When he was 26, the great psychoanalyst and philosopher Erich Fromm abandoned Judaism, though he himself was descended from a long line of rabbis and the product of a devout Jewish upbringing. The title essay of this collection was first published in 1930, just four years after he made that first, decisive split. It was to point towards the future Fromm’s work, presenting the view that an understanding of basic human needs is essential to the understanding of society and mankind itself. The following essays too, show a man who would eventually establish himself as a major thinker, producing some of that era’s most influential and astute political works.
Peter Boghossian - A Manual for Creating Atheists
For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith--and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, A Manual for Creating Atheists offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith--but for talking them out of it. Peter Boghossian draws on the tools he has developed and used for more than twenty years as a philosopher and educator to teach how to engage the faithful in conversations that will help them value reason and rationality, cast doubt on their religious beliefs, mistrust their faith, abandon superstition and irrationality, and ultimately embrace reason.
Jed McKenna - Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment
THE MARK OF A TRUE MASTER is that he can express a subject of the utmost complexity with uncanny simplicity. Jed McKenna is such a master, and spiritual enlightenment is his subject. His first book, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, was an instant classic and established him as a spiritual teacher of startling depth and clarity. Now, his second book, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, takes us on a fascinating tour of the enlightened state — what it is and what it's not, who's there and who's not, how to get there and how to get somewhere better. Delightful surprises abound, including the dramatic unveiling of perhaps the greatest spiritual masterpiece of all time — long hidden in plain view and well known to all. Whitman, Melville, Thoreau, Mark Twain and U.G. Krishnamurti all appear, and a student from the first book returns to share her Spiritual Autolysis journals. Also surprising are the author's gentle efforts to guide the reader away from enlightenment toward a more desirable and accessible state. Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged, Missing me one place, search another, I stop somewhere, waiting for you. — Walt Whitman — Jed McKenna's books aren't for everyone. They're for people who are tired of the spiritual merry-go-round and ready to confront the unadorned reality of the awakening process. If you like your teachers with all the spiritual trimmings and trappings, Jed may not be right for you, but when you're ready to jump off the merry-go-round and begin your journey, Jed McKenna is the guy you want to see standing there — waiting for you.
Irvin D. Yalom - The Spinoza Problem
In The Spinoza Problem, Irvin Yalom spins fact and fiction into an unforgettable psycho-philosophical novel. A psychiatrist with a deep interest in philosophical issues, Yalom jointly tells the story of the seventeenth-century thinker Baruch Spinoza, his philosophy and subsequent excommunication from the Jewish community, and his apparent influence on the Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg, whose einsatzgruppe was dispatched during the Second World War to investigate a mysterious “Spinoza Problem.” Seamlessly alternating between Golden Age Amsterdam and Nazi Germany, Yalom investigates the inner lives of these two enigmatic men in a tale of influence and anxiety, the origins of good and evil, and the philosophy of freedom and the tyranny of terror.
Rudolph Ballentine - Kali Rising
This update of tantra for the 21st century manages to be snappy and cutting-edge at the same time it remains faithful to the profound truths of an infamously renegade spiritual tradition. For over a thousand years, Tantra has shocked, scandalized, and yet continually infiltrated and revitalized the most ancient philosophies and religions of the world. In this little volume, you will learn why - and discover how it is even more relevant than ever in this period of drastic transformation and change. The principles of tantra lie at the heart of yoga, alchemy, Buddhism, holistic medicine, sexuality, and clarify the central dynamic that faces humanity as we attempt to attain a new planetary consciousness - one that promises move us beyond linear time, three-dimensional space and the con- fines of causality! Step into a new and elec- tric way of living..... Rudolph Ballentine, MD is the author of Diet and Nutrition and Radical Healing and former President of the Himalayan Institute. He worked closely with and studied under the guidance of Swami Rama for 20 years.
Rajiv Malhotra - Indra's Net
Defending Hinduisms Philosophical Unity, it is fashionable among intellectuals to assert that dharma traditions lacked any semblance of unity before the British period and that the contours of contemporary Hinduism were bequeathed to us by our colonial masters. Such arguments routinely target Swami Vivekananda, a key interlocutor who shattered many deeply rooted prejudices against Indian civilization. They accuse him of having camouflaged various alleged contradictions within traditional Hinduism and charge him with having appropriated the principles of Western religion to manufacture a coherent and unified worldview and set of practices known today as Hinduism. Indras Net: Defending Hinduisms Philosophical Unity provides a foundation for theories that slander contemporary Hinduism as illegitimate, ascribing sinister motives to its existence and characterizing its fabric as oppressive. Rajiv Malhotra offers a detailed, systematic rejoinder to such views and articulates the multidimensional, holographic understanding of reality that grounds Hindu dharma. He also argues that Vivekanandas creative interpretations of Hindu dharma informed and influenced many Western intellectual movements of the post-modern era. Indeed, as he cites with many insightful examples, appropriations from Hinduism have provided a foundation for cutting-edge discoveries in several fields, including cognitive science and neuroscience.
Erich Neumann - Amor and Psyche
The renowned tale of Amor and Psyche, from Apuleius's second-century Latin novel The Golden Ass, is one of the most charming fragments of classical literature. Neumann chose it as the exemplar of an unusual study of feminine psychology. Unfolding the spiritual and mythical background of the pagan narrative, he shows how the contest between the mortal maid Psyche and the great goddess Aphrodite over the god Amor--Aphrodite's son, Psyche's husband--yields surprising and valuable insights into the psychic life of women.
G. K. Chesterton - The Flying Inn
Armed with a donkey cart filled with rum, cheese and a tavern signpost, pub owner Humphrey Hump and a companion take to the road in this rollicking, madcap adventure, extending good cheer to a cast of memorable characters. A hilarious, satirical romp in which Chesterton inveighs against Prohibition, vegetarianism, theosophy, and other oppressive forms of modernity.
Slavoj Žižek - Violence
Philosopher, cultural critic, and agent provocateur Slavoj Žižek constructs a fascinating new framework to look at the forces of violence in our world. Using history, philosophy, books, movies, Lacanian psychiatry, and jokes, Slavoj Žižek examines the ways we perceive and misperceive violence. Drawing from his unique cultural vision, Žižek brings new light to the Paris riots of 2005; he questions the permissiveness of violence in philanthropy; in daring terms, he reflects on the powerful image and determination of contemporary terrorists. Violence, Žižek states, takes three forms--subjective (crime, terror), objective (racism, hate-speech, discrimination), and systemic (the catastrophic effects of economic and political systems)--and often one form of violence blunts our ability to see the others, raising complicated questions. Does the advent of capitalism and, indeed, civilization cause more violence than it prevents? Is there violence in the simple idea of "the neighbour"? And could the appropriate form of action against violence today simply be to contemplate, to think? Beginning with these and other equally contemplative questions, Žižek discusses the inherent violence of globalization, capitalism, fundamentalism, and language, in a work that will confirm his standing as one of our most erudite and incendiary modern thinkers.
Thomas Metzinger - The Ego Tunnel
Consciousness, mind, brain, self: the relations among these four entities are explored by German cognitive scientist and theoretical philosopher Metzinger, who argues that, in fact, there is no such thing as a self. In prose accessible mainly to those schooled in philosophy and science, Metzinger defines the ego as the phenomenal self, which knows the world experientially as it subjectively appear[s] to you. But neuroscientific experiments have demonstrated, among other things, that the unitary sense of self is a subjective representation: for instance, one can be fooled into feeling sensations in a detached artificial arm. So the author argues that the ego is a tunnel that bores into reality and limits what you can see, hear, smell and feel. Metzinger tests his theory by ranging over events of the consciousness such as out-of-body experiences, lucid dreaming and free will, and he concludes by probing ethical actions and what a good state of consciousness would look like. Most readers will have difficulty penetrating Metzinger's ideas, and those who do will find little that is genuinely new.
Lysa TerKeurst - The Best Yes
Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In The Best Yes she will help you • Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love. • Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no. • Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process. • Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.
Danielle Föllmi - Olivier Föllmi - Awakenings
In this fifth installment in the Offerings for Humanity project, the authors invite the reader to travel to East Asia. Each photograph by Olivier is accompanied by the thoughts of great masters, including Confucius, Lao Tzu, Dogen Zenji, Shonin Shinran, D. T. Suzuki, Gao Xingjian, and the Buddha.
Alan Watts - A könyv
A Könyvben nyoma sincs a szakavatott tudós száraz, kevesek számára elérhető intellektualizmusának, de a mindent összemosó felszínességnek sem – inkább a tábortűz mellett iszogató, inkognitóban utazó filozófus, pimasz zen szerzetes találó beszólásainak, rabul ejtő történeteinek lehetünk mi is a részesei. Alan Watts ugyanolyan játékossággal húzza ki alólunk a tudományos gondolkodás merev redukcionizmusában gyökerező világnézetünket, mint amilyen vérlázítóan egyszerű, szemtelenül találó képekkel világít rá a keleti tanokat gyakorló nyugati „spirituális haladók” kulcs-kép(zet)eiben rejlő, keleti misztikával kapcsolatos képtelenségekre, hogy ezzel utat nyisson egy nagyobb egyéni kockázattal járó, de termékenyebb szellemi és spirituális kalandnak.
Ismeretlen szerző - The Bhagavad Gita
_The_ _Bhagavad_ _Gita,_ a scintillating jewel embedded in the great Sanskrit epic Mahabharata, is a dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna set against the background of war. At the beginning of the poem, we learn that there is going to be a great war for the rule of a kingdom. On the battlefield, with armies of the Kuru clan ranged against each other, Arjuna and Krishna explore the necessity of war and the nature of the human soul. The eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita encompass the whole spiritual struggle of a human soul, and the central themes of this immortal poem arise from the symphonic vision of God in all things and of all things in God.
Vanamali - Shiva
The traditional understanding of Shiva told through stories and teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana • Explains Shiva’s contradictory forms, such as destroyer or benefactor, and how his form depends on the needs of the devotee • Reveals how Shiva’s teachings allow one to see through the illusions at the root of all grief and alienation in human life • Explores Shiva’s relationships with Durga, Shakti, Sati, and Parvati and with his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya Shiva, the most ancient and complex deity of the Hindu pantheon, has been portrayed in many contrasting lights: destroyer and benefactor, ascetic and householder, wild demon slayer and calm yogi atop Mount Kailash. Drawing from the Hindu sacred text the Shiva Mahapurana--said to be written by Shiva himself--Vanamali selects the essential stories of Shiva, both those from his dark wild side and those from his benevolent peaceful side. Vanamali discusses Shiva’s many avatars such as Shambunatha and Bhola, as well as Dakshinamurti who taught the shastras and tantras to the rishis. She explores Shiva’s relationships with Durga, Shakti, Sati, and Parvati and with his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya. Examining Shiva’s acceptance of outsiders, Vanamali explains why ghosts and ghouls are his attendants and why his greatest devotees are demon kings, like Ravana. She includes famous Shiva stories such as the Descent of the River Ganga and Churning the Milky Ocean as well as those that reveal the origin of the festival of lights, Diwali; his creation of the cosmic couple, or hierogamos; and how Shiva and Parvati taught the world the secrets of Kundalini Shakti. The author also draws upon Shaivite teachings to illustrate the differences between Western science and Vedic science and their explanations for the origins of consciousness. Integrating Shiva’s two sides, the fierce and the peaceful, Vanamali reveals that Shiva’s form depends on the needs of the devotee. Understanding his teachings allows one to see through the illusions at the root of all grief and alienation in human life, for Shiva is the wielder of maya who does not fall under its spell. While Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles, Shiva is the remover of tears.
