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9. Starting over

9. Starting over  

Simon Glendinning

in Derrida: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775796
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803450.003.0009
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9780192803450
‘Starting over’ quotes Derrida on his fears — and implied hopes — for his readers: ‘Because I still like him, I can foresee the impatience of the bad reader: this is the way I name or ... More
11. “Let us now Praise Famous Men”—and Women

11. “Let us now Praise Famous Men”—and Women  

Michael Coogan

in The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365531
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10.1093/actrade/9780195305050.003.0011
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‘“Let us now praise famous men” — and women’ examines three characters — Abraham, Deborah, and David — from the lengthy poetic summary of major and minor characters of biblical literature ... More
3. How do we know?Hume’s Of Miracles

3. How do we know?: Hume’s Of Miracles  

Edward Craig

in Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191776700
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854216.003.0003
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9780192854216
Many regard David Hume as the greatest English-speaking philosopher. He was a very intellectual thinker. As well as being a philosopher he was a historian, an economist, and a political ... More
2. The case for atheism

2. The case for atheism  

Julian Baggini

in Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775925
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804242.003.0002
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9780192804242
‘The case for atheism’ summarises atheism as the position that is best supported by the evidence and the one that offers the best overall explanation for why the world is as it is and ... More
4. Ends and aftermaths of empire

4. Ends and aftermaths of empire  

Stephen Howe

in Empire: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775536
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802231.003.0005
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9780192802231
‘Ends and aftermaths of Empire’ examines the political decolonization of the European empires which took place between the end of the Second World War and the 1960s. The single most ... More
10. Can there be objectivity in taste?

10. Can there be objectivity in taste?  

Stephen Gaukroger

in Objectivity: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778216
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199606696.003.0010
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9780199606696
‘Can there be objectivity in taste?’ considers aesthetics. What are the features of aesthetic objectivity? It may appear that issues in aesthetics are similar to ethics. However, the single ... More
4. Legacies

4. Legacies  

Richard English

in Modern War: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778223
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10.1093/actrade/9780199607891.003.0005
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9780199607891
What does modern war achieve? ‘Legacies’ examines the ramifications of war today. As well as banal destruction, war has achieved complex and profound political change. If modern war ... More
5. Honesty and dishonesty

5. Honesty and dishonesty  

Katherine Hawley

in Trust: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778421
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697342.003.0006
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9780199697342
To trust someone based on what they say has an expectation of honesty and knowledge. It also has an expectation of good intentions and of skill or ability. Judgements about good intentions ... More
6. A question of identity

6. A question of identity  

Richard Bauckham

in Jesus: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777691
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10.1093/actrade/9780199575275.003.0006
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9780199575275
After Jesus dies, his Jewish followers proclaim him the Messiah of Israel. People are impressed with his authority. Some see him as a prophet, others as the royal Messiah of David. In the ... More
5. Imperialism, immigration, and capitalism

5. Imperialism, immigration, and capitalism  

Madeline Y. Hsu

in Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
eISBN: 
9780190219796
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10.1093/actrade/9780190219765.003.0005
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9780190219765
“Imperialism, immigration, and capitalism” considers the Southeast Asians who entered the United States between 1975 and 1994, mostly as refugees resulting from theVietnam War. It goes on ... More
2. Industrial Development

2. Industrial Development  

Christopher Harvie and H. C. G. Matthew

in Nineteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776533
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853981.003.0002
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9780192853981
‘Industrial Development’ summarizes the preconditions for and the components of industrialization. Britain's position relative to France improved massively on the strength of qualitative ... More
The Hebrew Bible as LiteratureA Very Short Introduction

The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Tod Linafelt

Print Publication Year: 
May 2016
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May 2016
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9780190262679
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195300079.001.0001
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book
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9780195300079
The Hebrew Bible, or Christian Old Testament, can be celebrated as among the classics of world literature. The stories of Jacob and David present the earliest surviving examples of literary ... More
1. All things to all men

1. All things to all men  

Barry Cunliffe

in The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775901
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804181.003.0001
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9780192804181
‘All things to all men’ considers the many different conceptions of Celticness: from New Age body decoration to concerns for the survival of regional identity, from half-baked attempts at ... More
7. Conclusion

7. Conclusion  

Julian Baggini

in Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775925
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804242.003.0007
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9780192804242
The ‘Conclusion’ explains that the kind of positive atheism argued for in this book is sometimes called humanism. Broadly, humanists are simply atheists who believe in living purposeful and ... More
4. Conclusion

4. Conclusion  

Richard Tuck

in Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775628
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802552.003.0004
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9780192802552
Hobbes's reputation was paradoxical. He was hostile to dogmatism of every kind, yet he was seen as a brusque dogmatist. He was hostile to the intellectual authorities of the churches, but ... More
8. Transcendental philosophy

8. Transcendental philosophy  

Roger Scruton

in Kant: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191775482
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801999.003.0008
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9780192801999
Kant's immediate successors regarded Kant as having changed the course of philosophy. However, even during his lifetime, the intellectual world was torn by controversy over the meaning of ... More
4. Struggles for control

4. Struggles for control  

Heather Andrea Williams

in American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2014
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Nov 2014
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9780199380787
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10.1093/actrade/9780199922680.003.0004
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9780199922680
It took persistent effort on the part of slave owners and their allies to keep slavery in place, to make people work without pay, and to sustain the arguments that justified the forced ... More
6. Exploration and empire

6. Exploration and empire  

Stewart A. Weaver

in Exploration: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2015
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Jan 2015
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9780199393787
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199946952.003.0006
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9780199946952
‘Exploration and empire’ begins with Jefferson's famous “Corps of Discovery” up the Missouri River and into the heart of the Great Plains lead by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Its two ... More
3. Are persons real?

3. Are persons real?  

Jan Westerhoff

in Reality: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778063
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594412.003.0004
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9780199594412
What does it feel like to doubt the self? Some psychological conditions, lead a person to assume that they are dead or deny bodily existence. There is a paradox: how can someone be ... More
1. What are miracles?

1. What are miracles?  

Yujin Nagasawa

in Miracles: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2017
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Nov 2017
eISBN: 
9780191809361
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198747215.003.0001
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9780198747215
The concept of a miracle is elusive. We all know roughly what a miracle is, yet we struggle to state a precise definition. The proper definition of a miracle has been disputed among ... More

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