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I took the picture above some years ago: the Nile somewhere between Luxor and Aswan.

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MY BOOKSPosted by Tore Nordenstam Tuesday, May 08 2012 13:45:34

My new book on ethics and practical knowledge, ETIK OCH PRAKTISK KUNSKAP, has just been published, nicely produced by Författares Bokmaskin in Stockholm. More.

204 pages in A5 (114 x 185 mm).

The book costs SEK 200 (including postage) and can be ordered directly from the author:

Tore Nordenstam, Hjalmar Brantings vei 63, N-5143 Fyllingsdalen, Norway.


SMS: +47 48 26 51 50.

Addendum August 2013: This version of the book is no longer available. It has been replaced by a new version with the same title published by Dialoger Förlag & Metod AB, Stockholm. Cf. post 42 above.

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VARIOUSPosted by Tore Nordenstam Friday, February 24 2012 18:51:06

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.

J. M. Keynes, General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, Preface.

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ETHICSPosted by Tore Nordenstam Thursday, February 16 2012 13:09:26

Carla Carmona Escalera (philosophy), Eva Werth (literary studies) and Johann Thomas Ambrózy (art history) have launched a new project called the EGON SCHIELE JAHRBUCH (ESJB).

In the introduction to the first volume of the Jahrbuch which was published in December 2011, the editors explain their purposes:

It is unfortunate that the research on Egon Schiele (1890-1918) has been particularly scattered and divided. It is also in part too biased towards an expressionistic approach which uses the concept of genius to the detriment of the analysis of the representational logic of Schiele's oeuvre. It is high time that those working worldwide on Schiele cooperate on an international level so that different methods and approaches can benefit from each other in aid of both scholarship and artistic practice.

EGON SCHIELE JAHRBUCH (ESJB) is the first journal dedicated to the study of Schiele's oeuvre. It publishes current research articles, symposia, relevant interviews, timely reviews of books and exhibitions as well as special issues on the artistic practice of Egon Schiele. Following the path pioneered by Allan Janik and Stephen Toulmin's Wittgenstein's Vienna, ESJB also features those aspects of the arts, philosophies and culture of the fin de siècle Vienna which could advance the understanding of Schiele's work. ... ... ...

The editors would like the ESJB to promote the clarification of the dynamic relationships between ethics and aesthetics inherent to Schiele's oeuvre, something so precious in a time like ours.

The first volume of the Egon Schiele Jahrbuch is a substantial volume with long papers by the three editors themselves and contributions by both art historians like Gertrud Held and Helena Pereña and philosophers like Allan Janik and Tore Nordenstam.

The volume also includes some lively interviews and sections on museums, exhibitions and research institutions concerned with Schiele and ends with the announcement of the first Egon Schiele Research Symposium which will take place in June this year.

More on ESJB here:

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OF BOOKS AND PEOPLEPosted by Tore Nordenstam Monday, September 19 2011 14:35:20

When I met him for the first time, I was surprised. The context was a seminar series organised by Albert Danielsson, professor of Industrial Economy and Organisation at the Royal Technical Institute KTH in Stockholm, and Håkan Törnebohm, professor of Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg. The general theme was values and evaluations, and I was invited to talk about values and evaluations of an élite in an underdeveloped country. A Ph.D. student in Albert Danielsson’s department had been selected to comment on my contribution. In the ensuing discussion he tried to clarify what he was after with the help of references to Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Strindberg’s Miss Julie ...

It turned out that the Ph.D. student in question had started his academic career with an unusual combination of subjects – mathematics and theatre studies. That span has characterised his whole career. With one foot in the world of formal rules and the other foot in the world of theatre, music and art, he was one of the first to observe the limits and dangers of computerisation. The tension between the exact language of formal rules and the practical knowledge which is to be found in the various professions was the leitmotif of Yrkeskunnande och teknologi (Professional Knowledge and Technology), the new subject which he created at KTH in the eighties and nineties. The meeting between art and science was the main theme in the other great innovative enterprise of his, the Dialogue Seminar, crossing the borders between Academia, in casu KTH, and the world of theatre, represented by the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.

A dynamic and creative person of this calibre won’t by stopped by such hazards as becoming a retiree. As visiting professor he takes a very active part in the establishment of Professional Knowledge and Technology at Linnæus University in Southern Sweden, including co-operation with the Centre for Practical Knowledge at the University of Nordland in Bodø, Norway. The time for surprise is not over yet …

On October 4, he will be seventy.

A fanfare for Bo!!/Menu/general/column-content/attachment/CV-Bosse.pdf

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VARIOUSPosted by Tore Nordenstam Saturday, September 03 2011 19:23:43

I and my colleague Kjell S. Johannessen have been awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, First Class. The award will be presented to us by the Austrian Ambassador to Norway in his residence in Oslo on September 8, 2011. (More on that here and there.)

The Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art was established to honour scientific or artistic achievements and is awarded as "Cross of Honour, First Class" and "Cross of Honour" by the Federal President of Austria on the recommendation of the Austrian Government.

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ETHICSPosted by Tore Nordenstam Friday, February 25 2011 15:17:20

I wrote the book Sudanese Ethics back in the 1960s. About 40 years later, it was subjected to a critical examination in a workshop organized by the Epistemological Enlightenment Centre in Khartoum. The workshop resulted in a book which came out a couple of years ago. (Cf. an earlier entry on this - here.)

Now that book has been translated into English:

Sudanese Ethics. Critical Revisions on Nordenstam's Model, Epistemological Enlightenment Centre, Khartoum 2010, 261 pages. ISBN: 978-99942-957-2-2.

The contributors come from different fields. Professor Mohamed Abdalla Alnagarabi is a sociologist; Dr. Idris Salim Elhassan got his Ph.D. in the sociology of religion; Dr. Abdalla Ibrahim El Shukri is a philosopher, now associate professor at Omdurman Islamic University; Dr. Khalid Almubarak Mustafa got his Ph.D. in theatre studies and now works as information attaché at the Sudan Embassy in London: Dr. Hydar Ibrahim Ali got his Ph.D. in the philosophy of social sciences; Dr. Suliman Yahya Mohamed has a Ph.D. in folklore and is now a lecturer in folklore at Sudan University for Science and Technology; Dr. Sabri Mohamed Khaliel is a lecturer of philosophy at the University of Khartoum; Dr. Shamseldeen Younos Najmeldeen is a lecturer of criticism and theatre at Sudan University for Science and Technologyand and currently the director of the Sudanese National Theatre.

I do look forward to reading this!

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VARIOUSPosted by Tore Nordenstam Thursday, June 03 2010 20:24:19

Minos Beach, Agios Nikolaos, Crete, May 2010.

Photo: T.N.

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VARIOUSPosted by Tore Nordenstam Monday, April 05 2010 14:17:10

The artist’s gallerist Massimo De Carlo, taped to the wall in his own gallery in Milan.

Maurizio Cattelan, adhesive tape installation, 1999.

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