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, or to write histories of ideas tracing the morphology of a given concept over time’ (Skinner 1969: 48). For, as he goes on, ‘the classic texts are concerned with their own alien problems’ (52). Any ‘statement is inescapably the embodiment of particular intentions, or a particular occassion’, and thus specific to its context in a way that it can only be ‘naïve to try to transcend’ (50). Skinner has a point. Rousseau was obviously a product of his age. As is natural, even for a genius, he reacted to developments in his own age. Yet this does not mean that we cannot

in The political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

and audiences perceive through transnational media is adapted or vernacularised through their own perceptions of race and identity. This is already recognised, latently, in south-east European feminist media studies of female embodiment in pop-folk performance, which often comment on the vernacularisation of style, movement and sound from Anglo-American musics but much more rarely discuss how many of these practices at point of origin are racialised as black. Does it matter, in interpreting these performances, that their representations of aspirational excess using

in Race and the Yugoslav region
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Philosophy, theology, and French feminism

of female embodiment, with their swollen bellies, their voluptuous hips, and their overfull breasts, it is difficult not to see the symbolism of an abundance and generosity that seems to be resolutely located in the generative, life-giving power of the female body. These artefacts from a differently constituted symbolic universe indicate that the body has not always been precluded from symbolising a graceful generosity. But in the transition from the fecund body of woman to the fecund mind of man can be witnessed the rise of a divine symbolic imaginary that reaches

in The subject of love
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For the love of God

the divine. See in particular her chapter ‘The Sophia-God of Jesus and the Discipleship of Women’ from In Memory of Her (1983). 57 For a comprehensive study of the relationship between women, mysticism, and embodiment in the Middle Ages see Carolyn Walker Bynum’s Fragmentation and Redemption (1991). While Bynum acknowledges that a significant strand of medieval thought continued to promulgate the notion of the polluted, corrupt feminine body, there is evidence in female mysticism of a counterposition. Contrary to the tendency to consider the female body as having

in The subject of love
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is the scientific stance towards what remains contentious for the sciences; or, in other words, no scientific neutrality can be accomplished as long as dialectics itself does not claim neutrality. Science is either dialectical or it is nothing. The moment in which critical theory embodies dialectics is, for Marcuse, the moment of negation of the given thesis and principles. In many references, in his work and interviews, Marcuse recognizes that the scientific constructions of modernity in the twentieth century are deprived of such an embodiment of a dialectical

in Critical theory and epistemology
Fugitive souls and free spirits

most perfectly locked together’.16 This insistence on mutual freedom within a relationship is identical to that called for by de Beauvoir, and is very close to the language of mutually guaranteed freedom sometimes found in Existential philosophy when discussing self and other (see Introduction). So the novel does perhaps settle within this chapter devoted to Helen on an Existential viewpoint. Benedict Giamo provides a highly persuasive reading of Helen as thoroughly Existential, and interprets her very much as an embodiment of Sartre’s pour-​soi: ‘her 203 William

in The Existential drinker
Irritating nation-state constitutionalism

doctrine, which traces the so-called objective value order of the constitution to its supposed concrete embodiment in the normative order of private law, misses the peculiarities of the different social contexts for which private law provides its general norms. Human rights need to be released from their state orientation and newly calibrated to the specific threats that are produced by other social

in Critical theory and legal autopoiesis
Critical theory and the affective turn

systemic contradictions of capitalism, but the primary source is more affective. A visceral awareness of and aversion to avoidable suffering and injustice presses down upon the subject, pre-​reflexively, and this in turn compels thought. One might think of this proto-​cognitive embodiment or shuddering as the materialist kernel of critical theory. One shudders to think. What, then, might critical theory bring to bear on the new theories of affect, and conversely, how might recent work on affect help to sharpen our readings of critical theory? To begin with, a critical

in Critical theory and feeling
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Antinomies and enticements

articulated with dominant representations of modernity and its spatial-temporal trajectory as a self-realizing project of progress and a self-evident embodiment of history. As worldly knowledge, then, these neat proposals, abiding oppositions, and their constitutive presumptions entered the lives of historical subjects, albeit at different times and in distinct ways. Formidably if variously disseminated as ways of

in Subjects of modernity
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In the spirit of the gift of love

lost or considerably ‘domesticated’ amidst the legacy of Enlightenment anxieties about individuality, selfhood, embodiment, sexuality and autonomy. And I hesitate to suggest that this is as true of much of the work in feminist theology as it is of the more mainstream theological traditions, regardless that their reasons for arriving in the same place may be informed by very different concerns. Yet the love of which Hélène Cixous most passionately speaks, in the name of a different, more just relation between self and other, seems to be a love which nonetheless bears

in The subject of love