The Last Superstition

The Last Superstition
Author: Edward Feser
Publsiher: St Augustine PressInc
Total Pages: 299
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 9781587314520
ISBN 13: 1587314525
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Superstition Book Review:

Argues that "new atheism" is based on an unfounded "mechanical" view of the world and the "teleological" vision of the ancient philosophers is rationally vindicated.

The Last Superstition

The Last Superstition
Author: Edward Feser
Publsiher: St Augustine PressInc
Total Pages: 299
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:49015003313518
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Superstition Book Review:

Argues that "new atheism" is based on an unfounded "mechanical" view of the world and the "teleological" vision of the ancient philosophers is rationally vindicated.

Five Proofs for the Existence of God

Five Proofs for the Existence of God
Author: Edward Feser
Publsiher: Ignatius Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-08-18
ISBN 10: 1681497808
ISBN 13: 9781681497808
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Five Proofs for the Existence of God Book Review:

Five Proofs of the Existence of GodÊprovides a detailed, updated exposition and defense of five of the historically most important (but in recent years largely neglected) philosophical proofs of God's existence: the Aristotelian proof, the Neo-Platonic proof, the Augustinian proof, the Thomistic proof, and the Rationalist proof. Ê This book also offers a detailed treatment of each of the key divine attributes -- unity, simplicity, eternity, omnipotence, omniscience, perfect goodness, and so forth -- showing that they must be possessed by the God whose existence is demonstrated by the proofs.Ê Finally, it answers at length all of the objections that have been leveled against these proofs. Ê This book offers as ambitious and complete a defense of traditional natural theology as is currently in print.Ê Its aim is to vindicate the view of the greatest philosophers of the past -- thinkers like Aristotle, Plotinus, Augustine, Aquinas, Leibniz, and many others -- that the existence of God can be established with certainty by way of purely rational arguments.Ê It thereby serves as a refutation both of atheism and of the fideism which gives aid and comfort to atheism. Ê

The Last Witches of England

The Last Witches of England
Author: John Callow
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2021-10-07
ISBN 10: 1350196142
ISBN 13: 9781350196148
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Witches of England Book Review:

"Fascinating and vivid." New Statesman "Thoroughly researched." The Spectator "Intriguing." BBC History Magazine "Vividly told... extremely moving." BBC History Revealed On the morning of Thursday 29 June 1682, a magpie came rasping, rapping and tapping at the window of a prosperous Devon merchant. Frightened by its appearance, his servants and members of his family had, within a matter of hours, convinced themselves that the bird was an emissary of the devil sent by witches to destroy the fabric of their lives. As the result of these allegations, three women of Bideford came to be forever defined as witches. A Secretary of State brushed aside their case and condemned them to the gallows; to hang as the last group of women to be executed in England for the crime. Yet, the hatred of their neighbours endured. For Bideford, it was said, was a place of witches. Though 'pretty much worn away' the belief in witchcraft still lingered on for more than a century after their deaths. In turn, ignored, reviled, and extinguished but never more than half-forgotten, it seems that the memory of these three women - and of their deeds and sufferings, both real and imagined – was transformed from canker to regret, and from regret into celebration in our own age. Indeed, their example was cited during the final Parliamentary debates, in 1951, that saw the last of the witchcraft acts repealed, and their names were chanted, as both inspiration and incantation, by the women beyond the wire at Greenham Common. In this book, John Callow explores this remarkable reversal of fate, and the remarkable tale of the Bideford Witches.

Aquinas

Aquinas
Author: Edward Feser
Publsiher: Oneworld
Total Pages: 205
Release: 2009-09
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: STANFORD:36105124118089
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aquinas Book Review:

In this multifaceted introduction to the renowned thinker, Edward Feser shows how Aquinas's works are as relevant as when they were written. Defending his ideas from modern misrepresentation, Feser introduces the great Saint's view of metaphysics, ethics, psychology, and philosophy of religion. Arguing that Aquinas's though avoids many of the pitfalls of contemporary philosophy, this comprehensive volume will captivate both the seasonal "Thomist" and the absolute novice.

