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Dogmas of Superficiality (Book chapter)

Book title: Chinese Historical Thinking

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ISBN: 9783847104971 Year: Pages: 19 DOI: 10.14220/9783737004978 Language: English
Publisher: National Taiwan University Press, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht V&R Unipress Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council - 615574
Subject: History
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The article critically analyzes the characterization of Asian traditions as 'humanism' as presented in the writings by three Chinese historians.

Virtues for the People

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ISBN: 9789058678584 Year: DOI: 10.11116/VP_PLU Language: English
Publisher: Leuven University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102275
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Plutarch of Chaeronea was by no means an armchair philosopher. He believed in the necessity for a philosopher to affect the lives of his fellow citizens. That urge inspired many of his writings to meet what he considered people's true needs. Although these writings on practical ethics illustrate in various ways Plutarch's authorial talents and raise many challenging questions (regarding their overall structure, content, purpose, and underlying philosophical and social presuppositions), they have attracted only limited scholarly attention.Virtues for the People’s collected essays deal with these questions from different perspectives and throw a new light upon this multifaceted domain of Plutarch's thinking and writing. Special points of interest are the concept of ‘popular philosophy' itself and its implications, its dependence on a more theoretical philosophical background, and the importance of moral progress, the therapy of wickedness, and the common experiences of everyday life.

Essays on Plato’s Epistemology

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ISBN: 9789462700598 Year: DOI: 10.11116/EPE_AMP Language: English
Publisher: Leuven University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102262
Subject: Philosophy
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Through a careful survey of several significant Platonic texts, mainly focussing on the nature of knowledge, Essays on Plato’s Epistemology offers the reader a fresh and promising approach to Plato’s philosophy as a whole. From the very earliest reception of Plato’s philosophy, there has been a conflict between a dogmatic and a sceptical interpretation of his work and thought. Moreover, the two sides are often associated, respectively, with a metaphysical and an anti-metaphysical approach. This book, continuing a line of thought that is nowadays strongly present in the secondary literature, maintains that a third way of thinking is required. Against the widespread view that an anti-dogmatic philosophy must go together with an anti-metaphysical stance, Trabattoni shows that for Plato, on the contrary, a sober and reasonable assessment of both the powers and limits of human reason relies on a proper metaphysical outlook.

Plutarch's Science of Natural Problems

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ISBN: 9789462700840 9789461662293 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Leuven University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102280
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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In his Quaestiones naturales, Plutarch unmistakably demonstrates a huge interest in the world of natural phenomena. The work of this famous intellectual and philosopher from Chaeronea consists of forty-one natural problems that address a wide variety of questions, sometimes rather peculiar ones, pertaining to ancient Greek physics, including problems related to the fields of zoology, botany, meteorology and their respective subdisciplines. By providing a thorough study of and commentary on this generally neglected text, written by one of the most influential and prolific writers from Antiquity, this book contributes to our better understanding of Plutarch’s natural scientific programme and the condition and role of ancient natural science in the Roman Imperial Era in general.

An Imaginary Trio. King Solomon, Jesus, and Aristotle

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ISBN: 9783110677263 Year: Pages: 244,00 DOI: 10.1515/9783110677263 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Philosophy --- Religion --- The Bible
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This book focuses on places and instances where Solomon’s legendary biography intersects with those of Jesus Christ and of Aristotle. Solomon is the axis around which this trio revolves, the thread that binds it together. It is based on the premise that there exists a correspondence, both overt and implied, between these three biographies, that has taken shape within a vast, multifaceted field of texts for more than two thousand years.

Chinese Historical Thinking

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ISBN: 9789863501145 9783847004974 9783737004978 9783847104971 Year: DOI: 10.14220/9783737004978 Language: English
Publisher: National Taiwan University Press, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht V&R Unipress Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council - 615574
Subject: History
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The book presents Chinese historical thinking by four articles. It is covered the ancient origin and the development to modernity and is commented by seven international experts. Presentation and comments find ›second thought‹ by three other international scholars, and at the end the whole discussion find an answer by the authors of the first presentations. The complex structure of argumentation documents not only various ideas and interpretations of Chinese historical thinking, but represent the possibilities and problems of intercultural comparison at the same time.

