There s No Such Thing As Free Speech

And It's a Good Thing, Too Stanley Fish ... is no context of contexts—no source of authority so compelling that everyone, no matter what his or her history, education, political situation, ... That 10 / There's No Such Thing as Free Speech.

Author: Stanley Fish

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198024194

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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In an era when much of what passes for debate is merely moral posturing--traditional family values versus the cultural elite, free speech versus censorship--or reflexive name-calling--the terms "liberal" and "politically correct," are used with as much dismissive scorn by the right as "reactionary" and "fascist" are by the left--Stanley Fish would seem an unlikely lightning rod for controversy. A renowned scholar of Milton, head of the English Department of Duke University, Fish has emerged as a brilliantly original critic of the culture at large, praised and pilloried as a vigorous debunker of the pieties of both the left and right. His mission is not to win the cultural wars that preoccupy the nation's attention, but rather to redefine the terms of battle. In There's No Such Thing as Free Speech, Fish takes aim at the ideological gridlock paralyzing academic and political exchange in the nineties. In his witty, accessible dissections of the swirling controversies over multiculturalism, affirmative action, canon revision, hate speech, and legal reform, he neatly eviscerates both the conservatives' claim to possession of timeless, transcendent values (the timeless transcendence of which they themselves have conveniently identified), and the intellectual left's icons of equality, tolerance, and non-discrimination. He argues that while conservative ideologues and liberal stalwarts might disagree vehemently on what is essential to a culture, or to a curriculum, both mistakenly believe that what is essential can be identified apart from the accidental circumstances (of time and history) to which the essential is ritually opposed. In the book's first section, which includes the five essays written for Fish's celebrated debates with Dinesh D'Souza (the author and former Reagan White House policy analyst), Fish turns his attention to the neoconservative backlash. In his introduction, Fish writes, "Terms that come to us wearing the label 'apolitical'--'common values', 'fairness', 'merit', 'color blind', 'free speech', 'reason'--are in fact the ideologically charged constructions of a decidedly political agenda. I make the point not in order to level an accusation, but to remove the sting of accusation from the world 'politics' and redefine it as a synonym for what everyone inevitably does." Fish maintains that the debate over political correctness is an artificial one, because it is simply not possible for any party or individual to occupy a position above or beyond politics. Regarding the controversy over the revision of the college curriculum, Fish argues that the point is not to try to insist that inclusion of ethnic and gender studies is not a political decision, but "to point out that any alternative curriculum--say a diet of exclusively Western or European texts--would be no less politically invested." In Part Two, Fish follows the implications of his arguments to a surprising rejection of the optimistic claims of the intellectual left that awareness of the historical roots of our beliefs and biases can allow us, as individuals or as a society, to escape or transcend them. Specifically, he turns to the movement for reform of legal studies, and insists that a dream of a legal culture in which no one's values are slighted or declared peripheral can no more be realized than the dream of a concept of fairness that answers to everyone's notions of equality and jsutice, or a yardstick of merit that is true to everyone's notions of worth and substance. Similarly, he argues that attempts to politicize the study of literature are ultimately misguided, because recharacterizations of literary works have absolutely no impact on the mainstream of political life. He concludes his critique of the academy with "The Unbearable Ugliness of Volvos," an extraordinary look at some of the more puzzing, if not out-and-out masochistic, characteristics of a life in academia. Penetrating, fearless, and brilliantly argued, There's No Such Thing as Free Speech captures the essential Fish. It is must reading for anyone who cares about the outcome of America's cultural wars.

No Such Thing as Luck

Dr. Clarke's belief concerning chance theory is as follows : It is strictly and philosophically true in nature and reason that there is no such thing as chance or accident ; it being evident that these words do not signify anything ...

Author: Charlie P. Johnston

Publisher: Johnston Publications

ISBN: 9780974333915

Category: Religion

Page: 297

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Do you need luck by your side to have great success? Many feel that good and bad luck are active powers influencing life! Johnston says No Way! Life is never influenced by luck. His book: * Alerts people to luck¡¦s idola- trous nature.* Proves that luck is not a source of prosperity. * Takes the romance out of destiny¡¦s meaning. * Eradicates beliefs about luck, chance, fate and fortune.* Teaches the tremendous value of separating truth from error and how to do it! * Explains in vivid detail the origin and development of luck¡¦s meaning, pinpointing its beginning.* Shows how a Roman goddess named Fortuna established the modern meaning of fortune and how luck became a lady.Deceiving beliefs and teachings about luck, fate, destiny, lot, fortune and chance abound worldwide. After reading Johnston¡¦s book, no one need fall prey to these cleverly devised concepts with their crafty meanings.

