Book Review: Fear and Trembling – Kierkegaard

Fear and Trembling is a book by Søren Kierkegaard written under the pseudonym Johannes de silentio. Kierkegaard is famous for having multiple pseudonyms. The purpose of this is not to confuse the reader, but rather to make him come up with his own conclusions. The subtitle of the book is Dialectical Lyric. That is toContinue reading “Book Review: Fear and Trembling – Kierkegaard”

Book Review: Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius written around 2000 years ago, remains one of the great works of spiritual and ethical reflection. It is perhaps the only document of its kind ever made, the private thoughts of the world’s most powerful man. With a profound understanding of human behaviour, Marcus provides insights, wisdom, and practical guidanceContinue reading “Book Review: Meditations – Marcus Aurelius”

Book Review: Twilight of the Idols – Nietzsche

In 1888, the last sane year of Nietzsche’s life, he produced two brief but devastating books: Twilight of the Idols and The Anti-Christ. Originally titled The Idle Hours of a Psychologist, it was renamed Twilight of the Idols or, How to Philosophise with a Hammer by recommendation of Peter Gast, who urged him to findContinue reading “Book Review: Twilight of the Idols – Nietzsche”

Book Review: The Stranger – Albert Camus

L’Étranger, The Stranger or The Outsider, is a 1942 novel by French author Albert Camus. Though it is a work of fiction, it is often cited as an example of Camus’ philosophy of Absurdism. The Stranger has had a profound impact on millions of readers. Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn intoContinue reading “Book Review: The Stranger – Albert Camus”

Book Review: Modern Man in Search of a Soul – Carl Jung

Modern Man in Search of a Soul is a book published in 1933 and is a comprehensive introduction to the thought of Carl Jung. While some reject religion altogether and look to science for a new age of reason, others look in hope towards a spiritual rebirth. The book is composed of 11 essays. TheContinue reading “Book Review: Modern Man in Search of a Soul – Carl Jung”

Book Review: Genealogy of Morals – Nietzsche

Nietzsche wrote On the Genealogy of Morals: A Polemic, in response to a book by his former friend Paul Rée, on the origins of morality. This book is among Nietzsche’s most sustained and cohesive works. Rating In the first essay, titled “Good and Evil”, “Good and Bad”, Nietzsche sets up a contrast between what heContinue reading “Book Review: Genealogy of Morals – Nietzsche”

Book Review: Nausea – Jean Paul Sartre

Nausea is Jean Paul Sartre’s first novel and in his own words, one of his best works. It is also one of the most well known pieces of Existentialism, Nausea delves into the pure absurdity of the world with Sartre’s wild imagination and explores the randomness and superfluity of the world. Everything that we takeContinue reading “Book Review: Nausea – Jean Paul Sartre”

Book Review: Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Which is better: cheap happiness or sublime suffering? Well, come on, which is better?” Notes from the Underground published in 1864 is considered to be one of the first works of existentialist literature. In this work Dostoevsky attempts to justify the existence of individual freedom as a necessary part of humankind. It presents the storyContinue reading “Book Review: Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky”

Book Review: Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment remains the single most widely known Russian novel as well as one of the greatest works in world literature. It is first and foremost a fascinating detective novel, but one in which we know from the very beginning who committed the heinous crime. Rating It focuses on the mental anguish and moralContinue reading “Book Review: Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky”

Book Review: Beyond Good and Evil – Friedrich Nietzsche

This has to be the most difficult book to read I’ve ever encountered! I had to re-read several paragraphs several times. Eventually, I just began reading and going with the flow. This is my attempt at explaining the main concepts of Beyond Good and Evil, Rating There seem to be many misconceptions in Nietzsche’s philosophy:Continue reading “Book Review: Beyond Good and Evil – Friedrich Nietzsche”