Aquinas

Aquinas
Author: Anthony Kenny
Publsiher: Hill & Wang
Total Pages: 86
Release: 1980-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780809014071
ISBN 13: 0809014076
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Mammoth Book of Superstition

The Mammoth Book of Superstition
Author: Roy Bainton
Publsiher: Robinson
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2016-11-10
ISBN 10: 1472137477
ISBN 13: 9781472137470
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mammoth Book of Superstition Book Review:

Rather than providing a dictionary of superstitions, of which there are already numerous excellent, exhaustive and, in many cases, academic works which list superstitions from A to Z, Bainton gives us an entertaining flight over the terrain, landing from time to time in more thought-provoking areas. He offers an overview of humanity's often illogical and irrational persistence in seeking good luck and avoiding misfortune. While Steve Roud's two excellent books - The Penguin Dictionary of Superstitions and his Pocket Guide - and Philippa Waring's 1970 Dictionary concentrate on the British Isles, Bainton casts his net much wider. There are many origins which warrant the full back story, such as Friday the thirteenth and the Knights Templar, or the demonisation of the domestic cat resulting in 'cat holocausts' throughout Europe led by the Popes and the Inquisition. The whole is presented as a comprehensive, entertaining narrative flow, though it is, of course, a book that could be dipped into, and includes a thorough bibliography. Schoenberg, who developed the twelve-tone technique in music, was a notorious triskaidekaphobe. When the title of his opera Moses und Aaron resulted in a title with thirteen letters, he renamed it Moses und Aron. He believed he would die in his seventy-sixth year (7 + 6 = 13) and he was correct; he also died on Friday the thirteenth at thirteen minutes before midnight. As Sigmund Freud wrote, 'Superstition is in large part the expectation of trouble; and a person who has harboured frequent evil wishes against others, but has been brought up to be good and has therefore repressed such wishes into the unconscious, will be especially ready to expect punishment for his unconscious wickedness in the form of trouble threatening him from without.'

2012

2012
Author: Alexandra Bruce
Publsiher: Red Wheel Weiser
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-09-01
ISBN 10: 9781934708514
ISBN 13: 1934708518
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

2012 Book Review:

The expanded companion book to the #1 documentary film about 2012! The 2012 meme has evolved beyond any debates about the relevance of the Maya Long Count calendar to the lives of contemporary human beings. 2012 is about us on planet Earth at this time. December 21, 2012: will the world really change forever on this date, the end of a 5,125-year calendar last used over a thousand years ago? Certainly Hollywood would like you to think so. Indeed, a not-so-small industry has arisen around the date, hawking everything from t-shirts to teleseminars. Clearing a path between fantasy and reality, Alexandra Bruce surveys the entire 2012 landscape, asking questions such as: Is the Earth losing its Mojo? How did 2012 come to mean "The End of Time"? Did psychedelics facilitate the Maya "Cosmovision"? Should we worry about Earth Crustal Displacement? What the hell is "Planet X"? Uniquely amongst a vast array of 2012 literature, this book features interviews with the leading experts—including Graham Hancock, John Major Jenkins, Daniel Pinchbeck and many others—and insightful, detailed analysis of the broad spectrum of opinion, debate, research and myth regarding the most compelling "end times" prediction of the 21st century.

Scholastic Metaphysics

Scholastic Metaphysics
Author: Edward Feser
Publsiher: Editions Scholasticae
Total Pages: 302
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 9783868385441
ISBN 13: 3868385444
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Scholastic Metaphysics Book Review:

Scholastic Metaphysics provides an overview of Scholastic approaches to causation, substance, essence, modality, identity, persistence, teleology, and other issues in fundamental metaphysics. The book interacts heavily with the literature on these issues in contemporary analytic metaphysics, so as to facilitate the analytic reader's understanding of Scholastic ideas and the Scholastic reader's understanding of contemporary analytic philosophy. The Aristotelian theory of actuality and potentiality provides the organizing theme, and the crucial dependence of Scholastic metaphysics on this theory is demonstrated. The book is written from a Thomistic point of view, but Scotist and Suarezian positions are treated as well where they diverge from the Thomistic position.

Inventing Superstition

Inventing Superstition
Author: Dale B. MARTIN
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2009-06-30
ISBN 10: 0674040694
ISBN 13: 9780674040694
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inventing Superstition Book Review:

The Roman author Pliny the Younger characterizes Christianity as "contagious superstition"; two centuries later the Christian writer Eusebius vigorously denounces Greek and Roman religions as vain and impotent "superstitions." The term of abuse is the same, yet the two writers suggest entirely different things by "superstition." Dale Martin provides the first detailed genealogy of the idea of superstition, its history over eight centuries, from classical Greece to the Christianized Roman Empire of the fourth century C.E. With illuminating reference to the writings of philosophers, historians, and medical teachers he demonstrates that the concept of superstition was invented by Greek intellectuals to condemn popular religious practices and beliefs, especially the belief that gods or other superhuman beings would harm people or cause disease. Tracing the social, political, and cultural influences that informed classical thinking about piety and superstition, nature and the divine, "Inventing Superstition" exposes the manipulation of the label of superstition in arguments between Greek and Roman intellectuals on the one hand and Christians on the other, and the purposeful alteration of the idea by Neoplatonic philosophers and Christian apologists in late antiquity. "Inventing Superstition" weaves a powerfully coherent argument that will transform our understanding of religion in Greek and Roman culture and the wider ancient Mediterranean world.

