Category Archives: Book Review

Book Review: The End of Faith by Sam Harris

I have read three of the four so called “Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”  They are: Sam Harris, Daniel Dennet, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens.  I don’t plan on reading Dawkins book, at least not for a while.  From the excerpts … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: What Went Wrong? and The Crisis of Islam by Bernard Lewis

Over this past weekend, I read two books by renowned scholar Bernard Lewis. First, I’m not a fan of his writing style.  It’s clear, but he talks up different paths and then he (hopefully) gets to reader to conclude where … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rebel by Albert Camus, Part IV and V: Art and the Meridian

Since Part IV was really short, I decided to do Parts IV and V together on this blog. Part IV: Rebellion and Art “Art is the activity that exalts and denies simultaneously” (p. 253).  What does this mean?  The artist … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rebel by Albert Camus, Part III: Historical Rebellion

Part III: Historical Rebellion At this point, Camus wants to give a more detailed analysis of rebels in history.  At the same time, he also wants to show what the difference is between rebellions and revolutions.  I would suggest that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rebel by Albert Camus, Part II: Metaphysical Rebellion

Part II: Metaphysical Rebellion What is metaphysical rebellion?  Just like the slave rebels against the slave because the slave is rebelling against the constraints of the situation, the metaphysical rebel is doing the same thing.  He’s rebelling against the creation, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rebel by Albert Camus, Part I: The Rebel

This really isn’t a book review per se, but since this is a challenging book, this review is more for myself.  It’s a restatement of Camus’ arguments and my own two cents.  So this will be a combination of a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cultivating Humanity by Martha C. Nussbaum

Throughout the midst of the culture wars, Martha Nussbaum gives a definitive account of reforming our liberal education from a classical point of view.  She boldly, yet cautiously defends the liberal education that is desperately needed in higher education.  What … Continue reading

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Book Review: This Land is Their Land by Barbara Ehrenreich

I just read This Land is Your Their Land by Barbara Ehrenreich.  I was somewhat looking forward to it because I read another book of her’s, Nickel and Dimed.  I liked that book so I expected to like this one … Continue reading

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Two Book Reviews on Economics

If anyone knows me, I can’t stand economics.  I know it’s a practical field, but for me, it’s an abstract field unless someone can explain it to me through examples.  Luckily, I’ve come across two books that does just that. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Nudge by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

Suppose that you were in charge of a school district and you were given the responsibility of making the students healthier.  Thus, you have a few options: Take away all of the candy and soda from the vending machines. Serve … Continue reading

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