Love and Other Thought Experiments

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 Featuring on BBC 2's Between the Covers 'Sophie Ward is a dazzling talent who writes like a modern-day F Scott Fitzgerald' Elizabeth Day, author of How To Fail 'An act of such breath-taking imagination, ...

Author: Sophie Ward

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472154584

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 'Sophie Ward is a dazzling talent who writes like a modern-day F Scott Fitzgerald' Elizabeth Day, author of How To Fail 'An act of such breath-taking imagination, daring and detail that the journey we are on is believable and the debate in the mind non-stop. There are elements of Doris Lessing in the writing - a huge emerging talent here' Fiona Shaw 'A towering literary achievement' Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things Rachel and Eliza are planning their future together. One night in bed Rachel wakes up terrified and tells Eliza that an ant has crawled into her eye and is stuck there. Rachel is certain; Eliza, a scientist, is sceptical. Suddenly their entire relationship is called into question. What follows is a uniquely imaginitive sequence of interlinked stories ranging across time, place and perspective to form a sparkling philosophical tale of love, lost and found across the universe.

Wittgenstein s Beetle and Other Classic Thought Experiments

On the face of it, thought experiments are a useful way to gain new knowledge
about the world, by means of 'armchair ... Empedocles (495–435 BCE), who
wisely divided the world between two forces, 'love' and 'strife', also founded one
of the ...

Author: Martin Cohen

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470777257

Category: Philosophy

Page: 152

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Wittgenstein’s Beetle and Other Classic Thought Experiments invites readers to participate actively in discovering the surprisingly powerful and fruitful tradition of "thought experiments." Gives a lively presentation of an "A to Z" of 26 fascinating and influential thought experiments from philosophy and science Presents vivid and often humorous discussion of the experiments, including strengths and weaknesses, historical context, and contemporary uses Provides a "how to" section for engaging in thought experiments Includes illustrations, mini-biographies, and suggestions for further reading.

Thought Experiments

Other logical thought experiments try to show the necessity of logical laws by our
inability to conceive of illogical worlds. ... Suppose a smart aleck points out that if
Brutus loved Rome more than Caesar, then he jolly well did love Caesar less ...

Author: Roy A. Sorensen

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 019512913X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 318

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This text analyses a variety of thought experiments, and explores what they are, how they work, and what their positive and negative aspects are. It also sets the theory within an evolutionary framework of advances in experimental psychology.

Superhero Thought Experiments

The creature loved her and, because Swamp Thing falsely convinced itself that
its love was false, the creature fell out of love ... And he argues for this by
introducing two different thought experiments: The Swampman and radical

Author: Chris Gavaler


ISBN: 1609386558

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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"What if there's an alternative universe with a different moral code? What if we are being deceived by an evil genius? Examining the deep philosophical topics addressed in superhero comics, this entertaining book reads plot lines for the complex "thought experiments" they contain and analyzes their implications as if the comic authors were philosophers. In doing so, authors Chris Gavaler and Nathaniel Goldberg--a comics expert and a philosophy scholar, respectively--find that superhero comics often depict philosophical thought experiments more fully than philosophers do, and with surprising results. For example, René Descartes briefly worries that we are being deceived by an evil genius, but Marvel Comics explores this concern--and its consequences--over decades. Similarly, in a few paragraphs philosophers Terry Horgan and Mark Timmons imagine a "moral twin earth" with deviant morality, while DC Comics dedicates multiple comics to different moral twin earths in which readers see multiple deviant moralities play out"--

The Routledge Companion to Thought Experiments

Other thought experiments can be found in Chapters Six, on the evolution of
complex organs and Seven, on the evolution of instincts. See also Love (2010).
Fisher suggests that “the intelligence, properly speaking, is little influenced by the

Author: Michael T Stuart

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351705512

Category: Philosophy

Page: 568

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Thought experiments are a means of imaginative reasoning that lie at the heart of philosophy, from the pre-Socratics to the modern era, and they also play central roles in a range of fields, from physics to politics. The Routledge Companion to Thought Experiments is an invaluable guide and reference source to this multifaceted subject. Comprising over 30 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Companion covers the following important areas: · the history of thought experiments, from antiquity to the trolley problem and quantum non-locality; · thought experiments in the humanities, arts, and sciences, including ethics, physics, theology, biology, mathematics, economics, and politics; · theories about the nature of thought experiments; · new discussions concerning the impact of experimental philosophy, cross-cultural comparison studies, metaphilosophy, computer simulations, idealization, dialectics, cognitive science, the artistic nature of thought experiments, and metaphysical issues. This broad ranging Companion goes backwards through history and sideways across disciplines. It also engages with philosophical perspectives from empiricism, rationalism, naturalism, skepticism, pluralism, contextualism, and neo-Kantianism to phenomenology. This volume will be valuable for anyone studying the methods of philosophy or any discipline that employs thought experiments, as well as anyone interested in the power and limits of the mind.

