F. Roberts

Helpful votes received on reviews: 64% (233 of 365)
Location: London England
In My Own Words:
Born in Liverpool, I am a 59 year old retired teacher. I studied Political Philosophy at LSE with Michael Oakeshott and am a devoted admirer of MacIntyre, von Balthasar, Vico. Collingwood and now Zizek. I also really enjoy all types of music.


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The Atheist's Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life with&hellip by Alex Rosenberg
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Though I am not an atheist I thought this book is the best thing that I have ever read by an atheist. It does without the bluster of Dawkins and other philosophical amateurs like Sam Harris. For Rosenberg there are no higher purposes, history has no goal, progress is as much a myth as are religions. The only knowledge is science and that has real limits. Much of what happens is simply chance. Conscience, free will, duty beauty and other such abstract nouns have no reality apart from the reality that human language might put upon the,

Rosenberg is a firm Humean. There are no Selves. And there is a firm division between Facts and Values. So he`ll have none of Sam Harris`s doomed… Read more
God's Zeal: The Battle of the Three Monotheisms by Peter Sloterdijk
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is overwritten, Germanic in a way that would make Heidegger or Hegel blush, jarring ("Sloterdijk never met a neologism he didn`t like"). It is also a brilliant defence of tolerance, humour, civility, good manners and the common good. It gives portrayals of the totalitarian strains which underlie the three Abrahamic religions (and their two offspring, Marxism and Atheism). Violence and aggression are there in the Abrahamic DNA he argues, but they do not constitute their totality. Violence and aggression arise inevitably from the zeal and militancy implicit in all five belief-systems. But zeal can be tamed, calmed and put to more productive uses than persecution and war. He reminds… Read more
Monsters [DVD] [2010] <b>DVD</b> ~ Whitney Able
Monsters [DVD] [2010] DVD ~ Whitney Able
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 4 Dec 2011
One of the few really beautiful SciFi Horror films made. Beautiful performances too.

Is it all just a metaphor for the horrors going on along the US/Mexican border, the 30000 killed in the drug wars? Probably not. Amexica: War Along the Borderline
But stunning.

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