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    Aesthetics and class interests: Rethinking Kant

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    This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Third Text, 28(2), 137 - 148, 2014, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09528822.2014.890788.Immanuel Kant's philosophy of the aesthetic is typically celebrated by bourgeois critics as a transcendence of the social, an interpretation largely accepted by anglophone Marxism. This article rethinks Kant's concept of ‘interest’ around the question of social compulsion. The ‘pure judgement’ involved in aesthetic production and reception is understood as providing an institutionalized space for reflection on and not merely reflection of social determinations. Drawing on Kojin Karatani's reading of Kant, the article stresses the communicative dimension of the aesthetic in relation to a universal that is not given. The Kantian aesthetic can be read as one which inscribes the classed other into its very form. The novelty of this reading is highlighted by comparing the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Jacques Rancière. The article argues that their respective sociological and philosophical positions do not adequately assess whether practices are identical to their immediate conditions of existence

    The Limited Liability Company Experiment: Unlimited Flexibility, Uncertain Role

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    Limited liability company (LLC) laws utilize provisions clearly of partnership origin in varying degrees. The adoption of the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act and the LLC are discussed

    Know Your Client: The Mundane Case of Wiggins v. Smith

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    Hysteresis of Finite Arrays of Magnetic nano Dots

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    Hysteresis curves for finite arrays of N×NN\times N ferromagnetic nano dots subject to the dipole-dipole interaction are investigated for N=2...13N=2... 13. Spin arrangements up to N=6 are presented, which indicate the onset of bulk-like behavior associated with odd (N=5) and even (N=6) systems. The effect of field misalignment on the hysteresis loops is also studied for N=3...6N=3... 6. The area ANA_N of the hysteresis loop is studied as a function of NN. We find that ANAA_N-A_\infty approximately scales as N3/2N^{-{3/2}} for NN odd and as N2N^{-2} for NN even.Comment: 6 pages, 8 figures, Submitted to PR

    Violation of Quasineutrality in Semiconductor Transport: The Dember Effect

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    Exact solution of the linearized equations for steady-state transport in semiconductors yields two modes that vary exponentially in space, one involving screening (without entropy production) and one involving diffusion and recombination (with entropy production). Neither mode is quasineutral. For constant surface photoexcitation with generation of electrons and holes, the steady-state response is a linear combination of these modes, subject to global electroneutrality. The resultant charge separation produces a voltage difference across the sample (the Dember effect)

    Supersolid 4^4He Likely Has Nearly Isotropic Superflow

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    We extend previous calculations of the zero temperature superfluid fraction fsf_s (SFF) {\it vs} localization, from the fcc lattice to the experimentally realized (for solid 4^4He) hcp and bcc lattices. The superfluid velocity is assumed to be a one-body function, and dependent only on the local density, taken to be a sum over sites of gaussians of width σ\sigma. Localization is defined as σ/d\sigma/d, with dd the nearest-neighbor distance. As expected, for fcc and bcc lattices the superfluid density tensor is proportional to the unit tensor. To numerical accuracy of three-places (but no more), the hcp superfluid density tensor is proportional to the unit tensor. This implies that a larger spread in data on fsf_s, if measured on pure crystals, is unlikely to be due to crystal orientation. In addition, to three decimal places (but no more) the curves of fsf_s {\it vs} σ/d\sigma/d are the same for both the hcp and fcc cases. An expected value for the localization gives an fsf_{s} in reasonable agreement with experiment. The bcc lattice has a similar curve of fsf_s {\it vs} σ/d\sigma/d, but is generally smaller because the lattice is more dilute.Comment: 9 pages, 1 figure, 3 table
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