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Philosophy, Aesthetics, Ethics - Concordia University Libraries Recent Acquisitions

Titles in the call number range B - BD (Philosophy) and BH - BJ (Aesthetics, Ethics) that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 60 days.


  • On the decline of the genteel virtues : from gentility to technocracy / Jeff Mitchell
    BJ1521

  • Social Science Research Ethics in Africa / Nico Nortjé, Retha Visagie, J. S. Wessels, editors
    H 62.5 A33S53 2019

  • Towards reunion in ethics / Jan Österberg
    BJ 1012 O88 2019

  • Categories, creation and cognition in Vaiśeṣika philosophy / ShashiPrabha Kumar
    B 132 V2K86 2019

  • Care ethics and poetry / Maurice Hamington and Ce Rosenow
    BJ1475

  • New phenomenological studies in Japan / editors, Nicolas de Warren and Shigeru Taguchi
    B829.5

  • Georges Canguilhem and the problem of error / Samuel Talcott
    B2430.C3554

  • Ultralogic as universal? : The Sylvan jungle -- Volume 4, with notes and commentaries / Richard Routley, author ; Zach Weber, editor
    BC135

  • Aesthetic realism / Inês Morais
    BH301.R42

  • Towards a liberatory epistemology / Deborah K. Heikes
    BD 161 H45 2019

  • Mimetic theory and Islam : the wound where light enters / editors, Michael Kirwan and Ahmad Achtar
    B2430.G494

  • Dao companion to the excavated Guodian bamboo manuscripts / editor, Shirley Chan
    B126

  • Hannah Arendt's aesthetic politics : freedom and the beautiful / Jim Josefson
    B945.A694

  • Morality politics in a secular age : strategic parties and divided governments in Europe / Eva-Maria Euchner
    BJ1031

  • Spirituality in management : insights from India / editors Sushanta Kumar Mishra and Arup Varma
    B132.S6

  • What is the history of knowledge? / Peter Burke
    BD 175 B8635 2016
    What is the history of knowledge? This engaging and accessible introduction explains what is distinctive about the new field of the history of knowledge (or, as some scholars say, 'knowledges in the plural') and how it differs from the history of science, intellectual history, the sociology of knowledge or from cultural history. Leading cultural historian, Peter Burke, draws upon examples of this new kind of history from different periods and from the history of India, East Asia and the Islamic world as well as from Europe and the Americas. He discusses some of the main concepts used by scholars working in the field, among them 'order of knowledge', 'situated knowledge' and 'knowledge society'. This book tells the story of the transformation of relatively raw 'information' into knowledge via processes of classification, verification and so on, the dissemination of this knowledge and finally its employment for different purposes, by governments, corporations or private individuals. A concluding chapter identifies central problems in the history of knowledge, from triumphalism to relativism, together with attempts to solve them.

    The only book of its kind yet to be published, What is the History of Knowledge? will be essential reading for all students of history and the humanities in general, as well as the interested general reader.

  • Unreal for mobile and standalone VR : create professional VR apps without coding / Cornel Hillmann
    QA 76.9 H85H55 2019

  • The law of small things : creating a habit of integrity in a culture of mistrust / Stuart H. Brody
    BJ1533.I58
    We are living in a time when dishonesty and duplicity are common in our public institutions, our workplaces, and even in our personal relationships. But by recognizing and resisting the small, seemingly inconsequential ways we make moral compromises in our own lives, we can repair the tear in our social and moral fabric.



    The Law of Small Things begins with an IQ (Integrity Quotient) test designed to reveal the casual way we regard our promises and the misconceptions we have about acting truthfully. The book shows how most people believe that integrity is something we "just have" and that we just do, like a Nike commercial. It depicts these and other deceptions we deploy to appear to act with integrity without actually doing so.



    The Law of Small Things also exposes how our culture encourages breaches of integrity through an array of "permitted promise-breaking," a language of clichés that equates self-interest with duty, and the "illusion of inconsequence" that excuses small breaches with the breezy confidence that we can fulfill integrity when it counts.



    Brody challenges the prevailing notion that integrity is a possession you hold permanently. No one "has integrity" and no one is perfect in practicing it. What we have is the opportunity to uphold promises and fulfill duties in each situation that faces us, large and small. Integrity is a practice and a habit of keeping promises, the ones we make explicitly and the ones that are implied in all our relationships.



    Ultimately, developing skill in the practice of integrity leads us to knowledge of who we are--not in the way the culture defines us, but in the way we truly know ourselves to be.


  • Monitoring taxonomy : laying out the tools landscape / Dave Josephsen
    BD161

  • On the brink of everything : grace, gravity, and getting old / Parker J. Palmer
    BJ1589
    Aging as a passage of discovery and engagement

    From bestselling author Parker J. Palmer comes a brave and beautiful book for all who want to age reflectively, seeking new insights and life-giving ways to engage in the world. "Age itself," he says, "is no excuse to wade in the shallows. It's a reason to dive deep and take creative risks."

    Looking back on eight decades of life--and on his work as a writer, teacher, and activist--Palmer explores what he's learning about self and world, inviting readers to explore their own experience. In prose and poetry--and three downloadable songs written for the book by the gifted Carrie Newcomer--he meditates on the meanings of life, past, present, and future. "The laws of nature that dictate sundown dictate our demise. But how we travel the arc toward the sunset of our lives is ours to choose: will it be denial, defiance, or collaboration?"

    With compassion and chutzpah, gravitas and levity, Palmer writes about cultivating a vital inner and outer life, finding meaning in suffering and joy, and forming friendships across the generations that bring new life to young and old alike.

  • Ghazālī's politics in context / Yazeed Said
    B 753 G34S25 2013eb

    Imam Abü Hamid al-Ghazalı is perhaps the most celebrated Muslim theologian of medieval Islam yet little attention has been paid to his personal theology. This book sets out to investigate the relationship between law and politics in the writings of Ghazalı and aims to establish the extent to which this relationship explains Ghazalı's political theology.

    Articles concerned with Ghazalı's political thought have invariably paid little attention to his theology and his thinking about God, neglecting to ask what role these have contributed to his definition of politics and political ethics. Here, the question of Ghazalı's politics takes into account his thinking on God, knowledge, law, and the Koran, in addition to political systems and ethics.

    Yazeed Saidputs forward the convincing argument that if Ghazalı's legal and political epistemology provide a polemic analogous to his writings on philosophy, for which he is more famed, they would reveal to us a manifesto for an alternative order, concerned with a coherent definition of the community, or Ummah . This book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars of the Middle East, political theology and Islamic studies.

    ings on philosophy, for which he is more famed, they would reveal to us a manifesto for an alternative order, concerned with a coherent definition of the community, or Ummah . This book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars of the Middle East, political theology and Islamic studies.

  • Liars and outliers : enabling the trust that society needs to thrive / Bruce Schneier
    BJ 1500 T78S35 2012
    In today's hyper-connected society, understanding the mechanisms of trust is crucial. Issues of trust are critical to solving problems as diverse as corporate responsibility, global warming, and the political system. In this insightful and entertaining book, Schneier weaves together ideas from across the social and biological sciences to explain how society induces trust. He shows the unique role of trust in facilitating and stabilizing human society. He discusses why and how trust has evolved, why it works the way it does, and the ways the information society is changing everything.

  • Amazing things will happen : a real world guide on achieving success and happiness / C.C. Chapman
    BJ1611.2
    Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen

    Amazing Things Will Happen offers straightforward advice that can be put into action to improve your life. Through personal anecdotes from the author's life, and interviews of successful individuals across several industries, this book demonstrates how to achieve success, in all aspects of life, through hard work and acts of kindness. Split into five sections, this book details how to begin the self-improvement journey.

