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Matter and Desire

Matter and Desire

An Erotic Ecology

  • Author: Andreas Weber
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • ISBN: 1603586970
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 256
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In Matter and Desire, internationally renowned biologist and philosopher Andreas Weber rewrites ecology as a tender practice of forging relationships, of yearning for connections, and of expressing these desires through our bodies. Being alive is an erotic process--constantly transforming the self through contact with others, desiring ever more life. In clever and surprising ways, Weber recognizes that love--the impulse to establish connections, to intermingle, to weave our existence poetically together with that of other beings--is a foundational principle of reality. The fact that we disregard this principle lies at the core of a global crisis of meaning that plays out in the avalanche of species loss and in our belief that the world is a dead mechanism controlled through economic efficiency. Although rooted in scientific observation, Matter and Desire becomes a tender philosophy for the Anthropocene, a "poetic materialism," that closes the gap between mind and matter. Ultimately, Weber discovers, in order to save life on Earth--and our own meaningful existence as human beings--we must learn to love.

The Matter of Desire

The Matter of Desire

A Novel

  • Author: Edmundo Paz Soldan
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 0547798016
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 224
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The Matter of Desire is the story of Pedro, a Bolivian-American political scientist who teaches at a university in upstate New York. Having become entangled in an erotically charged romance with Ashley, a beautiful red-headed graduate student, he returns to Bolivia to seek answers to his own life by investigating the mysteries of his father's past. Trapped between two cultures, Pedro ultimately finds himself in an existential dilemma of tragic dimensions. The Matter of Desire combines elements of the political thriller and the family mystery with a torrid illicit love affair and brilliantly elucidates the complex relationship between Latin America and the United States.

A Philosophy of Human Hope

A Philosophy of Human Hope

  • Author: J.J. Godfrey
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9400934998
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 272
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Few reference works in philosophy have articles on hope. Few also are systematic or large-scale philosophical studies of hope. Hope is admitted to be important in people's lives, but as a topic for study, hope has largely been left to psychologists and theologians. For the most part philosophers treat hope en passant. My aim is to outline a general theory of hope, to explore its structure, forms, goals, reasonableness, and implications, and to trace the implications of such a theory for atheism or theism. What has been written is quite disparate. Some see hope in an individualistic, often existential, way, and some in a social and political way. Hope is proposed by some as essentially atheistic, and by others as incomprehensible outside of one or another kind of theism. Is it possible to think consistently and at the same time comprehensively about the phenomenon of human hoping? Or is it several phenomena? How could there be such diverse understandings of so central a human experience? On what rational basis could people differ over whether hope is linked to God? What I offer here is a systematic analysis, but one worked out in dialogue with Ernst Bloch, Immanuel Kant, and Gabriel Marcel. Ernst Bloch of course was a Marxist and officially an atheist, Gabriel Marcel a Christian theist, and Immanuel Kant was a theist, but not in a conventional way.

Deleuze & Fascism

Deleuze & Fascism

Security: War: Aesthetics

  • Author: Brad Evans,Julian Reid
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136680160
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 204
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This edited volume deploys Deleuzian thinking to re-theorize fascism as a mutable problem in changing orders of power relations dependent on hitherto misunderstood social and political conditions of formation. The book provides a theoretically distinct approach to the problem of fascism and its relations with liberalism and modernity in both historical and contemporary contexts. It serves as a seminal intervention into the debate over the causes and consequences of contemporary wars and global political conflicts as well as functioning as an accessible guide to the theoretical utilities of Deleuzian thought for International Relations (IR) in a manner that is very much lacking in current debates about IR. Covering a wide array of topics, this volume will provide a set of original contributions focussed in particular upon the contemporary nature of war; the increased priorities afforded to the security imperative; the changing designs of bio-political regimes, fascist aesthetics; nihilistic tendencies and the modernist logic of finitude; the politics of suicide; the specific desires upon which fascism draws and, of course, the recurring pursuit of power. An important contribution to the field, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of international relations, fascism and international relations theory.

Bewilderments

Bewilderments

Reflections on the Book of Numbers

  • Author: Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
  • Publisher: Schocken
  • ISBN: 0805243054
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 400
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The newest book in Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s award-winning series of commentaries on the hebrew bible. The book of Numbers is the narrative of a great failure. What should have been for the Israelites a brief journey from Mount Sinai to the Holy Land becomes a forty-year death march. Both before and after the devastating report of the Spies, the narrative centers on the people’s desire to return to Egypt, to undo the miraculous work of the Exodus. At its heart are speeches of complaint and lament, expressing a profound existential skepticism. But by contrast, in the narrative of the book of Numbers that is found in mystical and Hasidic sources, the generation of the wilderness emerges as one of extraordinary spiritual experience, receivers of the Torah to the fullest extent, fed on miracles and nurtured directly by God: a generation of ecstatic faith, human partners in an unprecedented conversation with the Deity. Drawing on kabbalistic sources, the Hasidic commentators on the book of Numbers depict a people who transcend prudent considerations in order to follow God into the wilderness, where their spiritual yearning comes to full expression. This view of the wilderness history invites us into a different kind of listening to the many cries of distrust, lament, and resentment that issue from the Israelites throughout the book of Numbers. Is there a way to integrate this narrative of dark murmurings, of obsessive fantasies of return to Egypt, with the celebration of a love-intoxicated wilderness discourse? The question touches not only on the language the Israelites speak but also on the very nature of human utterance. Who are these people? Who are we who listen to them? What effect does the cumulative trauma of slavery, the miracles of Exodus, the revelation at Sinai, have on a nation that is beginning to speak? In Bewilderments, one of the most admired biblical commentators at work today posits fascinating answers to these questions through the magnificent literary, scholarly, and psychological analysis of the text that is her trademark. From the Hardcover edition.

