A volume of definitive nonfiction writings by the National Book Critics Circle finalist author of Out of Sheer Rage draws on 25 years of work and includes pieces that reflect on subjects ranging from jazz and the British-dole queue to haute couture and hotel sex. Original. 12,000 first printing.
"Naturalism and the Human Condition is a vital contribution to the naturalist debate, showing that the way in which we understand ourselves as human beings has real consequences for us. It will be essential reading for all students of the philosophy of mind and language, and anyone interested in the debates about naturalism and scientism."--BOOK JACKET.
This book explores what science fiction can tell us about the human condition in a technological world, with the ethical dilemmas and consequences that this entails. This book is the result of the joint efforts of scholars and scientists from various disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach sets an example for those who, like us, have been busy assessing the ways in which fictional attempts to fathom the possibilities of science and technology speak to central concerns about what it means to be human in a contemporary world of technology and which ethical dilemmas it brings along. One of the aims of this book is to demonstrate what can be achieved in approaching science fiction as a kind of imaginary laboratory for experimentation, where visions of human (or even post-human) life under various scientific, technological or natural conditions that differ from our own situation can be thought through and commented upon. Although a scholarly work, this book is also designed to be accessible to a general audience that has an interest in science fiction, as well as to a broader academic audience interested in ethical questions.
In his prose fiction, memoirs, poetry, and drama, Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989)--one of the 20th century's most uniquely gifted writers--created a new and radical style, seemingly out of thin air. His books never tell a story in the received sense. Instead, he rages on the page, he rants and spews vitriol about the moral failures of his homeland, Austria, in the long amnesiac aftermath of the Second World War. Yet this furious prose, seemingly shapeless but composed with unparalleled musicality, and taxing by conventional standards, has been powerfully echoed in many writers since Bernhard's death in 1989. These explorers have found in Bernhard's singular accomplishment new paths for the expression of life and truth. Thomas Bernhard's Afterlives examines the international mobilization of Bernhard's style. Writers in Italian, German, Spanish, Hungarian, English, and French have succeeded in making Bernhard's Austrian vision an international vision. This book tells that story.
"Chapter I was published as "The Human World" in Ratio 22 (2009): I37-56. Chapter 5 is a substantial revision of Chapter 6 in Enjoyment: The Moral Significance of Styles of Life (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2008). Chapter 7 includes parts of Chapter 13 in The Roots of Evil (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005)"--Acknowledgements.
The Flame of Eternity provides a reexamination and new interpretation of Nietzsche's philosophy and the central role that the concepts of eternity and time, as he understood them, played in it. According to Krzysztof Michalski, Nietzsche's reflections on human life are inextricably linked to time, which in turn cannot be conceived of without eternity. Eternity is a measure of time, but also, Michalski argues, something Nietzsche viewed first and foremost as a physiological concept having to do with the body. The body ages and decays, involving us in a confrontation with our eventual death. It is in relation to this brute fact that we come to understand eternity and the finitude of time. Nietzsche argues that humanity has long regarded the impermanence of our life as an illness in need of curing. It is this "pathology" that Nietzsche called nihilism. Arguing that this insight lies at the core of Nietzsche's philosophy as a whole, Michalski seeks to explain and reinterpret Nietzsche's thought in light of it. Michalski maintains that many of Nietzsche's main ideas--including his views on love, morality (beyond good and evil), the will to power, overcoming, the suprahuman (or the overman, as it is infamously referred to), the Death of God, and the myth of the eternal return--take on new meaning and significance when viewed through the prism of eternity.
Anthropology in Economic, Philosophical and Theological Perspective
Author: Rebekka A. Klein
Examining recent experiments on human altruism in economics, this book offers a critique of naturalistic approaches to the phenomenon of human sociality. It draws on philosophical theories of social conflict and recognition, and on theological concepts of neighborly love.
The New Paradigm for Helping Professionals and People in Recovery
Author: Charles Whitfield
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Of all the books on the often misunderstood concept of co-dependence, this is probably the clearest, most complete and informative. Charles Whitfield is a frontline clinician who has been assisting co-dependents in their healing for over twenty years. He has researched the literature on co-dependence, which he summarizes in this widely read book. He sees co-dependence as a way to more accurately describe the painful and confusing part of the human condition. In careful detail he describes just what co-dependence is and what it is not, how it comes about, and how to heal its painful aftereffects.
What is the human condition? The Human Condition has been studied by philosophers since Socrates died for his beliefs in 399 BC. The Human Condition is more than a lottery of genetics; it is the means by which you have learnt to be human. This was taught to us by the universe as well as other human beings, also known as the nature versus nurture principle. We've grown to know about nurture but what about the other side known as human nature? This book addresses that human condition (aka human nature), the one that we cannot escape, the one we live with every day and the one we have learnt to accept (or will learn to accept). It takes us on a fun, concise and philosophical journey on how to tap into that condition as well as how to use this to make our world and our lives better.
Argues that standard forms of bioethics support the technological utopianism of medicine. Puts forth an alternative agenda arguing that the task of bioethics is to explore the moral significance of the body as it is expressed in the discourse and practice of moral and religious traditions.