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Common Knowledge (1 April 2017) 23 (2): 207–224.
Published: 01 April 2017
... and post-Enlightenment humanity than the Scapinos and Frontinos of traditional comedy. © 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 classical genre polarities bourgeois drama roles and individuals Figaro COLUMNS FIGARO’S...
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Common Knowledge (1 May 2016) 22 (2): 317–318.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Charles Burnett Akbari Suzanne Conklin and Mallette Karla , eds., The Sea of Languages: Rethinking the Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History . ( Toronto : University of Toronto Press , 2013 ), 328 pp. © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2008) 14 (1): 1–9.
Published: 01 January 2008
... Southern women, feminist to nonfeminist, and religious agnostic to devout Catholic. Higginbotham discusses political theorist C. B. McPherson's idea of “possessive individualism” and its influence on Fox-Genovese's steadfast belief that individual rights derive from society (rather than innate nature) and...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2009) 15 (2): 269–315.
Published: 01 April 2009
... touches on the role of teaching office of the Catholic Church and the assent (and possibility of dissent) on the part of the faithful. It takes in questions of conscientious objection and unjust laws. It concerns individual conscience and the hope of salvation. It is about voting as sinning. It is about...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2011) 17 (2): 269–282.
Published: 01 April 2011
... hard to ensure fidelity of pitch, but—this article shows—in giving the performer leeway to choose among various modes of performance, he ensured a role for individual expression in musical textures otherwise evocative of notions of science and logic. Duke University Press 2011...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2008) 14 (3): 396–423.
Published: 01 August 2008
..., ritually and religiously sanctioned, order based on strict adherence to caste and gender roles. We first trace the classical roots of the tension between dharma and nīti and then set out how these two bodies of texts came to play distinct and evolving roles in medieval and early modern south India. We...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2008) 14 (1): 16–28.
Published: 01 January 2008
... (given their hostility to religion) misunderstand that Evans's stance was not one against female individualism, but rather (given her commitment as a Christian) a stance against the unbridled individualism of modern American society. © 2008 by Duke University Press 2008 COLUMNS...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2013) 19 (2): 351–379.
Published: 01 April 2013
...Michael Schreyach Barnett Newman professed that a beholder's encounter with his paintings was like meeting another person for the first time. He believed the experience produced the conditions for apprehending an ethical relationship that would entail both the individual's achievement of his or her...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2011) 17 (2): 363–370.
Published: 01 April 2011
... many individuals being sued for debt, in particular English villages in this period. Discussion then focuses on the extent to which the proliferation of unpaid debts between villagers led to tensions or a breakdown in trust within rural society. The essay concludes with comments on the character and...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2008) 14 (3): 380–383.
Published: 01 August 2008
... corporately or individually, to begin everything or indeed anything again from scratch. Such presumptions are indeed present in some varieties of contemporary fanaticism, but, more to the point, it is suggested that the feeling of doing something for the first time is the oldest feeling in the world. Duke...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2013) 19 (2): 224–236.
Published: 01 April 2013
... through serious crises and even where preservation entails substantial loss. By taking the word culture to refer to any group of individuals who closely cooperate over an extended period, this article evaluates mathematicians and mathematics as its main example. The assessment of the enterprise of...
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Common Knowledge (1 September 2015) 21 (3): 464–483.
Published: 01 September 2015
... prisoner and his former torturer. The novelist's sensitivity to contending notions of collective guilt and collective victimhood serve to illustrate the complications that arise at the individual level when forgiveness is freely offered by a trauma survivor and roundly rejected by the agent of that trauma...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2009) 15 (3): 395–411.
Published: 01 August 2009
....” Schopenhauer does indeed say much the same thing as Tolstoy says in his epilogue and elsewhere about history and the will. Each of these authors argues that history is not progressing and that it is not governed by the actions of individual political or military leaders alone, but by the infinitely many...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2008) 14 (3): 434–444.
Published: 01 August 2008
... fertile period in poetry, with many talented poets and many potential directions that did not develop into dominant trends. Because literary history almost inevitably looks at dominant directions, it tends to pass over not only individual poets who don't quite fit, but also poetic kinds and directions...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2011) 17 (1): 117–122.
Published: 01 January 2011
... processes of boundary making and boundary maintenance whereby contrasting cultural traits or contents are arbitrarily assigned to and distributed among preexisting social forms and social scales (whether individuals, communities, or nations). Conversely, the more intensive intertribal engagements described...
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Common Knowledge (1 September 2015) 21 (3): 399–405.
Published: 01 September 2015
... Peace, the spokesperson of Erasmus in his Querela Pacis (1521), that the desire to impute and avenge wrongs against oneself is insatiable and at the root of both individual and social enmities. He notes that, in a symposium about how to resolve and prevent enmity, most contributions have to date...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2009) 15 (1): 23–38.
Published: 01 January 2009
...G. R. Evans Quietism brought the individual to a state of “holy indifference” where nothing mattered; particularities of Christian belief and practice, pleasures of the senses, personal desires, all vanished in the utter self-abandonment of the soul in the presence of God. The “resigned” soul...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2012) 18 (1): 117–127.
Published: 01 January 2012
..., later a public institution, originally in Hamburg (in the 1920s) and then in London from 1933 to the present. This essay also explores the various ways in which books have been — and continue to be — acquired by the Warburg Library, including publication (both individual and institutional), donation...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2016) 22 (1): 69–80.
Published: 01 January 2016
... violence against conspecifics. There are circumstances, however, in which acts of lethal violence are individually or collectively advantageous and attractive. To perform such acts, we must override our inhibitions. This essay argues that this tension causes us to be ambivalent about killing other human...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2010) 16 (3): 457–473.
Published: 01 August 2010
..., including Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and Heidegger. Magee treats each of these in turn, establishing case by case that the relation of the individual to the universal is the central issue of German thought, as it is of quietist thinking generally. The identity of the...