Free philosophy Kindle books for 08 Jun 17

Nationalismus (German Edition)

by Dalibor Truhlar

Der Autor

Dr. Dalibor Truhlar wurde 1969 in der Tschechoslowakei geboren. 1981 emigrierte er mit seiner Familie nach �sterreich. Er studierte Philosophie, Politikwissenschaft, Wissenschaftstheorie und Systematische Theologie an der Universität Wien, wo er 1997 promovierte.

Seit 2002 lebt er in Wilhering bei Linz und arbeitet als selbständiger Kommunikationsberater, Autor und Vortragender. Er ist ordentliches Mitglied des Universitätszentrums für Friedensforschung Wien, Mitglied der Masarykschen Demokratischen Bewegung Prag sowie Vorsitzender des InterCountry Committee �sterreich, Tschechien, Slowakei.

Zu seinen wissenschaftlichen Werken gehören unter anderem die Bücher â??Thomas G. Masaryk”, Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1994, â??Demokratismus”, Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2006, zu seinen weiteren Publikationen zählen â??Gedichtchen”, Trauner Verlag, Linz 2012, â??lyrisches und AMORatisches”, Trauner Verlag, Linz 2012, sowie weitere Veröffentlichungen.

Kontaktadresse: www.dali.at

Das Werk/Vorwort

Die vorliegende Arbeit habe ich im Rahmen meiner Tätigkeit als Tutor am Sozialphilosophischen Institut der Universität Wien 1994 für ein Seminar über Nationalismus geschrieben.

Ich erkläre darin die Begrifflichkeiten und Definitionen, gebe eine �bersicht über die weltanschaulichen Hintergründe und Lehren in ihrer geschichtlichen Entfaltung und ihrem politischen Wirksamwerden und skizziere die Entwicklung der nationalen Idee am Beispiel �sterreichs und der Theoretiker und Praktiker aus diesem Umfeld.

Mit der Arbeit hatte ich damals ganz schön Arbeit. Dabei habe ich bestimmte Richtungen und Bewegungen hervorgehoben und Denker und Akteure angeführt, die ich nicht unbedingt anführen wollte. Ich musste es aber tun aufgrund bestimmter Vorgaben der Veranstaltung. Abgesehen davon waren wir an der Universität Wien, und da war auch der Bezug zu Wien und �sterreich sehr wichtig. Zusätzlich war ich ein Spezialist für Masaryk geworden, und so habe ich auch ihn eingebracht.

Ich glaube und hoffe, dass diese Schwerpunktsetzung nicht übertrieben ist und halte sie auch für berechtigt. Gerade in �sterreich, gerade im deutschsprachigen Raum und gerade an der Grenzen zwischen germanischem und slawischem Sprachraum begannen und kulminierten viele Probleme mit dem Nationalismus. Insofern zeigt der Bezug vielleicht auch interessante und neue Zusammenhänge, die in dieser Form bis jetzt nicht sichtbar waren.



Teaching Snapping Turtles How To Chew Bubblegum

by Jonathan Heatt

Trying to reason with a Republican (or Democrat) is like teaching a snapping turtle how to chew bubblegum. This conclusion birthed the title of my book. Teaching Snapping Turtles is an opinionated nonfiction book about American Society in the 21st Century. The problem with politics is that both parties believe they’re right. No matter what. Only the “other person” needs to change. The shell is a happy place.

American society is diseased. Violent. Corrupt. Many people sleepwalk and wade through life with no purpose. Gun violence continues unabated and unaddressed by our mercenary politicians. Wealth continues to be consolidated by the few – a sociopathic symptom of Capitalism. And everything is connected: Politics, Culture, religion, etc.â?¦ Nothing will change until our collective mind state changes. My acerbic book aims to spark a movement of change. It is necessary.

Americans suffer from hunger pains of which they know not. A spiritual void pervades our society – not a religious one, but a sense of purpose eludes the bulk of our populace. Buy & Consume are momentary reprieves that leave a person feeling empty. Most people want to be good people. Maybe my book can point them in the right direction and in turn, start a long overdue evolution of thought.

