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Anti-Pragmatism (Paperback): Albert Schinz Anti-Pragmatism (Paperback)
Albert Schinz
R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Genesis Of Values (Paperback): Hans Joas The Genesis Of Values (Paperback)
Hans Joas
R949 Discovery Miles 9 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Public and intellectual debates have long struggled with the concept of values and the difficulties of defining them. With "The Genesis of Values, renowned theorist Hans Joas explores the nature of these difficulties in relation to some of the leading figures of twentieth-century philosophy and social theory: Friedrich Nietzsche, William James, Max Scheler, John Dewey, Georg Simmel, Charles Taylor, and J crgen Habermas. Joas traces how these thinkers came to terms with the idea of values, and then extends beyond them with his own comprehensive theory. Values, Joas suggests, arise in experiences in self-formation and self-transcendence. Only by appreciating the creative nature of human action can we understand how our values arise.

A Foucault Primer - Discourse, Power and the Subject (Hardcover): Alec McHoul, Wendy Grace A Foucault Primer - Discourse, Power and the Subject (Hardcover)
Alec McHoul, Wendy Grace
R2,032 Discovery Miles 20 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In such seminal works as "Madness and Civilization, Discipline and Punish," and "The History of Sexuality," the late philosopher Michel Foucault explored what our politics, our sexuality, our societal conventions, and our changing notions of truth told us about ourselves. In the process, Foucault garnered a reputation as one of the pre-eminent philosophers of the latter half of the twentieth century and has served as a primary influence on successive generations of philosophers and cultural critics.

With A Foucault Primer, Alec McHoul and Wendy Grace bring Foucault's work into focus for the uninitiated. Written in crisp and concise prose, A Foucault Primer explicates three central concepts of Foucauldian theory--discourse, power, and the subject--and suggests that Foucault's work has much yet to contribute to contemporary debate.

Wittgenstein's "Tractatus" - An Introduction (Paperback, 2nd ed.): H.O. Mounce Wittgenstein's "Tractatus" - An Introduction (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
H.O. Mounce
R849 Discovery Miles 8 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Spinoza (Paperback): Justin Steinberg, Valtteri Viljanen Spinoza (Paperback)
Justin Steinberg, Valtteri Viljanen
R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Benedict de Spinoza is one of the most controversial and enigmatic thinkers in the history of philosophy. His greatest work, Ethics (1677), developed a comprehensive philosophical system and argued that God and Nature are identical. His scandalous Theological-Political Treatise (1670) provoked outrage during his lifetime due to its biblical criticism, anticlericalism, and defense of the freedom to philosophize. Together, these works earned Spinoza a reputation as a singularly radical thinker. In this book, Steinberg and Viljanen offer a concise and up-to-date account of Spinoza's thought and its philosophical legacy. They explore the full range of Spinoza's ideas, from politics and theology to ontology and epistemology. Drawing broadly on Spinoza's impressive oeuvre, they have crafted a lucid introduction for readers unfamiliar with this important philosopher, as well as a nuanced and enlightening study for more experienced readers. Accessible and compelling, Spinoza is the go-to text for anyone seeking to understand the thought of one of history's most fascinating thinkers.

Notebooks, 1914-1916 (Paperback, 2nd edition): Ludwig Wittgenstein Notebooks, 1914-1916 (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Ludwig Wittgenstein; Edited by G.H.Von Wright
R835 Discovery Miles 8 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This considerably revised second edition of Wittgenstein's 1914-16 notebooks contains a new appendix with photographs of Wittgenstein's original work, a new preface by Elizabeth Anscombe, and a useful index by E.D. Klemke. Corrections have been made throughout the text, and notes have been added, making this the definitive edition of the notebooks. The writings intersperse Wittgenstein's technical logical notations with his thoughts on the meaning of life, happiness, and death.
"When the first edition of this collection of remarks appeared in 1961 we were provided with a glimpse of the workings of Wittgenstein's mind during the period when the seminal ideas of the "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus" were being worked out. This second edition provided the occasion to be struck anew by the breadth, rigor, and above all the restlessness of that mind."--T. Michael McNulty, S. J., "The Modern Schoolman"