    Explains how to cope with the situation you are currently in, and how to make the most of it until you can break free Shares exercises and practices that can help define your goals and how to set realistic tasks to reach them Helps you to navigate the seas of doubters and obstacles to get to where you want to be Ensures that you help others, once you have reached your goals

    Each of us has different goals in life, but everyone wants to succeed, and have as much fun as possible along the way. Amazing Things Will Happen shows how to get on this path to success.


  • Brilliant verbal reasoning tests : everything you need to know to pass verbal reasoning tests / by Rob Williams
    BC 177 W544 2009

    Do you need to pass an upcoming verbal reasoning test? Brilliant Verbal Reasoning Tests will ensure you feel prepared and ready to succeed on the day.

    Verbal reasoning tests are increasingly a part of the recruitment process, but taking verbal reasoning tests is something most of us dread, let alone practise.

    Brilliant Verbal Reasoning Tests will give you all the practise you need. You'll gain experience with real practice questions and answers, become familiar with all the common tests, both general and organization-specific, and feel comfortable with a range of difficulty levels.

    Written by an experienced psychologist who has designed and administered verbal reasoning tests for many years, you'll find a variety of effective strategies, tactics and tips to achieve peak performance.

    Free online resources can be found at http://wps.pearsoned.co.uk/ema_uk_pp_williams_verbalreas_1/


  • Pure wisdom : the simple things that transform everyday life / Dean Cunningham
    BJ 1589 C86 2011

  • Source : the Inner Path of Knowledge Creation
    BJ1470 .J378 2012
    As he did in his classic Synchronicity, Joseph Jaworski once again takes us on a mind-expanding journey, this time to the very heart of creativity and deep knowing.

    Institutions of all sorts are facing profound change today, with complexity increasing at a speed and intensity we've never experienced before. Jaworski came to realize that traditional analytical leadership approaches are inadequate for dealing creatively with this complexity. To effectively face these challenges, leaders need to access the Source from which truly profound innovation flows.

    Many people, including Jaworski himself, have experienced a connection with this Source, often when called upon to respond in times of crisis--moments of extreme spontaneity and intuitive insight. Actions simply flow through them, seemingly without any sort of conscious intervention. But these experiences are chance occurrences--ordinarily, we don't know how to access the Source, and we even have a blind spot as to its very existence.

    In an extraordinarily wide-ranging intellectual odyssey, Jaworski relates his fascinating experiences with quantum physicists, cognitive scientists, indigenous leaders, and spiritual thinkers, all focused on getting to the heart of the Source. Ultimately, he develops four guiding principles that encompass the nature of the Source and what we need to do to stay in dynamic dialogue with it.

    Using the combination of narrative and reflection that made Synchronicity so compelling, Jaworski has written a book that illuminates the essential nature not only of visionary leadership but also of relationships, consciousness, and ultimately reality itself.

  • Stepping up : how taking responsibility changes everything / by John Izzo
    BJ 1451 I99 2012eb
    In his bestselling book The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die , John Izzo tackled the secrets to lifelong happiness. Now he gives readers the key to a great career, a great workplace, better relationships, and a better world. Stepping Up argues that almost every problem, from personal difficulties and business challenges to social issues, can be solved if all of us look to ourselves to create change rather than looking to others. By seeing ourselves as agents of change we feel happier, less stressed, and more powerful.

    Izzo offers seven compelling principles that enable anyone, anywhere, anytime to effectively bring about positive change. And the book is filled with stories that will inspire you: a middle-aged Italian shopkeeper who fought back against the Mafia, two teenagers who took a stand and ignited an antibullying movement, an executive who turned a dying division into a profit center, and many more. We all have the power to change the world--John Izzo shows us how.

  • Time and the soul : where has all the meaningful time gone-- and can we get it back? / Jacob Needleman
    BD 638 N44 2003eb
    In Time and the Soul Jacob Needleman uses stories-of a middle-aged psychiatrist going back in time to encounter his younger self; of a mysterious meeting in the Central Asian desert; of the mystic master Hermes Trimegistus; as well as stories from the Bhagavad-Gita, the Bible, and other wisdom traditions-to illuminate the great mystery of time and to help us resolve our increasingly dysfunctional relationship to it.
    Nearly everyone feels stress and anxiety over what's become known as time poverty. "Time management" techniques treat these symptoms by making our busyness more efficient, but not the underlying cause. Needleman shows that we can get more out of time by breaking free of our illusions about it. He helps us experience time more purposefully and meaningfully. He provides parables, reflections, and a unique mental exercise to give us a new understanding of time. By transforming the way we understand and experience time, this powerful book gives us the equanimity and perspective we need to make the most of the time we are given. "A tranquil heart," Needleman writes,"is never defeated by time."

  • Synchronicity : the inner path of leadership / Joseph Jaworski
    BJ 1470 J38 2011eb
    Synchronicity is an inspirational guide to developing the most essential leadership capacity for our time: the ability to collectively shape our future. By telling the story of his remarkable journey toward an understanding of the deep issues of leadership, Joseph Jaworski explains the fundamental shifts of mind that will enable leaders to "listen" to realities that want to emerge in this world and acquire the courage to manifest them.

    This long-awaited second edition includes two new chapters. The first features excerpts from the hundreds of letters Jaworski has received testifying to the profound impact of the book's message. The second describes the latest steps in Jaworski's journey, which led to his discovery of four principles that, when embraced, allow us to access the ultimate source of wisdom and creativity.

  • An introduction to critical thinking and creativity : think more, think better / Joe Y.F. Lau
    B 809.2 L38 2011

    A valuable guide on creativity and critical thinking to improve reasoning and decision-making skills

    C ritical thinking skills are essential in virtually any field of study or practice where individuals need to communicate ideas, make decisions, and analyze and solve problems. An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Creativity: Think More, Think Better outlines the necessary tools for readers to become critical as well as creative thinkers. By gaining a practical and solid foundation in the basic principles that underlie critical thinking and creativity, readers will become equipped to think in a more systematic, logical, and imaginative manner.

    Creativity is needed to generate new ideas to solve problems, and critical thinking evaluates and improves an idea. These concepts are uniquely introduced as a unified whole due to their dependence on each other. Each chapter introduces relevant theories in conjunction with real-life examples and findings from cognitive science and psychology to illustrate how the theories can be applied in numerous fields and careers. An emphasis on how theoretical principles of reasoning can be practical and useful in everyday life is featured, and special sections on presentation techniques, the analysis of meaning, decision-making, and reasoning about personal and moral values are also highlighted.

    All chapters conclude with a set of exercises, and detailed solutions are provided at the end of the book. A companion website features online tutorials that further explore topics including meaning analysis, argument analysis, logic, statistics, and strategic thinking, along with additional exercises and multimedia resources for continued study.

    An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Creativity is an excellent book for courses on critical thinking and logic at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The book also serves as a self-contained study guide for readers interested in the topics of critical thinking and creativity as a unified whole.