Teaching Snapping Turtles is merely a gonzo mirror of truth reflecting the absurd times we live in. Gun sales increase as tragedies grace the front pages. Unless we immediately change as a people then there will only be more Sandy Hooks.

The truth shouldn’t always be pretty & polite. Truth can be vulgar. I question everything Americans hold dear: guns, capitalism, religion, sports, violent moviesâ?¦and highlight the harm these things are having on Humanity.

A recent Pew Research Center report stated that a quarter of American adults had not read a book in the past year. This is unacceptable. My book is designed for Every American, specifically for the blue-collar middle class worker who never reads books. This may seem counter-intuitive, but I view it as an untapped demographic. No evolution can occur without the working class, and a book is the most effective way to ignite thought and new ideas.

Desmond Tutu once said, “Each one of us can make a contribution.” So I wrote a book that gives America a swift kick in the behind. Here is my contribution: An antidote to apathy.

While living in Las Vegas I’ve witnessed the realities of Capitalism run amok: Education in a perpetual state of being underfunded, lack of good jobs, crime, pollution, and scarcity of resources. The casino culture is spreading throughout America like some sort of venereal disease and the resultant dripping is the pittance paid to the peons lucky enough to be employed by the tight-fisted casino mogul. It is time for America to wake up and change before it is too late. My only hope is that my book can serve as a catalyst.

Teaching Snapping Turtles is a big dose of penicillin for the entire country – a vital injection of reason that defies demographics. Everyone should read it.

My book is a guide to a non-violent Evolution of the mind, sprinkled with the amusing anecdotes of a hearty imbiber. Enjoy.
-JH



The Something and Nothing of Death

by Will Parfitt

Written in easy to understand language, this book explores many different ways of looking at death and what it’s presence in life means to us. At this time with political and climatic concerns increasingly to the fore, The Something and Nothing of Death will provide a source of inspiration and comfort through enabling the reader to face the always imminent prospect of death with a new spirit of inquiry.

The more you learn to face that death is always present throughout life, the more death becomes an ally or wise advisor who encourages you to live life to the full. Your everyday life becomes more meaningful and death is experienced as a liberating force that can free you from outworn and constricting patterns.

The deep reflections in this book stimulate similar reflective processes in the reader and foster well-being both through increasing knowledge and understanding of death, and through a lessening of unconscious fears, you can make a positive, life-enriching change to your perspective on and relationship with death.



Thus Spake Zarathustra – A Book for All and None (Wisehouse Classics)

by Friedrich Nietzsche

Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None (German: Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen, also translated as Thus Spake Zarathustra) is a philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885 and published between 1883 and 1891. Much of the work deals with ideas such as the “eternal recurrence of the same”, the parable on the “death of God”, and the “prophecy” of the Ã?bermensch, which were first introduced in The Gay Science.

The book chronicles the fictitious travels and speeches of Zarathustra. Zarathustra’s namesake was the founder of Zoroastrianism, usually known in English as Zoroaster (Avestan: ZaraÏ?uÅ¡tra). Nietzsche is clearly portraying a “new” or “different” Zarathustra, one who turns traditional morality on its head.

Zarathustra has a simple characterization and plot, narrated sporadically throughout the text. It possesses a unique experimental style, one that is, for instance, evident in newly invented “dithyrambs” narrated or sung by Zarathustra. Likewise, the separate Dithyrambs of Dionysus was written in autumn 1888, and printed with the full volume in 1892, as the corollaries of Zarathustra’s “abundance”.

Some speculate that Nietzsche intended to write about final acts of creation and destruction brought about by Zarathustra. However, the book lacks a finale to match that description; its actual ending focuses more on Zarathustra recognizing that his legacy is beginning to perpetuate, and consequently choosing to leave the higher men to their own devices in carrying his legacy forth.



God. Not on My Shelf. The Lingering Baggage: Part 1: The Book, The Experience and Faith

by Anoosh Falak Rafat

Follow the start of the journey of Alarum and Borderus as they attempt to get to the bottom of this God stuff once and for all. Through the often forgotten skill of discussion Alarum is set on banishing God from the philosophy shelves by settling the supposed arguments for God once and for all.
Alarum’s goal is truth and consistency and much like Plato’s Socrates her search for the truth is an annoyance to those not used to serious reflection, though much to Alarum’s annoyance it seems she is only contributing to the problem.
This book is a dialogue inspired by Plato’s works with an added dry humour that bristles below the surface. The three arguments looked at in this first part are; The book as proof, the religious experience as proof and the good old faith argument and while the dialogue focuses on the Christian religion the arguments are a damning attack on all religions.