In the Presence of Schopenhauer (Paperback): Michel Houellebecq In the Presence of Schopenhauer (Paperback)
Michel Houellebecq; Translated by Andrew Brown
R291 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R18 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The work of Michel Houellebecq - one of the most widely read and controversial novelists of our time - is marked by the thought of Schopenhauer. When Houellebecq came across a copy of Schopenhauer's Aphorisms in a library in his mid-twenties, he was bowled over by it and he hunted down a copy of his major philosophical work, The World as Will and Representation. Houellebecq found in Schopenhauer - the radical pessimist, the chronicler of human suffering, the lonely misanthrope - a powerful conception of the human condition and of the future that awaits us, and when Houellebecq's first writings appeared in the early 1990s, the influence of Schopenhauer was everywhere apparent. But it was only much later, in 2005, that Houellebecq began to translate and write a commentary on Schopenhauer's work. He thought of turning it into a book but soon abandoned the idea and the text remained unpublished until 2017. Now available in English for the first time, In the Presence of Schopenhauer is the story of a remarkable encounter between a novelist and a philosopher and a testimony to the deep and enduring impact of Schopenhauer's philosophy on one of France's greatest living writers.

The Destruction of Reason (Paperback): Georg Lukacs The Destruction of Reason (Paperback)
Georg Lukacs
R815 R679 Discovery Miles 6 790 Save R136 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A classic of Western Marxism, The Destruction of Reason is Georg Lukacs's trenchant criticism of German philosophy after Marx and the role it played in the rise of National Socialism. Originally published in 1952, the book is a sustained and detailed polemic against post-Hegelian German philosophy and sociology from Kierkegaard to Heidegger. The Destruction of Reason is unsparing in its contention that with almost no exceptions, the post-Hegelian tradition prepared the ground fascist thought. In this, the main culprits are Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger who are accused, in turn, of introducing irrationalism into social and philosophical thought, pronounced antagonism to the idea of progress in history, an aristocratic view of the "masses," and, consequently, hostility to socialism, which in its classic expressions are movements for popular democracy-especially, but not exclusively, the expropriation of most private property in terms of material production. The Destruction of Reason remains one of Lukacs's most controversial, albeit little read, books. This new edition, featuring an historical introduction by Enzo Traverso, will finally see this classic come back in to print.

Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus - From the Great Philosophers, Volume I (Hardcover): Karl Jaspers Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus - From the Great Philosophers, Volume I (Hardcover)
Karl Jaspers; Edited by Hannah Arendt; Translated by Ralph Manheim
R605 R498 Discovery Miles 4 980 Save R107 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A part of Jaspers’s planned universal history of philosophy, focusing on the four paradigmatic individuals who have exerted a historical influence of incomparable scope and depth.

Edited by Hannah Arendt.

I Was More American than the Americans - Sylvere Lotringer in Conversation with Donatien Grau (Paperback): Sylvere Lotringer,... I Was More American than the Americans - Sylvere Lotringer in Conversation with Donatien Grau (Paperback)
Sylvere Lotringer, Donatien Grau, Peter Behrman De Sine
R318 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R41 (13%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In the mid-1970s, Sylvere Lotringer created Semiotext(e), a philosophical group that became a magazine and then a publishing house. Since its creation, Semio-text(e) has been a place of stimulating dialogue between artists and philosophers, and for the past fifty years, much of American artistic and intellectual life has depended on it. The model of the journal and the publishing house revolves around the notion of the collective, and Lotringer has rarely shared his personal journey: his existence as a hidden child during World War II; the liberating and then traumatic experience of the collective in the kibbutz; his Parisian activism in the 1960s; his time of wandering, that took him, by way of Istanbul, to the United States; and then, of course, his American years, the way he mingled his nightlife with the formal experimentation he invented with Semiotext(e) and with his classes. Since the early 2010s, Donatien Grau has developed the habit of visiting Lotringer during his trips to Los Angeles; some of their dialogs were published or held in public. This book is an entry into Lotringer's life, his friendships, his choices, and his admiration for some of the leading thinkers of our times. The conversations between Lotringer and Grau show bursts of life, traces of a journey, through texts and existence itself, with an unusual intensity.

