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  • Antonine Maillet, prodigieuse « Acadienne, femme et écrivaine », tisse habilement les fils du mythe, de la patrie et de lendemains nouveaux dans cette inspirante allocution prononcée à l'occasion de la cérémonie de remise de la Médaille Symons.


    En véritable artiste, Maillet se fait « créateur de sons, de couleurs, de formes ou de mots ». Surgit alors un immense territoire de montagnes et d'océans, d'histoire et d'histoires - tantôt mythiques, tantôt modernes, tour à tour sous le signe de l'épopée flamboyante et de l'intimité illuminée par un feu de foyer. Un pays à la fois jeune et vieux, qui a deux langues, un riche subconscient, des aspirations. En guise de conclusion, elle raconte une histoire que Rabelais avait écrite l'année même de la découverte de l'Amérique. 

    Sous le couvert du conte, cette grande dame lance un puissant appel à la solidarité, à la protection des cultures et à la sauvegarde des langues. Son pays « aux multiples visages » et fait de paradoxes, demande-t-elle, « saura-t-il accorder leur juste place aux peuples d'origines diverses? »

    Connue notamment pour sa pièce de théâtre La Sagouine (1971), Mme Maillet n'en a pas moins remporté le prestigieux Prix Goncourt pour son roman Pélagie-la-Charette, devenant du coup la première lauréate non européenne du plus grand prix littéraire de France. Depuis, elle a publié plus de 20 romans, une multitude de pièces de théâtre et des traductions d'auteurs célèbres tels que Shakespeare. Elle est récipiendaire de nombreux prix, dont le Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général, la Médaille Lorne Pierce de la Société royale du Canada, et le Prix Goncourt.A veritable artist, Maillet becomes a "creator of sounds, of colours, of forms and words." As she speaks, she paints a vast landscape of mountains and oceans, history and story, using the tools on her palette: blending the colours of myths and those of contemporary issues, creating an epic poem in a profoundly personal voice. This country she portrays is both young and old, speaks two languages, has a rich subconscious, and aspirations. She ends her lecture by re-telling a story originally written by Rabelais- which, incidentally, was penned the same year as the discovery of America.

    The grande dame of storytelling uses her art to make an appeal for solidarity, in favour of the protection of
    cultures and the preservation of languages. Will her country, she asks, the one made "of many faces" and paradoxes, "be able to give nations of diverse origins their rightful place?"

    Renowned, notably, for her iconic play La Sagouine, Antonine Maillet received the prestigious Prix Goncourt for her novel Pélagie-la-Charette, thereby becoming the first non-European laureate of the most prestigious award in France. Since then, she has published over twenty novels and many plays, and also translated several celebrated authors such as Shakespeare. She is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Governor General Literary Award, the Royal Society of Canada's Lorne Pierce Medal, and the Prix Goncourt.

  • In Gatineau, the Quartier du Musée heritage
    neighbourhood regularly makes the news as it has
    been earmarked for large-scale development that
    would modernize the downtown area. Discover the
    65 early-20th century buildings and their history. 
    The Quartier du Musée is located in front of the
    Canadian Museum of History in the Hull sector of the
    City of Gatineau. It is at the heart of the the Outaouais
    Francophones' identity. 

    As the founding French-Catholic parish, with its
    institutional, residential and commercial buildings, the
    Quartier du Musée represents an ensemble of historical
    and socio-economical references, in particular for the
    Catholic and French-Canadian communities of the area.
    It is one of the rare neighborhoods still bearing witness
    to the City of Hull as it stood prior to 1900; as such, its
    built heritage reflects the way various architectural
    styles were adapted in the National Capital area: 53 of
    the buildings were built prior to 1910, and 44 were built
    prior to the Great Fire of 1900. 

