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Entertaining Judgment

By Greg Garrett
  • ISBN Code: : 0199335923
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Pages : 240
  • Category : Social Science
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Nowadays references to the afterlife-angels strumming harps, demons brandishing pitchforks, God enthroned on heavenly clouds-are more often encountered in New Yorker cartoons than in serious Christian theological reflection. Speculation about death and its sequel seems to embarrass many theologians; however, as Greg Garrett shows in Entertaining Judgment, popular culture in the U.S. has found rich ground for creative expression in the search for answers to the question: What lies in store for us after we die? The lyrics of Madonna, Los Lonely Boys, and Sean Combs; the plotlines of TV's Lost, South Park, and The Walking Dead; the implied theology in films such as The Dark Knight, Ghost, and Field of Dreams; the heavenly half-light of Thomas Kinkade's popular paintings; the ghosts, shades, and after-life way-stations in Harry Potter; and the characters, situations, and locations in the Hunger Games saga all speak to our hopes and fears about what comes next. In a rich survey of literature and popular media, Garrett compares cultural accounts of death and the afterlife with those found in scripture. Denizens of the imagined afterlife, whether in heaven, hell, on earth, or in purgatory, speak to what awaits us, at once shaping and reflecting our deeply held-if often somewhat nebulous-beliefs. They show us what rewards and punishments we might expect, offer us divine assistance, and even diabolically attack us. Ultimately, we are drawn to these stories of heaven, hell, and purgatory--and to stories about death and the undead--not only because they entertain us, but because they help us to create meaning and to learn about ourselves, our world, and, perhaps, the next world. Garrett's deft analysis sheds new light on what popular culture can tell us about the startlingly sharp divide between what modern people profess to believe and what they truly hope and expect to find after death--and how they use those stories to help them understand this life.

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Questa raccolta, nella sua versione originale in inglese, è una reazione e una risposta ai micidiali attacchi antisemiti alle sinagoghe di Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania (27 ottobre 2018) e di Poway, in California (27 aprile 2019). L’Italia del 2020 non conosce espressioni così violente di antisemitismo, ma numerosi atti di vandalismo antiebraico e di incitamento all’odio sui social network dimostrano che lo stesso pericoloso virus è presente e attivo. Perché in questo contesto dovremmo porre la vecchia domanda su chi abbia ucciso Gesù? Perché, più specificamente, è importante precisare che “gli ebrei non hanno ucciso Gesù”? Da Jules Isaac abbiamo compreso la portata dell’impatto subdolo dell’insegnamento cristiano del disprezzo per gli ebrei, che si fonda proprio sull’accusa che furono gli ebrei a rifiutare e uccidere Gesù, e che loro sono riprovati e maledetti per questo. Questo insegnamento ha spesso sollevato la coscienza dei cristiani dalla necessità di combattere la crescita della pianta velenosa dell’antisemitismo fascista e nazista e ha impedito loro di cercare modi per farlo. È purtroppo realistico considerare che l’insegnamento antiebraico ha persino fornito un terreno fertile a questa pianta per mettere radici e crescere (dalla Prefazione all’edizione italiana di mons. Etienne E. Vetö). Gli autori: Mary C. Boys, Walter Brueggemann, Robert Ellsberg, Massimo Faggioli, Greg Garrett, Wes Howard-Brook, Nicholas King, Amy-Jill Levine, Richard C. Lux, rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, S.E. mons. Richard J. Sklba, Jon M. Sweeney A cura di Jon M. Sweeney Prefazione di mons. Etienne Emmanuel Vetö Introduzione di rabbi Abraham Skorka

Noise

By Daniel Kahneman,Olivier Sibony,Cass R. Sunstein
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  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Book Code : 031645138X
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Business & Economics
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From the Nobel Prize-winning author of Thinking, Fast and Slow and the coauthor of Nudge, a revolutionary exploration of why people make bad judgments and how to make better ones—"a tour de force” (New York Times). Imagine that two doctors in the same city give different diagnoses to identical patients—or that two judges in the same courthouse give markedly different sentences to people who have committed the same crime. Suppose that different interviewers at the same firm make different decisions about indistinguishable job applicants—or that when a company is handling customer complaints, the resolution depends on who happens to answer the phone. Now imagine that the same doctor, the same judge, the same interviewer, or the same customer service agent makes different decisions depending on whether it is morning or afternoon, or Monday rather than Wednesday. These are examples of noise: variability in judgments that should be identical. In Noise, Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein show the detrimental effects of noise in many fields, including medicine, law, economic forecasting, forensic science, bail, child protection, strategy, performance reviews, and personnel selection. Wherever there is judgment, there is noise. Yet, most of the time, individuals and organizations alike are unaware of it. They neglect noise. With a few simple remedies, people can reduce both noise and bias, and so make far better decisions. Packed with original ideas, and offering the same kinds of research-based insights that made Thinking, Fast and Slow and Nudge groundbreaking New York Times bestsellers, Noise explains how and why humans are so susceptible to noise in judgment—and what we can do about it.

Responsibility and Judgment

By Hannah Arendt
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  • Publisher : Schocken
  • Book Code : 0307544052
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Philosophy
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Each of the books that Hannah Arendt published in her lifetime was unique, and to this day each continues to provoke fresh thought and interpretations. This was never more true than for Eichmann in Jerusalem, her account of the trial of Adolf Eichmann, where she first used the phrase “the banality of evil.” Her consternation over how a man who was neither a monster nor a demon could nevertheless be an agent of the most extreme evil evoked derision, outrage, and misunderstanding. The firestorm of controversy prompted Arendt to readdress fundamental questions and concerns about the nature of evil and the making of moral choices. Responsibility and Judgment gathers together unpublished writings from the last decade of Arendt’s life, as she struggled to explicate the meaning of Eichmann in Jerusalem. At the heart of this book is a profound ethical investigation, “Some Questions of Moral Philosophy”; in it Arendt confronts the inadequacy of traditional moral “truths” as standards to judge what we are capable of doing, and she examines anew our ability to distinguish good from evil and right from wrong. We see how Arendt comes to understand that alongside the radical evil she had addressed in earlier analyses of totalitarianism, there exists a more pernicious evil, independent of political ideology, whose execution is limitless when the perpetrator feels no remorse and can forget his acts as soon as they are committed. Responsibility and Judgment is an essential work for understanding Arendt’s conception of morality; it is also an indispensable investigation into some of the most troubling and important issues of our time.

Expert Political Judgment

By Philip E. Tetlock
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Book Code : 1400888816
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Political Science
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Since its original publication, Expert Political Judgment by New York Times bestselling author Philip Tetlock has established itself as a contemporary classic in the literature on evaluating expert opinion. Tetlock first discusses arguments about whether the world is too complex for people to find the tools to understand political phenomena, let alone predict the future. He evaluates predictions from experts in different fields, comparing them to predictions by well-informed laity or those based on simple extrapolation from current trends. He goes on to analyze which styles of thinking are more successful in forecasting. Classifying thinking styles using Isaiah Berlin's prototypes of the fox and the hedgehog, Tetlock contends that the fox--the thinker who knows many little things, draws from an eclectic array of traditions, and is better able to improvise in response to changing events--is more successful in predicting the future than the hedgehog, who knows one big thing, toils devotedly within one tradition, and imposes formulaic solutions on ill-defined problems. He notes a perversely inverse relationship between the best scientific indicators of good judgement and the qualities that the media most prizes in pundits--the single-minded determination required to prevail in ideological combat. Clearly written and impeccably researched, the book fills a huge void in the literature on evaluating expert opinion. It will appeal across many academic disciplines as well as to corporations seeking to develop standards for judging expert decision-making. Now with a new preface in which Tetlock discusses the latest research in the field, the book explores what constitutes good judgment in predicting future events and looks at why experts are often wrong in their forecasts.

Death and Judgment

By Donna Leon
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  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1555848974
  • Total of Pages : 302
  • Category : Fiction
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Venice’s Commissario Brunetti takes on his “most difficult and politically sensitive case to date” in the gripping New York Times–bestselling series (Booklist). In Death and Judgment, a truck crashes and spills its dangerous cargo on a treacherous road in the Italian Dolomite mountains. Meanwhile, in Santa Lucia, a prominent international lawyer is found dead aboard an intercity train. Suspecting a connection between the two tragedies, Brunetti digs deep for an answer, stumbling upon a seedy Venetian bar that holds the key to a crime network that reaches far beyond the laguna. But it will take another violent death in Venice before Brunetti and his colleagues begin to understand what is really going on. “No one is more graceful and accomplished than Leon.” —The Washington Post “The sophisticated but still moral Brunetti, with his love of food and his loving family, proves a worthy custodian of timeless values and verities.” —The Wall Street Journal “[Brunetti’s] humane police work is disarming, and his ambles through the city are a delight.” —The New York Times Book Review “The heady atmosphere of Venice and a galaxy of fully realized characters enrich this intriguing and finally horrifying tale.” —Publishers Weekly “The first of Leon’s books to knit together all her strengths: endearing detective, jaundiced social pathology, and a paranoid eye for plotting on a grand scale.” —Kirkus Reviews

No Evil: Judgment

By Betsy Lee
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  • Publisher : Betsy Lee
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 100
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Long ago on Scourosi, there was confusion and strife that ripped the world asunder. In that turmoil, a Magical Mirror was broken and released its powers into the world. Now the Spirits of this world must try to reign in the plagues the mirror released. A comic based on The "No Evil" animation series by Betsy Lee available at betsydraws.com.

Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays

By Bertrand Russell
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  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Book Code : 1465511660
  • Total of Pages : 167
  • Category : Mathematics
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Judgment Call

By J. A. Jance
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0062132385
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Fiction
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The New York Times bestselling master of mystery and suspense, J.A. Jance—whom the Chattanooga Times ranks “among the best, if not the best”—brings back her enormously popular series protagonist, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady. With Judgment Call, Jance achieves a new high in crime fiction, as Brady wrestles with her conflicting roles of law officer and mother when her daughter discovers the murdered body of the local high school principal, and the ensuing investigation reveals secrets no parent wants to hear. At once a breathtaking recreation of the rugged landscape of the American Southwest, a moving story of a mother’s concerns for her endangered child, and thrilling masterwork of brutal crime and expert detection, Judgment Call is prime J.A. Jance, a treat for anyone who loves a good cop story wrapped around a superior family drama.