Thursday, June 16, 2011


  • Foseti "tried to read several of Nietzsche’s books several times" but "always felt unsatisfied" — Review of “Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist” by Walter A. Kaufmann. (This blogger tried reading Thus Spoke Zarathustra as a teenager; it was the only book I ever put down because I thought it was evil.)

  • Bonald writes, "I feel confirmed in my decision to stay away from the 'great' Dutch philosopher when I see that even his enthusiasts (as in the linked article) can’t give me a good reason to look into him" — Is Spinoza the most overrated philosopher in history? Fans of this "daring free-thinker who created the modern world... never share a single interesting idea this supposedly great philosopher ever had."

  • Siris with a great Schillerian quote — The Savage and the Barbarian. While the former "despises Civilization, and acknowledges Nature as his sovereign mistress," the latter "derides and dishonours Nature, but more contemptible than the savage, as often as not continues to be the slave of his slave." In contrast, "The man of Culture makes a friend of Nature, and honours her freedom whilst curbing only her caprice."
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