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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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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): 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 (2013) 19 (1): 65–87.
Published: 01 January 2013
... generated by or directed at such feeling. On this issue, each disagreed with the others, whether expressing his difference directly or indirectly; and the differences often hinged on matters of aesthetic judgment. Ironically, the practice of such judgment demanded verbal concepts for its articulation...
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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 (2013) 19 (3): 411–423.
Published: 01 August 2013
... Zan, Perl concludes that the only way to be un-self-contradictorily positive about fuzziness, whether in logic or aesthetics, is to de-reify and de-differentiate with the aim of achieving blandness. © 2013 by Duke University Press 2013 FUZZY STUDIES A Symposium on the Consequence of Blur...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (2): 197–203.
Published: 01 April 2014
.... The essay concludes with remarks about the state of history teaching in places, notably the Middle East, where historiography is presumed to be a simple study of who did what to whom — an approach to learning that instills in students an aspiration to “even the score.” Alternative approaches, whether...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (1): 1–3.
Published: 01 January 2014
...Jeffrey M. Perl This editorial note introduces the second of three issues of Common Knowledge dedicated to experiments in scholarly form. The first appeared in Winter 1996 and was introduced by a dialogue between two editorial board members, Greil Marcus and Hugh Kenner, who differed over whether...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (1): 62–67.
Published: 01 January 2014
... that there is a world, and an experience of the world, that is available to us without linguistic mediation and structuring. This article questions whether there a kind of meaning (the “it” of “Now I get it!”) that can be understood preverbally and intuitively. The discussion concludes with a consideration of Zwicky's...
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Common Knowledge (2009) 15 (2): 269–315.
Published: 01 April 2009
...Aidan O'Neill The question posed in this article is whether Catholics can fully, unreservedly, and conscientiously carry out their duties as citizens and as holders of their various public offices (legislative, judicial and executive) of the State, in accordance with the laws and constitution...
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Common Knowledge (2009) 15 (3): 412–437.
Published: 01 August 2009
... and determinism on Wilde's gospel of inaction, as well as Pater's adaptation of the Winckelmannian view that people and things express their nature most truly when still, one speaker wonders whether aesthetic experience gains some of its significance from its affiliation with leisure. The other resists the idea...
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Common Knowledge (2010) 16 (1): 66–78.
Published: 01 January 2010
...Christophe Fricker This article deals with the question of whether Ernst Jünger's long story Auf den Marmorklippen (1939)—the publication of the text itself as well as its contents—should be interpreted as political action or quietist retreat. The author examines the notions that the text...
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Common Knowledge (2010) 16 (3): 457–473.
Published: 01 August 2010
... of the universal varies; sometimes it is said to be God, sometimes the moral law, and sometimes reason (whether human reason or an objective reason inherent in the nature of the world). The process of grappling with how human beings must orient themselves toward the universal very often issues in conclusions...