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

George S. Clason – The Richest Man in Babylon

In the twenties, America was a country of laissez-faire capitalism that saw people’s incomes rise and new bounds of wealth creation. The businessman George S. Clason took to writing a series of didactic pamphlets intended to help those without a financial background survive harsh times and prosper through even the smallest of earnings. His work … More George S. Clason – The Richest Man in Babylon

Adam Smith – “The Invisible Hand”

  Adam Smith’s work The Wealth of Nations, from which this Penguin edition is excerpted from, typifies the thought behind the American Constitution and of the contemporary intellectual climate. The Enlightenment held up the rights of an individual as an expedient to the greatest degree of liberty possible in human society. He discusses how different … More Adam Smith – “The Invisible Hand”

Thomas Dixon – Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

Dixon has written a concise yet precise chronology of the relationship between science and religion, especially considering the length of this book. The text is littered with references to cases like the infamous Scopes “Monkey” Trial in 1925 to the more recent Judge Jones vs Dover Board case over Intelligent design in 2005, all of … More Thomas Dixon – Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction