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How do historians understand the minds, motivations, intentions of historical agents? This title includes studies, primarily by historians of religion, that look at how historians understand the minds, motivations and intentions of historical agents and what evolutionary and cognitive theorizing contribute to the debate.
"Is This Not The Carpenter?" offers readers the most up to date overview of how the historicity of Jesus is examined in contemporary scholarship.
Global ethics addresses the most pressing contemporary ethical concerns, including rogue states, torture, scarce resources, and poverty. This book introduces students to the theory and practice of global ethics, ranging over issues in global governance and citizenship, poverty and development, war and terrorism, bioethics, and gender justice.
"Herbert Spencer: Legacies" explores and assesses the impact of the ideas and work of the great Victorian polymath Herbert Spencer across a wide range of disciplines.
'Freud on Religion' examines Freud's complex understanding of religious belief and practice. The book brings together contemporary psychoanalytic theory and case material from Freud's clinical practice to illustrate how the operations of the unconscious mind support various forms of religious belief, from mainstream to occult.
Organised in chronological terms, this book presents the philosophical arguments of the great Indian Buddhist philosophers of the fifth century BCE to the eighth century CE. This book includes chapters that examine their core ethical, metaphysical and epistemological views as well as the distinctive area of Buddhist ethics.