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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


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


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


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


Staring

Leo Bersani

in Receptive Bodies

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226579627
eISBN:
9780226579931
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226579931.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

This chapter analyzes whether staring is relational or not. The frightening thing about staring is a person's total withdrawal at such moments—their compelling yet somehow wholly absent presence. It ... More


Idle Power: the Riot, the Commune, and Capitalist Time in Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day

Christian P. Haines

in A Desire Called America: Biopolitics, Utopia, and the Literary Commons

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780823286942
eISBN:
9780823288717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823286942.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that Thomas Pynchon’s novel Against the Day (2006) not only represents the temporality of capitalism but also contests it through an aesthetic strategy of idleness or sloth. It ... More


Fictional readers

Juliette Atkinson

in French Novels and the Victorians

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780197266090
eISBN:
9780191860003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266090.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Fictional Victorian readers were often prone to enjoying French novels. The dangers lurking for female readers in improper material had been something of a literary cliché for some time, and can be ... 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


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


Conclusion: On Going (and Getting) Nowhere with Our Words

Avner Baz

in The Crisis of Method in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198801887
eISBN:
9780191840432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198801887.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The conclusion underscores the difference between the method of cases as commonly practiced and ordinary language philosophy. The latter proceeds by inviting us to project ourselves imaginatively ... More


The Stages of Life

Alec Ryrie

in Being Protestant in Reformation Britain

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199565726
eISBN:
9780191750731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565726.003.0017
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, History of Religion

This chapter examines the different stages of the Protestant life-course. Childhood was normally neglected as a period of sin and ignorance, but in fact childhood piety was real, and a few memoirs, ... More


Tackling ignorance, promoting social mobility: education policy 1948 and 2008

Ruth Lupton and Howard Glennerster

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

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781847423733
eISBN:
9781447303480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847423733.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Social Research and Statistics

This chapter provides a useful counterpoint, drawing on feminist scholarship to highlight the gendered nature of policy designed to tackle the evil of ‘idleness’. It points to the dilemma, ... More


Children of Fancy: Academic Idleness and Love’s Labor’s Lost

Suparna Roychoudhury

in Phantasmatic Shakespeare: Imagination in the Age of Early Modern Science

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501726552
eISBN:
9781501726569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501726552.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter argues that the fanciful trifling featured in Love’s Labor’s Lost explores the epistemological utility of imagination, does so by deconstructing the prevalent view that imagination is a ... More


The Private and the Public

Noah Dauber

in State and Commonwealth: The Theory of the State in Early Modern England, 1549-1640

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691170305
eISBN:
9781400881017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691170305.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines Sir Francis Bacon's notion of the public and the private by offering a reading of his Essays and Aphorismi de Jure Gentium Maiore Sive de Fontibus Justiciae et Juris. Bacon was ... More


‘Baneful to Public and to Private Good’: Hours of Illness and Idleness in the Long Eighteenth Century

Jonathon Shears

in The Hangover: A Literary and Cultural History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621198
eISBN:
9781800341234
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621198.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 3 retains focus on the moral aspects of a hangover but links them specifically to debates in the long eighteenth century about work and idleness. It maintains that the hangover undermined ... More


Mournful Insensitivity: The Apocalypse of the Modern

Jeremi Szaniawski

in The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov: Figures of Paradox

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231167352
eISBN:
9780231850520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231167352.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter reviews the film Mournful Insensitivity (1983). Mournful Insensitivity is a film that is formally wild: both farcical and sombre, detached and brilliant, full of non-sequiturs and ... More


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