Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths?

An Essay on the Constitutive Imagination

Author: Paul Veyne

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226854342

Category: History

Page: 161

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"[Veyne's] present book has some kinship with his sprightly theoretical work Comment on ecrit l'histoire; and he declares that its aim was to provoke reflection on the way our conception of truth is built up and changes over the centuries. . . . The style is brilliant and exhilarating."—Jasper Griffin, Times Literary Supplement

Glaube und Politik

Author: Yves Bizeul

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 9783531168647

Category: Political Science

Page: 315

View: 6975

Selten besteht Politik aus rein zweckrationalem Handeln. Politische Überzeugungen entstehen nur begrenzt aus der Kraft der besseren Argumente im politischen Diskurs oder aus der Fähigkeit, gesellschaftliche Probleme zu lösen. Neben der Legitimation durch Diskurs- und Zweckrationalität spielen vor allem auch nicht reflektierte vorpolitische Auffassungen eine bedeutende Rolle sowohl bei der Stabilisierung eines politischen Systems als auch bei der politischen Mobilisierung. Dieses Buch untersucht die Relevanz des religiösen wie auch des politischen Glaubens für die Politik.

Sacred Economies

Buddhist Monasticism and Territoriality in Medieval China

Author: Michael J. Walsh

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231519931

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Buddhist monasteries in medieval China employed a variety of practices to ensure their ascendancy and survival. Most successful was the exchange of material goods for salvation, as in the donation of land, which allowed monks to spread their teachings throughout China. By investigating a variety of socioeconomic spaces produced and perpetuated by Chinese monasteries, Michael J. Walsh reveals the "sacred economies" that shaped early Buddhism and its relationship with consumption and salvation. Centering his study on Tiantong, a Buddhist monastery that has thrived for close to seventeen centuries in southeast China, Walsh follows three main topics: the spaces monks produced, within and around which a community could pursue a meaningful existence; the social and economic avenues through which monasteries provided diverse sacred resources and secured the primacy of Buddhist teachings within an agrarian culture; and the nature of "transactive" participation within monastic spaces, which later became a fundamental component of a broader Chinese religiosity. Unpacking these sacred economies and repositioning them within the history of religion in China, Walsh encourages a different approach to the study of Chinese religion, emphasizing the critical link between religious exchange and the production of material culture.

Fiction & Diction

Author: Gérard Genette

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801480867

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 155

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Litteraturens aspekter beskrevet ud fra forskellige indfaldsvinkler med udgangspunkt i bl. a. Roman Jakobson's definitioner

Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism

History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions

Author: Christian K. Wedemeyer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231530951

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism fundamentally rethinks the nature of the transgressive theories and practices of the Buddhist Tantric traditions, challenging the notion that the Tantras were "marginal" or primitive and situating them instead—both ideologically and institutionally—within larger trends in mainstream Buddhist and Indian culture. Critically surveying prior scholarship, Wedemeyer exposes the fallacies of attributing Tantric transgression to either the passions of lusty monks, primitive tribal rites, or slavish imitation of Saiva traditions. Through comparative analysis of modern historical narratives—that depict Tantrism as a degenerate form of Buddhism, a primal religious undercurrent, or medieval ritualism—he likewise demonstrates these to be stock patterns in the European historical imagination. Through close analysis of primary sources, Wedemeyer reveals the lived world of Tantric Buddhism as largely continuous with the Indian religious mainstream and deploys contemporary methods of semiotic and structural analysis to make sense of its seemingly repellent and immoral injunctions. Innovative, semiological readings of the influential Guhyasamaja Tantra underscore the text's overriding concern with purity, pollution, and transcendent insight—issues shared by all Indic religions—and a large-scale, quantitative study of Tantric literature shows its radical antinomianism to be a highly managed ritual observance restricted to a sacerdotal elite. These insights into Tantric scripture and ritual clarify the continuities between South Asian Tantrism and broader currents in Indian religion, illustrating how thoroughly these "radical" communities were integrated into the intellectual, institutional, and social structures of South Asian Buddhism.

Far From Minimal

Celebrating the Work and Influence of Philip R. Davies

Author: Duncan Burns,John W. Rogerson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 0567313379

Category: Religion

Page: 576

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Marking the 60th birthday of Professor Philip R. Davies, Dr. Duncan Burns and John W. Rogerson, his former student and colleague, respectively, aim to do him justice. They have comprised articles from their peers to reflect on the impact Professor Davies has made in three particular areas of study: Hebrew Bible, Qumran, and Paleastinian Archaeology; New Testament and Early Judaism; and Biblical Interpretation. The breadth of this volume aims to reflect the scope, interest, and influence of Professor Davies from the last 30 years.

