Titles - Philosophy

03/15/2018: The Questioning Mind [Hardback] by Mara Cogni

The Questioning Mind [Hardback] The concept of this book is rather unique. It represents a philosophical approach to reading and analyzing texts in English. It encourages students to think critically and develop own reflections around relevant concepts (such as truth, inequality, duty, etc) in the course of their study of English language, literature and society. It embodies a more engaging style, than is traditionally common, in relating with the text: Instead of first reading long texts and answering questions about the text, it asks learners to relate their own experience and interpretation of the view communicated in the text, by actively and continuously engaging learners to test one opinion against another. The book is primarily designed to help students improve their reasoning skills both orally and in writing, and prepare them for tests and exams at the end of the upper secondary and university-preparatory courses. Some of the chapters in the book have been used in the classroom, resulting in highly engaged students who feel they are offered the opportunity to relate to the classroom experience in a meaningful way. None of the activities asks students to make lists of words or spend enormous amounts of time on close reading and interpreting texts – instead, they are required to reflect and share their own thoughts on the relevance of the texts, movies, etc. to their own lives. They learn new words and ideas by discussing the myriad of philosophical questions presented, which makes learning a conversation about life. Educators today are confronted with many challenges brought about by technology, both inside and outside the classroom. Sitting at a desk and laboring through numerous activities are no longer part of the typical classroom. Not only are students distracted by the overwhelming input of information, they are also helpless when discerning relevance from irrelevance. Besides, school learning has always been disconnected from the real world – it has very often been too theoretical, too abstract, too impersonal. Offering learning that bears relevance to the real world, connecting literature, historical events, and social issues to the learners’ own experiences, serves to engage students. Ultimately, everything we learn about the past bears a striking resemblance to what we try to discover about the present. All learning starts with the eternal philosophical questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Am I significant? What determines my existence? What do I believe in and why? In the end, life becomes manageable when we feel we are not alone. This book can help teachers make a difference and be remembered for making learning meaningful.
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01/31/2018: The Origins of Liberty [Hardback] by Alexander Zistakis

The Origins of Liberty [Hardback] Unlike the vast majority of existing literature on Plato, the main claim of this book is that Liberty constitutes the central notion and preoccupation of his thought, and that indeed his theory of ideas is a theory of liberty. Plato's thought is at once the thought of liberty and a theory of liberation. What is more, this thought of liberty tends to be all-encompassing in the sense that it makes repeated efforts to find both the ideal liberty and the conditions and possibility of its existence in the so-called real (material and phenomenal) world. Hence the emphasis on ontology as the very grounds of his political philosophy and anthropology, as well as on the structural unity of all three. Furthermore, understood from such a perspective, Platonic philosophy appears as primarily an investigation, articulation and establishment of the relationships between the individual and the collective, a relationship which is taken to be the natural, the original and originary framework for any conception and exercise of human liberty, and especially democratic theory and politics. By treating Plato’s philosophy as a continuous effort to find modes and dimensions of liberation in and through different forms of the relationship between the individual and the collective, our hope is not only to engage in the discussion about the meaning of Platonic ontological-political insights on different grounds, but also to provide a different perspective for the evaluation of its relevance for the central contemporary issues and problems regarding liberty, liberation, democracy and politics in general. This book will be an interesting reading for both undergraduate students and experienced scholars and researchers, as well as for the general public interested in philosophy, classics and political theory.
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01/30/2018: Persons, Institutions, and Trust [Hardback] by James Beauregard, James M. McLachlan, Richard Prust, J.Aaron Simmons, Nathan Riley, Randall Auxier, Thomas O. Buford, Mason Marshall, John Scott Gray, Eugene Long

Persons, Institutions, and Trust [Hardback] The papers presented in this volume honor Thomas O. Buford. Buford is Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at Furman University where he taught for over 40 years. Many of the papers in this volume are from former students. But Professor Buford is also a pre-eminent voice of forth generation Personalism, and Boston Personalism in particular. Personalism is a school of philosophical and theological thought which holds that the ideas of “person” and “personality” are indispensable both to an adequate understanding of all metaphysical and epistemological problems, and the key to an adequate theory of ethical and political human interaction. Most personalists assert that personality is an irreducible fact found in all existence, as well as in all interpretation of the meaning of existence and the truth about experience. Anything that seems to exist impersonally, such as inanimate matter, nevertheless can exist and have meaning only as related to some personal being, according to personalists. The Boston Personalist tradition was innaugurated by Borden Parker Bowne and continued by Edgar S. Brightman, Peter Bertocci, John Lavely, Carol Robb and Martin Luther King.
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01/15/2018: Looking at the Sun: New Writings in Modern Personalism [Hardback] by Simon Smith, James Beauregard, Daniel Gustafsson, Jan Nilsson, Stefano Rossi, Julian Stern, David Treanor, Dries Deweeer, Benjamin Bàcle, Torgeir Fjeld

Looking at the Sun: New Writings in Modern Personalism [Hardback] The book intends to be a new and original contribution to the study of Personalism as the variety of essays shows. The purpose of our work is to stimulate interest in a wider audience on Personalism and to create the grounds for a fruitful discussion. The essay topics illustrate the relevance of Personalism within the contemporary philosophical debate and how the several themes analyzed and discussed by the authors that contributed to the volume, acquire a new perspective in our contemporary world.
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01/15/2018: Nietzsche Trauma and Overcoming [Hardback] by Uri Wernik

Nietzsche Trauma and Overcoming [Hardback] "Nietzsche Trauma and Overcoming " shows that Nietzsche suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and most probably was a victim of childhood sex abuse. I bring convincing evidence from his texts to support these claims, along with a discussion of corroborating psychological findings on these issues. I show that he teaches coping with pain and suffering, based on his life experience, with lessons from the school of war, the wisdom of reinterpretation, and artistic activity. His three themes of the Superman, Eternal Recurrence, and the Will to Power, the heart of his philosophy and psychology, are understood in a new light, in relation to his personal suffering and overcoming. The book criticizes the attempts to diagnose Nietzsche as suffering from various psychiatric disorders, psychoanalyze him as a fatherless child grown old, and outing him as a closet homosexual. These approaches lead to a dead-end. Firstly, it is impossible to prove that someone is a paragon of mental health, not a covert homosexual, and unmoved by a parent’s death. Secondly, these speculations explain only a small part of Nietzsche’s personal statements, found in his writings. Thirdly, and most importantly, they do not change our understanding of his ideas and how they were arrived at; they do not increase our appreciation of him; and do not leave us with any lessons for life (the goal of any good writing according to Nietzsche).
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