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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2835 on: February 08, 2013, 06:17:50 AM »
James how the heck are you comfortable asking you parents for books called "Way of the Ascetics" and stuff written by people named Theophylact but you're too scared to have icons or pray in front of them?
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2836 on: February 08, 2013, 09:38:46 AM »
I like the Sayings of the Desert Fathers.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2837 on: February 10, 2013, 07:42:36 AM »
This week:

1) The House of the Dead and Poor Folk, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
2) The Best Short Stories of Dostoevsky, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
3) Dostoevsky: The Man and His Work, by Julius Meier-Graefe, trans. by Herbert H. Marks

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2838 on: February 10, 2013, 07:47:15 AM »
The life of Apollonius of Tyana and Oedipus at Colonus.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2839 on: February 12, 2013, 01:44:43 AM »
I like the Sayings of the Desert Fathers.

We all do. We all do.  :)


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2841 on: February 13, 2013, 06:58:51 PM »
A Better Atonement, by Tony Jones. It's free for one day only (today, 13 February!).
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2842 on: February 13, 2013, 07:35:01 PM »
Inner River by Markides. (sp?)

Same guy who wrote Mountain of Silence.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2843 on: February 13, 2013, 07:37:52 PM »
"Approaches to God" - Jacques Maritain


"The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas: From Finite Being to Uncreated Being." - John F. Wippel
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2844 on: February 13, 2013, 07:45:11 PM »
From Finite Being to Uncreated Being.

The title grabbed me...  could you give a basic overview of it (so far)? :)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2845 on: February 13, 2013, 07:57:10 PM »
From Finite Being to Uncreated Being.

The title grabbed me...  could you give a basic overview of it (so far)? :)
It's an exhaustive overview of the Metaphysical thought of Thomas Aquinas.
Chapters: 1) Aquinas on the nature of metaphysics
2) Our Discovery of the Subject of Metaphysics
3) The Problem of Parmenides and the Analogy of Being
4) Participation and the Problem of the One and the Many
5) Essence-Esse composition and the One and the Many
6) Relative Non-being and the one and the many
7) Substance-Accident composition
8 ) Substance-Accidents, and Esse
9) Prime Matter and Substantial Form
10) Arguments for God's existence (Introductory Remarks)
11) Arguments for God's Existence in Earlier Writings
12) The Five Ways

13) Quidditative Knowledge of God and Analogical Knowledge
14)Concluding Remarks

This is quite a scholarly look at Aquinas, from the perspective of a scholarly Thomist. One need not agree with all of Wippel's arguments to appreciate this book.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2846 on: February 13, 2013, 08:09:51 PM »
Thanks!  :)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2847 on: February 14, 2013, 08:08:19 AM »
All that is changeable
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2848 on: February 14, 2013, 08:11:51 AM »
Giving Aristotle's Categories another try. I also started reading Aristotle's metaphysics with Aquinas' commentary.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2849 on: February 14, 2013, 08:17:46 AM »
I would like to read Kafka's Metamorphosis after I'm done with Faust
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2850 on: February 15, 2013, 06:02:14 AM »
This is quite a scholarly look at Aquinas, from the perspective of a scholarly Thomist. One need not agree with all of Wippel's arguments to appreciate this book.

I put this on my to-buy book list for the fall of 2019 (I currently have books listed all the way into 2023). Yes, I am that crazy and/or lagging :D

I would like to read Kafka's Metamorphosis after I'm done with Faust

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2851 on: February 15, 2013, 04:31:49 PM »
I have the first three Dresden Files books (omnibus) on order from Amazon.  I've already read the first one.

Also, Napoleon's Lancers and Dragoons.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2852 on: February 15, 2013, 04:42:50 PM »
I have the first three Dresden Files books (omnibus) on order from Amazon.  I've already read the first one.

Also, Napoleon's Lancers and Dragoons.

Harry Dresden rules high above the murky waters of most urban fantasy. :)

Currently taking a break from reading. Need to concentrate on catching up with my writing projects instead.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2854 on: February 15, 2013, 05:12:15 PM »
Giving Aristotle's Categories another try. I also started reading Aristotle's metaphysics with Aquinas' commentary.
The commentary is VERY helpful.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2855 on: February 15, 2013, 05:12:46 PM »
Giving Aristotle's Categories another try. I also started reading Aristotle's metaphysics with Aquinas' commentary.
I think I might read posetior analytics.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2856 on: February 15, 2013, 07:35:54 PM »
Finished Early Greek Philosophy, from Penguin--it's the complete fragments of the Pre-Socratics.

Now working through Plato, which is gradually rendering St. Maximus intelligible.

Also, Sigmund Freud's Introductory Lectures in Psycho-analysis.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2857 on: February 16, 2013, 01:18:05 AM »
Giving Aristotle's Categories another try. I also started reading Aristotle's metaphysics with Aquinas' commentary.
I think I might read posetior analytics.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2858 on: February 16, 2013, 09:08:37 AM »
The Invisible Gorilla - And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us, by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

Fascinating read. It speaks about how when we focus on certain things, our minds tend to filter out the unexpected or unusual, how we tend to have more trust in personal testimony than statistical data, even when the data says something much different (because we naturally prefer narrative, with its appeal to emotion, to abstract data), and how faulty our memories can be (including the phenomenon of failure of source memory, where we appropriate other peoples' stories into our personal narratives and make them our own). Now I understand why my brother always takes my stories and tells them back to me years later as something that happened to him!  :D Anyway, if you're into this kind of thing, I highly recommend this book!

