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Common Knowledge (1 April 2002) 8 (2): 284–286.
Published: 01 April 2002
... Wong, Miguel Tamen, Natalie Zemon Davis, John L. Flood, Randolph Starn, G. Thomas Tanselle INTRODUCTION: SETTING LIMITS “Take it back,” Stephen Toulmin urged intellectuals, on behalf of the editorial board, as Common Knowledge began its...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2018) 24 (3): 353–355.
Published: 01 August 2018
...Caroline Walker Bynum; Jeffrey F. Hamburger; William P. Caferro; Linda Safran; Adam S. Cohen; Kathryn Kremnitzer; Siddhartha V. Shah; Wenrui Zhao; Lynn Hunt; Elizabeth Heineman; William J. Simpson; Youval Rotman Caroline Bynum describes the rationale behind a second set of case studies or...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2010) 16 (2): 346–350.
Published: 01 April 2010
... at” (acknowledge) things, some things bow back at me, and I must treat whatever bows back as if it were like me. Unlike James Lovelock, a passage from whose work they discuss, Hache and Latour understand this picture in a sense that is essentially “honorary.” The picture or premise they propose sets...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2013) 19 (3): 518–529.
Published: 01 August 2013
... past. It blurs agency and overwhelming structural inequality. It is a set of categories that people define for themselves and that, at the same time, others — strangers, neighbors, government officials — relentlessly impose upon them. For four hundred years, the meaning of racial categories in North...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2014) 20 (2): 296–336.
Published: 01 April 2014
...Colin Richmond In the context of an issue of Common Knowledge dedicated to instances of experimental scholarship and to discussion of them, this contribution by a social historian of medieval England sets out to demonstrate that an empirical alternative to tendentious and interpretive...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2017) 23 (1): 57–58.
Published: 01 January 2017
...Caroline Walker Bynum; Mary Harvey Doyno; Dorothea von Mücke; Frederick S. Paxton; Ramona Naddaff; Katharine Wallerstein The historian Caroline Walker Bynum, who solicited and organized this set of five case studies, explains in her introduction to them that their intent is to bypass the currently...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2017) 23 (1): 83–90.
Published: 01 January 2017
...Frederick S. Paxton A contribution to a set of case studies, titled “In the Humanities Classroom,” this essay describes a course on the deep history of Italy developed for a “semester abroad” program in Perugia during the spring of 2016. It describes, in particular, two class meetings in the middle...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2008) 14 (1): 29–33.
Published: 01 January 2008
... practices are entirely transformative not only of their futures but also of their pasts. Benjamin argued that a work of art is a set of potentials that may or may not be realized in the vicissitudes of its afterlife. The true significance of works might be said, therefore, to emerge only after some as-yet...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2008) 14 (1): 34–44.
Published: 01 January 2008
... in paradigm, whereas a scientist who resists will effectively disappear. Thus, the Morte Darthur set the terms for modern literature in English by holding fast to those of the Middle Ages. This essay argues that Malory was “modern” in that the Morte Darthur would not have been written except for the...
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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 August 2018) 24 (3): 405–414.
Published: 01 August 2018
... critically about the uses of historical analogy in a politically charged setting. Presenting the voice of a student, William Simpson, “When History Meets Politics” highlights the importance of discussions that happen beyond the instructor’s hearing. Simpson’s account underscores the potentially...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2011) 17 (2): 356–362.
Published: 01 April 2011
... owed one hundred percent of GDP in individual debt in 2008, the real Faustian bargain was not a “enjoy now, pay later” scheme for “glitzy, short-term junk.” The truth is much scarier, and points toward a different set of cultural and theological references than the ones Atwood investigates. The...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2012) 18 (3): 387–418.
Published: 01 August 2012
... that, after many decades of provincial Stalinism, Havel brought Czech history back to the path of greatness on which T. G. Masaryk had set it in the first part of the twentieth century. © 2012 by Adam Michnik 2012...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2012) 18 (3): 505–524.
Published: 01 August 2012
... and things scalable, and this article shows that ignoring nonscalable effects is a bad idea. People stumbled on scalable projects through the same historical contingencies that such projects set out to deny. They cobbled together ways to make things and data self-contained and static, and thus...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2014) 20 (1): 1–3.
Published: 01 January 2014
... tampering with set scholarly forms should be regarded as a serious business (Marcus) or as a matter of fun (Kenner). Philosophically, this note explains, the journal takes exception to distinctions of the form-versus-content variety — a resistance that stems from desire for peaceful transactions in...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2009) 15 (2): 164–180.
Published: 01 April 2009
... emerging set of political values in which legitimate authority was transparent and open while illegitimate power operated in the shadows. Duke University Press 2009 Symposium: Apology for Quietism, Part 2 A BETRAYAL OF TRUST The Jesuits and Quietism in Eighteenth-Century...
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Common Knowledge (1 April 2009) 15 (2): 229–268.
Published: 01 April 2009
... genre of rabbinic debate—rather than the specific content of rabbinic statements—can be understood as peaceful. The study of halakhic literature, which is generally understood either as designed to clarify and quantify explicit legal demands or as a setting for pluralistic and progressive legal debate...
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Common Knowledge (1 August 2011) 17 (3): 441–449.
Published: 01 August 2011
... abandons “Aristotelian, bivalent logic” in favor of a “fuzzy logic” based on Zadeh's “fuzzy set theory.” This introductory piece relates these theoretical works of the past half-century to the sorites paradox and to classical issues of vagueness raised and still unresolved in Western philosophy. Returning...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2015) 21 (1): 44–49.
Published: 01 January 2015
...Colin Davis The great Roman historian Livy describes a radical attempt at conflict resolution in his version of the story of the Horatii. The warring cities of Rome and Alba agree to settle their differences by pitting two sets of triplets against each other in a battle to the death. Two of the...
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Common Knowledge (1 January 2015) 21 (1): 50–82.
Published: 01 January 2015
... the Greeks called thumos is bound to fail. Using an original data set of all wars since 1648 (the Peace of Westphalia) involving great or rising powers, the essay shows how wars associated with honor, standing, and revenge, all expressions of thumos , far outnumber those caused by security or material...