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6 Between Deconstruction and Speculation: John D. Caputo and A/Theological Materialism

CLAYTON SCOTT CROCKETT Indiana University Press ePub

Katharine Sarah Moody

WHEN RADICAL ORTHODOXY asserts that “only transcendence . . . ‘suspends’ ” the material in the sense of “upholding [its] relative worth over-against the void,” both John D. Caputo and Slavoj Žižek suspect that matter is not what ultimately matters for John Milbank.1 Within what Caputo calls “the soft Gnosticism” of “strong” theologies such as Radical Orthodoxy, the spirit is in the flesh but not of the flesh. Desiring to escape materiality and reach union with God, Milbank’s is a theology of in-carnation rather than of carnality, and Caputo identifies this tendency in Milbank’s materialism, which operates within an economy of “bodies without flesh” where “matter does not have the last word.”2 A Radically Orthodox materialism cannot, thereby, fully affirm the material in all its goodness, a “good” that Caputo finds at the heart of fleshy material life and at the heart of the Christian creation narratives and kingdom parables. Similarly, for Žižek, Milbank’s theological materialism leads to “standard metaphysics” wherein “material reality isn’t everything, there is another, higher spiritual reality.” There is a constitutive exception to materiality—a transcendence that grounds it. According to Žižek, therefore, the “true formula of materialism” is not that material reality is (or is not) all there is but that material reality is not-all, is non-all. While there is nothing that does not belong to the material, the field of the material is never an All, never a One; it is lacking, contradictory and conflicted, nontotalized, containing an inherent antagonism that is the possibility of subjectivity, freedom, and revolution.3

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17. Tawakkul Karman as Cause and Effect

Edited by David McMurray and Amanda Ufhe Indiana University Press ePub


Political activist Tawakkul Karman brought Yemen’s revolution to New York in October 2011, speaking directly with Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and organizing rallies at the United Nations headquarters in lower Manhattan. The purpose of her visit was to keep pressure on the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution that reflected the aspirations of the overwhelming numbers of Yemenis who had sustained peaceful calls for change for the nine long months since protests had begun in late January. Arriving newly anointed by the Nobel Committee, which named her as one of three recipients of the 2011 Peace Prize, Karman feared—as did much of the Yemeni opposition, in its many forms—that the UN would merely reiterate the approximate parameters of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative put forth in April. That plan, which enjoyed support from the United States, as well as Yemen’s GCC neighbors, gave legal immunity to President ‘Ali ‘Abdallah Salih, whose crimes against Yemeni protesters had multiplied in the months since the spring. Her fears were well founded: The UN resolution announced on October 21 demanded that Salih sign the GCC resolution immediately. Karman thus ended her week in New York as she had ended so many weeks in Sanaa in previous months—at the head of a protest.

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Foster, Jack Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Napoleon, they say, never asked his men to win a battle. That was what he wanted. Instead of victory he promised them food when they were hungry, furloughs when they were homesick, recognition when they were forgotten, rest when they were weary, shelter when they were cold.

In the same way, you should avoid trumpeting corporate goals. “We’ll be one of the biggest agencies in town” may well be what you want. But “You’ll be rich and famous” may well be what they want.

At least once a year, sit down with people and find out what they want. Then work with them on achieving those wants and goals and aspirations.

I remember being stunned during one such meeting to learn what one of our art directors wanted. What she wanted more than anything, she said — more than a raise, more than a title, more than a business of her own, more than more responsibility or authority or recognition or meaningful assignments or leisure time — was the assurance that when her car broke down, someone would come and fix it free of charge right away without any hassle.

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9 Enter Paul Tillich

Jane Blaffer Owen Indiana University Press ePub

I must confess that I have not learned from any theological book as much as I learned from these pictures of the great modern artists who broke through into the realm out of which symbols are born. And you cannot understand theology without understanding symbols.

—Paul Tillich, “Existentialist Aspects of Modern Art”


Meanwhile, work on the sculptural front progressed: Lipchitz began the enlargement of the small plaster model.1 He permitted me to watch his progress, and I loved observing the sculptor cut away at malleable clay with sure, unhesitating strokes of his scalpel. I also relished the intervals of rest, when he would speak of the artists whom he had known when he lived as a young man in the Montparnasse section of Paris.

Lipchitz brought to life for me the period of artistic creativity between the two world wars. He might just have had an absinthe with Picasso or recently have received visits from Soutine and Modigliani, two of his closest friends, both less worldly than the more successful Spaniard. Lipchitz rarely laughed, but he chuckled when he remembered Soutine’s behavior after making his first sale to the eccentric but highly perceptive art collector Dr. Albert C. Barnes of Philadelphia.

