Returning To Reality

Author: Paul Tyson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630874035
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Returning To Reality from the Author: Paul Tyson. Could it be that we have lost touch with some basic human realities in our day of high-tech efficiency, frenetic competition, and ceaseless consumption? Have we turned from the moral, the spiritual, and even the physical realities that make our lives meaningful? These are metaphysical questions--questions about the nature of reality--but they are not abstract questions. These are very down to earth questions that concern power and the collective frameworks of belief and action governing our daily lives. This book is an introduction to the history, theory, and application of Christian metaphysics. Yet this book is not just an introduction, it is also a passionately argued call for a profound change in the contemporary Christian mind. Paul Tyson argues that as Western culture's Christian Platonist understanding of reality was replaced by modern pragmatic realism, we turned not just from one outlook on reality to another, but away from reality itself. This book seeks to show that if we can recover this ancient Christian outlook on reality, reframed for our day, then we will be able to recover a way of life that is in harmony with human and divine truth.

Returning To Reality

Author: Phillip M. Thompson
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 071889295X
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Returning To Reality from the Author: Phillip M. Thompson. We are becoming a nation of superficial and distracted consumers of instant messages and images, a state of being which does not aid engagement in religious and other deep commitments that require a sustained level of reflection and contemplation. In his thought-provoking work, Phillip M. Thompson analyses the shadow elements of technology - nuclear armaments, the bio-engineering of humans, and the distancing of humanity from the natural world - through the fascinating insights of the spiritual writer and monk Thomas Merton (1915-1968). Merton's work offers an important critique and healing resource for contemporary, technology-saturated culture through constructive recommendations which include a balanced approach to work, the careful management of technology, and an appreciation of the recuperative aspects of nature. While understanding the positive influences of technology, Merton urges us not be naively optimistic about its benefits, but to consider the threat it poses to a life of humanity and spiritual connection. A consideration of the profound issues discussed in this book will interest any reader concerned with the intersection between spirituality and technology, and how to maintain spiritual integrity in a technological world.

Returning To Sacred World

Author: Stephen Gray
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1846943906
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Returning To Sacred World from the Author: Stephen Gray. Explains our spiritual predicament in this time of crisis and transformation and offers extensively field tested teachings and tools for awakening including meditation, prayer and sacred plant medicines.

Drawn From Reality

Author: Rachel Hubbell
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1456870327
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Drawn From Reality from the Author: Rachel Hubbell.

On The East West Slope

Author: Attila Melegh
Publisher: Central European University Press
ISBN: 9789637326240
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On The East West Slope from the Author: Attila Melegh. Melegh's work offers a powerful analysis of the sociological and symbolic meanings of East-West in Europe after the end of the Cold War. While the fundamental poles of East and West remain, both their meaning and their relationship to one another have shifted profoundly since the late 1970s. Melegh exposes the underbelly of liberal characterizations of East-West, highlighting the polarizing effect of extreme nationalism and ethnic racism. The theoretical underpinnings of this work involve the ideas of preeminent theorists such as Karl Mannheim, Michel Foucault and more recently Maria Todorova and Iver Neumann. This work casts into fine relief how the "East-West Slope" oriented negatively from West to East has emerged from liberal characterizations of this project. The book analyzes the historical change in East-West discourses from a modernizationist type to a new/old civilizational one. In addition, this is one of the first attempts to link post-colonial analysis to developments in Eastern Europe.

Walrasian Economics

Author: Donald A. Walker
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139450913
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Walrasian Economics from the Author: Donald A. Walker. In order to understand the various strands of general equilibrium theory, why it has taken the forms that it has since the time of LĂ©on Walras, and to appreciate fully a view of the state of general equilibrium theorising, it is essential to understand Walras's work and examine its influence. The first section of this 2006 book accordingly examines the foundations of Walras's work. These include his philosophical and methodological approach to economic modelling, his views on human nature, and the basic components of his general equilibrium models. The second section examines how the influence of his ideas has been manifested in the theorising of his successors, surveying the models of theorists such as H. L. Moore, Vilfredo Pareto, Knut Wicksell, Gustav Cassel, Abraham Wald, John von Neumann, J. R. Hicks, Kenneth Arrow, and Gerard Debreu. The treatment also examines models of many types in which Walras's influence is explicitly acknowledged.

