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Current Non-Fiction reads

Discussion in 'Non-Fiction Books' started by ramius, Nov 6, 2002.

  1. Cosimah2o

    Cosimah2o Active Member

    Jun 17, 2009
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    Currently Reading:
    Lo q m dijiste el Viernes 7.....no m creo NADA
    FOREL et le LÉMAN - François Alphonse Forel .
    La Guerre des Barrages - Jacques Leslie .
    Géologie de l'Ingénieur : Hommage à la mémoire de Marcel Arnould - Collectif .

  2. Peder

    Peder Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2005
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    On a random impulse, after long absence, I've just finished reading this thread back to page 27 out of the current 40 pages on my computer.
    It has been fascinating to see all the familiar people again and what they once were reading. Hello all! :)
    Also fascinating to see my own mentions of books that I no longer remember anything about. :eek:
    Anyway, I'm currently making my way slowly through The Stone Reader - Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments, edited by Peter Catapano and Simon Critchley.
    The book collects articles of a few pages each which have appeared from time to time in the NY Times. Not exactly depth reading in classical philosophy, but interesting anyway on miscellaneous topics.
  3. A Listener

    A Listener Member

    Mar 4, 2010
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    Thanks for re-opening this thread just before I checked in on BookandReader for the first time in years.

    The “Stone Reader...” sounds interesting, I checked it out on Amazon and was pleased to note that some of the essays are reply/rebuttal exchanges among authors. In the early Eighties I was still subscribing to Wireless World and Science. Wireless World was running a series of essays by W. A. Scott-Murray, entitled, A Heretics Guide To Modern Physics, which disagreed with some aspects of Einstein’s theories. For several months after each instalment, the Letters section resonated with scholarly attack and rebuttal on points raised, which were interesting and illuminating. This was a regular thing with Wireless World, but never seemed to occur in Science, more’s the pity.

    I recently finished At The Existentialist Café, by Sarah Bakewell. This turned out to be sort of a biographical review of the main principals of the movement, and their positions. I never was much taken with Sartre, et al.They were, however, often in the news some decades ago.

    Bakewell seemed excited by what she set forth as some new revelation by Sartre, that humans created themselves by their choices, and were responsible for the outcomes they got; which were not pre-ordained by “God’s will”. This has always seemed to be merely a re-hash of Renaissance humanisn, set forth about 400 years ago by Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola.

    Still, I enjoyed the book, which is carried along by the likeable enthusiasm and personality of Bakewell as narrator.

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