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Abortion (Paperback): Peter Barnes Abortion (Paperback)
Peter Barnes
R58 R55 Discovery Miles 550 Save R3 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Humanitarian Reason - A Moral History of the Present (Paperback, New): Didier Fassin Humanitarian Reason - A Moral History of the Present (Paperback, New)
Didier Fassin
R554 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R123 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In the face of the world's disorders, moral concerns have provided a powerful ground for developing international as well as local policies. Didier Fassin draws on case materials from France, South Africa, Venezuela, and Palestine to explore the meaning of humanitarianism in the contexts of immigration and asylum, disease and poverty, disaster and war. He traces and analyzes recent shifts in moral and political discourse and practices -- what he terms "humanitarian reason"-- and shows in vivid examples how humanitarianism is confronted by inequality and violence. Deftly illuminating the tensions and contradictions in humanitarian government, he reveals the ambiguities confronting states and organizations as they struggle to deal with the intolerable. His critique of humanitarian reason, respectful of the participants involved but lucid about the stakes they disregard, offers theoretical and empirical foundations for a political and moral anthropology.

Mobile Orientations - An Intimate Autoethnography of Migration, Sex Work, and Humanitarian Borders (Paperback): Nicola Mai Mobile Orientations - An Intimate Autoethnography of Migration, Sex Work, and Humanitarian Borders (Paperback)
Nicola Mai
R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Despite continued public and legislative concern about sex trafficking across international borders, the actual lives of the individuals involved--and, more importantly, the decisions that led them to sex work--are too often overlooked. With Mobile Orientations, Nicola Mai shows that, far from being victims of a system beyond their control, many contemporary sex workers choose their profession as a means to forge a path toward fulfillment. Using a bold blend of personal narrative and autoethnography, Mai provides intimate portrayals of sex workers from sites including the Balkans, the Maghreb, and West Africa who decided to sell sex as the means to achieve a better life. Mai explores the contrast between how migrants understand themselves and their work and how humanitarian and governmental agencies conceal their stories, often unwittingly, by addressing them all as helpless victims. The culmination of two decades of research, Mobile Orientations sheds new light on the desires and ambitions of migrant sex workers across the world.

Rape - A South African nightmare (Paperback): Pumla Dineo Gqola Rape - A South African nightmare (Paperback)
Pumla Dineo Gqola 3
R220 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R45 (20%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

South Africa has been called the 'rape capital'. Is this label accurate? What do South Africans think they know about rape? South Africa has a complex relationship with rape. Pumla Dineo Gqola unpacks this relationship by paying attention to patterns and trends of rape, asking what we can learn from famous cases and why South Africa is losing the battle against rape. Gqola looks at the 2006 rape trial of Jacob Zuma and what transpired in the trial itself, as well as trying to make sense of public responses to it. She interrogates feminist responses to the Anene Booysen case, amongst other high profile cases of gender-based violence. Rape: A South African Nightmare is a necessary book for various reasons. While volumes exist on rape in South Africa, much of this writing exists either in academic journals, activist publications or analysis pages of select print media. This is a conclusive book on rape in South Africa, illuminating aspects of South Africa's rape problem in South Africa, illuminating aspects of South Africa's rape problem and contributing to shifting the conversation forward. It is indebted to insights from available research, activism, the author's own immersion in Rape Crisis, the 1 in 9 Campaign and feminist scholarship. Analytically rigorous, it is intended for a general readership.

At Liberty to Die - The Battle for Death with Dignity in America (Paperback): Howard Ball At Liberty to Die - The Battle for Death with Dignity in America (Paperback)
Howard Ball
R482 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R67 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

* "Comprehensive, thoroughly engrossing, surprisingly balanced!" - Tinsley E. Yarbrough, Emeritus professor of Political Science, East Carolina University * "Comprehensive and engaging... Timely and informed." - David M. O'Brien, Spicer Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia * "An informative, thoughtful and well-documented analysis." - Daniel Hillyard, Southern Illinois University Carbondale * "An important contribution... Helpful...careful analysis." - Library Journal * "Concise, compelling, and backed with considerable case law... Highly recommended." - Choice "Skillfully narrates the history." - Metapsychology

