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Common Knowledge (1 August 2009) 15 (3): 520–521.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Miguel Tamen Lorraine Daston, ed., Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science (New York: Zone Books, 2004), 250 pp. Duke University Press 2009 Little Reviews Loren Samons II, What’s Wrong with Democracy? From...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2004) 10 (3): 463–484.
Published: 01 August 2004
...Eduardo Viveiros de Castro Duke University Press 2004 Symposium: Talking Peace with Gods, Part 1 EXCHANGING PERSPECTIVES The Transformation of Objects into Subjects in Amerindian Ontologies Eduardo Viveiros de Castro At the outset of his reply...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2017) 23 (1): 67–74.
Published: 01 January 2017
... novel Gilead , of a child baptizing kittens with creek water—the instructor raises questions about how materials convey holiness and influence viewers or worshippers. She prods history and literature students, both graduate and undergraduate, to take physical objects seriously as evidence, and she...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2004) 10 (1): 1–32.
Published: 01 January 2004
...Caroline Walker Bynum Duke University Press 2004 THE PRESENCE OF OBJECTS Medieval Anti-Judaism in Modern Germany Caroline Walker Bynum On the southwest corner of a large brick Gothic church in the little town of Sternberg in north Germany is a curious stone. Mortared into...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2004) 10 (2): 273–285.
Published: 01 April 2004
...Kirk Williams Duke University Press 2004 CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTIONS Self-Exemption in Lessing’s Minna von Barnhelm Kirk Williams Among Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s most conspicuous interventions in the newly created discipline of philosophical aesthetics was his critique of...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2011) 17 (3): 441–449.
Published: 01 August 2011
..., and fallibilist.” He defined the “new fuzziness” as “an attempt to blur just those distinctions between the objective and subjective and between fact and value which the critical conception of rationality has developed.” This introduction also examines W. V. Quine's essay “Speaking of Objects” (1957...
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Common Knowledge (1 May 2016) 22 (2): 171–177.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Caroline Walker Bynum Caroline Walker Bynum has written extensively about medieval religious objects and about the background to medieval understandings of materiality in theology, natural philosophy, and science. Here she turns to a very different consideration of objects, asking how they reflect...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2018) 24 (2): 291–311.
Published: 01 April 2018
... regions and to study objects as well as texts. This curiosity has led the author herself to draw comparisons between Indian culture, especially Hinduism, and European Christianity, thereby raising questions about what constitutes good comparative study. Interrogating the nature of comparison, especially...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2011) 17 (1): 13–26.
Published: 01 January 2011
...Barbara Herrnstein Smith In this contribution to the Common Knowledge symposium “Comparative Relativisim,” Smith argues that relativism is a chimera, half straw man, half red herring. Over the past century, she shows, objections to the supposed position so named have typically involved either...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2011) 17 (3): 450–532.
Published: 01 August 2011
... object for knowledge; nothing can be an object of knowledge until the blur is resolved and clarity attained. Chinese tradition offers suggestive examples of the thought that blur, so far from being incompatible with knowledge, might be its condition of possibility and the explanation of its value. This...
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Common Knowledge (1 September 2016) 22 (3): 385–392.
Published: 01 September 2016
..., the author discloses the recent emergence of an unexpected cultural practice: a hybrid of anthropology and philosophy that takes metaphysics, as distinct from ontology, as both its object and its method. The distinction between metaphysics and ontology is crucial to this new “intellectual space...
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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 2010) 16 (2): 311–330.
Published: 01 April 2010
... contrasting texts (by Comte-Sponville, Kant, Serres, and Lovelock) in tandem, this article explores what an “objective morality” would look like, and it considers how to compare the Kantian axiology with the actor-network theory's possible definition of a thing-oriented morality. Especially important in this...
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Common Knowledge (1 September 2017) 23 (3): 396–403.
Published: 01 September 2017
... two public art collections (the Michael Rockefeller Wing of the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Ménil Collection in Houston) in an effort to establish that aesthetically coherent mixtures of apparently immiscible objects from widely divergent cultures are possible and also morally glamorous...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2018) 24 (1): 8–25.
Published: 01 January 2018
...Alexandra Berlina Viktor Shklovsky’s concept of ostranenie (usually translated as defamiliarization , estrangement , or enstrangement ) is currently the object of a new surge of interest, perhaps in light of the term’s approaching centenary. Most work on the topic, however, is restricted to the...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2018) 24 (1): 90–125.
Published: 01 January 2018
... poststructuralist theorists (notably, Derrida, Barthes, and Foucault). American Bakhtinians objected above all to the influence on American criticism of the poststructuralist idea that texts have no authors, and they turned to Russian criticism for a dialogical approach that assumes authorial participation while...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2012) 18 (2): 193–207.
Published: 01 April 2012
... what makes the Czech capital a fitting object of the surrealist imagination (and a rich source of surreal art and literature in its own right) is less the “historic charms” that so seduced Breton in 1935 than the “geographical, historical, and economic considerations” of the city's modernity that he...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2012) 18 (3): 419–432.
Published: 01 August 2012
..., wool , and fudge ), he reserves the word blur for the kind that results from de-differentiating objects or qualities or states of affairs whose differences have been overstated. To refine what blur is and is not, he compares kinds of unclarity found in images by Giotto, Rubens, Hokusai, Kunitora, Manet...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2012) 18 (2): 220–228.
Published: 01 April 2012
... fuzziness. It extrapolates from the blurring caused by differential focal distances, velocities of objects in the visual field, and competing perspectival vantage points to comparable effects in the intersection of different scholarly disciplines. Arguing against the holistic implications of Geertz's...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2012) 18 (3): 451–463.
Published: 01 August 2012
... Christianity as the norm by which to measure classical religion; and for confusing scholarly categories by classifying phenomena as monotheistic that are much better described as henotheistic. This article suggests that these arguments have been attempts to create a supposedly objective and universal scholarly...