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Zac Hanscom

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (4 of 4)
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Education and the Good Life by Bertrand Russell
Education and the Good Life by Bertrand Russell
It's sad how Russell's primary work in philosophy has become so badly outdated. Russell spent a decade on Principa Mathematica and it could be thought of as his major work, but how often is it bought or read? Logic and mathematics has gone beyond him since then. In the same way, so have education and social philosophy, but Russell takes on a number of prejudices that still exist to this day.
There are a few errors in Education and the Good Life and there are a few things I disagree with. Russell's idea of marriage surviving "brief episodes of infidelity" may never become the norm, for instance. But his complaints about Christianity are still apt if only we exchange… Read more
How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom
How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I picked up How to Read and Why from the library and read it in two days; it was a very fun book and made me want to read more. Its biggest problem is that it simply doesn't tell you how to read. It tells you what to read.
You'd be better served simply doing a Google search for the various short stories it covers in chapter 2. They're all good and you can find most of them online. I copied and pasted 5 of them (they're public domain) and printed them out. They're all worth reading.
Basically, How to Read and Why is a fun book, but you might as well just buy the books that are listed in the index. Bloom doesn't add too much to them.
Socrates in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern
Socrates in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern
... and this is one of my favorites. I went to the library one day, intent on learning a little bit on philosophy, a subject I knew absolutely nothing about. One of the books I picked up was "Thomas Aquinas in 90 Minutes" by the same author. In the next few weeks, I read about 12 of Strathern's "Philosophers in 90 Minutes" books, every one the library had. I went to another library and got all the ones they had.
Strathern's books changed my life; it was like going to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and seeing people like myself. I discovered that I like thinking and philosophy. "Socrates in 90 Minutes" is one of my favorites. I went as far as to buy… Read more