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Nightingale, Andrea Wilson

Works: 23 works in 98 publications in 2 languages and 4,233 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor
Classifications: B395, 184
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Most widely held works by Andrea Wilson Nightingale
Genres in dialogue : Plato and the construct of philosophy by Andrea Wilson Nightingale( Book )

28 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 1995 book takes as its starting point Plato's incorporation of specific genres of poetry and rhetoric into his dialogues. The author argues that Plato's 'dialogues' with traditional genres are part and parcel of his effort to define 'philosophy'. Before Plato, 'philosophy' designated 'intellectual cultivation' in the broadest sense. When Plato appropriated the term for his own intellectual project, he created a new and specialised discipline. In order to define and legitimise 'philosophy', Plato had to match it against genres of discourse that had authority and currency in democratic Athens. By incorporating the text or discourse of another genre, Plato 'defines' his new brand of wisdom in opposition to traditional modes of thinking and speaking. By targeting individual genres of discourse Plato marks the boundaries of 'philosophy' as a discursive and as a social practice
Spectacles of truth in classical Greek philosophy : theoria in its cultural context by Andrea Wilson Nightingale( Book )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an effort to conceptualize and legitimize theoretical philosophy, the Greek philosophers turned to a venerable cultural practice: theoria (state pilgrimage). In this traditional practice, an individual journeyed abroad to officially witness sacralized spectacles. This book examines the philosophic appropriations and transformations of the practice of theoria
Once out of nature : Augustine on time and the body by Andrea Wilson Nightingale( Book )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Once Out of Nature offers an original interpretation of Augustine's theory of time and embodiment. Andrea Nightingale draws on philosophy, sociology, literary theory, and social history to analyze Augustine's conception of temporality, eternity, and the human and transhuman condition. In Nightingale's view, the notion of embodiment illuminates a set of problems much larger than the body itself: it captures the human experience of being an embodied soul dwelling on earth. In Augustine's writings, humans live both in and out of nature--exiled from Eden and punished by mortality, they are 'resident aliens' on earth. While the human body is subject to earthly time, the human mind is governed by what Nightingale calls psychic time. For the human psyche always stretches away from the present moment--where the physical body persists--into memories and expectations. As Nightingale explains, while the body is present in the here and now, the psyche cannot experience self-presence. Thus, for Augustine, the human being dwells in two distinct time zones, in earthly time and in psychic time. The human self, then, is a moving target. Adam, Eve, and the resurrected saints, by contrast, live outside of time and nature: these transhumans dwell in an everlasting present. Nightingale connects Augustine's views to contemporary debates about transhumans and suggests that Augustine's thought reflects our own ambivalent relationship with our bodies and the earth. Once Out of Nature offers a compelling invitation to ponder the boundaries of the human."--Publisher's description
Ancient models of mind : studies in human and divine rationality by Andrea Wilson Nightingale( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How does god think? How, ideally, does a human mind function? Must a gap remain between these two paradigms of rationality? Such questions exercised the greatest ancient philosophers, including those featured in this book: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics and Plotinus. This volume encompasses a series of studies by leading scholars, revisiting key moments of ancient philosophy and highlighting the theme of human and divine rationality in both moral and cognitive psychology. It is a tribute to Professor A.A. Long, and reflects multiple themes of his own work"--
Keeping track of nature : interdisciplinary insights for participatory ecological monitoring by Samantha Clair Farquhar( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Participatory ecological monitoring aims to bring together conservationists and members of the public to collect scientific data about changes in nature - in species, habitats, ecosystems and natural resources. Given that such monitoring not only concerns measures of nature but inherently the participants doing the measuring, it is as much to do with social processes as it is to do with ecological ones. By drawing on detailed ethnographic work from the community forests of Nepal, this thesis aims to explore some of the social dimensions of participatory monitoring and of its consequences for socio-ecological regimes. Current debates in political ecology, development studies and nature-society studies provide the theoretical basis for the investigation. The novelty of the thesis lies in its extensive empirical data, which allows it to explore current understandings of participatory monitoring. The thesis establishes the following tentative theoretical findings. It firstly draws attention to the importance of the informal, often unconscious ways in which we all observe changes in nature and of the need to recognise such 'local monitoring' in relation to participatory monitoring. It draws attention to the situated nature of practices of monitoring and the heterogeneity of people involved, suggesting that this has consequences for how costs and benefits arising from participatory monitoring are distributed amongst participants and beyond. It argues that without attending to such consequences, participatory monitoring may serve to (re)produce social inequalities which are the basis for marginalisation and that it may become