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Humankind - A Hopeful History (Paperback): Rutger Bregman Humankind - A Hopeful History (Paperback)
Rutger Bregman 2
R320 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R64 (20%) In stock

'If you only read one book this year, make it this one' CATHY RENTZENBRINK

'This book must be read by as many people as possible - only when people change their view of human nature will they begin to believe in the possibility of building a better world' GRACE BLAKELEY

'It'd be no surprise if it proved to be the Sapiens of 2020' GUARDIAN

It's a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Dawkins, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest.

Humankind makes a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. The instinct to cooperate rather than compete, trust rather than distrust, has an evolutionary basis going right back to the beginning of Homo sapiens. By thinking the worst of others, we bring out the worst in our politics and economics too.

In this major book, internationally bestselling author Rutger Bregman takes some of the world's most famous studies and events and reframes them, providing a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history. From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the Blitz, a Siberian fox farm to an infamous New York murder, Stanley Milgram's Yale shock machine to the Stanford prison experiment, Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think - and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society.

It is time for a new view of human nature.

The Environmental Ethics and Policy Book - Philosophy, Ecology, Economics (Paperback, 3rd edition): Christine Pierce, Donald... The Environmental Ethics and Policy Book - Philosophy, Ecology, Economics (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Christine Pierce, Donald VanDeVeer
R977 R836 Discovery Miles 8 360 Save R141 (14%) Ships in 15 - 25 working days

Consisting of an assortment of landmark essays and the best in contemporary scholarship, this anthology delves deeply into the most pressing environmental issues of our times. Articles included in this anthology are distinguished for their relevance to real-life policy making and for their ability to promote rich and lively discussion about controversial matters. In addition, the editors' careful organization of the topics and illuminating section previews keep students focused on the most essential points of current environmental debates.

Media ethics in South African context - An introduction and overview (Paperback, 2nd ed): Lucas M. Oosthuizen Media ethics in South African context - An introduction and overview (Paperback, 2nd ed)
Lucas M. Oosthuizen
R463 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R57 (12%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

The second edition of Media ethics in the South African context explores the dynamic and potentially explosive field of media ethics from a South African perspective. Grounded in ethical theory, the public philosophies of communication and media performance norms, this text provides guidelines for the individual's ethical decision making; for both media practitioners and media groups. Cutting edge analysis of the South African normative context under the previous and present political dispensations makes this book essential reading for media policy formulators and students alike. Changes in the normative context are presenting the South African news media in particular, with new challenges.

The Joy of Humility - The Beginning and End of the Virtues (Hardcover): Drew Collins, Ryan McAnnally-Linz, Evan C Rosa The Joy of Humility - The Beginning and End of the Virtues (Hardcover)
Drew Collins, Ryan McAnnally-Linz, Evan C Rosa
R1,616 Discovery Miles 16 160 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The true meaning of humility persistently drives debate, largely because we cannot agree on the word's definition. The "correctness" of normative terms matters, and humility carries a distinctive normative weight. How we understand humility is not a matter of mere semantics. It is a pursuit of inquiry with the potential to informaperhaps even to transformaour lives. The Joy of Humility takes up this task with a view toward the perennial question of what entails a truly flourishing life. Here, philosophers, theologians, ethicists, and psychologists work to frame the debate in such a way that the conversation can move forward. To model this goal, each chapter prompts a response to which the chapter's author offers a reply. Part one considers the scope and implications of humility as a contested concept; part two works toward clarity on how to measure humility as a trait and its potential impact on individuals and society. With contributions from Miroslav Volf, Norman Wirzba, Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, Jason Baehr, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Don E. Davis, Kent Dunnington, Jane Foulcher, Sarah Gazaway, Jennifer A. Herdt, Elizabeth J. Krumrei-Mancuso, Robert C. Roberts, and Everett L. Worthington Jr., The Joy of Humility offers an engaging discourse for everyone, laypeople and scholars alike, to consider these profoundly human questions. By opening up the space for dialogue to push past ideological and cultural assumptions, this volume challenges us to consider how humility, in calling us to esteem others as integral to our own well-being, opens us up to a life of joy.

