Monday, February 23, 2009
"Marxism and Contemporary Political Economy," Institute on Culture and Society, Marxist Literary Group, Portland State University, June 16-20, 2009.
Morwood's (hereafter M.) volume in the Cambridge Greece and Rome: Texts and Contexts series is one of the latest in the unabating stream of books on Virgil's verse, this time apparently aimed at an audience that will not be reading the poet's three works in toto anytime soon. For M.'s book provides a survey of the Eclogues, Georgics, and Aeneid, taking us though each work with prose translations of selected parts, short summaries of the many omitted sections, brief annotation (and illustration) relevant to the excerpted lines, and numerous discussion questions to stimulate classroom exchange. Rather than being a guide to Virgil's opera, M.'s book is a substitute for reading the originals. Something of a throwback to late antiquity, this volume embodies a disturbing move to epitomize the work of masters. . . .
Read the whole review here: http://www.bmcreview.org/2009/01/20090110.html.
Alexander Mourelatos's book The Route of Parmenides does not require any special introduction since it has become a classic in Parmenides studies. Now, thanks to Parmenides Publishing, we have both a new reprint of this remarkable book and an opportunity to look at it from new angles. The Route, being already part of philosophical history, has a history of its own. This explains its structure with a new preface and afterword written for this edition and its overall composition. The book has three parts with nine chapters, four appendixes and detailed explanatory notes. The first part is a new edition of The Route originally published in 1970. As Mourelatos explains, "the revisions ... are modest: mostly corrections of misprints; altering or adjusting some misleading formulations; editing some egregiously dated phrases;... and the like" (p. xi). The Route starts with a detailed and informative table of contents which allows easy navigation around the book. In the preface entitled "Returning to Elea: Preface and Afterword to the Revised and Expanded Edition of The Route of Parmenides," Mourelatos recounts the history of his studying the Parmenidean poem and writing The Route, starting with a critical discussion of the main ideas of his dissertation on Parmenides written in 1963. Then he recounts the problems raised in The Route and the initial feedback just after its publication (1963-1968). He also considers transformation of some of his points of view expressed in the 1970s. Finally, Mourelatos discusses the prospects of the conception stated in The Route of 2008. It is a very intimate section of the book in which we get to know Mourelatos as a scholar and a person. . . .
Read the rest here: http://www.bmcreview.org/2009/01/20090107.html.
- Editors’ Note
- Workers’ Life, "The Worker Correspondent" (p.1)
- Salvador Allende, Speech to the First Conference of Left Journalists (p.11)
- Lluis Bassets, "Clandestine Communications: Notes on the Press and Propaganda of the Anti-Franco Resistance" (1939-1975) (p.21)
- Armand Mattelart, "The ‘Mass Line’ of the Bourgeoisie (1970-1973)" (p.41)
- Graham Murdock, "Reconstructing the Ruined Tower: Contemporary Communications and Questions of Class" (p.67)
- Michael Zukosky, "A Semantic Shift from Socialist Land Reform to Neoliberal Pastoral Development in China" (p.93)
- Leon Barkho, "The Discursive and Social Power of News Discourse: the case of Aljazeera in comparison and parallel with the BBC and CNN" (p.111)
- Sean Phelan, "Democracy, the Academic Field and the (New Zealand) Journalistic Habitus" (p.161)
- Emily Turner-Graham, "'Austria First': H.C. Strache, Austrian identity and the current politics of Austria’s Freedom Party" (p.181)
Orth, John V. "'The Golden Metwand': the Measure of Justice in Shakespeare's MEASURE FOR MEASURE." ADELAIDE LAW REVIEW (forthcoming).
Pub: Broekman, Jan, and William Pencak , eds. LAWYERS MAKING MEANING. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE SEMIOTICS OF LAW 22.1 (2009).
- Jan M. Broekman, William Pencak, "Lawyers Making Meaning"
- Francis J. Mootz III, "Vico and Imagination: an Ingenious Approach to Educating Lawyers with Semiotic Sensibility"
- Denis J. Brion, "Trial Argumentation: the Creation of Meaning"
- Jan M. Broekman, "Face to Face"
- Philip Grier, "Gustav Shpet and the Semiotics of 'Living Discourse'"
- William Pencak, "The Lawyer, the Judge, and the Historian: Shaping the Meaning of the Boston Massacre, American Revolution, and Popular Opinion from 1770 to the Present Day"
- Michelle L. Wirth, "Who's You Daddy? -- Or: Using Semiotic Tools to Deconstruct Legal Determinations of Who Holds Parenthood Obligations and Privileges"
- Jeffrey A. Ellsworth, "Michael H. v. Gerald D.': a Case Study of Political Ideology Disguised in Legal Thought"
- Paper Review: "Etat (Postmoderne) de droit, Logique textuelle et theorie micropolitique du droit: sur un exemple de pensee juridique 'Soft'" (Guillaume Tusseau);
- Review Paper: "Derrida and Legal Scholarship: a Certain Step Beyond" (by Jacques de Ville);
- Culbert, Jennifer. L. Dead Certainty: the Death Penalty and the Problem of Judgment, Stanford: Stanford UP, 2008. 235 pages (index) (by George Pavlich).
