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Foreword to Principia Metaphysica

Colin McGinn

in Basic Structures of Reality: Essays in Meta-Physics

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199841103
eISBN:
9780199919529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841103.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, General

This chapter continues the theme of knowledge and its limits, combined with intellectual striving—the desire to reach a final comprehension of reality and the accompanying sense of bafflement and ... More


Nietzsche's Illustration of the Art of Exegesis

Christopher Janaway

in Beyond Selflessness: Reading Nietzsche's Genealogy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199279692
eISBN:
9780191707407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279692.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter concerns Nietzsche's claim that Genealogy III is a commentary on an aphorism placed in front of it, which illustrates the art of interpretation or exegesis required to decipher ... More


Nietzsche's New Direction

Robin Small

in Nietzsche and Rée: A Star Friendship

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199278077
eISBN:
9780191602702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199278075.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Nietzsche learned from both the style and content of Rée’s work but used them in his own way. This chapter discusses Nietzsche’s understanding of the ‘historical approach to philosophy’, which he ... More


Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought

John T. Lysaker

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226569567
eISBN:
9780226569734
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226569734.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Taking the demand “know thyself" to heart, Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought argues that philosophy is best understood as an activity of writing, and that writerly choices influence ... More


Some People, Other People

William Ickes

in Strangers in a Strange Lab: How Personality Shapes Our Initial Encounters with Others

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195372953
eISBN:
9780199893317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372953.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter introduces the book by noting how important it is to know which people to affiliate with and which people to avoid. Figuring this out isn't always easy, and some of the guidelines that ... More


Far from the Madding Crowd:: Venus' Looking Glass

Marjorie Garson

in Hardy's Fables of Integrity: Woman, Body, Text

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122234
eISBN:
9780191671371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122234.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The novel Far from the Madding Crowd was evidently constructed on a binary opposition pattern. This is illustrated in terms of contrasts between characters: the unromantic yet reliable Oak against ... More


Reflections from a Damaged Life: The Zürau Aphorisms, 1917–1918

Ritchie Robertson

in Kafka: Judaism, Politics, and Literature

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158141
eISBN:
9780191673276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158141.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Early on the morning of August 13, 1917, Franz Kafka woke up and found himself spitting blood. It was a haemorrhage, the first sign of what was diagnosed a few weeks later as pulmonary tuberculosis. ... More


Into the Future

Patricia Appelbaum

in St. Francis of America: How a Thirteenth-Century Friar Became America's Most Popular Saint

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469623740
eISBN:
9781469624990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623740.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter looks at the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. Although any assessment of recent history is necessarily tentative, three trends seem likely to continue. The first is the ... More


In the Beginning Was the Deed

John T. Lysaker

in Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226569567
eISBN:
9780226569734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226569734.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter takes Walter Benjamin's One Way Street as an example of philosophical writing that uses short, unassuming forms of writing such as aphorisms and the essay to address emerging, ... More


Fits and Starts

John T. Lysaker

in Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226569567
eISBN:
9780226569734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226569734.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter argues that writing is part of an author's thought process and thus more significant than the meaning of a given statement. Using the example of a translation of an aphorism by Karl ... More


Resoundingly Reticent

John T. Lysaker

in Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226569567
eISBN:
9780226569734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226569734.003.0026
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Discussing Spinoza and Bacon, this chapter looks at how axioms, demonstrations, and aphorisms invite the reader into different kinds of thought.


Unequal to the Moment

John T. Lysaker

in Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226569567
eISBN:
9780226569734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226569734.003.0032
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Opening with a quotation from Benjamin, this chapter remarks upon the current resistance to long, all-encompassing, systematic philosophical works. Again, Lysaker returns to the aphorism as a model ... More


A Theory of the Aphorism: From Confucius to Twitter

Andrew Hui

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780691188959
eISBN:
9780691190556
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691188959.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Aphorisms—or philosophical short sayings—appear everywhere, from Confucius to Twitter, the Buddha to the Bible, Heraclitus to Nietzsche. Yet despite this ubiquity, the aphorism is the least studied ... More


Introduction

Jeremy Tambling

in On Anachronism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719082443
eISBN:
9781781703168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082443.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter introduces the concept of anachronism, which means considering what is out of time and what resists chronology. It first takes a look at deliberate anachronism, a technique that can be ... More


Maximizing Montaigne

William M. Hamlin

in Montaigne's English Journey: Reading the Essays in Shakespeare's Day

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199684113
eISBN:
9780191764677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684113.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, European Literature

This chapter addresses the seventeenth-century vogue of distilling Montaigne's Essays into aphoristic form, assimilating Montaignian thought into vernacular-wisdom literature. It relies not only on ... More


Machado de Assis: A Literary Life

K. David Jackson

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300180824
eISBN:
9780300182644
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300180824.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This book is an interpretation of J.M. Machado de Assis, the Brazilian writer, and his fictional world. The central idea is that Machado put before us the theater of the world of Rio de Janeiro ... More


Epilogue: A Circle

Andrew Hui

in A Theory of the Aphorism: From Confucius to Twitter

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780691188959
eISBN:
9780691190556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691188959.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This epilogue explores Twitter, which was founded in 2006, launching the now ubiquitous platform of the 140-character short form (now enlarged to 280). It is not difficult to see Twitter as a digital ... More


Novels of the 1870s

K. David Jackson

in Machado de Assis: A Literary Life

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300180824
eISBN:
9780300182644
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300180824.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Machado created a prose style, consistent from his first to last novels, characterized by an interactive relationship with technique and substance. His early fiction is an inherent part of this ... More


Of Human Ends in Bacon’s Essayes

Ralph Lerner

in "Na"ive Readings": Reveilles Political and Philosophic

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226353296
eISBN:
9780226353326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226353326.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

When choosing to compose a work that would come home to men’s business and bosoms, Francis Bacon had also to ponder what literary form would best serve that educative function. It is striking that he ... More


Meredith & Ends

Jami Bartlett

in Object Lessons: The Novel As a Theory of Reference

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226369655
eISBN:
9780226369792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226369792.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter defines and analyzes the “impacted object” in George Meredith’s The Egoist, arguing that the incomprehensible compression of his aphorisms and the tedium of his plots should be read as a ... More


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