A Modern Art of Education


Teresa of Avila: Mystical Theology and Spirituality in the Carmelite Tradition 1st Edition by Peter Tyler
Rudolf Steiner, Jesse Darrell, Nancy Parsons Whittaker, “A Modern Art of Education”
Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, 3rd Edition by George Lakoff
Vincent Depaigne, “Legitimacy Gap: Secularism, Religion, and Culture in Comparative Constitutional Law”
End of an Era: How China’s Authoritarian Revival is Undermining Its Rise

Teresa of Avila: Mystical Theology and Spirituality in the Carmelite Tradition 1st Edition by Peter Tyler

English | 1 Dec. 2016 | ISBN: 1472478843 | ASIN: B01MQRJ3Y4 | 153 Pages | AZW3 | 372.5 KB

This innovative book offers an original insight into the context and times of St Teresa of Avila (1515 – 1582) as well as exploring her contemporary relevance from the perspective of some of the foremost thinkers and scholars in the Teresian field today including Professors Julia Kristeva, Rowan Williams and Bernard McGinn. As well as these academic approaches there will be chapters by friars and nuns of the Carmelite order living out the Carmelite charism in today’s world. The book addresses both theory and practice, and crosses traditional disciplinary and denominational boundaries – including medieval studies, philosophy, psychology, pastoral and systematic theology – thus demonstrating her continuing relevance in a variety of contemporary multi-disciplinary areas.

Rudolf Steiner, Jesse Darrell, Nancy Parsons Whittaker, “A Modern Art of Education”

2004 | pages: 256 | ISBN: 0880105119 | PDF | 1,9 mb

14 lectures and talks, Ilkley, Yorkshire, August 5-17, 1923 (CW 307)
In this fine introduction to Waldorf education, written out of a series of lectures given in 1924, Steiner provides one of the most comprehensive introductions to his pedagogical philosophy, psychology, and practice. Steiner begins by describing the union of science, art, religion and morality, which was the aim of all his work and underlies his concept of education.
Against this background, many of the lectures describe a new developmental psychology. On this basis, having established how children’s consciousness develops, Steiner discusses how different subjects should be presented so that individuals can grow and flourish inwardly. Only if the child absorbs the right subject in the right way at the right time can the inner freedom so necessary for life in the modern world become second nature.
– Introduction by Christopher Bamford
– Science, Art, Religion, Morality
– The Principles of Greek Education
– Greek Education and the Middle Ages
– Spirit’s Relationship to the Body
– Freeing Volition in the Human Organism
– Walking, Speaking, Thinking
– Rhythm, Sleep, Imitation
– Reading, Writing, Nature Study
– Arithmetic, Geometry, History
– Physics, Chemistry, Handwork, Language, Religion
– Memory, Temperaments, Physical Education, Art
– Education toward Inner Freedom
– The Three Eras of Human Religious Education
– Closing Address
– Index

Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, 3rd Edition by George Lakoff

English | September 5th, 2016 | ASIN: B01JLREM7E, ISBN: 022641129X | 512 Pages | EPUB | 0.61 MB

When Moral Politics was first published two decades ago, it redefined how Americans think and talk about politics through the lens of cognitive political psychology. Today, George Lakoff’s classic text has become all the more relevant, as liberals and conservatives have come to hold even more vigorously opposed views of the world, with the underlying assumptions of their respective worldviews at the level of basic morality.
Even more so than when Lakoff wrote, liberals and conservatives simply have very different, deeply held beliefs about what is right and wrong.
Lakoff reveals radically different but remarkably consistent conceptions of morality on both the left and right. Moral worldviews, like most deep ways of understanding the world, are unconscious—part of our “hard-wired” brain circuitry. When confronted with facts that don’t fit our moral worldview, our brains work automatically and unconsciously to ignore or reject these facts, and it takes extraordinary openness and awareness of this phenomenon to pay critical attention to the vast number of facts we are presented with each day. For this new edition, Lakoff has added a new preface and afterword, extending his observations to major ideological conflicts since the book’s original publication, from the Affordable Care Act to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the recent financial crisis, and the effects of global warming. One might have hoped such massive changes would bring people together, but the reverse has actually happened; the divide between liberals and conservatives has become stronger and more virulent.
To have any hope of bringing mutual respect to the current social and political divide, we need to clearly understand the problem and make it part of our contemporary public discourse. Moral Politics offers a much-needed wake-up call to both the left and the right.

