Book Announcement: The Polish Humboldtian University in the Face of Paradigmatic Change

The Polish Humboldtian University in the Face of Paradigmatic Change now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp255, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Polish Humboldtian University in the Face of Paradigmatic Change by Aleksander Kobylarek.

The Polish university is based on the Humboldt model, and can serve as a typical example of liberal education throughout Central and Eastern Europe. This book portrays an institution resistant to change and defying all attempts at reform. Currently, it is attempting to retain its identity with no regard to the rapidly changing world of science, culture and communication technologies that surrounds it. The absolute power of the professor, excessive administration and feudal subordination mean that such universities have lost touch with the local environment, and have become a factory for graduates with a random education. Power games and resentment have replaced the search for scientific truth, which in turn means that such institutions are practically invisible in the rankings, because of the lack of significant achievements. This situation has led to proposal here of a redefinition of the function of the university, based on a thorough analysis of needs of all its various groups of stakeholders. Continue reading

Book Announcement: A World Beyond Global Disorder: The Courage to Hope

A World Beyond Global Disorder: The Courage to Hope now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp275, £52.99 / $90.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of A World Beyond Global Disorder: The Courage to Hope, edited by Fred Dallmayr and Edward Demenchonok.

A world which, like ours, has been ravaged by some sixty wars in recent decades, can rightly be described as the scene of global disorder. Even today, the same world is traumatized by hot and cold wars, proxy wars, and repeated outbursts of blood-filled mayhem, not to mention the threat of a nuclear holocaust unleashed by big power rivalries. These are not mere statistics, but wounds in the body of humanity, calling for healing and reconciliation. In biblical terms, human beings are not meant to be the owners or the destroyers of the world, but rather its custodians or caretakers. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research

Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp370, £70.99 / $119.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research by Annekatrin Puhle and Adrian Parker-Reed.

Shakespeare has been one of the most-cited authors since his plays were performed, and yet little attention has been paid to his views on psychic phenomena. It took another 300 years of paranormal experiences before scholars at Cambridge University helped to found the Society for Psychical Research, which brought scientific scrutiny to the area, and the UK is now a world leader in university research on this topic. This book throws new light on many historical case reports from Shakespeare’s time onwards. It identifies the core experiences that transcend time and give clues to an understanding of psychic phenomena. The book highlights Shakespeare’s insights, showing how these relate to, and even amplify, the conclusions of later and on-going research. In our time of disconnectedness from nature, the book discusses neglected human experiences which represent an important part of life and which do, in fact, occur to most of us. In doing so, the book raises awareness against the emptiness of a zombie-like existence in today’s society and offers a new approach to life and death, and their deeper meaning. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Thinking Reality and Time through Film

Thinking Reality and Time through Film now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp315, £57.99 / $98.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Thinking Reality and Time through Film, edited by Christine Reeh and José Manuel Martins.

Over the last few decades, film has increasingly become an issue of philosophical reflection from an ontological and epistemological perspective, and the claim “doing philosophy through film” has raised extensive discussion about its meaning. The mechanical reproduction of reality is one of the most prominent philosophical questions raised by the emergence of film at the end of the nineteenth century, inquiring into the ontological nature of both reality and film. Yet the nature of this audio-photographic and moving reproduction of reality constitutes an ontological puzzle, which has widely been disregarded as a main line of enquiry with direct consequences for philosophy. Continue reading

Book Announcement: A Student’s Handbook of Indian Aesthetics

A Student’s Handbook of Indian Aesthetics now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp145, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of A Student’s Handbook of Indian Aesthetics by Neerja A. Gupta.

Art and life in India have been inextricably intertwined from ancient times to the present day. Art as a way of life, as ritual, as decoration and as unity with the Sublime bore testament to the socio-cultural milieu; the high level of sophistication that developed in ancient India was reflected in the arts in a holistic light. The arts, thus, strived to hone man’s intellectual sensibilities, thus raising him to the level of the transcendental, which in India was Brahma or ultimate reality. Continue reading

Meet our Authors: Santiago Sia – March 2017

Santiago Sia has recently retired as Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Milltown Institute (National University of Ireland). Author and editor of several books and articles, and an international lecturer, he was previously Professor of Philosophy and Director of Ethical Studies for several years at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA. His specialised fields are philosophy of religion, ethics, and interdisciplinary studies. He has been closely associated with the academic and research programmes of various universities and professional institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA.

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Book Review: Metaphorical Imagination

Analytical Epistemology suffers from an innate inability to comprehend human and social processes that need to rationalize emotions, feelings, states of mind and the like. From about the eighteenth century, Europe has been groping for tools which could assist in the understanding of the world around it. India and China are shrouded in a mystique, a tool that came to modern Europe in the baggage of the Middle Ages. Since mystery as a concept was well known to the Greeks and the land beyond the Indus was not known to Herodotus, therefore, ‘holistic’ epistemology was permitted to become a European romance.

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