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Review: Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking

Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking
Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas R. Hofstadter

My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Fantastic. This is Hofstadter’s latest thinking about thinking and, as usual, he has some enormously interesting things to say and a delightful way of saying it. Highly recommended.



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Review: Letters from a Stoic

Letters from a Stoic
Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Seneca certainly liked to write his letters! This is a collection of Seneca’s letters to his friend Lucilius, mostly about Stoicism and how to practice it. I enjoyed them, but I prefer the earlier letters to the ones that seemed to be written towards the end of his life. In the later writing you can see how Seneca would be adapted by Augustine. The older Seneca also seems to lose his nerve and commit himself to the immortality of the soul, rather than accepting the possibility that he might just die.



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