Fighting for Life
Contest, Sexuality, and Consciousness
Publication Year: 2012
"Fighting for Life is a book about contest, the agonia of the Greek arena, and its roots in male life, especially academia. Ong describes this work as an 'excavation' which was prompted by his previous explorations of such areas as the characteristics of oral and literate cultures, Peter Ramus and his 16th-century intellectual milieu, and the early dominance and more recent decline of classical rhetoric in education. In Fighting for Life, he weaves the results of a year's study of agonistic structures running through the biological, social, and noetic worlds. Describing his text as an 'essay in noobiology,' the biological roots of human consciousness, Ong claims that 'contest has been a major factor in organic evolution and it turns out to have been a major, and seemingly essential, factor in intellectual development.' . . . The work is a valuable synthesis of a wide body of research and theory."-Rhetoric Society Quarterly
Published by: Cornell University Press
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...crocosm. " the " litt le world" in which all of the fo rces and all of the reality of the entire great wo rld, the universe or macrocosm, are re presented. Sometimes the human being was thought of as a kind of mirror of all else in the universe. Today we arc even more taken by the connections between the human being and the rest of ...
PA RT ONEBackgrounds
IContest and Other Adversatives
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...found . In war and in games, in work and in play. ph ys ically. intellectually, and morally, human beings match themselves with or against one another. Struggle appears inseparable from human life, and contest is a panicular focus or mode of interpersonal struggle, an opposition that can be hostile but need not be , for ...
PART TWOPatterns of Adversativeness
2Contest and Sexual Identity
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...and female. BUI by and large through the entire animal kingdom, expressed adversativeness is a larger element in the li ves of males than of females. for reasons relati ng both to the development of brates: it reaches its higher pitches higher in the evolutionary tribution is effected largely through a kind of ritual contest. ...
3Separation and Self-Giving:Pieta and Quixote
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And thc servants came running to tell me thc boy was in thc tree. II was a cypress tree, that at the top grows frail and thin. and it was bending this way and that in thc wind. and at the top of i! thc boy. I called out to him to come down, but he was drunk with the power to make us afraid. I was mad with fear. and cried and screamed . ...
PART THR EEPast, Present, and Future
4Academic and Intellectual Arenas
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The deep psycho logical and cull ural changes thai over the past the entire globe register the basic sociobiological and noobio logi cal patterns described in the foregoing chapters. Some of the most striking adjustments in agonistic behavior have appeared in the academic world. A few of these changes have been referred to in ...
5Some Present Issues
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The shift in agonistic structures within academia has not been a consc iously managed change in strategies or tactics. For fhe most special was going on al all. The shin represents a deep, largely unconscious adjustment in psychic patterning, a new stage in the ered shifts that result in a new orientation of consciousness to the ...
6Contest and Interiorization
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...sexuality or of the evolut ion of consciousness, or even of con sciousness itself. By tracing the history of contest through some of bio logical and noetic history , it has merely brought attention to density of existence cannot in whole or in part be forced into any simple, linear, 10lal cltpl anation. The prescnt accouni has been ...
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Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2012