If Not for Desire

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Author: Corbett Clay Harp

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595316026

Category: Fiction

Page: 252

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Here is Malice: a man in conflict with an undeniable fate. Having lost his wife to violent crime, he scores his own symphony of vigilance with the finale delivered in a fury of gunfire. Desperate in the haunting memories of his love, he wages a one-man campaign to reach his seemingly attainable goal. Hindered by his allies and mired in his own inefficiency, Malice struggles to administer his own form of justice. Failed by his age and limited by his scope of vision, he continuously beats his head against the very brick walls he combs for crime--and for violence. Judgement guides his hand, and no law is applicable save the ones he imposes. Aided by dark dreams and villainous intervention, he eventually discovers the truth of his dilemma. A man, a boy, and a dead warlord work separate but similar paths to undo an injustice defined by all three. His hand of justice--the object of too many deaths--eventually stacks against our hero, and his vengeance turns inward. By finally seeking help outside himself, he discovers the truths apparent and those unseen in death's design.

The Ways of Desire

New Essays in Philosophical Psychology on the Concept of Wanting

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Author: Joel Marks

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412839624

Category: Psychology

Page: 254

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Plato's Ethics

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Author: Terence Irwin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198024750

Category: Philosophy

Page: 464

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This exceptional book examines and explains Plato's answer to the normative question, "How ought we to live?" It discusses Plato's conception of the virtues; his views about the connection between the virtues and happiness; and the account of reason, desire, and motivation that underlies his arguments about the virtues. Plato's answer to the epistemological question, "How can we know how we ought to live?" is also discussed. His views on knowledge, belief, and inquiry, and his theory of Forms, are examined, insofar as they are relevant to his ethical view. Terence Irwin traces the development of Plato's moral philosophy, from the Socratic dialogues to its fullest exposition in the Republic. Plato's Ethics discusses Plato's reasons for abandoning or modifying some aspects of Socratic ethics, and for believing that he preserves Socrates' essential insights. A brief and selective discussion of the Statesmen, Philebus, and Laws is included. Replacing Irwin's earlier Plato's Moral Theory (Oxford, 1977), this book gives a clearer and fuller account of the main questions and discusses some recent controversies in the interpretation of Plato's ethics. It does not presuppose any knowledge of Greek or any extensive knowledge of Plato.

The Philosophy of Desire in the Buddhist Pali Canon

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Author: David Webster

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415346528

Category: History

Page: 267

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David Webster explores the notion of desire as found in the Buddhist Pali Canon. Beginning by addressing the idea of a 'paradox of desire', whereby we must desire to end desire, the varieties of desire that are articulated in the Pali texts are examined. A range of views of desire, as found in Western thought, are presented as well as Hindu and Jain approaches. An exploration of the concept of ditthi(view or opinion) is also provided, exploring the way in which 'holding views' can be seen as analogous to the process of desiring. Other subjects investigated include the mind-body relationship, the range of Pali terms for desire, and desire's positive spiritual value. A comparative exploration of the various approaches completes the work.

The Emotions

A Philosophical Theory

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Author: O.H Green

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 940112552X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 203

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Philosophical theories of emotions, and to an extent some theories of scientific psychology, represent attempts to capture the essence of emotions basically as they are conceived in common sense psychology. Although there are problems, the success of explanations of our behavior in terms of believes, desires and emotions creates a presumption that, at some level of abstraction, they reflect important elements in our psychological nature. It is incumbent on a theory of emotions to provide an account of two salient facts about emotions as conceived in common sense psychology. As intentional states, emotions have representational and rational properties: emotions represent states of affairs; and they are rationally related to other mental representations, figure in rational explanations of behavior, and are open to rational assessment. Emotions also have a close relationship to a range of non-intentional phenomena: in typical cases, emotions involve physiological changes, usually associated with the activation of the autonomic nervous system, which are proprioceptively experienced; and they often involve behavioral tendencies, as well.

