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Common Knowledge (2013) 19 (2): 237–256.
Published: 01 April 2013
... examined — which may be called “intellectualist” — share two features: they originate in skeptical doubt about whether what appears to be rational activity really is, and they ascribe knowledge of the norms of her activity to the person doing it. Given their first feature, intellectualist accounts seek...
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Common Knowledge (2016) 22 (2): 327–330.
Published: 01 May 2016
...-American mind. The reviewer asks whether the Chinese, now facing a plurality of histories, wonder if there may be a plurality of li (principles), as well, or at least if there can be a li that is “universal” in the sense that it is common to them all. The problem here, the reviewer argues, in part derives...
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Common Knowledge (2020) 26 (3): 385–406.
Published: 01 August 2020
...Anne Marie Wolf Examining, for a symposium on xenophilia, the views of some of the period’s most open-minded and tolerant thinkers, as well as the historical development of Christian writers’ treatment of Muslims, this article considers whether the term Islamophilia can be applied to any...
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Common Knowledge (2020) 26 (3): 407–430.
Published: 01 August 2020
...Lilith Acadia In a contribution to a symposium on xenophilia, this essay — a study of Brian Friel’s 1980 play Translations — raises the question of whether all xenophilia is by nature doomed to fail. Set in Ireland in 1833, the drama centers on the tension arising from a young British lieutenant’s...
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Common Knowledge (2020) 26 (3): 373–384.
Published: 01 August 2020
... in the Babylonian Talmud. Examining the story of Rav Rehumi and his wife in Ketubot 62b, the author inquires whether differences of culture and the passage of time make it impossible for us to determine whether love is the affect involved. The case is especially difficult to resolve, given that, while there may...
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Common Knowledge (2008) 14 (1): 16–28.
Published: 01 January 2008
...Elizabeth Fox-Genovese This text of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese's is published posthumously in the context of pieces dedicated to her memory. It is unclear whether she intended it for eventual publication or whether she had intended it as a lecture; nor is there decisive evidence for a date...
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Common Knowledge (2019) 25 (1-3): 1–8.
Published: 01 April 2019
..., is continuously essayed. As he writes: “The question, in other words, is [no longer] whether worldviews are commensurable. The question is whether we should do what it takes—all that it takes—to communicate and reconcile with those we fear. . . . But whoever—let us admit it—takes on the task is going to end up...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (1): 11–13.
Published: 01 January 2014
... as if a parable, and while its moral goes unstated, the reader's attention is drawn to the unsettled question of whether James exerted maximal effort for minimal results, or whether he knew something about the value of freshness undreamed of by those more patient and dignified in pursuing their desires. © 2013...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (2): 265–272.
Published: 01 April 2014
...Angela Hobbs In a response to two essays by Jan Zwicky on “lyric philosophy,” this piece questions whether there are positions that cannot be fully articulated in conventional, linear prose without contradiction and, if so, whether or in what sense they can be considered philosophical positions...
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Common Knowledge (2013) 19 (1): 164–170.
Published: 01 January 2013
... both Calasso and the reviewer is whether Tiepolo, whose ceiling frescoes are without gravity—their “antigravity” draws the painted figures upward—is an artist without gravitas . The reviewer supports Calasso's argument that the thirty-two etchings comprising the Capricci and Scherzi make it absurd...
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Common Knowledge (2020) 26 (3): 453–551.
Published: 01 August 2020
... (Theophrastus was Aristotle’s student) and geometry in the Euclidean mode have in common is that when their vocabularies are applied to characterization, they delimit characters in terms of established categories—whether of ideal shapes or statistically probable types—while discounting whatever features may...
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Common Knowledge (2021) 27 (2): 176–251.
Published: 01 May 2021
... in the Eucharist than to dismiss the issue as vexingly trivial in comparison with the question of whether God thinks that each or any of us adequately loves him. For the questions that concern Donne, there are no determinate answers available, and no standard vocabulary. But the poet's alternating acquiescence...
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Common Knowledge (2021) 27 (3): 422–481.
Published: 01 August 2021
...”: that is, on whether the vertiginous depths of analogy participate in an underlying substrate of meaning, recognizable as “the Word of God.” Copyright © 2021 by Duke University Press 2021 J. M. Coetzee analogy allegory recognition secularism The Childhood of Jesus, The Schooldays of Jesus, The Death...
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Common Knowledge (2008) 14 (1): 124–135.
Published: 01 January 2008
..., whether in the academic or the political realm, is to persuade the person or people addressed to adopt a particular course of action. The concept of frank speaking, or parrhesia , first appeared among the Greeks as a political virtue, one exercised among free men in the public assembly for the common good...
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Common Knowledge (2018) 24 (3): 405–414.
Published: 01 August 2018
...Elizabeth Heineman; William J. Simpson During the 2016 US presidential campaign, historians and other scholars of fascism explored the question of whether the Trump phenomenon was fascist in nature. Following the election, Elizabeth Heineman developed a course to investigate these writings...
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Common Knowledge (2019) 25 (1-3): 384–400.
Published: 01 April 2019
... question is whether and how inclusionary definitions of belonging can be made to oughtweigh exclusionary ones,” regardless of the political context. Copyright © 2005 Duke University Press 2005 cosmopolitanism Alexandria Etienne Roboly Edward Said empires ...
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Common Knowledge (2019) 25 (1-3): 292–320.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Isaiah Berlin; Jeffrey M. Perl Berlin discerns three great crises in Western political thought, each challenging one of its three primary tenets. The three tenets are (1) that questions about correct human actions are answerable, whether the answers are yet known or not; (2) that the answers...
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Common Knowledge (2019) 25 (1-3): 63–75.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Manfred Frank; Ruth Morris; Barry Allen; Jeffrey M. Perl Frank in this article treats the disagreement between François Lyotard and Jürgen Habermas over whether there are arguments that cannot be decided rationally. Lyotard identifies rational undecidability as the “postmodern condition.” Habermas...
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Common Knowledge (2019) 25 (1-3): 321–331.
Published: 01 April 2019
... more or less culturally homogeneous societies formed around shared values. Williams shares the communitarians’ critique of Rawls’s theory as excessively abstract, questioning whether a rational commitment to pluralism as the most just social arrangement can serve as a sufficiently binding social force...
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Common Knowledge (2008) 14 (3): 380–383.
Published: 01 August 2008
...Miguel Tamen; Wayne Andersen; Velcheru Narayana Rao; Sanjay Subrahmanyam; Ingrid D. Rowland; J. Paul Hunter; Yoke-Sum Wong The essay discusses the presumption of one's singularity, the uniqueness of one's time, the picturesqueness of one actions, and the capacity of human beings, whether...