Toward a New Sensibility

Essays of O. K. Bouwsma

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Author: O. K. Bouwsma

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803262263

Category: Philosophy

Page: 277

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O. K. Bouwsma, one of America's foremost Wittgensteinians, was also an extraordinarily dedicated and effective teacher. The present collection, assembled posthumously from his papers, includes twelve essays, all but one previously unpublishedøand all characterized by the humor, common sense, and wisdom that marked his classroom lectures. Ranging in subject matter from topics in Wittgenstein to Descartes to aesthetics, the pieces all show the influence of Wittgenstein. Some of the questions they raise deal with the traditional and historical background of twentieth-century philosophy?"Am I dreaming?" "Is what I see real?" "Are there material objects?"?while others relate to considerations peculiar to thinkers today, for example, "What is Wittgenstein doing in his writing?" "What does philosophy have to do with language?" Bouwsma wants first to understand the philosophical questions?to unknit the knit eyebrows it produces. Accordingly, his major concern is how we as thinkers, readers, writers, and speakers, separate what we understand from what we do not understand: hence his consideration, in the opening essay, of "a new sensibility in the matter of our language." Always approaching the subject as a practical problem rather than as an abstract, theoretical issue, these essays demonstrate, with patience and wit, ways to achieve clarity on puzzles long thought intractable.

Feast of Excess

A Cultural History of the New Sensibility

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Author: George Cotkin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190218495

Category: Music

Page: 448

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In 1952, John Cage shocked audiences with 4'33", his compositional ode to the ironic power of silence. From Cage's minimalism to Chris Burden's radical performance art two decades later (in one piece he had himself shot), the post-war American avant-garde shattered the divide between low and high art, between artist and audience. They changed the cultural landscape. Feast of Excess is an engaging and accessible portrait of "The New Sensibility," as it was named by Susan Sontag in 1965. The New Sensibility sought to push culture in extreme directions: either towards stark minimalism or gaudy maximalism. Through vignette profiles of prominent figures-John Cage, Patricia Highsmith, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Anne Sexton, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Erica Jong, and Thomas Pynchon, to name a few-George Cotkin presents their bold, headline-grabbing performances and places them within the historical moment. This inventive and jaunty narrative captures the excitement of liberation in American culture. The roots of this release, as Cotkin demonstrates, began in the 1950s, boomed in the 1960s, and became the cultural norm by the 1970s. More than a detailed immersion in the history of cultural extremism, Feast of Excess raises provocative questions for our present-day culture.

A Companion to British Literature, Volume 4

Victorian and Twentieth-Century Literature, 1837 - 2000

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Author: Robert DeMaria, Jr.,Heesok Chang,Samantha Zacher

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118731808

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 664

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Toward a Dramaturgical Sensibility

Landscape and Journey

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Author: Geoffrey S. Proehl,D. D. Kugler,Mark Lamos,Michael Lupu

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 9780838641125

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 241

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What can we know? This study--aimed at students, teachers, and theater artists--argues the centrality of this question to dramaturges, dramaturgy, and a dramaturgical sensibility. It suggests--from two perspectives, Landscape and Journey--that the attempt to know the dramaturgy of a play is little different from the attempt to know another person for whom we care. Part I explores the landscapes of conversation, pleasure, and pattern as places in which a dramaturgical sensibility encounters knowledge, loss, subjectivity, time and inquiry--elements central to its composition. Part II follows the journey of rehearsals for Antony and Cleopatra at the Guthrie Theater in the fall of 2001 and winter of 2002, focusing on ways in which theater artists engage, explore, and respond to a play's dramaturgy from the first steps to the final previews. Geoffrey S. Proehl teaches, dramaturges, and directs at the University of Puget Sound.

Reworking Authority

Leading and Following in the Post-modern Organization

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Author: Larry Hirschhorn

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262581738

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 132

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In the old culture of authority, people suppressed disruptive feelings such as envy, resentment, and fear of dependency. Depersonalizing themselves, they became "alienated," and the work of their organizations suffered. In building a new culture of authority, we are challenged to express these feelings without disrupting our work. We learn how to bring our feelings to our tasks.

