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ABEL'S PROOF

ABEL'S PROOF

By: Pesic, Peter
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The intellectual and human story of a mathematical proof that transformed our ideas about mathematics.

In 1824 a young Norwegian named Niels Henrik Abel proved conclusively that algebraic equations of the fifth order are not solvable in radicals. In this book Peter Pesic shows what an important event this was in the history of thought. He also presents it as a remarkable human story. Abel was twenty-one when he self-published his proof, and he died five years later, poor and depressed, just before the proof started to receive wide acclaim. Abel's attempts to reach out to the mathematical elite of the day had been spurned, and he was unable to find a position that would allow him to work in peace and marry his fiancé.

But Pesic's story begins long before Abel and continues to the present day, for Abel's proof changed how we think about mathematics and its relation to the "real" world. Starting with the Greeks, who invented the idea of mathematical proof, Pesic shows how mathematics found its sources in the real world (the shapes of things, the accounting needs of merchants) and then reached beyond those sources toward something more universal. The Pythagoreans' attempts to deal with irrational numbers foreshadowed the slow emergence of abstract mathematics. Pesic focuses on the contested development of algebra--which even Newton resisted--and the gradual acceptance of the usefulness and perhaps even beauty of abstractions that seem to invoke realities with dimensions outside human experience. Pesic tells this story as a history of ideas, with mathematical details incorporated in boxes. The book also includes a new annotated translation of Abel's original proof.

AGILE UNEMPLOYMENT

AGILE UNEMPLOYMENT

By: Sulat, Sabina
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Losing your job can be a gut-wrenching experience, but it doesn't have to be.


Unemployment remains one of the most constant detriments to our futures. Fluctuating economic states, the recent Covid 19 pandemic, and a host of competing factors unbalance the job market. What was once considered stable is suddenly cast aside, often leaving many who thought their positions were secure without work.


Agile Unemployment: Your Guide to Thriving While Out of Work is more than a self-help book. It is a confession and inspiration. Sabina Sulat made her career in the HR field until she received the one message no one wants to hear. Out of work and desperate to get back on her feet, she struggled with conflicting emotions and the growing impacts of being unemployed.


Written with a unique perspective, Agile Unemployment provides the blueprint for successfully navigating all aspects of being out of work, from the financial deficit to the emotional toll.


Yes, losing your job can be harrowing, but it isn't the end. Cast aside your doubts and develop a new mindset to carry you through those down moments and rebuild your life how YOU see fit. Agile Unemployment is your guide to working through the job searching process and learning how to increase your chances of rebuilding your life and finding the job of your dreams.


Turn losing your job into a moment of opportunity. Agile Unemployment is your key to success and unlocking your full potential. Don't let one moment define the rest of your life.

BOOKS WITHOUT BORDERS: Homer, Aeschylus, Galileo, Melville and Madison Go to China

BOOKS WITHOUT BORDERS: Homer, Aeschylus, Galileo, Melville and Madison Go to China

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CITY

CITY

By: Baumann, Ken
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A TOMORROW NOT FAR FROM TODAY.
ELECTRIC POWER NO LONGER EXISTS.

After killing guards at a prison camp to prevent mass murder, Thomas finds a way back to his old allies. Together they recruit more to their ranks and begin to threaten the government's power. But when the city's agents strike back and murder a collaborator, Thomas must run again-and revisit his terrible past in order to find his betrayer.
Reckoning with the dangers of our likely future, THE CITY is the explosive followup to the thriller THE COUNTRY.
COUNTRY

COUNTRY

By: Baumann, Ken
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A TOMORROW NOT FAR FROM TODAY.
ELECTRIC POWER NO LONGER EXISTS.

