For over 2 millennia, the Samos-born, Athenian philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BC) has inspired mankind in that most difficult art, the art of happiness. Yet of his rich written material, little survives today. Further, some of his most important teachings are… Read More ›
Historians sometimes speak of an Early Enlightenment. If so, when did that phenomenon emerge, or begin? How did it evolve into the more familiar Enlightenment “proper”? The question is old, but less trivial than ever, precisely because conceptions around the Enlightenment have… Read More ›
Doxiadis, Apostolos, & Christos H Papadimitriou. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth. London: Bloomsbury, 2009. ISBN 978-0747597209. Heroized tale of British logician Bertrand Russell & his youthful quest for mathematical certainty. Remarkable. I give ****/5.
Diderot, Denis. Le Neveu de Rameau, in Contes & Romans. Bibliothèque de la Pléiade. Paris: Gallimard, 2004. ISBN 978-2080701435. Enlightenment thought was not all naïveté. Diderot exposes the dark underbelly of his age in this tearing portrait of a man gifted, yet… Read More ›
Bergson, Henri. L’évolution créatrice. Quadrige Grands Textes. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2007 (1907). ISBN 978-2130562726. This philosophical masterwork is a map of life itself, in its interlocked, continuously forward-thrusting nature. Radically pioneering & influential in its day, now attracting fresh interest. I rate it *****/5.