Here’s what I’m reading this week. I’d ask my readers to respond with what they’re reading, but I’m pretty sure I still don’t have any readers (with the exception of Dougie, cheers buddy) so no worries.
Selections out of Critical Theory Since Plato by Hazard Adams. Today I skimmed through a bunch of stuff including Horace, Aquinas, Dante, Boccaccio and Vico (Plato and Aristotle were Tuesday). Tomorrow it looks like some Burke, Hume and if I’m lucky (or unlucky or whatever) I might get some Kant in. I love readers, you get all the original thought without the hassle of actually pounding through the entirety of A Critique of Pure Reason.
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. I only knew of this story as a movie until just recently. I was looking around at Umberto Eco’s stuff online (he’s a major semiologist and literary theorist…I’m hoping he’ll be able to help me out with the problem of delimiting meaning in interpretation) and I ran across this book on his website. Go figure. So I went out to the library (or libary for all you hicks out there) and picked it up. Only about 40 pgs in but it’s great so far. If you don’t feel like wading through 400 pgs of neo-classic murder mystery, try the movie on for size. I don’t remember everything about it, but it stars Sean Connery and it was pretty good, though with some disturbing content. Nothing like a murder mystery involving monks and set in the 14th century ;).