A Stratigraphical Basis for the Anthropocene

Author: C.N. Waters,J.A. Zalasiewicz,M. Williams,M.A. Ellis,A.M. Snelling

Publisher: Geological Society of London

ISBN: 1862396280

Category: Science

Page: 321

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Humankind has pervasively influenced the Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere and cryosphere, arguably to the point of fashioning a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. To constrain the Anthropocene as a potential formal unit within the Geological Time Scale, a spectrum of indicators of anthropogenically-induced environmental change is considered, and shown as stratigraphical signals that may be used to characterize an Anthropocene unit, and to recognize its base. This volume describes a range of evidence that may help to define this potential new time unit and details key signatures that could be used in its definition. These signatures include lithostratigraphical (novel deposits, minerals and mineral magnetism), biostratigraphical (macro- and micro-palaeontological successions and human-induced trace fossils) and chemostratigraphical (organic, inorganic and radiogenic signatures in deposits, speleothems and ice and volcanic eruptions). We include, finally, the suggestion that humans have created a further sphere, the technosphere, that drives global change.

The Idea of Nature

Author: Robin George Collingwood

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198020015

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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Collingwood's theory of philosophical method applied to the problem of the philosophy of nature.

Categories and Concepts

Theoretical Views and Inductive Data Analysis

Author: Iven van Mechelen

Publisher: N.A


Category: Psychology

Page: 364

View: 3822


This book bridges the gap between cognitive psychological research on concpets and data analytical research on procedures to retrieve categories and category descriptions. Categories and Concepts will be relevant to all interested in concepts in cognitve science, linguistics, artificial intelligence, applied mathematics and data analysis.

Nicaea and Its Legacy

An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology

Author: Lewis Ayres

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0198755066

Category: Religion

Page: 475

View: 1814


The first part of Nicaea and its Legacy offers a narrative of the fourth-century trinitarian controversy. It does not assume that the controversy begins with Arius, but with tensions among existing theological strategies. Lewis Ayres argues that, just as we cannot speak of one `Arian' theology, so we cannot speak of one `Nicene' theology either, in 325 or in 381. The second part of the book offers an account of the theological practices and assumptions within whichpro-Nicene theologians assumed their short formulae and creeds were to be understood. Ayres also argues that there is no fundamental division between eastern and western trinitarian theologies at the end of the fourth century. The last section of the book challenges modern post-Hegelian trinitarian theology toengage with Nicaea more deeply.

Art Is a Way of Knowing

Author: Pat B. Allen

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834823268

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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Making art—giving form to the images that arise in our mind's eye, our dreams, and our everyday lives—is a form of spiritual practice through which knowledge of ourselves can ripen into wisdom. This book offers encouragement for everyone to explore art making in this spirit of self-discovery—plus practical instructions on material, methods, and activities such as ways to: • Discover a personal myth or story • Recognize patterns and themes in one's life • Identify and release painful memories • Combine journaling and image making • Practice the ancient skill of active imagination • Connect with others through sharing one's art works Interwoven with this guidance is the intimate story of the author's own journey as a student, art therapist, teacher, wife, mother, and artist—and, most of all, as a woman who discovered a profound and healing connection with her soul through making art.

Material Phenomenology

Author: Michel Henry

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 0823229440

Category: Philosophy

Page: 137

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This book is Michel Henry's most sustained investigation of Husserlian phenomenology. With painstaking detail and precision, Henry reveals the decisive methodological assumptions that led Husserlian phenomenology in the direction of Idealism. Returning to the materiality of life, Henry's material phenomenology situates central phenomenological themes—intentionality, temporality, embodiment, and intersubjectivity—within the full concreteness of life. One of the most accessible of Henry's books, Material Phenomenology is essential reading for those interested in the future of phenomenology or in a philosophy of life in the truest sense.


Author: Jean Baudrillard

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9780860919780

Category: History

Page: 129

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In this, his most accessible and evocative book, France’s leading philosopher of postmodernism takes to the freeways in a collection of traveler’s tales from the land of hyperreality.

