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A Preface to Philosophy: Exploring Truth, Doubt, and Ethics by Philip Wik (A Blue Kitten Book) Price verified 6 hours ago

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. T.S. Eliot

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 497 Pages (17,774 KB)
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Added: Jul 7th, 2020

Under a Lion Sun: Days of Joy and Sorrow in Old Calabria by Michael Caputo (Ascent Educational) 4.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 8 hours ago

Join the author on a journey back through time to his beloved town in Calabria, in Southern Italy. Accompany him through a mental journey to the fifties and the sixties, as he was growing up in an area that could be both blissful and agonizing. In this book you will meet very loving people whose whole existence was self-sacrifice, and others who had no conscience and did the unthinkable without a hint of guilt. The author will also dissect and expose beliefs, customs and traits which both ennoble and limit the very energetic and intelligent Calabrian people. This work is especially of interest to people whose roots are in Calabria. Anyone whose interest is anthropology will find this work very enlightening as well. Author of, THE COIN FROM CALABRIA: DISCOVERING THE HISTORICAL ROOTS IF MY CALABRIAN PEOPLE and CALABRIA SEEN THROUGH FOREIGN EYES. "... the book's overall feeling and content... is filled with love, intelligence and lots of mainly positive memories." (Italophile Book Reviews)

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 196 Pages (4,497 KB)
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Added: Jul 7th, 2020

Socialism: An Essential Review by Shawn Henry Potter (Renatus Press®) Price verified 13 hours ago

All across America, political candidates for federal, state, and local office are proclaiming the principles of socialism. They offer revolutionary solutions to persistent social challenges, such as: income inequality, low wages, rising health care costs, student debt, racism, and climate change. But, would their policies lead to a reduction or expansion of human suffering? Do their principles rest on reality or fantasy? Father Bernard Vaughan, Priest of the Society of Jesus, answers these questions, and more, as he examines general principles of social justice, socialism, and capitalism in Socialism: An Essential Review. Inspired by the words of Pope Pius X, and the writings of Pope Leo XIII, Father Vaughan discusses, among other topics, the relationship between socialism and the individual, family, state, and church. This book is required reading for everyone who wishes to understand the foundations of the socialist movement in America and aspires to "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." The writer of Proverbs encourages everyone to: "Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy." (Prov 31:8-9)

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 272 Pages (6,692 KB)
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Added: Jul 7th, 2020

What is Human Fitness? by Alan Reed 3.4 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 16 hours ago

What is Human Fitness explores the meaning of our humanity by clarifying our common understanding of fitness and how this relates to living a fully human life.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 52 Pages (385 KB)
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Added: Jul 7th, 2020

Social Security Basic Income: A Safety Net for All Americans by Steven O. Richardson 4.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 18 hours ago

I wrote this book to stimulate conversation about simultaneous solutions to two serious problems facing the U.S. For decades, we have ignored the looming bankruptcy of Social Security and Medicare trust funds. Meanwhile, as income inequality continues to grow, our President and Congress double down on policies that produced the imbalance - namely, negative real interest rates and income tax cuts. This is dangerous because it worsens two conflicts that transcend partisan competition - those between the ruling and working classes and between generations. My proposed solution is twofold. First, a radical tax reform proposal that I call Free to Work (FTW) would grant tax relief to workers by eliminating the payroll tax. We would pay for existing entitlement obligations by eliminating tax expenditures and making the income tax more progressive. The safety net - Social Security Basic Income, or SSBI - is a negative income tax type basic income guarantee that could be funded by additional progressive income taxes. It would provide a universal, unconditional benefit of $1000/month for adult citizens. With FTW, taxpayers gain control over our own retirement and health care. With SSBI, those in need obtain some assistance without being subjected to a judgmental bureaucratic maze.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 168 Pages (2,586 KB)
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Added: Jul 7th, 2020

Stockpile Quarantine Cookbook: Detailed Master List of Survival Grocery Products to Stockpile with Over 100 Proven & Healthy Survival Shelf-Stable ... by William Smith 3.8 Stars (31 Reviews)    Price verified 11 hours ago

