Books

Here are some books I am reading and recommend.

Currently Reading. To be honest, I’ve read few books that are as prescient as this one. In The Present Age, Kierkegaard presents the modern era as one of self absorption, characterized by endless debate inspiring tiresome indolence. Though he was writing in the mid-19th century, with the book being published in 1846, The Present Age might just as easily have written about the rise of social media in our contemporary era. So far, it’s amazing. You can get in on Amazon here, or click the picture.*
Currently Reading. Meditations is a staple of classical literature and philosophy. I had read a little of it here and there as an undergrad, and I decided recently to return to Marcus for his wisdom concerning living. I have not been disappointed. The Stoic philosopher king advises his reader (likely himself) to approach people with kindness and to think deeper about the the true nature of things so as to realize the relationship our very tiny lives have to the universe as a whole cosmos. He doesn’t pull any punches, either. Listen to this gem:

Or is it your reputation that’s bothering you? But look at how soon we’re all forgotten. The abyss of endless time that swallows it all. The emptiness of all those applauding hands. The people who praise us–how capricious they are, how arbitrary. And the tiny region in which it all takes place. The whole earth is a point in space….
Meditations 4.3

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Get Meditations here.
If you want to get a start learning about the philosophical issues related to the study of space and time, you should check out Dainton’s Time and Space. It’s practically a classic at this point and is referenced often in philosophical literature on the topic. Dainton writes with an enchanting lucidity, and he covers a lot of conceptual ground clearly and yet without sacrificing scientific or philosophical accuracy. Somewhat amazingly for a book of it’s kind, it’s not even that expensive. Get it here.

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