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In Search Of The Elusive Zimbabwean Dream - An Autobiography Of Thought Leadership: Volume I (Paperback): Arthur G.O. Mutambara In Search Of The Elusive Zimbabwean Dream - An Autobiography Of Thought Leadership: Volume I (Paperback)
Arthur G.O. Mutambara
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The first of three volumes, this book traces the leadership thoughts and philosophical disposition of Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara over a period of 35 years, as his generation sought to become the transformation it wished to see in Zimbabwe.

The trilogy constitutes a fascinating intellectual and political journey by the man who would become Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe at the age of 42. It is a collection of grounded reflections that he expressed over time, as he endeavoured to move, lead and inspire people, while turning strategic thinking into reality through the speed of execution.

Mutambara’s ambition has always been to change the world by igniting citizen activism. It is an epic journey of ideas that created evolutionary and even revolutionary advancement of democratic values, institution-building, social justice, empowerment, shared economic prosperity, people-centred governance and efficacious statecraft. The intrinsic value and relevance of the prescriptions proffered are both enduring and timeless. This volume deals with his formative years and early professional life. This period constitutes the making of a leader of global stature. His profound odyssey of thought leadership started at the age of 16, and moved through the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), where he graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering. A statement he wrote as a student leader led to the unprecedented closure of UZ. He was injured and detained. His journey of ideas then proceeded to the University of Oxford, where he obtained an MSc in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Robotics and Mechatronics. The next stop was the United States, where he was a Research Scientist at NASA, Professor at MIT and Management Consultant at McKinsey.

The book ends with his return to the continent in 2002, equipped with Pan-African, business- and technology-driven developmental strategies and paradigms.

So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Paperback): Jon Ronson So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Paperback)
Jon Ronson
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From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, comes a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.'

For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job. A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice?

We are mercilessly finding people's faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control. Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it.

AutoBioPhilosophy - An Intimate Story of What it Means to be Human (Paperback, Edition): Robert Rowland Smith AutoBioPhilosophy - An Intimate Story of What it Means to be Human (Paperback, Edition)
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AutoBioPhilosophy is an astonishingly frank and original autobiography that explores the fundamental question of what it means to be human. Robert Rowland Smith's life story involves a love triangle, office politics, police raids, illegal drugs, the academic elite and a near-death experience. It sees him grappling with the tragic fate of his father, going through a double divorce and encountering a living divinity. We witness him confronting his demons but also looking out for angels. A former Oxford don, Robert uses these deeply personal experiences to generate philosophical insights that will resonate with everybody. What are the recurring patterns, unconscious motives and social forces that govern our behaviour? Through his experiences, and referencing writers from Shakespeare to Freud, he offers new models and ways into human psychology. As we are led into Robert's private world, we gain an understanding of what it means to be human that is relevant to all.

The Second Mountain - The Quest for a Moral Life (Hardcover): David Brooks The Second Mountain - The Quest for a Moral Life (Hardcover)
David Brooks
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NO.1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE SOCIAL ANIMAL Are you on your first or second mountain? Is life about you - or others? About success - or something deeper? The world tells us that we should pursue our self-interest: career wins, high status, nice things. These are the goals of our first mountain. But at some point in our lives we might find that we're not interested in what other people tell us to want. We want the things that are truly worth wanting. This is the second mountain. What does it mean to look beyond yourself and find a moral cause? To forget about independence and discover dependence - to be utterly enmeshed in a web of warm relationships? What does it mean to value intimacy, devotion, responsibility and commitment above individual freedom? In The Second Mountain David Brooks explores the meaning and possibilities that scaling a second mountain offer us and the four commitments that most commonly move us there: family, vocation, philosophy and community. Inspiring, personal and full of joy, this book will help you discover why you were really put on this earth.

