The Compass of Pleasure

How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good

Author: David J. Linden

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143120751

Category: Medical

Page: 230

View: 6765

A leading brain scientist looks at the neurobiology of pleasure, exploring how pleasures can become addictions, and how the pursuit of pleasure has become a central drive of the human mind.

The Chinese Pleasure Book

Author: Michael Nylan

Publisher: Mit Press

ISBN: 9781942130130

Category: History

Page: 472

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An examination of pleasure--short-term delight and the cultivation of longer-term satisfaction--in early Chinese thought. In Ordinary Pleasures, Michael Nylan takes up one of the most important themes in Chinese thought: the relation of pleasurable activities to bodily health and the health of the body politic. In a notable contrast to Western writings on the subject, early Chinese writings oppose pleasure not with pain but with insecurity. All assume that it is right and proper to seek and take pleasure, as well as short-term delight, and all are equally certain that long-term relational pleasures are more easily sustained--as well as potentially more satisfying and less damaging. The pleasures that become deeper and more ingrained over the long term, as one invests time and effort into their cultivation, include friendship and music, sharing with others, developing integrity and greater clarity, reading and classical learning, and going home. Nylan explores each of these fields of activity through the early sources (mainly fourth century BC to the eleventh century AD), providing new translations for both well-known and seldom-cited texts.

The Confusions of Pleasure

Commerce and Culture in Ming China

Author: Timothy Brook

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520221543

Category: History

Page: 320

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The Confusions of Pleasure marks a significant departure from the conventional ways in which Chinese history has been written. Rather than recounting the Ming dynasty in a series of political events and philosophical achievements, it narrates this longue duree in terms of the habits and strains of everyday life.


Author: Gabriele D'Annunzio

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101616776

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 9873

Putting the sex back in Pleasure, here is the first new English translation since the Victorian era of the great Italian masterpiece of sensuality and seduction Like Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray, Andrea Sperelli lives his life as a work of art, seeking beauty and flouting the rules of morality and social interaction along the way. In his aristocratic circles in Rome, he is a serial seducer. But there are two women who command his special regard: the beautiful young widow Elena, and the pure, virgin-like Maria. In Andrea’s pursuit of the exalted heights of extreme pleasure, he plays them against each other, spinning a sadistic web of lust and deceit. This new translation of D’Annunzio’s masterpiece, the first in more than one hundred years, restores what was considered too offensive to be included in the 1898 translation—some of the very scenes that are key to the novel’s status as a landmark of literary decadence. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Author: James A. Russell

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781841699363

Category: Psychology

Page: 360

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Like 'mind' and 'consciousness', 'pleasure' was all but tabooed in psychology for much of the 20th Century. Like those concepts too, pleasure is difficult to define or to assess scientifically. Still, evidence has steadily accumulated that pleasure is involved in all aspects of psychology. The simplest sensory experience is tinged with pleasure or displeasure. Some (although not all) planning for the future involves maximizing pleasure. Pleasantness is the first factor of mood, which is known to influence various cognitive processes. In some theories, pleasure or displeasure lie at the heart of emotion. Articles in this Special Issue take up such issues as these as well as the neurophysiological substrate of pleasure, its role in planned behaviour, nonconscious pleasure, the lay concept of pleasure, and whether smiles and laughter are signs of pleasure.

Pleasure and Guilt on the Grand Tour

Travel Writing and Imaginative Geography, 1600-1830

Author: Chloe Chard

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719048050

Category: History

Page: 278

View: 5853

This work examines the forms of language that map out Italy and the warm south as an imaginative topography of pleasure within British and French travel writing, over the period 1600 to 1830. The book considers the Tour with reference not to the social history of travel but rather to strategies of description and commentary, narrative and thematic orderings and arguments and assumptions about how the encounter with the foreign should be managed. Traveller's descriptions of art and landscape are set within this wider context and the range of different concepts of gender are discussed - in particular of effeminacy and manliness - that are formed within commentaries on Italian landscape and culture.