Religion and Human Flourishing (Hardcover): Adam B Cohen Religion and Human Flourishing (Hardcover)
Adam B Cohen
R1,376 Discovery Miles 13 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When talking about the relationship between religion and flourishing, the first task is to frame the question theologically and philosophically, and this entails taking seriously the potential challenges latent in the issue. These challenges includeabeyond the contested definitions of both "religion" and "flourishing"athe claims of some faith traditions that true adherence to that tradition's goals and intrinsic goods can be incompatible with self-interest, and also the fact that religious definitions of health and wholeness tend to be less concrete than secular definitions. Despite the difficulties, research that considers uniquely religious aspects of human flourishing is essential, as scholars pursue even greater methodological rigor in future investigations of causal connections. Religion and Human Flourishing brings together scholars of various specializations to consider how theological and philosophical perspectives might shape such future research, and how such research might benefit religious communities. The first section of the book takes up the foundational theological and philosophical questions. The next section turns to the empirical dimension and encompasses perspectives ranging from anthropology to psychology.The third and final section of the book follows in the empirical mold by moving to more sociological and economic levels of analysis. The concluding reflection offers a survey of what the social scientific research reveals about both the positive and negative effects of religion. Scholars and laypeople alike are interested in religion, and many more still are interested in how to lead a meaningful lifeahow to flourish. The collaborative undertaking represented by Religion and Human Flourishing will further attest to the perennial importance of the questions of religious belief and the pursuit of the good life, and will become a standard for further exploration of such questions.

How to Give - An Ancient Guide to Giving and Receiving (Hardcover): Seneca How to Give - An Ancient Guide to Giving and Receiving (Hardcover)
Seneca; Edited by James S. Romm
R394 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Timeless wisdom on generosity and gratitude from the great Stoic philosopher Seneca To give and receive well may be the most human thing you can do-but it is also the closest you can come to divinity. So argues the great Roman Stoic thinker Seneca (c. 4 BCE-65 CE) in his longest and most searching moral treatise, "On Benefits" (De Beneficiis). James Romm's splendid new translation of essential selections from this work conveys the heart of Seneca's argument that generosity and gratitude are among the most important of all virtues. For Seneca, the impulse to give to others lies at the very foundation of society; without it, we are helpless creatures, worse than wild beasts. But generosity did not arise randomly or by chance. Seneca sees it as part of our desire to emulate the gods, whose creation of the earth and heavens stands as the greatest gift of all. Seneca's soaring prose captures his wonder at that gift, and expresses a profound sense of gratitude that will inspire today's readers. Complete with an enlightening introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, How to Give is a timeless guide to the profound significance of true generosity.

How to Be Content - An Ancient Poet's Guide for an Age of Excess (Hardcover): Horace, Stephen Harrison How to Be Content - An Ancient Poet's Guide for an Age of Excess (Hardcover)
Horace, Stephen Harrison
R392 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What the Roman poet Horace can teach us about how to live a life of contentment What are the secrets to a contented life? One of Rome's greatest and most influential poets, Horace (65-8 BCE) has been cherished by readers for more than two thousand years not only for his wit, style, and reflections on Roman society, but also for his wisdom about how to live a good life-above all else, a life of contentment in a world of materialistic excess and personal pressures. In How to Be Content, Stephen Harrison, a leading authority on the poet, provides fresh, contemporary translations of poems from across Horace's works that continue to offer important lessons about the good life, friendship, love, and death. Living during the reign of Rome's first emperor, Horace drew on Greek and Roman philosophy, especially Stoicism and Epicureanism, to write poems that reflect on how to live a thoughtful and moderate life amid mindless overconsumption, how to achieve and maintain true love and friendship, and how to face disaster and death with patience and courage. From memorable counsel on the pointlessness of worrying about the future to valuable advice about living in the moment, these poems, by the man who famously advised us to carpe diem, or "harvest the day," continue to provide brilliant meditations on perennial human problems. Featuring translations of, and commentary on, complete poems from Horace's Odes, Satires, Epistles, and Epodes, accompanied by the original Latin, How to Be Content is both an ideal introduction to Horace and a compelling book of timeless wisdom.

