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. Pierre-François Biancolelli, Agnès de Chaillot 1 Life Is Elsewhere Life is elsewhere. Yes, this sounds like a very old literary and social formula. Home also seems to follow this lifeline. Life is hidden in time: in a time that is elsewhere , missing , or home . What is the time

In: Reconsidering (Post-)Yugoslav Time
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1 Introduction Man runs up against limits of various kinds. We are finite beings in space and time: we lead our lives in a particular place, our field of vision is defined by a (limiting) horizon and our life comes to an end. Our very nature sets us limits: animals have sharper senses and

In: To Understand What Is Happening. Essays on Historicity
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In “Parable of the Hostages,” the American poet and Nobel Prize winner Louise Glück evokes the uncertainties and apprehensions of Odysseus and his troops on the eve of their adventurous journey to Ithaca. The soldiers are sitting on a beach, musing over the life that awaits them in the aftermath

In: A Century of Italian War Narratives
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being done does not, in this case, include how-to manuals or misery memoirs. It is also quite significant that the narrator in O’Rourke’s book does not label herself a survivor, or embrace a return to living life to the fullest, something that grief tends to interrupt. In The Long Goodbye , the

In: Religious Narratives in Contemporary Culture
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motivation, desertion also serves as a vehicle for public outrage at the cruelty of military discipline. Indeed, it can be a form of conscience objection, but it can also be motivated by either a basic will to survive, or by self-defense; and these often escalate in violence and retaliation. Celebrated

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is the belief that a principle of life or a set of vital properties govern living organisms. 23 This principle or set of properties transcend the physiology and chemistry of the body and are not to be found in non-living organisms. Although vitalism is a very broad term with a history which spans

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lasting, ingrained stereotype, even influencing Max Weber’s notions of a ‘Protestant work ethic’ motivating the rise of mercantilism and capitalism in North-Western Europe. The Enlightenment will intensify a European notion of a ‘Republic of Learning’ which is, de facto, anchored in Northern Europe; even

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felt the invisible presence of others. Is he the owner of a single autobiography, or is he comprised of many? Whose lives is he living? Why does he experience events that have nothing to do with his life as part of his family history? Fixations and obsessions are harbingers of a seismic shift of

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1 Historicity, History and Historical Processes Historicity stands for the fact that a living being is marked by its involvement in historical processes. What precisely makes a process historical is a matter of dispute, but memory and traces of the past as well as attitudes towards the

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much public life in post-war Sweden. Studying theology, it turned out, meant entering a minefield, and I soon discovered that merely being a student of religion made you suspect, as if the assumed irrationality of the object of study would inevitably infect the impartiality of your scientific judgement

In: To Understand What Is Happening. Essays on Historicity