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The following books by Robert Paul Wolff are available on Amazon.com as e-books: KANT'S THEORY OF MENTAL ACTIVITY, THE AUTONOMY OF REASON, UNDERSTANDING MARX, UNDERSTANDING RAWLS, THE POVERTY OF LIBERALISM, A LIFE IN THE ACADEMY, MONEYBAGS MUST BE SO LUCKY, AN INTRODUCTION TO THE USE OF FORMAL METHODS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY.
Now Available: Volumes I, II, III, and IV of the Collected Published and Unpublished Papers.

NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE: LECTURES ON KANT'S CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON. To view the lectures, go to YouTube and search for "Robert Paul Wolff Kant." There they will be.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

POST-COITAL TRISTESSE [HEM HEM]

Every time I complete a piece of writing, I have three reactions: First, a sense of liberation and elation; then a feeling of sadness that I have nothing to do; and finally a fear that I will never write anything again. I felt all three of these emotions for the first time in 1957, when I completed my doctoral dissertation, and have experienced them again every time I have finished writing a book or a serious essay. You would think I would stop worrying, after fifty-four years, but sure enough, the completion of the "Introduction to the Critique of Pure Reason" produced the same reaction.

One reader wrote an email suggesting that I tackle Kant's ethical theory. Independently, I was thinking about a short introduction to the thought of David Hume. But perhaps I ought to take a few days to think about it before launching into another thirty thousand word undertaking. Once the Dodgers left Brooklyn, baseball lost its attractions, and I never really got the Red Sox, for all that I once rode in the same parlor car as Ted Williams.

Maybe retirement was not such a good idea. Sigh.

8 comments:

Chris said...

No one ever bores of Hume...

Michael said...

I suppose that after the comments and rejoinders on an earlier post, a Hegel tutorial is out of the question :)

California Prof said...

How about a comment on the charges being dismissed against DSK, or perhaps an update on the 5.9 shake you guys ont he East Coast got today?

Jordan said...

If this is the correct place to do so, I'd love to add another vote for Kant's ethics.

J.Vlasits said...

Ever since your posts in the formal methods course, I was wondering whether you would do a "straight" political/social philosophy course. But Kant and Hume would both be fun!

Andrew Lionel Blais said...

I've often hear you say that Kripke made a substantial contribution to undoing the epistemological turn. Would you consider writing an elaboration of this thesis?

Andrew Lionel Blais said...

I thought that you might find this amusing:

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