• Humanities & Social Sciences
      May 2015

      Anne Frank's Tree

      Nature’s Confrontation with Technology, Domination, and the Holocaust

      by Eric Katz

      In this important and original interdisciplinary work, well-known environmental philosopher Eric Katz explores technology’s role in dominating both nature and humanity. He argues that technology dominates, and hence destroys, the natural world; it dominates, and hence destroys, critical aspects of human life and society. Technology causes an estrangement from nature, and thus a loss of meaning in human life. As a result, humans lose the power to make moral and social choices; they lose the power to control their lives. Katz’s argument innovatively connects two distinct areas of thought: the fundamental goal of the Holocaust, including Nazi environmental policy, to heal the degenerate elements of society; and the plan to heal degraded natural systems that informs the contemporary environmental policy of ‘ecological restoration’. In both arenas of ‘healing’, Katz argues that technological forces drive action, while domination emerges as the prevailing ideology. Katz’s work is a plea for the development of a technology that does not dominate and destroy but instead promotes autonomy and freedom. Anne Frank, a victim of Nazi ideology and action, saw the titular tree behind her secret annex as a symbol of freedom and moral goodness. In Katz’s argument, the tree represents a free and autonomous nature, resistant to human control and domination. Anne Frank’s Tree is rooted in an empirical approach to philosophy, seating complex ethical ideas in an accessible and powerful narrative of historical fact and deeply personal lived experience. The book is essentially a meditation on the opposing themes of domination and autonomy as they relate to the uses of technology in environmental policy and in the genocidal policies of the Holocaust. Rather than an abstract, or theoretical, examination of the concepts of ‘domination’ and ‘autonomy,’ the book undertakes a robust pragmatic investigation into the ways in which these themes ‘cash-out’ in specific real-life or historical situations. It is a work in ‘empirical’ or ‘historical’ philosophy, for the meaning of the philosophical ideas and the arguments used to justify them flow out of a detailed understanding of historical and practical reality as well as personal lived experience. The overall argument of the book is this: There is a connection between the destruction of nature and the destruction of specific human cultures, although this connection is not often perceived or understood. The analysis of environmental problems dealing with the degradation of natural systems is generally seen as distinct from the analysis of human historical problems such as war, imperialism, and genocide. But on the level of practical or physical reality, it can be seen that science and technology plays a significant and crucial role in this connection; moreover, on the conceptual level, the ideology of domination and control is the connecting theme. By the examination of several case studies or historical examples, we can see the pervasive power of the idea of domination expressed through the development and use of science and technology. Technology dominates, and hence destroys the natural world; it dominates, and hence destroys, critical aspects of human life and society. In this realm of technological domination, humans lose the power to make moral and social choices; they lose the power to control their lives. To avoid or overcome this evil of domination, we must turn to the ideas of autonomy and freedom as our primary goals of the development and use of technology. Anne Frank’s tree can serve as a symbol of the resistance to domination and oppression and the need for the preservation of freedom and autonomy both in human society and in the natural world.

    • History
      November 2015

      Jimmy Hoffa Called My Mom A Bitch: Profiles in Stupidity

      by Jason H. Vines

      The book is broken up into various chapters of stupidity: Stupid Democrats, Stupid Republicans, Stupid Atheists, Stupid Christians, Stupid Criminals, Stupid Policies, Stupid People and so on. The “Stupid Criminals” chapter contains one of my favorite columns that appeared on the Detroit News’ political website. The June 29, 2010 column is titled “Globe Al Warming Gets Rubbed the Wrong Way,” and it takes on allegations that the former VP got inappropriately horny with female masseuse at a Portland, Oregon hotel. That column also continues the sick, yet hilarious saga of Otis “Masturgate” Mathis, the illiterate (no kidding), former head of Detroit Public Schools who was forced out after he admittedly fondled himself in front of numerous female superintendents. No, I am not making this up. I coined the scandal “Masturgate” and it soon became the rage in Detroit media and made my column one of the most popular on the site.

    • Economic theory & philosophy
      July 2015

      Capitalism and Human Values

      by Wilkinson, Tony, A01

      In this book we construct a foundation for values based on our common humanity and explore personal, social and political values from a fresh perspective.

    • Ethics & moral philosophy
      August 2011

      Vedic Wisdom

      Selected Verses From The Vedas For Material Gain And Happiness

      by J.M. Mehta

      The Four Vedas – RIG, SAMA, YAJUR and ATHARVA are the fountainhead of ancient Indian philosophy, traditions and practices. It is believed that in the beginning of creation, Vedas were revealed by GOD for the benefit of mankind. The meaning of Vedas is Knowledge. The Vedas are supposed to contain true knowledge in seed form. It is enjoined upon mankind to understand develop, utilize and propagate this knowledge for individual and universal welfare. The Vedic knowledge is a key to material as well as spiritual happiness. The Vedas contain over 20,000 verses, which make for four large volumes, quite a difficult proposition for the layman to study and fully understand. This small book includes only around 160 selected verses, which cover major aspects of human life. These are divine instructions for all mankind without any distinction and for all times. A MUST READ book for ALL* handy, instructive and in concise simple language!

