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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Brief Review of Each Book

I must admit that upon initial readings of Plato at the Googleplex, I was not impressed or mentally stimulated. Near the beginning of the semester, the class was assigned to read the introduction as well as the introduction to the other two books in the course, and PG was by far the dryest one. Now, however, Plato at the Googleplex may be my personal favorite of the trinity of books that we read. The conversations and interactions that Plato had with the people and the cybernetic imagery that was imagined to be the setting of the story was invigorating, and I feel as though I understand Plato more from reading this piece rather than the other two books.

A History of Western Philosophy, being an intricate and broad piece that applies a narrow methodology to a plethora of topics, figures, and events, was also very invigorating. Russell's arrogance could become irritating at particular sections, however, he still resonated with sagacity, and his intellectual discourse reminded me of Dr. Oliver's. He was obviously very dedicated to his subject, and his comprehensive knowledge of each topic was incredible. His integrity was transparent, as he was willing to argue and debate some of the philosophical greats such as Plato, Kant, and even Nietzche, my personal favorite. Definitely a go-to book for a person interested in philosophy.

A Philosophy of Walking was definitely in an essay format and was almost exclusively the personal writings of Frédéric Gros. Yes, he explored how peripatetic philosophy correlates and influences the historical philosophers, but there were entire chapters that were simply elaborations of walking and what it provides for the human experience, especially with relation to philosophy. 

An afterthought: A History of Western Philosophy was a textbook, Plato at the Googleplex was in novel format, and A Philosophy of Walking was in essay format. Interesting.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this feedback, I'm always looking for new ways to introduce philosophy. I've always wanted to try Russell, and thought the Honors course would be a good venue. Goldstein was fun, making literal the figurative idea of philosophy as a conversation across the ages. Gros was good, but I'm planning to write a better book on peripatetic philosophy.

    Next semester I'm going back to the tried-and-true "Little History of Philosophy," and adding "The Dream of Reason" by Anthony Gottlieb. May also dip into Rebecca Solnit's wonderful "Wanderlust: A History of Walking." Let me know if you have any textual suggestions.