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The Continuing Relevance of John Dewey

Reflections on Aesthetics, Morality, Science, and Society


Edited by Larry A. Hickman, Matthew Caleb Flamm, Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński and Jennifer A. Rea

The present volume encapsulates the contemporary scholarship on John Dewey and shows the place of Dewey’s thought on the philosophical arena. The authors are among the leading specialists in the philosophy of John Dewey from universities across the US and in Europe.

Ampere A. Tseng

Sūtra (地藏菩薩本愿經), and the Mahayana Brahmajāla Sūtra . More details on these vegetarian pledges can be found in a study presented by Tseng (2017: 99, 100). Moreover, various vegetarian feasts are conducted at a wide range of Buddhist celebrations, dharma assemblies, and other occasions. These include

Russell C. Powell

which, if the journey is made well, will be surpassed on the endless path toward unattained but attainable selves. Hence Emerson’s moralism, which Cavell considers a species of perfectionism, “requires that we become ashamed in a particular way of ourselves, of our present stance” (1990: 16), Cavell

Cross-Cultural Comparisons between the Mughal Tomb Garden of Taj Mahal in Agra (India) and the Dry Landscape Garden of the Ryoan-Ji Zen Monastery in Kyoto (Japan)

An Analysis of Cultural and Religious Layers of Meaning in Two Cases of Classical Garden Landscape Architecture

Lourens Minnema

nomads, emphasized this particular trait of the nomadic spirit and made of Nature in Islam a vast garden in which the handiwork of the invisible gardener is ever present.” The Qurʾan often calls nature a ‘book of nature’ that is to be read as full of ‘verses’ or ‘signs’ (the same word ayat ), of

Myriam Martinez-Fiestas, Luis Casado-Aranda, Jessica Alzamora-Ruiz and Francisco J. Montoro-Rios

this relationship can be bolstered if ecological messages with positive images of nature were presented to consumers less engaged with the environment. Identical results were obtained by Shuhwerk and Lefkoff-Hagius (1995). Likewise, Singhapakdi et al. (2000) and Angelidis and Ibrahim (2004) conclude


Edited by Elena Namli, Jayne Svenungsson and Alana M. Vincent

In response to the grim realities of the present world Jewish thought has not tended to retreat into eschatological fantasy, but rather to project utopian visions precisely on to the present moment, envisioning redemptions that are concrete, immanent, and necessarily political in nature. In difficult times and through shifting historical contexts, the messianic hope in the Jewish tradition has functioned as a political vision: the dream of a peaceful kingdom, of a country to return to, or of a leader who will administer justice among the nations. Against this background, it is unsurprising that Jewish messianism in modern times has been transposed, and lives on in secular political movements and ideologies.
The purpose of this book is to contribute to the deeper understanding of the relationship between Jewish thought, utopia, and revolution, by taking a fresh look at its historical and religious roots. We approach the issue from several perspectives, with differences of opinion presented both in regard to what Jewish tradition is, and how to regard utopia and revolution. These notions are multifaceted, comprising aspects such as political messianism, religious renewal, Zionism, and different forms of Marxist and Anarchistic movements.

The Margins of Meaning

Arguments for a Postmodern Approach to Language & Text


Robin Melrose

The title of this book is inspired by Jacques Derrida and by his seminal work, The Margins of Philosophy. The study of meaning in the past thirty years has focused on core meaning, and largely ignored the margins of meaning, where much of the power of language is to be found. The present work seeks to shift this focus by taking a postmodern approach that sees meaning as an accretion of verbal, social, cultural and personal sign systems, with fluid boundaries that shrink or expand with each meaner.
Chapter 1 begins with a brief examination of present-day approaches to meaning, and goes on to a deconstruction of four twentieth century linguists. Chapter 2 takes as its starting point two aspects of the 20th century scientific paradigm, non-deterministic causation and relativity, and considers a number of thinkers who have worked within this paradigm. A major aim of this work is to convince students and teachers of literary theory, cultural studies and feminist theory of the validity of a linguistics of indeterminacy, so Chapter 3 focuses on an analytical approach that models indeterminacy in language, and Chapter 4 applies the model to a newspaper editorial, a Wallace Stevens' poem, and an extract from a Patrick White novel.

Yet Another Europe after 1984

Rethinking Milan Kundera and the Idea of Central Europe


Edited by Leonidas Donskis

Much of the debates in this book revolves around Milan Kundera and his 1984 essay “The Tragedy of Central Europe.” Kundera wrote his polemical text when the world was pregnant with imminent social and political change, yet that world was still far from realizing that we would enter the last decade of the twentieth century with the Soviet empire and its network of satellite states missing from the political map. Kundera was challenged by Joseph Brodsky and György Konrád for allegedly excluding Russia from the symbolic space of Europe, something the great author deeply believes he never did.
To what extent was Kundera right in assuming that, if to exist means to be present in the eyes of those we love, then Central Europe does not exist anymore, just as Western Europe as we knew it has stopped existing? What were the mental, cultural, and intellectual realities that lay beneath or behind his beautiful and graceful metaphors? Are we justified in rehabilitating political optimism at the beginning of the twenty-first century? Are we able to reconcile the divided memories of Eastern or Central Europe and Western Europe regarding what happened to the world in 1968? And where is Central Europe now?

Enduring Resistance / La Résistance persévère

Cultural Theory after Derrida / La théorie de la culture (d’)après Derrida


Edited by Sjef Houppermans, Rico Sneller and Peter van Zilfhout

Addressing both the humanities and the social sciences, this volume aims to explore the enduring significance of the work of Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) in the field of cultural theory. It assembles a variety of articles by internationally renowned scholars from different academic disciplines and traditions. Contrary to recent commemorative publications on Derrida’s oeuvre, this volume proposes to critically evaluate and rethink key concepts in Derrida’s work within the present state of affairs in cultural theory. Centred around four main topics (manoeuvres, societies, images and fictions), the sections propose a creative and contemporary reading of ‘Derrida’ and its openings to new work in cultural theory.

Ce livre qui se destine à la fois aux humanités et aux études sociales tente d’explorer la signification durable de l’œuvre de Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) dans le champ de la théorie culturelle. Il rassemble un ensemble d’articles variés écrits par des chercheurs de renommée internationale provenant de différentes disciplines et traditions académiques. S’opposant par là à la majorité du flot de publications récentes sur l’œuvre de Derrida ce volume se propose d’évaluer et de repenser d’un point de vue critique les concepts clé de Derrida tenant compte de l’état actuel de la recherche en études culturelles. Centrées autour de quatre domaines majeurs (manœuvres – sociétés – images – fictions), les sections offrent une lecture créatrice et actuelle de ‘Derrida’ et des ouvertures que sa pensée permet vers une nouvelle idée de la théorie culturelle.