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21 Keeping the Memory Green

James H. Capshew Indiana University Press ePub


Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.

E. M. Forster, 1910


The passing of Wells began a new era at Indiana University. No longer would its popular former president and revered chancellor be seen walking around his beloved campus or driving to his haunts in Brown County. No longer would he be sitting in his Owen Hall office, ready to take a call from a donor, to cope with an administrative problem, or to simply meet with interested students. But his gift to the university continued. Everywhere one looked his presence was indelibly, lovingly imprinted on his alma mater. From its tended verdancy and beautiful buildings to superior programs ranging across the academic and professional spectrum to its global stature as a leader in international education, all were the shared products of Wells and his colleagues.

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Chapter Two - Taking Position: What Groups do we Bring?

Weegmann, Martin Karnac Books ePub

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”

—Native American saying, 1854;
used in the recovery group below

This chapter introduces and applies ideas from two sources: (a) “positioning theory”, and (b) the theory of “dialogical self”. It is argued that these frameworks offer a rich understanding of the dynamics of human relationships, their (relative) fluidity, and how they are partially founded within everyday acts of conversation and lived exchange. Hence we “take” a position, we position others, are defined and defining within our interactions and discourses. When the self is envisaged as part of an emergent, dialogical process, rather than as self-enclosed property, we have a better way of comprehending our lives, including that witnessed in the therapy group. Wider social life is touched upon, involving the defining influence of history and of categories that carry enormous weight and embody discursive, and other forms of, power.

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Chapter Six. The Kaleidoscope in teams

Plaister-Ten, Jennifer Karnac Books ePub

This chapter focuses on:

Teamwork is the ability to work as a group towards a common vision—even if that vision becomes extremely blurry. This definition of teamwork, which I saw on a poster, resonated with me. According to research conducted by Ashridge (2006), global leaders need to find a way to bring the “outside world in”. This means that executives need to be aware of the context in which they are operating by looking at political, economic, social, technological, legislative, and environmental (PESTLE) trends that are or will impact their business, for better or worse. They also point to the challenges of complexity and ambiguity in a volatile world, and the need to be connected to the external stakeholders. Such stakeholders, like government regulators or local community groups, may have a say or have an impact across the entire supply chain.

Bringing the outside in is a useful analogy. But it is the interdependency of the context that can bring the most insight into strategic decision-making. A decision made at a local level can cause huge harm to the brand and reputation of an organisation; whilst a central branding campaign that fails to pay attention to local values can flounder.

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1. Diane, Pierre, Max and John: leaders confronting their own challenges

Amado, Gilles; Elsner, Richard Karnac Books ePub

As we stated in the Introduction, our study focused on eight leaders and their teams in very different environments between 2000 and 2003. The conclusions we have reached and the lessons we have drawn-as developed in this book-derive directly from these eight situations.

In this chapter, we invite the reader to engage with four of these transition case studies and to accompany the leaders and organisations through the story of their unique experience. Why them? Why Diane, Pierre, Max and John and not the other four?

Firstly, because we, the authors, have researched and accompanied these four since the very beginning of our research in 2000, building up a relationship with them that enabled us to ask them to participate in the follow-up study. Secondly, because each of these experiences illustrates a particular business context, thus providing us with a fairly complete overall picture of the kind of situation that faces a new leader in transition as he or she takes up a new role. For Diane, at ConsuCo, the mission was to sustain the success of a healthy organisation. Pierre found in Venus an organisation which, following a merger, needed to be given a new impetus, to achieve realignment. At AMI, Max's mission was to manage a unit that was going through difficult times, to the extent that its very survival was in jeopardy and to operate a turnaround. John's task at Netco was to create an entirely new sector of activity, to undertake a start-up.

