More wonderful books for personal progress

Continuing this idea that good books provide perspective that can be used to challenge existing beliefs and grow as a person, one might inquire as to what constitutes a good book. Last month I offered some insight related to this when I wrote that the first step to becoming cultured is to start reading great … Continue reading More wonderful books for personal progress

More on being yourself by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Self-Reliance

E.E. Cummings said, "To be nobody-but-yourself-in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else-means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." This is a common theme throughout history; the greatest thinkers have praised originality. This is a concept worth continuing a … Continue reading More on being yourself by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Self-Reliance

Intentionality

Will is a force that can be used to construct if one is not guided by blind desire. Thoughts lead to words. Words become actions. Actions become habits. Habits become character. These are powerful statements from Margaret Thatcher, which are further carried by James Allen in As a Man Thinketh. Men and women, he writes, are … Continue reading Intentionality

Cicero on the greatest thing to be praised in a great and splendid person

Marcus Tullius Cicero was one of the greatest leaders of the Roman Republic. Over the course of his career, he became, among other things, an orator, lawyer, and politician. Also, for centuries, he was considered one of the greatest philosophers. One of his best-known works is On Duties.  According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Written … Continue reading Cicero on the greatest thing to be praised in a great and splendid person

Henry David Thoreau and the disdain of vanity

In "Economy", Henry David Thoreau's opening chapter to Walden, the esteemed author says of fashion trends, We worship not the Graces, nor the Parcæ, but Fashion. She spins and weaves and cuts with full authority. The head monkey at Paris puts on a traveller’s cap, and all the monkeys in America do the same. In … Continue reading Henry David Thoreau and the disdain of vanity

The Examined Life

In 2008, Astra Taylor released examined life, a documentary which pulls philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms and puts it back on the streets. In Examined Life, filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today's most influential thinkers on a series of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them and their ideas. … Continue reading The Examined Life

45 essential movies for the student of philosophy

This list was written in 2010 by Matt Whitlock for Mubi. You can find the original post here. A Clockwork Orange - Stanley Kubrick, 1971A.I. Artificial Intelligence - Steven Spielberg, 2001Alexander - Oliver Stone, 2004Augustine Of Hippo - Roberto Rossellini, 1972Being John Malkovich - Spike Jonze, 1999Being There - Hal Ashby, 1979Beyond Good and Evil … Continue reading 45 essential movies for the student of philosophy