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Items in Philosophy, Psychology or Religion that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 30 days.


  • Essentials of psychological testing / Susana Urbina
    BF 176 U73 2014

    An easy-to-understand overview of the key concepts of psychological testing

    Fully updated and revised, the second edition of Essentials of Psychological Testing surveys the basic principles of psychometrics, succinctly presents the information needed to understand and evaluate tests, and introduces readers to the major contemporary reference works in the field.

    This engaging, practical overview of the most relevant psychometric concepts and techniques provides the foundation necessary for advanced study in the field of psychological assessment. Each clear, well-organized chapter includes new examples and references, featuring callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as ?Test Yourself? questions that help gauge and reinforce readers? grasp of the information covered. The author's extensive experience and deep understanding of the concepts presented are evident throughout the book, particularly when readers are reminded that tests are tools and that, like all tools, they have limitations.

    Starting with a basic introduction to psychological tests, their historical development, and their uses, the book also covers the statistical procedures most frequently used in testing, the frames of reference for score interpretation, reliability, validity and test item considerations, as well as the latest guidelines for test selection, administration, scoring and reporting test results. Whether as an orientation for those new to the field, a refresher for those already acquainted with it, or as reference for seasoned clinicians, this book is an invaluable resource.

    SUSANA URBINA, PHD , is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of North Florida, where she taught courses in psychological testing and assessment. A Diplomate of the American Board of Assessment Psychology and a licensed psychologist, Dr. Urbina practiced in the field of psychological assessment for over a decade. She coauthored the seventh edition of Psychological Testing with Anne Anastasi and has published numerous articles and reviews in the area of psychological testing.


  • The other side of language : a philosophy of listening / Gemma Corradi Fiumara
    B 105 L54C6713 1995
    We are inhabitants of a culture that knows how to speak but not how to listen. Against a tradition that has endorsed the power of discourse, where warring monologues are mistaken for genuine dialogue, Gemma Corradi Fiumara examines and reveals the other side of language - listening.

  • The straight mind in Corinth : queer readings across 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 / Gillian Townsley
    BS 2545 H63 T68 2017

    Despite its lack of both historical and exegetical clarity, 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 has often been fundamental to understandings of gender and sexuality in many Christian traditions. In particular, a hierarchical model of gender and a heterosexual model of sexuality tend to dominate and are presented as "natural" and "God-ordained." With the materialist lesbian theory of Monique Wittig providing the theoretical basis for discussion, this book intersects various biblical, theological, and queer lines of inquiry across 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 in order to reveal and challenge these models of gender and sexuality that lie behind both the text itself and its various interpretations.


  • Writing philosophy : a guide for Canadian students / Lewis Vaughn & Jillian Scott McIntosh
    B 52.7 V38 2012
    This concise manual deftly guides students through the process of writing argumentative, exegetical, and expository essays. With a clear and engaging style, this second Canadian edition incorporates samples of student writing and an abundance of examples carefully chosen to resonate withpost-secondary students, making it the ideal resource for any philosophy course.

  • A sociology of spirituality / edited by Kieran Flanagan [and] Peter C. Jupp
    BL 60 S6285 2016eb
    The emergence of spirituality in contemporary culture in holistic forms suggests that organised religions have failed. This thesis is explored and disputed in this book in ways that mark important critical divisions. This is the first collection of essays to assess the significance of spirituality in the sociology of religion. The authors explore the relationship of spirituality to the visual, individualism, gender, identity politics, education and cultural capital. The relationship between secularisation and spirituality is examined and consideration is given to the significance of Simmel in relation to a sociology of spirituality. Problems of defining spirituality are debated with reference to its expression in the UK, the USA, France and Holland. This timely, original and well structured volume provides undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers with a scholarly appraisal of a phenomenon that can only increase in sociological significance.

  • Afflictions Steps Toward a Visual Psychological Anthropology
    BF121

  • Personality in Nonhuman Animals
    BF121

  • The Life and Creative Works of Paulo Coelho A Psychobiography from a Positive Psychology Perspective
    BF121

  • Creating Organizational Value through Dialogical Leadership : Boiling Rice in Still Water
    BF121

  • The happy mind: cognitive contributions to well-being / edited by Michael D. Robinson, Michael Eid
    BF204.6

  • Validating psychological constructs historical, philosophical, and practical dimensions / Kathleen Slaney
    BF76.6.S56

  • From methodology to methods in human psychology / Jaan Valsiner ; with commentaries from Nandita Chaudhary and Gerhard Benetka
    BF38.5

  • Resistance in everyday life constructing cultural experiences / Nandita Chaudhary, Pernille Hviid, Giuseppina Marsico, Jakob Waag Villadsen, editors
    B105.R47

  • Mindfulness and meditation for adolescents : practices and programs / Betsy L. Wisner
    BF 637 M56 W57 2017eb

  • Real leaders negotiate! : gaining, using, and keeping the power to lead through negotiation / Jeswald W. Salacuse
    BF637.N4

  • Perezhivanie, emotions and subjectivity advancing Vygotsky's legacy / Marilyn Fleer, Fernando González Rey, Nikolai Veresov, editors
    BF 109 V95 P47 2017eb

