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 Selective Confirmation and the Historical Record: “Another Such Victory over the Romans”?

P. Kyle Stanford

in Exceeding Our Grasp: Science, History, and the Problem of Unconceived Alternatives

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195174083
eISBN:
9780199786367
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195174089.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The preceding chapter showed that the best remaining hope for defending realism from the challenges of history seems to lie with the strategy of “selective confirmation.” On this strategy, we defend ... More


Market Growth and Governance in Early Modern Spain

Regina Grafe

in Distant Tyranny: Markets, Power, and Backwardness in Spain, 1650-1800

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144849
eISBN:
9781400840533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144849.003.0007
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter looks at how descriptions of Spain in the eighteenth century are intriguing for their accounts of perceived indolence, or more generally of a people who failed to take advantage “of ... More


The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment

Pierre Saint-Amand

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149271
eISBN:
9781400838714
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149271.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

We think of the Enlightenment as an era dominated by ideas of progress, production, and industry—not an era that favored the lax and indolent individual. But was the Enlightenment only about the ... More


Bonjour Paresse: Literary Waste and Recycling in Book 4 of Gower’s Confessio Amantis: Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture

James Simpson

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 151, 2006 Lectures

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264249
eISBN:
9780191734045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264249.003.0009
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This lecture discusses the durable hostility to idleness, particularly idle reading. It presents a claim that late medieval, pre-Reformation textual practice is not driven by a need to define and ... More


Proprieties of Work and Speech: ‘The Second Nun's Prologue’ and ‘Tale’, ‘The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue’ and ‘Tale’, ‘The Manciple's Prologue’ and ‘Tale’, and ‘The Parson's Prologue’

Alcuin Blamires

in Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199248674
eISBN:
9780191714696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248674.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The Tales draw to an end amidst antitheses between busy occupation and idleness or sloth. The Second Nun and her Tale dramatise a complex ideal of morally productive work. This chapter shows how the ... More


The Great Project of an Idle Life: Rousseau

Pierre Saint-Amand

in The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149271
eISBN:
9781400838714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149271.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter discusses how idleness is one of the contradictory figures that weave through Jean-Jacques Rousseau's works. The problem of idleness pervades Rousseau's philosophical writings and ... More


VALUE AS CAUSE

GRAHAM ODDIE

in Value, Reality, and Desire

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199273416
eISBN:
9780191602658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199273413.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter argues for the causal networking of value. In making it plausible, it has become apparent how such causation would mesh smoothly with the natural fabric of the world. The argument from ... More


A Praise of Idleness?: Nabokov between Work and Play, 1925–1940

Thomas Karshan

in Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Play

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199603985
eISBN:
9780191725333
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603985.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

While in the late 1920s Nabokov was particularly interested in understanding play through the specific qualities of individual games and sports, in the next decade he was thinking about play in ... More


The Order of Insight

Angelica Goodden

in Rousseau's Hand: The Crafting of a Writer

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199683833
eISBN:
9780191766190
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683833.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, European Literature

In this chapter the writing of the Confessions is associated with Rousseau's discovery of botanizing as a collection of ‘specimens’ to be classified and examined according to objective criteria, ... More


Social Policy Review 21: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2009

Kirstein Rummery, Ian Greener, and Chris Holden (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781847423733
eISBN:
9781447303480
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847423733.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Research and Statistics

This series provides all those interested in welfare issues with critical analyses of progress and change in areas of major interest during the past year. This year the book takes the opportunity of ... More


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