Experiments in Democracy - Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics (Hardcover): Benjamin Hurlbut Experiments in Democracy - Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics (Hardcover)
Benjamin Hurlbut
R1,132 R849 Discovery Miles 8 490 Save R283 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Human embryo research touches upon strongly felt moral convictions, and it raises such deep questions about the promise and perils of scientific progress that debate over its development has become a moral and political imperative. From in vitro fertilization to embryonic stem cell research, cloning, and gene editing, Americans have repeatedly struggled with how to define the moral status of the human embryo, whether to limit its experimental uses, and how to contend with sharply divided public moral perspectives on governing science. Experiments in Democracy presents a history of American debates over human embryo research from the late 1960s to the present, exploring their crucial role in shaping norms, practices, and institutions of deliberation governing the ethical challenges of modern bioscience. J. Benjamin Hurlbut details how scientists, bioethicists, policymakers, and other public figures have attempted to answer a question of great consequence: how should the public reason about aspects of science and technology that effect fundamental dimensions of human life? Through a study of one of the most significant science policy controversies in the history of the United States, Experiments in Democracy paints a portrait of the complex relationship between science and democracy, and of U.S. society's evolving approaches to evaluating and governing science's most challenging breakthroughs.

You Carried Me - A Daughter's Memoir (Hardcover): Melissa Ohden You Carried Me - A Daughter's Memoir (Hardcover)
Melissa Ohden
R366 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R69 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

What happens when an abortion survivor finds her birth mother, who never knew her daughter was alive? Winner, 2018 Christianity Today Book Award, CT Women Silver Medal Winner, 2018 Illumination Book Awards, Biography & Memoir Melissa Ohden is fourteen when she learns she is the survivor of a botched abortion. In this intimate memoir she details for the first time her search for her biological parents, and her own journey from anger and shame to faith and empowerment. After a decade-long search Melissa finally locates her birth father and writes to extend forgiveness, only to learn that he has died without answering her burning questions. Melissa becomes a mother herself in the very hospital where she was aborted. This experience transforms her attitude toward women who have had abortions, as does the miscarriage of her only son and the birth of a second daughter with complex health issues. But could anything prepare her for the day she finally meets her birth mother and hears her side of their story? This intensely personal story of love and redemption illumines the powerful bond between mother and child that can overcome all odds.

Rights and Wrongs in Social Work (Paperback, 1st ed. 2017): Mark Doel, Peter Nelson Rights and Wrongs in Social Work (Paperback, 1st ed. 2017)
Mark Doel, Peter Nelson
R523 R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Save R34 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this hugely accessible new book, Mark Doel guides the reader through a proper consideration of these questions by examining the typical ethical dilemmas that challenge social workers on a daily basis. Inquisitive, probing and intellectually stimulating, Rights and Wrongs in Social Work untangles the complexity of ethics in social work and argues that, by constantly questioning our assumptions and the situations we find ourselves in, we will eventually come to a better understanding of what is right. Each chapter of the book is centred on a different real-life dilemma that social workers might face on a typical day in practice - such as relationship boundaries, confidentiality and whistleblowing. Clear and enormously readable, it uses a wealth of creative and engaging features and techniques to support learning and encourage readers to apply theory to practice, including: * A vast array of vibrant case studies and detailed practice examples * Time Boxes to link chapter topics with ethical dilemmas from history * The Big Picture sections to place ethical issues into the wider frame of public policy * Discussion of the guidance available from official codes, standards and principles, such as the IFSW/ IASSW's joint Statement of Ethical Principles An invaluable resource for students and practitioners alike, Rights and Wrongs in Social Work draws on the author's many years of experience in the field to successfully unpack the complex concepts of ethics and values in a clear, thought-provoking way.

Dealing in Desire - Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work (Paperback): Kimberly Kay... Dealing in Desire - Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work (Paperback)
Kimberly Kay Hoang
R523 R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Save R73 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

This captivating ethnography explores Vietnam's sex industry as the country ascends the global and regional stage. Over the course of five years, author Kimberly Kay Hoang worked at four exclusive Saigon hostess bars catering to diverse clientele: wealthy local Vietnamese and Asian businessmen, Viet Kieus (ethnic Vietnamese living abroad), Western businessmen, and Western budget-tourists. Dealing in Desire takes an in-depth and often personal look at both the sex workers and their clients to show how Vietnamese high finance and benevolent giving are connected to the intimate spheres of the informal economy. For the domestic super-elite who use the levers of political power to channel foreign capital into real estate and manufacturing projects, conspicuous consumption is a means of projecting an image of Asian ascendancy to potential investors. For Viet Kieus and Westerners who bring remittances into the local economy, personal relationships with local sex workers reinforce their ideas of Asia's rise and Western decline, while simultaneously bolstering their diminished masculinity. Dealing in Desire illuminates Ho Chi Minh City's sex industry as not just a microcosm of the global economy, but a critical space where dreams and deals are traded.