Visit the journal homepage here: http://www.springer.com/law/journal/11196.
Chung, John J. "Money as Simulacrum: the Legal Nature and Reality of Money." HASTINGS BUSINESS LAW JOURNAL 5 (2009).
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Wallace, Robert M. Review of Frederick Beiser, ed. CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO HEGEL AND NINETEENTH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY. NDPR (February 2009).
A) "The Letter Kills: On Some Implications of 2 Corinthians 3:6," Inaugural History & Theory Lecture by Carlo Ginzburg, Thursday, March 5, 2009, 6:15 pm, Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center; Comments by Matthew L. Jones, Columbia University. (Co-sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Department of History, and the European Institute)
B) "Historicizing Humanitarianism: Ideas, Culture, and Politics," Organized by the Columbia Center for International History and Co-sponsored by the Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History, Friday, April 3, 2009
9:15 Welcome: Mark Mazower (Columbia)
Morning: Inventing Humanitarianism in the 18th and 19th Centuries Chair: Samuel Moyn (Columbia)
Session One: Origins and Narratives 9:30 Lynn Festa (Rutgers) 10 Thomas Laqueur (Berkeley) 10:30 Discussion
Session Two: Antislavery and Moral Capital 10:45 Thomas Haskell (Rice) 11:15 Christopher Leslie Brown (Columbia) 11:45 Discussion
Afternoon: The Practice of Humanitarianism in the 20th Century Chair: Jennifer Pitts (Chicago)
Session Three: Humanitarianism and the International Order 2 Jeanne Morefield (Whitman) 2:30 Mark Mazower (Columbia) 3 Discussion
Session Four: Contemporary Humanitarianism: Metropole and Postcolony 3:15 Miriam Ticktin (New School) 3:45 Gregory Mann (Columbia) 4:15 Discussion
For further information, visit: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cich/index.html.
Abstract: To understand and remember stories, readers integrate their knowledge of the world with information in the text. Here we present functional neuroimaging evidence that neural systems track changes in the situation described by a story. Different brain regions track different aspects of a story, such as a character’s physical location or current goals. Some of these regions mirror those involved when people perform, imagine, or observe similar real-world activities. These results support the view that readers understand a story by simulating the events in the story world and updating their simulation when features of that world change. (download the paper here: http://dcl.wustl.edu/PDFs/SpeerInPress.pdf)Zacks, Jeffrey, et al. "Film, Narrative, and Cognitive Neuroscience." Art and the Senses, ed. D. P. Melcher and F. Bacci. New York: OUP, forthcoming.
Abstract: Comprehending a film is an amazing feat of neural and cognitive processing. A series of still pictures are projected quickly on a screen, accompanied by a stream of sound—and a viewer has an experience that can be as engaging, emotionally affecting, and memorable as many experiences in real life. Comprehending film is all the more amazing when one considers how films are constructed. Films typically are comprised of hundreds and into the thousands of individual camera shot, which are continuous runs of the camera. Shot are edited together in such a way to create scenes, which are sequences of goal-directed actions or unintentional events that take place in a particular location (or one or two locations when events are depicted as occurring concurrently). Shots on average last only a few seconds and are edited together in such a way that the vast majority of them go unnoticed by the viewer. (download the paper here: http://dcl.wustl.edu/PDFs/ZacksMaglianoInPress.pdf)
Frazier, Brad. Review of Neil Gross' RICHARD RORTY: THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN PHILOSOPHER. MOR January 27, 2009.
Cfp: "The Politics of Space and Place," Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, University of Brighton, September 16-18, 2009.
Melamed, Yitzhak Y. Review of Michael Ayers' ed. RATIONALISM, PLATONISM AND GOD. NDPR (February 2009).
The so-called 'rationalists' do have something in common, as do the 'empiricists'. The great seventeenth-century rationalists worked (if heretically, and each in his own way and for his own reasons) within a heavily theologized Platonic tradition. Each found room and work for a set, or significant subset, of characteristically Platonic or Neoplatonic concepts and models. . . . The 'empiricists', Bacon, Gassendi, Hobbes, Locke and others, ignored or rejected these Platonic notions and looked back to a different, more naturalistic, also ancient tradition -- above all Epicurus and Lucretius" (3).Ayers also suggests the existence of a rather tight connection between early modern immaterialism and Platonism (4). Berkeley, according to Ayers, should be considered as a special case: one who "drew on both traditions" (4, n. 2). . . . Read the rest here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=15305.