Mythodologies: Methods in Medieval Studies, Chaucer, and Book History

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ISBN: 9781947447561 9781947447578 Year: Pages: 292 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0202.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Mythodologies challenges the implied methodology in contemporary studies in the humanities. We claim, at times, that we gather facts or what we will call evidence, and from that form hypotheses and conclusions. Of course, we recognize that the sum total of evidence for any argument is beyond comprehension; therefore, we construct, and we claim, preliminary hypotheses, perhaps to organize the chaos of evidence, or perhaps simply to find it; we might then see (we claim) whether that evidence challenges our tentative hypotheses. Ideally, we could work this way. Yet the history of scholarship and our own practices suggest we do nothing of the kind. Rather, we work the way we teach our composition students to write: choose or construct a thesis, then invent the evidence to support it. This book has three parts, examining such methods and pseudo-methods of invention in medieval studies, bibliography, and editing. Part One, “Noster Chaucer,” looks at examples in Chaucer studies, such as the notion that Chaucer wrote iambic pentameter, and the definition of a canon in Chaucer. “Our” Chaucer has, it seems, little to do with Chaucer himself, and in constructing this entity, Chaucerians are engaged largely in self-validation of their own tradition. Part Two, “Bibliography and Book History,” consists of three studies in the field of bibliography: the recent rise in studies of annotations; the implications of presumably neutral terminology in editing, a case-study in cataloguing. Part Three, “Cacophonies: A Bibliographical Rondo,” is a series of brief studies extending these critiques to other areas in the humanities. It seems not to matter what we talk about: meter, book history, the sex life of bonobos. In all of these discussions, we see the persistence of error, the intractability of uncritical assumptions, and the dominance of authority over evidence.

Nicholas of Cusa and the Kairos of Modernity: Cassirer, Gadamer, Blumenberg

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ISBN: 9780615840550 Year: Pages: 114 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0045.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Philosophy
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In this far-reaching essay, historian Michael Edward Moore examines modernity as an historical epoch following the end of the medieval period — and as a “messianic concept of time.” In the early twentieth century, a debate over the meaning and origins of modernity unfolded among the philosophers Ernst Cassirer, Hans-Georg Gadamer and Hans Blumenberg. These thinkers tried to resolve the puzzle of the fifteenth-century master Nicholas of Cusa. Was Cusanus the last great medieval thinker, his ideas a summa of medieval tradition? Or was he a mysterious epochal figure, seated at one end of the bridge leading to modern thought? Nicholas of Cusa lived during a time of historical and existential crisis, or kairos, when medieval governments and cherished sources of unity were shaken. Likewise, the debate over his significance took place during a later phase of crisis for Europe, in the decades before and after the Second World War, when the collapse of European civilization was witnessed. Moore argues that modernity, so intently examined as an historical and spiritual problem, has significance for our contemporary sense of crisis.

Debates intelectuales : Estudios sobre historia de las ideas, pensamientos políticos y cultura en Chile

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ISBN: 9791036524622 Language: Spanish
Publisher: Ariadna Ediciones
Subject: Social Sciences
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Presento diez artículos dedicados a analizar ciertos debates intelectuales que marcaron la "Historia de las Ideas" en el Chile del siglo XX. Cada uno de ellos ha sido publicado previamente en revistas y libros y he querido reunirlos en un solo volumen para mostrar cierta unidad entre ellos y facilitar una mejor comprensión a aquellos a quienes va dirigido este trabajo. Se trata de artículos que analizan lo planteado por autores dedicados a "pensar a Chile" desde el Centenario de 1910 hasta el Bicentenario del 2010, pasando por la época del Frente Popular, los años de la CEPAL, los revolucionarios años 60, la dictadura militar, la transición y la recuperación de la democra­cia (J. Pinedo)

Bilingual discourse and cross-cultural fertilisation: Sanskrit and Tamil in medieval India

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ISBN: 9791036544330 Year: DOI: 10.4000/books.ifp.2807 Language: English
Publisher: Institut Français de Pondichéry
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This collection of essays aims to trace the exchanges, responses, affinities and fissures between the worlds of Sanskrit and Tamil literary cultures in the medieval period. The literati who produced the works in these languages moved freely between domains that earlier Indological scholarship has tended to compartmentalise. The eleven studies presented in this volume strive to move beyond this narrow perspective and thus do justice to the richness and complexity of the cultural synthesis that took shape in South India in this period. By looking at the articulation of identities, practices, and discourses in texts of a range of genres composed in Tamil and Sanskrit (as well as Prakrit and Malayalam), these essays supply a picture of South India in the medieval period that is unique in its historical depth and conceptual complexity and demonstrate innovative ways to investigate and problematise cross-cultural phenomena, while suggesting how much work yet remains to be done.

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