Calm’s Readings

Will Durant:

The Story of Philosophy - The lives and opinions of the Greater Philosophers

Will Durant provides a nice survey of western philosophy from Socrates to the first great American philosophers.

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527):

All Machiavelli videos on Youtube:

The Prince

Machiavelli is refreshing with his blunt pragmatic advice for princes, tyrants, and statesmen alike.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626):

All Francis Bacon videos on Youtube:

The Essays

The famous collection of Francis Bacon’s essays. A beautiful example of the English language. He covers many topics ranging from gardening to religion and politics. The essays are full of great observations that are still relevant today.

The Novum Organum

The Novum Organum is titled in reference to Aristotle’s Organon. This work is credited with being the beginning of the current conception of the scientific method. Unlike The Essays, you will get more argumentation from Bacon in this work. Hear arguments that you can see in current science speak. You will also get a window into common beliefs of people in 15th century Britain about how the world worked.

Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677):

A Study of Spinoza

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881):

Chartism (YouTube complete, still updating daily on BitChute)

Wellington’s Army 1809-1814:

Wellington’s Army 1809-1814

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900):

All Nietzsche videos on YouTube:

Thus Spake Zarathustra (Current Project / Incomplete)

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