Clinging to authority, remnants of the government bring back horrors from the 20th century. A man who escaped their lies now works for a secret group that plots resistance. As he journeys across the American landscape, he encounters new threats-and new allies. But who does his work ultimately serve?
Reckoning with the dangers of our likely future, THE COUNTRY is the first book in a new series of thrillers.
DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE? READING THE BUDDHA'S DISCOURSES

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE? READING THE BUDDHA'S DISCOURSES

By: Venkatesh, Krishnan
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DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE? is a unique study of the earliest recorded "discourses" of the Buddha, taking an approach that is at once psychological, philosophical, and literary. In a market abundant with how-to books for spiritual practitioners and advice for achieving a happy life by Buddhist masters, this book offers original readings of some of the most powerful of the Buddha's teachings, which take the form of conversations with a wide range of people: disciples, wandering Hindu philosophers, Brahmin white supremacists, ordinary householders, and even a tyrant. It is a book for all literate, thoughtful people who want to read for themselves what the Buddha really said and to understand their own condition better. The book is a series of essays on specific passages from the Buddha's original Discourses, which blossom and buzz when read with careful thought and sensitivity. It is an introduction to the Buddha's radical empiricism for all people who like to read, think, and investigate; and in it the reader will find texts of great literary beauty and philosophical profundity. It is a book for people who might have no interest in becoming Buddhists as well as for advanced practitioners, who will find these readings fresh and invigorating. Readers will come away from this book with a deepened understanding of their own lives, an intimacy with the Buddha's penetrating mind, and a desire for further study of these wonderful texts and, above all, of themselves.

DOUBLETHINK / DOUBLETALK: NATURALIZING SECOND THOUGHT AND TWOFOLD SPEECH

DOUBLETHINK / DOUBLETALK: NATURALIZING SECOND THOUGHT AND TWOFOLD SPEECH

By: Brann, Eva
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Philosopher Eva Brann describes the concept of doublethink/doubletalk as "a flanking approach toward comprehending a pervasively duplex world, a world that sometimes flashes fleeting signs of covert wholeness." In this, her second collection of aphorisms and observations, Brann shines a light on our world--on "the way things are"--and she does it with characteristic wit and insight.

Eva Brann is a member of the senior faculty at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she has taught for fifty-seven years. She is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. This is her ninth book with Paul Dry Books.

EARTHBOUND

EARTHBOUND

By: Baumann, Ken
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An RPG for the Super NES that flopped when it first arrived in the U.S., EarthBound grew in fan support and critical acclaim over the years, eventually becoming the All-Time Favorite Game of thousands, among them author Ken Baumann. Featuring a heartfelt foreword from the game's North American localization director, Marcus Lindblom, Baumann's EarthBound is a joyful tornado of history, criticism, and memoir. Baumann explores the game's unlikely origins, its brilliant creator, its madcap plot, its marketing failure, its cult rise from the ashes, and its intersections with Japanese and American culture, all the while reflecting back on the author's own journey into the terrifying and hilarious world of adults.
ESTATE SALE

ESTATE SALE

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FEELING OUR FEELINGS

FEELING OUR FEELINGS

By: Brann, Eva
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"A dazzling wealth of stimulating reflection and wise insight. To read Feeling Our Feelings is to relive one's own early moments of intellectual awakening, with the all the advantages of age and experience. Eva Brann proves to be a most steady and enlightening guide on an inquiry into the relation between life and thought that few have pursued so thoroughly."--Susan Shell, Department of Political Science, Boston College

In Feeling Our Feelings, Eva Brann considers what the great philosophers on the passions and feelings have thought and written about them. She examines the relevant work of Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Adam Smith, Hume, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger, and also includes a chapter on contemporary studies on the brain. Feeling Our Feelings provides a comprehensive look at this pervasive and elusive topic.

"'Feeling our feelings' comes from the words a little boy called Zeke said to me some thirty years ago when he was four. I was swinging him in a park in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and not doing it right. 'Swing me higher, ' he said, 'I want to feel my feelings.' The phrase stuck with me; you might say it festered in my mind; it agitated questions: Why do we all want to feel our feelings, so generally that people 'not in touch' with them are thought to be in need of therapy? What feeling was swinging high inducing? Was it an exultation of the body or an exhilaration of the soul? When he wanted to be feeling his feelings, was there a difference between the general feeling, the mere consciousness of being affected, and his particular feelings, the distinguishable affects?--as, when you sing a song, there is a difference between the singing done and the song sung--or is there?"--Eva Brann, from her Preface

Eva Brann is a member of the senior faculty at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she has taught for fifty years. Brann holds an M.A. in Classics and a Ph.D. in Archaeology from Yale University. She is a 2005 recipient of the National Humanities Medal.

