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A Companion to Applied Ethics (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy) - R.G. Frey, Christopher Heath Wellman
Applied or practical ethics is perhaps the largest growth area in philosophy today, and many issues in moral, social, and political life have come under philosophical scrutiny in recent years. Taken together, the essays in this volume - including two overview essays on theories of ethics and the nature of applied ethics - provide a state-of-the-art account of the most pressing moral questions facing us today. Provides a comprehensive guide to many of the
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The Al Qaeda Reader: The Essential Texts of Osama Bin Laden's Terrorist Organization - Raymond Ibrahim
What do our enemies believe?  What motivates their war against the West?  What is their vision of the ideal Islamic society?  Surprisingly, more than five years after 9/11, there is very little understanding of these questions.  Despite our tendency to dismiss Islamic extremism as profoundly irrational, al-Qaeda is not without a coherent body of beliefs.  Like other totalitarian movements, the movement’s leaders have rationalized their brutality in a
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Encyclopaedia Acephalica: Comprising the Critical Dictionary & Related Texts (Archive 3) - Georges Bataille, Iain White, Isabelle Waldberg, Robert Lebel, Lotar Boiffard, Alastair Brotchie
Cultural studies, assembled and introduced by Alastair Brotchie, translated by lain White, Dominic Faccini, Annette Michelson, Alexis Lykiard, et al. Comprised of the Critical Dictionary and related texts edited by Georges Bataille, from has magazine Documents; and the Encyclopaedia Da Costa, edited by Robert Lebel and Isabelle Waldberg with Marcel Duchamp, Atlas Press's Encyclopedia Acephalica charts the territory around Bataille and others through
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Reference and Reflexivity - John R. Perry
Following his recently expanded The Problem of the Essential Indexical and Other Essays, John Perry develops a reflexive-referential' account of indexicals, demonstratives and proper names. On these issues the philosophy of language in the twentieth century was shaped by two competing traditions, descriptivist and referentialist. Oddly, the classic referentialist texts of the 1970s by Kripke, Donnellan, Kaplan and others were seemingly refuted almost a
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Winnie-the-Pooh on Success - Roger E. Allen, Stephen D. Allen, A.A. Milne
Are you as confused as Pooh about success and how to achieve it? Only decades ago, the definition of "success" was fairly straightforward: "the attainment of wealth, position, honors, and the like." For Pooh it is as simple as acquiring more honey; for Piglet, it's far more serious: avoiding dangerous Heffalumps. But in these far more complicated times, people - as well as certain treasured animals of a certain forest - have all sorts of different ideas
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Rational Theology - John Andreas Widtsoe, Dale C. Lecheminant
The decades framing the turn of the twentieth century constituted a period of progressive optimism, of increasing faith in science and technology, and of character-building education—vividly illustrated in the founding of Christian Science, for example, and in the Latter-day Saint magazine, the Improvement Era.In keeping with the times, it is not surprising that former professor of chemistry and university president John A. Widtsoe was called to the LDS
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Happiness: A Guide to a Good Life, Aristotle for the New Century - Jean Vanier
To be happy, to know true happiness, is the profound desire of every man and woman. Two and a half millennia ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle concluded that love, friendship, pleasure, and the active search for truth and justice are all part of our fundamental quest for happiness. Here Jean Vanier reexamines Aristotle's theories in the light of the modern world?discussing and illuminating the links between psychology, spirituality, and morality
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Filmosophy - Daniel Frampton
Filmosophy is a provocative new manifesto for a radically philosophical way of understanding cinema. It coalesces twentieth-century ideas of film as thought (from Hugo Munsterberg to Gilles Deleuze) into a practical theory of "film-thinking," arguing that film style conveys poetic ideas through a constant dramatic "intent" about the characters, spaces, and events of film. Discussing contemporary filmmakers such as Bela Tarr and the Dardenne brothers, this
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The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet - Margaret Wertheim
But as science commentator Margaret Wertheim argues in this "marvelously provocative" (Kirkus Reviews) book, cyberspace has in recent years become a repository for immense spiritual yearning. Wertheim explores the mapping of spiritual desire onto digitized space and suggests that the modem today has become a metaphysical escape-hatch from a materialism that many people find increasingly dissatisfying. Cyberspace opens up a collective space beyond the laws