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Better Never To Have Been

Author : David Benatar
ISBN : 9780199549269
Genre : Philosophy
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Better Never to Have Been argues for a number of related, highly provocative, views: (1) Coming into existence is always a serious harm. (2) It is always wrong to have children. (3) It is wrong not to abort foetuses at the earlier stages of gestation. (4) It would be better if, as a result of there being no new people, humanity became extinct. These views may sound unbelievable - but anyone who reads Benatar will be obliged to take them seriously.
Category: Philosophy

Parables Of Enoch A Paradigm Shift

Author : Darrell Bock
ISBN : 9780567624062
Genre : Religion
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Internationally renowned contributors assess the signifcance of the Parables of Enoch in the study of Christian Origins, the New Testament and the Second Temple Period.
Category: Religion

Why Have Children

Author : Christine Overall
ISBN : 9780262300513
Genre : Philosophy
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In contemporary Western society, people are more often called upon to justify the choice not to have children than they are to supply reasons for having them. In this book, Christine Overall maintains that the burden of proof should be reversed: that the choice to have children calls for more careful justification and reasoning than the choice not to. Arguing that the choice to have children is not just a prudential or pragmatic decision but one with ethical repercussions, Overall offers a wide-ranging exploration of how we might think systematically and deeply about this fundamental aspect of human life. Writing from a feminist perspective, she also acknowledges the inevitably gendered nature of the decision; the choice has different meanings, implications, and risks for women than it has for men. After considering a series of ethical approaches to procreation, and finding them inadequate or incomplete, Overall offers instead a novel argument. Exploring the nature of the biological parent-child relationship -- which is not only genetic but also psychological, physical, intellectual, and moral -- she argues that the formation of that relationship is the best possible reason for choosing to have a child.
Category: Philosophy

The Fun Stuff

Author : James Wood
ISBN : 9780374709068
Genre : Literary Collections
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Following The Broken Estate, The Irresponsible Self, and How Fiction Works—books that established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation—The Fun Stuff confirms Wood's preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of the contemporary novel. In twenty-three passionate, sparkling dispatches—that range over such crucial writers as Thomas Hardy, Leon Tolstoy, Edmund Wilson, and Mikhail Lermontov—Wood offers a panoramic look at the modern novel. He effortlessly connects his encyclopedic, passionate understanding of the literary canon with an equally in-depth analysis of the most important authors writing today, including Cormac McCarthy, Lydia Davis, Aleksandar Hemon, and Michel Houellebecq. Included in The Fun Stuff are the title essay on Keith Moon and the lost joys of drumming—which was a finalist for last year's National Magazine Awards—as well as Wood's essay on George Orwell, which Christopher Hitchens selected for the Best American Essays 2010. The Fun Stuff is indispensable reading for anyone who cares about contemporary literature.
Category: Literary Collections

The Sense Of Style

Author : Steven Pinker
ISBN : 9780698170308
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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“Charming and erudite," from the author of Enlightenment Now, "The wit and insight and clarity he brings . . . is what makes this book such a gem.” — Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing—and why should we care? From the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now. In this entertaining and eminently practical book, the cognitive scientist, dictionary consultant, and New York Times–bestselling author Steven Pinker rethinks the usage guide for the twenty-first century. Using examples of great and gruesome modern prose while avoiding the scolding tone and Spartan tastes of the classic manuals, he shows how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right. The Sense of Style is for writers of all kinds, and for readers who are interested in letters and literature and are curious about the ways in which the sciences of mind can illuminate how language works at its best.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

A Better Place

Author : Mark A. Roeder
ISBN : 0595171761
Genre : Fiction
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High school football, a hospital of horrors, a long journey, and an unlikely love await Brendan and Casper as they search for a better place...
Category: Fiction

Baggage Handlers

Author : Sandra Scott
ISBN : 9780595277230
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Emotional baggage. It could be contained within a shoulder bag, a cosmetic case or something as humongous as a steamer trunk. You either have it or you don't. Most do and the unfortunate thing about it is that most cannot let go of it as easily as it was obtained. Sandra J. Scott gives her account of how she dealt with releasing her heavy loads of burden after a traumatic abusive adult relationship; loads she finally realized she had been actually carrying around from a very early age. She knew her only hope - her only answer - rested on just one Person's shoulders: Jesus Christ our Lord.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Better Late Than Never

Author : Douglas Stream
ISBN : 9781616631819
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Shining the light of God's unchanging truth into some dark places, Better Late than Never provides the reader with rare insight into the harsh reality of sexual disorders. Unlike most books about sexual disorder, Better Late than Never is written from the point of view of a recovering addict, not a counselor or researcher. An inspirational book filled with adventure, hope, and divine truth, Better Late Than Never will encourage you to overcome your fears and weaknesses on the way to a more productive and meaningful life.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Garden

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ISBN : HARVARD:32044106372089
Genre : Gardening
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Category: Gardening