Tag Archives: Philosophy

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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Finding a Way In a World Without God: Peter Watson’s The Age of Atheists

Watson, Peter. The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014. Did God die at the end of the nineteenth century? Watson asserts, “The world has never forgotten—and … Continue reading

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Marx Redux: Terry Eagleton’s Why Marx Was Right

Eagleton, Terry. Why Marx Was Right. New Haven, Yale UP, 2011. Was ever a thinker so travestied? (239). So concludes Why Marx Was Right. Obviously, Eagleton hopes we will answer with a resounding “Yes.” And perhaps he is right, for … Continue reading

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