Monday, January 16, 2017

The Politics Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

Paul Kelly, consultant editor
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From ancient and medieval philosophers such as Confucius and Thomas Aquinas, to revolutionary thought leaders such as Thomas Jefferson and Leon Trotsky, to the voices who have shaped modern politics today — Mao Zedong, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, and more — The Politics Book clearly and simply explains more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in the history of political thought.

With easy-to-follow graphics, succinct quotations, and accessible text, The Politics Book is an essential reference for students and anyone wondering how politics works.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

走讀周有光 : 漢語拼音之父

陳光中 著
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周有光(1906年1月13日-2017年1月14日),中國著名語言學家,“漢語拼音之父”。

《走讀周有光》力求在追尋周有光百年人生軌跡的過程中,探求一個中國知識份子思想演化的脈絡;把一個人和一個家庭的命運投射在歷史與社會的大背景下,與讀者一起領略諸多更深層次的感悟。

讓我動心的,並不僅僅是他的健康長壽,也不僅是他的筆耕不輟。人活百歲,如今並不稀奇;壽而能文,古來也不乏其人。我所真心敬佩的,是周有光的勇氣--那種藐視俗流、敢說真話的勇氣,以及豁達樂觀的人生態度。
-作者


(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, January 9, 2017

At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

Sarah Bakewell; with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others
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A New York Times "Ten Best Books of 2016"
From the best-selling author of How to Live, a spirited account of one of the twentieth century’s major intellectual movements and the revolutionary thinkers who came to shape it

Paris, 1933: three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about a new conceptual framework from Berlin called Phenomenology. “You see,” he says, “if you are a phenomenologist you can talk about this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!”

It was this simple phrase that would ignite a movement, inspiring Sartre to integrate Phenomenology into his own French, humanistic sensibility, thereby creating an entirely new philosophical approach inspired by themes of radical freedom, authentic being, and political activism. This movement would sweep through the jazz clubs and cafés of the Left Bank before making its way across the world as Existentialism.

Featuring not only philosophers, but also playwrights, anthropologists, convicts, and revolutionaries, At the Existentialist Café follows the existentialists’ story, from the first rebellious spark through the Second World War, to its role in postwar liberation movements such as anticolonialism, feminism, and gay rights. Interweaving biography and philosophy, it is the epic account of passionate encounters—fights, love affairs, mentorships, rebellions, and long partnerships—and a vital investigation into what the existentialists have to offer us today, at a moment when we are once again confronting the major questions of freedom, global responsibility, and human authenticity in a fractious and technology-driven world.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

走路, 也是一種哲學 (A Philosophy of Walking)

斐德利克・葛霍 (Frédéric Gros)
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2015開卷好書獎

走路是一個哲學行動、一種心靈經驗。
走路不用學習,不必技術,也無須花費;我們只需要身體、空間、時間這三個元素。越來越多人喜歡走路,享受當中的恩賜——平靜、滿足,與大自然合而為一。然而,是不是有什麼東西是在走路時才能感受得到,讓人在內心重新發現自己,聽見自己的聲音?

為何哲學家都愛走路?
京都有哲學之道,海德堡有哲學家步道,為何哲學家都愛走路?
當尼采寫出「腳趾頭都豎起來傾聽」這樣的文句,他的意思是什麼?
從流浪到朝聖,從自然到文明,從漂泊到啟蒙行進:法國哲學教授斐德利克.葛霍從文學、歷史與哲學中汲取「走路」素材,化為細膩文字,呈現於此,於是韓波的奔逃渴望,尼采散步時的思緒奔放,甘地和他的反抗政策,康德在柯尼斯堡的日常散步,班雅明與他的巴黎晃遊,梭羅的冬日森林漫步,以及天主教徒的朝聖之路全都一一躍然紙上,開展出一段走路時的動與靜、人與自然、身體與心靈的無聲對話。

二十五篇智性散文,訴說所有關於「走路」的奧妙與樂趣。

《走路,也是一種哲學》不但是一本思想精煉、文字優美、引人遐思的哲學散文,葛霍更以妙筆生花的文字,在扉頁之間為走路的藝術做出扣人心弦的定義。在科技時代裡,人類也許只有憑藉雙腳,才能擁有真正的思考。當我們邁出步伐,在身體的動與靈魂的靜之間沉澱思緒,將能從孤獨中體驗「走路」的哲學之趣。

• 一本難以歸類的好書,書中思想燦爛猶如晨光照耀。—— 法國L’Express週刊
• 令人讚嘆的小巧之作,就連最足不出戶的懶蟲也會被深深打動。——法國《世界》日報 (Le Monde)
• 這部優雅之作啟發了我們對「走路」這個常被忽略的主題的思索—— 出版人週刊 (Publisher's Weekly)
•「一種對簡樸生活的肯定,對簡單事物的喜悅。澄淨、簡潔、精細,行文優美至極。」——英國《觀察家》週報(Observer)

(摘錄自三民網路書店)


Monday, January 2, 2017

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
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A book that shows you how to build—design—a life you can thrive in, at any age or stage

Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home—at the tablet or smartphone you may be holding or the chair you are sitting in. Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve.

In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.

"Designing Your Life walks readers through the process of building a satisfying, meaningful life by approaching the challenge the way a designer would. Experimentation. Wayfinding. Prototyping. Constant iteration. You should read the book. Everyone else will."
—Daniel Pink, bestselling author of Drive

“An empowering book based on their popular class of the same name at Stanford University . . . Perhaps the book’s most important lesson is that the only failure is settling for a life that makes one unhappy. With useful fact-finding exercises, an empathetic tone, and sensible advice, this book will easily earn a place among career-finding classics.” —Publishers Weekly

(Excerpt from amazon.com) 

20幾歲,敢衝,才不枉青春 = Everything Can Be Changed in Your Twenties

水淼 著
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蘇格拉底說:「世界上最快樂的事,莫過於為理想而奮鬥。」 理想和現實往往一個在山頂,一個在山腳,而現在的你在哪裡? 想要靠近理想、實現理想,你必須早點準備、勇敢向前,才不枉青春。 社會新鮮人的心靈導師水淼獻給想抓住理想的年輕人青春無悔守則:
.為理想而折騰是有意義的。
.折騰是禮物,越早收到越好!
.要懂得折騰,不要瞎折騰。
.要常常折騰,禁得起折騰。

水淼透過9大提問和實際案例,引領年輕人認清自我、懂得設定好自己的理想目標、為理想做好心理準備、勇於面對追求理想時的各種歷練、努力克服困難去實現理想,拉近理想與工作的距離,建立良好的工作態度和價值觀,成為一個能為自己的理想負責的成功者。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)