Taking Appearance Seriously

Author: Henri Bortoft
Publisher: Floris Books
ISBN: 0863159680
Format: PDF
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The history of western metaphysi from Plato onwards is dominated by the dualism of being and appearance. What something really is (its true being) is believed to be hidden behind the 'mere appearances' through which it manifests. Twentieth-century European thinkers radically overturned this foundation. With Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer came a major step towards taking appearance seriously, exploring a way of seeing that draws attention back 'upstream', from what is experienced into the act of experiencing. Understood in this way, perception is a dynamic event, a 'phenomenon', in which the observer participates. Henri Bortoft guides us through this dynamic way of seeing in various areas of experience -- in distinguishing things, the finding of meaning, and the relationship between thought and words. He also explores similarities with Goethe's reflections on the coming-into-being of the living plant. Here, in another reversal of classical thinking, we find that even in their 'diversity of appeareances', living things are not separate but in relation. Diversity is the dynamic unity of life itself. Expanding the scope of his previous book, The Wholeness of Nature, the author shows how Goethean insights combine with the dynamic way of seeing in continental philosophy to offer us an actively experienced 'life of meaning'. This book will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand the contribution and wider implications of modern European thought in the world today.

Holonomi

Author: Simon Robinson
Publisher: Floris Books
ISBN: 1782500685
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Businesses around the world are facing rapidly changing economic and social situations. Business leaders and managers must be ready to respond and adapt in new, innovative ways. The authors of this groundbreaking book argue that business people must adopt a 'holonomic' way of thinking, a dynamic and authentic understanding of the relationships within a business system, and an appreciation of the whole. Complexity and chaos are not to be feared, but rather are the foundation of successful business structures and economi. Holonomi presents a new world view where economi and ecology are in harmony. Using real-world case studies and practical exercises, the authors guide the reader in a new, holistic approach to business, towards a more sustainable future where both people and planet matter.

Lost Knowledge of the Imagination

Author: Gary Lachman
Publisher: Floris Books
ISBN: 1782504575
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The ability to imagine is at the heart of what makes us human. Through our imagination we experience more fully the world both around us and within us. Imagination plays a key role in creativity and innovation. Until the seventeenth century, the human imagination was celebrated. Since then, with the emergence of science as the dominant worldview, imagination has been marginalised -- depicted as a way of escaping reality, rather than knowing it more profoundly -- and its significance to our humanity has been downplayed. Yet as we move further into the strange new dimensions of the twenty-first century, the need to regain this lost knowledge seems more necessary than ever before. This insightful and inspiring book argues that, for the sake of our future in the world, we must reclaim the ability to imagine and redress the balance of influence between imagination and science. Through the work of Owen Barfield, Goethe, Henry Corbin, Kathleen Raine, and others, and ranging from the teachings of ancient mystics to the latest developments in neuroscience, The Lost Knowledge of the Imagination draws us back to a philosophy and tradition that restores imagination to its rightful place, essential to our knowing reality to the full, and to our very humanity itself.

Farbe im Spannungsfeld zwischen Wahrnehmung und Messung

Author: Sebastian Hümbert-Schnurr
Publisher: Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH
ISBN: 3832547754
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Farbe ist ein Kontext-Phänomen. Die Bedingungen, unter denen ein Farbreiz betrachtet wird, haben mitunter einen signifikanten Einfluss auf den Farbeindruck. Eine Diskrepanz zwischen Reiz und Eindruck wird gerne als optische Sinnestäuschung interpretiert. Sie kann jedoch als Resultat einer Urteilstäuschung erkannt werden. Dazu ist allerdings ein umfassenderes Verständnis des Phänomenbereichs Farbe nötig, als es klassischerweise in der Physik alleine vermittelt wird. In der vorliegenden Arbeit wird daher das Spannungsfeld zwischen (intersubjektiv überprüfbarer) Farbwahrnehmung und (bedingt objektivierbarer) Farbmessung auf epistemologisch-ontologischer, fachlicher und didaktischer Ebene untersucht und ein multiperspektivischer Zugang entwickelt, der methodisch auf der phänomenologischen Optik aufbaut und diese um Werkzeuge der Farbmetrik erweitert. Herzstück ist ein umfangreicher Untersuchungsgang, in dessen Rahmen neue Ergebnisse vorgestellt werden und der als Grundlage für die Entwicklung eines Curriculums gelesen werden kann.

First Steps to Seeing

Author: Emma Kidd
Publisher: Floris Books
ISBN: 1782501878
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In the twenty-first century we are confronted with a rapidly changing world full of social, economic and environmental uncertainties. We are all inherently connected to this changing world and in order to create the best possible conditions for life to thrive, we must each develop an inner capacity to respond and adapt to life in new, creative and innovative ways. The author of this visionary book argues that the path to a happy, healthy and peaceful world begins with the individual. By learning to recognise our cognitive habits of interrupting and defining life through our fixed ideas, labels and judgements, we can begin to develop a dynamic way of seeing that enables us to perceive and respond to life with greater attentiveness. First Steps in Seeing reveals a practical set of stepping stones that guide the reader into this dynamic way of seeing and relating. Using personal stories, practical exercises and real-world case studies in development, education and business, the author takes the reader on a journey to explore how to give our full attention to life, and how to enliven the world that we each co-create. An inspiring guide for all those working for social change in youth work, business, education or research, or simply seeking fresh paths in life.

Die Metamorphose der Pflanzen

Author: Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3843090378
Format: PDF, ePub
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Johann Wolfgang Goethe: Die Metamorphose der Pflanzen Entstanden 1790. Erstdruck: Gotha (C.W. Ettinger) 1790, dann wieder in: Zur Morphologie, 1817. Neuausgabe. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2016. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Joseph Karl Stieler, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe im 80. Lebensjahr, 1828. Gesetzt aus der Minion Pro, 11 pt.

Die B cherdiebin

Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: cbj Verlag
ISBN: 3894804270
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Selbst der Tod hat ein Herz ... Molching bei München. Hans und Rosa Hubermann nehmen die kleine Liesel Meminger bei sich auf – für eine bescheidene Beihilfe, die ihnen die ersten Kriegsjahre kaum erträglicher macht. Für Liesel jedoch bricht eine Zeit voller Hoffnung, voll schieren Glücks an – in dem Augenblick, als sie zu stehlen beginnt. Anfangs ist es nur ein Buch, das im Schnee liegen geblieben ist. Dann eines, das sie aus dem Feuer rettet. Dann Äpfel, Kartoffeln und Zwiebeln. Das Herz von Rudi. Die Herzen von Hans und Rosa Hubermann. Das Herz von Max. Und das des Todes. Denn selbst der Tod hat ein Herz. „Die Bücherdiebin“ ist eine Liebesgeschichte, eine Hommage an Bücher und Worte und eine Erinnerung an die Macht der Sprache, die im Roman von Markus Zusak viele Facetten zeigt: den lakonisch-distanzierten Ton des Erzählers, Poesie und Zuversicht – und die reduzierte Sprache der Nazipropaganda.