Thoughts and Impressions

Month: May 2009 (page 2 of 2)

Quote: Post Series

Since I’m using the blog as a public archive of sorts, I thought I’d start another series that I’ve been meaning to keep.  The posts in this series will consist of just the quote, with maybe a sentence of context.  As with my “Worth Reading” series, I don’t intend selection of a quote necessarily to be an endorsement of its sentiment.

Worth Reading: Two Concepts of Liberty

by Isaiah Berlin

In this seminal essay on freedom, Berlin discusses two clashing concepts of liberty: negative liberty, or freedom from coercion, and positive liberty, the freedom of the “true self” from interfering influences.

The version of the essay that I read, which contains some strange typos, is available here.

Worth Reading: The Inner Ring

by CS Lewis

In this address, Lewis warns that much of human intercourse is dominated by the urge to break into exclusive social cliques: “the inner ring”.  Lewis argues that this urge corrupts us and is incapable of granting any deep satisfaction.

The speech may be read – I believe in its entirety – here.

Worth Reading

I’ve been wanting to figure out away to archive some of the more interesting articles and books I’ve read.  It occurred to me that this blog gives me a ready-made medium for this.  I’m going to be periodically posting links to pieces that I’ve enjoyed reading or found provocative.  They will be filed under the category “Worth Reading”.

I don’t mean to necessarily endorse all the works in this series.  Some – perhaps most – of the articles will present arguments that I strongly disagree with.  Others may harmonize perfectly with my own beliefs.

Those endorsements and disagreements will not be handled in this post series.  I’ll try to limit myself to a link to the actual work (when available) and maybe a single-sentence summary of its argument.  But feel free to react to the work in the post’s comment section.

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