Originally Posted by bhunter
. . . BTW, since you appear to be into philosophy, have you read Wittgenstein's Tractatus? I had to deal with it in a linguistic seminar on formal languages.
I have not read it.
My exposure to pure philosophy is extremely limited. During engineering undergrad I satisfied a philosophy credit with a class called Introduction to Ethics. That class stayed with the classics such as Plato, Aristotle, etc. and was fun to digest.
A few years ago I read The Closing of the American Mind
. That book was a bear for me to get through. The author threw around names like Hegel, Marx, Jefferson, etc. as if the reader knew all of their philosophies. I did not. I spent just as much time doing research as reading the book. It was an enlightening experience.
In law school we really didn't learn any philosophy. Law school is more like a software class. We did simple analysis such as law A ended up with effect Z. The good thing from law school is that it helps students see the big picture.
On the theology front I read Seven Storey Mountain
. That was the book that finally made religion understandable for me.
So that's it. My background is two philosophy books with other background in law and a little theology to help put philosophy in context.