David James - Author

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David James was born and brought up in Wales. He currently lives in Carmarthenshire with his wife. Descendants of Evil is his debut novel.

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Ye Mary Fortune

Ye Mary Fortune

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/08/2018

Rediscovering Americanism Parody

Rediscovering Americanism Parody

Author: David James Format: eBook Release Date: 26/07/2017

Americanism is all about unlimited wine, unlimiteddebt, unlimited data, unlimited sex and unlimitedinnovations by the immigrants. Presenting 25 poetry tocelebrate Americanism.

World Class Tackling the Ten Biggest Challenges Facing Schools Today

World Class Tackling the Ten Biggest Challenges Facing Schools Today

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/05/2017

Every school is different, but all schools face very similar challenges. Drawing on their combined teaching experience of over fifty years in both independent and state schools, educationalists David James and Ian Warwick have chosen ten questions that tackle the most difficult challenges that face schools today, and invited leading education experts to address them in stimulating and accessible essays, which are each under a thousand words. With contributions from John Hattie, David Blunkett, Doug Lemov, Anthony Seldon, Sandy Speicher, Tim Hawkes and many more, this insightful and engaging book features exclusive essays with some of the world's most well-known and well-respected thinkers and speakers in education, business and politics, accompanied by thought-provoking introductions. The contributors provide new perspectives on some of the issues that occupy educationalists today; they challenge conventional wisdom and, above all, put forward practical, workable, evidence-based solutions that can transform teaching and learning. World Class is a powerful manifesto for change that nobody interested in education today can ignore.

World Class Tackling the Ten Biggest Challenges Facing Schools Today

World Class Tackling the Ten Biggest Challenges Facing Schools Today

Author: David James Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/05/2017

Every school is different, but all schools face very similar challenges. Drawing on their combined teaching experience of over fifty years in both independent and state schools, educationalists David James and Ian Warwick have chosen ten questions that tackle the most difficult challenges that face schools today, and invited leading education experts to address them in stimulating and accessible essays, which are each under a thousand words. With contributions from John Hattie, David Blunkett, Doug Lemov, Anthony Seldon, Sandy Speicher, Tim Hawkes and many more, this insightful and engaging book features exclusive essays with some of the world's most well-known and well-respected thinkers and speakers in education, business and politics, accompanied by thought-provoking introductions. The contributors provide new perspectives on some of the issues that occupy educationalists today; they challenge conventional wisdom and, above all, put forward practical, workable, evidence-based solutions that can transform teaching and learning. World Class is a powerful manifesto for change that nobody interested in education today can ignore.

Hegel's Elements of the Philosophy of Right A Critical Guide

Hegel's Elements of the Philosophy of Right A Critical Guide

Author: David James Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/02/2017

Hegel's Elements of the Philosophy of Right, one of the classic texts of German Idealism, is a seminal work of legal, social and political philosophy that has generated very different interpretations since its publication in 1821. Written with the advantage of historical distance, the essays in this volume adopt a fresh perspective that makes readers aware of the breadth and depth of this classic work. The themes of the essays reflect the continuing relevance of the text, and include Hegel's method, the concept of property, Hegel's view of morality, the concept of Sittlichkeit, the modern family, the nature and tensions of civil society, and the question of the modernity of the Hegelian state. The volume will be of interest to all scholars and students of German Idealism and the history of political thought.

The Cambridge Companion to Fichte

The Cambridge Companion to Fichte

Author: David James Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/12/2016

Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762-1814) was the founding figure of the philosophical movement known as German idealism, a branch of thought which grew out of Kant's critical philosophy. Fichte's work formed the crucial link between eighteenth-century Enlightenment thought and philosophical, as well as literary, Romanticism. Some of his ideas also foreshadow later nineteenth- and twentieth-century developments in philosophy and in political thought, including existentialism, nationalism and socialism. This volume offers essays on all the major aspects of Fichte's philosophy, ranging from the successive versions of his foundational philosophical science or Wissenschaftslehre, through his ethical and political thought, to his philosophies of history and religion. All the main stages of Fichte's philosophical career and development are charted, and his ideas are placed in their historical and intellectual context. New readers will find this the most convenient and accessible guide to Fichte currently available. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Fichte.