  • The pedagogy of compassion at the heart of higher education / Paul Gibbs, editor
    B105.C467

  • Sectarianism and Orestes Brownson in the American Religious Marketplace
    B 908 B64 C67 2017eb

  • Religion and racial progress in twentieth-century Britain Bishop Barnes of Birmingham / Patrick T. Merricks
    BT734.2

  • The bleak political implications of Socratic religion / Shadia B. Drury
    B318.R45

  • Political and religious identities of British evangelicals / Andrea C. Hatcher
    BR 115 P7 H363 2017eb

  • State, nationalism, and Islamization : historical analysis of Turkey and Pakistan / Raja M. Ali Saleem
    BP173.7

  • Muslims, money, and democracy in Turkey reluctant capitalists / Özlem Madi-Sisman
    BP 190.5 C37 M33 2017eb

  • Reformation and development in the Muslim world : Islamicity indices as benchmark / Hossein Askari, Hossein Mohammadkhan, Liza Mydin
    BP173.25

  • Over the human post-humanism and the concept of animal epiphany / Roberto Marchesini
    B 105 A55 M37 2017eb

  • Religion and humor as emancipating provinces of meaning Michael Barber
    B829.5

  • The significance of the Lvov-Warsaw school in the European culture Anna Bro̊zek, Friedrich Stadler, Jan Woneński, editors
    B4689

  • Christianity, plasticity, and spectral heritages Victor E. Taylor
    BT 198 T39 2017eb

  • The Non-reificatory Approach to Belief
    BD418.3

  • Subjectivity and truth : lectures at the Collége de France, 1980-1981 / Michel Foucault ; edited by Frédéric Gros ; general editors, François Ewald and Alessandro Fontana ; translated by Graham Burchell
    B 2430 F723 S83 2017eb

    "The working hypothesis is this:  it is true that sexuality as experience is obviously not independent of codes and systems of prohibitions, but it needs to be recalled straightaway that these codes are astonishingly stable, continuous, and slow to change.  It needs to be recalled also that the way in which they are observed or transgressed also seems to be very stable and very repetitive. On the other hand, the point of historical mobility, what no doubt change most often, what are most fragile, are modalities of experience."

    - Michel Foucault 

    In 1981 Foucault delivered a course of lectures which marked a decisive reorientation in his thought and of the project of a History of Sexuality outlined in 1976.  It was in these lectures that arts of living became the focal point around which he developed a new way of thinking about subjectivity.  It was also the moment when Foucault problematized a conception of ethics understood as the patient elaboration of a relationship of self to self.  It was the study of the sexual experience of the Ancients that made these new conceptual developments possible.  Within this framework, Foucault examined medical writings, tracts on marriage, the philosophy of love, or the prognostic value of erotic dreams, for evidence of a structuration of the subject in his relationship to pleasures ( aphrodisia ) which is prior to the modern construction of a science of sexuality as well as to the Christian fearful obsession with the flesh.  What was actually at stake was establishing that the imposition of a scrupulous and interminable hermeneutics of desire was the invention of Christianity.  But to do this it was necessary to establish the irreducible specificity of ancient techniques of self.

    In these lectures, which clearly foreshadow The Use of Pleasures and The Care of Self , Foucault examines the Greek subordination of gender differences to the primacy of an opposition between active and passive, as well as the development by Imperial stoicism of a model of the conjugal bond which advocates unwavering fidelity and shared feelings and which leads to the disqualification of homosexuality.

  • A Shamanic pneumatology in a mystical age of sacred sustainability : the spirit of the sacred Earth / Jojo M. Fung ; preface by Peter C. Phan
    BL2370.S5

  • Esther in early modern Iberia and the Sephardic Diaspora : queen of the conversas / Emily Colbert Cairns
    BS580.E8

  • Value reasoning : on the pragmatic rationality of evaluation / Nicholas Rescher
    B832

  • Gadamer on tradition : historical context and the limits of reflection / Anders Odenstedt
    B3248.G34

  • China's last Jesuit : Charles J. McCarthy and the end of the mission in Catholic Shanghai / Amanda C.R. Clark
    BV3427.C37

  • Religious genius appreciating inspiring individuals across traditions / Alon Goshen-Gottstein
    BL 85 G67 2017eb

  • The aesthetics of dress / Ian W. King
    B 105 B64 K56 2017eb

  • Young people's perspectives on end-of life death,culture and the everyday / Sarah Coombs
    BD444

  • Sound poetics : interaction and personal identity / Sean Street
    B105.S59

  • Muslim communities in England 1962-90 multiculturalism and political identity / Jed Fazakarley
    BP65.G7

  • Identity revisited and reimagined : empirical and theoretical contributions on embodied communication across time and space / Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, Aase Lyngvær Hansen, Julie Feilberg, editors
    BD236

  • Discourses of religion and secularism in religious education classrooms / Karin Kittelmann Flensner
    BV1470.S8

  • Sociology, science, and the end of philosophy : how society shapes brains, gods, maths, and logics / Sal Restivo
    B791

