Hume on God Irony, Deism and Genuine Theism

Philosophy

Timothy S. Yoder, “Hume on God: Irony, Deism and Genuine Theism”
Robert Augustus Masters, “Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters”
Charles Taylor, Michael Polanyi and the Critique of Modernity: Pluralist and Emergentist Directions By Charles W. Lowney II
A Study of Svatantrika By Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
Stephen Mulhall, “Inheritance and Originality: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Kierkegaard”

Timothy S. Yoder, “Hume on God: Irony, Deism and Genuine Theism”

2009 | pages: 186 | ISBN: 184706146X | PDF | 12,4 mb

David Hume, one of the most influential philosophers to have written in the English language, is widely known as a skeptic and an empiricist. He is famous for raising questions about the existence of things for which there is insufficient empirical evidence, such as souls, the self, miracles, and, perhaps most importantly, God. Despite this reputation, however, Hume’s works contain frequent references to a deity, and one searches in vain to find a positive assertion of atheism. This book proposes a different reading of Hume on God, in which Hume is seen as proposing a ‘genuine theism’. Yoder investigates Hume’s use of irony and his relationship with the Deists of his era and offers a thorough re-examination of Hume’s writings on religion. Yoder concludes that, despite Hume’s criticisms of the church, religiously-based ethics and the belief in miracles, he stops well short of a rejection of the existence of God. Always a creative thinker, Hume carves out a unique conception of the divine being.

Robert Augustus Masters, “Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters”

ISBN: 1556439059 | 2012 | EPUB | 224 pages | 2 MB

Spiritual bypassing—the use of spiritual beliefs to avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs—is so pervasive that it goes largely unnoticed. The spiritual ideals of any tradition, whether Christian commandments or Buddhist precepts, can provide easy justification for practitioners to duck uncomfortable feelings in favor of more seemingly enlightened activity. When split off from fundamental psychological needs, such actions often do much more harm than good.
While other authors have touched on the subject, this is the first book fully devoted to spiritual bypassing. In the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa’s landmark Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Spiritual Bypassing provides an in-depth look at the unresolved or ignored psychological issues often masked as spirituality, including self-judgment, excessive niceness, and emotional dissociation. A longtime psychotherapist with an engaging writing style, Masters furthers the body of psychological insight into how we use (and abuse) religion in often unconscious ways. This book will hold particular appeal for those who grew up with an unstructured new-age spirituality now looking for a more mature spiritual practice, and for anyone seeking increased self-awareness and a more robust relationship with themselves and others.

Charles Taylor, Michael Polanyi and the Critique of Modernity: Pluralist and Emergentist Directions By Charles W. Lowney II

English | EPUB | 2017 | 292 Pages | ISBN : 3319638971 | 1.1 MB

This book provides a timely, compelling, multidisciplinary critique of the largely tacit set of assumptions funding Modernity in the West. A partnership between Michael Polanyi and Charles Taylor’s thought promises to cast the errors of the past in a new light, to graciously show how these errors can be amended, and to provide a specific cartography of how we can responsibly and meaningfully explore new possibilities for ethics, political society, and religion in a post-modern modernity.

A Study of Svatantrika By Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

English | September 13th, 2016 | ASIN: B01LYCI7IM, ISBN: 1559394552 | 494 Pages | EPUB | 1.21 MB

A Study of Svātantrika represents an important contribution to our understanding of Mādhyamika philosophy in India and Tibet. The Mādhyamika is considered to have two subschools, Svātantrika and Prāsaṅgika. The Prāsaṅgika school of Candrakīrti is better known than Svātantrika, in part because the major Svātantrika texts are preserved only in Tibetan translation.
The Svātantrikas, however, made important contributions to Buddhist philosophy in their expositions of the nature of reality, the role of reasoning in the process of enlightenment, and in their delineations of the paths to nirvana. The synthesis of Yogācāra and Mādhyamika philosophy by the Svātantrika master Śāntarakṣita represents the final development of Buddhist thought in India. In Tibet, Svātantrika was the first Indian Buddhist school to gain currency, prior to the translation of the works of Candrakīrti into Tibetan.
In preparing this Study of Svātantrika, Donald S. Lopez, Jr. consulted the major Indian works of the Svātantrikas, figures central to the development of Buddhist thought in India such as Bhāvaviveka, Jñānagarbha, Śāntarakṣita, and Kamalaśīla, and analyzed a number of Tibetan expositions of Svātantrika. The result is the most extensive examination of this influential school available in the West.

Stephen Mulhall, “Inheritance and Originality: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Kierkegaard”

English | 2001 | ISBN: 0199243905 | PDF | pages: 453 | 29.8 mb

What does it mean to think of philosophy in the condition of modernism, in which its relation to its past and future has become a relevant problem? This book argues that the writings of Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and Kierkegaard are best understood as responsive (each in their own way) to such questions. Through detailed analysis of these authors’ most influential texts, Stephen Mulhall reorients our sense of the philosophical work each text aims to accomplish, engendering a critical dialogue between them from which the elements of a new conception of philosophy might emerge.