There s No Such Thing as Creativity

Evolution isn't just a flimsy umbrella that provides no more than a superficial connection between such diverse things as “the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the Universe” or that connects all living things here ...

Author: John Baer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1009081926

Category: Psychology


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Most people (including creativity researchers) act as if they believe that creativity is not simply a useful category or label but a real thing with its own essence (just as Plato would argue that an ideal triangle has an essence that is shared with all actual triangles). Most people (including creativity researchers) also believe that there is a set of general creativity-relevant skills that can be applied to most problems in ways that will lead to more creative outcomes. Creativity research now calls these beliefs into question. A domain-general misunderstanding of the nature of creativity-relevant skills and the equally mistaken belief that creativity exists independently of actual creative things and ideas have together hindered creativity theory, research, assessment, and training. A more domain-specific and nominalist understanding of creativity will free creativity researchers to make progress in areas where it is currently stymied.

No Such Thing as Normal

As the warm tears rolled down my face, I also thought about my practical dilemma: until I could get things sorted, I needed somewhere to sleep. With nowhere to go, I drove back to ... and he looked at me. Then, 96 No Such Thing as Normal.

Author: Nicole Robertson

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1525511394

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 156

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“Some of us never fit in... some of us were never meant to...” Life is miserable when you don’t know who you are. Nicole Robertson might appear to have everything: a loving family, a solid education, scholarships to prestigious schools and a bright future ahead of her. And despite the difficulties presented to her as a young woman of West Indian descent living in America, she works hard and succeeds, time after time—for a while. Because all is not quite right... and while she fights to keep up with the expectations her family and community hold her to—even in the wake of terrible grief and difficulty—her textbook life begins to crumble around her. Join the young Nicole on her journey as she tries frantically to be everything to every person in her life—and learn with her, through the many trials she faces, that doing so means compromising yourself, almost always to destructive ends. Because in the end, there’s just No Such Thing as Normal.

No Such Thing as Dragons

"You told me there were no such things as dragons, Brock," Flegel was saying sullenly. "You said there were no such things. . . ." Brock shook himself. He was very white, and the sword he was holding shook steadily in time to the ...

Author: Philip Reeve

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0545222249

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 186

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A young, mute boy who is apprenticed to a dragon-slayer suspects that the winged beasts do not exist, until he--and his master--learn the truth.

No Such Thing As Failure

There is no such thing asan easy world record, but this was an incredibly satisfying one in terms ofthe way it was achieved, perhaps the most satisfyingof all mine.Ithad been overcome in lots of small increments, and was areal example ...

Author: David Hempleman-Adams

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472113055

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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If there’s an adventure to be had, it’s likely that David Hempleman-Adams has been there first. Ranking alongside Ranulph Fiennes and Chris Bonnington in the pantheon of British explorers, he is the first person in history to achieve what is termed the Adventurers’ Grand Slam, by reaching the Geographic and Magnetic North and South Poles as well as climbing the highest peaks on all seven continents. The question Hempleman-Adams is most often asked is, simply: what drives him on? Why risk frostbite pulling a sledge to the North Pole? Why experience the Death Zone on Everest? Why fly in the tiny basket of a precarious balloon across the Atlantic? Is it simply the case that he likes to push himself to the limits, or is there something more to it? No Such Thing as Failure answers these questions and more, uncovering what drives arguably the world's greatest adventurer.

There s No Such Thing as Little

There's no such thing as little / by Leuyen Pham. Pages cm. Summary: Reveals how things that seem little are actually very important, such as a little light that is really a welcoming light, or a little idea that is actually a fantastic ...

Author: LeUyen Pham

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0385391528

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

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A heartwarming book that takes a look at all things little . . . and reveals some big surprises with each turn of the page. These things may seem little: A fish. An idea. A snowflake. But what if that little fish was also brave? And that little idea was fantastic? And that little snowflake turned out to be unique in all the world? Featuring die-cut holes in the spirit of Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s Lemons Are Not Red, There’s No Such Thing as Little is bright, warm, and endlessly inviting, and will encourage readers of all ages to think BIG about what “little” really means.