The Birth of Europe

Author: Jacques Le Goff

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405137266

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 8507


In this ground-breaking new study,Jacques Le Goff, arguably the leading medievalist of his generation, presents his view of the primacy of the Middle Ages in the development of European history. "[A] superb and necessary book. This provocative assessment from a lifetime of scholarship might help us to place ourselves, not just territorially, but in that other precious element of history: time." The Guardian "A book that never fails to be informative, readable and provocative. Le Goff... has been the bravest and best of champions for medieval history. This book... is in every sense an inspiration." BBC History Magazine Praised by prominent figures in Europe and history including: Rt Hon Christopher Patten, CH, Former Member of the European Commission, and Neil Kinnock, Vice-President, European Commission.

The Semantic Sphere 1

Computation, Cognition and Information Economy

Author: Pierre Lévy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118601513

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 381

View: 7485


The new digital media offers us an unprecedented memory capacity, an ubiquitous communication channel and a growing computing power. How can we exploit this medium to augment our personal and social cognitive processes at the service of human development? Combining a deep knowledge of humanities and social sciences as well as a real familiarity with computer science issues, this book explains the collaborative construction of a global hypercortex coordinated by a computable metalanguage. By recognizing fully the symbolic and social nature of human cognition, we could transform our current opaque global brain into a reflexive collective intelligence.

The History and Power of Writing

Author: Henri-Jean Martin

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226508368

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 591

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Continuing on to the electronic revolution, Martin's account takes in the changes wrought on writing by computers and electronic systems of storage and communication, and offers surprising insights into the influence these new technologies have had on children born into the computer age. The power of writing to influence and dominate is, indeed, a central theme in this history, as Martin explores the processes by which the written word has gradually imposed its logic on society over four thousand years. The summation of decades of study by one of the world's great scholars on the subject, this fascinating account of writing explains much about the world we inhabit, where we uneasily confer, accept, and resist the power of the written word.

Beyond Nature and Culture

Author: Philippe Descola

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022614500X

Category: Social Science

Page: 488

View: 1644


Philippe Descola has become one of the most important anthropologists working today, and Beyond Nature and Culture has been a major influence in European intellectual life since its French publication in 2005. Here, finally, it is brought to English-language readers. At its heart is a question central to both anthropology and philosophy: what is the relationship between nature and culture? Culture—as a collective human making, of art, language, and so forth—is often seen as essentially different from nature, which is portrayed as a collective of the nonhuman world, of plants, animals, geology, and natural forces. Descola shows this essential difference to be, however, not only a specifically Western notion, but also a very recent one. Drawing on ethnographic examples from around the world and theoretical understandings from cognitive science, structural analysis, and phenomenology, he formulates a sophisticated new framework, the “four ontologies”— animism, totemism, naturalism, and analogism—to account for all the ways we relate ourselves to nature. By thinking beyond nature and culture as a simple dichotomy, Descola offers nothing short of a fundamental reformulation by which anthropologists and philosophers can see the world afresh.

Philosophy for Militants (Pocket Communism)

Author: Alain Badiou,Bruno Bosteels

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1844679861

Category: Philosophy

Page: 98

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This concise, accessible volume captures the relationship between politics and philosophy as it is conceived Alain Badiou's work. Harking back to his mentor Louis Althusser, Badiou explains how politics conditions philosophy, while suggesting that philosophy itself may be needed to clarify the truths produced within the political condition. Badiou also offers an intriguing take on what he calls the four major “ensembles” of French and, more broadly, Western society today, in which new emancipatory forms of politics are emerging: students, the young, workers and immigrants. Badiou concludes with a return to the notion of communism, here defined as an answer to the obscure knot that ties politics, philosophy and democracy.

Chaos theology

a revised creation theology

Author: Sjoerd Lieuwe Bonting

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: 104

View: 1551


Explores an alternative to the idea that God created the universe out of nothing at all and looks at the implications of God's creation out of "chaos: " when "the earth was without form and void." But some of that original chaos remains, with consequences for both morals and health.

