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8. Systems

8. Systems  

John Heskett

in Design: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776748
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854469.003.0008
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A system is a group of elements that forms a collective identity. The increasing emphasis on the design of systems stems from an awareness of the growing complexity of modern life, ... More
Demography: A Very Short Introduction

Demography: A Very Short Introduction  

Sarah Harper

Print Publication Year: 
May 2018
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May 2018
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9780191792724
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10.1093/actrade/9780198725732.001.0001
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9780198725732
Demography—the study of people—addresses the size, distribution, composition, and density of populations, and considers the impact these factors have on individual lives and the changing ... More
4. Is life what you make it?

4. Is life what you make it?  

Terry Eagleton

in The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777219
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10.1093/actrade/9780199532179.003.0004
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9780199532179
The word ‘life’ is just as problematic as ‘meaning’. ‘Is life what you make it?’ looks at the word ‘life’ in the question: ‘what is the meaning of life?’. Not even an individual life adds ... More
1. Life

1. Life  

John Dunn

in Locke: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775888
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803948.003.0001
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‘Life’ provides an overview of how Locke's experiences shaped his philosophy. Locke studied medicine at Oxford, and was later able to bring his scientific background to bear on the ... More
2. Paul's life

2. Paul's life  

E. P. Sanders

in Paul: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776755
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854513.003.0002
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9780192854513
‘Paul's life’ provides a biographical summary of Paul's career and personal characteristics, using excerpts from his letters from Corinthians and Galatians, in order to understand his role ... More
IntroductionTrust and distrust at the breakfast table

Introduction: Trust and distrust at the breakfast table  

Katherine Hawley

in Trust: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778421
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697342.003.0001
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What would a life without trust be like? We would be paralysed by inaction. We trust different types of people, from casual acquaintances, such as the milkman to the man on the radio ... More
3. The resurrection experience

3. The resurrection experience  

Luke Timothy Johnson

in The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365807
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10.1093/actrade/9780199735709.003.0003
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‘The resurrection experience’ examines explanations for the sudden appearance of the Christ cult. The best explanation takes all the evidence into account and, in turn, provides the best ... More
1. What is design?

1. What is design?  

John Heskett

in Design: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776748
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854469.003.0001
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9780192854469
Design in the modern world is assigned a role which is banal and inconsequential. Should design be viewed as a crucial fulcrum upon which the human environment is shaped and constructed to ... More
3. Disillusionment and Withdrawal

3. Disillusionment and Withdrawal  

Michael Tanner

in Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776670
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854148.003.0003
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‘Disillusionment and Withdrawal’ first considers Untimely Meditations, a collection of four meditations on David Strauss, the practice of historiography, and celebrations of the genius of ... More
9. Philosophizing with a Hammer

9. Philosophizing with a Hammer  

Michael Tanner

in Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776670
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854148.003.0009
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‘Philosophizing with a Hammer’ is concerned with Nietzsche's work in 1888, the last year of his sane life, where he devoted himself to further polemics, written in a style of hard clarity ... More
3. The happy life, ancient and modern

3. The happy life, ancient and modern  

Julia Annas

in Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776359
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853578.003.0003
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9780192853578
A familiar story in ancient philosophy is Prodicus's Choice of Heracles. ‘The happy life, ancient and modern’ looks at the philosophical discussions we can engage in, considering this story ... More
6. Feminism and multiculturalism

6. Feminism and multiculturalism  

David Miller

in Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775895
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803955.003.0006
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9780192803955
‘Feminism and multiculturalism’ argues that the issues raised by feminists and multiculturalists about the nature of personal identity, the line between public and private life, and respect ... More
Locke: A Very Short Introduction

Locke: A Very Short Introduction  

John Dunn

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May 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775888
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803948.001.0001
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Locke: A Very Short Introduction unravels the meaning of John Locke's political thought and his contribution to English ideology. One of the greatest English philosophers of ... More
1. Life and work

1. Life and work  

A. C. Grayling

in Russell: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775659
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802583.003.0001
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9780192802583
‘Life and work’ outlines the contributions of Bertrand Russell to the technical fields of logic and philosophy as well as describing his private life — his marriages, agnosticism, pacifism, ... More
10. Centaurs and other animals

10. Centaurs and other animals  

Rob Iliffe

in Newton: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191777202
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10.1093/actrade/9780199298037.003.0010
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9780199298037
‘Centaurs and other animals’ examines the final decade of Newton's life. Newton continued his relentless pursuit of religious truth: massive drafts on early church history survive, many ... More
3. Missionary strategy and message

3. Missionary strategy and message  

E. P. Sanders

in Paul: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776755
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854513.003.0003
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9780192854513
How did Paul persuade people that God had sent his Son for the salvation of all, Jew and Gentile alike? ‘Missionary strategy and message’ examines the techniques he used, referring to two ... More
3. Biological robotics

3. Biological robotics  

Alan Winfield

in Robotics: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778414
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10.1093/actrade/9780199695980.003.0003
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9780199695980
Since the late 1980s, there has been a major shift in the approach of intelligent robots towards what are termed ‘biological inspiration’, or bio-inspired, robots. Bio-inspired means two ... More
5. The spiritual life—prayer, meditation, Torah

5. The spiritual life—prayer, meditation, Torah  

Norman Solomon

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

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2014
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Aug 2014
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9780191780035
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10.1093/actrade/9780199687350.003.0006
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9780199687350
What does spirituality mean in Judaism? What is prayer and does it work? Prayer is a vital concern in Judaism, and one of the major forms in which spirituality is expressed. Equal in rank, ... More
Conclusion The importance of being trustworthy

Conclusion The importance of being trustworthy  

Katherine Hawley

in Trust: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778421
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697342.003.0010
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9780199697342
What is more important: trust or trustworthiness? Is trustworthiness valuable for its own sake, or only when it attracts the trust of others? The practice of living up to our commitments, ... More
2. Why trust and trustworthiness matter

2. Why trust and trustworthiness matter  

Katherine Hawley

in Trust: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778421
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199697342.003.0003
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chapter
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9780199697342
A trusted person's life runs more smoothly than a distrusted one's. Trust is a compliment, distrust an insult. However, trust can be a burden when we suspect we're not up for the job or ... More

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