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Nienhaus Kristina

Das Verständnis von Liebe und Partnerschaft hat sich unter den Bedingungen der Spätmoderne verändert: Durch Digitalisierung, Globalisierung und die gesellschaftliche Akzeptanz von alternativen Lebensmodellen erscheint der Möglichkeitsraum der Liebe unendlich ausgedehnt. Auf diese Veränderung reagiert auch die Literatur. Der vorliegende Band verbindet spieltheoretische Ansätze (von Kant bis Baudrillard) mit (post-)modernen Liebeskonzeptionen (vor allem von Niklas Luhmann, Roland Barthes und Eva Illouz), um einen Blick auf die Auseinandersetzung mit den Geschlechterbeziehungen in der Gegenwartsliteratur zu werfen. Er geht der These nach, dass die Liebe unter den Bedingungen der Spätmoderne ein Phänomen ist, das sich mit Schlüsselkategorien der Spieltheorie adäquat erfassen lässt.

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(Un)pädagogische Visionen für das 21. Jahrhundert (Non-)Educational Visions for the 21st Century

Geistes- und sozialwissenschaftliche Entwürfe nach dem Ende der ‹großen› Menschheitsgeschichte Humanities and Social Science Concepts after the End of the ‹Great› History of Mankind


Edited by Gerd-Bodo von Carlsburg and Annette Miriam Stross

Sind Visionen Phantasievorstellungen, Einbildungen oder gar Trugbilder vergangener Zeiten? Oder ist Visionen, retro- wie auch prospektiv gesehen, ein Potential zu eigen, das Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftler.innen in der Gegenwart nutzen können und sollten?

In diesem Band zeigen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus Deutschland, Litauen, Estland, Polen, Schweden und China, dass die aktuellen Debatten in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften zu Themen wie Ökologie, interreligiöser Dialog, Identitätsbildung, Gesundheitserziehung, digitale Partizipation, (Welt-)Frieden, Sakrotourismus, Kulturmanagement durch die Einbeziehung visionärer Perspektiven aus unterschiedlichen Disziplinen neu belebt werden können.

Are visions imaginations of fantasies and illusions or even hallucinations of past times? Or has a vision, in retrospect and in preview, a potential that humanists and social scientists can and should use in the present?

In this volume scientists from Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Sweden and China show that current debates in the humanities and social sciences on topics such as ecology, interreligious dialogue, identity learning, health education, digital participation, (world) peace, sacrotourism, cultural management can be revitalized by including visionary perspectives from different scientific disciplines.

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Paul Weingartner

The aim of the book is to refute the claim that God’s omniscience, omnipotence and benevolence on the one hand and the existence of evil on the other are together inconsistent. This is shown first by unmasking many types of such claims as either logical fallacies or as presupposing false assumptions. Secondly the author formulates God’s attributes of omniscience, omnipotence and benevolence  and the existence of 10 types of evil in an axiomatic system. This contains the theorems about God’s knowledge, will, causation and benevolence without leading to any inconsistency. It proves the compatibility between God’s attributes of omniscience, omnipotence and benevolence with the fact of existence of evil. The author offers a consistency proof for the whole axiomatic system with the help of a model in which all axioms and theorems are satisfied.
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Oyvind Dahl

En sa qualité d’introduction à la communication interculturelle, ce livre présente les concepts principaux du domaine et les di_ érentes théories et méthodes d’analyse qui en relèvent. Y sont notamment explorés les enjeux du langage verbal et non verbal dans la recherché de la compréhension mutuelle, ainsi que les questions éthiques qu’elle soulève.

L’ouvrage aborde la communication interculturelle dans sa dimension concrète au travers d’une multitude de sujets, tels que la rencontre en langue étrangère, l’assimilation d’autres modes de vie et visions du monde, le recours à l’interprète, les réactions au langage corporel, les di_ érentes conceptions du temps, l’installation dans un nouvel environnement, les rapports de pouvoir et, plus généralement, la gestion des conflits d’ordre culturel.

Initialement publié en norvégien puis en anglais, ce manuel, très di_ usé, a également été traduit en russe et désormais en français. Richement illustré, il o_ re une découverte attrayante et vivifiante du champ de la communication interculturelle.

