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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Now Available: Volumes I, II, III, and IV of the Collected Published and Unpublished Papers.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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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM DOSTOYEVSKY?

One of my favorite literary characters, at least for purposes of snarking references, is Smerdyakov, the bastard son of old Fyodor Karamazov  Smerdyakov admires and seeks uncomprehendingly to imitate Ivan Karamazov, with disastrous results.

I see that Rand Paul has officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President.  He is this cycle's Smerdyakov.

3 comments:

Chris said...

I thought Ted Cruz was your Smerdyakov.

Alan Nelson said...

Brilliant!

Robert Paul Wolff said...

Thank you, Alan. Let's do lunch!