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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


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Reflections on the Revolution in France - Edmund Burke
A fascinating read.

Burke is considered the founder of modern conservatism, yet one of his main points in this book is that natural rights don't exist. A very complex man/treatise.






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OMLandshark
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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


"I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" by Tucker Max





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Bayou Sam
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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


If someone blames abuses of english and reason in "high theory" on hermeneutics, someone doesn't know what hermeneutics is.


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Bayou Sam
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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


Back in the day, hand's down Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue.

Today it could be a whole host of things. Among 20th century folks, Leo Strauss.






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Bayou Sam
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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


I like Order of Things (though I didn't finish it and don't agree with a lot of it), but never really got into Derrida.





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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


The Gnosticon








In case Otto is lurking



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HonoraryCoonass
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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


"The Law," by Frederic Bastiat.

I'd say it is more affirmation than influence.






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TigerPride10
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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


It's hard to point to any one book. The classics have certainly had an effect, both fiction and non. If I had to name a few, I'd say The Prince, Diplomacy, and The Tragedy of Great Power Politics.





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wm72
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I like Order of Things (though I didn't finish it and don't agree with a lot of it), but never really got into Derrida.


Foucault is more accessible stylistically even if the concepts are certainly complex.

Derrida I wouldn't recommend the actual books themselves to anyone who's also not used to the condensed, elliptical philosophical writings of such as Hegel, Heidegger, Nietzsche etc. for much the same reason as I would personally struggle to get into some styles of scientific writing.









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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


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If someone blames abuses of english and reason in "high theory" on hermeneutics, someone doesn't know what hermeneutics is.


Read the full article, see if you think that's what the "author's intent" was.






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BTHog
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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


Animal farm





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Bayou Sam
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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


Derrida makes Heidegger an easy read. Nietzsche isn't hard to read at all. Hegel, well.

At any rate, I take Derrida's basic point to be rather simple, and mostly correct, though I find his way of philosophizing extremely off-putting (he uses reductio ad absurdum an awful lots to construct what seem to me to be spurious paradoxes).






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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


Democracy in America - Alexis de toquiville
The Law - Frederic Bastiat
The Road to Surfdom - Hayek
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
Propaganda - Edward Bernays
Crystallizing Public Opinion - Edward Bernays
The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse - Fernando Ferfal Aguirre
The Big Book of Hell - Matt Groening






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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


Oh and Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matt Crawford.





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Bayou Sam
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Yeah it strikes me as a highly conventional rant against something not really understood. It's just another platform to pimp libertarianism (Heidegger-Gadamer and Marx, for instance--where's the connection?)





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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


I'd say "The Vision of the Anointed: Self-congratulation as a basis for Social Policy"





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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


someone mentioned Dr. Seuss books. They probable have a much larger impact on the world than we realize. They are actually very political in nature and stress some important points. They were written by Theodor Seuss Geisel, a Ph.D. in english literature, who worked for many years with several branches of the US gov't during WWII. He wrote these books as a way of instilling certain points into the children of society that he thought were improtant for a society to flurish. To bad the majority of parents no longer read to their children and all they get is TV now.





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wm72
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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?


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At any rate, I take Derrida's basic point to be rather simple, and mostly correct, though I find his way of philosophizing extremely off-putting (he uses reductio ad absurdum an awful lots to construct what seem to me to be spurious paradoxes).


I wouldn't disagree with this aside from the paradoxes that emerge when he tasks dialectics such as Hegel's master/slave, reading/writing, Levi Strauss' raw/cooked seem less than spurious and, even, revolutionary.

Of course, that's just my opinion and it's too much to go into as a late night tangent in a political thread here. It's refreshing to find people reading and actually confronting thinkers like Derrida and Foucault instead of completely dismissing them on flimsy premises.







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The Road to Surfdom - Hayek
This is definitely an important book, but Hayek in a few parts seemed to advocate for social programs. That lessens its appeal a bit, imo.






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Turner Diaries








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