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This I Believe

Author : Carlos Fuentes
ISBN : 9780307432797
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this masterly, deeply personal, and provocative book, the internationally renowned Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, whose work has been called “a combination of Poe, Baudelaire, and Isak Dinesen” (Newsweek), steps back to survey the wellsprings of art and ideology, the events that have shaped our time, and his extraordinary life and fiercest passions. Arranged alphabetically from “Amore” to “Zurich,” This I Believe takes us on a marvelous inner journey with a great writer. Fuentes ranges wide, from contradictions inherent in Latin American culture and politics to his long friendship with director Luis Buñuel. Along the way, we find reflection on the mixed curse and blessing of globalization; memories of a sexual initiation in Zurich; a fond tracing of a family tree heavy with poets, dreamers, and diplomats; evocations of the streets, cafés, and bedrooms of Washington, Paris, Santiago de Chile, Cambridge, Oaxaca, and New York; and a celebration of literary heroes including Balzac, Cervantes, Faulkner, Kafka, and Shakespeare. Throughout, Fuentes captivates with the power of his intellect and his prose. Here, too, are vivid, often heartbreaking glimpses into his personal life. “Silvia” is a powerful love letter to his beloved wife. In “Children,” Fuentes recalls the births of his daughters and the tragic death of his son; in “Cinema” he relives the magic of films such as Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz. Further extending his reach, he examines the collision between history and contemporary life in “Civil Society,” “Left,” and “Revolution.” And he poignantly addresses the experiences we all hold in common as he grapples with beauty, death, freedom, God, and sex. By turns provocative and intimate, partisan and universal, this book is a brilliant summation of an international literary career. Revisiting the influences, commitments, readings, and insights of a lifetime, Fuentes has fashioned a magnificently coherent statement of his view of the world, reminding us once again why reading Fuentes is “like standing beneath the dome of the Sistine Chapel. . . . The breadth and enormity of this accomplishment is breathtaking” (The Denver Post). From the Hardcover edition.

An Insatiable Dialectic

Author : Roberto Cantú
ISBN : 9781443855945
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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This book includes studies by leading philosophers and cultural critics from Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The essays represent different philosophical traditions and contrasting cultural viewpoints in the arts, literature, architecture, philosophy, and the global politics of today. In spite of their discrepancies, the authors of these essays agree on one fundamental point: critical forums of this scope are crucial and thus necessary as we enter the twenty-first century. After two World Wars and the rise of Western and Eastern forms of totalitarianism, these core features of Western civilization – critique, modernity, and humanism – have been contested and dismissed as areas of mere academic interest. The contributors to this book challenge such a view. An Insatiable Dialectic: Essays on Critique, Modernity, and Humanism will be of benefit to scholars, college students, and to probing readers interested in a founding Western legacy that seldom appears as the focus of inquiry in a single book, herein divided into three parts: “Critique and Modernity,” “Humanism and the Humanities,” and “Traditions and Global Modernities.” While modernity and modernization have been embraced by nations around the globe, humanism and critique have almost disappeared from contemporary mainstream discourse, at times unjustly set aside as elitist, or as an obsolete domain of a liberal tradition that has failed to grasp the hard realities of our global age. This book disputes these short-sighted and clearly ideological positions, pointing to the radically transforming effects of modernization on the world’s traditional cultures, and the inevitable problems and challenges in areas relative to religious fundamentalisms, weakening political institutions, ecosystems ravaged by global technologies, and world-wide attempts by various nations to achieve economic and political stability. In the debates and tentative conclusions presented in this book, the reader will learn about the on-going dialectic that shapes modernity through a re-imagined humanism and critique, currently indispensable in an emerging world order in which democratic ideals and intercultural understanding are vanishing possibilities.

The A To Z Of A Life Philosophy

Author : RVM
ISBN : 9788190688628
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Does your life have a philosophy? Do you live by strong principles, values and beliefs?Do you have a clear direction in life?Most people live life with a wish list, with some desires and some values added in, but only a few truly live with a precise philosophy.If a river had no banks, it would just overflow and create a flood. Our life too needs guidelines, to bank our energy and our resources, to help us be organized, to live meaningfully and to achieve success. This book is a simple guide for anyone to use to reflect upon life, to craft out a philosophy for themselves and to strategically memorize it. It is then up to you to live it.Those who create and follow their Life Philosophy are sure to see their lives transformed for the better.

The Angry Genie

Author : Karl Ziegler Morgan
ISBN : 0806131225
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A physicist with the Manhattan Project and Oak Ridge National Laboratory recounts harrowing tales of radiation accidents and near-disasters, revealing the actual and potential consequences of the clumsiness, recklessness, and carelessness of fallible human beings. 56 illustrations.

The Life And Times Of The Rev John Wesley M A Founder Of The Methodists

Author : Luke Tyerman
ISBN : MSU:31293030318814
Genre : Methodism
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Cobbett S Parliamentary History Of England

Author : Great Britain. Parliament
ISBN : MSU:31293020718924
Genre : Great Britain
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Studies In The Philosophy Of Biology

Author : Francisco Ayala
ISBN : 0520026497
Genre : Science
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Reasons And Persons

Author : Derek Parfit
ISBN : 9780191622441
Genre : Philosophy
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This book challenges, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity. The author claims that we have a false view of our own nature; that it is often rational to act against our own best interests; that most of us have moral views that are directly self-defeating; and that, when we consider future generations the conclusions will often be disturbing. He concludes that moral non-religious moral philosophy is a young subject, with a promising but unpredictable future.

The Life Of Samuel Johnson

Author : James Boswell
ISBN : BML:37001101587827
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The Works His Life The History Of Scotland

Author : William Robertson
ISBN : UCAL:B3136694
Genre : America
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