A Clash of Values: The Struggle for Universal Freedom

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iUniverse, 2002 - History - 142 pages
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What is the conflict between Islamic fundamentalism and the free world really about? Can terrorism be defeated? How is Israel’s war in the Middle East related to the global war against the terrorists? In A Clash of Values, Tal Ben-Shahar confronts some of the most difficult and critical questions we must face in a post-September 11th world. Drawing on historical facts and essential philosophical truths—from the cause of the refugee problem to the nature of rationality—Ben-Shahar’s principled and pragmatic approach makes sense of a situation that often seems senseless.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1Metaphysical Warriors on the Offensive
3
Chapter 3The World According to Islam
12
Chapter 4The Role of Arab Intellectuals
19
Chapter 5The Metaphysical as Primary
25
Chapter 6The War on Islamic Fundamentalism 33 Chapter 7Striking the Head of the Snake
38
Chapter 9A Definitive Victory
44
Chapter 10Reason Before Emotion
51
Chapter 12The Myopia of Pacifism
59
Chapter 20The True Enemy
94
Chapter 21A Rational Justification for a Jewish State
97
PART VBiases and Misperceptions
105
Chapter 22Reality Check on Racism
107
Chapter 23Comparing Principle and Instance
111
Chapter 24The World Must Be Crazy
117
Chapter 25European Colonialism
125
Chapter 26Psychopathology and Politics in the Middle East
129

Chapter 14Blind Faith
65
Chapter 16Reframing the Middle East Conflict
77
Chapter 18Spiral of Violence
87
Chapter 19Palestinian Hopelessness
91
Chapter 27Deadly Language
133
ConclusionCreating Good
137
References
141
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Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., is one of Harvard University's most popular lecturers. He has been profiled on NPR and featured on CNN, CBS, and in the "New York Times" and the "Boston Globe". His classes attract 1,400 students per semester--approximately 20 percent of all Harvard graduates. Ben-Shahar graduated from Harvard with a degree in philosophy and psychology. For the last ten years, he has been teaching personal and organizational excellence, leadership, ethics, and self-esteem. For more information, visit www.talbenshahar.com

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