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Pseudo-Dionysius and the Metaphysics of Aquinas - Fran O'Rourke
"This is one of the two or three most important books on Aquinas published in the last fifty years." —Alasdair MacIntyre, University of Notre Dame   Although Pseudo-Dionysius was, after Aristotle, the author whom Thomas Aquinas quoted most frequently, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the role of this Neoplatonist thinker in the formation of Aquinas' philosophy. Fran O'Rourke's book is the only available work that investigates the pervasive
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Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do - Studs Terkel
Studs Terkel records the voices of America. Men and women from every walk of life talk to him, telling him of their likes and dislikes, fears, problems, and happinesses on the job. Once again, Terkel has created a rich and unique document that is as simple as conversation, but as subtle and heartfelt as the meaning of our lives.... In the first trade paperback edition of his national bestseller, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel presents "the
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Out of Place - Edward W. Said
Edward Said is one of the most celebrated cultural critics of the postwar world. Of his many books of literary, political, and philosophical criticism, Orientalism--a brilliant analysis of how Europe came to dominate the Orient through the creation of the myth of the exotic East--and the monumental Culture and Imperialism are the best known. His books have redefined readers' understanding of the impact of European imperialism upon the shape of modern
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Life on the Mississippi - Mark Twain, Justin Kaplan
A stirring account of America's vanished past... The book that earned Mark Twain his first recognition as a serious writer... Discover the magic of life on the Mississippi. At once a romantic history of a mighty river, an autobiographical account of Mark Twain's early steamboat days, and a storehouse of humorous anecdotes and sketches, Life on the Mississippi is the raw material from which Twain wrote his finest novel: Adventures of
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A Philosophical Study of T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets - Martin Warner
Poetry's relation to belief has been at the heart of that 'ancient enmity' between philosophy and poetry noted by Plato, and Eliot wrestled with it throughout his adult life. In his prose writings he focussed particularly on the case of Dante, but the issue is central to his own later poetry, most maturely in Four Quartets which itself draws powerfully on Dante's Commedia. Philosophical discussion of the issue, where it has noticed Eliot, has concentrated
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Philosophical Finesse: Studies in the Art of Rational Persuasion - Martin Warner
Warner here puts forward a much broader discussion of rationality than that which underlies today's polarization between analytic and continental philosophy. Through a series of case-studies the author explores ancient conceptions of dialectic and rhetoric in relation to the positive role given to sentiment or "the heart" by Pascal, Hume, and Nietzsche. These studies point to an understanding of philosophy which undercuts fashionable disputes and which
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Messy Spirituality: God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People - Michael Yaconelli
'I Guess I'm Not a Very Good Christian . . .'Do you feel like: I don't pray enoughI don't read my Bible enoughI don't share my faith enoughI don't love God enoughI'm not committed enoughI'm not spiritual enoughThen this book is for you. Messy Spiritualtiy was written for the silent majority of us who have been convinced that we just don't do Christianity right. We spend most of our lives worried about what we don't do instead of what we have done, focused
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In the Presence of Fear - Wendell Berry
In these three poignant essays, prolific author Wendell Berry reflects deeply on the current sources of world hope and despair. Thoughts in the Presence of Fear, written in response to the September 11 attacks, has since been reprinted in 73 countries and seven languages. The three essays provide a much-needed road map to a full cultural recovery.