The Harvest of Mysticism in Medieval Germany (1300-1500)

Author: Bernard McGinn

Publisher: Herder & Herder

ISBN: 9780824524906

Category: History

Page: 738

View: 8273


Acclaimed worldwide this authoritative series is the best and most comprehensive history of Western Christian Mysticism available to date. Upon request from libraries, collections and scholars Herder&Herder offers this special hardcover edition. This volume is a tour-de-force study of classic German mystical thought from Thomas Aquinas and his master, Albert the Great to Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa. This volume's importance rests not only in its comprehensive study of the fertile period which produced Meister Eckhart, John Tauler, and Henri Suso, but in its lucid discussion of the problem of mysticism as it comes to the fore in this era.

Practicing Philosophy

Pragmatism and the Philosophical Life

Author: Richard Shusterman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134717229

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

View: 6600


Applying contemporary pragmatism to the crucial question of how philosophy can help us live better, Shusterman develops his distinctive aesthetic model of philosophical living that includes politics, somatics, and ethnicity, while critically engaging the rival views of Dewey, Wittgenstein, and Foucault, as well as Rorty, Putnam, Goodman, Habermas, and Cavell.

Renaissance And Renascences In Western Art

Author: Erwin Panofsky

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429977328

Category: Art

Page: 387

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Renaissance and Renascences in Western Art spans the period from the 10th to the 15th century, including discussion of the Carolingian renaissance and the 12th century proto-renaissance. Erwin Panofsky posits that there were "reanscences" prior to the widely known Renaissance that began in Italy in the 14th century. Whereas earlier renascences can be classified as revivals, the Renaissance was a unique instance that led to a wider cultural transformation.

Medical Enhancement and Posthumanity

Author: Bert Gordijn,Ruth Chadwick

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402088523

Category: Medical

Page: 240

View: 3736


As we are increasingly using new technologies to change ourselves beyond therapy and in accordance with our own desires, understanding the challenges of human enhancement has become one of the most urgent topics of the current age. This volume contributes to such an understanding by critically examining the pros and cons of our growing ability to shape human nature through technological advancements. The authors undertake careful analyses of decisive questions that will confront society as enhancement interventions using bio-, info-, neuro- and nanotechnologies become widespread in the years to come. They provide the reader with the conceptual tools necessary to address such questions fruitfully. What makes the book especially attractive is the combination of conceptual, historical and ethical approaches, rendering it highly original. In addition, the well-balanced structure allows both favourable and critical views to be voiced. Moreover, the work has a crystal clear structure. As a consequence, the book is accessible to a broad academic audience. The issues raised are of interest to a wide reflective public concerned about science and ethics, as well as to students, academics and professionals in areas such as philosophy, applied ethics, bioethics, medicine and health management.

The Perfectibility of Man

Author: John Arthur Passmore

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780865972582

Category: Law

Page: 530

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Beginning with an analytic discussion of the various ways in which perfectibility has been interpreted, Professor Passmore traces its long history from the Greeks to the present day, by way of Christianity, orthodox and heterodox, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, anarchism, utopias, communism, psychoanalysis, and evolutionary theories of man and society. Both in its broad sweep and in countless supporting reflections, it is a journey through spiritual scenery of the most majestic and exhilarating kind. Thoroughly and elegantly, Passmore explores the history of the idea of perfectibility -- manifest in the ideology of perfectibilism -- and its consequences, which have invariably been catastrophic for individual liberty and responsibility in private, social, economic, and political life.

The architecture of the Italian Renaissance

Author: Peter Murray

Publisher: Schocken

ISBN: 9780805201345

Category: Architecture

Page: 268

View: 9754


"Well-illustrated, undeniably useful, Murray's book is truly welcome." --Architectural Design "Informed in content and concise in style . . . a perfect introduction to the architecture of the Italian Renaissance." --Richard Stapleford, Cooper Union School of Architecture A classic guide to one of the most pivotal periods in art and architectural history, The Architecture of the Italian Renaissance remains the most lucid and comprehensive volume available. From Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Palladio, and Brunelleschi to St. Peter's in Rome, the palaces of Venice, and the Medici Chapel in Florence, Peter Murray's lavishly illustrated book tells readers everything they need to know about the architectural life of Italy from the thirteenth through the sixteenth centuries.