    The stories of the owners and occupants reveal the
    evolution of the social, economic and cultural history of
    the Outaouais. The socio-economic activities of the
    buildings' inhabitants-whether owners or tenants-
    shed light on the key individuals who played an
    important role in the history of the city and of the
    greater area.Le Quartier du Musée, situé en face du Musée canadien
    de l'histoire dans le secteur Hull de la Ville de Gatineau,
    est le lieu d'origine identitaire des francophones de
    l'Outaouais. 
    Première paroisse catholique française de Hull avec ses bâtiments institutionnels, résidentiels et
    commerciaux, le Quartier du Musée regroupe un
    ensemble de références socioéconomiques et
    historiques, plus particulièrement pour la société
    catholique et canadienne-française de la région.
    Un des rares témoins de la Ville de Hull d'avant 1900,
    son patrimoine bâti ancien reflète l'adaptation des
    divers courants architecturaux de la région de la
    capitale nationale du Canada : 53 des bâtiments
    de ce quartier datent d'avant 1910, alors que
    44 précèdent l'incendie de 1900. 

    Les brèves histoires des propriétaires et occupants
    révèlent l'évolution de l'histoire sociale, économique et
    culturelle de l'Outaouais. Les activités socioéconomiques
    des habitants, propriétaires et locataires permettent de
    mieux connaître les nombreuses personnalités qui ont
    joué un rôle de grande importance dans l'histoire de la
    ville et de la région.

  • Poursuivre ses études, c'est palpitant, mais c'est
    également stressant. Quels cours devrais-je suivre? Quel
    programme devrais-je choisir? Vais-je décrocher un emploi
    après avoir obtenu mon diplôme? 
    Rassurez-vous : ce livre permet de constater que la
    meilleure façon de bien préparer son entrée dans
    le marché du travail, c'est de réussir ses études. Travailler en équipe, respecter des
    échéanciers, de relever des défis, savoir manier la plume et interagir avec des collègues :
    voilà autant d'éléments essentiels à tout emploi
    professionnel, et ces mêmes habiletés constituent justement les fondements de tout bon étudiant. 

    Que vous veniez de commencer vos études
    postsecondaires, que vous vous trouviez au beau milieu
    de celles-ci ou que vous soyez sur le point d'obtenir
    votre diplôme, ce guide pratique vous montre comment maîtriser ces
    compétences clé ainsi que les stratégies qui mènent à la réussite. Il s'adresse à tous les
    étudiants, qu'ils soient à l'université, au collège, au cégep
    ou au secondaire, ainsi qu'à leurs parents. Ce livre vous aidera à vous épanouir sur les plans
    scolaire, professionnel et personnel, l'objectif ultime
    étant d'atteindre le bonheur duquel découle une vie réfléchie,
    équilibrée et sur laquelle vous avez le contrôle.Going to university is exciting, but it can also be
    stressful. What courses should I take? What program
    should I choose? Will I get a job after graduation? 
    This
    book shows that the best preparation for success on
    the job, and in life, is succeeding at university.
    Teamwork, meeting deadlines, overcoming challenges,
    writing well, and dealing with people are essential in
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    becoming a strong student. 

    This practical guide shows
    you how to master the critical skills and strategies for
    success at school, work, and in life. 

    Whether you're
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    happiness that comes when you live a thoughtful,
    balanced, and self-directed life.

  • Tu sais, mon vieux Jean-Pierre is inspired by the work of archaeologist Jean-Pierre Chrestien (1949-2008), who worked hand-in-glove with a generation of researchers in helping to unearth unexpected and always interesting aspects of New France.

    Contributions focus first upon the door to New France in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland and Acadia. A second set of essays move further up the St. Lawrence and into the heartland of the continent. 

    The final section examines aspects of Canadian culture: popular art, religion and communication. The essays share a curiosity for material culture, a careful regard for detail and nuance that forms the grain of New France studies, and sensitivity to the overall context that is part and parcel of how history proceeds on the local or regional scale.

