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Antebellum Posthuman

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ISBN: 9780823278442 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101634
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From the eighteenth-century abolitionist motto Am I Not a Man and a Brother? to the Civil Rights-era declaration I AM a Man, antiracism has engaged in a struggle for the recognition of the humanness of black humanity. It has done so, however, during an era in which the very definition of the human has been called into question by the rising prestige of the biological sciences whose materialist account of human being erodes the grounds of human exceptionalism...Antislavery materialism allowed these authors to respond to scientific racism in its own empirical terms. At the same time, however, it also attenuated their faith in the liberal humanist principles that they champion elsewhere in their work. This antebellum conflict between the liberal ideals of freedom and a materialist ontology of contingency not only presages current critical debates between new materialist and social justice theorists, but reveals an intrinsic tension between posthumanism’s embodied ontology and the...

Artifacts of Thinking

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ISBN: 9780823272174 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626389 Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100072
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'Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Arendt’s 'Denktagebuch'' offers a path through Hannah Arendt’s recently published 'Denktagebuch', or 'Book of Thoughts.' In this book a number of innovative Arendt scholars come together to ask how we should think about these remarkable writings in the context of Arendt’s published writing and broader political thinking.Unique in its form, the 'Denktagebuch' offers brilliant insights into Arendt’s practice of thinking and writing. 'Artifacts of Thinking' provides an introduction to the 'Denktagebuch' as well as a glimpse of these fascinating but untranslated fragments that reveal not only Arendt’s understanding of “the life of the mind” but her true lived experience of it.

Christianity, Democracy, and the Shadow of Constantine

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Book Series: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought ISBN: 9780823274192 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626392 Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100067
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The collapse of communism in eastern Europe has forced traditionally Eastern Orthodox countries to consider the relationship between Christianity and liberal democracy. Contributors examine the influence of Constantinianism in both the post-communist Orthodox world and in Western political theology. Constructive theological essays feature Catholic and Protestant theologians reflecting on the relationship between Christianity and democracy, as well as Orthodox theologians reflecting on their tradition’s relationship to liberal democracy. The essays explore prospects of a distinctively Christian politics in a post-communist, post-Constantinian age.

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Crowd Scenes

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ISBN: 9780823229017 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626974 Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100596
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The movies and the masses erupted on the world stage together. In a few decades around the turn of the twentieth century, millions of persons who rarely could afford a night at the theater and had never voted in an election became regular paying customers at movie palaces and proud members of new political parties. The question of how to represent these new masses fascinated and plagued politicians and filmmakers alike.Michael Tratner examines the representations of masses—the crowd scenes—in Hollywood films from The Birth of a Nation through such popular love stories as Gone with the Wind, The Sound of Music, and Dr. Zhivago. He then contrasts these with similar scenes in early Soviet and Nazi films. What emerges is a political debate being carried out in filmic style. In both sets of films, the crowd is represented as a seething cauldron of emotions.

Derrida after the End of Writing

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Book Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy ISBN: 9780823277834 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101633
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This book explores some of the implications of interpreting Derrida through the new materialist lens of technicity or plasticity, attending to the significance of ethics, religion and politics in his later work. Here the intersection of religion and politics becomes the site for Derrida to develop a “political theology without sovereignty.” By reading Derrida from a new materialist perspective, fresh readings are offered of his ideas of sovereignty, religion, responsibility, and mourning, including engagements with Malabou, Timothy Morton, John D. Caputo, and Karen Barad...Derrida’s philosophy is relevant not just for human ethical language and animality, but to profound developments in the physical and natural sciences, as well as ecology. Here is a new reading of Derrida beyond the conventional understandings of poststructuralism and deconstruction, that is responsive to and critical of some of the newer trends in Continental philosophy.

The Digital Condition

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ISBN: 9780823234226 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626991 Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100597
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The acceleration in science, technology, communication, and production that began in the second half of the twentieth century— developments which make up the concept of the “digital”—has brought us to what might be the most contradictory moment in human history. The digital revolution has made it possible not only to imagine but to actually realize a world in which social inequality and poverty are vanquished. But instead these developments have led to an unprecedented level of accumulation of private profits. Rather than the end of social inequality we are witness to its global expansion. In The Digital Condition, Rob Wilkie advances a groundbreaking analysis of digital culture which argues that the digital geist—which has its genealogy in such concepts as the “body without organs,” “spectrality,” and “différance”—has obscured the implications of class difference with the phantom of a digital divide.

Ethnographica Moralia

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ISBN: 9780823228867 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626978 Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100614
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Panourgia and Marcus bring together anthropologists working in various parts of the world (Greece, Bali, Taiwan, the United States) with classicists, historians, and scholars in cultural studies. The volume takes into account global realities such as 9/11 and the opening of the Cypriot Green Line and explores the different ways in which Geertz’s anthropology has shaped the pedagogy of their disciplines and enabled discussions among them. Focusing on place and time, locations and temporalities, the essays in this volume interrogate the fixity of interpretation and open new spaces of inquiry. The volume addresses a wide audience from the humanities and the social sciences—anyone interested in the development of a new humanism that will relocate the human as a subject of social action.

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Anthropology

Europe After Wyclif

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Book Series: Fordham Series in Medieval Studies ISBN: 9780823274420 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626394 Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100069
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This volume brings together scholarship that discusses late-medieval religious controversy on a pan-European scale, with particular attention to developments in England, Bohemia, and at the general councils of the fifteenth century. Controversies such as those that developed in England and Bohemia have received ample attention for decades, and recent scholarship has introduced valuable perspectives and findings to our knowledge of these aspects of European religion, literature, history, and thought.Yet until recently, scholars working on these controversies have tended to work in regional isolation, a practice that has given rise to the impression that the controversies were more or less insular, their significance measured in terms of their local or regional influence.

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The Insistence of Art

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ISBN: 9780823275731 9780823275809 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626405 Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100073
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The essays in 'The Insistence of Art' suggest ways in which the artworks and practices of the early modern period show the essentiality of aesthetic experience for philosophical reflection, and in particular for the rise of aesthetics as a philosophical discipline, while also showing art’s need for philosophy.

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Insurgent Testimonies

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ISBN: 9780823274857 Year: Pages: 272 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_605859 Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched
Subject: Political Science
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During the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth, insurgencies erupted in imperial states and colonies around the world, including Britain’s. As Nicole Rizzuto shows, the writings of Ukrainian-born Joseph Conrad, Anglo-Irish Rebecca West, Jamaicans H. G. de Lisser and V. S. Reid, and Kenyan Ng gi wa Thiong’o testify to contested events in colonial modernity in ways that question premises underlying approaches in trauma and memory studies and invite us to reassess divisions and classifications in literary studies that generate such categories as modernist, colonial, postcolonial, national, and world literatures. Departing from tenets of modernist studies and from methods in the field of trauma and memory studies, Rizzuto contends that acute as well as chronic disruptions to imperial and national power and the legal and extra-legal responses they inspired shape the formal practices of literatures from the modernist, colonial, and postcolonial periods. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.

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