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Title Socrates Cafe A Fresh Taste of Philosophy
Author Christopher Phillips
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 2010-10-18
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0393078825
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"A bracing, rollicking read about the spark that ignites when people start asking meaningful questions." —O Magazine Christopher Phillips is a man on a mission: to revive the love of questions that Socrates inspired long ago in ancient Athens. "Like a Johnny Appleseed with a master's degree, Phillips has gallivanted back and forth across America, to cafés and coffee shops, senior centers, assisted-living complexes, prisons, libraries, day-care centers, elementary and high schools, and churches, forming lasting communities of inquiry" (Utne Reader). Phillips not only presents the fundamentals of philosophical thought in this "charming, Philosophy for Dummies-type guide" (USA Today); he also recalls what led him to start his itinerant program and re-creates some of the most invigorating sessions, which come to reveal sometimes surprising, often profound reflections on the meaning of love, friendship, work, growing old, and others among Life's Big Questions. "How to Start Your Own Socrates Café" guide included.

Title Six Questions of Socrates A Modern Day Journey of Discovery through World Philosophy
Author Christopher Phillips
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 2011-01-17
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780393341201
Language English, Spanish, and French
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How people around the world grapple with the great questions posed by Socrates. What is virtue? What is moderation? What is justice? What is courage? What is good? What is piety? Socrates thought that understanding the perspectives of others on these six great questions would help him become a more excellent human being. Following in Socrates's footsteps, Christopher Phillips—"Johnny Appleseed with a master's degree" (Utne Reader)—investigates these same questions, beginning in the marketplace of modern-day Athens. He goes on to investigate the timely responses and outlooks of people from different cultures and backgrounds around the world: from Greece and Spain to Japan and Korea, Mexico City, and Chiapas, where the region's indigenous people struggle for fundamental human rights. Phillips also traveled throughout the United States, holding dialogues in diverse communities from New York City to the Navajo Nation. Introducing us to less familiar thinkers in non-Western traditions who were kindred spirits of Socrates, Phillips enlarges our perspectives on life's fundamental questions, creating an innovative world survey of philosophy.

Ceci Ann S Day Of Why by Christopher Phillips

Title Ceci Ann s Day of Why
Author Christopher Phillips
Publisher Tricycle Press
Release Date 2012-05-30
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 30
ISBN 9780307980373
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Christopher Philips-known for promoting the art of Socratic inquiry to adults and older children around the world-now turns his attention to the very young. Ceci Ann approaches her day with an open and questioning mind. Why? Why not! This winsome model for thoughtful conversations will encourage young readers toward critical thinking in the years ahead.

A Child At Heart by Christopher Phillips

Title A Child at Heart
Author Christopher Phillips
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2018-03-13
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 244
ISBN 9781510735576
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Weaving together philosophy, social science and neuroscience research, personal anecdotes and dialogues, A Child at Heart takes a radically different approach to the traditional boundaries between childhood and adulthood to reveal how rather than lapse into adulthood, we can achieve what the Greeks of old call arete—all-around excellence—when we look to children and youth as a lodestar for our development. Childhood is our primary launching pad, a time of life when learning is more intense than at any other, when we gain the critical knowledge and skills that can help ensure that we remain adaptable. This book weaves together the thinking of philosophers from across the ages who make the unsettling assertion that with the passage of time we are apt to shrink mentally, emotionally, and cognitively. If we follow what has become an all-too-common course, we denature our original nature—which brims with curiosity, empathy, reason, wonder, and a will to experiment and understand—and we regress, our sense of who we are will become fuzzier and everyone in our orbit will pay a price. Mounting evidence shows that we begin our lives with a moral, intellectual, and creative bang, and in this groundbreaking, heavily researched, and highly engaging volume, Christopher Phillips makes the provocative case that childhood isn't merely a state of becoming, while adulthood is one of being, as if we've "arrived" and reached the summit. His life-changing proposition is that if we embrace the defining qualities of youth, we're not destined to become frail, dispirited, or unhinged, we'll grow in a way defined by wonder, curiosity, imaginativeness, playfulness, and compassion—in essence, unlimited potential.

