The essays on Schopenhauer and Descartes are a good mix of biographical background and philosophical explanation.
In some respects, Kimball's work is at the same level of the works of those whom he portrays as Kimball's book is erudite and intellectually stimulating.
This may sound odd but I think that his intelligence is best expressed in the way that he makes his paragraphs accessible to the reader.
This book is a series of essays on various thinkers and their works (Plutarch) supposedly wrapped around a theme -- criticism of "great' thinkers, persons who over-think and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Patrick McCormack
One can sum up Kimball's writing briefly by simply noting that he is, as PG Wodehouse would put it, "Sound on Pekes."
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This book is a collection of essays about various literary or otherwise important personages, some better known like Hegel or Wittgenstein, and some not very well known, like... Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by bronx book nerd
Well, this is a book from Roger Kimball -- so of course it's worth reading. Beware, however: this particular volume is written on the level of graduate seminars; it is most... Read morePublished on January 19, 2010 by Geoff Puterbaugh
I gave this reading 3 stars because of my expectations. I bought this book for the subtitle "The use and abuse of intelligence" thinking that it would talk further about logical... Read morePublished on November 23, 2009 by 1000Books
Kimball's essays evoke memories of classroom disputes over philsophy. Classical philosophers seemed so self-focussed that attempts to translate them into a global human framework... Read morePublished on June 24, 2003 by Stephen A. Haines
I enjoyed this book very much. I purchased it after reading a review by Stephen Barbara, writing in the Weekly Standard, who wrote: "'Lives of the Mind' is a work of generous... Read morePublished on April 30, 2003 by Cowboy Bill
The use and abuse of intelligence is covered in Lives Of The Mind, a lively and highly recommended discourse blending philosophy, psychology, science and social criticism. Read morePublished on February 9, 2003 by Midwest Book Review
Yesterday I wrote a review of this book in which I treated it as a book on this topic might expect to be treated, if everyone was always in good humor. Read morePublished on January 8, 2003 by Bruce P. Barten