embroiled in local power struggles. The thesis argues that whilst participatory monitoring may provide useful data on changes in nature, that this information will not automatically influence decision-making over nature conservation or the use of natural resources. A multitude of other factors are important in such decision-making and the ways in which these relate to and potentially constrain the effectiveness of participatory monitoring are discussed. The thesis finally offers a typology with which to better understand the complexity amongst participatory monitoring projects - based on who and what they are for - and with which to approach the conflicts and inconsistencies they present. The thesis concludes that without a careful consideration of their inherent social dimensions, participatory monitoring projects will ultimately fail in attempts to both improve the condition of nature and the lives of societies that depend on it, for the two are intimately connected. Interdisciplinary studies such as this are therefore seen to offer great potential to participatory and community-based approaches to conservation and natural resource management more widely
Tragic ugliness : the interplay of genre and aesthetics in Greek drama by Alexander Colin Duncan( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation investigates the aesthetics of Greek tragedy in comparison with those of Old Comedy through a study of the ugly objects visually represented in each genre. Arguing against the received opposition of beautiful tragedy and ugly comedy, the dissertation concludes that tragic ugliness is essentially painful, visually eliciting the genre's characteristic emotions of pity and fear. The first chapter begins with Aristotle's foundational Poetics to establish a historically informed framework with which to work upon classical Greek notions of ugliness in drama. This chapter considers two passages implicitly relevant to tragic spectacle pertaining to genre, aesthetics, form, costume, and mimesis. The chapter suggests that Aristotle sets up an implicit generic taxonomy in Poetics according to which a subset of tragedy, a genre he tends to describe in ennobling terms, may be considered painfully ugly. The second chapter observes that, in contrast with those in other genres, tragic characters are rarely described as beautiful or ugly and that, as a result, tragic aesthetics are determined largely through theatrical costume. The chapter focuses in particular on rags, inherently formless garments that visually represent past sufferings and often code for bodily deformity. A case study of Xerxes' arrival in rags in Aeschylus' Persians demonstrates the importance of rags from our earliest tragedy. The third chapter uses the guest-appearance of tragic rags in Old Comedy to chart the aesthetic boundaries between the two genres. It demonstrates how Aristophanes exploited the formlessness of rags, allowing those garments alone among all tragic costumes to be imported into the ugly world of comedy without the burlesque distortion typical of comic paratragedy. The chapter offers a production analysis of a crucial scene from Acharnians, making the novel argument that the very same material costumes from Euripidean productions may have been recycled in Acharnians, implicit material proof of the rags' ugliness. The final chapter situates the aesthetics of tragic corpses within and outside of artistic representation. While living, tragic characters are rarely considered aesthetically, but as corpses their bodies become supreme objects of tragic spectacle with generic and mimetic implications
Plato's Lawcode in Context : Rule by Written Law in Athens and Magnesia by Andrea Wilson Nightingale( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Inequalities in the commons : gender, class and caste in common property regimes : a case from Nepal by Andrea Wilson Nightingale( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A community of communities : associations and democracy in classical Athens by James Charles Kierstead( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation examines the relationship between associations and democracy in Classical Athens. It seeks to test some of the main hypotheses of modern theorists of social capital in the ancient Athenian context. I argue that civil associations of a certain type and democratic institutions roughly co-vary in Athenian history, and suggest a couple of mechanisms that may have linked the two phenomena. In my main example, I show how Athenians outsourced the task of defining the citizenry to a series of associations. In doing so, they helped minimize their reliance on a central state, dispersing authority and information among a network of small groups
The politics of judgment : dispute resolution and state formation from the homeric world to Solon's Athens by Foivos Spyridon Karachalios( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In the eighth century BCE, the relatively small and relatively simple Dark Age settlements of the Greek world start changing, as a demographic boom takes place. At the beginning of the fifth century, we are looking at a much more complex ecology of poleis, each with its own particular internal institutional structure as well as external relations. My driving question in this study is why and how these particular institutions were formed in the intervening seventh and sixth centuries BCE to produce this complexity and progress. This is a question that spans the fields of literary and historical analysis: institutions emerge as a result of a society's fears and hopes, and often out of a set of competing alternatives; these are well documented in the products of the public song culture of early Greece. More specifically, I argue that in early Greece, resolving disputes, which by definition is a costly endeavor in terms of time spent and enmities risked, was not carried out by elite rulers simply because it was part of their job description. On the contrary, there was a significant payoff to be gained if one developed a reputation as a successful arbitrator: in the absence of a legislative process, the elites who became established as sources of legal order would see the rest of the community start referring to them as authorities. Institutions then emerge in several cities precisely in order to curtail the payoff and power of the arbitrator, but their introduction has far-ranging implications, as it shapes and accelerates state formation
