Jan 042011

Gary Rosen of the Wall Street Journal summarizes Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche,, a collection of biographical sketches of historians by intellectual historian James Miller.

Read the article.

The book sounds like it focuses on the personal foibles of its subjects (which only get as recent as Nietzsche: no Heidegger as Nazi talk here). As one would expect from an “intellectual historian,” it’s going to provide a good overview and/or supplement to the more content-oriented material covered on our podcast, but may or may not really further your understanding of that content, i.e. the philosophical ideas themselves.

-Mark Linsenmayer


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