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The Autonomous System

by Szabolcs Michael de Gyurky Mark A. Tarbell

The Fundamental Science in "Computer Science" Is the Science of ThoughtFor the first time, the collective genius of the great 18th-century German cognitive philosopher-scientists Immanuel Kant, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and Arthur Schopenhauer have been integrated into modern 21st-century computer science.In contrast to the languishing mainstream of Artificial Intelligence, this book takes the human thought system as its model, resulting in an entirely different approach. This book presents the architecture of a thoroughly and broadly educated human mind as translated into modern software engineering design terms.The result is The Autonomous System, based on dynamic logic and the architecture of the human mind. With its human-like intelligence, it is capable of rational thought, reasoning, and an understanding of itself and its tasks."A system of thoughts must always have an architectural structure."--Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Presentation

Autonomy After Auschwitz: Adorno, German Idealism, and Modernity

by Martin Shuster

Ever since Kant and Hegel, the notion of autonomy--the idea that we are beholden to no law except one we impose upon ourselves--has been considered the truest philosophical expression of human freedom. But could our commitment to autonomy, as Theodor Adorno asked, be related to the extreme evils that we have witnessed in modernity? In Autonomy after Auschwitz, Martin Shuster explores this difficult question with astonishing theoretical acumen, examining the precise ways autonomy can lead us down a path of evil and how it might be prevented from doing so. Shuster uncovers dangers in the notion of autonomy as it was originally conceived by Kant. Putting Adorno into dialogue with a range of European philosophers, notably Kant, Hegel, Horkheimer, and Habermas--as well as with a variety of contemporary Anglo-American thinkers such as Richard Rorty, Stanley Cavell, John McDowell, and Robert Pippin--he illuminates Adorno's important revisions to this fraught concept and how his different understanding of autonomous agency, fully articulated, might open up new and positive social and political possibilities. Altogether, Autonomy after Auschwitz is a meditation on modern evil and human agency, one that demonstrates the tremendous ethical stakes at the heart of philosophy.

The Autonomy of Pleasure

by James A. Steintrager

What would happen if pleasure were made the organizing principle for social relations and sexual pleasure ruled over all? Radical French libertines experimented clandestinely with this idea during the Enlightenment. In explicit novels, dialogues, poems, and engravings, they wrenched pleasure free from religion and morality, from politics, aesthetics, anatomy, and finally reason itself, and imagined how such a world would be desirable, legitimate, rapturous-and potentially horrific. Laying out the logic and willful illogic of radical libertinage, this book ties the Enlightenment engagement with sexual license to the expansion of print, empiricism, the revival of skepticism, the fashionable arts and lifestyles of the Ancien Régime, and the rise and decline of absolutism. It examines the consequences of imagining sexual pleasure as sovereign power and a law-unto-itself across a range of topics, including sodomy, the science of sexual difference, political philosophy, aesthetics, and race. It also examines the roots of radical claims for pleasure in earlier licentious satire and their echoes in appeals for sexual liberation in the 1960s and beyond.

Autophobia: Love and Hate in the Automotive Age

by Brian Ladd

According to Brian Ladd, the love-hate relationship we share with our cars is the defining quality of the automotive age. And everyone has an opinion about them, from the industry shills, oil barons, and radical libertarians who offer cars blithe paeans and deny their ill effects, to the technophobes, treehuggers, and killjoys who curse cars, ignoring the very real freedoms and benefits they provide us. Focusing in particular on our world's cities, and spanning settings as varied as belle epoque Paris, Nazi Germany, postwar London, Los Angeles, New York, and the smoggy Shanghai of today, Ladd explores this love and hate relationship throughout, acknowledging adherents and detractors of the automobile alike.

