New Release Books by Eric Bronson

Eric Bronson is the author of Enchanted Wisdom: Enduring Ideas of World Religions (2021), The Hobbit and Philosophy (2012), King of Rags (2013), Poker and Philosophy (2012) and other 2 books.

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Enchanted Wisdom: Enduring Ideas of World Religions

release date: Jan 25, 2021
Enchanted Wisdom: Enduring Ideas of World Religions
In this unique introduction to world religions, author Eric Bronson focuses on the enduring ideas embodied by a variety of faiths, and the ways in which those ideas shape the world we live in. According to sociologist Max Weber, "The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization and, above all, by the disenchantment of the world.''" Although the pace of scientific discovery and technological innovation has increased exponentially since Weber''s day, other ways of knowing persist and still have much to offer. As Bronson notes, "Enchantment is a quality in the world that fires our non-rational imagination. Enchantments trigger in us an elevated sense of excitement, fear, or curiosity.... We may be enchanted by sunsets, popular music, or other people, for example. Enchanted experiences are also instructive: they teach us things about ourselves and the world we inhabit. Therefore, ''enchanted wisdom'' describes many kinds of non-rational knowledge we gain about ourselves and our world." In discussing eleven representative faiths-including global religions with hundreds of millions of adherents, like Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism, as well as the less well-known beliefs of the Navajo and the Yoruba-the author draws on a wide range of literary, musical, and other cultural references to enhance interest and understanding. The core tenets of each religion are first examined, followed by discussion of its evolution over time and contemporary manifestations. Questions at the close of each chapter direct students toward further learning, while comprehensive end-of-chapter glossaries provide a convenient summary of key people, places, and ideas. Full chapters are included on the following faiths: Hinduism - Buddhism - Daoism - Yoruba - Judaism - Christianity - Islam - Confucianism - Sikhism - Navajo - Shintoism. The text also includes an insightful introduction, 52 images, 51 boxes focusing on topics of special interest, comprehensive references, and a full index.

The Hobbit and Philosophy

release date: Oct 02, 2012
The Hobbit and Philosophy
Contains over fifteen essays that discuss philosophical topics in J.R.R. Tolkien''s "The Hobbit" providing new insights into the characters and plot.

King of Rags

release date: May 01, 2013
King of Rags
When music publisher John Stark first heard Scott Joplin play his piano he knew that ragtime was the music of hope for a new America. "If you are alive to impulse, you felt the ground wave under your feet, and you dropped into sublime reverie," he wrote in 1904. But neither Stark nor anyone else knew that Joplin would never be content with popularity and fame. Inspired by Booker T. Washington and the Dahomeyan defeat in West Africa, Joplin committed himself to racial justice fifty years before his time. But due to this earnest pursuit, he was later ignored by the masses for writing political music, and shunned by a new generation of artists for championing a life in rags. In King of Rags, Eric Bronson shines a lyrical light on the tragic life of Scott Joplin and his fellow ragtime musicians throughout their frantic transformation of the seedy and segregated underbelly of comedians, conmen and prostitutes who called America¿s most vibrant cities home.

Poker and Philosophy

release date: Mar 30, 2012
Poker and Philosophy
Does God play cards with the universe? Do women have better poker faces than men? What’s the most existential poker movie ever made? Is life more meaningful when you go all-in? Is online poker really still poker? Poker and Philosophy ponders these questions and more, pitting young lions against old masters as the brashness of Phil Hellmuth meets the arrogance of Socrates, the recklessness of Doyle Brunson challenges the desperation of Dostoyevsky, and the coolness of Chris Moneymaker takes on the American tradition of capitalist ingenuity. This witty collection of essays demonstrates what serious card sharks have long known: winning big takes more than a good hand and a straight face. Stacking the metaphorical deck with a serious grounding in philosophy is the key to raking it in, because as Machiavelli proved long ago, it’s a lot better to be feared than loved, and lying is not the same as cheating.

Nietzsche's Existential Love and the Crush of Nothingness

release date: Jan 01, 1998
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