The Pope and the Heretic: The True Story of Giordano Bruno, the Man Who Dared to Defy the Roman Inquisition

By Michael White

The compelling tale If certainly one of history's so much fascinating but little-known ordinary philosophers -- a sixteenth-century Dominican priest whose radical theories stimulated the various maximum thinkers in Western tradition -- and the world's first martyr to technology

A visionary and rationalist thinker, Giordano Bruno didn't restrict himself to 1 self-discipline; as an alternative, his erudite mind approved not anything and challenged every little thing in his pursuit of an all-embracing method of idea. It was once an openmindedness that introduced him patronage from probably the most robust figures of the day, resembling Henry III of France and Elizabeth I of britain, yet that still placed him into direct clash with the Catholic Church, which defrocked and excommunicated him. Returning to Italy after years spent having fun with highbrow freedom in France, England, and Germany, Bruno was once arrested by means of the Inquisition and attempted as a heretic. He persevered virtually 8 years of imprisonment and brutal torture prior to being burned on the stake in Rome in 1600. And even if the Vatican now says that it "regrets" burning Bruno, to this present day it has refused to transparent him of the cost of heresy.

however the Inquisition's makes an attempt to obliterate Bruno failed, a. his philosophy and impression unfold: Galileo, Isaac Newton, Christian Huygens, and Gottfried Leibniz all outfitted upon his principles; his notion experiments predated the paintings of such twentieth-century luminaries as Karl Popper; his non secular considering encouraged such radicals as Baruch Spinoza; and his paintings at the paintings of reminiscence had a profound impact on, between others, William Shakespeare.

The Pope and the Heretic chronicles the paintings, existence, and outstanding legacy of a genius whose musings helped result in the fashionable international. Michael White brilliantly items jointly Bruno's dramatic ultimate years, his trap, and his trial and explains why the Catholic Church felt so threatened by way of Bruno that it made him a martyr to loose inspiration.

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Asclepius: A Secret Discourse of Hermes Trismegistus

By Clement Salaman

The Asclepius is considered one of philosophical books ascribed to the mythical sage of old Egypt, Hermes Trismegistus, who used to be believed in classical and renaissance instances to have lived presently after Moses. The Greek unique, misplaced due to the fact classical instances, is believed up to now from the second or third century advert. besides the fact that, a Latin model survived, of which this quantity is a translation. Like its spouse, the Corpus Hermeticum (or The approach of Hermes), the Asclepius describes the main profound philosophical questions within the type of a talk approximately secrets and techniques: the character of the single, the function of the gods, and the stature of the person. not just does this paintings supply religious counsel, however it can also be a necessary perception into the minds and feelings of the Egyptians in old and classical occasions. some of the perspectives expressed additionally replicate Gnostic ideals which handed into early Christianity.

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Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live

A funny and philosophical journey via existence, from the recent York Times–bestselling coauthor of Plato and a Platypus stroll right into a Bar . . .
Daniel Klein’s lovers have fallen in love with the nice and cozy, funny, and considerate means he exhibits how philosophy resonates in daily life. Readers of his renowned books Plato and a Platypus stroll right into a Bar . . . and Travels with Epicurus come for enlightenment and remain for the entertainment.

As a tender collage pupil learning philosophy, Klein crammed a computing device with brief costs from the world’s maximum thinkers, hoping to discover a few suggestions on easy methods to stay the easiest lifestyles he may perhaps. Now, from the vantage element of his 8th decade, Klein revisits the knowledge he relished in his early life with this choice of philosophical gem stones, including new ones that ring a bell with him on the finish of his existence. From Epicurus to Emerson and Camus to the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr—whose phrases supplied the name of this book—each pithy extract is annotated with Klein’s inimitable allure and insights. In those pages, our favourite jokester–philosopher tackles life’s largest questions, leaving us chuckling and enlightened. 

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Where Good Ideas Come From

By Steven Johnson

The printing press, the pencil, the flush rest room, the battery--these are all nice rules. yet the place do they arrive from? what sort of surroundings breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How can we generate the leap forward applied sciences that push ahead our lives, our society, our tradition? Steven Johnson's solutions are revelatory as he identifies the seven key styles in the back of real innovation, and strains them throughout time and disciplines. From Darwin and Freud to the halls of Google and Apple, Johnson investigates the innovation hubs all through smooth time and pulls out the techniques and commonalities that appear to seem at moments of originality.

