среда, 23 июля 2008 г.

Life and Society in the Hittite World


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Life and Society in the Hittite World
by Trevor Bryce

Times Literary Supplement
"Bryce gets behind the mask of the official records, and gives us the Hittites’ inner thoughts…. Thoughtful and informative." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Trevor Bryce has written a beautiful and informative book about how people lived in the Hittite kingdom. The book is reliable and accurate in its content. The text is extrememly well-written. At times the language is almost lyrical I have no reservation about recommending his book not only to the general public, but also to university students and even to my fellow specialists. I wish this book a wide reading."-Harry A. Hoffner, Jr. Journal of Near Eastern Studies
"What is...needed is a readable and up-to-date synthesis which can introduce the wider public to the Hittites as a human society, and the author has provided this in a masterly way.... Bryce gets behind the mask of the official records, and gives us the Hittites' inner thoughts. It is a world both humane and grim.... We may be closer heirs to the Kingdom of the Hittites than we imagine. Here is one more reason to study this thoughtful and informative book."--Times Literary Supplement
"Trevor Bryce is the most successful--and responsible--popularizer of Anatolian studies active today.... This volume provides a comprehensive and highly readable introduction to the culture of the earliest attested state-level society employing an Indo-European language. As such it should be most useful for professional Classicists and ancient historians, as well as for the general reader."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Combining lucidity with scholarly rigour and displaying an informed and thoughtful response to the topic, this well-written book will be of particular value to university students and ancient historians. It deserves also to find a place in the wider market."--Times Higher Education Supplement
"A reliably up-to-date Hittite study in English.... A captivating vignette introduces each chapter, drawing readers into the lives of various social types...as well as festivals, gods, law, medicine, myth, and death.... This accessible social history is lively and rich in information, a valuable addition to college and university libraries."--Choice


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In dealing with a wide range of aspects of the life, activities, and customs of the Late Bronze Age Hittite world, this book complements the treatment of Hittite military and political history presented by the author in The Kingdom of the Hittites (OUP, 1998). Through quotations from the original sources and through the word pictures to which these give rise, the book aims at recreating, as far as is possible, the daily lives and experiences of a people who for a time became the supreme political and military power in the ancient Near East.

About the Author

Trevor Bryce is Honorary Research Consultant, University of Queensland, Australia.

John Dee: 1527-1608


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John Dee: 1527-1608 (Ibis Western Mystery Tradition)
by Charlotte Fell Smith (Author), R. A. Gilbert (Introduction)

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John Dee (1527 - 1608) is most known for his work with Edward Kelley in contacting spirits and transcribing angelic language. Smith provides a clear retelling of their famous and tempestuous relationship and lays to rest some of the ridiculous stories about Dee. Charlotte Smith’s biography draws from Dee’s private diaries and several of his important works including The Book of the Mysteries and A True and Faithful Relation, bringing to light all his truly remarkable accomplishments. As a man of great learning, he fell under the suspicion of his less-gifted contemporaries and suffered rumor and even imprisonment. But for the most part, he was quite famous in his day, serving as mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer to the royal court of England. Smith credits him for initiating the creation of England’s National Library.

This is the first complete biography of the 14th-century scientist, philosopher, and magician.

Included in the book are 8 plates depicting some of Dee's works and pertinent memorabilia.

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The first complete biography of the 14th-century scientist, philosopher, and magician. Includes 8 plates depicting some of Dee's works and pertinent memorabilia. Essential for students who want a full understanding of the ground from which the Western esoteric arts have grown.

Christian Theology in Asia


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Christian Theology in Asia by Sebastian C. H. Kim (Editor)

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The majority of the world's Christians now live outside Europe and North America, and global Christianity is becoming increasingly diverse. Interest in the history and theology of churches in non-Western contexts is growing rapidly as 'old world' churches face this new reality. This book focuses on how Asian Christian theologies have been shaped by the interaction of Christian communities with the societies around them and how they relate to the specific historical contexts from which they have emerged. The distinctiveness of Asian Christianity is shown to be the outcome of dealing with various historical challenges. Questions addressed include:  How does Asian Christianity relate to local socio-cultural, religious and political environments?  What is distinctive about the historical development of Asian theologies?  How have Asian theologies contributed to contemporary theological discussions within world Christianity?

