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6. How should the agnostic live?

6. How should the agnostic live?  

Robin Le Poidevin

in Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777684
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199575268.003.0007
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9780199575268
‘How should the agnostic live?’ compares the effects of agnosticism in science and morality. It argues that a religious life is possible for the agnostic. The argument for faith known as ... More
7. How should agnosticism be taught?

7. How should agnosticism be taught?  

Robin Le Poidevin

in Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777684
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199575268.003.0008
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‘Should agnosticism be taught?’ argues that agnosticism should be included in education. It examines the link between uncertainty and creativity and suggests that agnosticism should be ... More
5. Does agnosticism rest on a mistake?

5. Does agnosticism rest on a mistake?  

Robin Le Poidevin

in Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777684
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10.1093/actrade/9780199575268.003.0006
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‘Does agnosticism rest on a mistake?’ examines knowledge and belief and asks whether assumptions made by agnostics are defensible. The work of A. J. Ayer and the influence of logical ... More
Conclusion. bringing myth back to the world

Conclusion. bringing myth back to the world  

Robert A. Segal

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

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780191792328
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10.1093/actrade/9780198724704.003.0010
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9780198724704
The ‘Conclusion’ uses the myth of Gaia and scientist James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis to ask: given that present-day theories have not challenged the supremacy of science, why bother trying ... More
5. The self

5. The self  

Susan Blackmore

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

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Sep 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780191836206
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10.1093/actrade/9780198794738.003.0005
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9780198794738
Who—or what—am I? ‘The self’ shows that this question is intimately bound up with the problem of consciousness because whenever there are conscious experiences it is easy to assume they ... More
8. Empires

8. Empires  

Alan Taylor

in Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365876
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10.1093/actrade/9780199766239.003.0009
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From 1689 to 1763, four huge imperial wars were waged between the French and the British. ‘Empires’ looks at the battle for territory that raged at the end of one century and into the next ... More
7. Tolstoy’s art and devices

7. Tolstoy’s art and devices  

Liza Knapp

in Leo Tolstoy: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2019
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May 2019
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9780191851650
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10.1093/actrade/9780198813934.003.0007
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In criticism of Tolstoy’s work, many suggest that Tolstoy’s realism was at the expense of artistry or form, but ‘Tolstoy’s art and devices’ explains how Tolstoy used a variety of techniques ... More
3. Spirituality and experience

3. Spirituality and experience  

Philip Sheldrake

in Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777981
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10.1093/actrade/9780199588756.003.0004
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9780199588756
The idea of spirituality is often associated with experience, and this experience is often intense, perhaps felt in music, art, or sport. In theistic religions, explicitly mystical ... More
8. The descent into hell

8. The descent into hell  

Nick Groom

in The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777905
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10.1093/actrade/9780199586790.003.0008
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9780199586790
‘The descent into hell’ puts the ‘Gothic’ literature of this time into the political and social context of that era, a time of upheaval. The century after the end of the 1760s saw a huge ... More
7. British America

7. British America  

Alan Taylor

in Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365876
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10.1093/actrade/9780199766239.003.0008
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9780199766239
Initially, the English monarch didn't exercise much power over his colonists entrusting colonization to private interests licensed by royal charters. ‘British America’ looks at the changing ... More
13. Reinventing the Celts

13. Reinventing the Celts  

Barry Cunliffe

in The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775901
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804181.003.0013
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9780192804181
‘Reinventing the Celts’ stresses that, while the disparate Celtic-speaking communities may have recognized some degree of kinship, they did not consider themselves a nation or, indeed, ... More
3. Classical art and world literature

3. Classical art and world literature  

Ritchie Robertson

in Goethe: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191785764
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10.1093/actrade/9780199689255.003.0003
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9780199689255
‘Classical art and world literature’ shows that Goethe’s knowledge of art and literature was wide-ranging and explains that, in both, he came to believe that the works produced by the ... More
8. Romanticism and the rise of nationalism

8. Romanticism and the rise of nationalism  

Barry Cunliffe

in Druids: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777233
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10.1093/actrade/9780199539406.003.0008
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9780199539406
In the two centuries from c. 1550 to 1750, the Celts and the Druids, seen through the eyes of Classical writers, were discovered, positioned in the history of patriarchal religion, and ... More
1. The Druids in time and space

1. The Druids in time and space  

Barry Cunliffe

in Druids: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777233
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10.1093/actrade/9780199539406.003.0001
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According to ‘The Druids in time and space’, the texts mentioning Druids are drawn from wide tracts of territory over long spans of time. Classical texts describe them as philosophers, ... More
1. Who are the Quakers?

1. Who are the Quakers?  

Pink Dandelion

in The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191776915
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10.1093/actrade/9780199206797.003.0001
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9780199206797
The founding ideas of the movement are explored in ‘Who are the Quakers?’ which then briefly delineates the types of Quaker found today. The beliefs of George Fox and his followers were ... More
Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction

Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction  

Robin Le Poidevin

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777684
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199575268.001.0001
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book
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9780199575268
Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction asks if there is more to agnosticism than merely the absence of belief. What is agnosticism? Who were the first to call themselves ... More
6. Geological fieldwork

6. Geological fieldwork  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Geology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191842771
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.003.0006
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9780198804451
The rare, exotic, and wonderful has been one of the great attractions of geology, often being the ‘hook’ that initially attracted the attention of many a geological enthusiast. Dating back ... More
4. The early 19th century: reforming women

4. The early 19th century: reforming women  

Margaret Walters

in Feminism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776106
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805102.003.0005
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9780192805102
‘The early 19th century: reforming women’ surveys the increasingly widespread emergence of women's claims to rights. In the second half of the century, organized campaigns for better ... More
5. The last things

5. The last things  

Ritchie Robertson

in Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775987
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804556.003.0005
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9780192804556
What did Kafka think about God? Where did his philosophy of life sit? It is hard to tell if he is criticising the values of Christianity in his works or not. He was brought up in a Jewish ... More
4. Divine hiddenness and the nature of faith

4. Divine hiddenness and the nature of faith  

Tim Bayne

in Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
eISBN: 
9780191816444
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10.1093/actrade/9780198754961.003.0004
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9780198754961
Assuming—as theists invariably do—that God wants to be recognized and worshipped, why does God not make Godself manifest? Perhaps God is ‘silent’ because God doesn’t exist. ‘Divine ... More

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