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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (2): 197–203.
Published: 01 April 2014
... by dissident colleagues (for instance, Donald Davie in Purity of Diction in English Verse ) to write exclusively didactic poetry, and to write it with the logical, linear clarity and straightforward syntax of rigorous yet easily followed argumentative prose. In the triumphalist variant, professors...
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Common Knowledge (2019) 25 (1-3): 384–400.
Published: 01 April 2019
... empowered and powerless, even East and West,” blurred or erased by “cosmopolitan mixing. . . . So much attention is paid to the way that empires divide people against each other that it is easy to forget how empires have also brought populations together, forcibly at times, yet often with enduring effects...
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Common Knowledge (2008) 14 (1): 29–33.
Published: 01 January 2008
... and 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 (2008) 14 (1): 105–123.
Published: 01 January 2008
... and the concept of the masterpiece have narrowed musical thinking harmfully. We need to look back at the fruitful collegiality that existed between canonic and contemporary music in the early nineteenth century, involving as it did a wide array of composers and tastes not yet bound by rigid assumptions about...
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Common Knowledge (2013) 19 (1): 65–87.
Published: 01 January 2013
... quality, critics often assume responsibility for explaining what a given work means. Because paintings and sculptures are less precisely codified, less articulate, than verbalized communications, they may seem to require verbal translation. Yet some artists and critics have warned that the advantageous...
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Common Knowledge (2013) 19 (1): 88–95.
Published: 01 January 2013
...), suggest different angles of perception, but all represent fuzzy modes, modes that would seem to have no place in science, especially in climate science, which is pressed to be ever more precise. Yet an analysis of the genealogy of these terms and, in particular, of the differential relation between...
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Common Knowledge (2017) 23 (2): 254–302.
Published: 01 April 2017
... theory to escape the otherwise inevitable influence of French avant-garde literary movements. These writers—Henry James in part 1, Donald Davie in part 2, and the “American Bakhtinian” critics in part 3—found in Russian examples a responsible yet radical and morally oriented alternative to what...
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Common Knowledge (2012) 18 (1): 134–148.
Published: 01 January 2012
... of art history's unfolding as a process of remembrance (or Mnemosyne ). Yet Warburg himself did not write on architecture. The topic has also largely vanished from the pages of the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes , though in the past the journal has been the venue for influential...
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Common Knowledge (2017) 23 (3): 404–439.
Published: 01 September 2017
... theory in order to escape the dominant influence of avant-garde movements in France. These Anglophone writers found in Russian exemplars a responsible, morally rigorous, and pragmatic, yet philosophically sophisticated, alternative to what they described as the amoral, superficial, and pretentious...
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Common Knowledge (2018) 24 (1): 90–125.
Published: 01 January 2018
... in order to escape the dominant influence of avant-garde movements in France. These Anglophone writers found in Russian exemplars a responsible, morally rigorous, and pragmatic, yet philosophically sophisticated, alternative to what they described as the amoral, superficial, and pretentious aestheticism...
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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (2): 193–205.
Published: 01 May 2023
.... And yet, despite this negative assessment of the institution, Socrates was willing to participate in a lottery that made him a member of the Council of Five Hundred, the supreme political body of Athens. This essay — a contribution to the Common Knowledge symposium “Antipolitics” — attempts to explain...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (1): 11–13.
Published: 01 January 2014
... seeks to exemplify both its virtues and its risks. To show how microhistory offers intense deliberation on a narrowly defined topic, yet also a kind of hastiness — an impatience with demands for broader scope — Colin Richmond examines one limited facet of the relationship between two Americans resident...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (2): 257–264.
Published: 01 April 2014
... an account of just such a standard. Yet her argument that “other than pointing and hoping, there are no rules, no algorithms, by which human perception of a gestalt may be facilitated” sells the work of teachers short. An alternative case is made by Plato in his representation of Socrates-as-teacher...
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Common Knowledge (2009) 15 (3): 348–364.
Published: 01 August 2009
... of courage by which, though they are open-ended, a man may count as acting bravely. It need not follow that he has adopted the best tactics. Yet he must have responded fittingly to danger. But how is that to be identified? “Ought”-judgments are to be understood contextually, with an implicit relativity...
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Common Knowledge (2010) 16 (3): 424–438.
Published: 01 August 2010
... as quietism, and the association proved resilient down into the twentieth century, but the Jesuit critique has a peculiar provenance. The Jesuits in China borrowed arguments against Buddhism from neo-Confucianist allies, yet the Confucian critique of Buddhism was itself indebted to arguments that had been...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (3): 540–548.
Published: 01 August 2014
...”) is a temporarily established, dynamic, and reflexive material-semantic form that enables interpretation and evaluation. By raising expectations of how things must be done in order to pass as appropriate, valid, and legitimate, conventions facilitate cooperation, yet at some stage in their lives conventions become...
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Common Knowledge (2015) 21 (2): 305–326.
Published: 01 April 2015
... that Latvians themselves nearly became an ethnic minority in “their own” republic—there has been no ethnic violence between Latvians and Russians in the postsocialist era. Yet the events of summer 2014 have radically shifted the political imaginary of this region, raising the specter of a loss of social...
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Common Knowledge (2016) 22 (2): 171–177.
Published: 01 May 2016
...—help anchor the story of two lives, yet leave it mysteriously open as well. © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 memories of the American South materiality autobiography theories of objects the state of Virginia...
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Common Knowledge (2016) 22 (2): 331–340.
Published: 01 May 2016
..., and the law had not yet entered every corner of daily life. There was, moreover, no clerical class at the time to correct heresiarchs on the fringes of the empire. Hence, according to the reviewer, one can easily imagine the situation as Crone does, with the truths of the new faith, in the eastern extremities...
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Common Knowledge (2012) 18 (3): 487–504.
Published: 01 August 2012
... of the region’s “most Byzantine” paintings (twelfth to fourteenth centuries). Yet a close examination of these frescoes reveals significant iconographic and stylistic differences from alleged Byzantine norms. A historiographic synopsis and review of problematic definitions of “Byzantine” art are followed...