The Buddha: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Michael Carrithers

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 0192854534

Category: Religion

Page: 108

View: 1894

Very Short Introductions offer stimulating, accessible introductions to a wide variety of subjects, demonstrating the finest contemporary thinking about their central problems and issues.'admirably well-paced and informative.' -Galen Strawson, Sunday Times

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Damien Keown

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199663831

Category: Religion

Page: 158

View: 2908

Introduces Buddhism, looking at how the tradition began and how it evolved and explaining its central teachings and practices.

Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Damien Keown

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019280457X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 147

View: 344

The latter half of the twentieth century witnessed a growing interest in Buddhism, and it continues to capture the imagination of many in the West who see it as either an alternative or a supplement to their own religious beliefs. For complex cultural and historical reasons, ethics has not received as much attention in traditional Buddhist thought as it has in the West, and publications on the subject are few and far between. Here, Damien Keown, author of Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction, illustrates how Buddhism might approach a range of fascinating moral issues ranging from abortion and suicide to cloning.

You Kant Make It Up!

Strange Ideas from History's Great Philosophers

Author: Gary Hayden

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1851688706

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

View: 808

Drawing on the writings of the great philosophers, You Kant Make it Up sends the reader on thrilling, non-stop tour of their most outrageous and counter-intuitive conclusions. Augustine said that babies deserve to go to hell. Berkeley asserted that matter doesn’t exist. Bentham would have argued that Dan Brown is better than Shakespeare. All these statements stem from philosophy’s greatest minds. What were they thinking? Overflowing with compelling arguments for the downright strange – many of which are hugely influential today – popular philosopher Gary Hayden shows that just because something is odd, doesn’t mean that someone hasn’t argued for it. Spanning ethics, logic, politics, sex and religion, this unconventional introduction to philosophy will challenge your assumptions, expand your horizons, infuriate, entertain and amuse you. Gary Hayden is a journalist and popular philosopher. He has a master’s degree in philosophy and has written for The Times Educational Supplement. He is the author of This Book Does Not Exist: Adventures in the Paradoxical.

Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Matthew T. Kapstein

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199735123

Category: Religion

Page: 130

View: 4854

What does Tibetan Buddhism teach? Just what is the position of the Dalai Lama, and how will his succession be assured? This Very Short Introduction offers a brief account responding to these questions and more, in terms that are easily accessible to those who are curious to learn the most essential features of Tibetan Buddhist history, teachings, and practice.

Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Sue Hamilton

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191579424

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

View: 2199

India has a long, rich, and diverse tradition of philosophical thought, spanning some two and a half millennia and encompassing several major religious traditions. This Very Short Introduction emphasizes the diversity of Indian thought, and is structured around six schools which have achieved classic status. Sue Hamilton explores how the traditions have attempted to understand the nature of reality in terms of an inner or spiritual quest, and introduces distinctively Indian concepts such as karma and rebirth. She also shows how Indian thinkers have understood issues of reality and knowledge — issues which are also an important part of the Western philosophical tradition. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Four Wise Men

The Lives and Teachings of Confucius, the Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

Author: Mark W. Muesse

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 149823223X

Category: Religion

Page: 350

View: 9409

Confucius, the Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad are among the most thoughtful and influential people in history. By their words and examples, they have inspired countless individuals to live better and more meaningful lives and have shaped the institutions and worldviews we live in today. Four Wise Men is an accessible introduction to each of these sages in his historical context and a provocative comparison of their lives and teachings. Through careful study, this book examines the ways these fascinating figures speak as one and the ways they differ. Although their voices come from the distant past, they still have wise words to say to us today.

Das egoistische Gen

Mit einem Vorwort von Wolfgang Wickler

Author: Richard Dawkins

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3642553915

Category: Science

Page: 489

View: 1061

p”Ein auch heute noch bedeutsamer Klassiker“ Daily Express Sind wir Marionetten unserer Gene? Nach Richard Dawkins ́ vor über 30 Jahren entworfener und heute noch immer provozierender These steuern und dirigieren unsere von Generation zu Generation weitergegebenen Gene uns, um sich selbst zu erhalten. Alle biologischen Organismen dienen somit vor allem dem Überleben und der Unsterblichkeit der Erbanlagen und sind letztlich nur die "Einweg-Behälter" der "egoistischen" Gene. Sind wir Menschen also unserem Gen-Schicksal hilflos ausgeliefert? Dawkins bestreitet dies und macht uns Hoffnung: Seiner Meinung nach sind wir nämlich die einzige Spezies mit der Chance, gegen ihr genetisches Schicksal anzukämpfen.