The Autopoiesis of Architecture

by Patrik Schumacher

Take a theoretical approach to architecture with The Autopoiesis of Architecture, which presents the topic as a discipline with its own unique logic. Architecture's conception of itself is addressed as well as its development within wider contemporary society.Author Patrik Schumacher offers innovative treatment that enriches architectural theory with a coordinated arsenal of concepts facilitating both detailed analysis and insightful comparisons with other domains, such as art, science and politics. He explores how the various modes of communication comprising architecture depend upon each other, combine, and form a unique subsystem of society that co-evolves with other important autopoietic subsystems like art, science, politics and the economy.The first of two volumes that together present a comprehensive account of architecture's autopoiesis, this book elaborates the theory of architecture?s autopoeisis in 8 parts, 50 sections and 200 chapters. Each of the 50 sections poses a thesis drawing a central message from the insights articulated within the respective section. The 200 chapters are gathering and sorting the accumulated intelligence of the discipline according to the new conceptual framework adopted, in order to catalyze and elaborate the new formulations and insights that are then encapsulated in the theses. However, while the theoretical work in the text of the chapters relies on the rigorous build up of a new theoretical language, the theses are written in ordinary language ? with the theoretical concepts placed in brackets. The full list of the 50 theses affords a convenient summary printed as appendix at the end of the book.The second volume completes the analysis of the discourse and further proposes a new agenda for contemporary architecture in response to the challenges and opportunities that confront architectural design within the context of current societal and technological developments.

Autoportrait

by Lorin Stein Edouard Levé

In this brilliant and sobering self-portrait, Edouard Levé hides nothing from his readers, setting out his entire life, more or less at random, in a string of declarative sentences. Autoportrait is a physical, psychological, sexual, political, and philosophical triumph. Beyond "sincerity," Levé works toward an objectivity so radical it could pass for crudeness, triviality, even banality: the author has stripped himself bare. With the force of a set of maxims or morals, Levé's prose seems at first to be an autobiography without sentiment, as though written by a machine-until, through the accumulation of detail, and the author's dry, quizzical tone, we find ourselves disarmed, enthralled, and enraptured by nothing less than the perfect fiction . . . made entirely of facts.

Autoportrait

by Lorin Stein Edouard Levé

In this brilliant and sobering self-portrait, Edouard Levé hides nothing from his readers, setting out his entire life, more or less at random, in a string of declarative sentences. Autoportrait is a physical, psychological, sexual, political, and philosophical triumph. Beyond "sincerity," Levé works toward an objectivity so radical it could pass for crudeness, triviality, even banality: the author has stripped himself bare. With the force of a set of maxims or morals, Levé's prose seems at first to be an autobiography without sentiment, as though written by a machine-until, through the accumulation of detail, and the author's dry, quizzical tone, we find ourselves disarmed, enthralled, and enraptured by nothing less than the perfect fiction . . . made entirely of facts.

Autopsy for an Empire: The Seven Leaders Who Built the Soviet Regime

by Dmitri Volkogonov Harold Shukman

In "Autopsy of an Empire", a historian with unprecedented access to Soviet archives presents insightful profiles of the seven leaders who helped shape the history of their nation--and the world--for most of the 20th century. photo insert.

Autumn

by Vina Jackson

A boiling cauldron of emotions was churning inside of me. I had not felt this way or worn anything like this for a long time. Not since Dominik. Shaken by the sudden death of her lover, Dominik, renowned violinist Summer Zahova finds her sadness quickly giving way to anger at being left alone. Distancing herself from friends and family, she embarks on a grueling world tour, alleviating her grief through frenzied nights with strangers. Summer's heartache finally starts to heal when she meets Antony, a mysterious theater director who casts her in his new play and quickly becomes her lover. But when Antony's production begins to lose investors because of its explicitly sexual tone, Summer contacts Aurelia and Andrei, the organizers of a mysterious ball, in the hopes of finding a different kind of stage on which to perform. They present her with the opportunity of a lifetime--one that takes her to the heights of ecstasy, where pain and passion meld into a breathtakingly powerful overture . . .

Autumn

by Steven Schnur

One brief acrostic poem for each letter of the alphabet from acorn to zero follows the fall season from end of summer to chilly conclusion.

Autumn, All The Cats Return

by Philippe Georget

Inspector Sebag is a policeman in the South of France with an unparalleled sixth sense, who excels at slipping into the skin of killers and hunting them down. However, when a retired French Algerian cop is discovered in his apartment with the symbol OAS left near his body and few indications who kiled him or why, Sebag's skills are put to the test. Days later, when a controversial monument is destroyed and another French Algerian is shot down, Sebag begins to put the pieces together. Bringing to light the horrors, hopes, and treasons committed during the war in Algeria fifteen years ago, in this sequel to Georget's Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored, Lieutenant Gilles Sebag discovers more than just a killer, but an entire secret history that not everyone wants revealed.

