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Jenny Adams, professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, will have a new book in October—Power Play: The Literature And Politics of Chess in the Late Middle Ages.  Adams looks to medieval literary representations to ask what they can tell us both about the ways the game changed as it was naturalized in the West & about the society these changes reflected.   In its Western form, chess featured a queen rather than a counselor, a judge or bishop rather than an elephant, a knight rather than a horse; in some manifestations, even the pawns were differentiated into artisans, farmers, & tradespeople with discrete identities.   (2006)
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University of Massachusetts philosophy professor, Louise Antony has newly edited a collection of essays: Philosophers without Gods: Atheism in a World of Believers.   With contributions by Antony, University of Massachusetts philosophy professor Joseph Levine, Daniel Dennett, David Lewis, Simon Blackburn, & 15 other well-known philosophers, Antony's volume captures the marvelous diversity to be found among atheists.   None of the contributors dismiss religious belief as stupid or primitive, & several even express regret that they cannot or can no longer believe.   These reflective pieces offer fresh insight into some of the oldest & most difficult problems facing the human mind & spirit.   Antony is co-editor of Chomsky & His Critics & A Mind of One's Own: Feminist Essays on Reason & Objectivity.   (2007)

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