Pub: Colebrook, Claire, and Jami Weinsten, eds. DELEUZE AND GENDER. DELEUZE STUDIES 2 Supplementary Issue (2008).
- "The Experimental Ordinary: Deleuze on Eating and Anorexic Elegance" by Branka Arsic
- "Feminist Lines of Flight from the Majoritarian Subject" by Tamsin Lorraine
- "Becoming-Woman: a Flight into Abstraction" by Gillian Howie
- "After Alice: Alice and the Dry Tail" by Dorothea Olkowski
- "Phallocentrism in Bergson: Life and Matter" by Rebecca Hill
- Braidotti, Rosi (2002). Metamorphoses: Towards a Feminist Theory of Becoming, Cambridge: Polity; and Braidotti, Rosi (2006). Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics, Cambridge: Polity. Reviewed by Karin Sellberg
- Martin-Jones, David (2006). Deleuze, Cinema and National Identity: Narrative Time in National Contexts, Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 256 pages. Reviewed by Anna Powell
- Kerslake, Christian (2007). Deleuze and the Unconscious, London and New York: Continuum, 246 pages. Reviewed by Sean Bowden
- "Wisdom Poisons Life" by Saladdin Ahmed, Carleton University
- "Saurez and Filmer on Freedom" by Robert Arp, University at Buffalo
- "Free Action as Two Level Voluntary Control" by John Dilworth, Western Michigan University
- "Science and the Argument of the Tractatus" by James Harrington, Loyola University Chicago
- "Kant's Moral Grounding of Societal Duties" by Joyce Lazier, University of Nebraska
- "Hume On Sexual Attraction" by Dan O'Brien, Oxford Brookes University
- "How to Act Against Your Better Judgement" by Constantine Sandis, Oxford Brookes University and New York University in London
- "The Case for Anti-Antirealism: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and Aristotle on Language and Essence" by J. Jeremy Wisnewski, Hartwick College
- Miller, Adam (2008). Badiou, Marion and St Paul: Immanent Grace. London: Continuum. 162pp. (hbk) ISBN: 0826498701. Reviewed by Tom Grimwood, Lancaster University
- Brecher, B. (2007). Torture and the Ticking Bomb. Oxford: Blackwell. (hbk.)122 pp. ISBN: 9781405162012. Reviewed by Antony Lamb, University of Bristol
- O'Brien, Dan (2007). A Critique of Naturalistic Philosophies of Mind: Rationality and the Open-Ended Nature of Interpretation. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press. Pp. 304.ISBN: 0773452664. Reviewed by Miranda Nell, New School
Cfp: "Conditions of Freedom," 15th International Philosophy Colloquium Evian, Evian (Lake Geneva), July 12-18, 2009.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Cfp: "Time, Experience, Practice," Inaugural Canadian Hermeneutic Institute, Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 17-19, 2009.
Wilson, Frances. "DESPERATE ROMANTICS: THE PRIVATE LIVES OF THE PRE-RAPHAELITES, by Franny Moyle." TIMES January 4, 2009.
Read the rest here: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/non-fiction/article5424430.ece.
Read the whole article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/10/arthur-rimbaud-edmund-white.
Read the rest here: http://chronicle.com/review/brainstorm/bauerlein/gerald-graffs-direction.
Cfp: "Law, Literature and Religion," School of Law and Department of English, Villanova University, October 1-3, 2009.
Delalande, Nicolas. "Thinking about the Self: an Interview with Jerrold Siegel." LA VIE DES IDEES February 6, 2009.
Cfp: "Particularity, Exemplarity, Singularity," Theory Reading Group, Cornell University, April 17-18, 2009.
Read the rest here: http://www.thesmartset.com/article/article01260901.aspx.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Cfp: "Remembering the Future: the Legacies of Radical Politics in the Caribbean," University of Pittsburgh, April 3-4, 2009.
Cfp: "Transparency, Control and Power: Issues in Legal Semiotics," Department of English, City University of Hong Kong, December 2-5, 2009.
Cfp: "Storytelling," 2009 Romance Studies Colloquium, Montclair State University, October 1-3, 2009.
