In A Preface to Philosophy, I tackle the most perplexing questions that we've asked ourselves since we left the caves. At almost 170,000 words, this is one of my longest books. And yet when I consider all that has been written and can be written about the big questions of life, I look at my book as not even a teaspoon in the ocean of knowledge -- a preface at how I look at the profound questions of epistemology, skepticism, and ethics.
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
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Genre: Politics & Social Sciences Length: 952 Pages (2,494 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 7th, 2020
For the first time in history, eradicating world poverty is within our reach.
Yet around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water.
In The Life You Can Save, Peter Singer uses ethical arguments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but morally indefensible. The Life You Can Save teaches us to be a part of the solution, helping others as we help ourselves.
'A persuasive and inspiring work that will change the way you think about philanthrophy... and shows us we can make a profound difference in the lives of the world's poorest.' - Bill & Melinda Gates
'Mr. Singer is far from the world's only serious thinker on poverty, but with The Life You Can Save he becomes, instantly, its most readable and lapel-grabbing one.' - The New York Times
Mr Singer is a compelling moral voice seeking far more compassion for those who have the least.' - The Wall Street Journal
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According to an old story, a woman concealed her sex and ruled as pope for a few years in the ninth century. Pope Joan was not betrayed by a lover or discovered by an enemy; her downfall came when she went into labor during a papal procession through the streets of Rome. From the myth of Joan to the experiences of saints, nuns, and ordinary women, The Oldest Vocation brings to life both the richness and the troubling contradictions of Christian motherhood in medieval Europe.
After tracing the roots of medieval ideologies of motherhood in early Christianity, Clarissa W. Atkinson reconstructs the physiological assumptions underlying medieval notions about women's bodies and reproduction; inherited from Greek science and popularized through the practice of midwifery, these assumptions helped shape common beliefs about what mothers were. She then describes the development of "spiritual motherhood" both as a concept emerging out of monastic ideologies in the early Middle Ages and as a reality in the lives of certain remarkable women. Atkinson explores the theological dimensions of medieval motherhood by discussing the cult of the Virgin Mary in twelfth-century art, story, and religious expression. She also offers a fascinating new perspective on the women saints of the later Middle Ages, many of whom were mothers; their lives and cults forged new relationships between maternity and holiness. The Oldest Vocation concludes where most histories of motherhood begin -- in early modern Europe, when the family was institutionalized as a center of religious and social organization.
Anyone interested in the status of motherhood, or in women's history, the cultural history of the Middle Ages, or the history of religion will want to read this book.
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences Length: 310 Pages (888 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 6th, 2020
This book takes a new approach on understanding causes of extreme poverty and promising actions to address it. Its focus is on marginality being a root cause of poverty and deprivation. "Marginality" is the position of people on the edge, preventing their access to resources, freedom of choices, and the development of capabilities. The book is research based with original empirical analyses at local, national, and local scales; book contributors are leaders in their fields and have backgrounds in different disciplines. An important message of the book is that economic and ecological approaches and institutional innovations need to be integrated to overcome marginality. The book will be a valuable source for development scholars and students, actors that design public policies, and for social innovators in the private sector and non-governmental organizations.?
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences Length: 406 Pages (5,978 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
This open access book bridges the disciplinary boundaries within the social sciences to explore the role of social institutions in shaping geographical contexts, and in creating new knowledge. It includes theorizations as well as original empirical case studies on the emergence, maintenance and change of institutions as well as on their constraining and enabling effects on innovation, entrepreneurship, art and cultural heritage, often at regional scales across Europe and North America. Rooted in the disciplines of management and organization studies, sociology, geography, political science, and economics the contributors all take comprehensive approaches to carve out the specific contextuality of institutions as well as their impact on societal outcomes. Not only does this book offer detailed insights into current debates in institutional theory, it also provides background for scholars, students, and professionals at the intersection between regional development, policy-making, and regulation.
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences Length: 322 Pages (6,841 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
Drawing on narratological and feminist theory, Susan Sniader Lanser explores patterns of narration in a wide range of novels by women of England, France, and the United States from the 1740s to the present. She sheds light on the history of "voice" as a narrative strategy and as a means of attaining social power. She considers the dynamics in personal voice in authors such as Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jamaica Kincaid. In writers who attempt a "communal voice" -- including Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Gaskell, Joan Chase, and Monique Wittig -- she finds innovative strategies that challenge the conventions of Western narrative.
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences Length: 304 Pages (595 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
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This book examines the concept of care and care practices in healthcare from the interdisciplinary perspectives of continental philosophy, care ethics, the social sciences, and anthropology. Areas addressed include dementia care, midwifery, diabetes care, psychiatry, and reproductive medicine. Special attention is paid to ambivalences and tensions within both the concept of care and care practices. Contributions in the first section of the book explore phenomenological and hermeneutic approaches to care and reveal historical precursors to care ethics. Empirical case studies and reflections on care in institutionalised and standardised settings form the second section of the book. The concluding chapter, jointly written by many of the contributors, points at recurring challenges of understanding and practicing care that open up the field for further research and discussion. This collection will be of great value to scholars and practitioners of medicine, ethics, philosophy, social science and history.
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences Length: 309 Pages (514 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 3rd, 2020
The reduction of suffering deserves special priority. Many ethical views support this claim, yet so far these have not been presented in a single place. Suffering-Focused Ethics provides the most comprehensive presentation of suffering-focused arguments and views to date, including a moral realist case for minimizing extreme suffering. The book then explores the all-important issue of how we can best reduce suffering in practice, and outlines a coherent and pragmatic path forward.
