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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 1–10.
Published: 01 March 2020
... is contingent on specific individual and collective action, suggesting that the future could still perhaps be otherwise. Copyright © 2020 by Small Axe, Inc. 2020 Rita Indiana time travel moral luck posthuman ethics enlightened catastrophism In Our Posthuman Future , Francis Fukuyama ponders...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 63–88.
Published: 01 November 2021
... by Margaret Walker as “acceptance, [the] non-aggrandized daily ‘living with [misfortune]’ unsupported by fantasies of overcoming or restitution.” 26 Walker invokes grace as one of the virtues that proves the existence of moral luck. Ethical subjects do not control all the conditions under which...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): vii–x.
Published: 01 November 2019
...David Scott Copyright © 2019 by Small Axe, Inc. 2019 Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the most remarkable contemporary moral and political philosophers. Certainly, his work has had a large influence on my own thinking over the years. Born in Scotland in 1929, MacIntyre is a generative...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 152–166.
Published: 01 November 2017
... recognized, with a sense of humility, that it was partly a matter of sheer luck—the “grace of God,” as the Rastafarian intellectual Sam Brown insightfully put it—that enabled him to escape the humble circumstances of his birth. 6 This grounding remained, in many ways, one generative source of his moral...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 112–120.
Published: 01 November 2022
... books, novels, and theatrical plays for the sake of literary legitimacy or commercial remuneration. 19 As the literary critic Jesse Cohn has noted, anarchists created a global resistance culture “as a means of mental and moral survival in a world from which they are fundamentally alienated...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 134–154.
Published: 01 November 2011
... is serious business. Musicians, danc- ers, street performers of all kinds, and artists like Duval-Carrié all work to transform this feast of inversions into a judgment on the powers that be, especially the toadies of the “morally repugnant elites,” or MREs, as they were popularly vilified...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 62–76.
Published: 01 March 2019
... and nation. For Sewell, female infidelity and other sexual adventuring is just that: adventure, and sometimes strategy. 16 Occasionally regretted, it nevertheless ranks nowhere on the novel’s list of the moral flaws that threaten the nation. Those are sins of arrogance, wrath, greed, deceit, and violence...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 77–96.
Published: 01 March 2019
... of the society, the general inability of the country’s resources to keep up with rising expectations. . . . There was also the feeling that economic expansion had coincided with what many referred to as “ moral decline .” 26 Senior’s description of the status quo in Jamaica, 1972, just before the PNP...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 115–125.
Published: 01 March 2018
..., such as its “ways of laughing, singing, walking, living death, judging life, considering bad luck, loving and expressing love” (87). Here more than elsewhere in the manifesto the authors express a faith in the power of literature to change society, a faith inherent in the modern (European) notion...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 87–104.
Published: 01 October 2006
... a different rhetorical role within each argument. Antoinette uses it as a synonym for blackness and a sign of Tia’s moral inferiority. She accuses Tia of cheating because she changes the rules on their underwater somersault contest after the fact to suit her own interests. Tia, however, changes...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2009
... interactions related to physical health, success in court or in business, employment, or generic “luck.”36 When the police sent agents provocateurs to try to entrap suspected obeah practitioners, the stories they told the practitioners related to health, employment, and luck, rather than hostile...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (2): 163–176.
Published: 01 June 2007
..., and stops to stare at the doctor, before spar- ing him from the massacre by declaring “Li Nèg,” or “he is black” (Stone, 699). Paradoxically, Hébert changes by not changing and by remaining the same, by remaining true (if inscrutable), and constant (if open and evolving), in his morals and in his...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 135–156.
Published: 01 March 2009
... is My Shepherd”—or phrases such as “Jesus is the Head of this Home.” They were good luck charms in a home aware of demonized African-based religions such as Vodou (Haiti), Pocomania (Jamaica), Winti (Suriname), Shakers (St. Vincent), and Santeria...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 1–20.
Published: 01 September 2001
... servicemen based in England to send greetings to relatives back home in the Caribbean. As Jarrett-Macauley indicates: [Marson] was invited to broadcast morale-boosting talks on West Indians and the war eff ort: “8 e Empire at War and the Colonies” went out on 1 April 1940 and “West...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 124–144.
Published: 01 March 2022
... . I would prefer to wait here and hope to continue here and if I can survive towards(?) that hope. What I need is help, practical help, moral support, and some love. What frightens me and stuns me is the lack of those things, Pain(?) the total neglect. If I withdraw as you advise, all the honey...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (2): 97–246.
Published: 01 June 2006
...—was of course connected to a larger and properly moral conception of human action in history, namely pluralism, or more specifically, value-pluralism. “Out of the crooked timber of humanity,” Berlin was fond of quoting Kant as saying, “nothing straight was ever made.”2 And indeed, for Berlin...