Critical Theory and Libertarian Socialism

Realizing the Political Potential of Critical Social Theory

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Author: Charles Masquelier

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441175709

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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This volume in the Critical Theory and Contemporary Society series examines the role critical theory plays in today's political, social, and economic crises, showing how it can help to both diagnose and remedy such problems. Critical social theory is first revisited by exposing the affinity between Marx's critique of political economy, the critique of instrumental reason elaborated by the first generation of the Frankfurt School, and the libertarian socialism of G.D.H. Cole. This is followed by a proposal for a radical reorganization of economic and political life and the corresponding development of emancipatory practices presupposing the reconciliation of humanity and nature. Lastly, the contemporary relevance of these institutions and practices are discussed, along with cases of contemporary forms of resistance, such as the Occupy Movement and alter-globalisation. By bringing together the concerns of critical theory and libertarian socialism, this volume not only illustrates the practical side of critical theory, but also highlights its contemporary relevance. Researchers in political theory, social theory and political philosophy will find this an engaging work that will stimulate debates about new alternatives to existing problems.

Comedy-Horror Films

A Chronological History, 1914–2008

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Author: Bruce G. Hallenbeck

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786453788

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 255

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Fun and fright have long been partners in the cinema, dating back to the silent film era and progressing to the Scary Movie franchise and other recent releases. This guide takes a comprehensive look at the comedy-horror movie genre, from the earliest stabs at melding horror and hilarity during the nascent days of silent film, to its full-fledged development with The Bat in 1926, to the Abbott and Costello films pitting the comedy duo against Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy and other Universal Studio monsters, continuing to such recent cult hits as Shaun of the Dead and Black Sheep. Selected short films such as Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie are also covered. Photos and promotional posters, interviews with actors and a filmography are included.

The Muse in Bronzeville

African American Creative Expression in Chicago, 1932-1950

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Author: Robert Bone,Richard A. Courage

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813550432

Category: History

Page: 302

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The Muse in Bronzeville, a dynamic reappraisal of a neglected period in African American cultural history, is the first comprehensive critical study of the creative awakening that occurred on Chicago's South Side from the early 1930s to the cold war. Coming of age during the hard Depression years and in the wake of the Great Migration, this generation of Black creative artists produced works of literature, music, and visual art fully comparable in distinction and scope to the achievements of the Harlem Renaissance. This highly informative and accessible work, enhanced with reproductions of paintings of the same period, examines Black Chicago's "Renaissance" through richly anecdotal profiles of such figures as Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Walker, Charles White, Gordon Parks, Horace Cayton, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson, and Katherine Dunham. Robert Bone and Richard A. Courage make a powerful case for moving Chicago's Bronzeville, long overshadowed by New York's Harlem, from a peripheral to a central position within African American and American studies.

Law and Religion

A Critical Anthology

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Author: Stephen M. Feldman

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814726785

Category: Law

Page: 483

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Following landmark trade agreements between Japan and the United States in the 1850s, Tokyo began importing a unique American commodity: Western social activism. As Japan sought to secure its future as a commercial power and American women pursued avenues of political expression, Protestant church-women and, later, members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) traveled to the Asian coast to promote Christian teachings and women's social activism. Rumi Yasutake reveals in Transnational Women's Activism that the resulting American, Japanese, and first generation Japanese-American women's movements came to affect more than alcohol or even religion. While the WCTU employed the language of evangelism and Victorian family values, its members were tactfully expedient in accommodating their traditional causes to suffrage and other feminist goals, in addition to the various political currents flowing through Japan and the United States at the turn of the nineteenth century. Exploring such issues as gender struggles in the American Protestant church and bourgeois Japanese women's attitudes towards the "pleasure class" of geishas and prostitutes, Yasutake illuminates the motivations and experiences of American missionaries, U.S. WCTU workers, and their Japanese protégés. The diverse machinations of WCTU activism offer a compelling lesson in the complexities of cultural imperialism.