Reasons for Action

Toward a Normative Theory and Meta-Level Criteria

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Author: B.C. Postow

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 940172850X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 205

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2 first-person point of view, I acknowledge these possible handicaps and try to overcome them. Other people may coherently judge that I am incapable of figuring out correctly what I rationally ought to do, or they may inform me of reasons of which I had heretofore been ignorant, or they may try to help me overcome intellectual hindrances. Like me, these people would be assuming that the goal is to identify what I really rationally ought to do. Nevertheless, we are concerned with reasons for the agent to act in a certain way, rather than with reasons, say, for someone to want it to be the case that the agent act. Thus to be a reason in our sense is to be a consideration which has an appropriate guiding role to play in the. agents deliberation. (An agent is guided by reasons if she determines what to do in light of the reasons. ) Suppose then that a nor mative theory says that it is supremely desirable, or that it rationally ought to be the case, that agents act in a way that maximizes the general utility, but that (since the general utility is never in fact maximized by those who pay attention to it) considerations of the general utility should play no role in the agents' deliberation. Such a theory would not be said to ascribe to agents a reason to maximize the general utility on our usage.

The Works of that Eminent Servant of Christ, Mr. John Bunyan: The holy war. The desire of the righteous granted. The saint's privilege and profit. Christ a compleat saviour. The saints knowledge of Christ's love. A discourse of the house of the forest of Lebanon. Of Anti-christ and his ruin. Saved by grace. Christian behaviour. A discourse touching prayer. The strait gate. Some gospel-truths opened. A vindication of gospel-truths opened. Light for them that sit in darkness. Instruction for the ignorant. The holy city. The resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. A caution to stir up to watch against sin. An exposition on the ten first chapters of Genesis, and part of the eleventh. The work of Jesus Christ as an advocate. Seasonable counsel. Divine emblems. Mr. Bunyan's last sermon. Ebal and Gerizzim. Prison meditations

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Author: John Bunyan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Heraclitus in Sacramento

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Author: David Carl

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595396356

Category: Fiction

Page: 332

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The year is 1987 and the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus is living with his mother in a small house in Sacramento when suddenly there is a knock on the door . How far does reading go? At what point does the act of reading catapult the reader into the seemingly inevitable desire that leads to writing? What is the line that divides reading from writing, and what happens in the process of trying to import the perspective one enjoys on one side of that line onto the other side? The four pieces collected here are meditations on possible approaches to these and other questions related to the relationship shared by the two-fold acts of reading and writing.

Ethics With Aristotle

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Author: Sarah Broadie Professor of Philosophy Princeton University

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198023057

Category: Philosophy

Page: 480

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In this incisive study Sarah Broadie gives an argued account of the main topics of Aristotle's ethics: eudaimonia, virtue, voluntary agency, practical reason, akrasia, pleasure, and the ethical status of theoria. She explores the sense of "eudaimonia," probes Aristotle's division of the soul and its virtues, and traces the ambiguities in "voluntary." Fresh light is shed on his comparison of practical wisdom with other kinds of knowledge, and a realistic account is developed of Aristototelian deliberation. The concept of pleasure as value-judgment is expounded, and the problem of akrasia is argued to be less of a problem to Aristotle than to his modern interpreters. Showing that the theoretic ideal of Nicomachean Ethics X is in step with the earlier emphasis on practice, as well as with the doctrine of the Eudemian Ethics, this work makes a major contribution towards the understanding of Aristotle's ethics.

Anthropology

Seeking Light and Beauty

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Author: Susan A. Ross

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814680003

Category: Religion

Page: 184

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Drawing on the wisdom and teaching experience of highly respected theologians, the Engaging Theology series builds a firm foundation for graduate study and other ministry formation programs. Each of the six volumes—Scripture, Jesus, God, Discipleship, Anthropology, and Church—is concerned with retrieving, carefully evaluating, and constructively interpreting the Christian tradition. Comprehensive in scope and accessibly written, these volumes, used together or independently, will stimulate rich theological reflection and discussion. More important, the series will create and sustain the passion of the next generation of theologians and church leaders. What does it mean to be human in the twenty-first century? Susan Ross explores this question through the lens of human desires: for God, freedom, knowledge, love, and pleasure, but also for power, consumer goods, self-gratification, and money. Beginning with biblical narratives of human desires, she goes on to consider how ancient, medieval, and modern thinkers have wrestled with the various ways that human beings have sought fulfillment in the world and in God. The twenty-first century brings new questions and continuing challenges: In a world of increasing complexity and fragmentation, can we still talk about the self? How have feminism and new thinking about sexuality changed the ways we think about ourselves? How do we maintain our humanity in the face of monstrous human evil? What do the findings of science say about our uniqueness as human beings? Anthropology: Seeking Light and Beauty offers a path through the many conflicting views of humanity, suggesting a fuller way of living as we try to follow the example of Jesus.

