Reviews from 08/2014

Schopenhauer : a biography

Book reviewed by Rob Mason on 16 August 2014

David E. Cartwright, Schopenhauer: A Biography, Cambridge University Press

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was one of the most original and provocative thinkers of the nineteenth century. He spent a lifetime striving to understand the meaning of living in a world where suffering and death are ubiquitous. In his quest to solve "the ever-disquieting riddle of existence," Schopenhauer explored almost every dimension of human life, developing a darkly compelling worldview that found deep resonance in contemporary literature, music, philosophy, and psychology. This is the first comprehensive biography of Schopenhauer written in English. Placing him in his historical…Read

1001 Ideas that changed the way we think

Music reviewed by Rob Mason on 9 August 2014

 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think by Robert Arp, is a comprehensive guide to the most interesting and imaginative thoughts from the finest minds in history. Ranging from the ancient wisdom of Confucius and Plato to todays cutting-edge thinkers, it offers a wealth of stimulation and amusement for everyone with a curious mind. One idea explained in the book is that Motion at its simplest is a change in the arrangement of a physical system. The claim that everything in the universe is moving seems to contradict empirical evidence yet it is a claim…Read