Friday, March 19, 2010

Matt's top ten

I've been reading Matthew Yglesias since 2003, and he's been a huge influence on my political views. He studied philosophy at Harvard, and he just put up a list of the ten books that had the most influence on him. Reasons and Persons is at the top. Lots of other interesting things there too. As somebody who teaches philosophy, it made me happy.


Anonymous said...

Being that I am a fan of lists and your blog, when are you going to post your top 10, Neil?

- Curious Nerd

Neil Sinhababu said...

Hmm, let me think about it!

Brock said...

Yes, but the goodness conferred on the list by the presence of Parfit was negated by the presence of Rorty.

Neil Sinhababu said...

If Rorty has a redeeming virtue, it's that he got Matt to become a political blogger rather than a philosopher.

I think Matt would've been a fine philosopher, but he's perhaps uniquely suited to be the person who sits in the CAP office, absorbs the best thoughts of the smart lefty wonks around him, and shoots out 15 blog posts in 24 hours. Nobody in blogging puts up as many good ideas per day.

Anonymous said...

The public has spoken:

We want Neil's Top Ten!