The Ascent of Affect

Genealogy and Critique

Author: Ruth Leys

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022648873X

Category: Science

Page: 416

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In recent years, emotions have become a major, vibrant topic of research not merely in the biological and psychological sciences but throughout a wide swath of the humanities and social sciences as well. Yet, surprisingly, there is still no consensus on their basic nature or workings. Ruth Leys’s brilliant, much anticipated history, therefore, is a story of controversy and disagreement. The Ascent of Affect focuses on the post–World War II period, when interest in emotions as an object of study began to revive. Leys analyzes the ongoing debate over how to understand emotions, paying particular attention to the continual conflict between camps that argue for the intentionality or meaning of emotions but have trouble explaining their presence in non-human animals and those that argue for the universality of emotions but struggle when the question turns to meaning. Addressing the work of key figures from across the spectrum, considering the potentially misleading appeal of neuroscience for those working in the humanities, and bringing her story fully up to date by taking in the latest debates, Leys presents here the most thorough analysis available of how we have tried to think about how we feel.

The Ascent of Money

A Financial History of the World

Author: Niall Ferguson

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141900318

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

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Bread, cash, dough, loot, lucre, the wherewithal: call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it’s the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it’s the chains of labour. But in The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What’s more, he reveals financial history as the essential back-story behind all history, with the development of credit and debt as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilisation. The evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilization, from ancient Babylon to the silver mines of Bolivia. Banks provided the material basis for the splendours of the Italian Renaissance, while the bond market was the decisive factor in conflicts from the Seven Years’ War to the American Civil War. With the clarity and verve for which he is famed, Niall Ferguson explains why the origins of the French Revolution lie in a stock market bubble caused by a convicted Scots murderer. He shows how financial failure turned Argentina from the world’s sixth richest country into an inflation-ridden basket-case – and how a financial revolution is propelling the world’s most populous country from poverty to power in a single generation. Yet the most important lesson of the financial history is that sooner or later every bubble bursts – sooner or later the bearish sellers outnumber the bullish buyers – sooner or later greed flips into fear. And that’s why, whether you’re scraping by or rolling in it, there’s never been a better time to understand the ascent of money.


Author: Lawrie Ryan

Publisher: Nelson Thornes

ISBN: 9780748767960

Category: Science

Page: 240

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This series is focused on delivering custom materials which are designed and presented to meet the needs of enthusiastic and committed students. The resources are written at an average reading ability level, but with full and proper use of scientific terminology throughout. Ascent! also has its own text-linked website:


Author: Roland Smith

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 1328830268

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

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Peak Marcello goes to Mayanmar to climb one of the most isolated mountains in the world in this thrilling new novel from bestselling author Roland Smith. After conquering the mountains in Afghanistan, Peak Marcello goes to Myanmar, a country that has been in the grips of a brutal military regime for more than fifty years, to visit Alessia. When he’s invited to climb Hkakabo Razi, one of the most isolated mountains in the world, Peak can’t pass up the opportunity. But getting to the mountain will involve a four-week trek through tropical rainforests rife with hazards—from venomous reptiles and leeches to corrupt police and military. In the end, summiting Hkakabo Razi may be the easiest thing Peak does.

The Ascent of George Washington

The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon

Author: John Ferling

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1608190951

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

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A behind-the-scenes portrait of the first president reveals his formidable persuasive talents, careful display of a virtuous public image and leadership capabilities of particular compatibility with a young America. Reprint.

Ascent of Mount Carmel

Author: St John of the Cross

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1602064954


Page: 428

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"St. John of the Cross lived a monastic and ascetic life, believing this was the best way to combat the evils of the world, the flesh, and the Devil, and to focus on God alone. The Ascent of Mount Carmel, which he began composing after his escape from prison, is the story of the loneliness and suffering of the soul before its reunion with God. Included in this volume is not only the relatively brief poem only eight stanzas long but the poet s own stanza-by-stanza, line-by-line, and verse-by-verse deconstruction as well. Divided into three books (and a grand total of 91 chapters), The Ascent of Mount Carmel also contains footnotes to verses of scripture referred to in the poem. Spanish mystic and poet ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS (1542 1591) played a major role in the Catholic Reformation of the 16th century, and produced several renowned writings, including his Spiritual Canticle, The Dark Night of the Soul, and Sayings of Love and Peace."

Xylem Structure and the Ascent of Sap

Author: Melvin T. Tyree,Martin H. Zimmermann

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3662049317

Category: Science

Page: 284

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The first edition of this book was the first to provide an integrated description of sap ascension from an anatomical and functional point of view. The second edition opens with the three-dimensional aspects of wood anatomy. The cohesion-tension theory and new evidence are introduced in response to recent controversies over the mechanism of sap ascent in plants. The physiology, anatomy and biophysics of xylem dysfunction are discussed and new insights into hydraulic architecture are reviewed with special emphasis on physiological limits on maximum transpiration and how hydraulic architecture limits gas exchange, carbon gain and growth of plants. The text concludes with a description of xylem failure and pathology. The book highlights fascinating areas of current research with the aim to stimulate more work in the future.