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10. Yes Wii Can or Can Wii? Theorizing the Possibilities of Video Games as Health Disparity Intervention

Thomas P Oates Indiana University Press ePub

David J. Leonard, Sarah Ullrich-French, and Thomas G. Power

THE DEBATE ABOUT EXERGAMING OFTEN APPEARS IN headlines such as “Can Wii Games Replace Regular Exercise?” and “Is the Wii Fit Better than Regular Exercise?”1 In this regard, virtual gaming has been reduced to a binary, a mathematical formula that treats participants as universal subjects and analyzes how well the games transport those bodies into virtual space. It reflects on whether these games have real-life impact on the universal game subject and how these virtual activities compare to their real-life brethren. Take one study from the American Council on Exercise, which after testing sixteen participants on six of Wii’s most challenging games – Free Run, Island Run, Free Step, Advanced Step, Super Hula Hoop, and Rhythm Boxing – concluded that virtual reality was distinctively different from the real world, in that twice as many calories were burned with the real “thing.” Emblematic of much of the discourse, the adherence to the virtual-real binary and its conceptualization of all participants as having equal access and opportunity demonstrate the shortcomings of the discourse surrounding virtual exercise.2 Furthering the establishment of this dualistic framework, the discourse focuses on the caloric impact–energy expenditure rates of virtual exercise games; it works to understand if exergaming is a substitute for real-world exercise. Yet there has been little effort to measure the impact of games on the physical body (core strength, balance) and, more important, the impact of games on identity, knowledge about fitness, health, and nutrition. In the end, these studies, more than the games themselves, disembody people and fail to look at how games change people in a myriad of ways, from the physical to the mental, from identity to self-worth.

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Appendix I - Reading List

Karnac Books ePub


Allen, J., Als, H., Lewis, J. & Litwack, L. F. (2008). Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms.

Bergmann, M. V. (1982). Thoughts on superego pathology of survivors and their children. In: M. S. Bergmann & M. Jucovy (Eds.), Generations of the Holocaust. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990.

Bizos, G. (1998). No One to Blame? In Pursuit of Justice in South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: David Philip/Mayibuye.

Blackwell, D. (2005). Counselling and Psychotherapy with Refugees. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Bloom, S. (1997). Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies. London: Routledge.

Breger, L. (2000). Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Vision. Chichester: Wiley.

Bromberg, P. M. (2001). Standing in the Spaces: Essays on Clinical Process, Trauma and Dissociation. New York: Analytic Press.

Busch, F. (Ed.) (2008). Mentalization: Theoretical Considerations, Research Findings, and Clinical Implications. New York: Analytic Press.

Cameron, J. (1994). A Time of Terror. Baltimore: Black Classics Press.

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Brewer, Stephen FrommerMedia ePub

View of Vulcano island from Lipari island.

The Aeolian Islands can seem like exotic getaways, as close as they are to Sicily’s civilized north coast. Though the seven islands share sparkling waters and lava-etched landscapes, they vary widely. Lipari is the largest and most densely populated, while Stromboli is the most distant and the most volcanically active. Vulcano, with its sulfur-rich mud baths, is the closest to the rest of Sicily. Panarea is the smallest, and Salina produces the best wine. Filicudi and Alicudi are the wildest.

They are all sought-after summer retreats. The islands are still relatively quiet in May and June and become so again in September. They are also a scenic delight off-season, though many businesses close for the season at the end of September and don’t reopen until May. Whenever you come, expect a breeze. This is where Aeolus, god of the winds, dwelled, and when the winds kick up in the afternoon, it’s easy to imagine why.

Getting There    Ferries and hydrofoils service all the Aeolian Islands from the port of Milazzo, 40km (25 miles) west of Messina. Hydrofoils are faster than ferries, getting you to Vulcano in an hour (ferries take twice as long), yet ferries are roomier, and allow you to stay out on the deck on your way there. Ustica Lines, Via Rizzo (www.usticalines.it;  090-928-7821) operates numerous daily ferry and hydrofoil routes to all islands, as well as seasonal routes from the mainland at Reggio Calabria. From July to September, it’s possible to book hydrofoil tickets on Ustica Lines directly from Naples to Stromboli. N.G.I., Via dei Mille 26 (www.ngi-spa.it;  800-250-000 toll free from Italy or 090-928-4091) runs ferry services to certain islands. From Naples, SNAV (www.snav.it;  081-4285555) operates a seasonal service (late May to early Sept) to all the islands except Filicudi and Alicudi. Note that all ferry services charge a 1€ fee per person for entry to the islands. In the event of a storm or inclement weather, service can be halted for days.

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How to Freak Out Your American Roommate

IU Press Journals Indiana University Press ePub

THE FIRST TIME you meet your first roommate, you are jetlagged from the nineteen hours of flying to the United States. You barely register the names of his mother and father and siblings as he introduces them to you. But you do register how friendly and chatty they all seem to be. It strikes you, also, how everything he says appears to end with an inflection, so that he always seems to be asking a question. And when his family leaves, he tells you how he thinks it’s awesome? That you are like from Africa? And everything? You do not understand why being from Africa is “awesome,” but you smile and say thank you. He tells you then that he is from Maine, and when you reciprocate by telling him that this is “awesome,” he looks at you with a mildly puzzled smile and asks why. “Exactly,” you do not say.

