Death and the Machine

Death and the Machine

Author: Siobhan Lyons

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789811303357

Category: Social Science

Page: 85

View: 796

This book challenges conventional notions of biological life and death in the area of robotics, discussing issues such as machine consciousness, autonomous AI, and representations of robots in popular culture. Using philosophical approaches alongside scientific theory, this book offers a compelling critique on the changing nature of both humanity and biological death in an increasingly technological world.

The Death of Eternity

The Death of Eternity

Author: Adamu Kyuka Usman

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781466942547

Category: Fiction

Page: 372

View: 757

Tibor, a Hungarian eco activist, has some shocking news for the residents of the West African village of Nunsa: they are at the centre of a new Bermuda Triangle in which industrial pollution, HIV/AIDS, and terrorism combined to create an environment from which no one may escape alive. In Hungary, Tibor has problemsa frustrated girlfriend, a wayward brother, and the mysterious whereabouts of his mothers corpse. But these are dwarfed by the daunting mission he undertakes in Africa. Tibor becomes a messiah figurethe strange white manand leads them in a struggle against global industry. Faced with ignorance, corruption, and assassination plots, Tibor must adopt increasingly extreme methods. But how far is he prepared to go in his campaign of terror? Is terrorism the only means of change? Will even that be enough to prevent the ultimate threat to all living creaturesthe death of eternity?

Urban Culture

Urban Culture

Author: Chris Jenks

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415304997

Category: City and town life

Page: 368

View: 336

This set includes key pieces from Peter Ackroyd, Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, Homi Bhaba, Charles Dickens, Fredrick Engles, Paul Gilroy, Thomas Hobbes, Max Weber, George Simmel, Ian Sinclair, Edward W. Soja, Gayatri Spivak, Nigel Thrift, Virginia Woolf, Sharon Zukin, and many others. The material is arranged thematically highlighting the variety of interests that coexist (and conflict) within the city. Issues such as gender, class, race, age and disability are covered along with urban experiences such as walking, politics & protest, governance, inclusion and exclusion. Urban pathologies, including gangsters, mugging, and drug-dealing are also explored. Selections cover cities from around the globe, including London, Berlin, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Bombay and Tokyo. A general introduction by the editor reviews theoretical perspectives and provides a rationale for the collection. This collection offers a valuable research tool to a broad range of disciplines, including: sociology; anthropology; cultural history; cultural geography; art critical theory; visual culture; literary studies; social policy and cultural studies.

Morality and the Human Goods

Morality and the Human Goods

Author: Alfonso Gómez-Lobo

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 9781589013766

Category: Philosophy

Page: 168

View: 342

A concise and accessible introduction to natural law ethics, this book introduces readers to the mainstream tradition of Western moral philosophy. Building on philosophers from Plato through Aquinas to John Finnis, Alfonso Gómez-Lobo links morality to the protection of basic human goods — life, family, friendship, work and play, the experience of beauty, knowledge, and integrity — elements essential to a flourishing, happy human life. Gómez-Lobo begins with a discussion of Plato's Crito as an introduction to the practice of moral philosophy, showing that it requires that its participants treat each other as equals and offer rational arguments to persuade each other. He then puts forth a general principle for practical rationality: one should pursue what is good and avoid what is bad. The human goods form the basis for moral norms that provide a standard by which actions can be evaluated: do they support or harm the human goods? He argues that moral norms should be understood as a system of rules whose rationale is the protection and enhancement of human goods. A moral norm that does not enjoin the preservation or enhancement of a specific good is unjustifiable. Shifting to a case study approach, Gómez-Lobo applies these principles to a discussion of abortion and euthanasia. The book ends with a brief treatment of rival positions, including utilitarianism and libertarianism, and of conscience as our ultimate moral guide. Written as an introductory text for students of ethics and natural law, Morality and the Human Goods makes arguments consistent with Catholic teaching but is not based on theological considerations. The work falls squarely within the field of philosophical ethics and will be of interest to readers of any background.

Law and Bioethics

Law and Bioethics

Author: Jerry Menikoff MD, JD

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 9781589018198

Category: Medical

Page: 512

View: 186

While the American legal system has played an important role in shaping the field of bioethics, Law and Bioethics is the first book on the subject designed to be accessible to readers with little or no legal background. Detailing how the legal analysis of an issue in bioethics often differs from the "ethical" analysis, the book covers such topics as abortion, surrogacy, cloning, informed consent, malpractice, refusal of care, and organ transplantation. Structured like a legal casebook, Law and Bioethics includes the text of almost all the landmark cases that have shaped bioethics. Jerry Menikoff offers commentary on each of these cases, as well as a lucid introduction to the U.S. legal system, explaining federalism and underlying common law concepts. Students and professionals in medicine and public health, as well as specialists in bioethics, will find the book a valuable resource.

