Friday, May 28, 2004


Some of the books I plundered from the book sale today:

  • Burke's Reflections on the French Revolution. Burke is the grand-daddy of British conservatives, an opponent of individualism and human rights who placed great store in custom and prejudice (meaning not bigotry, but literally pre-judging gut instincts - Leon Kass applied to politics).
  • Alexis de Tocqueville's The Ancien Regime and the French Revolution. Got a lot of mention when I studied the period, and is supposed to be one of the chief early thinkers on the Revolution's causes.
  • Not In Our Genes by Rose, Lewontin and Kamin. This is one of the books Pinker slags off in The Blank Slate, so I thought it was worth acquiring.
  • Chairman Mao's Little Red Book - because it was there!

And several others.

But the big question is, when the hell am I going to find time to read all of this?