Are you looking for recipes with shelf-stable ingredients and what survival foods to buy? Did you know that by properly storing the food you can continue enjoying nutritious meals for months to come? Do you know which superfoods are the most effective in combating viruses? We all know that it is vitally important to understand what foods efficiently strengthen our immune system and are capable of fighting infectious diseases. Additionally, we should aim for foods with plenty of brain-healthy ingredients which increase the amount of serotonin in our system and cut down cortisol. This also results in us experiencing less stress and anxiety. We'll also look at what foods to eat to supercharge our immune system to combat viruses and other infectious diseases. All this, however, means absolutely nothing if you aren't aware of how to properly store food to outlast the disasters that arise. It is crucial to understand which food groups will disappear from the stores first and what foods will last longer when preserved or stored with different methods. We'll cover this and much more in this book. Shelf-stable foods will be vital to your survival during the long months of any disaster, and a solid plan in times like these is a necessity. This Stockpile Survival Guide will explore: • Over 100 Proven & Healthy Survival Food Recipes to Supercharge Your Immune System with Shelf-Stable and Bulk Foods • Top 44 Fundamental Survival Foods to Stockpile • Top 20 Proven Superfoods to Stockpile for Fighting Diseases & Improving Immune System • Top 12 Bulk Foods to Focus on and How to Store Them so They Last for Decades • How to Effectively Stockpile Food • Stockpile to Maximize Your Fiber, Protein & Vitamin Intake • Bonus Chapter: Step by Step Guide to Survive Disasters • Breakfast Recipes • Lunch Recipes • Dinner Recipes • Snack & Desert Recipes • And Much, Much More! Scroll up to snatch your copy of this Stockpile Survival Food ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 134 Pages (4,041 KB)
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Added: Jul 7th, 2020

The Governments of Europe by Frederic Austin Ogg (Good Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 16 hours ago

"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 952 Pages (2,494 KB)
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Added: Jul 7th, 2020

Visualization: Online Startups: The Mindset Needed to Quit Your Job and Start a Business by T Whitmore 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 17 hours ago

Online Startups The Mindset Needed to Quit Your Job and Start a Business Would you like to start an online business that generates an additional income for you every day? Do you have a dream of launching a startup and becoming a successful entrepreneur? Having the proper mindset makes it possible for you to work from home and make lots of money in the process! After reading this book you'll have a clear understanding of what you need to believe and how you need to think in order to have a successful business from A to Z. Here Is A Preview Of What's Included Inside This Book... ?Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists ?Gaining more confidence ?Online crowd funding ?Copyrighting your ideas ?The nine to five dive ?Having a logical plan ?Learning stress management ?Customer service skills ?Taxes ?Registering your name ?And Much, Much More! Get Your Copy Today! This Online Startups guide is jam packed with useful information for those interested in entrepreneurship! If you're ready to learn how to start a business, then scroll up and hit the 'Buy' button now, or download through Kindle Unlimited. You really have nothing to lose!

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 64 Pages (1,664 KB)
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Added: Jul 7th, 2020

Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Jane Cochrane Seaman) (Nellie Bly) 4.2 Stars (202 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Ten Days in a Madhouse is Nellie Bly's (Elizabeth Jane Cochrane Seaman) account of her ten days in a madhouse in New York in 1887. Bly, in an act of stunt journalism that wold make her famous, pretended to be mildly insane so she would be sent to an asylum to see first hand what one was like. To begin the process she goes to a rooming house and one night she stays up all night staring at the wall. The stare fest alerts her roommate and scares the homeowner and the next day she fixates on her lost trunk and insists on finding it. At the same time she continually talks about too many foreigners and never having worked, which both seem strange to the working class people she is rooming with. These three things are sufficient for her to land before a judge and eventually in the madhouse where she endures the arbitrary and vindictive rule of the nurses who are little better than street toughs. At the end of ten days a lawyer from her paper the World secures her release.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 102 Pages (513 KB)
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Added: Jul 6th, 2020

Rights of Man by Thomas Paine 4.7 Stars (258 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Human Rights asserts that politics popular revolution is permitted when a government fails to safeguard the natural rights of its people.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 137 Pages (721 KB)
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Added: Jul 6th, 2020

Lao Tzu : Tao Te Ching : A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way by Lao Tzu (LT Press) 4.3 Stars (307 Reviews)    Price verified 11 hours ago

Lao Tzu's "Tao Te Ching", or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the "Tao Te Ching" llods at the basic predicatment of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action. It teaches how wo work for the good with the efforless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao (the basic principle of the universe) and applies equally to good government and sexual love, to childrearing, business, and ecology. The Tao Te Ching is the most widely traslated book in world literature, after the Bible. Yet the gemlike lucidity of the original has eluded most previous translations, and they have obscured some of its central ideas.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 84 Pages (1,372 KB)
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Added: Jul 6th, 2020

Inconceivable Effects: Ethics through Twentieth-Century German Literature, Thought, and Film (Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought) by Martin Blumenthal-Barby (Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library) Price verified 9 hours ago