The Ascent to Truth

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 9780547537078

Category: Religion

Page: 360

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The author of The Seven Storey Mountain explores the mysticism of Saint John of the Cross. The only thing that can save the world from complete moral collapse is a spiritual revolution. . . . The desire for unworldliness, detachment, and union with God is the most fundamental expression of this revolutionary spirit. In Ascent to Truth, author and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton makes an impassioned case for the importance of contemplation. Drawing on a range of thinkers—from Carl Jung to Pope Pius XII—Merton defines the nature of contemplative experience and shows how the Christian mysticism of sixteenth-century Spanish Carmelite Saint John of the Cross offers essential answers to our disquieting and troubling times. “For any who have the desire to look into meditation and contemplation . . . this is the book for which they have waited.” —New York Herald Tribune Book Review “For those who may be curious about mysticism, and for those who may be called to a life of contemplation, this is an excellent book.” —Catholic World

The Ascent

Author: Yogi Mahajan

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe

ISBN: 9788120811829

Category: Self-realization

Page: 128

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On 5th May 1970 Sri Mataji Nirmala Devi introduced a unique method of inner transformation called Sahaja Yoga. Within the following years Sahaja Yoga grew dramatically and transformed the lives of thousands all over the world. the Ascent is a sequel that records the process of that transforming force and how each individual can ascend to his own ultimate collective being.

Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses

Author: Martha Himmelfarb

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195359657

Category: Religion

Page: 184

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This is a study of the ancient Jewish and Christian apocalypses involving ascent into heaven, which have received little scholarly attention in comparison to apocalypses concerned primarily with the end of the world. Recent developments like the publication of the Aramaic Enoch fragments from Qumran and interest in questions of genre in the study of the apocalypses make this a particularly appropriate time to undertake this study. Martha Himmelfarb places the apocalypses in relation to both their biblical antecedents and their context in the Greco-Roman world. Her analysis emphasizes the emergence of the understanding of heaven as temple in the Book of the Watchers, the earliest of these apocalypses, and the way in which this understanding affects the depiction of the culmination of ascent, the hero's achievement of a place among the angels, in the ascent apocalypses generally. It also considers the place of secrets of nature and primeval history in these works. Finally, it offers an interpretation of the pseudepigraphy of the apocalypses and their function.

The Ascent

A Novel of Survival

Author: Ronald Malfi

Publisher: Medallion Media Group

ISBN: 9781605422626

Category: Fiction

Page: 376

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Having lost himself in extreme sports since the death of his wife, sculptor Tim Overleigh joins a team of men bent on climbing the Godesh Ridge in Nepal in order to stop his downward spiral, only to find what was supposed to be a journey based in Tibetan mysticism to be an experiment in terror.

The Ascent Of Man

Author: Jacob Bronowski

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446417158

Category: History

Page: 352

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Dr Jacob Bronowksi's The Ascent of Man traces the development of human society through our understanding of science. First published in 1973 to accompany the groundbreaking BBC television series, it is considered one of the first works of 'popular science', illuminating the historical and social context of scientific development for a generation of readers. In his highly accessible style, Dr Bronowski discusses human invention from the flint tool to geometry, agriculture to genetics, and from alchemy to the theory of relativity, showing how they all are expressions of our ability to understand and control nature. In this new paperback edition, The Ascent of Man inspires, influences and informs as profoundly as ever.


The Mountaineering Experience in Word and Image

Author: Steve Roper

Publisher: Random House (NY)


Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 174

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The mountaineering experience is celebrated in word, photography, and illustration.


From the creator of Line of Duty

Author: Jed Mercurio

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409015912

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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FROM THE CREATOR OF THE AWARD-WINNING TV SHOW, LINE OF DUTY AND BODYGUARD Yefgenii Yeremin is a flyer and he is a phantom. In the Korean War, he is the legendary ace dubbed 'Ivan the Terrible', shooting down more American jets than any other pilot in history. But the Soviet Union's involvement in Korea must be kept secret, so Yefgenii is exiled to a remote Arctic base, his name unknown, his victories uncelebrated. But in 1964, a man arrives from Moscow, from the Space Committee, in search of a volunteer prepared to sacrifice everything for his country...

