Month: November 2016

New Essays in Chinese Philosophy (Asian Thought and Culture)

New Essays in chinese language Philosophy explores quite a few points of chinese language inspiration that have obtained dynamic and inventive scholarly awareness within the fresh earlier. It argues that chinese language tradition isn't «logic-less». The Confucian notion of ethical experience and of cause could be revitalized to satisfy present demanding situations. The ebook monitors the religiosity of Confucian philosophy and explains why modern Confucianists may well develop into Christians, and vice versa. It additionally illuminates the Taoist and Buddhist thoughts of the universe via evaluating chinese language and Western metaphysics, and expounds how the information of yin, yang and concord in chinese language culture are in keeping with contemporary advances in technology.

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Rêves d'histoire. Pour une histoire de l'ordinaire

By Philippe Artières

Laissant libre cours à ses "désirs d'histoire", le chercheur Philippe Artières suggest un recueil d'une trentaine de textes courts.

On y trouvera des idées brutes, des pistes incongrues, des ébauches d'enquête, nées à l. a. lecture d'une resource ou d'une archive inspirante. L'historien se fait ici explorateur de l'ordinaire, rêvant d'étudier journey à journey l. a. cloison, los angeles ceinture, los angeles banderole, un immeuble, l. a. biographie d'un "salaud" ou d'un aïeul à travers ses modestes papiers.

Outre un florilège de sujets potentiels, cet ouvrage illustré offre une leçon de curiosité intimement raisonnée, un outil pour déplacer les questionnements et révéler des objets ignorés. C'est enfin pour l'auteur l'occasion de faire récit ou, du moins, envie d'un récit.

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Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me

By Chelsea Handler

"My tendency to make up tales and lie compulsively for the sake of my very own enjoyment takes up a significant portion of my day and offers me with a peace of brain now not simply possible during this fiscal climate."--Chelsea Handler, from bankruptcy 10 of Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

It's no lie: Chelsea Handler likes to smoke out "dumbassness," the situation humans be afflicted by that permits them to fall prey to her model of entire and utter nonsense. pals, kinfolk, co-workers--they've all been tricked via Chelsea into believing tales of overall foolishness and into behaving like overall fools. fortunately, they have lived to inform the stories and, for the first actual time, write approximately them.

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Why More Is Different: Philosophical Issues in Condensed Matter Physics and Complex Systems (The Frontiers Collection)

The physics of condensed subject, not like quantum physics or cosmology, isn't often linked to deep philosophical questions. notwithstanding, as technology - mostly because of extra robust pcs - turns into in a position to analysing and modelling ever extra complicated many-body structures, uncomplicated questions of philosophical relevance come up. questions on the emergence of constitution, the character of cooperative behaviour, the results of the second one legislation, the quantum-classical transition and lots of different matters. This publication is a set of essays via prime physicists and philosophers. every one investigates a number of of those concerns, utilising examples from sleek condensed subject learn. Physicists and philosophers alike will locate remarkable and stimulating rules in those pages.

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Through the Window: Seventeen Essays and a Short Story (Vintage International)

By Julian Barnes

From the fellow Booker Prize-winning writer of The feel of an Ending and one among Britain’s maximum writers: an excellent choice of essays at the books and authors that experience intended the main to him all through his illustrious career.
 
In those seventeen essays (plus a brief tale and a distinct preface, “A existence with Books”), Julian Barnes examines the British, French and American writers who've formed his writing, in addition to the cross-currents and overlappings in their diverse cultures. From the deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald to the directness of Hemingway, from Kipling’s view of France to the French view of Kipling, from the various translations of Madame Bovary to the fabulations of Ford Madox Ford, from the nationwide Treasure prestige of George Orwell to the melancholy of Michel Houellebecq, Julian Barnes considers what fiction is, and what it will possibly do. As he writes, “Novels let us know the main fact approximately existence: what it really is, how we are living it, what it would be for, how we take pleasure in and cost it, and the way we lose it.”

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Essays

By Wallace Shawn

“Full of what you could name dialog starters: tough propositions approximately morality... politics, privilege, runaway nationalist fantasies, collective guilt, and artwork as a strength for switch (or not)...It’s a deal with to listen to him communicate his curious mind.”—O Magazine

In those attractive essays, Wallace Shawn takes us on a revelatory trip within which the private and political develop into one.

