By Thomas R. Martin
During this compact but complete background of old Greece, Thomas R. Martin brings alive Greek civilization from its Stone Age roots to the fourth century B.C. concentrating on the advance of the Greek city-state and the society, tradition, and structure of Athens in its Golden Age, Martin integrates political, army, social, and cultural historical past in a publication that might entice scholars and normal readers alike. Now in its moment version, this vintage paintings now gains new maps and illustrations, a brand new creation, and updates throughout.
"A limpidly written, hugely available, and accomplished background of Greece and its civilizations from prehistory throughout the cave in of Alexander the Great's empire...A hugely readable account of old Greece, quite worthwhile as an introductory or evaluation textual content for the coed or the overall reader."—Kirkus Reviews
"A polished and informative paintings that might be invaluable for common readers and students."—Daniel Tompkins, Temple collage
By Dean Hammer
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2008
Links glossy political theorists with the Romans who encouraged them
Roman contributions to political conception were said essentially within the province of legislations and management. regardless of a turning out to be curiosity between classicists in Roman political idea, so much political theorists view it as purely by-product of Greek philosophy.
Focusing at the works of key Roman thinkers, Dean Hammer recasts the legacy in their political notion, studying their resourceful imaginative and prescient of a susceptible political international and the connection of the person to this realm. through bringing glossy political theorists into dialog with the Romans who encouraged them—Arendt with Cicero, Machiavelli with Livy, Montesquieu with Tacitus, Foucault with Seneca—the writer exhibits how either old Roman and sleek eu thinkers search to get better an attachment to the political international that we really inhabit, instead of to a utopia—a “perfect nowhere” outdoors of the prevailing order.
Brimming with clean interpretations of either old and glossy theorists, this e-book bargains provocative interpreting for classicists, political scientists, and an individual attracted to political concept and philosophy. it's also a well timed meditation at the hidden ways that democracy may give approach to despotism while the animating spirit of politics succumbs to resignation, cynicism, and worry.
By Brian J. McVeigh
Uniforms will not be designated to Japan, yet their recognition there indicates very important linkages: fabric tradition, politico-economic initiatives, physically administration, and the development of subjectivity are all attached to the donning of uniforms. This e-book examines what the wearing of uniforms says approximately cultural psychology and the expression of monetary nationalism in Japan. Conformity in gown is principally obvious among scholars, who're required to put on uniforms by means of most faculties. Drawing on concrete examples, the writer focuses fairly on scholar uniforms, that are key socializing gadgets in Japan's politico-economic order, but in addition examines "office ladies" (secretaries), "salary men" (white collar workers), carrier group of workers, and housewives, who put on one of those uniformed costume. Arguing that uniforms should be considered as fabric markers of a existence cycle controlled via robust politico-economic associations, he additionally exhibits that resistance to legit kingdom tasks is expressed via "anti-uniforming" modes of self-presentation.
By Victoria Vesna
Database Aesthetics examines the database as cultural and aesthetic shape, explaining how artists have participated in community tradition through developing facts artwork. The essays during this assortment examine how a classy emerges while artists use the titanic quantities of obtainable details as their medium. the following, the methods details is ordered and arranged develop into creative offerings, and artists have an important function in influencing and critiquing the digitization of everyday life.
members: Sharon Daniel, U of California, Santa Cruz; Steve Deitz, Carleton university; Lynn Hershman Leeson, U of California, Davis; George Legrady, U of California, Santa Barbara; Eduardo Kac, college of the artwork Institute of Chicago; Norman Klein, California Institute of the humanities; John Klima; Lev Manovich, U of California, San Diego; Robert F. Nideffer, U of California, Irvine; Nancy Paterson, Ontario collage of artwork and layout; Christiane Paul, tuition of visible Arts in long island; Marko Peljhan, U of California, Santa Barbara; Warren Sack, U of California, Santa Cruz; invoice Seaman, Rhode Island college of layout; Grahame Weinbren, institution of visible Arts, big apple.
Victoria Vesna is a media artist, and professor and chair of the dep. of layout and Media Arts on the collage of California, Los Angeles.
What has develop into often called the Frankfurt university is frequently decreased to a small variety of theorists in media verbal exchange and cultural reviews. demanding this hindrance, Revisiting The Frankfurt institution introduces a much broader theoretical standpoint via introducing serious checks on a few writers linked to the college which were usually marginalized from debate.