There s No Such Thing as a Sexual Relationship

It is the discursivity of this new principle—“there's no such thing as a sexual relationship”—that “L'Étourdit” puts into play. To understand both the stakes and the method involved, we need to go back to the principle of ...

Author: Alain Badiou

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231544421

Category: Philosophy

Page: 128

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Published in 1973, "L'Etourdit" was one of the French philosopher Jacques Lacan's most important works. The book posed questions that traversed the entire body of Lacan's psychoanalytical explorations, including his famous idea that "there is no such thing as a sexual relationship," which seeks to undermine our certainties about intimacy and reality. In There's No Such Thing as a Sexual Relationship, Alain Badiou and Barbara Cassin take possession of Lacan's short text, thinking "with" Lacan about his propositions and what kinds of questions they raise in relation to knowledge. Cassin considers the relationship of the real to language through a Sophist lens, while the Platonist Badiou unpacks philosophical claims about truth. Each of their contributions echoes back to one another, offering new ways of thinking about Lacan, his seminal ideas, and his role in advancing philosophical thought.

No Such Thing as Small Talk

Out of her life and work experiences, Melissa has written this marvelous book, No Such Thing as Small Talk: 7 Keys to Understanding German Business Culture. Melissa carries us along on a descriptive and instructive journey.

Author: Melissa Lamson

Publisher: Happy About

ISBN: 1600051901

Category: Business communication

Page: 150

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Many business leaders, when they begin to work overseas or interact professionally with teams abroad, are surprised by how much they thought they knew about the other culture, but how little it counts for on the ground. The reality is that communication is multi-dimensional, and simply knowing a foreign language doesn't mean one automatically understands the culture that goes with it. Idiom, psychological factors and cultural nuance all come into play. To grasp a culture, and communicate meaningfully to it, you need familiarity with language, of course, but also with non-verbal communication, customs, perceived values, and concepts of time and space. "Melissa Lamson," with years of experience in creating and nurturing high-performing global teams, understands how "It's not enough to know the language!" In her book, " No Such Thing as Small Talk," she focuses on Germany, a major business partner for the United States, and the country in which she has lived and worked for over a decade. Business leaders today expect to face cultural differences when they do business with, for example, China or Brazil. But with a Western, industrialized country like Germany, one that displays a business etiquette and work ethic similar to the United States, it is easy to overlook the differences simply because so much appears, on the surface, to be the same. The differences are not in your face but subtle. And these small, yet critical, differences are exactly what Melissa's book will help you identify, respect and bridge. Melissa succinctly presents what she calls seven keys, or principles, to unlocking the German business mind. Her principles, whether they relate to process, punctuality, discipline or email communication, are insightful, personal and compelling. Not only does she clearly lay out the differences, but she also offers a cultural perspective that is rich with personal narrative. If you plan to be in any way professionally engaged with Germany--whether you wish to participate in trade fairs, carry out negotiations with partners or colleagues, discuss schedules or terms with customers, or even apply for a job in Germany--the appropriate cultural understanding, as this book describes, will create mutual trust and will quite likely be the key to your business success.

No Such Thing as Can t

I can't. Tyler is a positive young man—most of the time. He just is. I've tried to be a good mom to him and Emilee, and I believe almost all moms do the same thing. I'm no better than anybody else. 84 NO SUCH THING AS CAN'T.

Author: Lisa Sexton

Publisher: NavPress

ISBN: 1684281644

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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There are many books about overcoming obstacles, but this quintessential story of victory over limitations is unique. How many doctors have cerebral palsy? Not many. Yet this disability was part of the Great Physician’s plan for Tyler Sexton. Because of it, Tyler has become a role model for others facing adversity, including his patients. He has also become a humble healer who uses his heart and faith along with his intellect and training to help kids and give them hope. Tyler’s story has been featured on ABC’s 20/20 and was the basis for many episodes of ABC’s new show The Good Doctor. This is a story of a man who says, “I’d rather walk with a limp in Christ than with a strut in the world”; who wears superhero T-shirts and tells his little patients they’re “super” too, despite their physical problems; and whose stint at a medical school in the Caribbean completely erased the islanders’ negative view of disability. Through this inspiring true story, people will be encouraged to face adversity with hope, determination, and the strength of Christ.