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Approaches to Eric Voegelin’s Political Philosophy
The first volume of this new yearbook focuses on Eric Voegelin’s 1952 paper “New Science of Politics”, its significance and enduring relevance.
Eric Voegelin’s “New Science of Politics” is today considered a classic of recent political philosophy, albeit a controversial one. As soon as it was published, the book caused a sensation, especially because of its relatively sharp criticism of the normative foundations of Western modernity. In doing so, Voegelin places the question of the ambiguity of the concept of representation and its claim to truth at the center of his reflections. The contributions to this volume aim to shed light on how fruitful and topical this perspective still is today from various perspectives. The contributions come from authors of different disciplines, including political science, philosophy, and sociology. In addition to a classification of the “New Science of Politics” in Voegelin’s oeuvre as a whole, the volume primarily inquires into the systematically interesting points of contact, which are also of interest beyond Voegelin’s reception.
Medicine and Writing in the Early Eighteenth Century
Author: Allan Ingram
This book explores the impacts, particularly on their writing, of the serious illnesses of Swift and Pope, alongside their respective understandings of health issues and within their period context.
Both Swift and Pope spent most of their lives suffering from serious illness, Ménière’s Disease (Swift) and Pott’s Disease (Pope). This was at a time when medical understanding of these conditions was minimal. This book examines the effects of illness on each writer’s relations with doctors, treatment, and medicine more widely, and how far and in what ways their own experiences affected their writing. The book explains the contemporary medical context and subsequent specialist knowledge of the illnesses, and places each alongside both writers’ attempts to come to terms with their suffering, not least with respect to the different forms and styles of their works. Each writer’s extensive correspondence is drawn on, as well as a range of texts.
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Forgetting and Forgetfulness in Modern Science
Author: Oliver Dimbath
The book offers a fundamental view on the problem of forgetting in sociology in general and within sociology of knowledge. Furthermore it focuses – as a case study – on the field of modern science. With recourse to the term ‚oblivionism‘, originally introduced with ironic-critical intent by the german romance scholar Harald Weinrich, it analyzes the fundamental and multifaceted problem of the loss of knowledge in the field of science.
A declarative-reflective, an incorporated-practical and an objectified-technical memory motif is at the centre. These form the basis for the development of the three forms of forgetting that are also central to modern science: forgetfulness, wanting to forget and, ultimately, making one forget.
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Uses and Abuses of an American Icon
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Thoreau in an Age of Crisis reconsiders the relevance of 19th-century American naturalist, philosopher, and social reformer Henry David Thoreau to our troubled present. This new anthology collects the work of fourteen leading scholars from various disciplines. They consider Thoreau’s life and work in light of contemporary concerns regarding racism, climate change, environmental policy, and political strife. They review Thoreau’s trajectory as a scientist and literary artist, as well as his evolving attitudes toward Native American cultures. The essaysists also consider Thoreau’s acoustics, concepts of play, and impact on later writers. Most provocatively, they reveal a vulnerable and empathetic Thoreau, a far cry from the distanced and misanthropic critic often portrayed in popular culture.
Das Staunen in der Dichtung der italienischen Renaissance
Author: Andrea Elmer
Die vorliegende Forschung definiert die Literatur der Renaissance neu: Die Bedeutung der aristotelischen Poetik wird zurückgestuft zugunsten innovativer – erstaunlicher – literarischer Ansätze. Das seit langem geltende Paradigma, die italienische Renaissance würde von der klassisch-aristotelischen Literaturtheorie dominiert, wird damit maßgeblich ausdifferenziert. Anhand der Analyse des Staunens – ein Begriff, den Aristoteles und Platon an den Anfang des wissenschaftlichen und metaphysischen Denkens stellten und der sich in der italienischen Renaissance zu einem zentralen Konstitutions- und Alleinstellungsmerkmal der Literatur wandelte – wird gezeigt, dass Momente der Neuheit und der Überraschung, ja der erstaunlichen innovatio auf allen Ebenen, die Literatur der Renaissance entscheidend prägten.
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Author: Dario Gurashi
Translator: Brian McNeil
The magic of the Renaissance embodies a great meditation on the human condition.
This book focuses on the contribution that Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa of Nettesheim made to the philosophical discussion. Agrippa views humankind as a microcosm, created by God in His own image, whose purpose is to bring creation to completion. Soul and body conceal divine powers that each person can rightfully awaken through magical knowledge and miraculous practice. Agrippa’s humanism responds to the spiritual crisis that hit the Christian world in the early modern period.
