Monday, June 29, 2009
Fauconnier, Gilles, and Mark Turner. "Rethinking Metaphor." CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF METAPHOR AND THOUGHT. Ed. Ray Gibbs. Cambridge: CUP, 2009.
Wilson, David Sloan. "Evolutionary Psychology and the Public Media: Rekindling the Romance." HUFFINGTON POST June 25, 2009.
Deranty, Jean-Philippe. "Existentialist Aesthetics." STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY June 26, 2009.
- Berkenkotter, Carol. Patient Tales. Case Histories and the Uses of Narrative in Psychiatry. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2008. Reviewed by SARA NEWMAN. pp. 1-7
- Carawan, Edwin, ed. The Attic Orators. Oxford: OUP, 2007. Reviewed by BRENDA GRIFFITH-WILLIAMS. pp. 8-13
- Skouen, Tina. Passion and Persuasion: John Dryden’s The Hind and the Panther. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2009. Reviewed by CHRISTOPHER K. COFFMAN. pp. 14-18
- de Jonge, Casper C. Between Grammar and Rhetoric. Dionysius of Halicarnassus on Language, Linguistics and Literature. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2008. Reviewed by RICHARD HUNTER. pp. 19-22
Friday, June 26, 2009
Outlaw, Lucius T. Review of Ronald Sundstrom's THE BROWNING OF AMERICA AND THE EVASION OF SOCIAL JUSTICE. NDPR (June 2009).
"Women in Philosophy: a Reflective Symposium," Department of Philosophy, Australian National University, August 10, 2009.
Cfp: "Time, Temporality, History," 31st Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, Plymouth State University, April 16-17, 2010.
Carey John. Times June 7, 2009:
Isaiah Berlin used to say that people were his landscape. In the first volume of his letters, Flourishing, edited by Henry Hardy and covering the years 1928 to 1946, he went so far as to declare a positive dislike of nature, suggesting that love of sublime landscapes was linked with reactionary romanticism. It is true that his focus was always on human beings, and this second volume shows him finding fulfilment among them as never before. Returning from war work in the British embassy in Washington, becoming once again and then ceasing to be a bachelor don, taking up the history of ideas and achieving, through a series of radio talks, a degree of celebrity about which he was highly ambivalent, immersing himself in the internecine struggles of All Souls and Oxford, giving advice to heads of state and officials running government agencies - these and other aspects of Berlin's life are vividly captured in this absorbingly readable second selection. There could hardly be a more intimate portrait of Berlin than that which emerges from these letters. But the man himself is not so easily captured, and sometimes appears quite different from the one who seemed always to feel at home in the world. (http://www.literaryreview.co.uk/gray_06_09.html)
Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909-97) was a distinguished Oxford historian of ideas who memorably classified the world’s thinkers (borrowing his terms from an ancient Greek poet) as either “hedgehogs” who “know one big thing” (like Plato or Nietzsche) or “foxes” who “know many things” (like Shakespeare or Montaigne). He seems himself to have been a fox who would have quite liked to be a hedgehog, but was too afflicted by self-doubt, and too fond of dinner parties and country-house weekends, to muster the requisite single-mindedness. Colleagues felt he did not publish enough, but since 1978 Henry Hardy, with occasional co-editors, has devoted himself to gathering up and printing, as far as possible, every word Berlin wrote. So far 15 volumes have appeared, including one of early letters. The whole project is clearly an act of homage, even of worship, but the present volume will not, I think, enhance Berlin’s reputation as much as the editors might wish, mainly because it comes close to being unreadable. (http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article6430260.ece)
Mooney, Carolyn. "A Hands-On Philosopher Argues for a Fresh Vision of Manual Work." CHRONICLE June 15, 2009.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
"Spinoza and Bodies," Spinoza Research Network, Department of Philosophy, University of Dundee, September 10-11, 2009.
Cfp: Fourth National Conference, Society for Renaissance Studies, University of York, July 16-18, 2010.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
7th International Conference, Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image, University of Copenhagen, June 24-27, 2009.
Altorf, Marije. Iris Murdoch and the Art of Imaging. London: Continuum, 2008.