The Devil and Karl Marx - Communism's Long March of Death, Deception, and Infiltration (Hardcover): Paul Kengor The Devil and Karl Marx - Communism's Long March of Death, Deception, and Infiltration (Hardcover)
Paul Kengor
R728 R580 Discovery Miles 5 800 Save R148 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Weerlose Weerstand - Die Gaydebat in die NG Kerk (Afrikaans, Paperback): Andre Bartlett Weerlose Weerstand - Die Gaydebat in die NG Kerk (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Andre Bartlett
R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Oktober 2015 het die Algemene Sinode van die NG Kerk ’n merkwaardige besluit oor selfdegeslagverhoudings geneem. Die besluit het erkenning gegee aan sulke verhoudings en dit vir predikante moontlik gemaak om gay en lesbiese persone in die eg te verbind. Ook die selibaatsvereiste wat tot op daardie stadium vir gay predikante gegeld het, is opgehef. Met hierdie besluit het die NG Kerk die eerste hoofstroomkerk in Suid-Afrika en Afrika geword wat totale gelykwaardige menswaardige behandeling van alle mense, ongeag seksuele oriëntasie, erken – en is gedoen wat slegs in ’n handjievol kerke węreldwyd uitgevoer is. Die besluit het egter gelei tot groot konsternasie. Verskeie appčlle en beswaargeskrifte is ingedien, distriksinodes het hulle van die besluit distansieer, en in die media was daar volgehoue kritiek en debat.

The Screwtape Letters - Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil (Paperback): C. S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters - Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil (Paperback)
C. S. Lewis 2
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A milestone in the history of popular theology, 'The Screwtape Letters' is an iconic classic on spiritual warfare and the power of the devil. This profound and striking narrative takes the form of a series of letters from Screwtape, a devil high in the Infernal Civil Service, to his nephew Wormwood, a junior colleague engaged in his first mission on earth trying to secure the damnation of a young man who has just become a Christian. Although the young man initially looks to be a willing victim, he changes his ways and is 'lost' to the young devil. Dedicated to Lewis's friend and colleague J.R.R. Tolkien, 'The Screwtape Letters' is a timeless classic on spiritual conflict and the invisible realities which are part of our religious experience.

This Book Will Make You Kinder - An Empathy Handbook (Hardcover): Henry James Garrett This Book Will Make You Kinder - An Empathy Handbook (Hardcover)
Henry James Garrett
R474 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Good Ancestor - How to Think Long-Term in a Short-Term World (Hardcover): Roman Krznaric The Good Ancestor - How to Think Long-Term in a Short-Term World (Hardcover)
Roman Krznaric
R601 R477 Discovery Miles 4 770 Save R124 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Oxford A Level Religious Studies for OCR: AS and Year 1 Student Book - Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics (Paperback): Libby... Oxford A Level Religious Studies for OCR: AS and Year 1 Student Book - Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics (Paperback)
Libby Ahluwalia, Robert Bowie
R956 Discovery Miles 9 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Oxford A Level Religious Studies for OCR is a brand new course developed by renowned authors Libby Ahluwalia and Robert Bowie for the 2016 OCR specification. This textbook has been endorsed by OCR and supports a deep engagement with philosophy, ethics and the study of Christianity using language and an approach accessible to all students. Key terms are clearly defined, and case studies and scenarios are used to give students a practical understanding of key theories and how they might be applied to the big ethical and philosophical questions of the day. The book includes a section on 'Developments in Christian Thought' to support the new requirement for a systematic study of a religious tradition. There is also dedicated support for developing students' essay-writing skills, as well as revision summaries and practice questions to ensure students feel prepared for their exam.

Being Happy (Paperback): Epicurus Being Happy (Paperback)
Epicurus
R140 R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Save R28 (20%) Pre-order

'It is impossible to live the pleasant life without also living sensibly, nobly and justly' The ancient Greek philosopher and teacher Epicurus argued that pleasure - not sensual hedonism, but the absence of pain or fear - is the highest goal of life. His hugely influential lessons on happiness are a call to appreciate the joy of being alive. One of twenty new books in the bestselling Penguin Great Ideas series. This new selection showcases a diverse list of thinkers who have helped shape our world today, from anarchists to stoics, feminists to prophets, satirists to Zen Buddhists.

