Emphasizing the human body in all of its forms, Beauty Unlimited expands the boundaries of what is meant by beauty both geographically and aesthetically. Peg Zeglin Brand and an international group of contributors interrogate the body and the meaning of physical beauty in this multidisciplinary volume. This striking and provocative book explores the history of bodily beautification; the physicality of socially or culturally determined choices of beautification; the interplay of gender, race, class, age, sexuality, and ethnicity within and on the body; and the aesthetic meaning of the concept of beauty in an increasingly globalized world.
How can a good God create an evil devil? Are there more than twenty Bible references about dinosaurs? Where in the Bible does it tell us the earth is only thousands of years old? What are the Ten Commandments? Why is it impossible for me to get into heaven by obeying them? You say you can prove that Jesus was literally dead for three days and three nights just as He said He would be? What happens after we die? Will animals be in heaven? Who is the Antichrist? When the Lord returns, how quickly will we rise? So, the Battle of Armageddon is not the last big battle? When is the Millennium? What will we look like forever? What will we do forever? Why does God love me? What does God want to do with me? What is The Twinkling of an Eye? Stephen Mayer has been a Bible teacher for three decades and a high school Bible, science and history teacher within Christian schools for many of those years. He has a B.A. from Lipscomb (Nashville), an M.A. from Regent (Virginia Beach), and is in the final years of his PhD in Science Education with Curtin University (Perth, Australia). In this book, he cross-references and overlaps many topics that are often misunderstood or difficult to explain, demonstrating the reliability of the Bible. His desire is to prove to his readers that the Bible is absolutely foundational to their faith, is the authoritative Word of God, and can be applied to many areas of life. His counsel for those seeking Absolute Truth: Dig deeper into the Word of God for There are the Ways of God. BeforeAfterAndBeyond.com
Aesthetics: A Reader in Philosophy of the Arts, fourth edition, contains a selection of ninety-six readings organized by individual art forms as well as a final section of readings in philosophical aesthetics that cover multiple art forms. Sections include topics that are familiar to students such as painting, photography and movies, architecture, music, literature, and performance, as well as contemporary subjects such as mass art, popular arts, the aesthetics of the everyday, and the natural environment. Essays are drawn from both the analytic and continental traditions, and multiple others that bridge this divide between these traditions. Throughout, readings are brief, accessible for undergraduates, and conceptually focused, allowing instructors many different syllabi possibilities using only this single volume. Key Additions to the Fourth Edition The fourth edition is expanded to include a total of ninety-six essays with nineteen new essays (nine of them written exclusively for this volume), updated organization into new sections, revised introductions to each section, an increased emphasis on contemporary topics, such as stand-up comedy, the architecture of museums, interactivity and video games, the ethics of sexiness, trans/gendered beauty, the aesthetics of junkyards and street art, pornography, and the inclusion of more diverse philosophical voices. Nevertheless, this edition does not neglect classic writers in the traditional aesthetics: Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Collingwood, Bell, and writers of similar status in aesthetics. The philosophers writing new chapters exclusively for this fourth edition are: • Sondra Bacharach on street art • Aili Bresnahan on appreciating dance • Hina Jamelle on digital architecture • Jason Leddington on magic • Sheila Lintott on stand-up comedy • Yuriko Saito on everyday aesthetics • Larry Shiner on art spectacle museums in the twenty-first century • Peg Brand Weiser on how beauty matters • Edward Winters on the feeling of being at home in vernacular architecture, as in such urban places as bars.
This book gathers research and writings that reflect on traditional and current global issues related to art and aesthetics, gender perspectives, body theories, knowledge and learning. It illustrates these core dimensions, which are bringing together philosophy, tradition and cultural studies and laying the groundwork for comparative research and dialogues between aesthetics, Chinese philosophies, Western feminist studies and cross-cultural thought. Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach, the book also integrates philosophical enquiries with cultural anthropology and contextual studies. As implied in the title, the main methodologies are cross-cultural and comparative studies, which touch on performances in art and aesthetics, social existence and education, and show that philosophical enquiries, aesthetical representation and gender politics are simultaneously historical, living and contextual. The book gathers a wealth of cross-cultural reflections on philosophical aesthetics, gender existence and cultural traditions. The critical thinking within will benefit undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in the area of comparative philosophies. It blends academic rigor with personal reflection, which is a critical practice in feminist philosophy itself.
