Lost in the Cosmos

Lost in the Cosmos
Author: Walker Percy
Publsiher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2011-03-29
ISBN: 1453216340
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lost in the Cosmos Book Excerpt:

“A mock self-help book designed not to help but to provoke . . . to inveigle us into thinking about who we are and how we got into this mess.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Filled with quizzes, essays, short stories, and diagrams, Lost in the Cosmos is National Book Award–winning author Walker Percy’s humorous take on a familiar genre—as well as an invitation to serious contemplation of life’s biggest questions. One part parody and two parts philosophy, Lost in the Cosmos is an enlightening guide to the dilemmas of human existence, and an unrivaled spin on self-help manuals by one of modern America’s greatest literary masters.

The Message in the Bottle and Lost in the Cosmos

The Message in the Bottle and Lost in the Cosmos
Author: Walker Percy
Publsiher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 860
Release: 2018-05-22
ISBN: 1504054016
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Message in the Bottle and Lost in the Cosmos Book Excerpt:

Two fascinating philosophical inquiries from the “dazzlingly gifted” New York Times–bestselling and National Book Award–winning author of The Moviegoer (USA Today). Winner of the National Book Award for The Moviegoer, the Southern writer Walker Percy possessed “an intellectual range and rigor few American novelists can match” (The New York Times Book Review). In these two provocative works, Percy manages to be perceptive and playful as he more directly explores the philosophical foundations of his groundbreaking fiction. The Message in the Bottle: In these profound and passionate essays that “have a way of quickening the spirit and cleansing the sight,” Percy looks to language to answer the question of who we are as humans (The New Republic). He posits that the act of assigning meaning by naming things makes humans unique. Percy develops a theory of language through the example of Helen Keller being stimulated by the feel of water along with the sign for water, and explores questions such as why other animals don’t talk and why humans in technologically advanced, materially comfortable societies are so sad. “A delight . . . a pleasure to read.” —Larry McMurtry, The Washington Post Book World Lost in the Cosmos: “Charming, whimsical, slyly profound,” Lost in the Cosmos is a one-of-a-kind mix of self-help parody and philosophical speculation (The New York Times). Filled with quizzes, essays, short stories, and diagrams, Percy’s guide is a laugh-out-loud spin on a familiar genre that also pushes readers to serious contemplation of life’s biggest questions, such as: “Why is it no other species but man gets bored?” and “Explain why Moses was tongue-tied and stagestruck before his fellow Jews but had no trouble talking to God.” “A mock self-help book designed not to help but to provoke; a chapbook to inveigle us into thinking about who we are and how we got into this mess.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

Poets Princes and Private Citizens

Poets  Princes  and Private Citizens
Author: Joseph M. Knippenberg,Peter Augustine Lawler
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 310
Release: 1996
ISBN: 9780847682003
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Poets Princes and Private Citizens Book Excerpt:

This collection of original and insightful essays was written by teachers seeking to restore literature as a powerful teaching tool in the undergraduate classroom. This book rejects postmodern theorizing, opting instead to assert that great poets, playwrights, and novelists self-consciously intended to impart compelling moral and political lessons. The essays focus on fundamental questions such as: What is justice? What does it mean to be a good human being? What are the strengths and weaknesses of a particular form of government? and, How are we to understand and resolve the tensions between private affections and public responsibilities? This is important reading for anyone concerned about the impact of postmodern literary analysis.

The Household and the War for the Cosmos

The Household and the War for the Cosmos
Author: C.R. Wiley
Publsiher: Canon Press & Book Service
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2019-06-18
ISBN: 1947644912
Category: Family & Relationships
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Household and the War for the Cosmos Book Excerpt:

Your household is not just a shelter from a war zone; it is the command center from where you launch your attacks. It's this vision of the world, with the Christian family at the heart, that modern parents desperately need to recover.

