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Aristotle and the Stoa

If one examines the insights of the ancient thinkers as to whether they can still be regarded as generally valid today, one encounters Aristotelian logic, apart from many mathematical and some physical statements. Although at the end of the 19th century something „better“ was found with modern logic, Aristotle’s statements…

Retrospective diagnosis: the borderline of science and the humanities

In the present day, diagnoses for aches, pains, conditions and illnesses are part of our individual medical history. Symptoms are understood, in the majority of cases, as signs that lead to answers. However, can we apply our understandings of medicine today on the perceived symptoms experienced by those in the…

Giving Food as Gifts

George Cruikshank ‘At Home in the Nursery or The master and Misses Twoshoes Christmas Party’ 1835We all love food. We eat it every day, we incorporate it into celebrations, and we even use it as gifts – it is the most basic form of offering. Most family get-togethers nowadays will…

From betting to “prediction market”

This is the second part of a series on sports betting… Sports betting has long fascinated economists and statisticians. Griffith (1949) showed early on that horse race bettors put too much money on horses that have little chance of winning, and too little on those that have the best chance…

Speaking of bygone scholars

Friday n° 31, May 5th, 2019 Today, ladies and gentleman, I will be speaking about speaking about scholarly predecessors in public speeches. Well, at least semi-public speeches, as I will be dealing with the inaugural lectures of three 18th century professors. Although they all were delivered originally to a limited…

A Frame-Analytical Perspective on the EU

by Ramona Plitt Cover: https://pxhere.com/en/photo/386881 // CC0. A Frame-Analytical Perspective on the EU Recently, I went to listen to a panel discussion on the European Union. These days, such events seem shooting up like mushrooms; with the European Parliament election set to take place on 23-26 May, it is said…

Labour markets in developing countries : are they really different?

By Ramses H Abul Naga, Reader in Economics, University of Aberdeen, IMéRA fellow in partnership with AMSE – Aix-Marseille School of Economics. Cars are cars all over the world. But what about labour markets, are they broadly the same wherever you go? Developing countries are indeed very different when it…

Georgian Christmas – What a Feast!

Hogarth’s ‘The Assembly at Wanstead House’, 1728-31 When we think of Christmas, most of us will think of the massive amounts of food we have left over at the end of the day. If you are like my family one joint of meat is not enough, we typically having gammon,…

The Logic of Transformation – Media and the Constitution of the Political

By Laila Abu-Er-Rub Interview with Ravi Vasudevan and Srirupa Roy, co-directors of the M. S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies: “Metamorphoses of the Political: Comparative Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century” (ICAS:MP) in New Delhi. ICAS:MP is one of the “Merian Centres” funded by the German…

“I was fascinated by all the places I could experience in a book” – 5in10 with Shailka Mishra

Shailka Mishra holds a doctorate from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and is a post-doctoral fellow of Art Histories and Aesthetics Practices, a research program of the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien. From 2015 to 2018, Shailka was Assistant Curator at Mehrangarh Museum, Jodhpur, where she contributed significantly to a travelling…

Transcription 101: Learn the basics of transcription.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to read and transcribe old historical texts but had no idea on where to start? If so, then I am here to give you my basic tips on how to transcribe historical document. When transcribing you must keep in mind that you are…

Why I use the term “big data”

I do not like the term “big data” but I use it anyway, though not systematically. I share my reasons to the community of research engineers. From the perspective of an engineer, big data is the kind of technical term that the marketing guys repurposed for their own needs. A…

A rose is a rose is a rose… but how does it smell?

By Galina Shyndriayeva as part of the Perfume Series Questions of words and the meanings they convey are critical for poetry and literature, but they are just as important in the poetry of the senses. While chemical knowledge seems to have little to do with poetic concerns, European chemistry at…

Cloud Atlas, Global Cinema and Transculturalism

On March 22, 2019, Stephen Trinder has published an article entitled “Encounters with the Other: Transcultural Possibilities in the Wachowskis’ and Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas” in Open Cultural Studies. A Blog Post by Pablo Markin....

Socrates, Plato and Aristotle

If I wanted to write a treatise on the pre-Socratics, I would now have to deal in this blog post with the so-called pluralists and atomists such as Anaxagoras, Empedocles, Leukipp and Democritus. But I do not want to give an outline of the philosophy of the pre-Socratics here. This…