Book Description
 How does Asian Christianity relate to local socio-cultural and political environments?  What is distinctive about the historical development of Asian theologies?  How have Asian theologies contributed to contemporary theological discussions within world Christianity?

About the Author
Sebastian C. H. Kim is Professor of Theology and Public Life at the Faculty of Education and Theology, York St John University. His publications include In Search of Identity: Debates on Religious Conversion in India (2003).

вторник, 22 июля 2008 г.

The Cambridge Companion to Levinas


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The Cambridge Companion to Levinas (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy)
by Simon Critchley (Editor), Robert Bernasconi (Editor)

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"[A] quite worthwile volume." Philosophy in Review

"This is an impressive collection of articles, which will appeal to neophytes as well as to the most seasoned veterans of Levinas." - Zahi Zalloua, Whitman College

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Emmanuel Levinas is now widely recognized alongside Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre as one of the most important Continental philosophers of the twentieth century. His abiding concern was the primacy of the ethical relation to the other person and his central thesis was that ethics is first philosophy. His work has had a profound impact on a number of fields outside philosophy--such as theology, Jewish studies, literature and cultural theory, psychotherapy, sociology, political theory, international relations theory and critical legal theory.

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Emmanuel Levinas is now widely recognised alongside Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre as one of the most important Continental philosophers of the twentieth century. His abiding concern was the primacy of the ethical relation to the other person and his central thesis was that ethics is first philosophy. His work has also had a profound impact on a number of fields outside philosophy such as theology, Jewish studies, literature and cultural theory, psychotherapy, sociology, political theory, international relations theory and critical legal theory.

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Emmanuel Levinas is now widely recognised alongside Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre as one of the most important Continental philosophers of the twentieth century. His abiding concern was the primacy of the ethical relation to the other person and his central thesis was that ethics is first philosophy. His work has also had a profound impact on a number of fields outside philosophy such as theology, Jewish studies, literature and cultural theory, psychotherapy, sociology, political theory, international relations theory and critical legal theory. This volume contains overviews of Levinas's contribution in a number of fields, and includes detailed discussions of his early and late work, his relation to Judaism and talmudic commentary, and his contributions to aesthetics and the philosophy of religion.

About the Author
Simon Critchley is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Essex, Directeur de Programme at the College International de Philosophie and Humboldt Fellow at the University of Frankfurt.

Robert Bernasconi is Professor of Philosophy, Moss Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis

The Oxford Book of American Poetry


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The Oxford Book of American Poetry by David Lehman (Author), John Brehm (Editor)

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"David Lehman's Oxford anthology is the single most important volume of American poetry in a generation. While we can all quibble about inclusions and exclusions (even in a 1,000-page selection), Lehman's eye--and his ear--have produced a work that will last us well into the new century."--Ashton Nichols, Dickinson College
"It can't get much better than this."--Rochelle Moore, Associated Content
"The book is not only a sound historical survey, but also gives the reader a powerful taste of poetry's impact upon the wider world."--The Economist
"Indeed, for the reader otherwise disinclined to pick up a volume of poetry, you may also find yourself enjoying the selections in this collection. It will be a purchase that will stay with you far longer than any meal at a fancy restaurant upon which you might spend the money. And it will be better for you as well."--The Washington Times
"There is no one more qualified to undertake such a project...a brilliant updating of the previous edition."--James Tate, a member of the Academy of American Arts and Letters and winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in poetry


