On Enlightenment

Author: David Stove

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351502239

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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The idea of enlightenment entails liberty, equality, rationalism, secularism, and the connection between knowledge and well being. In spite of the setbacks of revolutionary violence, mass murder, and two world wars, the spread of enlightenment values is still the yardstick by which moral, political, and scientific advances are measured. In On Enlightenment, David Stove attacks the roots of enlightenment thought to define its successes, limitations, and areas of likely failures. Stove champions the use of reason and recognizes the falsity of religious claims as well as the importance of individual liberty. He rejects the enlightenment's uncritical optimism regarding social progress and its willingness to embrace revolutionary change. What evidence is there that the elimination of superstition will lead to happiness? Or that it is possible to accept Darwinism without Social Darwinism? Or that the enlightenment's liberal, rationalistic outlook will lead to the social progress envisioned by its advocates? Despite best intentions, says Stove, social reformers who attempt to improve the world inevitably make things worse. He advocates a conservative approach to change, pointing out that social structures are so large and complex that any widespread social reform will have innumerable unforeseen consequences. Writing in the tradition of Edmund Burke with the same passion for clarity and intellectual honesty as George Orwell, David Stove was one of the most articulate and insightful philosophers of his day.
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Light On Enlightenment

Author: Christopher Titmuss

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446459543

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 240

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Many in the West today are familiar with the benefits offered by meditation and mindfulness, and keen to understand more about Buddhism. Written by a former journalist and Buddhist monk, Light on Enlightenment is an accessible guide to the Buddhist teachings, offering insight and inspiration for daily life, as well as a lucid guide on the path to enlightenment. Christopher Titmuss draws upon the experiences of real people to show how Buddhist teachings are relevant to the problems of Western society, and can exert a valuable influence on science, psychotherapy, green issues, our lifestyles and communities. Light on Enlightenment opens up for all of us the possibility of inner transformation and regaining control over our lives.
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Journey to Enlightenment

The Life of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Author: Matthieu Ricard

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834802821

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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An inspiring portrait of one of the great spiritual leaders of the twentieth century, this book follows Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in his travels to Tibet, Bhutan, India, and Nepal, revisiting important places from his past. His birthplace in eastern Tibet, the monastery of Shechen that he entered at age eleven, the retreat grounds where he spent years in meditation and study—these are some of the stops along the way. Told in intimate detail by his personal assistant, Matthieu Ricard, this condensed biographical narrative integrates extensive passages from the writings and teachings of the master himself to impart a rare view of his journey to enlightenment. Note: This edition, excerpted from the first volume of The Collected Works of Dilgo Khyentse, is an abridged adaptation of the heavily photographed, full-color Aperture edition from 1996. It contains 36 black-and-white photographs.
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Astrology for Enlightenment

Author: Michelle Karen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416580898

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 432

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In Astrology for Enlightenment, "Astrologer to the Stars" Michelle Karén gives you the tools to predict and guide your future and, by distilling astrology down to its purest form, shows you how to achieve enlightenment. Drawing on over thirty years of study and experience, Karén has created an accessible, easy-to-follow, hands-on guide for using astrology that can enhance every aspect of your daily life and help you: - Learn when to schedule an important business appointment so that you'll get the best results. - Understand where your relationship will lead when you meet someone for the first time. - Find out which is the best day of the week to start a new project. - Uncover a phone caller's true intentions. - Gain precious understanding and insight into the ancient prophecy of John of Jerusalem, which Karén translates to provide breathtakingly accurate predictions for our times. - Obtain specific information for each sign in each year through 2012. It is your birthright to live a life filled with tremendous peace, unconditional joy, and true love. Astrology for Enlightenment offers you the tools to do all of this and to reach a state of ultimate bliss. Are you ready? Karén's Astrology for Enlightenment is all you need to prepare yourself for the exciting shifts to come.
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What's Left of Enlightenment?

