Author: Ursula Tidd File Type: pdf This is the first full-length study to explore Simone de Beauvoirs autobiographical and biographical writings in the context of her ideas on selfhood as formulated in The Second Sex and other philosophical essays of the 1940s. Ursula Tidd presents a detailed analysis of Beauvoirs engagement with issues of gender, sexuality and race, as part of her autobiographical strategy in seeking to write herself into the male-constructed autobiographical canon. Tidd offers new readings of Beauvoirs unpublished diaries and recently published letters along with more well-known philosophical and autobiographical texts. **
Author: Paul Robeson
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Robesons international achievements as a singer and actor in starring roles on stage and screen made him the most celebrated black American of his day, but his outspoken criticism of racism in the United States, his strong support of African independence, and his fascination with the Soviet Union placed him under the debilitating scrutiny of McCarthyism. Blacklisted, his famed voice silenced,Here I Standoffered a bold answer to his accusers. It remains today a defiant challenge to the prevailing fear and racism that continues to characterize American society. **Amazon.com Review No one had more to lose in following his political convictions than Paul Robeson. Here I Stand, originally published in 1958, was Robesons response to the questions about why his mission--to win the freedom of black people everywhere--incited so much hatred and fear in his country. Following Sterling Stuckeys 1988 introduction and Lloyd L. Browns 1971 preface, both providing invaluable commentary, Robeson begins with his recollection of a Princeton boyhood. The roots of his world-view that would ultimately be his undoing were set down there. Throughout his youth, Robesons father [a pastor in the A.M.E. Zion Church] insisted on personal integrity, which included the idea of maximum human fulfillment. Indeed, to list Robesons achievements while attending university is to be in awe of a fabulously endowed man, bent on living out his fathers edicts, and achieving his magnificent potential. As his fascination with the Soviet Union grew, he began to attract the notice of McCarthys watchdogs. He had begun to draw parallels between the Soviet social experiment, which brought a whole underclass into the 20th century, and the emerging nations of Africa. In the early 40s, he reached the height of his performing career (Robesons Othello was more authentic than that of any other actor of his time), but soon thereafter, he would set aside his brilliant career and commit fiercely to the struggle for black liberation. In 1949, it would all come crashing down, and for a decade, an ugly, active campaign against Robeson reigned, stemming not from the growing radicalization of his beliefs, but from the turning tide of cold war politics. W.E.B. DuBois, also a victim of the Communist witch-hunts noted, He is without doubt today, as a person, the best known American on earth, to the largest number of human beings. His voice is known in Europe, Asia and Africa, in the West Indies and South America and in the islands of the seas. Children on the streets of Peking and Moscow, Calcutta and Jakarta greet him and send him their love. Only in his native land is he without honor and rights. Lloyd L. Brown helped Robeson write Here I Stand, and he crafted the tone, which is at once accessible and impassioned, originally aimed at the black religious community. Highly idealistic, passionately exhorting, deeply committed to the common people, this Paul Robeson gem remains a vital challenge to the racism that still dogs American society. -- Hollis Giammatteo Review This amazing man, this great intellect, this magnificent genius with his overwhelming love of humanity is a devastating challenge to a society built on hypocrisy, greed and profit-seeking at the expense of common humanity. -The New York Times [Robesons] nobility, his language, his encouragement and his praise put me forever in his debt because it inspired me fully . . . to be like him, and to use my life as he had used his, to put into it the commitment of the liberation of his people and all people. -Harry Belafonte in Restoring Hope Robesons book is a perennial, first published in 1958, and now a voice from a different time. It anticipates for black persons the moral support of the American majority with an intensity that now seems evangelical. Its full of a probably tragic hope. It should be read. -The Boston Globe
Author: C. A. Brebbia
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The idea of preparing this volume originated from the ever increasing importance of computational modelling of complex problems in medicine. Considerable advances have been made in this area as demonstrated by the continued success of the International Conference on Modelling in Medicine and Biology organised by the Wessex Institute of Technology. The work reported at those meetings and the research carried out at the Wessex Institute of Technology indicated the increasing interaction and collaboration between medical and engineering scientists. Advances presented at these conferences are now being used in practice for a wide range of medical and surgical applications. The considerable improvements and evolution of the field has led to some of the best scientists, who have participated in our conferences, to write an article on their most recent research. This has led to thirteen outstanding articles published in this volume which encompass important areas of biomedical modelling.
Author: Joseph McCarney
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Hegels Introduction to the Philosophy of History remains one of the most profound and influential books on the philosophy of history. In clear and cogent terms this book examines the ideas and arguments of the Introduction to the Philosophy of History explains key concepts of Hegels system, a knowledge of which is essential for fully understanding his philosophy of history * assesses the continuing relevance of Hegel to the contemporary debate about the nature of history. **htmlAbout the Author Joseph McCarney is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of the South Bank. Hegels Introduction to the Philosophy of History remains one of the most profound and influential books on the philosophy of history. In clear and cogent terms this book examines the ideas and arguments of the Introduction to the Philosophy of History explains key concepts of Hegels system, a knowledge of which is essential for fully understanding his philosophy of history* assesses the continuing relevance of Hegel to the contemporary debate about the nature of history. **
Author: Roland Barthes
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A major discovery The lost diary of a great mindand an intimate, deeply moving study of griefThe day after his mothers death in October 1977, the influential philosopher Roland Barthes began a diary of mourning. Taking notes on index cards as was his habit, he reflected on a new solitude, on the ebb and flow of sadness, and on modern societys dismissal of grief. These 330 cards, published here for the first time, prove a skeleton key to the themes he tackled throughout his work. Behind the unflagging mind, the most consistently intelligent, important, and useful literary critic to have emerged anywhere (Susan Sontag), lay a deeply sensitive man who cherished his mother with a devotion unknown even to his closest friends.
