The Objectification Spectrum

Author: John M. Rector
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199355428
Format: PDF, Kindle
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What lies at the heart of humanity's capacity for evil? Any tenable answer to this age-old question must include an explanation of our penchant for objectifying and dehumanizing our fellow human beings. The Objectification Spectrum: Understanding and Transcending Our Diminishment and Dehumanization of Others draws upon timeless wisdom to propose a new model of objectification. Rather than offering a narrow definition of the term, the author explores objectification as a spectrum of misapprehension running from its mildest form, casual indifference, to its most extreme manifestation, dehumanization. Using vivid examples to clearly demarcate three primary levels of objectification, the author engages in a thoughtful exploration of various dispositional and situational factors contributing to this uniquely human phenomenon. These include narcissism, the ego, death denial, toxic situations, and our perceived boundaries of self, among others. Rector then gives us reason to hope by orienting his model of objectification into a broader continuum of human capability--one that includes a countervailing enlightenment spectrum. Gleaning insights from classic philosophy, the world's five most prominent religious traditions, and current social science research, he examines the best antidotes humankind has devised thus far to move us from casual concern for our fellow human beings toward interconnectedness and, ultimately, unity consciousness. Broad in scope and deeply penetrating, The Objectification Spectrum advances the conversation about the nature of human evil into personally relevant, potentially transformative territory.

The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion

Author: Michael Stausberg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191045888
Format: PDF
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The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religions provides a comprehensive overview of the academic study of religions. Written by an international team of leading scholars, its fifty-one chapters are divided thematically into seven sections. The first section addresses five major conceptual aspects of research on religion. Part two surveys eleven main frameworks of analysis, interpretation, and explanation of religion. Reflecting recent turns in the humanities and social sciences, part three considers eight forms of the expression of religion. Part four provides a discussion of the ways societies and religions, or religious organizations, are shaped by different forms of allocation of resources (i.e., economy). Other chapters in this section consider law, the media, nature, medicine, politics, science, sports, and tourism. Part five reviews important developments, distinctions, and arguments for each of the selected topics. The study of religion addresses religion as a historical phenomenon and part six looks at seven historical processes. Religion is studied in various ways by many disciplines, and this Handbook shows that the study of religion is an academic discipline in its own right. The disciplinary profile of this volume is reflected in part seven, which considers the history of the discipline and its relevance. Each chapter in the Handbook references at least two different religions to provide fresh and innovative perspectives on key issues in the field. This authoritative collection will advance the state of the discipline and is an invaluable reference for students and scholars.

Paths Between Head and Heart

Author: Oliver C. Robinson
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 178279901X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Paths Between Head and Heart provides an accessible but comprehensive account of how science and spirituality relate, not as enemies, but as partners in the quest for a truth that is greater than either one can understand alone. While many books have been written on science and religion, not many have looked at how spirituality and science exist as complementary parts of a larger whole, and how they relate specifically to the transitional challenges that define our era. '...explains the paradox of the unity of science and spirituality. Oliver Robinson shows that these two ways of looking at the world, so often seen as opposing forces, actually come from the same source...' Jennifer Kavanagh, author of The World is Our Cloister

American Psycho

Author: Bret Easton Ellis
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783462036992
Format: PDF
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Patrick Bateman sieht gut aus, ist gut erzogen und intelligent. Tagsüber sitzt er in seinem Büro in der Wall Street und vergrößert seinen Reichtum. Seine Nächte hingegen verbringt er auf unfaßbare Weise. Er ist ein Serienmörder und lebt seinen ganz eigenen amerikanischen Traum.

The Spectrum of Consciousness

Author: Ken Wilber
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
ISBN: 9788120818484
Format: PDF
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........Path-Breaking Book......Ken Willber Suceessfully Integrated Various Disciplines Reconciling The Approches Adopted By Western Psychology And Eastern Philosophies To Explore Human Consciousness.Spectrum Of Consciousness Lets In Fresh Air Into Increasingly Polarised Belief SystemsAnd Tunneled Perceptions And Provides Excellent Reading For Anyone Interested In Exploring The Nature Of Human Consciousness And Of His Own Mind.

Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit

Author: Walter Benjamin
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518734059
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Walter Benjamin beschreibt in dem Aufsatz Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit die geschichtlichen, sozialen und ästhetischen Prozesse, die mit der technischen Reproduzierbarkeit des Kunstwerkes zusammenhängen. In die Reihe der kunstsoziologischen Arbeiten Benjamins gehören auch die beiden hier zum ersten Mal in Buchform veröffentlichten Texte: Kleine Geschichte der Photographie (1931) und Eduard Fuchs, der Sammler und der Historiker (1937). Sie erhärten Benjamins Einsichten am Einzelfall.

Der Mythos Sch nheit

Author: Naomi Wolf
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783499195129
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Inhalt: 1. Der Schönheitsmythos, 2. Arbeit, 3. Kultur, 4. Religion, 5. Sex, 6. Hunger, 7. Gewalt, 8. Über den Schönheitsmythos hinaus, Anmerkungen und Quellenhinweise.