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Conclusion

Conclusion  

Darren Oldridge

in The Devil: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777776
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10.1093/actrade/9780199580996.003.0006
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The Devil is represented in history, literature and theology as a figure of darkness and malice. He is the — often appealing — excuse for the bad things that happen in life. Just as some ... More
1. Native America

1. Native America  

Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green

in North American Indians: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365555
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10.1093/actrade/9780195307542.003.0001
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Christopher Columbus coined the name ‘Indians’ (los Indios) to describe the people he met when he arrived in the Caribbean. The name stuck. But the people of the Americas had no collective ... More
2. Religious superstition

2. Religious superstition  

Stuart Vyse

in Superstition: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2020
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Jan 2020
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9780191859854
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10.1093/actrade/9780198819257.003.0002
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9780198819257
Under Theodosius I (r. 379–95) Christianity became the Roman Empire’s official religion and the word superstitio was now used against those who once used it against Christians. ‘Religious ... More
4. Possible worlds and fundamental principles

4. Possible worlds and fundamental principles  

Maria Rosa Antognazza

in Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2016
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Nov 2016
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9780191788079
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718642.003.0004
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9780198718642
Leibniz’s commitment to the characteristica universalis and the scientia generalis rested on his conviction that logic is a mirror of the structure of reality. In his view, the principles ... More
10. Why medieval philosophy?

10. Why medieval philosophy?  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191781216
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10.1093/actrade/9780199663224.003.0010
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9780199663224
‘Why medieval philosophy?’ considers why anyone should be bothered to learn about medieval philosophy. Very few people—philosophers and non-philosophers alike—do know much about this period ... More
10. Ancient sex

10. Ancient sex  

Gary Gutting

in Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2019
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Sep 2019
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9780191868849
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10.1093/actrade/9780198830788.003.0010
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9780198830788
Towards the end of his life, Foucault’s topic of exploration turned to the ethical formation of the self, which emerged from his analysis of modern power relations. ‘Ancient sex’ looks at ... More
2. New Spain

2. New Spain  

Alan Taylor

in Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365876
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10.1093/actrade/9780199766239.003.0003
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At the beginning of the sixteenth century, the Spanish raided the mainland for slaves to work thei mines, ranches, and plantations. The Spanish learned of the rich and populous Aztec empire ... More
6. West Indies and Carolina

6. West Indies and Carolina  

Alan Taylor

in Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365876
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10.1093/actrade/9780199766239.003.0007
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During the 1620s and 1630s, the West Indies evolved from temporary bases for pirates into permanent colonies for planters. Seventeenth-century New England and the English West Indies ... More
6. The best of all possible worlds and Leibniz’s theodicy

6. The best of all possible worlds and Leibniz’s theodicy  

Maria Rosa Antognazza

in Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2016
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Nov 2016
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9780191788079
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718642.003.0006
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9780198718642
‘The best of all possible worlds and Leibniz’s theodicy’ explains that Leibniz’s claim that the world we live in is ‘the best of all possible worlds’ is deceptively simple, but based on ... More
2. Ancient worlds

2. Ancient worlds  

Belinda Jack

in Reading: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2019
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Apr 2019
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9780191860300
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10.1093/actrade/9780198820581.003.0002
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9780198820581
A great deal is known about reading in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, but it is important to remember that a good deal of what we think of as Greek and Roman literature was heard and ... More
1. Confession, conversion, testimony

1. Confession, conversion, testimony  

Laura Marcus

in Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191785252
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10.1093/actrade/9780199669240.003.0002
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9780199669240
While autobiography can be defined as a literary form, it reaches into, and overlaps with, many other kinds of writing and fields of knowledge. This is particularly clear in the case of the ... More
5. The last things

5. The last things  

Ritchie Robertson

in Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775987
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804556.003.0005
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9780192804556
What did Kafka think about God? Where did his philosophy of life sit? It is hard to tell if he is criticising the values of Christianity in his works or not. He was brought up in a Jewish ... More
8. The weight of glory

8. The weight of glory  

James Como

in C. S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2019
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Jan 2019
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9780191866890
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10.1093/actrade/9780198828242.003.0008
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9780198828242
‘The weight of glory’ discusses the varying responses to C. S. Lewis. His critics have often railed against him. Even some of his Christian colleagues found his apologetic militancy ... More
2. Contexts, then and now

2. Contexts, then and now  

Helen Morales

in Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191776052
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804761.003.0003
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9780192804761
Greek mythology was an essential part of an elite Roman's education. There is no single work that told all the myths. Mythographers wrote handbooks of myths to retell the stories. This ... More
8. The afterlife

8. The afterlife  

Tim Bayne

in Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
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9780191816444
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10.1093/actrade/9780198754961.003.0008
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9780198754961
Speculation on the nature of the afterlife is as old as recorded history. Although the doctrine of an afterlife is not found in all religious traditions, where it does, it is typically ... More
2. Autobiography

2. Autobiography  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

in Dante: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780191781575
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684779.003.0002
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9780199684779
‘Autobiography’ takes us through Dante’s works—including The Divine Comedy, Vita nova, and Convivio—and shows that they have one recurrent character, Dante himself. In the Comedy, he is the ... More
3. Natural beauty

3. Natural beauty  

Roger Scruton

in Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777042
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10.1093/actrade/9780199229758.003.0003
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9780199229758
In the 18th century, philosophers and writers became preoccupied with the subject of beauty, focusing on nature and landscape. All rational beings, Kant believed, are capable of aesthetic ... More
9. Concluding thoughts

9. Concluding thoughts  

Roger Scruton

in Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777042
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10.1093/actrade/9780199229758.003.0009
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9780199229758
The reader will have noticed that I have not said what beauty is. I have implicitly rejected the neo-Platonist view of beauty, as a feature of Being itself. God is beautiful; but not for ... More
2. The European invasion

2. The European invasion  

Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green

in North American Indians: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365555
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10.1093/actrade/9780195307542.003.0002
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9780195307542
Encountering the people of America raised many questions. The result was a series of pronouncements and diplomatic initiatives from the pope that became known in international law as the ... More
Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

Kafka: A Very Short Introduction  

Ritchie Robertson

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2004
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775987
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804556.001.0001
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book
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9780192804556
Attending both to Kafka's crisis-ridden life and to the subtleties of his art, Kafka: A Very Short Introduction shows how his work explores such characteristically modern themes as the ... More

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