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By Andrew W. Hass

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Explores the increase of the belief of not anything in Western modernity and the way its figuration is remodeling and providing new possibilities.

during this groundbreaking, interdisciplinary heritage of rules, Andrew W. Hass explores the ascendency of the concept that of not anything into overdue modernity. He argues that the increase of the fact of not anything in faith, philosophy, and literature has taken position merely opposed to the decline of the idea that of 1: a shift from a sovereign figuring out of the only (unity, universality) towards the “figure of the O”—a cipher determine that, as nonentity, is however determinant of alternative realities. The figuring of this O culminates in a proliferation of literary expressions of nothingness, void, and shortage from 1940 to 1960, yet by way of century’s finish, this move has shifted from linear development to mutation, wherein faith, theology, philosophy, literature, and different severe modes of inspiration, reminiscent of feminism, merge right into a shared, round task. the author W. H. Auden lends his identify to this O, his lengthy poetic paintings The Sea and the Mirror an exemplary manifestation of its implications. Hass examines this paintings, besides that of a number of writers, philosophers, and theologians, to track the progressive hermeneutics and artistic house of the O, and to supply the reasoning of why not anything is now any such strong strength in the mind's eye of the twenty-first century, and of ways it might probably flow us via and past our turbulent times.

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The disruptive complexity of the O carries through even to the notion of the paradigm. It is thus worth stepping back again to science—for the O leaves no discipline untouched—to understand why the ecstatic nature of the O places it outside even the structure of the paradigm. The Paradigm Shift What gave Kuhn’s book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions such power and currency in 1962 when it first appeared was a thesis that those in the 14 AUDEN’S O West were primed to accept: that revolutions come about because a set of assumptions about how things operate, about how things ought to operate, and about the questions that need to be asked concerning their operation, shows up a flaw that cannot be accounted for within the set itself.

A joke is a conceit par excellence. It is first an idea played out in the mind, and then a trick played out on, and with, others. At the root of the 28 AUDEN’S O word conceit is conception, and we should begin any analysis of the one by understanding that it, the one, especially as One, is a concept. 2 It is a process that originates in the mind, as opposed to a percept, an object of perception received through our sensate faculties. A concept is under‑ standing, at least insofar as a manifold is comprehended as sharing certain features that can be reduced to a single description, category, or idea.

Let us begin in the mundane and often crass realm of humor, and with the variations on a joke. ). The base joke runs: How many [fill in the blank with chosen group] does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: Ten—one to hold the light bulb, nine to turn the ladder. The joke is so stale now it no longer provokes a laugh. But the variations are infinite: “How many Scots does it take? Sixteen—one to hold the light bulb, fifteen to get drunk and make the room spin”; “How many Pentecostals? Three—one to turn it, and two to catch it when it falls”; “How many Surrealists?

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