Interpreting Bergson - Critical Essays (Paperback): Alexandre Lefebvre, Nils F. Schott Interpreting Bergson - Critical Essays (Paperback)
Alexandre Lefebvre, Nils F. Schott
R668 Discovery Miles 6 680 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Bergson was a pre-eminent European philosopher of the early twentieth century and his work covers all major branches of philosophy. This volume of essays is the first collection in twenty years in English to address the whole of Bergson's philosophy, including his metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of life, aesthetics, ethics, social and political thought, and religion. The essays explore Bergson's influence on a number of different fields, and also extend his thought to pressing issues of our time, including philosophy as a way of life, inclusion and exclusion in politics, ecology, the philosophy of race and discrimination, and religion and its enduring appeal. The volume will be valuable for all who are interested in this important thinker and his continuing relevance.

Philosophical Difference and Advanced Computation in Architectural Theory - From Less to More (Paperback): Jefferson Ellinger Philosophical Difference and Advanced Computation in Architectural Theory - From Less to More (Paperback)
Jefferson Ellinger
R941 Discovery Miles 9 410 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This book presents a new take on the evolution of digital design theories in architecture from modernity to today, as they have been inspired both by contemporary philosophy and the emergence and access to advanced computation. It focuses on how concepts of difference in philosophy transformed architectural design theory and takes on even more significance with the introduction and ubiquitous use of computers within the discipline, changing the architectural design paradigm forever. Beginning with a presentation of American Pragmatism's push towards process, the book continues on to Husserl's influence on the modern movement, mid-century phenomenology, post-structuralist Derridean exchanges with architects, the Deleuzian influence on the smoothing of form and finally contemporary architectural references to speculative realism. Analyzing the arc of design theory as influenced by philosophical and computational logics, this book presents the transformation to contemporary design approaches that includes more biology, more data and more information, moving from "less is more" to "From Less to More!" Philosophical Difference and Advanced Computation in Architectural Theory is an influential read for students and academics of architectural theory, computational design and related areas.

Kipling's 'Law' - A Study of His Philosophy of Life (Paperback): Shamsul Islam Kipling's 'Law' - A Study of His Philosophy of Life (Paperback)
Shamsul Islam
R2,123 Discovery Miles 21 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Ethics, Epistemology, and Politics of Richard Rorty (Hardcover): Giancarlo Marchetti The Ethics, Epistemology, and Politics of Richard Rorty (Hardcover)
Giancarlo Marchetti
R3,081 Discovery Miles 30 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book features fourteen original essays that critically engage the philosophy of Richard Rorty, with an emphasis on his ethics, epistemology, and politics. Inspired by James' and Dewey's pragmatism, Rorty urged us to rethink the role of science and truth with a liberal-democratic vision of politics. In doing so, he criticized philosophy as a sheer scholastic endeavor and put it back in touch with our most pressing cultural and human needs. The essays in this volume employ the conceptual tools and argumentative techniques of analytic philosophy and pragmatism and demonstrate the relevance of Rorty's thought to the most urgent questions of our time. They touch on a number of topics, including but not limited to structural injustice, rule-following, Black feminist philosophy, legal pragmatism, moral progress, relativism, and skepticism. This book will be of interest to a wide range of scholars across disciplines who are engaging with the work of Richard Rorty.

