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Universal Man, Abd-al-Karim al-Jili
1 Abd-al-Karim al-Jili Universal Man
UK Beshara Publications 1995 0904975150 / 9780904975154 Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
75 pages. Abd al-Karim al-Jili, or Abdul Karim Jili was a Muslim sufi saint and mystic who was born in 1366 at Jil in Baghdad. He is famous in Muslim mysticism as the author of this book - "Universal Man". He travelled in India; lived for a time in Yemen, and died in 1403, at the age of 38. He produced more than twenty books. of which Universal Man (al-insan al-kamil) is the most celebrated. His teaching follows that of Muhyiddin ibn 'Arabi (‘the Greatest Sheikh'), of which it can be regarded as a systematic exposition. Universal Man is Man the Macrocosm, the complete image and manifested consciousness of God, exempli?ed and expressed in the lives of saintly individuals. ]ili's account therefore takes the form of a series of chapters on the appearances of Absolute Reality as Essence, Names, Qualities and Divinity. These appearances correspond to contemplative states encountered by the mystic on the path of Union, which are discussed more particularly in the later chapters. Jili's exposition is incisive and illuminating; his intention entirely practical. He writes: ‘I will mention of all that only that which happened to me on my own journey to God; moreover I recount nothing in this book, neither of myself nor of another, without my having tested it at the time when I travelled in God by the path of intuition and direct vision’. Titus Burckhardt has provided an extensive and helpful introduction to Jili's work, and commentary on the text. 
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Philosophy and Human Movement, Best, David
2 Best, David Philosophy and Human Movement
U. K. George Allen & Unwin 1978 0043700888 / 9780043700884 1st Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 12mo 
164 indexed pages. The major philosophical issues which arise in the rapidly growing field of the study of human movement, physical education, sport and dance are examined in these book. 
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Any Guru Will Do: A Modern Man's Search for Meaning, Brown, Philip L.
3 Brown, Philip L. Any Guru Will Do: A Modern Man's Search for Meaning
Australia Univ of Queensland Pr 2006 0702235423 / 9780702235429 1st Edition Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
204 pages. A humorous look at a usually lofty and intimidating topic the meaning of life this book documents one man's uphill journey to enlightenment. Explaining the attractions (and pitfalls) of a pick-and-choose approach, the discussion covers Eastern and Western beliefs, all the while elucidating their practices through personal anecdotes. An attack of existentialism, a dogged attempt to discover God through poetry, a doomed holiday at a health farm, and time spent at a ritual Egyptian dance workshop are some of the instructive stories offered, complete with such odd characters as a saffron-turbaned Dadaji, the poet Les Murray, and a Catholic priest who stops taking the author's calls. Phil Brown's life has been one long existential crisis. His path to enlightenment has been uphill - think of climbing Everest with a colonic irrigation or two along the way. Join Phil as he searches for meaning in the most unlikely places. Phil's journey begins inauspiciously when he is carted out of a health farm on a stretcher - good food and vigorous exercise apparently weren't a clever idea for a man with a stomach ulcer and a fear of vegans. Once back from the emergency ward, Phil gingerly dips his toes into a variety of experiences, from speaking in tongues to a ritual Egyptian dance workshop, not to mention meaning-of-life seminars and meditation. With a cast of curious characters including Guru Bubba John, Les Murray and a dial-a-clairvoyant, not to mention Phil himself, this hilarious book will have you doubled up with laughter. Settle yourself into the lotus position, grab a cup of peppermint tea, and enjoy the ride. 
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Philosophical Explorations: Freedom, God, and Goodness, Cahn, Steven
4 Cahn, Steven Philosophical Explorations: Freedom, God, and Goodness
USA Prometheus Books 1989 0879754877 / 9780879754877 1st Edition Glossy Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
231 pages. This distinctive blending of an original, easy-to-read monograph with selections from primary sources in the history of philosophy will fill a unique niche in the libraries of both professionals and interested readers. Well-written and accessible introductions to philosophy are difficult to find, but Dr. Cahn has remedied this by offering fascinating discussions of three of the most talked about topics in Western thought: free will, the existence of God, and the reasonableness of value judgments. Each subject is presented in a form that maximizes clarity and readability. Fourteen selections from primary sources assist in amplifying the issues raised and, in doing so, illustrate a wide range of philosophical perspectives. Steven Cahn is provost and professor of philosophy at the graduate school of the City University of New York. 
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Rhetorics of History: Modernity and Postmodernity (Papers of the Art Association of Australia - Volume II), Carr-Gregg, Michael
5 Carr-Gregg, Michael Rhetorics of History: Modernity and Postmodernity (Papers of the Art Association of Australia - Volume II)
Australia Art Association of Australia 1990 0959684360 / 9780959684360 1st Edition Stapled Cover Very Good 12mo 
67 pages. This volume is the second in a series of publications designed to bring the work of the conferences held annually by the Art Association of Australia to the attention of a wider audience for art. Sessions at these conferences function as forums for reflection on the assumptions about method we have in our work, whether it be historical, critical or practical. As the volume Practices of Criticism in Australia engaged with the writing of art criticism, so the session published here as Rhetorics of History was devoted to theories of history and problems in the historiography of art. Writing art history is an activity whose presuppositions are still insufficiently articulated. In writing, we activate a whole series of devices which have been developed over time and which help constitute the discursive parameters of art history as a discipline. The aim of these papers is partly to investigate such devices: models of change in history, concepts of periodization, the construction of canons of important artists, patterns of historical narrativization, and historical analyses indebted to sociology or psychoanalysis. Each of these papers in some way addresses that task of historical distinction which preoccupies many writers on the arts today: fleshing out what constitutes modernity or postmodernity, and investigating the relationship between them. My discussion of the modem/postmodern distinction serves as an introduction to various models of periodization and their historiographical implications. I suggest that we understand differing positions on the distinction between the modem and the postmodem as ways by which authors define themselves within the intellectual economy (extrapolating from the ideas of the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, whose book Distinction served as the leitmotif of the AAA conference). Ian McLean then offers a discussion of ideas of modernism amongst Marxist critics of the 1930s; he revises conventional accounts of Clement Greenberg’s theories of history and modernist art in the light of parallel ideas held by his German contemporaries Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adomo. Terry Smith’s article (which was not a conference paper but was gratefully received for incorporation into this volume) focusses on the thought of Foucault in relation to concepts of modemity and, in particular, the relationship between surveillance and power in establishing the regime of visuality characteristic of the modem episteme. David Bennett, who writes from the perspective of a literary theorist, engages with two specific problems in the current theorization of postmodemism: the substitution of spatializing for temporal codes of cognition as constitutive conditions of postmodernity (as Jameson construes it), and consequent problems for Craig Owens’ reading of feminism as a model for postmodern criticality. Finally, Anne Marsh’s paper on performance an indicates symptomatic issues of historiography in the postmodern period: the status of the body, given the crisis of the humanist subject, and how an interpretative framework adequate to a history of performance might be found in Lacanian theory. All five papers have undergone rewriting in the light of comments by the editors and the other contributors. Contents: Modern/Postmodern: What is at Stake in Historical Distinction? by Roger Benjamin; Angel and Vise: Ideas of History in Marxist Modernism: Clement Greenberg, Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin by Ian McLean; Discourse and Desire: Foucault on Modernity and Visuality by Terry Smith; Periodizing the Postmodern/Spatializing the Posthistorical by David Bennett; Considering Performance Art The Absent Element - Fragments of History by Anne Marsh. 
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Thought of Cicero: Philosophical Selections, Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Wilson, S. J.
6 Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Wilson, S. J. Thought of Cicero: Philosophical Selections
U. K. Bell 1974 0713500360 / 9780713500363 Reprint Glossy Soft Cover Good 12mo 
204 pages including b/w illustrations. First published in 1964 and aimed at advanced school students, this useful collection contains forty passages, coherent in themselves, illustrating Cicero's thinking on government, religion, law and ethics. An introduction gives the essential background, including a brief outline of Greek philosophy. There are practical notes on the texts, observations on Cicero's style and a select vocabulary. Pencil annotations in some pages. Sellotape marks to inside covers/end pages. 