One Swallow Does Not Make a Summer (Paperback): Aristotle One Swallow Does Not Make a Summer (Paperback)
Aristotle
R140 R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Save R28 (20%) Pre-order

'One swallow does not make a summer; neither does one day. Similarly neither can one day, or a brief space of time, make a man blessed and happy' What does it mean to be a good person? Ranging over eternal questions of right and wrong, pleasure and self-control, friendship and courage, Aristotle's lectures on ethics are among the most lasting and profound philosophical works of all time. One of twenty new books in the bestselling Penguin Great Ideas series. This new selection showcases a diverse list of thinkers who have helped shape our world today, from anarchists to stoics, feminists to prophets, satirists to Zen Buddhists.

The truth about crime - Sovereignty, knowledge, social order (Paperback): Jean Comaroff, John L. Comaroff The truth about crime - Sovereignty, knowledge, social order (Paperback)
Jean Comaroff, John L. Comaroff
R350 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In this book, renowned anthropologists Jean and John L. Comaroff make a startling but absolutely convincing claim about our modern era: it is not by our arts, our politics, or our science that we understand ourselves-it is by our crimes. Surveying an astonishing range of forms of crime and policing-from petty thefts to the multibilliondollar scams of toobigtofail financial institutions to the collateral damage of war-they take readers into the disorder of the late modern world. Looking at recent transformations in the triangulation of capital, the state, and governance that have led to an era where crime and policing are ever more complicit, they offer a powerful meditation on the new forms of sovereignty, citizenship, class, race, law, and political economy of representation that have arisen. To do so, the Comaroffs draw on their vast knowledge of South Africa, especially, and its struggle to build a democracy founded on the rule of law out of the wreckage of long years of violence and oppression. There they explore everything from the fascination with the supernatural in policing to the extreme measures people take to prevent home invasion, drawing illuminating comparisons to the United States and United Kingdom. Going beyond South Africa, they offer a global criminal anthropology that attests to criminality as the constitutive fact of contemporary life, the vernacular by which politics are conducted, moral panics voiced, and populations ruled. The result is a disturbing but necessary portrait of the modern era, one that asks critical new questions about how we see ourselves, how we think about morality, and how we are going to proceed as a global society.

Ask a Philosopher - Answers to Your Most Important and Most Unexpected Questions (Hardcover): Ian Olasov Ask a Philosopher - Answers to Your Most Important and Most Unexpected Questions (Hardcover)
Ian Olasov
R568 R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Save R118 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (Hardcover): Charlie Mackesy The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (Hardcover)
Charlie Mackesy
R536 R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 Save R106 (20%) In stock
Outgrowing God - A Beginner's Guide (Paperback): Richard Dawkins Outgrowing God - A Beginner's Guide (Paperback)
Richard Dawkins 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Should we believe in God? In this new book, written for a new generation, the brilliant science writer and author of The God Delusion, explains why we shouldn't. Should we believe in God? Do we need God in order to explain the existence of the universe? Do we need God in order to be good? In twelve chapters that address some of the most profound questions human beings confront, Dawkins marshals science, philosophy and comparative religion to interrogate the hypocrisies of all the religious systems and explain to readers of all ages how life emerged without a Creator, how evolution works and how our world came into being. For anyone hoping to grapple with the meaning of life and what to believe, Outgrowing God is a challenging, thrilling and revelatory read.

Seeking Virtue in Finance - Contributing to Society in a Conflicted Industry (Hardcover): JC de Swaan Seeking Virtue in Finance - Contributing to Society in a Conflicted Industry (Hardcover)
JC de Swaan
R640 Discovery Miles 6 400 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since the Global Financial Crisis, a surge of interest in the use of finance as a tool to address social and economic problems suggests the potential for a generational shift in how the finance industry operates and is perceived. J. C. de Swaan seeks to channel the forces of well-intentioned finance professionals to improve finance from within and help restore its focus on serving society. Drawing from inspiring individuals in the field, de Swaan proposes a framework for pursuing a viable career in finance while benefiting society and upholding humanistic values. In doing so, he challenges traditional concepts of success in the industry. This will also engage readers outside of finance who are concerned about the industry's impact on society.

