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  1. Louis A. Ruprecht (2011). “The Whole Story”: On Narrative Philosophy and Religious Morals. Comparative and Continental Philosophy 2 (2):157-177.
    In this essay I begin with Aristotle’s perplexing observation that a tragic drama is a “whole,” one identified by a clear beginning, middle and ending. I pause to wonder how Aristotle imagines such ends, given his contention that a play concludes in such a way that “nothing can follow from it.” On the face of it, it is very difficult to imagine what Aristotle has in mind here. I suggest that one clue may be found in his title, Poetics, with (...)
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  2. Louis A. Ruprecht (2011). What is the Matter in a Polytheist America? Thesis Eleven 105 (1):118-129.
    Traditionally there has been a great divide between those practitioners of comparative religion who work on discrete and identifiably religious traditions (such as Confucianism, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, etc.) and those who work on identifying aspects of ‘religious’ life that often go unnoticed because they are less traditional and therefore less recognizable as religion. There has also long been a predisposition not to view Greek materials as religious, and thus to secularize one form of thriving polytheism about which we know (...)
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  3. Louis A. Ruprecht Jr (2010). Winckelmann and Casanova in Rome: A Case Study of Religion and Sexual Politics in Eighteenth-Century Rome. Journal of Religious Ethics 38 (2):297-320.
    There are three “scandals” that appear in most discussions of Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717–1768), the so-called father of modern Art History: his allegedly careerist conversion to Catholicism in 1754; his semi-secret homoerotic discourse while under Vatican employ in the early-to-mid 1760s; and his shocking murder in Trieste in 1768. Of the three, Winckelmann's sexuality has garnered the most attention in recent scholarship. A little-known story reported by Casanova during his second visit to Rome in 1761 has something to do with (...)
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  4. Louis A. Ruprecht (2008). Greek Exercises: The Modern Olympics as Hellenic Appropriation and Reinvention. Thesis Eleven 93 (1):72-87.
    `From Aristotle to Us', the conference held at La Trobe University in May 2007, names a powerful and highly influential Romantic trajectory, one which posits a particular conception of the ancients, a particular conception of the moderns, and a complex conception of the relationship between the two. Using the modern Olympic Revival as a case study and a case in point, this article argues that such `exercises' in Greek appropriation always operate with largely unstated assumptions about the nature of the (...)
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  5. Louis A. Ruprecht (2008). Review Essay: Righting the Self, and Writing God Anne Carson, Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005). Thesis Eleven 93 (1):101-109.
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  6. Nello Vian & Louis A. Ruprecht (2008). Winckelmann at the Vatican Library. Arion 15 (3):165-184.
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  7. Louis A. Ruprecht (2006). The South as Tragic Landscape. Thesis Eleven 85 (1):37-63.
    Much has been made of the ‘Southern difference’ in cultural and sociological images of the North American landscape. Everything isdifferent there: the cuisine, the music, the religion, and the politics. Moreover, the South was the crucible in which two of the definitive North American experiences were formed: the Civil War (1861–5) and the Civil Rights Movement a century later. This article poses another important category, in addition to ‘race and space’ – namely, the concept of tragedy, and the correlative rendering (...)
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  8. Odysseas Elytis & Louis A. Ruprecht (2004). Diary From an April As Yet Unseen. Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics 12 (2):67-104.
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  9. Louis A. Ruprecht (2002). Was Greek Thought Religious?: On the Use and Abuse of Hellenism, From Rome to Romanticism. Palgrave/St. Martin's Press.
    The Greeks are on trial. They have been for generations, if not millennia, from Rome in the first century, to Romanticism in the nineteenth. We debate the place of the Greeks in the university curriculum, in New World culture--we even debate the place of the Greeks in the European Union. This book notices the lingering and half-hidden presence of the Greeks in some strange places--everywhere from the US Supreme Court to the Modern Olympic Games--and in so doing makes an important (...)
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  10. Louis A. Ruprecht (2000). Being Modern, Being Beyond. Philosophy Today 44 (3):326-333.
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  11. Louis A. Ruprecht Jr (1999). Symposia: Plato, the Erotic, and Moral Value. State University of New York Press.
    Argues that the underlining of erotic matters in Plato's dialogues marks the most significant moment in his career.
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  12. Louis A. Ruprecht Jr (1999). Where Have All the Tragedies Gone? Philosophy Today 43 (3):309-317.
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  13. Louis A. Ruprecht Jr (1998). `So You Do Theory, Do You?'. Philosophy Today 42 (4):439-447.
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  14. Louis A. Ruprecht (1998). Jewish History: One, Two, Three. Thesis Eleven 53 (1):114-125.
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  15. Louis A. Ruprecht Jr (1996). Afterwords: Hellenism, Modernism, and the Myth of Decadence. State University of New York Press.
    Reading both philosophical and theological texts, this book presents an argument against nostalgia: against the myth of a Golden Age, against the posture that sees "modernity" as a problem to be solved.
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