Empire of Chance

Empire of Chance

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Anders Engberg-Pedersen shows how the Napoleonic Wars inspired a new discourse on knowledge in the West. Soldiers returning from battle were forced to reconsider what it is possible to know and how decisions are made in a fog of imperfect knowledge. Chance no longer appeared exceptional but normativea€”a prism for understanding the modern world.109 Instead his writing strategy consists of returning to where he left off, reading the last couple of pages he wrote or dictated the day before, and then continuing from there. ... While his claims to improvisation are somewhat exaggerateda€” he did on occasion make brief plans of the general outline of a worka€”the ... With the theory of knowledge production in mind that Kleist developed in his essay a€œOn theanbsp;...

Title:Empire of Chance
Author:Anders Engberg-Pedersen
Publisher:Harvard University Press - 2015-03-10


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