  • New religions and state's response to religious diversification in contemporary Vietnam : tensions from the reinvention of the sacred / Chung Van Hoang
    BL65.S8

  • Identity in adolescence : the balance between self and other / Jan Kroger
    BF 724.3 I3 K76 2004eb

    Fully updated to include the most recent research and theoretical developments in the field, the third edition of Identity in Adolescence examines the two way interaction of individual and social context in the process of identity formation. Setting the developmental tradition in context, Jane Kroger begins by providing a brief overview of the theoretical approaches to adolescent identity formation currently in use. This is followed by a discussion of five developmental models which reflect a range of attempts from the oldest to among the most recent efforts to describe this process and include the work of Erik Erikson, Peter Blos, Lawrence Kohlberg, Jane Loevinger, and Robert Kegan. Although focussing on each theorist in turn, this volume also goes on to compare and integrate the varied theoretical models and research findings and sets out some of the practical implications for social response to adolescents. Different social and cultural conditions and their effect on the identity formation process are also covered as are contemporary contextual, narrative, and postmodern approaches to understanding and researching identity issues. The book is ideal reading for students of adolescence, identity and developmental psychology.

     


  • Religion and psychology : mapping the terrain : contemporary dialogues, future prospects / edited by Diane Jonte-Pace and William B. Parsons
    BF 51 R45 2001eb
    Religion and Psychology is a thorough and incisive survey of the current relationship between religion and psychology from the leading scholars in the field. This is an essential resource for students and researchers in the area of psychology of religion. Issues addressed are:
    * The Psychology-Theology Dialogue
    * The Psychology-Comparativist Dialogue
    * Psychology, Religion and Gender Studies
    * Psychology "as" Religion
    * Social Scientific Approaches to the Psychology of Religion
    * The Empirical Approach
    * International Perspectives

  • Athanasius : the coherence of his thought / Khaled Anatolios
    BR 1720 A7 A74 1998
    In this volume, Khaled Anatolios presents a comprehensive study of Saint Athanasius, one of the most influential figures in the development of Christian doctrine. He analyzes the coherence of Athanasius' theology by relating the various aspects of his doctrine - God, creation, theological anthropology, Christology and redemption, and the life of grace - to a pervasive emphasis on the radical distinction, and simultaneous relation, between God and world. Athanasius: The Coherence of his Thought provides a systematic account of the overall inner logic of the Athanasian vision. It shows how the various aspects of his doctrine are mutually related and in so doing elucidates the complexities both of Athanasian thought and Christian doctrine in general.

  • The Routledge guidebook to Hegel's Phenomenology of spirit / Robert Stern
    B 2929 S65 2013

    The Phenomenology of Spirit is arguably Hegel#65533;s most influential and important work, and is considered to be essential in understanding Hegel#65533;s philosophical system and his contribution to western philosophy. The Routledge Guidebook to Hegel#65533;s Phenomenology of Spirit introduces the major themes in Hegel#65533;s great book and aids the reader in understanding this key work, examining:

    The context of Hegel#65533;s thought and the background to his writing Each separate part of the text in relation to its goals, meaning and significance The reception the book has received since its publication The relevance of Hegel#65533;s ideas to modern philosophy

    With a helpful introductory overview of the text, end of chapter summaries and further reading included throughout, this text is essential reading for all students of philosophy, and all those wishing to get to grips with Hegel#65533;s contribution to our intellectual world.


  • The cheese and the worms : the cosmos of a sixteenth-century miller / Carlo Ginzburg, with a new preface ; translated by John and Anne C. Tedeschi
    BR 877 F74 G5613 2013

    The Cheese and the Worms is an incisive study of popular culture in the sixteenth century as seen through the eyes of one man, the miller known as Menocchio, who was accused of heresy during the Inquisition and sentenced to death. Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records to illustrate the religious and social conflicts of the society Menocchio lived in.

    For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. In his trial testimony he made references to more than a dozen books, including the Bible, Boccaccio's Decameron , Mandeville's Travels , and a "mysterious" book that may have been the Koran. And what he read he recast in terms familiar to him, as in his own version of the creation: "All was chaos, that is earth, air, water, and fire were mixed together; and of that bulk a mass formed--just as cheese is made out of milk--and worms appeared in it, and these were the angels."

    Ginzburg's influential book has been widely regarded as an early example of the analytic, case-oriented approach known as microhistory. In a thoughtful new preface, Ginzburg offers his own corollary to Menocchio's story as he considers the discrepancy between the intentions of the writer and what gets written. The Italian miller's story and Ginzburg's work continue to resonate with modern readers because they focus on how oral and written culture are inextricably linked. Menocchio's 500-year-old challenge to authority remains evocative and vital today.


  • Clear thinking in a blurry world / Tim Kenyon
    B 809.2 K36 2008
    A ground-up Canadian text, Clear Thinking in a Blurry World offers a new way of examining the discipline of critical thinking. This text focuses on critical thinking as it applies to philosophy and cognition, rather than the typical 'formal logic lite' approach.

