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How, and How Not, to Use the Concept of Crisis in the Reign of Louis XVI*

Jean-Pierre Poussou

in The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy: France from Old Regime to Revolution

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265383
eISBN:
9780191760433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265383.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

This chapter demonstrates that the idea of a ‘general crisis’ affecting the whole of Louis XVI's reign is unsustainable. This is particularly true of the French economy, where the influence of Ernest ... More


The Dangers of Amour‐Propre

Frederick Neuhouser

in Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199542673
eISBN:
9780191715402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542673.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter reconstructs Rousseau's account of why amour-propre is the principal source of the enslavement, conflict, vice, misery, and self-estrangement that pervades human reality. The first ... More


The Felicity we Make or Find

John Kekes

in Enjoyment: The Moral Significance of Styles of Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199546923
eISBN:
9780191720109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546923.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter is about the possibility of living enjoyably in the face of adversity and contingency, without seeking consolation in religious or some version of secular faith. The key is to develop ... More


Paul Samuelson on Karl Marx: Were the Sacrificed Games of Tennis Worth It?

Geoff Harcourt

in Samuelsonian Economics and the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199298839
eISBN:
9780191711480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298839.003.0009
Subject:
Economics and Finance, History of Economic Thought

This chapter challenges us to delve into Samuelson's ideas from an eraser's point of view. When we observe carefully, we find Samuelson saying: ‘Contemplate two alternative and discordant systems. ... More


Troublesome Voices

Douglas Kerr

in Wilfred Owen's Voices: Language and Community

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198123705
eISBN:
9780191671609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198123705.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

While at the Keswick convention, Wilfred Owen felt doubt and unsure about how Christian attitudes addressed instances of social misery. The doctrine of original sin was highlighted by Evangelical ... More


The Survival in Poetry

Pietro Pucci

in Euripides’s Revolution under Cover: An Essay

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9781501700613
eISBN:
9781501704055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501700613.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the spiritual misery of human life in Euripides's poetry. In Troades, Hecuba frames the whole glorious and painful adventure of Troy as the song that the poets will sing. Hecuba ... More


Nature, Poetry, and the Vicissitudes of Love

John Beer

in Coleridge's Play of Mind

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199574018
eISBN:
9780191723100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574018.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Development of the relationship with Sara Hutchinson. Coleridge's journey to Malta and his reaction to John Wordsworth's death at sea. His ‘involuntary jealousy’ at Wordsworth's unlimited access to ... More


Happiness for All?: Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream

Carol Graham

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691169460
eISBN:
9781400884971
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169460.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

The Declaration of Independence states that all people are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and that among these is the pursuit of happiness. But is happiness available equally to everyone in ... More


Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics

Nina L. Khrushcheva

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108866
eISBN:
9780300148244
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108866.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Vladimir Nabokov's “Western choice”—his exile to the West after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution—allowed him to take a crucial literary journey, leaving the closed nineteenth-century Russian culture ... More


The Great War and René Blum

Judith Chazin-Bennahum

in René Blum and the Ballets Russes: In Search of a Lost Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195399332
eISBN:
9780199897025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399332.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter introduces the short journal memoir that Blum kept after he enlisted in the army as an English interpreter for a British division in World War I. It discloses the wording of the Croix de ... More


Causes and Consequences

Jean-Luc Nancy

in Identity: Fragments, Frankness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823256105
eISBN:
9780823261314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823256105.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

In chapter 1, Nancy resituates this debate on identity by recalling the economic and social factors playing in the question of identity and national identity. H argues that the current questions on ... More


Health of Mind and Body

Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee, and George Ward

in The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being over the Life Course

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196336
eISBN:
9780691196954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196336.003.0007
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Behavioural Economics

This chapter argues that both physical and mental health are hugely important for an enjoyable life. Illnesses of either type can be devastating. But the chapter asserts that mental illness explains ... More


Measuring Cost-Effectiveness in Terms of Happiness

Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee, and George Ward

in The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being over the Life Course

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196336
eISBN:
9780691196954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196336.003.0016
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Behavioural Economics

This chapter demonstrates that policy analysis should be based on happiness as the measure of benefit (except where traditional methods actually work). It argues that this should be generally applied ... More


What Feels Right: Ethics, Intuition, and the Experience of Narrative

Jesse Rosenthal

in Good Form: The Ethical Experience of the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196640
eISBN:
9781400883738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196640.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter demonstrates how literary theory bears the mark of the ethical debates of the nineteenth century. Through a reading of Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton (1848) and Charles Dickens's Hard ... More


The Pleasure of Pain: Gardening for the Soul

Melissa L. Caldwell

in Dacha Idylls: Living Organically in Russia's Countryside

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520262843
eISBN:
9780520947870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520262843.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, European Cultural Anthropology

This chapter addresses why Russians engage in unpleasant, labor-intensive, and increasingly expensive activities, such as gardening and provisioning, while claiming that they derive deep personal, ... More


Femme Aggression and the Value of Labor

Amber Jamilla Musser

in Sensual Excess: Queer Femininity and Brown Jouissance

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479807031
eISBN:
9781479845491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479807031.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

This chapter makes the question of affective labor explicit as it works through Maureen Catbagan’s video series Crush (2010–2012), which features a woman in high heels crushing plastic toys. ... More


Contemporary social evils

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781847424099
eISBN:
9781447301981
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847424099.001.0001
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy

Which underlying problems pose the greatest threat to British society in the twenty-first century? A hundred years after its philanthropist founder identified poverty, alcohol, drugs and gambling ... More


Captured Speech

Arlette Farge

in The Allure of the Archives

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780300176735
eISBN:
9780300180213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300176735.003.0006
Subject:
History, Historiography

The judicial archives reveal a fragmented world. The events are mundane and their occurrence beyond commonplace. The characters are ordinary and the documentary record of them is fragmentary. This ... More


Strangers on a Plane: On Not Answering the Big Question

Susanne Kord

in 12 Monkeys

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781999334000
eISBN:
9781800342491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781999334000.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at the penultimate scene of Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, which shows the bird's eye shot of young Cole getting in the car and a close-up of his eyes as they follow a plane. It ... More


Jestbooks and the Indifference to Reform

Simon Dickie

in Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226146188
eISBN:
9780226146201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226146201.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter examines jestbooks during the mid-eighteenth century, a period that historians of popular culture have often argued to be marked by humor of protest. The question the author asks, ... More


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