In Inconceivable Effects, Martin Blumenthal-Barby reads theoretical, literary and cinematic works that appear noteworthy for the ethical questions they raise. Via critical analysis of writers and filmmakers whose projects have changed our ways of viewing the modern world -- including Hannah Arendt, Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, the directors of Germany in Autumn, and Heiner Müller -- these essays furnish a cultural base for contemporary discussions of totalitarian domination, lying and politics, the relation between law and body, the relation between law and justice, the question of violence, and our ways of conceptualizing "the human." A consideration of ethics is central to the book, but ethics in a general, philosophical sense is not the primary subject here; instead, Blumenthal-Barby suggests that whatever understanding of the ethical one has is always contingent upon a particular mode of presentation (Darstellung), on particular aesthetic qualities and features of media. Whatever there is to be said about ethics, it is always bound to certain forms of saying, certain ways of telling, certain modes of narration. That modes of presentation differ across genres and media goes without saying; that such differences are intimately linked with the question of the ethical emerges with heightened urgency in this book.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 223 Pages (964 KB)
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Added: Jul 6th, 2020

The History of Philosophy in Islam by T. J. De Boer (E-BOOKARAMA) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 16 hours ago

"The History of Philosophy in Islam" is a complete summary of the flowering of Islamic philosophy in the late middle ages. Medieval Islamic civilisation at its height was a centre of learning, and its philosophers were no exception. Islamic philosophers grappled with issues such as free-will, causality and the nature of reality. Some of these figures are still well-known, such as Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Ibn Roshd (Averroes), the Sufi Gazali, and Kindi.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 221 Pages (1,797 KB)
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Added: Jul 6th, 2020

Our life after death by Emanuel Swedenborg 4.2 Stars (29 Reviews)    Price verified 15 hours ago

Contents Introduction Editor's Note What the World of Spirits is Each of Us is Inwardly a Spirit Our Revival from Death After Death, We Are in a Fully Human Form We Leave Nothing Behind except Our Earthly Body What We Are Like after Death Our First State after Death Our Second State after Death Our Third State after Death It is Not as Hard as People Think It is to Live a Life That Leads to Heaven Appendix: Children in Heaven About Emanuel Swedenborg

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 74 Pages (575 KB)
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Added: Jul 6th, 2020

Dignity in the 21st Century: Middle East and West (SpringerBriefs in Philosophy) by Doris Schroeder (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 18 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY license. This book offers a unique and insightful analysis of Western and Middle Eastern concepts of dignity and illustrates them with examples of everyday life. Dignity in the 21st Century - Middle East and West is unique and insightful for a range of reasons. First, the book is co-authored by scholars from two different cultures (Middle East and West). As a result, the interpretations of dignity covered are broader than those in most Western publications. Second, the ambition of the book is to use examples from everyday life and fiction to debate a range of dignity interpretations supplemented by philosophical and theological theories. Thus, the book is designed to be accessible to a general readership, which is further facilitated because it is published with full open access. Third, the book does not defend one superior theory of dignity, but instead presents six Western approaches and one based on the Koran and then asks whether a common essence can be detected. The answer to the question whether a common essence can be detected between the Koranic interpretation of dignity and the main Western theories (virtue, Kant) is YES. The essence can be seen in dignity as a sense of self-worth, which persons have a duty to develop and respect in themselves and a duty to protect in others. The book ends with two recommendations. First, given the 7 concepts of dignity introduced in the book, meaningful dialogue can only be achieved if conversation partners clarify which variation they are using. Second, future collaborations between philosophers and psychologists might be helpful in moving theoretical knowledge on dignity as a sense of self-worth into practical action. The "scourges" of a sense of self-worth and dignity are identified by psychologists as violence, humiliation, disregard and embarrassment. To know more about how these can be avoided from psychologists, is helpful when protecting a sense of self-worth in others.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 118 Pages (1,487 KB)
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Added: Jul 6th, 2020

The Life You Can Save: How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty: 10th Anniversary ed. Edition by Peter Singer 4.7 Stars (19 Reviews)    Price verified 15 hours ago

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 Scroll up and grab a copy of The Life You Can Save Today.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 301 Pages (2,271 KB)
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Added: Jul 6th, 2020

The Oldest Vocation: Christian Motherhood in the Medieval West by Clarissa W. Atkinson (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 11 hours ago

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 [x]
Length: 310 Pages (888 KB)
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Added: Jul 6th, 2020

Pieces of Truth by Nobuyoshi Takahashi 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 11 hours ago

This is a philosophical book about the universe, God, human beings, our mind, our life, and so on. But the author is not a philosopher, he is a truth seeker though. And it took him more than 20 years to write this book. He strongly believes that you don't need a degree in Philosophy to seek truth. And this book is an experiment to see how well an ordinary person like him can answer various philosophical questions. He has actually answered most major philosophical questions simply and clearly. You can tell by looking inside the book. So if you are interested in such an experiment, and if you choose a book by what is written, not by who it is written by, you will love this book! By the way, you can read this book on your computer if you install the free application "Kindle for PC."