FLOWERING WAND: REWILDING THE SACRED MASCULINE

FLOWERING WAND: REWILDING THE SACRED MASCULINE

By: Strand, Sophie
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A deep exploration of the regenerative and magical secrets of sacred masculinity hidden in familiar myths both ancient and modern

- Reveals the restorative fungi archetype of Osiris, the Orphic mysteries as an underground mycelium linking forests and people, how Dionysus teaches us about invasive species and playful sexuality, and the ecology of Jesus as depicted in his nature-focused parables

- Liberates Tristan, Merlin, and the Grail legends from the bounds of Campbell's hero's journey and invites the masculine into more nuanced, complex ways of dealing with trauma, growth, and self-knowledge

Long before the sword-wielding heroes of legend readily cut down forests, slaughtered the old deities, and vanquished their enemies, there were playful gods, animal-headed kings, mischievous lovers, trickster harpists, and vegetal magicians with flowering wands. As eco-feminist scholar Sophie Strand discovered, these wilder, more magical modes of the masculine have always been hidden in plain sight.

Sharing the culmination of eight years of research into myth, folklore, and the history of religion, Strand leads us back into the forgotten landscapes and hidden secrets of familiar myths, revealing the beautiful range of the divine masculine, including expressions of male friendship, male intimacy, and male creative collaboration. In discussing Dionysus and Osiris, Strand encourages us to think like an ecosystem instead of like an individual. She connects dying, vegetal gods to the virtuous cycle of composting and decay, highlighting the ways in which mushrooms can restore soil and heal polluted landscapes. Exploring esoteric Christianity, the author celebrates the Gnostic Jesus of the Gospel of Thomas, imagining the ecology that the Rabbi Yeshua would have actually been referencing in his nature-focused parables. Strand frees Tristan, Merlin, and the Grail legends from the bounds of Campbell's hero's journey and invites the masculine into more nuanced, complex ways of dealing with trauma, growth, and self-knowledge.

Strand reseeds our minds with new visions of male identity and shows how each of us, regardless of gender, can develop a matured ecological empathy and witness a blossoming of sacred masculine powers that are soft, curious, connective, and celebratory.

FRODO'S WOUND: WHY LORD OF THE RINGS IS A GREAT BOOK

FRODO'S WOUND: WHY LORD OF THE RINGS IS A GREAT BOOK

By: Venkatesh, Krishnan
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Why do lovers of J.R.R. Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy return to it again and again through their lives? Why does each rereading seem more nourishing? FRODO'S WOUND is a collection of essays that approaches these questions from various angles. It argues that while epic conflict and heroic warriors may provide the initial allure to the book, what lingers and deepens with each reading is its emotional complexity, its knowledge of loss and grief, and its yearning for something only dimly understood. Uniquely, it is a study of Tolkien that barely mentions Christianity and assumes no broad knowledge of the mythological world of Middle-earth. Instead, the book offers a series of close readings that reveal Tolkien's subtlety and sensitivity, and does not shy away from probing the significance of his occasional clumsiness. FRODO'S WOUND shows why Tolkien is a great writer, and why THE LORD OF THE RINGS is really a book for older adults--indeed, for anyone who has ever lost their way.
FURTHER ADVENTURES IN THE UNSUBCONSCIOUS: A TRILOGY

FURTHER ADVENTURES IN THE UNSUBCONSCIOUS: A TRILOGY

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HEGEL AND HEIDEGGER ON NATURE AND WORLD

HEGEL AND HEIDEGGER ON NATURE AND WORLD

By: Padui, Raoni
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This book argues that Hegel and Heidegger offer two divergent paths towards reconciling the dichotomy between nature and world inherited from modern philosophy. Raoni Padui traces the ways in which nature is incorporated into the domain of meaningful human dwelling that Heidegger calls "world" and Hegel calls "Spirit" or Geist.

