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:
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

Aquinas

Aquinas
Author: Edward Feser
Publsiher: Oneworld
Total Pages: 205
Release: 2009-09
ISBN 10:
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.

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.

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.

New Proofs for the Existence of God

New Proofs for the Existence of God
Author: Robert J. Spitzer
Publsiher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages: 319
Release: 2010-04-15
ISBN 10: 0802863833
ISBN 13: 9780802863836
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

New Proofs for the Existence of God Book Review:

Responding to contemporary popular atheism, Robert J. Spitzer's New Proofs for the Existence of God examines the considerable evidence for God and creation that has come to light from physics and philosophy during the last forty years. An expert in diverse areas, including theology, physics, metaphysics, and ethics, Spitzer offers in this text the most contemporary, complete, and integrated approach to rational theism currently available. "Skepticism about the possibility of proving the existence of God often relies on data from modern science. In this splendid new book Father Robert Spitzer explores the implications of the latest discoveries in big bang cosmology, string theory, quantum physics, and the ontology of time to craft a series of convincing philosophical arguments. To paraphrase a popular commercial, this is not your father's old 'natural theology' textbook ù it's a gripping and compelling account of the best current arguments for theism."ùJoseph W. Koterski, S.J., Foidham University "A most original and insightful case for the existence of God.... Fr. Spitzer's new proofs pose a serious and compelling challenge to the unconscious hegemony of naturalism in the worlds of both philosophy and the sciences."ùFrancis J. Beckwith, Baylor University "Rare is the theologian who keeps abreast of the latest developments in fundamental physics, and even rarer the one who can discuss them with the theological and philosophical sophistication that Fr. Spitzer displays in this book. A challenging and original work."ùStephen M. Barr, University of Delaware, author of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith

God Is Not Great

God Is Not Great
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Publsiher: McClelland & Stewart
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2008-11-19
ISBN 10: 1551991764
ISBN 13: 9781551991764
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God Is Not Great Book Review:

Christopher Hitchens, described in the London Observer as “one of the most prolific, as well as brilliant, journalists of our time” takes on his biggest subject yet–the increasingly dangerous role of religion in the world. In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’s recent bestseller, The End Of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope’s awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

Aristotle s Revenge

Aristotle s Revenge
Author: Edward Feser
Publsiher: Editiones Scholasticae
Total Pages: 515
Release: 2019-11-30
ISBN 10: 3868385924
ISBN 13: 9783868385922
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; and 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.

Ardor

Ardor
Author: Roberto Calasso
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2014-11-18
ISBN 10: 0141971819
ISBN 13: 9780141971810
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ardor Book Review:

In this revelatory volume, Roberto Calasso, whom the Paris Review has called 'a literary institution', explores the ancient texts known as the Vedas. Little is known about the Vedic people who lived more than three thousand years ago in northern India: they left behind almost no objects, images, ruins. They created no empires. Even the hallucinogenic plant, the soma, which appears at the centre of some of their rituals, has not been identified with any certainty. Only a 'Parthenon of words' remains: verses and formulations suggesting a daring understanding of life. 'If the Vedic people had been asked why they did not build cities,' writes Calasso, 'they could have replied: we did not seek power, but rapture.' This is the ardor of the Vedic world, a burning intensity that is always present, both in the mind and in the cosmos. With his signature erudition and profound sense of the past, Calasso explores the enigmatic web of ritual and myth that define the Vedas. Often at odds with modern thought, he shows how these texts illuminate the nature of consciousness more than neuroscientists have been able to offer us up to now. Following the 'hundred paths' of the Satapatha Brahmana, an impressive exegesis of Vedic ritual, Ardor indicates that it may be possible to reach what is closest by passing through that which is most remote, as 'the whole of Vedic India was an attempt to think further'.

Scholastic Metaphysics

Scholastic Metaphysics
Author: Edward Feser
Publsiher: Editiones Scholasticae
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019-11-30
ISBN 10: 3868385916
ISBN 13: 9783868385915
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Scholastic Metaphysics Book Review:

Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction 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.

13

13
Author: Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
Publsiher: Plume
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2005-08
ISBN 10: 9780452284968
ISBN 13: 0452284961
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

13 Book Review:

A fascinating study of this most unlucky of numbers traces the history of superstitious beliefs surrounding "13," identifying the origins of the myth and following its consequences through history, including the debate in Spain over whether Tuesday or Friday the 13th should be the unluckiest of days and the name of the only major hotel in Manhatten with a 13th floor. Reprint.

Magic in Western Culture

Magic in Western Culture
Author: Brian P. Copenhaver
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 600
Release: 2015-09-09
ISBN 10: 110707052X
ISBN 13: 9781107070523
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Magic in Western Culture Book Review:

The story of the beliefs and practices called 'magic' starts in ancient Iran, Greece, and Rome, before entering its crucial Christian phase in the Middle Ages. Centering on the Renaissance and Marsilio Ficino, this richly illustrated and groundbreaking book treats magic as a classical tradition with foundations that were distinctly philosophical.