  • Surviving your serengeti : 7 skills to master business and life, a fable of self-discovery / Stefan Swanepoel
    BJ 1611.2 S85 2011eb

    Praise for SURVIVING YOUR SERENGETI

    "One of a kind. You'll actually know more about yourself after you read this book."--KEN BLANCHARD coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level

    "Beautifully illustrates nature's basic survival strategies--and how they help you create a sense of meaning and purpose."--SUSAN SCOTT New York Times bestselling coauthor of Fierce Conversations

    7 Questions This Book Tackles

    1. Are you experiencing a challenge that you wish to overcome?

    2. Do you want to discover your hidden survival skills?

    3. Do you have a goal you have yet to achieve?

    4. Would you like to discover your instinctive strengths?

    5. Can you benefit from problem-solving thinking?

    6. Do you know someone who has potential to excel?

    7. Are you looking for a positive message to share?


  • The top 10 things you must know to gain (and keep) personal credibility / Sandy Allgeier
    BJ 1533 R42A45 2011

  • The awakening course : the secret to solving all problems / Joe Vitale
    BJ 1611.2 V58 2011eb
    The complete mind, body, and spiritual transformation based on a highly successful course--now in paperback!

    The Awakening Course is Joe Vitale's most recent breakthrough program explaining the four stages of awakening. This thought-provoking book builds on everything Vitale has written and recorded to date, taking you to a whole new level of personal and professional transcendence.

    This book offers a proven step-by-step approach for finding and achieving your goals and desires through a complete mind, body, and spiritual transformation.

    Discover new perspectives on money, role models, and the power of your unconscious Re-state complaints into positive life-changing intentions, and turn your fears into a catalyst for success 5 steps for attracting anything or anyone into your life Joe Vitale is the author of the bestselling The Attractor Factor and The Key

    Let The Awakening Course take you to a place of transcendence.


  • Perseverance / Margaret J. Wheatley ; paintings by Asante Salaam ; calligraphy by Barbara Bash
    BJ 1533 P4W43 2010eb
    In this inspiring and beautifully illustrated book, bestselling author Margaret Wheatley offers guidance to people everywhere for how to persevere through challenges in their personal lives, with their families, at their workplaces, in their communities, and in their struggles to make a better world. She provides hope, wisdom, and perspective for learning the discipline of perseverance.

    Wheatley does not offer the usual feel-good, rah-rah messages. Instead, she focuses on the situations, feelings, and challenges that can, over time, cause us to lose heart or lose our way. Perseverance is a day-by-day decision not to give up. We have to notice the moments when we feel lost or overwhelmed or betrayed or exhausted and note how we respond to them. And we have to notice the rewarding times, when we experience the joy of working together on something hard but worthwhile, when we realize we've made a small difference.

    In a series of concise and compassionate essays Wheately names a behavior or dynamic--such as fearlessness, guilt, joy, jealousy--that supports or impedes our efforts to persevere. She puts each in a broader human or timeless perspective, offering ways to either live by or transcend each one. These essays are self-contained--you can thumb through the book and find what attracts you in the moment. Perseverance helps you to see yourself and your situation clearly and assume responsibility for changing a situation or our reaction to it if it's one that troubles us. There deliberately are no examples of other people or their experiences. You are the example--your personal experiences are the basis for change.

    In addition to Wheatley's graceful essays there are poems and quotations drawn from traditions and cultures around the world and throughout history. The book is deeply grounded spiritually, accessing human experience and wisdom from many sources. This grounding and inclusiveness support the essential message--human being throughout time have persevered. We're just the most recent ones to face these challenges, and we can meet them as those who came before us did. As Wheatley quotes the elders of the Hopi Nation: "We are the ones we have been waiting for."

  • The living universe : where are we? Who are we? Where are we going? / by Duane Elgin
    BD 450 E44 2009eb
    By the bestselling author of Voluntary Simplicity (over 150,000 sold)* Brings together cutting-edge science and ancient spiritual wisdom to demonstrate that the universe is a living, sentient system and that we are an integral part of it* Explores the power of this new paradigm to move humanity toward a sustainable and promising futureScience has traditionally regarded the universe as mostly made up mostly of inert matter and empty space. At one time this point of view was liberating, part of the Enlightenment-born rationalism that helped humanity free itself from superstition and fear and achieve extraordinary intellectual and technological breakthroughs. But this paradigm has outlived its usefulness. It has led to rampant materialism and environmental degradation--if the universe is essentially dead and we are alive, then the inanimate stuff of the universe should be ours to exploit. But we now know that not only is the view of a dead universe destructive, it is also inaccurate and misleading.In The Living Universe, Duane Elgin brings together evidence from cosmology, biology, physics, and even his participation in NASA-sponsored psychic experiments to show that the universe is permeated by a living field and that we are always in communion with that field of aliveness whether we are conscious of it or not. This is a world-view that, as Elgin explains, is shared by virtually every spiritual tradition, and the implications of it are vast and deep. In a living system, each part is integral to the whole, so each of us is intimately connected to the entire universe. Elgin eloquently demonstrates how our identity manifests itself on a whole series of levels, from subatomic to galactic. We are, he writes, "far more than biological beings--we are beings of cosmic connection and participation."To confront our ongoing planetary crisis of dwindling resources and escalating conflict, we need to move past an ideology of separation, competition, and exploitation. Duane Elgin asks us to see humanity sharing in the same field of aliveness, to discover how to live sustainably and harmoniously within the living universe.

  • Dreamcrafting : the Art of Dreaming Big, The Science of Making It Happen
    BJ1611.2.L48 2003
    Many people set out to achieve a dream-starting a business or learning to play the piano or publishing a book-but they don't succeed, and the dream fizzles away. In many cases, these people have lots of skills and expertise, such as deep knowledge of the business or career they are interested in, so why don't they succeed? Paul Levesque and Art McNeil have discovered that making a dream come true requires cultivating skills of a higher order-macroskills-that inevitably spell the difference between success and failure no matter what the specifics of a person's dreams are. These are the skills Dreamcrafting outlines in detail.

  • Credibility : I've lost it--can I rebuild it? / Sandy Allgeier
    BJ 1533 R42A45 2009

  • Answering your call : a guide to living your deepest purpose / John P. Schuster
    BJ 1595 S42 2003eb
    So many people today feel "called" to find more in their lives beyond the usual definitions of success, to live lives of purpose and meaning. Answering Your Call is aimed at people who know they are on the planet for a reason and want more than encouragement-they want to get precise about it.

    Answering Your Call provides exercises that appeal to our practical side as well as inspirational examples from history and literature. It is a spiritual how-to book, not on how to pray or meditate, but how to discern what it is that the world needs you to do.

  • The compassionate life : walking the path of kindness / Marc Ian Barasch
    BJ 1475 B37 2009eb
    By the author of the international bestseller Remarkable Recoverye A profound and deeply personal meditation on arguably the most important question there is: How can we be kinder to each other and create a more compassionate world'e Written in a friendly, often humorous style and filled with stories of people who demonstrate the meaning and the practice of compassionWith a keen balance of hope and skepticism, Marc Barasch sets out on a journey to the heart of compassion, discovering its power to change who we are and the society we have become. He describes encounters with empathetic apes, and with Buddhist monks whose brain scans prove the power of compassion practice; with a man who donated a kidney to a stranger and another who forgave his daughtere(tm)s murderer; with teenage Palestinian and Israeli girls trying to wage peace; even with astronomers trying to send a missive to E.T. that wee(tm)re not only clever but kind.With unfailing curiosity, Barasch poses vital questions: What can we learn from exceptionally empathetic people? Can we increase our compassion quotient with practice? How do we open our hearts to those who do us harm? What if the great driving force of our evolution were actually eoesurvival of the kindeste? He comes up with challenging, ultimately inspiring answers. Drawing on science and spirituality, history and popular culture, button-down business and a high sense of fun, he creates a smart, provocative argument that a simple shift in consciousness changes eoepretty much everything.eThe Compassionate Life was originally published in Hardcover as Field Notes on the Compassionate Life.

