Peter F. Drucker: Men, Ideas & Politics

March 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

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This collection of Peter F. Drucker’s essays explores the intersection between society, politics, and economics. Despite this lofty goal, however, the essays themselves remain down to earth, highly readable, and full of stories and ideas that make us think differently about the business world around us.

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Liv Ullmann: Changing (1977)

February 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Autobiography of the Norwegian actress best known for her starring roles in Ingmar Bergman films and for touring the world as Nora in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.

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Mary Lutyens: Krishnamurti–The Years of Awakening

February 17, 2015 § 1 Comment

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Edith Mary Lutyens (1908–9 April 1999) was a British author who is principally known for her authoritative biographical works on the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti.

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Jean-Paul Sartre: Being and Nothingness (1943)

January 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology (French: L’Être et le néant : Essai d’ontologie phénoménologique), sometimes subtitled A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology, is a 1943 book by philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. Sartre’s main purpose is to assert the individual’s existence as prior to the individual’s essence. His overriding concern in writing the book was to demonstrate that free will exists.

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On This Day: January 27

January 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

1756
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) was born in Salzburg, Austria.

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Mozart c. 1780, detail from portrait by Johann Nepomuk della Croce. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

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Alfred Adler: What Life Should Mean to You (1931)

January 27, 2015 § 1 Comment

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Adler’s philosophical and eloquent “What Life Should Mean to You,” edited by Alan Porter, was originally published in 1931. In this highly readable book, targeting the general public, Adler offered many insights on academic, vocational, and family issues facing adults. Opening with a chapter titled “The Meaning of Life.” he stated, “Every person strives for significance, but people always make mistakes if they do not see that their whole significance must consist in their contributions to the lives of others.”
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Julian Huxley: Essays of a Humanist (1964)

January 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

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The central theme in this collection of essays by Julian Huxley is the importance of what he calls “Psychosocial Evolution” in a reappraisal of Man’s present and future position on earth. The topics covered range from the description of an expedition to a bird sanctuary in Spain, to an attempt to define a new religion based on evolutionary humanism. As has often been emphasized in the pages of this journal and elsewhere,’Man is now in the unique position of being able consciously to control his own future evolution. Since he is the dominant biological species, this necessarily implies the ability to influence in a major way the whole pattern of biological existence. If he uses his power unwisely, the results may be wholesale destruction. To take on the burden of nature’s decisions is no easy task.

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