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Meaning
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 192

Meaning

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-12-18
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  • Publisher: Routledge

Meaning is one of our most central and most ubiquitous concepts. Anything at all may, in suitable contexts, have meaning ascribed to it. In this wide-ranging book, David Cooper departs from the usual focus on linguistic meaning to discuss how works of art, ceremony, social action, bodily gesture, and the purpose of life can all be meaningful. He argues that the notion of meaning is best approached by considering what we accept as explanations of meaning in everyday practice and shows that in these situations we are explaining the appropriate fit of an item - whether a word or an artwork - with something larger than or outside of itself. This fuller account of meaning explores questions of th...

Illusions of Equality (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 7)
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 192

Illusions of Equality (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 7)

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2010-02-25
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  • Publisher: Routledge

Educational policy and discussion, in Britain and the USA, are increasingly dominated by the confused ideology of egalitarianism. David E. Cooper begins by identifying the principles hidden among the confusions, and argues that these necessarily conflict with the ideal of educational excellence - in which conflict it is this ideal that must be preserved. He goes on to criticize the use of education as a tool for promoting wider social equality, focussing especially on the muddles surrounding 'equal opportunities', 'social mix' and 'reverse discrimination'. Further chapters criticize the 'new egalitarianism' favoured, on epistemological grounds, by various sociologists of knowledge in recent years and 'cultural egalitarianism' according to which standard criteria of educational value merely reflect parochial and economic interests.

Heidegger
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 110

Heidegger

David E. Cooper is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham. He has been President (or Chair) of the Aristotelian Society, the Mind Association, the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain and has been a visiting Professor at universities in the USA, Canada, Germany and South Africa. His previous works include Existentialism: A Reconstruction and World Philosophies: an historical introduction.

Buddhism, Virtue and Environment
  • Language: en

Buddhism, Virtue and Environment

Buddhism, one increasingly hears, is an 'eco-friendly' religion. It is often said that this is because it promotes an 'ecological' view of things, one stressing the essential unity of human beings and the natural world. Buddhism, Virtue and Environment presents a different view. While agreeing that Buddhism is, in many important respects, in tune with environmental concerns, Cooper and James argue that what makes it 'green' is its view of human life. The true connection between the religion and environmental thought is to be found in Buddhist accounts of the virtues - those traits, such as compassion, equanimity and humility, that characterise the life of a spiritually enlightened individual...

A Philosophy of Gardens
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 173

A Philosophy of Gardens

Why do gardens matter so much and mean so much to people? That is the intriguing question to which David Cooper seeks an answer in this book. Given the enthusiasm for gardens in human civilization ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, it is surprising that the question has been so long neglected by modern philosophy. Now at last there is a philosophy of gardens. Not only is this a fascinating subject in its own right, it also provides a reminder that the subject-matter of aesthetics is broader than the fine arts; that ethics is not just about moral issues but about 'the good life'; and that environmental philosophy should not focus only on 'wilderness' to the exclusion of the humanly shap...

World Philosophies
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 580

World Philosophies

This popular text has now been revised to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of the growing number of people interested in all the main philosophical traditions of the world. Introduces all the main philosophical systems of the world, from ancient times to the present day. Now includes new sections on Indian and Persian thought and on feminist and environmental philosophy. The preface and bibliography have also been updated. Written by a highly successful textbook author.

Existentialism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 232

Existentialism

First published in 1990, Existentialism is widely regarded as a classic introductory survey of the topic, and has helped to renew interest in existentialist philosophy. The author places existentialism within the great traditions of philosophy, and argues that it deserves as much attention from analytic philosophers as it has always received on the continent.

Interagency Contracting
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 51

Interagency Contracting

The Dept. of Defense (DoD) is the largest user of other federal agencies' contracting services. The availability of these contracting services has enabled DoD & other departments to save time by paying other agencies to award & administer contracts for goods & services on their behalf. For example, DoD uses franchise funds (FF), which are government-run, fee-for-service organizations that provide a portfolio of services, including contracting services. This report assessed whether FF ensured fair & reasonable prices for goods & services, whether DoD analyzed purchasing alternatives, & whether DoD & FF ensured value by defining contract outcomes & overseeing contractor performance. Charts & tables.

Philosophy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 1408

Philosophy

Philosophy: The Classic Readings provides a comprehensive, single-volume collection of the greatest works of philosophy from ancient to modern times. Draws on both Eastern and Western philosophical traditions Arranged chronologically within parts on Ethics, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, and Political Philosophy Features original readings from more than a hundred of the world's great philosophers - from Lao Tzu, Confucius, the Buddha, Plato, Samkara, Aquinas, al-Ghazali, Kant, and Kierkegaard, to Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Sartre, Arendt, and Quine and many others Provides an extensive Timeline of Philosophy for situating historical figures and lines of thought

Presupposition
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 130

Presupposition

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2002
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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