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Anthropology, Epistemology, Ethics, Space
Volume Editors: Asis De and Alessandro Vescovi
An Indian Bengali by birth, Amitav Ghosh has established himself as a major voice in what is often called world literature, addressing issues such as the post-colonial and neo-colonial predicaments, the plight of the subalterns, the origin of globalisation and capitalism, and lately ecology and migration. The volume is therefore divided according to the four domains that lie at the heart of Ghosh’s writing practice: anthropology, epistemology, ethics and space. In this volume, a number of scholars from all over the world have come together to shed new light on the works and poetics of Amitav Ghosh according to the epistemic frameworks that form the bedrock of his fiction.

Contributors: Safoora Arbab, Carlotta Beretta, Lucio De Capitani, Asis De, Lenka Filipova, Letizia Garofalo, Swapna Gopinath, Evelyne Hanquart-Turner, Sabine Lauret-Taft, Carol Leon, Kuldeep Mathur, Fiona Moolla, Sambit Panigrahi, Madhsumita Pati, Murari Prasad, Luca Raimondi, Pabitra Kumar Rana, Ilaria Rigoli, Sneharika Roy, John Thieme, Alessandro Vescovi.
Through a discussion with current perspectives in philosophy of history – especially with a critical approach to Paul Ricœur’s work – and a rigorous reading of Marx’s oeuvre, Karl Marx, Historian of Social Times and Spaces proposes an interpretation of George García-Quesada's concept and method of historical knowledge. In this sense the examination of the author's concepts of social space and social time serve to highlight the possibilities of the best Marx in terms of the explanation of the dynamics of complex multilinear development of human societies and of capitalism in particular.
Author: Thomas Jeschke
Durandus of Saint-Pourçain’s doctrine of the soul and its faculties is paradigmatic for a philosophical psychology at the turn from High to Late Middle Ages. For, on the one hand, Durandus discusses and adopts many peculiarities of 13th-century doctrines of the soul; on the other hand, Durandus’s doctrine of the soul is much more in line with late 14th-century positions. Even if he treats the theories of Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus or Henry of Ghent and partly adopts their views, he nevertheless develops an independent theory, which is not only coherent in itself, but has many characteristics of later theories (for example, of Gregory of Rimini or Gabriel Biel).
Rezeption und Transformation eines religiösen Erfahrungsmusters. Mit einem Themenschwerpunkt zu Jacob Böhme
Was begegnet sich eigentlich unter den Stichworten ›Mystik‹ und ›Romantik‹? Zwei Epochen? Zwei Stimmungen oder Gefühle? Ist Mystik ein überhistorisches Phänomen, das sich als Romantik historisch objektiviert?
Romantik ist eine Epoche der Kunst und auch der Philosophie, die sich dagegen wehrt, dass die ihr vorangehende Epoche der Aufklärung für ungültig erklärt, was vielen Menschen etwas bedeutet hat. Umgekehrtes gilt vom Begriff der Mystik. Mehr noch als eine Epoche begleitet Mystik die Religionsgeschichte wie eine anthropologische Konstante, eine Stimmung oder Wahrnehmung des Rätselhaften, des Geheimnisses, des Unheimlichen, des Schweigens, mithin derjenigen Phänomene, die in der Romantik zur Kunst werden und die Moderne kritisch begleiten.

What do the terms 'mysticism' and 'romanticism' actually mean? Two epochs? Two moods or feelings? Is mysticism a super-historical phenomenon that is historically objectified as romanticism?
Romanticism is an epoch of art and also of philosophy that resists the fact that the preceeding epoch of Enlightenment declares invalid what meant something to many people. The reverse is true of the concept of mysticism. Even more than an epoch, mysticism accompanies the history of religion like an anthropological constant, a mood or perception of the enigmatic, the secret, the uncanny, the silent - all phenomena which Romanticism turns into art and which remain critical components of modernity.
In Nicholas of Cusa on the Trinitarian Structure of the Innate Criterion of Truth, Paula Pico Estrada offers an analysis of Nicholas of Cusa’s (1401-1464) unitrine conception of the human power of judgment, arguing that the innate criterion that guides human beings to their end is formed by a cognitive, an affective and a social dimension, and that it not only makes possible the systematization and evaluation of cognitive experience but also enables morality.
Based on a close reading of Cusanus’ philosophical treatises, the study deepens our understanding of Nicholas of Cusa’s epistemology, showing that his anthropological conception integrates philosophy and theology.
Hegels Wissenschaft der Logik als Paradigma moderner Subjektivität
Volume Editors: Folko Zander and Klaus Vieweg
Die Wissenschaft der Logik kann ohne Zweifel als das Hauptwerk Hegels mit epochemachender Bedeutung gelten. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes machen deutlich, dass es sich um eine moderne Logik handelt, die gegen das Märchen vom sogenannten ‚nachmetaphysischen‘ Zeitalter eine die vormalige Metaphysik aufhebende neue Metaphysik bietet und damit eine revolutionäre Zäsur in der Philosophiegeschichte darstellt. Es wird nachgewiesen, dass Hegels Logik ein sich schlüssig entfaltendes System der Bestimmungen des reinen Denkens und mit dem Verständnis des Begriffs als Freien das Paradigma moderner Subjektivität liefert – im klaren Unterschied zu den im Formalismus erstarrten Kalkülen und der toten Rechenmaschinerien analytischer Logiken.
The Science of Logic can undoubtedly be considered Hegel's major work of epoch-making significance. The contributions of this volume make it clear that it is a modern logic which, against the fairy tale of the so-called 'post-metaphysical' age, offers a new metaphysics which sublates the former metaphysics and thus represents a revolutionary break in the history of philosophy. It is demonstrated that Hegel's logic provides a coherently unfolding system of the determinations of pure thought and, with the understanding of the concept as free, the paradigm of modern subjectivity - in clear contrast to the calculi ossified in formalism and the dead calculating machinery of analytic logics.