Meaning Through Things, 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Meaning Through Things, Marilynn Johnson
All Graduate Works by Year: Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects
Interpretation is the process by which we find meaning in the things in the world around us: clouds on the horizon, bones, street signs, hairbrushes, uniforms, paintings, letters, and utterances. But where does that meaning come from and on what basis are we justified in saying a particular meaning is the right meaning? Drawing from debates in the philosophy of language, I argue that a complete theory of meaning and interpretation must be grounded in intentions. My argument employs research in the philosophy of language, aesthetics, linguistics, and cognitive science to develop a general framework of interpretation. This framework is ...
Laughing Doubles: The Duality Of Humour, 2017 The University of Western Ontario
Laughing Doubles: The Duality Of Humour, Evan A. Pebesma
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository
This thesis examines humour as a theoretical problem, taking humour as both an object to be defined and as a mode of thinking in its own right. In the first chapter, I position humour between good sense and nonsense within a Deleuzian and psychoanalytic framework, culminating in a discussion of humour’s relationship to perversion. In the second chapter, I further develop this connection to perversion through an analysis of Christian humour, exploring the incongruity between the transcendent heights and corporeal depths, with special attention paid to the comedic works of Erasmus and Rabelais. In the third chapter, I examine ...
Inculturation Of Liturgical Music In The Roman Catholic Church Of Igbo Land: A Compositional Study, 2017 University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Inculturation Of Liturgical Music In The Roman Catholic Church Of Igbo Land: A Compositional Study, Benedict Nwabugwu Agbo
Journal of Global Catholicism
A study of inculturation, composition and music among Catholics is Igbo Land, Nigeria. The article insects with contemporary discussions of inculturation/enculturation after Vatican II and the recommendation of St. John Paul II in his Ecclesia in Africa.
Portal: Systems For Perception, 2017 Lesley University
Portal: Systems For Perception, Elizabeth Graehling
MFA in Visual Arts Theses
Perception as a set of sensory faculties affects our ability to relate to one another. Conversely, that mutual understanding affects our intuitive recognition and awareness of other variables in the physical world. This paper discusses the ways in which beauty and systematization can be cooperative in developing a visual language which encourages an audience to identify with conventionally difficult or uncomfortable subject matter; explicitly, that of disease or handicap. Furthermore, an argument is proposed for the creation and maximization of opportunities for empathetic awareness through specific conditions (or systems) of viewing, particularly those influenced by our direct—yet largely unconscious ...
Investigations Of Worth: Towards A Phenomenology Of Values, 2017 Marquette University
Investigations Of Worth: Towards A Phenomenology Of Values, Dale Hobbs Jr.
Dissertations (2009 -)
The purpose of this project is to provide a clear and compelling account of the existence and nature of values within a phenomenological context. Values such as beauty or virtue are certainly a major part of our experiential lives. After all, what would life be worth if we could never describe a painting as beautiful, for example, or a beverage as delicious? Nevertheless, understanding what these values are on their own terms has historically been a rather difficult task. Certainly, they are not ordinary objects that could be seen or heard, touched or tasted, like the physical objects to which ...
Tolkien’S Sub-Creation And Secondary Worlds: Implications For A Robust Moral Psychology, 2017 University of Scranton
Tolkien’S Sub-Creation And Secondary Worlds: Implications For A Robust Moral Psychology, Nathan S. Lefler
Journal of Tolkien Research
In his work, “On Fairy Stories,” J. R. R. Tolkien offers a detailed account of what he calls Sub-creation, along with the corresponding notions of Primary and Secondary Worlds. In this paper, I suggest that Tolkien’s concept of Sub-creation can be creatively appropriated in the realm of moral psychology and there applied to the fundamental relationship between self and other – or in Judeo-Christian terms, “I” and my neighbor. Through appeal to Tolkien’s thought and to the wider Christian theological tradition, and in constructive tension with the contemporary psychoanalytic attention to “intersubjectivity,” I attempt to elucidate the power and ...
