pinkpanthress said: Would you tell us 3 books that you enjoyed this Year? :) (whether new or old)
Again, thank you so much for the question - hope you are rewarded with tons of likes and reblogs.
This is tricky. I read Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and Plato’s “Meno” very closely, line-by-line with friends. I also read a ton of graphic novels. I don’t think I read a single novel or completed a book of poetry or philosophy, for that matter.
"Twelfth Night" was incredible. The one conclusion I was reaching was that Malvolio was the thesis that virtue can be learned. It sounds crazy: he’s not particularly bright and he’s extremely mean. But he is trying to learn how to be a gentleman - he’s always reading books that teach him class - and it is precisely that he isn’t bright and is mean that makes him a perfect test case for whether he can learn to be better.
The “Meno” reread - I think I must have read that dialogue 10 times or something now - that also went well. Spent a lot of time talking about the drama of the dialogue, how the epistemological questions stem from the task of Socratic moderation. Still not entirely sure what to make of “true opinion,” the rough conclusion of the dialogue about the truth of moral propositions (I think).
Oh, and Ghost World is something everyone should read.