This publication consequently expands our knowing by way of addressing the writings of intellectuals who have been both contributors of the college, or have been heavily linked to it, yet usually ignored. It hence brings jointly the newest learn of a global group of specialists to ascertain the paintings of figures corresponding to the social psychologist Erich Fromm, the philosophy of Siegfried Kracauer, the author on media and conversation Leo Lowenthal, introducing Hans Magnus Enzenberger to the talk, while additionally laying off new gentle at the paintings of Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Walter Benjamin and Jürgen Habermas.
A severe reassessment of the contributions of the Frankfurt institution and its affiliates to cultural, media and conversation stories, in addition to to our glossy knowing of latest media expertise and debate in the public sphere, this ebook will attract people with pursuits in sociology, philosophy, social psychology, social concept, media and verbal exchange, and cultural experiences.
By Vilém Flusser
Ten years after his dying, the popularity of Vilém Flusser as considered one of Europe's most unique glossy philosophers maintains to develop. more and more influential in Europe and Latin the United States, the Prague-born intellectual's idea has earlier remained principally unknown within the English-speaking global as a result of a scarcity of translations. His cutting edge writings theorize-and eventually embrace-the epochal shift that humanity is present process from what he termed "linear thinking" (based on writing) towards a brand new type of multidimensional, visible pondering embodied through electronic tradition. For Flusser, those new modes and applied sciences of conversation make attainable a society (the "telematic" society) within which discussion among humans turns into the best worth.
The first English-language anthology of Flusser's paintings, this quantity monitors the intense diversity and subtlety of his mind. a few of the essays amassed right here introduce and difficult upon his conception of verbal exchange, stimulated via thinkers as varied as Martin Buber, Edmund Husserl, and Thomas Kuhn. whereas taking dystopian, posthuman visions of communique applied sciences under consideration, Flusser celebrates their liberatory and humanizing facets. For Flusser, life was once corresponding to being thrown into an abyss of absurd adventure or "bottomlessness"; turning into human required growing that means out of this painful occasion through consciously connecting with others, partially via such applied sciences. different essays current Flusser's suggestions at the way forward for writing, the innovative nature of images, the connection among exile and creativity, and his unconventional notion of posthistory. Taken jointly, those essays ensure Flusser's significance and prescience inside of modern philosophy.
Vilém Flusser (1920-1991) was once born in Prague, emigrated to Brazil, the place he taught philosophy and wrote an everyday newspaper column in São Paulo, and later moved to France. He wrote a number of books in Portuguese and German; the form of items (1999) and towards a Philosophy of images (2000) were translated into English.
Andreas Ströhl is director of the movie division on the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes in Munich.
Erik Eisel, who acquired his PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA, presently works for a software program expertise corporation in Southern California.
By Peter Linebaugh
During this travel de strength, celebrated historian Peter Linebaugh takes objective on the thieves of land, the polluters of the seas, the ravagers of the forests, the despoilers of rivers and the removers of mountaintops. Scarcely a society has existed that has now not had commoning at its middle. those essays kindle the embers of reminiscence to ignite our destiny commons. From Thomas Paine to the Luddites, from Karl Marx to the sensible dreamer William Morris, to the 20th-century communist historian E.P. Thompson, Linebaugh brings to lifestyles the very important commonist culture.
By David Boyle
My test, Non OCR'd, 300DPI
David Boyle courses us throughout the subsequent giant factor in Western dwelling -- the made up our minds rejection of the pretend, the digital, the spun and the industrially produced, within the look for authenticity. The charms of the worldwide and digital destiny we have been all stated to count on, the place nutrition will be eaten within the type of tablets and machines could do all our paintings, have worn relatively skinny. It's now not that we don't wish the entire benefits of growth, we simply desire a destiny that manages to be neighborhood and genuine too. monitoring the fight for truth from eastern subject parks to mock-Tudor villas and from Byron to important Brother, 'Authenticity' explains the place our reactions opposed to spin and fakeness come from -- and the place they're going. the present revival of actual nutrients, actual enterprise, genuine tradition flies within the face of specialist opinion from politicians, economists, advertisers and large enterprise -- and they're having to run to take care of as our hype attention-span will get ever shorter. confident, witty, hugely thought-provoking and full of interesting tales, Boyle's seek asks even if coolness is useless, how genuine truth is and no matter if realpolitik can ever develop into genuine politics. He places authenticity firmly at the map, lifting the lid on the entire different signs of this strong new phenomenon -- revealing the unforeseen strength that appears set to alter all our lives.