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.
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.
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.
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.