Category: Book reviews

  • A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 6)

    A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 6)

    My summer reading:  Willem Barrett’s 1959 classic, Irrational Man, A Study in Existential Philosophy. What complaint did Kierkegaard along with Nietzsche and others, levy against the intellect? In their view, intellect gobbles you up until you’re so obsessed with your ‘naval gazing’ that, like Shakespeare’s Hamlet, you’re paralyzed, unable to take action. Luckily there are […]

  • A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 5)

    A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 5)

    Is this forerunner for Heidegger’s ideas of being-in-the-world? Quite possibly, says Barrett even if such the concept was furthest from Wordsworth’s thoughts.

  • A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 4)

    A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 4)

    My summer reading:  Willem Barrett’s 1959 classic, Irrational Man, A Study in Existential Philosophy. As Hellenist reason takes hold of Western culture, Christianity comes on the scene, and with it, new concerns and questions. Faith vs. Reason In the first century, Saint Paul, the Apostle, asserted that the faith he preached was foolishness to the […]

  • A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 3)

    A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 3)

    Note that this dualistic opposition between black and white is a Western construct. Witness the difference between the Chinese treatment of black and white, Ying and Yang.

  • A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 2)

    A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 2)

    Change that construct, and you’re well on the road to resolving ‘angst’ or that deep seated, irrefutable, insatiable anxiety from which, 20th century writers like Eliot, Forster, and Woolf and 20th century Existentialists like Heidegger were suffering.

  • A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 1)

    A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 1)

    Onward forges capitalism until we find ourselves devoid of anything tangible to which we can hold except faceless corporations, sprawling factories, and of course, the next pay check.

  • Fire and Fury – as astrological assessment whether it’s more fact or fiction…

    The official release date for the Fire and Fury, the book that President Trump apparently does not want us to read, was moved forward. We are told this decision was made by the publisher just hours after Trump’s lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter, claiming among other things, libel and breach of confidentiality. What might we […]

  • The Future of Coaching – Vision, Leadership, and Responsibility

    This afternoon, I joined the first of four webinars where Hetty Einzig speaks on the future of coaching. Some of the ideas expressed were music to my ears. The primary point, from which all else flows, is that the environment in which coaches practice now is not the same as it was forty years ago. […]

  • The Glass Bead Game / the ultimate in coaching

    One of my favourite novels is The Glass Bead Game, by Herman Hesse. It was published, I think, sometime in the 1940’s. Basically the plot revolves around a utopian community rather like a posh boarding school, where young boys are sent by their wealthy, influential parents to learn that they need to be tomorrow’s leaders. […]

  • Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed & What It’s Doing to Us

    In the western world, you have a duty of self-improvement – to be authentic, competitive,  thin, attractive, and (among many other things) coiffed and couture. But did you realise that all the standards to which you aspire are culturally determined, even though you are meant to believe you developed them yourself? Worse, you’re so intent […]