Existentialism Is a Humanism – Jean-Paul Sartre

Rating: ★★★★ 29/07/14 Man is nothing other than what he makes of himself. — Jean-Paul Sartre   If you are interested in Existentialism, this is the book you should dive into. You will find an energetic Sartre defending his views on many subjects. I was immediately drawn to one opinion in particular: existentialism emphasizes what is … More Existentialism Is a Humanism – Jean-Paul Sartre

A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy – Miyamoto Musashi, Victor Harris (Translator)

Rating: ★★★★ 17/11/13 I do not know how I got here. I did not even know I had this book. But I am glad I read it. This book was written by Miyamoto Musashi, a Japanese swordsman that had his first duel when he was 13 years old. It is divided into five “rings” (earth, water, … More A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy – Miyamoto Musashi, Victor Harris (Translator)

Essays and Aphorisms – Arthur Schopenhauer

Rating: ★★★★ 25/03/14 Each individual misfortune, to be sure, seems an exceptional occurrence; but misfortune in general is the rule. – Arthur Schopenhauer, “On the Suffering of the World” We are here to shatter your warm and fuzzy world inhabited by unicorns and puppies that eat cupcakes every time it rains. You may have the feeling … More Essays and Aphorisms – Arthur Schopenhauer

The Human Place in the Cosmos – Max Scheler, Eugene Kelly (Introduction), Manfred S. Frings (Translator), Karin S. Frings (Translation)

Rating: ★★★★ 24/07/13 It is the first time I read Scheler. This work, originally entitled Die Stellung des Menschen im Kosmos (1928), was a bit tough to follow. “A bit tough”, who am I kidding? It was painfully difficult, I’m not that familiar with philosophic anthropology, but I want to. Well, he tries to explain the … More The Human Place in the Cosmos – Max Scheler, Eugene Kelly (Introduction), Manfred S. Frings (Translator), Karin S. Frings (Translation)

The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Orienting Deliberation on the Dogmatic Issue of Hereditary Sin – Søren Kierkegaard, Reidar Thomte (Editor), Albert B. Anderson (Editor)

Rating: ★★★★ 12/07/13 These things always create conflicts in me. I liked it, it’s a major philosophical work. Kierkegaard’s influence on contemporary thinking is unquestionable, thanks to little details such as being the first existentialist, having an incredibly creative mind that made him a relevant figure in literature, psychology, theology… However, it’s not something I can … More The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Orienting Deliberation on the Dogmatic Issue of Hereditary Sin – Søren Kierkegaard, Reidar Thomte (Editor), Albert B. Anderson (Editor)

Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects – Bertrand Russell

Rating: ★★★★★ 12/6/14  . You just have to read this. Even if you are a Christian, you should read about every point of view, to form or change (or not) your own. Russell explains complicated things which such clarity, a little of humor… It doesn’t get tedious, at all. Take “The argument of design”, for instance. … More Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects – Bertrand Russell

Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre

Rating: ★★★★★ 03/02/14 Roquentin, Meursault; Meursault, Roquentin. Now, go outside, grab a cup of coffee and have fun. I’ll be here, sitting on the floor surrounded by cupcakes, ice cream and some twisted books, like an existentialist Bridget Jones, just contemplating my own ridiculous existence, thanks to you guys and your crude and insightful comments about … More Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre