"There have appeared in history certain extraordinary men whose thinking was infused with passion, whose philosophies have changed the world. Alexander Zuckerkandl, MD, PhD, was perhaps the greatest philosopher of our twentieth century
. As Aristotle was to antiquity, as Aquinas was to the Middle Ages, so Zuckerkandl
is to modern times. The influence of Zuckerkandl has been such that we are all his followers whether we know it or not. Of these followers none is more ardent than our distinguished guest speaker, Dr. Robert M. Hutchins
posted by seemoreglass
on Apr 16, 2013 -
"This week, we discovered an utterly charming card used by Isaac Asimov ('natural resource' is right) and, inspired, began hunting for more famous peoples' business cards
, whether boilerplate or highly designed, staid or comical."
posted by gilrain
on Jan 22, 2013 -
Freud: the last great Enlightenment thinker. Freud never held out the hope of tranquillity. Rather, he aimed to reconcile those who entered psychoanalysis to a state of perpetual unrest...psychoanalysis does not so much promise inner peace as open up a possibility of release from the fantasy that inner conflict will end.
posted by shivohum
on Jan 20, 2012 -
Robert Paul Wolff is most famous as the author of In Defense of Anarchism
and as the "only person on the face of the earth who has read, cover to cover, Immanuel Kant's Inaugural Dissertation, Karl Marx's doctoral dissertation, and Newt Gingrich's doctoral dissertation
." His memoir
has also drawn considerable interest
. But as a part of his blogging
he has habitually offered "micro-tutorials" to encourage his readers to re-acquaint themselves with the classics of what might be called the Heroic Age in the study of society -- the writings of Marx
, and others
. His newest micro-tutorial, on Durkheim's Suicide
, begins today
posted by anotherpanacea
on Dec 8, 2011 -
M. Sartre goes to Hollywood.
In 1958, John Huston asked Jean-Paul Sartre to write a biopic of Sigmund Freud. "The Huston-Sartre collaboration
fell apart in 1959, when Sartre travelled to Huston's home in Ireland to work on the script. The two didn't work well together. 'There was no such thing as a conversation with him,' Huston later recalled. 'He talked incessantly, and there was no interrupting him. You'd wait for him to catch his breath, but he wouldn't.' Meanwhile Sartre, in his letters to Simone de Beauvoir, described Huston as 'perfectly vacant, literally incapable of speaking to those whom he has invited.'"
[via Bookslut] [more inside]
posted by Paragon
on Mar 1, 2010 -
As he read, Mr Sterling became convinced he had to publish the book. Jed Rubenfeld's "The Interpretation of Murder" had an intriguing cast of characters, an engaging plot and a dash of kinky sex. It was a historical thriller, one of publishing's hottest recent categories. It had the potential, he thought, to be the next "Da Vinci Code."
The Wall Street Journal details the fascinating mechanics of modern-day book marketing
as Henry Holt & Co labors to birth this year's must-buy publishing phenomenon.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese
on Oct 16, 2006 -
The Century Of The Self.
It's a documentary, and the four parts are available at archive.org [2
] -- with a higher quality bittorrent option
]. The program is about the use of psychoanalytical techniques to manipulate and control the "bewildered herd", "engineering consent" in a world fraught with "irrational impulses" [more inside].
posted by gsb
on Feb 26, 2006 -
She interviewed Mussolini. She wrote plays for Eugene O'Neill's Provincetown Players. She got letters from Trotsky. Freud and Helen Keller were in her address book. She married journalist John Reed
, and Diane Keaton played her in Reds
. And she was nearly forgotten. Now, Louise Bryant is remembered
. More here and much more here.
posted by digaman
on Nov 9, 2005 -
Pliny's Natural History, the first encyclopedia.
Featuring chapters like "Other wonderful things related to dolphins"
and one mentioning the lynx and the sphinx in a single passage.
Obviously he got a lot very wrong
, but it launched a tradition of authoritative encyclopedias. More recently, you hopefully know that the forty-four million word eleventh (1911) edition of Encyclopedia Britannica
is online, later volumes are not, but you can still find elsewhere Trotsky's article on Lenin
, Freud's on psychoanalysis
, Houdini on conjuring
, or Lawrence of Arabia on guerillas
. Britannica also offers a series of articles from its archives
showing how views on Mars
or the debate in 1768 over whether California was an island
. Other fascinating encyclopedias online include the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia
and the 1908 Catholic Encyclopedia
, and the Encyclopedia Mythica
posted by blahblahblah
on Jul 5, 2005 -