Thinking about the Prophets - A Philosopher Reads the Bible (Paperback): Kenneth Seeskin Thinking about the Prophets - A Philosopher Reads the Bible (Paperback)
Kenneth Seeskin
R507 R408 Discovery Miles 4 080 Save R99 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Rethinking the great literary prophets whose ministry ran from the eighth to the sixth centuries BCE-Amos, Hosea, First Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Second Isaiah, and Job-Thinking about the Prophets examines their often-shocking teachings in light of their times, their influence on later Western and Jewish thinkers, and their enduring lessons for all of us. As a noted scholar of Jewish philosophy, Kenneth Seeskin teases out philosophical, ethical, and theological questions in the writings, such as the nature of moral reasoning, the divine persona, divine providence, the suffering of the innocent, the power of repentance, and what it means to believe in a monotheistic conception of God. Seeskin demonstrates that great ideas are not limited by time or place, but rather once put forth, take on a life of their own. Thus he interweaves the medieval and modern philosophers Maimonides, Kant, Cohen, Buber, Levinas, Heschel, and Soloveitchik, all of whom read the prophets and had important things to say as a result. We come to see the prophets perhaps in equal measure as divinely authorized whistle-blowers and profound thinkers of the human condition. Readers of all levels will find this volume an accessible and provoking introduction to the enduring significance of biblical prophecy.

Not Enough - Human Rights in an Unequal World (Paperback): Samuel Moyn Not Enough - Human Rights in an Unequal World (Paperback)
Samuel Moyn
R418 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R79 (19%) In stock

The age of human rights has been kindest to the rich. Even as state violations of political rights garnered unprecedented attention due to human rights campaigns, a commitment to material equality disappeared. In its place, economic liberalization has emerged as the dominant force in national and global economies. In this provocative book, Samuel Moyn analyzes how and why we chose to make human rights our highest ideals while simultaneously neglecting the demands of a broader social and economic justice. Moyn places the human rights movement in relation to this disturbing shift from an embrace of the welfare state to the neoliberal globalization of today and explores why the rise of human rights has occurred alongside exploding inequality. "Samuel Moyn breaks new ground in examining the relationship between human rights and economic fairness." -George Soros "[The book's] critical-and self-critical-energy is consistently bracing, and is surely a condition of restoring the pursuit of equality and justice as an indispensable modern tradition." -Pankaj Mishra, London Review of Books "No one has written with more penetrating skepticism about the history of human rights... Moyn asks whether human-rights theorists and advocates, in the quest to make the world better for all, have actually helped to make things worse...Sure to provoke a wider discussion." -Adam Kirsch, Wall Street Journal

Character - The History of a Cultural Obsession (Hardcover): Marjorie Garber Character - The History of a Cultural Obsession (Hardcover)
Marjorie Garber
R771 R610 Discovery Miles 6 100 Save R161 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Criticism and Compassion: The Ethics and Politics of Claudia Card (Paperback): Robin S. Dillon, Armen T. Marsoobian Criticism and Compassion: The Ethics and Politics of Claudia Card (Paperback)
Robin S. Dillon, Armen T. Marsoobian
R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Criticism and Compassion: The Ethics and Politics of Claudia Card offers a unique perspective on the range of issues explored by Card during her distinguished career in philosophy. Investigates her work as an early leader in the development of feminist philosophy, challenging many preconceptions about the society's norms regarding gender, marriage, and motherhood Crossing many disciplinary boundaries, her concept of social death has come to play a significant role in multidisciplinary field of genocide studies This volume combines many of Claudia Card's important essays with recently commissioned essays by leading philosophers whose work has been influenced by Card The full scope of Card's philosophy is presented here - both in her own words and those of her critics and interpreters

My Revision Notes: WJEC and Eduqas A level Religious Studies Religion and Ethics (Paperback): Clare Lloyd My Revision Notes: WJEC and Eduqas A level Religious Studies Religion and Ethics (Paperback)
Clare Lloyd
R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Target success in WJEC and WJEC Eduqas A-level Religious Studies with this proven formula for effective, structured revision; key content coverage is combined with exam-style tasks and practical tips to create a revision guide that you can rely on to review, strengthen and test students' knowledge. With My Revision Notes every student can: - Plan and manage a successful revision programme using the topic-by-topic planner - Consolidate subject knowledge by working through clear and focused content coverage - Test understanding and identify areas for improvement with regular 'Now Test Yourself' tasks and answers - Improve exam technique through practice questions, expert advice and examples of typical mistakes to avoid

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