Tuesday, November 15, 2005

In Slate:

David Brooks, columnist, the New York Times

This is going to sound awfully pompous (but hey, I went to the University of Chicago), but the two most important books I read in college were Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France and Hobbes' Leviathan. I loathed both books at first reading, but they both explained how little we can rationally know about the world around us and how much we have to rely on habits, traditions, and intuition. I've been exemplifying our ignorance on a daily basis ever since.

We're not so bad. Really we're not. Goooo Chicago!

1 comment:

Jacob said...

If only that set of lessons had anything to do with anything Hobbes said. They're perfectly Burkean, but utterly alien to Hobbes...