    Clear Thinking in a Blurry World includes many practical sections that are not commonly found in books in this market--material on numeracy and statistical analysis. Through this text, students will examine sources of information--from social exchanges, to science, to mainstream media--in detail, as well as the cognitive and social psychology of biases.

    This text aims directly at teaching, or beginning to teach, a broad set of knowledge, skills, and habits properly called critical reasoning faculties. Students using this text will enhance their ability to:

    -recognize and classify reliable and unreliable forms of reasoning

    -understand reasoning about evidence, including some central concepts of statistics and probability

    -anticipate the cognitive and social factors that make us susceptible to particular reasoning errors

    -critically examine science--and popular conceptions of science--in relation to the problem of how to believe reasonable things

    -examine the media and other main sources of information about the world to see how they might be unreliable, and under what circumstances


  • The thought of the heart ; and, The soul of the world / James Hillman
    BF 175.5 A72 H55 1992
    Two groundbreaking essays, "The Thought of the Heart" and "Anima Mundi: The Return of the Soul to the World," by James Hillman that launched Archetypal Psychology and began the renaissance of a psychology that returns psychic reality to the world. Following Marsilio Ficino, who was the first to place the soul in the center of his vision, Hillman argues for a psychology that reflects the world it works in.

  • Lifespan development / Denise Boyd, Paul Johnson, Helen Bee
    BF 713 B437 2018
    Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; REVEL does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with REVEL, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.
    Lifespan Development, 6ce provides strong applications, and integrated learning objectives and assessment. Students who want to know "What does current research say?" and "Why is this important?" will appreciate both the applied nature of this text and the clarity and rigor of the authors' presentation of current research. An exceptional pedagogical package that ties the textbook to online REVEL study tools complements the student-centered approach of the book and offers students the benefit of frequent self-assessment.

  • Earth and world : philosophy after the Apollo missions / Kelly Oliver
    B 805 O46 2015
    Critically engaging the work of Immanuel Kant, Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, and Jacques Derrida together with her own observations on contemporary politics, environmental degradation, and the pursuit of a just and sustainable world, Kelly Oliver lays the groundwork for a politics and ethics that embraces otherness without exploiting difference. Rooted firmly in human beings' relationship to the planet and to each other, Oliver shows peace is possible only if we maintain our ties to earth and world.

    Oliver begins with Immanuel Kant and his vision of politics grounded on earth as a finite surface shared by humans. She then incorporates Hannah Arendt's belief in plural worlds constituted through human relationships; Martin Heidegger's warning that alienation from the Earth endangers not only politics but also the very essence of being human; and Jacques Derrida's meditations on the singular worlds individuals, human and otherwise, create and how they inform the reality we inhabit. Each of these theorists, Oliver argues, resists the easy idealism of world citizenship and globalism, yet they all think about the earth against the globe to advance a grounded ethics. They contribute to a philosophy that avoids globalization's totalizing and homogenizing impulses and instead help build a framework for living within and among the world's rich biodiversity.

  • Resilience in childhood : perspectives, promise & practice / Erica Joslyn
    BF 723 R46 J674 2016eb

  • Assembling Shinto : Buddhist approaches to kami worship in medieval Japan / Anna Andreeva
    BL 2226 A53 2017

    During the late twelfth to fourteenth centuries, several precursors of what is now commonly known as Shinto came together for the first time. By focusing on Mt. Miwa in present-day Nara Prefecture and examining the worship of indigenous deities ( kami ) that emerged in its proximity, this book serves as a case study of the key stages of "assemblage" through which this formative process took shape. Previously unknown rituals, texts, and icons featuring kami, all of which were invented in medieval Japan under the strong influence of esoteric Buddhism, are evaluated using evidence from local and translocal ritual and pilgrimage networks, changing land ownership patterns, and a range of religious ideas and practices. These stages illuminate the medieval pedigree of Ryōbu Shintō (kami ritual worship based loosely on esoteric Buddhism's Two Mandalas), a major precursor to modern Shinto.

    In analyzing the key mechanisms for "assembling" medieval forms of kami worship, Andreeva challenges the twentieth-century master narrative of Shinto as an unbroken, monolithic tradition. By studying how and why groups of religious practitioners affiliated with different cultic sites and religious institutions responded to esoteric Buddhism's teachings, this book demonstrates that kami worship in medieval Japan was a result of complex negotiations.


  • Identity : the real me / Homi Bhabha [and others]
    BF 697 I353 1987

  • Russia and Its Islamic world : from the Mongol conquest to the Syrian military intervention / Robert Service
    BP 65 R8 S457 2017
    Russia has long played an influential part in its world of Islam, and not all the dimensions are as widely understood as they ought to be. In Russia and Its Islamic World, Robert Service examines Russia's interactions with Islam at home and around the globe and pinpoints the tsarist and Soviet legacy, current complications, and future possibilities. The author details how the Russian encounter with Islam was close and problematic long before the twenty-first century and how Russia has recently chosen to interfere in Muslim states of the Middle East, building alliances and making enemies. Service reveals how some features of the present-day relationship continue past policies; others are starkly and perilously different, making the current moment in global affairs dangerous for both Russians and the rest of us. He describes how the Kremlin dominates Muslims in the Russian Federation, exerts a deep influence on the Muslim-inhabited states on Russia's southern frontiers, and has lunged militarily and politically into the Middle East. Foreign Muslims, he shows, do not value the leadership in Moscow except as a means to an end; Putin's pose as a friend of the Islamic world is no more than a pose--and a hypocritical one at that.

