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Posted Jan 28, 2015 - 6:48 AM:
John McDowell, Mind and World
The Essential Husserl
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Posted Jan 28, 2015 - 8:28 AM:
Books which are in mid-read, in no particular order:
The Emperor's New Mind, Sir Roger Penrose
QED, Richard Feynman (started this morning)
I am a Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadter
Gödel, Escher and Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas Hofstadter (denser version of above)
Wholeness and Implicate Order, David Bohm (don't like it much...)
Nature's Numbers, Ian Stewart
Our Mathematical Universe, Max Tegmark
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, Leonard Mlodinow
THIS WILL MAKE YOU SMARTER: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking, edited by John Brockman
A Mathematical Bridge: An Intuitive Journey in Higher Mathematics, Stephen Hewson (not so intuitive! But good)
Concepts of Modern Mathematics, Ian Stewart (FAR more intuitive, imo)
Theoretical Physics, Georg Joos
Concepts of Space, Max Jammer
Concepts of Mass, Max Jammer
Concepts of Force, Max Jammer
Physics and Philosophy, Sir James Jeans
Damn... it's time I went back and finished some of these before compulsively buying new ones! Sheesh...
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Posted Jan 28, 2015 - 3:59 PM:
When Nietzsche Wept, Irvin D. Yalom
On Jan 28, 2015 - 4:06 PM, Agustino responded: Man you seem to have this Yalom thing going Read both the Nietzsche and Spinoza one too. See the movie for the Nietzsche one too
On Jan 28, 2015 - 4:12 PM, Agustino responded: Also Staring in the Sun by him was interesting. Overall though, I didn't find his books too helpful in direct ways.
On Jan 29, 2015 - 8:11 AM, WhiskeyWhiskers responded: You read his Schopenhauer Cure too? These are the quintessential philosophical novels I've been looking for, directly philosophical rather than just philosophically inclined like a lot of others.
On Jan 29, 2015 - 8:17 AM, WhiskeyWhiskers responded: Also, with psychology being so intertwined with the narrative it really explicates the (possible) mindset behind the ideas - psychology constrains philosophies, particularly those existential. Edited by WhiskeyWhiskers on Jan 29, 2015 - 8:57 AM
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Posted Jan 28, 2015 - 7:16 PM:
Just finished Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse, for the second time.
I last read it about 25 years ago, and I think I got much more out of it this time. It's very readable for such a 'deep' book.
On Jan 29, 2015 - 7:26 AM, Agustino responded: I read it once, but found it puzzling...
On Jan 29, 2015 - 7:28 AM, Agustino responded: Almost more puzzled than I myself am at life
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Posted Jan 28, 2015 - 10:49 PM:
Can we turn this into a yearly reading list? I'd feel better about myself if I was to face a long list of titles come years end. My ego requires it.
1. Georges Orwell, "1984" finished Jan. 24th
2. Daniel C. Dennett "Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking" currently reading
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Posted Jan 29, 2015 - 3:03 AM:
Groundless Grounds: A Study of Wittgenstein and Heidegger, Lee Braver
180 Proof Responded wrote:
Let us know how you find Lee Braver's book. Thanks!
In each chapter he takes the Tractatus as representing the kind of philosophy that both late Wittgenstein and early Heidegger were attacking, so an explication of an aspect of the Tractatus is then followed by a back and forth between later Wittgenstein's and early Heidegger's criticisms, attempting to show that they were doing pretty much the same thing. It's an interesting structure and he makes his case pretty well, but I was finding it a bit dull (maybe I wasn't in the mood) and abandoned it during the third chapter. To be honest I would have preferred to see late Wittgenstein and early Heidegger opposed to various philosophers in the Western canon rather than to the Tractatus (after all, Heidegger wasn't attacking the Tractatus, and I don't think an account of how Heidegger's criticisms can be applied to it is especially helpful in bringing out the similarities between the two philosophers). Anyway, I may come back to it, because the best was no doubt still to come.
Here's the NDPR review: ndpr.nd.edu/news/38529-grou...ittgenstein-and-heidegger/
Edited by jamalrob on Jan 29, 2015 - 3:12 AM
On Jan 29, 2015 - 6:53 AM, 180 Proof responded: Thanks.
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Posted Jan 29, 2015 - 3:03 AM:
Was Wittgenstein right when he said mathematics is a method of logic? Think about it.
On Jan 29, 2015 - 7:29 AM, Agustino responded: Wittgenstein was always right, what's there to think about?
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Posted Jan 29, 2015 - 5:50 PM:
Moonlight Mile - Dennis Lehane
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Posted Jan 31, 2015 - 3:27 AM:
Straw Dogs & The Silence of Animals by John Gray
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