The Hungry Soul

Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature
Author: Leon Kass
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226425689
Category: Cooking
Page: 248
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Originally published: New York: Free Press; Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York: Maxwell Macmillan International, c1994. With new foreword.

Natural Moral Law in Contemporary Society

Author: Holger Zaborowski
Publisher: CUA Press
ISBN: 0813217865
Category: Philosophy
Page: 359
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The essays of this volume examine natural moral law, different natural law theories, and the role that natural law can and should play in our contemporary society

Making Sense of Taste

Food and Philosophy
Author: Carolyn Korsmeyer
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 080147132X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 240
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Taste, perhaps the most intimate of the five senses, has traditionally been considered beneath the concern of philosophy, too bound to the body, too personal and idiosyncratic. Yet, in addition to providing physical pleasure, eating and drinking bear symbolic and aesthetic value in human experience, and they continually inspire writers and artists. In Making Sense of Taste, Carolyn Korsmeyer explains how taste came to occupy so low a place in the hierarchy of senses and why it is deserving of greater philosophical respect and attention. Korsmeyer begins with the Greek thinkers who classified taste as an inferior, bodily sense; she then traces the parallels between notions of aesthetic and gustatory taste that were explored in the formation of modern aesthetic theories. She presents scientific views of how taste actually works and identifies multiple components of taste experiences. Turning to taste's objects—food and drink—she looks at the different meanings they convey in art and literature as well as in ordinary human life and proposes an approach to the aesthetic value of taste that recognizes the representational and expressive roles of food. Korsmeyer's consideration of art encompasses works that employ food in contexts sacred and profane, that seek to whet the appetite and to keep it at bay; her selection of literary vignettes ranges from narratives of macabre devouring to stories of communities forged by shared eating.

Biological Evolution

Facts and Theories : a Critical Appraisal 150 Years After "The Origin of Species"
Author: Auletta Gennaro,Leclerc Marc,Martínez Rafael A.
Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop
ISBN: 8878391808
Category: Religion
Page: 747
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As a well-established scientific fact, biological evolution still provokes heated debates all over the world about its compatibility with religious beliefs. Moreover, the Darwinian theory, although remaining the general framework of life sciences, is in itself undergoing a sort of evolution by virtue of recent advancements in different biological disciplines, which lead to better assess the ideas that Darwin introduced more than 150 years ago. Finally, both the scientific fact of evolution and the Darwinian theory are concerns of philosophy and theology in relation to difficult issues such as the teleology ascribable to the realm of life, the meaning and relevance of ontological emergence, the mechanist and reductionist view of living beings, the level of complexity peculiar to biological systems, the relationships between evolution and Creation, the presence of contingency in nature, the ontological discontinuity between animals and the human being, and so on. The Conference held at the Pontifical Gregorian University represented a multidisciplinary attempt at dealing with such a cluster of intellectual problems, and this volume of proceedings testifies not only the event in its uniqueness but also the efforts made in order to establish a true dialogue beyond any kind of cheap agreement or ideological closure. The volume gathers the contributions provided by 37 prominent scholars - scientists, philosophers and theologians - coming from major academic institutions like the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Stanford University, the College de France, the University of California, the University of Arizona, the Institute Catholique de Toulouse, the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, and the University of Notre Dame that also participated to the organization of the Conference. Even if a lot of work is still to be done, this volume shows that important steps have been made towards a critical view of biological evolution, in which an appropriate philosophical mediation allows scientific knowledge and theological reflection to profitably interact. This seems crucial for establishing a culture that is both updated and an appropriate context for the human development of future generations.

Jewish-Christian Dialogue and the Life of Wisdom

Engagements with the Theology of David Novak
Author: Matthew Levering
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441139516
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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This book inquires as to whether theological dialogue between Christians and Jews is possible, not only in itself but also as regards the emergence of communities of Messianic Judaism. In light of David Novak's insights, Matthew Levering proposes that Christian theological responses to supersessionism need to preserve both the Church's development of doctrine and Rabbinic Judaism's ability to define its own boundaries. The book undertakes constructive philosophical theology in dialogue with Novak. Exploring the interrelated doctrines of divine providence/theonomy, the image of God, and natural law, Levering places Novak's work in conversation especially with Thomas Aquinas, whose approach fosters a rich dialogue with Novak's broadly Maimonidean perspective. It focuses upon the relationship of human beings to the Creator, with attention to the philosophical entailments of Jewish and Christian covenantal commitments, aiming to spell out what true freedom involves. It concludes by asking whether Christians and Jews would do better to bracket our covenantal commitments in pursuing such wisdom. Drawing upon Novak's work, the author argues that in the face of suffering and death, God's covenantal election makes possible hope, lacking which the quest for wisdom runs aground.