The Cambridge Companion to Fichte

The Cambridge Companion to Fichte

Author: David James, Gunter Zoller Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/12/2016

Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762-1814) was the founding figure of the philosophical movement known as German idealism, a branch of thought which grew out of Kant's critical philosophy. Fichte's work formed the crucial link between eighteenth-century Enlightenment thought and philosophical, as well as literary, Romanticism. Some of his ideas also foreshadow later nineteenth- and twentieth-century developments in philosophy and in political thought, including existentialism, nationalism and socialism. This volume offers essays on all the major aspects of Fichte's philosophy, ranging from the successive versions of his foundational philosophical science or Wissenschaftslehre, through his ethical and political thought, to his philosophies of history and religion. All the main stages of Fichte's philosophical career and development are charted, and his ideas are placed in their historical and intellectual context. New readers will find this the most convenient and accessible guide to Fichte currently available. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Fichte.

The Rassendyll

The Rassendyll

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2016

On the frontier world of Kleobolus the son of an important senator is murdered and his terrorist killer is invisibly removed from prison - to disappear without trace. On the same world Daynan Raym is the respected and almost supernaturally smart owner of a swanky restaurant, but what does he really do for a living and how can he know things he shouldn't be capable of knowing? The most feared man in the galaxy is now on his way to Kleobolus and it appears that he and Daynan are old enemies with unresolved issues. How are all of these things connected? And why does a loner and self-confessed misanthrope like Daynan persist in rescuing Jetta Gainz - an independent farmer and mother of the most beautiful woman on the planet?

Rousseau and German Idealism Freedom, Dependence and Necessity

Rousseau and German Idealism Freedom, Dependence and Necessity

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/06/2016

The claim that Rousseau's writings influenced the development of Kant's critical philosophy, and German idealism, is not a new one. As correct as the claim may be, it does not amount to a systematic account of Rousseau's place within this philosophical tradition. It also suggests a progression whereby Rousseau's achievements are eventually eclipsed by those of Kant, Fichte and Hegel, especially with respect to the idea of freedom. In this book David James shows that Rousseau presents certain challenges that Kant and the idealists Fichte and Hegel could not fully meet, by making dependence and necessity, as well as freedom, his central concerns, and thereby raises the question of whether freedom in all its forms is genuinely possible in a condition of human interdependence marked by material inequality. His study will be valuable for all those studying Kant, German idealism and the history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ideas.

Upholstery: A Complete Course

Upholstery: A Complete Course

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2016

In this second updated edition David James provides an encyclopaedic guide to the techniques and materials involved in upholstery. The book covers everything from traditional handwork to the latest industrial techniques, giving a complete overview of the upholstery trade. Five step-by-step projects follow, to enable readers to put a few of the techniques explained into practice. Almost 500 detailed line drawings created by the author illustrate every aspect covered in the text. The book also includes detailed advice on costing for materials for the budding professional. The restorer will find a wealth of material on historical styles and techniques. This new edition includes an updated bibliography and contacts section to ensure its relevance and UK and US upholstery terms have been added.

The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945

The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/10/2015

This Companion offers a compelling engagement with British fiction from the end of the Second World War to the present day. Since 1945, British literature has served to mirror profound social, geopolitical and environmental change. Written by a host of leading scholars, this volume explores the myriad cultural movements and literary genres that have affected the development of postwar British fiction, showing how writers have given voice to matters of racial, regional and sexual identity. Covering subjects from immigration and ecology to science and globalism, this Companion draws on the latest critical innovations to provide insights into the traditions shaping the literary landscape of modern Britain, thus making it an essential resource for students and specialists alike.

The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945

The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945

Author: David James Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2015

This Companion offers a compelling engagement with British fiction from the end of the Second World War to the present day. Since 1945, British literature has served to mirror profound social, geopolitical and environmental change. Written by a host of leading scholars, this volume explores the myriad cultural movements and literary genres that have affected the development of postwar British fiction, showing how writers have given voice to matters of racial, regional and sexual identity. Covering subjects from immigration and ecology to science and globalism, this Companion draws on the latest critical innovations to provide insights into the traditions shaping the literary landscape of modern Britain, thus making it an essential resource for students and specialists alike.

Mommy, Mommy, I Can Count to Ten!