Toward a New Socialism

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Author: Anatole Anton,Richard Schmitt

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739118627

Category: Philosophy

Page: 520

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Toward a New Socialism offers a critical analysis of capitalism's failings and the imminent need for socialism as an alternative form of government. Dr. Richard Schmitt joins with Dr. Anatole Anton to compile a volume of essays exploring the benefits and consequences of a socialist system as an avenue of increased human solidarity and ethical principle.

Ecological Pioneers

A Social History of Australian Ecological Thought and Action

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Author: Martin Mulligan,Stuart Hill

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521009560

Category: Philosophy

Page: 338

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This book traces the emergence of 'ecological pioneers' in Australian arts, sciences, politics and public life.

Intermittency

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Author: Andrew Gibson

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 074865075X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 344

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This book is about the concept of historical intermittency in five recent and contemporary French philosophers: Alain Badiou, Francoise Proust, Christian Jambet, Guy Lardreau and Jacques Ranciere.

Cruelty and Utopia

Cities and Landscapes of Latin America

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Author: Jean-François Lejeune

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 1568984898

Category: Architecture

Page: 263

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This landmark collection of illustrated essays explores the vastly underappreciated history of America's other cities -- the great metropolises found south of our borders in Central and South America. Buenos Aires, So Paulo, Mexico City, Caracas, Havana, Santiago, Rio, Tijuana, and Quito are just some of the subjects of this diverse collection. How have desires to create modern societies shaped these cities, leading to both architectural masterworks (by the likes of Luis Barragn, Juan O'Gorman, Lcio Costa, Roberto Burle Marx, Carlos Ral Villanueva, and Lina Bo Bardi) and the most shocking favelas? How have they grappled with concepts of national identity, their colonial history, and the continued demands of a globalized economy? Lavishly illustrated, Cruelty and Utopia features the work of such leading scholars as Carlos Fuentes, Edward Burian, Lauro Cavalcanti, Fernando Oayrzn, Roberto Segre, and Eduardo Subirats, along with artwork ranging from colonial paintings to stills from Chantal Akerman's film From the Other Side. Also included is a revised translation of Spanish King Philip II's influential planning treatise of 1573, the "Laws of the Indies," which did so much to define the form of the Latin American city.

Becoming a French Aristocrat

The Education of the Court Nobility, 1580-1715

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Author: Mark Edward Motley

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400861225

Category: History

Page: 252

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Focusing on the highest-ranking segment of the nobility, Mark Motley examines why a social group whose very essence was based on hereditary status would need or seek instruction and training for its young. As the "warrior nobility" adopted the courtly life epitomized by Versailles--with its code of etiquette and sensitivity to language and demeanor--education became more than a vehicle for professional training. Education, Motley argues, played both the conservative role of promoting assertions of "natural" superiority appropriate to a hereditary aristocracy, and the more dynamic role of fostering cultural changes that helped it maintain its power in a changing world. Based on such sources as family papers and correspondence, memoirs, and pedagogical treatises, this book explores education as it took place in the household, in secondary schools and riding academies, and at court and in the army. It shows how such education combined deference and solidarity, language and knowledge, and ceremonial behavior and festive disorder. In so doing, this work contends that education was an integral part of the aristocracy's response to absolutism in the French monarchy. Originally published in 1990. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Ethics of Everyday Life