Lost in the Cosmos

Lost in the Cosmos
Author: Walker Percy
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 256
Release: 1984
ISBN: 9780671502737
Category: American wit and humor
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lost in the Cosmos Book Excerpt:

Christianity for Modern Pagans

Christianity for Modern Pagans
Author: Peter Kreeft
Publsiher: Ignatius Press
Total Pages: 350
Release: 1993
ISBN: 9780898704525
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Christianity for Modern Pagans Book Excerpt:

Peter Kreeft believes that Baise Pascal is the first post-medieval apologist. No writer in history, claims Kreeft, is a more effective Christian apologist and evangelist to today's uprooted, confused, secularized pagans (inside and outside the Church) than Pascal. He was a brilliant man--a great scientist who did major work in physics and mathematics, as well as an inventor--whom Kreeft thinks was three centuries ahead of his time. His apologetics found in his Pensees are ideal for the modern, sophisticated skeptic.

Flannery O Connor Walker Percy and the Aesthetic of Revelation

Flannery O Connor  Walker Percy  and the Aesthetic of Revelation
Author: John Sykes
Publsiher: University of Missouri Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2007-01-01
ISBN: 0826266231
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Flannery O Connor Walker Percy and the Aesthetic of Revelation Book Excerpt:

"Examining the writings of Flannery O'Connor and Walker Percy against the background of the Southern Renaissance from which they emerged, Sykes explores how the writers shared a distinctly Christian notion of art that led them to see fiction as revelatory but adopted different theological emphases and rhetorical strategies"--Provided by publisher.

The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime

The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime
Author: Elizabeth Amato
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2018-02-28
ISBN: 1498554202
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime Book Excerpt:

The Declaration of Independence claims that individuals need liberty to pursue happiness, but provides little guidance on the “what” of happiness. Happiness studies and liberal theory are incomplete guides. Happiness studies offer insights into what makes people happy but happiness policy risks becoming doctrinaire. Liberal theory is better on personal liberty, but weak on the “what” of happiness. My argument is that American novelists are surer guides on the pursuit of happiness. Treated as political thinkers, my book offers a close reading of four American novelists, Tom Wolfe, Walker Percy, Edith Wharton, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and their critique of the pursuit of happiness. With a critical and friendly eye, they present the shortcomings of pursuing happiness in a liberal nation but also present alternatives and correctives possible in America. Our novelists point us toward each other in friendship as our greatest resource to guide us towards happiness.

A Political Companion to Walker Percy

A Political Companion to Walker Percy
Author: Peter Augustine Lawler,Brian A. Smith
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2013-06-01
ISBN: 0813141907
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Political Companion to Walker Percy Book Excerpt:

In 1962, Walker Percy (1916--1990) made a dramatic entrance onto the American literary scene when he won the National Book Award for fiction with his first novel, The Moviegoer. A physician, philosopher, and devout Catholic, Percy dedicated his life to understanding the mixed and somewhat contradictory foundations of American life as a situation faced by the wandering and won-dering human soul. His controversial works combined existential questioning, scientific investigation, the insight of the southern stoic, and authentic religious faith to produce a singular view of humanity's place in the cosmos that ranks among the best American political thinking. An authoritative guide to the political thought of this celebrated yet complex American author, A Political Companion to Walker Percy includes seminal essays by Ralph C. Wood, Richard Reinsch II, and James V. Schall, S.J., as well as new analyses of Percy's view of Thomistic realism and his reaction to the American pursuit of happiness. Editors Peter Augustine Lawler and Brian A. Smith have assembled scholars of diverse perspectives who provide a necessary lens for interpreting Percy's works. This comprehensive introduction to Percy's "American Thomism" is an indispensable resource for students of American literature, culture, and politics.

The Last Physician

The Last Physician
Author: Carl Elliott,John D. Lantos
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 167
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9780822323693
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Physician Book Excerpt:

Collection of essays on the connection between medicine and literature and how novelists and physicians are both, in a sense, diagnosticians; the book focuses, in particular, on Walker Percy, a writer who had trained as a pathologist.

