In Defense of Sentimentality by Robert C. Solomon Requirements: .PDF reader, 1 Mb Overview: Philosophy has as much to do with feelings as it does with thoughts and thinking. Philosophy, accordingly, requires not only emotional sensitivity but an understanding of the emotions, not as curious but marginal psychological phenomena but as the very substance of life. In this, the second book in a series devoted to his work on the emotions, Robert Solomon presents a defense of the emotions and of sentimentality against the background of what he perceives as a long history of abuse in philosophy and social thought and art and literary criticism. The title piece reopens a classic debate about the role of sentimentality in art and literature. In subsequent chapters, Solomon discusses not only such “moral sentiments” as sympathy and compassion but also grief, gratitude, love, horror, and even vengeance. He also defends, with appropriate caution, the “seven deadly sins.” The emotions, at least some emotions–are essential to a well-lived life. They are or can be virtues, features of the human condition without which civilized life would be unimaginable. Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational
Antiquity and Modernity by Neville Morley Requirements: .PDF reader, 974 kb Overview: The nature, faults and future of modern civilization and how these connect to the past are tackled in this broad-reaching volume. Presents a study of modernity that examines classical influences. Incorporates political, economic, social, and psychological theories. Highlights writings from a wide range of thinkers, including Adam Smith, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Weber, and Freud. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
The Coming of the Mongols (The Idea of Iran) by David O. Morgan, Sarah Stewart Requirements: .PDF reader, 5 MB Overview: The Mongol invasions in the first half of the thirteenth century led to profound and shattering changes to the historical trajectory of Islamic West Asia. As this new volume in The Idea of Iran series suggests, sudden conquest from the east was preceded by events closer to home which laid the groundwork for the later Mongol success. In the mid-twelfth century the Seljuq empire rapidly unravelled, its vast provinces fragmenting into a patchwork of mostly short-lived principalities and kingdoms. In time, new powers emerged, such as the pagan Qara-Khitai in Central Asia; the Khwarazmshahs in Khwarazm, Khorosan and much of central Iran; and the Ghurids to the southeast. Yet all were blown away by the Mongols, who faced no resistance from a sufficiently muscular imperial competitor and whose influx was viewed by contemporaries as cataclysmic. Distinguished scholars including David O Morgan and the late C E Bosworth here discuss the dynasties that preceded the invasion – and aspects of their literature, poetry and science – as well as the conquerors themselves and their rule in Iran from 1219 to 1256. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Knowing The Unknowable God: Ibn Sina, Maimonides, Aquinas by David B. Burrell Requirements: .PDF reader, 752 kb Overview: In Knowing the Unknowable God, David Burrell traces the intellectual intermingling of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian traditions that made possible the medieval synthesis that served as the basis for Western theology. He shows how Aquinas’s study of the Muslim philosopher Ibn-Sina and the Jewish thinker Moses Maimonides affected the disciplined use of language when speaking of divinity and influenced his doctrine of God. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Wicca Magic Starter Kit: Candle Magic, Crystal Magic and Herbal Magic by Lisa Chamberlain Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 2.31 MB Overview: Everything You Need to Know to Start Working Magic with Candles, Crystals and Herbs.
Many people who are drawn to explore Witchcraft and magic find themselves confronted by a crucial question: where to begin? With all of the available information from diverse and sometimes conflicting perspectives, choosing your first resources can be a daunting task. But your decision just got easier with the new Magic Starter Kit! Bringing together three top guides from best-selling author Lisa Chamberlain Candle Magic, Crystal Magic and Herbal Magic this set of books makes for a well-rounded entry point into the wide, wild world of the Craft. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy > Occult > Witchcraft > Wicca
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Candle Magic is an ideal starting point for anyone new to the Craft. Simple, elegant, and highly symbolic, candles make it easy to work with the powers of color and fire in the form of a single mesmerizing flame. With a simple step-by-step breakdown of the underlying processes of magical manifestation, advice for choosing and preparing candles for spellwork, and a host of spells and techniques written for beginners, this guide will have you well on your way to working successful magic while building your confidence in your own inherent abilities.
Crystal Magic introduces you to the wondrous world of crystals and other mineral stones. These beautiful marvels of Nature are “hard-wired” to assist us in manifesting our magical goals. In this volume, Lisa explains how the powerful energies of crystals can be harnessed on the vibrational level to create the changes you seek. You’ll then meet 13 of the most widely used crystals in contemporary magic, including their primary magical properties and tips on how to select and care for them. The guide also features spells and magical workings using crystals and stones, including elixirs, crystal/candle spells and charms.
Herbal Magic covers the oldest and broadest of all magical traditions. In this guide, you’ll learn about the specific properties of the plant kingdom that make herbs invaluable to Witches, shamans, and healers alike. Using core concepts found in the ancient wisdom of the Hermetic Principles, Lisa illustrates how the conscious energies of herbs can assist you in your manifestations. The spell section includes the widest variety of Craft workings in the series: teas, baths, oils, charms and smudging rituals, along with a few classic herb and candle spells to round out your magical education.
