Unreliable Truths

Transcultural Homeworlds in Indian Women’s Fiction of the Diaspora
Author: Sissy Helff
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9401208980
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 210
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While many people see ‘home’ as the domestic sphere and place of belonging, it is hard to grasp its manifold implications, and even harder to provide a tidy definition of what it is. Over the past century, discussion of home and nation has been a highly complex matter, with broad political ramifications, including the realignment of nation-states and national boundaries. Against this backdrop, this book suggests that ‘home’ is constructed on the assumption that what it defines is constantly in flux and thus can never capture an objective perspective, an ultimate truth. Along these lines, Unreliable Truths offers a comparative literary approach to the construction of home and concomitant notions of uncertainty and unreliable narration in South Asian diasporic women’s literature from the UK, Australia, South Africa, the Caribbean, North America, and Canada. Writers discussed in detail include Feroza Jussawalla, Suneeta Peres da Costa, Meera Syal, Farida Karodia, Shani Mootoo, Shobha Dé, and Oonya Kempadoo. With its focus on transcultural homes, Unreliable Truths goes beyond discussions of diaspora from an established postcolonial point of view and contributes with its investigation of transcultural unreliable narration to the representation of a g/local South Asian diaspora.

Unreliable Truth

On Memoir and Memory
Author: Maureen Murdock
Publisher: Seal Press
ISBN: 9781580050838
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 176
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Murdock explores the role of imagination in the process of writing memoirs, and suggests various ways to write a memoir, employing her own memories and other memoirs to demonstrate certain writing techniques, and providing step-by-step instructions for novice memoir writers.

A Social History of Truth

Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England
Author: Steven Shapin
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022614884X
Category: Social Science
Page: 512
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How do we come to trust our knowledge of the world? What are the means by which we distinguish true from false accounts? Why do we credit one observational statement over another? In A Social History of Truth, Shapin engages these universal questions through an elegant recreation of a crucial period in the history of early modern science: the social world of gentlemen-philosophers in seventeenth-century England. Steven Shapin paints a vivid picture of the relations between gentlemanly culture and scientific practice. He argues that problems of credibility in science were practically solved through the codes and conventions of genteel conduct: trust, civility, honor, and integrity. These codes formed, and arguably still form, an important basis for securing reliable knowledge about the natural world. Shapin uses detailed historical narrative to argue about the establishment of factual knowledge both in science and in everyday practice. Accounts of the mores and manners of gentlemen-philosophers are used to illustrate Shapin's broad claim that trust is imperative for constituting every kind of knowledge. Knowledge-making is always a collective enterprise: people have to know whom to trust in order to know something about the natural world.

The Oxford Handbook of Truth

Author: Michael Glanzberg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191502669
Category: Philosophy
Page: 800
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Truth is one of the central concepts in philosophy, and has been a perennial subject of study. Michael Glanzberg has brought together 36 leading experts from around the world to produce the definitive guide to philosophical issues to do with truth. They consider how the concept of truth has been understood from antiquity to the present day, surveying major debates about truth during the emergence of analytic philosophy. They offer critical assessments of the standard theories of truth, including the coherence, correspondence, identity, and pragmatist theories. They explore the role of truth in metaphysics, with lively discussion of truthmakers, proposition, determinacy, objectivity, deflationism, fictionalism, relativism, and pluralism. Finally the handbook explores broader applications of truth in philosophy, including ethics, science, and mathematics, and reviews formal work on truth and its application to semantic paradox. This Oxford Handbook will be an invaluable resource across all areas of philosophy.