The Writer as Shaman

The Writer as Shaman
Author: Ted Ray Spivey
Publsiher: Mercer University Press
Total Pages: 194
Release: 1986
ISBN: 9780865541993
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Writer as Shaman Book Excerpt:

Omnidoxy

Omnidoxy
Author: Cometan,Astronist Institution
Publsiher: Astronist Institution
Total Pages: 3357
Release: 2019-02-11
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Omnidoxy Book Excerpt:

The Omnidoxy is the founding treatise of the Astronist religion and was solely authored by the philosopher and religious founder, Cometan. Partitioned into twelve disquisitions, each of which are further divided into hundreds of discourses, which are themselves titled by those which are known as rubrals, The Omnidoxy has been codified according to a unique writing structure known as insentence. The Omnidoxy not only forms the foundations of Astronism, but it remains the primary modern contributor and the book that ignited the establishment of the Astronic tradition of religion which encompasses the philosophy of Astronism. Introducing brand new philosophical concepts such as cosmocentricity, reascensionism, transcensionism, and sentientism amongst many others, The Omnidoxy remains the principal signifier of a new era in philosophy. The Omnidoxy births hundreds of new belief orientations, schools of thought, neologisms, disciplines of study, theories, and concepts which, when combined and considered collectively, have formed the basis of Astronism. The authorship of The Omnidoxy rests with the single individual philosopher, Cometan who began writing The Omnidoxy at the age of seventeen driven by what he terms as personal inspiration. The historical origination of The Omnidoxy rests in its authorship by Brandon Taylorian during early 21st century England, specifically in the northern county of Lancashire. Like in all textual criticism, the timing and location of the codification of The Omnidoxy is integral to understanding why and how it was written, especially by considering the influential factors impacting Taylorian during his construction of the text, particularly the cultural, political, religious, and social contexts of Taylorian's personal life and of wider society at the time. This forms an important branch of study within omnidoxicology known as omnidoxical criticism, or omnidoxical exegesis in which scholars study and investigate The Omnidoxy in order to discern conclusive judgements inspired by how, where, why, by whom, for whom, and in what circumstances The Omnidoxy was written.

C S Lewis for the Third Millennium

C S  Lewis for the Third Millennium
Author: Peter Kreeft
Publsiher: Ignatius Press
Total Pages: 193
Release: 2011-04-27
ISBN: 1681490641
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

C S Lewis for the Third Millennium Book Excerpt:

Kreeft, one of the foremost students of Lewis' thought, distills Lewis' reflections on the collapse of western civilization and the way to renew it. Few writers have more lucidly grasped the meaning of modern times than Lewis. Kreeft's reflections on Lewis' thought provide explorations into the questions of our times. Kreeft and Lewis together provide light and hope in an age of darkness.

Imagining Our Time

Imagining Our Time
Author: Lewis P. Simpson
Publsiher: LSU Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2007-01-01
ISBN: 0807132020
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Imagining Our Time Book Excerpt:

Lewis P. Simpson towers among scholars of American literary studies, as an intellectual historian of the South and American literary culture and a revered essayist. His last book, Imagining Our Time, offers a wide-ranging, erudite, and enlightening look at the culture of letters in American society. Primarily through an examination of the works of some of the leading writers of the twentieth century, many of whom Simpson knew intimately, this final volume provides insight into the struggles and concerns unique to prominent American thinkers, literary artists, and critics contemporary to his own lifetime. Often moving from an intriguing anecdote or recollection to a rigorous discussion of ideas, Simpson’s style is captivating. He begins with speculation on Eric Voegelin’s interest in Julien Benda’s polemic La Trahison des Clercs and follows with thoughts on the declining faith in the university as an embodiment of humanistic letters and learning, surveying the American Republic as far back as Benjamin Franklin. In successive chapters, Simpson pays tribute to Malcolm Cowley as a "hero of the literary art" and probes Robert Penn Warren’s fixation with Thomas Jefferson as manifested in the writing and complete rewriting of Brother to Dragons. He ruminates on the vocation of the critic as practiced by Lionel Trilling and Diana Trilling, and the literary and cultural politics of the 1930s. Brief portraits of Andrew Lytle and Louis D. Rubin, Jr., appear, as well as a poignant argument for the autobiographical cast of Eudora Welty’s writing. A lengthy, riveting consideration of Simpson’s friend Walker Percy and Percy’s quest for identity as a modern Christian novelist alienated from the society around him forms the core of the volume. Fred Hobson’s introduction fittingly rounds out Imagining Our Time, offering an intimate appreciation of Lewis Simpson-who will remain a giant among scholars of southern literary studies.