Selections from Political Writings 1910-20 (Paperback): Antonio Gramsci Selections from Political Writings 1910-20 (Paperback)
Antonio Gramsci; Volume editing by Quintin Hoare; Introduction by Quintin Hoare; Translated by J Matthews
R544 Discovery Miles 5 440 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This volume is the first of two containing a selection of Antonio Gramsci's political writings from the time of his initial involvement in Italian politics to his imprisonment by Mussolini in 1926. This selection culminates in the 'Red Years' of 1910-20, and also features texts by Bordiga and Tasca from their debates with Gramsci. It traces Gramsci's development as a revolutionary socialist during the First World War, his thoughts on the Russian Revolution and his involvement in the general strike and factory occupations of 1920. Also included are his reactions to the emerging fascist movement, and contributions to the early stages of the debate about the establishment of the Communist Party of Italy

Tractatus in Context - The Essential Background for Appreciating Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus... Tractatus in Context - The Essential Background for Appreciating Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (Paperback)
James C. Klagge
R1,072 Discovery Miles 10 720 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Ludwig Wittgenstein's brief Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922) is one of the most important philosophical works of the twentieth century, yet it offers little orientation for the reader. The first-time reader is left wondering what it could be about, and the scholar is left with little guidance for interpretation. In Tractatus in Context, James C. Klagge presents the vital background necessary for appreciating Wittgenstein's gnomic masterpiece. Tractatus in Context contains the early reactions to the Tractatus, including the initial reviews written in 1922-1924. And while we can't talk with Wittgenstein, we can do the next best thing-hear what he had to say about the Tractatus. Klagge thus presents what Wittgenstein thought about germane issues leading up to his writing the book, in discussions and correspondence with others about his ideas, and what he had to say about the Tractatus after it was written-in letters, lectures and conversations. It offers, you might say, Wittgenstein's own commentary on the book. Key Features: Illuminates what is at stake in the Tractatus, by providing the views of others that engaged Wittgenstein as he was writing it. Includes Wittgenstein's earlier thoughts on ideas in the book as recorded in his notebooks, letters, and conversations as well as his later, retrospective comments on those ideas. Draws on new or little-known sources, such as Wittgenstein's coded notebooks, Hermine's notes, Frege's letters, Hansel's diary, Ramsey's notes, and Skinner's dictations. Draws connections between the background context and specific passages in the Tractatus, using a proposition-by-proposition commentary.

Freud - An Intellectual Biography (Hardcover, New title): Joel Whitebook Freud - An Intellectual Biography (Hardcover, New title)
Joel Whitebook
R896 R737 Discovery Miles 7 370 Save R159 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The life and work of Sigmund Freud continue to fascinate general and professional readers alike. Joel Whitebook here presents the first major biography of Freud since the last century, taking into account recent developments in psychoanalytic theory and practice, gender studies, philosophy, cultural theory, and more. Offering a radically new portrait of the creator of psychoanalysis, this book explores the man in all his complexity alongside an interpretation of his theories that cuts through the stereotypes that surround him. The development of Freud's thinking is addressed not only in the context of his personal life, but also in that of society and culture at large, while the impact of his thinking on subsequent issues of psychoanalysis, philosophy, and social theory is fully examined. Whitebook demonstrates that declarations of Freud's obsolescence are premature, and, with his clear and engaging style, brings this vivid figure to life in compelling and readable fashion.

The Transversal Thought of Gilles Deleuze - Encounters and Influences (Paperback): Bill Ross The Transversal Thought of Gilles Deleuze - Encounters and Influences (Paperback)
Bill Ross; James Williams
R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Offering a careful and incisive examination of Gilles Deleuze's engagement with his contemporaries in the continental and analytic traditions, this analysis focuses on the recasting of the Western philosophical tradition. Each chapter considers the relationship between Deleuze and other great philosophers, such as Immanuel Kant, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jean-Francois Lyotard, on a range of topics the include science, ethics, and metaphysics.