The general public often knows more about the personal lives of female artists and thinkers than their actual achievements. This is likely the case with philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch who was the subject of a recent film, Iris (2001), based on her relationship with John Bayley and her bout with Alzheimer's disease. One of the first women to study philosophy at Cambridge, along with Elizabeth Anscombe, Mary Midgley, Philippa Foot and Mary Warnock, Murdoch went on to teach philosophy, making little of her status as a woman in a field dominated by men. Instead, Murdoch broke with the analytic tradition she studied and became the first thinker to write in English on the existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre, paving the road for the independent approach she would later take to philosophical problems. Increasingly unsatisfied with Sartre's philosophical account of the meaning of existence, Murdoch turned to literature, her own, to explore human relationships and, above all, morality. Murdoch is the author of dozens of novels, numerous plays, poetry and philosophical texts.
In Iris Murdoch and the Art of Imaging, Marije Altorf explores the relationship between philosophy and literature in Murdoch's thought. She argues that while there has been some consideration regarding the influence of Murdoch's philosophy on her literature, little attention has been paid to the influence of Murdoch's fiction on her philosophical work. Through an exploration of Murdoch's use of imagery, Altorf works to portray the distinctiveness of Murdoch's approach to philosophy and morality. Altorf believes that through a study of Murdoch's literature the reader may arrive at her vision of philosophical truths and the forms of morality she deems valuable.
Writing literature allowed Murdoch to explore the intricacies and ambiguities of human existence in ways she was unable to in her philosophical writings. Altorf argues that Murdoch's conception of literature serves as the springboard for her philosophical positions, as well as the source of her criticisms of contemporary existentialism and philosophy of language. Observing the changes in Murdoch's imagery and metaphors, Altorf suggests, one can gauge the development of Murdoch's thought, culminating in her understanding of the role of the imagination and fantasy with regard to the "Good." . . .
Read the whole review here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=16346.
- Editor's Introduction
- The Means of Representation: Kenneth Burke and American Marxism by Benedict Giamo
- Ad Verbum Purgandum or Literally Purgation by Cem Zeytinoglu
- Attitudes Toward Money in Kenneth Burke’s Dialog in Heaven Between The Lord and Satan by David Gore
- Early Disaster Cinema as Dysfunctional “Equipment for Living”: or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Kenneth Burke by Carlnita P. Greene
- Social Identity as Grammar and Rhetoric of Motives: Citizen Housewives and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring by Tara Lynne Clapp
- "Everything is Medicine": Burke’s Master Metaphor? by Carly S. Woods
- “The Human Barnyard” and Kenneth Burke’s Philosophy of Technology by Ian Hill
- Book Review: Burke, War, Words
- Book Review: Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare
- The Shape of Thrills to Come
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Laqueur, Thomas W. Review of Richard Bernstein's THE EAST, THE WEST, AND SEX. SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE June 14, 2009.
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Monday, June 15, 2009
Heinze, Eric. "Imperialism and Nationalism in Early Modernity . . . in Shakespeare's CYMBELINE." JOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND LEGAL STUDIES 18.3 (2009): .
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Sellers, Mortimer. "The Influence of Marcus Tullius Cicero on Modern Legal and Political Ideas." CICERONIA (2008).
Download the paper here: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1354102.
Starger, Colin P. "The DNA of an Argument: A Case Study in Legal Logos." JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY (2009).
Stern, Simon. "Literary Evidence and Legal Aesthetics." TEACHING LITERATURE AND LAW. Ed. Austin Sarat, et al. New York: MLA, forthcoming.
- At Florida State University, German (which has both bachelor's and master's programs) is on a list of programs for possible elimination, pending adoption of a final budget. The program could get word on its survival (or not) as early as today, following several months of petitions and lobbying on its behalf, and there are rumors circulating that the program may survive.
- The University of Iowa announced this month that it is suspending admissions to its master's and doctoral programs in German for at least two years.
- The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is studying the German studies major for possible elimination.
- The University of Idaho plans to eliminate an undergraduate major and a master of arts in teaching in German.
- Washington State University is planning to eliminate its German major, although there is some talk of continuing to offer first-year German.
Read the rest here: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/06/12/german.