Aufklärung jetzt

Für Vernunft, Wissenschaft, Humanismus und Fortschritt. Eine Verteidigung
Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104030685
Category: Philosophy
Page: 736
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Eine leidenschaftliche Antithese zum üblichen Kulturpessimismus und ein engagierter Widerspruch zu dem weitverbreiteten Gefühl, dass die Moderne dem Untergang geweiht ist. Hass, Populismus und Unvernunft regieren die Welt, Wissenschaftsfeindlichkeit macht sich breit, Wahrheit gibt es nicht mehr: Wer die Schlagzeilen von heute liest, könnte so denken. Doch Bestseller-Autor Steven Pinker zeigt, dass das grundfalsch ist. Er hat die Entwicklung der vergangenen Jahrhunderte gründlich untersucht und beweist in seiner fulminanten Studie, dass unser Leben stetig viel besser geworden ist. Heute leben wir länger, gesünder, sicherer, glücklicher, friedlicher und wohlhabender denn je, und nicht nur in der westlichen Welt. Der Grund: die Aufklärung und ihr Wertesystem. Denn Aufklärung und Wissenschaft bieten nach wie vor die Basis, um mit Vernunft und im Konsens alle Probleme anzugehen. Anstelle von Gerüchten zählen Fakten, anstatt überlieferten Mythen zu glauben baut man auf Diskussion und Argumente. Anschaulich und brillant macht Pinker eines klar: Vernunft, Wissenschaft, Humanismus und Fortschritt sind weiterhin unverzichtbar für unser Wohlergehen. Ohne sie wird die Welt auf keinen Fall zu einem besseren Ort für uns alle. »Mein absolutes Lieblingsbuch aller Zeiten.« Bill Gates

On Enlightenment

Author: David Stove
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351502239
Category: Philosophy
Page: 224
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The idea of enlightenment entails liberty, equality, rationalism, secularism, and the connection between knowledge and well being. In spite of the setbacks of revolutionary violence, mass murder, and two world wars, the spread of enlightenment values is still the yardstick by which moral, political, and scientific advances are measured. In On Enlightenment, David Stove attacks the roots of enlightenment thought to define its successes, limitations, and areas of likely failures. Stove champions the use of reason and recognizes the falsity of religious claims as well as the importance of individual liberty. He rejects the enlightenment's uncritical optimism regarding social progress and its willingness to embrace revolutionary change. What evidence is there that the elimination of superstition will lead to happiness? Or that it is possible to accept Darwinism without Social Darwinism? Or that the enlightenment's liberal, rationalistic outlook will lead to the social progress envisioned by its advocates? Despite best intentions, says Stove, social reformers who attempt to improve the world inevitably make things worse. He advocates a conservative approach to change, pointing out that social structures are so large and complex that any widespread social reform will have innumerable unforeseen consequences. Writing in the tradition of Edmund Burke with the same passion for clarity and intellectual honesty as George Orwell, David Stove was one of the most articulate and insightful philosophers of his day.

Light On Enlightenment

Author: Christopher Titmuss
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446459543
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 240
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Many in the West today are familiar with the benefits offered by meditation and mindfulness, and keen to understand more about Buddhism. Written by a former journalist and Buddhist monk, Light on Enlightenment is an accessible guide to the Buddhist teachings, offering insight and inspiration for daily life, as well as a lucid guide on the path to enlightenment. Christopher Titmuss draws upon the experiences of real people to show how Buddhist teachings are relevant to the problems of Western society, and can exert a valuable influence on science, psychotherapy, green issues, our lifestyles and communities. Light on Enlightenment opens up for all of us the possibility of inner transformation and regaining control over our lives.

The Divine Within

Selected Writings on Enlightenment
Author: Aldous Huxley,Huston Smith
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062236830
Category: Philosophy
Page: 336
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Brave New World author Aldous Huxley on enlightenment and the "ultimate reality" In this anthology of twenty-six essays and other writings, Huxley discusses the nature of God, enlightenment, being,good and evil, religion, eternity, and the divine. Huxley consistently examined the spiritual basis of both the individual and human society, always seeking to reach an authentic and clearly defined experience of the divine. Featuring an introduction by renowned religious scholar Huston Smith, this celebration of "ultimate reality" proves relevant and prophetic in addressing the spiritual hunger so many feel today.

