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The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
Mar 2007
Aug 21, 2008
Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will
Most people, fans of Wallace or not, will want to skip this. Upon e-mail request back in January of this year I was given a digitized version of the p ...more
Jan 07, 2010
Oct 15, 2010
A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines
I began writing a short story about Alan Turing last year. Despite a lengthy scribbled outline it remains a stunted opening gambit. After reading Jann ...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 30, 2009
Rising Up and Rising Down
This book is very long. It has many pages stuffed between its covers. Not only that, but almost all of those pages are brimming with words. Much like ...more
not set
Oct 21, 2009
Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals
I was the annoying guy in class who kept insisting that the categorical imperative was the Golden Rule with a thick, convoluted veneer of the most dif ...more
Mar 2006
Nov 15, 2008
The Denial of Death
"The irony of man's condition is that the deepest need is to be free of the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which awakens it, ...more
Jul 19, 2010
Jan 07, 2009
Kinds of Minds: Towards an Understanding of Consciousness
I listened to this via audio book format as read wonderfully by Dennett himself. Last night/early morning I woke up abruptly in the grip of a vague so ...more
Oct 20, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
The Pleasure of the Text
Read as poetry it's beautiful (that's where the four stars come from). As philosophy it's vague and blemished. As literary theory it's highly question ...more
Mar 2004
Aug 22, 2008
The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism
"Have you ever said Yes to a single joy? O my friends, then you have said Yes too to all woe. All things are entangled, ensnared, enamored; if ever yo ...more
Jan 2009
Aug 21, 2008
The Hegel Reader
There once was a time in college when I took a fellow student's copy of this book and literally ripped it to shreds. I believe I'd consumed a pint of ...more
Apr 2004
Aug 21, 2008
Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None
"Have you ever said Yes to a single joy? O my friends, then you have said Yes too to all woe. All things are entangled, ensnared, enamored; if ever yo ...more
Apr 2005
Aug 21, 2008
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
"If you can approach the world's complexities, both its glories and its horrors, with an attitude of humble curiosity, acknowledging that however deep ...more
Dec 2007
Aug 21, 2008
Terror and Liberalism
Berman on The Charlie Rose Show, discussing this book in 2003:

This is an extremely sound-bite-ish "scarcely m
Jul 2008
Aug 21, 2008
Here's video footage of a pretty good discussion of a great, frequently glossed over, and far too often underappreciated philosopher who is one of my ...more
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Aug 21, 2008
City of God
Could not finish it. Don't care to. It's a rather lengthy and often times boring read. I got enough of the gist by making it about halfway through and ...more
Dec 2006
Sep 09, 2008
On Bullshit
A very quick read. The book is a mere 67 pages and the pages are very small. It's a pocket book.

Well, I have to say it was a fun read but hardly wort
Feb 04, 2009
Oct 15, 2008
Consciousness Explained
Yes, the title is audacious. Yes, it's not a perfect book. Yes, the subject is extremely complex and really smart people fight about it in prestigious ...more
not set
Aug 21, 2008
Beyond Good and Evil
"What is done out of love always happens beyond good and evil."

-Nietzsche, being vague but compelling our attention
not set
Aug 21, 2008
Confessions, Books 1-13
Something about a pear tree and "Catholic guilt".
not set
Aug 21, 2008
On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997
This is an often times difficult but deeply rewarding read so far. I enjoy the essays that are co-written by the husband and wife duo a little more th ...more
May 06, 2009
Dec 06, 2008
On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo
Here Nietzsche returns to the form of the essay after several complete works largely composed aphoristically. The second essay in the polemic On the G ...more
Apr 2005
Aug 21, 2008
Physicalism, or Something Near Enough
Sort of dry at times, but very thorough regardless of its overall brevity. I think Kim makes a convincing case for the overall aims of physicalism thr ...more
May 2009
Nov 07, 2008

"Even sleepers are workers and collaborators on what goes on in the universe."

"Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony."

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Sep 29, 2008
Eichmann in Jerusalem : A Report on the Banality of Evil
The idea of the "banality of evil" as grafted onto the rise of Nazism and its subsequent genocidal rampage has some real importance. However, I hope t ...more
not set
Apr 10, 2009
Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Memoir
"Tell them I’ve had a wonderful life!"

-Wittgenstein’s last words

"When I think of his profound pessimism, the intensity of his mental and moral suffer
not set
Mar 19, 2009
The Presocratics
The grouping/historical period of the Presocratics remains very interesting to me still even years after first reading this book in the fall of 2003. ...more
Oct 2003
Aug 21, 2008
Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved
From a blog I wrote early on in my reading of this book (I'll be writing more about the rest later on):

"Climbed to the Highest Point on the Tree and t
Aug 25, 2008
Aug 21, 2008
The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World
UPDATE (via something I wrote in a discussion forum a few weeks ago about the relationship between science and philosophy):

A major problem I have with
Nov 23, 2008
Oct 23, 2008
Why I Am Not A Property Dualist
"Because the traditional vocabulary tells us that the mental and the physical are two distinct ontological categories and because consciousness is not ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2009
On Beauty and Being Just
I found the basic foundational premise to be flawed. She's essentially attempting to equate beauty with justice. Leaving aside the myriad complexities ...more
Nov 2005
Nov 09, 2008
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