N. R. Bhatt - Shaivism In The Light of Epics, Puranas and Agamas
Saivism encompasses all aspects of religion: a philosophy, a theology, a conception of the universe, a current of devotion, a world of myths, elaborate rituals in organized temples, expressions in plastic arts, in poetry, music, dance. Images of Siva of great variety and impressive beauty are countless all over India. To improve our understanding of such a rich and elevated subject, the sources are the Sanskrit texts of Epics, Puranas and Agamas, The present book gives a clear presentation of Saivism through a survey and an erudite reading of this vast literature. The Agamas are the key to the knowledge of temple organization and rituals, the description of which is a unique and original contribution of this work. This very readable work contains an amazing quantity of information, carefully referenced at ever step, and is likely to be of the greatest utility to researchers in history of religion, medieval to modern, as well as to the general reader interested in Saivism.
Susan Sontag - Against Interpretation and Other Essays
A series of provocative discussions on everything from individual authors to contemporary religious thinking, Against Interpretation and Other Essays is the definitive collection of Susan Sontag's best known and important works published in Penguin Modern Classics. Against Interpretation was Susan Sontag's first collection of essays and made her name as one of the most incisive thinkers of our time. Sontag was among the first critics to write about the intersection between 'high' and 'low' art forms, and to give them equal value as valid topics, shown here in her epoch-making pieces 'Notes on Camp' and 'Against Interpretation'. Here too are impassioned discussions of Sartre, Camus, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, Lévi-Strauss, science-fiction movies, psychoanalysis and contemporary religious thought. Originally published in 1966, this collection has never gone out of print and has been a major influence on generations of readers, and the field of cultural criticism, ever since. Susan Sontag (1933-2004) was born in Manhattan and studied at the universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. She is the author of four novels - The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover and In America, which won the 2000 US National Book Award for fiction - a collection of stories, several plays, and six books of essays, among them Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors. Her books are translated into thirty-two languages. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work, and in 2003 she received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. If you enjoyed Against Interpretation and Other Essays, you might like Sontag's On Photography, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.
Joshua Greene - Moral Tribes
Our brains were designed for tribal life, for getting along with a select group of others (Us) and for fighting off everyone else (Them). But modern times have forced the world’s tribes into a shared space, resulting in epic clashes of values along with unprecedented opportunities. As the world shrinks, the moral lines that divide us become more salient and more puzzling. We fight over everything from tax codes to gay marriage to global warming, and we wonder where, if at all, we can find our common ground. A grand synthesis of neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, Moral Tribes reveals the underlying causes of modern conflict and lights the way forward. Greene compares the human brain to a dual-mode camera, with point-and-shoot automatic settings (“portrait,” “landscape”) as well as a manual mode. Our point-and-shoot settings are our emotions—efficient, automated programs honed by evolution, culture, and personal experience. The brain’s manual mode is its capacity for deliberate reasoning, which makes our thinking flexible. Point-and-shoot emotions make us social animals, turning Me into Us. But they also make us tribal animals, turning Us against Them. Our tribal emotions make us fight—sometimes with bombs, sometimes with words—often with life-and-death stakes. An award-winning teacher and scientist, Greene directs Harvard University’s Moral Cognition Lab, which uses cutting-edge neuroscience and cognitive techniques to understand how people really make moral decisions. Combining insights from the lab with lessons from decades of social science and centuries of philosophy, the great question of Moral Tribes is this: How can we get along with Them when what they want feels so wrong to Us? Ultimately, Greene offers a set of maxims for navigating the modern moral terrain, a practical road map for solving problems and living better lives. Moral Tribes shows us when to trust our instincts, when to reason, and how the right kind of reasoning can move us forward. A major achievement from a rising star in a new scientific field, Moral Tribes will refashion your deepest beliefs about how moral thinking works and how it can work better.
Robert Greene - Mastery
What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force’s last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene’s fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world’s masters. Temple Grandin, Martha Graham, Henry Ford, Buckminster Fuller—all have lessons to offer about how the love for doing one thing exceptionally well can lead to mastery. Yet the secret, Greene maintains, is already in our heads. Debunking long-held cultural myths, he demonstrates just how we, as humans, are hardwired for achievement and supremacy. Fans of Greene’s earlier work and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers will eagerly devour this canny and erudite explanation of just what it takes to be great.