Title Machiavelli on Modern Leadership
Author Michael A. Ledeen
Publisher Truman Talley Books
Release Date 2007-04-01
Category Political Science
Total Pages 240
ISBN 1429976837
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Niccolo Machiavelli, one of the eminent minds of the Italian Renaissance, spent much of a long and active lifetime trying to determine and understand what exceptional qualities of human character-- and what surrounding elements of fortune, luck, and timing-- made great men great leaders successful in war and peace. In perhaps the liveliest book on Machiavelli in years, Michael A. Ledeen measures contemporary movers and doers against the timeless standards established by the great Renaissance writer. Titans of statecraft (Margaret Thatcher, Francois Mitterrand, Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton); business and finance (Bill Gates); Wall Street and investing (Warren Buffett); the military (Colin Powell), and sports (Michael Jordan) are judged by Machiavelli's precepts on leadership and the proper use of power. The result is a wide-ranging and scintillating study that illuminates the thoughts of the Renaissance master and the actions of today's truly towering figures as well as the character-challenged pretenders to greatness. Here is an exceptional book on Machiavelli and his ultra-realistic exploration of human nature-- then and now.

Constitution Caf by Christopher Phillips

Title Constitution Caf
Author Christopher Phillips
Publisher W W Norton & Company Incorporated
Release Date 2012-07
Category Political Science
Total Pages 321
ISBN 0393342263
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Thomas Jefferson proposed that we revise the Constitution every so often, not just to reflect the changing times but to revive and perpetuate our original revolutionary spirit. Could it be that the Constitution itself is part of the reason that our democracy is on life support, our government gone haywire? To find out, Christopher Phillips, originator of the Socrates Cafâe dialogues, sets off on a cross-country junket to engage Americans of all stripes in an offbeat constitutional convention. Given the opportunity to rewrite the Constitution, a diverse bunch--from Burning Man die-hards to army veterans, Tea Party acolytes to Orange County slackers--weighs in with some really wild and worthwhile ideas about how our nation should be governed. With Jefferson as his iconoclastic and visionary guide, Phillips moderates these discussions and complements his participants' ideas by relating them to Jefferson's own experiences with governance and to his great expectations for our democracy.--From publisher description.

Irrational Man by William Barrett

Title Irrational Man
Author William Barrett
Publisher Anchor
Release Date 2011-01-26
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780307761088
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Widely recognized as the finest definition of existentialist philosophy ever written, this book introduced existentialism to America in 1958. Barrett speaks eloquently and directly to concerns of the 1990s: a period when the irrational and the absurd are no better integrated than before and when humankind is in even greater danger of destroying its existence without ever understanding the meaning of its existence. Irrational Man begins by discussing the roots of existentialism in the art and thinking of Augustine, Aquinas, Pascal, Baudelaire, Blake, Dostoevski, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Picasso, Joyce, and Beckett. The heart of the book explains the views of the foremost existentialists—Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre. The result is a marvelously lucid definition of existentialism and a brilliant interpretation of its impact.

Aristotle S Children by Richard E. Rubenstein

Title Aristotle s Children
Author Richard E. Rubenstein
Publisher HMH
Release Date 2004-09-20
Category History
Total Pages 384
ISBN 054735097X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A true account of a turning point in medieval history that shaped the modern world, from “a superb storyteller” and the author of When Jesus Became God (Los Angeles Times). Europe was in the long slumber of the Middle Ages, the Roman Empire was in tatters, and the Greek language was all but forgotten—until a group of twelfth-century scholars rediscovered and translated the works of Aristotle. The philosopher’s ideas spread like wildfire across Europe, offering the scientific view that the natural world, including the soul of man, was a proper subject of study. The rediscovery of these ancient ideas would spark riots and heresy trials, cause major upheavals in the Catholic Church—and also set the stage for today’s rift between reason and religion. Aristotle’s Children transports us back to this pivotal moment in world history, rendering the controversies of the Middle Ages lively and accessible, and allowing us to understand the philosophical ideas that are fundamental to modern thought. “A superb storyteller who breathes new life into such fascinating figures as Peter Abelard, Albertus Magnus, St. Thomas Aquinas, Roger Bacon, William of Ockham and Aristotle himself.” —Los Angeles Times “Rubenstein’s lively prose, his lucid insights and his crystal-clear historical analyses make this a first-rate study in the history of ideas.” —Publishers Weekly

Title The Philosophers Club
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2001
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 44
ISBN 9781582460390
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Collects leading questions that invite introspection and discussion on a variety of topics.

