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21 November 1985
Patterns of Intention 
by Michael Baxandall.
Yale, 148 pp., £12.50, September 1985, 0 300 03465 2
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The Enigma of Piero 
by Carlo Ginzburg, translated by Martin Ryle and Kate Soper.
Verso, 164 pp., £12.95, November 1985, 0 86091 116 0
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... In the middle of his new book Michael Baxandall wonders whether the ‘complex Newtonian-Lockean sense of how we see’, which he has just expertly expounded, provides any ‘purchase’ on Chardin’s painting, A Lady Taking Tea, to which ‘our primary explanatory duty is due.’ It is bracing to discover that we have this duty but I am puzzled by what exactly needs explanation. Chardin was a painter ...

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Bruce Robbins: Hegelian reflections

2 November 2000
Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in 20th-Century France 
by Judith Butler.
Columbia, 268 pp., £12, June 1999, 0 231 06451 9
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... and will again be central to her forthcoming book on Antigone). It is through Hegel that she has ceaselessly tested out the limits of ‘pretend what you like’, and distanced herself from what KateSoper calls ‘a politics of sexual self-expression’. Sartre’s desire for self-sufficiency collides with Hegel’s insistence, which is also Butler’s, that we move through the world in ...

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