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The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nāgārjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā
4.33
it was amazing
In my opinion, Nagarjuna is the greatest philosopher who has ever lived, and this is his magnum opus. In a series of reductio ad absurdum-like analyse ...more
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Jan 22, 2009
 
6
The Jargon of Authenticity
3.98
it was amazing
I have a special affection for this book, which cogently diagnoses a phenomenon with which I am all-too-familiar, living as I do in Northern Californi ...more
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Jan 20, 2010
 
18
The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge
3.82
it was ok
I can't help but think the main reason this book remains in currency is because it is widely regarded as the locus classicus for a definition and anal ...more
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Oct 09, 2011
 
13
Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy
4.13
it was ok
"The will to a system lacks integrity." - Nietzsche

I would think that a person such as myself would be an ideal audience for Mr. Wilber's ruminations
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Apr 30, 2010
 
37
The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam (Encountering Traditions)
4.30
really liked it
Muhammad Iqbal's Reconstruction is an ambitious attempt to articulate what he takes to be the fundamental message and perspective of the revelation of ...more
Feb 23, 2016
Jan 23, 2016
 
25
The Complete Works
4.33
it was amazing
Anyone interested in Christian or western mysticism should read this book without delay - Pseudo-Dionysius is surely the most significant figure in th ...more
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Dec 09, 2011
 
39
The Republic
3.90
it was amazing
One can and many have written volumes on Plato's Republic, so what can one say about this cornerstone in the intellectual history of humanity?

To awar
...more
Mar 2017
Feb 15, 2017
 
34
Zwischen Koran und Kafka
4.00
it was amazing
Note: Kermani's book has subsequently been translated into English, if anyone is interested.

Navid Kermani is one of the most interesting essayists wo
...more
Mar 2017
Sep 26, 2015
 
43
Yogic Deeds of Bodhisattvas: Gyel-Tsap on Aryadeva's Four Hundred
4.00
it was amazing
An excellent translation of the seminal Indian Madhyamaka work "Four Hundred Stanzas" of Aryadeva, who is traditionally considered to have been a stud ...more
Jun 17, 2017
Jun 02, 2017
 
36
The Niche of Lights
4.37
it was amazing
Quite fascinating key text by this great and problematic teacher and polemicist. I've so regularly encountered Al-Ghazali in the context of his critiq ...more
Jan 07, 2016
Jan 02, 2016
 
38
Rethinking Islam: Common Questions, Uncommon Answers
3.62
it was amazing
Arkoun's "Rethinking Islam" is the most useful analysis of the Muslim world I have yet encountered. The book is organized into 24 chapters based on 24 ...more
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Feb 04, 2016
 
12
The Yoga-Sūtra of Patañjali: A New Translation and Commentary
4.02
liked it
Georg Feuerstein is in love with his words. How else to explain his needlessly flashy translation that renders perfectly well known Sanskrit terms suc ...more
May 2010
Apr 26, 2010
 
15
The Divided West
3.62
it was amazing
In The Divided West, Habermas writes as a European intellectual staking out a path forward in the post-9/11 world, not in the technical language of hi ...more
Oct 08, 2010
Aug 13, 2010
 
5
Path to the Middle: Oral Madhyamika Philosophy in Tibet: The Spoken Scholarship of Kensur Yeshey Tupden
3.33
it was amazing
Path to the Middle is a presentation of the teachings of a great Tibetan scholar and monk, Kensur Yeshe Tubden. Formerly abbot of the Drepung Loseling ...more
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Jan 03, 2010
 
11
The Law Code of Manu
3.37
it was amazing
I approached Manu's Dharmashastra with historical curiosity, braced for a tough read, but I was delightfully surprised to learn what an engaging, beau ...more
Apr 26, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
 
42
Resurrecting Candrakirti: Disputes in the Tibetan Creation of Prasangika
4.50
it was amazing
Kevin Vose's important study of the reception and early disputation over Candrakirti's philosophy in the 12th century, and subsequent formation of the ...more
Jul 09, 2017
Jan 23, 2016
 
14
Yoga: Immortality and Freedom
4.10
it was amazing
As David Gordon White eloquently points out in his indispensable introduction, Eliade's early masterpiece was far ahead of the curve; so much so that ...more
Jun 29, 2010
May 02, 2010
 
20
Plato’s Parmenides
4.30
it was amazing
This in-depth study should dispel the misguided belief that Plato's "Parmenides" is an exercise in spinning aporiae, or intellectual puzzles. Scolinco ...more
Dec 06, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
 
28
Orpheus and the Roots of Platonism
4.36
really liked it
This bizarre little book is an incoherent brain dump of brilliant ideas, reflecting the author's Herculean effort to articulate key points of the life ...more
Oct 07, 2013
Aug 23, 2013
 
19
Neoplatonism
3.46
liked it
Not finished, just leaving a few notes for my eventual review.

Remes book could be clearer. She lays out the structure of Plotinus' hierarchy of being
...more
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Jan 11, 2011
 
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Digitale Rationalität und das Ende des kommunikativen Handelns
3.42
it was amazing
This brisk essay explores the problem of communicative action in the light of digital communication. Han concurs with Habermas's diagnosis that commun ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 20, 2013
 
4
Song Of The Profound View
4.67
it was amazing
Geshe Rabten's "Song of the Profound View" is a remarkable and haunting book, and it is unique among the many available discussions of the Prasangika- ...more
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 02, 2009
 
32
Germania
3.88
it was amazing
Excellent collection of essays, interviews, and short poem-like writings by Heiner Müller - very illuminating to the author's work. Otherwise valuable ...more
Aug 31, 2014
Aug 13, 2014
 
33
The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History (Bollingen Series)
4.30
really liked it
Ibn Khaldoun's Muqaddimah is frequently described as a work of proto-sociology and economics. There is a grain of truth to that, but the similarity li ...more
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Jun 23, 2015
 
23
The Cult of Nothingness: The Philosophers and the Buddha
3.44
it was ok
I am loathe to criticize this book on the grounds that it exemplifies the very problem it purports to critique, as such criticisms border on cliche. B ...more
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May 26, 2012
 
1
The Symposium
4.01
it was amazing
Plato's account of Socrates on love was more engaging than I expected. In the eponymous symposium several figures present a speech in praise of love a ...more
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Jul 16, 2009
 
8
Upanisads
4.20
really liked it
The translation is somewhat wooden and the introductory material and explanatory notes are not particularly enlightening, but this is a serviceable an ...more
Mar 25, 2010
Mar 25, 2010
 
17
The Analects
3.83
it was amazing
David Hinton as produced a translation of the Analects that is highly-readable and sometimes lyrical, such as:

Adept Kung said: "When the Master talks
...more
Feb 07, 2012
Oct 04, 2011
 
35
A History of Islamic Philosophy
3.97
it was amazing
This long, dense book provides a sweeping overview of philosophical reflection in the Muslim world, with a strong focus on Arabic and Persian sources. ...more
Jan 24, 2016
Oct 09, 2015
 
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Language and Myth
3.75
Cassirer's life and career warrant significant interest; a Weimar scholar attempting to lay a neo-Kantian groundwork for symbolic forms of cognition, ...more
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Sep 24, 2012
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