Intermittency

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Author: Andrew Gibson

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 074865075X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 344

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This book is about the concept of historical intermittency in five recent and contemporary French philosophers: Alain Badiou, Francoise Proust, Christian Jambet, Guy Lardreau and Jacques Ranciere.

Advanced Yoga Practices - Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living, Vol. 2

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Author: Yogani

Publisher: AYP Publishing

ISBN: 0981925545

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: N.A

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FROM THE BACK COVER OF THE PAPERBACK EDITION: Yoga opens the doorway between our outer and inner reality, leading usto Oneness and Joy in all aspects of life. Our nervous system is the doorway...Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP), Volume 2 refines and enhances the core practices presented in the first volume, and provides plain English instructionsfor new practices designed to cultivate middle and end stage development onthe path of human spiritual transformation. Additional practices include advanced applications of samyama, diet, shatkarmas, amaroli, non-dual self-inquiry, bhakti and karma yoga, and a variety of approaches for building and managing a progressive and stable practice routine.Volume 2 does not stand alone, relying on the first volume as a foundation, and building on it. There are nearly 200 additional lessons here for assistingthe serious practitioner to realize a life filled with abiding inner silence, ecstatic bliss, outpouring divine love, and unity.What readers are saying as they make use of the AYP lessons: "It's almost a science. You do the practices and progress as predicted." - MA"As a physician, it is moving to see the effects on medical conditions." - KC"I will be adding AYP to my class offerings to cover the whole of yoga." - MR"Far above and beyond all other yoga writings I have encountered." - KG"A growing inquiry in stillness has taken me to new levels." - CL"Especially useful for stabilizing my kundalini awakening." - SR"The tantra techniques bring great pleasure into our lives." - ZA"This approach includes a deep tolerance of other paths." - AN"Thank you for being the one who said: The guru is in you!" - KKFor more reader feedback, see the last section in the book...

Cognitive Carpentry

A Blueprint for how to Build a Person

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Author: John L. Pollock

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262161527

Category: Psychology

Page: 377

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In his groundbreaking new book, John Pollock establishes an outpost at the crossroads where artificial intelligence meets philosophy. Specifically, he proposes a general theory of rationality and then describes its implementation in OSCAR, an architecture for an autonomous rational agent he claims is the "first AI system capable of performing reasoning that philosophers would regard as epistemically sophisticated." A sequel to Pollock's How to Build a Person, this volume builds upon that theoretical groundwork for the implementation of rationality through artificial intelligence. Pollock argues that progress in AI has stalled because of its creators' reliance upon unformulated intuitions about rationality. Instead, he bases the OSCAR architecture upon an explicit philosophical theory of rationality, encompassing principles of practical cognition, epistemic cognition, and defeasible reasoning. One of the results is the world's first automated defeasible reasoner capable of reasoning in a rich, logical environment. Underlying Pollock's thesis is a conviction that the tenets of artificial intelligence and those of philosophy can be complementary and mutually beneficial. And, while members of both camps have in recent years grown skeptical of the very possibility of "symbol processing" AI, Cognitive Carpentry establishes that such an approach to AI can be successful. A Bradford Book

Natural Law and Practical Rationality

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Author: Mark C. Murphy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521802291

Category: Law

Page: 284

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A defense of a contemporary natural law theory of practical rationality.

Private Dwelling

Contemplating the Use of Housing

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Author: Peter King

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134306563

Category: Architecture

Page: 208

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Housing is something that is deeply personal to us. It offers us privacy and security and allows us to be intimate with those we are close to. This book considers the nature of privacy but also how we choose to share our dwelling. The book discusses the manner in which we talk about our housing, how it manifests and assuages our anxieties and desires and how it helps us come to terms with loss. Private Dwelling offers a deeply original take on housing. The book proceeds through a series of speculations, using philosophical analysis and critique, personal anecdote, film criticism, social and cultural theory and policy analysis to unpick the subjective nature of housing as a personal place where we can be sure of ourselves.