A Summer with Montaigne - Notes on a Man Without Prejudice (Paperback): Antoine Compagnon A Summer with Montaigne - Notes on a Man Without Prejudice (Paperback)
Antoine Compagnon; Translated by Tina Kover
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Berkeley (Paperback): Margaret Atherton Berkeley (Paperback)
Margaret Atherton
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Presents a concise and comprehensive analysis of George Berkeley's thought and the impact of his intellectual contributions to philosophy In this latest addition to the Blackwell Great Minds series, noted scholar of early modern philosophy Margaret Atherton examines Berkeley's most influential work and demonstrates the significant conceptual impact of his ideas in metaphysics and the philosophy of religion. A concise and rigorous primer on Berkeley's essential writings and contributions to modern philosophy Written by a leading scholar of early modern philosophy Offers insight into the foundations of modern metaphysical and religious philosophy Equips readers to find firm footing in Berkeley's wider body of published work in the canon of Western philosophy

Guns, Germs & Steel - The Fate of Human Societies (Paperback): Riley Quinn Guns, Germs & Steel - The Fate of Human Societies (Paperback)
Riley Quinn
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In his 1997 work Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond marshals evidence from five continents and across 13,000 years of human history in an attempt to answer the question of why that history unfolded so differently in various parts of the globe. His results offer new explanations for why the unequal divisions of power and wealth so familiar to us today came into existence – and have persisted.

Balancing materials drawn from a vast range of sources, addressing core problems that have fascinated historians, anthropologists, biologists and geographers alike – and blending his analysis to create a compelling narrative that became an international best-seller and reached a broad general market – required a mastery of the critical thinking skill of reasoning that few other scholars can rival. Diamond’s reasoning skills allow him to persuade his readers of the value of his interdisciplinary approach and produce well-structured arguments that keep them turning pages even as he refocuses his analysis from one disparate example to another.

Diamond adds to that a spectacular ability to grasp the meaning of the available evidence produced by scholars in those widely different disciplines – making Guns, Germs and Steel equally valuable as an exercise in high-level interpretation.

What it Means to be Human - A Philosophical Memoir (Paperback): Robert Rowland Smith What it Means to be Human - A Philosophical Memoir (Paperback)
Robert Rowland Smith 1
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What is the role of fate in our lives? Why should we avoid repeating patterns? And how can we identify our purpose? In What It Means To Be Human, former Oxford don Robert Rowland Smith draws on his personal experience to answer some of life's most fundamental questions. Robert's story involves a love triangle, office politics, police raids and a near-death experience. We see him confronting his demons, but also looking out for angels. As we are led into Robert's private world- exploring themes like love, death, work and creativity - we gain an understanding of what it means to be human that is relevant to all. Previously published as AutoBioPhilosophy.

Why We Hate Cheap Things and Other Money-Related Essays (Hardcover): The School of Life Why We Hate Cheap Things and Other Money-Related Essays (Hardcover)
The School of Life 1
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We don't think we hate cheap things, of course, but we rather behave as if we do, in the sense that we rarely properly appreciate what is always around us and doesn't appear to cost very much, for example, the night sky, pencils, fried eggs, zips and the holding of hands. This volume explores the way we can easily grow disenchanted with our immediate circumstances and pine for what is exotic, costly and out of reach - and it gently returns us to ourselves, full of new found wonder and gratitude. Combining literature, economics and sheer good sense, Why We Hate Cheap Things reawakens us to the world immediately around us and to the latent beauty and interest of what we have.

On Kindness (Paperback): Adam Phillips, Barbara Taylor On Kindness (Paperback)
Adam Phillips, Barbara Taylor 2
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What is kindness? Does it make us happier? And does it have a place in a selfish world? Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips and historian Barbara Taylor present an elegant, thoughtful and concise analysis of kindness in history, in life and in the modern world. Suggesting that acts of kindness occur when we are at our most open and honest, they ask why it is that our faith in kindness has been shaken - and why we are all too ready to believe that antagonism has taken its place.

