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Søren Kierkegaard is without doubt one of the prophets of the modern age, a guy whose acute observations on glossy eu existence could have been written the day before today, whose paintings expected basic advancements in psychoanalysis, philosophy, theology, and the critique of mass tradition via greater than a century. John D. Caputo deals a compelling account of Kierkegaard as a philosopher of specific relevance in our postmodern instances, who trigger a revolution that counts Martin Heidegger and Jacques Derrida between its heirs. His conceptions of fact as a self-transforming “deed” and his haunting account of the “single person” appear to have been written in particular with us in brain. Extracts comprise Kierkegaard’s vintage studying of the tale of Abraham and Isaac, the progressive idea that fact is subjectivity, and his groundbreaking research of recent bourgeois existence.

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34 A certain disconnection from astronomical reality applies to Valens’ frame of reference. D. 79 March 16, about 2 h before midnight, as Pisces 29°, so that the Sun should have reached the vernal equinoctial point, Aries 8° during the night of March 25/26; whereas in reality the equinox occurred during the night of March 22/23, about three days earlier. The divergence increases with time at the rate of precession, or, to be more exact, at the rate corresponding to the difference between the year length built into Valens’ solar tables and the true tropical year, so that by the mid second century dates that are the latest cited in Valens’ treatise his theoretical equinox would be about four days later than the true equinox.

2 Lunar longitudes in Greek horoscopes: text minus Ptolemy Ancient Rejection and Adoption of Ptolemy’s Frame 19 Fig. 3 Lunar longitudes in Greek horoscopes: text minus Ptolemy’s simple epicyclic model clearly conform more closely to Ptolemy’s final model. Both graphs show essentially the same trend in the differences as we find for the solar longitudes. D. 400 and 500 might appear consistent with either Ptolemy’s tropical longitudes or sidereal longitudes. Since the horoscopes from before the middle of the fourth century are consistently sidereal, it would be reasonable to assume that they continued to be so afterwards.

20 The predominance of sidereal longitudes in the astronomy of the papyri and astrological texts, at least as late as the third century, is not in doubt. 21 Moreover, since we have very limited knowledge of the planetary theories used by the astrologers except that there could be considerable differences between their predictions and those of Ptolemy’s models, we will limit consideration to solar and lunar longitudes. There undoubtedly existed many models for the Sun’s motion during the Roman period, but in principle the differences in predicted longitudes based on different models ought seldom to exceed a fraction of a degree.

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