HOMAGE TO AMERICANS: Mile High Meditations, Close Readings and Time-SpanningSpeculations

HOMAGE TO AMERICANS: Mile High Meditations, Close Readings and Time-SpanningSpeculations

By: Brann, Eva
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In her latest collection of essays and lectures, Homage to Americans, Eva Brann explores the roots and essence of our American ways.

In "Mile-high Meditations," her flight's late departure from the Denver airport prompts a consideration of her manner of waiting (i.e.,"being"). As she looks around, she notes (and compares to her own) the ways her fellow travelers pass their time. These observations lead her to wonder how each of us lives with ourselves and how we live together--and put up with one another.

With these questions in mind, the next two essays carefully examine two famous political documents that have shaped American self-understanding: James Madison's "Memorial and Remonstrance," which is the essential argument for separation of church and state; and Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, which enlarged and refashioned our understanding of the American political character, first given formal expression in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

In "Paradox of Obedience," a lecture delivered at the Air Force Academy, Brann considers the puzzling character of obedience in a country dedicated to liberty.

The concluding piece, "The Empire of the Sun and the West," takes us to Aztec Mexico at the time of the Spanish conquest. What allowed Cortes and his handful of men to overcome a great empire? In pursuit of an answer, Brann describes a human type whose fulfillment she sees in the American character.

Eva Brann is a member of the senior faculty at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she has taught for fifty-seven years. She is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. Her other books include The Logos of Heraclitus, Feeling Our Feelings, Un-Willing, Open Secrets / Inward Prospects, The Music of the Republic, Then and Now, and Homeric Moments (all published by Paul Dry Books).


HOW TO CONSTITUTE A WORLD

HOW TO CONSTITUTE A WORLD

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Eva Brann, who has taught at St. John's College, Annapolis, for sixty years, wrote these essays largely as clarifying incitements to students who were reading, or ought to have been reading, the works discussed. In her words:

"The first essay looks at the 'Pre-Socratics' Heraclitus and Parmenides. They appear to be in radical opposition, but they are really doing the same, new thing: seeing the world as an intelligible whole. Both observe external nature, construing it in their minds--so, from the outside in. The final essay again describes two ways of world-construing from the outside in--one by penetrating the surface of reality, the other by spinning a web of complexity over it.

"The five essays in between focus on works by Kant and display the world as constituted from the human inside out. An appreciative review of the Critique of Pure Reason shows how Kant brilliantly justifies a science of nature by making nature itself the construct of our understanding. But he leads us to the abyss of more idealism; externality and realism escape him. The explication of his one absolute moral commandment similarly defines his morality entirely in terms divorced from objective good and concentrated on internal integrity. Finally, his huge unpublished legacy agonizes about bringing a god, first conceived as an inner need, into external existence."

Eva Brann is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. Her other books include Doublethink / Doubletalk, Then & Now, Un-Willing, The Logos of Heraclitus, Feeling Our Feelings, Homage to Americans, Open Secrets / Inward Prospects, The Music of the Republic, and Homeric Moments (all published by Paul Dry Books).

HUMANITY IS TRYING: EXPERIMENTS IN LIVING WITH GRIEF

HUMANITY IS TRYING: EXPERIMENTS IN LIVING WITH GRIEF

By: Gots, Jason
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"A truly beautiful, wise, raw, subtle book." --Robert MacFarlane, author of Underland

My sister and I are driving south toward Graceland in her beat-up red Saturn, both in need of refuge, both running from different things. Her bumper sticker reads "Humanity Is Trying." It's a triple entendre, she explains: Humanity is exhausting. Humanity is struggle. Humanity is doing the best it knows how.

Humanity Is Trying is several books in one. It's a memoir about the love and the loss of a sister and a best friend. It's the story of a series of escape attempts--cowardly, courageous, harmful, and hopeful--experiments in freedom from the stories that limit us. And it's a record of spiritual, intellectual, and emotional growth with the help of friends, psychedelics, art, and spiritual practice.

