A reader alerted me to a new book, Ars Vitae: The Fate of Inwardness and the Return of the Ancient Arts of Living. The author is Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, a professor of history and senior research associate at the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, Syracuse University. Continue reading Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn’s: “Ars Vitae”
Statue of Spinoza, near his house on the Paviljoensgracht in The Hague.
“These [religious ideas] are given out as teachings, are not precipitates of experience or end-results of thinking: they are illusions, fullfilments of the oldest, strongest and most urgent wishes of mankind.” Continue reading Review of Lewis Vaughn’s “Star Map: A Journey of Faith, Doubt, and Meaning
Kieren Setiya is a professor of philosophy at MIT. I just finished his Midlife: A Philosophical Guide. Here is a brief review.
As we approach midlife, even the successful among us wonder what we have missed and if our achievements are enough. Setiya begins with some general advice. Continue reading Review of Setiya’s “Midlife: A Philosophical Guide”
Alain de Botton’s book takes its title from Boethius’ classic of the same name. Continue reading Summary of “The Consolations of Philosophy, Alain de Botton
Aaron James, Professor of Philosophy at UC-Irvine, has written a new book, Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning. It addresses major questions in philosophy from his unique perspective as both a philosopher and former surfer. Continue reading Review of Aaron James’ “Surfing with Sartre”