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The balance of the spirit. Capitalism, culture and values [El saldo del espíritu. Capitalismo, cultura, valores].
Nowadays, terms like values, culture, humanism or citizenship in our society have so much prestige, and are, sometimes, almost sacred. According to this book, the cult given to such concepts provides at least half of the materials needed for future expansion of capitalism. The other half has a pre-disciplinary aspect, but there will be complemented by a cultural ideology of the challenge, experience and transgression, and an uplifting moral rhetoric and self-satisfied. Antonio Valdecantos argues that European universities have in recent years provided an excellent laboratory for comprehensive privatization of life that seems to lead to the first crisis of capitalism of the XXI century. The teaching and research based on mobility, flexibility, innovation and dynamism have provided the model for the kindest part of future ideology while, on the other side: the model of the university as a competitive and integrated company in the market has become the essence of higher education. The book falls squarely in contemporary debates about the role of the humanities, as objectively as possible. The author asserts that the notion of culture hinders the understanding of the present and the past, and that the task of the arts, humanities and thought should rethink precisely from removing that obstacle.
Valdecantos Antonio (Madrid, 1964) is Professor of Philosophy at the Carlos III University of Madrid. He received his doctorate in 1994 with a thesis on The myth of context and was fitted in 2007 with an investigation into Moral and political embarrassment. In recent years he has had a constant criticism technocratization processes and commercialization of university knowledge.
Sick of corruption [Hartos de corrupción] Sick, We are sick! Tired of so many cases of corruption; tired of the abuse of power; fed up with the enrichment of a few at the expense of the rest; sick of seeing how all this damage our democracy. Sick of corruption, collects the voice of 11 thinkers of our time who wanted to express their thoughts to make this book possible. The initiative for this project is the result of a key moment, when the outrage has given way to weariness and anger. Porque, después de años de crisis, no solamente económica, constatamos que la corrupción sigue practicándose con prepotencia y sin escrúpulos. It is our duty to appeal to human dignity and ask: What's going on? Where does the corruption come from? What to do with each of us in our daily lives? What can we do about it? The word of contemporary writers is complemented by a selection of philosophical texts of reference, which also seek answers to these questions. Because the more perspectives we have and we are more aware of human ambiguity, the more able we are to build a more just and equitable society.
Pathways of finiteness. Analogy and difference [Sendas de finitud. Analogía y diferencia].
Metaphysics only makes sense if it is aware of its finiteness and relativity. This is the premise on which Miquel Seguró starts this book, which examines the relationship between analogy and finite difference. Endorsing the burnout that transmits many of the well-known speculative stories, the author claims the analogy as the best reflection of the human condition and its impact on the management of the "big questions". The work is divided into eight chapters that dialogue with Plato, Thomas Aquinas, Suarez, Tillich and Jaspers, the aim is to get to a universal and no-confessional metaphysic (hermeneutic) open to the approach of the "last" questions.
Miquel Seguró (1979) is Doctor in Philosophy by the University Ramon Llull (Barcelona) and degree of Arts from the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). He has conducted research at the Università La Sapienza (Rome), P. Gregorian University (Rome) and the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität (Freiburg). Currently he is a researcher and professor at the Ethos Chair of Ramon Llull University. His main field of research is the history of contemporary philosophy, especially as it relates to issues of metaphysical foundation and its irradiation in ethics and aesthetics.
Nobody’s land. How to think (about) a global society [Tierra de nadie. Cómo pensar (en) la sociedad global]
This book raises a double question: How to think global society to make Earth still remains home for all. On the other hand, how to think global society; how changes in the globalized world affect and challenge to the activity of thinking. To analyze this relationship back and forth between globalization and philosophy, Antonio Campillo uses as thread the concept “Nobody´s land” in many ways and means: the land without owners, the land taken to the people, land in dispute, borders with walls; and finally the human patrimony. The author propose that the planet should be recognize as property of nobody, but patrimony of everyone. In this book, Campillo connects science, politics and ethics.
Antonio Campillo is professor of philosophy in Murcia University. Writer of several books such as: Goodbye progress. A meditation on history (1985), Dialogue Worlds (1986), The Force of Reason. War, State and military science in the Renaissance treated, from Machiavelli to Galileo (1987), Silent reason. A reading of Plotinus Enneads (1990) The invention of the subject (2001), Against the Economy. Essays on Bataille (2001) The great experiment. Essays on the global society (2001) and Variations of human life. A theory of history (2001).
Glimpses of Reality. Religions and revelation [Vislumbres de lo real. Religiones y revelación]
Each religious tradition is the repository of a core of revelation entrusted to it. It gives access to a hint of reality. Without capturing this core, it is impossible to understand the constellation of symbols and beliefs that characterise each religion and emanate from such epicentres. This essay broaches the subject of revelatory experience in humanity's major religious configurations, with the intention of establishing criteria of discernment to assess the quality of such phenomena and manifestations. The author looks at the mystic background of each tradition, noting that all true religious experience has the ability to open up to a greater reality in the three dimensions that constitute the Real, that is, to a greater sense of transcendence, to a subtler and deeper understanding of what is human and to greater respect and reverence for nature.