  • Liturgy and power / Brian P. Flanagan and Johann M. Vento, editors
    BX 1970 C654 2016
    Original essays on liturgical practice and ecclesial structures, liturgy in the relation of the church and the world, and the liturgy in relation to God and God's power. Book jacket.

  • Exposition of the Apocalypse / Tyconius ; translated by Francis X. Gumerlock (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs) ; with introduction and notes by David C. Robinson (Westminster Chapel, Toronto)
    BS 2825 T54513 2017
    The Exposition of the Apocalypse by Tyconius of Carthage (fl. 380) was pivotal in the history of interpretation of the Book of Revelation. While expositors of the second and third centuries viewed the Apocalypse of John, or Book of Revelation, as mainly about the time of Antichrist and the end of the world, in the late fourth century Tyconius interpreted John's visions as figurative of the struggles facing the Church throughout the entire period between the Incarnation and the Second Coming of Christ. Tyconius's "ecclesiastical" reading of the Apocalypse was highly regarded by early medieval commentators like Caesarius of Arles, Primasius of Hadrumetum, Bede, and Beatus of Liebana, who often quoted from Tyconius's Exposition in their own Apocalypse commentaries. Unfortunately no complete manuscript of the Exposition by Tyconius has survived. A number of recent scholars, however, believed that a large portion of his Exposition could be reconstructed from citations of it in the aforementioned early medieval writers; and this task was undertaken by Monsignor Roger Gryson. Gryson's edition, a reconstruction of the Expositio Apocalypseos of Tyconius, was published in 2011 in Corpus Christianorum Series Latina. The present translation of that reconstructed text, with introduction and notes, exhibits Tyconius's unique non-apocalyptic approach to the Book of Revelation. It also shows that throughout the Exposition Tyconius made use of interpretive rules that he had laid out in an earlier work on hermeneutics, the Book of Rules, strongly suggesting that Tyconius wrote his Exposition as a companion to his Book of Rules. Thus, the Exposition served as an exemplar of how those rules would apply to interpretation of even the most intriguing of biblical texts, the Apocalypse.

  • Reformation : a global perspective / edited by Marie-Theres Wacker, Felix Wilfred, Andrés Torres Queiruga
    BR 309 R368 2017

  • Minorities / edited by Daniel Franklin Pilario, Susan Ross and Solange Lefebvre
    BV 639 M56 M56 2017

  • History of the church / Rufinus of Aquileia ; translated by Philip R. Amidon, SJ, Creighton University
    BR 160 E5 E5 2016
    Rufinus of Aquileia's History of the Church, published in e402 or 403, is a translation and continuation of that of Eusebius of Caesarea. Eusebius's history tells the story of Christianity from its beginning down to the year 325 Rufinus carries the story forward to 395, the year of the death of Theodosius I. Rufinus demonstrates both a superb understanding of Eusebius's text and a tendency to translate it freely or even to misrepresent it when he judges that it does not do justice to the unity of faith and order which he is convinced is an essential element of the church's constitution. He excises and rewrites passages liberally, but he retains in his translation Eusebius's revolutionary citation of sources, a historiographical method which would eventually prove so fruitful in the literature of the Latin church.

    Despite the changes he felt he had to make in his translation, he was deeply influenced by Eusebius's original when he composed his continuation. Just as Eusebius begins with a statement of Christian faith and a demonstration of its existence beyond the bounds of the Roman empire, continues with the story of its mission, persecution, divisions, and salvation despite its deprivation and suffering, and concludes with its secure establishment by the devout emperor Constantine, so Rufinuscontinues the story with the statement of faith of the Council of Nicaea, the account of its spread outside the Roman empire, the divisions and persecutions it su ered in his own time, and finally the victory over paganism of the orthodox emperor Theodosius.

    Rufinus's history was an immediate success. It was the first Latin Christian history, and as such it exerted great influence over his own generation and for a thousand years thereaYer when the general ignorance of Greek in the Latin church made Eusebius's original practically unavailable to it.

  • Contesting religious identities : transformations, disseminations, and mediations / edited by Bob Becking, Anne-Marie Korte and Lucien van Liere
    BL 53 C6537 2017
    Religion is a hot topic on the public stages of 'secular' societies, not in its individualized liberal or orthodox form, but rather as a public statement, challenging the divide between the secular neutral space and the religious. In this new challenging modus, religion raises questions about identity, power, rationality, subjectivity, law and safety, but above all: religion questions, contests and even blurs the borders between the public and the private. These phenomena urge to rethink what are often considered to be clear differences between religions, between the public and the private and between the religious and the secular. In this volume scholars from a range of different disciplines map the different aspects of the dynamics of changing, contesting and contested religious identities.