Lawless - The Secret Rules That Govern Our Digital Lives (Hardcover): Nicolas P. Suzor Lawless - The Secret Rules That Govern Our Digital Lives (Hardcover)
Nicolas P. Suzor
R1,668 R1,564 Discovery Miles 15 640 Save R104 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Rampant abuse, hate speech, censorship, bias, and disinformation -- our internet has problems. It is governed by technology companies -- search engines, social media platforms, and infrastructure providers -- whose hidden rules influence what we are allowed to see and say. In Lawless, Nicolas Suzor presents gripping examples of exactly how tech companies govern our digital environment and how they bend to pressure from governments and other powerful actors to censor and control the flow of information online. We are at a constitutional moment -- an opportunity to rethink the basic rules of how the internet is governed. Suzor offers a vision of a vibrant, diverse, and flourishing internet that can protect our fundamental rights from the lawless rule of tech. The culmination of more than ten years of original research, this groundbreaking work should be read by anyone who cares about the internet and the future of our shared social spaces.

Aging Thoughtfully - Conversations about Retirement, Romance, Wrinkles, and Regret (Hardcover): Martha C. Nussbaum, Saul Levmore Aging Thoughtfully - Conversations about Retirement, Romance, Wrinkles, and Regret (Hardcover)
Martha C. Nussbaum, Saul Levmore
R447 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R109 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

We all age differently, but we can learn from shared experiences and insights. The conversations, or paired essays, in Aging Thoughtfully combine a philosopher's approach with a lawyer-economist's. Here are ideas about when to retire, how to refashion social security to help the elderly poor, how to learn from King Lear - who did not retire successfully - and whether to enjoy or criticize anti-aging cosmetic procedures. Some of the concerns are practical: philanthropic decisions, relations with one's children and grandchildren, the purchase of annuities, and how to provide for care in old age. Other topics are cultural, ranging from the treatment of aging women in a Strauss opera and various popular films, to a consideration of Donald Trump's (and other men's) marriages to much younger women. These engaging, thoughtful, and often humorous exchanges show how stimulating discussions about our inevitable aging can be, and offer valuable insight into how we all might age more thoughtfully, and with zest and friendship.

How to Count Animals, more or less (Hardcover): Shelly Kagan How to Count Animals, more or less (Hardcover)
Shelly Kagan
R771 R660 Discovery Miles 6 600 Save R111 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Most people agree that animals count morally, but how exactly should we take animals into account? A prominent stance in contemporary ethical discussions is that animals have the same moral status that people do, and so in moral deliberation the similar interests of animals and people should be given the very same consideration. In How to Count Animals, more or less, Shelly Kagan sets out and defends a hierarchical approach in which people count more than animals do and some animals count more than others. For the most part, moral theories have not been developed in such a way as to take account of differences in status. By arguing for a hierarchical account of morality - and exploring what status sensitive principles might look like - Kagan reveals just how much work needs to be done to arrive at an adequate view of our duties toward animals, and of morality more generally.

Daddy's Little Earner - A Heartbreaking True Story of a Brave Little Girl's Escape from Violence (Paperback): Maria... Daddy's Little Earner - A Heartbreaking True Story of a Brave Little Girl's Escape from Violence (Paperback)
Maria Landon 2
R236 R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Save R70 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The shocking story of a young girl forced into prostitution by her own father, and her painful journey to escape her horrific childhood and build a new life for herself and her sons.

Maria's dad was a pimp, living in a world of thieves and street-walkers. Her mother, tiring of turning tricks for her husband, walked out, leaving the children in his chaotic, violent and sometimes cruel care. By the age of nine, Maria's father was abusing her and getting a prostitute friend to dress her up in stockings and make-up. By the time she was fourteen he was selling her on the streets of the red light district in Norwich.

Despite everything Maria still loved her swaggering and sometimes charming father and found it hard to sort out her own feelings. At fifteen she ran away to King's Cross with an older lover who turned out to be just another pimp. Furious at losing a nice little earner her father involved the police and both he and the other man were jailed for living off Maria's immoral earnings. Only then could Maria escape her traumatic childhood and follow her dream of becoming a mother.

Lust on Trial - Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock (Hardcover): Amy Werbel Lust on Trial - Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock (Hardcover)
Amy Werbel
R637 R496 Discovery Miles 4 960 Save R141 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Anthony Comstock was America's first professional censor. From 1873 to 1915, as Secretary of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, Comstock led a crusade against lasciviousness, salaciousness, and obscenity that resulted in the confiscation and incineration of more than three million pictures, postcards, and books he judged to be obscene. But as Amy Werbel shows in this rich cultural and social history, Comstock's campaign to rid America of vice in fact led to greater acceptance of the materials he deemed objectionable, offering a revealing tale about the unintended consequences of censorship. In Lust on Trial, Werbel presents a colorful journey through Comstock's career that doubles as a new history of post-Civil War America's risqu visual and sexual culture. Born into a puritanical New England community, Anthony Comstock moved to New York in 1868 armed with his Christian faith and a burning desire to rid the city of vice. Werbel describes how Comstock's raids shaped New York City and American culture through his obsession with the prevention of lust by means of censorship, and how his restrictions provided an impetus for the increased circulation and explicitness of "obscene" materials. By opposing women who preached sexual liberation and empowerment, suppressing contraceptives, and restricting artistic expression, Comstock drew the ire of civil liberties advocates, inspiring more open attitudes toward sexual and creative freedom and more sophisticated legal defenses. Drawing on material culture high and low, including numerous examples of the "obscenities" Comstock seized, Lust on Trial provides fresh insights into Comstock's actions and motivations, the sexual habits of Americans during his era, and the complicated relationship between law and cultural change.

Humanitarian Action and Ethics (Paperback): Ayesha Ahmad, James Smith Humanitarian Action and Ethics (Paperback)
Ayesha Ahmad, James Smith; Foreword by Hugo Slim
R440 Discovery Miles 4 400 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From natural disaster areas to conflict zones, humanitarian workers today find themselves operating in diverse and difficult environments. While humanitarian work has always presented unique ethical challenges, such efforts are now further complicated by the impact of globalization, the escalating refugee crisis, and mounting criticisms of established humanitarian practice. Featuring contributions from humanitarian practitioners, health professionals, and social and political scientists, this book explores the question of ethics in modern humanitarian work, drawing on the lived experience of humanitarian workers themselves. Its essential case studies cover humanitarian work in countries ranging from Haiti and South Sudan to Syria and Iraq, and address issues such as gender based violence, migration, and the growing phenomenon of `volunteer tourism'. Together, these contributions offer new perspectives on humanitarian ethics, as well as insight into how such ethical considerations might inform more effective approaches to humanitarian work.

The Trolley Problem Mysteries (Paperback): F.M. Kamm The Trolley Problem Mysteries (Paperback)
F.M. Kamm; Edited by Eric Rakowski
R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Suppose you can stop a trolley from killing five people, but only by turning it onto a side track where it will kill one. May you turn the trolley? What if the only way to rescue the five is to topple a bystander in front of the trolley so that his body stops it but he dies? May you use a device to stop the trolley that will kill a bystander as a side effect? The "trolley problem" challenges us to explain and justify our different intuitive judgments about these and related cases. Frances Kamm's 2013 Tanner Lectures present some of her views on this notorious moral conundrum. After providing a brief history of changing views of what the problem is about and attempts to solve it, she focuses on two prominent issues: Does who turns the trolley and how the harm is shifted affect the moral permissibility of acting? The answers to these questions lead to general proposals about when we may and may not harm some to help others. Three distinguished philosophers - Judith Jarvis Thomson (one of the originators of the trolley problem), Thomas Hurka, and Shelly Kagan - then comment on Kamm's proposals. She responds to each comment at length, providing an exceptionally rich elaboration and defense of her views. This book is invaluable not only to philosophers concerned about the trolley problem, but to anyone worried about how we ought to act when we can lessen harm to some by harming others and how we can reach a decision about the question.

Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology - The Cambridge Handbook of Applied Psychological Ethics (Paperback): Mark M Leach, Elizabeth... Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology - The Cambridge Handbook of Applied Psychological Ethics (Paperback)
Mark M Leach, Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel
R1,010 Discovery Miles 10 100 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Cambridge Handbook of Applied Psychological Ethics is a valuable resource for psychologists and graduate students hoping to further develop their ethical decision making beyond more introductory ethics texts. The book offers real-world ethical vignettes and considerations. Chapters cover a wide range of practice settings, populations, and topics, and are written by scholars in these settings. Chapters focus on the application of ethics to the ethical dilemmas in which mental health and other psychology professionals sometimes find themselves. Each chapter introduces a setting and gives readers a brief understanding of some of the potential ethical issues at hand, before delving deeper into the multiple ethical issues that must be addressed and the ethical principles and standards involved. No other book on the market captures the breadth of ethical issues found in daily practice and focuses entirely on applied ethics in psychology.