David: The Anointing is a book of hope. On this journey we will move alongside this shepherd boy as he is trained by God Himself. Invited by the Trinity Themselves, we will enter within Their counsel and see David as he cultivates a intimacy that will last throughout the ages. As the Lord breathes in the aroma of worship, we will witness the ones falling before the Lamb. Coming and going, the celestial beings move at the command of God Himself. Moving all things together and accomplishing His will, we will see the sovereignty of God and the will of man intermingled as one. As the life of David unfolds, we will witness what takes place in the spiritual realm with angels, demons, and Lucifer, all from the perspective of the Trinity. Seeing deep within the heart of God, we will come to understand how we were dreamed of before time began. Beginning on the hills, we will witness the prophetic ministry and the training of each saint. Moving in the desire of the Lord’s heart, we will come to a deeper understanding of what moves Them. Being all-sufficient, the Lord desires the worship of our hearts. Seeing and believing that we will live for ages to come, we must move like David, worshipping the Lord in the beauty of His Holiness.
Kimberley a young happy successful nurse, living her life but occasionally haunted by childhood memories. She keeps these under control until her sister's betrayal brings it all rushing back. Men have to pay the price for their infidelity.........the ultimate price.
This exceptional book examines and explains Plato's answer to the normative question, "How ought we to live?" It discusses Plato's conception of the virtues; his views about the connection between the virtues and happiness; and the account of reason, desire, and motivation that underlies his arguments about the virtues. Plato's answer to the epistemological question, "How can we know how we ought to live?" is also discussed. His views on knowledge, belief, and inquiry, and his theory of Forms, are examined, insofar as they are relevant to his ethical view. Terence Irwin traces the development of Plato's moral philosophy, from the Socratic dialogues to its fullest exposition in the Republic. Plato's Ethics discusses Plato's reasons for abandoning or modifying some aspects of Socratic ethics, and for believing that he preserves Socrates' essential insights. A brief and selective discussion of the Statesmen, Philebus, and Laws is included. Replacing Irwin's earlier Plato's Moral Theory (Oxford, 1977), this book gives a clearer and fuller account of the main questions and discusses some recent controversies in the interpretation of Plato's ethics. It does not presuppose any knowledge of Greek or any extensive knowledge of Plato.
Beauty has captured human interest since before Plato, but how, why, and to whom does beauty matter in today's world? Whose standard of beauty motivates African Americans to straighten their hair? What inspires beauty queens to measure up as flawless objects for the male gaze? Why does a French performance artist use cosmetic surgery to remake her face into a composite of the master painters' version of beauty? How does beauty culture perceive the disabled body? Is the constant effort to remain young and thin, often at considerable economic and emotional expense, ethically justifiable? Provocative essays by an international group of scholars discuss aesthetics in aesthetics, the arts, the tools of fashion, the materials of decoration, and the big business of beautification—beauty matters—to reveal the ways gender, race, and sexual orientation have informed the concept of beauty and driven us to become more beautiful. Here, Kant rubs shoulders with Calvin Klein. Beauty Matters draws from visual art, dance, cultural history, and literary and feminist theory to explore the values and politics of beauty. Various philosophical perspectives on ethics and aesthetics emerge from this penetrating book to determine and reveal that beauty is never disinterested.
According to the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, a world that has lost sight of beauty is a world riddled with skepticism, moral and aesthetic relativism, conflicting religious worldviews, and escalating ecological crises. In The Eclipse and Recovery of Beauty, John D. Dadosky uses Kierkegaard and Nietzsche’s negative aesthetics to outline the context of that loss, and presents an argument for reclaiming beauty as a metaphysical property of being. Inspired by Bernard Lonergan’s philosophy of consciousness, Dadosky presents a philosophy of beauty that is grounded in contemporary Thomistic thought. Responding to Balthasar, he argues for a concept of beauty that can be experienced, understood, judged, created, contemplated, and even loved. Deeply engaged with the work of Aquinas, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Kant, among others, The Eclipse and Recovery of Beauty will be essential reading for those interested in contemporary philosophy and theology.
This book considers the universality of grace and presupposes that God is just in an unqualified manner, desiring the salvation of all sinners. The writers examine the concepts of faith, election and predestination and argue against the position that some people are predestinated for eternal life or everlasting death.