  • Diverse cultural and religious ways of thinking : a dialogue / edited by Thierry-Marie Courau and Carlos Mendoz-Álvarez
    BL 65 C8 D58 2017

  • Consecration rituals in South Asia / edited by István Keul
    BL 603 C65 2017
    The essays in the volume Consecration Rituals in South Asia address the ritual procedures that accompany the installation of temple images in Shaiva, Vaishnava, Buddhist and Jain contexts, in various traditions and historical periods. Through the performance of complex rites designated with the term pranapratishtha (establishment of, or infusion with, life), man-made sculptures are ritually transformed into (receptacles of) deities. The collection is thematically and methodically broad, with a large number of detailed textual studies, but also with ethnographic contributions that discuss contemporary instances of consecration rituals. Among the overarching themes are issues related to historical continuity and change, as well as transformational moments in such rituals. Contributors are: Marie-Luce Barazer-Billoret, Marzenna Czerniak-Drożdżowicz, Ronald M. Davidson, Shingo Einoo, Marko Geslani, Dominic Goodall, Ellen Gough, Istvan Keul, Elisabeth Raddock, S.A.S Sarma, Anna A. Ślączka, Annette Wilke.

  • Golem : modern wars and their monsters / Maya Barzilai
    BM 531 B37 2016

    Honorable Mention, 2016 Baron Book Prize presented by AAJR
    A monster tour of the Golem narrative acrossvarious cultural and historical landscapes

    In the 1910s and 1920s, a "golem cult" swept across Europe and the U.S., later surfacing in Israel. Why did this story of a powerful clay monster molded and animated by a rabbi to protect his community become so popular and pervasive? The golem has appeared in a remarkable range of popular media: from the Yiddish theater to American comic books, from German silent film to Quentin Tarantino movies. This book showcases how the golem was remolded, throughout the war-torn twentieth century, as a muscular protector, injured combatant, and even murderous avenger. This evolution of the golem narrative is made comprehensible by, and also helps us to better understand, one of the defining aspects of the last one hundred years: mass warfare and its ancillary technologies.

    In the twentieth century the golem became a figure of war. It represented the chaos of warfare, the automation of war technologies, and the devastation wrought upon soldiers' bodies and psyches. Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters draws on some of the most popular and significant renditions of this story in order to unravel the paradoxical coincidence of wartime destruction and the fantasy of artificial creation. Due to its aggressive and rebellious sides, the golem became a means for reflection about how technological progress has altered human lives, as well as an avenue for experimentation with the media and art forms capable of expressing the monstrosity of war.

    New Books Network interview with Maya Barzilai on Golem

  • Memory / Alan Baddeley, Michael W. Eysenck, and Michael C. Anderson
    BF 371 B227 2015

    This best-selling textbook presents a comprehensive and accessible overview of the study of memory. Written by three of the world's leading researchers in the field, it contains everything the student needs to know about the scientific approach to memory and its applications.

    Each chapter of the book is written by one of the three authors, an approach which takes full advantage of their individual expertise and style, creating a more personal and accessible text. This enhances students' enjoyment of the book, allowing them to share the authors' own fascination with human memory. The book also draws on a wealth of real-world examples throughout, showing students exactly how they can relate science to their everyday experiences of memory.

    Key features of this edition:

    Thoroughly revised throughout to include the latest research and updated coverage of key ideas and models A brand new chapter on Memory and the Brain, designed to give students a solid understanding of methods being used to study the relationship between memory and the brain, as well as the neurobiological basis of memory Additional pedagogical features to help students engage with the material, including many 'try this' demonstrations, points for discussion, and bullet-pointed chapter summaries

    The book is supported by a companion website featuring extensive online resources for students and lecturers.


  • Treatise on the soul / John Blund ; edited by D.A. Callus & R.W. Hunt ; with a new introduction and English translation by Michael W. Dunne
    B 765 B663 T743 2013
    Since the publication of the edition of John Blund's Tractatus de anima by the British Academy in 1970 there has been widespread acceptance of the importance of this text for the history of thought. Blund (ca. 1175-1248) was probably one of the first commentators on the libri naturales atParis before the prohibition of 1210, and later introduced them to Oxford. Indeed, apart from the prohibitions of 1210 and 1215, the De anima of Blund is the one text which sheds light on the first reception of Aristotle at Paris. The text was probably composed at Paris, before 1204. Blund taught arts at Paris ca. 1200-1205, then at Oxford towards 1207-1209. He returned to study theology at Paris during the interdict (1208-1214) and the contemporaneous suspension of the schools at Oxford (1209-1214). He was regent in theology at Paris for twelve years, and taught theology atOxford after 1229.With the Tractatus a whole area of philosophical speculation - namely Greek and Arabic psychology - arrived at Oxford, where it would continue to grow and be debated throughout the century. Blund did not know Averroes but he reflects the state of Latin Aristotelianism during the first third of thethirteenth century. Like his contemporaries Blund regarded the De anima of Avicenna as a commentary on Aristotle; indeed they found it clearer than the text of Aristotle and were guided by it. Blund is faithful to Aristotle and to Avicenna, rejecting, for example, the binarium famosissimum drawnfrom the Fons vitae of Avicebron. In expounding the doctrine of Aristotle and following the plan laid out by Avicenna, he considers the arguments for and against before offering his own reasoned position in the solutio. He defends the role of the philosopher as considering the nature of the soul andas distinct from theological considerations.This new English translation makes available this important text to a wider audience of scholars interested in philosophy, theology, medieval history and the history of science and psychology. Students who are learning medieval Latin will be able to follow the original Latin with the help of theparallel translation and text notes.

