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Joseph V. Femia

in Against the Masses: Varieties of Anti-Democratic Thought Since the French Revolution

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198280637
eISBN:
9780191599231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198280637.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

After discussing the various definitions of democracy, the chapter laments the paucity and inadequacy of the literature on anti‐democratic thought. Hirschman's three categories of ‘reactionary’ ... More


The Perversity Thesis

Joseph V. Femia

in Against the Masses: Varieties of Anti-Democratic Thought Since the French Revolution

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198280637
eISBN:
9780191599231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198280637.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The perversity thesis (that democratic reform will bring despotism) is explored through a critical analysis of the thought of its main exemplars: Burke, Maistre, Hegel, and Tocqueville. The thesis is ... More


Reasons for Love

Robert C. Solomon

in In Defense of Sentimentality

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780195145502
eISBN:
9780199834969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019514550X.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Do we love for reasons? Most romantics would insist not. In fact, we love despite good reasons not to love. I argue that love necessarily involves reasons (though not necessarily conscious or ... More


Civilization and Morality: Manichaean Attitudes among the Occupiers of Southern Rhodesia, 1890–1905

DIANA JEATER

in Marriage, Perversion, and Power: The Construction of Moral Discourse in Southern Rhodesia 1894-1930

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203797
eISBN:
9780191675980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203797.003.0002
Subject:
History, World Modern History

‘Morality’ and ‘civilization’ dominated white discussions of African sexual behaviour. This chapter argues that the terms had little intrinsic meaning, serving only to justify making black sex a ... More


VALUE BEYOND DESIRE

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:
10.1093/0199273413.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines what happens when certain pathologies of desire are systematically refined. The results suggest that there is a desire-independent value residue, one to which the pure idealist ... More


Instincts or Drives?: The Birth of Psychoanalysis

Miguel de Beistegui

in The Government of Desire: A Genealogy of the Liberal Subject

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226547374
eISBN:
9780226547404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226547404.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter concludes the genealogy of the homo sexualis by turning to the birth of psychoanalysis, and Freud's contribution to the debate regarding the place and role of sexual drives in a range of ... More


Outrageous Fortune: Gloomy Reflections on Luck and Life

William Ian Miller

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780197530689
eISBN:
9780197530887
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197530689.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The book is a drolly pessimistic and vaguely misanthropic account that gives it a unity of voice, of view, and of several interlaced themes: the scarcity of good, that most of happiness comes in the ... More


From the Polymorphous Perverse to the Perverse Dynamic

Jonathan Dollimore

in Sexual Dissidence: Augustine to Wilde, Freud to Foucault

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112259
eISBN:
9780191670732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112259.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The undifferentiated desire of polymorphous perversity, liberated into its own truth, freed from repressive constraint, could become an inherently subversive force. In Life against Death, Norman O. ... More


Dis/Abling the Narrative: The Case of Tombéza

Salwa Ali Benzahra

in Worlds Apart?: Disability and Foreign Language Learning

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300116304
eISBN:
9780300144994
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300116304.003.0012
Subject:
Sociology, Education

The purpose of this chapter is to reflect not on the victims of terror, but on the other victims: the marginalized from within; in sum, the physically disabled. Tombeza, by Rachid Mimouni, will serve ... More


Peter Matthiessen

Tim Parks

in Life and Work: Writers, Readers, and the Conversations between Them

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300215366
eISBN:
9780300216738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300215366.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter offers a reading of Peter Matthiessen's novel In Paradise, which ventures to Auschwitz to confront the Holocaust. The Holocaust is perhaps the ultimate indictment of man's perversity. ... More


Perversion, Perversity, and Normality: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Considerations

Otto F. Kernberg

in Aggressivity, Narcissism, and Self-Destructiveness in the Psychotherapeutic Rela: New Developments in the Psychopathology and Psychotherapy of Severe Personality Disorders

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300101805
eISBN:
9780300128383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300101805.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Health Psychology

This chapter first considers the problem of sexual “normality.” It then discusses the clinical and psychoanalytic criteria of normality; the definition and psychodynamics of perversion; perversion ... More


On the singular deportment of death, love and grief

Miles Hollingworth

in Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199861590
eISBN:
9780199345441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861590.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

At the centre of Augustine’s experience of life as a man is the story of his lover of 15 years and their son together. As an episode in Augustine’s life it has hardly featured in the scholarship. ... More


Liberation Porn

Ryan Powell

in Coming Together: The Cinematic Elaboration of Gay Male Life, 1945-1979

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780226634234
eISBN:
9780226634401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226634401.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

This chapter looks at a strand of seventies gay hardcore porn films that operated as a site for gay liberation politics and philosophy. It considers how elements such as music, spatiality, and ... More


The Most Important Thing Is … Recognizing Risk

Howard Marks

in The Most Important Thing Illuminated: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231162845
eISBN:
9780231530798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231162845.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

This chapter presents something which is very crucial for successful investing: recognizing risk. Investment risk comes primarily from too-high prices that often come from excessive optimism as well ... More


Takahashi Tetsu and Popular Sexology in Early Postwar Japan, 1945–1970

Mark McLelland

in Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1960

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520293373
eISBN:
9780520966673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293373.003.0010
Subject:
History, World Modern History

This chapter examines popular sexology in Japan during the period 1945–1970 by focusing on the career of Takahashi Tetsu, one of the country's most prominent sexual scientists in the post-World War ... More


Perversity in the Performative: Sadism and Shame in the Macabresque

Edward Weisband

in The Macabresque: Human Violation and Hate in Genocide, Mass Atrocity and Enemy-Making

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190677886
eISBN:
9780190677916
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190677886.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics, Comparative Politics

To study the staged performative transgressions of victims, sadistic cruelty borne by the desire on the part of perpetrators to witness the collective dying of victims, requires analytical ... More


Toe Fou: Subliminally Seduced by Madonna’s Big Toe

Mark Dery

in I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677733
eISBN:
9781452948324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677733.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter focuses on the polymorphous perversity of Madonna’s big toe, which can be seen in the Versace advertisements that debuted in women’s magazines in 2005. Foot fetishism is as old as the ... More


Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Severed Head

Mark Dery

in I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677733
eISBN:
9781452948324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677733.003.0027
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter discusses thirteen ways of looking at a severed head: as a load off your shoulders; as no-brainer; as fetish object; or as polysemic perversity, abject object, undead fetish, disquieting ... More


I Must Be Idle

Jeffrey Knapp

in Pleasing Everyone: Mass Entertainment in Renaissance London and Golden-Age Hollywood

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190634063
eISBN:
9780190634094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634063.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

The two chapters in the second section of Pleasing Everyone address the paradox that modern commentators on mass entertainment regularly highlight in the very idea of “show business”: the ... More


Is Descartes’ View of Freedom Coherent?

C. P. Ragland

in The Will to Reason: Theodicy and Freedom in Descartes

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190264451
eISBN:
9780190264475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264451.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Descartes claims that freedom comes in degrees: some choices and actions are freer than others. Anthony Kenny argues that in trying to account for the scalar nature of freedom, Descartes rendered his ... More


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