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By Robert F. Berkhofer Jr.

What makes a narrative, solid? Is there the sort of factor as a "true tale" (cf. Lucian)? What a few tale approximately genuine problems--problems that underlie the discursive models of the day? What makes a narrative quite great--not only in scope, yet in depths? Berkhofer's quantity ignores those and akin questions. He prefers to roll again into modern "discourse" or groundless (!) speak, as though there have been not anything extra pressing and important--nay, meaningful--for students (including historians) to debate than the skin of actually empty talk--a speak that, without doubt, is of significant curiosity to many, arguably accurately as a result of its emptiness--of its superficiality, its mildly subtle utter loss of depths.

It is valid to suspect that the writer hasn't ever studied (read: taken heavily) any reasoned-out e-book written sooner than the trendy start of "Ideology," i.e. the trendy "politicization" of philosophy. No critical concept is given to the chance that truth isn't exhausted by means of old (material) appearances. What ancient/classical resources might regard as key to any strong history--namely a prepared knowing of the permanent/central difficulties of political existence, sporting with it a ability to make superficial concessions to the style or spirit of the times--disappears within the "beyond" welcomed by way of our writer, a "beyond" packed with capability possible looking ahead to existential Nothingness as their unquestioned, tyrannical finish.

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The challenge we're all confronted with--in Berkhofer's company--is that of ends. Berkhofer turns out to imagine that the simplest serious stance rests upon a prejudice opposed to all ends: all ends has to be groundless (i.e. there is not any finish by means of nature--hence the "Cartesian" feel of simple task that suggests needs to be attended to ahead of and independently of ends). Socratic or zEtetic inquiry (openness to truth/reality as a typical finish) is missed in want of a significantly extra stylish discussion open to nowhere. the last word "Great tale" past all not-so-great tales is NIHILISM. the fee to be paid for lack of actual greatness (think of Thucydides, for example) is dire.

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One reviewer defends Berkhofer's quantity through invoking "the speed of erudition," which reads as a codeword for "Progress". crimson lighting flash for "Grand Narrative" (or "Great Stories").

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1. Purpose Clauses Perhaps the most common use of jeka(a)s in final clauses is to indicate purpose. A pure final clause is one whose office is to express the purpose of the action set forth in the predicate which it limits. The following examples serve to illustrate this kind of final clause:13 Jn. ' ίνα μαρτυρήση Mt. ' οπως φανώσιν Rom. ' ίνα ... μεταδώ 13 See also Josh. 1:7; Prov. 2. 14 It is found most often after verbs of 'commanding', 'exhorting', 'entreating' or 'persuading' — (note especially such verbs as sopsep and höh).

Purpose Clauses Perhaps the most common use of jeka(a)s in final clauses is to indicate purpose. A pure final clause is one whose office is to express the purpose of the action set forth in the predicate which it limits. The following examples serve to illustrate this kind of final clause:13 Jn. ' ίνα μαρτυρήση Mt. ' οπως φανώσιν Rom. ' ίνα ... μεταδώ 13 See also Josh. 1:7; Prov. 2. 14 It is found most often after verbs of 'commanding', 'exhorting', 'entreating' or 'persuading' — (note especially such verbs as sopsep and höh).

Mt. ' ίνα άπόληται 14 Cf. Walter C. Till, Koptische Grammatik (Leipzig, Veb Verlag Enzyklopädie, 1961), pp. 4:47; I Cor. 1:10; 14:12. 14 For additional examples of appositive clauses see Jn. 6:39; 13:34; 15:12,13. 4. Subject Clauses Jeka{a)s with Future III may serve as a subject clause signifying such ideas as 'it is profitable', or 'it is sufficient'. 1β M t . ' ίνα κρεμασδή Jn. ' ίνα ... άποθάνη J n . ' Ινα έγώ άπέλθω Apoc. 5. Result Clauses Final clauses with jeka(a)s may indicate the result of an action.

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