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Here is the eagerly awaited new edition of The Oxford Book of American Poetry brought completely up to date and dramatically expanded by poet David Lehman. It is a rich, capacious volume, featuring the work of more than 200 poets-almost three times as many as the 1976 edition. With a succinct and often witty head note introducing each author, it is certain to become the definitive anthology of American poetry for our time.
Lehman has gathered together all the works one would expect to find in a landmark collection of American poetry, from Whitman's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry to Stevens's The Idea of Order at Key West, and from Eliot's The Waste Land to Ashbery's Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. But equally important, the editor has significantly expanded the range of the anthology. The book includes not only writers born since the previous edition, but also many fine poets overlooked in earlier editions or little known in the past but highly deserving of attention. The anthology confers legitimacy on the Objectivist poets; the so-called Proletariat poets of the 1930s; famous poets who fell into neglect or were the victims of critical backlash (Edna St. Vincent Millay); poets whose true worth has only become clear with the passing of time (Weldon Kees). Among poets missing from Richard Ellmann's 1976 volume but published here are W. H. Auden, Charles Bukowski, Donald Justice, Carolyn Kizer, Kenneth Koch, Stanley Kunitz, Emma Lazarus, Mina Loy, Howard Moss, Lorine Niedecker, George Oppen, James Schuyler, Elinor Wylie, and Louis Zukosky. Many more women are represented: outstanding poets such as Josephine Jacobsen, Josephine Miles, May Swenson. Numerous African-American poets receive their due, and unexpected figures such as the musicians Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Robert Johnson have a place in this important work.
This stunning collection redefines the great canon of American poetry from its origins in the 17th century right up to the present. It is a must-have anthology for anyone interested in American literature and a book that is sure to be consulted, debated, and treasured for years to come.
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A companion web site is now available at www.oxfordpoetry.com

About the Author

David Lehman is Poetry Coordinator of the New School Writing Program in New York City. His most recent books of poetry are The Evening Sun and When a Woman Loves a Man and he has written five books of critical prose, including The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets and The Perfect Murder: A Study in Detection. He founded The Best American Poetry series in 1988 and continues to serve as general editor of this prestigious anthology. He also edited Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present and co-edited The KGB Bar Book of Poems, based on the reading series he directed with Star Black in New York's East Village.
John Brehm (Associate Editor) is a poet and free-lance writer. His works include The Way Water Moves and Sea of Faith, which won a Brittingham Prize for Poetry. He lives in New York City.

A History of Ancient Philosophy: From the Beginning to St. Augustine


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A History of Ancient Philosophy: From the Beginning to St. Augustine by Karste Johansen (Author)

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STRONG 'a successful and impressive book J. is undoubtedly a master of his subject, and writes in an uncomplicated manner that suggests confidence and enthusiasm about it.' /STRONG - EM George Boys-Stones, University of Durham, UK /EM

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This book discusses key philosophical concepts and ideologies, including ontology, epistemology, logic, semantics, moral and political philosophy, theology and aesthetics during classical antiquity. Karsten Friis Johansen charts the history of ancient philosophy from the mythological oral tradition, Homer and early tragedy, to the giants of Plato and Aristotle through to paganism and the genesis of Christianity. A History of Ancient Philosophy also presents detailed analysis of individual ancient philosophers and interpretations and commentary on key philosophical passages.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Danish

воскресенье, 13 июля 2008 г.

Martin Heidegger: Between Good and Evil


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Martin Heidegger: Between Good and Evil
by Rüdiger Safranski

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One of the century's greatest philosophers, without whom there would be no Sartre, no Foucault, no Frankfurt School, Martin Heidegger was also a man of great failures and flaws, a Faustus who made a pact with the devil of his time, Adolf Hitler. The story of Heidegger's life and philosophy, a quintessentially German story in which good and evil, brilliance and blindness are inextricably entwined and the passions and disasters of a whole century come into play, is told in this brilliant biography.

Heidegger grew up in Catholic Germany where, for a chance at pursuing a life of learning, he pledged himself to the priesthood. Soon he turned apostate and sought a university position, which set him on the path to becoming the star of German philosophy in the 1920s. Rüdiger Safranski chronicles Heidegger's rise along with the thought he honed on the way, with its debt to Heraclitus, Plato, and Kant, and its tragic susceptibility to the conservatism that emerged out of the nightmare of Germany's loss in World War I. A chronicle of ideas and of personal commitments and betrayals, Safranski's biography combines clear accounts of the philosophy that won Heidegger eternal renown with the fascinating details of the loves and lapses that tripped up this powerful intellectual.

The best intellectual biography of Heidegger ever written and a best-seller in Germany, Martin Heidegger: Between Good and Evil does not shy away from full coverage of Heidegger's shameful transformation into a propagandist for the National Socialist regime; nor does it allow this aspect of his career to obscure his accomplishments. Written by a master of Heidegger's philosophy, the book is one of the best introductions to the thought and to the life and times of the greatest German philosopher of the century.

The Church in Ancient Society


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The Church in Ancient Society: From Galilee to Gregory the Great (Oxford History of the Christian Church)
by Henry Chadwick

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"This is a tour de force by a great scholar.... A magisterial account of the doctrinal and institutional history of the early Church, particularly in the east Roman provinces. The easy style, not without a sprinkling of colloquialisms, conceals the author's great learning and enthusiasm for his subject.... Chadwick's book will remain a standard work on the history of early Christianity for the forseeable future."--English Historical Review
"Marked by a monumentality both of scope and detail.... The last great narrative history of the twentieth century in its field."--Times Literary Supplement
"Henry Chadwick's latest book is a contribution to the Oxford History of the Church...His book is, in a number of ways, magnificent."--Journal of Early Christian Studies


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This book provides a full and enjoyable narrative history of the first six centuries of the Christian Church, examining how Christianity changed Ancient Greek and Roman society. Following a chronological approach, Henry Chadwick's clear exposition of important texts and theological debates in their historical context is unrivalled in detail.

About the Author
Henry Chadwick is Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge

пятница, 11 июля 2008 г.

A History of Byzantium


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A History of Byzantium (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) by Timothy Gregory

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This book is a concise narrative of Byzantine history from the time of Constantine the Great (AD 306) to the fall of Constantinople in 1453.

  • Argues that Byzantium was important in its own right but also served as a bridge between East and West and ancient and modern society.
  • Uses the chronological political history of the empire as a narrative frame.
  • Considers social and economic life and the rich culture of the Byzantine Empire.
  • Integrates visual documents, such as photographs of art, architecture, and implements from daily life.
  • Makes the latest scholarship accessible to a wide audience.
  • Includes a chronological list of emperors, a glossary and maps.


Book Description
This book is a concise narrative of Byzantine history from the time of Constantine the Great (306 AD) to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The book views Byzantium as a vital society, important in its own right, that also served as a bridge between East and West and ancient and modern society. The book uses the chronological political history of the empire as a narrative frame, but balances politics with a consideration of social and economic life and the rich culture of Byzantium. Visual documents such as photographs of art, architecture, and implements from daily life are used alongside the text to raise questions about life in the Byzantine Empire. The book is based on the latest scholarship and discusses the major historiographical questions for each period. At the same time, it is written in clear, narrative prose, making this fascinating period accessible to a wide readership.

From the Back Cover
This book is a concise narrative of Byzantine history from the time of Constantine the Great in AD 306 to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The author presents Byzantium as a vital society, important in its own right, but also one that served as a bridge between East and West, and ancient and modern society.


A History of Byzantium uses the chronological political history of the empire as a narrative frame, but balances politics with a consideration of social and economic life and the rich culture of Byzantium. Visual documents, such as photographs of art, architecture, and implements from daily life, are used alongside the text to raise questions about life in the Byzantine Empire. The book is based on the latest scholarship and discusses the major historiographical questions for each period. At the same time, it is written in clear, narrative prose, making this fascinating period accessible to a wide readership.

