Download E-books Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition PDF

By Umberto Eco

How can we recognize a cat is a cat? And why will we name it a cat? How a lot of our notion of items is predicated on cognitive skill, and what sort of on linguistic assets? right here, in six extraordinary essays, Umberto Eco explores intensive questions of truth, conception, and adventure. Basing his rules on logic, Eco stocks an enormous wealth of literary and old wisdom, relating concerns that have an effect on us each day. right away philosophical and fun, Kant and the Platypus is a journey of the area of our senses, advised through a grasp of realizing what's genuine and what's not.

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Download E-books The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic PDF

By Jessica Hopper

Jessica Hopper's tune feedback has earned her a name as a firebrand, a willing observer and fearless critic not only of tune however the tradition round it. With this quantity spanning from her punk fanzine roots to her landmark piece on R. Kelly's prior, The First Collection leaves doubtless why The long island Times has known as Hopper's paintings "influential." no longer in basic terms a range of 2 a long time of Hopper's most attractive, considerate, and funny writing, this e-book records the final two decades of yank tune making and the moving panorama of track intake. The e-book trips throughout the truths of rebel Grrrl's empowering insurgence, decamps to Gary, IN, at the eve of Michael Jackson's demise, explodes the grunge-era mythologies of Nirvana and Courtney Love, and examines emo's upward thrust. via this tremendous variety of album reports, essays, columns, interviews, and oral histories, Hopper chronicles what it truly is to be really enthusiastic about song. The items in The First Collection ship us digging deep into our list collections, looking to re-hear what we enjoyed and hated, makes us re-examine the paintings, trash, and politics Hopper illuminates, supporting us to make experience of what concerns to us most.

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Download E-books Joss Whedon and Religion: Essays on an Angry Atheist's Explorations of the Sacred PDF

By Anthony R. Mills, John W. Morehead, K. Dale Koontz

This can be a choice of new essays at the non secular subject matters in, and the results of, the works of Joss Whedon, writer of such indicates as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, and extra lately author and director of the box-office hit Marvel's The Avengers. The publication addresses such themes as ethics, racism, feminism, politics, witchcraft, religious transformation, identification, neighborhood, heroism, apocalypse, and different theologically major issues of Whedon's artistic organisations. The disciplinary techniques differ in addition; background, theology, philosophy of faith, phenom­enology, cultural reviews, and spiritual experiences are all hired. many of the essay authors vary in that a few are sincerely believers in God, a few are sincerely no longer, and others depart that subject apart.

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Download E-books The Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism PDF

By Pascal Bruckner

Fascism, communism, genocide, slavery, racism, imperialism--the West has no scarcity of purposes for guilt. And, certainly, because the Holocaust and the tip of worldwide conflict II, Europeans specifically were fed on by way of regret. yet Pascal Bruckner argues that guilt has now long past too a ways. It has develop into a pathology, or even a disadvantage to struggling with modern atrocities. Bruckner, certainly one of France's major writers and public intellectuals, argues that obsessive guilt has obscured very important realities. The West has no monopoly on evil, and has destroyed monsters in addition to created them--leading within the abolition of slavery, renouncing colonialism, development peaceable and filthy rich groups, and setting up principles and associations which are versions for the area. The West could be proud--and able to protect itself and its values. during this, Europeans should still research from americans, who nonetheless have adequate vainness to behave decisively in an international of chaos and violence. Lamenting the vice of anti-Americanism that grips such a lot of eu intellectuals, Bruckner urges a renewed transatlantic alliance, and advises american citizens to not allow contemporary foreign-policy misadventures sap their very own self belief. it is a searing, provocative, and psychologically penetrating account of the crude concept and undesirable politics that come up from over the top undesirable conscience.

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Download E-books The Hobbit (Bloom's Guides) PDF

By Harold Bloom

J.R.R. Tolkien drew on his professorial services in Anglo-Saxon literature and the early mythology and folklore of significant Britain in growing this well known vintage centering at the perils of Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo turned one of many author's so much enduring and vividly discovered creations during this precursor to the mythical The Lord of the jewelry trilogy. Yale literary pupil Harold Bloom introduces this compilation of concise severe excerpts, which additionally comprises an annotated bibliography and an index for simple reference.

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Download E-books Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts PDF

By Clive James

"I cannot take into account whilst i have realized as a lot from whatever i have read―or laughed as a lot whereas doing it."―Jacob Weisberg, Slate

eventually in paperback after six hardcover printings, this overseas bestseller is an encyclopedic A-Z masterpiece―the excellent advent to the very center of Western humanism. Clive James rescues, or sometimes destroys, the careers of the various maximum thinkers, humanists, musicians, artists, and philosophers of the 20 th century. hovering to Montaigne-like heights, Cultural Amnesia is strictly the booklet to burnish those stories of a Western civilization that James fears is almost misplaced.

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Download E-books Venturing upon Dizzy Heights: Lectures and Essays on Philosophy, Literature, and the Arts PDF

By Bruce Ross

This e-book assembles lectures and essays on literature (William Wordsworth, Walter Benjamin, chinese language mountain poetry, Friedrich Nietzsche, the Tao Te Ching), paintings (Paleolithic cave artwork, Vincent Van Gogh, American panorama painting), and jap poetry varieties (haiku, haibun, tanka) that have been initially awarded and released among 2000 and 2007. The essays determine thoughts to counter the so-called postmodern situation. issues of will, ethics, and cognizance are tested in comparative contexts with the purpose of formulizing versions of enlightened states of being and their aesthetic expressions. This examine makes a speciality of Wordsworth’s rainbow epiphany; Walter Benjamin’s «aura» and «monad»; chinese language mountain poetry’s cosmic vacancy; Nietzsche’s Hyperborean; Paleolithic cave art’s transpersonal expression; Van Gogh’s «dizzy heights» of normal good looks; American panorama painters’ depiction of the elegant; haiku’s absolute metaphor epiphany; and tanka’s connection among normal good looks and erotic feeling. the gathering is a second look of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s «fundamental cohesion» among humanity and nature, in addition to an exam of often-unmediated affective event and its expression during this context via literature and artwork.

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Download E-books Time Bites: Views and Reviews PDF

By Doris Lessing

In this selection of the superior of Doris Lessing's essays, we're handled to the knowledge and willing perception of a author who has realized, over the process a super profession spanning greater than part a century, to learn the realm in a different way. From imagining the key intercourse lifetime of Tolstoy to the secrets and techniques of Sufism, from reports of vintage books to commentaries on international politics, those essays conceal a magnificent variety of matters, cultures, sessions, and topics, but they're remarkably constant in a single key regard: Lessing's clear-eyed imaginative and prescient and obviously expressed prose.

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