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Robert Musil

Born on this date (6 November). Here is Roger Kimball’s well-known take. Here too is The Monist issue dedicated to “The Philosophy of Robert Musil” and Mette Blok’s article “Robert Musil’s Literary Ethics: The Man without Qualities Reconsidered“. Musil’s debut The Confusions of Young Törless is freely available here as is Vol. I of his masterpiece The Man Without Qualities. Last,…

Stove’s On Enlightenment

Ever the delicious philosophical provocateur David Stove has his book On Enlightenment freely available online (not posted by me gov!). My chum Andrew Irvine is the editor. Mention Stove in class or in a paper (assuming that there are those who have heard of him) and you’ll probably be sent to the gulag.   Andrew…

David Stove

Died on this day in 1994. A sure-fire way to wind up your colleagues on “plantation regressive” is to leave this book in plain sight or, for that matter, any Stove book would do the trick. If you like a cracking no-holds-barred philosophical polemic then Stove is the man for you (Stove might well have been the most…

Existentialism, semiotics, and iced tea

Going back to 1985, Roger Kimball reviews a collection of conversations with Walker Percy. Mr. Percy’s chief concern as a novelist is with ”the dislocation of man in the modern age,” with the sense of ennui and meaninglessness that has shadowed so many lives, even – or perhaps especially – in the midst of affluence.…