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The Ego and His Own: The Case of the Individual Against Authority (Dover Books on Western Philosophy)
The Ego and His Own: The Case of the Individual Against Authority (Dover Books on Western Philosophy)
by Max Stirner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and to the point., 3 Jan. 2015
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A good clear translation with a useful (if limited) introduction and footnotes. If you want to learn about the thought of Max Stirner - read his own ideas, and this book presents them.


Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
by Bill O'Reilly
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.29

4.0 out of 5 stars The book is a good solid account of World War II in relation to the life and death of General Patton, 3 Jan. 2015
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A good account of World War II and the life and death of General Patton. I am not a great fan of the writing style of Bill O'Reilly and his co writer, but it gets the job done. The job being to explain matters in a no-nonsense way so that ordinary non specialist readers can understand.


Discourse on Free Will (Bloomsbury Revelations)
Discourse on Free Will (Bloomsbury Revelations)
by Desiderius Erasmus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good - and important., 3 Jan. 2015
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The book gives the basic case of both thinkers - and the translation makes the matters clear for English speakers (Erasmus wrote in Latin and Luther in German). It is up to the reader to decide on the merits of the cases.

To me Martin Luther makes the right point at the very end of what is given here - that to reject his position on what we call determinism (i.e. that there are no such things as real human choices - that everything is predetermined by God) one has to reject predestination in all its forms, not just the extreme form that Erasmus rejects. However, I hold that Luther is right about the question but wrong about the answer - i.e. that one should indeed not just partly reject his position, but totally reject it (that philosophically and theologically this is what truth requires - the utter rejection of the position of Martin Luther). If that makes me a "Pelagian" or "Semi Pelagian" - so be it.


Men's Pull Over Nato Police Force Cadet Security Military Army V Neck Jumper (XL, Navy)
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Offered by EVON OUTFIT
Price: £13.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Good., 3 Jan. 2015
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It is what I wanted.


The Cave and the Light: Plato versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization
The Cave and the Light: Plato versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization
by Arthur Herman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good., 3 Jan. 2015
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No book is perfect - at least not one that seeks to cover two and a half thousand years of intellectual and cultural history, as this one does.

For example F.A. Hayek is mentioned, but Ludwig Von Mises (a more important figure) is not. And nor are the Oxford realists (really a continuation of the Common Sense school) of the early 20th century - Harold Prichard and Sir William David Ross.

However, Arthur Herman has managed an astonishing achievement. He has managed to show how both Plato and Aristotle produced living traditions - that have massively influenced our civilisation (and other civilisations) over thousands of years, in virtually every way possible. Intellectually, religiously, culturally, technologically, politically - everything. Even those thinkers who set our to utterly reject both Plato and Aristotle have been influenced by the problems Plato and Aristotle gave them to solve.

Nor is it just a case of "Plato bad, Aristotle good" - it is much more complicated and subtle than that, as Arthur Herman makes clear.


Famous Military Battles
Famous Military Battles
by A.J. Barker
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars I fine book - bought as a present for me when ..., 20 Dec. 2014
I fine book - bought as a present for me when I was nine (when it first came out) and I still rate it highly now that I am 49.

Not the sort of establishment history one gets in a university - this book was written by a combat soldier who had some understanding of what he wrote about.


Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia
Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia
by Orlando Figes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good indeed., 5 Nov. 2014
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A very good work - by a fine writer. Orlando Figes made Russia "come alive" to me, in a way it had never done before.


The Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein
The Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein
by Robert A. Heinlein
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Only a few of Heinlein's short stories - but some good ones., 18 Aug. 2014
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It did not actually contain the short stories I wanted to read - but that is mainly my fault (I took the blurb too literally) and the stories it did contain were good. So O.K. over all.


The Natural Law: A Study in Legal and Social History and Philosophy
The Natural Law: A Study in Legal and Social History and Philosophy
by Heinrich Albert Rommen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good - and important., 26 July 2014
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A very good account. And still important today as the struggle against Legal Positivism (the idea that "law" is just whatever the state wants - that law is the "will of the state") continues. The defence of the principle of natural justice (of the idea that "law" is not just the whims of the government) is vitally important.

My only major criticism would be that the late Heinrich Rommen describes the traditional American approach to natural law as "rugged individualism" - it was not that, it was a voluntary cooperation (civil society) which is not the same thing. The non aggression principle of the Common Law (which is from the idea of natural justice - the natural law tradition) is about interaction being civil (not based on force and fraud) it is not individualist in any atomistic sense. Cooperation is fine (totally lawful) - as long as it is honest and not based upon violence or the threat of violence.

Natural law has to have a CONTENT - Heinrich Rommen was quite correct that this content has to be on the level of broad principles (it can not be detailed - putting the broad principle of justice into effect in the complicated circumstances of time and place is a very difficult matter and positive law will QUITE RIGHTLY vary in different times and places even though the fundamental principle of justice remains the same). However, the content of "natural law" (the actual broad principle) has to be clearly stated - or "natural law" just becomes a slogan (not a broad principle by which to judge positive law).

The Common Law nonaggression principle (to each their own - no aggression against the bodies or goods of others) is this principle, and it is not well described by the term "rugged individualism" - as civil society (voluntary interaction) is actually the nonaggression principle in practice.

It should be remembered that Herbert Hoover (with whom the slogan "rugged individualism" is associated) was not, contrary to the mythology, a conservative (nor was he a lawyer - or someone with any deep knowledge of the United States Constitution or conservative legal traditions) - he was a Progressive (although the "Forgotten Progressive" - as history has repackaged him as a conservative for political reasons), both before becoming President and as President (vastly increasing taxes, government spending and regulations - indeed trying to prevent the functioning of the labour market by preventing real wages going down in a slump, which they had done in 1921 and were not allowed to do after the crash of 1929) taking slogans from him (as a description of what American conservatives believe) is deeply misleading.

Dr Rommen was a refugee from Germany (fleeing the Nazis) - so his knowledge of the American conservative tradition (the American approach to the idea of natural law, natural justice, the non aggression principle) was not perfect.


The Concise Oxford Dictionary: The Classic First Edition
The Concise Oxford Dictionary: The Classic First Edition
by Oxford Dictionaries
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a bit spoiled by a poor quality modern introduction by David Crystal (who spends a ..., 26 July 2014
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An interesting work, a bit spoiled by a poor quality modern introduction by David Crystal (who spends a lot of time riding his hobby horses).


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