Transport and Ethics - Ethics and the Evaluation of Transport Policies and Projects (Hardcover): Bert Van Wee Transport and Ethics - Ethics and the Evaluation of Transport Policies and Projects (Hardcover)
Bert Van Wee
R2,066 Discovery Miles 20 660 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This insightful book discusses the use of Cost - Benefit Analysis (CBA) for transport policy options from an ethical perspective. Each detailed chapter deals with issues such as; the use and ethical aspects of CBA in transport, social exclusion, the environment and long term sustainability, safety, ethics of research and modelling transport. It summarizes ethics-based critics on CBA and discusses their relevance for accessibility, the environment and safety. In addition it explores ethical dilemmas of doing CBAs and CBA related research. The book concludes with possible avenues for furthering exploring the links between transport and ethics. Transport and Ethics will appeal to researchers in the area of CBA for transport, postgraduate and undergraduate students in transport economics, transport policy, transport planning and transport geography, as well as policy makers in the area of transport.

Animals and the Human Imagination - A Companion to Animal Studies (Paperback): Aaron Gross, Anne Vallely Animals and the Human Imagination - A Companion to Animal Studies (Paperback)
Aaron Gross, Anne Vallely; Foreword by Jonathan Safran Foer; Afterword by Wendy Doniger
R622 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R141 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Human beings have long imagined their subjectivity, ethics, and ancestry with and through animals, yet not until the mid-twentieth century did contemporary thought reflect critically on animals' significance in human self-conception. Thinkers such as French philosopher Jacques Derrida, South African novelist J. M. Coetzee, and American theorist Donna Haraway have initiated rigorous inquiries into the question of the animal, now blossoming in a number of directions. It is no longer strange to say that if animals did not exist, we would have to invent them.

This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collection reflects the growth of animal studies as an independent field and the rise of "animality" as a critical lens through which to analyze society and culture, on a par with race and gender. Essays consider the role of animals in the human imagination and the imagination of the human; the worldviews of indigenous peoples; animal-human mythology in early modern China; and political uses of the animal in postcolonial India. They engage with the theoretical underpinnings of the animal protection movement, representations of animals in children's literature, depictions of animals in contemporary art, and the philosophical positioning of the animal from Aristotle to Derrida. The strength of this companion lies in its timeliness and contextual diversity, which makes it essential reading for students and researchers while further developing the parameters of the discipline.

Cambridge Studies in Law and Judaism - The Jewish Family: Between Family Law and Contract Law (Hardcover): Yehezkel Margalit Cambridge Studies in Law and Judaism - The Jewish Family: Between Family Law and Contract Law (Hardcover)
Yehezkel Margalit
R1,884 R1,738 Discovery Miles 17 380 Save R146 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Traditional Jewish family law has persevered for hundreds of years and rules covering marriage, the raising of children, and divorce are well established; yet pressures from modern society are causing long held views to be re-examined. The Jewish Family: Between Family Law and Contract Law examines the tenets of Jewish family law in the light of new attitudes concerning the role of women, assisted reproduction technologies, and prenuptial agreements. It explores, through interdisciplinary research combining the legal aspects of family law and contract law, how the Jewish family can cope with both old and modern obstacles and challenges. Focusing on the nexus of Jewish family law and contract law to propose how 'freedom of contract' can be part of how family law can be interpreted, The Jewish Family will appeal to practitioners, activists, academic researchers, and laymen readers who are interested in the fields of law, theology, and social science.

Peace, Love, Goats of Anarchy - How My Little Goats Taught Me Huge Lessons about Life (Hardcover): Leanne Lauricella Peace, Love, Goats of Anarchy - How My Little Goats Taught Me Huge Lessons about Life (Hardcover)
Leanne Lauricella
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Leanne Lauricella,"Goat Mama" to the famous Goats of Anarchy, reveals the life lessons that these special needs goats have taught her. Part humor, part memoir of her life with the goats, and part testament to the power of giving back, Peace, Love, Goats of Anarchy is a moving read for animal lovers of every kind. When Leanne left her job as an event planner in New York City, she had no idea that in just four short years, her home-both inside and out-would evolve into a farm sanctuary for special needs goats! The inspiring stories-accompanied by a wealth of heart-melting photos of Leanne's rescue goats-tell how these special animals taught her lessons about: Change Finding purpose Unconditional love Strength Confidence Patience Grief and courage How to fight like a goat Hope Laugh, cry, and be amazed by how much a few goats can teach you about life in Peace, Love, Goats of Anarchy.