Mommy, Mommy, I Can Count to Ten!

Author: David James, Ruth James Format: Pamphlet Release Date: 25/05/2015

Today is a very busy day. Mommy Hippo has many chores to complete. However, her biggest task is to teach Baby Hippo that learning is a normal part of everyday life.

Mommy, Mommy, I Can Count to Ten!

Mommy, Mommy, I Can Count to Ten!

Author: David James, Ruth James Format: eBook Release Date: 19/05/2015

Today is a very busy day. Mommy Hippo has many chores to complete. However, her biggest task is to teach Baby Hippo that learning is a normal part of everyday life.

Cost-Benefit Studies of Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia

Cost-Benefit Studies of Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia

Author: David James Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2015

This book applies cost-benefit analysis techniques in the management of environment and natural resources in developing countries of the Southeast Asian region and presents a compendium of studies conducted by researchers supported by the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA). It emphasizes the close relationship between the environment and natural resources and economic development in such countries, addressing a wide range of problems that can be understood using economic evaluation techniques. General guidelines for conducting economic appraisals are provided, with the case studies illustrating how they can be applied in a developing country context. Cost-Benefit Analysis Application in Environmental and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia serves as essential reading for teachers, researchers, students and practitioners in environmental and natural resource economics, economic development and key issues facing policymakers in the Southeast Asian region.

Going Gypsy One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All

Going Gypsy One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All

Author: David James, Veronica James Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2015

Almost every couple faces a now what? moment as their last kid moves out of the house. There's a big empty nest looming over this new and uncertain stage in their lives. David and Veronica James chose to look at this next phase of life as a beginning instead of an ending. Rather than staying put and facing the constant reminders of empty bedrooms and backseats, a plan began to develop to sell the nest and hit the highway. But could a homebody helicopter mom learn to let go of her heartstrings and house keys all at once? Filled with a sense of adventure and humor, Going Gypsy is the story of a life after raising kids that is a celebration of new experiences. Pulling the rip cord on the daily grind, David and Veronica throw caution to the wind, quit their jobs, sell their house, put on their vagabond shoes, and go gypsy in a beat-up old RV found on eBay. On a journey of over ten thousand miles along the back roads of America (and a hysterical, error-infused side trip into Italy), they conquer old fears, see new sights, reestablish bonds with family and friends, and transform their relationships with their three grown children from parent-child to adult-to-adult. Most importantly, they rediscover in themselves the fun-loving youngsters who fell in love three decades prior.

World's Best Jazz Club

World's Best Jazz Club

Author: David James Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

WORLD'S BEST JAZZ CLUB: the story of Bennetts Lane is one of those rare books that provides an intimate snapshot of an iconic place. It is a fascinating expose of the life, music and twenty-one year history of a famous jazz club. The book is filled with little gems from many great jazz artists, but more than that it documents the history of a significant place through first-hand accounts to create a wonderful view of life in the jazz scene during the critical bridge into the new millennium. The anecdotes and recollections from many of Australia's and the world's great jazz musicians - including Michelle Nicolle, Allan Browne, Ben Robertson, Barney McAll, Geoff Hughes, Joe Chindamo and Paul Grabowsky are divine, evocative, inspiring and often controversial. The list of musicians who have performed there, from Prince to Wynton Marsalis alone, is testament to the importance of this book in documenting the impact of Bennetts Lane in shaping the sound of the past 20 years. Along the way, the story deals with many of the vexed topics that pervade running a successful music club, including business versus art, the importance of alliances with education and industry, media hype versus the real musician and the benchmark elements of acoustics, location and, of course, music. It illuminates the club's founder Michael Tortoni, himself a former member of successful seventies rock band Taste and a VCA graduate, and the importance of Tortoni in creating the recipe for the special sauce that brewed up a great jazz club through the carefully measured ingredients of business acumen, vision, artistry and plain audacity. David James has done a splendid job in researching and revealing the inner workings of this iconic club and the huge impact it has had on the Australian and world music scene. As the author notes, "e;Bennetts Lane is a place where jazz has been developed as an art form in a way that has occurred rarely, if ever, before in Australia"e;. The Victorian College of the Arts has been closely connected with Bennetts Lane from the club's very beginning as a place where the spirit of jazz, improvisation and exploration resides within the walls. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it and may you, like me, be challenged, inspired and intrigued by the beauty within. (From the Foreword to the book, written by DR MARK POLLARD,Head, VCA School of Contemporary Music, The University of Melbourne.)