Die Magie der Renaissance verkörpert eine umfassende Meditation über die Würde des Menschen. Laut Agrippa von Nettesheim begünstigt die Wiedergeburt der okkulten Wissenschaften eine Reform der Kultur. In seinen Schriften wird dem Menschen die Verwirklichung der Schöpfung durch magische Weisheit zugesprochen.
The Biography. Translated from German by Sebastian Goth and Kelly Kawar
Translators: Sebastian Goth and Kelly Kawar
Kleist has fascinated readers like no other German writer. How did a one-time soldier with an unremarkable literary education become one of the greatest innovators of German literature? What allows for the tragedy of his life? In what ways does his work speak to us today?
In his great biography Günter Blamberger gives us a new Kleist: Unlike conventional approaches, he does not try to understand Kleist's life from the perspective of its end—from the perspective of his suicide as the final catastrophe of a life in permanent crisis. Rather, he remains at eye-level with Kleist’s present, narrating from the perspective of Kleist’s experience—in the moment with him—capturing the unsettling or the astonishing in each phase of his life, the explosive nature of each one of his risky experiments in living and writing. The result is an indispensable work of German literary history—a vivid, captivating biography of one of the greatest literary geniuses of all time.
On the Fascination and Power of Aesthetic Ideas. Translated from German by Joel Golb
“M’illumino/d’immenso” – “I’m lit/with immensity” is Geoffrey Brock’s translation of Giuseppe Ungaretti’s poem Mattina. In the poem’s minimalism, Ungaretti points to the maximal: the richness of poetry’s expressive possibilities and the power of thinking in literature.
This book addresses the fascination of readers to transcend the boundaries of their own in fiction, and literature’s capacity, according to Kant, even to evoke, with the help of the development of aesthetic ideas, representations that exceed what is empirically and conceptually graspable – in case studies about myths of creativity, images of death and the beyond after the ‘death of God’, of the soul, of melancholy as the dark ground of genius, of metamorphoses of both evil and good, of ecstasy, of the economy of self-sacrifice, of the art of resistance, and, among others, about figurations of biography and the portrait as approaches to singularity, what is particular and cannot be fully subsumed to any universality.
Kurt Schwitters' MERZ
Author: Corinna Scheler
Die Studie erfasst das Kunstprogramm MERZ des Avantgarde-Künstlers Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948) als autonomieästhetischen Entwurf und stellt es damit in eine Diskurstradition, die um 1800 ihren Anfang genommen hat. Im ersten Schritt werden aus den grundlegenden Konzeptionen ästhetischer Autonomie (Karl Philipp Moritz, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Schiller, Friedrich Schlegel und Novalis) Kernmerkmale des ästhetisch Autonomen abgeleitet. Die Untersuchung betrachtet MERZ daraufhin vor der Folie dieser Merkmale und zeigt, dass Schwitters zentrale Impulse des autonomieästhetischen Diskurses einerseits fortschreibt und andererseits einlöst. Verschiedenste Texte/Artefakte des ›Allround‹-Künstlers rücken dabei in den Blick. Im Ergebnis steht die Erkenntnis, dass das Verhältnis von ›ästhetischer Autonomie‹ und ›historischer Avantgarde‹ – von Schwitters ausgehend – als genealogisch zu denken ist.
Hospitalität im Werk Franz Kafkas
In Niemand zu Gast? Hospitalität im Werk Franz Kafkas wird eine in Kafkas Literatur vorzufindende kommunikationstheoretische Umdeutung der Erkenntnistheorie Immanuel Kants nachgewiesen. Für diese Umdeutung ist wesentlich, dass Kafka die von Kant in seiner Argumentation gegen eine mögliche Gegenwart von Geistern hervorgehobene Unterscheidung zwischen permeablen und undurchdringlichen materiellen Substanzen verwirft. Kafka ist sich mehr als bewusst darüber, dass das von Kant als Krankheit verachtete Geistersehen für das Verfassen eines Briefes sowie für jegliche Kommunikation mit nicht körperlich anwesenden Kommunikationspartnern notwendig ist. Im Gegensatz zu Kant setzt er sich mit der Existenz von Zeichen und Medien in ihrer Wirkung auf den Menschen auseinander. Er inszeniert sie als Besucher, die seine Protagonisten ansprechen, mit ihnen spazieren gehen, auf den Türschwellen ihrer Hauseingänge stehen oder als erwartete, wenn auch gespenstige Gäste in ihre Zimmer eintreten.