    Happily we can now dispense with old-fashioned and facile generalizations about the allegedly absent bourgeoisie, the purportedly deficient commercial ethic of the habitants and the so-called underlying military character of the colony and get down the business of understanding real people and their possessions in context.

    Tu sais, mon vieux Jean-Pierre honore le travail de l'archéologue Jean-Pierre Chrestien (1949-2008), qui a collaboré avec une génération de chercheurs en vue de déterrer des aspects inattendus de la Nouvelle-France.

    La première section sur la porte d'entrée de la Nouvelle-France, soit le Golfe du Saint-Laurent, Terre-Neuve et l'Acadie. Une deuxième section nous fait remonter le Saint-Laurent, au coeur même du continent. La dernière section examine certains aspects de la culture Canadienne : l'art populaire, la religion et la communication. Le fil conducteur de ces essais est une curiosité pour la culture matérielle, une attention au détail et à la nuance qui sont les piliers des études sur la Nouvelle-France, et une sensibilité au contexte général essentiel à la compréhension de la façon dont l'histoire se déploie aux échelles locale ou régionale.

    On peut donc aller au-delà des généralisations faciles et désuètes d'une bourgeoisie prétendument absente, d'une éthique commerciale supposément déficiente chez les habitants et le caractère soi-disant militaire de la colonie. De ce fait, nous pouvons tenter de comprendre les vraies gens et leurs possessions en contexte.

  • Recipient of the 2005 Governor General's Literary Award in non-fiction, Quand la nation débordait les frontières is considered the most comprehensive analysis of Lionel Groulx's work and vision as an intellectual leader of a nationalist school that extended well beyond the borders of Québec.

    For over five decades, historians and intellectuals have defined the nationalist discourse primarily in territorial terms. In this regard, Groulx has been portrayed-more often than not-as the architect of Québecois nationalism. Translated by Ferdinanda Van Gennip, A Nation Beyond Borders will continue to spark debate on Groulx's description of the parameters of the French-Canadian nation. Highlighting the often neglected role of French-Canadian minorities in his thought, this book presents the Canon as an uncompromising advocate of solidarity between all French-Canadian communities.

  • Ce livre réunit en version originale ainsi qu'en traduction une sélection de poèmes qui mettent en jeu les notions d'identité et d'altérité au Canada. S'y côtoient des textes d'auteurs des deux principales communautés linguistiques du pays, mais aussi de poètes autochtones ou migrants. La pluralité des voix, la diversité des lectures possibles et la richesse du matériau montrent bien que l'identité et l'altérité constituent un horizon ouvert, signe d'une société en évolution, donc bien vivante. -- Pluriel provides a composite snapshot, taken from a few particular angles, of the variety of poems written in Canada over the past few decades. In shaping this anthology the editors were attracted to the diverse cultural and social responses evident in the work of poets writing in English and French, both across Canada, and in particular in Quebec and other French-speaking regions of the country. Each poem is offered in its original language and in translation.

  • Hugh Garner's Best Stories received the Governor General's Literary Award for English-language fiction in 1963. The collection consists of twenty-four stories composed between the late 1930s and the early 1960s and reflects the immense flux of the mid-century, from the Great Depression to the Spanish Civil War, World War II, the Civil Rights movement, and second-wave feminism. Garner takes on issues ranging from anglophone-francophone conflict in Canada to racism in the American South, from the disenfranchisement of First Nations people to the mistreatment of the mentally disabled. Best Stories is not only notable for the devastating precision of its prose, but also for its contribution to the Spanish Civil War literary canon. This new edition brings short fiction by Garner into conversation with the wider canon of Canadian and transnational leftist and proletarian literature.

