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Between Two Truths

Time in Physics and Fiji

Naoki Kasuga

’ ( Moutu 2007 ), ‘arbitrage’ ( Miyazaki 2013 ), and so on. It was the difficulty of understanding the power of the leader of Viti Kabani over his followers and their truth claims that compelled me to undertake this ontological investigation ( Kasuga 2008

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Markus Schlecker and Kirsten W. Endres

During the Vietnam War, unprecedented numbers of dead soldiers were buried in unmarked graves and remain missing today. Starting in the mid-1990s, the services of psychics came into high demand, prompting the establishment of a state-approved Center for Research into Human Capabilities that continues to offer grave-finding assistance for the general public. This article discusses the cases of two well-known female psychics. As the case studies demonstrate, such research programs have established a niche for psychics on the perimeters of the official discursive nexus of truth, science, and visuality. They also highlight the variability of social and semantic proc esses by which different psychics are positioned in relation to recognized distinctions between legitimate and illegitimate knowledge practices and truth claims.

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We Were There

Rethinking Truth with Midiativistas in Rio de Janeiro

Raffaella Fryer-Moreira

2013: 15 ). The video was made by midiativistas – collectives of media activists who emerged at the time to ‘show the truth of what was happening on the streets’, as my collaborator Pablo 1 often put it. Their video reports were seen to be truthful

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‘Double Sorrow’

The Complexity of Complaint in Chaucer’s Anelida and Arcite and Henryson’s Testament of Cresseid

Jacqueline Tasioulas

’ of Lydgate’s verse, but rather an author whose work is being challenged, either as somehow erroneous or else as in some way deceitful. It is, no doubt, a playful challenge, but the key question of truth is still being laid before us in order that we

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The Anthropologist's Video Camera as Stage

Forced Displacement and Production of Audio-visual Witnessing in Northern Sudan

Valerie Hänsch

produce audio-visual witnessing. I shall argue that my interlocutors deployed the video camera as a technological device inscribed with the expectation of capturing and representing the ‘truth’. Yet the camera's perceived affordances of truth-telling and

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Tailoring Truth

Memory Construction and Whitewashing the Nazi Past from Below

Mikkel Dack

whatever motive, a new coherent story begins to be constructed, one that can quickly acquire self-perceived truth and even replace actual events. 15 Cognitive research supports the claim that an imagined autobiographical past can be just as memorable as a

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Jeremiah Prophet of Truth

A Psychoanalytic Exploration

Judith Elkan

In this paper I would like to explore the subject of truth and lies, and to ask the question: who is a true prophet? My intention is to use the text of Jeremiah together with my psychoanalytic framework of thought to show an interesting interplay of ideas between the two sources which may stimulate discussion and reflection on the subject.

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'No Room for Truth'

On the Precariousness of Life and Narrative in The Last of the Just

Josh Cohen

This article explores André Schwarz-Bart's famous novel, The Last of the Just, as the expression of twin crises in literary and religious representation. Ernie Levy's words, 'there is no room for truth here', spoken on the transport to Auschwitz as he cradles and comforts a dying child with stories of an idyllic afterlife, become the point of departure for a reading of the novel in terms of the loss of just this 'room for truth'. The article considers the novel's reimagining of the legend of the Lamed Vav in the light of Gershom Scholem's criticism that Schwarz-Bart compromises the legend's 'moral anarchy' before casting the novel in the light of Freud's remarks on traumatic dreams in Beyond the Pleasure Principle, as well as Emmanuel Levinas' ideas on 'useless suffering'. The last part of the article reads the novel's anguished theological motifs alongside Paul Celan's poem 'Psalm'.

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Truth and Social Relations

Durkheim and the Critique of Pragmatism

Sue Stedman Jones

Durkheim's lecture course Pragmatisme et sociologie was given in 1913-14, and thus counts amongst the last of his works. It is interesting, not just for this reason, but because here we encounter Durkheim, less in his characteristic empirical sociological mode and more as a philosopher. Here we find him engaging in a logical attack on what was then a popular movement of philosophy and debating the logical issues arising out of pragmatism. William James and the movement of pragmatism had a huge prestige on the European continent and a great influence after the turn of the century and shared a cult of admiration with Bergson (Stuart Hughes 1958:112). Durkheim challenged this on a philosophical level and found what he held to be its weakest point—the question of truth.

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Museums, Power, Knowledge

Tony Bennett

Michel Foucault argues that truth is not to be emancipated from power. Given that museums have played a central role in these “regimes of truth,” Foucault’s work was a reference point for the debates around “the new museology” in the 1980s and remains so for contemporary debates in the field. In this introduction to a new volume of selected essays, the use of Foucault’s work in my previous research is considered in terms of the relations between museums, heritage, anthropology, and government. In addition, concepts from Pierre Bourdieu, science and technology studies, Actor Network Theory, assemblage theory, and the post-Foucaultian literature on governmentality are employed to examine various topics, including the complex situation of Indigenous people in contemporary Australia.