With Pleasure

Thoughts on the Nature of Human Sexuality

Author: Paul R. Abramson,Steven D. Pinkerton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195146097

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 313

View: 1156

Proposes a controversial view of sexuality that argues that pleasure, not reproduction, is the motivation and purpose of sex, that pornography is a legitimate expression of the desire for pleasure, and that the Church has unnaturally limited sexuality. UP.

Puzzles for Pleasure

Author: Barry R. Clarke

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521466349

Category: Games

Page: 117

View: 9371

Millions of people throughout the world are fascinated by puzzles, conundrums, and brain teasers. These amusing twisters from Barry Clarke are based on his extensive experience writing for the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times and New Scientist. The author has gathered together a variety of posers including several examples of a brand new type of puzzle, The Word Bandit. Hints and full solutions are included for all puzzles. Wittily written and illustrated with delightful cartoons by the author, there is something for everyone here: puzzles for children, for the family, for members of Mensa, but above all puzzles for pleasure.

The Pursuit of Pleasure

Gender, Space & Architecture in Regency London

Author: Jane Rendell

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813529813

Category: Architecture

Page: 248

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Until recently, architectural historians have focused their attention on buildings financed by wealthy patrons and designed by prestigious architects. Historical analysis has centered on the politics of this architecture and how social class has contributed to the design. Feminist historians have explored the role of women architects, and they have examined how gender difference informs architectural design. Developing these areas of research, Jane Rendell discusses how gender theory can inform the study of architecture in early nineteenth-century London. She considers the gendering of public space as a complex and shifting series of moves between men and women, constructed and represented through spatial and social relations of consumption, display, and exchange. Drawing on geography, philosophy, and cultural theory, she investigates a number of specific architectural spaces--places of upper-class leisure and consumption in the West End: streets, clubs, assembly rooms, opera houses, and theaters. In discussing public urban sites and the social exchanges that take place there, Rendell also examines the types of individuals displayed in--or excluded by--these spaces, such as the rambler and the cyprian, precursors to the Parisian flâneur and prostitute. Illustrated with contemporary prints and drawings, The Pursuit of Pleasure is a rich analysis of public space at the birth of the modern metropolis.

Pleasure, Preference and Value

Studies in Philosophical Aesthetics

Author: Schaper

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521349673

Category: Philosophy

Page: 188

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A meeting of the varying strands of philosophy that contribute to the conceptual problems specific to philosophical aesthetics.

Shopping for Pleasure

Women in the Making of London's West End

Author: Erika Diane Rappaport

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691044767

Category: Social Science

Page: 323

View: 4707

In Shopping for Pleasure, Erika Rappaport reconstructs London's Victorian and Edwardian West End as an entertainment and retail center. In this neighborhood of stately homes, royal palaces, and spacious parks and squares, a dramatic transformation unfolded that ultimately changed the meaning of femininity and the lives of women, shaping their experience of modernity. Rappaport illuminates the various forces of the period that encouraged and discouraged women's enjoyment of public life and particularly shows how shopping came to be seen as the quintessential leisure activity for middle- and upper-class women. Through extensive histories of department stores, women's magazines, clubs, teashops, restaurants, and the theater as interwoven sites of consumption, Shopping for Pleasure uncovers how a new female urban culture emerged before and after the turn of the twentieth century. Moving beyond the question of whether shopping promoted or limited women's freedom, the author draws on diverse sources to explore how business practices, legal decisions, and cultural changes affected women in the market. In particular, she focuses on how and why stores presented themselves as pleasurable, secure places for the urban woman, in some cases defining themselves as instrumental to civic improvement and women's emancipation. Rappaport also considers such influences as merchandizing strategies, credit policies, changes in public transportation, feminism, and the financial balance of power within the home. Shopping for Pleasure is thus both a social and cultural history of the West End, but on a broader scale it reveals the essential interplay between the rise of consumer society, the birth of modern femininity, and the making of contemporary London.

Alcohol and Pleasure

A Health Perspective

Author: Stanton Peele,Marcus Grant

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134941501

Category: Psychology

Page: 436

View: 5355

There is no simple threshold between the experience of drinking and the pleasure it can bring on the one hand and the pain and suffering caused by alcohol abuse on the other. But if we are to understand the role of alcohol in society, then at the very least we need to acknowledge the pleasure as well as the pain. Alcohol and Pleasure aims to bring together existing knowledge on the role of pleasure in drinking and determine whether the concept is useful for scientific understanding and policy consideration.


