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2. Nature

2. Nature  

Ritchie Robertson

in Goethe: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191785764
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10.1093/actrade/9780199689255.003.0002
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For Goethe, humanity formed part of a greater unity, that of Nature. Nature was also something to be experienced in the most direct, immediate way. ‘Nature’ looks closely at the poem Auf ... More
3. Knowledge and understanding

3. Knowledge and understanding  

Catherine Wilson

in Epicureanism: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780191808951
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10.1093/actrade/9780199688326.003.0003
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The Epicureans regarded the alleviation of suffering, and especially the suffering produced by fear and anxiety, as the most important contribution of philosophy to life. If all phenomena, ... More
3. Domestication in Europe

3. Domestication in Europe  

J. L. Heilbron

in The History of Physics: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191782435
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684120.003.0004
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9780199684120
Domestication of Greek and Arabic physica and mixed mathematics in the Latin West took c.400 years: from the 12th-century first translations to the 16th-century printing of Archimedes and ... More
1. The art and science of music psychology

1. The art and science of music psychology  

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

in The Psychology of Music: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2018
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Nov 2018
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9780190640163
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10.1093/actrade/9780190640156.003.0001
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9780190640156
Music can seem to be the human behavior that is least susceptible to explanation, but a long history exists of applying various frameworks to try to understand it. The cognitive science of ... More
Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction

Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction  

Cynthia Freeland

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191776014
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804631.001.0001
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9780192804631
In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction discusses beauty, blood, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Cynthia Freeland

in Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191776014
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804631.003.0009
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Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction is an exploration of art, what it means, and why we value it. It examines topics in the field loosely called art theory: ritual theory, ... More
5. How can we think more clearly?

5. How can we think more clearly?  

Michael Beaney

in Analytic Philosophy: A Very Short introduction

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Nov 2017
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Nov 2017
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9780191823442
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10.1093/actrade/9780198778028.003.0006
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Analytic philosophy places great emphasis on clarity. But what does ‘clarity’ mean and how can we think more clearly? How does clarity connect with other virtues of analytic philosophy? ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Stillman Drake

in Galileo: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776809
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854568.003.8501
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9780192854568
The earliest explanations of man and his religion stemmed from religion, before philosophy and then science came onto the scene. It is natural that the later fields were guided by those ... More
1. The Enlightenment

1. The Enlightenment  

John Robertson

in The Enlightenment: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
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9780191782411
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10.1093/actrade/9780199591787.003.0001
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9780199591787
‘The Enlightenment’ describes the varying definitions of Enlightenment, how it has been reconstructed as a historical phenomenon, and explains why it has been so contested. The ... More
2. Exemplary Lives

2. Exemplary Lives  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777226
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10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0002
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‘Exemplary Lives’ traces the history of western biography from its beginnings in antiquity to Aubrey's Brief Lives in the seventeenth-century England. The snippets of the lives of famous ... More
Biography: A Very Short Introduction

Biography: A Very Short Introduction  

Hermione Lee

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Jul 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777226
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10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.001.0001
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Biography: A Very Short Introduction looks at the origins and development of biographical writing. Why do certain people and historical events arouse so much interest? How can ... More
3. Warts and All

3. Warts and All  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777226
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10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0003
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‘Warts of All’ looks at the most famous biography in the English language, Boswell's Life of Johnson. Why did the life of such an eccentric, opinionated, neurotic 18th-century ... More
7. Public Roles

7. Public Roles  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777226
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10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0007
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What is the biography's relation to the performance aspect of identity, the individual's public role? ‘Public Roles’ explores the often difficult task of disentangling the public ... More
The Englishman

The Englishman  

Nicholas Cronk

in Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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10.1093/actrade/9780199688357.003.0004
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Voltaire arrived in London in May 1726, primarily to publish a definitive edition of his epic La Henriade as censorship made this impossible in France. ‘The Englishman’ describes how ... More
2. Modern media, modern messages

2. Modern media, modern messages  

David Cottington

in Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775857
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803641.003.0003
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9780192803641
A century ago, art could be defined by its media (oil, clay, bronze, marble). Today, anything goes (blood, naked people, chocolate, rubbish). ‘Modern media, modern messages’ looks at how ... More
6. Cognition, creation, comprehension

6. Cognition, creation, comprehension  

Cynthia Freeland

in Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191776014
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804631.003.0006
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9780192804631
Does art bear a message in the way language does? What must we know to clarify an artwork's meaning? Can't we just look at an artwork for enjoyment? ‘Cognition, creation, comprehension’ ... More
2. Background

2. Background  

Roger Scruton

in Spinoza: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775758
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803160.003.0002
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9780192803160
Spinoza did not think in a historical vacuum or without reference to conceptions whose meaning has clouded with time and whose plausibility is no longer obvious. ‘Background’ looks at what ... More
5. The ‘postmodern condition’

5. The ‘postmodern condition’  

Christopher Butler

in Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2002
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775550
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802392.003.0005
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9780192802392
‘The postmodern condition’ concludes this study of postmodernism. The ‘postmodern condition’ is one in which the global condition of societies is seen, not as determined by traditional ... More

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