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 208 Pages (2,357 KB)
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Added: Jul 5th, 2020

After the Interlude: A Dialogue about Death and Beyond by Ellyn Peirson (Creativia) 4.5 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 18 hours ago

After the Interlude explores destiny, the sibling relationship, the impact on destiny of family of origin dynamics, where we were before we were born, where we're going after we've left the planet, thin places, dreams, prayer and the importance of unbending intent. The book tackles purpose and the most difficult personal question of all personal questions -- Why? After the Interlude converses with existence. After the Interlude is an expression of an Everyperson. All human beings know fear. All human beings lose family members. All human beings question. All human beings are wounded and flawed. And, above all, all human beings come with a destiny to be uncovered and lived and a monumental capacity to love. The wounds that happen along the way are part of the contract we undertake in coming here, trailing our own Wordsworthian clouds of glory. Whether we come once or multiple times is a moot point. The point of life, according to After the Interlude, is now and what we do with all the nows of our lives. After the Interlude is highly personal and yet it will touch readers in their personal beliefs and fears. With references to the Platonic philosophers, Julian of Norwich, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, C. S. Lewis, Annie Dillard, Mary Oliver and Chet Raymo, the argument that the purpose of life is the advancement of the soul is brought home. And it's brought home with an openness that allows the reader to try it on for size, rather than insisting on adoption or rejection. And, above all, After The Interlude faces death head-on. Ellyn Peirson's credo on the soul's journey is a personal culmination of years of exploration of the soul. Andrew Ruhl, Ellyn's soul-friend, responds to and frames the theories and propositions in words and photography. It all began simply enough. The question was rather ordinary. Margaret, Ellyn's only sibling and soul-companion of longest standing, had just died. Andrew, in his fourth post-bone-marrow-transplant year, wondered via ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 159 Pages (4,476 KB)
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Added: Jul 5th, 2020

Democracy's Children: Intellectuals and the Rise of Cultural Politics by John McGowan (Cornell University Press) 3.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 16 hours ago

How do American intellectuals try to achieve their political and social goals? By what means do they articulate their hopes for change? John McGowan seeks to identify the goals and strategies of contemporary humanistic intellectuals who strive to shape the politics and culture of their time. In a lively mix of personal reflection and shrewd analysis, McGowan visits the sites of intellectual activity (scholarly publications, professional conferences, the classroom, and the university) and considers the hazards of working within such institutional contexts to effect change outside the academy. Democracy's Children considers the historical trajectory that produced current intellectual practices. McGowan links the growing prestige of "culture" since 1800 to the growth of democracy and the obsession with modernity and explores how intellectuals became both custodians and creators of culture. Caught between fears of culture's irrelevance and dreams of its omnipotence, intellectuals pursue a cultural politics that aims for wide-ranging social transformations. For better or worse, McGowan says, the humanities are now tied to culture and to the university. The opportunities and frustrations attendant on this partnership resonate with the larger successes and failures of contemporary democratic societies. His purpose in this collection of essays is to illuminate the conditions under which intellectuals in a democracy work and at the same time to promote intellectual activities that further democratic ideals.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 262 Pages (1,313 KB)
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Added: Jul 5th, 2020

Improving Mental Health Outcomes Through Case Management Services: The Cog of the Wheel by Dr. Lorena Fulton 4.7 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 11 hours ago

Also available in paperback. Funders, community leaders, professionals, and people in need are looking for ways to improve the outcomes, or results, of services designed to help people who suffer from mental illness. Professional case management in mental health is the process of alleviating barriers so that people might effectively address their problems, with or without ongoing professional assistance. Professional case management is deliberate and strategic, whether on the micro level or on the macro level. This book details steps to setting a goal and planning a combination of methods and approaches in order to achieve that goal. Relevant stakeholders, which include service users, policy makers, program administrators, and neighborhood residents, are included.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 90 Pages (6,152 KB)
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Added: Jul 5th, 2020

Teaching Snapping Turtles How To Chew Bubblegum by Jonathan Heatt (Heattwave Productions) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 17 hours ago

