Tag Archives: Philosophy

Resistance? Not so Futile? Questioning the Algorithm. Harari’s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Harari, Yuval Noah. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. 2015. Trans. Yuval Noah Harari. Signal, 2016. While Descartes posited “I think; therefore, I am,” today, we know we exist because our profiles exist in cyberspace. “I text, therefore, I am.” (There’s … Continue reading

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Making Sense? Terry Eagleton’s Materialism

Eagleton, Terry. Materialism. Yale UP. 2016.  As regular followers of this blog know, I am rather fond of Terry Eagleton’s writing. This small volume—I suppose if I were being particularly precise I might call it a monograph—does not fail to … Continue reading

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Deciphering Freedom: Sarah Bakewell’s At The Existentialist Café

Bakewell, Sarah. At The Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails. Knopf Canada,  2016. How I wish Sarah Bakewell had been my Philosophy professor when I began my undergraduate career. How I wish she’d been around to talk to when … Continue reading

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Confronting the Cosmic Drama: Keith Thomas’ Religion and the Decline of Magic

Thomas, Keith. Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England. Weidenfeld and Nelson, 1971. Harmondsworth, Middx.: Penguin 1973. I started a very leisurely progress through this book early last fall. A friend lent it to … Continue reading

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Entangled Tales: Iain Pears’ Arcadia

Pears, Iain. Arcadia. Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2015. Imagine, if you will C. S. Lewis, H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Neal Stephenson collaborating on a novel under the direction of Shakespeare. Sir Philip Sidney drops in for a quick chat, … Continue reading

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Diversions and Digressions: The Search for Coherence in Rushdie’s Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Rushdie, Salman. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights. Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2015.     I’m afraid I’ve turned down the corners of so many pages of Rushdie’s Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights that the volume may never recover. This is … Continue reading

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Retrospective: Civilisation Recalled.

Lord Clark, Civilisation: A Personal View. Dirs. Michael Gill and Peter Montagnon. BBC February-May1969. DVD 2010. Not too long ago, I was not exactly immobilized but slowed down somewhat by a bout of periodontal surgery. To distract my mind from … Continue reading

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