Miracles: a Very Short Introduction

Author: Yujin Nagasawa

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198747217

Category: Religion

Page: 144

View: 2949

Jesus turned water into wine, Mohammad split the moon into two, and Buddha walked and spoke immediately upon birth. According to recent statistics, even in the present age of advanced science and technology, most people believe in miracles. In fact, newspapers and television regularly report alleged miracles, such as recoveries from incurable diseases, extremely unlikely coincidences, and religious signs and messages on unexpected objects. In this book the award-winning author and philosopher Yujin Nagasawa addresses some of our most fundamental questions concerning miracles. What exactly is a miracle? What types of miracles are believed in the world's great religions? What do recent scientific findings tell us about miracles? Can we rationally believe that miracles have really taken place? Can there be acts that are more religiously significant than miracles? Drawing on a vast variety of fascinating examples from across the major religions, Nagasawa discusses the lively debate on miracles that ranges from reported miracles in ancient scriptures in the East and West to cutting-edge scientific research on belief formation. Throughout, he drives us to ask ourselves if and how we can still believe in in miracles in the twenty-first century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Meisterdenker: Kant

1724 - 1804

Author: Roger Scruton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783926642431

Category:

Page: 140

View: 7744

Spieltheorie

Author: Ken Binmore

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783150185902

Category:

Page: 272

View: 1208

Monasticism: a Very Short Introduction

Author: Stephen J. Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198717644

Category: Religion

Page: 144

View: 9259

Monasticism is a social and religious phenomenon which originated in antiquity and which still remains relevant in the twenty-first century. But what, exactly, is it, and how is it distinguished from other kinds of religious and non-religious practice? In this Very Short Introduction Stephen J. Davis discusses the history of monasticism, from our earliest evidence for it, and the different types which have developed from antiquity to the present day. He considers where monasteries are located, from East Asia to North America, and everywhere in between, and how their settings impact the everyday life and worldview of the monks and nuns who dwell there. Exploring how monastic communities are organized, he also looks at how aspects of life like food, sleep, sex, work, and prayer are regimented. Finally, Davis discusses what the stories about saints communicate about monastic identity and ethics, and considers what place there is for monasticism in the modern world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Das Wunder der Achtsamkeit

Einführung in die Meditation

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: Theseus Verlag

ISBN: 395883096X

Category: Religion

Page: 139

View: 3486

Das Standardwerk für alle, die wissen wollen, was Meditation wirklich ist und wie man sie in den Alltag integrieren kann. Thich Nhat Hanh zeigt, wie wichtig Achtsamkeit ist, um den Herausforderungen des Lebens gelassen und entspannt zu begegnen. Die 32 Übungen, die er entwickelt hat, helfen, das Wunder der Achtsamkeit in jedem Moment unseres Lebens zu erfahren.

Die Verdammten dieser Erde

Author: Frantz Fanon,Jean-Paul Sartre

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518371688

Category: Afrika - Entkolonialisierung

Page: 266

View: 7648

Mathematik

Author: Timothy Gowers

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783150187067

Category:

Page: 207

View: 3285

Nietzsche

Author: Michael Tanner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783926642455

Category:

Page: 124

View: 5676

Zehnter Dezember

Stories

Author: George Saunders

Publisher: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

ISBN: 3641125685

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 8181

George Saunders, der unumstrittene Meister der zeitgenössischen Shortstory, hat mit seinen neuen Erzählungen nicht nur die literarische Welt im Sturm genommen. Sein Band »Zehnter Dezember« war das Buchereignis des Frühjahrs 2013 und sprang sofort auf die oberen Ränge der New-York-Times-Bestsellerliste. In Frank Heiberts kongenialer Übersetzung liegen diese brillanten, einzigartigen, witzigen, zärtlichen und übermütigen Erzählungen jetzt auch auf Deutsch vor. Niemand versteht es, so virtuos und ungewöhnlich über ganz gewöhnliche, unvollkommene Menschen zu schreiben, die sich mit einer nicht ganz gewöhnlichen, unvollkommenen Welt herumschlagen, wie George Saunders. Da ist zum Beispiel die fünfzehnjährige Alison. Als sie, den Kopf voller grandioser Weltumarmungsgefühle, von einem Fremden entführt zu werden droht, steht der Nachbarjunge, der alles mit ansieht, vor einer schweren Entscheidung: Soll er ignorieren, dass das schönste aller Mädchen vermutlich Opfer eines Verbrechens wird, oder soll er sich über alle moralischen Gebote, nach denen ihn seine Eltern großgezogen haben, hinwegsetzen und eingreifen? Oder da ist der Mann, den medizinische Versuche über die Grenzen seines Selbst hinausführen, und zwar sowohl in puncto Lust als auch in puncto Mordlust. Und da ist in der Titelgeschichte der dicke, einsame Junge, der sich auf unsicheres Eis begibt und dabei die Selbstmordabsichten eines alten kranken Mannes durchkreuzt... George Saunders seziert in seinen oft nur wenige Seiten langen Storys mit beißendem Humor und oft nur wenigen Strichendie ganze Fehlbarkeit und Schwäche der menschlichen Natur wie unserer Gesellschaft und Zeit. Diese Erzählungen vergisst man lange nicht.