  • Training camp : what the best do better than everyone else : a fable about excellence / by Jon Gordon
    BJ 1611.2 G67 2009eb
    Training Camp is an inspirational story filled with invaluable lessons and insights on bringing out the best in yourself and your team. The story follows Martin, an un-drafted rookie trying to make it in the NFL. He's spent his entire life proving to the critics that a small guy with a big heart can succeed against all odds. After spraining his ankle in the pre-season, Martin thinks his dream is lost when he happens to meet a very special coach who shares eleven life-changing lessons that keep his dream alive--and might even make him the best of the best. If you want to be your best-- Training Camp offers an inspirational story and real-world wisdom on what it takes to reach true excellence and how you and your team (your work team, school team, church team and family team) can achieve it.

  • The personal credibility factor : how to get it, keep it, and get it back (if you've lost it) / Sandy Allgeier
    BJ 1533 R42A45 2009

  • Balancing work & life / by Robert Holden, Ben Renshaw
    BJ 1611.2 H58 2002
    Packed with essential tips for today's competitive business world, these low-priced paperbacks are ideal for anyone interested in improving their business skills. Perfect for the briefcase or portfolio, these four new guides in the Essential Managers series are ideal for experienced or novice managers in companies both large and small. Having sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, these books are relevant to every work environment. Concise treatment of dozens of techniques, skills, and methods make Essential Managers the most accessible guide to business available.

  • Something to live for : finding your way in the second half of life / Richard J. Leider, David A. Shapiro
    BJ 1691 L39 2008eb
    The second half of life is a journey into unknown territory--a safari like the one that inspired this deeply renewing and inspiring book. Drawing upon ancient wisdom and modern research for guidance, Richard Leider and David Shapiro invite you on a journey back to the primordial rhythms--back to a time and place where we are better able to clarify for ourselves what really matters in our lives. They share stories from their own lives and of others facing midlife and beyond, stories that exemplify the qualities of authenticity and wholeheartedness that are the essential components of vital aging. And they offer up positive practices that can help us save and savor the world: live an authentic life of purpose and meaning while balancing our lives with vitality and joy

  • Second innocence : rediscovering joy and wonder : a guide to renewal in work, relationships, and daily life / John Izzo
    BJ 1595 I99 2004eb
    "What might happen," John Izzo writes, "if we began to think of innocence as a quality we bring to our lives, a perspective and a way of looking at the world, which is not replaced by experience but which influences our experience? When we choose innocence as a frame to experience the world, the qualities of hope, idealism, openness, and faith nurture the experience of wonder and joy in our lives."
    In the tradition of Robert Fulgham and Richard Carlson, Izzo uses his experiences as a son, husband, father, employee, minister, author and corporate speaker to inspire readers to see the world from this new, rejuvenating perspective. Chapters with titles like Full Speed Ahead In The Wrong Direction, Choose Your Glasses Carefully, Getting Past Your Expiration Date, The Burned-Out Buddha and The Power of Not Now explore how to reclaim our innocence in four realms --- daily life, faith, work, and relationships.
    "It is not that experience should not shape our idealism", Izzo tells us. "In fact, our initial innocence must be shaped by our experiences. To hold on to our innocence is a life long process and it is our ability to foster the quality of innocence that continues to bring us to the edge of what is possible in our lives and in our communities. That we may choose innocence and idealism while incorporating the harder experiences of living is the core premise of this book."
    Both practical and inspiring, Second Innocence combines wonderful stories with an inspiring philosophy to help us maintain our idealism and enthusiasm throughout our lives.

  • The trance of scarcity : stop holding your breath and start living your life / Victoria Castle
    BD 435 C37 2007eb
    Do you ever tell yourself that you're not enough? Not smart enough, not rich enough, not good enough, not fill-in-the-blanks enough? Or do you worry that there is not enough: not enough time, not enough money, not enough opportunity, not enough...whatever? Consciously and unconsciously, dozens of times a day, we tell ourselves that we are lacking, that our lives are lacking, that the universe is lacking. We lull ourselves into what Victoria Castle calls the "Trance of Scarcity"--a numbed state in which we're crippled by the pervasive assumption that lack, struggle, and separation are our unavoidable fate. But what if it is the very story we tell ourselves--both as individuals and as a society--that keeps us trapped in this limited state? Here Castle shows you how to embody a new story--one that is about abundance, inspiration, and your own innate ability to create your reality. Once you break free from the Trance of Scarcity, you'll be able to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

  • The attractor factor : 5 easy steps for creating wealth (or anything else) from the inside out / Joe Vitale
    BJ 1611.2 V58 2008eb
    Discover the secret to lifelong wealth and happiness!

    Now in an expanded paperback second edition that includes an Attractor Factor IQ test, exercises for putting lessons into practice, new stories, and more, Dr. Joe Vitale presents his even more powerful and effective five-step plan for attracting wealth, happiness, and success to your life.

    "Whatever you want to attract to your life, Joe Vitale has the secret to make it happen. I highly recommend you get this book and get started today."
    -Morris Goodman, author of The Miracle Man

    "I got enough by the end of chapter one to create a major energy shift in my life! Joe's easy, direct, and knowledgeable presentation allowed me to embrace important principles effortlessly."
    -Dee Wallace, actress and star of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

    "Joe Vitale not only appeared in The Secret, he is one of the few who knows and lives attraction! Contained in the five steps that Joe maps out in The Attractor Factor are the keys to endless abundance. This book instructs on how to take control of your beliefs and focus, ultimately attracting the life of your dreams. If you just do what Joe tells you, you will create an abundance far beyond what you can currently imagine. The Attractor Factor is the secret that The Secret doesn't tell you."
    -David Schirmer, wealth coach and star of The Secret

    "Just when you think you understand how the world works, Joe Vitale comes along and takes you to a whole new place. He's engaging, entertaining, enlightening, and, oh boy, does he ever stretch your thinking."
    -Ian Percy, registered psychiatrist and member of the U.S. and Canadian public speakers halls of fame

    "This book has the potential to change humanity."
    -Dr. Rick Barrett, author of Healed by Morning

  • Claiming your place at the fire : living the second half of your life on purpose / Richard J. Leider, David A. Shapiro
    BJ 1691 L42 2004b
    To claim one's place at the fire means to live ones life on purpose. When we claim our place at the fire, we enter into the circle of vital elders who have been the source of wisdom in society since time immemorial. We do this by courageously reexamining and rediscovering who we are, where we belong, what we care about, and what our life's purpose is.
    --from the introduction

    If you're in, or about to enter, "the second half of life, " this practical guide will show you how to claim your rightful place among the "new elders"--men and women who "use the second half of life as an empty canvas, a blank page, a hunk of clay to be crafted on purpose." Through inspiring stories and thought-provoking exercises, you'll learn to ask, and answer, four key questions:

    Who am I? How do I stoke the wisdom gained in the first half of my life to burn more brightly in the second half?
    Where do I belong? What makes a place the right place for me in the second half?
    What do I care about? Where do I want to use my gifts and talents in the second half?
    What is my purpose? How do I leave a legacy that has real meaning for myself and my loved ones?

    This book provides a new model for vital aging. It shows you how to age successfully by living on purpose.

  • Practical intelligence : the art and science of common sense / Karl Albrecht
    B 105 C457A43 2007eb
    Karl Albrecht's bestselling book Social Intelligence showed us how dealing with people and social situations can determine success both at work and in life. Now, in this groundbreaking book Practical Intelligence, Albrecht takes the next step and explains how practical intelligence (PI) qualifies as one of the key life skills and offers a conceptual structure for defining and describing common sense.

