La pensée postnazie
Author: Michel Onfray
Une grande partie de l’histoire de la pensée occidentale s’est effondrée lors de l’ouverture des camps d’extermination nazis en 1945. La Raison occidentale semblait progresser depuis sa première formulation grecque en passant par la Raison renaissante, la Raison cartésienne, la Raison pure kantienne, la Raison des Lumières. Comment a-t-elle pu déboucher sur l’embrasement de l’Europe par le national-socialisme ? Hannah Arendt a pensé ce phénomène avec ses analyses sur le totalitarisme dont le projet est de créer des hommes superflus. Cette jeune femme juive, qui fut l’élève de Heidegger dont le nazisme fut incontestable, a également été sa maîtresse. Le totalitarisme ne pouvait donc rester une énigme pour elle qui en fit l’analyse. Au-delà du XX° siècle, elle a également pensé la Révolution française, égalitaire, matrice des totalitarismes, qu’elle oppose à la révolution américaine, libertaire et productrice de démocratie. Elle a également examiné ce qui accompagnait la crise de la culture, l’infantilisation des adultes, la science sans conscience, la crise de l’éducation. Hans Jonas a lui aussi pensé le monde postnazi en constatant que la planète était en danger, que les biotechnologies mettaient l’humain en péril, qu’il fallait activer un militantisme appuyé sur la peur pour conscientiser les masses au nom d’un principe d’espérance. L’écologie lui doit beaucoup. Gunther Anders enfin, un temps le mari d’Hannah Arendt, a pensé la bombe atomique, le jazz, la télévision, la photographie, les machines, la propagande, la radio, les médias, la pollution, la technologie appliquée au corps, l’idéologie mortifère répandue par le capitalisme, avant de conclure à l’obsolescence programmée de l’homme. Tous trois ont pensé le nihilisme qui a suivi le nazisme. Leur judaïsme a lié l’apocalypse au principe espérance, non sans imaginer que la violence ne saurait être évitée.
Author: Roger Scruton
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Born to be misunderstood, Spinoza was a man whose theology was banned for Godlessness. The very virtuosity of his reasoning left logicians unsettled, while even to professional thinkers in our own time, Spinoza has seemed too clever by half. And yet, as Roger Scruton shows in this strikingly readable introduction to the man and his though, Spinoza's concerns were both simple and sublime. Few philosophers, indeed, have shown such a straightforward, sustained and honest interest in uncovering the most fundamental aspects of existence. Too important to be dismissed as a mere genius, Spinoza is rediscovered here in all his quiet and consoling simplicity.
What Is the Good Life?
Author: Luc Ferry
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Has inquiry into the meaning of life become outmoded in a universe where the other-worldiness of religion no longer speaks to us as it once did, or, as Nietzsche proposed, where we are now the creators of our own value? Has the ancient question of the "good life" disappeared, another victim of the technological world? For Luc Ferry, the answer to both questions is a resounding no. In What Is the Good Life? Ferry argues that the question of the meaning of life, on which much philosophical debate throughout the centuries has rested, has not vanished, but at the very least the question is posed differently today. Ferry points out the pressures in our secularized world that tend to reduce the idea of a successful life or "good life" to one of wealth, career satisfaction, and prestige. Without deserting the secular presuppositions of our world, he shows that we can give ourselves a richer sense of life's possibilities. The "good life" consists of harmonizing life's different forces in a way that enables one to achieve a sense of personal satisfaction in the realization of one's creative abilities.
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Bond Street Books
The long-awaited magnum opus from Haruki Murakami, in which this revered and bestselling author gives us his hypnotically addictive, mind-bending ode to George Orwell's 1984. The year is 1984. Aomame is riding in a taxi on the expressway, in a hurry to carry out an assignment. Her work is not the kind that can be discussed in public. When they get tied up in traffic, the taxi driver suggests a bizarre 'proposal' to her. Having no other choice she agrees, but as a result of her actions she starts to feel as though she is gradually becoming detached from the real world. She has been on a top secret mission, and her next job leads her to encounter the superhuman founder of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange disturbance that develops over a literary prize. While Aomame and Tengo impact on each other in various ways, at times by accident and at times intentionally, they come closer and closer to meeting. Eventually the two of them notice that they are indispensable to each other. Is it possible for them to ever meet in the real world?
Author: Michel Serres
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The first translation of the volumes in Michel Serres' classic 'Humanism' tetralogy, this ambitious philosophical narrative explores what it means to be human. With his characteristic breadth of references including art, poetry, science, philosophy and literature, Serres paints a new picture of what it might mean to live meaningfully in contemporary society. He tells the story of humankind (from the beginning of time to the present moment) in an attempt to affirm his overriding thesis that humans and nature have always been part of the same ongoing and unfolding history. This crucial piece of posthumanist philosophical writing has never before been released in English. A masterful translation by Randolph Burks ensures the poetry and wisdom of Serres writing is preserved and his notion of what humanity is and might be is opened up to new audiences.