  • Deep diversity : overcoming us vs. them / Shakil Choudhury
    BF 575 P9 C46 2015

  • A step along the way : models of Christian service / Stephen J. Pope
    BV 4509.5 P645 2015
    This book is especially written for young people who want to understand more about what service means in Christian perspective. It is addressed to people whose experience in service has led them to want to think more clearly and deliberately about its meaning and significance, especially in religious terms. It presumes a genuine interest in--but not necessarily a strong commitment to--Christianity. It regards Christianity neither as a moral code nor theory of the world nor religious special-interest group, but as a way of life that centers on Jesus Christ. Christians are known for following a Master who taught us to regard our lives as called to loving service of one another and the wider world. Yet we find it difficult to talk about the connection between Christian faith and service, or at least to talk about it in nuanced and complex ways. This book has been written to help overcome the gap between our language and our experience.

  • A cultural history of Japanese Buddhism / William E. Deal and Brian Ruppert
    BQ 678 D43 2015

    A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism offers a comprehensive, nuanced, and chronological account of the evolution of Buddhist religion in Japan from the sixth century to the present day.

    Traces each period of Japanese history to reveal the complex and often controversial histories of Japanese Buddhists and their unfolding narratives Examines relevant social, political, and transcultural contexts, and places an emphasis on Japanese Buddhist discourses and material culture Addresses the increasing competition between Buddhist, Shinto, and Neo-Confucian world-views through to the mid-nineteenth century Informed by the most recent research, including the latest Japanese and Western scholarship Illustrates the richness and complexity of Japanese Buddhism as a lived religion, offering readers a glimpse into the development of this complex and often misunderstood tradition

  • Shinto : a history / Helen Hardacre
    BL 2218 H37 2017
    Distinguished scholar of Japanese religion and culture Helen Hardacre offers the first comprehensive history of Shinto, the ancient and still vibrant tradition whose colorful rituals are practiced by some 80% of the Japanese people. Under the ideal of Shinto, a divinely descended emperorgoverns through rituals offered to deities called Kami. These rituals are practiced in innumerable shrines across the realm, so that local rites mirror the monarch's ceremonies. Through this theatre of state, it is thought, the human, natural, and supernatural worlds will align in harmony andprosper. Often called "the indigenous religion of Japan," Shinto's institutions, rituals, and symbols are omnipresent throughout the island nation. But, perhaps surprisingly, both its religiosity and its Japanese origins have been questioned. Hardacre investigates the claims about Shinto as the embodiment ofindigenous tradition, and about its rightful place in the public realm. Shinto has often been represented in the West as the engine that drove Japanese military aggression. To this day, it is considered provocative for members of the government to visit the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which honors theJapanese war dead, and this features as a source of strain in Japan's relations with China and Korea. This is a debated issue in Japanese national politics and reliably attracts intensive media coverage. Hardacre contends, controversially, that it was the Allied Occupation that created thisstereotype of Shinto as the religion of war, when in fact virtually all branches of Japanese religions were cheerleaders for the war and imperialism.The history and nature of Shinto are subjects of vital importance for understanding contemporary Japan, its politics, its international relations, and its society. Hardacre's magisterial work will stand as the definitive reference for years to come.

  • Christian life in the world / volume editor, Hans J. Hillerbrand ; general editors, Hans J. Hillerbrand, Kirsi I. Stjerna, Timothy J. Wengert
    BR 331 E5 2017b

  • The Nag Hammadi scriptures / edited by Marvin Meyer ; with contributions by Wolf-Peter Funk [and others]
    BT 1391 A3 2007

    The Definitive Collection of Gnostic Writings

    The year is 1945. At the foot of a cliff along the Nile River, near the city of Nag Hammadi, an Egyptian peasant unearths a large storage jar containing ancient manuscripts. The discovery turns out to be one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the past century. A treasure of fourth-century texts, the manuscripts are the scriptures of the ancient mystical tradition commonly called Gnosticism, from the Greek gnosis, that is, secret knowledge. It is a discovery that challenges everything we thought we knew about the early Christian church, ancient Judaism, and Greco-Roman religions.

    The Nag Hammadi Scriptures is the most complete and up-to-date English-language edition of these sacred texts from Egypt. It is full of treatises, testimonies, and secret books that had been lost for centuries. In addition to gospels purportedly by the apostles Thomas and Philip, and the revelations of James, Peter, and Paul, this collection also includes the Gospel of Mary and the controversial Gospel of Judas. The documents have been newly translated by a team of prominent international scholars. This volume also features introductory essays and extensive notes to help readers understand the context and significance of these texts that have revolutionized the study of early Christianity and ancient religious thought.


