Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Books I want to read this year

Work and life have been very busy lately so I haven't had much time to post anything of real substance here (though I have managed to keep up with the quote of the week) or had the time to read anything in theology or philosophy; I've mostly been reading tech articles and books. The last book philosophy book I read was Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche and I must say that is one of the best books I've read. Love him or hate him, that is a fun book (I'm sure I just made a few hardcore Nietzscheans scream with rage by that comment). Fun? Yes. Fun. I like philosophy and I like literature. Guess what? Zarathustra has both. Fun I say.

Anywho, my leisure reading has come to a halt, but I plan on etching in some time for it sometime soon My goal is to read at least 5 books from my 2013 list. Keep in my mind, since I'm an IT professional for a living and for hobby I'll already be reading/studying for Windows 8 and Server 2012 certifications; so reading 5 "fun" books will be a challenge for me since I read so much anyway for tests.

My 2013 "to read" list

Allan Bloom - Love and Friendship
Aristotle's Ethics, Poetics, Metaphysics, and Politics
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Emile: Or, On Education (Bloom translation)
J.I. Packer - Knowing God
Machiavelli - Prince
Michael S. Horton - Christian Faith: Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way
Paul Copan - Is God a Moral Monster?
Plato - Apology, Phaedo, and Symposium
Thomas Sowell - Intellectuals and Society, Vision of the Anointed
William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland - Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview


  1. "The Prince" is an often misunderstood book. I would also encourage reading, along with it, Machiavelli's other work "The Discourses," which was more so how he perceived government should function, whereas "The Prince" was more a study on how governments tended to function.

    1. Okay. Cool. Thanks for providing some background on his books. I've only read excerpts from "The Prince," and have heard very little about "the Discourses." I want to read more of the "Great Books."


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