A History of Ambiguity

A History of Ambiguity

A History of Ambiguity lays bare the long tradition of efforts to liberate language, and even a poet’s intention, from the strictures of a single meaning.

Author: Anthony Ossa-Richardson

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691228440

Category: Literary Criticism

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Ever since it was first published in 1930, William Empson's Seven Types of Ambiguity has been perceived as a milestone in literary criticism--far from being an impediment to communication, ambiguity now seemed an index of poetic richness and expressive power. Little, however, has been written on the broader trajectory of Western thought about ambiguity before Empson; as a result, the nature of his innovation has been poorly understood. A History of Ambiguity remedies this omission. Starting with classical grammar and rhetoric, and moving on to moral theology, law, biblical exegesis, German philosophy, and literary criticism, Anthony Ossa-Richardson explores the many ways in which readers and theorists posited, denied, conceptualised, and argued over the existence of multiple meanings in texts between antiquity and the twentieth century. This process took on a variety of interconnected forms, from the Renaissance delight in the 'elegance' of ambiguities in Horace, through the extraordinary Catholic claim that Scripture could contain multiple literal--and not just allegorical--senses, to the theory of dramatic irony developed in the nineteenth century, a theory intertwined with discoveries of the double meanings in Greek tragedy. Such narratives are not merely of antiquarian interest: rather, they provide an insight into the foundations of modern criticism, revealing deep resonances between acts of interpretation in disparate eras and contexts. A History of Ambiguity lays bare the long tradition of efforts to liberate language, and even a poet's intention, from the strictures of a single meaning.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Culture of Ambiguity

A Culture of Ambiguity

Awarded the prestigious Leibniz Prize, A Culture of Ambiguity not only reframes a vast range of Islamic history but also offers an interdisciplinary model for investigating the tolerance of ambiguity across cultures and eras.

Author: Thomas Bauer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231553322

Category: Religion

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In the Western imagination, Islamic cultures are dominated by dogmatic religious norms that permit no nuance. Those fighting such stereotypes have countered with a portrait of Islam’s medieval “Golden Age,” marked by rationality, tolerance, and even proto-secularism. How can we understand Islamic history, culture, and thought beyond this dichotomy? In this magisterial cultural and intellectual history, Thomas Bauer reconsiders classical and modern Islam by tracing differing attitudes toward ambiguity. Over a span of many centuries, he explores the tension between one strand that aspires to annihilate all uncertainties and establish absolute, uncontestable truths and another, competing tendency that looks for ways to live with ambiguity and accept complexity. Bauer ranges across cultural and linguistic ambiguities, considering premodern Islamic textual and cultural forms from law to Quranic exegesis to literary genres alongside attitudes toward religious minorities and foreigners. He emphasizes the relative absence of conflict between religious and secular discourses in classical Islamic culture, which stands in striking contrast to both present-day fundamentalism and much of European history. Bauer shows how Islam’s encounter with the modern West and its demand for certainty helped bring about both Islamicist and secular liberal ideologies that in their own ways rejected ambiguity—and therefore also their own cultural traditions. Awarded the prestigious Leibniz Prize, A Culture of Ambiguity not only reframes a vast range of Islamic history but also offers an interdisciplinary model for investigating the tolerance of ambiguity across cultures and eras.
Categories: Religion

A National Minimum

A National Minimum

Author: Anthony Barnes Atkinson

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:34998989

Category: Social security

Page: 33

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Categories: Social security

Distancing of Good

Distancing of Good

Author: Bernard J. Cooke

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:848704461

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A History of English Law

A History of English Law

permissible to remedy a patent ambiguity ; ? but that direct evidence of intention
was admissible to solve a latent ambiguity , if it was a case of equivocation ; ?
and that , in other cases of latent ambiguity , evidence of the circumstances could
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Author: Sir William Searle Holdsworth

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105061460742

Category: Law

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Categories: Law

Seven Types of Ambiguity

Seven Types of Ambiguity

We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Author: William Empson

Publisher: Seabrook Press

ISBN: 9781406769517

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Art and Ambiguity

Art and Ambiguity

Understanding this subjectivity and the ' institutional practices ' that dictated
which objects would be appropriated or collected , is what the history of collecting
is all about . During the 18th and early 19th centuries , few Europeans had any
first ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105111098096

Category: Art

Page: 197

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Categories: Art

Indochina

Indochina

It is the only work to avoid nationalist, colonialist, and anticolonialist historiographies in order to fully explore the ambiguity of the French colonial period.

Author: Pierre Brocheux

Publisher:

ISBN: 0520245393

Category: History

Page: 490

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"An important, well-conceived, and original piece of historical synthesis."--Peter Zinoman, author of The Colonial Bastille: A History of Imprisonment in Vietnam "Indochina is the first and best general history of French colonial Indochina from its inception in 1858 to its crumbling in 1954. It is the only work to avoid nationalist, colonialist, and anticolonialist historiographies in order to fully explore the ambiguity of the French colonial period. A major contribution to the national histories of France, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia."--Christopher Goscha, Université du Québec à Montréal
Categories: History

Ambiguity and Command

Ambiguity and Command

However , where environments and organizations are relatively complex and
objectives and history are relatively ambiguous , the decision processes that
have been observed seem inadequately comprehended within such a frame . In
such ...