Previous selves : body and narrative in Aelius Aristides' hieroi logoi and Apuleius' metamorphoses by Artemis L Brod( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Aelius Aristides' Hieroi Logoi and Apuleius' Metamorphoses stage prolonged encounters with the failure or refusal of one's own body to function in its capacity as a vehicle for self-presentation -- an especially important function for orators of the second century CE. Both texts explore the degree to which language can remake the narrator's fragmented world. Whereas Aristides' Hieroi Logoi contribute to the orator's healing process, Apuleius' Metamorphoses uses the imagined animal body to demonstrate the elusive nature of constituting a whole self. Throughout his Hieroi Logoi, Aristides employs metaphors to solicit his audience's participation in reconfiguring his relationship to his body and his god. Apuleius' Metamorphoses, on the other hand, dramatizes a paradox: the protagonist, Lucius, achieves his goal of literary memorialization in the form of the book we hold, and yet the self that is on display is ultimately lost to the reader
"Useless knowledge"? : Greek theoria and philosophic wonder /cAndrea Nightingale by Andrea Wilson Nightingale( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In law we trust (each other) : legal institutions, democratic stability and economic development in classical Athens by Maria Federica Carugati( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation investigates the institutional roots of democratic consolidation and economic resilience in the aftermath of war in classical Athens. I argue that, to overcome the threats of internal violence and limited resources, the Athenians established a new, self-enforcing constitution. The new constitutional order enabled the polis to harness the economic potential of available resources and actors--thus maximizing economic efficiency--without loss of political stability in the form of devolution into protracted civil war and without elite capture. In particular, the constitution fostered stability and growth by creating an inclusive legal order capable of providing a) broad institutional access to political as well as economic actors, and b) coordination between centralized and decentralized law enforcement institutions, which allowed for the effective policing of wrongdoing and a fair distribution of public goods
Augustine on extending oneself to God through intention by Andrea Wilson Nightingale( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Abstract] This essay examines Augustine's notion that a person can transcend temporal "distention" by "extending" his soul to God by way of "intention" (intentio). Augustine conceived of intentio as an activity of the will that functions to connect the soul to beings and objects in the world (thus allowing one to perceive, remember, think). Augustine links his notion of "intention" to the activity of "extending oneself to God" (based on Paul's Philippians 3:13). How do the soul's "intention" and "extension" work together to combat temporal "distention"? Augustine suggests that Paul extended himself to God but could not fully overcome distention. In his vision of God in Confessions 9, by contrast, Augustine (briefly) transcends distention. Here, Augustine's memory and self have been transcended as his soul "extends itself" to God "through intention." Even in this state of self-transcendence, his intentio directs and connects his soul to God
Urteil und kairozentrische Welt by Florian Klinger( )

1 edition published in 2010 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

An inquiry into the structure of human judgment in Modernity since Kant. In drawing on authors such as Fichte and Hölderlin, Nietzsche and Frege, Kafka and Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Schmitt, Davidson, Rorty and Deleuze, the study attempts to recuperate the notion of judgment from its inherited aporia between metaphysical and antimetaphysical models. The aim is to draft a model of judgment for our present that accounts for the whole spectrum of situations in which judgment shows its relevance -- whether we are determining a metaphor in a poem, a course of action, a specific interpretive view on history, or a sentence in court
The rules of the few : institutions and the struggle for political order in classical Greek oligarchies by Matthew Scranton Simonton( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation presents an analysis of the rise and fall of oligarchy (Greek: oligarchia) as a constitutional form in the Greek Classical period. Confining myself to the period when the actual term "oligarchia" begins to be used, I show (Chapter Three) that it emerged as a reaction to democracy (demokratia) on the part of the wealthy elite. Contrary to accounts that treat oligarchy as the default form of human political organization, this study shows that Greek oligarchia was from its inception unpopular and actively resisted by the mass of the free adult male citizenry, the demos. But neither was oligarchy forced upon the people through raw coercion. In my alternative account, I show (Chapter Four) that oligarchic stability can be explained on institutional grounds, through an examination of the specifically oligarchic political and social institutions that successful oligarchs used to maintain equality of power and privilege among themselves while keeping the demos divided and weak through a combination of targeted repression, co-optation, and clientelism. In categorizing and analyzing these practices I adapt theoretical frameworks developed in the "new institutionalism" in social science, which takes a particular view of the origin and function of institutions in society. By introducing to Classics ideas from comparative Political Science I am able to shed new light on an important but understudied topic of Classical Greek political history