Ismeretlen szerző - A csendesség felé
Asztali beszélgetések... 2 - A csendesség felé Az Asztali Beszélgetések Kulturális Alapítvány által szervezett beszélgetéssorozat azt a célt szolgálja, hogy evangélikus lelkészek, teológusok korunk aktuális társadalmi, közéleti, kulturális, tudományos kérdéseiről folytassanak párbeszédet az adott téma szakterületének egy-egy képviselőjével. A beszélgetőpartnerek a társadalom, a közélet, a kultúra, a művészet és a tudomány legkülönfélébb területein tevékenykedő emberek: írókkal, költőkkel, képzőművészekkel, irodalom- és művészettörténészekkel, teológusokkal, jogászokkal, orvosokkal, természettudósokkal, előadóművészekkel folytatott dialógusokon keresztül zajlik a szellemi-kulturális hídépítés egyház és világ között. Az Asztali beszélgetések sorozat második kötetében szereplő beszélgetések: * Szemadám György festőművész, író és Ócsai Zoltán lelkész (Lent és fent – transzcendencia az életünkben) * Koltai Lajos filmrendező, operatőr és Percze Sándor lelkész (Kifejezési formák – prédikáció és filmművészet) * Heller Ágnes filozófus, Jókai Anna író, Csepregi András teológus és Fabiny Tamás püspök (az első kötet könyvbemutatója) * Berecz András ének és mesemondó és Hankovszky Béla Jácint katolikus tábori pap (A hagyomány ereje) * Böjte Csaba ferences rendi szerzetes és Roszík Ágnes a Családok Átmeneti Otthonának vezetője (Segítő erő – szociális kérdések) A kötet megvásárlásával a Dévai Szent Ferenc Alapítványt támogatja. 176 oldal / 145×203 mm / keménytáblás / ISBN 978-963-9571-90-7 Kiadó: Luther Kiadó Szerk: Galambos Ádám
Ismeretlen szerző - Öt párbeszéd
Asztali beszélgetések... 1 - Öt Párbeszéd Az Asztali Beszélgetések Kulturális Alapítvány által szervezett beszélgetéssorozat azt a célt szolgálja, hogy evangélikus lelkészek, teológusok korunk aktuális társadalmi, közéleti, kulturális, tudományos kérdéseiről folytassanak párbeszédet az adott téma szakterületének egy-egy képviselőjével. A beszélgetőpartnerek a társadalom, a közélet, a kultúra, a művészet és a tudomány legkülönfélébb területein tevékenykedő emberek: írókkal, költőkkel, képzőművészekkel, irodalom- és művészettörténészekkel, teológusokkal, jogászokkal, orvosokkal, természettudósokkal, előadóművészekkel folytatott dialógusokon keresztül zajlik a szellemi-kulturális hídépítés egyház és világ között. Az Asztali beszélgetések öt dialógus szerkesztett változatát tartalmazó első kötetéhez Hankiss Elemér írt előszót. Az asztalhoz telepedő beszélgetőpartnerek a következő témákban osztották meg gondolataikat hallgatóságukkal: * Esterházy Péter író és Fabiny Tamás püspök az identitásról, Heller Ágnes filozófus és Jutta Hausmann teológiai tanár a Genezis könyvéről, * Jelenits István piarista szerzetes és Csepregi András teológus Isten törvényének mai értelmezéséről, * Jókai Anna író és Lengyel Anna egyházkerületi felügyelő az értelmiség küldetéséről és felelősségéről, * Vekerdy Tamás pszichológus és Réz-Nagy Zoltán lelkész a „Tiszteld atyádat és anyádat!” parancsolatról és a családról folytattak disputát és eszmecserét. A kötetben olvasható dialógusokhoz egy-egy harmadik beszélgetőtárs is csatlakozott: a disputák témái és gondolatmenetei művészeket ihlettek arra, hogy képzőművészeti alkotásokkal járuljanak hozzá a beszélgetések gondolatiságának többsíkú ábrázolásához és értelmezéséhez. 164 oldal / 145×203 mm / keménytáblás / ISBN 978-963-9571-78-5