Higher Superstition

Higher Superstition
Author: Paul R. Gross,University Professor of Life Sciences Paul R Gross,Norman Levitt
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 314
Release: 1994
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: MINN:31951D01296534K
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Higher Superstition Book Review:

"We should be thankful that Gross and Levitt have provided a wake-up call. Their significant overview of the thinking of those who teach our lawyers, journalists and teachers should be read by all who are concerned by the decline of the status of science in our times." -- Physics Today

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.""--

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.

Magic and Superstition in Europe

Magic and Superstition in Europe
Author: Michael David Bailey
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 275
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 9780742533875
ISBN 13: 0742533875
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Magic and Superstition in Europe Book Review:

The only comprehensive, single-volume survey of magic available, this compelling book traces the history of magic, witchcraft, and superstitious practices such as popular spells or charms from antiquity to the present day. Focusing especially on Europe in the medieval and early modern eras, Michael Bailey also explores the ancient Near East, classical Greece and Rome, and the spread of magical systems_particularly modern witchcraft or Wicca_from Europe to the United States. He examines how magic and superstition have been defined in various historical eras and how these constructions have changed over time. He considers the ways in which specific categories of magic have been condemned, and how those identified as magicians or witches have been persecuted and prosecuted in various societies. Although conceptions of magic have changed over time, the author shows how magic has almost always served as a boundary marker separating socially acceptable actions from illicit ones, and more generally the known and understood from the unknown and occult.

Revenge of Superstition Mountain

Revenge of Superstition Mountain
Author: Elise Broach
Publsiher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2014-08-26
ISBN 10: 1627792384
ISBN 13: 9781627792387
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Revenge of Superstition Mountain Book Review:

In the third and final book in this action-packed trilogy, the Barker brothers and their good friend Delilah secretly climb up to Superstition Mountain one last time. There are still mysteries to solve—is the creepy librarian really the ghost of Julia Thomas from a century before? What was their uncle Hank's role in discovering the gold mine? Can they still get into the gold mine after the avalanche that nearly crushed them? Does their cat, Josie, have mysterious powers? And, most of all, who is trying to kill them? Elise Broach delivers a page-turning finale to this top-drawer adventure trilogy. A Christy Ottaviano Book

Rubicon

Rubicon
Author: Tom Holland
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2007-12-18
ISBN 10: 9780307427519
ISBN 13: 030742751X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rubicon Book Review:

A vivid historical account of the social world of Rome as it moved from republic to empire. In 49 B.C., the seven hundred fifth year since the founding of Rome, Julius Caesar crossed a small border river called the Rubicon and plunged Rome into cataclysmic civil war. Tom Holland’s enthralling account tells the story of Caesar’s generation, witness to the twilight of the Republic and its bloody transformation into an empire. From Cicero, Spartacus, and Brutus, to Cleopatra, Virgil, and Augustus, here are some of the most legendary figures in history brought thrillingly to life. Combining verve and freshness with scrupulous scholarship, Rubicon is not only an engrossing history of this pivotal era but a uniquely resonant portrait of a great civilization in all its extremes of self-sacrifice and rivalry, decadence and catastrophe, intrigue, war, and world-shaking ambition.

Superstition and Science

Superstition and Science
Author: Derek Wilson
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2017-05-25
ISBN 10: 1472135938
ISBN 13: 9781472135933
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Superstition and Science Book Review:

'A dazzling chronicle, a bracing challenge to modernity's smug assumptions' - Bryce Christensen, Booklist 'O what a world of profit and delight Of power, of honour and omnipotence Is promised to the studious artisan.' Christopher Marlowe, Dr Faustus Between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, Europe changed out of all recognition. Particularly transformative was the ardent quest for knowledge and the astounding discoveries and inventions which resulted from it. The movement of blood round the body; the movement of the earth round the sun; the velocity of falling objects (and, indeed, why objects fall) - these and numerous other mysteries had been solved by scholars in earnest pursuit of scientia. This fascinating account of the profound changes undergone by Europe between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment will cover ground including folk religion and its pagan past; Catholicism and its saintly dogma; alchemy, astrology and natural philosophy; Islamic and Jewish traditions; and the discovery of new countries and cultures. By the mid-seventeenth century 'science mania' had set in; the quest for knowledge had become a pursuit of cultured gentlemen. In 1663 The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge received its charter. Three years later the French Academy of Sciences was founded. Most other European capitals were not slow to follow suit. In 1725 we encounter the first use of the word 'science' meaning 'a branch of study concerned either with a connected body of demonstrated truths or with observed facts systematically classified'. Yet, it was only nine years since the last witch had been executed in Britain - a reminder that, although the relationship of people to their environment was changing profoundly, deep-rooted fears and attitudes remained strong.