Vol. IV, No. 1, Spring-Summer 2011 REVIEWS
GLIGOR, Mihaela, "Reality and Representation. The Problem", International
Journal on Humanistic Ideology 4 (1) 7-10, 2011.
SUGU, Dana; CHATTERJEE, Amita, "Gärdenfors'
Conceptual Spaces and Affective Representations", International
Journal on Humanistic Ideology 4 (1) 11-18, 2011.
Abstract: Based on Gärdenfors' (2000) conceptual spaces model we try
to examine an emotion episode from its elicitation to the
differentiation into affective processes. An affective-conceptual
spaces model is proposed as a framework for representing affective
information on the conceptual level.
Keywords: surprise, affective-conceptual spaces model, affective
concepts, affective representation.
NARITA, Ionel, "Real World Semantics",
International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 4 (1) 19-30, 2011.
Abstract: If the necessary true propositions are the same with the
tautologies, then the paradoxes of strict implication appear. In
order to avoid such paradoxes, it must be factual necessary
propositions. The semantics of possible worlds failed in its attempt
to define necessity without paradox. Moreover, the term possible
world is self contradictory. There is only one world, the real one.
It follows that the possible world semantics must be replaced with
real world semantics. In the frame of real world semantics, a
proposition is necessary true if and only if it is a consequence of
the past. In this way, the modal values of propositions depend on
Keywords: possible world, semantics, modal value, heat death.
JONES-KATZ, Gregory, "Rethinking
Deconstruction in America", International Journal on Humanistic
Ideology 4 (1) 31-48, 2011.
Abstract: This paper seeks to rethink this narrative of
deconstruction in America. The essay is organized into three
sections: (1) The first investigates academic debates on
deconstruction in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Participants in
these debates charged Derrida and de Man with being anti-historical.
Repeated outside the academy in the popular press, this accusation
conflated Derrida's and de Man's work and obscured their
philosophies of history. (2) The second section examines the
central, yet overlooked, role history played in Derrida's and de
Man's work. A close inspection also reveals that de Man did not
merely deviate from Derrida but in fact opposed his philosophy of
history. (3) The third section focuses on the media war of the 1987
de Man Affair to demonstrate how the claim that deconstruction,
specifically de Man, was anti-historical reached non-academic
audiences. Ultimately, this discussion concealed the centrality of
history in Derrida's and de Man's work and deeply shaped the
reception of deconstruction in the United States.
Keywords: Paul de Man, Jacques Derrida, Deconstruction, Presence,
Intellectual History, Philosophy, 20th Century America.
PETRAR, Petronia, "Towards a Typology of
Spatial Representations", International Journal on Humanistic
Ideology 4 (1) 49-66, 2011.
Abstract: My paper is concerned with a tentative categorisation of
the various modes of representing space that have shaped and
continue to shape modern identity. Viewing the relationship between
the subject and space as reciprocal and productive (in the line
suggested by French philosopher's Henri Lefebvre's seminar work on
the Production of Space), it is concerned mainly with the
possibilities of representing space in an age of antifoundational,
aestheticised thought such as the present stage of "late modernity".
Its theoretical sources are mainly sociological and philosophical,
but traced back to a sort of aesthetic variety of active agency that
shapes spaces according to its own versions of identity, here
tentatively termed as "symbolic", "allegoric" and "reflexive".
Keywords: space, representation, modernity, postmodernity, symbolic,
DOBOS, Corina, "Ceausescu was my father!
Letters about the Children of the Decree at the end of the '60s",
International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 4 (1) 67-80, 2011.
