Philosophy

Author: Roger Scruton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781474288989
Release Date: 2016-10-20
Genre: Philosophy

In Philosophy: Principles and Problems Roger Scruton shares the ideas and arguments which initially attracted him to the subject and those which have engaged his attention throughout his career. Through discussions of major philosophers, Kant and Wittgenstein in particular, he attempts to show how philosophy is relevant to life in the modern world. The topics he discusses range from the nature of truth, to Music, History, sex, morality and God. Read this book, therefore, to share a profound philosopher's thoughts about some of the major problems of our time. The Bloomsbury Revelations edition includes a new preface from the author.

Disbelief 101

Author: S. C. Hitchcock
Publisher: See Sharp Press
ISBN: 9781884365546
Release Date: 2009-05-01
Genre: Philosophy

Filled with wit, humor, and clear metaphor, this exploration into atheism is written specifically for young adults, though any adult interested in learning more about atheism will find value within. Not just focused on atheism, this crash course in logical thinking addresses the issues of indoctrination, whether it be religious, political, or commercial, and makes the case that morality is created through reasoning and logic, not through divine communication. Many hot topics are touched upon, such as traditional arguments for God’s existence, the relationship of evolution and religious belief, the incompatible nature of science and religion, and the harmfulness of both Christianity and Islam.

Young Person s Guide to Getting and Keeping a Good Job

Author: J. Michael Farr
Publisher: Jist Works
ISBN: 1593570856
Release Date: 2006-01-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Young Person?s Guide to Getting & Keeping a Good Job is the best-selling job search book ever for high school students for one reason: It clearly, concisely, and thoroughly covers all the essential job-search topics: from identifying skills and experiences to using a JIST Card, from contacting an employer to completing an application, it?s all there. Whether students are looking for a part-time job, an internship, or a summer job, they will find that using Young Person?s Guide develops their skills and increases their comfort level with the job search and beginning employment.Central to the book?s effectiveness is Michael Farr?s philosophy of self-directed attitudes and behaviors. Students will gain confidence as they understand the entire process and develop confidence in their ability to market themselves to employers.

An Intelligent Person s Guide to Education

Author: Tony Little
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781472913128
Release Date: 2015-06-16
Genre: Education

Tony Little is The Head Master of Eton. One of the most progressive and imaginative people in British education today he has hitherto kept a low profile. This book, published to coincide with his retirement, sets out his educational fundamentals. There is a crisis in the British education system. Year on year GCSE and A Level pupils post better exam results, with more students achieving top grades. Yet business leaders and employers complain bitterly that our schools are not producing people fit for purpose. Far from being locked in an ivory tower, a bastion of privilege, Mr Little has used his time as a teacher and headmaster to get to grips with fundamental questions concerning education. He wants to produce people fit to work in the modern world. How do children absorb information? What kind of people does society need? What is education for? Not only is the author one of the great reforming headmasters of our time but he has planted Academies in the East end of London, founded a state boarding school near Windsor and yet is a passionate advocate of single sex schools. This book is not a text book for colleges of education - it is a book to enlighten the teaching profession and just as much for anxious parents. The book is simply arranged under topics such as authority, expectations, progress, self-confidence, sex, crises and creativity. Tony Little thinks it is time to ask some fundamental questions, and to make brave decisions about how we make our schools and our schoolchildren fit for purpose.

Philosophy for Young Children

Author: Berys Gaut
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136736063
Release Date: 2013-03-01
Genre: Education

With this book, any teacher can start teaching philosophy to children today! Co-written by a professor of philosophy and a practising primary school teacher, Philosophy for Young Children is a concise, practical guide for teachers. It contains detailed session plans for 36 philosophical enquiries - enough for a year’s work - that have all been successfully tried, tested and enjoyed with young children from the age of three upwards. The enquiries explore a range of stimulating philosophical questions about fairness, the environment, friendship, inclusion, sharing, right and wrong, manners, beauty, pictures, the emotions, dreaming and reality. All the stories, drawings and photographs that you’ll need to carry out the enquiries are provided and can be used with your children directly from the book. Each step-by step enquiry includes: The philosophical topic and the aim of the enquiry The stimuli you’ll need Questions to ask the children Possible answers to help move the discussion forward Ideas to help you summarise and extend the enquiry. If you are an Early Years or primary school teacher, this complete resource will enable you to introduce philosophy to your children quickly and with confidence.