    Throughout Practical Intelligence , Albrecht explains that people with practical intelligence can employ language skills, make better decisions, think in terms of options and possibilities, embrace ambiguity and complexity, articulate problems clearly and work through to solutions, have original ideas, and influence the ideas of others. Albrecht shows that everyone's PI skills can be improved with proper education and training and challenges all of us--from parents and teachers to executives and managers--to upgrade our own skills and help others develop their own PI abilities.


  • The power of failure : 27 ways to turn life's setbacks into success / Charles C. Manz
    BJ 1611.2 M337 2002
    The fear of failure is enough to stop many people in their tracks and lead them to give up without even trying. But bestselling author Charles Manz shows that failure is an essential component of personal and professional success. Using real-life examples and stories, Manz shows that:
    Challenges are disguised opportunities
    Competition spurs positive change
    Setbacks catalyze creative coping skills, and
    Collaboration with failure can be an ongoing part of being successful

    The Power of Failure offers both inspiration and advice on how failure can provide us with the foundation for long-term success. This book is loaded with inspiring real-life examples and stories, and filled with practical strategies that you can put to use immediately to fulfill your dreams.

  • It's your move : dealing yourself the best cards in life and work / Cyndi Maxey and Jill Bremer
    BJ 1611.2 M348 2004eb

    This is the eBook version of the printed book. If the print book includes a CD-ROM, this content is not included within the eBook version.

    Life is like a card game... and you have the power to deal yourself the winning hand In It's Your Move, image and self-improvement specialists Cyndi Maxey and Jill Bremer use the analogy of life as a card game to introduce you to powerful strategies for improving both your business and personal life... no matter what cards you are dealt.

    As in any good game, life offers you multiple options for achieving greatness: listening, learning, attitude, style, balance, flexibility and many more. Maxey and Bremer deliver simple, proven techniques for taking control of your life--presented in the form of a card game. You will follow sample players as they discover their "perfect hands," while learning how to maximize your own strengths and play the game of life with wisdom, courage, strategy, timing and teamwork. Learn the rules of today's game of life--and when to break them. Empower yourself to master dozens of simple techniques to maximize effectiveness and achieve your dreams--without elaborate plans or expensive programs. The authors offer guidance to help you track your progress with practical, easy worksheets.


  • Walking the tightrope / Erica Orloff, Kathy Levinson
    BJ 1581.2 O67 2004eb
    We're more wired than ever: cell phones on our hips, laptops, email, instant messaging. The killer apps are killing us. Technology was supposed to make it easier for us, but we are more out of balance and out of touch with the things in life that are most important to us than we were a decade ago. Orloff and Levinson will help readers to find that sense of balance so they can handle the highwire act of living and working without flaming out.


  • Choosing the right thing to do : in life, at work, in relationships, and for the planet / David A. Shapiro
    BJ 1411 S43 1999eb
    We all want to do the right thing. But determining the right thing to do isn't always easy. Everytime we pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV, someone tells us how we ought to behave. Rarely, however, do we get much assistance in deciding what to do for ourselves. Meanwhile, technological developments and rapid social changes make the right decisions-especially about the BIG issues-life, death, sex, justice, and so on-harder and harder to identify. Choosing the Right Thing to Do responds to the growing need that people of all ages have for moral guidance-without moralizing. It contains a rich palette of principles and strategies, stories and examples, ideas and insights that offer real-world help for intelligently addressing the often quite troubling choices we face every day in our personal relationships, jobs, and lifestyles.

  • Creating a world that works for all / Sharif Abdullah ; introductory essay by Václav Havel
    BJ 1595 A23 1999eb

  • Toward a philosophy of the act / M.M. Bakhtin ; translation and notes by Vadim Liapunov ; edited by Michael Holquist & Vadim Liapunov
    B 105 A35B3413 1993
    Rescued in 1972 from a storeroom in which rats and seeping water had severely damaged the fifty-year-old manuscript, this text is the earliest major work (1919-1921) of the great Russian philosopher M. M. Bakhtin.Toward a Philosophy of the Act contains the first occurrences of themes that occupied Bakhtin throughout his long career. The topics of authoring, responsibility, self and other, the moral significance of "outsideness," participatory thinking, the implications for the individual subject of having "no-alibi in existence," the difference between the world as experienced in actions and the world as represented in discourse--all are broached here in the heat of discovery. This is the "heart of the heart" of Bakhtin, the center of the dialogue between being and language, the world and mind, "the given" and "the created" that forms the core of Bakhtin's distinctive dialogism.A special feature of this work is Bakhtin's struggle with the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Put very simply, this text is an attempt to go beyond Kant's formulation of the ethical imperative. Toward a Philosophy of the Act will be important for scholars across the humanities as they grapple with the increasingly vexed relationship between aesthetics and ethics.

  • Knowledge / prepared for the Course Team by Tom Sorell
    BD 161 S59+ 1981

  • Ludwig Wittgenstein : the duty of genius / Ray Monk
    B 3376 W564M59 1991b
    'Monk's energetic enterprise is remarkable for the interleaving of the philosophical and the emotional aspects of Wittgenstein's life' Sunday Times

    'Ray Monk's reconnection of Wittgenstein's philosophy with his life triumphantly carries out the Wittgensteinian task of "changing the aspect" of Wittgenstein's work, getting us to see it in a new way' Sunday Telegraph

    'This biography transforms Wittgenstein into a human being' Independent on Sunday

    'It is much to be recommended' Observer

    'Monk's biography is deeply intelligent, generous to the ordinary reader... It is a beautiful portrait of a beautiful life' Guardian

  • Boyhood with Gurdjieff / Fritz Peters
    B 4249 G84 P4 1972

  • Logic and the art of memory : the quest for a universal language / Paolo Rossi ; translated with an introduction by Stephen Clucas
    BC 38 R6713 2000
    The mnemonic arts and the idea of a universal language that would capture the essence of all things were originally associated with cryptology, mysticism, and other occult practices. And it is commonly held that these enigmatic efforts were abandoned with the development of formal logic in the seventeenth century and the beginning of the modern era. In his distinguished book, Logic and the Art of Memory Italian philosopher and historian Paolo Rossi argues that this view is belied by an examination of the history of the idea of a universal language.

    Based on comprehensive analyses of original texts, Rossi traces the development of this idea from late medieval thinkers such as Ramon Lull through Bruno, Bacon, Descartes, and finally Leibniz in the seventeenth century. The search for a symbolic mode of communication that would be intelligible to everyone was not a mere vestige of magical thinking and occult sciences, but a fundamental component of Renaissance and Enlightenment thought. Seen from this perspective, modern science and combinatorial logic represent not a break from the past but rather its full maturity.

    Available for the first time in English, this book (originally titled Clavis Universalis ) remains one of the most important contributions to the history of ideas ever written. In addition to his eagerly anticipated translation, Steven Clucas offers a substantial introduction that places this book in the context of other recent works on this fascinating subject. A rich history and valuable sourcebook, Logic and the Art of Memory documents an essential chapter in the development of human reason.

  • The drama of celebrity / Sharon Marcus
    BJ 1470.5 M37 2019

    A bold new account of how celebrity works

    Why do so many people care so much about celebrities? Who decides who gets to be a star? What are the privileges and pleasures of fandom? Do celebrities ever deserve the outsized attention they receive?

    In this fascinating and deeply researched book, Sharon Marcus challenges everything you thought you knew about our obsession with fame. Icons are not merely famous for being famous; the media alone cannot make or break stars; fans are not simply passive dupes. Instead, journalists, the public, and celebrities themselves all compete, passionately and expertly, to shape the stories we tell about celebrities and fans. The result: a high-stakes drama as endless as it is unpredictable.