Lyric physicality : bodies and objects in archaic Greek lyric poetry by Elizabeth Miriam Jones( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation investigates the way that archaic Greek lyric performance represents and displays itself a physical practice. Focusing specifically on descriptions of the bodies of performers and the objects used in performance, it argues that lyric poets do not simply reflect the physical and material conditions of their occasion, but in fact thematize physicality. The dissertation describes the various ways in which the physicality of performance is foregrounded and concludes that Greek lyric poets employ this strategy of physical self-display in order to constitute the parameters and significance of their poetic practice
Pyrrhonian paideia by Matthew R Darmalingum( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ancient Pyrrhonian skepticism purports to offer philosophical therapy: Philosophical dogmatism is a disease which perpetuates disturbance. Pyrrhonism is a cure which brings tranquility. Through--or in--suspension of judgment, the Pyrrhonist claims to come to overcome the problems of the dogmatists, and live well just in accordance with appearances. But perhaps Pyrrhonism is bunk: Its professed end of freedom from disturbance--ataraxia--appears insubstantial. The professed means of the attainment of this Pyrrhonian tranquility--suspension of belief--appears degenerate, if not impossible. For example, it seems we could not live rational human lives without believing. To explore these complaints, this work attempts, first, to construct Pyrrhonism as a pedagogy towards a radical skepticism in which the thinker may experience appearance unadulterated by dogma. And second, it attempts to bring us to undergo the pedagogy we construct. We attempt the latter, because if the Pyrrhonist is a radical skeptic, she has no theory whose factual correctness could overcome the complaints against it. Then, to appreciate the viability of Pyrrhonism, we would not look for its superior capacity to produce facts, but for its therapeutic power to produce unadulterated appearance. In this effort at constructing an ancient skeptical pedagogy for the sake of undergoing it, we come to produce a Cartesian meditation. For example, we try, along with the Pyrrhonist, to subtract belief in the propositions of material perception and mathematical intuition for the sake of revealing appearance. Since it seems that the Pyrrhonist could not put forward a pedagogy dogmatically, we try to be charitable, and see if we can construct, first, the Pyrrhonian pedagogy through ad hominem analysis of dogmatism, and, second, ad hominem analysis as unavoidable in rational interaction. In the present work, the particular Pyrrhonian ad hominem analysis for a skeptical pedagogy is of Platonism: We attempt to construct Pyrrhonian suspension as a final movement in Platonic ascent towards vision. We analyze the Republic for a conception of the completion of Platonic ascent in contemplative and practical ataraxia. We go on to take seriously Socrates' suggestion in the Republic's Line and Cave that the philosopher, towards the end of her science, is given to apophasis. In going on to examine such apophasis, we take as our exemplar the Neoplatonic remarks about the One in Plotinus' Ennead 5.3. In accordance with the pedagogy of the Republic, we pursue ascent through material and mathematical subtraction towards the principle. And in the end, we pursue analogy between Plotinian vision of the One in subtraction, and Pyrrhonian vision of appearances in suspension of belief. The Pyrrhonists suffer an appearance of the shortcoming of language: Propositional thought appears temporally extended, but the thing we would affirm in believing it would, it seems, have to be entirely present. Likewise, for Plotinus, in the end, vision of the unified principle comes by way of a subtraction in the face of the problem of capturing simplicity in extended thought. The Pyrrhonist claims that we may bring against our present certainty the consideration that we have come to change our minds about things we once thought obvious. Then, we should be open to the possibility that we come to disagree with ourselves in the future. Consideration of this should be enough to bring us to suspension. We pursue such skeptical consideration, and by this, understanding of how the Pyrrhonist, in subtractive vision, may act calmly and, though in suspension, still from rational activity. We try to limn the Pyrrhonist as engaged in such activity through the Aenesidemean expression of both her lack of belief, and her lack of belief that she lacks belief, as she formulates, for the sake of subtraction towards appearance, what appear to be propositions, both in favor of the necessity and against the possibility of the proposition. In this effort at subtraction through equipollence and suspension, we pursue appearance as it might reveal itself to the Pyrrhonist as ground in a reconstruction she might give of her practical activity of expressing herself in dialectic in this way. In turn, by pursuit of this appearance, we try to see how the Pyrrhonist's pedagogical--and so practical--activity of thinking, and speaking, and laying in the balance one thing against the other under norms against hypothesis, regress, and circularity, as well as her analysis of this activity, may be rational, in ease afforded by honesty, and yet without belief
