Author: Stephen Grosz
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2014-05-12
The author describes his work as a psychoanalyst over a twenty-five year period, describing his efforts to guide his patients to personal insights into their behaviors and resolutions which can change their lives for the better.
Author: Astra Taylor
Publisher: New Press, The
Release Date: 2009-07-14
Examined Life boldly takes philosophy out of the dark corners of the academy and into the streets, reminding us that great ideas are born through profound engagement with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, not in isolation from it. A companion to Astra Taylor’s documentary film, the book features interviews with eight iconoclastic and influential philosophers, conducted while on the move through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas. Peter Singer’s thoughts on the ethics of consumption are amplified against the backdrop of Fifth Avenue’s posh boutiques. Michael Hardt ponders the nature of revolution while surrounded by symbols of wealth and leisure. Judith Butler and a friend stroll through San Francisco’s Mission District questioning our culture’s fixation on individualism. And while driving through Manhattan, Cornel West — perhaps America’s best-known public intellectual — compares philosophy to jazz and blues, reminding us how intense and invigorating the life of the mind can be. Offering exclusive moments with great thinkers in fields ranging from moral philosophy to cultural theory, Examined Life reveals philosophy’s power to transform the way we see the world around us and imagine our place within it.
Author: David A. White
Publisher: PRUFROCK PRESS INC.
Release Date: 2005
In this, the follow-up to the best-selling Philosophy for Kids, Dr. David White delves deeper into the philosophical questions kids (and adults) care about deeply. Through vibrant discussions and debate, the book offers ways teachers can help students grapple with age-old questions about the nature of friendship (Aristotle), time (Augustine), knowledge (Plato), existence of God (Aquinas), perception (Berkeley), freedom and society (Rousseau), and many more. The book is divided into three sections. Part 1 presents primary source readings that will encourage discussion and debate; Part 2 offers easy-to-use activities that focus on the direct application of philosophy to areas such as critical thinking, language, and the arts; and Part 3 offers a unique perspective just for teachers—a philosophical look at how teachers can become more reflective philosophers themselves. This is an excellent teachers' handbook for using advanced philosophy in the classroom.
Author: Stephen Grosz
Publisher: Random House Canada
Release Date: 2013-05-28
The everyday world bedevils us. To make sense of it, we tell ourselves stories. Here, in short, vivid, dramatic tales, psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz draws from his twenty-year practice to track the collaborative journey of therapist and patient as they uncover the hidden feelings behind ordinary behavior. A woman finds herself daydreaming as she returns home from a business trip; a young man loses his wallet. We learn, too, from more extreme examples: the patient who points an unloaded gun at a police officer, the compulsive liar who convinces his wife he's dying of cancer. These beautifully rendered tales illuminate the fundamental pathways of life from birth to death. They invite compassionate understanding, suggesting answers to the questions that compel and disturb us most about love and loss, parents and children, work and change. The resulting journey will spark new ideas about who we are and why we do what we do.
Author: F. Allan Hanson
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Social Science
This book is about how our addiction to testing influences both society and ourselves as socially defined persons. The analysis focuses on tests of people, particularly tests in schools, intelligence tests, vocational interest tests, lie detection, integrity tests, and drug tests. Diagnostic psychiatric tests and medical tests are included only tangentially. A good deal of the descriptive material will be familiar to readers from their personal experience as takers and/or givers of tests. But testing, as with much of ordinary life, has implications that we seldom pause to ponder and often do not even notice. My aim is to uncover in the everyday operation of testing a series of well-concealed and mostly unintended consequences that exercise far deeper and more pervasive influence in social life than is commonly recognized.
Author: Romanus Cessario
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date: 2002-05-30
The chief characteristic of Christian morality is its being linked to the person of Jesus Christ who is himself the universal, personal, and concrete norm of moral action. This book is about the virtues of the Christian life--both the theological virtues (faith, hope, and charity) and the cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance)--and it deals particularly with the question, how it is possible for believers to decide for the morally good and to live accordingly. Reflecting on the basic questions of Christian morality, the book offers a commentary on the corresponding sections of The Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Author: Stephen Grosz
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2012-12-20
What can A Christmas Carol teach us about how people change? Can a gift have a meaning that we don't suspect? Offering incisive psychoanalytical insight from stories told out of everyday lives, these tales by practising psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz present a moment of reflection, wisdom and some much-needed sanity over the festive period. A preview for his forthcoming book, The Examined Life, published on 3 January 2013 and serialised on Radio 4 Book of the Week. Contents: Exclusive to the ebook: 'The gift', 'An unexpected ending', 'On knowing' A preview from the forthcoming book, The Examined Life: 'How lovesickness can keep us from love' Advance praise for The Examined Life: ‘The Examined Life is a fascinating collection of quiet stories about very real human predicaments: the listening cure at its best’ – Patrick McGrath ‘I couldn't put this down—I read about other people, but learned about myself at the same time. Real stories can be so much more fascinating than fictional ones, especially with Stephen Grosz. No preaching, no clichés—just wisdom.’ – Victoria Hislop ‘A beautifully judged, wonderfully readable book with a clear and kind voice. There is a rare integrity in the writing: no showing off, just honest attention to each trusted relationship. I read the whole thing in one sitting, cover to cover’ – Ruth Padel
Author: Dennis M. Helming
Publisher: Spence Pub
Release Date: 1997-01-01
A merely virtuous life does not bring happiness. But if virtue is joined with generous self-giving, everyday obligations are enlivened and transformed. You won't find a more original and reliable owner's manual for the human person.
Author: George Steiner
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2011-11-10
A fascinating insight into a piercingly intelligent mind. Steiner's brilliant and elegant new book draws on episodes from his life to explore the central themes and ideas of his thinking and writing over the course of much of our troubled century. An exploration of the ideas of the life of a major and brilliant thinker, the closest we will get to an autobiography.
Author: Colin D. Mallard
The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living. Socrates The Examined Life Is&Full Of Wisdom Gained From A Lifetime Of Rich Personal Experience & It Is A Rewarding Read For Anyone Interested In A Deep Yet Succinct Approach To That Elusive Sub-Ject, Enlightenment. The Author Is Careful To Use Language That Is Descriptive Instead Of Prescriptive&The Guidance And Wisdom Is Still Here For The Taking; It's Just Not Pushed Upon Us&The Effectiveness Of Mallard's Presentation Comes From&The Plain Language, That Explains Each Philosophic Concept In Layman's Terms. Evident Also Is A Knack For Conveying Truths By Means Of Vivid, Concrete Metaphors And Engaging Narratives (Think Parables.)
The Examined Life unearths the lyricism buried deep in the language and ideas of western philosophy, tinkers with it, bends it, shapes it into a multi-shaped, multi-voiced dynamic poetry that succeeds in capturing thought in transit as it crosses both the heart and mind.