Author: James G. March

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman

ISBN: UOM:39015015449732

Category: Command of troops

Page: 345

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Categories: Command of troops

Alexander

Alexander

A classical scholar traces the dramatic life and legend of Alexander the Great, discussing his youth in Macedonia, military accomplishments, complicated sexuality, mysterious death, and legacy. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Author: Guy MacLean Rogers

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 0812972716

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 420

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A classical scholar traces the dramatic life and legend of Alexander the Great, discussing his youth in Macedonia, military accomplishments, complicated sexuality, mysterious death, and legacy. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Cambridge Anthropology

Cambridge Anthropology

As an accounting of past events , the history of Kaokoland's factional dispute has
led us back toward the ambiguous nature of colonial rule . As I have tried to show
, the ambiguity generated and disseminated from within the South African ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105132658274

Category: Anthropology

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How Mathematicians Think

How Mathematicians Think

"--David Ruelle, author of Chance and Chaos "This is an important book, one that should cause an epoch-making change in the way we think about mathematics.

Author: William Byers

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691145997

Category: Mathematics

Page: 424

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To many outsiders, mathematicians appear to think like computers, grimly grinding away with a strict formal logic and moving methodically--even algorithmically--from one black-and-white deduction to another. Yet mathematicians often describe their most important breakthroughs as creative, intuitive responses to ambiguity, contradiction, and paradox. A unique examination of this less-familiar aspect of mathematics, How Mathematicians Think reveals that mathematics is a profoundly creative activity and not just a body of formalized rules and results. Nonlogical qualities, William Byers shows, play an essential role in mathematics. Ambiguities, contradictions, and paradoxes can arise when ideas developed in different contexts come into contact. Uncertainties and conflicts do not impede but rather spur the development of mathematics. Creativity often means bringing apparently incompatible perspectives together as complementary aspects of a new, more subtle theory. The secret of mathematics is not to be found only in its logical structure. The creative dimensions of mathematical work have great implications for our notions of mathematical and scientific truth, and How Mathematicians Think provides a novel approach to many fundamental questions. Is mathematics objectively true? Is it discovered or invented? And is there such a thing as a "final" scientific theory? Ultimately, How Mathematicians Think shows that the nature of mathematical thinking can teach us a great deal about the human condition itself.
Categories: Mathematics

Giorgione s Ambiguity

Giorgione   s Ambiguity

But many of these are among the most mysterious and alluring in the history of art.

Author: Tom Nichols

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781789142969

Category: Art

Page: 288

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The Venetian painter known as Giorgione or “big George” died at a young age in the dreadful plague of 1510, possibly having painted fewer than twenty-five works. But many of these are among the most mysterious and alluring in the history of art. Paintings such as The Three Philosophers and The Tempest remain compellingly elusive, seeming to deny the viewer the possibility of interpreting their meaning. Tom Nichols argues that this visual elusiveness was essential to Giorgione’s sensual approach and that ambiguity is the defining quality of his art. Through detailed discussions of all Giorgione’s works, Nichols shows that by abandoning the more intellectual tendencies of much Renaissance art, Giorgione made the world and its meanings appear always more inscrutable.
Categories: Art

A Certain Ambiguity

A Certain Ambiguity

Suri and Bal succeed particularly well in the story of Vijay Sahni and Judge Taylor. This well-written book will, I believe, find readers not only among mathematicians, but in a wider audience that is intrigued by mathematical meaning.

Author: Gaurav Suri

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691146010

Category: Fiction

Page: 281

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While taking a class on infinity at Stanford in the late 1980s, Ravi Kapoor discovers that he is confronting the same mathematical and philosophical dilemmas that his mathematician grandfather had faced many decades earlier--and that had landed him in jail. Charged under an obscure blasphemy law in a small New Jersey town in 1919, Vijay Sahni is challenged by a skeptical judge to defend his belief that the certainty of mathematics can be extended to all human knowledge--including religion. Together, the two men discover the power--and the fallibility--of what has long been considered the pinnacle of human certainty, Euclidean geometry. As grandfather and grandson struggle with the question of whether there can ever be absolute certainty in mathematics or life, they are forced to reconsider their fundamental beliefs and choices. Their stories hinge on their explorations of parallel developments in the study of geometry and infinity--and the mathematics throughout is as rigorous and fascinating as the narrative and characters are compelling and complex. Moving and enlightening, A Certain Ambiguity is a story about what it means to face the extent--and the limits--of human knowledge.
Categories: Fiction

Material Culture and Text

Material Culture and Text

Originally published in 1991, this is the first book-length exploration of post-structuralist discourse theory in archaeology.

Author: Christopher Tilley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317599661

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

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Originally published in 1991, this is the first book-length exploration of post-structuralist discourse theory in archaeology. It tackles the most basic problem of historical and archaeological analysis - the relationship between text and artefact – in an analysis of prehistoric art fusing theory and the practice of interpretation to create a fresh framework for understanding the relationship between past and present. Focusing on a collection of rock carvings from northern Sweden, the author shows how alternative conceptualizations of the material from structuralist, hermeneutic and structural-Marxist frameworks substantially alter our understanding of their meaning and significance. Engaging readers in an interpretive process, this book is for specialists in archaeology, anthropology, art history and cultural studies.
Categories: Social Science

Philosophy and History

Philosophy and History

However , in the same letter Schelling also advises Fichte to give up the
ambiguous relationship to Kant " which may have done him more harm than
anything else ” . And , indeed , Fichte's relationship to Kantian philosophy cannot
be called ...

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ISBN: PSU:000059905059

Category: Germany

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Categories: Germany

A History of Christian Thought

A History of Christian Thought

Luther's dictum of simul justus et peccator best describes the paradoxical nature
of this experience.71 Participation in the New Being remains incomplete . Neither
the individual nor the Church can wholly escape the ambiguities of historical ...

Author: Juergen Ludwig Neve

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39076006561380

Category: Theology, Doctrinal

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Categories: Theology, Doctrinal