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Blog entries on '07 February 2006'

Tuesday 07 February 2006

Night Haunts

I've just discovered Night Haunts, an ongoing, online, nocturnal journal, by Sukhdev Sandhu (who I'll be interviewing here on RSB very soon) and Artangel. In Whatever happened to the London night, Sukhdev ponders:

There was a time, well over a century ago now, when it was considered one of the finest Victorian inventions. Before then, the onset of darkness had spelled an end to the day. It represented its outer limits, its polar extremes. The night was seen as lawless, foreign territory teeming with rogues and banditos who took advantage of what Shakespeare called its 'vast, sin-concealing chaos' to revel in an orgy of depravity and pestilence. It snuffed out the civility and social etiquettes of daytime and brought back trace memories of an older London dense with eldritch forestry.

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Tuesday 07 February 2006

Recent RSB highlights

Just a quick review of some of the recent goodies here on ReadySteadyBook:

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Tuesday 07 February 2006


Raymond Geuss's Outside Ethics (PUP) has been hanging around my TBR-pile for a few months now. Monday Musing: Liberalism's Loss of the Skeptical Spirit, a nice piece on 3 Quarks Daily yesterday, has pushed it up to right near the top:

I recently completed Raymond Geuss’ Outside Ethics, a collection of essays from various talks on contemporary Western political and moral philosophy. I’ve been a fan of Geuss’ work ever since reading his very thin but insightful book The Idea of a Critical Theory, which Ram once described as lacking an unnecessary word, and after taking his course on continental political thought in my first year of graduate school. For the most part, Geuss' concerns have been on continental philosophy and continental thinkers, to which he brings an (for lack of a better phrase) Anglo-American analytic clarity.

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