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The Last Word - Thomas Nagel Summary

If there is such a thing as reason, it has to be universal. Reason must reflect objective principles whose validity is independent of our point of view--principles that anyone with enough intelligence ought to be able to recognize as correct. But this generality of reason is what relativists and subjectivists deny in ever-increasing numbers. And such subjectivism is not just an inconsequential intellectual flourish or badge of theoretical chic. It is exploited to deflect argument and to belittle the pretensions of the arguments of others. The continuing spread of this relativistic way of thinking threatens to make public discourse increasingly difficult and to exacerbate the deep divisions of our society. In The Last Word, Thomas Nagel, one of the most influential philosophers writing in English, presents a sustained defense of reason against the attacks of subjectivism, delivering systematic rebuttals of relativistic claims with respect to language, logic, science, and ethics. He shows that the last word in disputes about the objective validity of any form of thought must lie in some unqualified thoughts about how things are--thoughts that we cannot regard from outside as mere psychological dispositions.

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The Last Word - Samantha Hastings Summary

Set against the smoky, gaslit allure of Victorian London, this sweetly romantic historical debut is full of humor and stars a whip-smart female heroine ahead of her time. Where one story ends, another begins. 1861. Miss Lucinda Leavitt is shocked when she learns the author of her favorite serialized novel has died before completing the story. Determined to learn how it ends, Lucinda reluctantly enlists the help of her father’s young business partner, Mr. David Randall, to track down the reclusive author’s former whereabouts. David is a successful young businessman, but is overwhelmed by his workload. He wants to prove himself to his late father, as well as to himself. He doesn’t have the time, nor the interest, for this endeavor, but Lucinda is not the type to take no for an answer. Their search for the elusive Mrs. Smith and the rightful ending to her novel leads Lucinda and David around the country, but the truths they discover about themselves—and each other—are anything but fictional. Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, The Last Word by debut author Samantha Hastings is a fun yet intellectual romp through Victorian London—the perfect book for book-lovers. Praise for The Last Word: A Junior Library Guild Selection "Witty, spirited, and utterly swoon-worthy. ... Filled with fierce feminism, impeccable period detail, and a charming romance that's sure to stay with readers long after the last word." —Addie Thorley, author of An Affair of Poisons “Great voice. Unique premise. ... And who can resist a plucky heroine who is determined to help write an unfinished romance novel by her favorite author!” —B.R. Myers, author of Rogue Princess

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The Last Word - Yusuf Kodwavwala Dawood Summary

The Last Word by Yusuf Dawood concludes the quartet of the Surgeon's Diary - in book format. The other three are Yesterday Today and Tomorrow, Off my Chest, and Behind the Mask. The beautifully executed stories in the Last Word are adorned with occurrences from the author's extensive travels and medical experiences, some heart-rending and others with exultant endings. Dawood's stories are lit with humor and wit that make the myriad medical challenges seem surmountable. The stories though appearing in the Surgeon's Diary are fresh and authentic. Just like in the other three titles that form the quartet, the author has once again used his scalpel and pen with prowess to bring real surgical drama to our doorstep. Dawood, a celebrated surgeon and formidable author, has authored The Price of Living, One Life too Many, Water Under the Bridge, among others. The Last Word is his eleventh title.

Let Love Have the Last Word

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Let Love Have the Last Word - Common Summary

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Common—the Grammy Award, Academy Award, and Golden Globe–winning musician, actor, and activist—follows up his New York Times bestselling memoir One Day It’ll All Make Sense with this inspiring exploration of how love and mindfulness can build communities and allow you to take better control of your life through actions and words. Common believes that the phrase “let love have the last word” is not just a declaration; it is a statement of purpose, a daily promise. Love is the most powerful force on the planet and ultimately, the way you love determines who you are and how you experience life. Touching on God, self-love, partners, children, family, and community, Common explores the core tenets of love to help others understand what it means to receive and, most important, to give love. He moves from the personal—writing about his daughter, to whom he wants to be a better father—to the universal, where he observes that our society has become fractured under issues of race and politics. He knows there's no quick remedy for all of the hurt in the world, but love—for yourself and for others—is where the healing begins. Courageous, insightful, brave, and characteristically authentic, Let Love Have the Last Word shares Common’s own unique and personal stories of the people and experiences that have led to a greater understanding of love and all it has to offer. It is a powerful call to action for a new generation of open hearts and minds, one that is sure to resonate for years to come.

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The Last Word - Taban Lo Liyong Summary

The Last Word was the first book of literary criticism published in Africa. Some of articles appeared in various periodicals in both Africa and the USA. The book ranges widely over its contemporary African literary scene, and was undoubtedly the most provocative and controversial commentary on African authors and the philosophy of Negritude yet published. The author sums up his aesthetic philosophy as follows: "Cultures are amalgams. Present African 'cultures' are already mixtures. Theorists of old and present African 'cultures' don't know what they are talking about. We should let ourselves go."

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The Last Word - Justin Gautreau Summary

"While early Hollywood worked tirelessly to burnish its public image in the wake of celebrity scandal, several industry insiders turned to fiction as a vehicle to expose the backstage reality of the so-called dream factory. The Last Word argues that the Hollywood novel opened up space for cultural critique of the film industry at a time when the industry lacked the capacity to critique itself. Through the decades of the studio system, these novels sought to expose the invisible machinery of classical Hollywood cinema, including not only the evolving artifice of the screen but also the promotional discourse that complemented it. If the Hollywood novel provided a perspective on film culture unavailable in other outlets throughout the 1920s and 1930s, its relevance gradually declined in the 1940s and 1950s as filmmakers developed the resources necessary to expose the dark side of Hollywood on screen. As a result, in its ongoing quest to deliver the unfilmable, the Hollywood novel by the 1960s devolved into a toothless genre that offered readers little more than erotic fantasy of movie stars behind closed doors. Still, in their unique ability to speak beyond the institutional restraints of their time, these texts offer a window into Hollywood's dynamic creation and re-creation of itself in the public imagination"--

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The Last Word - C. Nadia Seremetakis Summary

Based on years of fieldwork in both rural and urban Greece, The Last Word explores women's cultural resistance as they weave together diverse social practices: improvised antiphonic laments, divinatory dreaming, the care and tending of olive trees and the dead, and the inscription of emotions and the senses on a landscape of persons, things, and places. These practices compose the empowering poetics of the cultural periphery. C. Nadia Seremetakis liberates the analysis of gender from reductive binary models and pioneers the alternative perspective of self-reflexive "native anthropology" in European ethnography.

The Last Word in Astronomy

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The Last Word in Astronomy - Misha Feigin Summary

Born and raised in Moscow, Misha Feigin left behind an established position in the local arts scene highlighted by his four albums on the ?Melodia? label, features on major radio and television shows, and national and international tours when he immigrated to the US in 1990. Since his move to the West, Misha has performed in concerts in 47 US States and around the world in countries such as Canada, England, Scotland, Israel, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, and others. It was not until last year, however, that his reputation as a multifaceted entertainer has been ?officially? confirmed by the release of Searching for Irina, a powerful story of the era when the political trials showed signs of Stalin's horrors, while sex, drugs, and rock?n?roll penetrating the Iron Curtain clashed with the seemingly impervious system.Now, following the success of Misha?s first sold-out printing of prose, Fleur Publishing proudly presents The Last Word in Astronomy, Mr. Feigin?s collection of poems with material spanning the last decade of creativity of this impressive author, winner of the Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry in 2000.

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The Last Word - New Scientist Summary

Answers questions about plants, animals, illusions, machines, household science, and the human body

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The Last Word - M. E. Friesz Summary

THE LAST WORD of God takes one through the highlights of the Bible. Part I is on Bible History, Part II is on the Church Age, Part III is on prophecy.

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The Last Word? - Professor Department of History Jeffrey Grey Summary

Examines the development of official history programs and analyzes the official histories of the Second World War for clues to the ways official history has been undertaken as a form of historical writing.

Have The Last Word - Write Your Own Obituary (And Learn to Live)

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Have The Last Word - Write Your Own Obituary (And Learn to Live) - Craig C Dunford Summary

Do you always want the last word? Write your own obituary and you can achieve that goal. While you're at it, why not write your own funeral? Want to be buried in a biodegradable clamshell? Turned into a blue diamond? Mr. Dunford will tell you how. Afraid nobody will come to your big event? Hire a professional mourner. Not enough friends to carry you to your final resting place? Throw pallbearer cocktail parties and you can pick and choose over martinis. This resource guide invigorates, provokes and educates with pathos and humor. Craig Dunford lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He became interested in death after reading a first person obituary written by a woman who felt she was taken too soon.

Peace Will Have the Last Word

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Peace Will Have the Last Word - Emmanuel Maillard, Sr. Summary

The mercy of God is scandalous, it even borders on the extreme! In her engaging and lively style, Sister Emmanuel recounts real life stories and testimonies that take the reader's heart on a journey of God's mercy, passing through the prisons of New York, and into the confessionals of the Saints! In these pages, a mosaic of photos and parables, the reader encounters the very depths of the human heart and is transported into the midst of scenes and situations that are as captivating as they are diverse. Through them we witness that much-desired peace that comes from Above, gaining victory over emptiness, futility and fear. Here are words that many no longer dare to speak, and yet, they have the power to help rebuild a degenerating society. This book is a shot in the arm, an injection of hope that will hasten the time when, in the hearts of all, peace will have the last word!

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The Last Word - Julia Cooper Summary

The Last Word investigates the debased art of eulogy. Through insightful, surprisingly playful readings of famous eulogies (from a scene in Love Actually to Jacques Derrida’s heart-rending essays on the deaths of his peers), Cooper argues against the socially sanctioned desire to avoid thinking about death that results in clichéd memorials, honoring neither the living nor the dead.

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The Last Word - Marvin Siegel Summary

A fascinating compilation of one hundred of the most colorful, entertaining, and touching obituaries that have appeared in the New York Times over the last few years ranges from Julian Hill, the inventor of nylon, to a quiet man who braved the hostility of racists to integrate the University of Georgia.

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The Last Word - Patricia Forde Summary

A world devastated by climate change. A society ruled by fear. And a girl brave enough to take a stand. Now an outlaw, Letta's world is more dangerous than ever. The new ruler of Ark has limited language to under five hundred words and there are terrible whispers of babies disappearing in the night. Letta devotes herself to keeping language alive, teaching in secret illegal schools, but at great risk. And when disaster strikes, she takes the blame. Haunted by grief and hunted by gavvers, she and Marlo are forced to flee, in the process discovering the terrible plan to wipe out language for good. PRAISE FOR THE LIST: 'The fantasy book of the year.' - Eoin Colfer, bestselling author of ARTEMIS FOWL 'A novel that truly stands apart for its originality and relevance ... a book about words, about language, about their power to civilise - and, in the wrong hands, to abuse and dehumanise.' - The Irish Times 'An electric sci-fi novel with a strong ecological and moral stance.' - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Book.

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The Last Word-- - Oren Safdie Summary

THE STORY: Henry Grunwald is a Viennese Jew who fled the Nazis and became a successful New York advertising executive. Now retired and nearly blind, Henry is determined to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a playwright. When young Len Artz, also

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