Javier Melloni (Barcelona, 1962) is a Jesuit, theologian and anthropologist specialising in comparative mysticism and inter-religious dialogue. He is a member of the Justice and Christianity Study Centre in Barcelona and teaches at the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia and the Sant Cugat Fundamental Theology Institute. Important examples of his literary output are Vislumbres de lo real [Glimpses of Reality] and El Cristo interior [Christ Within], both published by Herder Editorial.
Transhumanism is one of the philosophical and cultural movements that have attracted more attention in recent years. It advocates the free use of technology for the improvement of human beings, both in their physical, mental, emotional and moral capacities, transcending all their current limits. The technologies used are genetic engineering and development of intelligent machines. According to the proponents of transhumanism, with the help of these technologies we could end the suffering, with the biological limitations that produce it, and we could even beat ageing and death.
Although many transhumanists do not see it desirable to bring these improvements to a point where the improved individual no longer belongs to the human species, others, designated as posthumanists, consider that this is precisely the ultimate goal: the creation of one or more new species of ours.
This book presents the different modalities of techno-scientific transhumanism. Their arguments are discussed, seeking to elucidate their strengths and weaknesses. The promises made by proponents of transhumanism are very ambitious, and not all are justified. But on the other hand, the criticism that modifying human nature endangers the bases of moral life, dignity and human rights, contains arguable philosophical assumptions and their consequences are excessively radical. There are other approaches that allow for a more balanced evaluation, on which a greater social agreement could be built in the future.
Antonio Diéguez, PhD. is Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Malaga. Until September 2015, he presided over the Ibero-American Association of Philosophy of Biology (AIFIBI). He has been visiting Professor at the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and visiting researcher at the universities of Helsinki, Harvard and Oxford. He has researched in the areas of Philosophy of Technology and Biology and, in recent years, has been interested in the subject of transhumanism. His position on this issue is critical, but he recognizes the positive effects of biotechnology and even its potential use for human improvement. He has published several books and articles on these subjects.
Company’s Ethics is a book that introduces the reader to the ethics applied to the business world in today’s society. The author argues that ethics, business and life are intermingled in the daily business of a company’s worker. Ethics in general has to do with people, but a company can also freely decide how to put it into practice through certain values expressed in their culture. A company is society and the ethics it reverberates in society. The reader will find in this essay both questions for reflection and ideas for action.
In a clear, enjoyable and documented way, the author addresses a number of issues: after a brief introduction to ethics and business ethics, he addresses the issue of values, corruption, business codes, ethical references, reputation and image of the companies and draws some notes about them in the society of the future.
Carlos María Moreno is PhD in Philosophy and Diploma in Theology. Since 1991, he has been a full professor of the Faculty of Psychology, Sciences of Education and Sports of Blanquerna (Universitat Ramon Llull). He taught at the University of Örebro and in Coimbra, and was a researcher at the Royal Complutense College of Harvard. He is currently principal investigator of the Group “Organitzation, Person and Change” and the Ethos Chair of the Ramon Llull University. He is also a collaborator of IECO (Institute of Ethics and Communication of Valencia) and member of EBEN (European Business Ethics Network) and its Spanish extension, EBEN-Spain.
Many yoga practitioners have ever wondered what the literal translation of a posture’s name is, how to pronounce it correctly or what we are saying when reciting a mantra.
This practical dictionary aims to ensure the correct use of the Sanskrit language in the field of yoga and is aimed primarily at practitioners and teachers of any school, without previous knowledge of Sanskrit. It includes the Sanskrit terms most commonly used in daily yoga classes: the names of the postures (asana) and other Hatha-yoga techniques (prāṇāyāma, mudrā, Bandha and kriyā), fundamental philosophical concepts, a didactic translation of the Yogasūtra of Patañjali, some mantras, as well as a brief history of yoga that allows to contextualize the use of all the terminology.
This lexicon does not follow the format of a traditional dictionary, but a reference manual, manageable, visual and practical. The Sanskrit terms are offered analyzed, translated, commented and accompanied by illustrative images and audios with their correct pronunciation. It can be used for individual study or as a didactic resource in yoga teacher training courses.
All the audios, with the voice of Kausthub Desikachar, can be downloaded from the web of the publisher: https://www.herdereditorial.com/diccionario-de-yoga
Òscar Pujol Riembau is a PhD in Sanskrit from Banaras Hindu University. He has taught at several universities in India, Spain, Mexico and Brazil. In 2002, he contributed to the founding of Casa Asia in Barcelona, where he was Director of Educational Programs promoting the creation of Asian studies in Spanish universities. He has been director of the Cervantes Institutes of New Delhi, Rio de Janeiro and now of Fez. He has published several books and translations of Sanskrit classics and the Sanskrit-Catalan Dictionary. He is currently working on the first Sanskrit-Spanish Dictionary, forthcoming in Herder Editorial.
Laia Villegas Torras is translator and specialist in Indian philosophy. Graduated and DEA in Humanities by Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, she carried out postgraduate studies at the Universities of Benares and Pune (India). She has published The verses of the Samkhya the Ishvarakrishna and has collaborated with Òscar Pujol in the writing of the Sanskrit-Catalan Dictionary. For more than ten years she has collaborated in various training courses for yoga teachers.