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The Ideal Chinese Political Leader

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Xuezhi Guo examines traditional Chinese political theory that fuses idealistic altruist pursuit with functional practicability. He investigates the ideal personality criteria of political leaders for both ideal and real politics--a combination of the values and ethics of Confucian, Daoist, and Legalist traditions.

While addressing complementary roles of Chinese schools of thought in which ideal personality is grounded, Guo identifies five characteristics of an ideal political leader, traces their evolution, and then analyzes these characteristics as they influence ideal personality of political leaders. As modeled by a paragon of combining the Confucian noble man, the Daoist sage or authentic person, and the Legalist enlightened leader, Chinese political leaders pursue humaneness, ritualism, moralism, and follow naturalism in order to seek political survival and advancement against the radical development of Confucian political zealousness. He emphasizes the philosophical and historical conditions that facilitate the production of agency in an effort to understand how the legacy continues. A provocative analysis that will be of interest to scholars, researchers, and policy makers involved with Chinese politics, history, and philosophy.


Dealing With Your Personal Crisis

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Personal crisis requires healing. This book is for the person who is severely troubled, and who has lived with personal pain in the recent past. Babun explores Christian spiritual stages for personal trauma and outlines biblical healing response to tragic experience. From the publisher A practical Christ-centered self-help guide. In this invaluable counseling resource book, the author shares how his grief, anger and isolation were mitigated by biblical truths that provide a lasting healing process. Personal and compassionate, drawn from the author's own experience of living through a personal crisis, it provides comforting guidance and practical day-to-day advice for those who suffer. Helpful "kick-start" prayers and biblical references add relieve to the broken hearted when their feelings and emotions become deceptively changeable and could lead to danger.


A Catholic Ideal

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The author commences: "I am a Catholic. I accept the divine authority of the Catholic Church to interpret the meaning of human life, and in this interpretation I have gradually found a Catholic Ideal. I was not born into this system, I deliberately adopted it. I was born into that variegated and shifting mass of opinion, external to the Church, which leans more or less on individual private judgment as an habitual court of appeal in matters of faith and morals." And consider this later on: "If God be the Author and Sustainer of the material universe and civil society, and if man, sensible of his own frailty, ambitious for his own perfection, and anxious as to a future state, wills to communicate with his Creator, what hope has he of any possible intercourse between God and man? To deny the religious aspirations of the human race would be to deny ourselves; but it will be objected that man's hunger for righteousness is no guarantee of its supreme embodiment in a personal God. United with this aspiration, however, stands the conviction of the intellect that some intelligent First Cause must be predicated for the universe, and the judgment of the moral sense which claims divine beneficence for a final restitution of all things. To deny a First Cause is to dethrone the only Sovereign Good able to fill the human heart, the only tribunal before which man can arraign his secret soul, setting up instead the fool's fetish of cosmic anarchy, which gives no rational explanation of the universal testimony of the human race in favour of an intelligent and moral Creator." And then this: "But let us look at the great religious phenomena of the world, the ancient religions of Egypt, Assyria, Greece, Rome, India, and Western Europe. The old surviving religions, Hindu, Buddhist, Mohammedan, Confucian, or the fetish and ancestral worships of primitive tribes; do they not form a spectacle similar to the varied geology and zoology of the material world? Detached on the surface, they are united below in certain broad features. They recognise supernatural powers acting on the world, and possess traditional sacred teachings preserved by priests or sages. Such similarities point to a common origin, differentiated by the reflex action of racial and local tradition, and demonstrate the universal desire of man's heart for some form of faith and holiness."


The Mystery Of Personality

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In The Mystery of Personality: A History of Psychodynamic Theories, acclaimed professor and historian Eugene Taylor synthesizes the field s first century and a half into a rich, highly readable account. Taylor situates the dynamic school in its catalytic place in history, re-evaluating misunderstood figures and events, re-creating the heady milieu of discovery as the concept of "mental science" dawns across Europe, revisiting the widening rift between clinical and experimental study (or the couch and the lab) as early psychology matured into legitimate science.

Gradual but vital evolutions form the heart of this chronicle: the ebb and flow of analytic theory and practice, the shift from doctor-centered to client-centered therapy, the movement from exclusionary to multidisciplinary, the evolving role of the therapist. And as can be expected from the author, there is special emphasis on the sublime in psychology: the philosophy/psychology fusion of the New England transcendentalists, the battle between spiritualism and science in 1880s America, and early versions of today s spiritually-attuned therapies. Pivotal concepts and key individuals covered are:

  • Charcot, Janet, and the origins of dynamic personality theory in the so-called French, Swiss, English, and American psychotherapeutic axis.
  • Person and personality: William James s "radical empiricism"
  • The rise of psychoanalysis: Freud, the Freudians, and the Neo-Freudians
  • Adler and Jung, who were never "students" of Freud: Toward, within, and beyond the self
  • Murray, Allport, and Lewin at Harvard in the 30s
  • Culture and personality, pastoral counseling, and Gestalt Psychology in New York in the 40s and 50s
  • An Existential-humanistic and Transpersonally oriented depth psychology in the 60s
  • The current era: "science confronts itself," as neuroscience enters the picture.

Students of psychology and its history will find in this inspiring narrative both possibilities for further study and a new appreciation of their own work. The Mystery of Personality: A History of Psychodynamic Theories is a stimulating course conducted by a master teacher.

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A Deal In Wheat

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Excerpt from A Deal in Wheat: And Other Stories of the New and Old West As Sam Lewiston backed the horse into the shafts of his buckboard and began hitching the tugs to the whiffletree, his wife came out from the kitchen door of the house and drew near, and stood for some time at the horse's head, her arms folded and her apron rolled around them. For a long moment neither spoke. They had talked over the situation so long and so comprehensively the night before that there seemed to be nothing more to say. The time was late in the summer, the place a ranch in southwestern Kansas, and Lewiston and his wife were two of a vast population of farmers, wheat growers, who at that moment were passing through a crisis - a crisis that at any moment might culminate in tragedy. Wheat was down to sixty-six. At length Emma Lewiston spoke. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.



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