From Jason Gots, creator of the podcasts Think Again and Clever Creature, comes a philosophical love letter to the slow, messy work of building a life and living with your dreams in the face of reality.
IRON FILINGS OR SCRIBBLINGS: THINKING THINGS OUT

IRON FILINGS OR SCRIBBLINGS: THINKING THINGS OUT

By: Brann, Eva
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To introduce her book, Eva Brann calls up the image of Iron Filings as they "settle themselves along the lines of force that form a field of influence around a bar magnet that has itself been allowed to settle itself in its natural direction. The whole configuration makes, by nature's wit, a suggestive figure for the thinking mind--at least of a cross-section in its life." These essays range from Ms. Brann's thoughts "Of God," "Of Novels," "Of Booklessness," to, well, a surprising diversity of topics, the final one, fittingly "Of Endings." Eva Brann thinks a thought and then thinks a thought at the other end of the pole of the first thought--hence the display of thought like iron filings around two ends of a magnet.
LEAVING US TO WONDER: An Essay on the Questions that Science Can't Ask

LEAVING US TO WONDER: An Essay on the Questions that Science Can't Ask

By: Ramsey, Ramsey Eric
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Linda Wiener is Faculty with Tenure at St. John's College at Santa Fe. Ramsey Eric Ramsey is a philosopher and Associate Dean of The Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University West.
LECTURES and ESSAYS

LECTURES and ESSAYS

By: Klein, Jacob
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LOGOS OF HERACLITUS

LOGOS OF HERACLITUS

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"In this extraordinary meditation, Eva Brann takes us to the fierce core of Heraclitus's vision and shows us the music of his language. The thought and beautiful prose in The Logos of Heraclitus are a delight."--Barry Mazur, Harvard University

"An engaged solitary, an inward-turned observer of the world, inventor of the first of philosophical genres, the thought-compacted aphorism," "teasingly obscure in reputation, but hard-hittingly clear in fact," "now tersely mordant, now generously humane."

Thus Eva Brann introduces Heraclitus--in her view, the West's first philosopher.

The collected work of Heraclitus comprises 131 passages. Eva Brann sets out to understand Heraclitus as he is found in these passages and particularly in his key word, Logos, the order that is the cosmos.

"Whoever is captivated by the revelatory riddlings and brilliant obscurities of what remains of Heraclitus has to begin anew--accepting help, to be sure, from previous readings--in a spirit of receptivity and reserve. But essentially everyone must pester the supposed obscurantist until he opens up. Heraclitus is no less and no more pregnantly dark than an oracle...The upshot is that no interpretation has prevailed; every question is wide open."

Eva Brann is a member of the senior faculty at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she has taught for fifty-seven years. She is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. Her other books include Then and Now, Un-Willing, Feeling Our Feelings, Homage to Americans, Open Secrets / Inward Prospects, The Music of the Republic, and Homeric Moments (all published by Paul Dry Books).


MILLENNIAL HARVEST

MILLENNIAL HARVEST

By: Bell, Charles Greenleaf
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Millennial Harvest is a unique and most wonderful project. Neither a book of scholarly essays nor solely a collection of poetry, Millennial Harvest interweaves poetry and prose into a continuous personal narrative in the manner of Dante's La Vita Nuova. It does so with a tremendous intellectual scope, a very wide range of references, and an original vision of the evolution of a writer's consciousness, as well as with sharp and memorable portraits of some of the people involved--Simone Weil, Albert Einstein, Erika Mann, and William Carlos Williams, for example. Above all, Millennial Harvest is the autobiography of a beloved, highly gifted, and most unusual man.


For seventy or so years, Charles Bell has been a great thinker and a great teacher and has brought enlightenment and joy to countless others. Like that of many of the great thinker-teachers, a number of Charles' own writings have gone unpublished or are out of print.


Now, for the first time, all his poetic work is brought together, thoroughly revised and in a way that allows each part to be read in relationship to the rest--a boon to all Bell's admirers and to the many admirers who will doubtless spring up, of whom there will be many. Charles' writing makes highly entertaining, indeed gripping, reading and is full of startling insights; and it is often very, very funny.

MUSIC AND THE MAKING OF MODERN SCIENCE

MUSIC AND THE MAKING OF MODERN SCIENCE

By: Pesic, Peter
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A wide-ranging exploration of how music has influenced science through the ages, from fifteenth-century cosmology to twentieth-century string theory.