Letters of Death

Letters of Death

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2014

Scholar's Tale

Scholar's Tale

Author: David James Format: eBook Release Date: 18/03/2014

Synopsis:The intimate diary of Roy Musgrave's amorous exploits in three continents, The Scholar's Tale is a semi-autobiographical novel, following the later years of Roy Musgrave, a time of marital and amatory strife in which he ventures from textual scholarship into writing biography and fiction. As ever with Roy the conflict between the settled life - he marries a third time - and the lure of exotic climbs challenge him as man and hero. The story:'Man at his best is a lover - not of women, but of beauty, the idea of perfection.' Thus Roy Musgrave, textual critic and maverick writer. But Roy's philosophy is put to the test when he is pestered by phone calls from an unknown woman. The distressed caller emerges as Nadia Benbouzid, a Tunisian student once his mistress. On impulse he shuns his New York conference and takes flight to North Africa leaving wife and job. But winter in Tunisia is far from the paradise he has envisaged, though Nadia, feckless as ever, still beguiles him; moreover she needs him desperately and 'would die for him.' Returning home and now estranged from his wife, Roy takes consolation in the arms of Rose, his sister-in-law whom he invites to New York where he is researching. But can Roy accept a settled life with the woman who loves him or will he be seduced by the eidolon of Nadia?

A History of Early Al-Andalus The Akhbar Majmu'a

A History of Early Al-Andalus The Akhbar Majmu'a

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/2014

The Akhbar majmu`a, or 'Collected Accounts', deal with the Muslim conquest of the Iberian peninsula in 711 and subsequent events in al-Andalus, down to and including the reign of `Abd al-Rahman III (912-961), founder of the Umayyad caliphate of al-Andalus . No Arabic text dealing with the early history of al-Andalus has aroused more controversy, and its contents and origin have occupied the attention of leading scholars of Islamic Spain since its publication in 1867. This book gives the first complete English translation of this key contemporary text, together with notes, comments, appendices and maps. It is introduced by a survey of scholarly opinion on the text from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century in which all the - often heated - arguments around the text are explained. The translator concludes his introduction with an in-depth examination of the manuscript containing the only surviving copy of the text and presents some interesting new evidence provided by scribe which has gone unnoticed until now. Providing new insights into this significant Arabic text, this book will be of great interest to scholars of the history of Spain and Portugal, Islamic history, and Mediaeval European history.

A Not So Model Home, A

A Not So Model Home, A

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/12/2013

Ralphie's Biblical Adventures

Ralphie's Biblical Adventures

Author: David James Format: Pamphlet Release Date: 27/11/2013

Ralphie's Biblical Adventures focus on tween friends: Ralphie (the main character, also known as the sports fan), Mikey (Ralphie's little brother), Duane (the prankster), and Barney (Ralphie and Mikey's dog). Together, these friends combine their daily adventures with humor and Biblical scriptures to share wisdom with each other and make better choices in their lives. Ralphie and his friends invite you to come share their fun and make life one awesome adventure.

Rousseau and German Idealism Freedom, Dependence and Necessity

Rousseau and German Idealism Freedom, Dependence and Necessity

Author: David James Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2013

The claim that Rousseau's writings influenced the development of Kant's critical philosophy, and German idealism, is not a new one. As correct as the claim may be, it does not amount to a systematic account of Rousseau's place within this philosophical tradition. It also suggests a progression whereby Rousseau's achievements are eventually eclipsed by those of Kant, Fichte and Hegel, especially with respect to the idea of freedom. In this book David James shows that Rousseau presents certain challenges that Kant and the idealists Fichte and Hegel could not fully meet, by making dependence and necessity, as well as freedom, his central concerns, and thereby raises the question of whether freedom in all its forms is genuinely possible in a condition of human interdependence marked by material inequality. His study will be valuable for all those studying Kant, German idealism and the history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ideas.