Dante And English Poetry

Author: Steve Ellis
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521251265
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Dante And English Poetry from the Author: Steve Ellis. This book is a history of the influence of Dante on English poetry. The focus us not primarily upon stylistic influences or attempts to imitate Dante's manner of writing, but rather on the different guises in which the enormous presence of Dante has made itself felt, and how that presence has affected some of the central concerns of the poets in question. The poets considered are Shelley, Byron, Browning, Rossetti, Yeats, Pound and Eliot. In addition to analysing the way Dante is approached by these poets in their major poetry, Dr Ellis also discusses relevant critical works: Shelley's Defence of Poetry, Pound's The Spirit of Romance and Yeats' A Vision. The critical survey is unified by the attempt to show certain recurrent preoccupations in the work of these writers, such as the need to define a tradition in which Dante is a necessary forerunner. Ellis also shows that Dante has been read in a very partial way by these poets and the images of him which emerge in their works are inevitably varied and contradictory.

The Point Of No Return

Author: Katy Long
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191654221
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The Point Of No Return from the Author: Katy Long. In the past twenty years, over 25 million refugees have returned 'home'. These refugee repatriations are considered by the international community to be the only real means of solving mass refugee crises. Yet despite the importance placed on repatriation—both in principle and practice—there has been very little exploration of the political controversies that have framed refugee return. Several questions remain unresolved: do refugees have a right to refuse return? How can you remake citizenship after exile? Is 'home' a place or a community? How should the liberal principles be balanced against nationalist state order? The Point of No Return: Rights, Refugees and Repatriation sets out to answer these questions and to examine the fundamental tensions between liberalism and nationalism that repatriation exposes. It makes clear that repatriation cannot be considered as a mere act of border-crossing, a physical moment of 'return'. Instead, repatriation must be recognised to be a complex political process, involving the remaking of a relationship between citizen and state, the recreation of a social contract. Importantly, The Point of No Return shows that this rebuilding of political community need not actually involve refugees becoming residents in their country of origin. Instead, refugees may rebuild their state-citizen relationship while living as migrants, or holding regional or dual citizenships. In fact, in some settings, 'mobile' repatriation may not just be a possible but a necessary form of post-conflict citizenship. The Point of No Return therefore concludes with the radical claim that repatriation not only can but also sometimes should happen without return.

Facing The Truth

Author: Trudy Sheehan
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1496915690
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Facing The Truth from the Author: Trudy Sheehan. Jenny had her fill of feelings and emotions. She had just been through a tragedy that would engulf her life with questions in the anxiety of learning the truth. She had a loving father, a mother that changed with each season and a mother’s love that faded into the past, only to show a glimpse before dying. Martin was the love of her life, she found disillusionment with that love with learning about a secret love affair to which a child was born. Jenny learned she had a twin sister Abby whom had been exiled from her mother's love and given away. Finding out Abby took her own life, was too much to bear. Exhaustion encrypted her life and claimed her heart. It was as if someone turned the hourglass and the secrets and memories were falling out. Her life as she knew it was falling into a dark hole. Now she had to share in the arrangements for a twin she never knew she had. To have a relationship with a grandfather, whom she thought was her best friends grandfather and now finding out everyone was uninformed of the truth was complete despair. If the grandfather knew, why didn’t he tell the truth, and as far as Jenny felt, he was as guilty as her mother. To live your life believing you were an only child, never having any regrets. Honesty is the only way to live your life. Life had become a battlefield of lies, secretes and regrets. Jenny spoke aloud, "my whole life was a lie, and when the truth was embedded so deep it took a lifetime to surface." Jenny needed to pick up the pieces, but there were so many; could she pick up the pieces? Did she want to, that was up to Jenny to decide.