The Films of Steven Spielberg

The Films of Steven Spielberg

Author: Charles L. P. Silet

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9781461672821

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 615

The Films of Steven Spielberg provides for the first time a collection of critical writings by professional film critics about the director and his films, bringing together many articles and reviews scattered in often inaccessible specialist publications and professional journals. The opinions vary from complimentary to critical, but they definitely provide a well-rounded view of the films and the director. Twelve of Spielberg's major box office sellers are represented in essays that vary complexity ranging from the heavily theoretical to the more general. For both film students and professionals in the film industry.

Criminal Law Directions

Criminal Law Directions

Author: Nicola Monaghan


ISBN: 9780198848783


Page: 528

View: 977

Do your students understand the difference between murder and manslaughter?Are they confused by the concept of mens rea and accessorial liability?Criminal Law Directions tackles these and many more questions, introducing students to this exciting area of law.The Directions series has been written with students in mind. The ideal guide as they approach the subject for the first time, this book will help them:DT Gain a complete understanding of the topic: just the right amount of detail conveyed clearlyDT Understand the law in context: with scene-setting introductions and highlighted case extracts, the practical importance of the law becomes clearDT Identify when and how to critically evaluate the law: they'll be introduced to the key areas of debate and given the confidence to question the lawDT Deepen and test knowledge: visually engaging learning and self-testing features aid understanding and help students tackle assessments with confidenceDT Elevate their learning: with the ground-work in place you can aspire to take learning to the next level, with direction provided on how to go furtherAn extensive selection of online resources accompany this text, including:DT Multiple choice questionsDT Flashcard glossaryDT Guidance on answering the end of chapter exam questions. Guidance on answering the end of chapter self-test questionsAdditional lecturer resources include:DT Diagrams from the textDT A test bank of further multiple choice questions

Report ...

Report ...

Author: United States. Office of Fiber Investigations


ISBN: PSU:000057744827

Category: Fibers


View: 845

Blues in the 21st Century: Myth, Self-Expression and Trans-Culturalism

Blues in the 21st Century: Myth, Self-Expression and Trans-Culturalism

Author: Douglas Mark Ponton

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781622739561

Category: Music

Page: 226

View: 560

The book is the fruit of Douglas Mark Ponton’s and co-editor Uwe Zagratzki’s enduring interest in the Blues as a musical and cultural phenomenon and source of personal inspiration. Continuing in the tradition of Blues studies established by the likes of Samuel Charters and Paul Oliver, the authors hope to contribute to the revitalisation of the field through a multi-disciplinary approach designed to explore this constantly evolving social phenomenon in all its heterogeneity. Focusing either on particular artists (Lightnin’ Hopkins, Robert Johnson), or specific texts (Langston Hughes’ Weary Blues and Backlash Blues, Jimi Hendrix’s Machine Gun), the book tackles issues ranging from authenticity and musicology in Blues performance to the Blues in diaspora, while also applying techniques of linguistic analysis to the corpora of Blues texts. While some chapters focus on the Blues as a quintessentially American phenomenon, linked to a specific social context, others see it in its current evolutions, as the bearer of vital cultural attitudes into the digital age. This multidisciplinary volume will appeal to a broad range of scholars operating in a number of different academic disciplines, including Musicology, Linguistics, Sociology, History, Ethnomusicology, Literature, Economics and Cultural Studies. It will also interest educators across the Humanities, and could be used to exemplify the application to data of specific analytical methodologies, and as a general introduction to the field of Blues studies.

The Watchman

The Watchman

Author: Dennis Ford

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781532036866

Category: Fiction

Page: 248

View: 715

Dennis Bright is an imaginative six-foot-four freckled and bespectacled redhead who lives in two worlds. In the public world he works as a watchman in the Scepter Roast Coffee Factory in Somesuch, New Jersey. In that world he avoids catching thieves and he makes the rounds, carrying a clock that doesnt keep time. In the private world of the mind he accompanies Robert Derrick, his handsome alter ego, on the grim progression that leads from North Carolina to the Gettysburg battlefield. The clash of worlds is complicated by a coworkers obsession with the inanities of professional wrestling, by the ghostly presences of generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, by the emergence of a fictional character into reality, and by Denniss life-altering crush on the beautiful Julie Hanks. Looming over both worlds is the threat of the coffee heist of the century. It will take all of Denniss resources to guard the factory. And it will take all his resources to overcome competition from an unlikely source and land in the arms of a woman who, like divinity, supplies life in the same instant she takes his breath away.