Lecretia's Choice - A Story of Love, Death and the Law (Paperback, Ed): Matt Vickers Lecretia's Choice - A Story of Love, Death and the Law (Paperback, Ed)
Matt Vickers
R311 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R69 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Spanish Disquiet - The Biblical Natural Philosophy of Benito Arias Montano (Hardcover): Maria M. Portuondo The Spanish Disquiet - The Biblical Natural Philosophy of Benito Arias Montano (Hardcover)
Maria M. Portuondo
R1,115 R1,013 Discovery Miles 10 130 Save R102 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this book, historian Mar a M. Portuondo takes us to sixteenth-century Spain, where she identifies a community of natural philosophers and biblical scholars. They shared what she calls the "Spanish Disquiet"--a preoccupation with the perceived shortcomings of prevailing natural philosophies and empirical approaches when it came to explaining the natural world. Foremost among them was Benito Arias Montano--Spain's most prominent biblical scholar and exegete of the sixteenth century. He was also a widely read member of the European intellectual community, and his motivation to reform natural philosophy shows that the Spanish Disquiet was a local manifestation of greater concerns about Aristotelian natural philosophy that were overtaking Europe on the eve of the Scientific Revolution. His approach to the study of nature framed the natural world as unfolding from a series of events described in the Book of Genesis, ultimately resulting in a new metaphysics, cosmology, physics, and even a natural history of the world. By bringing Arias Montano's intellectual and personal biography into conversation with broader themes that inform histories of science of the era, The Spanish Disquiet ensures an appreciation of the variety and richness of Arias Montano's thought and his influence on early modern science.

The Welfare of Animals Used in Research - Practice and Ethics (Paperback): Robert C Hubrecht The Welfare of Animals Used in Research - Practice and Ethics (Paperback)
Robert C Hubrecht
R871 R683 Discovery Miles 6 830 Save R188 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

The Welfare of Animals used in Research: Practice and Ethics gives a complete and balanced overview of the issues surrounding the use of animals in scientific research. The focus of the book is on the animal welfare implications and ethics of animals in research. It covers the topics with sufficient depth to show a real understanding of varied and complex subjects, but conveys the information in a beautifully reader-friendly manner. Key features: * Provides those who are not working in the field with a reasonable understanding as to why and how animals are used in research. * Gives an introduction to the ethical issues involved in using animals, and explains how these are addressed in practice. * Details the advances in animal welfare and the use and development of the 3Rs principles, and how these have become fundamental to the everyday use and regulation of animals used in research. * The focus is on principles making it suitable for an international audience. This book is a useful introduction to the issues involved in laboratory animal welfare for those who intend to work in research involving animals. It is also useful to prospective animal care staff and animal welfare scientists, and to those involved in ethical review. It will help inform debate amongst those who are not involved in experimentation but who are interested in the issues. Published as a part of the prestigious Wiley-Blackwell UFAW Animal Welfare series. UFAW, founded 1926, is an internationally recognised, independent, scientific and educational animal welfare charity. For full details of all titles available in the series, please visit the

In The Shadow of the Machine - The Prehistory of the Computer and the Evolution of Consciousness (Paperback): Jeremy Naydler In The Shadow of the Machine - The Prehistory of the Computer and the Evolution of Consciousness (Paperback)
Jeremy Naydler
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Contemporary life is so deeply reliant upon digital technology that the computer has come to dominate almost every aspect of our culture. What is the philosophical and spiritual significance of this dependence on electronic technology, both for our relationship to nature and for the future of humanity? And, what processes in human perception and awareness have produced the situation we find ourselves in? As Jeremy Naydler elucidates in this penetrating study, we cannot understand the emergence of the computer without seeing it within the wider context of the evolution of human consciousness, which has taken place over millennia. Modern consciousness, he shows, has evolved in conjunction with the development of machines and under their intensifying shadow. The computer was the product of a long historical development, culminating in the scientific revolution of the 17th century. It was during this period that the first mechanical calculators were invented and the project to create more complex `thinking machines' began in earnest. But the seeds were sown many hundreds of years earlier, deep in antiquity. Naydler paints a vast panorama depicting human development and the emergence of electronic technology. His painstaking research illuminates an urgent question that concerns every living person today: What does it mean to be human and what, if anything, distinguishes us from machines?

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