In the natural science of ancient Greece, music formed the meeting place between numbers and perception; for the next two millennia, Pesic tells us in Music and the Making of Modern Science, "liberal education" connected music with arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy within a fourfold study, the quadrivium. Peter Pesic argues provocatively that music has had a formative effect on the development of modern science--that music has been not just a charming accompaniment to thought but a conceptual force in its own right.

Pesic explores a series of episodes in which music influenced science, moments in which prior developments in music arguably affected subsequent aspects of natural science. He describes encounters between harmony and fifteenth-century cosmological controversies, between musical initiatives and irrational numbers, between vibrating bodies and the emergent electromagnetism. He offers lively accounts of how Newton applied the musical scale to define the colors in the spectrum; how Euler and others applied musical ideas to develop the wave theory of light; and how a harmonium prepared Max Planck to find a quantum theory that reengaged the mathematics of vibration. Taken together, these cases document the peculiar power of music--its autonomous force as a stream of experience, capable of stimulating insights different from those mediated by the verbal and the visual. An innovative e-book edition available for iOS devices will allow sound examples to be played by a touch and shows the score in a moving line.

MUSIC AND THE MAKING OF MODERN SCIENCE

MUSIC AND THE MAKING OF MODERN SCIENCE

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A wide-ranging exploration of how music has influenced science through the ages, from fifteenth-century cosmology to twentieth-century string theory.

In the natural science of ancient Greece, music formed the meeting place between numbers and perception; for the next two millennia, Pesic tells us in Music and the Making of Modern Science, "liberal education" connected music with arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy within a fourfold study, the quadrivium. Peter Pesic argues provocatively that music has had a formative effect on the development of modern science--that music has been not just a charming accompaniment to thought but a conceptual force in its own right.

Pesic explores a series of episodes in which music influenced science, moments in which prior developments in music arguably affected subsequent aspects of natural science. He describes encounters between harmony and fifteenth-century cosmological controversies, between musical initiatives and irrational numbers, between vibrating bodies and the emergent electromagnetism. He offers lively accounts of how Newton applied the musical scale to define the colors in the spectrum; how Euler and others applied musical ideas to develop the wave theory of light; and how a harmonium prepared Max Planck to find a quantum theory that reengaged the mathematics of vibration. Taken together, these cases document the peculiar power of music--its autonomous force as a stream of experience, capable of stimulating insights different from those mediated by the verbal and the visual. An innovative e-book edition available for iOS devices will allow sound examples to be played by a touch and shows the score in a moving line.

MUSIC OF THE REPUBLIC: Essays on Socrates Conversations and Plato's Writings

MUSIC OF THE REPUBLIC: Essays on Socrates Conversations and Plato's Writings

By: Brann, Eva
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"This collection of Eva Brann's is one of the most valuable aids a lover of Plato could have."--Walter Nicgorski, University of Notre Dame

In fourteen essays, Eva Brann talks with readers about the conversations Socrates engages in with his fellow Athenians. In doing so, she shows how Plato's dialogues and the timeless matters they address remain important to us today.

The Music of the Republic "will establish [Eva Brann] as one of the great readers and interpreters of the Platonic dialogues in modern times."--Bruce Foltz, Eckerd College

"It is a wonder and a delight to be led by Eva Brann through the Socratic conversations...Those who do not know the Republic will be initiated into its treasures. Those who believe that it is a great book will understand better what they already know. And all who teach the dialogues will find their souls expanded in the presence of this most generous teacher." --Ann Hartle, Emory University

"In these wonderfully insightful essays, Eva Brann helps us hear the music of Plato's dialogues and join the conversation...I found myself filled with envy for her students and happy, with this book, to now be included among them."--Anthony T. Kronman, Yale University

"The title essay of this collection is a miniature masterpiece, one of the most seminal writings of our time on Plato's Republic."--John Sallis, Pennsylvania State University

Eva Brann is a member of the senior faculty at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she has taught for over fifty years. She is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. Her other books include The Logos of Heraclitus, Feeling Our Feelings, Homage to Americans, Open Secrets / Inward Prospects, Un-Willing, Then and Now, and Homeric Moments (all published by Paul Dry Books).


