Quentin Skinner: “A Genealogy of Liberty”

Quentin Skinner presented his lecture as the 2008-2009 Una’s Lecturer at the Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley. Skinner is Barber Beaumon Chair in the Humanities at Queen Mary College, University of London, and Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of more than 20 books, and […]

Your Brain is Built for Politics

*Neuropolitics Presentation: Your Brain is Built for Politics CMB Staff Room, Mon 8 Dec 1pm* Darren Schreiber, University of Exeter, introduces his fascinating new book in a talk which will have wide-ranging appeal: for political psychologists; electoral and political behaviour scholars; cognitive neuroscientists; computational modellers; fMRI users and generally for anyone interested in the relationship […]

Requiem for homo economicus

Homo economicus rests on the silent premises that human communication today is no different than it was in Adam Smith’s day and therefore human beings relate to each other and to themselves no differently than 225 years ago. In essence, the development of the telegraph followed by the telephone, radio, television, fax, email, and internet […]

Entropic Creation by Helge S. Kragh

Entropic Creation Religious Contexts of Thermodynamics and Cosmology Helge S. Kragh, University of Aarhus, DenmarkSeries : Science, Technology and Culture, 1700–1945 Entropic Creation is the first English-language book to consider the cultural and religious responses to the second law of thermodynamics, from around 1860 to 1920. According to the second law of thermodynamics, as formulated […]

Nietzsche on reality creation and the contemplative man

‘He thinks he is placed as a spectator and auditor before the great pantomime and concert of life; he calls his nature a contemplative nature, and thereby overlooks the fact that he himself is also a real creator, and continuous poet of life, – that he no doubt differs greatly from the actor in this […]

Poetic innovation and creative reader engagement

26 November 2014 1:00pm – 2:00pm, The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, 2 Hope Park Square. Lila Matsumoto: Bookworks: The book as a site of poetic innovation and creative reader engagement [Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities ]

Social phenomena are not of the same nature as natural phenomena

Culturomics meets random fractal theory: Insights into long-range correlations of social and natural phenomena over the past two centuries Gao, Jianbo Hu, Jing Mao, Xiang Perc, Matjaz Culturomics was recently introduced as the application of high-throughput data collection and analysis to the study of human culture. Here we make use of this data by investigating […]

Childhood Constructions of Contemporary Technology: Using Discourse Analysis to Understand the Creation of Occupational Possibilities

Mary Silcock, Clare Hocking & Deborah Payne Ten children aged 10-12 years were audio recorded discussing and demonstrating the types of technology they regularly used at home. A critical discourse analysis of the transcriptions was completed to identify dominant discourses the children deployed. Philosopher Michel Foucault’s theories on the history of existence, power relations, the […]

The Social Genesis of Individual Practice

  Whilst Bourdieu’s concept of habitus provides some useful insights into the ‘social’ nature of our identities, it also presents some analytical shortcomings. In this paper I expose some of the theoretical deficiencies present in Bourdieu’s model and argue that these can be resolved by applying some of the insights of the Perfomative Theory of […]