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Introduction: Confronting the Reaper

Feldman Fred

in Confrontations with the Reaper: A Philosophical Study of the Nature and Value of Death

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195089288
eISBN:
9780199852963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195089288.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

In many forms of mythology and art, death has been pictured as a ferryman waiting to take those who have passed away to the other side. Another picture painted of death, albeit a more popular one, is ... More


Black, White, and Red: Communism and Anti-Colonialism in Alan Bush’s The Sugar Reapers

Joanna Bullivant

in Red Strains: Music and Communism Outside the Communist Bloc

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265390
eISBN:
9780191760440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265390.003.0014
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The opera The Sugar Reapers (1962–5), by Alan Bush (1900–95), is doubly outside the communist bloc: the work of an English communist, set in the remote South American colony of British Guiana. Yet ... More


Art and Organisation

David Manning

in Vaughan Williams on Music

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182392
eISBN:
9780199851485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0020
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter knows on the best authority that the wise thrush sings every song through twice, and this cannot be done without some amount of organization. Or take the case of the solitary reaper. She ... More


Final Frontiers: Into the Twenty-First Century

Gary Laderman

in Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183559
eISBN:
9780199850198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183559.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

One of the most easily recognizable characters in American consciousness—the Grim Reaper—has recently been resurrected not by leaders in the church but through advertising. The figure of the Grim ... More


Trying Machines

Emily Pawley

in The Nature of the Future: Agriculture, Science, and Capitalism in the Antebellum North

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226693835
eISBN:
9780226693972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226693972.003.0005
Subject:
History, Environmental History

Chapter 4 expands the history of improving experiment to examine its largest, most theatrical, and high-stakes setting: the public machine trials of the 1850s. These trials reversed the flow of ... More


Figuring the Real: Wordsworth's “the Solitary Reaper”

Allen Grossman

in True-Love: Essays on Poetry and Valuing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226309736
eISBN:
9780226309750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226309750.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter says something about the interest or stake we have in the witness of poems—that is to say, something about the poetic interest, an interest evoked by the lure and shamelessness of what ... More


Increasing Complexity and Uneven Results: Drone Campaigns

Jon R. Lindsay

in Information Technology and Military Power: Information Technology and Military Power

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501749568
eISBN:
9781501749582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749568.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

This chapter focuses on the command and control of drone operations, which spans international, organizational, and intellectual boundaries. The complex information system that directs U.S. drone ... More


Songs in Books (1): Pippa Passes

Daniel Karlin

in The Figure of the Singer

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199213986
eISBN:
9780191803314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199213986.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores the representation of songs within poems, or literal songs, by focusing on Robert Browning’s 1841 verse drama Pippa Passes. It first considers the ‘borrowed’ song as an ... More


Supertasks and Deterministic Paradoxes

Alexander R. Pruss

in Infinity, Causation, and Paradox

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198810339
eISBN:
9780191847325
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198810339.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

As a warm-up, a careful analysis of Thomson’s Lamp is given. It gives some, but not all thatmuch, support to causal finitism.Then the GrimReaper paradox is examined, and it is argued that although a ... More


Refinement, Alternatives, and Extensions

Alexander R. Pruss

in Infinity, Causation, and Paradox

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198810339
eISBN:
9780191847325
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198810339.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

A number of questions concerning the precise formulation of causal finitism—mainly, the question of what causal relation counts for generating causal histories—are raised, and solutions are surveyed. ... More


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