Trying to reason with a Republican (or Democrat) is like teaching a snapping turtle how to chew bubblegum. This conclusion birthed the title of my book. Teaching Snapping Turtles is an opinionated nonfiction book about American Society in the 21st Century. The problem with politics is that both parties believe they're right. No matter what. Only the "other person" needs to change. The shell is a happy place. American society is diseased. Violent. Corrupt. Many people sleepwalk and wade through life with no purpose. Gun violence continues unabated and unaddressed by our mercenary politicians. Wealth continues to be consolidated by the few - a sociopathic symptom of Capitalism. And everything is connected: Politics, Culture, religion, etc... Nothing will change until our collective mind state changes. My acerbic book aims to spark a movement of change. It is necessary. Americans suffer from hunger pains of which they know not. A spiritual void pervades our society - not a religious one, but a sense of purpose eludes the bulk of our populace. Buy & Consume are momentary reprieves that leave a person feeling empty. Most people want to be good people. Maybe my book can point them in the right direction and in turn, start a long overdue evolution of thought. Teaching Snapping Turtles is merely a gonzo mirror of truth reflecting the absurd times we live in. Gun sales increase as tragedies grace the front pages. Unless we immediately change as a people then there will only be more Sandy Hooks. The truth shouldn't always be pretty & polite. Truth can be vulgar. I question everything Americans hold dear: guns, capitalism, religion, sports, violent movies... and highlight the harm these things are having on Humanity. A recent Pew Research Center report stated that a quarter of American adults had not read a book in the past year. This is unacceptable. My book is designed for Every American, specifically for the blue-collar middle class worker who never reads books. This ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 267 Pages (1,205 KB)
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Added: Jul 5th, 2020

Marginality: Addressing the Nexus of Poverty, Exclusion and Ecology by Joachim von Braun (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 18 hours ago

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 [x]
Length: 406 Pages (5,978 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Knowledge and Institutions (Knowledge and Space Book 13) by Johannes Glückler (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 18 hours ago

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 [x]
Length: 322 Pages (6,841 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

The Topography of Modernity: Karl Philipp Moritz and the Space of Autonomy (Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought) by Elliott Schreiber (Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library) Price verified 21 hours ago

Karl Philipp Moritz (d. 1793) was one of the most innovative writers of the late Enlightenment in Germany. A novelist, travel writer, editor, and teacher he is probably best known today for his autobiographical novel Anton Reiser (1785-90) and for his treatises on aesthetics, foremost among them Über die bildende Nachahmung des Schönen (On the Formative Imitation of the Beautiful) (1788). In this treatise, Moritz develops the concept of aesthetic autonomy, which became widely known after Goethe included a lengthy excerpt of it in his own Italian Journey (1816-17). It was one of the foundational texts of Weimar classicism, and it became pivotal for the development of early Romanticism. In The Topography of Modernity, Elliott Schreiber gives Moritz the credit he deserves as an important thinker beyond his contributions to aesthetic theory. Indeed, he sees Moritz as an incisive early observer and theorist of modernity. Considering a wide range of Moritz's work including his novels, his writings on mythology, prosody, and pedagogy, and his political philosophy and psychology, Schreiber shows how Moritz's thinking developed in response to the intellectual climate of the Enlightenment and paved the way for later social theorists to conceive of modern society as differentiated into multiple, competing value spheres.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 194 Pages (1,478 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Empire’s Labor: The Global Army That Supports U.S. Wars by Adam Moore (Cornell University Press) 3.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 19 hours ago

In a dramatic unveiling of the little-known world of contracted military logistics, Adam Moore examines the lives of the global army of laborers who support US overseas wars. Empire's Labor brings us the experience of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who perform jobs such as truck drivers and administrative assistants at bases located in warzones in the Middle East and Africa. He highlights the changes the US military has undergone since the Vietnam War, when the ratio of contractors to uniformed personnel was roughly 1:6. In Afghanistan it has been as high as 4:1. This growth in logistics contracting represents a fundamental change in how the US fights wars, with the military now dependent on a huge pool of contractors recruited from around the world. It also, Moore demonstrates, has social, economic, and political implications that extend well beyond the battlefields. Focusing on workers from the Philippines and Bosnia, two major sources of "third country national" (TCN) military labor, Moore explains the rise of large-scale logistics outsourcing since the end of the Cold War; describes the networks, infrastructures, and practices that span the spaces through which people, information, and goods circulate; and reveals the experiences of foreign workers, from the hidden dynamics of labor activism on bases, to the economic and social impacts these jobs have on their families and the communities they hail from. Through his extensive fieldwork and interviews, Moore gives voice to the agency and aspirations of the many thousands of foreigners who labor for the US military. Thanks to generous funding from UCLA and its participation in TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access volumes from Cornell Open (cornellopen.org) and other repositories.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 250 Pages (4,183 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