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology

Author: Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444345729
Category: Religion
Page: 640
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Through a series of essays contributed by leading experts in the field, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology presents an introduction to practical theology as a major area of Christian study and practice, including an overview of its key developments, themes, methods, and future directions. The first comprehensive reference work to provide a survey, description and analysis of practical theology as an area of study A range of leading scholars in the field provide original contributions on the major areas, issues, and figures in practical theology Reviews an extensive range of methods for studying theology in practice, along with sub-disciplines in theological education such as pastoral care and preaching Covers developments in the discipline in a range of global contexts and distinct Christian traditions Shows how practical theology is relevant to everyday life

The New Religious Humanists

A Reader
Author: Gregory Wolfe
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684832542
Category: Religion
Page: 306
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Staking out a position beyond the political left and right wing, an anthology of essays by noted religious writers and scholars treats topics ranging from Hollywood's portrayal of evil to the politicization of religion. 12,500 first printing.

On the Meaning of Life

Author: Professor of Philosophy John Cottingham,John Cottingham
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415247993
Category: Philosophy
Page: 124
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The question "What is the meaning of life?W is one of the most fascinating, oldest and most difficult questions human beings have ever posed themselves. In this work, John Cottingham assesses some of the most influential attempts to explain it.

Bodies in Society

Essays on Christianity in Contemporary Culture
Author: Margaret R. Miles
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630874531
Category: Religion
Page: 242
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Education is about learning to think. Much of what we call thinking, however, is a hodge-podge of repetitious self-talk, opinion, and cutting and pasting of second-hand ideas. Moreover, thinking in the present has often been alien to scholars who were tempted to think abstractly. But life and thought belong together and require each other, as Plotinus pointed out many centuries ago: [T]he object of contemplation is living and life, and the two together are one (Ennead 3.8.8). Presently, many women and men in the academic world are thinking concretely within the context of their own lives and with acknowledged accountability to broader communities with whom they think and to whom they are answerable. The essays in this volume consider Christianity as an aspect of North American culture, bringing the critical tools of the academy to thinking about some of the perplexing and pressing problems of contemporary public life. Three interactive and interdependent themes traverse these essays: gender, the effects of media culture, and institutions. Each of these themes has been central to Margaret Miles's work for thirty years. Each understands corporeality as fundamental both to subjectivity and society. Miles finds that Christianity, critically appropriated, provides ideas and methods for thinking concretely about life in North American society.

Fat History

Bodies and Beauty in the Modern West
Author: Peter N. Stearns
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814739822
Category: History
Page: 294
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The modern struggle against fat cuts deeply and pervasively into American culture. Dieting, weight consciousness, and widespread hostility toward obesity form one of the fundamental themes of modern life. Fat History explores the meaning of fat in contemporary Western society and illustrates how progressive changes, such as growth in consumer culture, increasing equality for women, and the refocusing of women's sexual and maternal roles have influenced today's obsession with fat. Brought up-to-date with a new preface and filled with narrative anecdotes, Fat History explores fat's transformation from a symbol of health and well-being to a sign of moral, psychological, and physical disorder.

Critical Approaches to Food in Children’s Literature

Author: Kara K. Keeling,Scott T. Pollard
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135893004
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 290
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Critical Approaches to Food in Children’s Literature is the first scholarly volume on the topic, connecting children's literature to the burgeoning discipline of food studies. Following the lead of historians like Mark Kurlansky, Jeffrey Pilcher and Massimo Montanari, who use food as a fundamental node for understanding history, the essays in this volume present food as a multivalent signifier in children’s literature, and make a strong argument for its central place in literature and literary theory. Written by some of the most respected scholars in the field, the essays between these covers tackle texts from the nineteenth century (Rudyard Kipling’s Kim) to the contemporary (Dave Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series), the U.S. multicultural (Asian-American) to the international (Ireland, Brazil, Mexico). Spanning genres such as picture books, chapter books, popular media, and children’s cookbooks, contributors utilize a variety of approaches, including archival research, cultural studies, formalism, gender studies, post-colonialism, post-structuralism, race studies, structuralism, and theology. Innovative and wide-ranging, Critical Approaches to Food in Children’s Literature provides us with a critical opportunity to puzzle out the significance of food in children’s literature.

