Sunday, January 22, 2006

A Book Bleg

In pursuit of of my book-a-week goal...I need suggestions for books. I'm fine as far as finding sports or literature/fiction. But I'd like tips for good starting places on a topic I'd like to read more: Philosophy and/or political philosophy. I have a hard enough time unpacking why I think what I think, and trying to figure out how people who disagree with me come to their conclusions is a worthwhile undertaking, I feel. So, fire away.

8 comments:

demimondian said...

There are three of the "biggies", of course: Marx and Engels' _Communist Manifesto_, Mill's _On Liberty_, and Hobbes _Leviathan_. And everyone should read _A Modest Proposal_.

XWL said...

F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom (the font from which modern conservatism flows, and it's short)

Francis Fukuyama, The Great Disruption (why hippies suck)

Thomas Sowell, Black Rednecks and White Liberals (the title says it all)

Calvin Tomkins, Duchamp (a great biography and art critique of THE defining artist of the 20th century, not really about conservatism, but an important avenue for understanding the past century)

That should be a good start towards an opened mind.

XWL said...

And apropos of nothing, since I know you are a fan, Kobe went for 81 tonight!!!!!!

bill said...

The Fairtax Book, Neal Boortz and John Linder. Though until the paperback comes out in May - it'll have new stuff.

In a completely different light, try "Out of Control," Kevin Kelly.

reader_iam said...

As far as "how people who disagree with me come to their conclusions" goes, may I strongly suggest you that you read Thomas Sowell's "A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

And perhaps before you read the others, every one of which I can second (except for the ones that Bill cites--only because I've neither read nor am familiar with them; I'll check them out, though, based on his nod)?

Have you commenters here read this one?

reader_iam said...

To Quxxo:

Pooh, I'm sorry for being such a bitch last night. Bad weekend (no excuse,though), happy for the fresh start of a new week.

reader_iam said...

As far as "how people who disagree with me come to their conclusions" goes, may I strongly suggest you that you read Thomas Sowell's "A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

And perhaps before you read the others, every one of which I can second (except for the ones that Bill cites--only because I've neither read nor am familiar with them; I'll check them out, though, based on his nod)?

Have you commenters here read this one?

reader_iam said...

Here's the right link:

"Conflict of Visions"