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By René Descartes, John J Blom. 1978
Contains Descartes' correspondence, mainly to Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Queen Christina of Sweden, which describes his moral philosophy and… psychology. The introduction sketches Descartes' moral psychology and its relation to his method and metaphysics. 1978. Uniform title: Selections.
By Jane Jacobs. 2004
Architectural and city-planning scholar Jacobs argues that Western civilization in general and North American society in particular are headed for… a period of reconfiguration, chaos, and lost cultural memory. She credits this to the erosion of five key pillars of Western civilization: community and family, higher education, scientific advancement, taxation, and self-policing by learned professions, as well as changes in agriculture and transportation. 2004.
By Christopher Norris. 1987
Jacques Derrida is one of the most important people in contemporary Anglo-American literary theory. This book sets out to explain… the significance of Derrida's writings and to place them within the western philosophical tradition. The author also discusses some reasons for the massive institutional resistance which has prevented philosophers from engaging seriously with Derrida's work. 1987.
By Judith Flanders. 2017
Nearly everything you know about Christmas is wrong. Do you think the proclaimed war on Christmas is a recent occurrence?… Do you think Santa is Dutch, or that his red suit was brought to you courtesy of Coca-Cola? Or are you merely dreaming of a Christmas like the one you used to know? You aren't alone: thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, a fourth-century archbishop was already complaining that his flock was spending the day dancing and feasting, not in religious observance. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically reminiscing about the vastly better Christmases in the old days. Some traditions of Christmas are relatively new--who would have thought gift-wrap was a novelty of the twentieth century? That the first holiday parade was neither at Macy's, nor even in the United States? Other elements, however, have been around for a surprisingly long time. The first known gag holiday giftbook, The Boghouse Miscellany, was advertised in the 1760s, while in 1805, the leaders of the Lewis and Clark expedition exchanged--what else?--presents of underwear and socks. Christmas is different things to different people: a religious festival for some, a family celebration for others, or perhaps simply a time of seasonal eating and drinking. In Christmas: A Biography, historian Judith Flanders casts a sharp eye over the myths, legends, and history that make up the holiday to show us the season as it really is, but rarely how it is understood. 2017. Feast of the circumcision or Holy Name of Jesus -- Twelfth Night -- Epiphany -- Candlemas -- Lady day -- Midsummer -- Michaelmas -- All Saints' Day -- All Souls' Day -- St Martin -- St. Nicholas -- St Lucy of Syracuse -- St Thomas the Apostle -- Christmas day -- St Stephen -- St John the Evangelist -- Feast of the Holy Innocents -- Sylvester.
By Bryan Magee. 1997
The author tells the story of his discovery of philosophy, and in doing so introduces the subject to his reader.… Experiences of everyday life provide discussion of philosophers and explain why certain philosophical questions persistently exercise our minds. 1997.
By Lydia Flem. 1997
A psychoanalyst examines the life and memoirs of the self-professed great lover. Describes Giacomo Casanova's pleasure in reliving his experiences… as he wrote twelve volumes of his reflections. Analyzes his amorous pursuit of women. Some descriptions of sex. c1997. Uniform title: Casanova, ou, L'exercise du bonheur.
By Jean-Paul Sartre, Hazel Estella Barnes. 2003
This monumental book, regarded by many as Sartre's greatest achievement, is one of the most influential philosophical works of the… 20th century. In it Sartre set out his fundamental views on philosophy and laid the foundations of existentialism. 2003.
By Jean Vanier. 1998
Jean Vanier shares his vision for creating a common good that radically changes our communities, our relationships, and ourselves. He… proposes that by opening ourselves to others, those we perceive as weak, different, or inferior, we can achieve true personal and societal freedom. 1998.
Aristotle's children: how Christians, Muslims, and Jews rediscovered ancient wisdom and illuminated the Dark Ages
By Richard E Rubenstein. 2003
Europe was in the long slumber of the Dark Ages, the Roman Empire was in tatters, and the Greek language… was all but forgotten, until a group of Arab, Jewish, and Christian scholars rediscovered and translated the works of Aristotle. His ideas spread across Europe like wildfire, offering the scientific point of view that the natural world, including the soul of man, was a proper subject of study. The Catholic Church convulsed, and riots took place at the universities of Paris and Oxford. 2003.
By Jan Wong. 2017
Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking… in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn't keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy's Slow Food country, the locals teach them how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who are part of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting--and occasionally clashing--over their mutual love of cooking. 2017.
By Rolf Tiedemann, Theodor W Adorno, Robert Hullot-Kentor, Gretel Adorno. 1997
Aesthetic Theory is Adorno's posthumous magnum opus and the culmination of a lifetime's investigation. Analysing the sublime, the ugly and… the beautiful, Adorno shows how such concepts frame and distil human experience and that it is human experience that ultimately underlies aesthetics. In Adorno's formulation 'art is the sedimented history of human misery'. 1997.
By Mary Wollstonecraft, Miriam Brody. 2004
Writing in an age when the call for the rights of man had brought revolution to America and France, Mary… Wollstonecraft produced her own declaration of female independence in 1792. Passionate and forthright, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman attacked the prevailing view of docile, decorative femininity, and instead laid out the principles of emancipation: an equal education for girls and boys, an end to prejudice, and for women to become defined by their profession, not their partner. Mary Wollstonecraft's work was received with a mixture of admiration and outrage - Walpole called her 'a hyena in petticoats' - yet it established her as the mother of modern feminism. Originally published in 1792. c2004.
By Charles Taylor. 2007
Traces the emergence of secularity and the processes of secularization in the modern age, and challenges the idea that the… secular takes hold in a world where religion is experienced as a loss or where religions are subtracted from the culture. The Protestant Reformation, with its emphasis on breaking down the invidious political structures of the Catholic Church, provides the starting point down the road to the secular age. Taylor concludes that a focus on the religious has never been lost in Western culture, but that it is one among many stories striving for acceptance. 2007.
By Kathleen Marie Higgins, Robert C Solomon. 1997
Portrays the evolution of philosophical ideas and trends from ancient times to postmodern thinking, which arose after World War II.… Traces the development of key ideologies and movements, explaining their meanings, relationships, and historical significance. 1997.
By Emily Esfahani Smith, Danielle Lafarge. 2017
Notre société est obsédée par la quête du bonheur, d'où émergent parfois des sentiments d'impuissance et même de désespoir. Et… si cette quête n'était pas la bonne? Si la clé d'une vie pleine et heureuse n'était pas le bonheur, mais plutôt le sens qu'on lui donne? S'appuyant sur des recherches récentes dans le domaine de la psychologie et explorant des concepts littéraires et philosophiques, Emily Esfahani Smith appuie sa théorie sur 4 piliers: Appartenance (développer le sentiment d'appartenir à un groupe: une famille, une entreprise, une équipe sportive, etc.); Raison d'être (repérer ce qui motive réellement nos comportements et y prendre appui); Art du récit (prêter attention à ce que l'on se raconte à soi-même sur sa vie afin d'être plus résilient); Transcendance (se sentir en lien avec quelque chose de plus grand que soi, l'art ou la nature, par exemple). L'auteur nous fournit également des pistes pour intégrer une culture du sens à notre vie de famille, à notre vie professionnelle et à notre communauté. Dans ce livre inspirant qui regorge d'exemples très actuels, elle nous ouvre la voie vers une existence plus enrichissante et plus satisfaisante. 2017. Titre uniforme: The power of meaning.
By D. W Hamlyn. 1987
Emphasizes the ancient and modern periods of western philosophy and includes brief biographies and some historical background on the philosophers.… Concentrates on what they have written, in order to give a sense of the complexity of philosophical issues. 1987.
By Bertrand Russell. 1984
This book, first published in 1946, is considered a masterpiece in its field. By presenting a history of Western philosophy… in relation to its social and economic background, this book creates an understanding of the past with its changing philosophical doctrines. 1984.
By Adam Morton. 1997
This text is designed to be used on introductory courses in epistemology. It covers both historically important topics as well… as current issues and debates. Topics include: beliefs and perception, induction and probability, and knowledge of minds. 1997.
By Trudy Govier. 2002
Post 9/11, daily lives have continued much the way they did before, yet the world seems changed. Using the philosophies… of such people as Aristotle, Plato, Kant, and John Rawls, Govier argues that moral complexities such as victimhood, evil, power, and revenge, if properly understood, can provide a basis for hope - not despair. 2002.
By Virginia Woolf, Clara Malraux. 1980
Un classique de la pensée féministe. Sujet-prétexte: les femmes et le roman. Point de départ (et point d'arrivée): si une… femme veut écrire une oeuvre de fiction elle doit disposer de quelque argent et d'une chambre à soi (à soi seule). 1980.