Ascent of Everest

Author: John Hunt

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444760904

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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This is the story of how, on 29 May, 1953, two men, both endowed with outstanding stamina and skill, reached the top of Everest and came back unscathed to rejoin their comrades. 'Yet this will not be the whole story, for the ascent of Everest was not the work of one day, nor even of those few anxious, unforgettable weeks in which we prepared and climbed this summer. It is, in fact, a tale of sustained and tenacious endeavour by many, over a long period of time... We of the 1953 Everest Expedition are proud to share the glory with our predecessors.' Sir John Hunt


The Spiritual And Physical Quest Of Lege

Author: Laurence Leamer

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062039237

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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Willi Unsoeld, a legend among mountaineers--a man whom Bill Moyers calls one of the few giants he has ever met--fearlessly challenged the world's highest peaks and inspired a generation of climbers with his legacy. Ascent is the story of his life--a thrilling tale of physical and spiritual adventure that captures the hypnotic force behind this extraordinary personality. From his triumphant conquest of Everest's forbidding West Ridge to the tragic loss of his daughter on the treacherous slopes of Nanda Devi to his final, fatal attempt at Mount Rainier, we see Willi as guru and guide, lover of danger and philosopher of risk--a man whose indomitable spirit triggered such devotion that people followed him fearlessly to extraordinary heights and, sometimes, even to their deaths. A dramatic saga of bravery, daring, and the search for spiritual truth, Ascent brilliantly captures the mythic figure of Willi Unsoeld.

The Ascent

A Novel

Author: Jeff Long

Publisher: William Morrow & Company


Category: Fiction

Page: 284

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In a novel set in the majestic Himalayas, ten men and two women brave the treacherous ``dark side'' of Mount Everest--a high-stakes adventure that pits climbers against their own fears. By the author of Angels of Light. 25,000 first printing.

The Ascent - Der Aufstieg


Author: Ronald Malfi

Publisher: Luzifer-Verlag

ISBN: 3958351948

Category: Fiction

Page: 450

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"Das ist beeindruckend, ergreifend und fesselnd zugleich – eine klare Leseempfehlung" [Phantastic-Couch] "Atmosphärischer Thriller auf hohem Niveau, der Thriller-, Mystery- und Abenteuerelemente verbaut. Absolut empfehlenswert." [Filmbesprechungen] "THE ASCENT ist ein aufregender, beinahe unerträglich spannender Ritt, den man nicht verpassen sollte. Lassen Sie sich von dem Titel nicht in die Irre führen – der Roman hat weniger mit einem Berg und viel mehr mit dem Leben an sich zu tun. Wenn Sie Thriller lieben, die Sie bis zum Ende im Ungewissen lassen, ist dieser ein Muss." [Kendall Gutierrez, Suspense Magazine] Inhalt: Die Geister, die wir in uns tragen ... Es ist ein gefährliches Unterfangen – denn es könnte sein Ende bedeuten. Doch für Tim Overleigh, einen ehemals berühmten Bildhauer, der nach dem Tod seiner Frau langsam dem Alkoholismus verfällt, ist die Flucht in Extremsportarten das Einzige, dass ihn vor der Abwärtsspirale aus Selbstvorwürfen und Schmerz rettet. Er schließt sich einer Gruppe von Bergsteigern an, die von dem ebenso reichen wie exzentrischen Abenteurer Trumbauer für einen selbstmörderischen Trip durch die Bergwelt Nepals zusammengestellt wurde. Jeder Teilnehmer scheint aus einem ganz besonderen Grund ausgewählt worden zu sein. Je weiter sich Overleigh in die unerforschten Regionen des Himalaja vorwagt, um so mehr vermischen sich reale Strapazen mit den Schatten seiner Vergangenheit, und auch Trumbauer scheint einen ganz eigenen Plan zu verfolgen. Aus dem Kampf mit dem Berg und der Kälte wird ein Kampf gegen die eigenen Dämonen.


Philosophy and Paradise Lost

Author: Tzachi Zamir

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190695080

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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Paradise Lost has never received a substantial, book-length reading by a philosopher. This, however should surprise no one, for Milton himself despised philosophers. He associated philosophy with deceit in his theological writings, and made philosophizing into one of the activities of fallen angels in hell. Yet, in this book, philosopher and literary critic Tzachi Zamir argues that Milton's disdain for their vocation should not prevent philosophers from turning an inquisitive eye to Paradise Lost. Because Milton's greatest poem conducts a multilayered examination of puzzles that intrigue philosophers, instead of neatly breaking from philosophy, it maintains a penetrating rapport with it. Paradise Lost sets forth bold claims regarding the meaning of genuine knowledge, or acting meaningfully, or taking in the world fully, or successfully withdrawing from inner deadness. Other topics touched upon by Milton involve some of the most central issues within the philosophy of religion: the relationship between reason and belief, the uniqueness of religious poetry, the meaning of gratitude, and the special role of the imagination in faith. This tension-disparaging philosophy on the one hand, but taking up much of what philosophers hope to understand on the other-turns Milton's poem into an exceptionally potent work for a philosopher of literature. Ascent is a philosophical reading of the poem that attempts to keep audible Milton's anti-philosophy stance. The picture of interdisciplinarity that emerges is, accordingly, neither one of a happy percolation among fields ('philosophy', 'literature'), nor one of rigid boundaries. Overlap and partial agreement clash against contestation and rivalry. It is these conflicting currents which Ascent aims to capture, if not to reconcile.

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The Ascent of the Superman

Author: Sally Peters

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300075007

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

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A biography of the playwright speculates that he was secretly homosexual and examines his literary ambitions and austere lifestyle