Astrology for Enlightenment

Author: Michelle Karen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416580898
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 432
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In Astrology for Enlightenment, "Astrologer to the Stars" Michelle Karén gives you the tools to predict and guide your future and, by distilling astrology down to its purest form, shows you how to achieve enlightenment. Drawing on over thirty years of study and experience, Karén has created an accessible, easy-to-follow, hands-on guide for using astrology that can enhance every aspect of your daily life and help you: - Learn when to schedule an important business appointment so that you'll get the best results. - Understand where your relationship will lead when you meet someone for the first time. - Find out which is the best day of the week to start a new project. - Uncover a phone caller's true intentions. - Gain precious understanding and insight into the ancient prophecy of John of Jerusalem, which Karén translates to provide breathtakingly accurate predictions for our times. - Obtain specific information for each sign in each year through 2012. It is your birthright to live a life filled with tremendous peace, unconditional joy, and true love. Astrology for Enlightenment offers you the tools to do all of this and to reach a state of ultimate bliss. Are you ready? Karén's Astrology for Enlightenment is all you need to prepare yourself for the exciting shifts to come.


Beyond Traditions
Author: Aziz Kristof,Houman Emami
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
ISBN: 9788120816527
Category: Religion
Page: 190
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Enlightenment Beyond Traditions is a unique and revolutionary book. Through this book has been channeled the light of Pure Understanding that brings us to the spiritual wholeness. With an exceptional precision, it leads us through the complex and dangerous realm of awakening, where so many got lost. This book is truly beyond traditions, that is, beyond the past knowledge. The vision of Enlightenment which it presents is multidimensional, embracing doubtlessly, the eternal paradox of Being and Becoming; the human and the eternal. Here the ancient ideal of liberation is itself transcended within the awakening of the Soul, who reaches her final destiny: Divinity. In this new understanding, the evolution into the Ultimate Peace and awakening to the Heart are seen clearly as belonging to different planes of experience, being met, however, within the complete human being. The crucial message of this book is the positive role of the Me, which is the mysterious subject behind all experiences. It is no longer denied, but on the contrary, seen as the only vehicle through which the Universal I AM journeys in the human dimension towards Its own light.


Author: Jonathan I. Israel,Martin Mulsow
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518798103
Category: Political Science
Page: 277
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Seit einem Jahrzehnt gibt es eine intensive Forschung zur »Radikalaufklärung« – dem atheistischen, skeptischen und materialistischen Flügel des Denkens im späten 17. und 18. Jahrhundert. Vor allem Jonathan Israel hat für die aufregende These argumentiert, dass diese radikalen Aufklärer verantwortlich sind für die Errungenschaften der Moderne, für Freiheit und Menschenrechte, Gleichheit und Toleranz, und dass der Spinozismus eine zentrale Rolle bei deren Durchsetzung gespielt hat. In diesem Band setzen sich acht führende nationale und internationale Experten mit Israels These auseinander und zeigen die Vielfalt und Deutungen der Radikalaufklärung auf. Mit Beiträgen von Silvia Berti, Wiep van Bunge, Margaret C. Jacob, Anthony McKenna u. a.

Along the Path to Enlightenment

Author: David R. Hawkins, M.D./Ph.D.,Jeffery Scott
Publisher: Hay House, Inc
ISBN: 9781401931148
Category: Self-Help
Page: 224
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What blocks spiritual progress? And how do we transcend these blocks? The spiritual teachings of David R. Hawkins on the nature of consciousness, spirit, and ego are known worldwide by students seeking to realize spiritual Truth. As a mystic, Dr. Hawkins has infused the truths found in the precepts of Western religion with the core of Eastern philosophy, bridging the familiar, physical world to the nonlinear, spiritual domain. This collection of passages, carefully selected from Dr. Hawkins’s extensive writings, offers readers a new contemplation for each day. Any one of these passages, fully understood, can elevate one’s level of consciousness.

Lust for Enlightenment

Buddhism and Sex
Author: John Stevens
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834829347
Category: Religion
Page: 200
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Over the centuries, Buddhism has responded to sexuality in a variety of fascinating ways, sometimes suppressing the sexual urge, sometimes sublimating it, sometimes cultivating it, and, on the highest levels, transforming it. This book reveals how Buddhists, beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha himself, relate to the "inner fire" that drives humankind. Included are chapters on the Buddha’s love life before his enlightenment and his later relationships with women; the tantric approach to sex among Buddhists of ancient India, Tibet, China, and Japan; Zen in the art of love; and a positive discussion of women and Buddhism.