Lectures on a Philosophy Less Ordinary - Language and Morality in J.L. Austin's Philosophy (Hardcover): Niklas Forsberg Lectures on a Philosophy Less Ordinary - Language and Morality in J.L. Austin's Philosophy (Hardcover)
Niklas Forsberg
R3,077 Discovery Miles 30 770 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book offers a comprehensive reinterpretation of J.L. Austin's philosophy. It opens new ways of thinking about ethics and other contemporary issues in the wake of Austin's philosophical work. Austin is primarily viewed as a philosopher of language whose work focused on the pragmatic aspects of speech. His work on ordinary language philosophy and speech act theory is seen as his main contribution to philosophy. This book challenges this received view to show that Austin used his most well-known theoretical notions as heuristic tools aimed at debunking the fact/value dichotomy. Additionally, it demonstrates that Austin's continual returns to the ordinary is rooted in a desire to show that our lives in language are complicated and multifaceted. What emerges is an attempt to think with Austin about problems that are central to philosophy today-such as the question about linguistic inheritance, truth, the relationship between a language inherited and morality, and how we are to cope with linguistic elasticity and historicity. Lectures on a Philosophy Less Ordinary will appeal to scholars and advanced students working on Austin's philosophy, philosophy of language, and the history of analytic philosophy.

Modeling Interpretation and the Practice of Political Theory (Paperback): Martin Beckstein, Ralph Weber Modeling Interpretation and the Practice of Political Theory (Paperback)
Martin Beckstein, Ralph Weber
R947 Discovery Miles 9 470 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Political theory offers a great variety of interpretive traditions and models. Today, pluralism is the paradigm. But are all approaches equally useful? What are their limits and possibilities? Can we practice them in isolation, or can we combine them? Modeling Interpretation and the Practice of Political Theory addresses these questions in a refreshing and hands- on manner. It not only models in the abstract, but also tests in practice eight basic schemes of interpretation with which any ambitious reader of political texts should already be familiar. Comprehensive and engaging, the book includes: A straightforward typology of interpretation in political theory. Chapters on the analytical Oxford model, biographical and oeuvre- based interpretation, Skinner's Cambridge School, the esoteric model, reflexive hermeneutics, reception analysis and conceptual history. Original readings of Federalist Paper No. 10 , Plato's Statesman, de Gouges's The Three Urns, Rivera's wall painting The History of Mexico and Strauss's Persecution and the Art of Writing; with further chapters on Machiavelli, Huang Zongxi and a Hittite loyalty oath. An Epilogue proposing pragmatist eclecticism as the way forward in interpretation. An inspiring, hands- on textbook suitable for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as experienced scholars of political theory, intellectual history and philosophy interested in learning more about types and models of interpretation, and the challenge of combining them in interpretive practice.

Hegel's Ontology of Power - The Structure of Social Domination in Capitalism (Paperback): Arash Abazari Hegel's Ontology of Power - The Structure of Social Domination in Capitalism (Paperback)
Arash Abazari
R669 Discovery Miles 6 690 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Recent attempts to revitalize Hegel's social and political philosophy have tended to be doubly constrained: firstly, by their focus on Hegel's Philosophy of Right; and secondly, by their broadly liberal interpretive framework. Challenging that trend, Arash Abazari shows that the locus of Hegel's genuine critical social theory is to be sought in his ontology - specifically in the 'logic of essence' of the Science of Logic. Mobilizing ideas from Marx and Adorno, Abazari unveils the hidden critical import of Hegel's logic. He argues that social domination in capitalism obtains by virtue of the illusion of equality and freedom; shows how relations of opposition underlie the seeming pluralism in capitalism; and elaborates on the deepest ground of domination, i.e. the totality of capitalist social relations. Overall, his book demonstrates that Hegel's logic can and should be read politically.

