Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Well, this is telling …

… Books to read before university | THE Features. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)



I'd read Jung's Modern Man in Search of a Soul — in fact I think I did  — before reading Carl Rogers.

But most of these books are fairly recent. Is it assumed that people entering college a;ready have the Iliad and the Odyssey under their belts? And any article that suggests reading "anything by Malcolm Gladwell" is hard to take seriously.

My own advice? Start with some sound overviews: J. B. Priestley's Literature and Western Man, Frederick Copleston's A History of Philosophy, Van Wyck Brooks's Makers and Finders series. Read some major poets — Donne, Herrick, Wordsworth, Keats, Browning. And of course Fielding and Dickens and Conrad. Want some good science books? Try Eddington's The Nature of the Physical World and Heisenberg's Physics and Philosophy.

Skip the trendy crap.

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