The Jewish Study Bible, 2nd Edition by Adele Berlin, Marc Zvi Brettler Requirements: .ePUB reader, 7.5 MB Overview: First published in 2004, The Jewish Study Bible is a landmark, one-volume resource tailored especially for the needs of students of the Hebrew Bible. It has won acclaim from readers in all religious traditions.
The Jewish Study Bible, which comes in a protective slipcase,combines the entire Hebrew Bible–in the celebrated Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation–with explanatory notes, introductory materials, and essays by leading biblical scholars on virtually every aspect of the text, the world in which it was written, its interpretation, and its role in Jewish life. The quality of scholarship, easy-to-navigate format, and vibrant supplementary features bring the ancient text to life.
This second edition includes revised annotations for nearly the entire Bible, as well as forty new and updated essays on many of the issues in Jewish interpretation, Jewish worship in the biblical and post-biblical periods, and the influence of the Hebrew Bible in the ancient world.
The Jewish Study Bible, Second Edition, is an essential resource for anyone interested in the Hebrew Bible. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
What, Why, How: Answers to Your Questions About Buddhism, Meditation, and Living Mindfully by Bhante Gunaratana Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4.0 MB Overview: Sound familiar? If you’ve ever meditated or studied Buddhism, you may have found yourself asking these questions—and many more! Here’s the good news: there are answers, and you’ll find them all in this book. Imagine that you could sit down with one of Buddhism’s most accomplished and plainspoken teachers—and imagine that he patiently agreed to answer any question you had about meditation, living mindfully, and key Buddhist concepts—even the myriad brilliant questions you’ve never thought to ask!
What, Why, How condenses into one volume a half-century of Bhante G.’s wise answers to common questions about the Buddha’s core teachings on meditation and spiritual practice. With his kind and clear guidance, you’ll gain simple yet powerful insights and practices to end unhealthy patterns and habits so that you can transform your experience of the world—from your own mind to your relationships, your job, and beyond. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Everything you ever wanted to know but never had a chance to ask about meditation and Buddhist spiritual practice, from one of the greatest mindfulness teachers of our time.
• How can I fit meditation into my busy life? • How should I understand karma and rebirth? • Is enlightenment even possible for me?
The Return of Collective Intelligence: Ancient Wisdom for a World out of Balance by Dery Dyer Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4.3 MB Overview: For our ancestors, collective intelligence was a normal part of life. We see it today as the mysterious force that enables flocks of birds, swarms of bees, and schools of fish to function together in perfect synchrony, communicating and cooperating at some undetectable level. At its most subtle, it’s an instantaneous knowing, shared by members of a group, of the wisest course of action that will benefit all.
As Dery Dyer reveals, collective intelligence still resides within each of us, and it is the key to restoring balance and harmony to our world. She shows how it occurs spontaneously when individuals who share a need and a purpose instinctively “self-organize” into a group and function with no leader or central authority. Such groups exhibit abilities much greater than what any of their members possess individually—or what can be replicated with artificial intelligence. Dyer explains, due to an unquestioning dependence on technology, modern humanity has forgotten how to connect with collective intelligence and fallen into collective stupidity, otherwise known as mob mind or groupthink, which is now endangering the interconnected web of life on Earth. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Actual Ethics by James R. Otteson Requirements: .PDF reader, 2 Mb Overview: Actual Ethics offers a moral defense of the ‘classical liberal’ political tradition and applies it to several of today’s vexing moral and political issues. James Otteson argues that a Kantian conception of personhood and an Aristotelian conception of judgment are compatible and even complementary. He shows why they are morally attractive, and perhaps most controversially, when combined, they imply a limited, classical liberal political state. Otteson then addresses several contemporary problems – wealth and poverty, public education, animal welfare, and affirmative action – and shows how each can be plausibly addressed within the Kantian, Aristotelian and classical liberal framework. Written in clear, engaging, and jargon-free prose, Actual Ethics will give students and general audiences an overview of a powerful and rich moral and political tradition that they might not otherwise consider. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Defending the Correspondence Theory of Truth by Joshua Rasmussen Requirements: .PDF reader, 931 kb Overview: The correspondence theory of truth is a precise and innovative account of how the truth of a proposition depends upon that proposition’s connection to a piece of reality. Joshua Rasmussen refines and defends the correspondence theory of truth, proposing new accounts of facts, propositions, and the correspondence between them. With these theories in hand, he then offers original solutions to the toughest objections facing correspondence theorists. Addressing the Problem of Funny Facts, Liar Paradoxes, and traditional epistemological questions concerning how our minds can access reality, he challenges recent objections, and defends what has traditionally been the most popular theory of truth. Written with clarity, precision, and sensitivity to a range of philosophical backgrounds, his book will appeal to advanced students and scholars seeking a deeper understanding of the relationship between truth and reality. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy