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  • Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction
    Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Philip Sheldrake

    With a decline in traditional religious belief, interest in spirituality has grown hugely in Western cultures. The notion of spirituality expresses the fact that many people are driven by goals that concern more than material satisfaction. Philip Sheldrake explores the historical foundations of spirituality and considers how it transforms lives.

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  • Logic: A Very Short Introduction
    Logic: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Graham Priest

    Graham Priest shows that formal logic is a powerful, exciting part of modern philosophy - a tool for thinking about everything from the existence of God and the reality of time to paradoxes of probability. Explaining formal logic in simple, non-technical terms, this edition includes new sections on mathematical algorithms, axioms, and proofs.

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  • Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction
    Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Kim Knott

    In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott offers a succinct and authoritative overview of Hinduism and its key beliefs. In this second edition she considers new issues facing Hindus such as the politicization of Hinduism in India, the increasing impact of Hindu nationalism, and the rise and fall of sectarian Hindu movements.

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  • The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction
    The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Robert J. McMahon

    How, when, and why did the Cold War begin? Why did it last so long? What impact did it have on the United States, the Soviet Union, Europe, and the Third World? Finally, what difference did it make to the broader history of the second half of the twentieth century? This clear and stimulating interpretive overview of the Cold War will both invite debate and encourage deeper investigation.

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  • Utilitarianism: A Very Short Introduction
    Utilitarianism: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Katarzyna De Lazari-Radek, Peter Singer

    Utilitarianism is one of the most important and influential secular philosophies of modern times, and has drawn considerable debate and controversy. This Very Short Introduction considers its origins, its relevance to modern moral challenges, and the arguments and discussions around utilitarian approaches.

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  • Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction
    Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Malcolm Gaskill

    Throughout history, to the present day, witchcraft raises questions about the distinction between reality and fantasy, faith and proof. This Very Short Introduction explores witchcraft, both as a contemporary phenomenon and a historical subject. It looks at witch-beliefs and accusations around the world, from pre-history to the present.

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  • Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction
    Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Jens Zimmermann

    This Very Short Introduction to hermeneutics demonstrates the central role of interpretation in our daily lives. By considering the historic developments in hermeneutic theory as well as its contemporary relevance, Zimmermann explains how humans continue to draw knowledge from the world around them.

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  • The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction
    The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Jerry Brotton

    This wide-ranging exploration of the Renaissance sees the period as a time of unprecedented intellectual excitement and cultural experimentation and interaction on a global scale. It guides the reader through the key issues that defined the period, from art, architecture, and literature, to advances in science, trade and travel.

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  • The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
    The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Professor William Doyle

    Beginning with a discussion of familiar images of the French Revolution, this work leads the reader to the realization that we are living with developments of the French Revolution. It looks at how the ancient regime became ancient, as well as examines cases in which achievement failed to match ambition.

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  • Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction
    Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Julian Stallabrass

    What is 'contemporary' about contemporary art? Who is really running the art world? This controversial and witty exploration of the dramatic changes that have taken place in the art world since the fall of the Berlin Wall provides a critical look at the reasons for the current art boom, and reveals the politics behind the business.

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  • Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction
    Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Tony Hope

    Issues in medical ethics is an area of ethics that has particular interest for the general public as well as the medical practitioner. This introduction deals with moral questions, such as euthanasia and the morality of killing, and also explores political questions such as: how should health care resources be distributed fairly?

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  • Globalization: A Very Short Introduction
    Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Manfred B. Steger

    'Globalization' is one of the defining buzzwords of our time, describing a variety of accelerating economic, political, and cultural processes that constantly change our experience of the world. The fourth edition of this Very Short Introduction provides an exploration of both the causes and effects of the phenomenon.

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  • Art History: A Very Short Introduction
    Art History: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Dana Arnold

    This clear and concise new introduction examines all the major debates and issues using a wide range of well-known examples. Importantly, this book explains how the traditional emphasis on periods and styles originates in western art production and can obscure other approaches, as well as art from non-western cultures.

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  • Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction
    Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) John Monaghan, Peter Just

    Combines an account of some of the disciplines guiding principles and methodology with examples and illustrations of anthropologists. This book discusses about the anthropology's contributions to modern thought, and examines specific ways in which social and cultural anthropology have advanced our understanding of human society and culture.

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  • The Brain: A Very Short Introduction
    The Brain: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Michael O'Shea

    This book provides a fascinating introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research. It describes the historical developments behind our understanding of what the brain is and what it does, and explores the key questions neuroscientists face concerning the relationship between the brain and thought, memories, perceptions, and actions.

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  • Stuart Britain: A Very Short Introduction
    Stuart Britain: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) John Morrill

    First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, John Morrill's Very Short Introduction to Stuart Britain shows how in the Stuart century, a century of Revolution, political, religious, social, and economic changes came together.

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  • Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction
    Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Jennifer Nagel

    Human beings naturally desire knowledge. But what is knowledge? Is it the same as having an opinion? Highlighting the major developments in the theory of knowledge from Ancient Greece to the present day, Jennifer Nagel uses a number of simple everyday examples to explore the key themes and current debates of epistemology.

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  • The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction
    The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) David Garland

    This Very Short Introduction discusses the necessity of welfare states in modern capitalist societies. Situating social policy in an historical, sociological, and comparative perspective, David Garland brings a new understanding to familiar debates, policies, and institutions.

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  • Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction
    Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) James Binney

    Astrophysics is said to have been born when Isaac Newton saw an apple drop in his orchard and had the electrifying insight that the Moon falls just like that apple. James Binney shows how the application of physical laws derived on Earth allows us to understand objects that exist on the far side of the Universe.

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  • The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction
    The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Dr. Pink Dandelion

    The Quakers are a fascinating religious group both in their origins and in the variety of reinterpretations of the faith since. This Very Short Introduction charts the history of Quakerism and its present-day diversity, and outlines its approach to worship, belief, theology and language, and ecumenism.

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