Signs of the Giver

Signs of the Giver
Author: Beth M. Sheppard,Southwestern College (Winfield, Kan.)
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 159
Release: 2003
ISBN: 0595270581
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Signs of the Giver Book Excerpt:

This volume contains collection of ten essays that focus on the fiction and non-fiction of southern novelist Walker Percy (1916-1990). Delivered during the 2002 Walker Percy Undergraduate Seminar held at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, the contributors focus upon a wide array of topics relevant to the study of Percy's writings. Catholicism, race relations, existentialism and even Percy's semiotics receive attention in this dynamic collection.

Survival Guide for Christians on Campus

Survival Guide for Christians on Campus
Author: Tony Campolo,William Willimon
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2010-06-15
ISBN: 1451604955
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Survival Guide for Christians on Campus Book Excerpt:

The contemporary college campus is filled with spiritual surprises, daily dilemmas, and difficult questions and this book offers the help and heart to walk into the jungle of campus life as a Christian. Will the Christian faith hold up under the scrutiny of the new knowledge and ideas that bombarded students on the college campus? Tony Campolo and Dr. Will Willimon—college professors and seasons authors and speakers—insist that the Christian faith is not threatened by tough questions. They maintain that some of the greatest minds the human race has produced have put hard questions to Jesus and come away stronger in their faith and more convinced of its truth than ever before. Whether you are a committed Christian or one who is still exploring the Christian faith, this book will provide sound answers to difficult questions. Open this book and find the help and heart to walk into the jungle of campus life and walk out more than a conqueror.

Practice Resurrection

Practice Resurrection
Author: Eugene H. Peterson
Publsiher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages: 321
Release: 2013-02-08
ISBN: 1467438219
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Practice Resurrection Book Excerpt:

Winner of Christianity Today's 2011 award for best book in spirituality Though bringing people to new birth in Christ through evangelism is essential, says Eugene Peterson, isn't growth in Christ equally essential? Yet the American church by and large does not treat Christian maturity and character formation with much urgency. In Practice Resurrection Peterson brings the voice of Scripture -- especially Paul's letter to the Ephesians -- and the voice of the contemporary Christian congregation together to unpack the crucial truth of what it means to fully grow up to the "stature of Christ."

History of American Political Thought

History of American Political Thought
Author: Bryan-Paul Frost,Jeffrey Sikkenga
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 968
Release: 2019-01-08
ISBN: 1498558704
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

History of American Political Thought Book Excerpt:

Revised and updated, this long-awaited second edition provides a comprehensive introduction to the most important American statesmen, activists, and writers regardless of the historical era or political persuasion.

More Conversations with Walker Percy

More Conversations with Walker Percy
Author: Walker Percy
Publsiher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages: 248
Release: 1993
ISBN: 9780878056231
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

More Conversations with Walker Percy Book Excerpt:

This collection of interviews supplements Conversations with Walker Percy and occasions an additional two dozen pleasurable encounters with Percy. Primarily from the last ten years of Percy's life, they show how his presence was stimulating thought in much of humanistic America, in literature, linguistics, psychology, and philosophy, and in cultural life in general. Although this acclaimed author of The Moviegoer, Lancelot, and Love in the Ruins never overcame his shyness with interviewers, he continued to grant interviews as long as his health permitted. This act of openness illustrates his humility before his ideas and his desire to help others understand them. Although the questions he was asked almost invariably became predictable, he always managed to add an anecdote, an illustration, a topical reference, that would breathe new life into the responses he was making. The interviews in this collection show him at the height when he knew that his illness would not allow him to write any more books, and that the only way to restate his ideas and offer a valediction to the large audience to whom he had always been kind, patient, and appreciative was to speak out. Percy despised the posture of many modern self-proclaimed intellectuals who delight in cloaking ideas in jargon and abstraction. He always tried to express himself clearly and as free of reservations as possible. These interviews reflect that clarity. With this book readers will welcome yet more close encounters with him.

Fyodor Dostoevsky Walker Percy and the Age of Suicide

Fyodor Dostoevsky  Walker Percy  and the Age of Suicide
Author: John F. Desmond
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019
ISBN: 0813231272
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fyodor Dostoevsky Walker Percy and the Age of Suicide Book Excerpt:

"A study of the phenomenon of suicide, both actual and spiritual, in the major fictional works of Fyodor Dostoevsky and Walker Percy, drawing lines of continuity between the two authors and noting their differences. In the epilogue, Desmond offers a Christian counter-vision to the 'suicidal' ethos he has documented"--