The essays in this collection focus on the essentially moral desire within humanistic inquiry to seek a point of contact between personal experience and intellectual reflection. The book is concerned with the development of a plural vocabulary of transformation that stems from the language of historians, philosophers, feminists, and aestheticians. It delineates a significant and widespread change in intellectual perspective that resists homogenizing the objects of study to abstract conceptual models and structures. What emerges from this volume are personal, responsible, situated languages that engage intellectuals after the waves of abstract theory of the past twenty years.
ContentsChristie McDonald and Gary Wihl/PrefaceNancy F. Partner/History Without Empiricism/Truth Without FactsJudith Schlanger/How Old Is Our Cultural Past?Isabelle Stengers/The Humor of the PresentNancy Austin/Naming the Landscape: Leisure Travel and the Demise of the SalonKarsten Harries/Beauty, Language, and Re-Presentation: Notes Toward a Critique of Aesthetics--With Special Reference to ArchitectureMary Ann Caws/Making Space: For a Poetry of ArchitectureCharles Altieri/Intentionality Without Interiority: Wittgenstein and the Dynamics of Subjective AgencyJacques Schlanger/Changing One's BeliefsRosi Braidotti/Theories of GenderSarah Westphal/Stories of GenderMary Bittner Wiseman/Three Renaissance Madonnas: Freud and the Feminine