Worthless

Author: Aaron Clarey
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 1467978302
Release Date: 2011-12-05
Genre: Education

"Worthless" is the single most important book young men and women can read before they attend college. While teachers, guidance counselors and even parents are afraid to tell you the truth in an effort to spare your feelings, “Worthless” delivers a blunt and real-world assessment about the economic realities and consequences of choosing various degrees with a necessary and tough fatherly love. Don't lie to yourself. And certainly don't waste four years of your youth and thousands of dollars in tuition on a worthless degree. Buy this book and understand why it is important you choose the right major. The book itself could be the wisest investment you ever make.

An Intelligent Person s Guide to Atheism

Author: Daniel Harbour
Publisher: Duckworth Publishing
ISBN: 0715632299
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Religion

A controversial study that argues for the value of atheism in modern society. The debate about atheism has staled since the time of Bertrand Russell. In this work, Daniel Harbour returns to its core issues - the existence of God, the values of faith, the role of religion in society - and casts them in an entirely new light. The real question, he argues, is how we should consider our urge to understand the world. Only then can we ask ourselves whether atheism or theism forms part of a coherent worldview. This new debate between atheism and theism forces us into an investigation of philosophy, science, history, ethics and aesthetics, and a desire for intellectual integrity and commitment to truth. It is far removed from the usual listing of the errors of theism. Not can atheism be equated with denialism. It holds real and practical implications for the place of religion and the obligations of atheists in our society.

The Lazy Man s Guide to Enlightenment

Author: Thaddeus Golas
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 158685190X
Release Date: 2002-06-05
Genre: Religion

$10.95 cloth hardcover · 1-58685-190-X 5 x 7 in, 112 pp, Rights: W, Self-Help Originally published by the author in 1972, the underground classic Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment teaches how to improve the quality of life, to feel good, and to determine what's real. Golas leads the reader down the path toward enlightenment with simple steps, like memorizing key phrases and incorporating them into daily life and thought. Think of how much better your life might be if you reminded yourself to "love as much as you can from wherever you are" or "love it the way it is." This classic book is full of useful tips on how to live a more conscious life and to be an engaged and aware member of the universal community. "While we have humility and pride enough to act on the knowledge that we exist in an infinite harmony, that we are neither greater nor lesser than any others, we can enjoy exquisite spiritual wealth and pleasures. When you love yourself, you are in truth expanding in love into many other things. And the more loving you are, the more loving the beings within and around you. On all levels we are mutually dependent vibrations. Play a happy tune and happy dancers will join your trip." - From The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment After serving in World War II, author Thaddeus Golas graduated from Columbia College in New York. He later moved to San Francisco, where he became involved in the activism and spiritual quests of the 1960s. He was an editor of Redbook magazine and a book representative for publisher Harper and Row.

An Intelligent Person s Guide to History

Author: John Vincent
Publisher: Overlook Press
ISBN: 1585677213
Release Date: 2005
Genre: History

"John Vincent's comprehensive examination of the evolution of history as a discipline and its underlying philosophy is essential reading for anyone interested in the history they were never taught in the classroom." "Exploring the nature of historical evidence, meaning and imagination, together with morality, causality, bias and hindsight, Professor Vincent gets to the very heart of the complex issues raised, writing with trademark wit and lucidity to provide a compelling and controversial guide."--BOOK JACKET.

