Weekly Recap – May 9th, 2014 – Waxing Philosophical
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.
And in case you’ve ever wondered how to humanely flatten a hamster:
Have a great weekend everyone!