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The Dark Side of Knowledge

Histories of Ignorance, 1400 to 1800


Cornel Zwierlein

How can one study the absence of knowledge, the voids, the conscious and unconscious unknowns through history? Investigations into late medieval and early modern practices of measuring, of risk calculation, of ignorance within financial administrations, of conceiving the docta ignorantia as well as the silence of the illiterate are combined with contributions regarding knowledge gaps within identification procedures and political decision-making, with the emergence of consciously delimited blanks on geographical maps, with ignorance as a factor embedded in iconographic programs, in translation processes and the semantic potentials of reading. Based on thorough archival analysis, these selected contributions from conferences at Harvard and Paris are tightly framed by new theoretical elaborations that have implications beyond these cases and epochal focus.

Contributors: Giovanni Ceccarelli, Taylor Cowdery, Lucile Haguet, John T. Hamilton, Lucian Hölscher, Moritz Isenmann, Adam J. Kosto, Marie-Laure Legay, Andrew McKenzie-McHarg, Fabrice Micallef, William T. O´Reilly, Eleonora Rohland, Mathias Schmoeckel, Daniel L. Smail, Govind P. Sreenivasan, and Cornel Zwierlein.

Tom Tomlinson

needs to be made about where the balance or weight of evidence points. That judgment is not itself the conclusion of a deductive argument, since where the weight of the evidence points will depend on the circumstances (e.g., to what degree the principles are in conflict). This point is related to

Alessio Lo Giudice

light of institutional experiments, like the European one, that still need to go several steps further before achieving a defined postnational balance. In fact, even though certain macroscopic data show a general trend towards forms of postnational organization in the European project, several critical

Jay Schulkin

coping and coding for adversity ( McEwen, 2007 ). And while cortisol is associated with adversity, it is not simply that; most of it is tied to energy expenditure. Cortisol is the hormone at least characterized fairly as the steroid hormone tied to energy balance. Fear is metabolically expensive. It

Allen Mendenhall

devote to enduring and rehabilitating them.” 49 Holmes may not have shared the theological premises that underscore this view, but he was committed to restraining excessive human impulses, open to dissenting opinions, and accommodating of ideological difference. He sought to balance inevitable

Hope and Irony

A Comparative Study of the Philosophies of Richard Rorty and Jonathan Lear

Kresten Lundsgaard-Leth

matter—much rather seek to balance the hopefulness of our will with the contingency of our finite existence in a somewhat different manner. The most crucial adjustment regarding the aforementioned balancing of hope and irony is put thus forward by Rorty himself in a declamatory comment on Derrida

Manuel Rodeiro

-enlargement synthesize the disparate aims of self-creation and social-solidarity in Rorty’s liberal state. For one, such an interpretation eloquently explains how Rorty struck an astonishing balance between private self-creation (ironic doubt) and public solidarity (social hope) by recognizing that each pragmatic aim

Alexey Aliyev

is said and done, and all the tricky arguments and distinctions and counterexamples have been discovered, presumably we will still face the question which prices are worth paying, which theories are on balance credible, which are the unacceptably counterintuitive consequences and which are the

Asger Sørensen

university. Tong Shijun thus recognizes the problems facing China with regard to balancing the “the quality and the quantity of scientific research,” 86 and one way to handle this has been to reconsider both the particular spirit of each university and the idea of the university as such. Regarding the

Ann Shearer

weighing and re-weighing which, as Ripa says, eventually ensures that each party receives their due, neither more nor less. This takes the process of discernment beyond the immediate offence and prescribed punishments to search for a re-balancing which can encompass the complexities of individual