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Common Knowledge (1 January 2013) 19 (1): 65–87.
Published: 01 January 2013
... emotional force of a visual presentation is diminished or even destroyed by the generalizing classifications that verbal thinking entails. Sensation suffers from any reconstitution in words. “Watch Out for Thinking” focuses on the views of two critics (Clement Greenberg, Charles Harrison) and two artists...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2013) 19 (1): 133.
Published: 01 January 2013
...Keith Thomas Koslofsky Craig , Evening's Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe ( Cambridge : Cambridge University Press , 2011 ), 431 pp. © 2013 by Duke University Press 2013 LITTLE REVIEWS...
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Common Knowledge (1 September 2015) 21 (3): 451–463.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., remainderless destruction—a destruction so total that it would annihilate any position from which it could be assessed or measured—and that conception has a lingering hold even now, a generation later. Recent attention has shifted, however, to the equally problematic issue of how to imagine the long-term, even...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2013) 19 (2): 224–236.
Published: 01 April 2013
...Jochen Brüning This contribution, by a mathematician, to the Common Knowledge symposium “Fuzzy Studies” examines some mechanisms that seem essential for the “ratchet effect” that, in Michael Tomasello's use of the term, refers to the ability of human cultures to preserve their achievements even...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2011) 17 (2): 356–362.
Published: 01 April 2011
... the world. More profoundly, Atwood's widely shared commonsense impression that consumer debt is a measure of self-indulgence does not hold up empirically. It turns out that our unprecedented levels of household indebtedness were overwhelmingly a function of nondiscretionary spending. Even as Americans...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2012) 18 (1): 50–78.
Published: 01 January 2012
...Georges Didi-Huberman This article deals with the genesis of the Bilderatlas Mnemosyne , composed by Aby Warburg between 1927 and 1929 as a response to the Great War. His reaction to the war was both pathetic (even pathological) and epistemic (which is to say, methodological). If the history of...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2012) 18 (1): 149–159.
Published: 01 January 2012
... classical tradition in English art, even though the method had limited relevance beyond the “neoclassical” period. © 2012 by Duke University Press 2012 WAR WORK English Art and the Warburg Institute Christy Anderson At the opening of the exhibition “English Art and the Mediterranean,” Sir...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2008) 14 (3): 365–373.
Published: 01 August 2008
..., rudimentary structure; together with fellow cephalopoda and mollusks, it is even regarded as behaving “contrary to nature.” The moral that emerges from following this path is that Aristotle may be expressing here a deep conflict between two different models equally present in his work, though they are...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2018) 24 (1): 26–34.
Published: 01 January 2018
..., and Jews, during the years 1100–1400, shared a single “religious culture.” The editor replies by showing how the three monotheisms share a religious culture even today in Jerusalem and the Holy Land and that they are developing one as well elsewhere in the world. The author describes the progress...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2018) 24 (1): 35–55.
Published: 01 January 2018
... Europe. In large areas and for long periods, Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived side by side peacefully. Christians and Jews eventually adopted and admired aspects of the dominant Arab culture and lifestyle. Even after Muslim-controlled lands were retaken in the Reconquista, the conquering Christians...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2018) 24 (1): 56–89.
Published: 01 January 2018
... intervals, even I am a yogin. ” But what did he mean in saying so? Thoreau’s understanding of the term yoga derived entirely from ancient Indian texts. In the 1840s, he read avidly and empathetically in key Indic works such as the Laws of Manu and the Bhagavad Gita . Drawing on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s notion...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2018) 24 (2): 239–255.
Published: 01 April 2018
..., a text on “the nobility of the Israelites,” was written by an Islamic scholar from Fez, Mahammad Ibn Zikri (c. 1665 – 1731). Ahmad al-Tijani (eighteenth century), another Sufi master, explains in a fourth text how all non-Muslims and even idol worshippers are embraced by God’s all-inclusive love. An...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2015) 21 (2): 196–235.
Published: 01 April 2015
... communities. Demands for harmony are performatively integrated into social practices. The authors argue that, rather than searching for a scale of sociality where harmony might be “organic,” it is necessary to critically assess proclamations of and demands for harmony as means of coercion even within small...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2016) 22 (1): 1–4.
Published: 01 January 2016
..., chance is a better guide to our immediate intellectual and aesthetic preferences, even though it presumes no explanation of our comprehensive cultural formation. Although never right, chance has the advantage of never being wrong. © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 chance contradiction...
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Common Knowledge (1 May 2016) 22 (2): 190–206.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Michiko Urita This contribution to the Common Knowledge symposium “Peace by Other Means” demonstrates how, even as religious strife is pervasive in India, classical Hindustani music has remained a transreligious and intercommunal medium. Indeed, music is one of the few domains in which Hindu-Muslim...
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Common Knowledge (1 May 2016) 22 (2): 220–236.
Published: 01 May 2016
... overlay of attitudes and characteristics, originating in the age of sensibility, onto medieval notions about friendship in Christ. An argument is made for a more general acceptance by Russians of instrumental friendship, since even friendship in Christ can be shown to depend extensively on things held in...
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Common Knowledge (1 May 2016) 22 (2): 277–283.
Published: 01 May 2016
... system and the social order that it secretes are structured like a war: our master narrative figures human life as an affair of winners and losers. Children need encouragement to question and bypass the master narrative by rethinking and rewriting traditional tales, fables, myths, and even epics and...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2017) 23 (1): 19–56.
Published: 01 January 2017
... concentrating on a single humanities field, literary studies, this response to Epstein makes the case that fear and awe of the sciences have resulted in the exclusion of subjectivity from literary criticism, even though regarding the critic as anything but a subjective human being responding to the creative...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2013) 19 (1): 111–130.
Published: 01 January 2013
... metaphysically or ethically, the concomitant notion of unambiguous fact is also shaken. In the absence, even in principle, of any form of knowing, human or divine, that is unambiguous and apodictic, there is no reason to grant ontological privilege to the paradigm of “unambiguous potential objects of knowledge...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2017) 23 (2): 207–224.
Published: 01 April 2017
... Marriage of Figaro to The Guilty Mother— is seen as an attempt to bypass not only the conventional opposition of comedy and tragedy but also the even more fundamental polarity of epic and dramatic through the infusion of elements of the new bourgeois novel into works for the theater. Roles and situations...