Au-Delà De La Nature : The Blue Fossil Entropic Stories De Julian Charrière, 2017 EHESS, Paris
Au-Delà De La Nature : The Blue Fossil Entropic Stories De Julian Charrière, Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou
In this short article - case study, I explore the question of how art may help us reflect on the new conception of nature that the Anthropocene confronts us with. I focus on the photographic series The Blue Fossil Entropic Stories I,II,III (2013) by Swiss artist Julian Charrière and its reassessment of an idea of nature inherited from the romantic period. I analyse the way in which these pictures reinterpret romantic landscape painting in order to suggest an equal relation of human and nature, where human and non-human entities hold equal sway. My theoretical framework is based on Timothy ...
For Narrativity: How Creating Narratives Structures Experience And Self, 2017 City University of New York (CUNY)
For Narrativity: How Creating Narratives Structures Experience And Self, Natallia Stelmak Schabner
All Graduate Works by Year: Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects
This dissertation responds to the challenge to narrativity posed by Galen Strawson in “Against Narrativity,” where he claims that not everyone is Narrative by nature and that there is no reason to be. I make my claim “For Narrativity” as a mental process of form finding and coherence seeking over time that is an inherent mental activity and essential for experience of one’s Self. I make my case through examinations of our experience of time, our use of language, how we plan, and our sense of Self. In the first chapter, I show that considering Narrativity as viewing life ...
Beginner's Mind, 2017 University of New Orleans, New Orleans
Beginner's Mind, Martin L. Benson
University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations
My art distills my relationship to spirituality, digital culture, and the practices and side-effects therein, into a simplified visual language. The work manifests in the form of paintings, drawings, and light sculptures. Meditation and mindfulness training are a large part of my influence and interests. I often wonder how mindfulness practice can be mirrored in my artwork, not only in my process for creating the work, but also with what the resulting imagery does for the viewer. My intention is to provide an art form that invites one to look and experience one’s own capacity to observe, without the ...
Kant On The Beautiful, 2017 University of Maine
Kant On The Beautiful, Justin P. Amoroso
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
This thesis looks at Kant’s question about the antagonism between freedom and determinism and how he tried to reconcile them through aesthetics. I begin the thesis by sketching the influences on Kant’s aesthetics, by looking at the problem that arose after he completed his first two critiques, and by defining his three faculties. From there I examine his four moments of beauty. Next, I ask how beauty symbolizes morality. In the conclusion I submit a possible answer how beauty can resolve the antagonism between freedom and determinism. The tentative answer is as follows.
According to Kant, beauty doesn ...
The Beauty Of Understanding: Aesthetic Methods Of Theory Evaluation, 2017 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The Beauty Of Understanding: Aesthetic Methods Of Theory Evaluation, Devon Craig Bryson
Philosophers use a variety of methods to evaluate theories, theories that are sources of greater understanding. My dissertation argues that judgments of beauty are a justified part of how we evaluate theories. That is, I argue that beauty is part of what makes a philosophical theory better. I reach this conclusion by analyzing two powerful and popular methods of theory evaluation: reflective equilibrium and simplicity. The literatures on both reflective equilibrium and simplicity clarify how these methods work and why they are justified methods of theory evaluation. But I argue that the going accounts of reflective equilibrium and simplicity have ...
Contextual Beliefs: A Creative Interpretation Of The Fictional Emotion Paradox, 2017 Northern Michigan University
Contextual Beliefs: A Creative Interpretation Of The Fictional Emotion Paradox, Amelia Richards
No abstract provided.
Teleology In César Franck's Prélude, Choral Et Fugue, 2017 The University of Western Ontario
Teleology In César Franck's Prélude, Choral Et Fugue, Stephanie Gouin
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository
César Franck’s Prélude, Choral et Fugue is a fine example of the composer’s mature style and contribution to musical form and language at the end of the nineteenth century. The use of a Baroque structure, such as the fugue, has a significant impact on the overall unfolding of this Romantic work. A teleological perspective will inform the analysis of the Fugue, which will constitute the core of the study. It will use concepts of design and purpose in order to explain the development of the piece as a whole, and the transformation of the musical language within the ...