Left-Wing Melancholia - Marxism, History, and Memory (Paperback): Enzo Traverso Left-Wing Melancholia - Marxism, History, and Memory (Paperback)
Enzo Traverso
R453 Discovery Miles 4 530 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the Cold War but also the rise of a melancholic vision of history as a series of losses. For the political left, the cause lost was communism, and this trauma determined how leftists wrote the next chapter in their political struggle and how they have thought about their past since. Throughout the twentieth century, argues Left-Wing Melancholia, from classical Marxism to psychoanalysis to the advent of critical theory, a culture of defeat and its emotional overlay of melancholy have characterized the leftist understanding of the political in history and in theoretical critique. Drawing on a vast and diverse archive in theory, testimony, and image and on such thinkers as Karl Marx, Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, and others, the intellectual historian Enzo Traverso explores the varying nature of left melancholy as it has manifested in a feeling of guilt for not sufficiently challenging authority, in a fear of surrendering in disarray and resignation, in mourning the human costs of the past, and in a sense of failure for not realizing utopian aspirations. Yet hidden within this melancholic tradition are the resources for a renewed challenge to prevailing regimes of historicity, a passion that has the power to reignite the dialectic of revolutionary thought.

The Woods (Paperback): Vladimir Bibikhin The Woods (Paperback)
Vladimir Bibikhin; Translated by Arch Tait
R605 R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Save R54 (9%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In modern, urbanized societies, our engagement with the natural environment often seems controlled and distant, reduced to strolls through city parks or walks along well-trodden paths. Human life is now far removed from its prehistoric origins, when humans dwelt deep within the forests and depended on them for their survival. In this important book, Vladimir Bibikhin, one of Russia's most influential 20th-century philosophers, argues that, although most humans now live far from the proximity of woods and forests, our existence remains profoundly linked with these spaces. It was Aristotle who first appreciated their primal role, even deriving his notion of "matter" from the Greek words for wood and forest. As timber, the woods may be seen as inanimate material, but at the same time they also constitute a living ecosystem and the source of energy and life. By opening up this duality, the woods are transformed from simple matter to a living environment, serving as a reminder that we belong to the world of biological life to a far greater extent than we usually think. Drawing on a wealth of writers and thinkers including Heidegger and Darwin, The Woods will be of interest to students and scholars in philosophy and the humanities generally, as well as to a wider readership concerned with environmental issues and our relationship to the natural world.

A Centenary Celebration: Volume 87 - Anscombe, Foot, Midgley, Murdoch (Paperback): Anthony O'Hear A Centenary Celebration: Volume 87 - Anscombe, Foot, Midgley, Murdoch (Paperback)
Anthony O'Hear
R695 R647 Discovery Miles 6 470 Save R48 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This volume celebrates the centenary of the birth of Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley and Iris Murdoch. These four remarkable women were philosophical colleagues in Oxford in the 1940s, and their careers intertwined and overlapped henceforth. The papers in this book are all by prominent philosophers who spoke at the Royal Institute of Philosophy's annual lecture series from 2018-9. Together they cover the philosophical careers of Anscombe, Foot, Midgley and Murdoch, focusing on their thinking on morality, human nature and action and the place of humanity in the animal and natural world, all areas to which they made notable and distinctive contributions. Connexions are drawn to the thought of Wittgenstein, Aquinas and Aristotle. This book demonstrates the way these four philosophers individually and collectively changed the direction of philosophy in the English speaking world in the mid-twentieth-century and how they continue to influence it one hundred years after their birth.

Darwin's Argument by Analogy - From Artificial to Natural Selection (Hardcover): Roger M. White, M.J.S. Hodge, Gregory... Darwin's Argument by Analogy - From Artificial to Natural Selection (Hardcover)
Roger M. White, M.J.S. Hodge, Gregory Radick
R1,870 Discovery Miles 18 700 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In On the Origin of Species (1859), Charles Darwin put forward his theory of natural selection. Conventionally, Darwin's argument for this theory has been understood as based on an analogy with artificial selection. But there has been no consensus on how, exactly, this analogical argument is supposed to work - and some suspicion too that analogical arguments on the whole are embarrassingly weak. Drawing on new insights into the history of analogical argumentation from the ancient Greeks onward, as well as on in-depth studies of Darwin's public and private writings, this book offers an original perspective on Darwin's argument, restoring to view the intellectual traditions which Darwin took for granted in arguing as he did. From this perspective come new appreciations not only of Darwin's argument but of the metaphors based on it, the range of wider traditions the argument touched upon, and its legacies for science after the Origin.

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