Emergenz und Bewusstsein

evolutionärer Prozess und die Grenzen des Naturalismus
Author: Philip Clayton
Publisher: Ruprecht Gmbh & Company
Category: Science
Page: 242
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Wie Menschen die Welt und ihren Platz in ihr verstehen, ist nicht zuletzt für die Menschen selbst von Bedeutung. Einige von uns sind Physikalisten, die glauben, dass jedes Ding, das existiert, eine physikalische Einheit darstellt, zusammengesetzt aus und daher letztlich erklärbar mithilfe von Gesetzen, Partikeln und Energien der Mikrophysik. Andere sind eher Dualisten, die meinen, dass zumindest Menschen, vielleicht aber auch andere Organismen, sowohl aus diesen physikalischen als auch aus nichtphysikalischen Komponenten wie Seele, Selbst oder Geist bestehen. Das Buch zeigt, dass die Emergenztheorie eine dritte Möglichkeit in der laufenden Debatte darstellt, und zwar eine, die den anderen beiden vorzuziehen ist. Die Hauptthese der Emergenztheorie legt nahe, dass Bewusstsein oder das, was wir Verstand nennen, aus komplexen biologischen Systemen hervorgeht und von ihnen abhängig ist. Bewusstsein ist jedoch nicht die einzige zutage tretende Ebene; in bestimmter Hinsicht ist es lediglich ein einziger Schritt in einer langen Reihe von Schritten, die den evolutionären Prozess konstituieren. Es mag eine besonders interessante und komplexe Ebene sein, die immerhin das gesamte intellektuelle, kulturelle, künstlerische und religiöse Leben der Menschheit mit einschließt, da für uns als handelnde Menschen das Bewusstsein - sowohl in seinen privaten, ganz persönlichen Äußerungsformen, als auch in denen der gesamten Gesellschaft - letztlich sehr bedeutsam ist. Ergebnis der vorliegenden Untersuchung der Emergenz ist ein tieferes Verständnis der Stärken dieses derzeit vielfach beachteten Konzepts; sie will aber auch zum Verständnis der Kritik beitragen, der dieses Konzept leicht anheim fallen kann. Am Schluss soll gezeigt werden, dass Emergenz ein neues und ertragreiches Paradigma zur Interpretation einer breiten Vielfalt von Phänomenen bietet, die sich von der Physik bis zum Bewusstsein - und vielleicht sogar darüber hinaus - erstrecken.

The Good Works Reader

Author: Thomas C. Oden
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802840310
Category: Religion
Page: 360
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Often claimed as one of the sparks that ignited the Reformation, the place of “works” in the Christian life continues to be hotly debated. In this helpful volume, distinguished theologian Thomas Oden draws together Christian teaching on this subject from across the centuries to provide a comprehensive witness on this essential topic.M The Good Works Reader seeks to make faith active in love. To complete this task, Oden listens to the timeless teaching of the patristic writers, the theologians who defined orthodoxy in the first five centuries after Christ. His listening extends not only to the well-known fathers such as Augustine, Irenaeus, and Eusebius, but also to lesser-known yet no less important fathers such as Oecumenius, Pseudo-Basil, and Peter Chrysologus. Oden presents a side-by-side collection of the fathers' teaching on treatment of the poor, the outcast, and the imprisoned, as well as an extensive discussion of the necessity of practical action. The second volume in Oden's Classic Christian Readers set, The Good Works Reader will serve as an essential resource for Christians from all traditions who seek to balance the ancient tension between faith and works in their own lives.

Sum Total of Human Happiness

Author: James V. Schall
Publisher: St Augustine PressInc
Category: Philosophy
Page: 207
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"This is a book on the truth of things, including the truth found in things that are wrong or even evil, the "alternative world." But it is primarily a book about the many things that are, the infinity of particular things, as well as the highest things, both of which come to us primarily by gift and superabundance. The wonder, indeed the amazement, of our existence is not that there is so little, but so much. And it is intrinsic to this "so much" that, through our minds and our experience, we are open to these things that are not ourselves. The mind is capax omnium, capable of knowing all things."--BOOK JACKET.

The Ethics of Human Cloning

Author: Leon Kass,James Q. Wilson
Publisher: American Enterprise Institute
ISBN: 9780844740508
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 101
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Today biological science is rising on a wall of worry. No other science has advanced more dramatically during the past several decades or yielded so many palpable improvements in human welfare. Yet, none except nuclear physics has aroused greater apprehensions among the general public and leaders in such diverse fields as religion, the humanities, and government. In this engaging book, Leon R. Kass, the noted teacher, scientist, humanist, and chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics, and James Q. Wilson, the preeminent political scientist to whom four United States presidents have turned for advice on crime, drug abuse, education, and other crises in American life, explore the ethics of human cloning, reproductive technology, and the teleology of human sexuality. Although in their lively dialgoue both authors share a fundamental distrust of the notion of human cloning, they base their resistance on different views of the role of sexual reproduction and the role of the family. Professor Kass contends that in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproudction technologies that place the origin of human life in human hands have eroded the respect for the mystery of sexuality and human renewal. Professor Wilson, in contrast, asserts that whether a human life is created naturally or artificially is immaterial as long as the child is raised by loving parents in a two-parent family and is not harmed by the means of its conception. This accessible volume promises to inform the public policy debate over the permissible conduct of genetic research and the permissible uses of its discoveries.

The Fat Fallacy

Applying the French Diet to the American Lifestyle
Author: William Clower
Publisher: Perusal PressInc
ISBN: 9780970913807
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 272
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Americans are in the middle of an obesity epidemic. By contrast, the French eat wonderful creams, cheeses, and baguettes-the very fats and carbohydrates we've been told to avoid. Remarkably, these sumptuous foods produce a nation of thin people (with an 8% obesity rate) who live longer than us and don't have our heart problems. In The Fat Fallacy, Dr. Clower makes a basic point-the same diet that keeps them thin and healthy can work for us as well. Dr. Clower shows us that by trading in high quantity for high quality foods-no pills, surgery, or deprivation-we can lose weight while also losing the guilt and fear associated with rich foods so we can get back to enjoying the sensual pleasure of eating well.