Weekly Recap – May 9th, 2014 – Waxing Philosophical

Hello friends,

As expected, last week was busy. If I had to pose an amazingly accurate guess, I’d say .0428% of my time was spent writing. But if I’m not writing, at least I’m reading.

After my recent fiction binge, I decided to go back and re-read some classic philosophical texts that I haven’t cracked open in a long time. Some I’ve never cracked open at all.

I began with Plato’s Apology (Socrates, it’s a trap!),  moved on to Aristotle’s Poetics (home of the Three-Act structure, over one million served) and now I’m in the middle of Descartes’ Meditations (or at least I think I am, but I can’t really be sure that what I’m reading is truly Descartes’ Meditations). There were some others in between all of those as well.

In case you’re curious, I’m reading all of these from Ten Great Works of Philosophy compiled by Robert Paul Wolff. I find studying these works not only challenging and stimulating, but they reveal to me the foundations of much that we take for granted today.

Pretty cool.

And in case you’ve ever wondered how to humanely flatten a hamster:


Have a great weekend everyone!


0 thoughts on “Weekly Recap – May 9th, 2014 – Waxing Philosophical

  1. Why would one want to flatten a hamster?

    I hope you get back to writing soon. 🙂

    1. The only thing that makes sense to me is it’s easier to stack them that way. 🙂

  2. We got the kids two Guinea Pigs for Easter. I shall report back…

    1. You can put it on your next vlog!

      1. No way. They’re way cuter than I am!! 😉 Have a good weekend matey.

  3. That hamster, so cute! Also, I laughed aloud at the Descartes comment. My main philosophy model this year was Mind and World and Descartes features quite heavily. *Philosophy nerd*

    1. Thanks Miss Alexandrina! The model sounds very interesting and I too am a bit of a philosophy nerd, trying to learn more!

  4. It’s true, on line, you can find “How To” videos about anything. That’s probably the weirdest one I’ve seen, Phillip. Where do you get this stuff?
    Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks Jill. Unfortunately, I can’t reveal my sources because I need something to keep you interesting folks coming back. 😀 😀

  5. Wow, I am impressed by your reading selections. I doubt I’d be that ambitious. Guess you’re gearing up for those philosophical father/child talks, huh? 🙂

    1. Haha, I suppose I am Carrie. I’ve always been interested in life’s big questions, so I enjoy learning from those who spent their lives pursuing answers.

  6. I wonder what Marcus Aurelius might have to say about the flattening of hamsters…

    1. “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love, to flatten hamsters…”

  7. Heavy stuff Phil. Kevin took my comment. So I’ll just wish you well in the discovery of a philosophical platform that you can support.

    1. Thanks John. There’s certainly something to be learned from them all, it would seem.

  8. Wow, Phillip. I’m impressed and a little in awe. Don’t think I’ve ever read smart-people books! Have a great weekend, too. Just think, this time next year you’ll be celebrating your first Mother’s Day as a Dad. 🙂

    1. Haha Gwen. I’m hoping the “smart-people” books rub off and make me a little smarter. Not sure I’m there yet. 😉

  9. Wow. My taste in reading is a tad bit more pedestrian. It will be interesting to see what comes of your reading the great works of philosophy. How do you think it will inform your writing?
    Um, thanks for the info on flattening a hamster. I couldn’t help being intrigued!!

    1. I noticed that many of the stories I enjoy have some aspect of philosophical thought, so I figured it would be worth learning more from the sources. Some of it is dense stuff that requires multiple reads, but I always feel a little more insightful after reading them!

  10. I think this post is pretty cool 🙂

  11. Those are ambitious reads—especially when you’re already so busy. But I humbly suggest that stories about hamsters might be a better choice for reading to the new addition—philosophy might take the fun of reading out of him or her! 😉

    1. Yeah, I don’t know I chose to read something so heady when my mind is already scrambled at work. And yes, hamsters would definitely make a better story for the little one! And as he gets older, the hamster will become more philosophical. Hmmm.. think you just inspired a new series of childrens’ books. Thanks JM! 😀

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