Sunday, June 10, 2018

An Introduction to Metaphysics by Martin Heidegger

Since I've been injured and not been able to do my long-distance running, I've had more time to read.

Heidegger is a philosopher I've long had on my list. I've tried Being and Time a few times, but never got very far as I found it incomprehensible. It's funny how some philosophers immediately speak to you and others don't. Kant is notoriously difficult to read, but I found his Critique of Pure Reason an accessible and compelling read. Not so much Heidegger.

I managed to make it through Introduction to Metaphysics and at least come away with a glimmer of what Heidegger was getting at. Maybe more than a glimmer. At least it was enough that I will continue to pursue and understanding of Heidegger.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

Written in the 1980's, this is Postman's brilliant analysis of the manner in which television changes the very way we understand ourselves and communicate.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Suicide of the West by Jonah Goldberg

Jonah's latest tome, on the rise of tribalism and the deep civilizational crisis it portends.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dead Man's Fancy by Keith McCafferty

Next in the Sean Stranahan mystery series. A solid entry.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

To Change the Church by Ross Douthat

Subtitled "Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism."

This is Douthat's take on the Francis Pontificate and, in particular, how Francis has revealed himself to be essentially a 1970's style Catholic liberal. Douthat is not particularly sanguine about the immediate future of the Church - neither am I - but holds out hope in the long run. And if the Church is what she claims to be, that hope will be vindicated.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Voltaire and the Triumph of the Enlightenment

Audible.com download of a Great Courses lecture series by Prof. Alan Charles Kors. It is Kors interpretation of the Enlightenment as told through the history of Voltaire. Kors is a very engaging, even gripping, lecturer. Recommended.

Plato, Socrates and the Dialogues by Michael Sugrue

This was an audible.com download of a Great Courses lecture series. It is an excellent intro to Plato and Socrates. Prof. Sugrue clearly loves his subject.