Abstract: The present paper proposes a Lacanian discourse analysis
of 38 private letters addressed to Nicolae Ceaușescu, the general
secretary of the Romanian Communist Party (RCP), in 1968. Most of
the authors of these letters, found in the National Archives of
Romania, were inviting the agnostic, openly anti-religious, general
secretary of the RCP to participate to the baptism of their
newborns, to be their godfather, and even to give his name, "Nicolae",
to their children. I argue that these requests indicate the
transformation of Ceaușescu into the Symbolic Father of the newborn
children, and by extension, of the future Romanian nation. Moreover,
they show the citizens' renunciation of their parental functions on
behalf of the state: their children are not theirs anymore, but
become "children of the decree" (decreței in Romanian), as the
children born in Romania between 1967 and 1971 were commonly called.
Ceaușescu, the new "symbolic father", society's source of law and
prohibition, is articulated at the most intimate structures of the
citizens it governs, becoming "Nicolae", a Symbolic Father, source
and custodian of the higher symbolic order of culture.
Keywords: abortion, psychoanalysis, Ceausescu, communism, Romania,
BURLACU, Diana-Viorela, "Sexist and Non-Sexist
Language", International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 4 (1)
Abstract: The present article focuses on some lexical aspects of the
English language claimed to be sexist, namely on the so-called
"generic" nouns and pronouns, some man-compounds denoting
occupations, derivations from "male" words, derogatory meanings for
"female" words, as well as on the lexical order in some expressions
or fixed phrases. The viewpoint is only apparently feminist, it is
definitely impartial, the author merely trying to describe and
analyse certain linguistic facts and, at the same time, to offer
unbiased alternatives to some uses of English, considered now more
and more obsolete. vKeywords: "androcentric generics",
gender-neutral language, female term, male term, sexism.
PENCIUC, Traian, "Carmen, Nietzsche's Muse.
Elements of Nietzsche's thinking in Bizet's Carmen",
International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 4 (1) 95-108, 2011.
Abstract: Nietzsche's fascination for Bizet's opera is not the
outcome of an accidental caprice. We shall look for the metaphoric
illustrations of his philosophical thinking contained in this opera
- which was not intended to be Nietzschean at all - and which are
the canters that emanate fascination and horror towards the
audience, but have inspired the philosopher as well.
Keywords: Friedrich Nietzsche, Georges Bizet, opera Carmen,
BOBOC, Raluca, "From Wisdom Inhabiting Bodies
to Words Inhabiting Reality. Representations of Corporeality in
Jewish Sapiential Literature", International Journal on
Humanistic Ideology 4 (1) 109-120, 2011.
Abstract: In support of reflections on the spiritually unifying
standpoint on the human being held to be the hallmark of Jewish
wisdom tradition, the analysis put forward is an exercise of
looking, by way of philological interpretation, into the book of
Proverbs and discussing the representations of corporeality in it in
relation to the sapiential component. A most representative piece of
Jewish sapiential literature, foreign from any type of dichotomy,
assuming that the world of appearance is real and that wisdom can be
found in all creation, the writing is investigated to the conclusion
that it describes the body of the sage or finder of wisdom as being
fully and totally inhabited by wisdom. The sage, whose portrait is
slowly being constructed from bits and pieces, appears as an
initiate in the secret connection between words of wisdom and
reality, hereby putting together a most unique representation of
reality as one inhabited by words.
Keywords: (models of) corporeality, wisdom, words, sapiential
literature, Jewish tradition, Proverbs, inhabiting, reality,
representations of the body, subjective body, dichotomies.
PRASOPCHINGCHANA, Sarunya, "Communication of
Representations", International Journal on Humanistic Ideology
4 (1) 121-142, 2011.
Abstract: Museums are the keepers and interpreters of civilizations,
where one can explore different artistic endeavors. Moreover,
museums are now established as a means of communication of human
culture to the viewers. The visitors expect ready background
knowledge from the museum's exhibition. So, this article deals with
the representation of the Buddha in symbolic and imagery forms in
the museums of Eastern India; and, whether museums can create and
maintain an effective communication in educating the public through
visual interpretation on the moral principles of the Buddha and
Keywords: representation, communication, evaluation, symbolic,