Reflections on the Human Condition is a collection of poignant aphorisms taken from his writings. (Restored to print by noted author Christopher Klim.)
Author: Eric Hoffer
Publisher: Hopewell Publications Llc
Category: Literary Criticism
Eric Hoffer--one of America's most important thinkers and the author of The True Believer--lived for years as a Depression Era migratory worker. Self-taught, his appetite for knowledge--history, science, mankind--formed the basis of his insight to human nature. Reflections on the Human Condition is a collection of poignant aphorisms taken from his writings.
Reflections on the Human Condition Richard Holloway ... Many actors are
interesting human beings in their own right, but not all. Some of our greatest
actors have been people so uncertain of their own identity that they only came
alive on ...
Author: Richard Holloway
Publisher: Canongate Books
Being human isn’t easy. We might think that consciousness and free will give us control over our lives but our minds are unpredictable places. We are susceptible to forces we don’t understand. We are capable of inflicting immense cruelty on one another and yet we also have the capacity to be tender, to empathise, to feel. In his thought-provoking new book Richard Holloway holds a mirror up to the human condition. By drawing on a colourful and eclectic selection of writings from history, philosophy, science, poetry, theology and literature, Holloway shows us how we can stand up to the seductive power of the monster and draw closer to the fierce challenge of the saint.
Volume 1 Autobiography of a Restless Mind is a fascinating, exceptionally diverse collection of observations and reflections written over the past twenty-five years by one of the most innovative thinkers, writers, and leaders of the past ...
Author: Dee Hock
Volume 1 Autobiography of a Restless Mind is a fascinating, exceptionally diverse collection of observations and reflections written over the past twenty-five years by one of the most innovative thinkers, writers, and leaders of the past half century. Witty and wise, playful and profound, prophetic and immensely quotable, it is a companion no thinking, caring person should be without. Written in an unforgettable style reminiscent of Aurelius, Montaigne, Lao-Tse, and Bacon, it is a classic that will be read with pleasure and profit for generations to come.
" In so doing, we become more deeply in tune with our true essence and the intrinsic goodness that we were meant to exhibit in all aspects of life.This book is a must-read for those who go through life seeking to encounter TRUTH.
In this candid narrative, the author presents his unique perspectives on the human condition. The text is infused with personal anecdotes and conceptions derived from lessons learned throughout his life. Playfully didactic and poignantly serious at once, his message resonates with an admixture of disillusionment and hope. The author assumes free reign to serve as both a participant and an objective observer of the foibles inherent in being human - specifically, the need and desire to set ourselves "above" others. He points out that this conception is entirely illusory, as humanity pursues its habitual practices of deception, superficiality, and false precepts, favoring acquisition, giving in to addiction, and other self-destructive behaviors. In so doing, we move farther and farther from our Creator. The author emphasizes that only when we commune with our Creator can we be truly free and open to His perfect plan and begin to live authentic lives, separate and apart from the "culture of more." In so doing, we become more deeply in tune with our true essence and the intrinsic goodness that we were meant to exhibit in all aspects of life. This book is a must-read for those who go through life seeking to encounter TRUTH. Whether or not you agree with the author's assertions, you won't regret taking this engaging journey. Along the way, you'll find some priceless treasures - including yourself.
If in reaction the human condition is understood exclusively as the universality,
identity and unity of the human in the diversity of its appearances, reflections
about the human being are in danger of taking on a mythological quality and
failing to ...
Author: Rebekka A. Klein
Examining recent experiments on human altruism in economics, this book offers a critique of naturalistic approaches to the phenomenon of human sociality. It draws on philosophical theories of social conflict and recognition, and on theological concepts of neighborly love.
In these reflections on Bergman's artistry and thought, Irving Singer discerns distinctive themes in Bergman's filmmaking, from first intimations in the early work to consummate resolutions in the later movies.
Author: Irving Singer
Publisher: MIT Press
The development of themes, motifs, and techniques in Bergman's films, from the first intimations in the early work to the consummate resolutions in the final movies. Known for their repeating motifs and signature tropes, the films of Ingmar Bergman also contain extensive variation and development. In these reflections on Bergman's artistry and thought, Irving Singer discerns distinctive themes in Bergman's filmmaking, from first intimations in the early work to consummate resolutions in the later movies. Singer demonstrates that while Bergman's output is not philosophy on celluloid, it attains an expressive and purely aesthetic truthfulness that can be considered philosophical in a broader sense. Through analysis of both narrative and filmic effects, Singer probes Bergman's mythmaking and his reliance upon the magic inherent in his cinematic techniques. Singer traces throughout the evolution of Bergman's ideas about life and death, and about the possibility of happiness and interpersonal love. In the overtly self-referential films that he wrote or directed (The Best Intentions, Fanny and Alexander, Sunday's Children) as well as the less obviously autobiographical ones (including Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, and the triad that begins with Through a Glass Darkly) Bergman investigates problems in his existence and frequently reverts to childhood memories. In such movies as Smiles of a Summer Night, Scenes from a Marriage, and Saraband, Bergman draws upon his mature experience and depicts the troubled relationships between men who are often weak and women who are made to suffer by the damaged men with whom they live. In Persona, Cries and Whispers, and other works, his experiments with the camera are uniquely masterful. Inspecting the panorama of Bergman's art, Singer shows how the endless search for human contact motivates the content of his films and reflects Bergman's profound perspective on the world.
