• Author : Inventing the Truth
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Pages : 227
  • ISBN : 0395901502
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Nine authors discuss the problems and pleasures of reinventing the past.


  • Author : Inventing the Truth
  • Publisher : Mariner Books
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN : UOM:39015034412950
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Eight prominent American writers recall the pleasures and problems of writing a memoir.


  • Author : Inventing Falsehood Making Truth
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-12-08
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 9780691138848
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Can painting transform philosophy? In Inventing Falsehood, Making Truth, Malcolm Bull looks at Neapolitan art around 1700 through the eyes of the philosopher Giambattista Vico. Surrounded by extravagant examples of late Baroque painting by artists like Luca Giordano and Francesco Solimena, Vico concluded that human truth was a product of the imagination. Truth was not something that could be observed: instead, it was something made in the way that paintings were made--through the exercise of fantasy. Juxtaposing paintings and texts, Bull presents the masterpieces of late Baroque painting in early eighteenth-century Naples from an entirely new perspective. Revealing the close connections between the arguments of the philosophers and the arguments of the painters, he shows how Vico drew on both in his influential philosophy of history, The New Science. Bull suggests that painting can serve not just as an illustration for philosophical arguments, but also as the model for them--that painting itself has sometimes been a form of epistemological experiment, and that, perhaps surprisingly, the Neapolitan Baroque may have been one of the routes through which modern consciousness was formed.


  • Author : Inventing the Axis of Evil
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2006-01-01
  • Pages : 213
  • ISBN : 1595580387
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Argues that the "axis of evil" label applied by Bush in his 2002 State of the Union address is illusory, challenging current beliefs and fear-mongering practices with historical and political information about each targeted nation. Reprint.


  • Author : Inventing Temperature
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2004-08-05
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9780199883691
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

What is temperature, and how can we measure it correctly? These may seem like simple questions, but the most renowned scientists struggled with them throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. In Inventing Temperature, Chang examines how scientists first created thermometers; how they measured temperature beyond the reach of standard thermometers; and how they managed to assess the reliability and accuracy of these instruments without a circular reliance on the instruments themselves. In a discussion that brings together the history of science with the philosophy of science, Chang presents the simple eet challenging epistemic and technical questions about these instruments, and the complex web of abstract philosophical issues surrounding them. Chang's book shows that many items of knowledge that we take for granted now are in fact spectacular achievements, obtained only after a great deal of innovative thinking, painstaking experiments, bold conjectures, and controversy. Lurking behind these achievements are some very important philosophical questions about how and when people accept the authority of science.


  • Author : Desire and Truth
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 1990-04-20
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN : 0226768457
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Desire and Truth offers a major reassessment of the history of eighteenth-century fiction by showing how plot challenges or reinforces conventional categories of passion and rationality. Arguing that fiction creates and conveys its essential truths through plot, Patricia Meyer Spacks demonstrates that eighteenth-century fiction is both profoundly realistic and consistently daring.


  • Author : The Cognitive Value of Philosophical Fiction
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2013-02-14
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9781441129703
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Can literary fictions convey significant philosophical views, understood in terms of propositional knowledge? This study addresses the philosophical value of literature by examining how literary works impart philosophy truth and knowledge and to what extent the works should be approached as communications of their authors. Beginning with theories of fiction, it examines the case against the prevailing 'pretence' and 'make-believe' theories of fiction hostile to propositional theories of literary truth. Tackling further arguments against the cognitive function and value of literature, this study illustrates how literary works can contribute to knowledge by making assertions and suggestions and by providing hypotheses for the reader to assess. Through clear analysis of the concept of the author, the role of the authorial intention and the different approaches to the 'meaning' of a literary work, this study provides an historical survey to the cognitivist-anti-cognitivist dispute, introducing contemporary trends in the discussion before presenting a novel approach to recognizing the cognitive function of literature. An important contribution to philosophical studies of literature and knowledge.


  • Author : Inventing the Real World
  • Publisher : Susquehanna University Press
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Pages : 171
  • ISBN : 1575910101
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Over all, Alain Robbe-Grillet is an amused commentator on the world and on artistic creation, often humorous in his descriptions and narrative movements. He demands his readers' and viewers' attention and expects them to recognize his parodies and inventions.


  • Author : Writer s Guide to Nonfiction
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2003-03-04
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781101153505
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

A WRITER’S COMPASSDirection for your writing career Don’t get lost on the publishing path. Just forge ahead with the Writer’s Compass. Drawing on decades of professional experience as an author, editor, writing instructor, mentor, and marketing consultant, Elizabeth Lyon helps you navigate the art and craft of writing—with clear, easy-to-follow directions: NORTH Getting Your Bearings Understand your purpose and your audience; learn to refine your ideas, select effective titles, and find the best method of organization for any piece SOUTH Troubleshooting Use checklists and guidelines to spot weaknesses and problems in leads, organization, conclusions, and style—and find out how to correct them EAST Learning to Market Map a successful cover letter, query letter, or proposal, and discover a four-step process to facilitate publication and sales WEST Refining Your Vision Brainstorm to gain perspective on your writing—and how it fits with your values, goals, and dreams


  • Author : News From Parched Mountain
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2000-10-23
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN : 9781462080984
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

In these stories, which make an important contribution to the literary heritage of South Africa, we have a kind of marriage between P G du Plessis and Herman Charles Bosman. The style is eloquent, the picaresque characters unique and typical at the same time. The writer manages, within the limited space of a short story, to print a picture of his characters' physical attributes as well as their personality traits. There are a number of stories that tell why certain people are the way they are. The content and the style of writing give the stories a delightful South African flavour in the evocative use of appropriate figurative language and symbolism. There is a good balance between narration and dialogue. Settings, where necessary, are vividly described, especially the arid landscape, the farms and the vegetation. The stories are all the more interesting and topical for their pithy comment on the ills of modern society and the allusions to problems in the New South Africa. They make compelling reading, for the outcome of each is invariably unexpected. The author has written a quartette of stories, the other three titles of the quartette being Pivot of Violence: Tales of the New South Africa, Flakes of Dark and Light: Tales From Southern Africa and Elsewhere; and Just a Bit Touched: Tales of Perspective. All make a very vivid and lasting impression.