Mills & Boon Comics

Author: Nalini Singh,Tomoko Takakura

Publisher: Harlequin / SB Creative

ISBN: 4596371814

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: N.A

View: 6731

Taylor is all out of options. After years of raising her beloved maternal half brother, her abusive stepfather suddenly demands custody just so he can have an heir. She tells her story to her former boss, Jackson, and he makes a startling proposal: that he and Taylor should get married as soon as possible and apply for custody of her brother. It's true that with the successful, world-famous film producer on her side, her stepfather wouldn’t be able to stand in her way—but why the offer? They were never more than boss and secretary. But Jackson soon explains it to her: "I want you to have my baby within the year."


Author: Eric Jerome Dickey

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101212080

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 7934

The bold new blockbuster from the New York Times bestselling author. Born in Trinidad and living in Atlanta after a relationship gone bad, Nia Simone Bijou is an ambitious writer who has it all. Except for the one thing that'll give her the control she craves-and the power she deserves: absolute, uninhibited sexual satisfaction. Now, in the sweltering days and nights of summer, the heat is on. Nia's fantasies will become a reality-with man after man after man. She will shatter the limits of erotic love. She will open herself up to experiences she never dared before. And as her fantasies begin to spin out of control, she'll discover the unexpected price of the extreme.

Small Pleasures

Author: The School of Life

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993538735

Category: Happiness

Page: 248

View: 4554

So often, we exhaust ourselves and the planet in a search for very large pleasures - while all around us lies a wealth of small pleasures, which - if only we paid more attention - could daily bring us solace and joy at little cost and effort. But we need some encouragement to focus our gaze. This is a book to guide us to the best of life's small pleasures: everything from the distinctive delight of holding a child's hand to the enjoyment of disagreeing with someone to the joy of the evening sky; an intriguing, evocative mix of small pleasures that will heighten our senses and return us to the world with new-found excitement and enthusiasm.


A Woman's Guide to Getting the Sex You Want, Need and Deserve

Author: Hilda Hutcherson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101143436

Category: Self-Help

Page: 336

View: 2692

Written in the tone of a supportive and savvy friend who just happens to be a top sex expert, this invaluable guide explores: Redefining pleasure: why the quest for female orgasms is overhyped - and how to relax and truly enjoy sex, with or without them Discovering the female body's pleasure zones Communicating with a partner about what feels good (and what doesn't) Exercising and eating to improve your sex life Sex positions 101...and 201 A lifetime of pleasure: great sex after pregnancy, after fifty, and more

Pleasure in Ancient Greek Philosophy

Author: David Wolfsdorf

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521761301

Category: History

Page: 299

View: 3510

The Key Themes in Ancient Philosophy series provides concise books, written by major scholars and accessible to non-specialists, on important themes in ancient philosophy that remain of philosophical interest today. In this volume Professor Wolfsdorf undertakes the first exploration of ancient Greek philosophical conceptions of pleasure in relation to contemporary conceptions. He provides broad coverage of the ancient material, from pre-Platonic to Old Stoic treatments; and, in the contemporary period, from World War II to the present. Examination of the nature of pleasure in ancient philosophy largely occurred within ethical contexts but in the contemporary period has, to a greater extent, been pursued within philosophy of mind and psychology. This divergence reflects the dominant philosophical preoccupations of the times. But Professor Wolfsdorf argues that the various treatments are complementary. Indeed, the Greeks' examinations of pleasure were incisive and their debates vigorous, and their results have enduring value for contemporary discussion.

Beyond the Pleasure Principle

Author: Sigmund Freud

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486790304

Category: Psychology

Page: 64

View: 9811

Controversial 1920 publication expands Freud's theoretical approach to include the death drive. The philosopher's concept of the ongoing struggle between harmony (Eros) and destruction (Thanatos) influenced his subsequent work.