The Development of Plato’s Political Theory

Like the first edition, this edition of The Development of Plato’s Political Theory provides a clear, scholarly account of Plato’s political theory in the context of the social and political events of his time. This second edition has been thoroughly revised to take into account scholarly developments during the last twenty years.

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August 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

Utopia – Thomas More

Utopia is a fictional work by Thomas More published in 1516. The book, written in Latin, is a frame narrative primarily depicting a fictional island society and its religious, social and political customs.

Despite modern connotations of the word “utopia,” it is widely accepted that the society More describes in this work was not actually his own “perfect society.” Rather he wished to use the contrast between the imaginary land’s unusual political ideas and the chaotic politics of his own day as a platform from which to discuss social issues in Europe.

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August 25, 2010 at 5:52 am Leave a comment

Illiad and Odyssey – Homer

Homer was a legendary early Greek poet traditionally credited with writing the major Greek epics The Iliad and The Odyssey. These two works represent a brilliant retelling of myths and legends. For the Greeks of the 7th century BC. however, these books were their history. Their past had been obliterated by the destruction of Mycenaean Civilization.

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August 25, 2010 at 5:46 am Leave a comment

The Great Book of Mind Teasers and Mind Puzzlers

This book consists of 75 utterly original and totally tantalizing brain teasers from master puzzler George J. Summers. He brings out fascinating challenges in situations as common as a game of tic-tac-toe or tennis, or as strange as a land of habitual Truth tellers and Liars. These puzzles and teasers are constructed with clues, helpful solution and detailed answers that show you step-by-step how a teaser or a puzzle is unravelled

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August 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm 2 comments

Max Weber, “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Max Weber’s best-known and most controversial work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, first published in 1904, remains to this day a powerful and fascinating read. Weber’s highly accessible style is just one of many reasons for his continuing popularity. The book contends that the Protestant ethic made possible and encouraged the development of capitalism in the West. Widely considered as the most informed work ever written on the social effects of advanced capitalism, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism holds its own as one of the most significant books of the twentieth century. The book is one of those rare works of scholarship which no informed citizen can afford to ignore.

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August 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

Rediscovering the Buddha: The Legends and Their Interpretations

Hans Penner takes a new look at the classic stories of the life of the Buddha. In the first part of the book, he presents a full account of these stories, drawn from various texts of Theravada Buddhism, the Buddhism of South and Southeast Asia. Penner allots one chapter to each of the major milestones in Buddha’s life, with titles such as: Birth and Early Life, Flight from the Palace, Enlightenment and Liberation, Last Watch and Funeral. In the process, he brings to the fore dimensions of the myth that have been largely ignored by western scholarship. In Part II, Penner offers his own original interpretations of the legends. He takes issue with Max Weber’s assertion that “Buddhism is an other-worldly ascetic religion,” a point of view that remains dominant in the received tradition and in most contemporary studies of Buddhism. His central thesis is that the “householder” is a necessary element in Buddhism and that the giving of gifts, which creates merit and presupposes the doctrine of karma, mediates the relation between the householder and the monk. Penner argues that the omission of the householder – in his view one-half of what constitutes Buddhism as a religion – is fatal for any understanding of Buddha’s life or of the Buddhist tradition. This boldly revisionist and deeply learned work will be of interest to a wide range of scholarly and lay readers.

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August 21, 2010 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

Aristotle

Written by renowned Aristotle scholar Sir David Ross, this study has long been established as one of the foremost surveys of Aristotle’s life, work and philosophy. With John L. Ackrill’s introduction and updated bibliography, created for the sixth edition, the book continues to serve as a standard guide, both for the student of ancient history and the general reader.

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August 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

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