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Jiří Černý

Die Produktion von deutschen Flugschriften erreichte in den 1520er Jahren auch in Nord- und Nordwestböhmen ihren Höhepunkt. Die Druckwerke der dortigen evangelischen Elite zeigen, wie diese sich an der öffentlichen Debatte um das Gemeinwohl beteiligte, zugleich aber regionale Streitfragen ins Spiel brachte. Das Buch klärt die Entstehungszusammenhänge und Besonderheiten einzelner Druckschriften und beschäftigt sich mit den literarischen und medialen Strategien, die für diese Werke prägend waren und die zum Teil von der zeitgleichen Produktion in Wittenberg abhingen. Es werden Selbstzuschreibungen und Fremdwahrnehmungen untersucht, über die sich die Identität der evangelisierten Gemeinden und ihrer Sprecher konstituierte. Des Weiteren fragt der Autor nach der Funktion dieser Schriften.

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Edited by A.Nejat Töngür and Yıldıray Çevik

Studies on the distinguished works of English and American literature of various genres like poetry, plays and fiction are included in this book focusing on and around the central themes of “Marginalisation, Discrimination, Isolation, and Existence.” The aim of the book is to investigate the issues of “Marginalisation, Discrimination, Isolation, and Existence” within the frameworks of gender, colonization, multiculturalism, religion, race, generation gap, politics, technology, immigration, and class.

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Winners and Losers

Which Countries are Successful and Why?

Matt Qvortrup

The aim of this short book is to understand which countries do well on key indicators and why. After a short philosophical and historical survey of the literature to put the book into context, the Better-Place Index is developed. This is subsequently tested against a number of policy variables, such as levels of taxation, immigration, and democratic institutions, and other measures. The book provides statistical evidence that these factors are correlated with higher scores on the Better Place Index.

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Exploring Commodities

An Anthropologist on the Trails of Malinowski and Traven in Mexico

Scott Cook

Commodities of one type or other have been produced, transferred and consumed in the economic life of humanity through every epoch of its development and forms of sociocultural organization, but are pervasive in the varieties of capitalism dominating contemporary world economies. Even labor, a necessary element in all forms of commodity production, has itself been commoditized. Embodying three kinds of potentially realizable value – use, exchange, and symbolic – commodities reflect and affect various facets of humanity’s sociocultural life. They have been investigated by knowledge producers ranging from Aristotle and Ibn Khaldun through Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and Karl Marx down to a whole host of twentieth-century economists and others like the anthropologist, Bronislaw Malinowski, and the storyteller, B. Traven.

In this book noted economic anthropologist Scott Cook draws on many decades of fieldwork in the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Tamaulipas to take on the challenge of crafting an academic memoir designed to provide insights into the role of commodities in his own life and times and especially in his anthropological career. He undertakes this project in conjunction with a running interpretation of the contrasting approaches of Malinowski and Traven to the topic of commodity production and exchange in Mexico.

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Changes in Argument Structure

The Transitivizing Reaction Object Construction


Tamara Bouso-Rivas

This book deals with the characterization and history of the reaction object construction (ROC), as in Pauline smiled her thanks. The ROC consists of an intransitive verb followed by a nonprototypical object that expresses a reaction such that the whole syntactic unit acquires the extended meaning "express X by V-ing" (e.g. "Pauline expressed her thanks by smiling"). The hypothesis is put forward that ROCs follow a similar pathway as other valency-increasing constructions such as the cognate object construction and the way-construction, occurring first with more transitive-like verbs and then expanding to intransitives. Historical corpus evidence from several complementary data sources confirms this idea and reveals striking parallelisms with the way-construction.

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Edited by Gerda Haßler and Barbara Schäfer-Prieß

Como povo marítimo que no século XV iniciou a expansão atlântica europeia, os portugueses entraram cedo em contacto com muitas culturas e línguas diferentes. O contacto entre as línguas fez surgir variações, o que atualmente se traduz numa polifonia no espaço linguístico lusófono e em cujo desenvolvimento ocorreram vários processos de transformação.