The Limits of Illusion: A Critical Study of Calderan By Anthony J. Cascardi
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Overview: This is the first thorough study of Calder?n in comparison with other important dramatists of the period: Lope de Vega and Tirso de Molina in Spain, Racine and Corneille in France, and Shakespeare and Marlowe in England. Cascardi studies Calder?n’s paradoxical engagement with illusion in its philosophical guise as scepticism. He shows on the one hand Calder?n’s moral will to reject illusion and on the other his theatrical need to embrace it. Cascardi discusses plays from every period to show how in Calder?n’s best work illusion is not rejected; instead, scepticism is absorbed. Calder?n is placed in and defined against the philosophical line of Vives, Descartes, and Spinoza. Of central importance to this argument is Calder?n’s idea of theatre and the various transformations of that idea. This emphasis will give the book an additional interest to students, readers in philosophy and comparative literature.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
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The Illusion of Well-Being: Economic Policymaking Based on Respect and Responsiveness by Mark D. White
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Overview: The use of measures of economic output to guide policymaking has been criticized for decades because of their weak ties to human well-being. Recently, many scholars and politicians have called for measures of happiness or subjective well-being to be used to guide policy in people’s true interests. In The Illusion of Well-Being, Mark D. White explains why using happiness as a tool for policymaking is misguided and unethical. Happiness is too vague a term to define, and too general a concept, to measure in a way that captures people’s true feelings. He extends this critique to well-being in general and concludes that no measure of well-being can do justice to people’s true interests, which are complex, multifaceted, and subjective. White suggests instead that policymaking be conducted according to respect and responsiveness, promoting the true interests of citizens while addressing their real needs, and devoting government resources to where they can do the most good.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
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Immersion and Distance: Aesthetic Illusion in Literature and Other Media (Studies in Intermediality)
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Stress is an Illusion: The Scientific Solution: 4 Simple Steps to Reduce Stress, Declutter Your Mind, Conquer Overwhelm & Reclaim Your Inner Peace (5 Minutes for a Better Life Book 2) by Prof. Dr. Detlef Beeker
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Overview: Feel stressed or anxious? Overwhelmed by our hectic, fast-paced modern society? Need help to deal with stress?
"Stress is an illusion" is the new generation of stress management. Prof. Beeker understands his craft: Complex science is presented in an entertaining and highly practical way. If you suffer from stress, you can breathe a sigh of relief. With this book you will be stronger than the stress." – Alioscha Long – Bestselling Author
„Simple, clear, straight to the point. What I like about Prof. Beeker is that he shows practically and in simple language how everyone can improve his life.” – Patrick Lynen – Bestselling Author
The solution to defeating stress is to understand how stress is triggered in the brain and then apply specific science based techniques to ensure you manage stress as effectively as possible.
This book gives you lightning fast techniques that you can use in acute stress situations. In addition, you get scientifically proven techniques to prevent stress from arising in the first place.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
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The Great Illusion: The Myth of Free Will, Consciousness, and the Self by Paul Singh
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Overview: This book presents research that supports the naturalistic stance that the mind is identical to the brain. The author argues that if one were to look at the idea that the mind is the brain, then it follows logically that free will must be an illusion, that there can be no consciousness separate from the brain, and that there can be no substantial self that exists independently from the brain. He further argues that there can be no such thing as absolute moral responsibility and provides listeners with the overall sense that the survival of the human species will depend on a scientific understanding of the human brain.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
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The Alchemist’s Illusion (An Accidental Alchemist Mystery #4) by Gigi Pandian
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 255 MB
Overview: "Surprising plot twists, several cliffhangers, and vivid magical imagery will keep fans of paranormal cozies turning the pages." (Publishers Weekly)
The latest alchemical adventure from Gigi Pandian, USA Today best-selling author and winner of the Agatha Award
Centuries-old alchemist Zoe Faust is tired of running from her past. She’s finally got her life on track in Portland, Oregon, gardening and cooking in her fixer-upper house with her mischievous best friend, Dorian the gargoyle chef. It seems like the perfect life for Zoe, until she discovers that her old mentor Nicolas Flamel, who she thought had abandoned her, has been imprisoned.
A local artist holds the secret that could lead Zoe to her mentor, but the artist is murdered and the painting containing the hidden clue is stolen. To rescue Nicolas, Zoe and Dorian must explore art forgery, a transformative process that has much in common with alchemy and cooking – but one that proves far more dangerous.
"Sparkles most when it stays true to the wonder of its magical subject." (Foreword Reviews)
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Mysteries & Thrillers, Paranormal
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