Liberating Sociology From Newtonian Toward Quantum Imaginations Volume 1 Unriddling the Quantum Enigma

A different question I wish to raise regarding the twins thought experiment by
Einstein can be expressed as follows. Einstein, being a Swiss citizen at the time
in love of clocks and time, was very much interested in the temporal dimension of
the ...

Author: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi

Publisher: Ahead Publishing House (imprint: Okcir Press)

ISBN: 1640980121

Category: Social Science

Page: 1000

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In this major new study in the sociology of scientific knowledge, social theorist Mohammad H. Tamdgidi reports having unriddled the so-called ‘quantum enigma.’ This book opens the lid of the Schrödinger’s Cat box of the ‘quantum enigma’ after decades and finds something both odd and familiar: Not only the cat is both alive and dead, it has morphed into an elephant in the room in whose interpretation Einstein, Bohr, Bohm, and others were each both right and wrong because the enigma has acquired both localized and spread-out features whose unriddling requires both physics and sociology amid both transdisciplinary and transcultural contexts. The book offers, in a transdisciplinary and transcultural sociology of self-knowledge framework, a relativistic interpretation to advance a liberating quantum sociology. Deeper methodological grounding to further advance the sociological imagination requires investigating whether and how relativistic and quantum scientific revolutions can induce a liberating reinvention of sociology in favor of creative research and a just global society. This, however, necessarily leads us to confront an elephant in the room, the ‘quantum enigma.’ In Unriddling the Quantum Enigma, the first volume of the series commonly titled Liberating Sociology: From Newtonian toward Quantum Imaginations, sociologist Mohammad H. Tamdgidi argues that unriddling the ‘quantum enigma’ depends on whether and how we succeed in dehabituating ourselves in favor of unified relativistic and quantum visions from the historically and ideologically inherited, classical Newtonian modes of imagining reality that have subconsciously persisted in the ways we have gone about posing and interpreting (or not) the enigma itself for more than a century. Once this veil is lifted and the enigma unriddled, he argues, it becomes possible to reinterpret the relativistic and quantum ways of imagining reality (including social reality) in terms of a unified, nonreductive, creative dialectic of part and whole that fosters quantum sociological imaginations, methods, theories, and practices favoring liberating and just social outcomes. The essays in this volume develop a set of relativistic interpretive solutions to the quantum enigma. Following a survey of relevant studies, and an introduction to the transdisciplinary and transcultural sociology of self-knowledge framing the study, overviews of Newtonianism, relativity and quantum scientific revolutions, the quantum enigma, and its main interpretations to date are offered. They are followed by a study of the notion of the “wave-particle duality of light” and the various experiments associated with the quantum enigma in order to arrive at a relativistic interpretation of the enigma, one that is shown to be capable of critically cohering other offered interpretations. The book concludes with a heuristic presentation of the ontology, epistemology, and methodology of what Tamdgidi calls the creative dialectics of reality. The volume essays involve critical, comparative/integrative reflections on the relevant works of founding and contemporary scientists and scholars in the field. This study is the first in the monograph series “Tayyebeh Series in East-West Research and Translation” of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge (XIII, 2020), published by OKCIR: Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics). OKCIR is dedicated to exploring, in a simultaneously world-historical and self-reflective framework, the human search for a just global society. It aims to develop new conceptual (methodological, theoretical, historical), practical, pedagogical, inspirational and disseminative structures of knowledge whereby the individual can radically understand and determine how world-history and her/his selves constitute one another.

Why We are Not what We Think We are

We wish to find general causal laws by which the ' event of our existence is
related to other events . ... Each of us has probably been told by his parents that
he should be glad about their having met and falling in love with each other , as
otherwise he would not have come into existence . ... We see that every causal
explanation comprises a thought experiment : It is asked what would have
happened if the ...

Author: Andreas Trupp

Publisher: Studia Philosophica et Historica


Category: Identity (Philosophical concept)

Page: 113

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Questions about personal identity and about time affect us all. The concern for «our» future and the fear of «our» death are based on (mostly vague) concepts of personal identity over time. Though the atomic components of our present body are not identical with the ones shown on our childhood photos, we have no doubts in recognizing ourselves on those pictures. Similarly, we are convinced that «we» will be able to recognize «ourselves» on our present passport-photos even in the future. Is this confidence justified? If it is not, our conception of life and death would be as faulty as was the image of the universe in the Middle Ages.