A Postmodern Question

Author: Keith Michael Baker,Peter Hanns Reill

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804740265

Category: Philosophy

Page: 203

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This volume explores the conventional opposition between Enlightenment and Postmodernity and questions some of the conclusions drawn from it.
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Awakening the Buddha Within

Eight Steps to Enlightenment

Author: Lama Surya Das

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 9780385530989

Category: Religion

Page: 432

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Lama Surya Das, the most highly trained American lama in the Tibetan tradition, presents the definitive book on Western Buddhism for the modern-day spiritual seeker. The radical and compelling message of Buddhism tells us that each of us has the wisdom, awareness, love, and power of the Buddha within; yet most of us are too often like sleeping Buddhas. In Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das shows how we can awaken to who we really are in order to lead a more compassionate, enlightened, and balanced life. It illuminates the guidelines and key principles embodied in the noble Eight-Fold Path and the traditional Three Enlightenment Trainings common to all schools of Buddhism: Wisdom Training: Developing clear vision, insight, and inner understanding—seeing reality and ourselves as we really are. Ethics Training: Cultivating virtue, self-discipline, and compassion in what we say and do. Meditation Training: Practicing mindfulness, concentration, and awareness of the present moment. With lively stories, meditations, and spiritual practices, Awakening the Buddha Within is an invaluable text for the novice and experienced student of Buddhism alike.
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What Is Enlightenment?

Eighteenth-Century Answers and Twentieth-Century Questions

Author: James Schmidt

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520916891

Category: Philosophy

Page: 500

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This collection contains the first English translations of a group of important eighteenth-century German essays that address the question, "What is Enlightenment?" The book also includes newly translated and newly written interpretive essays by leading historians and philosophers, which examine the origins of eighteenth-century debate on Enlightenment and explore its significance for the present. In recent years, critics from across the political and philosophical spectrum have condemned the Enlightenment for its complicity with any number of present-day social and cultural maladies. It has rarely been noticed, however, that at the end of the Enlightenment, German thinkers had already begun a scrutiny of their age so wide-ranging that there are few subsequent criticisms that had not been considered by the close of the eighteenth century. Among the concerns these essays address are the importance of freedom of expression, the relationship between faith and reason, and the responsibility of the Enlightenment for revolutions. Included are translations of works by such well-known figures as Immanuel Kant, Moses Mendelssohn, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, and Johann Georg Hamann, as well as essays by thinkers whose work is virtually unknown to American readers. These eighteenth-century texts are set against interpretive essays by such major twentieth-century figures as Max Horkheimer, Jürgen Habermas, and Michel Foucault.
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Journey to Enlightenment

Author: Susan Lightwater

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595095070

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Journey To Enlightenment is a book for the truly sincere individual in search of spiritual progression. It comes from a true source remembered from counselors on a higher level who are interested in teaching mankind to not get so attached with the illusions on this plane. That we are only living in a shadow of a shadow of reality. That we can come to truths not by listening to others, but by going within our own God Self for the answers and getting in tune with our intuition. The journey into enlightenment is magical, but not gained by magic. It takes hard work and a deep commitment towards that aim. It takes the understanding that the hardest thing to overcome is also within. The ego is the part of us that wants control and we freely give it full reign. It is not until we can control our thoughts, learn to live in the silence and accept what is our life that we will come to our true selves.
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The Search for Enlightenment

An Introduction to Eighteenth-century French Writing

Author: John Leigh

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742500471

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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In this fresh exploration of eighteenth-century French writing, John Leigh celebrates the ideas and hopes that animated its central figures and examines the extent to which authors--and their readers--shouldered heretofore-unknown responsibilities and confronted new doubts. The book identifies the key works of political protest, philosophical exploration, and religious enquiry, and at the same time encompasses such diverse forms as the novel, short story, poetry, and drama. Conveying a vivid sense of the energy and genius of the Enlightenment as embodied in its famous and controversial writers--Voltaire, Montesquieu, Diderot, and Rousseau--the author also considers the achievements of influential but unsung authors such as Mabillon, Olympe de Gouges, Chénier, and de Sade.
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