The Public Mapping Project: How Public Participation Can Revolutionize Redistricting (Brown Democracy Medal) by Michael P. McDonald (Cornell Selects) 3.5 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 15 hours ago

The Laurence and Lynne Brown Democracy Medal is an initiative of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Pennsylvania State University. It annually recognizes outstanding individuals, groups, and organizations that produce exceptional innovations to further democracy in the United States or around the world. Micah Altman and Michael P. McDonald unveil the Public Mapping Project, which developed DistrictBuilder, an open-source software redistricting application designed to give the public transparent, accessible, and easy-to-use online mapping tools. As they show, the goal is for all citizens to have access to the same information that legislators use when drawing congressional maps -- and use that data to create maps of their own. Thanks to generous funding from The Pennsylvania State University, the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access volumes from Cornell Open (cornellopen.org) and other repositories.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 120 Pages (1,672 KB)
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Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice by Susan Sniader Lanser (Cornell University Press) 3.7 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 16 hours ago

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 [x]
Length: 304 Pages (595 KB)
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Empowerment by Virtue of Golden Truth. Human Cloning: Specifically, REM Driven Human Cloning FULL DISCLOSURE by Donald Marshall 4.4 Stars (9 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

The truth is liberating at the same time paralysing. Laurence Mountford. Introduction Just read it. Every word in this document is true, and it is the most important document to ever reach the internet. This document is written to empower good people of the world against the tyranny which exists all around us in our world today. Effectively, the document presented here discloses concealed information about the extent to which medicine, science, and technology has advanced in our current era. Moreover, I am disclosing this information because I have been extensively abused, and I am victim of current advances in medicine, science, and technology, which I describe in detail below. There are many, many, other victims of abuse, including myself, and therefore it is our plea that you read this document with an open mind and you investigate ALL statements which may initially irk you and appear 'suspect' to begin with (the circumstantial evidence is available all around you); because as a victim of abuse, I can honestly say, there is nothing worse than experiencing abuse, and those who have the power to protect you from your abusers, ignore you. I will now discuss what qualifies as whistle blowing disclosure. After detailing the criteria which qualifies for whistle blowing disclosure, I will detail aspects of the Serious Crime Act, and preface a foundation which defines, explains, and references key information for the reader to understand as well as explore the extent to which medicine, science, and technology has advanced today; all for the express purpose of compelling the reader that medicine, science, and technology, has advanced at an incredible rate; that current advances in medicine, science and technology are withheld from public knowledge; and finally these advancements in medicine, science, and technology, have been and are currently used to commit serious unspeakable crimes against humanity and our environment here on earth. Moreover, it is my aim to ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 113 Pages (2,386 KB)
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Proletarian Peasants: The Revolution of 1905 in Russia's Southwest by Robert Edelman (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 15 hours ago

In this book, conceived and written for the general reader as well as the specialist, Robert Edelman uses a case study of peasant behavior during a particular revolutionary situation to make an important contribution to one of the major debates in contemporary peasant studies. Edelman's subject is the peasantry of the right-bank Ukraine, and he uses local and regional archives seldom available to Western scholars to give a detailed picture of the ways in which the inhabitants of one of Russia's most advanced agrarian regions expressed their discontent during the years 1905-1907. By the 1890s, the landlords of Russia's Southwest had organized a highly successful capitalist form of agriculture, and Edelman demonstrates that their peasants responded to these dramatic economic changes by adopting many of the forms of political and social behavior generally associated with urban proletarians.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 208 Pages (3,353 KB)
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Autobiographical Voices: Race, Gender, Self-Portraiture (Reading Women Writing) by Françoise Lionnet (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 11 hours ago

Adopting a boldly innovative approach to women's autobiographical writing, Françoise Lionnet here examines the rhetoric of self-portraiture in works by authors who are bilingual or multilingual or of mixed races or cultures. Autobiographical Voices offers incisive readings of texts by Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Angelou, Marie Cardinal, Maryse Condé, Marie-Thérèse Humbert, Augustine, and Nietzsche.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 280 Pages (1,172 KB)
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Tectonics: A Layman's Guide to Everything Wrong With the World by George Rypslier 3.1 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 16 hours ago

Right now across the globe the news cycle is filled with stories of governmental corruption, revolt and the reemergence of Neo-fascism. After those headlines are the debates on propaganda, social media and tribalism new and old. This book touches them all. This a examination for the here and now. Dissecting everything from the motives of government to the motives of our subconscious and how they play off of each other. This book is an effort to make all of the noise make a little more sense. Human history mirrors the slow incremental movements of the earth which itself is periodically disrupted by sudden upheaval. Grab your dictionary and a glass of whisky for within these pages is a crash course on what the world actually is and where it really needs to be. This is a modern examination of government, religion, culture and the economy, where it all goes wrong, and how we can get it right.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 149 Pages (1,279 KB)
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Drones and the Creative Industry: Innovative Strategies for European SMEs by Virginia Santamarina-Campos (Springer) 3.3 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 6 hours ago

