Book Review: Candide by Voltaire

François-Marie Arouet, known by his pen name Voltaire, was a French writer and philosopher in the Enlightenment period of 1685 – 1815. He often wrote satirical novels and plays that criticized contemporary social institutions and religious intolerance. His signature work Candide, or Optimism, follows the story of a naïve young man that experiences a series… Continue reading Book Review: Candide by Voltaire

Plato vs Aristotle on the Nature of Art

In Book 10 of The Republic, Socrates says of the artist, “if he does not make that which exists, he cannot make true existence, but only some semblance of existence”. He uses the example of a bed to demonstrate that everything in the world has three forms: the ideal form created by God, a form created by the carpenter,… Continue reading Plato vs Aristotle on the Nature of Art

Book Review: Reveries of a Solitary Walker by Jean-Jacque Rousseau

I am now alone on earth, no longer having any brother, neighbor, friend, or society other than myself. It's pretty hard for me to review this book, given that I... don't actually know how I feel about it. As a work of literature, it's quite interesting and was probably very novel in its time. Rousseau… Continue reading Book Review: Reveries of a Solitary Walker by Jean-Jacque Rousseau

Book Review: The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus

“There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental questions of philosophy.”I think that to most healthy individuals, the notion of resorting to suicide can be inconceivable. Humans are biological organisms like any other: evolutionarily geared towards survival,… Continue reading Book Review: The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus