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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 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 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 William J Bennett. 1996
A collection of poems and stories from the Bible, from great authors, and from folklore, which Bennett suggests can be… used for teaching parents, teachers, students, and children about specific virtues. Topics include faith, self-discipline, compassion, responsibility, friendship, work, courage, honesty, and loyalty. Bennett introduces each section. Bestseller.
By Albert Camus. 1991
In the title essay, the French philosopher and writer develops an affirmative attitude towards life, even though life is regarded… as meaningless and absurd. The other essays also deal with the theme of affirmation in the face of absurdity. 1991. Uniform title: Mythe de Sisyphe.
By Susanna Moodie. 2006