The Prince (AmazonClassics Edition)

by Niccolò Machiavelli

Direct and coldly pragmatic, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince is the preeminent guide to winning and maintaining power at the highest levels, where deception and manipulation are necessary tools, and political allies should never be mistaken for friends.

Once a foreign policy official in his native Florence, Machiavelli was ousted by the Medici family. After surviving disgrace and torture at their hands, he penned The Prince to garner their favor. While this effort was ignored, the five-hundred-year-old work endures and is now considered one of the most influentialâ??and controversialâ??political treatises of all time.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Prince, this edition of The Prince (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.



The world of Plato (Japanese Edition)

by shogo kisaragi

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The world of Socrates and Plato (Japanese Edition)

by shogo kisaragi

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What Babasaheb Ambedkar Means to Me

by Ambedkar Age Collective

Celebrating Babasaheb’s life and achievements needs no particular occasion, he has emerged as a consciousness, a moral anchor for the masses. A musical tradition of rendering his life events from birth onwards, winding through Mahad, Poona Pact, Kalaram Mandir, Round Table conferences, the constitution itself, the conversion and his Mahaparinirvana was the foremost in the archiving of Babasaheb’s memory and multiple legacies. This people’s music in turn inspired artists, painters, writers and sculptors resulting in a vibrant visual rendering by people historians-men, women, young and old, who weave a tapestry of universal values of justice, equality, liberty and fraternity.

In a society that excludes at every turn, the excluded have claimed the public sphere with the physical shape of a bust or statue of Babasaheb. Can we even begin to fathom the processes that lead to seeing this physical manifestation of Babasaheb’s consciousness at narrow street corners and busy market places

On his 125th birth anniversary, in the act of remembering Babasaheb Ambedkar, The Shared Mirror invited young writers to send in articles on the theme of â??What Babasaheb Ambedkar Means to Me’.

How do we embrace our roles in annihilating caste to create the foundation of a humane society? How do we celebrate his legacy and join his followers as workers laboring for an equal world?

The collection of essays in this book captures the writers’ thinking on visions for a better and just world through their engagement with Babasaheb Ambedkar. As an eminent writer, thinker, statesman and a formidable symbol of resistance, he occupies a position of highest integrity. It is a book that will make readers think with the writers: Is Ambedkar an idea or an ideal? Is he a path or a journey? The readers get to engage in the dynamic process of viewing personal struggles alongside a benchmark of lofty human values, seen and understood through his incorruptible persona in life, words and accomplishments.



Sermon on the Skyscraper

by Tat

This is not a sermon in the way it is regularly understood. The intention is not to try to make you guilty, to make you repent, feel sorry for your mistakes, apologetic for your existence, and to demand or urge that you change yourself. No. This is in the spirit of the sermon on the mount, a joyous reminder of your position and worth in the universe.



Chrysalis Zero 13

by Siddhant Bist

This book contains a collection of free verse poetry on different topics and themes like philosophy, spirituality, morality, the universe, time, suffering, compassion, virtue, vice, passing away and so on. The reader will enjoy the poems more if he or she is calm and without any stress, understanding the meaning and the feeling. May you get a few moments of thought from this book.



80’s Filmosophy

by Anoosh Falak Rafat

An exercise in thought and reflection that seeks to be an interesting read in itself and a starting point for the reader to start to ask their own questions and formulate their own answers.

Aimed at the beginner thinker but has a lot to say for those with an interest in the world around them and what entertainment can tell us about how we live.

This book is useful for those with an interest in philosophy as free thought or can be used as a framework for teachers looking to open discussion and boost critical thinking of their students. It is also a thoughtful read for those with an interest in 80’s films.

Includes questions on a wide variety of subjects inspired by the following 80’s films: Batman, Predator, Robocop, The Shining, The Terminator, Full Metal Jacket and A Nightmare on Elm Street.



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