An Evil Cradling

Author: Brian Keenan

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446485420

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Brian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a change of scene from his native Belfast. He became headline news when he was kidnapped by fundamentalist Shi'ite militiamen and held in the suburbs of Beirut for the next four and a half years. For much of that time he was shut off from all news and contact with anyone other than his jailers and, later, his fellow hostages, amongst them John McCarthy.

Power, Love and Evil

Author: Wayne Cristaudo

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042023384

Category: Philosophy

Page: 166

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Love and evil are real - they are substances of force fields which contain us as constituent parts. Of all the powers of life they are the two most pregnant with meaning, hence the most generative of what is specifically human. Love and evil stand in the closest relationship to each other: evil is both what destroys love and what forces more love out of us; it is, as Augustine astutely grasped, privative (requiring something to negate) but it is also born out of misdirected love. Breaking with naïve realist and post-modern dogmas about the nature of the real, this book provides the basis for a philosophy of generative action as it draws upon examples from philosophy, literature, religion and popular culture. While this book has a sympathetic ear for ancient and traditional narratives about the meaning of life, it offers a philosophy appropriate for our times and our crises. It is particularly directed at readers who are seeking for new ways to think about our world and self-making, and who are as dissatisfied with post-Nietzschean and post-Marxian 20th century social theory as they are by more traditional philosophical and naturalistic accounts of human being.

Explorations in Reconciliation

Author: Joseph Liechty

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317137566

Category: Religion

Page: 178

View: 7186


Theologians and scholars of religion draw on rich resources to address the complex issues raised by political reconciliation in the Middle East, the former Yugoslavia, South Africa, Northern Ireland and elsewhere. The questions addressed include: Can truth set a person, or a society, free? How is political forgiveness possible? Are political, personal, and spiritual reconciliation essentially related? Explorations in Reconciliation brings Catholic, Protestant, Mennonite, Jewish and Islamic perspectives together within a single volume to present some of the most relevant theological work today.

Humor

Author: Herbert M. Lefcourt

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780306464072

Category: Psychology

Page: 208

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Using anecdotes to illustrate his empirical results, Lefcourt (University of Waterloo, Ontario) examines humor as a mechanism for coping with adversity. Chapters address topics like: the experience of humor in everyday life; early conceptions of humor in religion, medicine, philosophy, and psychology; the persuasiveness of humor; variations in the types and definitions of humor; the effects of stress on emotion and health; social cohesion; physiological stress responses; and, sex and humor. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.

Forgiveness

Author: Michael Henderson

Publisher: Arnica Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9780972653565

Category: Social Science

Page: 189

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"Describes a series of situations in which people are reconciled to some injustice and manage to come to a better understanding and, sometimes, to forgive . . .For anyone interested in the subject, I would highly recommend it." --Rachel Billington, "Inside Time" in the National Newspaper for Prisoners How could survivors of the Burma Road, the Siberian Gulag, or Nazi atrocities forgive those who harmed them? How can representatives of entire populations--Australian Aborigines, African Americans, and black South Africans--be reconciled with whites who exploited them? And how can the offenders find the grace to apologize? Michael Henderson writes about dozens of remarkable people of many nations and faiths who have, by repentance and forgiveness, been able to break the chain of hate through repentance and forgiveness.

Betraying Our Selves

Author: NA NA

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349628476

Category: Science

Page: 226

View: 1635


This is a lively study of the autobiographical instinct in a variety of 16th and 17th century modes of writing in English, from letters and memoirs to pastoral, polemic and street ballads. The book's central concern is how "selves" are "betrayed" in texts, particularly in the centuries before the autobiography was a recognized genre. It suggests that self-representation in the early modern period was often indirect, emerging in oblique and surprising ways.

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Author: Oxford University Press,TME.

Publisher: Oxford [England] : Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198601739

Category: Reference

Page: 1136

View: 7123


More than twenty thousand quotations from every era and location are combined in a comprehensive reference that also encompasses details of the earliest traceable source, birth and death dates, and career briefs for each entry, as well as a thematic and k

Subjectivity

Author: Ruth Robbins

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350309842

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

View: 7621


Who do you think you are? In Subjectivity, Ruth Robbins explores some of the responses to this fundamental question. In readings of a number of autobiographical texts from the last three centuries, Robbins offers an approachable account of formations of the self which demonstrates that both psychology and material conditions - often in tension with one another - are the building blocks of modern notions of selfhood. Key texts studied include: - William Wordsworth's Prelude - Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater - James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Oscar Wilde's De Profundis - Jung Chang's Wild Swans Robbins also argues that our subjectivity, far from being the secure possession of the individual, is potentially fragile and contingent. She shows that the versions of subjectivity authorized by the dominant culture are full of gaps and blindspots that undo any notion of universal human nature: subjectivity is culturally and historically specific - we are, in part, what the culture in which we live permits us to be. Concise and easy-to-follow, this introduction to the concept of subjectivity, and the theories surrounding it, shows that, in spite of the insecurity of selfhood, there is still much to be gained from the textual encounter with other selves. It is essential reading for all those studying 'autobiography' or 'autobiographical writing'.

Contexts for Frank McGuinness's Drama

Author: Helen Lojek

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 9780813213569

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 283

View: 980


Contexts for Frank McGuinness's Drama is the most complete consideration of the playwright yet published, including discussion of his original stage work through Gates of Gold (2002) and highlighting the connections between McGuinness's creativity and the biographical, geographical, social, and literary factors that have shaped his world."