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Now Available: Volumes I, II, III, and IV of the Collected Published and Unpublished Papers.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

NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE: LECTURES ON THE THOUGHT OF KARL MARX. To view the lectures, go to YouTube and search for Robert Paul Wolff Marx."




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Monday, February 26, 2018

WORLD FAMOUS IN POLAND, TO QUOTE MEL BROOKS IN TO BE OR NOT TO BE.


If all goes well, tomorrow I should pass a significant milestone:  three million page views of this blog, only a million or so by me.  The Internet is a strange place indeed.

4 comments:

Jerry Fresia said...

You mentioned the grad student game of comparing one's age to the age of great thinkers when they wrote seminal books.

Do you think Hume, to take one example, has been read by 3 million people? (Google may not be counting your own page views.)

David Palmeter said...

When I think of what Hume accomplished in his 20s and what I "accomplished" in my20s (or since) I am truly, truly humbled.

Anonymous said...

Prof. Wolff, your videos will make you world famous in more corners of the world than Poland. And it will make your lectures immortal too. That is a nice thing, considering how tne Internet does not always have hits like your lectures.

This reminds me of a question Bertrand Russell once posed. If one were honored with a statue in Trafalgar Square, would one prefer the tallest where only the pigeons get to enjoy or short enough where people walking by will recognize your face, and perhaps even remember your work. In that sense, would you write another book that is well-regarded in academia but sits in an ivory tower inaccessible to most or make a video where 3 million people (and more) will read and recognize you?

s. wallerstein said...

Since many of us look at the site at least once a day and often several times a day, there is no evidence at all that 3 million different people have read it.

Thus, while probably 3 million different people have not read Hume or rather a page of Hume (since the phrase "read Hume" generally indicates a certain mastery of his texts), Hume's books undoubtedly have been opened at least 3 million times. Think of how many times one single Hume specialist must have opened a text of Hume during their academic career.