    • Ethics & moral philosophy
      July 2016

      Cinema, democracy and perfectionism

      Joshua Foa Dienstag in dialogue

      by Edited by Joshua Foa Dienstag. Series edited by Bert van den Brink, Anthony Laden, Peter Niesen, David Owen

      In the lead essay for this volume, Joshua Foa Dienstag engages in a critical encounter with the work of Stanley Cavell on cinema, focusing skeptical attention on the claims made for the contribution of cinema to the ethical character of democratic life. In this debate, Dienstag mirrors the celebrated dialogue between Rousseau and Jean D'Alembert on theatre, casting Cavell as D'Alembert in his view that we can learn to become better citizens and better people by observing a staged representation of human life, with Dienstag arguing, with Rousseau, that this misunderstands the relationship between original and copy, even more so in the medium of film than in the medium of theatre. Dienstag's provocative and stylish essay is debated by an exceptional group of interlocutors comprising Clare Woodford, Tracy B. Strong, Margaret Kohn, Davide Panagia and Thomas Dumm. The volume closes with a robust response from Dienstag to his critics.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      July 2016

      Cinema, democracy and perfectionism

      Joshua Foa Dienstag in dialogue

      by Joshua Foa Dienstag, Bert van den Brink, Anthony Laden, Peter Niesen, David Owen

      In the lead essay for this volume, Joshua Foa Dienstag engages in a critical encounter with the work of Stanley Cavell on cinema, focusing skeptical attention on the claims made for the contribution of cinema to the ethical character of democratic life. In this debate, Dienstag mirrors the celebrated dialogue between Rousseau and Jean D'Alembert on theatre, casting Cavell as D'Alembert in his view that we can learn to become better citizens and better people by observing a staged representation of human life, with Dienstag arguing, with Rousseau, that this misunderstands the relationship between original and copy, even more so in the medium of film than in the medium of theatre. Dienstag's provocative and stylish essay is debated by an exceptional group of interlocutors comprising Clare Woodford, Tracy B. Strong, Margaret Kohn, Davide Panagia and Thomas Dumm. The volume closes with a robust response from Dienstag to his critics. ;

    • Ethics & moral philosophy
      March 2018

      Kant's Doctrine of Right in the 21st Century

      by Larry Krasnoff; Paula Satne; Nuria Sánchez Madrid

      This collection of essays assesses the value of a conception of Kantian political philosophy grounded in the Doctrine of Right, examining some of its central arguments from a twenty-first-century political perspective.

    • Semantics
      April 1997

      The Intrigue of Ethics

      A Reading of the Idea of Discourse in the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas

      by Jeffrey Dudiak

    • Ethics & moral philosophy
      May 2002

      The Difficult Good

      A Thomistic Approach to Moral Conflict and Human Happiness

      by Daniel McInerny

    • Literary studies: general
      February 2003

      Intrigues

      From Being to the Other

      by Gabriel Riera

    • Literary studies: general
      April 2005

      An Ethics of Betrayal

      The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literatures and Culture

      by Crystal Parikh

    • Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology
      December 1995

      Emmanuel Levinas

      The Problem of Ethical Metaphysics

      by Edith Wyschogrod

    • Ethics & moral philosophy
      April 2001

      Ecstatic Morality and Sexual Politics

      A Catholic and Antitotalitarian Theory of the Body

      by Graham James McAleer

      This first book-length treatment of Thomas Aquinas's theory of the body presents a Catholic understanding of the body and its implications for social and political philosophy. Making a fundamental contribution to antitotalitarian theory, McAleer argues that a sexual politics reliant upon Aquinas's theory of the body is better (because less violent) than other commonly available theories. He contrasts this theory with those of four other groups of thinkers: the continental tradition represented by Kant, Schopenhauer, Merleau-Ponty, Nancy, Levinas, and Deleuze; feminism, in the work of Donna Haraway; an alternative Catholic theory to be found in Karl Rahner; and the "Radical Orthodoxy" of John Milbank.

    • Semantics
      April 1997

      The Intrigue of Ethics

      A Reading of the Idea of Discourse in the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas

      by Jeffrey Dudiak

    • Ethics & moral philosophy
      September 2001

      Giving an Account of Oneself

      by Judith P. Butler

    • Religion & beliefs
      February 2003

      Wisdom, Law, and Virtue

      Essays in Thomistic Ethics

      by Lawrence Dewan, O.P.

    • Ethics & moral philosophy

      The Theory of Moral Sentiments

      The Classic Philosophical Work On Ethics and Rights

      by Adam Smith

      The moral heart that goes alongside the economic brain of 'The Wealth of Nations', this once neglected work of Adam Smith has returned to prominence in recent years. It is widely regarded as one of the best written and most compelling books ever penned on ethics and morality. It was also Adam Smith's favourite work.

    • Ethics & moral philosophy
      March 2000

      Evolutionary Origins of Morality

      Cross Disciplinary Perspectives

      by Katz, Leonard, A01

      Includes four principal papers and a total of 43 peer commentaries on the evolutionary origins of...

    • Ethics & moral philosophy
      March 2006

      Human Life, Action and Ethics

      Essays by G.E.M. Anscombe

      by Geach, Mary, B01; Gormally, Luke, B01; Anscombe, G.E.M., A01

      Presents a collection of essays by the celebrated philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe. This collection includes papers on human nature and practical philosophy, together with the classic 'Modern Moral...

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