Superstition

Superstition
Author: Karen Robards
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2006-05-30
ISBN 10: 1101166061
ISBN 13: 9781101166062
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Superstition Book Review:

A killer has come out of hiding in this haunting novel by New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards. Pawleys Island hides a dark history of a shocking cold case: the murder of a local girl and the strange disappearance of her two friends. This unsolved crime could be journalist Nicole Sullivan’s big break, so she works intimately with Police Chief Joe Franconi to get the story straight. But their investigation takes a shocking turn when another young woman is murdered. As the body count rises, so does Nicole’s fear that the killer has returned to bury a terrifying secret—and to resurrect the ghost of a crime long thought dead.

Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy of Mind
Author: Edward Feser
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2006-10-27
ISBN 10: 1780740417
ISBN 13: 9781780740416
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Philosophy of Mind Book Review:

In this lively and entertaining introduction to the philosophy of mind, Edward Feser explores the questions central to the discipline; such as 'do computers think', and 'what is consciousness'; and gives an account of all the most important and significant attempts that have been made to answer them.

Missing on Superstition Mountain

Missing on Superstition Mountain
Author: Elise Broach
Publsiher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2011-06-21
ISBN 10: 1429975008
ISBN 13: 9781429975001
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Missing on Superstition Mountain Book Review:

It's summer and the three Barker brothers—Simon, Henry, and Jack—just moved from Illinois to Arizona. Their parents have warned them repeatedly not to explore Superstition Mountain, which is near their home. But when their cat Josie goes missing, they see no other choice. There's something unusually creepy about the mountain and after the boys find three human skulls, they grow determined to uncover the mystery. Have people really gone missing over the years, and could there be someone or some thing lurking in the woods? Together with their new neighbor Delilah, the Barker boys are dead-set on cracking the case even if it means putting themselves in harm's way. Here's the first book in an action-packed mystery series by a New York Times bestselling author. Missing on Superstition Mountain is a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Fiction title for 2011.

Cicero on the Philosophy of Religion

Cicero on the Philosophy of Religion
Author: J. P. F. Wynne
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 321
Release: 2019-10-31
ISBN 10: 1107070481
ISBN 13: 9781107070486
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cicero on the Philosophy of Religion Book Review:

Do the gods love you? Cicero gives deep and surprising answers in two philosophical dialogues on traditional Roman religion.

A Magical World

A Magical World
Author: Derek K Wilson
Publsiher: Pegasus Books
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019-07-09
ISBN 10: 9781643131467
ISBN 13: 164313146X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Magical World Book Review:

Spanning some of the most vibrant and fascinating eras in European history, Cambridge historian Derek Wilson reveals a society filled with an ardent desire for knowledge and astounding discoveries—and the fantastic discoveries that flowered from it. Thinkers were drew from surprising intellectual traditions: some from folk religion, which in its turn had deep roots in a pagan past; others referred to spirits or tapped into stores of ancient wisdom and herbal remedies. This was the world of wise women, witches, necromancers, potions and incantations. Even the mighty Catholic Church, which permeated all elements of life, had its own "magical" traditions.In 1663, the Royal Society in London received its charter. Just three years later, the French Academy of Sciences was founded, and other European capitals rapidly followed suit. In 1725, the word "science" was at last defined as "a branch of study concerned either with a connected body of demonstrated truths or with observed facts systematically classified." Yet just nine years before, the last witch had been executed in Britain. Fascinating and thought-provoking, A Magical World is a reminder of humanity's paradoxical nature—our passionate pursuit of knowledge alongside deep-rooted fears, superstitions, and traditions.

Higher Superstition

Higher Superstition
Author: Paul R. Gross,Norman Levitt
Publsiher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 348
Release: 1997-11-06
ISBN 10: 0801857074
ISBN 13: 9780801857072
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Higher Superstition Book Review:

With the emergence of "cultural studies" and the blurring of once-clear academic boundaries, scholars are turning to Subjects far outside their traditional disciplines and areas of expertise. In Higher Superstition scientists Paul Gross and Norman Levitt raise serious questions about the growing criticism of science by humanists and social scientists on the "academic left." This paperback edition of Higher Superstition includes a new afterword by the authors.

