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3. The Devil and humankind

3. The Devil and humankind  

Darren Oldridge

in The Devil: A Very Short Introduction

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3. The Devil and humankind
1. What is agnosticism?

1. What is agnosticism?  

Robin Le Poidevin

in Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction

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1. What is agnosticism?
7. God

7. God  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

in Dante: A Very Short Introduction

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7. God
7. The future of Catholicism

7. The future of Catholicism  

Gerald O’Collins

in Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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7. The future of Catholicism
6. How to Analyse a Modern Society

6. How to Analyse a Modern Society  

Kenneth Minogue

in Politics: A Very Short Introduction

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6. How to Analyse a Modern Society
Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction

Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Gerald O'Collins

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A Very Short Introduction
1. From Pentecost to Christopher Columbus (ad 30–1492)

1. From Pentecost to Christopher Columbus (ad 30–1492)  

Gerald O’Collins

in Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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1. From Pentecost to Christopher Columbus (AD 30–1492)
5. Catholic moral life and teaching

5. Catholic moral life and teaching  

Gerald O’Collins

in Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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5. Catholic moral life and teaching
6. Characteristics of Catholicism

6. Characteristics of Catholicism  

Gerald O’Collins

in Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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6. Characteristics of Catholicism
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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1. Introduction The Triumph of St Thomas Aquinas by Benozzo Gozzoli, sits Aquinas, holding open a copy of one of his summas , his face fixed and impassive. On either side, behind him and subservient, stand Plato and Aristotle. Trampled beneath his feet is the Arabic philosopher, Averroes, while in the bottom tier of the picture, the Pope sits in Council, proclaiming Aquinas as ‘the light of the Church’. The upper tier is occupied by the Evangelists and, at the top, God himself, who is saying ‘Thomas, you have spoken well about me’ (see ).
4. The sacraments and the Catholic Church

4. The sacraments and the Catholic Church  

Gerald O’Collins

in Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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4. The sacraments and the Catholic Church
2. The Adviser to Princes

2. The Adviser to Princes  

Quentin Skinner

in Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction

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2. The Adviser to Princes
7. Speaking of God

7. Speaking of God  

Tim Bayne

in The Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction

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7. Speaking of God Realism and anti-realism Chandogya Upanishad , ‘Tat tvam asi’, which is typically interpreted to mean that the self is identical to Ultimate Reality. On the face of things, these claims are truth-evaluable assertions: descriptions of reality that are either true or false. As such, they seem to have the same function as many of the claims made in science and everyday life, such as ‘Volcanoes are caused by seismic activity’ or ‘Inflation is rising’. Of course, it might be more difficult to tell whether religious claims are true than it is to tell whether everyday or
5. Humanity

5. Humanity  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

in Dante: A Very Short Introduction

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5. Humanity
2. The background of Kant's thought

2. The background of Kant's thought  

Roger Scruton

in Kant: A Very Short Introduction

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2. The background of Kant's thought Critique of Pure Reason is the most important work of philosophy to have been written in modern times; it is also one of the most difficult. It poses questions so novel and comprehensive that Kant judged it necessary to invent technical terms with which to discuss them. These terms have a strange beauty and compulsion, and it is impossible to acquire a full appreciation of Kant's work without experiencing the order and connectedness that his vocabulary imposes upon the traditional problems of philosophy. Nevertheless, the gist of Kant's thought can be expressed in
4. Writing

4. Writing  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

in Dante: A Very Short Introduction

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4. Writing
4. Church and biblical Christianity

4. Church and biblical Christianity  

Linda Woodhead

in Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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4. Church and biblical Christianity Some of the historical divisions within Christianity, including that between the Western Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and (later) between the Roman Catholic Church and various Protestant Churches, have already been introduced. Within each of them there are many further sub-divisions—schisms within schisms. Within Protestantism, for example, there are innumerable different denominations, and even within a single church like the Roman Catholic Church there are many semi-autonomous institutions—like monasteries, voluntary organizations, and different religious orders.
1. Judging beauty

1. Judging beauty  

Roger Scruton

in Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

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1. Judging beauty We discern beauty in concrete objects and abstract ideas, in works of nature and works of art, in things, animals and people, in objects, qualities and actions. As the list expands to take in just about every ontological category (there are beautiful propositions as well as beautiful worlds, beautiful proofs as well as beautiful snails, even beautiful diseases and beautiful deaths), it becomes obvious that we are not describing a property like shape, size or colour, uncontroversially present to all who can find their way around the physical world. For one thing: how could there be a
3. Natural beauty

3. Natural beauty  

Roger Scruton

in Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

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3. Natural beauty When, during the course of the eighteenth century, philosophers and writers began to turn their attention to the subject of beauty, it was not art or people but nature and landscape that dominated their thinking. To some extent this reflected new political conditions, improved means of travel, and a growing awareness of country life. Literary people looked with nostalgia on a simpler and, as they imagined, more innocent relation to the natural world than the one that they enjoyed from their cloistered studies. And the idea of nature as an object to be contemplated, rather than used
9. Concluding thoughts

9. Concluding thoughts  

Roger Scruton

in Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

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9. Concluding thoughts The reader will have noticed that I have not said what beauty is . I have implicitly rejected the neo-Platonist view of beauty, as a feature of Being itself. God is beautiful; but not for this reason. And I have avoided the many attempts to analyse beauty in terms of some property or properties supposed to be exhibited by all beautiful things. For example, I have not discussed the tradition of thinking, which again goes back to Plotinus and the neo-Platonists, which sees beauty as a kind of organic wholeness, as in the definition

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