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Clarifying Liquidity

Keynes and Marx, Merchants, and Poets

Rolf Hugoson

This article is a history of liquidity presented as interaction between metaphors and theoretical concepts in social contexts. While taking note of Zygmunt Bauman’s metaphor “liquid modernity,” the study instead surveys the wider conceptual field. The text turns around mercantile liquidity (liquidity as clarification) and liquidity in modern economics (characteristic of all assets), as well as older metaphors, notably the famous phrase of the Communist Manifesto, “all that is solid melts into air” (Alles Ständische und Stehende verdampft), which is revealed to have resonance in texts by poets, notably Heinrich Heine. The main result is the historical consistency of the field, where liquidity is a promise of knowledge and clarity.

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Anton Jansson, Kai Vogelsang and Nele Kuhlmann

Chinese –Isms is a remarkable book in several respects. First, it is the first monograph on Chinese conceptual history that deserves the name. Second, it deals not with a single concept or a conceptual field, but with a whole landscape of concepts, namely

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Science, Customs, and the Modern Subject

From Emulation to Education in the Semantics of Spanish Enlightenment

Pablo Sánchez León

the main cultural dimensions fueled by the Enlightenment. 10 What has not been properly underlined is that orientation toward education had a prehistory that relates to the contingencies of another conceptual field: that of emulation. Both shared in