Baby Hippo's Perfect Day

Baby Hippo's Perfect Day

Author: David James, Ruth James Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/03/2013

Today is Baby Rhino's big day. It's the first day of school and everything must be perfect. She's worked so hard to prepare for her perfect first day of school. But, uh-oh, she soon finds out things don't always go as planned. Join Baby Rhino as she prepares for her first day of school, and see how facing challenges gives her the best day ever.

Art, Myth and Society in Hegel's Aesthetics

Art, Myth and Society in Hegel's Aesthetics

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2011

Art, Myth and Society in Hegel's Aesthetics returns to the student transcripts of Hegel's lectures on aesthetics, which have yet to be translated into English and in some cases remain unpublished. David James develops the idea that these transcripts show that Hegel was primarily interested in understanding art as an historical phenomenon and, more specifically, in terms of its role in the ethical life of various peoples. This involves relating Hegel's aesthetics to his philosophies of right and history, rather than to his logic or metaphysics. The book thus offers a thorough re-evaluation of Hegel's aesthetics and its relation to his theory of objective spirit, exposing the ways in which Hegel's views on this subject are anchored in his reflections on history and on different forms of ethical life.

Descendants of Evil

Descendants of Evil

Author: David James Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/09/2011

A History of Early Al-Andalus The Akhbar Majmu'a

A History of Early Al-Andalus The Akhbar Majmu'a

Author: David James Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2011

The Akhbar majmu`a, or 'Collected Accounts', deal with the Muslim conquest of the Iberian peninsula in 711 and subsequent events in al-Andalus, down to and including the reign of `Abd al-Rahman III (912-961), founder of the Umayyad caliphate of al-Andalus . No Arabic text dealing with the early history of al-Andalus has aroused more controversy, and its contents and origin have occupied the attention of leading scholars of Islamic Spain since its publication in 1867. This book gives the first complete English translation of this key contemporary text, together with notes, comments, appendices and maps. It is introduced by a survey of scholarly opinion on the text from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century in which all the - often heated - arguments around the text are explained. The translator concludes his introduction with an in-depth examination of the manuscript containing the only surviving copy of the text and presents some interesting new evidence provided by scribe which has gone unnoticed until now. Providing new insights into this significant Arabic text, this book will be of great interest to scholars of the history of Spain and Portugal, Islamic history, and Mediaeval European history.

Early Islamic Spain The History of Ibn al-Qutiyah

Early Islamic Spain The History of Ibn al-Qutiyah

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/03/2011

This book is the first published English-language translation of the significant History of Islamic Spain by Ibn al-Qutiya (d. Cordova 367 / 977). Including extensive notes and comments, a genealogical table and relevant maps, the text is preceded by a study of the author and his work, and is the only serious examination of the unique manuscript since Pascual de Gayangos' edition in 1868. Ibn al-Qutiya's work is one of the significant and earliest histories of Muslim Spain and an important source for scholars. Although like most Muslims of al-Andalus in this period, Ibn al-Qutiya was of European origin, he was a loyal servant of the Iberian Umayyads, and taught Arabic, traditions (hadith) and history in the Great Mosque of Cordova. Written at the height of the Umayyad Caliphate of Muslim Spain and Portugal (al-Andalus), the History describes the first 250 years of Muslim rule in the peninsula. The text, first fully translated into Spanish in 1926, deals with all aspects of life, and includes accounts of Christians, Jews and Muslim converts. This book will be of great interest to scholars and students of the history of Spain and Portugal, Islamic history, and Mediaeval European history.

45 Years 45 Lives

45 Years 45 Lives

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/11/2009

Art, Myth and Society in Hegel's Aesthetics

Art, Myth and Society in Hegel's Aesthetics

Author: David James Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/06/2009

This is an important new monograph relating Hegel's aesthetics to his philosophies of religion and history and, in particular, his philosophy of right. Art, Myth and Society in Hegel's Aesthetics returns to the student transcripts of Hegel's lectures on aesthetics, some of which have never been published and none of which have been translated into English, in an attempt to systematically relate Hegel's aesthetics to his philosophies of religion and history and, in particular, his philosophy of right. David James develops the idea that these transcripts show that Hegel was primarily interested in understanding art as an historical phenomenon and, in terms of its function in human history, more specifically, its role in the ethical life of the people. The book thus offers a thorough re-evaluation of Hegel's aesthetics and its relation to his theory of objective spirit, exposing the ways in which Hegel's views on this subject are anchored in his reflections on history and on different forms of ethical life.

New Versions of Pastoral Post-Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary Responses to the Tradition

New Versions of Pastoral Post-Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary Responses to the Tradition

Author: David James Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2009

Bringing together both established and emerging scholars of the long nineteenth century, literary modernism, landscape and hemispheric studies, and contemporary fiction, 'New Versions of Pastoral' offers a historically wide-ranging account of the Bucolic tradition, tracing the formal diversity of pastoral writing up to the present day. Dividing its analytic focus between periods, the volume contextualizes a wide range of exemplary practitioners, genres, and movements: contributors attend to early modernism's vacillation between critiquing and aestheticizing the rise of primitivist nostalgia; the ambiguous mythologization of the English estate by the twentieth-century manor house novel; and the post-national revisiting of the countryside and its sovereign status in contemporary imaginings of regional life.

D.J.'s Game A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

D.J.'s Game A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Author: David James Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2009

D.J.'s Game A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

D.J.'s Game A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Author: David James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2009

Early Islamic Spain The History of Ibn al-Qutiyah

Early Islamic Spain The History of Ibn al-Qutiyah

Author: David James Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2009

This book is the first published English-language translation of the significant History of Islamic Spain by Ibn al-Qutiya (d. Cordova 367 / 977). Including extensive notes and comments, a genealogical table and relevant maps, the text is preceded by a study of the author and his work, and is the only serious examination of the unique manuscript since Pascual de Gayangos' edition in 1868. Ibn al-Qutiya's work is one of the significant and earliest histories of Muslim Spain and an important source for scholars. Although like most Muslims of al-Andalus in this period, Ibn al-Qutiya was of European origin, he was a loyal servant of the Iberian Umayyads, and taught Arabic, traditions (hadith) and history in the Great Mosque of Cordova. Written at the height of the Umayyad Caliphate of Muslim Spain and Portugal (al-Andalus), the History describes the first 250 years of Muslim rule in the peninsula. The text, first fully translated into Spanish in 1926, deals with all aspects of life, and includes accounts of Christians, Jews and Muslim converts. This book will be of great interest to scholars and students of the history of Spain and Portugal, Islamic history, and Mediaeval European history.

The Patriarchal Religion of Britain, Or, a Complete Manual

The Patriarchal Religion of Britain, Or, a Complete Manual

Author: David James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2008

Hegel's Philosophy of Right Subjectivity and Ethical Life

Hegel's Philosophy of Right Subjectivity and Ethical Life

Author: David James Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2007

In this important new book, David James offers an innovative interpretation of a key element of Hegel's political thought. James seeks to identify the basic aims of Hegel's philosophy of right through an analysis of his approach to subjectivity. He argues that the basic aim of Hegel's philosophy of right is to accommodate subjectivity within a framework of universally valid ethical norms and that an analysis of how Hegel attempts to do this provides a key to understanding his philosophy of right. This in turn makes possible a highly unified interpretation of the project that determines the shape and structure of his theory of modern ethical life. The ways in which Hegel uses the term subjectivity have never before been analysed in sufficient detail. James shows that Hegel's understanding of this term depends very much on the context in which he is using it and by analysing this carefully shows that this concept is essentially related to his theory of freedom. This fascinating book offers a unified interpretation of Hegels philosophy of right and will make an important contribution to the study of Hegel's political thought.

Hegel A Guide for the Perplexed

Hegel A Guide for the Perplexed

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2007

Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to fathom, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material. George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is a philosopher of major and enduring influence. The author of The Phenomenology of Spirit and Foundations of the Philosophy of Right, cornerstones of the philosophical canon, he will be encountered by anyone studying or interested in Western philosophy. Hegel: A Guide for the Perplexed offers an invaluable introduction to Hegel's thought. David James employs the concept of freedom to offer a unified account of the most important parts of his philosophical system: his theory of intersubjectivity; his theory of the modern state; his accounts of art and religion; and his idea of a speculative logic. This accessible but authoritative text places Hegel in an historical context, exploring his engagement with thinkers including Fichte, Jacobi and Rousseau. This is a comprehensive and coherent introduction, ideal for anyone studying this fascinating thinker.

Stan Brakhage Filmmaker

Stan Brakhage Filmmaker

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2005

Stan Brakhage: Filmmaker is a collection of essays, photographs, personal statements, and reminiscences about the celebrated avant-garde filmmaker who died in 2003. The director of nearly four hundred short films, including Dog Star Man, Parts I-IV, and the Roman Numeral Series, Brakhage is widely recognized as one of the great artists of the medium. His shorts eschewed traditional narrative structure, and his innovations in fast cutting, hand-held camerawork, and multiple superimpositions created an unprecedentedly rich texture of images that provided the vocabulary for the explosion of independent filmmaking in the 1960s. Stan Brakhage: Filmmaker chronicles both the director's personal and formal development. The essays in this book-by historians, filmmakers, and other artists-assess Brakhage's contributions to the aesthetic and political history of filmmaking, from his emergence on the film scene and the establishment of his reputation, to the early-1980s. The result is a remarkable tribute to this lyrical, visionary artist.

A Last Stand

A Last Stand

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/12/2004

Upholstery A Beginner's Guide

Upholstery A Beginner's Guide

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2004

Upholstery is a satisfying combination of the technical, creative - and highly addictive! There is nothing to match the pleasure of building something from scratch or bringing back to life with your own hands stools, ottomans, much-loved sofas and chairs and adding your own stylistic flourishes. For the beginner inspired to renovate, update or restore an existing piece of upholstery, this practical new guide by best-selling author David James is the essential reference to everything the aspiring upholsterer needs to know. Whether a student of the craft or a DIY enthusiast, the techniques and projects in this book will enhance your appreciation of the challenges and possibilities of working with upholstered furniture.

Draw Your Own Celtic Designs

Draw Your Own Celtic Designs

Author: David James, Victor Gonzalez Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2003

Starting with an illustrated introduction to the Celts and the development of Celtic design, the author places the book's designs into their historical context. The following chapters examine each of the main Celtic patterns in turn: knots, spirals, key patterns, animals and beasts, and Celtic lettering. Each chapter opens with a large colour illustration to inspire readers in ways of incorporating the design into their own work. This is followed by a short introduction to the range of patterns that fall into this design category, along with photos of Celtic artefacts. The rest of the chapter consists of 16 design pages, each containing a specially commisioned step-by-step artwork for readers to follow. Beautiful to look at, and exquisitely executed in themselves, each artwork has been carefully constructed so that readers can follow its build up from start to finish with no possibility of error. The chapter on Celtic lettering contains a specially commissioned double-page artwork of the Celtic alphabet for readers to copy, and is followed by instructions on how to embellish each of the letter forms in Celtic styles.

Sons And Daughters Of Los Culture And Community In L.A.

Sons And Daughters Of Los Culture And Community In L.A.

Author: David James Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2003

Los Angeles. A city that is synonymous with celebrity and mass-market culture, is also, according to David James, synonymous with social alienation and dispersal. In the communities of Los Angeles, artists, cultural institutions and activities exist in ways that are often concealed from sight, obscured by the powerful presence of Hollywood and its machinations. In this significant collection of original essays, The Sons and Daughters of Los reconstructs the city of Los Angeles with new cultural connections. Explored here are the communities that offer alternatives to the picture of L..A. as a conglomeration of studios and mass media. Each essay examines a particular piece of, or place in, Los Angeles cultural life: from the Beyond Baroque Poetry Foundation, the Woman's Building, to Highways, and LACE, as well as the achievements of these grassroots initiatives. Also included is critical commentary on important artists, including Harry Gamboa, Jr., and others whose work have done much to shape popular culture in L.A. The cumulative effect of reading this book is to see a very different city take shape, one whose cultural landscape is far more innovative and reflective of the diversity of the city's people than mainstream notions of it suggest. The Sons and Daughters of Los offers a substantive and complicated picture of the way culture plays itself it out on the smallest scale-in one of the largest metropolises on earth-contributing to a richer, more textured understanding of the vibrancy of urban life and art.

The Centennial History of the Independent Labour Party

The Centennial History of the Independent Labour Party

Author: David James Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1992

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