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This volume, the 36th year of published proceedings, contains five papers and four commentaries presented to the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy during the academic year 2019–20. Paper topics: On Platonism, how Plato’s Cave preserves his political interest from Arendt’s critique, and how Plutarch’s Isis and Osiris uses a complex framing device to integrate Platonic metaphysics and politics. On Aristotle, that dialectic is a versatile techne for formal and informal discussion, and the role of practice to preserve the voluntary nature of character despite its grounding in upbringing. Finally, using Aristotle to argue for the legitimacy of anger against transhumanist efforts, echoing Stoic concerns against such emotions. The comments challenge or sustain the theses presented in the main papers.
Reconciling Theology and Economics
Author: Paul van Geest
What does Keynes have to do with Qohelet? At first sight, economy and theology seem to be disciplines with mutually exclusive objectives.
Yet, as the Covid crisis has recently shown, if economic development is to really stand a chance of success, it should go hand in hand with relational values like honesty, reliability and empathy: this will contribute to a society with a culture of reciprocity, respect, love and trust. In this essay, Paul van Geest pleads for a renewal of the old ties between economics and theology as scientific disciplines, so as to arrive at a deeper and richer anthropological fundament for economic research.
Is China truly a secular state? André Laliberté puts this widely held perception to the test, arguing that we must first broaden our definitions if we are to comprehend fully the religious nature of the Chinese state. From there, Laliberté presents the long tradition of Chinese statecraft, which has involved different forms of intermingling between religion and state, and describes how the Communist Party perpetuates this institutional intertwinement despite its materialist philosophy. He then explores the variety of forms in which societies with a Chinese heritage outside of the People’s Republic of China are moving beyond this mutual entanglement between religion and state.
Volume Editors: April DeConick and Jeffrey J Kripal
In Gnostic Afterlives, fourteen scholars explore the intersection of Gnostic spirituality in American religion and culture. Papers theorize Gnosis/Gnostic in modernity, examine neo-Gnostic movements in America, and investigate the Gnostic in popular American films, literature, art, and other aspects of culture.
Improving Reading Fluency
This Reader aims to help students start reading original Sanskrit literature.
When we study ancient languages, there often is quite a gap between introductory, grammar-based classes and independent reading of original texts. This Reader bridges that gap by offering complete grammar and vocabulary notes for 40 entertaining, thought-provoking or simply beautiful passages from Sanskrit narrative and epic, as well as over 130 subhāṣitas (epigrams).
These readings are complemented by review sections on syntax, word formation and compounding, a 900-word study vocabulary, complete transliterations and literal translations of all readings, as well as supplementary online resources.
The Reader can be used for self-study and in a classroom, both to accompany introductory Sanskrit courses and to succeed them.
Author: Paola Giannoni
The situation of young people in Europe has been significantly impacted by recent changes that have taken place in the job market. Young people’s life trajectories and transitions to adulthood are increasingly less linear, more segmented, and more reversible, with a rise in unemployment and the NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) phenomenon. This book aims to investigate the youth policies implemented in Europe and how they are integrated in the socio-economic contexts of the various member states and their welfare regimes, educational systems, and skills markets.

A significant number of young adults neither study nor work, and live in a constant state of discouragement and inactivity, giving up on their search for job opportunities. The strategic choices implemented at the European level in response to this problem promote ALMPs (Active Labour Market Policies), including the creation of the Youth Guarantee Program, which is examined here both at the European level and, specifically, in the Italian context.
Im Juli 2019 ist zwischen der Europäischen Union (EU) und der Türkei ein neuer Streit um Bohrungen nach fossilen Brennstoffen vor der Küste Zyperns entbrannt. Dieser Konflikt stellt eine unmittelbare Folge der bis heute ungelösten, jahrzehntelangen Streitigkeiten zwischen griechischen und türkischen Zyprern um die rechtliche Lage und Zukunft der geteilten Insel dar. Die Auseinandersetzung spiegelt die bis heute spürbaren Auswirkungen der Geschichte und der gegenwärtigen politischen Situation Zyperns auf die Beziehungen zwischen Europa und der Türkei wider.
