My reads in 2015

62 books, ave 303pp; 16 papers, ave 29pp; total 19,284pp 60 books of 2014 45 books of 2013 Macroeconomics 1) Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (Translator), 685pp, 2014 **** 2) State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery by Atul Kohli, 480pp, 2004 3) The Atlas of Economic … Continue reading

The secular backlash against Charlie Hebdo

as explained by South African Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee in an essay in his book Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship (published 1996) – The Intellectual Rational, secular intellectuals are not notably quick to take offense. Like Karl Popper, they tend to believe that I must teach myself to distrust that dangerous intuitive feeling or conviction … Continue reading

Excerpts from H.J. Paton’s analysis of Immanuel Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

‘The theological principle hat to be moral is to obey the perfect will of God must be utterly rejected. If we suppose that God is good, this can only be because we already know what moral goodness is, and our theory is a vicious circle. If, on the other hand, we exclude goodness from our … Continue reading

Showdown in Anatolia

The Friday Times | Sep 1, 2006 Snow By Orhan Pamuk; Translated by Maureen Freely; Faber and Faber (2004); Rs 395 Our guide, “Orhan the novelist,” is the narrator of his own novel. Culturally and politically Western, Pamuk remains critical of the force the Turkish state applies to enforce its vision of democratic secularism, established … Continue reading

Notable Muslim thinkers

With thanks to Reza Aslan and Ziauddin Sardar. Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111) wrote many works, including Revival of the Religious Sciences in which he argues that God is movement itself. Another work is The Alchemy of Happiness. He criticised al-Hallaj for publicly disclosing that he had reached a level of spiritual unification with God. Ibn … Continue reading

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