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‘Deadly Sins’

Gabriele Taylor

in Deadly Vices

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780198235804
eISBN:
9780191604058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198235801.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter explores the particular vice of acedia or sloth. Sloth is a paralyzing vice, with the slothful carrying the burden of a useless self. Awareness of this condition explains occurrent moods ... More


Kairos (and Affectio)

Claudio Ciborra

in The Labyrinths of Information: Challenging the Wisdom of Systems

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199275267
eISBN:
9780191714399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275267.003.0008
Subject:
Business and Management, Information Technology

Turbulent economic times put improvisation at the centre stage of business management and organization studies. In principle, when reconstructing improvised decision making, symbolic representations ... More


From First Movements To the Seven Cardinal Sins Evagrius

Richard Sorabji

in Emotion and Peace of Mind: From Stoic Agitation to Christian Temptation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199256600
eISBN:
9780191712609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256600.003.0024
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Evagrius (4th century CE Christian) found himself as desert hermit assailed by the eight involuntary bad thoughts of gluttony, lust, avarice, distress, anger boredom (akêdia), vanity (concern with ... More


What Is Interesting?

Paul J. Silvia

in Exploring the Psychology of Interest

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195158557
eISBN:
9780199786824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158557.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

What makes something interesting? This chapter critically reviews the long body of thought on the causes of interest. D. E. Berlyne’s seminal research on curiosity, arousal, and reward is reviewed in ... More


Interest, Personality, and Individual Differences

Paul J. Silvia

in Exploring the Psychology of Interest

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195158557
eISBN:
9780199786824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158557.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

Many personality traits connect to interest, intrinsic motivation, and exploration. This chapter critically reviews research on individual differences related to interest. One class of models ... More


Emotion

Paul Woodruff

in The Necessity of Theater: The Art of Watching and Being Watched

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195332001
eISBN:
9780199868186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332001.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The art of theater engages an audience through emotion by bringing them to care about the characters. Caring is not the same as sympathy. The absence of caring is boredom, which is fatal to theater. ... More


Introduction

Angelica Goodden

in Madame de Staël: The Dangerous Exile

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199238095
eISBN:
9780191716669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238095.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This introductory chapter sets the scene for Staël's hostility to Napoleon, her daring to write despite periodically suffering from the characteristically female ‘anxiety of authorship’, and the ... More


Peevish Weariness, aposiopesis, and the Irresolute Conscience

Ceri Sullivan

in The Rhetoric of the Conscience in Donne, Herbert, and Vaughan

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199547845
eISBN:
9780191720901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547845.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter studies the frequent use of images of dust or fragments as an attack on the foundation of judicious dialogue, mutual engagement. An effective response to enforced attention is flabby ... More


The Personal Dimension and Boredom

John Kekes

in The Human Condition

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199588886
eISBN:
9780191595448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588886.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Boredom is the individual analog of cultural disenchantment. A wide array of commentators agree that boredom is a pervasive problem in contemporary life. The cause of boredom is the lack of a ... More


BEYOND HEDONISM

Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason: A dilemma in the philosophy of life

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199276905
eISBN:
9780191603198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199276900.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Two kinds of enjoyment are distinguished: the enjoyment of sensations of pleasure and the enjoyment of activities in which one takes interest. The opposite of the former is suffering, while the ... More


Boredom and Apocalypse a National Paradigm

Seamus Deane

in Strange Country: Modernity and Nationhood in Irish Writing since 1790

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184904
eISBN:
9780191674389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184904.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter readdresses the issue of reconciliation of the cultural with the economic spheres of a culture that is taken to be counter-revolutionary and anti-theoretical in its traditional but ... More


Poetry against Boredom

Bradley J. Birzer

in Russell Kirk: American Conservative

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166186
eISBN:
9780813166643
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166186.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

A brief restatement of Kirk’s ideas about poetry and imagination as powerful counters to the dread of ideologies. In particular, Kirk embraced eccentricity of life and mind against the conformity so ... More


Imperial Boredom: Monotony and the British Empire

Jeffrey A. Auerbach

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198827375
eISBN:
9780191866258
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827375.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

Imperial Boredom offers a radical reconsideration of the British Empire during its heyday in the nineteenth century. Challenging the long-established view that the empire was about adventure and ... More


Acción mutante (1993): against the conspiracy of boredom

Peter Buse, Núria Triana Toribio, and Andy Willis

in The Cinema of Alex de la Iglesia

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719071362
eISBN:
9781781700952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719071362.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter deals with Álex de la Iglesia's film, Acción mutante. The protagonists of Acción mutante are a collection of politically radicalised disabled men who have formed a ‘mutant action’ ... More


Conclusion

Cheshire Calhoun

in Doing Valuable Time: The Present, the Future, and Meaningful Living

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190851866
eISBN:
9780190851897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190851866.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This brief conclusion reviews central themes of the book. One central theme is living meaningfully. The book defends the view that meaningful living consists in spending your life’s time on ends that ... More


Land of the Pharaohs

DAVID R. WOODWARD

in Hell in the Holy Land: World War I in the Middle East

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813123837
eISBN:
9780813134963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813123837.003.0002
Subject:
History, Military History

This chapter examines the arrival of British troops in Egypt. The massive flow of troops and equipment to Egypt eventually made that country the greatest British military base outside of Britain and ... More


Haunted by Boredom

Sara Crangle

in Prosaic Desires: Modernist Knowledge, Boredom, Laughter, and Anticipation

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640850
eISBN:
9780748651955
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640850.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter discusses the concept of ‘non-being’, or boredom, as it is used by Woolf in some of her works, revealing Woolf's personal desire to create, which often emerges from ennui, a process she ... More


Boredom

Mark de Rond

in Doctors at War: Life and Death in a Field Hospital

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781501705489
eISBN:
9781501707940
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501705489.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

The author reflects on the boredom that strikes doctors and surgical staff stationed at the field hospital. In principle, boredom should have been good news—after all, no one was getting hurt—except ... More


Boredom

George Pattison

in Kierkegaard and the Quest for Unambiguous Life: Between Romanticism and Modernism: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199698677
eISBN:
9780191745553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698677.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

For Kierkegaard, boredom is not simply a fact, no matter how complex, but reveals something of the fundamental ethical-religious attitude of those who identify themselves as bored, and his analysis ... More


Anton Chekhov

Tim Parks

in Life and Work: Writers, Readers, and the Conversations between Them

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300215366
eISBN:
9780300216738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300215366.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the tension between involvement and withdrawal that characterized so much of Anton Chekhov's life and work, as well as the milieu in which he lived and the way he positioned ... More


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