In this controversial work, Marcel Gauchet reinterprets the development of the modern West, with all its political and psychological complexities, in terms of humankind's changing relation to religion.
Includes, 1982-1995: Les Livres du mois, also published separately.
A History of Warfare
Author: John Keegan
The acclaimed author and preeminent military historian John Keegan examines centuries of human conflict. From primitive man in the bronze age to the end of the cold war in the twentieth century, Keegan shows how armed conflict has been a primary preoccupation throughout the history of civilization and how deeply rooted its practice has become in our cultures. "Keegan is at once the most readable and the most original of living military historians . . . A History of Warfare is perhaps the most remarkable study of warfare that has yet been written."--The New York Times Book Review.
Bonjour, Le premier cahier a abordé le thème de l’utilité de la religion. Celui-ci est plus d’ordre pratique : il vous présente les courants religieux et force est de constater que le thème se veut presque inépuisable. Indépendamment du sérieux apporté à la découverte des courants principaux, part importante du cahier, le Dieu du « Pastafarisme » était-il vraiment un « Monstre en spaghettis volant », ivre quand il créa le monde d’où ses imperfections ? Les Kopimistes, organisation religieuse reconnue en Suède, se trompent-ils quand le Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V de nos claviers informatiques leur est croyance en un monde meilleur ? Ce cahier se veut vous aider à connaître les courants religieux mais aussi leurs déviances jusqu’aux sectes et fictions en passant par le fondamentalisme et bien sûr les tentatives de rapprochement recherché entre les nombreux cultes. Aucune certitude quand à « D’où venons-nous » et où «Allons nous». Quant à Armageddon, les prévisions ne se sont pas réalisées. Alors, si nous prenions le temps de vivre notre espoir à l’abri de quelque divinité en en sachant un peu plus ! Ce cahier se veut Tolérance car c’est bien-là la plus belle et la plus sûre des religions.
Accompanying Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1494 was a young Spanish friar named Ramón Pané. The friar’s assignment was to live among the “Indians” whom Columbus had “discovered” on the island of Hispaniola (today the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic), to learn their language, and to write a record of their lives and beliefs. While the culture of these indigenous people—who came to be known as the Taíno—is now extinct, the written record completed by Pané around 1498 has survived. This volume makes Pané’s landmark Account—the first book written in a European language on American soil—available in an annotated English edition. Edited by the noted Hispanist José Juan Arrom, Pané’s report is the only surviving direct source of information about the myths, ceremonies, and lives of the New World inhabitants whom Columbus first encountered. The friar’s text contains many linguistic and cultural observations, including descriptions of the Taíno people’s healing rituals and their beliefs about their souls after death. Pané provides the first known description of the use of the hallucinogen cohoba, and he recounts the use of idols in ritual ceremonies. The names, functions, and attributes of native gods; the mythological origin of the aboriginal people’s attitudes toward sex and gender; and their rich stories of creation are described as well.
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
“Remarkable.… Gaiman has provided an enchanting contemporary interpretation of the Viking ethos.”—Lisa L. Hannett, Atlantic Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.
Author: R.I. Page
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Introduces and retells the myths of the Norse gods and goddesses, describes available written sources, and examines what they tell about the way Norsemen viewed their world