Monday, September 12, 2005


Ten Books that Most Influenced Me

Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning by Viktor E Frankl

Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The Republic Plato as translated by Francis Cornford

The Psychopathology of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud

The Meditations of Emperor Marcus Aurelius

A History of Western Philosophy and Its Connection with Political and Social Circumstances from the Earliest Times to the Present Day by Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by Michel Foucault

1984, Animal House by George Orwell

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Beyond Freedom and Dignity by B. F. Skinner

Okay, that's 14 books, but 10 authors. I feel people interested in social issues and political philosophy do well to become familar with these books - and the ones on my next list.

Foucault and Ayn Rand. Interesting.
Thanks for the links, by the way. I blogrolled you at We dress like students, we dress like housewives. The Watchpost is my main outlet, but I haven't put up a blogroll there 'cause it's a group blog and I'm the only one who'd put stuff up. That seems weird to me. I'll probably start a reciprocal blogroll eventually, though.

By the way, you seem to have a formatting issue with your sidebar -- it's all the way down at the bottom of the page. I had the opposite problem -- my content was down there. I suggest you save a copy of your template and make the section of your template that looks kinda like the following look exactly like the following (note the width numbers -- #main + #sidebar must be a good bit less than #content.):

/* Content
----------------------------------------------- */
#content {
margin:0 auto;
#main {
#sidebar {

Good luck. If that doesn't work, you should try to track down someone who knows more about html editing than I. Shouldn't be too hard.

By the way, have you read Tillich's The Courage to Be or Patricia Hampl's Virgin Time? Those are two books I read for my Public Church class and which I thought were excellent.
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