Why I need to read some Ernest Becker

The collection of Seneca’s letters I read recently contained a passing reference to what was clearly asthma, a terrifying condition that often makes its sufferers feel like they are dying. It must have been even more terrifying before the age of inhalers. I was wondering how that condition contributed to his focus on the inevitability of death in his philosophical writing. It seems he wrote quite a bit more about his condition and its relevance to his thinking. Must read some Becker!

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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