    Drawing on scrapbooks, personal diaries, and vintage fan mail, Marcus traces celebrity culture back to its nineteenth-century roots, when people the world over found themselves captivated by celebrity chefs, bad-boy poets, and actors such as the "divine" Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), as famous in her day as the Beatles in theirs. Known in her youth for sleeping in a coffin, hailed in maturity as a woman of genius, Bernhardt became a global superstar thanks to savvy engagement with her era's most innovative media and technologies: the popular press, commercial photography, and speedy new forms of travel.

    Whether you love celebrity culture or hate it, The Drama of Celebrity will change how you think about one of the most important phenomena of modern times.


  • Theorizing in organization studies : insights from key thinkers / Anne Vorre Hansen (Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University) and Sabine Madsen (Department of Political Science, Aalborg University, Denmark)
    B 842 H36 2019eb

  • Heidegger's Nietzsche : European modernity and the philosophy of the future / José Daniel Parra
    B 3279 H49P3687 2019
    Heidegger s Nietzsche: European Modernity and the Philosophy of the Future offers a study of two key figures in the history of philosophy. By way of a textual interpretation of Martin Heidegger's reading of Friedrich Nietzsche, it draws renewed attention to the question of ontology in the history of Western thought. The discussion unfolds in the context of an epochal period of transition in European culture that in Heidegger's interpretation of Nietzsche is in the process of "fulfillment." The book examines the sources of this transformative event, with special emphasis on the contrast between the modern predominance of Cartesian inter-subjectivity and a manner of thought that dwells in the philosophical anthropology of classical Greek culture. It partakes in the Platonic-Aristotelian tradition of studying the life of the mind from architectonic perspectives, highlighting the key comparative importance of philosophical "vision," in tandem with the voice of conscience. In that spirit, the book explores an encounter between Heidegger and Nietzsche at the interstice between hermeneutics and a therapeutic consideration of philosophy.

  • Quaint, exquisite : Victorian aesthetics and the idea of Japan / Grace E. Lavery
    BH 221 J3L38 2019

    From the opening of trade with Britain in the 1850s, Japan occupied a unique and contradictory place in the Victorian imagination, regarded as both a rival empire and a cradle of exquisite beauty. Quaint, Exquisite explores the enduring impact of this dramatic encounter, showing how the rise of Japan led to a major transformation of Western aesthetics at the dawn of globalization.

    Drawing on philosophy, psychoanalysis, queer theory, textual criticism, and a wealth of in-depth archival research, Grace Lavery provides a radical new genealogy of aesthetic experience in modernity. She argues that the global popularity of Japanese art in the late nineteenth century reflected an imagined universal standard of taste that Kant described as the "subjective universal" condition of aesthetic judgment. The book features illuminating cultural histories of Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado , English derivations of the haiku, and retellings of the Madame Butterfly story, and sheds critical light on lesser-known figures such as Winnifred Eaton, an Anglo-Chinese novelist who wrote under the Japanese pseudonym Onoto Watanna, and Mikimoto Ryuzo, a Japanese enthusiast of the Victorian art critic John Ruskin. Lavery also explains the importance and symbolic power of such material objects as W. B. Yeats's prized katana sword and the "Japanese vellum" luxury editions of Oscar Wilde.

    Quaint, Exquisite provides essential insights into the modern understanding of beauty as a vehicle for both intimacy and violence, and the lasting influence of Japanese forms today on writers and artists such as Quentin Tarantino.


  • Irrationality : a history of the dark side of reason / Justin E.H. Smith
    BC 177 S65 2019

    A fascinating history that reveals the ways in which the pursuit of rationality often leads to an explosion of irrationality

    It's a story we can't stop telling ourselves. Once, humans were benighted by superstition and irrationality, but then the Greeks invented reason. Later, the Enlightenment enshrined rationality as the supreme value. Discovering that reason is the defining feature of our species, we named ourselves the "rational animal." But is this flattering story itself rational? In this sweeping account of irrationality from antiquity to today--from the fifth-century BC murder of Hippasus for revealing the existence of irrational numbers to the rise of Twitter mobs and the election of Donald Trump--Justin Smith says the evidence suggests the opposite. From sex and music to religion and war, irrationality makes up the greater part of human life and history.

    Rich and ambitious, Irrationality ranges across philosophy, politics, and current events. Challenging conventional thinking about logic, natural reason, dreams, art and science, pseudoscience, the Enlightenment, the internet, jokes and lies, and death, the book shows how history reveals that any triumph of reason is temporary and reversible, and that rational schemes, notably including many from Silicon Valley, often result in their polar opposite. The problem is that the rational gives birth to the irrational and vice versa in an endless cycle, and any effort to permanently set things in order sooner or later ends in an explosion of unreason. Because of this, it is irrational to try to eliminate irrationality. For better or worse, it is an ineradicable feature of life.

    Illuminating unreason at a moment when the world appears to have gone mad again, Irrationality is fascinating, provocative, and timely.


  • Time in ecology : a theoretical framework / Eric Post
    BD 638 P67 2019

    Ecologists traditionally regard time as part of the background against which ecological interactions play out. In this book, Eric Post argues that time should be treated as a resource used by organisms for growth, maintenance, and offspring production.

    Post uses insights from phenology--the study of the timing of life-cycle events--to present a theoretical framework of time in ecology that casts long-standing observations in the field in an entirely new light. Combining conceptual models with field data, he demonstrates how phenological advances, delays, and stasis, documented in an array of taxa, can all be viewed as adaptive components of an organism's strategic use of time. Post shows how the allocation of time by individual organisms to critical life history stages is not only a response to environmental cues but also an important driver of interactions at the population, species, and community levels.

    To demonstrate the applications of this exciting new conceptual framework, Time in Ecology uses meta-analyses of previous studies as well as Post's original data on the phenological dynamics of plants, caribou, and muskoxen in Greenland.


  • Practical shape : a theory of practical reasoning / Jonathan Dancy
    BC 177 D363 2018
    Everyone allows that we can reason to a new belief from beliefs that we already have. Aristotle thought that we could also reason from beliefs to action. Practical Shape: A Theory of Practical Reasoning establishes this possibility of reasoning to action, in a way that allows also forreasoning to intention, hope, fear, and doubt. While many philosophers have found little sense in Aristotle's claim, Dancy offers a general theory of reasoning that is sensitive to current debates but still Aristotelian in spirit. The text clearly sets out the similarities between reasoning toaction and reasoning to belief, which are far more striking than any dissimilarities. Its detailed account of practical reasoning, a topic inadequately covered in current literature, is presented in such a way as to be intelligible to a variety of readers, making it an ideal resource for students ofphilosophy but also of interest to academics in related disciplines.

  • Doing philosophy : from common curiosity to logical reasoning / Timothy Williamson
    B 53 W494 2018
    What are philosophers trying to achieve? How can they succeed? Does philosophy make progress? Is it in competition with science, or doing something completely different, or neither?Timothy Williamson tackles some of the key questions surrounding philosophy in new and provocative ways, showing how philosophy begins in common sense curiosity, and develops through our capacity to dispute rationally with each other. Discussing philosophy's ability to clarify our thoughts, heexplains why such clarification depends on the development of philosophical theories, and how those theories can be tested by imaginative thought experiments, and compared against each other by standards similar to those used in the natural and social sciences. He also shows how logical rigour canbe understood as a way of enhancing the explanatory power of philosophical theories. Drawing on the history of philosophy to provide a track record of philosophical thinking's successes and failures, Williamson overturns widely held dogmas about the distinctive nature of philosophy in comparison tothe sciences, demystifies its methods, and considers the future of the discipline.From thought experiments, to deduction, to theories, this little book will cause you to totally rethink what philosophy is.