  • Years of surveillance-related leaks from US whistleblower Edward Snowden have fuelled an international debate on privacy, spying, and Internet surveillance. Much of the focus has centered on the role of the US National Security Agency, yet there is an important Canadian side to the story. The Communications Security Establishment, the Canadian counterpart to the NSA, has played an active role in surveillance activities both at home and abroad, raising a host of challenging legal and policy questions. With contributions by leading experts in the field, Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era is the right book at the right time: From the effectiveness of accountability and oversight programs to the legal issues raised by metadata collection to the privacy challenges surrounding new technologies, this book explores current issues torn from the headlines with a uniquely Canadian perspective.

  • This volume comprises a reprinting and gloss of the original text of the 1933 Communist play Eight Men Speak. The play was banned by the Toronto police after its first performance, banned by the Winnipeg police shortly thereafter and subsequently banned by the Canadian Post Office. The play can be considered as one stage-the published text-of a meta-text that culminated in 1934 at Maple Leaf Gardens when the (then illegal) Communist Party of Canada celebrated the release of its leader, Tim Buck, from prison. Eight Men Speak had been written and staged on behalf of the campaign to free Buck by the Canadian Labour Defence League, the public advocacy group of the CPC.In its theatrical techniques, incorporating avant-garde expressionist staging, mass chant, agitprop and modernist dramaturgy, Eight Men Speak exemplified the vanguardist aesthetics of the Communist left in the years before the Popular Front. It is the first instance of the collective theatrical techniques that would become widespread in subsequent decades and formative in the development of modern Canadian drama. These include a decentred narrative, collaborative authorship and a refusal of dramaturgical linearity in favour of theatricalist demonstration. As such it is one of the most significant Canadian plays of the first half of the century, and, on the evidence of the surviving photograph of the mise-en-scene, one of the earliest examples of modernist staging in Canada.

  • Personal data is increasingly being exchanged and stored by electronic means, making businesses, organizations and individuals more vulnerable than ever to identity theft and fraud. This book provides a practical and accessible guide to identity theft and fraud using a risk management approach. It outlines various strategies that can be easily implemented to help prevent identity theft and fraud. It addresses technical issues in a clear and uncomplicated way to help decision-makers at all levels understand the steps their businesses and organizations can take to mitigate identity theft and fraud risks. And it highlights the risks individuals face in this digital age. This book can help anyone - businesses and organizations of all sizes, as well as individuals - develop an identity theft and fraud prevention strategy that will reduce their risk and protect their identity assets.
    To date, little has been written on identity theft and fraud with a Canadian audience in mind. This book fills that gap, helping Canadians minimize their identity theft and fraud risks.

  • From the Canadian Short Story Library, twelve stories from Desmond Pacey, a major figure in Canadian Literature and criticism. The twelve stories are typical of Pacey's story-telling technique and what emerges from them is a distinctive, even powerful optimism, charity, tolerance and deep understanding of human nature. The sombre side of life is honestly portrayed and juxtaposed against the importance of love as a unifying force. These stories, presented in a simple straightforward manner, reveal man as he is: fragile, vulnerable, capable of crude, selfish and irrational behaviour, subject to defeat and despair; but also, heroic, enlightened, capable of strength, wisdom, hope and joy.

  • This is a collection of the published and previously unpublished short stories by Thomas Murtha, a Canadian writer born and raised in Ontario. Murtha was one of the notable experimental writers of the 1920s, but his work has been largely ignored by literary historians. Thomas Murtha was a classmate and colleague of other notable Canadians including former prime minister Paul Martin, Morley Callaghan, and Raymond Knister. Callaghan, Murtha, and Knister greatly influenced each others' work. Complete with a biographical introduction from Murtha's son, William, this collection provides insight into the work and life of one of Canada's most talented writers. 