Author: Anthony Grafton
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The weapon of pedants, the scourge of undergraduates, the bete noire of the new liberated scholar the lowly footnote, long the refuge of the minor and the marginal, emerges in this book as a singular resource, with a surprising history that says volumes about the evolution of modern scholarship. In Anthony Graftons engrossing account, footnotes to history give way to footnotes as history, recounting in their subtle way the curious story of the progress of knowledge in written form.Grafton treats the development of the footnote--the one form of proof normally supplied by historians in support of their assertions--as writers on science have long treated the development of laboratory equipment, statistical arguments, and reports on experiments as a complex story, rich in human interest, that sheds light on the status of history as art, as science, and as an institution. The book starts in the Berlin of the brilliant nineteenth-century historian Leopold von Ranke, who is often credited with inventing documented history in its modern form. Casting back to antiquity and forward to the twentieth century, Graftons investigation exposes Rankes position as a far more ambiguous one and offers us a rich vision of the true origins and gradual triumph of the footnote.Among the protagonists of this story are Athanasius Kircher, who built numerous documents into his spectacularly speculative treatises on ancient Egypt and China Pierre Bayle, who made the footnote a powerful tool in philosophical and historical polemics and Edward Gibbon, who transformed it into a high form of literary artistry. Proceeding with the spirit of an intellectual mystery and peppered with intriguing and revealing remarks by those who made this history, The Footnote brings what is so often relegated to afterthought and marginalia to its rightful place in the center of the literary life of the mind.
Author: Marilynne Robinson
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The spirit of our times can appear to be one of joyless urgency. As a culture we have become less interested in the exploration of the glorious mind, and more interested in creating and mastering technologies that will yield material well-being. But while cultural pessimism is always fashionable, there is still much to give us hope. In The Givenness of Things, the incomparable Marilynne Robinson delivers an impassioned critique of our contemporary society while arguing that reverence must be given to who we are and what we are creatures of singular interest and value, despite our errors and depredations. Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her novels, including the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, and in her new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern predicament and the mysteries of faith. These seventeen essays examine the ideas that have inspired and provoked one of our finest writers throughout her life. Whether she is investigating how the work of the great thinkers of the past, Calvin, Locke, Bonhoeffer--and Shakespeare--can infuse our lives, or calling attention to the rise of the self-declared elite in American religious and political life, Robinsons peerless prose and boundless humanity are on display. Exquisite and bold, The Givenness of Things is a necessary call for us to find wisdom and guidance in our cultural heritage, and to offer grace to one another.**
Author: Amy Webb
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How did we miss that? is perhaps the scariest question for a business leader to face its the one that they have to ask themselves when one day they wake up to discover that a competitor or startup has just released something new that changes their world forever. If youre asking this question, its probably too late you didnt see this important new development coming, or didnt understand it well enough to take it seriously, and now you must play the most dreaded game of allcatch-up. In The Signals are Talking Why Todays Fringe is Tomorrows Mainstream, Amy Webb shows you how to avoid having to ask that frightening question. Successful business leaders seem to have a sixth sense about whats next an uncanny ability to predict the next big trend or market development. But its not magic. Webb teaches you how to spot today the signs of tomorrows trends specifically, the trends affecting your worldyour market, your products, and your competitors. She demonstrates how the future doesnt arrive fully formed, but rather emerges step-by-step, appearing first around the fringes of society. But that future is easy to miss unless you know where and how to look. Books about the near-future, not to mention countless blogs, postings, seminars, and conferences, simply tell you what the author thinks is coming, leaving you to pick the prognostication you prefer. Amy Webb shows you where and how to look in the present for harbingers of the future. Her book is an invaluable resource for leaders of all kinds. **Amazon.com ReviewAn Amazon Best Book of December 2016 At this moment, it seems obvious that we could all stand to brush up on our skills as prognosticators. And not just so we can avoid being blindsided by seismic elections, but because technology promises to continue its disruptive march through our societies and economies. What will cabbies do when cars are self-driving, and what will warehouse workers do when robots can pick, pack, and ship without lunch breaks and health care benefits? Forget NAFTA the shift is toward Silicon Valley. But where to start? The Signals Are Talking Why Todays Fringe Is Tomorrows Mainstream is a good place. Sitting somewhere between Nate Silver and * The Tipping Point, Amy Webbs book provides a practical guide for leaders - at any level - in the age of Big Data, offering tools for picking out the true signal, a pattern that will coalesce into a trend with the potential to change everything - and land on the right side of disruption. --Jon Foro, The Amazon Book Review*ReviewThe clear, insightful, and humorous Amy Webb has crafted a rare treasure a substantive guide written in a narrative thats a delight to read. While most futurologists want guru status through a few Nostradamus-like visions that never materialize, Webb modestly reports with depth and discipline, and creates a system and tools we can all use to better navigate the future. Through her deep research, specific anecdotes, and brilliant insights, she has performed the selfless but hugely valuable act of teaching us all to fish at the fringe. --Christopher J. Graves, chairman, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Amy Webb, with insight and a big dose of pragmatism, shows how to clearly see the next big disruption and then take action before it strikes. --Ram Charan, advisor to CEOs and corporate boards, author of The Attackers Advantage, and coauthor of Execution The Discipline of Getting Things Done Forecasting the future is a challenging-and absolutely necessary-part of every leaders job. In this ambitious and timely book, Amy Webb shows not only how to identify actual trends and surprises emerging from the fringes but-even more important-how to do something about them so you can thrive in the face of the unexpected.--Craig Newmark, founder,Craigslist