- "Narrative and Evolution," organized by Tony Jackson of UNC-Charlotte email@example.com and Nancy Easterlin, University of New Orleans <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- "Postmodern and Unnatural Narratives," Jan Alber, University of Freiburg <email@example.com>
Future Conferences: We are set for Birmingham, England, June 4-6 this year. The conference coordinators are Dick Ellis and Deborah Parsons, and they are being assisted by Anna Hartnell and Anna Burrels, all of the University of Birmingham. Plenary speakers will be Frank Ankersmit, David Lodge, and Frances Smith Foster. For more information about the conference go to https://mail.cavehill.uwi.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://narrativesociety.bham.ac.uk/ The 2010 conference will be in Cleveland from April 8-11. Kurt Koenigsberger and Gary Stonum of Case Western University are the conference coordinators. The 2011 conference will be in St. Louis from April 7-10. Emma Kafalenos and Erin McGlothlin of Washington University are the conference coordinators. If any member is interested in bringing the conference to his or her institution, please get in touch with Alan Nadel firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Phelan <email@example.com> Narrative:
Autumn 2009 will be a special issue, guest-edited by Rebecca Stern of the University of South Carolina, on Temporality. The journal and the Ohio State University Press have reached an agreement with a Press in China to publish selected essays in translation as an annual. The first volume is scheduled to appear within a few months.
Further information on the Society may be found here: http://narrative.georgetown.edu/.
- Kurt Lampe (Bristol),
- Miriam Leonard (UCL),
- Wilson Shearin (Stanford),
- Robert Wardy (Cambridge), and
- John Sellars (UWE).
Christopher Rowe (Durham) will chair the first day’s papers, and David Konstan (Brown) will chair the second day and introduce the closing discussion.
This workshop is supported by BIRTHA (The Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts) and the Bristol Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition. Inquiries should be directed to Kurt Lampe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cfp: "Re-Visioning the Future: Modernity between Utopia and Dystopia," University of Tennessee, Knoxville, May 14-16, 2009.
Cfp: Sixth Annual Conference, Marx and Philosophy Society, Institute of Education, University of London, June 6, 2009.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Cfp: "Quiet Revolutions in West Indian Literature and Criticism," University of Guyana, April 26–29, 2009.
Weiss, Gail. Review of Penelope Deutscher's THE PHILOSOPHY OF SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR. NDPR (February 2009).
En parlant, il court contre la mort. Cette année 1984, ses cours du Collège de France n'ont pas commencé en janvier, comme d'habitude. "J'ai été malade, très malade," indique Michel Foucault le 1er février en ouvrant son cours. Quand il clôt le cycle, fin mars, il a cette phrase : "Il est trop tard." En apparence, il signale juste que l'heure a tourné, qu'il faut renoncer aux développements préparés. Aujourd'hui, nous pouvons entendre la formule autrement. Ce sont les derniers mots adressés par le philosophe à son auditoire. Quelques semaines plus tard, il meurt du sida. Il avait 57 ans. A-t-il délibérément organisé ces ultimes conférences comme un testament ? On peut le supposer. En tout cas, toute émotion mise à part, le texte est exceptionnel. Un quart de siècle après, cette parole impressionne encore. Par sa clarté incisive, par l'ampleur de son information. Par sa capacité, si rare, à faire surgir des paysages nouveaux au sein de textes connus.(http://www.lemonde.fr/livres/article/2009/01/22/le-courage-de-la-verite-l-ultime-lecon-de-michel-foucault_1144999_3260.html)Aeschimann, Eric. "Heurt de vérité." La Liberation January 22, 2009.
Ça consiste en quoi, une vie de philosophe ? Peut-être en ceci : devant le public du Collège de France, suivre une intuition, une force qui vous tire, une question qui vous appelle : «Qu’est-ce que dire la vérité ?» Se saisir d’une notion grecque, la parrêsia, qui signifie justement «le dire vrai», «le franc-parler», et, chaque mercredi matin, pendant trois mois, malgré la maladie, en étudier la signification dans la philosophie antique. Alors que la maladie menace, passer d’un texte à l’autre, se laisser porter par le mouvement même de la recherche, quitte à ce que les cours soient «un petit peu décousus», comme annoncé d’entrée de jeu. Et, de proche en proche, dans cette enquête philosophique serrée, en arriver justement au thème de la «vie philosophique». Une question éminemment intime, subjective, à rebours de la caricature réduisant Foucault à la «mort du sujet». Longtemps, Michel Foucault s’est défini comme historien des idées, comme archéologue des savoirs. De l’Histoire de la folie à celle de la sexualité, sa démarche est une critique méthodique des savoirs qui se prétendent «discours de vérité» pour masquer qu’ils sont d’abord des discours de pouvoir : le savoir scientifique, le savoir médical, le droit… A tel point que, dans un essai paru l’année dernière, Paul Veyne, qui fut son grand ami intellectuel, le présente en penseur «sceptique». Le moins que l’on puisse dire, c’est que son travail sur la parrêsia, engagé au Collège de France en 1982-83 et dont la suite paraît aujourd’hui, ne va pas dans ce sens. Foucault y apparaît habité, dévoré, hanté par la question de la vérité, non comme discours, mais comme acte : dire la vérité. (http://www.liberation.fr/livres/0101313885-heurt-de-verite)