NOTES ON POETRY

NOTES ON POETRY

By: Carl, David
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Attempting literature as a kind of homage: part alchemy, part collage, an on-going flirtation with quotation. I've realized that the problem with imagining the book I've always wanted to read and then sitting down to write it is that I've always disliked reading my own books; so if I were to write the book I've always wanted to read, by virtue of my having written it I would no longer want to read it. But since I have neither audience nor readers, is it fair then to say that I write for myself? Say rather that I write for those selves I'm not but dream of becoming. (Strictly for my own literary (which is to say, soteriological) purposes, I've been trying to imagine the possibility of a poetry that is a cross between Bashō, David Lynch, Thelonious Monk, and Bela Tarr; something that does in language what artists like Nina Simone, Morton Feldman, Stan Brakhage and Chris Marker have done in sound and image; an aesthetic homage to Duchamp, Raoul Vaneigem, Joseph Cornell and Henry Darger; an imaginary dialogue between Tom Philips' A Humument and Isodore Isou's Venom and Eternity, Schopenhauer and Sonic Youth, where Moby Dick and The Four Zoas meet Gavin Bryars and Johnny Cash... the literary wanderings of an anachronistic and uneasy Modernist, caught in a past that has already outpaced its future.)
ON THE SOUL DE ANIMA TR. BOLOTIN

ON THE SOUL DE ANIMA TR. BOLOTIN

By: Bolotin, David
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David Bolotin's translation of Aristotle's DE ANIMA, aims above all at fidelity to the Greek and tries to convey the meaning--to the extent possible in English--of his every word. The translation itself is supplemented with footnotes, some of which, when taken together, sketch the outline of an overall interpretation of the work. Since Bolotin considers Aristotle to be a teacher, he has made a scrupulous effort to examine the manuscript tradition. And he has relied only on readings that are well-attested in the oldest manuscripts, rather than accepting conjectural emendations of modern editors, who all too often substitute a Greek text that is easy to understand for any of those that have come down to us from the ancient copyists. Bolotin's translation subordinates felicity of English expression to the demand for fidelity to the Greek. For readers who wish to study DE ANIMA, it offers access that has hitherto been unavailable in English to the precise meaning of Aristotle's text.
OPEN SECRETS/INWARD PROSPECTS

OPEN SECRETS/INWARD PROSPECTS

By: Brann, Eva
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In her latest book, Eva Brann has collected observations and aphorisms written over more than thirty years. Open Secrets / Inward Prospects divides in a rough but ready way into two sorts: observations about our external world well known to all but not always openly told, and sightings of internal vistas and omens, wherein she looks at herself as a sample soul.

Often the aphorisms balance opposing thoughts, as if the writer were--simultaneously--on both ends of the seesaw.

In the preface Eva Brann describes her manner of composition: "I wrote these thoughts down on about two thousand sheets, two to three thoughts per paper, and I kept them in some used manila envelopes, the earliest of which bore a postmark of 1972."

Eva Brann is a member of the senior faculty at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she has taught for over fifty years. She is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. Her other books include The Logos of Heraclitus, Feeling Our Feelings, Homage to Americans, The Music of the Republic, Un-Willing, Then and Now, and Homeric Moments (all published by Paul Dry Books).


PARADOXES OF EDUCATION IN A REPUBLIC

PARADOXES OF EDUCATION IN A REPUBLIC

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PARADOXICAL RATIONALITY OF KIERKEGAARD

PARADOXICAL RATIONALITY OF KIERKEGAARD

By: McCombs, Richard
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Richard McCombs presents Søren Kierkegaard as an author who deliberately pretended to be irrational in many of his pseudonymous writings in order to provoke his readers to discover the hidden and paradoxical rationality of faith. Focusing on pseudonymous works by Johannes Climacus, McCombs interprets Kierkegaardian rationality as a striving to become a self consistently unified in all its dimensions: thinking, feeling, willing, acting, and communicating. McCombs argues that Kierkegaard's strategy of feigning irrationality is sometimes brilliantly instructive, but also partly misguided. This fresh reading of Kierkegaard addresses an essential problem in the philosophy of religion--the relation between faith and reason.