Vincent Depaigne, “Legitimacy Gap: Secularism, Religion, and Culture in Comparative Constitutional Law”

2017 | ISBN-10: 0198803826 | 256 pages | PDF | 2 MB

This book provides an account and explanation of a fundamental dilemma facing secular states: the ‘legitimacy gap’ left by the withdrawal of religion as a source of legitimacy.
Legitimacy represents a particular problem for the secular state. The ‘secular’ in all its manifestations is very much linked to the historical rise of the modern state. It should not be seen as a category that separates culture and religion from politics, but rather as one that links these different dimensions. In the first part of the book, Depaigne explains how modern constitutional law has moved away from a ‘substantive’ legitimacy, based in particular on natural law, towards a ‘procedural’ legitimacy based on popular sovereignty and human rights.
Depaigne examines three case studies of constitutional responses to legitimacy challenges which articulate the three main sources of ‘procedural’ legitimacy (people, rights, and culture) in different ways: the ‘neutral model’ (constitutions based on the ‘displacement of culture’); the ‘multicultural model’ (constitutions based on diversity and pluralism); and the ‘asymmetric model’ (constitutions based on tradition).
Even if secularization can be considered European in its origin, it is best seen today as a global phenomenon, which needs to be approached by taking into account the particular cultural dimension in which it is rooted. Depaigne’s detailed study shows how secularization has moved either towards ‘nationalization’ linked to a particular national identity (as in France and, to some extent, in India)-or towards ‘de-secularization’, whereby secularism is displaced by particular cultural norms, as in Malaysia.

End of an Era: How China’s Authoritarian Revival is Undermining Its Rise

Oxford University | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 0190672080 | 296 pages | PDF | 18.11 MB

by Carl Minzner (Author)
China’s reform era is ending. Core factors that characterized it-political stability, ideological openness, and rapid economic growth-are unraveling.
Since the 1990s, Beijing’s leaders have firmly rejected any fundamental reform of their authoritarian one-party political system, even as a decades-long boom has reshaped China’s economy and society. On the surface, their efforts have been a success. Political turmoil has toppled former Communist East bloc regimes, internal unrest overtaken Middle East nations, and populist movements risen to challenge established Western democracies. China, in contrast, has appeared a relative haven of stability and growth.
But as Carl Minzner shows, a closer look at China’s reform era reveals a different truth. Over the past three decades, a frozen political system has fueled both the rise of entrenched interests within the Communist Party itself, and the systematic underdevelopment of institutions of governance among state and society at large. Economic cleavages have widened. Social unrest has worsened. Ideological polarization has deepened.
Now, to address these looming problems, China’s leaders are progressively cannibalizing institutional norms and practices that have formed the bedrock of the regime’s stability in the reform era. Technocratic rule is giving way to black-box purges; collective governance sliding back towards single-man rule. The post-1978 era of “reform and opening up” is ending. China is closing down. Uncertainty hangs in the air as a new future slouches towards Beijing to be born. End of an Era explains how China arrived at this dangerous turning point, and outlines the potential outcomes that could result.
“Mr. Minzner’s arguments are lucid, readable and well-sourced, making this compact volume compulsory reading for those who continue to insist that China’s authoritarian governance might be an improvement on democracy.” -Wall Street Journal
“Captivating and essential reading for all China watchers.” -Library Journal
“Carl Minzner takes the measure of ‘China’s rise’ in a highly readable, yet penetrating, analysis that accurately gauges its weaknesses as well as strengths.” -Jerome A. Cohen, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law, and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
“A concise, authoritative, and impartial analysis of the challenges China faces as it tries to balance a vibrant, dynamic, ever evolving economy and society, with a static, centralised political system. This study asks fundamental, hard questions about whether this perpetual squaring of the circle can actually ever be achieved. Its conclusions are sobering and thought provoking.” -Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute, King’s College, London
“This book is a must-read, conversation changing book for anyone interested in China. Meticulously researched and written in a highly accessible style, End of an Era argues that China’s reform era is ending. The book details how over the last decade changes in China’s society, economy, politics and ideology have coalesced in a massive, yet unnoticed, transition, ending the reform era and endangering the country’s further development. The book presents a shocking message that has repercussions for virtually anyone on the globe whose lives have become intertwined with the Chinese political economy.” -Benjamin Van Rooij, John S. & Marilyn Long Chair Professor, University of California, Irvine
“In learned, provocative, yet engaging ways, Carl Minzner draws from his decades of China-watching expertise to explain the deeply unsettled and unsettling trajectory of contemporary China. Reflecting on the underlying social, economic, political and spiritual angst in China today, and the Party-state’s tightening grip in response, the book not only convincingly explains the iEnd of an Erar, but foresees a darkening future with serious implications for China and the world.” -Bates Gill, Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies, Macquarie University
About the Author
Carl Minzner is Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. He is an expert in Chinese law and governance, and has written extensively on these topics in both academic journals and the popular press.

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