Moral Theology, Social Anthropology, and the Imagination of the Human

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Author: Michael Banner

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191030775

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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The moments in Christ's human life noted in the creeds (his conception, birth, suffering, death, and burial) are events which would likely appear in a syllabus for a course in social anthropology, for they are of special interest and concern in human life, and also sites of contention and controversy, where what it is to be human is discovered, constructed, and contested. In other words, these are the occasions for profound and continuing questioning regarding the meaning of human life, as controversies to do with IVF, abortion, euthanasia, and the use of bodies or body parts post mortem plainly indicate. Thus the following questions arise, how do the instances in Christ's life represent human life, and how do these representations relate to present day cultural norms, expectations, and newly emerging modes of relationship, themselves shaping and framing human life? How does the Christian imagination of human life, which dwells on and draws from the life of Christ, not only articulate its own, but also come into conversation with and engage other moral imaginaries of the human? Michael Banner argues that consideration of these questions requires study of moral theology, therefore, he reconceives its nature and tasks, and in particular, its engagement with social anthropology. Drawing from social anthropology and Christian thought and practice from many periods, and influenced especially by his engagement in public policy matters including as a member of the UK's Human Tissue Authority, Banner aims to develop the outlines of an everyday ethics, stretching from before the cradle to after the grave.

Anthropology, Ecology, and Anarchism

A Brian Morris Reader

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Author: Brian Morris

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1604869860

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Over the course of a long career, Brian Morris has created an impressive body of engaging and insightful writings—from social anthropology and ethnography to politics, history, and philosophy—that is accessible to the layperson without sacrificing analytical rigor. But until now, the essays collected here, originally published in obscure journals and political magazines, have been largely unavailable to the broad readership to which they are so naturally suited. The opposite of arcane, specialized writing, Morris’s work takes an interdisciplinary approach that offers connections between various scholarly interests and anarchist politics and thought. There is a long history of anarchist writers drawing upon works in a range of fields, and Morris’s essays both explore past connections and suggest ways that broad currents of anarchist thought will have new and ever-emerging relevance for anthropology and many other ways of understanding social relationships.

Essays on the Philosophy of George Berkeley

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Author: E. Sosa

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400947984

Category: Philosophy

Page: 273

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A tercentenary conference of March, 1985, drew to Newport, Rhode Island, nearly all the most distinguished Berkeley scholars now active. The conference was organized by the International Berkeley Society, with the support of several institutions and many people (whose help is acknowl edged below). This volume represents a selection of the lead papers deliv ered at that conference, most now revised. The Cartesian marriage of Mind and Body has proved an uneasy union. Each side has claimed supremacy and usurped the rights of the other. In anglophone philosophy Body has lately had it all pretty much its own way, most dramatically in the Disappearance Theory of Mind, whose varieties vary in appeal and sophistication, but uniformly shock sensibili ties. Only recently has Mind reasserted itself, yet the voices of support are already a swelling chorus. "Welcome," Berkeley would respond, since " ... all the choir of heaven and furniture of the earth ... have not a subsis tence without a mind ... " (Principles, sect. 6). In fairness, Berkeley does playa Disappearance trick of his own - with Matter now into the hat. But his act is far subtler than any brute denial of the obvious, and seeks rather to explain than bluntly to reject. Perhaps we are today better prepared to appreciate his insights.

The Frangipani is Dead

Contemporary Pacific Art in New Zealand, 1985-2000

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Author: Karen Stevenson

Publisher: Huia Publishers

ISBN: 1869693256

Category: Art

Page: 228

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An exciting collection and commentary on contemporary pacific art. This book offers a contextual understanding of the contemporary Pacific art movement in New Zealand. As well as examining key individual artists, the book also addresses the key issues that underlie this movement as well as the inspirations for creating this art. It is a focused overview of a very specific period and it contextualises the emergent Pacific art within the broader New Zealand socio-political scene of the time, particularly that of the Maori sovereignty movement.

Teachers' Work in a Globalizing Economy

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Author: Alistair Dow,Robert Hattam,Alan Reid,Geoffrey Shacklock,John Smyth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113570029X

Category: Education

Page: 240

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Extended critical case studies provide a tangible working expression of the labour process of teaching, showing how teachers are simultaneously experiencing significant changes to their work, as well as responding in ways that actively shape these processes. For teachers and researchers, this book shows what processes are at work in the global economy which impact on, and sometimes control, the role of the teacher. It also reveals how teachers accommodate, resist or redefine their working circumstances, and explores methods researchers might employ in order to increase our understanding and knowledge of the effect of globalization on teaching.