  • Against nihilism : Nietzsche meets Dostoyevsky / Maïa Stepenberg
    B 3318 N54S74 2018
    Described by Thomas Mann as "brothers in spirit, but tragically grotesque companions in misfortune," Nietzsche and Dostoevsky remain towering figures in the intellectual development of European modernity. Maia Johnson-Stepenberg's accessible new introduction to these philosophers compares their writings on key topics such as criminality, Christianity, and the figure of the "outsider" to reveal the urgency and contemporary resonance of their shared struggle against nihilism. Against Nihilism also considers nihilism in the context of current political and social struggles, placing Nietzsche and Dostoevsky's contributions at the heart of important contemporary debates regarding community, identity, and meaning. Inspired by class discussions with her students and aimed at first-team readers of Nietzsche and Dostoevsky, Against Nihilism provides an accessible, unique comparative study of these two key thinkers.

  • The fragmentation of being / Kris McDaniel
    BD 331 M33 2017
    The Fragmentation of Being offers answers to some of the most fundamental questions in ontology. There are many kinds of beings but are there also many kinds of being? The world contains a variety of objects, each of which, let us provisionally assume, exists, but do some objects exist in different ways? Do some objects enjoy more being or existence than other objects? Are there different ways in which one object might enjoy more being than another?

    Most contemporary metaphysicians would answer "no" to each of these questions. So widespread is this consensus that the questions this book addressed are rarely even raised let alone explicitly answered. But Kris McDaniel carefully examines a wide range of reasons for answering each of these questions with a "yes". In doing so, he connects these questions with many important metaphysical topics, including substance and accident, time and persistence, the nature of ontological categories, possibility and necessity, presence and absence, persons and value, ground and consequence, and essence and accident.
    In addition to discussing contemporary problems and theories, McDaniel also discusses the ontological views of many important figures in the history of philosophy, including Aquinas, Aristotle, Descartes, Heidegger, Husserl, Kant, Leibniz, Meinong, and many more.

  • Berkeley / Margaret Atherton
    B 1348 A84 2020

    Presents a concise and comprehensive analysis of George Berkeley's thought and the impact of his intellectual contributions to philosophy

    In this latest addition to the Blackwell Great Minds series, noted scholar of early modern philosophy Margaret Atherton examines Berkeley's most influential work and demonstrates the significant conceptual impact of his ideas in metaphysics and the philosophy of religion.

    A concise and rigorous primer on Berkeley's essential writings and contributions to modern philosophy Written by a leading scholar of early modern philosophy Offers insight into the foundations of modern metaphysical and religious philosophy Equips readers to find firm footing in Berkeley's wider body of published work in the canon of Western philosophy

  • The three escapes of Hannah Arendt : a tyranny of truth / Ken Krimstein
    B 945 A694 K78 2018

    Winner of the Bernard J. Brommel Award for Biography & Memoir
    Best Graphic Novels of the Year-- Forbes
    Jewish Book Award Finalist
    Finalist for the Chautauqua Prize

    For Persepolis and Logicomix fans, a New Yorker cartoonist's page-turning graphic biography of the fascinating Hannah Arendt, the most prominent philosopher of the twentieth century .

    One of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century and a hero of political thought, the largely unsung and often misunderstood Hannah Arendt is best known for her landmark 1951 book on openness in political life, The Origins of Totalitarianism , which, with its powerful and timely lessons for today, has become newly relevant.

    She led an extraordinary life. This was a woman who endured Nazi persecution firsthand, survived harrowing "escapes" from country to country in Europe, and befriended such luminaries as Walter Benjamin and Mary McCarthy, in a world inhabited by everyone from Marc Chagall and Marlene Dietrich to Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. A woman who finally had to give up her unique genius for philosophy, and her love of a very compromised man--the philosopher and Nazi-sympathizer Martin Heidegger--for what she called "love of the world."

    Compassionate and enlightening, playful and page-turning, New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein's The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt is a strikingly illustrated portrait of a complex, controversial, deeply flawed, and irrefutably courageous woman whose intelligence and "virulent truth telling" led her to breathtaking insights into the human condition, and whose experience continues to shine a light on how to live as an individual and a public citizen in troubled times.


  • Thinking about things / Mark Sainsbury
    B 105 T54S25 2018
    In the blink of an eye, I can redirect my thought from London to Cairo, from cookies to unicorns, from former President Obama to the mythical flying horse, Pegasus. How is this possible? In particular, how can we think about things that do not exist, like unicorns and Pegasus? They are notthere to be thought about, yet we think about them just as easily as we think about things that do exist.Thinking About Things addresses these and related questions, taking as its framework a representational theory of mind. It explains how mental states are attributed, what their aboutness consists in, whether or not they are relational, and whether any of them involve non-existent things likeunicorns.The explanation centers on a new theory of what is involved in attributing attitudes like thinking, hoping, and wanting. These attributions are intensional: some of them seem to involve non-existent things, and they typically have semantic and logical peculiarities, like the fact that one cannotalways substitute one expression for another that refers to the same thing without affecting truth. Mark Sainsbury's new theory, display theory, explains these anomalies. For example, substituting coreferring expressions does not always preserve truth because the correctness of an attributiondepends on what concepts it displays, not on what the concepts refer to. And a concept that refers to nothing may be used in an accurate display of what someone is thinking.

  • Making morality work / Holly M. Smith
    BJ 1012 S5194 2018
    Moral theories are called on to play both a theoretical and a practical role. In their theoretical role they provide accounts of what features make actions right or wrong. In their practical role, they provide a standard by which agents can guide their own conduct. Although it is often assumed that a single theory can successfully serve both these roles, in fact the limits on human knowledge often prevent people from using traditional normative theories to make decisions. People suffer from a wealth of impediments to their grasp of facts morally relevant to their choices: they labor under false beliefs, or they are ignorant or uncertain about the circumstances and consequences of their possible actions. An agent so hampered cannot successfully use her chosen moral theory as a decision guide.
    Holly M. Smith examines three major strategies for addressing this "epistemic problem" in morality. One strategy argues that the epistemic limitations of agents are defects in them but not in the moral theories, which are only required to play the theoretical role. A second strategy holds that the main point of morality is to play the practical role, so that any theory incapable of guiding decisions provides an unacceptable account of right-making features, and must be rejected in favour of a more usable theory. The third strategy claims the correct theory can play both the theoretical and practical role by offering a two tier structure. The top tier plays the theoretical role, while the lower tier provides a coordinated set of user-friendly decision guides that play the practical role. Agents use the theoretical account indirectly to guide their choices by directly utilizing the supplementary decision guides. Smith argues that the first two strategies should be rejected, and develops a detailed novel version of the third strategy that positions us to understand its strengths and shortcomings. Making Morality Work opens a path towards resolving a deep problem of moral life.

  • The moral nexus / R. Jay Wallace
    BJ 1458.3 W348 2019

    The Moral Nexus develops and defends a new interpretation of morality--namely, as a set of requirements that connect agents normatively to other persons in a nexus of moral relations. According to this relational interpretation, moral demands are directed to other individuals, who have claims that the agent comply with these demands. Interpersonal morality, so conceived, is the domain of what we owe to each other, insofar as we are each persons with equal moral standing.

    The book offers an interpretative argument for the relational approach. Specifically, it highlights neglected advantages of this way of understanding the moral domain; explores important theoretical and practical presuppositions of relational moral duties; and considers the normative implications of understanding morality in relational terms.