Why Evolution is True, by Jerry A. Coyne... on audiobook... I listen while I do housework. Great book.



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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2859 on: February 16, 2013, 09:36:44 AM »
Barlaam and Iosaph
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2860 on: February 16, 2013, 09:45:09 AM »
'Safe House,' Christopher Ewan

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« Reply #2861 on: February 16, 2013, 10:23:39 AM »
Giving Aristotle's Categories another try. I also started reading Aristotle's metaphysics with Aquinas' commentary.
I think I might read posetior analytics.

Ah, I have a Greek-English copy of that one. But I first want to understand the Metaphysics and the Categories before I move on, and they are giving me enough troubles already. My crude Platonist mind has difficulties grasping the subtleties of the Philosopher. Luckily Aquinas is helping me a bit  :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2862 on: February 17, 2013, 01:50:45 AM »
"A is for Musk Ox"

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How are you enjoying tBA, Quinault?  It took me a very long time to even consider reading non-canonical Sherlock Holmes stories but after reading a few short story anthologies, I ended up giving the Mary Russell series a shot and love them!


The book started out kind of slow, but I enjoyed it very much. I started reading The Moor, that is more difficult to get into.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2863 on: February 17, 2013, 07:57:47 AM »
This week:

Dostoevsky: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. by Rene Wellek
The Weekend Novelist, by Robert J Ray

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2864 on: February 17, 2013, 11:04:54 AM »
Reading, or rather listening to, an audiobook from the BBC, "The Romans in Britain."  :)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2865 on: February 17, 2013, 12:36:44 PM »
Giving Aristotle's Categories another try. I also started reading Aristotle's metaphysics with Aquinas' commentary.
I think I might read posetior analytics.

Ah, I have a Greek-English copy of that one. But I first want to understand the Metaphysics and the Categories before I move on, and they are giving me enough troubles already. My crude Platonist mind has difficulties grasping the subtleties of the Philosopher. Luckily Aquinas is helping me a bit  :)
:) From what I understand, posterior analytics, and physics both give some back ground that are helpful in reading Metaphysics.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2866 on: February 24, 2013, 04:05:34 AM »
This week...

The Stranger, by Albert Camus (yes, again)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, by JRR Tolkien (first time in many years)
The Brief English Handbook, by Dornan and Dawe (it'll learn me goodly!)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2867 on: February 24, 2013, 06:56:52 PM »
The Life of Apollonius of Tyana

This book is ridiculous and yet I can't stop reading.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2868 on: February 24, 2013, 07:24:11 PM »
I'm reading "Remember Who You Are" by Arron Chambers.

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« Reply #2869 on: March 01, 2013, 06:07:44 PM »
Parallel Lives by Plutarch
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2870 on: March 01, 2013, 06:21:02 PM »
Moby Dick (on audiobook)
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« Reply #2871 on: March 01, 2013, 07:20:26 PM »
After a month-long detour into nonfiction, I picked up A Storm of Swords again. I expect to finish it over the weekend.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2872 on: March 01, 2013, 07:25:09 PM »
"At the Mountains of Madness," H. P. Lovecraft.

Come to think of it, why does everybody say his initials? His first name was Howard. Not bad, and not hard to say.

Howard!

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2873 on: March 01, 2013, 07:56:48 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2874 on: March 01, 2013, 10:46:09 PM »
Has anyone read anything by Alasdair MacIntyre? Just curious what folks think of him.

I am reading Faust, albeit at such a slow place to comprehend what the hell is going on. I don't know if I'm up to the challenge to be honest, but I'll readily admit it is a beautiful work thus far.

And Nico, you're favorite word "vouchsafe" is in the translation.
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« Reply #2876 on: March 03, 2013, 05:12:54 AM »
Adding this week:

Dostoevsky: A Self-Portrait, by Jessie Coulson
The Times Atlas of World History

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« Reply #2877 on: March 03, 2013, 08:58:23 PM »
Has anyone read anything by Alasdair MacIntyre? Just curious what folks think of him.

I am reading Faust, albeit at such a slow place to comprehend what the hell is going on. I don't know if I'm up to the challenge to be honest, but I'll readily admit it is a beautiful work thus far.

And Nico, you're favorite word "vouchsafe" is in the translation.
Interesting guy, old Alasdair. He eventually becomes a kind of Thomist, but not quite your typical one. He is very interested in discussions concerning the validity and objectivity/subjectivity of reason.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2878 on: March 04, 2013, 02:05:57 AM »
Nearing the end of Sylvia Cranston's very lengthy (but worth every page) work :

HPB: The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky, Founder of the Modern Theosophical Movement
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2879 on: March 04, 2013, 06:06:39 AM »
Just started 'The Dead Hand of History,' by Sally Spencer.