What is Enlightenment?

Eighteenth-century Answers and Twentieth-century Questions
Author: James Schmidt
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520202269
Category: History
Page: 563
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This collection contains the first English translations of a group of 18th-century German essays that address the question, "what is Enlightenment?". They explore the origins of 18th-century debate on the Enlightenment, and its significance for the present.


Author: Tara
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 1608442284
Category: Poetry
Page: 104
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ENLIGHTENMENT is . . . a song of Enlightenment, as experienced in moments of inspiration, illumination, ecstasy, and reflection. It contains the essence of the experience of Enlightenment that, when read with the intuitive mind, a transmission can take place; with an exhilaration of consciousness, the 'ah ha!' experience . . . Illumination itself! It additionally speaks to the conditions that need to be present for Enlightenment to occur - and of its ongoing 'satori'. Each entry of aphorism, poem or essay presents a different 'take' on Enlightenment - a turn of the spectrum highlighting a facet of Truth as to 'the nature of Reality'. It is depicted in various metaphors in order to break through varied habits of perception. Any single entry is sufficient to evoke an illumination, when read at the right moment in the right manner. Bon Voyage "Truth always was and ever is, and its light particles become momentarily visible in the passing wind. Those who view those particles catch it in their hair; know it will soon disappear. And they the scribes, too, come and go, glimpsed briefly as a stranger passing through a revolving door. From where, going where, who knows? Who knows?" * AN UN-BIOGRAPHY On this page there is supposed to appear a biography. But who and what I am in individuality has as much to do with the truth of 'Awakening' as the color of the car you drive to the edge of the abyss. To become enlightened is like leaping into space. You must be willing to die to your life; to 'who and what you are' and all you believe in before you will be allowed to know who and what you really are. So the writer doesn't matter. I could be you. I was born; I will die, so why make a fuss about a passing moment. That life exists is the miracle; that we are briefly here to see it, know of its possibilities, 'that' is worth talking about. Written by Tara, reaching past mind, into Being to receive and record truth, this is a book devoted to offering glimpses of illumination for the Enlightenment of the reader. This book is a pouring forth of truth from the life of spirit into form. The purpose of this book is to point those who seek Truth towards truth regarding the 'The Nature of Reality' and the attainment of immortality. It's about death of the ego, but also about the love of LIFE in all its pure forms, and a renewed appreciation of each and every life. It sings of the ineffable bliss that comes to those who arrive at the far shore as love, light and joy roll from its pages in waves of transmission. While some will simply receive the pleasure of walking for a-ways of the journey, experiencing the delight of that brief passage, its intent is to take one to the place of pure possibility, that once discovered may be returned to again and again - for it has been revealed - it has been tasted - and its reality is a fact that can never be denied again. Walk with us only as far as you wish, and take with you only what serves. Much will resonate - only the Truth that fits You in the moment of reading, matters. Truth has no biography. It is as it is.

Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment

Author: Gabriel Cousens
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1583942491
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 649
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"Focusing on a deep metaphysical interpretation of the Torah, Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment presents, for the first time, the original intention of the Jewish tradition: an explicit guide to liberation from the mystical Jewish enlightenment point of view"--Provided by publisher.

A Commuter's Guide to Enlightenment

Author: Stewart Bitkoff
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738712639
Category: Self-Help
Page: 208
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For years, Dr. Stewart Bitkoff suffered through every traffic jam, flat tire, and rude driver that marred his long commute to New York City . . . until he discovered how to transform this soul-draining journey into one filled with divine lessons and meaning. Blending spiritual wisdom with his own astute life observations from the road, Dr. Bitkoff teaches readers how to live in the present and find joy in ordinary moments. His personal stories draw insightful parallels between the "road of life" and one's spiritual path. Meditations, tips, exercises, and prayers will help you shut off shallow concerns, center yourself, and open up to a higher consciousness. Whether you're a stockbroker, a student, or a soccer mom, this guide will show you how to find tranquility during life's most stressful and tiresome activities. Listen to Dr. Bitkoff's weekly internet radio talk show: Practical Wisdom, Tuesday 1-2 pm; go to

