Three Questions We Never Stop Asking

Author: Michael Kellogg
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1616143282
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This excellent introduction to the essential issues that have preoccupied philosophers throughout the centuries provides fresh and engaging portraits of the greatest thinkers on three perennial questions: What can I know? What may I hope? What ought I to do? The author summarizes the thoughts of Plato and Wittgenstein on the possibility of philosophical knowledge; Kant and Nietzsche on the existence of God; Aristotle and Heidegger on human virtue. The first member of the pair is a builder, the second a destroyer. One explores the promise of a theory, the other the consequences of its ruin. These juxtaposed pairs are not self-contained, however. All six thinkers are engaged in a dialogue with one another on issues that touch our lives directly and profoundly. The author has arranged them in an order that unveils an ever-deepening understanding of the moral, spiritual and intellectual space in which our lives unfold. For anyone wishing to discover, or rediscover, philosophy in its original meaning—"the love of wisdom"—this engaging, clearly written, and accessible volume is an excellent place to start. From the Hardcover edition.

The Greek Search for Wisdom

Author: Michael K. Kellogg
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1616145765
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The philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once said that all of Western philosophy was "but a series of footnotes to Plato." By the same token, one could argue that all of Western civilization is but an extension of the ancient Greek cultural legacy. The Greeks invented tragedy, comedy, lyric poetry, history, philosophy, and democracy. They also made remarkable advances in science, medicine, and mathematics. In the author’s view, what ties this wide-ranging intellectual ferment together is a restless search for wisdom. The author looks at ten outstanding examples of Greek wisdom, offering fresh and engaging portraits of the epic poets (Homer, Hesiod); dramatists (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes); historians (Herodotus, Thucydides); and philosophers (Plato, Aristotle) against the background of Greek history. In each case he asks what the author has to tell us— regardless of genre—about our place in the world and how we should live our lives. By surveying some of the highest peaks of ancient civilization, the author argues that we gain perspective on the historical terrain that lies below. This book presents an eloquent and convincing case that a study of the Greek classics, as Gustave Flaubert explained, makes us "greater, wiser, purer." From the Hardcover edition.

A More Beautiful Question

Author: Warren Berger
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1620401460
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To get the best answer-in business, in life-you have to ask the best possible question. Innovation expert Warren Berger shows that ability is both an art and a science. It may be the most underappreciated tool at our disposal, one we learn to use well in infancy-and then abandon as we grow older. Critical to learning, innovation, success, even to happiness-yet often discouraged in our schools and workplaces-it can unlock new business opportunities and reinvent industries, spark creative insights at many levels, and provide a transformative new outlook on life. It is the ability to question-and to do so deeply, imaginatively, and "beautifully.Â?? In this fascinating exploration of the surprising power of questioning, innovation expert Warren Berger reveals that powerhouse businesses like Google, Nike, and Netflix, as well as hot Silicon Valley startups like Pandora and Airbnb, are fueled by the ability to ask fundamental, game-changing questions. But Berger also shares human stories of people using questioning to solve everyday problems-from "How can I adapt my career in a time of constant change?Â?? to "How can I step back from the daily rush and figure out what really makes me happy?Â?? By showing how to approach questioning with an open, curious mind and a willingness to work through a series of "Why,Â?? "What if,Â?? and "HowÂ?? queries, Berger offers an inspiring framework of how we can all arrive at better solutions, fresh possibilities, and greater success in business and life.

Know Thyself

Author: Ingrid Rossellini
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 0385541899
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A lively and timely introduction to the roots of self-understanding--who we are and how we should act--in the cultures of ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, and Middle Ages and the Renaissance "Know thyself"--this fundamental imperative appeared for the first time in ancient Greece, specifically in Delphi, the temple of the god Apollo, who represented the enlightened power of reason. For the Greeks, self-knowledge and identity were the basics of their civilization and their sources were to be found in where one was born and into which social group. These determined who you were and what your duties were. In this book the independent scholar Ingrid Rossellini surveys the major ideas that, from Greek and Roman antiquity through the Christian medieval era up to the dawn of modernity in the Renaissance, have guided the Western project of self-knowledge. Addressing the curious lay reader with an interdisciplinary approach that includes numerous references to the visual arts, Know Thyself will reintroduce readers to the most profound and enduring ways our civilization has framed the issues of self and society, in the process helping us rediscover the very building blocks of our personality.

Genetics and the Law III

Author: Aubrey Milunsky
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1468449524
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, ... it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. . . . -Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities Dickens, of course, did not have the contemporary dilemmas of modern genetics in mind. Indeed, we need to remind ourselves how short the history of modern genetics really is. Recognition that genetic traits are carried by deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) occurred only about 40 years ago. Knowledge of the three-dimensional structure of DNA is only about 30 years old. The correct number of human chromosomes was not deter mined until the mid-1950s, and Down syndrome was recognized only in 1959. It was not until in 1968 that the exact location of a gene was determined on an autosomal chromo some, and the study of genes, rather than their protein products, has been possible for barely a decade.

Five Philosophers

Author: Harry Settanni
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780819186362
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The book examines the life and times of five philosophers who were prominent in history: John Stuart Mill, Immanuel Kant, George Wilhelm Hegel, John Dewey, and Immanual Mournier. Contents: J.S. MILL: THE INFLUENCE OF FATHER AND WIFE: The Nineteenth Century; James Mill and Logic; Harriett Taylor Mill and Socialism; IMMANUAL KANT: THE RIFT BETWEEN RELIGION AND SCIENCE: The Pietistic Background; Age of Enlightenment; Kant's Synthesis; G.W. F. HEGEL: THE SURROUNDING POLITICAL WORLD: France is Revolution; Division of German World; Hegel's Solution; JOHN DEWEY AND THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: The Scientific Temper; Social Reform; Education; IMMANUEL MOUNIER: COMMUNISM AND CAPITALISM: Communist Environment; Capitalist Environment; The Philosophy of Personalism.

One Coin Three Faces

Author: Cyril A. Peters
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1499030746
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boy aged ten, traumatised by personal events, searches for a surrogate family to belong to. In life’s journey through to adulthood he discovers friendship and love, bigotry and hate. In a quest for answers he turns to the Law and the legal profession to balance the scales of his unstable past and a turbulent present. “...I knew our lives had changed forever. There was little likelihood of us returning back to our former status as a family. I felt the warmth of tears down my face and tried not to sob, though this was a natural reaction. I walked towards my mother and buried my head in her clothing. She cried piteously. I cried with her as we held onto each other dearly. Life, for us, would never be the same again.”

Three Changes

Author: Nicky Silver
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780822223436
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THE STORY: Nate and Laurel are a seemingly happy couple living on New York's Upper West Side, busy, content and comfortable--until the surprising arrival of Hal, Nate's long-lost brother. A once-successful television writer, Hal is just out of rehab

Hidden Lives

Author: Lenore Rowntree
Publisher: Brindle and Glass
ISBN: 192697297X
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In this groundbreaking collection, well-known and cutting-edge authors bring to light life with mental illness. These evocative essays, by writers who either suffer from or have close family members diagnosed with mental illness or a developmental disorder, aim to break down the stigma that surrounds one of the most devastating of human tribulations. The writers recount their experiences with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, clinical depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dissociative identity disorder. What does it feel like to be psychotic? What sorts of thoughts go through your mind while you are killing yourself? How does a mother go on after her schizophrenic son throws himself into an unfinished construction site? The anthology drills to the core of compassion and disappointment—transcending hope and sometimes finding beauty in insanity. With a foreword by physician and bestselling author Gabor Maté, MD, Hidden Lives gives readers a place to turn and communicates not despair but courage.