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Christopher Morgan

‘ultimate reality’, again, a ‘religious truth’ clearly unconfined by traditional religious dogma. In answering the third question concerning the nature of the relation between religion and poetry Thomas’s answer is implicit in the foregoing responses: the relation between religion and poetry is, for Thomas, clearly organic. The individual’s subjective experience of ultimate reality itself becomes the natural stuff of poetry. Indeed, according to his own definitions, to cast off the ‘religious frame’ chapter6 28/1/05 1:33 pm Page 154 154 Expanding deity for poetry

in R. S. Thomas
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Richard Taylor

existential unhappiness. ‘Fear’, Russell wrote in What I Believe, ‘is the basis of religious dogma, as of so much else in human life’.37 Russell’s opposition to religion thus connects to his insistence upon individual freedom and the enlightened pursuit of happiness, and knowledge, as being the fundamentals of the good life. However, it is important to recognise that Russell had in many ways a religious – and often puritanical – approach to morality. Despite his protestations to the contrary, he was tormented by the vast pointlessness of the universe. He had the ‘preacher

in English radicalism in the twentieth century
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Corruption, community and duty in Family Matters
Peter Morey

Rohinton Mistry law’s earnest yet aggressive bedside devotions in the disturbing scene in which Yezad’s prayers and Daisy’s music seem to do battle over the mute, prostrate elder (FM, 433–5). Formally, the concern for past-present connections is played out through repetitions: Yezad comes to repeat Nariman’s father’s inflexible religious dogma; Murad’s non-Parsi girlfriend threatens a repeat of the parental estrangement of the earlier generation; and, at one point, Yezad unfairly accuses Roxana of neglecting the rest of her family in favour of her father, paralleling

in Rohinton Mistry
Rousseau’s and nationalism
Mads Qvortrup

is needed to acquire that societal unity, patriotism and those civic virtues which are necessary for the maintenance of a healthy society, is not a metaphysical creed but a civic ‘cult with love of laws’, which teaches the citizens ‘that service done to the State is service done to a tutular god (III, 465). The alternative to Machiavelli’s religious cult is secular version of the same, that is, a ‘purely civic profession of faith of which the sovereign should fix articles, not exactly as religious dogmas, but as social sentiments without which man cannot be a good

in The political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Sir Philip Sidney and stoical virtue
Richard James Wood

, like Sidney, Duplessis-Mornay was a protégé of Languet, and, although Skretkowicz notes that Duplessis-Mornay ‘was very much a Huguenot political reformer who led from the front’, whereas Languet favoured ‘a politically realistic sense of tolerance and forgiveness’, they both may be said to have been ‘Politiques’. 6 Martin N. Raitière defines a ‘Politique’ as someone adopting ‘the conciliatory stance according to which national unity was to be placed above sectarian religious differences’; the Politiques were those French political activists ‘for whom no religious

in Sidney's Arcadia and the conflicts of virtue
Questioning gender roles
Brigitte Rollet

role of a female extraterrestrial (Mila), widow and mother of five, sent to Earth to see what is going on. What could have been an interesting element (namely that she is half extraterrestrial and half earthwoman) is soon forgotten. The opening sequence which recalls Zefirelli’s Jésus de Nazareth (1976), and which is anyway highly biblical, gives the tone. Not that we are entering the realm of religious dogma, but more that we are in the sphere of the sacred. What is sacred here is the earth which gives and produces, a wonderful

in Coline Serreau
Gender, nostalgia, and the making of historical heroines
Aeleah Soine

only time in the series, Matron Martha seems to confront the true implications of such religious dogma. These gendered scripts certainly speak more to the contemporary expectations of viewing audiences who want to be simultaneously swept away by historical romance without historical gender prejudices extinguishing the attraction. Nostalgia A widely recognised phenomenon of recent years has been the way

in Diagnosing history
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Steven Hutchinson

Protestantism and claimed victims in the Nordic countries, in the Mediterranean and even in Japan. A geo-religious map would indicate the distribution of martyrs in certain areas, but wouldn’t show a ducal pleasure mansion in the interior of Aragon: martyrdom had its own geography. Our martyr Sancho doesn’t die, he defends no religious dogma, he won’t be taken directly to heaven for his martyrdom, he provides no edifying model for others. But his martyrdom – expressed in singular and plural, as martirio and martirios – is not merely understood as ‘pain or suffering

in Frontier narratives
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Rethinking the audio-visual contract
Ming-Yuen S. Ma

commonly held misconceptions that essentialize the differences between hearing and seeing into binary oppositions, based on Christian religious dogma. According to Sterne, the audiovisual litany ‘idealizes hearing (and by extension, speech) as manifesting a kind of pure interiority’, and ‘it alternately denigrates and elevates vision: as a fallen sense, vision takes us out of the world. But it also bathes us in the clear light of reason.’ 30 Chion’s audiovisual contract similarly excludes the consideration of other senses in favor of an exclusive coupling. Chion

in There is no soundtrack
Lucy Bland

music, horse-riding, languages and the opportunity to travel abroad. To quote the cultural critic Hazel Carby: ‘She believed in an education which integrated the body and mind, that enabled artistic expression of the highest order built upon an intellectual foundation free from religious dogma and punishment.’28 Tacchi-Morris told the Daily Mirror in March 1949 that ‘I have not heard the result of my offer, but it looks as if I might have to fight to get the children.’29 The clerk of the county council, having seen the article, wrote to her that very day to say that

in Britain’s ‘brown babies’