The Cambridge Companion to Atheism

The Cambridge Companion to Atheism
Author: Michael Martin
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2006-10-30
ISBN 10: 9781139827393
ISBN 13: 1139827391
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cambridge Companion to Atheism Book Review:

In this 2007 volume, eighteen of the world's leading scholars present original essays on various aspects of atheism: its history, both ancient and modern, defense and implications. The topic is examined in terms of its implications for a wide range of disciplines including philosophy, religion, feminism, postmodernism, sociology and psychology. In its defense, both classical and contemporary theistic arguments are criticized, and, the argument from evil, and impossibility arguments, along with a non religious basis for morality are defended. These essays give a broad understanding of atheism and a lucid introduction to this controversial topic.

Neo scholastic Essays

Neo scholastic Essays
Author: Edward Feser
Publsiher: St Augustine PressInc
Total Pages: 415
Release: 2015
ISBN 10: 9781587315589
ISBN 13: 1587315580
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Neo scholastic Essays Book Review:

"In a series of publications over the course of a decade, Edward Feser has argued for the defensibility and abiding relevance to issues in contemporary philosophy of Scholastic ideas and arguments, and especially of Aristotelian-Thomistic ideas and arguments. This work has been in the vein of what has come to be known as "analytical Thomism," though the spirit of the project goes back at least to the Neo-Scholasticism of the period from the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. Neo-Scholastic Essays collects some of Feser's academic papers from the last ten years on themes in metaphysics and philosophy of nature, natural theology, philosophy of mind, and ethics. Among the diverse topics covered are: the relationship between Aristotelian and Newtonian conceptions of motion; the varieties of teleological description and explanation; the proper interpretation of Aquinas's Five Ways; the impossibility of a materialist account of the human intellect; the philosophies of mind of Kripke, Searle, Popper, and Hayek; the metaphysics of value; the natural law understanding of the ethics of private property and taxation; a critique of political libertarianism; and the defensibility and indispensability to a proper understanding of sexual morality of the traditional "perverted faculty argument.""--

Aristotle s Revenge

Aristotle s Revenge
Author: Edward Feser
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 515
Release: 2019-02
ISBN 10: 9783868382006
ISBN 13: 3868382003
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aristotle s Revenge Book Review:

Actuality and potentiality, substantial form and prime matter, efficient causality and teleology are among the fundamental concepts of Aristotelian philosophy of nature. Aristotle's Revenge argues that these concepts are not only compatible with modern science, but are implicitly presupposed by modern science. Among the many topics covered are: - The metaphysical presuppositions of scientific method. - The status of scientific realism - The metaphysics of space and time. - The metaphysics of quantum mechanics. - Reductionism in chemistry and biology. - The metaphysics of evolution. - Neuroscientific reductionism. The book interacts heavily with the literature on these issues in contemporary analytic metaphysics and philosophy of science, so as to bring contemporary philosophy and science into dialogue with the Aristotelian tradition.

Leap of Honesty

Leap of Honesty
Author: Stephen Frederick Uhl
Publsiher: Humanist Press
Total Pages: 189
Release: 2014-04-13
ISBN 10: 0931779510
ISBN 13: 9780931779510
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leap of Honesty Book Review:

Faithful Catholic priest become atheist psychologist shows how he himself shucked and how the reader can enjoy shucking childhood prejudices and superstitions to thrill to rational friendliness in our pluralistic planetary society. This book could have been titled “The Book of Tolerance.” The psychologist author recognizes that each of us learned a lot of traditions and beliefs when too young to evaluate them. Such prejudices are very deeply ingrained into the subconscious. Therefore they are often most difficult to overcome even in adult years and with further experience and education. (Dr. Uhl was already in his 30s when he finally got free; many people never get free.) Each of us grows up and learns to analyze and think critically at different speeds. Even in the same family one sibling may remain highly opinionated and prejudiced, stuck in the past, while another thoughtfully unlearns childhood myths and becomes a broadminded adult. Therefore, tolerance of such differing rates of learning and unlearning is necessary for civilized peace good friendships in a pluralistic society. Such patient understanding is less difficult when one follows the new Golden Rule: Treat others as you would reasonably want and expect them to treat you if your roles were reversed. The thrilling details of an exciting journey with our planetary neighbors are clearly laid out in the little book, Leap of Honesty – Priest to Atheist. A generous sprinkling of earthy humor richly seasons this revolutionary book for enjoyable spiritual nourishment. Previously published as Out of God’s Closet and Imagine No Superstition.