He Mind Reading My Love

I explored from Mind Interpretation, Thought Experiment, Conscious, Pump
Intuition, Computerized Simulation, ... popup vivid images into my brain, other
interested revelations are: Before Mar 30 2011, the night I walked away second

Author: Fong Song

Publisher: A Movie with Steve Jobs

ISBN: 0984982906

Category: Biography & Autobiography


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Are you Steve Jobs?... A dying high-tech innovators love via Mind Reading, for love or visionary? A woman's longing for love, mono elegy to inherit ghosts. Spirit or Mind Readings creature? Real-time streaming Mind Reading through watch movies "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and more. EPOC headset or MRI scan dont require for Mind Reading, question why IBM 5-in-5 cant catch up this vivid scenario! Who can achieve this? A controversial suspicious love. With documentary and critical approach, this 13800 words novelette is looking for an answer.

How to Read the Bible Without Losing Your Mind

... group accepted a broad divergence of opinion. one person in the group
responded, “we disagree, but we love each other. ... Those bonds act as a safety
net that provides the confidence we need to try new thought experiments. we can
be ...

Author: Kent Blevins

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630872970

Category: Religion

Page: 222

View: 394

Does reading the Bible sometimes leave you confused? Do you have difficulty seeing the relevance of the Bible to modern concerns or to important issues in your life? Do you believe Bible reading and intellectual inquiry are mutually exclusive? This book explores how the Bible can serve as a resource for discovering truth. It provides a method that accepts and incorporates the knowledge gained from modern scholarship while also recognizing that truth-discovery is a personal, multifaceted journey. It honors the integrity of Scripture while remaining open to insight from additional truth-sources. In exploring what we mean when we speak of the Bible's authority, it is honest about the challenges presented to modern readers by the cultural chasm separating the biblical writers from today's world. How to Read the Bible Without Losing Your Mind shows how the Bible can be read with full engagement of both mind and heart.

The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy

So, what do magical love potions have to teach us about love, infatuation, and
the ethical treatment of others? In particular ... Love potions not only make for
fascinating thought experiments, they're also an important part of the Harry Potter

Author: William Irwin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470627358

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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A philosophical exploration of the entire seven-book Harry Potter series Harry Potter has been heralded as one of the most popular book series of all time and the philosophical nature of Harry, Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the world of its ultimate evil is one of the many things that make this series special. The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles in J.K. Rowling's groundbreaking series and takes fans back to Godric's Hollow to discuss life after death, to consider what moral reasoning drove Harry to choose death, and to debate whether Sirius Black is a man or a dog. With publication timed to coincide with the release of the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), this book will be the definitive guide for all fans looking to appreciate the series on a deeper level. Covers a range of intriguing topics such as the redemption of Severus Snape, the power of love, and destiny in the wizarding world Gives you a new perspective on Harry Potter characters, plot lines, and themes Makes a perfect companion to the Harry Potter books and movies Packed with interesting ideas and insights, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy is an ideal companion for anyone interested in unraveling the subtext and exploring the greater issues at work in the story.

Affective Performance and Cognitive Science

As a scientist you may not enter the space once an experiment is in progress. ...
use them to introduce new objects or take others out.10 The show is described as
being about 'thought experiments, cats, René Magritte, love, time, mathematics, ...

Author: Nicola Shaughnessy

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408183692

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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This book explores new developments in the dialogues between science and theatre and offers an introduction to a fast-expanding area of research and practice.The cognitive revolution in the humanities is creating new insights into the audience experience, performance processes and training. Scientists are collaborating with artists to investigate how our brains and bodies engage with performance to create new understanding of perception, emotion, imagination and empathy. Divided into four parts, each introduced by an expert editorial from leading researchers in the field, this edited volume offers readers an understanding of some of the main areas of collaboration and research: 1. Dances with Science 2. Touching Texts and Embodied Performance 3. The Multimodal Actor 4. Affecting Audiences Throughout its history theatre has provided exciting and accessible stagings of science, while contemporary practitioners are increasingly working with scientific and medical material. As Honour Bayes reported in the Guardian in 2011, the relationships between theatre, science and performance are 'exciting, explosive and unexpected'. Affective Performance and Cognitive Science charts new directions in the relations between disciplines, exploring how science and theatre can impact upon each other with reference to training, drama texts, performance and spectatorship. The book assesses the current state of play in this interdisciplinary field, facilitating cross disciplinary exchange and preparing the way for future studies.

