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Water Night
Water Night
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good ride, 30 May 2012
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Fans of Eric Whitacre's previous choral work will know what to expect - delicious dissonances laced with enough honeyed harmonies to make the work an unalloyed pleasure from the very first hearing.

The disappointment of having another track on this album of his (albeit near-perfect) setting of David's lament over his son Absalom, from Whitacre's earlier album Cloudburst, was more than made up for by several orchestral pieces here which show another side of his talent. The first of the these, Equus, is an exhilaring musical gallop which one only wishes were longer the nine minutes or so it actually takes.


Peter Singer and Christian Ethics: Beyond Polarization
Peter Singer and Christian Ethics: Beyond Polarization
by Charles Christopher Camosy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 52.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterly analysis, 1 May 2012
Peter Singer unsurprisingly attracts much rhetoric in response to his often controversial views. This masterly critique of his writings is to be commended therefore for its temperate tone, as well as its cogent counter-arguments to many of Singer's conclusions.

However the uniqueness of this book is its remarkable and, to this reader at least, very enlightening emphasis on the areas of philosphical reasoning where Singer and Christianity (and especially Catholicism) agree and the book clearly demonstrates that there are lots of them.

Little wonder then that Camosy has won the rare accolade of a cover commendation by the very philosopher under scrutiny. Even Singer himself is won over, as evidenced by his ringing endorsement of the book "as a valuable contribution to philosophy in general, and to applied ethics in particular". It certainly is and anyone interested in Singer - as a fan or foe, should read it.


Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Gary Gutting
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Foucault unfogged, 21 April 2012
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A clear and engaging introduction to one of the less accessible philosophers of the twentieth century by an expert who makes Foucault's most obscure musings as comprehensible as they ever could be in a brief introduction. Brilliant! and yet another highlight in a now classic series.


The Hermeneutics of Medicine and the Phenomenology of Health: Steps Towards a Philosophy of Medical Practice (International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine)
The Hermeneutics of Medicine and the Phenomenology of Health: Steps Towards a Philosophy of Medical Practice (International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine)
by Fredrik Svenaeus
Edition: Paperback
Price: 96.31

5.0 out of 5 stars A rare type of work that's a winner, 6 Jan 2012
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Though this book is very expensive for a medium sized paperback, there is very little around at all on the philosophy of medical practice from the consultation to public health measures. This is a superb treatment of the subject which leads to a whole host of other references. Much of the study is phenomenological but none the worse for that and I found it utterly compelling to read and for a scholary work, very easy to read too.


Conscience: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Conscience: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Paul Strohm
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Small conscience with large scope, 6 Jan 2012
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Written by Professor of Humanities at Columbia University, Paul Strohm, this book takes, as one might expect from such an author, a broadly historical and literary approach in its examination of conscience.

Strohm considers that paradoxically, it was Luther and John Calvin, rather than Enlightenment philosophers who were responsible for the secularisation of conscience during the 17th century. He suggests that not only the Peasant's War in 1525 but also the 17th century English Civil War have contending views of conscience at their heart.

However, as Strohm points out, with secular consensus filling the void of rejected revelation, conscience is left at the mercy of unquestioned external public opinion and this is totally at odds with the modern concept of `prisoners of conscience', unjustly imprisoned for opposing what the rest of society thinks.

For a broad introduction to conscience that begins with the bible and ends with Abu Ghraib, you couldn't do much better than reading this one which maintains the standard of excellence of the whole series.


Medical Law and Ethics
Medical Law and Ethics
by Jonathan Herring
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exemplary in clarity and content, 5 April 2011
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In the past 2 years, this has become my first choice of textbook in medical law for students on the MA programme in bioethics and medical law which I run.

It is up to date, well indexed, clearly and engagingly laid out on the page, accurate and deals with all the key cases in UK medical law. The recent addition of a book of revision notes to accompany the book makes it all the more essential both in the run up to exams for last minute revision, as well as an invaluable reference book for assignments throughout the course.


Causing Death and Saving Lives: The Moral Problems of Abortion, Infanticide, Suicide, Euthanasia, Capital Punishment, War and Other Life-or-death Choices
Causing Death and Saving Lives: The Moral Problems of Abortion, Infanticide, Suicide, Euthanasia, Capital Punishment, War and Other Life-or-death Choices
by Jonathan Glover
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.39

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted case for the culture of death, 17 Mar 2011
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I agree it's well priced and very well written, but I would only give it 5 stars if I agreed with the author's many chilling assertions such as that "in killing a baby, someone is overriding the baby's autonomy to no greater extent than he would be if he prevented the mother from coming home that day". I would prefer any paediatricians looking after children in my family to adopt a very different ethic from that presented in this volume.


Matters of life and death (2nd Edition)
Matters of life and death (2nd Edition)
by John Wyatt
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 21st Century Classic, 17 Mar 2011
I also have gladly done a cover commendation for this unique distillation of wisdom from many years of both clinical medical practice and costly Christian discipleship, because it simply is the best in its field and little wonder it has become a worldwide best-seller


Six modern myths: Challenging Christian Faith
Six modern myths: Challenging Christian Faith
by Philip J. Sampson
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disperate delights, 30 Sep 2010
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The topics covered here range from evolution to witches via environmentalism so a bit of a mixed bag. But each topic treated with aplomb and some wonderful quotes both from the author himself and from the unusual sources he has traced.


Massenet: Manon (Barenboim, Netrebko, Villazon) [DVD] [2008]
Massenet: Manon (Barenboim, Netrebko, Villazon) [DVD] [2008]
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning cinematic Manon, 1 Aug 2010
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There can be no better case made than this for restoring Massenet's greatest opera into the popular repertoire in the UK, where it is far too infrequently performed.

It has the most brilliant sequence of both sparkling and sad arias combined with tremendously tuneful choruses and, in addition, has as racy a pace of plot as you ever get in opera.

This production just about has it all - difficult to imagine a better casting than Anna Netrebko in the title role - a glorious voice, great acting talent and as one sees very clearly in Act 2, a body made for this role - the headline in the introductory article in the helpful insert is "Manon - Screen Goddess" and that is exactly what she is on this recording.

Rolando Villazon, now well known from his hosting of a popular UK operatic TV talent show, sings like a man possessed (as indeed in the story he is) but once his unfortunate resemblance to 'Mr Bean' as a schoolboy is noticed, it makes it rather hard to keep a straight face during the rest of the production


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