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Voltaire s Bastards

Author : John Ralston Saul
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Argues that blind faith in reason has resulted in problems in every phase of social life, suggests reason is an administrative method rather than a moral force, and proposes some solutions.

Voltaire s Philosophical Dictionary

Author : Voltaire
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Making Choices about School Choice

Author : Henry J. Hastings
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Liberty in the Age of Terror

Author : A. C. Grayling
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"The means of defence against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." James Madison Our societies, says Anthony Grayling, are under attack not only from the threat of terrorism, but also from our governments' attempts to fight that threat by reducing freedom in our own societies - think the 42-day detention controversy, CCTV surveillance, increasing invasion of privacy, ID Cards, not to mention Abu Ghraib, rendition, Guantanamo... As Grayling says: 'There should be a special place for political irony in the catalogues of human folly. Starting a war 'to promote freedom and democracy' could in certain though rare circumstances be a justified act; but in the case of the Second Gulf War that began in 2003, which involved reacting to criminals hiding in one country (Al Qaeda in Afghanistan or Pakistan) by invading another country (Iraq), one of the main fronts has, dismayingly, been the home front, where the War on Terror takes the form of a War on Civil Liberties in the spurious name of security. To defend 'freedom and democracy', Western governments attack and diminish freedom and democracy in their own country. By this logic, someone will eventually have to invade the US and UK to restore freedom and democracy to them.' In this lucid and timely book Grayling sets out what's at risk, engages with the arguments for and against examining the cases made by Isaiah Berlin and Ronald Dworkin on the one hand, and Roger Scruton and John Gray on the other, and finally proposes a different way to respond that makes defending the civil liberties on which western society is founded the cornerstone for defeating terrorism.

Adaptive Governance and Climate Change

Author : Ronald D. Brunner
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The Australasian Review of African Studies

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Book Review Digest

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Khera

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The Economist

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The Works of Voltaire

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Annual Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology

Author : Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Convention
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Character and Identity Philosophical foundations of political and sociological perspectives

Author : Morton A. Kaplan
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Character and Identity: Philosophical Foundations of Political and Sociological Perspectives is designed by editor Morton A. Kaplan to show-despite the fundamental flaws in the classical Greek accounts of truth and knowledge--why its quest for rational knowledge remains legitimate and vital to the "concepts of character and identity." To set the stage, Part One includes a statement of the classical Greek position by Dean Jude Dougherty, an account of the contemporary anticlassical "stories" position by John Simpson, and an initial attempt to restore the Greek concept of rational inquiry by Lloyd Eby. In subsequent chapters, Kaplan restates the Greek position and shows why developments in science and philosophy are incompatible with the Greek concepts of truth and knowledge. A brief excursis through the history of philosophy is intended to show how the Greek quest can be pursued in a manner consonant with the contemporary realm of knowledge. In the course of this argument, it will be shown why Leo Strauss, who regarded contemporary philosophy as the prisoner of a mistaken seventeenth-century paradigm, fatally misconceived the role of seventeenth-century philosophy and its relationship to contemporary thought. Kaplan argues that contemporary philosophy is in large part a response to the breakdown of Hegel, a great attempt to provide a modem alternative to Aristotle's synoptic philosophy--an attempt that brings history and historicity into the center of the picture. Kaplan shows why postmodernism is based on an incomplete and ultimately incoherent understanding of the consequences of the collapse of the Hegelian system and of the character of language. In a version of pragmatism that restores the concept of objective truth, Kaplan then explores the political and sociological aspects of this philosophical position and shows how it relates to character and identity. He then shows how a weakly-ordered but relevant position with respect to ethics and morals is consistent with a sustainable contemporary understanding of the quest for rational, objective knowledge.

Current Contents

Author : Institute for Scientific Information (Philadelphia)
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Darwinian Original Sin

Author : J. Neil Burry
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This book is about the art and science of attaining and maintaining a healthy body mass index which means controlling our individual weight at steady, comfortable, healthy levels. It combines philosophy, science and medicine in making its case using a perhaps rather unusual path toward enlightenment. Altogether a unique book.

Media International Australia

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Character and Identity Sociological foundations of literary and historical perspectives

Author : Professors World Peace Academy
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Examines the development of identity and characterThis book examines the development of identity and character in the context of society. Part I examines personality formation from the rich literature of the social sciences, especially psychology, sociology and anthropology. How is the conscience formed? What is the role of society-the family, the schools, religion, mass media, the state, and globalityùin the formation of morally and civically responsible citizens? Part II looks at historical and literary figures and their own formation in the context of their societies. These include eight influential social leaders: Thatcher, Churchill, Tojo, Mandela, Kenyatta, de Gasperi, Judd, and Tagoreùand three literary charactersùCordelia from King Lear, Okwonko from Things Fall Apart, and Ahab from Moby Dick.

Universal Experience

Author : Julie Rodrigues Widholm
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Tourism, the largest industry in the world, is a significant force in contemporary society, with far-reaching economic, cultural, and geopolitical importance. Rather than seeking to represent tourism or travel itself, Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist's Eye considers art, history, and the social construction of places, spaces, and identities from the heightened perception of the tourist. Functioning as a guide book, a reader, and a souvenir, this lavish catalogue of the exhibition presents over 275 illustrations of thought-provoking artworks as icons and as tourist sites for exploration. A wide-ranging anthology of texts presents divergent routes and avenues through which to explore the symbols and cultural conventions created, deciphered, and disseminated by an increasingly mobile, international group of artists.

Goodbye Babylon

Author : Bob Ellis
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Contains personal insights on recent political events from this master of rumination and revelation. Bitchy, eccentric, brooding and razor sharp by turns, Ellis has crafted these brilliant vignettes to illuminate for the rest of us the corridors of power he has haunted for more than thirty years. Follows Goodbye Jerusalem.

Brick

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