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Ruin, H. (2019). Being with the Dead: Burial, Ancestral Politics, and the Roots of Historical Consciousness. Stanford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Being with the Dead: Burial, Ancestral Politics, and the Roots of Historical Consciousness
2019 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Philosophy, Socrates declared, is the art of dying. This book underscores that it is also the art of learning to live and share the earth with those who have come before us. Burial, with its surrounding rituals, is the most ancient documented cultural-symbolic practice: all humans have developed techniques of caring for and communicating with the dead. The premise of Being with the Dead is that we can explore our lives with the dead as a cross-cultural existential a priori out of which the basic forms of historical consciousness emerge. Care for the dead is not just about the symbolic handling of mortal remains; it also points to a necropolitics, the social bond between the dead and living that holds societies together—a shared space or polis where the dead are maintained among the living. Moving from mortuary rituals to literary representations, from the problem of ancestrality to technologies of survival and intergenerational communication, Hans Ruin explores the epistemological, ethical, and ontological dimensions of what it means to be with the dead. His phenomenological approach to key sources in a range of fields gives us a new perspective on the human sciences as a whole.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stanford University Press, 2019. p. 272
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37354 (URN)9781503607750 (ISBN)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, 1289/42/2009
Available from: 2019-01-21 Created: 2019-01-21 Last updated: 2019-01-22Bibliographically approved
Ruin, H. (2019). En delad blick – Husserl, Derrida, och det teoretiska seendets kall. In: Bo Lindberg (Ed.), Upprepbarhet och generaliserbarhet i forskningen: (pp. 95-114). Göteborg: Kungl vetenskaps- och vitterhetssamhället
Open this publication in new window or tab >>En delad blick – Husserl, Derrida, och det teoretiska seendets kall
2019 (Swedish)In: Upprepbarhet och generaliserbarhet i forskningen / [ed] Bo Lindberg, Göteborg: Kungl vetenskaps- och vitterhetssamhället , 2019, p. 95-114Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Kungl vetenskaps- och vitterhetssamhället, 2019
Series
Interdisciplinaria, ISSN 0347-4925 ; 18
Keywords
upprepbarhet, mening, sanning, tradition
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39912 (URN)
Available from: 2020-01-15 Created: 2020-01-15 Last updated: 2020-01-23
Ruin, H. (2019). Looking into the Open: Nietzsche and the New Quest for the Real. In: A. Egel, T. Keilig mfl (Ed.), Die Gegenständlichkeit der Welt: Festschrift für Günter Figal zum 70. Geburtstag (pp. 97-106). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Looking into the Open: Nietzsche and the New Quest for the Real
2019 (English)In: Die Gegenständlichkeit der Welt: Festschrift für Günter Figal zum 70. Geburtstag / [ed] A. Egel, T. Keilig mfl, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019, p. 97-106Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019
Keywords
Realism, Nietzsche, Truth, Idealism
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39914 (URN)9783161575297 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-01-15 Created: 2020-01-15 Last updated: 2020-01-16Bibliographically approved
Ruin, H. (2019). Revolutionary Presence: Historicism and the Temporal Politics of the Moment. In: Marek Tamm & Laurent Olivier (Ed.), Rethinking Historical Time: New Approaches to Presentism (pp. 87-100). London: Bloomsbury Academic
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Revolutionary Presence: Historicism and the Temporal Politics of the Moment
2019 (English)In: Rethinking Historical Time: New Approaches to Presentism / [ed] Marek Tamm & Laurent Olivier, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, p. 87-100Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
Keywords
historicism, historicity, moment, Benjamin, Heidegger
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39913 (URN)9781350065086 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-01-15 Created: 2020-01-15 Last updated: 2020-01-16Bibliographically approved
Ruin, H. (2019). Saying Amen to the Light of Dawn: Nietzsche on Praise, Prayer, and Affirmation. Nietzsche-Studien, 48(1), 99-116
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Saying Amen to the Light of Dawn: Nietzsche on Praise, Prayer, and Affirmation
2019 (English)In: Nietzsche-Studien, ISSN 0342-1422, E-ISSN 1613-0790, Vol. 48, no 1, p. 99-116Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article addresses the role and meaning of prayer and the language of piety and praise in Nietzsche’s writings, notably in Zarathustra. Nietzsche can be read as an uncompromising critic of religion, but also as the initiator of a new form of faith, by some scholars even described as a “Dionysian piety”. The analysis takes its lead from how Zarathustra refers to his yes-saying as also saying ”amen”, exploring how Nietzsche explicitly incorporates the language of religious discourse in his writing. Examining passages where he explicitly questions the adoption of confessional language and prayer, it also criticizes as overly simplistic the view of his thinking as seeking a new piety. Through a discussion of the significance of prayer from a both a psychological and linguistic perspectives, it highlights the experience of “inspiration” as a key to the adoption of confessional language in Zarathustra. In an interpretation of the last part of this book it shows how its concluding scenes coalesce precisely around the role and possibility of prayer and piety, and how a crisis in the narrative is triggered by the inability of Zarathustra’s visitors to properly understand his message in this regard. A concluding interpretation of the section ”Vor Sonnen-Aufgang” in the third part of the book shows how it gathers the philosophical stakes involved in Nietzsche’s understanding of prayer and faith.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2019
Keywords
Prayer, Religion, Affirmation, Inspiration, Zarathustra, Dionysus, Sun
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39398 (URN)10.1515/nietzstu-2019-0007 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-11-16 Created: 2019-11-16 Last updated: 2019-11-26Bibliographically approved
Ruin, H. (2019). The claim of the past?: historical consciousness as memory, haunting, and responsibility in Nietzsche and beyond. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 51(6), 798-813
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The claim of the past?: historical consciousness as memory, haunting, and responsibility in Nietzsche and beyond
2019 (English)In: Journal of Curriculum Studies, ISSN 0022-0272, E-ISSN 1366-5839, Vol. 51, no 6, p. 798-813Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article provides a new interpretation of the most widely cited essay on historical consciousness, Friedrich Nietzsche?s ?On the use and abuse of history for life? from 1874, reconnecting it to current debates in educational science and the role of the historian and educator in a post-colonial situation. It reminds us how historical consciousness is an always contested and critical space, where our existential commitment to justice is also tested. The interpretation moves beyond the standard understanding of Nietzsche as only favouring a life-affirming use of history. It displays how his argument opens the door toward understanding historical consciousness as a transcultural ethical space of an encounter between the dead and the living. It addresses the contemporary debate in education science concerning the relation and preference between a broader and more limited notion of historical consciousness, questioning the possibility of a conclusive theory of historical consciousness for practical-pedagogical purposes. It exemplifies its conclusions in regard to the legacies of the Holocaust and to Apartheid, as also pedagogical challenges.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019
Keywords
Nietzsche, historicity, superhistorical, monumental, unhistorical, memory, forgetting, Holocaust, Apartheid
National Category
Philosophy Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39271 (URN)10.1080/00220272.2019.1652936 (DOI)000490403800003 ()2-s2.0-85073621325 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-10-31 Created: 2019-10-31 Last updated: 2019-11-04Bibliographically approved
Ruin, H. (2019). The Rhythm of Time. In: Lars Kleberg; Tora Lane; Marcia Sá Cavalcante Shuback (Ed.), Words, Bodies, Memory: A Festschrift in honor of Irina Sandomirskaja (pp. 153-158). Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Rhythm of Time
2019 (English)In: Words, Bodies, Memory: A Festschrift in honor of Irina Sandomirskaja / [ed] Lars Kleberg; Tora Lane; Marcia Sá Cavalcante Shuback, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2019, p. 153-158Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2019
Series
Södertörn Philosophical Studies, ISSN 1651-6834 ; 23
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38789 (URN)978-91-88663-72-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-08-26 Created: 2019-08-26 Last updated: 2019-08-26Bibliographically approved
Ruin, H. (2018). Andens oro: pneumatologi hos Heidegger, Paulus och Kierkegaard. In: Paula Hämäläinen-Karlström (Ed.), Om anden: filosofiska perspektiv på ande och andlighet (pp. 29-51). Järna: Kosmos
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Andens oro: pneumatologi hos Heidegger, Paulus och Kierkegaard
2018 (Swedish)In: Om anden: filosofiska perspektiv på ande och andlighet / [ed] Paula Hämäläinen-Karlström, Järna: Kosmos , 2018, p. 29-51Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Järna: Kosmos, 2018
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36537 (URN)978-91-86066-80-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-10-10 Created: 2018-10-10 Last updated: 2018-10-10Bibliographically approved
Ruin, H. (2018). Att be till solen: Zarathustra och hängivelsen poetik. Arche - tidskrift för psykoanalys, humaniora och arkitektur (62-63), 150-160
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att be till solen: Zarathustra och hängivelsen poetik
2018 (Swedish)In: Arche - tidskrift för psykoanalys, humaniora och arkitektur, ISSN 2000-7817, no 62-63, p. 150-160Article in journal (Other academic) Published
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36238 (URN)
Available from: 2018-09-05 Created: 2018-09-05 Last updated: 2018-09-05Bibliographically approved
Ruin, H. (2018). Death, Sacrifice, and the Problem of Tradition in the Confucian Analects. Comparative and Continental Philosophy, 10(2), 140-150
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Death, Sacrifice, and the Problem of Tradition in the Confucian Analects
2018 (English)In: Comparative and Continental Philosophy, ISSN 1757-0638, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 140-150Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Taking its point of departure in an enigmatic passage from the Analects, in which the interlocutor is likened by the master to a sacrificial vase, the essay explores how this teaching can be read as a indirect commentary on the proper way of inhabiting and communicating tradition. The relation to the ancestors and the proper way of handling the rites for the dead is shown to reveal a more basic hermeneutic argument in Confucian thinking, opening the text to its own future transformation.

Keywords
Confucius, hermeneutics, history, sacrifice, the dead, tradition
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-35799 (URN)10.1080/17570638.2018.1488353 (DOI)000440588300005 ()2-s2.0-85048781767 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-07-06 Created: 2018-07-06 Last updated: 2018-11-13Bibliographically approved
Projects
Time, Memory, and Representation – A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness [M09-0158:1-E_RJ]; Södertörn University
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