Great Virtues (C-Sponville) & Ideas (Watson)

12 02 2008

I was checking out my personal library for some philosophy books that I haven’t read yet and picked up these two books: “A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues” by André Comte-Sponville, and “Ideas: A History from Fire to Freud” by Peter Watson. After writing my philosophies, I felt like reading. I’m sure I will have tons of thoughts poured on these books once I have read every item that these books consist of.

I was able to read the book by Comte-Sponville once but only got to a few pages. There are plenty of insights with regards to politeness which is the very first item. And the main idea is that “politeness is the very first virtue and the origin of all the others.” (p. 7)

With regards to Watson’s book, I only took a peek and found out about how Isaac Newton became glorified as a man of reason when he’s actually still part of the old religious mentality of the middle ages – he was trying to justify the writings in the Bible as Watson’s book accounts.

It’s so fascinating to find out a lot of these interesting ideas. Some do make sense to me but others don’t. But as my philosophy goes, “believe in the possibilities.”

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