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Labyrinths Of Reason

Author : William Poundstone
ISBN : 030776379X
Genre : Philosophy
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This sharply intelligent, consistently provocative book takes the reader on an astonishing, thought-provoking voyage into the realm of delightful uncertainty--a world of paradox in which logical argument leads to contradiction and common sense is seemingly rendered irrelevant. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Philosophy

Circles Of Meaning Labyrinths Of Fear

Author : Brendan Myers
ISBN : 9781846947469
Genre : Family & Relationships
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You’ve heard of sacred places, writings, relics, and rituals, holy days and magical times of year. But these are actually representations of relationships that people have with each other and the elements of the world. Some of these relationships environmental: they involve landscapes, animals, and the streets of your home town. Some are personal, such as families, friends, and elders. Some are public, involving musicians, storytellers, medical doctors, and even soldiers. This book studies twenty-two relationships, from a variety of traditions, and shows their place in ‘the good life’. Yet these relations are always fragile, and threatened by fears, from the fear of loneliness, to the fear of the loss of personal or political freedom, to the fear of death. To escape from these fears, people often trap themselves into ways of life that are bad for everyone, including themselves. This book studies how that happens, and how to prevent it. More than beliefs, laws, and teachings, our relationships are the true basis of spirituality, and freedom.
Category: Family & Relationships

Labyrinths Of Exemplarity

Author : Irene E. Harvey
ISBN : 9780791488126
Genre : Philosophy
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A fascinating account of exemplarity in the context of deconstruction.
Category: Philosophy

There Are Two Errors In The The Title Of This Book Revised And Expanded Again

Author : Robert M. Martin
ISBN : 9781460402047
Genre : Philosophy
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As this book richly and entertainingly demonstrates, philosophy is as much the search for the right questions as it is the search for the right answers. Robert M. Martin’s popular collection of philosophical puzzles, paradoxes, jokes, and anecdotes is updated and expanded in this third edition, with dozens of new entries.
Category: Philosophy

The Poets Jesus

Author : Peggy Rosenthal
ISBN : 9780198030041
Genre : Poetry
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Poets have always been the medium through which a culture talks of, and to, its gods. Now, in this learned but lively commentary, Peggy Rosenthal shows us the astonishing range of poetic encounters with Jesus. With a special emphasis on twentieth-century poetry, Rosenthal draws from an unprecedented range of world poetry--from Africa, the Arab world, and the Far East to Latin America and the West--to give readers an understanding of how different times and different cultures have affected the way poets refigure Jesus and of how poets' fascination with the man from Nazareth transcends all barriers. She also demonstrates that, despite the twentieth century's self-definition as a secular and post-Christian epoch, it has produced poetry about Jesus of truly surprising quality and variety. Impeccably researched and extremely accessible, The Poets Jesus will strongly appeal to scholars of poetry and religion as well as for all general readers of poetry.
Category: Poetry

The Ultimate

Author : William Poundstone
ISBN : PSU:000043697984
Genre : Humor
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Presents a compilation of trivia questions and answers that responds to the debate over such issues as the scariest amusement park ride, the most difficult tongue twister, and the most profitable investment
Category: Humor


Author : Jorge Luis Borges
ISBN : 0811200124
Genre : Literary Collections
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Forty short stories and essays have been selected as representative of the Argentine writer's metaphysical narratives
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A Brief History Of The Paradox

Author : Roy Sorensen
ISBN : 0199728577
Genre : Philosophy
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Can God create a stone too heavy for him to lift? Can time have a beginning? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Riddles, paradoxes, conundrums--for millennia the human mind has found such knotty logical problems both perplexing and irresistible. Now Roy Sorensen offers the first narrative history of paradoxes, a fascinating and eye-opening account that extends from the ancient Greeks, through the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, and into the twentieth century. When Augustine asked what God was doing before He made the world, he was told: "Preparing hell for people who ask questions like that." A Brief History of the Paradox takes a close look at "questions like that" and the philosophers who have asked them, beginning with the folk riddles that inspired Anaximander to erect the first metaphysical system and ending with such thinkers as Lewis Carroll, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and W.V. Quine. Organized chronologically, the book is divided into twenty-four chapters, each of which pairs a philosopher with a major paradox, allowing for extended consideration and putting a human face on the strategies that have been taken toward these puzzles. Readers get to follow the minds of Zeno, Socrates, Aquinas, Ockham, Pascal, Kant, Hegel, and many other major philosophers deep inside the tangles of paradox, looking for, and sometimes finding, a way out. Filled with illuminating anecdotes and vividly written, A Brief History of the Paradox will appeal to anyone who finds trying to answer unanswerable questions a paradoxically pleasant endeavor.
Category: Philosophy