Zypern steht aber nicht nur im Blickwinkel der EU. Auch die Vereinten Nationen richten ihr Augenmerk bis heute auf die Insel. Österreichische UN-Soldaten haben seit 1964 dort gemeinsam mit Soldaten anderer Nationen den Waffenstillstand überwacht, der ein Wiederaufflammen der Auseinandersetzungen zwischen griechischen und türkischen Zyprern verhindern soll. Die Deutsche Marine wiederum nutzt Zypern seit 2006 als logistische Operationsbasis im Rahmen der Mission UNIFIL im östlichen Mittelmeer, um die Regierung des Libanon bei der Sicherung der Seegrenzen zu unterstützen und örtlichen Waffenschmuggel zu unterbinden.
Der »Wegweiser zur Geschichte. Zypern« ist ein bilaterales Gemeinschaftsprodukt des Zentrums für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr sowie der österreichischen Landesverteidigungsakademie. Er ergänzt inhaltlich den 2009 erschienenen »Wegweiser zur Geschichte. Naher Osten«.18 Beiträge deutscher, österreichischer und internationaler Wissenschaftler beleuchten die Geschichte Zyperns, die damit einhergehenden aktuellen geo-, sicherheits- sowie wirtschaftspolitischen Konflikt- und Problemfelder rund um die Mittelmeerinsel.
The Third Edition of Brill’s Encyclopaedia of Islam appears in substantial segments each year, both online and in print. The new scope includes comprehensive coverage of Islam in the twentieth century and of Muslim minorities all over the world.
This Part 2021-6 of the Third Edition of Brill’s Encyclopaedia of Islam will contain 46 new articles, reflecting the great diversity of current scholarship in the fields of Islamic Studies.
A Narration of Biblical Studies and the World of Trauma
Author: Sarah Emanuel
This work offers an overview of trauma theory’s relations to biblical studies. In addition to summarizing the theoretical landscape(s), it provides exegetical forays into Ezekiel and, in part, Exodus and the Eucharist. The analysis will engage these materials’ traumatic ethoi, including their connections to trauma informed eating and queerings, so as to offer entryways into the wider critical conversation. While these exegetical foci may seem arbitrary, that is in part the point. As readers will see, trauma defies sense-making. Akin to postmodernist poststructuralist intertextualities, trauma cannot be flattened into neat narration. Trauma is capricious, leaving survivors to carry with them multivalent and even paradoxical connections to their experiences. This project thus attempts to perform trauma’s plurisignification as much as it tries to explain it, using a set of traditionally unexamined pairings to do so. While not an exhaustive survey on trauma theory and the Bible - such work could fill the space of multiple publications - the following work provides a representation of both the theory of trauma and its applications within the biblical field.
Toward an SDG 4.7 Roadmap for Systems Change
Volume Editors: Radhika Iyengar and Christina T. Kwauk
The world is on a track to true climate catastrophe, with unprecedented heat, floods, wildfires, and storms setting new records almost weekly. To avoid a climate disaster, we need rapid, transformative, and sustained action as well as a major shift in our thinking—a shift strong enough to make the climate crisis a center of our social, political, economic, personal, and educational life.

Curriculum and Learning for Climate Action is one of the best scorecards in comparative education for keeping track of this drama as it unfolds, shedding light on the global climate crisis like no other education writing today. This book turns to our curricula, our education systems, and our communities for a response on how to effectively achieve Target 4.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Universal Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and Global Citizenship Education (GCED). The message from key stakeholders, including students, educators, and leaders of civil society, is driven home with passion and uncommon clarity: We can and must stave off the worst of climate change by building climate action into the world’s pandemic recovery.