Whether writing in regards to the genesis of his performs, reminiscent of Aunt Dan and Lemon; discussing how the privileged international of arts and letters takes without any consideration the paintings of the “unobtrusives,” the folk who serve our foodstuff and carry our mail; or describing his upbringing within the sheltered global of Manhattan’s cultural elite, Shawn unearths a different skill to step again from the looks of items to discover their deeper social meanings. He grasps contradictions, even if disagreeable, and demanding situations us to seem, as he does, at our personal habit in a extra sincere gentle. He additionally unearths the pathos within the political and private demanding situations of daily life.

With a pointy wit, amazing awareness to aspect, and an identical acumen as a author of prose as he's a playwright, Shawn invitations us to examine the area with new eyes, the higher to understand—and switch it.

Praise for Wallace Shawn and Essays: 

“Lovely, hilarious and heavily suggestion upsetting, I loved it tremendously.”—Toni Morrison

“Wallace Shawn writes in a mode that's deceptively easy, profoundly considerate, fiercely sincere. His vocabulary is stinky, his wit pleasant, his rules provocative.”—Howard Zinn, writer, A People’s background of the United States

“Wally Shawn’s essays are either robust and riveting. How infrequent to come across an individual prepared to query the assumptions of sophistication and the disparity of wealth that grows wider each year during this state. To have this kind of mild and incisive soul prepared to claim what others could be afraid to is significantly refreshing.”—Michael Moore, film-maker

“Wallace Shawn’s occupation as a playwright has been uncompromisingly dedicated to proving, repeatedly, that theater is a perfect medium for exploring tricky issues of serious final result. The features that make his dramatic paintings so tough, startling, unsettling, sensual, mind-and-soul increasing, so indispensible, are both in proof within the extraordinary political and theatrical essays accrued right here. the fundamental religion of politically innovative humans, that humans are filled with first rate impulses perverted by means of political and financial malevolence, is in Shawn’s writing held as much as the liveliest, sharpest scrutiny that you can think of; now not, as in lots reactionary artwork, to shift blame from oppressor to oppressed, or from artifice to Nature, to not insist that we’re innately, inescapably incapable of swap, yet fairly as a scrupulous accounting of the slippery ethics, dream common sense, fear-ridden resistance to development, stressful wishes, of the best challenge confronting all our hopes for a greater, remodeled global: Us, the actors in our collective drama. His essays are with no sentiment and fully proof against the simple comforts of depression. Complexities are rendered delightfully undeniable, obfuscations are unsnarled and illuminated, readability and rational suggestion are prepared to plumb mysteries, and mysteries are revered and celebrated. Shawn’s language, his unmistakable, unique voice, felicitous, is unadorned, stylish, quick, actual. He’s additionally an excellent interviewer, as every body who’s obvious My Dinner With Andre (which is simply approximately everybody) understands. And, after all, he’s very funny.”—Tony Kushner, playwright, Angels in America

“Wallace Shawn is a bracing antidote to the op-ed dreariness of political and creative journalism within the West. he's taking you again to the times whilst intellectuals had the wit and focus to formulate nice questions - and to make the reader are looking to solution them.”—David Hare, playwright

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Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader

Explore the area of the Mortal tools with Cassandra Clare and more

Join Cassandra Clare and a Circle of greater than a dozen most sensible YA writers, together with New York Times bestsellers Holly Black, Rachel Caine, and Kami Garcia, as they write concerning the Mortal tools sequence, its characters, and its world.

Inside you’ll read:

• A cinematic instructional on why the simplest buddy (Simon) regularly loses out to the undesirable boy (Jace)
• The unforeseen advantages of the incest taboo
• What we will learn among the strains of Alec and Magnus’ ecu vacation
• the significance of friendship, paintings, humor, and rebellion
• And extra, from the virtues of Downworlders to the naughty aspect of Shadowhunting

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Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium

By Carl Sagan

Within the ultimate ebook of his surprising occupation, Carl Sagan brilliantly examines the burning questions of our lives, our global, and the universe round us. those luminous, pleasing essays go back and forth either the vastness of the cosmos and the intimacy of the human brain, posing such interesting questions as how did the universe originate and the way will it finish, and the way will we meld technological know-how and compassion to satisfy the demanding situations of the arrival century? the following, too, is a unprecedented, deepest glimpse of Sagan's recommendations approximately love, demise, and God as he struggled with deadly disorder. Ever forward-looking and colourful with the flicker of his unquenchable interest, Billions & Billions is a testomony to at least one of the good medical minds of our day.

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