Die islamische Aufklärung

Der Konflikt zwischen Glaube und Vernunft
Author: Christopher de Bellaigue
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104906467
Category: Religion
Page: 544
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»Erhellend, großartig geschrieben, ein Buch, das uns hilft, das Verständnis zwischen islamischer Welt und Moderne zu verstehen.« Yuval Noah Harari, Autor von »Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit« Die islamische Aufklärung hat längst stattgefunden. In einer fulminanten Erzählung demontiert Christopher de Bellaigue die oft selbstgefällige westliche Sicht auf die arabische Welt. Auch in Ägypten, im Iran und der Türkei gab es nach 1800 eine breite Bewegung für Freiheit, Gleichheit und Demokratie und für einen weltlichen Staat, für Frauenrechte und Gewerkschaften, freie Presse und die Abschaffung der Sklaverei. In atemberaubender Geschwindigkeit modernisierten sich die arabischen Gesellschaften. Doch die Gegenaufklärung folgte auf dem Fuß, mit autokratischen Regimen und fundamentalistischem Terror. De Bellaigue schildert den Kampf zwischen Glaube und Vernunft und um eine neue muslimische Identität. Eine reiche, überraschende Geschichte, eine radikal neue Sicht auf den modernen Islam. »Eine ausgesprochen originelle und informative Studie über die Zusammenstöße zwischen dem Islam und der Moderne in Istanbul, Kairo und Teheran während der letzten zweihundert Jahre.« Orhan Pamuk »Christopher de Bellaigue gehört seit Langem schon zu den einfallsreichsten und anregendsten Interpreten einiger von Angst und Vorurteil verstellter Realitäten. In ›Die islamische Aufklärung‹ seziert er den selbstgefälligen Gegensatz zwischen Islam und Moderne und enthüllt dabei eine faszinierende Welt: eine Welt, in der Menschen sich unter dem Druck der Geschichte ständig verändern, improvisieren und sich anpassen. Es ist genau das richtige Buch für unsere in Unordnung geratene Welt: zeitgemäß, dringlich und erhellend.« Pankaj Mishra »Zur rechten Zeit, tiefsinnig und provokativ.« Peter Frankopan

Fresh Wisdom

Breakthrough to Enlightenment
Author: Tony Hope,Vicki Wilson,Markus Hart
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1419618555
Category: Philosophy
Page: 246
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The authors of Fresh Wisdom show no mercy as they expose and obliterate commonly accepted deceptions and delusions.This controversial manuscript, 30 years in the making, is timely advice for those who realize 'things are not as they seem'. Fresh Wisdom provides powerful principles and strategies for making sense of life in a senseless world, enabling you to find your life purpose. This book is not for the faint-hearted.

Golf For Enlightenment

The Seven Lessons for the Game of Life
Author: Deepak Chopra
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1407026356
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 208
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Golf for Enlightenment is the fable of Adam Seaver, an ordinary person, with a terrible game. Adam meets a mysterious young teaching pro named Wendy who, in seven crisp, short yet profound lessons, teaches him things that seem baffling at first: - You and the ball are one - Find the now, and you will find the shot - Let the game play you From the moment they begin to put these lessons into practice, what was previously a humiliation turns into a transforming experience, not just for Adam's score but for his whole life. Long a famous writer on spiritual subjects, hailed as the poet-philosopher of mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra found himself fascinated by the game of golf. He could not escape its parallels to life: 'Golf is like lightning caught in a bottle. It can turn triumph into disaster in a split second.' Faced with the wild ups and downs of his own game, Chopra crystallised a teaching based on mindfulness, the ability to remain calm and focused, relaxed and powerful at the same time. Mindfulness can improve any golf game, from the beginner's to the tour professional's. And it can improve anybody's life, no matter what game they play - or none.

The Lazy Dog's Guide to Enlightenment

Author: Beth Wilson
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1577319966
Category: Pets
Page: 120
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Enlightenment doesn't always come in the form we expect. It need not appear as a self-styled guru or a complicated theory measuring some mysterious quality. Sometimes it's as close as the chocolate Lab bounding happily through the backyard or the lovable terrier contentedly curled up in one's lap. In the foreword to this thoughtful examination of enlightenment, Dr. Bernie Siegel sums it up: “Dogs are healers. They are enlightened. They seem to have figured out how to live beautifully so much better than we humans have.” In these pages, distinctive black-and-white dog images by acclaimed animal photographer Zachary Folk are illuminated by captions of down-to-earth spiritual wisdom “from” the dogs to us, their often confused humans. A delightful romp through canine philosophy, this charming collection celebrates the simple wisdom and that special combination of natural earthiness and subtle spirituality that characterize humankind's best friend.