You are wide awake that night when he begins to unpack his suitcases. And since you have nothing else to do, you ask if there is anything you can do to help. You install his television and his refrigerator, both of you, and he tells you that, although he understands you might want to buy your own fridge, he has brought a relatively big one so that you might share his, since he figured you couldn’t possibly bring one all the way from Africa. You tell him—and you really mean it—that this is very considerate of him, that it’d be nice to share his fridge. You can use his electric kettle as well, he says, and his printer, too. And, oh, his mom had gotten him a lot of snacks—too many, in fact—so you can help yourself to those as well. “Oh, nice!” you respond, laughing.

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Chapter 7: Implementing Structures and Practices for Success

Eller, John F.; Eller, Sheila A. Solution Tree Press PDF

Chapter 7

Maintaining a Positive and

Productive Culture

When returning to her school from a district-level meeting, high school principal Julie Shapiro notices that there are a lot of teachers’ cars in the school parking lot—even though students were dismissed over an hour before. This is a dramatic change from what Principal Shapiro would have seen at the school four years earlier, when teachers left school grounds as soon as possible. In fact, some teachers were in such a hurry that it was common knowledge among staff and students that one had to be very careful to not get hit by people leaving so quickly when walking through the faculty parking lot after school.

As she enters the office, Principal Shapiro is met by members of her instructional leadership team who remind her that the school is offering extended learning opportunities for students that evening. Members of the instructional leadership team and some of the departmental teams create these opportunities to support students who express concern about upcoming assessments. Many students participate in these assessment support activities, and they tell the teachers they enjoy the opportunities. Teachers also tell Principal Shapiro that they enjoy working with the students in these activities. This is a change from the past, when some teachers said they were reluctant to stay after school to work with students.

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Chapter Ten - Masud Khan's analytic “children”: Christopher Bollas and Adam Phillips

Spelman, Margaret Boyle Karnac Books ePub

Christopher Bollas

Born in 1944, Christopher Bollas is an American who, after his first psychoanalysis as a student, subsequently became intellectually interested in it. He became a professor of English literature with an abiding interest in psychoanalysis which would ultimately see him forsake academic life for clinical work.149 He says of his three analyses, that he first had a Mexican Kleinian who had trained classically in America; his second analyst, Masud Khan, he refers to as a “Pakistani from the Independent Group”; and his third analyst is an Italian. Bollas feels that at their best, these three showed the universality of the psychoanalytic methodology and he was profoundly affected by them.150 In the spirit of Winnicott, Bollas comments that he learned from their technical mistakes as well as from their successes.

Because English was a second language for his analysts, Bollas felt that there was a generative hesitation built-in which slowed down the process in a helpful way and was a form of translation because there were no clichés and no linguistic laziness. He thinks that perhaps it was not a difficulty because his own father was French, and English was his fourth language. Bollas says that he is drawn to the Independent Group because of the permission not to speak and the emphasis on analytic quiet which is essential for reverie (Molino, 1995). Bollas came to Britain in 1973 to train simultaneously as a psychoanalyst in the British Institute of Psychoanalysis and as a psychotherapist at the Tavistock Training Institute.151 During his training he had such contrasting supervisors as Paula Heimann and Marian Milner. Bollas is globally recognised in the psychoanalytic community152 and his second identity is as a prolific writer. Whilst he is a very important contemporary figure in his own right, he also personifies an individual revitalising and extension of the thinking of both Winnicott and Wilfred Bion, his analytic forbearers, as well as a substantial fusion of their thinking.

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Scale, Proportion, and Quantity (SPQ)

Richard DuFour Solution Tree Press ePub


When you make an argument for or against something, you try to convince someone that it is right or wrong using reasons and evidence.

Examples: When you make an argument, provide evidence to support your perspective. If your argument is that plants and animals alter their environments to suit their needs, you might provide examples of organisms changing the environment—such as a prairie dog burrowing underground—to support your claim.


A bias is a preference for one thing, outcome, person, or group over another.

Examples: If you are doing an experiment, you might have a bias toward a particular result or outcome. To avoid bias, use objective data sources and set criteria and procedures ahead of time.


Something that is empirical is based on evidence that you can physically see or show.

Examples: When you make a scientific claim, especially about a causal relationship, it is important to use empirical evidence to back it up. When you are defining a design question, make sure it can be tested in an empirical way.

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