  • Gorgias / Plato ; translated, with introduction and notes, by Donald J. Zeyl
    B 371 A5 Z48 1987

    This is an excellent translation. It achieves a very high standard of accuracy and readability, two goals very difficult to attain in combination when it comes to such a master of prose and philosophical argument as Plato. Because of this the book is suitable for courses at all levels in philosophy, from introductory courses on Plato, or problems in Philosophy, to graduate seminars. --Gerasimos Santas, Teaching Philosophy


  • Theaetetus / Plato ; translated by John McDowell ; with an introduction and notes by Lesley Brown
    B 386 A5 M3 2014
    "What exactly is knowledge?"The Theaetetus is a seminal text in the philosophy of knowledge, and is acknowledged as one of Plato's finest works. Cast as a conversation between Socrates and a clever but modest student, Theaetetus, it explores one of the key issues in philosophy: what is knowledge? Though no definite answer isreached, the discussion is penetrating and wide-ranging, covering the claims of perception to be knowledge, the theory that all is in motion, and the perennially tempting idea that knowledge and truth are relative to different individuals or states. The inquirers go on to explore the connectionbetween knowledge and true judgement, and the famous threefold definition of knowledge as justified true belief. Packed with subtle arguments, the dialogue is also a work of literary genius, with an unforgettable portrait of Socrates as a midwife of wisdom. This new edition uses the acclaimed translation by John McDowell. It includes a valuable introduction that locates the work in Plato's oeuvre, and explains some of the competing interpretations of its overall meaning. The notes elucidate Plato's arguments and draw connections within the work andwith other philosophical discussions.ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expertintroductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

  • Islam : the straight path / John L. Esposito
    BP 161.2 E85 2016
    This exceptionally successful survey text introduces the teachings and practice of Islam from its earliest origins up to its contemporary resurgence. Islam: The Straight Path traces the development of the religion and its impact on world history and politics, providing keen insight into one ofthe world's least understood religions.

  • A brief introduction to the New Testament / Bart D. Ehrman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    BS 2330.3 E37 2017
    Featuring vibrant full color and an exceptionally engaging narrative, A Brief Introduction to the New Testament is a concise version of the bestselling The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. This volume looks at the New Testament from a consistentlyhistorical and comparative perspective and emphasizes the rich diversity of the earliest Christian literature. Distinctive to this study is its emphasis on the historical, literary, and religious milieu of the Greco Roman world, including early Judaism.

  • Ethics / Benedict de Spinoza ; edited and translated by Edwin Curley ; with an introduction by Stuart Hampshire
    B 3973 E5 C8 1996

    A profoundly beautiful and uniquely insightful description of the universe, Benedict de Spinoza's Ethics is one of the masterpieces of Enlightenment-era philosophy. This Penguin Classics edition is edited and translated from the Latin by Edwin Curley, with an introduction by Stuart Hampshire.

    Published shortly after his death, the Ethics is undoubtedly Spinoza's greatest work - an elegant, fully cohesive cosmology derived from first principles, providing a coherent picture of reality, and a guide to the meaning of an ethical life. Following a logical step-by-step format, it defines in turn the nature of God, the mind, the emotions, human bondage to the emotions, and the power of understanding - moving from a consideration of the eternal, to speculate upon humanity's place in the natural order, the nature of freedom and the path to attainable happiness. A powerful work of elegant simplicity, the Ethics is a brilliantly insightful consideration of the possibility of redemption through intense thought and philosophical reflection.

    The Ethics is presented in the standard translation of the work by Edwin Curley. This edition also includes an introduction by Stuart Hampshire, outlining Spinoza's philosophy and placing it in context.

    Baruch Spinoza (1632-77), later known as Benedict de Spinoza, was born in Amsterdam, where his orthodox Jewish family had fled from persecution in Portugal. Ethics was published in 1677 after his death, and his influence spread to the nineteenth century: inspiring the Romantic poets, winning the respect of Flaubert and Matthew Arnold, and moving George Eliot, who admired him as the enemy of superstition and the hero of scientific rationalism, to begin a translation of his works.

    If you enjoyed Ethics , you might like Rene Descartes' Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings, also available in Penguin Classics.

    'The noblest and most lovable of the great philosophers ... ethically he is supreme'
    Bertrand Russell


  • Observations upon experimental philosophy : abridged, with related texts / Margaret Cavendish ; edited, with an introduction by Eugene Marshall
    B 1299 N273 O27 2016

    "Margaret Cavendish's philosophical work is at last taking its rightful place in the history of seventeenth-century thought, but her writings are so voluminous and wide-ranging that introducing her work to students has been difficult--at least until this volume came along. This carefully edited abridgment of Observations upon Experimental Philosophy will be indispensable for making Cavendish's fascinating ideas accessible to students. Marshall's Introduction provides a helpful overview of themes in Cavendish's natural philosophy, and the footnotes contain useful background information about some of the texts and philosophers that Cavendish mentions. The additional selections from Descartes, Hobbes, Boyle, and Hooke also help contextualize Cavendish's views." --Deborah Boyle, College of Charleston

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