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This edited collection is the first of two volumes offering critical philosophical and interdisciplinary perspectives on contemporary and historic accounts of living in accordance with the broad natural world as at the center of a good and wise life. It also explores the meaning and idea of nature in these different perspectives as it relates to and is distinguished from cultural life. It builds on the work of Pierre Hadot and others on the connection philosophers, mystics, scholars, and others (ancient and modern) have seen between nature (as articulated in physics, metaphysics, ontologies, ecologies, biologies, and evolutionary theories) and forms of self-communal cultivation.
This edited collection is the second of two volumes offering critical philosophical and interdisciplinary perspectives on contemporary and historic accounts of living in accordance with the broad natural world as at the center of a good and wise life. It also explores the meaning and idea of nature in these different perspectives as it relates to and is distinguished from cultural life. It builds on the work of Pierre Hadot and others on the connection philosophers, mystics, scholars, and others (ancient and modern) have seen between nature (as articulated in physics, metaphysics, ontologies, ecologies, biologies, and evolutionary theories) and forms of self-communal cultivation.
Diese Festschrift für den Islamwissenschaftler und Philosophiehistoriker Ulrich Rudolph will ihrem Titel und dem Geehrten in verschiedener Weise gerecht werden: Zum einen bezeugen die Beiträge die interkulturelle Vernetztheit philosophischen Denkens im Islam. Sodann spiegelt deren disziplinäre Diversität den interdisziplinären Reichtum islamischer Philosophie. Die Themenvielfalt der Texte trägt dem inhaltlich-konzeptuellen Reichtum geistigen Schaffens im Islam Rechnung. Damit will diese Festschrift einen Wissenschaftler ehren, dessen Denken selbst für Mobilität steht, indem es disziplinäre und thematische Grenzen überschreitet, und der auch das Denken der Beitragenden an dieser Publikation «mobilisiert» hat – als Lehrer, Forscher, Gesprächspartner, Betreuer; kurz: als Vorbild in wissenschaftlicher und menschlicher Hinsicht.
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This book discusses two general theories of human consciousness. The methodology, interdisciplinary and “history of ideas” oriented, concentrates on two opposing theories, one humanistic and the other scientific. Leibniz's optimistic claim in the seventeenth century that this world was the best of all possible worlds is posed against nineteenth century Schopenhauer who argued pessimistically that it was the worst and that it was best not to survive. Against this background the book compares the current danger of a civil war in the United States of America as patterned along the same lines that engulfed the former Yugoslavia, thus demonstrating the insidious roots of that evil and its destructive engulfment and power. Ultimately, it questions whether these same dynamic forces are leading today's world to annihilation as countries threaten each other with nuclear arms and the age of pessimism has become entrenched.
Semiotics: Signs of the Times is Brill’s new series devoted to the study of semiotics across disciplines. This book series starts from the general idea of semiotic signs, divided into icons, indexes, and symbols. Semiotics gives meaning to signs, sign functions, and sign processes. It is also concerned with sign-users (senders and receivers) and how signs are transmitted from one organism to another. To give meaning happens in everyday experience as well as experimentation. Semiotics seeks to discover how the signs of language, gestures, visual images, music, dance, theater, as well as medical and psychological symptoms, architecture, and political theory embark with a theory of signs to give belief, values, and techniques which serve for theoretical foundations and interdisciplinary method in sciences and humanities.
Semiotics: Signs of the Times invites contributions on the newest trend of cultural research in linguistics, literature, fine arts, philosophy, biology, anthropology, folklore, technology, and other fields. The series is open to new synthesis of techniques of research, experiences, memories, and myth with new meanings.

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