Major Concepts in Spanish Feminist Theory by Roberta Johnson
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Overview: Major Concepts in Spanish Feminist Theory is the first book in English to offer a substantial overview of Spanish feminist thought. It focuses on six concepts-solitude, personality, social class, work, difference, and equality-and distinguishes Spanish feminist theory from that of other countries. Roberta Johnson employs a chronological format to highlight continuity and polemics in Spanish feminist thinking from the eighteenth century to the present. She brings together arguments from well-known names such as Benito Jerónimo Feijoo, Concepción Arenal, Emilia Pardo Bazán, María Martínez Sierra, Carmen de Burgos, and Carmen Laforet, as well as less familiar figures such as the Countess Campo Alange María Laffitte and Lilí Álvarez, who defied restrictions on feminist activity during the Franco dictatorship to publish feminist books. The topics of difference and equality are explored, and the book recounts the long tension between theorists of each persuasion-a tension that erupted publicly during Spain’s democratic era. Each theorist’s arguments are laid out in straightforward, non-jargonistic prose, making this book a useful classroom tool for courses on Spanish women writers, Spanish culture, and cross-cultural feminist studies.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Gender
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Major Bible Themes: 52 Vital Doctrines of the Scripture Simplified and Explained by John F. Walvoord
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Overview: Major Bible Themes This book is in no sense intended to be a treatise on systematic theology. In its preparation, a limited number of the most vital and practical themes have been chosen, and an attempt has been made to adapt these brief discussions to the needs of the untrained Christian. To each chapter a list of questions has been added which, it is hoped, may make the studies more useful both to individuals and to groups. The student who would be versed on these subjects should look up every passage cited and continue the study of each theme until all the questions can be answered from memory. Although the writer presumably has made a careful study of the various subjects treated, it is not his prerogative to dictate what another shall believe; but rather to point out what the Bible teaches. Faith should always rest on a personal understanding of the Scriptures, rather than on the teaching of men.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
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Reinhold Niebuhr: Major Works on Religion and Politics by Reinhold Niebuhr, Elisabeth Sifton (Editor)
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Overview: A definitive collection of the theologian and public intellectual who was the conscience of the American Century. "One of my favorite philosophers," remarked Barack Obama about the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) in 2007. President Obama is but one of the many American political leaders-including Jimmy Carter and Martin Luther King Jr.-to be influenced by Niebuhr’s writings.
Throughout the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War, Niebuhr was one of the most prominent public voices of his time, probing with singular style the question of how to act morally in a fallen world. This Library of America volume, prepared by Niebuhr’s daughter, Elisabeth Sifton, collects four indispensable books: Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic (1929), Moral Man and Immoral Society (1932), The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness (1944), and The Irony of American History (1952), along with a selection of essays, sermons, lectures, prayers, including his world-famous Serenity Prayer, and writings on current events-Prohibition, the Allied bombing of Germany, apartheid in South Africa, the Vietnam War-many of which are collected here for the first time.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational
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Freud : The Unconscious and World Affairs by Rene Major and Chantal Talagrand
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Overview: This book sheds a new light on Freud who, from the beginning, was aware that the edifice he was constructing – psychoanalysis – which revealed in each individual an ‘ego not master in its own house’ – had clear implications for understanding collective human behaviour. This man was profoundly concerned with matters of peace and war, religion, morality and civilisation.
The authors political focus is unusual, and their choice of quotes from lesser-known sources holds great interest. Freud’s interlocutors include Oskar Pfisrer, Swiss pastor and lay analyst; Einstein; and the American diplomat William Bullitt, with whom Freud wrote a study of President Wilson, entitled Thomas Widrow Wilson. A Psychological Study. In the Introduction to this book, written in 1930, Freud describes Wilson as a person for whom mere facts held no significance; he esteemed highly nothing but human motives and opinions.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
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Fifty Major Economists by Steven Pressman
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Overview: Building upon the huge success of the previous edition, this updated text provides a clear, comprehensive guide to the most influential individuals in the field of economics.
Covering a wide range of thinkers across several centuries, features of this second edition include:
a significantly revised and expanded introduction discussing the importance of the history of economics, and highlighting the main schools of thought updated bibliographies and referencing that take account of the wealth of secondary literature available new entries on today’s pioneering economists, such as Joseph Stiglitz revised entries on contemporary economists in order to include recent developments and research.
Containing brief biographical information on each featured economist, as well as references to their major works, guides to further reading and a glossary of terms, Fifty Major Economists is undoubtedly an important and accessible resource for students of economics at all levels.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Economics
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Don Delillo (Bloom’s Major Novelists) by Harold Bloom
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Overview: Essays on such works as Mao II and White Noise depict writer Don DeLillo’s vision of American culture, as well as his dedication to modern literature.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Unfinished > Criticism
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