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Common Knowledge (1 January 2014) 20 (1): 9–10.
Published: 01 January 2014
...Keith Thomas This guest column comprises both a review of the English translation of Carlo Ginzburg's book Threads and Traces: True False Fictive (2012) and some general comments on the merits and demerits of microhistory as a genre poised between historical writing and fiction. The column is...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2017) 23 (2): 199–206.
Published: 01 April 2017
...Colin Richmond This Common Knowledge guest column is a partly comical, partly biographical speculation on how Anthony Woodville, brother-in-law of King Edward IV, passed the time while being held under guard at the “Newe Inn” Norwich, from August 20 to 25, 1469. © 2017 by Duke University Press...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2017) 23 (2): 207–224.
Published: 01 April 2017
...Lionel Gossman The topic of this guest column is Beaumarchais's endeavor, as a dramatist, to overcome the irreconcilable polarities of high and low, spirit and body, noble and base, tragedy and comedy that are essential to French classical theater by adapting traditional comedy to the less rigid...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2008) 14 (3): 353–364.
Published: 01 August 2008
...Julia Kristeva This guest column suggests that we should follow Hannah Arendt in resisting the urge to expound doctrines or systems and, instead, should disclose the processes of our thought as they are “in motion.” While we should not hesitate to express judgments, our aim in intellectual work...
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Common Knowledge (1 September 2017) 23 (3): 381–395.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Andrew Pickering This Common Knowledge guest column concerns performance , understood in its simple ur-sense of “doing things” in the world. It continues the author's analysis, in his book The Mangle of Practice (1995), of cultural evolution as a “dance of agency”: a performative, decentered, and...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2018) 24 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 January 2018
...Barry Allen This Common Knowledge guest column examines Richard Feynman’s tabletop experiment, performed during the inquiry into the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, as a means of demonstrating some of the fundamental qualities of a scientific experiment. Experiments have been interpreted...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2018) 24 (1): 8–25.
Published: 01 January 2018
... essay in which the term was coined: “Art, as Device” (1917). This Common Knowledge guest column attempts to remedy the situation by introducing anglophone readers to some lesser-known, somewhat later writings of Shklovsky in which he returns to the concept of ostranenie and its cognitive and social...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2018) 24 (2): 190–217.
Published: 01 April 2018
... Mascetti’s guest column revisits that controversy through a historical and theological reading of the ecclesiological conceptions of Ratzinger and his successor Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis). Ratzinger’s Platonism and his idealist, Christocentric ecclesiology is posed against Bergoglio’s Aristotelianism and...
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Common Knowledge (1 September 2017) 23 (3): 377–380.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Caroline Walker Bynum Written two days after the women's march in New York on January 21, 2017, this essay — a guest column in Common Knowledge — describes the event and emphasizes two aspects: its multi-issue focus and its response to the denigration of women's expertise represented in much of the...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2013) 19 (2): 205–210.
Published: 01 April 2013
...Miguel Tamen In this guest column, the author argues, first, that being at the place of an event does not guarantee that one understands what is going on and, second, that something's happening with or to me does not guarantee that I understand what has occurred. He shows that it is generally...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2013) 19 (2): 211–216.
Published: 01 April 2013
...William M. Chace This guest column, written by a former president of Emory University, examines arguments made by Jonathan Cole, a former provost of Columbia, in his book The Great American University . Cole illustrates his history of the modern American research university with a vivid comparison...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2014) 20 (1): 4–8.
Published: 01 January 2014
...Natalie Zemon Davis Responding to a quip by a fellow historian, who feared that Martin Guerre might become better known than Martin Luther, this guest column, by the author of The Return of Martin Guerre , affirms that they are part of the same universe of historical inquiry. Knowing about Martin...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2009) 15 (3): 319–323.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Václav Havel; Adam Michnik This guest column amounts to a conversation between two of the crucial figures in the world of Soviet bloc dissidents about developments in their part of the world since the overthrow of communism there in 1989. They agree that a “creeping coup d'état” is underway, in...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2009) 15 (3): 336–339.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Colin Richmond To commemorate the five hundreth anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII to the English throne, this guest column reviews the inventories made, upon his death, of the king's possessions at Hampton Court, the Tower, and other locations. Focusing on extensive equipment for royal...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2010) 16 (3): 367–403.
Published: 01 August 2010
...Mikhail Epstein In this guest column, Epstein offers “a new sign” that, he argues, resolves difficulties that have arisen in many theories and practices, including linguistics, semiotics, literary theory, poetics, aesthetics, ecology, ecophilology, eco-ethics, metaphysics, theology, psychology, and...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2010) 16 (3): 404–416.
Published: 01 August 2010
...Brett Bourbon The academic dominance of cultural studies and the increasing interest and significance of cultural conflict in our world has encouraged various theories of culture, the most pervasive being theories of transculture and hybrid cultural forms and entities. In this guest column, Bourbon...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2014) 20 (3): 391–403.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Lesley Chamberlain This guest column marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Jacques Derrida. The journal in which it appears, Common Knowledge , was not especially receptive to deconstruction during Derrida's lifetime, but Lesley Chamberlain in retrospect sees reasons to reconsider his role in...
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Common Knowledge (1 September 2015) 21 (3): 373–378.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Christophe Fricker; Timothy J. Senior This guest column in Common Knowledge is one of three published under the heading “Economy and Humanity.” The authors argue that collaborative research projects carried out by scholars in the arts and humanities in cooperation with commercial enterprises...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2015) 21 (1): 1–4.
Published: 01 January 2015
...Caroline Walker Bynum In this guest column, the medieval historian Caroline Walker Bynum uses her recent experiences as a hospital volunteer advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in New York City to meditate on the progressive politics of her younger days in the 1960s, on her...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2015) 21 (1): 5–8.
Published: 01 January 2015
...Ana Almeida In this guest column, the author argues against Wittgenstein's aphorism that the human body is the best picture of the human soul. Such a picture, she shows, would have to include all that a person is, in some sense, inseparable from. Drawing from Plato's analogy between city and soul...