What’S so Great About God?

What’S so Great About God?

A Daily Journey Through the Attributes of God

  • Author: Darrell R. Ferguson
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • ISBN: 9781463460150
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 416
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Nothing in life is more important than delighting in God. The greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. And this is only possible through ever-increasing understanding and appreciation of what God is like. Whats So Great About God? is a series of meditations taken from the personal devotional studies and prayers of pastor Darrell Ferguson designed to assist in opening the readers eyes to the wonders of the goodness of the glory of God. A good understanding of Gods character and nature is so important for every follower of Christ. Get ready for a revived, growing faith in God as you seek His heart daily through this book. Darrell wonderfully leads us on a daily devotional adventure through the depths of who God is. Encouraging and maturing faith await you. Jump in today. - Ed Taylor, Pastor, Calvary Chapel Aurora, CO Darrell Ferguson accomplishes three things that are rare in the world of Christian books: he astonishes with outside-the-box insights, he maintains a practical rather than theoretical focus, and he is thorough and steeped in biblical images of Gods nature and deeds that most people never comment on. If you want a deep exploration of living life with God, to see him behind the veil and know he is there, Fergusons book is unique and worthy of being this years spiritual project for anyone fortunate enough to pick it up. - Derek Leman, M.T.S., Hebrew Bible, Emory University.

Social Identity in Question

Social Identity in Question

Construction, Subjectivity and Critique

  • Author: Parisa Dashtipour
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136245375
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 160
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Social identity theory is one of the most influential approaches to identity, group processes, intergroup relations and social change. This book draws on Lacanian psychoanalysis and Lacanian social theorists to investigate and rework the predominant concepts in the social identity framework. Social Identity in Question begins by reviewing the ways in which the social identity tradition has previously been critiqued by social psychologists who view human relations as conditioned by historical context, culture and language. The author offers an alternative perspective, based upon psychoanalytic notions of subjectivity. The chapters go on to develop these discussions, and they cover topics such as: self-categorisation theory group attachment and conformity the minimal group paradigm intergroup conflict, social change and resistance Each chapter seeks to disrupt the image of the subject as rational and unitary, and to question whether human relations are predictable. It is a book which will be of great interest to lecturers, researchers, and students in critical psychology, social psychology, social sciences and cultural studies.

Ibn Gabirol's Theology of Desire

Ibn Gabirol's Theology of Desire

Matter and Method in Jewish Medieval Neoplatonism

  • Author: Sarah Pessin
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107245052
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: N.A
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Drawing on Arabic passages from Ibn Gabirol's original Fons Vitae text, and highlighting philosophical insights from his Hebrew poetry, Sarah Pessin develops a 'theology of desire' at the heart of Ibn Gabirol's eleventh-century cosmo-ontology. She challenges centuries of received scholarship on his work, including his so-called Doctrine of Divine Will. Pessin rejects voluntarist readings of the Fons Vitae as opposing divine emanation. She also emphasizes pseudo-Empedoclean notions of 'divine desire' and 'grounding element' alongside Ibn Gabirol's use of a particularly Neoplatonic method with apophatic (and what she terms 'doubly apophatic') implications. In this way, Pessin reads claims about matter and God as insights about love, desire, and the receptive, dependent and fragile nature of human beings. Pessin reenvisions the entire spirit of Ibn Gabirol's philosophy, moving us from a set of doctrines to a fluid inquiry into the nature of God and human being – and the bond between God and human being in desire.

Person and Object

Person and Object

A Metaphysical Study

  • Author: Chisholm, Roderick, M
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317852222
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 232
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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Martin R. Delany

Martin R. Delany

A Documentary Reader

  • Author: Robert S. Levine
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 0807862568
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 520
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Martin R. Delany (1812-85) has been called the "Father of Black Nationalism," but his extraordinary career also encompassed the roles of abolitionist, physician, editor, explorer, politician, army officer, novelist, and political theorist. Despite his enormous influence in the nineteenth century, and his continuing influence on black nationalist thought in the twentieth century, Delany has remained a relatively obscure figure in U.S. culture, generally portrayed as a radical separatist at odds with the more integrationist Frederick Douglass. This pioneering documentary collection offers readers a chance to discover, or rediscover, Delany in all his complexity. Through nearly 100 documents--approximately two-thirds of which have not been reprinted since their initial nineteenth-century publications--it traces the full sweep of his fascinating career. Included are selections from Delany's early journalism, his emigrationist writings of the 1850s, his 1859-62 novel, Blake (one of the first African American novels published in the United States), and his later writings on Reconstruction. Incisive and shrewd, angry and witty, Delany's words influenced key nineteenth-century debates on race and nation, addressing issues that remain pressing in our own time.