Judaism and World Religions

Encountering Christianity, Islam, and Eastern Traditions

Author: A. Brill

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137013184

Category: Social Science

Page: 306

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Provides the first extensive collection of traditional and academic Jewish approaches to the religions of the world, focusing on those Jewish thinkers that actually encounter the other world religions -that is, it moves beyond the theory of inclusive/exclusive/pluralistic categories and looks at Judaism's interactions with other faiths.

Out of Egypt: Biblical Theology and Biblical Interpretation

Author: Craig Bartholomew,Mary Healy,Karl Möller,Robin Parry

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310873495

Category: Religion

Page: 528

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Biblical theology attempts to explore the theological coherence of the canonical witnesses; no serious Christian theology can overlook this issue. The essays in the present volume illustrate the complexity and richness of the conversation that results from attentive consideration of the question. In a time when some voices are calling for a moratorium on biblical theology or pronouncing its concerns obsolete, this collection of meaty essays demonstrates the continuing vitality and necessity of the enterprise. Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, The Divinity School, Duke University, USA This volume on biblical theology jumps into the fray and poses the right kind of questions. It does not offer a single way forward. Several of the essays are quite fresh and provocative, breaking new ground (Bray, Reno); others set out the issues with clarity and grace (Bartholomew); others offer programmatic analysis (Webster; Bauckham); others offer a fresh angle of view (Chapman, Martin). The success of this series is in facing the challenge of disarray in biblical studies head-on and then modeling a variety of approaches to stimulate our reflection. Christopher Seitz, Professor of Old Testament and Theological Studies, St. Andrews University, UK

The Fox's Craft in Japanese Religion and Culture

Shapeshifters, Transformations, and Duplicities

Author: Michael Bathgate

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135883904

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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For more than a millennium, the fox has been a ubiquitous figure at the margins of the Japanese collective imagination. In the writings of the nobility and the motifs of popular literature, the fox is known as a shapeshifter, able to assume various forms in order to deceive others. Focusing on recurring themes of transformation and duplicity in folklore, theology, and court and village practice, The Fox's Craft explores the meanings and uses of shapeshifter fox imagery in Japanese history. Michael Bathgate finds that the shapeshifting powers of the fox make it a surprisingly fundamental symbol in the discourse of elite and folk alike, and a key component in formulations of marriage and human identity, religious knowledge, and the power of money. The symbol of the shapeshifter fox thus provides a vantage point from which to understand the social practice of signification.

The Mechanics of Modernity in Europe and East Asia

Institutional Origins of Social Change and Stagnation

Author: Erik Ringmar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134292635

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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Why, from the eighteenth century onwards, did some countries embark on a path of sustained economic growth, while others stagnated? This text looks at the kind of institutions that are required in order for change to take place, and Ringmar concludes that for sustained development to be possible, change must be institutionalized. Taking a global view, Ringmar investigates the implications of his conclusion on issues facing the developing world today.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Archaeology

Page: N.A

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Zeitschrift für Sport und Kultur im Altertum

Author: Wolfgang Decker

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sports

Page: N.A

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Mediterranean Paradigms and Classical Antiquity

Author: Irad Malkin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317998995

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 5254

In this book, prominent historians apply Mediterranean paradigms to Classical Mediterranean Antiquty (Greece and Rome), allowing for a new approach to the ancient world and enhancing antiquity's relevance to the understanding of other historical periods as well as our contemporary world. This book was previously published as a special issue of the journal Mediterranean Historical Review.

“Die” Vielfalt der Dinge

neue Wege zur Analyse mittelalterlicher Sachkultur ; internationaler Kongreß, Krems an der Donau, 4. bis 7. Oktober 1994 ; Gedenkschrift in Memoriam Harry Kühnel

Author: Harry Kühnel,Helmut Hundsbichler,Gerhard Jaritz,Thomas Kühtreiber

Publisher: N.A


Category: Material culture

Page: 440

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Narrative Care: Biopolitics and the Novel

Author: Arne De Boever

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441128778

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

View: 7797

If the September 11 terror attacks opened up an era of crises and exceptions of which we are yet to see the end, it is perhaps not surprising that care has emerged in the early twenty-first century as a key political issue. This book approaches contemporary narratives of care through the lens of a growing body of theoretical writings on biopolitics. Through close-readings of J.M. Coetzee’s Slow Man, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Paul Auster’s The Book of Illusions, and Tom McCarthy’s Remainder, it seeks to reframe debates about realism in the novel ranging from Ian Watt to Zadie Smith as engagements with the novel’s biopolitical origins: its relation to pastoral care, the camps, and the welfare state. Within such an understanding of the novel, what possibilities for a critical aesthetics of existence does the contemporary novel include?