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Madeleine Mysticism Stigmas by Pierre Janet. The Failures of the Transcendental Distancing of the World as Answers to a Congenital Malaise?

The Self embodies this intersubjectivity or “flesh”, said Husserl, “of the body in act”. This implies that when this Self deploys itself in the world (the res extensa of Descartes) it reasons, thus resounds, certainly, and at every moment. But it is not so simple because it is not a question of “domination” in the sense of a clear caesura between inertia and action, but of the polyvalence of positive charges in the Comtian sense (...)

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A Walk Through Umberto Eco’s Woods of Signs

Many know Umberto Eco as a writer. Yet, his legacy extends far beyond the pages of his acclaimed novels. There is another Eco, a scholar who delved into the very essence of human communication. At the heart of his thought lies a profound fascination with signs and symbols – the very building blocks of linguistic exchange and meaning-making. This fascination finds its most rigorous expression in his semiotic theories, a complex and captivating web that seeks to untangle the intricate dance between signifier and signified, code and interpretation.

Book Review: Bujar Hoxha, Umberto Eco’s Semiotics: Theory, Methodology and Poetics, CSP, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2022.

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The Demon Behind the Angel in the House. An Analytical Comparison Between Shirley Jackson's Domestic Writings and Her Gothic/Horror Fiction

As pointed out by Ellen Moers (1976), women-authored Gothic works are often the expression of anxieties over the domestic sphere. (...) Many of Shirley Jackson’s narratives revolve around anti-heroines trapped in gloomy mansions, trying to escape the aggressive demands of a patriarchal society. It is particularly significant how Jackson also wrote plenty of humoristic sketches based on her own domestic daily life as a wife and mother (...)

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4th of July, Independence Day, USA

The Declaration of Independence, Slant Rhymes, and the Poetry of Political Authority

It has long been accepted that the American Declaration of Independence draws on British constitutional tradition to establish its authority. Nevertheless, despite the existence of many literary readings of the document (e.g. Derrida), no attention has been paid to its use of slant rhymes – rhymes that have similar but not identical sounds – to achieve its goals.
This article seeks to fill this lacuna, expanding our understanding of how its authors employed both visual and aural aspects of British constitutional tradition to engender the authority required for the document’s widespread acceptance.

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Scott Hessels, Digital Artwork, The Moon is a Mirror

Material Live Thresholds in Human’s Path: The Moon is a Mirror. A Multidisciplinary Review of Scott Hessels’ Digital Artwork

I focus on the the digital artwork of Scott Hessels The Moon is A Mirror (2014) by venturing a multidisciplinary interpretation via ancient Greek aesthetics from Parmenides’ “Heliophotism”, Lucian’s "Moon as a Mirror" and Plato’s "The Cave Myth", digital archaeology, as well as Gustav Klimt’s art of painting in the fin-de-siècle Vienna.

There are five LED door-windows constructed with organic elements, switched on with natural power. It is about five different embossed surfaces natural in origin that are conceptualised in a digital environment. The artwork mediates between the use of nature’s ingredients and their exploitation in computing. Translucency is achieved technically over the moving scene. A human figure passes back and forth to each of these five thresholds.

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Where the Harm Comes From: Ethics of Mediating Collectives

We target three domains of global injustice: economic, environmental, and gender-related, following the threads of briefly stated cases in these domains. Our conclusion suggests recommendations for dealing more realistically and more efficiently with global injustice (...)

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Scottish Enlightenment Philosophy as a Theoretical Framework of Wine Rhetoric

Wine rhetoric encompasses the unique discourse, vocabulary, and tastes of sommeliers, restaurateurs, and other wine professionals. (...) The rhetorical skills they develop are reflective of Scottish Enlightenment theories on Taste and Beauty.

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The “Unhomed” in Zora Neale Hurston's “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

Unroofed, the laborers on the muck suffer from marginalisation. (...) Homeless, divested of the warm abode, Hurston’s characters are equally “unhomed” or unhomely, they face the cruelty of racial discrimination and “cultural alienation.” But eventually (...)

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When “Knowing How to Read Texts” Means Understanding and Inferring Meanings

(...) a vision of reading comprehension as a dynamic process of decoding and linguistic understanding, which suggests how the relationship between decoding and linguistic understanding should be integrative rather than additional.

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“Gabriel de Pedro Quintet”: Decisions in Search for a Sonority

The production process and musical performance of the album "La mujer árbol" (2018). (...) The theoretical framework conceives music as a process and performance, not as an isolated object. The research field is organized by (...)

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The Berlin Wall. Thirty Years After

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