Author : Richard Wolin
ISBN : UOM:39015031832325
Genre : Literary Collections
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"Powerfully testifies to the persistence of intellectual engagement in an era of cynical exhaustion". -- Martin Jay
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Labyrinths Of Deceit

Author : Richard J. Walker
ISBN : 9780853238492
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Prominent citizens in nineteenth-century England believed themselves to be living in a time of unstoppable progress. Yet running just beneath Victorian triumphalism were strong currents of chaos and uncertainty. Richard Walker plumbs the depths of those undercurrents in order to present an alternative history of nineteenth-century society. Mining literary and philosophical works of the period, Walker explores the crisis of identity that beset nineteenth-century thinkers and how that crisis revealed itself in portrayals of addiction, split personalities, and religious mania. Victorian England will never look the same.
Category: Literary Criticism

Labyrinths Of The Mind

Author : Daniel Ray White
ISBN : 0791437876
Genre : Philosophy
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Applies postmodern theory to the working assumptions and consequent practices of therapy in various disciplines, from clinical psychology to schooling.
Category: Philosophy

Labyrinths From The Outside In

Author : Donna Schaper
ISBN : 9781594734861
Genre : Religion
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Walking labyrinths is a twenty-first century method of approaching the sacred and a spiritual practice more ancient than Stonehenge or the ruins of Troy. A practical and inspiring guide to help you explore."
Category: Religion

Labyrinths Of Prosperity

Author : Reuven Brenner
ISBN : 0472065564
Genre : Business & Economics
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Argues that macroeconomic management of the economy leads nations into decline
Category: Business & Economics

Prisoner S Dilemma

Author : William Poundstone
ISBN : 9780307763785
Genre : Mathematics
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Should you watch public television without pledging?...Exceed the posted speed limit?...Hop a subway turnstile without paying? These questions illustrate the so-called "prisoner's dilemma", a social puzzle that we all face every day. Though the answers may seem simple, their profound implications make the prisoner's dilemma one of the great unifying concepts of science. Watching players bluff in a poker game inspired John von Neumann—father of the modern computer and one of the sharpest minds of the century—to construct game theory, a mathematical study of conflict and deception. Game theory was readily embraced at the RAND Corporation, the archetypical think tank charged with formulating military strategy for the atomic age, and in 1950 two RAND scientists made a momentous discovery. Called the "prisoner's dilemma," it is a disturbing and mind-bending game where two or more people may betray the common good for individual gain. Introduced shortly after the Soviet Union acquired the atomic bomb, the prisoner's dilemma quickly became a popular allegory of the nuclear arms race. Intellectuals such as von Neumann and Bertrand Russell joined military and political leaders in rallying to the "preventive war" movement, which advocated a nuclear first strike against the Soviet Union. Though the Truman administration rejected preventive war the United States entered into an arms race with the Soviets and game theory developed into a controversial tool of public policy—alternately accused of justifying arms races and touted as the only hope of preventing them. A masterful work of science writing, Prisoner's Dilemma weaves together a biography of the brilliant and tragic von Neumann, a history of pivotal phases of the cold war, and an investigation of game theory's far-reaching influence on public policy today. Most important, Prisoner's Dilemma is the incisive story of a revolutionary idea that has been hailed as a landmark of twentieth-century thought.
Category: Mathematics

Rewriting The Dream

Author : W. M. Verhoeven
ISBN : 905183361X
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Essay themes include the politics of gender and canon-formation, canonical appropriation, ethnicity and the ltierary canon, and canon formation as a social process.
Category: Literary Criticism

Fortune S Formula

Author : William Poundstone
ISBN : 0374707081
Genre : Business & Economics
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In 1956, two Bell Labs scientists discovered the scientific formula for getting rich. One was mathematician Claude Shannon, neurotic father of our digital age, whose genius is ranked with Einstein's. The other was John L. Kelly Jr., a Texas-born, gun-toting physicist. Together they applied the science of information theory—the basis of computers and the Internet—to the problem of making as much money as possible, as fast as possible. Shannon and MIT mathematician Edward O. Thorp took the "Kelly formula" to Las Vegas. It worked. They realized that there was even more money to be made in the stock market. Thorp used the Kelly system with his phenomenally successful hedge fund, Princeton-Newport Partners. Shannon became a successful investor, too, topping even Warren Buffett's rate of return. Fortune's Formula traces how the Kelly formula sparked controversy even as it made fortunes at racetracks, casinos, and trading desks. It reveals the dark side of this alluring scheme, which is founded on exploiting an insider's edge. Shannon believed it was possible for a smart investor to beat the market—and William Poundstone's Fortune's Formula will convince you that he was right.
Category: Business & Economics