Inclinate aurem

oral perspectives on early European verbal culture : a symposium
Author: Jan Helldén,Minna Skafte Jensen,Thomas Pettitt
Publisher: Univ Pr of Southern Denmark
ISBN: 9788778386809
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 280
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Growing awareness that the domination of writing and the printed book has been merely a phase in Western cultural history, a "Gutenberg hiatus" that is now coming to an end, has prompted increased scholarly interest in the oral cultures and subcultures that persisted alongside or within he literate/literary mainstream. This collection of studies by scholars from the University of Southern Denmark and distinguished guests from Europe and North America comprises six essays dealing directly with oral aspects of the verbal culture of classical and medieval Europe, from Homeric tradition, through Old English and Old Norse poetry, to late-medieval religious texts, together with two essays examining living oral traditions from more recent periods, Inuit storytelling and Turkic epics.

Cross-talk in Comp Theory

A Reader
Author: Victor Villanueva
Publisher: National Council of Teachers
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 883
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Spanning 30+ years, this second edition updates the collection of landmark and recent essays in composition theory. In addition to revising the introduction, the section openers, and the list of resources (which now includes Web sites).The collection also covers the major theoretical positions ("process to cohesion to cognition to social construction to ideology") and includes essays by most of the major scholars in composition.

Composition In Four Keys

Inquiring Into the Field
Author: Mark Wiley,Barbara Gleason,Louise Wetherbee Phelps
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
ISBN: 9781559342650
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 608
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Intended primarily for courses required of graduate students teaching composition and upper-division students majoring in rhetoric, Composition in Four Keys introduces novice scholars to the literature of composition and rhetoric and helps them find patterns to make that literature intelligible.

The Medical Visitor

Author: Temple Stroughton Hoyne
Publisher: N.A
Category: Homeopathy
Page: N.A
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List of homoeopathic physicians by states.

From 'Huh?' to 'Hurray!'

Righting Your Creative Writing
Author: Stephanie Stiles
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 0761853375
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 104
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Part textbook and part handbook, this book leads creative writers of all levels and all genres through the entire writing process. Each chapter offers an overview and several specific examples of its topic, followed by a set of clear exercises designed for writers of all varieties.


A History and a Guide for the Perplexed
Author: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1466852399
Category: Philosophy
Page: 256
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Written by a renowned Oxford historian, this fascinating volume presents a global history of truth. Sharp and authoritative, Truth manages to touch every period of human experience; it leaps from truth-telling technologies of "primitive" societies to the private mental worlds of great philosophers; from spiritualism to science and from New York to New Guinea. In clear, lucid prose, this little book takes on an enormous subject and makes it understandable to anyone.

Introduction to Metaphysics

From Parmenides to Levinas
Author: Jean Grondin
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231527233
Category: Philosophy
Page: 360
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Jean Grondin completes the first history of metaphysics and respects both the analytical and the Continental schools while transcending the theoretical limitations of each. He reviews seminal texts by Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, and Augustine. He follows the theological turn in the metaphysical thought of Avicenna, Anselm, Aquinas, and Duns Scotus, and he revisits Descartes and the cogito; Spinoza and Leibniz's rationalist approaches; Kant's reclaiming of the metaphysical tradition; and post-Kantian practice up to Hegel. He engages with twentieth century innovations that upended the discipline, particularly Heidegger's revival of the question of Being and the rediscovery of the metaphysics of existence by Sartre and the Existentialists, language by Gadamer and Derrida, and transcendence by Levinas. Metaphysics is often dismissed as a form or epoch of philosophy that must be overcome, yet by promoting a full understanding of its platform and processes, Grondin reveals its cogent approach to reality and foundational influence on modern philosophy and science. By restoring the value of metaphysics for contemporary audiences, Grondin showcases the rich currents and countercurrents of metaphysical thought and its future possibilities.

Knowledge, Truth, and Duty

Essays on Epistemic Justification, Responsibility, and Virtue
Author: Matthias Steup
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198029564
Category: Philosophy
Page: 272
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This volume gathers eleven new and three previously unpublished essays that take on questions of epistemic justification, responsibility, and virtue. It contains the best recent work in this area by major figures such as Ernest Sosa, Robert Audi, Alvin Goldman, and Susan Haak.