The Trial Of Socrates by Isidor Feinstein Stone

Title The Trial of Socrates
Author Isidor Feinstein Stone
Publisher Anchor
Release Date 1989
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 282
ISBN 9780385260329
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Combines classical scholarship with techniques of modern investigative journalism in an attempt to unravel the mystery behind the trial and conviction of Athens' most prominent philosopher

If You Can Read This by Jack Bowen

Title If You Can Read This
Author Jack Bowen
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2010-03-23
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781588369505
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A PICTURE MAY BE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS— BUT A FEW CHOICE WORDS CAN SPEAK VOLUMES! • If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren’t More People Happy? • Bottled Water Is for Suckers • Clones Are People Too • At Least the War on the Environment Is Going Well • Don’t Believe Everything You Think • The Revolution Will Be Tweeted Long before blogs, tweets, and sound bites, people were telling the world how they felt in brief, blunt bursts of information plastered on the backs of their cars. Whether they’re political or religious, passionate or proud, controversial or corny, these brightly colored, boldly lettered mini manifestos are declarations of who we are, where we stand, and what we’d rather be doing. But as bestselling author and noted philosopher Jack Bowen reveals, there’s much more to the pop-culture phenomenon of bumper stickers than rolling one-liners and drive-by propaganda—no less, in fact, than a wise, funny, poignant, contentious, and truthful discourse on the human condition. Mixing pop culture with the ideas of historically prominent philosophers and scientists, If You Can Read This exposes the deeper wisdom couched behind these slogans—or, as need be, exposes where they have gone wrong. If you brake for big ideas, now’s the time.

Title The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy
Author Luke Cuddy
Publisher Open Court Publishing
Release Date 2008
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 263
ISBN 9780812696547
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Chapters address philosophical aspects of the video game The Legend of Zelda and video game culture in general"--Provided by publisher.

Title Creativity for Critical Thinkers
Author Anthony Weston
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2010
Category Creative ability
Total Pages 92
ISBN 0195432517
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This first Canadian edition is a concise introduction to the art of expanding possibility through creativity. Covering such practical methods as multiplying options, brainstorming, lateral thinking, and reframing problems, the text offers provocative and effective techniques for constructiveand expansive kinds of thinking, demonstrating how reason and creativity can work together. Specifically designed to supplement more traditional critical thinking texts, this book shows readers how to use creativity to construct innovative, 'outside of the box' arguments and solutions to problems.Written in a clear, engaging style and incorporating a wealth of Canadian sources and examples, Creativity for Critical Thinkers, first Canadian edition, is the ideal supplemental text for any critical thinking course.

The Philosophy Of Childing by Christopher Phillips

Title The Philosophy of Childing
Author Christopher Phillips
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2016-05-17
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 244
ISBN 9781510703285
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Weaving together philosophy, social science and neuroscience research, personal anecdotes and dialogues, The Philosophy of Childing takes a radically different approach to the traditional boundaries between childhood and adulthood to reveal how rather than lapse into adulthood, we can achieve what the Greeks arete—all-around excellence—when we look to children and youth as a lodestar for our development. Childhood is our primary launching pad, a time of life when learning is more intense than at any other, when we gain the critical knowledge and skills that can help ensure that we remain adaptable. This book weaves together the thinking of philosophers from across the ages who make the unsettling assertion that with the passage of time we are apt to shrink mentally, emotionally, and cognitively. If we follow what has become an all-too-common course, we denature our original nature—which brims with curiosity, empathy, reason, wonder, and a will to experiment and understand—and we regress, our sense of who we are will become fuzzier and everyone in our orbit will pay a price. Mounting evidence shows that we begin our lives with a moral, intellectual, and creative bang, and in this groundbreaking, heavily researched and highly engaging volume, Christopher Phillips makes the provocative case that childhood isn’t merely a state of becoming, while adulthood is one of being, as if we’ve “arrived” and reached the summit. His life-changing proposition is that if we embrace the defining qualities of youth, we’re not destined to become frail, dispirited, or unhinged, we’ll grow in a way defined by wonder, curiosity, imaginativeness, playfulness, and compassion—in essence, unlimited potential.

