A collection of texts, otherwise not easily accessible, indispensable to students of comparative religion and comparative literature, reprinted from the Princeton Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament. Includes hymns, prayers, myths, epics, etc. Each text is provided with a brief introduction; a short bibliography and index to Biblical references is also included.--C. M.
The aim of this paper is to take the first steps toward providing a refurbished consent theory of political authority, one that rests in part on a reconception of the relationship between the surrender of judgment and the authoritativeness of political institutions. On the standard view, whatever grounds political authority implies that one ought to surrender one's judgment to that of one's political institutions. On the refurbished view, it is the surrender of one's judgment ndash which can plausibly be considered (...) a form of consent ndash that makes political institutions practically authoritative. (shrink)
Proposes a theory of fine art which will account both for the artist's ability to "originate" novel individuals and for the intelligibility of the work of fine art. The theory recommended for this purpose in the second and systematic portion of the book seeks to establish the possibility of interpreting the work of art as "a structure in which what is made, what is symbolized, and what is expressed are complementary aspects of the same object or event." The author's historic (...) insights in the book's first part make it well worth reading, but it is not clear that he offers much by way of illuminating the problem of freedom beyond saying that "if...fine art produces unique but intelligible symbols, it does so because for the individual there is a class. "An extensive bibliography is appended. --C. M. (shrink)
Despite many reservations, Transition to an Ordinal Metaphysics is interesting because it continues a tradition which takes the metaphysical enterprise seriously, which attempts to examine the nature and function of metaphysics, and which attempts to communicate the insights and conceptual power of what Ross terms the ordinal approach to that enterprise.
An illuminating historical essay describing the origins of modern sociology and the theory and practice of the "total State." The author's well-selected material is taken primarily from the works of the French sociologists of the nineteenth century. The book's main contribution consists in showing the relevance to American society of the prophecies of the French "Messianic Bohemians," who emphasized the need for cooperation between labor and entrepreneurs.--C. M.