Confessions of a Philosopher

Author: Bryan Magee

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 0375750363

Category: Philosophy

Page: 496

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In this infectiously exciting book, Bryan Magee tells the story of his own discovery of philosophy and not only makes it come alive but shows its relevance to daily life. Magee is the Carl Sagan of philosophy, the great popularizer of the subject, and author of a major new introductory history, The Story of Philosophy. Confessions follows the course of Magee's life, exploring philosophers and ideas as he himself encountered them, introducing all the great figures and their ideas, from the pre-Socratics to Bertrand Russell and Karl Popper, including Wittgenstein, Kant, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer, rationalism, utilitarianism, empiricism, and existentialism.

Confessions of a Medicine Man

Author: Alfred I. Tauber

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262700726

Category: Philosophy

Page: 188

View: 4323

This book probes the ethical structure of contemporary medicine in an argument accessible to lay readers, healthcare professionals, and ethicists alike.

The Cultural Politics of Analytic Philosophy

Author: Thomas L. Akehurst

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1847064507

Category: Philosophy

Page: 211

View: 7825

A highly original study of analytic philosophy in twentieth-century British thought.

A Book about Books

Author: E.H. Bernstein

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1645847152

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 386

View: 4928

This book is volume II of a planned three volume book plus supplementary website, www.bookabout, which will present some books and subjects not contained in the books. A Book about Books discusses what nonfiction books and subjects the author believes are important to know about. Volume I is available from the same booksellers as this volume. Volume III will take several years before it is available. E.H. Bernstein is a former librarian turned author. The subtitle of the book describes the author’s objective: “A handbook in three volumes to a choice of essential books, writers and subjects in order to understand the world we live in, about ‘big questions’ and possible answers, about books and writers that may improve people’s lives, about neglected writers, and other books and subjects.” A Book about Books attempts to share what the author has learned from nearly 50 years of nonfiction reading and to provide the reader with samples of the most important authors and subjects from that reading. While the book is based on research, it is intended to be a handbook or guide by trying to make that research understandable to the general reader and to students, and for teachers--by pointing to what the author believes is missing from today’s education. A curriculum proposal for college teachers is on the website. Note about how the volumes are related: each chapter is on a separate subject. So the chapters can be read individually, but the full message requires reading all the volumes. Volume I is important, but preliminary to the more important Volumes II and III. Note also that the book is not just about books, since other sources are also mentioned. This book tries to point to problems in how we live and to see if books have any answers. Note that the author believes we should listen to many voices, so the book draws on many types of writers from different times and countries. A contemporary writer once said that one of the purposes of writing is that books should be useful. I hope that my book will be of use.

The Philosopher's Autobiography

Author: Shlomit C. Schuster

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275977894

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 260

View: 8624

Examines philosophical autobiography as a literary genre and an alternative to Freudian psychoanalysis.

The Economic Imperative

Author: John Zerilli

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1845403428

Category: Social Science

Page: 111

View: 410

The book explores the role of leisure in modern life. It was written in the belief that leisure sets us apart as a species, that what is “useless” by commercial standards is probably the best thing we have going for us, and that leisure is under attack, in high danger of being lost, and has been for some time (since at least the end of the Second World War). The source of the problem is the ascendancy of the economic imperative, the subordination of the science of means (philosophy) by the science of ends (economics). The book argues that our leisurely impulse has been so squandered that boredom is now a significant problem in modern life. The essays canvass the distinctive contributions of art, science and religion, and provide a synthetic account of these three forces driving human culture. Although the book covers the science/religion question, this book differs from others on the science/religion debate in that it connects the traditional discussion to questions of economics and social policy. It takes an innovative approach in weaving the fundamentals of human life (art, science, economics and so on) into one fabric, namely, leisure.

Understanding Cross-Cultural Psychology

Author: Pittu Laungani

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 076197153X

Category: Psychology

Page: 264

View: 3945

This unique textbook eloquently introduces students to international perspectives on cross-cultural psychology (both Eastern and Western cultures), adopting a truly accessible narrative approach throughout. The main thrust of the book’s content is to discuss the framework of culture, family structure, health, and bereavement. Intercultural interaction—and all of their intersections—and consideration are also given to methodological and ethical research issues and their application to differing cultures.