Complexity As A Narrative, 2017 Universitat Innsbruck
Complexity As A Narrative, Giacomo Pala
Journal of Applied Sciences and Arts
In this paper an attempt is made to discuss how the computer has imposed new conventions to architecture over the last thirty years. The paper’s aim is to discuss how the introduction of digital media has forced architecture to find ways to deal with new technologies and to develop new disciplinary meanings. First, the paper addresses the question of complexity and chaos in the postmodern discussion by the reading of Lyotard’s theories. Therefore, the essay pinpoints attempts of developing new conceptions of “complexity” in architecture derived from the post-modern sciences of indetermination. Interengsly enough, this was doable because ...
An Introduction To Positive Sum Design, 2017 Brown University
An Introduction To Positive Sum Design, Ian Gonsher
No abstract provided.
From Winkelmann’S Apollo To Nietzsche’S Dionysus, 2017 Fordham University
From Winkelmann’S Apollo To Nietzsche’S Dionysus, Babette Babich
Articles and Chapters in Academic Book Collections
At issue here is the Platonic notion of imitation likewise associated with Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s reflection on the complex limits of painting and poetry, exemplar, archetype, ideal. Nietzsche himself echoes Schlegel’s own citation of Winckelmann in his comparison of Greek tragedy and sculpture, noting the ideal of beauty in balance, as tragic proportion. For August Wilhelm Schlegel, Aeschylus and Sophocles highlight the balance of tension between bodily dynamic poise and spiritual suffering in the case of the Laocoön group, where the boys to either side of the central figure draw the gaze back to the father: the very ...
Defining The Scope Of Practice For Nurse Practitioners In Miam, 2017 Walden University
Defining The Scope Of Practice For Nurse Practitioners In Miam, Samantha Lucero
Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies
Minimally invasive aesthetic medicine (MIAM) is a relatively new field, which lacks a clearly defined scope of practice. The purpose of this project was to clarify the scope of practice for nurse practitioners in MIAM in California. Without a clearly defined scope of practice, nurse practitioners are unable to practice to the full extent of their license which causes them to be underutilized and face liability issues. This project sought to answer the question: What is the scope of practice of the nurse practitioner in MIAM in the state of California? The model of professional nursing practice regulation was the ...
Windows To The Divine: The Development Of Byzantine Art, 2017 Harding University
Windows To The Divine: The Development Of Byzantine Art, Sam Klein
Tenor of Our Times
Byzantine art took significant inspiration form its Greco-Roman heritage but then distinguished itself through a shift in focus away from Hellenic realism and towards formal abstractions of Christian motifs. These conventions developed alongside political and theological turbulence to eventually influence a vast area of Asia Minor and Eastern Europe.
Sketches, Impressions And Confessions: Literature As Experiment In The Nineteenth Century, 2016 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Sketches, Impressions And Confessions: Literature As Experiment In The Nineteenth Century, Andrew Ragsdale Lallier
In this dissertation, I argue for the existence and critical relevance of a program of experimental literature in the long nineteenth century, developed in the aesthetics of German Romanticism and adapted in a set of texts by Thomas De Quincey, Charles Dickens and George Eliot. My introduction positions this argument in context of larger debates concerning form, theory and literary capacity, provides points of connection between these authors, and outlines the most prominent features of experimental literature. In the first chapter, I present an unorthodox reading of Kant’s Critique of Judgment, accompanied by a brief account of the literary-critical ...
Art's Disclosive Dimensions: Reflections On The Work Of Peter London, 2016 Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Art's Disclosive Dimensions: Reflections On The Work Of Peter London, Aaron Darrisaw
Artizein: Arts and Teaching Journal
When I initially came to this project, I vaguely remembered hearing of Peter London once before – in passing perhaps. Yet I knew nothing really of his art or his work as an educator. Each day I came into work, however, I was met with a series of very interesting correspondences, articles, conference presentations, lecture notes, and more that offered a thoroughgoing vision of art as a personally, socially, and spiritually transformative and enriching enterprise. The collection contained document after document of valuable contributions to the instrumental role that art can and does play in opening up individuals to their own ...