Lucretius – The Nature of Things

• “So incrementally time brings all things within our sight, And reason lifts them up into the boundaries of light” – Lucretius … More Lucretius – The Nature of Things

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Freud – The Psychopathology of Everyday Life

One of Freud’s most notable and earlier works, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life displays the author’s interpretation of human fallibilities through the eyes of his profession. His theories and insights into what unconsciously motivates us to forget names and memories, confuse words, lose objects and experience déjà vu are explained through a littering of colourful … More Freud – The Psychopathology of Everyday Life

P.G. Wodehouse – The Code of the Woosters

On high recommendation I read one of the Jeeves and Wooster series; the most famous literary double act which has had tremendous influence over subsequent attempts on screen as well as on paper.  The third instalment of Blackadder is transparently shaped by this series, to the extent that some lines paraphrase passages Jeeves-Wooster dialogue to great … More P.G. Wodehouse – The Code of the Woosters

Francis Bacon – The Essays

Francis Bacon, son of Lord Keeper Nicholas Bacon, inherited his father’s position and attained Solicitor-General (1607), Attorney-General (1613) and Lord Chancellor (1618). However these positions only tell a very small side of the statesman and philosopher that published The Essays for a third and last edition in 1625. Bacon’s work seems anachronistic of the late … More Francis Bacon – The Essays

Freud – The Future Of An Illusion Religion Is The Universal Neurosis

It is no surprise that Freud’s dissection of everything that rallies under the label “supernatural” appears in the Penguin Books – Great Ideas series which identifies the most significant and influential texts in written history. He carries his objective psychoanalytical approach to religion with a relentless drive for truth that sees him take on God … More Freud – The Future Of An Illusion Religion Is The Universal Neurosis

Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels – The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto, published in 1848, arose in a period of increasing polarisation of society through industrialisation and globalisation in which capitalism expanded. In a period where the working classes were heavily exploited a turn to communism seems, in hindsight, a more respectable response than it does now. However, many of the problems Marx and … More Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels – The Communist Manifesto

Reason and Rationale

Welcome, this will be a blog, as the title conveys, of reason and rationale. My posts will largely consist of book reviews with a discussion of the general arguments relayed or referenced to within the text with weekly updates. Enjoy.