An Intelligent Person s Guide to Religion

Author: John Haldane
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth
ISBN: 0715633767
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Religion

What use is religion in the modern world? Since the Enlightenment philosophers have stripped faith of its claim to being part of human knowledge. But since the dismantling of religion, the ancient and enduring questions about the meaning of our existence - questions that haunt all of us at some point during our life - have never been adequately answered. Drawing on many aspects of human culture, John Haldane offers a defence of religion as not only credible but necessary. He explores the place of religion in relation to science, in making sense of evil, in understanding history and in explaining value. He also looks at religion's impact on art and its complex relationship with death. An Intelligent Person's Guide to Religion makes a compelling argument for the necessity of faith in modern society.

Basketball and Philosophy

Author: Jerry Walls
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813172217
Release Date: 2007-03-09
Genre: Philosophy

What can the film Hoosiers teach us about the meaning of life? How can ancient Eastern wisdom traditions, such as Taoism and Zen Buddhism, improve our jump-shots? What can the “Zen Master” (Phil Jackson) and the “Big Aristotle” (Shaquille O’Neal) teach us about sustained excellence and success? Is women’s basketball “better” basketball? How, ethically, should one deal with a strategic cheater in pickup basketball? With NBA and NCAA team rosters constantly changing, what does it mean to play for the “same team”? What can coaching legends Dean Smith, Rick Pitino, Pat Summitt, and Mike Krzyzewski teach us about character, achievement, and competition? What makes basketball such a beautiful game to watch and play? Basketball is now the most popular team sport in the United States; each year, more than 50 million Americans attend college and pro basketball games. When Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, first nailed two peach baskets at the opposite ends of a Springfield, Massachusetts, gym in 1891, he had little idea of how thoroughly the game would shape American—and international—culture. Hoops superstars such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Yao Ming are now instantly recognized celebrities all across the planet. So what can a group of philosophers add to the understanding of basketball? It is a relatively simple game, but as Kant and Dennis Rodman liked to say, appearances can be deceiving. Coach Phil Jackson actively uses philosophy to improve player performance and to motivate and inspire his team and his fellow coaches, both on and off the court. Jackson has integrated philosophy into his coaching and his personal life so thoroughly that it is often difficult to distinguish his role as a basketball coach from his role as a philosophical guide and mentor to his players. In Basketball and Philosophy, a Dream Team of twenty-six basketball fans, most of whom also happen to be philosophers, proves that basketball is the thinking person’s sport. They look at what happens when the Tao meets the hardwood as they explore the teamwork, patience, selflessness, and balanced and harmonious action that make up the art of playing basketball.

Modern Culture

Author: Roger Scruton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781408193501
Release Date: 2013-01-03
Genre: Social Science

What do we mean by 'culture'? This word, purloined by journalists to denote every kind of collective habit, lies at the centre of contemporary debates about the past and future of society. In this thought-provoking book, Roger Scruton argues for the religious origin of culture in all its forms, and mounts a defence of the 'high culture' of our civilization against its radical and 'deconstructionist' critics. He offers a theory of pop culture, a panegyric to Baudelaire, a few reasons why Wagner is just as great as his critics fear him to be, and a raspberry to Cool Britannia. A must for all people who are fed up to their tightly clenched front teeth with Derrida, Foucault, Oasis and Richard Rogers.

The Sense of Style

Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780143127796
Release Date: 2015-09-22
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

"Charming and erudite . . . The wit and insight and clarity he brings . . . is what makes this book such a gem." --Time.com Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing--and why should we care? In this entertaining and eminently practical book, the cognitive scientist, dictionary consultant, and New York Times-bestselling author Steven Pinker rethinks the usage guide for the twenty-first century. Using examples of great and gruesome modern prose while avoiding the scolding tone and Spartan tastes of the classic manuals, he shows how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right. The Sense of Style is for writers of all kinds, and for readers who are interested in letters and literature and are curious about the ways in which the sciences of mind can illuminate how language works at its best.

Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot

Author: James B. Stockdale
Publisher: Hoover Press
ISBN: 0817993932
Release Date: 1995-07-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Thoughts on issues of character, leadership, integrity, personal and public virtue, and ethics, the selections in this volume converge around the central theme of how man can rise with dignity to prevail in the face of adversity--lessons just as valid for the challenges of present-day life as they were for the author's Vietnam experience.