Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching

Without stirring abroad
One can know the whole world … More Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching

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Plutarch’s Essays

Though eventually named a Roman citizen, Plutarch, (46-120 AD), was born and raised in Greece where he also spent most of his adult life. His major works were the dozens of biographies of Greek and Latin men of significance as well as the various essays he wrote on morality, ethics and contemporary issues. The Penguin … More Plutarch’s Essays

W. B. Yeats – Collected Poems (Macmillan)

Yeats was an Irish poet of considerable renown and considerable talent. My familiarity with the man extends to a reading of an anthology spanning his life’s work. I’ll begin by conceding my own ignorance towards Irish mythology and cultural history which powerfully influence the context of many of Yeats’ poems. As such, I glided over … More W. B. Yeats – Collected Poems (Macmillan)

Edmund Burke – Reflections on the Revolution in France

When reading Burke, it is hard to escape his imposing intellect, his world-weary wisdom which bears down softly but firmly. As both an Irishmen and proud Member of Parliament for the Empire he loved, for the England he cherished, Burke gave conservatism an unashamedly British colour. His Reflections on the Revolution in France takes the … More Edmund Burke – Reflections on the Revolution in France

Aldous Huxley – Brave New World

Orwell and Huxley have given us two infamous dystopian visions; the former presents a society controlled through punishment and pain, the latter through pleasure. In Brave New World the founding concept of the utopian community is quickly introduced as “the principle of mass production at last applied to biology”.[1] Henry Ford and his “T-model” are … More Aldous Huxley – Brave New World