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New Wisdom II : Values Based Development, Colins, Clare; Chippendale, Paul
7 Colins, Clare; Chippendale, Paul New Wisdom II : Values Based Development
Australia Acorn Press 1995 0947357122 / 9780947357122 2nd Edition Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
237 indexed pages. This is a book about insight. lt is a must for anyone interested in learning about values and the role they play in personal and organisational development programmes. For anyone brave enough to admit the role they play in co-creating their world, there is no better place to start than reading "New Wisdom II". (Attracta Lagan, The St. James Ethics Centre). You will discover, in the brilliance of these Australian authors, a powerful range of insights and strategies for personal progress based on values. They offer an acceleration into the leading edge of positive change, now embracing all who are seeking their future from within. Business people engaging in values-based strategic planning, will use "New Wisdom II" continually, as a very practical reference. (Robert Owen, Australian Institute of Advanced Learning). This book is big value. It tackles well such complex issues as beliefs, assumptions, personal growth, leadership and even the nature of reality. My clients and I have benefited from this work and appreciated it's clear and succinct style. Purchasing and using this book is a "wise" move! (Greg Latemore, Latemore & Associates). 
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Fifty Major Philosophers: A Reference Guide, Collinson, Diane
8 Collinson, Diane Fifty Major Philosophers: A Reference Guide
U. K. Routledge 1997 0415031354 / 9780415031356 Reprint Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
170 pages about "Fifty Major Philosophers" ranging from Plato to Wittgenstein including Aristotle, medieval philosophers, also those in the Arabic tradition, and modern philosophers from Descartes and Locke to the Continental scholars. Designed as a reference tool for students and writers, this book provides brief biographical data on each philosopher as well as extensive exegetical commentary on her/his work. 
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Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction, Craig, Edward
9 Craig, Edward Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
U. K. Oxford Univ Pr 2002 0192854216 / 9780192854216 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 16mo 
132 indexed pages. This "Short Introduction to Philosophy" shows that philosophy can be fascinating, broad-minded and full of surprise; and as a means of stimulating interest in the subject it has few rivals. In addition to answering questions such as: How ought we to live? What really exists? How do we know? this book introduces important themes in ethics, knowledge, and the self, via readings from Plato, Hume, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. It emphasizes throughout the point of doing philosophy, explains how different areas of philosophy are related, and explores the contexts in which philosophy was and is done. Contents: 1. Introduction ; 2. What should I do? Plato's Crito; 3. How do we know? Hume's, Of Miracles; 4. What am I? An unknown Buddhist on the Self: 'The Chariot' from The Questions of; KING MILINDA; 5. Some themes; 6. Of 'isms'; 7. Some more high spots - a personal selection; 8. What's in it for whom?; Bibliography. is Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University, where he is also a Fellow of Churchill College. He has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Hamburg and Heidelberg, and the University of Melbourne. 
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Kierkegaard's Socratic Art, Daise, Benjamin
10 Daise, Benjamin Kierkegaard's Socratic Art
U.S.A. Mercer Univ Pr 1999 086554655X / 9780865546554 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
135 indexed pages. The thesis for which this book offers support is Kierkegaards claim that he was a midwife for Christendom. The idea of midwifery is to develop the authors means of an analysis of portions of Platos Meno. That analysis leads to sensitivity in decisions about ascribing views articulated in the texts that are considered primarily Philosophical Fragments to Kierkegaard or to his pseudonyms. Consequently, Daise offers detailed textual analysis of the questions that are explicitly addressed in Philosophical Fragments, in order to show that what are ostensibly traditional metaphysical and epistemological issues are not those kinds of questions at all and that the formulation of the questions is demanded by the maieutic requirements of the environment in which Kierkegaard wrote. Daise directly confronts interpretations of the Climacian writings that see Climacus as presenting traditional kinds of responses to theological or metaphysical questions. It is necessary for the author to provide some criticism of plausible accounts of portions of Fragments and Postscript that see Climacus as holding the kind of view he denies that he holds. Daise does this as part of an effort to provide analysis of textual language that shows the concern of Climacus to be, not just primarily existential, but wholly existential in character. Since Kierkegaard hints at but does not develop an ethical justification for indirect communication, Daise examines possible arguments for the ethical requirement of indirect communication by Kierkegaard in order to assess Kierkegaards claim. 
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If I Were God, I'd Make Myself Clearer: Searching for Clarity in a World Full of Claims, Dickson, John
11 Dickson, John If I Were God, I'd Make Myself Clearer: Searching for Clarity in a World Full of Claims
Australia Matthias Media 2002 1876326514 / 9781876326517 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
85 pages. Written from a Christian perspective, this book struggles honestly with a dilemma facing 'believers' and 'unbelievers' alike: With so many religions on offer, can one of them be considered true? If there really is something spiritual out there, wouldn't there be some pretty clear signposts to it? Surely God wouldn't leave people with nothing but a bewildering variety of religious voices? If God exists - wouldn't he have made himself clearer? In the second If I Were God book, John Dickson considers the vast array of spiritual claims made by different religions and individuals and asks whether any clarity about God can be found. Written from a Christian perspective, this book struggles honestly with a dilemma facing 'believers' and 'unbelievers' alike: With so many religions on offer, can one of them be considered true? Or are they different paths up the same spiritual mountain? And how can any one person sort out their way through the maze of claims? Table of Contents: Introduction 1. Incurably Religious 2. The Attraction of Distraction 3. An Unknown God 4. God's Signpost 5. Lines of Verification Paul's Speech to the Areopagus (Acts 17:16-34) Resources for Further Reading. John Dickson is a bestselling author in Australia and the UK. His warm and humorous style has endeared him to raders, with his ability to tackle complex ideas in a straightforward fashion. John also records and performs as a singer/songwriter, holds degrees in theology and ancient history, and speaks about the Christian message in his native Sydney and beyond. 
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Self-Reliance, Emerson, Ralph Waldo
12 Emerson, Ralph Waldo Self-Reliance
U.S.A. The Domino Project 2011 1936719061 / 9781936719068 1st Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 12mo 
79 pages. Redefining the classic essay, this modern edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson s most famous work, Self-Reliance, includes self-reflections from both historical and contemporary luminaries. With quotes from the likes of Henry Ford and Helen Keller to modern-day thought leaders like Jesse Dylan, Steve Pressfield, and Milton Glaser, we're reminded of the relevance of Emerson s powerful words today. Emerson s words are timeless. Persuasive and convincing, he challenges readers to define their own sense of accomplishment and asks them to measure themselves against their own standards, not those of society. This famous orator has utter faith in individualism and doesn t invoke beyond what is humanly possible, he just believes deeply that each of us is capable of greatness. He asks us to define that greatness for ourselves and to be true to ourselves. At times harsh, at times comforting, Emerson s words guide the reader to challenge their own beliefs and sense of self. This modern edition of Self-Reliance is ideal for graduates or those who are in the midst of a career or lifestyle change. Emerson's sage guidance wrapped in modern-day reflections is a great reminder about the potential within us all and that life is what you make of it." 
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Introducing Nietzsche, Gane, Laurence; Chan, Kitty; Appignanesi, Richard (editor)
13 Gane, Laurence; Chan, Kitty; Appignanesi, Richard (editor) Introducing Nietzsche
USA Totem 1998 1874166633 / 9781874166634 Reprint Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo Chan, Kitty 
175 pages. This book introduces Nietzsche in a comic book format. It makes it easier for students to answer questions such as: Is God dead? Is traditional morality just 'a useful mistake'? Does 'the will to power' lead to the Holocaust? What are the limitations of scientific knowledge? Is human evolution complete or only just beginning? All of these questions are raised by Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy. It is difficult to over-estimate the importance of Nietzsche for our present time. His extraordinary insights into human psychology, morality, religion and power seem quite clairvoyant today: existentialism, psychoanalysis, semiotics and postmodernism are plainly anticipated in his writings. This book reflects the diversity and depth of this great 19-th century thinker. It shows Nietzsche as a fearless critic of vanity and bad faith - the philosopher who Freud believed had 'greater self-knowledge than anyone I have read'. 
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14 George, Dan My Spirit Soars
U.S.A. Hancock House Pub 1993 0888392338 / 9780888392336 Reprint Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo Helmut Hirnschall 
96 pages including b/w illustrations. Chief Dan George, OC (1899 / 1981) was a chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in Canada. Here he exposes his views and philosophy in beautiful short essays and poems. 
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The Voice of the Master, Gibran, Kahlil
15 Gibran, Kahlil The Voice of the Master
USA Bantam 1972 Reprint Glossy Soft Cover Good 16mo Anthony Ferris 
101 pages. Millions all over the world have responded to the message of Kahlil Gibrana as recorded in his masterpiece, "The Prophet". In the style that gave Gibran the title of "Dante of the Twentieth Century", "The Voice of the Master" speaks stirringly of the victory of faith over grief, and love over loneliness. "Of Marriage", "Of the Divinity of Man", "Of Reason and Knowledge", "Of Love and Equality", - these are some of the themes Gibran searches in this volume, offering fresh insight into many of life's most perplexing riddles. 
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Beyond Words and Thoughts, Goldsmith, J. S.
