The Rumpled Academic wrote:
I'm told Plato's Republic is a nifty read.
It actually is! There's a lot of really crazy shit tucked away in the second half - like how reproductive rights out to be distributed by a fixed lottery, favouring those with more desirable genetic traits and excluding the weak/ugly proportion of the population from getting jiggy, without them realising it. I'm not even kidding - it's in there.
is good, but people need to read more of the rest of Plato. There is so much more! Euthyphro
is brilliant, as is Apology
. A lot of readers of the Phaedo
have found it emotionally engaging; I have to say I didn't get very exicted by it. On the other hand, I really enjoyed the Euthydemus
- it's a total knock-about.
SpiderMonkey wrote:Speak of which, Ayn Rand is a waste of time - half baked philosophy for spoilt college students looking for something to justify their immense, unearned privilege. It is for people who doggedly refuse to recognise the benefit they have gained from society as a whole and thus consider it terribly unfair they are expected to pull their weight. Don't try and give anything back, just strut around calling yourself a 'Prime Mover' or some shit like that...
Hell yeah. Rand's politics is actually the least bad bit of her philosophy. Her logic, metaphysics and epistemology are a joke, and how she moves from metaphysics and epistemology to ethics and politics seems the unargued for step in her philosophy. While I agree with the outcome of her metaphysics and epistemology, I don't believe that (a) she makes a good case for them or (b) she makes a convincing case that if you accept her metaphysics and epistemology, they entail accepting her ethics and politics.
The only Coupland that has been suggested is JPod. It was okay - but I didn't rank it quite as high as Coupland's other novels. JPod just felt like it was Microserfs updated to be more Web 2.0. Which is fine, but Microserfs is still worth reading. I greatly enjoyed Hey, Nostradamus!
. Obviously, though, Generation X
must be re-read every so often.
As for my books everyone should read list:
Friedrich Nietzsche. Take your pick, really. Human, All Too Human
is my particular favourite. Problem is that the follow-up to Human, All Too Human
- The Wanderer and His Shadow
aren't available in Penguin - you have to get the expensive scholarly edition to read that. Obviously, also read On the Genealogy of Morals
and Thus Spake Zarathustra
. Tough one to pick a Kierkegaard. Problem with Either/Or
is everyone gets so crazy about the Diary of the Seducer (which they read as autobiographical or they read for tittilation - and it isn't really good as either). I tend to prefer the rest of "A". Read the Hong and Hong or Swenson edition, don't bother with the Penguin abridged version.
Anything by David Armstrong. Universals: An Opinonated Introduction
changed my way of thinking a lot. But, you know, it's analytic philosophy. Not exactly mass market.