"An inspiring book on the world's most important issue. Magnus Vinding makes a compelling case for suffering-focused ethics. Highly recommended."
-- David Pearce, author of The Hedonistic Imperative and Can Biotechnology Abolish Suffering?
"We live in a haze, oblivious to the tremendous moral reality around us. I know of no philosopher who makes the case more resoundingly than Magnus Vinding. In radiantly clear and honest prose, he demonstrates the overwhelming ethical priority of preventing suffering. Among the book's many powerful arguments, I would call attention to its examination of the overlapping biases that perpetuate moral unawareness. Suffering-Focused Ethics will change its readers, opening new moral and intellectual vistas. This could be the most important book you will ever read."
-- Jamie Mayerfeld, professor of political science at the University of Washington, author of Suffering and Moral Responsibility and The Promise of Human Rights
"In this important undertaking, Magnus Vinding methodically and convincingly argues for the overwhelming ethical importance of preventing and reducing suffering, especially of the most intense kind, and also shows the compatibility of this view with various mainstream ethical philosophies that don't uniquely focus on suffering. His careful analytical style and comprehensive review of existing arguments make this book valuable reading for anyone who cares about what matters, or who wishes to better understand the strong rational ...
Excerpted from Antidisestablishmentarianism --
Hint. It's not what you think. It's a recipe for persecution, corruption and heresy. America's founding fathers understood that government must protect freedom, including the freedom to practice all religions. But they also understood that not all religions teach men how to be good citizens and make their countries prosper. The truth isn't out there somewhere, unfindable and unknowable. It's right here.
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences Length: 381 Pages (1,259 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Jun 30th, 2020
This book is about how to improve global living standards. Topics include economic growth, income inequality, poverty, corruption, causes of the decline of the middle class in some rich nations, sustainable development, emerging technologies, and more.
This is not a hardcore textbook. It is informal and easy to understand.
Below is a list of questions answered throughout:
* Which nations have the best living standards? What are they doing right?
* Why do rich countries still have so many poor people in them?
* What caused the decline of the middle class in some nations like the US and UK, but not in others like Switzerland and the Nordic countries?
* Has capitalism failed? Or have we become more socialist? Are those terms meaningless?
* Is the government too big? Or not big enough?
* Is libertarianism a good or bad idea?
* Why are several industries dominated by a handful of corporations? What can we do about it?
* Why are prescription medications so expensive? How do we reduce costs?
* Do we need more regulations on businesses? Or less?
* Should nations be more open to free trade? Or should they be self-sufficient?
* Has globalization helped or hurt the average person?
* Does economic growth really improve living standards?
* How much wealth is enough?
* Do we need the stock market?
* Do we need money? Or could we allocate resources differently?
* What causes inflation? Does it matter?
* Is a gold standard superior or inferior to a fiat (paper) monetary system?
* Why is our tax system so complicated and full of loopholes? What can we do about it?
* Is taxation a form of theft?
* Should we raise taxes on the rich?
* How much should nations spend on welfare?
* How can we reduce unemployment and create decent paying jobs for everyone?
* Is a 40-hour work week necessary?
* Should we have more government jobs or private sector jobs?
* Why is economic growth slowing in developed countries? What should we do about it?
* How do we reduce ...
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences Length: 791 Pages (4,395 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Jun 26th, 2020
The stories in this book are diverse, spanning five decades and playing out in different arenas, from local to global. They take place in developing countries all over the world, and they involve many sectors and disciplines beyond nutrition itself, including health, agriculture, education, social protection, and water and sanitation. Most importantly, they paint a nuanced picture of success as a context-specific achievement that may, or may not, endure into the future.
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences Length: 403 Pages (28,712 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Jun 24th, 2020
"A passionate, incisive critique of the many ways in which women and girls of color are systematically erased or marginalized in discussions of police violence." -- Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
Invisible No More is a timely examination of how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. By placing the individual stories of Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Dajerria Becton, Monica Jones, and Mya Hall in the broader context of the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration, Andrea Ritchie documents the evolution of movements centered around women's experiences of policing. Featuring a powerful forward by activist Angela Davis, Invisible No More is an essential exposé on police violence against WOC that demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety -- and the means we devote to achieving it.
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences Length: 362 Pages (7,229 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jun 16th, 2020
A black woman and single mum, starting over. A white man who wants something more. Will they take a chance on each other? Everyting gonna be alright?
London, 1960. Rose is looking for a new start. Thousands of miles away from her Caribbean home, she scrapes together money to send for her children while adjusting to a strange, new world.
Jack's life is full of disillusionment. He cares little for his council flat, his town, or even his wife. The only thing that gives his life sparkle? His Jamaican friends down at the docks.
When Jack meets Rose at a bus stop, a new and unexpected future unfolds...
If you like rich settings and realistic characters: Long Time Walk on Water. This captivating multicultural historical novel with its splash of something quite unique, its touch of romance, reggae style, will win your heart forever. Told with pride, poise, humour and grace, this modern classic by Joan Barbara Simon, literary terrorist, will have you shouting about if from the rooftops!
'Rich, complex and beautifully written. It is something unlike anything I've read before and yet it's recognisable and resonant because all of life is in it. An absorbing and affecting read.' (online reviewer)
'Beautifully crafted (... ) will leave the reader as changed as Simon's characters. Highly, highly recommended.' (Dan Holloway)
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences Length: 300 Pages (1,150 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Jun 15th, 2020