Autumn at Aubrey's

by Miriam Macgregor

Even he should see it was asking too much! A search for family led Donna to Aubrey's, an idyllic resort in New Zealand's Lake Taupo region. She hadn't expected to become part of a family the instant she arrived! But a sick little girl needed her care and though the girl's father, resort owner Grant Armitage, seemed unsettled by Donna's presence, and even ungrateful, he curiously insisted she stay. And Donna soon learned why. Grant wanted her help with a more personal matter-keeping his ex- wife at bay by pretending to be his lover!

The Autumn Balloon

by Kenny Porpora

Every autumn, Kenny Porpora would watch his heartbroken mother scribble messages on balloons and release them into the sky above Long Island, one for each family member they'd lost to addiction. As the number of balloons grew, his mother fell deeper into alcoholism, drinking away her sorrows every night in front of the television, where her love of Regis Philbin provided a respite from the sadness around her. When their house was foreclosed upon, Kenny's mother absconded with him and his beloved dog and fled for the Arizona desert, joining her heroin-addicted brother on a quixotic search for a better life. What followed was an outlaw adolescence spent in constant upheaval surrounded by bizarre characters and drug-addicted souls. In the wake of unspeakable loss, Kenny convinced a college to take a chance on him, and turned to the mentors, writers, and poets he found to rebuild the family he lost, and eventually graduated from the Ivy League with a new life. Porpora's memoir is the story of a deeply dysfunctional but loving family, and follows his life from the chaos of his youth to his triumphs in the Ivy League. At times darkly comic, at times elegiac, The Autumn Balloon is a beautifully written testament to the irreplaceable bonds of family, even under the most trying circumstances, and one that marks the debut of an exciting new writer.

Autumn Bones

by Jacqueline Carey

New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Carey returns to the curious Midwest tourist community where normal and paranormal worlds co-exist-however tenuously-under the watchful eye of a female hellspawn... Fathered by an incubus, raised by a mortal mother, and liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, Daisy Johanssen pulled the community together after a summer tragedy befell the resort town she calls home. Things are back to normal-as normal as it gets for a town famous for its supernatural tourism, and presided over by the reclusive Norse goddess Hel. Not only has Daisy now gained respect as Hel's enforcer, she's dating Sinclair Palmer, a nice, seemingly normal human guy. Not too shabby for the daughter of a demon. Unfortunately, Sinclair has a secret. And it's a big one. He's descended from Obeah sorcerers and they want him back. If he doesn't return to Jamaica to take up his rightful role in the family, they'll unleash spirit magic that could have dire consequences for the town. It's Daisy's job to stop it, and she's going to need a lot of help. But time is running out, the dead are growing restless, and one mistake could cost Daisy everything... .

Autumn Bones

by Jacqueline Carey

New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Carey returns to the curious Midwest tourist community where normal and paranormal worlds co-exist--however tenuously--under the watchful eye of a female hellspawn... Fathered by an incubus, raised by a mortal mother, and liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, Daisy Johanssen pulled the community together after a summer tragedy befell the resort town she calls home. Things are back to normal--as normal as it gets for a town famous for its supernatural tourism, and presided over by the reclusive Norse goddess Hel. Not only has Daisy now gained respect as Hel's enforcer, she's dating Sinclair Palmer, a nice, seemingly normal human guy. Not too shabby for the daughter of a demon. Unfortunately, Sinclair has a secret. And it's a big one. He's descended from Obeah sorcerers and they want him back. If he doesn't return to Jamaica to take up his rightful role in the family, they'll unleash spirit magic that could have dire consequences for the town. It's Daisy's job to stop it, and she's going to need a lot of help. But time is running out, the dead are growing restless, and one mistake could cost Daisy everything...

The Autumn Bride

by Anne Gracie

~Chosen as one of the best romances of 2013 by NPR and Library Journal~From the beloved, award-winning Anne Gracie comes this brand-new series about four young women on the verge of destitution--until a daring act changes their fortune and transforms each of them into a glowing bride. For fans of Mary Balogh, Julia Quinn, and Stephanie Laurens...Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her sister and two dearest friends from destitution, even if it means breaking into an empty mansion in the hope of finding something to sell. Instead of treasures, though, she finds the owner, Lady Beatrice Davenham, bedridden and neglected. Appalled, Abby rousts Lady Beatrice's predatory servants and--with Lady Beatrice's eager cooperation--the four young ladies become her "nieces," neatly eliminating the threat of disaster for all concerned!It's the perfect situation, until Lady Beatrice's dashing and arrogant nephew, Max, Lord Davenham, returns from the Orient--and discovers an impostor running his household...A romantic entanglement was never the plan for these stubborn, passionate opponents--but falling in love may be as inevitable as the falling of autumn leaves... *Mary Jo Putney

The Autumn Bride

by Anne Gracie

~Chosen as one of the best romances of 2013 by NPR and Library Journal~ From the beloved, award-winning Anne Gracie comes this brand-new series about four young women on the verge of destitution--until a daring act changes their fortune and transforms each of them into a glowing bride. For fans of Mary Balogh, Julia Quinn, and Stephanie Laurens... Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her sister and two dearest friends from destitution, even if it means breaking into an empty mansion in the hope of finding something to sell. Instead of treasures, though, she finds the owner, Lady Beatrice Davenham, bedridden and neglected. Appalled, Abby rousts Lady Beatrice's predatory servants and--with Lady Beatrice's eager cooperation--the four young ladies become her "nieces," neatly eliminating the threat of disaster for all concerned! It's the perfect situation, until Lady Beatrice's dashing and arrogant nephew, Max, Lord Davenham, returns from the Orient--and discovers an impostor running his household... A romantic entanglement was never the plan for these stubborn, passionate opponents--but falling in love may be as inevitable as the falling of autumn leaves... *Mary Jo Putney

Autumn Bridge

by Takashi Matsuoka

In the year 1311, in the highest tower of Cloud of Sparrows Castle, a beautiful woman sits by the window, watching as enemies gather below and fires spread through the night. As she calmly awaits her fate, she begins to write, carefully setting down on a scroll the secret history of the Okumichi clan...of the gift of prophecy they share and the extraordinary destiny that awaits them. For six centuries, these remarkable writings lay hidden--until they are uncovered by an American woman, a missionary named Emily Gibson, who arrived in Edo harbor in 1861, in flight from a tragic past. Soon an extraordinary man would enter her life: Lord Genji of the Okumichi clan, a nobleman with a gift of prophecy who must defend his embattled family--and confront forbidden feelings for an outsider in his midst. Emily, too, soon finds herself at a turning point; courted by two westerners, she knows her heart belongs to the one man she cannot have. But Emily has found a mission of her own: translating Genji's ancestral history, losing herself in an epic tale of heroism and forbidden love. For here is the story of Lady Shizuka, the beautiful witch-princess who has enchanted Okumichi men for generations...of Genji's ancestors, Lord Hironobu and Lord Kiyori, and of the terrible betrayals that befell them...and of Genji's parents: a wastrel father and his child bride whose tragic love has shaped Genji as a leader and as a man. As Emily sifts through the fragile scrolls, she begins to see threads of her own life woven into the ancient writings. And as past and present collide, a hidden history comes to life, and with it a secret prophecy that has been shrouded for centuries, and may now finally be revealed. Takashi Matsuoka's spellbinding novel is infused with spectacle, intricately woven, magically told. Autumn Bridge is a feast for the senses, a work of truly dazzling storytelling. From the Hardcover edition.

Autumn Dreams

by Gayle Roper

Cassandra Merton, newly forty and never married, is intrigued and intimidated by the rich forty-four-year-old bachelor who arrives at her Seaside, New Jersey, bed-and-breakfast. Management and finance specialist Dan Harmon is there to contemplate his life's significance as a result of witnessing the September 11 tragedy. Meanwhile, Cass dares to resist being the family doormat for the first time in her life, as she struggles to care for her teenage niece and nephew as well as her aging, deteriorating parents. Strengthened by each other, the two Baby Boomers dedicate themselves to untangling life's puzzles -- and a local mystery.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Autumn: From the Heart of the Home

by Susan Branch

Celebrate fall with Susan Branchs first all-new, large- format work in four years--a brightly illustrated and lovingly designed, full-color paean to autumn. Susan Branchs long-awaited autumn book picks up where The Summer Book left off, featuring more of the delicious, easy recipes and inspirational ideas that have won her an enthusiastic and growing following. AUTUMN FROM THE HEART OF THE HOME is a bountiful harvest of appetizing recipes, imaginative menus, and homemade autumn arts. Full of cozy projects, thoughtful gifts such as the Sniffle Basket and the Sunday Breakfast kit, seasonal decorating and entertaining ideas, Halloween and Thanksgiving inspirations, and garden tips, AUTUMN FROM THE HEART OF THE HOME features mouthwatering recipes for Touchdown Chili, Butternut Shotglass Soup, Iowa Corn Bread, Savory Sage Riblets, Harvest Stew, Grandmas Stuffing, Curried Pumpkin Pots, Ginger Crisps, and of course, Hot Chocolate. Illustrated with glorious watercolors and handwritten in Susan Branchs trademark style, this beautiful new book is a sensational addition to the Susan Branch collection.

Autumn Gatherings

by Rick Rodgers

When the leaves start to fall and the temperature begins to drop, it's time to cozy up with comfort food that takes full advantage of the season's flavors. From squash and root vegetables to cranberries and quince to hearty, savory dishes, Autumn Gatherings will help you make the most of this season's natural bounty. Award-winning cooking instructor Rick Rodgers's recipes are purposefully uncomplicated, focusing on the flavors, aromas, and colors of autumn. Warm up the dinner hour with Broccoli and Roast Garlic Soup, Baked Cardoons in Fontina Sauce, Leg of Lamb with Roasted Ratatouille, and Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Pudding. Take tailgating up a notch with Hoboken Cheesesteaks, Celery Root and Red Pepper Slaw, Warm Roasted Butternut Squash Salsa with Tortilla Chips, and Fig Bars. Sweeten a Halloween party with Carrot Apple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. And family and friends can give thanks over Dry-Brined Roast Turkey with Cider Gravy, Cornbread Stuffing with Dried Fruits and Hazelnuts, Mashed Potatoes with Mascarpone and Roasted Garlic, and Concord Grape Pie. From the last golden days of August to early December evenings in front of the fire, everyone can celebrate the pleasures of the fall harvest. With delicious recipes and beautiful color photographs, Rick Rodgers and Autumn Gatherings will help inspire you to make the most of this wonderful season.

Autumn in a Jiffy

by Gooseberry Patch

All your favorite flavors of fall in over 200 fast-fix, family-friendly recipes. Everything you need for a festive fall, with chapters like Breakfast on the Go, Snacks & Appetizers to Share, Quick Sandwiches & Soups, 30-Minute Meals, Speedy Suppers & Sides and Desserts in a Dash. Most recipes are made with eight ingredients or less...there's even a chapter of recipes made under 30 minutes.Timesaving tips for the kitchen, clever lunchbox and holiday ideas to make the days special. Sweet family memories of autumns past.

Autumn in Scotland

by Karen Ranney

Abandoned by a rogue Betrothed to an earl she had never met, Charlotte Haversham arrived at Balfurin, hoping to find love at the legendary Scottish castle. Instead she found decaying towers and no husband among the ruins. So Charlotte worked a miracle, transforming the rotting fortress into a prestigious girls' school. And now, five years later, her life is filled with purpose-until . . . Seduced by a stranger A man storms Charlotte's castle-and he is not the reprehensible Earl of Marne, the one who stole her dowry and dignity, but rather the absent lord's handsome, worldly cousin Dixon MacKinnon. Mesmerized by the fiery Charlotte, Dixon is reluctant to correct her mistake. And though she's determined not to play the fool again, Charlotte finds herself strangely thrilled by the scoundrel's amorous attentions. But a dangerous intrigue has drawn Dixon to Balfurin. And if his ruse is prematurely revealed, a passionate, blossoming love affair could crumble into ruin.

Autumn in the Country Cookbook

by Gooseberry Patch

Over 200 recipes to celebrate plus ideas for fall fun in the country. Chapters include Hometown Homecoming, Indian Summer Picnic, Bountiful Harvest, Fireside Fun & more.

Autumn Is for Apples

by Michelle Knudsen Denise Fernando

Apples are my favorite snack-all juicy, red, and round.I love how every tasty bitecomes with a crunchy sound.Sparse rhyming text details a child's impressions of a trip to go apple-picking, from the morning flapjacks to the last juicy bite of apple.

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