Silence - In the Age of Noise (Paperback): Erling Kagge Silence - In the Age of Noise (Paperback)
Erling Kagge 1
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Behind a cacophony of traffic noise, iPhone alerts and our ever-spinning thoughts, an elusive notion - silence - lies in wait. But what really is silence? Where can it be found? And why is it more important now than ever?

Erling Kagge, the Norwegian adventurer and polymath, once spent fifty days walking solo in Antarctica with a broken radio. In this meditative, charming and surprisingly powerful book, he explores the power of silence and the importance of shutting out the world. Whether you're in deep wilderness, taking a shower or on the dance floor, you can experience perfect stillness if you know where to look. And from it grows self-knowledge, gratitude, wonder and much more.

Take a deep breath, and prepare to submerge yourself in Silence. Your own South Pole is out there, somewhere.

The Little Book of Philosophy (Paperback): Dk The Little Book of Philosophy (Paperback)
Dk 1
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Learn everything you need to know about the world of philosophy- from the key thinkers to modern concepts in a brand new portable size. To the complete novice learning about philosophy can be daunting - The Little Book of Philosophy changes all that. With the use of powerful and easy-to-follow images, famous quotations, and explanations that are easily understandable, this book cuts through any misunderstandings to demystify the subject. Each chapter is organised chronologically, and covers not only the big ideas, but the philosophers who first voiced them, as well as cross-referencing with earlier and later ideas and thinkers. The Little Book of Philosophy untangles knotty theories and sheds light on abstract concepts, and is perfect for anyone with a general interest in how our social, political, and ethical ideas are formed, as well as students of philosophy and politics. Covers major and niche topics, from moral ethics to philosophies of religion.

Prophet (Wisehouse Classics Edition) (Paperback): Kahlil Gibran Prophet (Wisehouse Classics Edition) (Paperback)
Kahlil Gibran
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Happy Ever After - Escaping The Myth of The Perfect Life (Paperback): Paul Dolan Happy Ever After - Escaping The Myth of The Perfect Life (Paperback)
Paul Dolan 1
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Be ambitious; find everlasting love; look after your health ... There are countless stories about how we ought to live our lives. These narratives can make our lives easier, and they might sometimes make us happier too. But they can also trap us and those around us. In Happy Ever After, bestselling happiness expert Professor Paul Dolan draws on a wealth of evidence to bust the common myths about our sources of happiness and shows that there can be many unexpected paths to lasting happiness. Some of these might involve not going into higher education, choosing not to marry, rewarding acts rooted in self-interest and caring a little less about living forever. By freeing ourselves from the myth of the perfect life, we might each find a life worth living.

Il Paradiso - by Dante Alighieri (Afrikaans, Paperback): Cas Vos Il Paradiso - by Dante Alighieri (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Cas Vos
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Il Paradiso is die hoogtepunt van Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) se driedelige werk. Hy gebruik van die aangrypendste metafore en vergelykings om sy reis te beskryf. Hy is sonder twyfel een van die briljantste digters ooit.

Cas Vos se vertaling is die eerste vertaling daarvan in digvorm in Afrikaans. Hy wend verrassende en sprankelende metafore en vergelykings in sy vertaling aan en hy vertaal al die Latynse himnes op ’n indrukwekkende wyse.

Die leser word uitgenooi om die reis na die Paradiso onder die klank van sange en lieflike beelde te onderneem. ‘n Youtube-opname deur Hennie Maas van beeld en klank vergesel die bundel. Die uitmuntende akteur Dawid Minnaar lees dele uit die vertaling voor. Die opname laat die leser van Il Paradiso die tersines visueel en klankryk ervaar.

Under the Highest Leadership (Hardcover): John Douglas Adam Under the Highest Leadership (Hardcover)
John Douglas Adam
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The Intellectual and Moral Problem of Goethe's Faust (Paperback): Alexander Wysard The Intellectual and Moral Problem of Goethe's Faust (Paperback)
Alexander Wysard
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The Intellectual and Moral Problem of Goethe's Faust (Hardcover): Alexander Wysard The Intellectual and Moral Problem of Goethe's Faust (Hardcover)
Alexander Wysard
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The Pursuit of Knowledge Under Difficulties; Volume I (Hardcover): Francis Wayland George Lillie Craik The Pursuit of Knowledge Under Difficulties; Volume I (Hardcover)
Francis Wayland George Lillie Craik
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The Soul, Its Sorrows and Its Aspirations (Paperback): Francis William Newman The Soul, Its Sorrows and Its Aspirations (Paperback)
Francis William Newman
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The Soul, Its Sorrows and Its Aspirations (Hardcover): Francis William Newman The Soul, Its Sorrows and Its Aspirations (Hardcover)
Francis William Newman
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The Dream of Reason - A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance (Paperback): Anthony Gottlieb The Dream of Reason - A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance (Paperback)
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Already a classic, this landmark account of early Western thought now appears in a new edition with expanded coverage of the Middle Ages. The Dream of Reason takes a fresh look at the writings of the great thinkers of classic philosophy and questions many pieces of conventional wisdom. The book invites comparison with Bertrand Russell's monumental History of Western Philosophy, "but Gottlieb's book is less idiosyncratic and based on more recent scholarship" (Colin McGinn, Los Angeles Times). A New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Best Book, and a Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2001.

Alone Time - Four seasons, four cities and the pleasures of solitude (Paperback): Stephanie Rosenbloom Alone Time - Four seasons, four cities and the pleasures of solitude (Paperback)
Stephanie Rosenbloom 1
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'Full of heart.' Michael Harris, author of Solitude Being alone isn't something to endure - it's something to relish. ________ The average adult spends about a third of his or her waking time alone. Yet research suggests we aren't very good at using, never mind enjoying, alone time. Rising to the challenge, travel writer Stephanie Rosenbloom explores the joys and benefits of being alone in four mouth-watering journeys to the cities of Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York, in four seasons. This is a book about the pleasures and benefits of savouring the moment, examining things closely, using all your senses to take in your surroundings, whether travelling to faraway places or walking the streets of your own city. Through on-the-ground observations and anecdotes, and drawing on the thinking of artists, writers and innovators who have cherished solitude, Alone Time illuminates the psychological arguments for alone time and lays bare the magic of going solo.

Mind is the Ride (Hardcover): Jet McDonald Mind is the Ride (Hardcover)
Jet McDonald
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When Jet McDonald cycled four thousand miles to India and back, he didn't want to write a straightforward travel book. He wanted to go on an imaginative journey. Mind is the Ride takes the reader on a physical and intellectual adventure from West to East using the components of a bike as a metaphor for philosophy, which is woven into the cyclist's experience. Each chapter is based around a single component, and as Jet travels he adds new parts and new philosophies until the bike is `built'; the ride to India is completed; and the relationship between mind, body and bicycle made apparent. The age of the travelogue is over: today we need to travel inwardly to see the world with fresh eyes. Mind is the Ride is that journey, a pedal-powered antidote to the petrol-driven philosophies of the past.

Lifelines - Notes on Life and Love, Faith and Doubt (Paperback): Martin Wroe, Malcolm Doney Lifelines - Notes on Life and Love, Faith and Doubt (Paperback)
Martin Wroe, Malcolm Doney 1
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Some days arrive with questions so vast we feel like strangers on earth. Other times our joy makes us feel entirely at home in ourselves. So where do we find inspiration for living a good life? Drawing on lifelines thrown down by poets, thinkers and dreamers, the sceptical and the faithful, Malcolm Doney and Martin Wroe suggest that how we live may be more important than what we believe. How do I make a good decision? Can I forgive him? Will this darkness pass? Do I say something or keep quiet? Less of an instruction manual and more of a sketchbook, these are lines for living rewarding days.

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