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On Curiosity

Lieve Van Hoof

in Plutarch's Practical Ethics: The Social Dynamics of Philosophy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199583263
eISBN:
9780191723131
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583263.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter deals with Plutarch's ‘psychotherapeutic’ text On Curiosity, in which he strongly condemns the desire to discover other people's evils, which, he suggests, is omnipresent in the cities ... More


Minou Drouet: The Prodigy under Suspicion

Ann Jefferson

in Genius in France: An Idea and Its Uses

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691160658
eISBN:
9781400852598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160658.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the controversies surrounding the Minou Drouet affair, with Minou being a previously unknown eight-year-old child poet who had captured public interest. The publisher René ... More


Exploring the Psychology of Interest

Paul J. Silvia

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195158557
eISBN:
9780199786824
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158557.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

Psychologists have always been intrigued in interest, and modern research on interest can be found in nearly every area of the field: researchers studying emotions, cognition, development, education, ... More


Introduction

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/9780195158557.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

Psychology has long been attracted to the study of interest, curiosity, and intrinsic motivation. Many areas of psychology have grappled with interest, particularly with why some things are ... 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


Comparing Models of Interest

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/9780195158557.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

This chapter examines the distinction between interest and interests in light of other theories. One class of models (associated with Hidi, Renninger, and Krapp) distinguishes between situational ... More


Breaches in the Conflict

John Tolan, Gilles Veinstein, and Henry Laurens

in Europe and the Islamic World: A History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691147055
eISBN:
9781400844753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691147055.003.0011
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

This chapter demonstrates that ideological antagonism regularly yielded to political realism or commercial pragmatism, which, of course, did not eliminate the antagonism but at least bracketed it. It ... More


The Sweetness of Living

Catherine Wilson

in Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199238811
eISBN:
9780191716492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238811.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Augustinian asceticism ceded in the course of the 17th century to a more accepting attitude towards pleasure and the enjoyment of corporeal beauty, including the beauty of women. Platonic ideas were ... More


Magic and Exploratory Behavior

Eugene Subbotsky

in Magic and the Mind: Mechanisms, Functions, and Development of Magical Thinking and Behavior

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393873
eISBN:
9780199776979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Chapter 7 (“Magic and Exploratory Behavior”) analyzes another aspect of magical thinking: children's and adults' curiosity toward magic. It must be emphasized that curiosity toward ... More


Introduction

Mushirul Hasan

in Exploring the West: Three Travel Narratives

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780198063117
eISBN:
9780199080199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063117.003.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History

In this introduction, the author expresses his praise to God as he shares his account of his travel to Europe. A pilgrim and traveller, he compiled his experiences in a book containing the wonders ... More


The Uses of Curiosity in Early Modern France and Germany

Neil Kenny

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199271368
eISBN:
9780191709531
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271368.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Why did people argue about curiosity in France, Germany, and elsewhere in Europe between the 16th and the 18th centuries, so much more than today? Why was curiosity a fashionable topic in early ... More


On Simplicity and Complexity: Finding the Essence of Peacebuilding

John Paul Lederach

in The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195174540
eISBN:
9780199835409
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195174542.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses the essence of peacebuilding. This essence is composed of a small set of disciplines, or practices, out of which the complexity of peacebuilding emerges. When held together and ... More


Institutions: The Culture of Curiosities Discursive Tendencies: Collecting

NEIL KENNY

in The Uses of Curiosity in Early Modern France and Germany

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199271368
eISBN:
9780191709531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271368.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter focuses on a cluster of institutions, in both France and the Germanic territories, that produced and disseminated knowledge outside the confines of university or church: academies, ... More


Curiosity and the Value of Truth

Michael S. Brady

in Epistemic Value

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199231188
eISBN:
9780191710827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231188.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on the question of whether true belief can have final value because it answers our ‘intellectual interest’ or ‘natural curiosity’. The idea is that sometimes we are interested in ... More


Long-Wave Patterns Influence Research Attitudes

Israel Dror

in International Research Management

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195062526
eISBN:
9780199854905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195062526.003.0005
Subject:
Business and Management, Public Management

This chapter discusses patterns of research attitudes and enumerates several components and considerations, such as statement of the problem, social and economic factors, perceived and actual needs, ... More


Monuments and Megaliths: From Stonehenge to ‘Stonage’

Angus Vine

in In Defiance of Time: Antiquarian Writing in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199566198
eISBN:
9780191722462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566198.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter considers the antiquarian response to ancient monuments through a detailed account of early modern discussions of Stonehenge. The Wiltshire stone circle enthralled the antiquaries, but ... More


A Peripatetic Education: Antiquarian Travellers and the Apodemic Arts

Angus Vine

in In Defiance of Time: Antiquarian Writing in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199566198
eISBN:
9780191722462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566198.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter focuses on a discussion of the peripatetic tradition, examining more the links between antiquarianism and travel narratives. Drawing on both guides to travel (the artes apodemicae or ... More


Conclusion: ‘Plus je me hante…’

Timothy Chesters

in Ghost Stories in Late Renaissance France: Walking by Night

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199599806
eISBN:
9780191723537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599806.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, European Literature

The book's conclusion reviews the material considered in early chapters through the prism of a passage in Montaigne's ‘Des boiteux’. In it Montaigne pauses suddenly to consider, in astonishment, his ... More


Curious Subjects: Women and the Trials of Realism

Hilary M. Schor

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199928095
eISBN:
9780199980550
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928095.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Women's Literature

Curious Subjects focuses on the relationship between women, curiosity, and the rise of the novel, using the lenses of scientific, legal, and “fictional” curiosity to examine the changing ... More


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