This open access, interdisciplinary book presents innovative strategies in the use of civil drones in the cultural and creative industry. Specially aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the book offers valuable insights from the fields of marketing, engineering, arts and management. With contributions from experts representing varied interests throughout the creative industry, including academic researchers, software developers and engineers, it analyzes the needs of the creative industry when using civil drones both outdoors and indoors. The book also provides timely recommendations to the industry, as well as guidance for academics and policymakers.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 171 Pages (21,788 KB)
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Election 2020: A Decide the Fate of America Novel by Redd and Scarlet W. Bleu 4.8 Stars (15 Reviews)    Price verified 11 hours ago

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN 2020? YOU GET TO DECIDE! America is heading for a civil war, with guns, bombs, and Twitter trolls. The 2020 election is also coming up. Fortunately, you have lots of choices! If you support the Democrats, go to page 4. If you can't decide, go to page 5. If you're an independent and do something different every time, go to page 6.If you're voting third party, great! Go to page 7. If politics drives you to drink and maybe take a hit of a mysterious substance known only as "Purple Sunshine," go to page 8. If you are a horrible deplorable and support the Republicans, go to page 9. What happens next to the U.S.? It all depends on the choices you make. Only you will know the outcome of the election before everyone else! But will you like what you find out? A Decide the Fate of America novel.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 145 Pages (2,565 KB)
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Not of Woman Born: Representations of Caesarean Birth in Medieval and Renaissance Culture by Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 11 hours ago

"Not of woman born, the Fortunate, the Unborn" -- the terms designating those born by Caesarean section in medieval and Renaissance Europe were mysterious and ambiguous. Examining representations of Caesarean birth in legend and art and tracing its history in medical writing, Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski addresses the web of religious, ethical, and cultural questions concerning abdominal delivery in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Not of Woman Born increases our understanding of the history of the medical profession, of medical iconography, and of ideas surrounding "unnatural" childbirth. Blumenfeld-Kosinski compares texts and visual images in order to trace the evolution of Caesarean birth as it was perceived by the main actors involved -- pregnant women, medical practitioners, and artistic or literary interpreters. Bringing together medical treatises and texts as well as hitherto unexplored primary sources such as manuscript illuminations, she provides a fresh perspective on attitudes toward pregnancy and birth in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; the meaning and consequences of medieval medicine for women as both patients and practitioners, and the professionalization of medicine. She discusses writings on Caesarean birth from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, when Church Councils ordered midwives to perform the operation if a mother died during childbirth in order that the child might be baptized; to the fourteenth century, when the first medical text, Bernard of Gordon's Lilium medicinae, mentioned the operation; up to the gradual replacement of midwives by male surgeons in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Not of Woman Born offers the first close analysis of Frarnois Rousset's 1581 treatise on the operation as an example of sixteenth-century medical discourse. It also considers the ambiguous nature of Caesarean birth, drawing on accounts of such miraculous examples as the birth of the Antichrist. An appendix reviews the complex etymological ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 224 Pages (7,219 KB)
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Disasters: Core Concepts and Ethical Theories (Advancing Global Bioethics Book 11) by Dónal P. O’Mathúna (Springer) 5.0 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 11 hours ago

This Open Access Book is the first to examine disasters from a multidisciplinary perspective. Justification of actions in the face of disasters requires recourse both to conceptual analysis and ethical traditions. Part 1 of the book contains chapters on how disasters are conceptualized in different academic disciplines relevant to disasters. Part 2 has chapters on how ethical issues that arise in relation to disasters can be addressed from a number of fundamental normative approaches in moral and political philosophy. This book sets the stage for more focused normative debates given that no one book can be completely comprehensive. Providing analysis of core concepts, and with real-world relevance, this book should be of interest to disaster scholars and researchers, those working in ethics and political philosophy, as well as policy makers, humanitarian actors and intergovernmental organizations..

