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.

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.

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.

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.

Lust for Enlightenment

Buddhism and Sex
Author: John Stevens
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834829347
Category: Religion
Page: 200
View: 1862

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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.

Beantwortung der Frage: Was ist Aufklärung?


Author: Immanuel Kant
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3954552043
Category: Philosophy
Page: 60
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Immanuel Kant verfasste seinen bahnbrechenden Essay 1784 für die »Berlinische Monatsschrift«. Mit dem berühmten ersten Satz »Aufklärung ist der Ausgang des Menschen aus seiner selbst verschuldeten Unmündigkeit« formulierte Kant dabei die bis heute gültige Definition der Aufklärung, mit der im eigentliche Sinne die Moderne begann. Neben dem Aufsatz enthält der Band die ebenfalls für die Aufklärung zentralen Texte »Idee zu einer allgemeinen Geschichte in weltbürgerlicher Absicht« und »Was heißt: Sich im Denken orientieren?«

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.

Steps on the Path to Enlightenment

A Commentary on Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo. Volume 5: Insight
Author: Lhundub Sopa
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1614293341
Category: Religion
Page: 721
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The final installment of the Steps on the Path to Enlightenment series examines the nature of reality with a master class in Buddhist Middle Way philosophy and meditation. The late Geshe Sopa was a refugee monk from Tibet sent to the United States by the Dalai Lama in 1963. He became a professor at the University of Wisconsin, training a generation of Western Buddhist scholars, and was a towering figure in the transmission of the Buddhism to the West. In this fifth and final volume of his commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa’s masterwork on the graduated steps of the Buddhist path, Geshe Sopa explains the practice of superior insight, or wisdom, the pinnacle of the bodhisattva's perfections. All the Buddhist practices are for the purpose of developing wisdom, for it is wisdom that liberates from the cycle of suffering. All other positive actions, from morality to deep states of meditation, have no power to liberate unless they are accompanied by insight into the nature of reality. With unparalled precision, Geshe Sopa unpacks this central principle with scholarly virtuosity, guiding the reader through the progressive stages of realization.

Enlightenment

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.

Enlightenment: Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide


Author: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199808328
Category: History
Page: 30
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This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of the ancient world find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated. This ebook is just one of many articles from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Atlantic History, a continuously updated and growing online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through the scholarship and other materials relevant to the study of Atlantic History, the study of the transnational interconnections between Europe, North America, South America, and Africa, particularly in the early modern and colonial period. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit www.oxfordbibliographies.com.

Mea Vita Lotus

Modern Musings on Enlightenment
Author: H. A. Rhydderch
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781514267332
Category:
Page: 166
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Translating roughly to "My Life Enlightened," Mea Vita Lotus combines an honest and heartfelt personal narrative with the empowering insights of a self-help guide. Delving into the many facets of humanity and its never ending quest for self-discovery and happiness, a modern muse reflects on her journey towards enlightenment.

Enlightenment

Britain and the Creation of the Modern World
Author: Roy Porter
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141927720
Category: History
Page: 752
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For generations the traditional focus for those wishing to understand the roots of the modern world has been France on the eve of the Revolution. Porter certainly acknowledges France's importance, but here makes an overwhelming case for consideringBritain the true home of modernity - a country driven by an exuberance, diversity and power of invention comparable only to twentieth-century America. Porter immerses the reader in a society which, recovering from the horrors of the Civil War and decisively reinvigorated by the revolution of 1688, had emerged as something new and extraordinary - a society unlike any other in the world.

Enlightenment to Enlightenment

Intercritique of Science and Myth
Author: Henri Atlan
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791414514
Category: Philosophy
Page: 416
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This book is a thorough and critical, comparative analysis of the logic of modern scientific thought and of traditional teachings generally referred to as mythological and mystical. Different rationalities with different domains of interest and legitimacy exist, which should not be confused and cannot be unified in any theory of "Ultimate Reality." Atlan suggests they must coexist in practice, although each of them presents itself as an exclusive and all-encompassing truth. The book introduces teachings from Jewish talmudic, midrashic, and kabbalist sources and text from Zen and Taoism to exemplify the kind of rationality or controlled irrationality at work in such traditional thinking.

The Search for Enlightenment

An Introduction to Eighteenth-century French Writing
Author: John Leigh
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742500471
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 176
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In this fresh exploration of eighteenth-century French writing, John Leigh celebrates the ideas and hopes that animated its central figures and examines the extent to which authors and their readers shouldered heretofore-unknown responsibilities and confronted new doubts. The book identifies the key works of political protest, philosophical exploration, and religious enquiry, and at the same time encompasses such diverse forms as the novel, short story, poetry, and drama. Conveying a vivid sense of the energy and genius of the Enlightenment as embodied in its famous and controversial writers Voltaire, Montesquieu, Diderot, and Rousseau the author also considers the achievements of influential but unsung authors such as Mabillon, Olympe de Gouges, Chenier, and de Sade."

From Here to Enlightenment

An Introduction to Tsong-kha-pa's Classic Text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment
Author: His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834828391
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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When the Dalai Lama was forced to go into exile in 1959, he could take only a few items with him. Among these cherished belongings was his copy of Tsong-kha-pa’s classic text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. This text distills all of the essential points of Tibetan Buddhism, clearly unfolding the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment. In 2008, celebrating the long-awaited completion of the English-language translation of The Great Treatise, the Dalai Lama gave a historic six-day teaching at Lehigh University to explain the meaning of this classic text and to underscore its importance. It is the longest teaching that he has ever given to Westerners on just one text, and Westerners have never before had the opportunity to receive such a complete teaching that encompasses the totality of the Buddhist path from the Dalai Lama. From Here to Enlightenment makes the teachings from this momentous event available for a wider audience.

A Companion to Enlightenment Historiography


Author: N.A
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004251847
Category: History
Page: 520
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A Companion to Enlightenment Historiography offers a survey of the most important historians and historiographical debates in the long eighteenth century, examining these debates’ stylistic, philosophical and political significance.