  • The articles in this collection, written by medievalists and Renaissance scholars, are part of the recent "cultural turn" in translation studies, which approaches translation as an activity that is powerfully affected by its socio-political context and the demands of the translating culture. The links made between culture, politics, and translation in these texts highlight the impact of ideological and political forces on cultural transfer in early European thought. While the personalities of powerful thinkers and translators such as Erasmus, Etienne Dolet, Montaigne, and Leo Africanus play into these texts, historical events and intellectual fashions are equally important: moments such as the Hundred Years War, whose events were partially recorded in translation by Jean Froissart; the Political tussles around the issues of lay readers and rewriters of biblical texts; the theological and philosophical shift from scholasticism to Renaissance relativism; or European relations with the Muslim world add to the interest of these articles.
    Throughout this volume, translation is treated as a form of writing, as the production of text and meaning, carried out in a certain cultural and political ambiance, and for identifiable - though not always stated - reasons. No translation, this collection argues, is an innocent, transparent rendering of the original.

  • En 1979, Jean-François Lyotard a articulé la condition postmoderne, annonçant la fin de la modernité. Mais la modernité nous tient encore et se réinvente dans des nouvelles périodisations. Il nous incombe de reprendre la réflexion sur ce paradigme à la fois historique, culturel et social, et ceci, à partir de notre condition de « puînés » de la modernité. Tel est le programme de réflexion de cet ouvrage collectif qui privilégie une approche interdisciplinaire et internationale. -- In 1979, Jean-François Lyotard sketched out the postmodern condition, announcing the demise of modernity. However, modernity perseveres, reinventing itself within shifting temporal contexts. As such, it is particularly relevant for us, as `latecomers', to reflect on this historical, cultural and social paradigm. This is the task undertaken by this interdisciplinary and international volume.

  • How to Write a Précis is designed to teach students how to read and comprehend a text, and then reduce its length without omitting the essential details or radically altering the style of the original. It contains theoretical background, practical step-by-step instructions on how to write a précis, sample précis, and a variety of exercises. Also included are sections on popularizing and abstracting.Its tightly organized structure and straightforward, direct style make How to Write a Précis the ideal text for students and teachers of translation, of English as a second language, and of all types of English Composition. It is intended for use in universities, community colleges, high schools, and in adult education. The exercises have been carefully chosen and organized so as to provide optimum hands-on learning experience for the reader; they vary in difficulty, so that the teacher may select those that suit the level of proficiency and the special interests of a particular group of students.

  • For Canadians, hockey is the game. Shared experiences
    and memories-lacing up for the first time, shinny
    on an outdoor rink, Sidney Crosby's historic goal,
    or the one scored by Maurice Richard-make hockey
    more than just a game. 
    While the relationship between hockey and national
    identity has been studied, where does the game fit into
    our understanding of multiple, diverse Canadian
    identities today? This interdisciplinary book considers
    hockey, both as professional and amateur sport, and
    both in historical and contemporary context, in relation
    to larger themes in Canadian Studies, including gender,
    race/ethnicity, ability, sexuality, geography, and reflects
    upon all aspects of hockey in Canadian life: play,
    fandom, sports broadcasting, and community activism. 

    This interdisciplinary scholarly collection is an extension
    of the "Hockey in Canada: More Than Just a Game" exhibition presented by the Canadian Museum
    of History. 

    Includes one chapter in French.Comprend un chapitre en français.

    Le hockey est le sport des Canadiens Les expériences et
    les souvenirs que nous partageons - lacer ses patins
    pour la toute première fois, jouer une partie de hockey
    de rue, le but historique marqué par Sidney Crosby, ou
    celui de Maurice Richard - font du hockey bien plus
    qu'un sport.
    Bien que le lien entre hockey et identité nationale ait été
    étudié, il faut s'interroger sur la place qu'occupe ce sport
    dans notre compréhension des identités canadiennes
    diverses et multiples d'aujourd'hui. Cet ouvrage
    interdisciplinaire explore le hockey tant comme
    sport professionnel qu'amateur, depuis une approche
    tantôt historique, tantôt actuelle, en lien avec des
    problématiques en Études canadiennes, dont le genre,
    la race et l'ethnicité, la compétence, la sexualité, la
    géographique, et lance une réflexion sur les divers
    aspects du hockey dans la vie des Canadiens : le jeu, les
    supporters, la radiodiffusion, l'activisme communautaire. 
    Cet ouvrage complète l'exposition de « Hockey :
    Plus qu'un simple jeu », présentée par le Musée
    canadien de l'histoire. 