Between the tree and the bark : the politics of boreal forest imaginaries in the Abitibi region, Québec, Canada by Sébastien Nobert( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This thesis examines the politics of managing the boreal forest in the Abitibi region of Québec in Canada. It pays particular attention to how the plurality of forest users produces multiple forest imaginaries that are involved in the constitution of the micropolitics of quotidian practices of the forest. The aim is to show how different forest imaginaries and their politics could inform current forest management and open up other possibilities for the governance of, and relationships with, the boreal forest. By investigating the power relationships involved in the production of boreal forest politics, this work shows how forestry science and ecology have established and exercised their authority over how the forest is imagined and experienced. This territoriality has been articulated through discourses and practices that promote dominant industrial relationships with the forest which undermine other ways of imagining the relationships between forest users and non-humans. Engaging with post-structuralism theory, phenomenology and political ecology, I demonstrate how the multiplicity of forest users comes to know and experience the boreal forest in various and unstructured ways which destabilise efforts to imagine and construct the forest as a static entity. By paying attention to everyday life practices of various forest users, I show how contestations and negotiations about different imaginaries and places of the boreal forest are interrelated and mutually constituted. These practices and the imaginaries that they construct work together to produce the forest as an open space which is capable of embodying a wide range of meanings. By investigating how the boreal forest is constituted by various unstable imaginary places and politics, I argue that the current territoriality and politics produced by the imbrication of forestry science and industrial forestry should be challenged by another form of governance. This new form of governance needs to acknowledge the relational quality of imaginaries and to democratize the politics of the forest. By showing how abstract concepts such as relational politics can become implemented in current forest policies, the significance of institutions that are already in place and that can serve to embody other politics of the forest is highlighted. Apart from contributing to political ecology and environmental politics, the findings of this research show that political projects which can seem utopian at first glance have the potential to become tangible agents of social and environmental change
Agrarian change and pre-capitalist reproduction on the Nepal Terai by Fraser Sugden( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Nepal occupies a unique global position as a peripheral social formation subject to decades of relative isolation from capitalism. Although the agrarian sector has long been understood to be dominated by pre-capitalist economic formations, it is important to examine whether contemporary changes underway in the country are transforming the rural economy. There has been an expansion of capitalist markets following economic liberalization and improvements in the transport infrastructure. Furthermore, neo-liberal commercialisation initiatives such as the Agriculture Perspective Plan provide the ideological justification and pre-conditions for the broader process of capitalist expansion, despite the pro-poor rhetoric. However, just as neo-liberal poverty alleviation strategy is flawed, there are also shortcomings in many Marxian understandings of the transition from pre-capitalist to capitalist agriculture in peripheral social formations. There is a tendency for political-economic theorists to assume the inevitable 'dominance' of capitalism, contradicting considerable evidence to the contrary from throughout the world. The central objective of this thesis is to understand how pre-capitalist economic formations have been able to 'resist' capitalist expansion in rural Nepal. There is a necessity to understand the mechanisms through which older 'modes of production' are reproduced, their articulations with other economic formations - including capitalism - and how they are situated globally. As a case study, one year's fieldwork was completed on Nepal's eastern Terai using both qualitative and quantitative methods. The research suggested that surplus appropriation through rent in a mode of production which can only be described as 'semi-feudal', has for a majority of farming households impeded accumulation and profitable commercialisation, a precondition for the emergence of capitalist relations. Semi-feudalism has been reproduced for decades internally by the political control over land and externally by Nepal's subordinate position in the global economy. The latter process has constrained industrialization and rendered much of the peasantry dependent upon landlords who have no incentive to lower rents. The economic insecurity which has arisen in the context of semi-feudal production relations has allowed further forms of surplus appropriation in the sphere of circulation to flourish, through for example, interest on loans and price manipulation on commodity sales. This further hinders profitable commercialisation amongst both semi-feudal tenants and also owner cultivators who farm under what can be termed an 'independent peasant' mode of production. Even wealthier independent peasant producers who could potentially become capitalist farmers are constrained both by high cultural capital expenses, oligoposnistic activity by industry in the capitalist grain markets, and Indian rice imports which depress local prices. Furthermore, development initiatives which could potentially facilitate capitalist transition through the introduction of productivity boosting techniques have had limited success under the prevailing relations of production and the associated ideological relations of caste and gender. The above findings are of crucial significance if one is to develop policies and political strategies for equitable change in peripheral social formations such as Nepal
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Genres in dialogue : Plato and the construct of philosophy
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Andrea Nightingale Scholar of ancient philosophy

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Spectacles of truth in classical Greek philosophy : theoria in its cultural contextOnce out of nature : Augustine on time and the bodyAncient models of mind : studies in human and divine rationality