Sunday, February 26, 2017

Socrates, A Man for Our Times by Paul Johnson

A good study of Socrates by the historian Paul Johnson. Since the subtitle was "A Man for Our Times", I was expecting more concerning the contemporary relevance of Socrates, but this is a simply a straightforward study of Socrates and Socratic philosophy. To the extent that Socrates is a man for all times - and he is - then naturally he is a man for our times.

I prefer the older book on Socrates by Romano Guardini, as Guardini is more philosophically sophisticated than Johnson. I think Johnson is also a little hard on Plato, but Johnson is still excellent.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Socrates meets Kant by Peter Kreeft

This is an excellent entry in the "Socrates meets ..." series from Kreeft. A good introduction to Kant.

Approaches to God by Jacques Maritain

A short work by the great Thomas philosopher on the "many ways to God." Includes - beyond the Five Ways of St. Thomas - a Sixth Way from Maritain himself based on the experience of the intellect. Maritain is always worth reading.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

A comprehensive look at human history for a resolutely secular perspective. Eh.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Socrates Meets Kierkegaard by Peter Kreeft

One of the many "Socrates Meets X" books written by Kreeft. These books are quick reads and offer some good insights into the thinker under question. This book is essentially a commentary on Kierkegaard Philosophical Fragments.

Fancying myself passably educated in things Kierkegaard, I didn't always agree with Kraft's interpretation of him. But I did get a different perspective on Kierkegaard and for that reason the book is a valuable read.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson

Fascinating story of the hunt for the wreck of a 17th century pirate ship, the rarest of finds among modern treasure hunters. Listened to while running

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Elijah in Jerusalem by Michael D. O'Brien

The sequel to O'Brien's Father Elijah. A much shorter book than the first and not as action-packed, the theme of the book being Elijah's witness to the truth in Jerusalem. In this book Elijah's task is not so much to convert the Antichrist as to bear witness against him. The story is essentially Elijah's attempt to confront the Man of Sin, and his encounter with and witness to various people along the way. A worthy successor to the excellent Father Elijah.