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Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The Division of Labour, The Politics of the Imagination and The Concept of Federal Government


Michael Sonenscher

This is a book about the political thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Its aim is to explain why, for Rousseau, thinking about politics – whether as democratic sovereignty, representative government, institutionalised power, imaginative vision or a moment of decision – lay at the heart of what he called his “grand, sad system.” This book tracks the gradual emergence of the various components of that system and describes the connections between them. The result is a new and fresh interpretation of one of Europe’s most famous political thinkers, showing why Rousseau can be seen as one of the first theorists of the modern concept of civil society and a key source of the problematic modern idea of a federal system.

Ediert von Francesca Dominello und David H. Pereyra

Ediert von Sabine Baumann und Monica Flegel

All the World’s a Stage: Theorizing and Producing Blended Identities in a Cybercultural World explores the extent to which cyber and “real” selves increasingly overlap, intersect, and entwine. As the quotation from Shakespeare indicates, the question of the roles we play in society and their relation to our self is not new; however, the rise of cyberculture has further complicated the relationship between our sense of self and our social roles, because it provides more opportunities to adopt new or changed identities. Some contributors to this volume welcome the complexities of the self that cyberculture has engendered, and explore changes in morality, community, and identity. Others acknowledge the negative effects of such performative identities, questioning what we lose by constructing ourselves so constantly in response to a virtual audience. Nevertheless, cyberculture is now “real” culture, and coming to terms with who we are online increasingly determines who we are altogether.

Ediert von Tuuli Lähdesmäki und Beverly R. Sherringham

Philosophical discussions on beauty have a long history. The discussions manifest the ambiguity of the concept; meanings of beauty and its role as an explanatory power of diverse tangible and intangible phenomena vary between disciplines and theoretical points of view. What is the essence of beauty? The notions of beauty comprises opposing qualities by being simultaneously a timeless idea penetrating all cultures and a profoundly historical concept, whose focuses, definitions, and contents change in the process of time and vary between different cultural contexts. The significance of beauty for man is undeniable: it is a driving force in cultural production and creative thinking and a source of diverse emotions ranging from exhilaration to religious devoutness. Philosophies of Beauty on the Move investigates the essence of beauty by exploring its ontological and epistemological terms of existence in order to understand the paradoxes of beauty.

Ediert von Hassan Bashir und Susmita Roye

Ediert von Loyola McLean, Lisa Stafford und Mark Weeds

Ediert von Anna Maj

"We cannot imagine social and political life without Facebook and Twitter. We consult our health problems on blogs and forums instead of believing doctors. And we check the weather not by looking outside the window but by using an appropriate application in our smartphone. Life in cyberculture is totally different from life a few decades ago, and life with mobile media is far more different from life few years ago with Internet only. We hardly believe that it was ever possible to survive without new media and constant and instant access to information. Yet, somewhere on the way we lost our privacy and intimacy and found the feeling of acting as a global virtual community. As for the individualist Western culture this is a huge change. "

Ediert von Tim Fawns

Although humans have always used elements of the environment to help them remember - by carving notches on a stick or tying knots in a handkerchief, for example - there seems to be something quite different, perhaps fundamentally so, about the digital realm. This book is about the challenges and opportunities for human memory and history in an increasingly digital world. Personal, interpersonal, communal, national and global memories are all influenced by cultures of use that form around new technologies. This can be most clearly seen in the voices these technologies enable, the ways in which non-digital activity interacts with digital interfaces, and the tension between recording and remembering the past. Examples, drawn from research across a range of disciplines, show how memory - and the meaning we take from it - is being affected by new practices of recording and sharing information about the present and the past.

Ediert von Gabrielle Simpson