Saturday, May 14, 2011

Nietzsche online at De Gruyter

I will get back to substantive posting at some point, but this link post seemed worth putting up.  Nietzsche resources online are quite extensive... Nietzsche Source already offers the Colli & Montinari critical edition online for free, and there are numerous English translations to be found in open access.

De Gruyter has recently published Nietzsche Online, which is a great database with the critical edition, the Nietzsche-Wörterbuch that will feature online-first updates in the coming years, and related material such as the complete works of Paul Rée as well as secondary literature.  The database is unaffordable except for institutions with pretty deep pockets, but De Gruyter is offering a free 30-day trial access to it.  There is a short registration process to go through, but then you can get into everything.  I don't see any dates attached to the trial access, so I think the access is probably available for 30 days after registering yourself.

When I was fooling around with it last night I thought that Nietzsche Online had scanned manuscripts of the notebooks in addition to transcriptions, but I can't find them any more.  Either I mixed up windows and the manuscripts I was looking at were actually from Nietzsche Source, or there is something wrong with the database today, or I'm simply forgetting how I navigated to the manuscripts.  In any case, Nietzsche Online may or may not provide some manuscript material that is already freely available elsewhere.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Michaelis - Syntagma Commentationum

My newest acquisition, for $10 from the library's used book sale. The volume is in wonderful condition and consists of collected writings of Johann David Michaelis in German and Latin. The collection seems to have been published in portions over the course of a decade or so, beginning in 1759. I don't foresee myself making any immediate research use of this, but it's one of those sorts of items that I try to be on the look-out for, purely as a matter of maintaining a collection. I think this is the oldest volume I own.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Theological work and general academic publishers

I recently learned from Tim Furry that the Wiley-Blackwell Challenges in Contemporary Theology series is coming to an end.  Only a day or two later I noticed that Cambridge is also ending its Current Issues in Theology series.

These are pretty significant cuts.  There are certainly many places to publish theological work, but one thing that I take to be important about the Wiley-Blackwell and Cambridge series is that they are well-respected avenues of theological publication, edited by some of the most prominent theologians doing English-language work, and put out by publishers that are not themselves particularly identified with religious or theological work.  That is, they are not like Eerdmans, Fortress, or St. Vladimir's, where the publisher's identity is closely tied to its theology catalogue and anyone working with them is likely invested or conversant in theological or other religious work.  I think that the discipline of theology will be at its healthiest when there are numerous publication options at publishers like Cambridge or Wiley-Blackwell.  Religious houses are of course important and will probably always provide the bulk of our published literature, but a presence amongst the other disciplines in the offerings of general academic publishers is an essential representation for theology to maintain.  Numerous places remain for pursuing this interdisciplinary standard: publishers like Continuum, Ashgate, Routledge, and Oxford (and to a lesser extent Duke, Indiana, Chicago, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, etc.) continue to offer theological work... Cambridge and Wiley-Blackwell will also surely continue to do so despite cutting their respective contemporary theology series (both carry important theological journals, too).  But the cuts are undeniably striking, especially because the editors for these book series are synonymous with a current constructive theological mainstream that seeks to bring theology into its own again and pursue work that is in conversation with, though not merely derivative of, other disciplines.  My concern is that the loss of these series might signal a trend towards theology being published by general academic houses primarily when it is embraced for this relatively weaker relevance of derivative relationships to other fields.

Monday, May 2, 2011

A few items...

Posting has succumbed to busyness, and may yet for a week or so.  In the meantime, here are a few items (pretty lean on all things Protestant, now that I stop to consider)...
  • Issues 13.2 of The Ecclesiastical Law Journal is out.  There is free access to an article by University of Chicago's own Richard Helmholz, author of far too much celebrated work on canon law to even bother trying to mention here.  
  • ET Studies is a new journal published by Peeters for the European Society for Catholic Theology.  
  • Ignatius Press has published Anglicans and the Roman Catholic Church, a volume of essays relating to the Anglican liturgy and the new ordinariates established by Anglicanorum Coetibus.  You may recognize Aidan Nichol's  contribution from its previous publication in New Blackfriars... more recently it has shown up on some Anglo-Catholic blogs because of some recent lectures he's given about it (in response to Nichols, one should really read Nicholas Lash's strong critique of the idea of uniatism for former Anglicans).  Other chapters have also been previously published, though in an Anglo-Catholic journal called Anglican Embers that is less widely known.  
  • Shawn Goodwin has pointed out to me the digital book repository of the National Library of Israel.  I'm not one to make a competent judgment, but it looks like there are and will be a lot of important historical material here to use.  I've also never used DjVu, so it's been fun to look around and see how the digitization works.

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