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Philosophy (218 Books)


Philosophy as a category is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. The word "philosophy" comes from the Greek philosophia, which literally means "love of wisdom".

 
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Wright Flyer Paper : The Last Manned Fighter; Replacing Manned Fig...

By: Major Robert B. Trsek, USAF

This research is framed in the context of a specialized weapon in military aviation: an unmanned multirole fighter capable of replacing manned systems and their respective missions. This paper gives a brief history of unmanned aerial vehicles and their employment as weapons to demonstrate the evolution from ISR platform to unmanned combat air vehicle and then evolves into two main sections of “can we” and “should we” pursue this avenue of development. The primary means o...

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Wright Flyer Paper : A Joint Task Force Staff Structure for the Ne...

By: Major Lisa A. Row, USMC

I developed this thesis because I perceived a void in applying these themes—technology, force reductions, and futuristic visions—to command and control and to related impacts for staff structures. I seek concrete application of these ideas, rather than more rhetoric on what might be . . . someday. This paper represents my effort to peer into our future and see possibilities.

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CSAT Occasional Paper No. 67 : Failed State 2030Nigeria—A Case Study

By: Col Christopher J. Kinnan, USAF

The reader should know that the scenario presented in this monograph is not a forecast of a specific future but rather is structured to help the reader understand the magnitude and shape of Africa’s largest economy and the impact it has on the world. As we see in the 2009 global recession and credit crisis in today’s globalized world, a failure in Nigeria, like the failure of almost any other nation, could have serious repercussions across the planet. Whether Nigeria is ...

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Airpower and the Cult of the Offensive

By: John R. Carter, Major, USAF

Drawing on the histories of three services—Great Britain’s Royal Air Force from 1918 to 1938, the Israeli Air Force from 1967 to 1973, and the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1965—Major Carter offers three case studies to determine if the cult of the offensive applies to air forces. He concludes that cults of the offensive have indeed influenced airpower doctrine in the past, and that detailed offensive planning and a critical evaluation of capabilities provide two ...

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O Caminho da Verdade - Um Dicionário Sobre a Natureza Humana

By: M. Sá Lopes

Para uma compreensão sobre quem somos, de onde vimos e para onde vamos!

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The Role of Rhetorical Theory in Military Intelligence Analysis : ...

By: GARY H. MILLS, Major, USAF

The purpose of The Role of Rhetorical Theory in Military Intelligence Analysis is to share Major Mills’s rhetorical understanding with young officers attending initial intelligence training. Throughout he infuses key elements from the rhetorical discourse community into the discourse community that deals with training in military intelligence.

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A Need to Know : The Role of Air Force Reconnaissance in War Plann...

By: John T. Farquhar

At first glance, strategic aerial reconnaissance appears to be a mere technical tool. The term refers to the use of aircraft to collect strategic intelligence using photographic or electronic means. According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), strategic intelligence refers to “intelligence that is required for the formation of policy and military plans at national and international levels.” Strategic intelligence includes information provided by sources other than air...

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Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine : Basic Thinking in the United States Ai...

By: Robert Frank Futrell

This history continues the story of United States Air Force ideas, concepts, and doctrine from the watershed of massive retaliation/flexible response that was occasioned in 1960. The first three chapters of this volume are in effect reprinted from the 1974 edition of Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine, and the following chapters have been added to bring this never-ending story up to 1984.

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Airlift Doctrine

By: Charles E. Miller

This is not a history of military airlift but rather an investigation of ideas and concepts as they have evolved and have been applied to warfighting . Airlift is the backbone of deterrence . A properly structured and equipped airlift force is critical to the successful execution of the national military strategy . How we think about airlift and how we translate those thoughts into a meaningful expression of how to develop, deploy, and employ airlift forces is vital to t...

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Religion and Agriculture: Sustainability in Christianity and Buddhism

By: Lindsay Falvey

Religion is a powerful expression of culture that is most obviously expressed in our relationships with nature. As our major meeting point with nature is food, this provides a fertile field for cultivating the wisdom that Professor Falvey concludes is the essence of all sustainability. By bringing sustainability, agriculture, global issues, Buddhism, Christianity and a host of other factors into play, we see that our motivations belie our rhetoric – in environmental acti...

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Reaching the Top? All Paths are True on the Right Mountain

By: Lindsay Falvey

This is the story of Lazuli, an average man with ordinary problems which, in his case, were enough to open his mind to something wonderful. Something that was already right in front of his nose – a mountain in the middle of his city that was virtually ignored. Improbable? Possibly, but then the events that follow somehow seem as natural and important as anything could be. And the story is simple, based on climbing a mountain and coming down again. But while access to the...

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Ecclesiastes - Pranja Anthology Qoheleth (c.250BCE-2008)

By: Lindsay Falvey

Ecclesiastes, the Greek name for the Hebrew book of !"#$&%# that is transliterated as Qoheleth, forms part of the wisdom literature of the Talmud and the Old Testament. Meaning something like ‘to gather’, it also evokes ‘anthology’, like a gathering of flowers, although it actually meant a religious gathering as in the Greek !""#$%&'. Across the ages its similarity to Buddhist notions has been noted, which leads to this rendering of Ecclesiastes in rhyming couplets based...

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Dharma as Man - A Myth of Jesus in Buddhist Lands

By: Lindsay Falvey

Dharma as Man is an ancient story read each evening by an old man to his young son as they sit on a veranda in rural India. They read of a wise man, of the myths that grew up about him according to customs of storytellers of that era. They trace his attempts to relate his journey of personal development to live within the rhythm of the cosmos. It is a universal tale condensed to combine the world’s stories, which renders Jesus life into Buddhist concepts in an ancient In...

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Beyond the Paths of Heaven : The Emergence of Space Power Thought

By: Bruce M. Deblois
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Lights, Camera, Action Getting Back to the Basics

By: SMSgt Leslie Bramlett, USAF

According to CMSgt Cari Kent, 30th Space Wing command chief, it is at basic training that Airmen learn everything they need to succeed in the Air Force.1 In recent incidents, Airmen have exhibited unacceptable actions. These range from transporting cruise missiles loaded with warheads from Minot to Barksdale AFB in 2007 and erroneously shipping nuclear-missile fuses to Taiwan in 2006, to other lesser-known infractions in the Air Force. Certainly, the remedy to ...

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The Air Campaign : John Warden and the Classical Airpower Theorists

By: David R. Mets
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Great Thinkers, Great Ideas, An Introduction to Western Thought

By: Vincent J Falcone

An introduction to moral, political and economic philosophy. Twelve philosophers in each category are featured, their basic theories are examined and provide the basis for discussion.

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Takers Economy : An Inquiry into Illegal File Sharing

By: Christopher Stewart

« Takers Economy » proposes an alternative look at illegal file sharing in light of the role of art in society, and in the context of the oneness of all beings and things.

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Visrokerij

By: Gerard Stout

Philosophy while smoking fish. Filosofie bij een rookoven. Beschouwing over gerookte vis.

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Herinnering in zilverzout

By: Gerard Stout

Novel in Dutch: Life of a teacher in biology in a boarding school. Facts and fiction intermingle. Philosophical content.

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