... or the new dawn of revolution), and reflections on the human capacity to start
something new pervade her thinking. When she published The Human Condition
in 1958, she herself sent something unexpected out into the world, and forty ...
Author: Hannah Arendt
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
A work of striking originality bursting with unexpected insights, The Human Condition is in many respects more relevant now than when it first appeared in 1958. In her study of the state of modern humanity, Hannah Arendt considers humankind from the perspective of the actions of which it is capable. The problems Arendt identified then—diminishing human agency and political freedom, the paradox that as human powers increase through technological and humanistic inquiry, we are less equipped to control the consequences of our actions—continue to confront us today. This new edition, published to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of its original publication, contains an improved and expanded index and a new introduction by noted Arendt scholar Margaret Canovan which incisively analyzes the book's argument and examines its present relevance. A classic in political and social theory, The Human Condition is a work that has proved both timeless and perpetually timely. Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was one of the leading social theorists in the United States. Her Lectures on Kant's Political Philosophy and Love and Saint Augustine are also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Author: Anna-Teresa TymienieckaPublish On: 1985-09-30
MIRROR REFLECTIONS: THE POETICS OF WATER IN FRENCH BAROQUE
POETRY In seventeenth-century French poetry, the inconstancy of the world is
frequently conveyed by images of reflection and movement in water, flight, and ...
The writings brought together in this work define social ecology as a sustained enquiry into the man-made environment and an active effort at maintaining equilibrium between change and conservation.
Author: Peter F. Drucker
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
The writings brought together in this work define social ecology as a sustained enquiry into the man-made environment and an active effort at maintaining equilibrium between change and conservation. The author views economics, technology, politics and art as dimensions of social experience.
Birgit Maier-Katkin Literary and Cinematographic Reflections on the Human Condition by Anna Seghers and Fred Zinnemann The writer Anna Seghers and
filmmaker Fred Zinnemann both depict the erosion of the human condition in
Author: Christiane Schönfeld
Category: Literary Criticism
The essays collected in this book focus on the multi-faceted relationship between German/Austrian literature and the cinema screen. Scholars from Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Portugal, USA and Canada present critical readings of a wide range of transpositions of German-language texts to film, while also considering the impact of cinema on German literature, exploring intertextualities as well as intermedialities. The forum of discussion thus created encompasses cinematic narratives based on Goethe's Faust, Kleist's Marquise of O..., Kubrick's film version of Schnitzler's Dream Story and Caroline Link's Oscar-winning adaptation of Stefanie Zweig's novel Nowhere in Africa. The wide-ranging analyses of the complex interaction between literature and film presented here focus on literary works by Anna Seghers, Hans-Magnus Enzensberger, Nicola Rhon, Günter Grass, Heinrich Böll, Elfriede Jelinek, Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, Erich Hackl, Thomas Brussig, Sven Regener, Frank Goosen and Robert Schneider, as well as on adaptations by filmmakers such as Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Max Mack, Josef von Sternberg, Max W. Kimmich, Fred Zinnemann, Paul Wegener, Alexander Kluge, Volker Schlöndorff, Hansjürgen Pohland, Hendrik Handloegten, Michael Haneke, Christoph Stark, Karin Brandauer, Joseph Vilsmaier, Leander Haußmann and Doris Dörrie.
Whether your opinions echo or oppose the words of "wisdom" contained herein, this is an entertaining collection of pithy sayings, that could double as a handy source of internet memes for the busy twitter user .
Author: Peter Capen
Category: Political Science
The observations of a lifetime and musings on all that's right or wrong with the world are framed as a series of aphorisms in this controversial little book. Some will elicit a "yesss!" reaction, while others will cause the opposite response. Whether your opinions echo or oppose the words of "wisdom" contained herein, this is an entertaining collection of pithy sayings, that could double as a handy source of internet memes for the busy twitter user ...
The deep issue here is the ancient Western specter of a presocial and antisocial human nature: a supposedly innate self-interest that is represented in our native folklore as the basis or nemesis of cultural order.
Author: Marshall Sahlins
Publisher: Prickly Paradigm
Category: Social Science
Reflecting the decline in college courses on Western Civilization, Marshall Sahlins aims to accelerate the trend by reducing "Western Civ" to about two hours. He cites Nietzsche to the effect that deep issues are like cold baths; one should get into and out of them as quickly as possible. The deep issue here is the ancient Western specter of a presocial and antisocial human nature: a supposedly innate self-interest that is represented in our native folklore as the basis or nemesis of cultural order. Yet these Western notions of nature and culture ignore the one truly universal character of human sociality: namely, symbolically constructed kinship relations. Kinsmen are members of one another: they live each other's lives and die each other's deaths. But where the existence of the other is thus incorporated in the being of the self, neither interest, nor agency or even experience is an individual fact, let alone an egoistic disposition. "Sorry, beg your pardon," Sahlins concludes, Western society has been built on a perverse and mistaken idea of human nature.
