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9. Starting over

9. Starting over  

Simon Glendinning

in Derrida: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191775796
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803450.003.0009
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‘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
3. The inner sanctum

3. The inner sanctum  

Tim Bayne

in Thought: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778148
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601721.003.0003
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Thinking is a private activity. Thought can't be accessed by anyone else. This concept of thoughts is described as Cartesian after René Descartes. ‘The inner sanctum’ focuses on the ... More
3. The later philosophy

3. The later philosophy  

A. C. Grayling

in Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776656
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854117.003.0003
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Prior to the mid-1930s, Wittgenstein‘s thought went through a period of transition in which new themes emerged as he reconsidered Tractatus. The writings of this period are genuinely ... More
2. Plato's name, and other matters

2. Plato's name, and other matters  

Julia Annas

in Plato: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775505
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802163.003.0002
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9780192802163
We do not have independent access to Plato's individual personality as we do for more recent philosophers. In the dialogues he never speaks in his own voice. ‘Plato's name, and other ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Margaret Walters

in Feminism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776106
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805102.003.0001
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The ‘Introduction’ asks What is feminism? This VSI is particularly concerned with feminism in Britain and its development over time. The beginnings of feminism, the impetus to challenge ... More
6. Pythagoras and other mysteries

6. Pythagoras and other mysteries  

Catherine Osborne

in Presocratic Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776267
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840943.003.0007
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‘Pythagoras and other mysteries’ explains how Pythagoras and his followers acquired a reputation for mathematical and geometrical investigations. They conducted their mathematics in a ... More
8. Man and animal

8. Man and animal  

Simon Glendinning

in Derrida: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Derrida's work of deconstruction always challenged ‘the opposition of nature and culture, animality and humanity’, but it was in his discussion of ethics and politics that the question of ... More
2. Modernist movements and cultural tradition

2. Modernist movements and cultural tradition  

Christopher Butler

in Modernism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191775963
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804419.003.0002
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We can learn more about the arts of a particular era by the interactions between the artists, writers, and musicians than we can by reading an art movement's manifesto. ‘Modernist movements ... More
Afterword

Afterword  

Margaret Walters

in Feminism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2005
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9780191776106
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805102.003.0012
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The ‘Afterword’ asks What is the future for feminism? Does the West still need feminism? How real and persistent is the backlash against feminism? A survey of the debates between feminist ... More
Introduction: Why German philosophy?

Introduction: Why German philosophy?  

Andrew Bowie

in German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777561
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569250.003.010
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German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction explores what German philosophy tells us about some of the major problems of modernity. The growth of interest in German philosophy ... More
8. What is possible?

8. What is possible?  

Stephen Mumford

in Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778308
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10.1093/actrade/9780199657124.003.0009
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9780199657124
‘What is possible?’ looks at possibilities. Are they things? Do they have any kind of being? Or are they a mere fabrication: things we can think about but which are not really a part of the ... More
Curtain raiser

Curtain raiser  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0001
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What does comedy mean? In Plato's Philebus, Socrates speaks of comedy ‘not only on the stage, but on the greater stage of human life; and so in endless other cases’. This isn't very helpful ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Jan Westerhoff

in Reality: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778063
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594412.003.0001
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9780199594412
Most people take for granted that the life they are living is real. However, never to have at least suspected that things might not be exactly as they seem lacks philosophical imagination. ... More
Conclusion. bringing myth back to the world

Conclusion. bringing myth back to the world  

Robert A. Segal

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

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780191792328
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10.1093/actrade/9780198724704.003.0010
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9780198724704
The ‘Conclusion’ uses the myth of Gaia and scientist James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis to ask: given that present-day theories have not challenged the supremacy of science, why bother trying ... More
5. ‘Awakening noble feelings with my lyre’Writers as ‘masters of minds’

5. ‘Awakening noble feelings with my lyre’: Writers as ‘masters of minds’  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191775314
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801449.003.0005
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9780192801449
‘“Awakening noble feelings with my lyre”: Writers as “masters of minds”’ examines, via examples of Pushkin's work, his views on the expectations of readers and their perceptions of the ... More
Plato: A Very Short Introduction

Plato: A Very Short Introduction  

Julia Annas

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Feb 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775505
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802163.001.0001
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9780192802163
Plato: A Very Short Introduction explores the philosophy and argument of Plato's writings, looking at Plato as a thinker grappling with philosophical problems in a variety of ... More
8. Knowing about knowing

8. Knowing about knowing  

Jennifer Nagel

in Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2014
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Sep 2014
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9780191779916
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10.1093/actrade/9780199661268.003.0008
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9780199661268
Mindreading is the natural capacity that generates instinctive feelings about another person's knowledge and other mental states. ‘Knowing about knowing’ explains that humans have ... More
6. Testimony

6. Testimony  

Jennifer Nagel

in Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2014
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Sep 2014
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9780191779916
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10.1093/actrade/9780199661268.003.0006
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Does listening to other people—or reading what they have written—supply us with knowledge in a unique or distinctive way? Do we need special reasons to trust people in order to gain ... More
7. Conclusion: ‘Hey everyone, look at that beautiful thing’ / ‘Yes, but …’

7. Conclusion: ‘Hey everyone, look at that beautiful thing’ / ‘Yes, but …’  

Robert Eaglestone

in Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778247
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10.1093/actrade/9780199609260.003.0007
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9780199609260
The Conclusion defines literary criticism, looks at the role of the author, and discusses the extent to which criticism should be given and taken. The novel, as with other forms of art, ... More
Thought: A Very Short Introduction

Thought: A Very Short Introduction  

Tim Bayne

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Jan 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778148
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601721.001.0001
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9780199601721
Thought: A Very Short Introduction looks at the nature of thought. Beginning with questions about what thought is and what distinguishes it from other kinds of mental states, ... More

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