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Jack Faust by Michael Swanwick
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Here we have a re-telling of the Faust legend as a science-fiction tale in which a scholar who has grown restless with the scholarship of his time begins to burn all of his books, only to be visited by Mephistopheles (representing an extra-terrestria ...more
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Lives of the Eminent Philosophers, Vol 1 by Diogenes Laërtius
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This stands as the historical resource of last resort to some extent with respect to the Greek philosophers, and the pre-Socratics in particular. A frequent knock against this book is that Diogenes devotes a lot of space to personal anecdotes about t ...more
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A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox by Anthony Weston
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While this is designed as a textbook for use in ethics courses, it is light on theory and academic language while introducing broad ethical concepts and how they might be applied to problems outside of scholarly debate. In particular, the book does a ...more
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Stephanie Bourgeois is on page 132 of 244 of The Bell Jar
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The Children's Homer by Padraic Colum
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It won't be long before I am finished reading this out loud to my 9- and 6-year-old sons, and it has held them rapt. This is an abridged consolidation of the Iliad and the Odyssey in prose with some archaic vocabulary, but not overwhelmingly so - and ...more
What Makes You Not a Buddhist by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
"This is one of the more accessible books on Buddhism I have read. The author does a good job of explaining the fundamental tenets and beliefs of Buddhism, and I would recommend for that reason.

Where the author loses me is in claiming that Buddhism..." Read more of this review »
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Humanity by Jonathan Glover
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Glover opens this book suggesting the world owes much to Nietzsche for the horrors of the twentieth century, and returns to that theme throughout; this is the kind of cliche I often attribute to people who don't read Nietzsche, but presumably Glover ...more
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Dog Logic by Tom  Strelich
Dog Logic
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Tom Strelich is the author of several plays, and this is his debut novel. A few years ago, I directed one of his plays at a local theatre and made contact with Tom. We traded a few emails about his play and that was that, until a book showed up in my ...more
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Schopenhauer by Christopher Janaway
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It is a very short introduction, but more substantial than a lot of similar slim-sized introductions to philosophers. Schopenhauer synthesized Plato and Kant with the Upanishads, and for being a rather difficult philosopher he's not a bad writer (not ...more
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Henry David Thoreau
“If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth--certainly the machine will wear out… but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.”
Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

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