This text asks what it is to be human. Spectres, cyborgs, clones, aliens - representations of the inhuman hybrid seem more various and multiform than ever before.
Author: Scott Brewster
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
This text asks what it is to be human. Spectres, cyborgs, clones, aliens - representations of the inhuman hybrid seem more various and multiform than ever before. It examines the impact of science and technology on culture and representation.
Before moving to God's self-disclosure in the biblical history that climaxed with
the story of Jesus, what account should we give of human beings? Some reflections on the human condition will set the stage for what follows in this
account of ...
Author: Gerald O'Collins
Publisher: OUP Oxford
This book identifies the distinguishing features of fundamental theology, as distinct from philosophical theology, natural theology, apologetics, and other similar disciplines. Addressing the potential for confusion about basic Christian claims and beliefs, Gerald O'Collins sets out to relaunch fundamental theology as a discipline by presenting a coherent vision of basic theological questions and positions that lay the ground for work in specific areas of systematic theology. Rethinking Fundamental Theology examines central theological questions: about God, human experience and, specifically, religious experience; the divine revelation coming through the history of Israel and through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; human faith that responds to revelation; the nature of tradition that transmits the record and reality of revelation; the structure of biblical inspiration and truth, as well as basic issues concerned with the formation of the canon; the founding of the Church with some leadership structures; the relationship between Christ's revelation and the faith of those who follow other religions. O'Collins concludes with some reflections on theological method. Written with the scholarship and accessibility for which O'Collins is known and valued, this book will relaunch fundamental theology as a distinct and necessary discipline in faculties and departments of theology and religious studies around the world.
Author: Daniel J. HarringtonPublish On: 2010-11-16
Paul presents extended reflections on the human condition and Christian
freedom in Romans 5–8. They constitute the theological heart of what is arguably
the most important book in the New Testament. In Romans 5–7, Paul considers
Author: Daniel J. Harrington
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
In Paul and Virtue Ethics, Daniel Harrington and James Keenan build upon their successful collaboration Jesus and Virtue Ethics to discuss the apostle Paul's teachings as a guide to interpret theology and ethics today. Examining Paul's writings, the authors investigate what they teach about the basic questions of virtue ethics: Who am I? Who do I want to become? And how do I get there? Their intent is not to provide stringent rules, but to awaken discovery and encourage dialogue. The book first considers the concept of virtue ethics, an approach to ethics that emphasizes moral character, and Paul's ethics in particular. Next, the authors focus on the virtues of faith, love/charity, and hope as treated by Paul and Thomas Aquinas. Closing the book with reflections on the roles of other virtues (and vices) in individual and communal Christian life, the authors discuss various issues in social ethics and sexual morality as they are dealt with in Paul and in Christian virtue ethics today.
Attention to Bacon's extra-, pre-, sub-, or supra-scientific reflections—his reflections on the human condition—appears to have been spurred by bringing
together, somewhat uneasily, the secularization thesis about the origin of
Author: Svetozar Minkov
Publisher: Lexington Books
Francis Bacon's 'Inquiry Touching Human Nature' is an engagement at a fundamental level with the political and philosophic thought of one of the founders of modernity, Francis Bacon. Bacon had a comprehensive vision of the human situation. And because he saw the costs or dangers of modern life as clearly as he predicted its achievements and boons, Bacon is a thinker who addresses directly and deeply our own perplexities.
undermines theism, provide an alternative dramatic, poetic rendering of the human condition, offering hope and promise? ... reflections in“The Human Condition” are especially kaleidoscopic, as hemanages a vantage point fromboth
Author: Paul Kurtz
Publisher: Prometheus Books
The secular age has confronted human beings with a fundamental challenge. While the naturalistic worldview rooted in science has persuasively shown that traditional religious conceptions of the universe are unsustainable, it has so far offered no compelling secular narratives to replace the religious narratives so entrenched in civilization. In the absence of religion, how do thoughtful contemporary individuals find meaning in a secular world? In this book, philosopher Paul Kurtz argues for a new approach that he calls eupraxsophy. Kurtz first coined the term in 1988 to characterize a secular orientation to life that stands in contrast to religion. Derived from three ancient Greek roots, eupraxsophy literally means "good practice and wisdom." Drawing upon philosophy, science, and ethics, eupraxsophy provides a thoroughly secular moral vision, which respects the place of human values in the context of the natural world and presents an empirically responsible yet hopeful picture of the human situation and the cosmos in which we abide. Editor Nathan Bupp has conveniently gathered together Kurtz’s key writings about the theory and practice of eupraxsophy for the first time in this volume. Written with eloquence and scope, these incisive essays show how Kurtz's brand of humanism moves above and beyond the current "new atheism." Eupraxsophy successfully bridges the cultural divide between science and value and provides a genuine and constructive alternative to religion. Bupp’s informative introduction places the concept of eupraxsophy in historical perspective and shows why it is critically important, and relevant, today.