    The book features a novel defense of the relational approach to morality, which emphasizes the special significance that moral requirements have, both for agents who are deliberating about what to do and for those who stand to be affected by their actions. The book argues that relational moral requirements can be understood to link us to all individuals whose interests render them vulnerable to our agency, regardless of whether they stand in any prior relationship to us. It also offers fresh accounts of some of the moral phenomena that have seemed to resist treatment in relational terms, showing that the relational interpretation is a viable framework for understanding our specific moral obligations to other people.


  • Reconceiving Spinoza / Samuel Newlands
    B 3999 M45N49 2018
    Samuel Newlands presents a sweeping new interpretation of Spinoza's metaphysical system and the way in which his metaphysics shapes, and is shaped by, his moral program. Newlands also shows how Spinoza can be fruitfully read alongside and through recent developments in contemporary metaphysicsand ethics. Conceptual relations are seen as the backbone of Spinoza's explanatory project and perform a surprising and underappreciated amount of work in his metaphysics and ethics. Conceptual relations are the philosophical grease that keeps the Spinozistic machine running smoothly, allowing himto do everything from reconciling monism with diversity to providing non-prudential grounds for altruism within an ethical egoist framework. Furthermore, given Spinoza's metaphysics of individuals, a moral agent's interests and even self-identity can vary, relative to some of these different ways ofbeing conceived. This will have the startling implication that Spinoza's ethical egoism, when combined with his concept-sensitive metaphysics, is ultimately a call to a radical kind of self-transcendence. Readers will thus be challenged to reconceive not only the world, but also Spinoza's project,and perhaps even themselves, along the way.

  • Friedrich Nietzsche and European nihilism / Paul van Tongeren
    B 3318 N54 T6613 2018
    This book is a thorough study of Nietzsche's thoughts on nihilism, the history of the concept, the different ways in which he tries to explain his ideas on nihilism, the way these ideas were received in the 20th century, and, ultimately, what these ideas should mean to us. It begins with an exploration of how we can understand the strange situation that Nietzsche, about 130 years ago, predicted that nihilism would break through one or two centuries from then, and why, despite the philosopher describing it as the greatest catastrophe that could befall humankind, we hardly seem to be aware of it, let alone be frightened by it.The book shows that most of us are still living within the old frameworks of faith, and, therefore, can hardly imagine what it would mean if the idea of God (as the summit and summary of all our epistemic, moral, and esthetic beliefs) would become unbelievable. The comfortable situation in which we live allows us to conceive of such a possibility in a rather harmless way: while distancing ourselves from explicit religiosity, we still maintain the old framework in our scientific and humanistic ideals. This book highlights that contemporary science and humanism are not alternatives to, but rather variations of the old metaphysical and Christian faith. The inconceivability of real nihilism is elaborated by showing that people either do not take it seriously enough to feel its threat, or - when it is considered properly - suffer from the threat, and by this very suffering prove to be attached to the old nihilistic structures.Because of this paradoxical situation, this text suggests that the literary imagination might bring us closer to the experience of nihilism than philosophy ever could. This is further elaborated with the help of a novel by Juli Zeh and a play by Samuel Beckett. In the final chapter of the book, Nietzsche's life and philosophy are themselves interpreted as a kind of literary metaphorical presentation of the answer to the question of how to live in an age of nihilism.

  • When wisdom calls : philosophical protreptic in Antiquity / edited by Olga Alieva, Annemaré Kotzé, Sophie Van der Meeren
    B 162.9 W44 2018
    Philosophy has never been an obvious life choice, especially in the absence of apparent practical usefulness. The intellectual effort and moral discipline it exacts appeared uninviting from the outside. However, the philosophical ideals of theoretical precision and living virtuously are what has shaped the cultural landscape of the West since Antiquity. This paradox arose because the ancients never confined their philosophy to the systematic exposition of doctrine. Orations, treatises, dialogues and letters aimed at persuading people to become lovers of wisdom, not metaphorically, but truly and passionately. Rhetorical feats, logical intricacies, or mystical experience served to recruit adherents, to promote and defend philosophy, to support adherents and guide them towards their goal. Protreptic (from the Greek, to exhort, to convert) was the literary form that served all these functions. Content and mode of expression varied considerably when targeting classical Greek aristocracy, Hellenistic schoolrooms or members of the early Church where the tradition of protreptic was soon appropriated. This volume seeks to illuminate both the diversity and the continuity of protreptic in the work of a wide range of authors, from Parmenides to Augustine. The persistence of the literary form bears witness to a continued fascination with the call of wisdom.

  • Isaiah Berlin and the enlightenment / edited by Laurence Brockliss and Ritchie Robertson
    B 1618 B454I73 2016
    Isaiah Berlin (1909-97) was recognized as Britain's most distinguished historian of ideas. Many of his essays discussed thinkers of what this book calls the "long Enlightenment" (from Vico in the eighteenth century to Marx and Mill in the nineteenth, with Machiavelli as a precursor). Yet he isparticularly associated with the concept of the "Counter-Enlightenment", comprising those thinkers (Herder, Hamann, and even Kant) who in Berlin's view reacted against the Enlightenment's naive rationalism, scientism and progressivism, its assumption that human beings were basically homogeneous andcould be rendered happy by the remorseless application of scientific reason. Berlin's "Counter-Enlightenment" has received critical attention, but no-one has yet analysed the understanding of the Enlightenment on which it rests.Isaiah Berlin and the Enlightenment explores the development of Berlin's conception of the Enlightenment, noting its curious narrowness, its ambivalence, and its indebtedness to a specific German intellectual tradition. Contributors to the book examine his comments on individual writers, showing howthey were inflected by his questionable assumptions, and arguing that some of the writers he assigned to the "Counter-Enlightenment" have closer affinities to the Enlightenment than he recognized. By locating Berlin in the history of Enlightenment studies, this book also makes a contribution todefining the historical place of his work and to evaluating his intellectual legacy.

  • Irony and idealism : rereading Schlegel, Hegel and Kierkegaard / Fred Rush
    B 823 R87 2016
    Irony and Idealism investigates the historical and conceptual structure of the development of a philosophically distinctive conception of irony in early- to mid-nineteenth century European philosophy. The principal figures treated are the romantic thinkers Friedrich Schlegel and Novalis,Hegel, and Kierkegaard. Fred Rush argues that the development of philosophical irony in this historical period is best understood as providing a way forward in philosophy in the wake of Kant and Jacobi that is discrete from, and many times opposed to, German idealism.Irony and Idealism argues, against the grain of received opinion, that among the German romantics Schlegel's conception of irony is superior to similar ideas found in Novalis. It also presents a sustained argument showing that historical reconsideration of Schlegel has been hampered by contestableHegelian assumptions concerning the conceptual viability of romantic irony and by the misinterpretation of what the romantics mean by "the absolute." Rush argues that this is primarily a social-ontological term and not, as is often supposed, a metaphysical concept. Kierkegaard, although critical ofthe romantic conception, deploys his own adaptation of it in his criticism of Hegel, continuing, and in a way completing, the arc of irony through nineteenth-century philosophy.The book concludes by offering suggestions meant to guide contemporary reconsideration of Schlegel's and Kierkegaard's views on the philosophical significance of irony.

  • La moïeutique de Cioran : l'expansion et la dissolution du moi dans l'écriture / Mihaela-Gențiana Stănișor
    B 2430 C5254S73 2018
    A bilingual writer, Cioran developed two distinct bodies of work, each expressing in its own way his two homelands and his two identities. He emphasized two topoi: Romania - the site of disaster - and France - a space of Otherness. He sketched portraits of being - freed from, as well as constrained by, the word.

  • The works of Orestes A. Brownson / collected and arranged by Henry F. Brownson
    B 908 B6 1882
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