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 258 Pages (1,138 KB)
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The Purpose of Life by Parmeet Shah 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 17 hours ago

The Purpose of Life is a short book that tackles the deepest questions about our life and existence. It puts forth insights from science to answer these questions, which have for too long been limited to realms of religion and spirituality. It sheds light on why we do the things we do; on the forces that drive all of our thoughts, feelings and behaviour and helps make sense of this crazy world we live in. It's written in easy to read language in order to be accessible to a wide audience and won't take you more than 1-2 hours to finish.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 83 Pages (3,290 KB)
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The State of the United States of America by Tony Pow Price verified 22 hours ago

Our budget for 2020 is 4.7 T (1T = 1,000B) not counting the extra 2T for the current pandemic. Can our government income cover 4T? I propose solutions in this book. We have to balance the budget. It is highly responsible we borrow the money and ask our children and their children to pay for our debts. The US is still leading the world in many areas, but we're declining for sure. Can we turn back the tide? The simple answer is a big YES. However, we have to bit the bullet and understand our weakness and strengths. We need to invest effectively as an individual and as a country. We need to understand the concept of consumption and investing. Going to wars is consumption while building bridges is investing for the country. China has her problems but it has been rising in the last 30 years. She will compete with our high-tech sectors. If you still think they're building crappy products, your dumb nationalism has covered your eyes. I have outlined many global problems including aging population and global economies and provide suggestions to fix them. This book has 6 sections: Our Economy, Life in the U.S., Our Wars and Trade Wars, China, Our Partners: Japan, India and EU, and Common Global Challenges. Initial version: 11/2017. Last Update: 07/2020. Size: 200 pages (6*9)

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 186 Pages (4,522 KB)
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Care in Healthcare: Reflections on Theory and Practice by Franziska Krause (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 11 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. 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 [x]
Length: 309 Pages (514 KB)
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Lift Us Up, Don't Push Us Out!: Voices from the Front Lines of the Educational Justice Movement by Mark R. Warren (Beacon Press) 4.1 Stars (11 Reviews)    Price verified 16 hours ago

Parents, young people, community organizers, and educators describe how they are fighting systemic racism in schools by building a new intersectional educational justice movement. Illuminating the struggles and triumphs of the emerging educational justice movement, this anthology tells the stories of how black and brown parents, students, educators, and their allies are fighting back against systemic inequities and the mistreatment of children of color in low-income communities. It offers a social justice alternative to the corporate reform movement that seeks to privatize public education through expanding charter schools and voucher programs. To address the systemic racism in our education system and in the broader society, the contributors argue that what is needed is a movement led by those most affected by injustice--students of color and their parents--that builds alliances across sectors and with other social justice movements addressing immigration, LGBTQ rights, labor rights, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Representing a diverse range of social justice organizations from across the US, including the Chicago Teachers Union and the Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network, the essayists recount their journeys to movement building and offer practical organizing strategies and community-based alternatives to traditional education reform and privatization schemes. Lift Us Up! will outrage, inform, and mobilize parents, educators, and concerned citizens about what is wrong in American schools today and how activists are fighting for and achieving change.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 216 Pages (3,092 KB)
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Screenwriting: Creative Labor and Professional Practice by Bridget Conor (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 17 hours ago

Screenwriting: Creative Labor and Professional Practice analyzes the histories, practices, identities and subjects which form and shape the daily working lives of screenwriters. Author Bridget Conor considers the ways in which contemporary screenwriters navigate and make sense of the labor markets in which they are immersed. Chapters explore areas including: • Screenwriting histories and myths of the profession • Screenwriting as creative labor • Screenwriters' working lives • Screenwriting work and the how-to genre • Screenwriting work and inequalities Drawing on historical and critical perspectives of mainstream screenwriting in the USA and UK, as well as valuable interviews with working screenwriters, this book presents a highly original and multi-faceted study of screenwriting as creative labor and professional practice.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 166 Pages (1,417 KB)
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The Attack of the Unexpected by Magnus Lindkvist (Marshall Cavendish Business) 4.5 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 11 hours ago

Everything in life is, in a sense, unexpected. From the people you meet to the events you experience. But sometimes the unexpected attacks. It eats at you and fundamentally changes where you are and where you are going. September 11, the credit crunch, and the rise of the World Wide Web are recent examples of agenda changing megaevents that we were forced to react to in some way or another. This book, by one of the world's leading trendspotters, is designed to help you understand the nature of unexpected events and how we are affected by it on an individual, corporate and societal basis. Building on studies of and interviews with people who have in some way been "attacked" and significantly affected by the unexpected, its aim is to help you stop fearing uncertainty and start embracing and leveraging it to your advantage. About the Author: Magnus Lindkvist is an acclaimed trendspotter and popular speaker around the world. He is the author of Everything We Know is Wrong (Marshall Cavendish, 2009) and was selected as Sweden's Business Speaker of the Year in 2009. He is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 160 Pages (2,465 KB)
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Suffering-Focused Ethics: Defense and Implications by Magnus Vinding (Ratio Ethica) 5.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 11 hours ago

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 ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 314 Pages (3,989 KB)
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