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Literature And Existentialism

In a probing philosophical exploration of the act of literary production, Sartre asks: “What is writing?,” “Why write?,” and “For whom does one write?”

After discussing existentialism because it relates to artwork, human feelings, and psychology, French existentialist thinker Jean-Paul Sartre turns the query of existentialism to the topic of literature through declaring that he needs to “examine the paintings of writing with out prejudice.” Sartre eschews the belief of artists and writers evaluating their artistic endeavors to each other; as a substitute, he argues, “they exist through themselves.”

Tying into his techniques on literature, Sartre also delves into Marxist politics, the highbrow hard work of the author, the person reader, and the analyzing public.

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Not Passion's Slave: Emotions and Choice (Passionate Life)

By Robert C. Solomon

The concept we're in a few major feel answerable for our feelings is an concept that Robert Solomon has constructed for nearly 3 a long time. right here, in one quantity, he lines the improvement of this conception of feelings and tricky it intimately. issues run via his paintings: the 1st offers a "cognitive" conception of feelings within which feelings are construed basically as evaluative judgments. the second one proposes an "existentialist" viewpoint during which he defends the concept that, as we're accountable for our feelings. certainly, occasionally it even is sensible to assert that we "choose" them. whereas the 1st declare has received expanding forex within the literature, his declare approximately accountability for feelings has persisted to satisfy with substantial resistance and misinterpretation. the hot emphasis on evolutionary biology and neurology has (mistakenly) strengthened the preferred prejudice that feelings "happen" to us and are fullyyt past our control.

This quantity is additionally a sort of highbrow memoir of Solomon¹s personal improvement as a philosopher. The essays written within the Eighties difficult the subjects of the "intentionality" of emotion and the declare that feelings are "judgments"; during this interval, he's additionally more and more preoccupied with how feelings differ and are pointed out in a number of cultures. within the 1990's, his pursuits evolve to think about the social and political function of feelings and theories approximately emotion. the ultimate part provides his present philosophical place at the seeming "passivity" of the passions. regardless of his personal severe evaluate of his prior paintings, he keeps to argue that, within the bottom line, we're liable for our feelings and existential caliber of our lives.

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Reformation (Story of Civilization)

[Read by way of Stefan Rudnicki]

An engrossing quantity at the eu Reformation by way of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Will Durant

The sixth volume of Durant's acclaimed Story of Civilization, ''The Reformation'' chronicles the background of eu civilization from 1300 to 1564. during this masterful paintings, listeners will encounter:

-the schism in the Roman Catholic Church and the formation of early Protestantism;
-the theology of Martin Luther and his societal impact;
-the upward thrust of Humanism and the lifetime of Desiderius Erasmus;
-the royal monarchies of britain, France, Spain, and Italy;
-the imperial conquests of Christopher Columbus and the invention of the Americas;
-the Bohemian revolution of jap Europe, the unification of Russia, and the increase of the Ottoman Empire;
-the teachings of John Calvin; and
-the Counter-Reformation of the 16th century.

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Derrida: Philosophy in an Hour

By Paul Strathern

Philosophy for busy humans. learn a succinct account of the philosophy of Derrida in exactly one hour.

Jacques Derrida’s ‘deconstructionism’ is not anything below an attempt to ruin all ‘writing’ by means of demonstrating its inevitable falsehood. the author writes yet doesn't recognize what he's writing. Derrida argues that every one texts have their very own hidden schedule and comprise their very own metaphysical assumptions – the writer’s very language necessarily distorts what he thinks and writes. The ‘truth’ of all our wisdom is therefore undermined; post-structuralism arrives.

Here is a concise, professional account of Derrida’s existence and philosophical rules – entertainingly written and straightforward to appreciate. additionally incorporated are choices from Derrida’s paintings, urged additional analyzing, and chronologies that position Derrida within the context of the wider scheme of philosophy.

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