The Deepest Grave
Author: Jeri Westerson
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
London, 1392. Strange mischief is afoot at St Modwen’s Church. Are corpses stalking the graveyard at night, disturbing graves, and dragging coffins? When a fearful Father Bulthius begs Crispin Guest for his help, he agrees to investigate with his apprentice, Jack Tucker, intrigued by the horrific tales. Meanwhile, an urgent summons arrives from Crispin’s former love, Philippa Walcote. Her seven-year-old son, Christopher, has been accused of murder and of attempting to steal a family relic – the missing relic of St Modwen. Who is behind the gruesome occurrences in the graveyard? Is Christopher guilty of murder? Crispin faces a desperate race against time to solve the strange goings-on at St Modwen’s and prove a child’s innocence.
Am I a murderer?
Author: Calel Perechodnik, Frank Fox
The diary of a young Polish Jew reveals his attempt to protect himself against Nazi persecution by becoming a policeman in a ghetto near Warsaw
Management by Missions
Author: P. Cardona, C. Rey
Management by Missions is the idea of distributing the corporate mission to all levels of a company. The corporate mission is then made operational through objectives, which have no value in themselves, but are vital as a means to fulfil the mission. This new management philosophy ensures better performance in all levels of the organization.
Author: Jean-Pierre Mohen
Publisher: Vilo International
In this long-awaited volume, Jeremy Shearmur and Piers Norris Turner bring to light Popper's most important unpublished and uncollected writings from the time of The Open Society until his death in 1994. After The Open Society: Selected Social and Political Writings reveals the development of Popper's political and philosophical thought during and after the Second World War, from his early socialism through to the radical humanitarianism of The Open Society. The papers in this collection, many of which are available here for the first time, demonstrate the clarity and pertinence of Popper's thinking on such topics as religion, history, Plato and Aristotle, while revealing a lifetime of unwavering political commitment. After The Open Society illuminates the thought of one of the twentieth century's greatest philosophers and is essential reading for anyone interested in the recent course of philosophy, politics, history and society.
Forward to the Past?
Author: Lene Bøgh Sørensen, Leslie C. Eliason
Publisher: Aarhus Universitetsforlag
These eleven essays by historians, political scientists, sociologists and anthropologists establish a foundation for appreciating the political history of Central Europe. By examining the political landscape in each country, the contributors aim to evoke the legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and bridge the gap between the two extreme images of Central European history. Specific topics presented include: the lost dimensions of social movements and classes; the relationship between the concepts of "nation" and "state"; Austrian democracy; party system development; the myth of Czech liberalism; the Sudeten-German problem; Slovak politics; the regime change in Hungary; and the relationship between democracy and organised interests. By focusing on the consequences of past regime types, social structures and cultural contexts for democractic development, this volume presents a significant base from which future scholars can proceed on a country-by-country analysis.
The Israel Warrior
Author: Shmuel Boteach
Publisher: Gefen Books
Are you fed up with the nonstop attacks on Israel that reek of double standards and hatred? With the duplicity of the Western media? There comes a point when we stop and say, Enough. We will no longer tolerate anti-Israel lies. We will stand up for Israel and truth.
In the tradition of Lewis' Narnia and L'Engle's Time Quartet, a fantasy graphic novel adapting the best-selling French series by Pierre Bottero, featuring strong female characters. 13-year-old Camille's life is forever changed when, trying to avoid an oncoming truck, she falls through a portal to a parallel world called Gwendalavir. There, she's immediately threatened by creatures called Ts'liches, who claim that they've been searching for her so they can kill her! Luckily she's zapped back home, but her best friend Salim is skeptical of her story...until giant spiders attack them from the other side. Soon she discovers the secret of her past: she was born on Gwendalavir, the daughter of two powerful magicians who sent her to our world for her protection. Camille has inherited a tremendous gift--magic drawing, the ability to manifest things by envisioning them in her mind. As the battle for two worlds intensifies, she hones the skills that might be a decisive weapon in the struggle of her people to regain power and restore freedom and dignity to Gwendalavir.
Author: Rockport Publishers
Publisher: Rockport Pub
A collection of effective marketing ideas from mailouts to websites.
Napoleon, an 85-year-old ex-boxer, runs away from home in an act of rebellion against aging, monotony and fear. It all starts to go south when Napoleon leaves his wife. An 85-year-old with a restless, youthful spirit, Napoleon decides to say to hell with it all. He wants a new life. With his ten-year-old grandson Leopold Bonheur, they embark on a charming adventure, a rebellion against all the things that take the fun out of life. Above all, Leopold is determined to spare his grandfather the fate of the elderly - a life in exile in a nursing home.