Requiem for a Knave

With the deft touch of a master storyteller, Laura Carlin recreates the dangerous world Alwin must navigate as they flee the comforts of home for an entirely new life' Sophie Ward, author of Love and other Thought Experiments READERS' ...

Author: Laura Carlin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473661455

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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From the author of The Wicked Cometh comes a dark, page-turning tale of passion and romance in the darkest of places. . . 'Carlin can tell a good story' Observer 'A book of great beauty and lyricism' On Magazine After the death of his mother, young Alwin of Whittaker leaves the only home he has ever known to seek answers about his unknown father through a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. On the journey, Alwin falls in with a band of violent and marauding soldiers and is witness to their terrible crimes. When Alwin later joins up with a group of pilgrims, he must hide his identity . . . but he is not the only one with secrets to keep. Rosamund, a young woman travelling the same path, has much to conceal too. The journey to discovering who he really is will lead Alwin into great danger and great passion. These are dark times, and through them, Alwin must shine a light. Will the revelations to come destroy everything that came before? 'Effortlessly transports the reader to fourteenth-century rural Derbyshire and the plight of young Alwin. With the deft touch of a master storyteller, Laura Carlin recreates the dangerous world Alwin must navigate as they flee the comforts of home for an entirely new life' Sophie Ward, author of Love and other Thought Experiments READERS' PRAISE FOR REQUIEM FOR A KNAVE: 'Hugely engaging' 'A gem of an historical novel with beautiful atmospheric writing' 'I loved Laura's first book and this is another fun, dark historical novel full of twists and turns. Atmospheric and passionate' 'Laura Carlin charmed and bewitched me with her Victorian era debut The Wicked Cometh and here again I am willingly sucked into the dark medieval world of pilgrims, lords and villains' 'Beautifully written with strongly portrayed characters, A very good read' 'The author gives us fully rounded, engaging characters, a compelling story and beautiful, lyrical prose. I loved this even more than The Wicked Cometh' 'A lyrical and engaging novel, with beautiful writing and a gripping storyline'

The Jottery

Think of this as The Book of Questions for creative types, from writers and artists, to idea gurus and daydreamers, perfect for writing classes, train rides, parties, meditation retreats, game nights, insomnia bouts, lulls in dates or low ...

Author: Andy Selsberg

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698409884

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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In The Jottery, you'll find a series of prompts, suggestions, commands, and questions that are intended to cause neurons to fire and a spectrum of ideas to surface--possibly good, potentially useful, conceivably profitable, maybe illuminating, and hopefully amusing. There's also a chance you'll come up with nothing, and experience a beautiful "idea-lessness" that would be the envy of Zen monks everywhere. Also a win. Think of this as The Book of Questions for creative types, from writers and artists, to idea gurus and daydreamers, perfect for writing classes, train rides, parties, meditation retreats, game nights, insomnia bouts, lulls in dates or low points in relationships, company brainstorming meetings, waiting rooms, therapy sessions, and more. The dozens of ingenious prompts include: You create something called Soul Lotion. What are the best places to rub it? (Don’t limit your answer to human body parts.) You're commissioned to design a bridge to nowhere. Briefly describe possible nowheres you might build it to. Where did the fun go? Suggest four hyper-specific places. If you do manage to track the fun down and tie it to a chair, what do you do or do with it? You're commissioned to write a pilot script for a post-apocalyptic sitcom. It’s based not on the next post-apocalyptic period, but the one after that, after a new civilization arises and collapses. What are seven things you do to celebrate this cool new job? You design vending machines that sell things that are not physical objects. Like what? And for how much? List twelve things you can have instead of “it all.” List a handful of elevator tension-breakers, and a handful of elevator tension-makers.

Dissertation Abstracts International

I discuss the Twin Earth thought experiments of Putnam and Burge , and endorse
the externalist thesis that the contents of thought are wide . ... What might it mean
to truly love the other , to love them in their alterity , for their differences ?




Category: Dissertations, Academic


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Danto and His Critics

Each of these thought-experiments asks us to imagine a particular set of
indiscernible objects, or objects that the eye cannot tell apart, and each set is
made up of at least one object that is not a work of art and one or more other
objects that are ...

Author: Mark Rollins

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470673443

Category: Philosophy

Page: 323

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It has been 30 years since the initial publication of Arthur C. Danto's influential and award-winning treatise on the philosophy of art, "The Transfiguration of the Commonplace." What is the current critical assessment of Danto and his body of work? And how have Danto's own views changed on the nature and meaning of art? In this fully revised and expanded edition of "Danto and His Critics," leading Danto scholars offer their updated critical assessments of the works and ideas of the Johnsonian Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University and long-time art critic for "The Nation." While Danto has authored several influential books and essays on the nature of knowledge, action, aesthetics, history, and mind, he is best known for his provocative thoughts on the philosophy of art. In addition to the many insightful essays featured in the first edition - along with responses by Danto - this volume contains five completely new chapters, numerous postscripts to the original essays, and a revised "Replies to Critics" section. And in a fascinating new afterword, Danto reflects on how his life as an artist before taking up philosophy shaped and informed his ideas. By offering such a comprehensive, integrated, and incisive treatment of Arthur Danto's work, the second edition of "Danto and His Critics" reveals great insights into the state of contemporary art from the mind of one of the major shapers of recent aesthetic theory.

Virtue Love and Form

6 instrumental , and that perhaps ( Prichard thought ) they were even hedonists .
... 9 For some recent discussions of goods see , among others , Mike Ferejohn , '
Socratic Thought Experiments and the Unity of Virtue Paradox ' , Phronesis ...

Author: Gregory Vlastos


ISBN: 9780920980569

Category: Philosophy, Ancient

Page: 224

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Medieval Writings on Female Spirituality

... a dialogue between Love and the Soul, with many interventions by other
personified figures, Reason being the most prominent. Love is generally female
in the French text but more often male in the English; he/she is the refined love of
courtly poetry, possible ... metaphysical masochism at the heart of her work,
which emerges most clearly in the series of thought-experiments in the final
extract here (ch.

Author: Various

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440633401

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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Biographies, poetic compositions, works that are mystical, prophetic, visionary, or meditative: the selections here reflect the developments in medieval piety, particularly in the link between female spirituality and the body. Included are the dramatic visionary writings of Hildegard of Bingen; letters and poems by Hadewijch expressing passionate love for God; and Marguerite Porete's allegorical poem "The Mirror of Simple Souls," a dialogue between Love and Soul that was condemned as heretical. Also included are biographies written by male ecclesiastics of women such as Christine the Astonishing, whose extraordinary behavior included being resurrected at her own funeral; revelations received by Bridget of Sweden, the first woman to found a religious order; and excerpts from The Book of Margery Kempe, in which Margery imagines herself as a servant caring for the Virgin Mary in her childhood. This volume, edited by Elizabeth Spearing, who also prepared some of the translations, features a rich introduction to the lives and religious experiences of its subjects, as well as full explanatory notes. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Some Suggestions for Using Elements of Literature

Compare this story to one or more of the other thought experiments in the
collection — by Wells , Vonnegut ... 145 – 59 ) Themes : Love , Desire , Marriage
Related Stories : Maupassant , “ Moonlight " Joyce , " The Boarding House "
Comments ...

Author: Robert E. Scholes


ISBN: 9780195031416

Category: Literature

Page: 144

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Grace for the Injured Self

Empathy was “vicarious introspection,” the process in which we put ourselves in
the other person's shoes and then try, through consulting our own resonating
feelings and through using thought experiments, to decipher the inner world of
that other. ... Neither does restoration of the self come basically through a “
corrective emotional experience”—experiencing true love; establishing trust, for

Author: Terry D. Cooper

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630876232

Category: Religion

Page: 178

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Even under the best circumstances in life, we all suffer psychological injuries to our self. These injuries from others can range from passive hurtful comments to intentional abusive assaults. The end result is that our sense of being a cohesive and secure self is threatened. We may begin to experience degrees of vulnerability and self-doubts, or of rage and desire for revenge. We may even feel as if we were "falling apart." In all cases these self-injuries chip away at our self-cohesion and self-esteem. Grace for the Injured Self helps us to better understand the significance of these injuries to our self, as well as how these injuries can be healed through the self psychology approach of Heinz Kohut. Throughout its pages, this book emphasizes the empathic presence of another as a source of grace. Empathy is the most powerful means by which the self is reassured, strengthened, and ultimately restored. It is this empathic responsiveness of others that holds our self together and helps us daily maintain our self-cohesion and self-esteem. The self psychology perspective of Heinz Kohut, who many consider the most significant psychoanalyst since Sigmund Freud, is made available here as a primary means by which clergy and other helping professionals can provide a healing context for the restoration of injured selves.

What Do Existentialists Believe

I would ask the reader to perform similar thought experiments on other existential
fundamentals . Betrayal , love , sincerity , purpose , mourning , conviction ... Many
more will occur to reward the reader's interest . We are looking to appraise the ...

Author: Richard Appignanesi

Publisher: What Do We Believe


Category: Philosophy

Page: 133

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Lively and provocative new introduction to Existentialism