Thursday, August 30, 2007
Leo Strauss has been blamed for the rise of the neocons and even the invasion of Iraq. Now one of his disciples hopes to clear his name. . . . Read the rest here: http://www.chicagoreader.com/features/stories/leostrauss/
There are two dangerous extremes in modern Western philosophy: that of mythos without logos leading to a false transcendence and ushering in the Nietzschean charismatic Man; and that of logos without mythos leading to pure rationalism and ushering in technocratic Man. In between those dangerous extremes there is Vico’s poetic philosophy, humanistic, holistic and able to harmonize the two extremes. . . .
The battle over Jacques Derrida's papers began even before the philosopher died. It ended in victory for his family — and a black eye for the University of California at Irvine. . . . Read the rest here: http://chronicle.com/free/v53/i46/46a00801.htm.
Few writers get up noses like VS Naipaul, but his views on Islam, Gandhi and English Lit. courses have a ring of truth. . . . http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article2309387.ece
When he first read Derek Walcott's poems, VS Naipaul was overwhelmed by the talent of his fellow West Indian, who, at the age of 18, was already a master. The young poet had created a new language to describe both the beauty and the limitations of island life. . . . Read the rest here: http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,2155514,00.html.