The Catholic Church
By Hans Küng
A landmark short history of the Catholic Church by the world's greatest living Christian theologian and historian.Hans Kung describes the history of the Roman Catholic Church from its origins in St Paul's Rome, through the disputes of the medieval era to the modern world. He examines the historic tension in the Church between pluralism and exclusivity; how the role of the Pope has changed; the motivations of the great reforming pontiffs; the evolving functions of the bishops and cardinals; the church's enthusiasm for missionary activity; the origins of the Marian cult; and how the shock waves of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation can still be felt today. The book concludes with a searching assessment of how the Catholic faith confronts the immense challenges - from science, from the empowerment of women, from those seeking reform of the Church's strictures against abortion and contraception - in the new millennium.'The sweep is vast and the tale told with pace and passion' Financial Times
The Choice Of Hercules
By A.C. Grayling
Duty or Pleasure? This was the legendary choice which faced Hercules and which pre-eminent philosopher A.C. Grayling uses as the starting point of this masterful book.He shows us how much more people can understand about themselves and their world by reflecting on today's moral challenges. Above all, he explores the idea that certain demands and certain pleasures are necessary, not just because of their intrinsic merits but because of what they do for each other. With exceptional clarity and unrivalled prose, Grayling addresses the everyday ethical choices which confront us all.
Conversations With Isaiah Berlin
By Ramin Jahanbegloo
Revealing and enlightening, Conversations with Isaiah Berlin gives a close-up view of one of the foremost thinkers of our time.Philosopher and leading proponent of liberal thinking, Isaiah Berlin has changed our sense of history and life. His impact on the intellectual and political views of the last fifty years alone makes it critical to understand his works and analyse his thoughts. The topics of conversation range broadly from Marx and Machiavelli to Berlin's extraordinary encounters with Anna Akhmatova and Boris Pasternak in post-war Russia.Conversations is a remarkable record of one of the great intellectual odysseys of the century.
Confessions Of A Philosopher
By Bryan Magee
In this inspirational book Bryan Magee tells the story of his discovery of philosophy, and in doing so introduces the subject to his reader. Experiences of everyday life provide discussion of philosophers and explain why certain philosophical questions persistently exercise our minds.With great fluency Magee untangles philosophy, making it seem part of everyone's life. Intensely personal and brimming with infectious enthusiasm, this is a wonderful introduction to philosophy by one of the most elegant and accessible writers on the subject.
Complete Book of Tarot Spreads
By Evelyn Burger, Johannes Fiebig
Critique Of Pure Reason
By Immanuel Kant