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Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction Description:

The debate between science and religion is never out of the news emotions run high fuelled by polemical bestsellers like em The God Delusion em and at the other end of the spectrum high profile campaigns to teach Intelligent Design in schools Yet there is much more to the debate than the clash of these extremes As Thomas Dixon shows in this balanced and thought provoking introduction a whole range of views subtle arguments and fascinating perspectives can be found on this complex and centuries old subject He explores the key philosophical questions that underlie the debate but also highlights the social political and ethical contexts that have made the tensions between science and religion such a fraught and interesting topic in the modern world Dixon emphasizes how the modern conflict between evolution and creationism is quintessentially an American phenomenon arising from the culture and history of the United States as exemplified through the ongoing debates about how to interpret the First Amendment s separation of church and state Along the way he examines landmark historical episodes such as the Galileo affair Charles Darwin s own religious and scientific odyssey the Scopes Monkey Trial in Tennessee in and the Dover Area School Board case of and includes perspectives from non Christian religions and examples from across the physical biological and social sciences br br strong About the Series strong Combining authority with wit accessibility and style strong Very Short Introductions strong offer an introduction to some of life s most interesting topics Written by experts for the newcomer they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics from philosophy to Freud quantum theory to Islam br

Rating: 3.31 out of 5

How to Get a First: The Essential Guide to Academic Success

How to Get a First: The Essential Guide to Academic Success Description:

In this informative guide Thomas Dixon argues that you do not have to be a genius to get a first at university He sets out to de mystify first class degrees in the arts humanities and social sciences clearly articulating the difference between the excellent and the merely competent in undergraduate work br br This concise no nonsense guidebook will give prospective and current students advice on teaching and learning styles that prevail in university and on how to manage their two most important resources their time and their lecturers In an accessible and entertaining style the author looks at subjects such as br br br making the transition from school to university developing transferable skills making use of lectures and seminars using libraries and the Internet note taking essays seminars and presentations common mistakes to avoid writing with clarity and style revision and examinations br Illustrated with many examples from a range of academic disciplines em How to Get a First em is an all purpose guide to success in academic life Visit the companion website em a target blank href http www getafirst com rel nofollow www getafirst com a em

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

From Passions to Emotions: The Creation of a Secular Psychological Category

From Passions to Emotions: The Creation of a Secular Psychological Category Description:

Until two centuries ago the emotions did not exist Thomas Dixon reveals in this study how emotions came into being as a distinct psychological category They replaced such concepts as appetites passions sentiments and affections which had preoccupied thinkers as diverse as Augustine Aquinas Hume and Darwin The book is a significant original contribution to the debate which has preoccupied western thinkers across many disciplines in recent decades

Rating: 3.50 out of 5

Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation

Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation Description:

There is a persistent myth about the British that we are a nation of stoics with stiff upper lips repressed emotions and inactive lachrymal glands Weeping Britannia the first history of crying in Britain comprehensively debunks this myth br br Far from being a persistent element in the national character the notion of the British stiff upper lip was in fact the product of a relatively brief and militaristic period of our past from about to In earlier times we were a nation of proficient sometimes virtuosic moral weepers To illustrate this perhaps surprising fact Thomas Dixon charts six centuries of weeping Britons and theories about them from the medieval mystic Margery Kempe in the early fifteenth century to Paul Gascoigne s famous tears in the semi finals of the World Cup In between the book includes the tears of some of the most influential figures in British history from Oliver Cromwell to Margaret Thatcher not forgetting George III Queen Victoria Charles Darwin and Winston Churchill along the way br br But the history of weeping in Britain is not simply one of famous tear stained individuals These tearful micro histories all contribute to a bigger picture of changing emotional ideas and styles over the centuries touching on many other fascinating areas of our history For instance the book also investigates the histories of painting literature theatre music and the cinema to discover how and why people have been moved to tears by the arts from the sentimental paintings and novels of the eighteenth century and the romantic music of the nineteenth to Hollywood weepies expressionist art and pop music in the twentieth century br br Weeping Britannia is simultaneously a museum of tears and a philosophical handbook using history to shed new light on the changing nature of Britishness over time as well as the ever shifting ways in which we express and understand our emotional lives The story that emerges is one in which a previously rich religious and cultural history of producing and interpreting tears was almost completely erased by the rise of a stoical and repressed British empire in the late nineteenth century Those forgotten philosophies of tears and feeling can now be rediscovered In the process readers might perhaps come to view their own tears in a different light as something more than mere emotional incontinence

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives

Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives Description:

The idea of an inevitable conflict between science and religion was decisively challenged by John Hedley Brooke in his classic Science and Religion Some Historical Perspectives Cambridge Almost two decades on Science and Religion New Historical Perspectives revisits this argument and asks how historians can now impose order on the complex and contingent histories of religious engagements with science Bringing together leading scholars this volume explores the history and changing meanings of the categories science and religion the role of publishing and education in forging and spreading ideas the connection between knowledge power and intellectual imperialism and the reasons for the confrontation between evolution and creationism among American Christians and in the Islamic world A major contribution to the historiography of science and religion this book makes the most recent scholarship on this much misunderstood debate widely accessible

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan

The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan Description:

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Rating: 3.36 out of 5

The Invention of Altruism: Making Moral Meanings in Victorian Britain

The Invention of Altruism: Making Moral Meanings in Victorian Britain Description:

Altruism was coined by the French sociologist Auguste Comte in the early s as a theoretical term in his cerebral theory and as the central ideal of his atheistic Religion of Humanity In The Invention of Altruism Thomas Dixon traces this new language of altruism as it spread through British culture between the s and the s and in doing so provides a new portrait of Victorian moral thought br Drawing attention to the importance of Comtean positivism in setting the agenda for debates about science and religion this volume challenges received ideas about both Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer as moral philosophers Darwin saw sympathy and love not only selfishness and competition throughout the natural world Spencer was the instigator of an Anti Aggression League and an advocate of greater altruism in Britain s dealings with the lower races It also sheds light on the rise of popular socialism in the s on the creation of the idealist altruist in novels of the s and on the individualistic philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche Oscar Wilde and G E Moore authors considered by some to be representative of fin de siecle egomania br This wide ranging study in the history of ideas is highly relevant to contemporary debates about altruism evolution religion and ethics br

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

Thomas Brown: Selected Philosophical Writings

Thomas Brown: Selected Philosophical Writings Description:

Thomas Brown Professor of Moral Philosophy in Edinburgh was among the most prominent and widely read British philosophers of the first half of the nineteenth century An influential interpreter of both Hume and Reid Brown provided a bridge between the Scottish school of Common Sense and the later positivism of John Stuart Mill and others The selections in this volume illustrate Brown s original ideas about mental science cause and effect emotions and ethics They are preceded by an introduction situating Brown s career and writings in their intellectual and historical context

Rating: 3.55 out of 5