  • Recipient of the 2005 Governor General's Literary Award in non-fiction, Quand la nation débordait les frontières is considered the most comprehensive analysis of Lionel Groulx's work and vision as an intellectual leader of a nationalist school that extended well beyond the borders of Québec.

    For over five decades, historians and intellectuals have defined the nationalist discourse primarily in territorial terms. In this regard, Groulx has been portrayed-more often than not-as the architect of Québecois nationalism. Translated by Ferdinanda Van Gennip, A Nation Beyond Borders will continue to spark debate on Groulx's description of the parameters of the French-Canadian nation. Highlighting the often neglected role of French-Canadian minorities in his thought, this book presents the Canon as an uncompromising advocate of solidarity between all French-Canadian communities.

  • Ottawa - Making a Capital is a collection of 24 never-before published essays in English and in French on the history of Ottawa. It brings together leading historians, archeologists and archivists whose work reveals the rich tapestry of the city. Pre-contact society, French Canadian voyageurs, the early civil service, the first labour organizers and Jewish peddlers are among the many fascinating topics covered. Readers will also learn about the origins of local street names, the Great Fire of 1900, Ottawa's multicultural past, the demise of its streetcar system, Ottawa's transformation during the Second World War and the significance of federal government architecture. This book is an indispensable collection for those interested in local history and the history of Canada's capital.
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  • In 1951, musician Kenneth Peacock (1922-2000) secured a contract from the National Museum of Canada (today the Canadian Museum of History) to collect folksongs in Newfoundland. As the province had recently joined Confederation, the project was deemed a goodwill gesture, while at the same time adding to the Museum's meager Anglophone archival collections. Between 1951 and 1961, over the course of six field visits, Peacock collected 766 songs and melodies from 118 singers in 38 communities, later publishing two-thirds of this material in a three-volume collection, Songs of the Newfoundland Outports (1965). As the publication consists of over 1000 pages, Outports is considered to be a bible for Newfoundland singers and a valuable resource for researchers. However, Peacock's treatment of the material by way of tune-text collations, use of lines and stanzas from unpublished songs has always been somewhat controversial. Additionally, comparison of the field collection with Outports indicates that although Peacock acquired a range of material, his personal preferences requently guided his publishing agenda.

    To ensure that the songs closely correspond to what the singers presented to Peacock, the collection has been prepared by drawing on Peacock's original music and textual notes and his original field recordings. The collection is far-ranging and eclectic in that it includes British and American broadsides, musical hall and vaudeville material alongside country and western songs, and local compositions. It also highlights the influence of popular media on the Newfoundland song tradition and contextualizes a number of locally composed songs. In this sense, it provides a key link between what Peacock actually recorded
    and the material he eventually published. As several of the songs have not previously appeared in the standard Newfoundland collections, The Forgotten Songs sheds new light on the extent of Peacock's collecting.

    The collection includes 125 songs arranged under 113 titles along with extensive notes on the songs, and brief biographies of the 58 singers.

    Thanks to the Research Centre for the Study of Music Media and Place, a video of the launch event, held in St.John's, Newfoundland, is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghj6E6-QiLI&t=21s.

  • Think you know a thing or two about zombies? Think again. If you're going to keep your wits - and your brains - about you during a zombie attack, you need expert advice. Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies gathers together an irreverent group of scholars and writers to take a serious look at how zombies threaten almost every aspect of our lives. Spawned from the viral publication "When Zombies Attack!: Mathematical Modelling of an Outbreak of Zombie Infection," this multidisciplinary book draws on a variety of fields including biology, history, law, gender studies, archaeology, library science and landscape architecture. Part homage to zombie films and fiction, part cultural study, this collection humorously explores our deep-seated fear of the undead. Engaging and accessible, Braaaiiinnnnssss! will amuse academics and zombie fans alike.