About the Author
Timothy E. Gregory is Professor of Byzantine History at Ohio State University where he is also Adjunct Professor of Anthropology. He is the author of Isthmia (1993), The Corinthia in the Roman Period (1993), and Vox Populi (1979) and editor of the textbook Exploring the European Past: Texts and Images (2002), among other publications. He also has considerable experience in online teaching. He has served on the editorial board of journals such as Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies and the American Journal of Archaeology. He has extensive archaeological fieldwork experience in Greece and Cyprus and is the director of the Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia.

воскресенье, 6 июля 2008 г.

Вольф Шмид. НАРРАТОЛОГИЯ.


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Вольф Шмид. НАРРАТОЛОГИЯ.

Книга призвана ознакомить русских читателей с выдающимися тео­ретическими позициями современной нарратологии (теории повествова­ния) и предложить решение некоторых спорных вопросов. Исторические обзоры ключевых понятий служат в первую очередь описанию соответст­вующих явлений в структуре нарративов. Исходя из признаков художест­венных повествовательных произведений (нарративность, фикциональ­ность, эстетичность) автор сосредоточивается на основных вопросах «пер­спективологии» (коммуникативная структура нарратива, повествователь­ные инстанции, точка зрения, соотношение текста нарратора и текста пер­сонажа) и сюжетологии (нарративные трансформации, роль вневременных связей в нарративном тексте). Таким образом, настоящая книга представ­ляет собой систематическое введение в основные проблемы нарратологии.

РОМАН ЯКОБСОН - ЯЗЫК И БЕССОЗНАТЕЛЬНОЕ


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РОМАН ЯКОБСОН

ЯЗЫК И БЕССОЗНАТЕЛЬНОЕ

— Выходящий к 100-летию со дня рождения сборник статей Якобсона (1896-1982) имеет целью представить узловые моменты мышления одного из величайших лингвистов столетия, найти единую мотивацию его разносторонних изысканий.

Структура сборника по возможности отражает это намерение. Тексты, собранные в книге, последовательно представляют анализы общей проблематики бессознательного, лингвистической структурированности афатических расстройств, речи ребенка, поэтической речи, проблем семиотики, структур языка как такового и его наименьшем смысловой единицы—фонемы.

суббота, 5 июля 2008 г.

М.М.Бахтин - Проблемы поэтики Достоевского


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М.М.Бахтин
Проблемы поэтики Достоевского

Настоящая работа посвящена проблемам поэтики Достоевского и рассматривает его творчество только под этим углом зрения.

Мы считаем Достоевского одним из величайших новаторов в области художественной формы. Он создал, по нашему убеждению, совершенно новый тип художественного мышления, который мы условно назвали полифоническим. Этот тип художественного мышления нашел свое выражение в романах Достоевского, но его значение выходит за пределы только романного творчества и касается некоторых основных принципов европейской эстетики. Можно даже сказать, что Достоевский создал как бы новую художественную модель мира, в которой многие из основных моментов старой художественной формы подверглись коренному преобразованию. Задача предлагаемой работы и заключается в том, чтобы путем теоретико-литературного анализа раскрыть это принципиальное новаторство Достоевского.

В обширной литературе о Достоевском основные особенности его поэтики не могли, конечно, остаться незамеченными (в первой главе этой работы дается обзор наиболее существенных высказываний по этому вопросу), но их принципиальная новизна и их органическое единство в целом художественного мира Достоевского раскрыты и освещены еще далеко недостаточно. Литература о Достоевском была по преимуществу посвящена идеологической проблематике его творчества. Преходящая острота этой проблематики заслоняла более глубинные и устойчивые структурные моменты его художественного видения. Часто почти вовсе забывали, что Достоевский прежде всего художник (правда, особого типа), а не философ и не публицист.

Специальное изучение поэтики Достоевского остается актуальной задачей литературоведения.

Для второго издания (М., , 1963) наша книга, вышедшая первоначально в 1929 году под названием , была исправлена и значительно дополнена. Но, конечно, и в новом издании книга не может претендовать на полноту рассмотрения поставленных проблем, особенно таких сложных, как проблема целого полифонического романа.