political and ethical commitments they seem to rely on can be justified. On the other, there are those who deny the need for normative foundations, but also find it difficult to explain what makes Foucault's archaeologies and genealogies critical. Rudi Visker's book is not only a lucid and elegant survey of Foulcault's corpus, from his early work on madness to the History of Sexuality, but also a major intervention in this debate. Reading Foucault against the Heideggerian backdrop to his work, Visker shows that Foucault's target is not order as such, but rather the production of ordering systems which cannot acknowledge their own conditions of possibility. Exploring along the way such intriguing issues as the ambivalence of Foucault's concepts of truth and power, and his philosophically provocative use of quotation marks, Visker portrays Foucault as neither relativist nor positivist, neither activist nor detached observer. Instead, Foucault emerges as the inventor of a new analysis of our modern mechanisms of control and exclusion: precisely of 'genealogy as critique'.
Category: Genealogy (Philosophy)

Uncommon Friendships

Author : William Young
ISBN : 9781621893943
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Uncommon Friendships explores the often-overlooked dynamic of interreligious friendships, considering their significance for how we think about contemporary religious thought. By exploring the dynamics of three relationships between important religious thinkers--Franz Rosenzweig and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Blanchot, and Julia Kristeva and Catherine Clement--this study demonstrates the ways such friendships enable innovation and transformation within religious traditions. For each pair of thinkers, the sustained engagement and disagreement between them becomes central to their religious and philosophical development, helping them to respond effectively and creatively to issues and problems facing their communities and societies. Through a rereading of their work, Young shows how such friendships can help us rethink religion, aesthetics, education, and politics--as well as friendship itself.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Testimonies Of Russian And American Postmodern Poetry

Author : Albena Lutzkanova-Vassileva
ISBN : 9781628921885
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book challenges the belief in the purely linguistic nature of contemporary poetry and offers an interpretation of late twentieth-century Russian poetry as a testimony to the unforeseen annulment of communist reality and its overnight displacement by a completely unfathomable post-totalitarian order. Albena Lutzkanova-Vassileva argues that, because of the sudden invalidation of a reality that had been largely seen as unattained and everlasting, this shift remained secluded from the mind and totally resistant to cognition, thus causing a collectively traumatic psychological experience. The book proceeds by inquiring into a school of contemporary American poetry that has been likewise read as cut off from reality. Executing a comparative analysis, Vassileva advances a new understanding of this poetry as a testimony to the overwhelming and traumatic impact of contemporary media, which have assailed the mind with far more signals than it can register, digest and furnish with semantic weight.
Category: Literary Criticism

New Approaches To Theodor Fontane

Author : Marion Villmar-Doebeling
ISBN : 1571131434
Genre : Literary Collections
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New essays on the leading German novelist of the late 19th century, Theodor Fontane, in the light of recent literary theories.
Category: Literary Collections

Paul Ricoeur

Author : Steven H. Clark
ISBN : 9781135855802
Genre : Philosophy
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"First Published in 1990, Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company."
Category: Philosophy

Visions Of Power

Author : Bernard Faure
ISBN : 0691029415
Genre : Religion
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Bernard Faure's previous works are well known as guides to some of the more elusive aspects of the Chinese tradition of Chan Buddhism and its outgrowth, Japanese Zen. Continuing his efforts to look at Chan/Zen with a full array of postmodernist critical techniques, Faure now probes the imaginaire, or mental universe, of the Buddhist Soto Zen master Keizan Jokin (1268-1325). Although Faure's new book may be read at one level as an intellectual biography, Keizan is portrayed here less as an original thinker than as a representative of his culture and an example of the paradoxes of the Soto school. The Chan/Zen doctrine that he avowed was allegedly reasonable and demythologizing, but he lived in a psychological world that was just as imbued with the marvelous as was that of his contemporary Dante Alighieri. Drawing on his own dreams to demonstrate that he possessed the magical authority that he felt to reside also in icons and relics, Keizan strove to use these "visions of power" to buttress his influence as a patriarch. To reveal the historical, institutional, ritual, and visionary elements in Keizan's life and thought and to compare these to Soto doctrine, Faure draws on largely neglected texts, particularly the Record of Tokoku (a chronicle that begins with Keizan's account of the origins of the first of the monasteries that he established) and the kirigami, or secret initiation documents.
Category: Religion

Author : إدوارد و سعيد
ISBN : 9953891923
Genre : Islam
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Cool Conduct

Author : Helmut Lethen
ISBN : 0520916417
Genre : History
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Cool Conduct is an elegant interpretation of attitudes and mentalities that informed the Weimar Republic by a scholar well known for his profound knowledge of this period. Helmut Lethen writes of "cool conduct" as a cultivated antidote to the heated atmosphere of post-World War I Germany, as a way of burying shame and animosity that might otherwise make social contact impossible.
Category: History

Uses Of Literature

Author : Rita Felski
ISBN : 9781444359633
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Uses of Literature bridges the gap between literary theory and common-sense beliefs about why we read literature. Explores the diverse motives and mysteries of why we read Offers four different ways of thinking about why we read literature - for recognition, enchantment, knowledge, and shock Argues for a new “phenomenology” in literary studies that incorporates the historical and social dimensions of reading Includes examples of literature from a wide range of national literary traditions
Category: Literary Criticism

Handbook Of Semiotics

Author : Winfried Noth
ISBN : UOM:39015018906324
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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History and Classics of Modern Semiotics -- Sign and Meaning -- Semiotics, Code, and the Semiotic Field -- Language and Language-Based Codes -- From Structuralism to Text Semiotics: Schools and Major Figures -- Text Semiotics: The Field -- Nonverbal Communication -- Aesthetics and Visual Communication.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines