I was surprised to discover that Aristotle was an idiot. I curated my list hoping to stock it with the good stuff and I thought Aristotle was a shoe-in in this category. But nope. Total doddering old buffoon. I hope
So I am diving into Aristotle’s Politics, which seemed appropriate after Rousseau, and I’m finding him to be a slightly ridiculous old fool. I’m sure he says some good things as well, but so far he seems like nothing more
The Social Contract is Rousseau’s attempt to resolve the question of how one might submit to the will of the state while remaining a free man. It’s a good question, and one I hadn’t really considered in that light before,
I finished The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, which was very engaging and pleasant to read. I will be writing a review in short order, but in the meantime I wanted to pull together all of the passages I highlighted.
Livy’s Early History of Rome is an excellent study of Rome, and a quite enjoyable procession through the founding stories of a seminal world power by one of its citizens while this power was still on the rise. Or decline, depending
Lately it’s all about Darwin. I read Veblen, which was drenched in the influence of Darwin, which prompted me to read Darwin himself, and now with Samuel Butler, I find that I’m encountering Darwin yet again. The man had an
The trouble with reading great big books is that they are often heavy and unweildy, making them impractical for days you spend reading by the pool or at the beach. And pretty much for that reason alone, I have started
I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time, and here I am. I got myself an unabridged single volume, which weighs in at 1000 pages plus another 150 pages of notes and appendices. I don’t mind the length
Origin of species is a single, clear, and beautifully articulated argument for how life on earth works. It is an idea that I’d heard and understood over the years, and its an idea that is deeply embedded in our culture.
I’ve been working my way slowly through Darwin, which is more an indication of the other pressures in my life than of the challenge of the book. Indeed, Origin of Species is a very pleasant, highly approachable work. Unlike Veblen,