Confronting Leviathan

In his 1651 book, Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes imagined the state as the biblical sea monster. Professor David Runciman examines how different philosophers down the centuries have understood the relationship of citizens to the people who govern the state. Starting with Thomas Hobbes, this book explains how various thinkers have understood and explained the state andContinue reading “Confronting Leviathan”

The Secret History of the Gnostics

This is a book I will keep as a reference. The Gnostics were distinguished from other early Christians in their emphasis on gnosis, the Greek word for knowledge rather than faith. According to the Gnostics, it is gnosis itself that saves, redeems, and provides liberation. The Gnostics saw Jesus as a saviour and redeemer, butContinue reading “The Secret History of the Gnostics”

The Secret History of the Gnostics

This is a book I will keep as a reference. The Gnostics were distinguished from other early Christians in their emphasis on gnosis, the Greek word for knowledge rather than faith. According to the Gnostics, it is gnosis itself that saves, redeems, and provides liberation. The Gnostics saw Jesus as a saviour and redeemer, butContinue reading “The Secret History of the Gnostics”

EP Thompson and the Making of the New Left

Edward Palmer Thompson was an English historian, writer, socialist and peace campaigner. He is best known today for his books on radical movements in particular The Making of the English Working Class. This collection of his work helped revive left-wing / socialist politics in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s and includes essays onContinue reading “EP Thompson and the Making of the New Left”

Three Men on the Bummel – Book Review

This is the sequel to Three Men in a Boat and it is really rather good, especially when the three men – George, Harris and J – are travelling around the middle of Europe interacting with the locals and passing judgment on their surroundings as they move from Hamburg to Berlin and Dresden and theirContinue reading “Three Men on the Bummel – Book Review”

Confronting Leviathan

In his 1651 book, Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes imagined the state as the biblical sea monster. Professor David Runciman examines how different philosophers down the centuries have understood the relationship of citizens to the people who govern the state. Starting with Thomas Hobbes, this book explains how various thinkers have understood and explained the state andContinue reading “Confronting Leviathan”

Work won’t love you back – Book Review

It’s a particularly apposite time to be reading this book when many people are re-evaluating their life in regard to their work situation and indeed whether they should stay employed in their current role. This book made me think deeply about why I’m working where I am and whether I shouldn’t move somewhere else. ThisContinue reading “Work won’t love you back – Book Review”

Three Men on the Bummel – Book Review

This is the sequel to Three Men in a Boat and it is really rather good, especially when the three men – George, Harris and J – are travelling around the middle of Europe interacting with the locals and passing judgment on their surroundings as they move from Hamburg to Berlin and Dresden and theirContinue reading “Three Men on the Bummel – Book Review”

EP Thompson and the Making of the New Left

Edward Palmer Thompson was an English historian, writer, socialist and peace campaigner. He is best known today for his books on radical movements in particular The Making of the English Working Class. This collection of his work helped revive left-wing / socialist politics in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s and includes essays onContinue reading “EP Thompson and the Making of the New Left”

Primitive Rebels by Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm was a British historian who wrote many books on Socialism, Nationalism, and Capitalism. He was a contemporary of other Marxist historians such as Christopher Hill, EP Thompson, and Sheila Rowbotham. Primitive Rebels is his first major work and inspects rebellion from the time of Robin Hood onwards, concentrating on the 19th Century risingsContinue reading “Primitive Rebels by Eric Hobsbawm”