16 Goldsmith, J. S. Beyond Words and Thoughts
U.S.A. Lyle Stuart 1976 0806504471 / 9780806504476 Reprint Glossy Soft Cover Good 12mo 
180 pages. Ascending from the metaphysics of demonstrating effect to the higher dimension of mystical consciousness, in which life is lived by Grace, the reader is led into the realm of the soul: the earth of material experience melts and the light of Spirit dawns as stillness and silence of the soul-experience within. Moderate wear in the cover. Inscription in the first page. 
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Punishment: The Supposed Justifications, Honderich, Ted; Editor
17 Honderich, Ted; Editor Punishment: The Supposed Justifications
U. K. Penguin 1984 0140213120 / 9780140213126 Glossy Soft Cover Good 12mo 
248 indexed pages. Punishment is a persvasive feature of social life. Individuals who break laws in our societies may be imprisoned or, in some contexts, put to death. But why should individuals be punished? Are there good reasons for punishment? Or does the practice of punishment merely gratify feelings of revenge? If we regard punishment as a deterrent, are we committed to victimizing the innocent in order to deter? In this classic and recently enlarged book, Ted Honderich offers a wide-ranging analysis of the nature of punishment and scrutinizes the arguments for and against it. Already established as the principal introductory text to the philosophy of punishment, the republication of this book in paperback will be welcomed by students and scholars in moral and political philosophy, jurisprudence and criminology. 
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Inspirations: On the Path of Blame (Threshold Sufi Classics), Ibn Qadi Simawnah, Badr Al-Din Mahmud; Bayrak, Shaikh Tosun; Badruddin, Shaikh; Bayrak, Tosun
18 Ibn Qadi Simawnah, Badr Al-Din Mahmud; Bayrak, Shaikh Tosun; Badruddin, Shaikh; Bayrak, Tosun Inspirations: On the Path of Blame (Threshold Sufi Classics)
U.S.A. Threshold Books 1993 0939660474 / 9780939660476 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo 
152 pages. In this book Shaikh Badruddin interpreted many essential concepts of Islamic spirituality in a very original and personal way which is strikingly relevant today. Melamiyya, or the "path of blame," is an approach to spiritual development within Islamic Sufism that avoids the appearance of piety and challenges the self-satisfaction of the ego. This book includes extensive historical and introductory information revealing the significance of the path of blame as a method for transforming the hypocrisy of the ego and coming to true sincerity. Shaikh Badruddin of Simawna (d. 1420) was a famous scholar and saint from the European region.of the Ottoman realm. He inspired one of the first "people's revolutions" in history. "It was not my intention to give you any advice,?>r often the truth is told, and all who hear depart. Only the ones who are destined to hear, hear. I do not speak of myself. It is the truth that speaks, out of compassion. The truth wills none to burn. Someone destitute with pockets full of gems, someone who refuses to put his hands in his pockets, cannot call a tyrant the one who gave him the treasures, and the hands to hold them, and the mind to use them." From "The Opening" by Kaygusuz Abdal. 
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Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics), Jean-Francois Lyotard
19 Jean-Francois Lyotard Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)
U.S.A. Stanford University Press 1994 0804722420 / 9780804722421 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
246 indexed pages. Philosophical aesthetics have seen an amazing revival over the past decade, as a radical questioning of the very grounds of Western epistemology has revealed that descriptions of what used to be seen as specific to aesthetic experience can instead be viewed as a general model for human cognition. In this revival, no text in the classical corpus of Western philosophy has been more frequently discussed and debated than the dense, complex paragraphs inserted into Kant's Critique of Judgment as sections 23-29: the Analytic of the Sublime. This book is a rigorous explication de texte, a close reading of these sections. The Analytic of the Sublime, he points out, tries to argue that human thought is always constituted through a similar incompatibility between different intellectual and affective faculties. These lessons thus try to isolate the analysis of a differend of feeling in Kant's text, which is also the analysis of a feeling of differend, and to connect this feeling with the transport that leads all thought (critical thought included) to its limits. 
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The Logic of Decision, Jeffrey, Richard C.
20 Jeffrey, Richard C. The Logic of Decision
USA Univ of Chicago Pr 1990 0226395820 / 9780226395821 2nd Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
231 indexed pages. This book uses elementary logical and mathematical means to philosophical end: elucidation of the notions of subjective probability and subjective desirability or utility which form the core of Bayesian decision theory. 
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