Common Knowledge (Inaugural issue marking return to publication)

An issue of: Common Knowledge

Common Knowledge (Inaugural issue marking return to publication)
Journal Issue Volume 8, Number 1 Published: 2002 An issue of Common Knowledge
Duke University Press is pleased to begin publishing Common Knowledge with its re- inaugural issue, volume 8, number 1

Described by the New York Times as one of two American journals in which public intellectuals and other scholars prefer to publish, the highly acclaimed Common Knowledge has returned to publication after a two-year hiatus. In an effort to place itself in the ferment of intellectual life and broaden its geographical range, the journal has moved to the Middle East, to Israel. Born in an attempt to moderate and get past the "culture wars" of the 90s, Common Knowledge has moved, literally, to a war zone, and accordingly its editorial interests have broadened to include culture wars of a less metaphorical kind.

Its mission is both incredibly ambitious and shockingly simple: to open up lines of communication between the academy and the community of thoughtful people outside its walls. Common Knowledge was created to form a new intellectual model, one based on conversation or cooperation rather than on metaphors adopted from sports and war, of "sides" that one must "take." The journal will collect work from a variety of fields and specialties, including philosophy, religion, psychology, literary criticism, cultural studies, art history, political science, and social, cultural, and intellectual history.

Scholars such as Richard Rorty, Bruno Latour, Clifford Geertz, Julia Kristeva, Karma Nabulsi, and J. G. A. Pocock will cross paths with political figures like Prince Hassan of Jordan and President Arpad Goncz of Hungary, novelists like Susan Sontag, poets like Yves Bonnefoy, composers like Alexander Goehr, and journalists like Adam Michnik. The pages of Common Knowledge are sure to challenge the ways we think about theory and its relevance to humanity. The first volume will feature the beginning of a Seriatim Symposium, “Disagreement, Enmity, and Dispute,” which will include discussions of the title concepts from a variety of theoretical perspectives. The Symposium asks why, in an intellectual context in which “true” and “real” are words that can be used only in condescending scare quotes, there is so much absolute conflict. If truth and reality are constructions, then why aren’t we constructing consensual orders (metaphysical and social) that are conducive to peace, calm, and cooperation?

Contributors for forthcoming issues include: Manfred Frank, Jacques Le Goff, Vicki Hearne, Sissela Bok, Edward Cardinal Cassidy, Linda Hutcheon, G. Thomas Tanselle, Arlette Farge, Marcel Detienne, Caryl Emerson, Stanley Katz, and Peter Laslett.


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1. Civilian Scholarship–Jeffrey M. Perl

2. Rededication of Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot Synagogue–Prince El Hassan bin Talal

3. The Future of Jewish-Christian Relations–Edward Idris Cardinal Cassidy

Peace and Mind: Seriatim Symposium on Dispute, Conflict, and Enmity

4. Introduction–G. Thomas Tanselle

5. Representational Democracy: An Aesthetic Approach to Conflict and Compromise–Frank R. Ankersmit

6. On the Acrimoniousness of Intellectual Disputes –Randall Collins

7. The Science Wars—A Dialogue–Bruno Latour, translated by Ashraf Noor

8. Comedies of Mastery and Reconciliation: South Africa’s Taxi, America’s Rib–Daniel Herwitz

9. Coming to Terms: The Matter of the Irish Bull Terrier–Vicki Hearne

10. Using Models . . . for Making Original Music–Alexander Goehr

11. Sharing Holy Places–Elizabeth Key Fowden

12. Postcript on Method

13. Editorial Note–Jeffrrey M. Perl, Alick Isaacs

14. Context in Context–Peter Burke

15. Murderous Identity: Anthropology, History, and the Art of Constructing Comparables–Marcel Detienne, translated by Ashraf Noor

16. Decreation: How Women Like Sappho, Marguerite Porete, and Simone Weil Tell God–Anne Carson

17. Little Reviews

Wayne Andersen, Clifford Geertz, Hugh Kenner, Stephen Toulmin, Fang Lizhi, Elizabeth Freund, Stuart Clark, Andrew Plaks, Ian Hacking, Nadja Reissland, The Editors


18. Nádas’s Comedy of Interment–Susan Sontag

19. Burial: Comedy without Intermission –Péter Nádas, translated by Imre Goldstein

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ISBN Paperback: 978-0-8223-6506-8