The Future And Its Enemies by Virginia Postrel

Title The Future and Its Enemies
Author Virginia Postrel
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2011-05-10
Category Social Science
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781439135327
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Today we have greater wealth, health, opportunity, and choice than at any time in history. Yet a chorus of intellectuals and politicians laments our current condition -- as slaves to technology, coarsened by popular culture, and insecure in the face of economic change. The future, they tell us, is dangerously out of control, and unless we precisely govern the forces of change, we risk disaster. In The Future and Its Enemies, Virginia Postrel explodes the myths behind these claims. Using examples that range from medicine to fashion, she explores how progress truly occurs and demonstrates that human betterment depends not on conformity to one central vision but on creativity and decentralized, open-ended trial and error. She argues that these two opposing world-views -- "stasis" vs. "dynamism" -- are replacing "left" and "right" to define our cultural and political debate as we enter the next century. In this bold exploration of how civilizations learn, Postrel heralds a fundamental shift in the way we view politics, culture, technology, and society as we face an unknown -- and invigorating -- future.

Extraterrestrial Visitations by Preston E. Dennett

Title Extraterrestrial Visitations
Author Preston E. Dennett
Publisher Llewellyn Worldwide Limited
Release Date 2001
Category Body, Mind & Spirit
Total Pages 270
ISBN 1567182208
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book represents the cutting edge of UFO research, with ten new and original firsthand accounts of very close contact with UFOs and aliens. The majority of these cases come from fully conscious recall, rather than memories retrieved through hypnosis. Several of the stories present new information that is highly controversial and not commonly reported in UFO literature, from healings and benevolent encounters, to praying mantis-type aliens and military presence during an abduction. "They went in the top of my head"-An Excerpt One night, I was lying in bed, and I had my back to the wall, when I saw these two aliens off towards the back of my head. I saw them come through the wall. And they came up to me. I didn't try to move. I don't know if there was any sensation. I remember just lying there. And they came over and they went in the top of my head. And it felt very good, so I allowed it. I perceived that I allowed it. And they were slender. They were iridescent, like a whitish color. And that was that. -Pat Brown UFO abductee Pat Brown assumed her experience with extraterrestrials had come to an end. She didn't know that her ordeal had only just begun. . . Extraterrestrial Visitations: True Accounts of Contact presents real accounts of UFO contact. Told in the witnesses' own words, the stories have immediacy, objectivity, and credibility. Revealed in these stories is the full spectrum-positive and negative-of the most perplexing and persistent mystery of modern times.

Distinction by Pierre Bourdieu

Title Distinction
Author Pierre Bourdieu
Publisher Harvard University Press
Release Date 1984
Category Social Science
Total Pages 613
ISBN 0674212770
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Examines differences in taste between modern French classes, discusses the relationship between culture and politics, and outlines the strategies of pretension

American Sucker by David Denby

Title American Sucker
Author David Denby
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2005-04-07
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780141957258
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In early 2000 the bottom dropped out of the life of writer David Denby when his wife decided to leave him. Propelled to make some money quickly, and seized by the 'irrational exuberance' of the stock market, then approaching its peak, Denby enthusiastically joined the investment frenzy. Over the next few months he listened raptly to bullish stock analysts, dreamy hi-tech gurus and boastful heads of companies. He plunged into a season of mania and was swept forward on currents of hope, greed and hucksterism - with cataclysmic results. American Sucker is a mesmerising account of those years of madness. What begins as a money chase and an engagement with rampant capitalism soon becomes an encounter with such timeless issues as love, envy, true value - and life and death itself. This is a classic tale of the bubble related not by a market guru or an investment professional but by a witty, perceptive and eloquent outsider.

Examined Life by Robert Nozick

Title Examined Life
Author Robert Nozick
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 1990-12-15
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 308
ISBN 9780671725013
Language English, Spanish, and French
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PHILOSOPHY/EASTERN RELIGIONS

Grammar For The Soul by Lawrence A Weinstein

Title Grammar for the Soul
Author Lawrence A Weinstein
Publisher Quest Books
Release Date 2013-08-15
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 168
ISBN 9780835630511
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this wise and charming book, Lawrence Weinstein explores how self-expression reveals the psyche and how changing language can change lives. In chapters like “Tolerating Ambiguity” and “Getting Out of One’s Own Way,” he describes how the proper use of an element of punctuation or syntax, even the simple reversal of an object and subject, can help one become a whole human being. Clear examples, amusing anecdotes, and telling quotes support Weinstein's technique for teaching self-improvement through improved grammar.