Present Concerns

Author: C. S. Lewis
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0156027852
Release Date: 2002-11-18
Genre: Literary Collections

"Where God gives the gift, the 'foolishness of preaching' is still mighty. But best of all is a team of two: one to deliver the preliminary intellectual barrage, and the other to follow up with a direct attack on the heart." An inveterate scholar, throughout his lifetime C.S. Lewis wrote on any number of topics. While his most famous essays concern his thoughts on Christianity, he was also interested in literature, masculinity, domestic life, and war. In the nineteen essays collected in Present Concerns, he touches on all of these and more. Though wide-ranging, these essays all share one thing: C.S. Lewis's characteristic pragmatism and persuasiveness. Many of the essays included were written between 1940 and 1945, and so pertinently reflect on the issues raised by World War II: democratic values, the need for a new chivalry, and the cynicism of the modern soldier, all of which remain relevant today. "Lewis gives us permission to admit our own doubts, our own angers and anguishes, and to know that they are part of the soul's growth."--Madeleine L'Engle

Public Concerns

Author: Nicholas Rescher
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0847681262
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Political Science

In this collection of his recent and classic essays, distinguished philosopher Nicholas Rescher explores a variety of contemporary public policy issues ranging from the use of quantitative data in social policy making to problems in biomedical ethics. Offering a rational approach to questions often treated with more heat than light, the essays demonstrate the usefulness of philosophical reflection on social and political issues, and make it clear that questions of moral right and wrong are always relevant.

The Interwoven Sources of Dreams

Author: Umberto Barcaro
Publisher: Karnac Books
ISBN: 9781780492230
Release Date: 2010-03-05
Genre: Medical

The subject of this book is the study of dreaming from a specific point of view, one that provides useful and enlightening results: the analysis of the complex patterns of links among the memory sources of dreams. The significance of these patterns is logical and emotional at the same time. This approach is interdisciplinary: it directly involves the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, linguistics, computer science, mathematics (graph theory), history of psychology, literature, and motion pictures. However, no specific advanced expertise in any of these fields is required for understanding the various contents.The book is divided into three parts. Part I is dedicated to theories and methodologies regarding dream functions and dream interpretations: these theories and methodologies are considered in the perspective of their implications for the study of links among dream sources. Some meaningful examples of dreams, or metaphors or dreams, that can be found in poetry or motion pictures, are also considered. Part II describes a method for the identification of link patterns that is based on a linguistic and partially automatic analysis of verbal data consisting of dream reports and associations provided by the dreamer. This method is rigorously defined, efficacious, and not difficult to apply. It allows obtaining, through the introduction of heuristic rules, plausible explanations for significant aspects of a dream. Finally, part III shows how this method can be concretely applied to a number of important dreams reported in the literature.

Shared Beliefs in a Society

Author: Daniel Bar-Tal
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781452221885
Release Date: 2000-07-06
Genre: Psychology

Shared Beliefs in a Society is a much-needed contribution to societal psychology, a new emerging subfield of social psychology, which studies societies from a social psychological perspective. Daniel Bar-Tal presents his work of the last 15 years on shared beliefs in societies under one conceptual framework from which to identify beliefs held in common by entire societies and nations. Using examples form the history, politics, sociology, culture, and education from different societies, the author offers that social psychology can provide a unique perspective on society, but it can also benefit from integrating contributions from other social sciences into its own theorizing effort.

Materials Issues for Generation IV Systems

Author: Véronique Ghetta
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781402084225
Release Date: 2008-04-23
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Global warming, shortage of low-cost oil resources and the increasing demand for energy are currently controlling the world's economic expansion while often opposing desires for sustainable and peaceful development. In this context, atomic energy satisfactorily fulfills the criteria of low carbon gas production and high overall yield. However, in the absence of industrial fast-breeders the use of nuclear fuel is not optimal, and the production of high activity waste materials is at a maximum. These are the principal reasons for the development of a new, fourth generation of nuclear reactors, minimizing the undesirable side-effects of current nuclear energy production technology while increasing yields by increasing operation temperatures and opening the way for the industrial production of hydrogen through the decomposition of water. The construction and use of such reactors is hindered by several factors, including performance limitations of known structural materials, particularly if the life of the projected systems had to extend over the periods necessary to achieve low costs (at least 60 years). This book collects lectures and seminars presented at the homonymous NATO ASI held in autumn 2007 at the Institut d’Etudes Scientifiques in Cargèse, France. The adopted approach aims at improving and coordinating basic knowledge in materials science and engineering with specific areas of condensed matter physics, the physics of particle/matter interaction and of radiation damage. It is our belief that this methodology is crucially conditioning the development and the industrial production of new structural materials capable of coping with the requirements of these future reactors.

Present Hope

Author: Andrew Benjamin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134784394
Release Date: 2005-08-04
Genre: Philosophy

An understanding of what we mean by the present is one of the key issues in literature, philosophy, and culture today, but also one of the most neglected and misunderstood. Present Hope develops a fascinating philosophical understanding of the present, approaching this question via discussions of the nature of historical time, the philosophy of history, memory, and the role of tragedy. Andrew Benjamin shows how we misleadingly view the present as simply a product of chronological time, ignoring the role of history and memory. Accordingly, discussion of what is meant by the present disappears from philosophical concern. To draw attention to this absence, Andrew Benjamin introduces the notion of hope and asks what this concept can tell us about the present. At the heart of the outstanding work is an emphasis on the relation between hope and the Jewish tradition. Through discussions of philosophical responses to the Holocaust, the work of Walter Benjamin, Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum, and the poetry of Paul Celan, Present Hope shows how we must look beyond the purely philosophical horizon to understand the present we live in.

The Church Library on Christian Concerns and Solutions

Author: Corbin M. Wright
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 1438902123
Release Date: 2008-06-12
Genre: Reference

A BOOK FOR ALL SEASONS Sometimes wisdom comes with age. Im 76 now and I feel Ive attained some of this wisdom, so therefore I want to share all of this with you. This Christian pragmatic book then deals with many of the concerns in which the church or Christians should be involved. To look at the many topics that this book covers you should look at the table of contents in front of the book, and each topic can be read independently from each other, so that you just have to read those topics in this book in which youre really interested. Ive already published all these chapters over Internet and have recorded a total readership of over 14,000 people. Ive also been designated as a Platinum Internet writer. Looking at my background further, Ive attained a B.A. in Political Science (Roanoke College), a Masters Degree in Religious Education (NYTS) and Ive been a Christian since 1958. Im an Accountant, been active in Politics and have taught Business English to some of the top managers in Argentina for 25 years.