philosophy

Thumbs up for The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson. Psychology.

This review will be slightly censored as it has to pass email spam filters. This offends both my bookseller side and my linguist side, but you can’t win ’em all. Which is, come to think of it, exactly the point of the book: pick your battles carefully and with reference to your underlying values.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges. Philosophy.

A beautifully-written book about a horrible subject, by someone who has seen it from a very short distance indeed. Hedges explores what war does to humanity (both in the sense of the human race, and our humane-ness), using stories from his own experience to provide context and structure for his philosophy.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Kinds of Power: A Guide to its Intelligent Uses by James Hillman. Nonfiction/philosophy.

I enjoyed this book, though I don’t think I understood most of it. Sometimes I will chalk that up to a failure of my own discernment, but in this case I was not entirely sure that Hillman understood what he was getting at, either. I consulted with my dad, on the (correct) guess that he had probably read some Hillman at some point.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for The Greek Way by Edith Hamilton. History.

Sometimes it’s next to impossible to write a review, even a positive review, of a book that moves you. The difference between like and love is chemistry, and I don’t want to mislead you. I had expected a basic history of the Ancient Greeks, maybe with the addition of some information on their daily lives.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar…: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein.

Philosophy makes my eyes roll up into my head. For about ten years I’ve had a copy of Sophie’s World on my shelf, whispering “You should read me; I’ll make you smarter.” Finally, I’ve told Sophie to piss off, and have read this instead.… >> Read more