  • This work underscores the need to examine history philosophically, not only to better appreciate how it unfolds and relates to our own unfolding lives, but to better appreciate our free engagement in this changing world. Linking a conception of ourselves as free beings to the historical process was of central importance to the classical speculative philosophies of history of the nineteenth century, most notably Hegel's. Michel Foucault's work is often taken to be the antithesis of this kind of speculative approach.
    This book argues that Foucault, on the contrary, like Hegel, sees freedom as tied to the self-movement of thought as it realizes and shapes the world. Unlike Hegel, however, he does not see in that self-movement the process of Spirit reconciling itself with the world and thereby realizing itself as freedom. Rather, he sees in the freedom at the core of the self-movement of thought a possible threat around which that movement consolidates itself and gives shape to the world.
    Foucault's work is therefore not a simple rejection of Hegel's speculative philosophy of history, but rather an inversion of the manner in which history and freedom are related: for Hegel history realizes or actualizes the "idea" of freedom, whereas for Foucault freedom realizes or actualizes the "materiality" of history.

  • When Hermes handed over to Apollo his finest invention, the lyre, in exchange for promotion to the status of messenger of the gods, he relinquished the creativity that gave life to his words.
    The trade-off proved frustrating: Hermes chafed under the obligation to deliver the ideas and words of others and resorted to all manner of ruses in order to assert his presence in the messages he transmitted. His theorizing descendants, too, allow their pretentions to creatorship to interfere with the actual business of reinventing originals in another language.
    Just as the Hermes of old delighted in leading the traveller astray, so his descendants lead their acolytes, through thickets of jargon, into labyrinths of eloquence without substance.
    Charles Le Blanc possesses the philosophical tools to dismantle this empty eloquence: he exposes the inconsistencies, internal contradictions, misreadings, and misunderstandings rife in so much of the current academic discourse en translation, and traces the failings of this discourse back to its roots in the anguish of having traded authentic creativity for mere status.

  • There can be little dispute that culture influences philosophy: we see this in the way that classical Greek culture influenced Greek philosophy, that Christianity influenced mediaeval western philosophy, that French culture influenced a range of philosophies in France from Cartesianism to post-modernism, and so on.
    Yet many philosophical texts and traditions have also been introduced into very different cultures and philosophical traditions than their cultures of origin - through war and colonialization, but also through religion and art, and through commercial relations and globalization. And this raises questions such as: What is it to do French philosophy in Africa, or Analytic philosophy in India, or Buddhist philosophy in North America?
    This volume examines the phenomenon of the `migration' of philosophical texts and traditions into other cultures, identifies places where it may have succeeded, but also where it has not, and discusses what is presupposed in introducing a text or a tradition into another intellectual culture.

  • Following the metaphysical and epistemological threads that have led to our modern conception of the body as a machine, the book explores views of the body in the history of philosophy. Its central thesis is that the Cartesian paradigm, which has dominated the modern conception of the body (including the development and practice of medicine), offers an incomplete and even inaccurate picture. This picture has become a reductio ad absurdum, which, through such current trends as the practice of extreme body modification, and futuristic visions of downloading consciousness into machines, could lead to the disappearance of the biological body. Presenting Spinoza's philosophy of the body as the road not followed, the author asks what Spinoza would think of some of our contemporary body visions. It also looks to two more holistic approaches to the body that offer hope of recovering its true meaning: the practice of yoga and alternative medicine. The metaphysical analysis is accompanied throughout by a tripartite historical and epistemological analysis: the body as an obstacle to knowledge (exemplified by Plato and our modern-day futurists), the body as an object of knowledge (exemplified by Descartes and modern scientific medicine); and the body as a source of knowledge (exemplified by the Stoics, and the philosophy of yoga).

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