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Chapter 4 [part 2]

Satisfied for the moment with this line of reasoning, he stretched arms and legs cat-like, bathing himself luxuriously in the balmy afternoon air, and yawned leisurely, exposing unrepentantly wine-stained teeth. 1,064 more words


The Perils of Popular History: The Swerve -- Greenblatt on Lucretius [2011 CE]

Stephen Greenblatt is a learned Harvard University professor specializing in the Renaissance and Shakespeare. In 2011 CE he won a National Book Award and in 2012 he won a Pulitzer Prize for The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. 588 more words

Chapter 4 [part 1]

Chapter 4: Curiosity & Tranquillity


The warship shoved its stolid beak around the headland, a probing nasal portent, before forcing the rest of its ungainly bulk into the bay in a series of unnatural spasms. 1,021 more words


Happy Twentieth: Woodland Aborigines Invent Music and Dance

Grandfather Nietzsche said that he could never worship–or even trust–a god that didn’t dance. Dance implies letting go, losing our inhibitions and releasing tension, being free.  412 more words


Lucretius' On The Nature of Things

“Lucretius was a poet, not a philosopher, and it is as the work of a poet that his poem ‘De Rerum Natura’ (“The Nature of Things”) must be read. 627 more words

Competition or Amicitia: Lucretius and Critical Reflexive Creativity

This paper examines how Lucretius conceptualizes amicitia as an antidote to competitive egocentrism, forming a theory of Venus as the ultimate connecting force of nature. I argue that Lucretius’ critical thoughts on the social world and human attitudes are attuned to current anthropological critiques of various structural forces often portrayed as forms of violence (e.g., colonial-capitalism, neoliberalism, structural and symbolic violences) that have personal and social consequences (see… 391 more words

Conference Paper

Assignment Two: timeline

I first started thinking about the theme for my second assignment in earnest after completing assignment one.  Some other students had mentioned that they knew what they wanted to do before embarking on any of the exercises in section two but I deliberately fought against being too assumptive as I wanted to try to let the course work wash over me before deciding too much on the detail of the assignment.   3,926 more words