“A man's brain is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, the skillful workman will have nothing but the tools which may help him. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls, it is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.”
who some people hate bad abridgememts
with good reason too
not a condensed version,
like the despicable 100-minute Bible, which is actually some bloke's opinion of what he thinks is, or in some cases ought, to be in the bible.
Or the silly Cliff Notes which are just someone's opinion of what they think is in, or ought to be in, a text.
Reader's Digest were actually re-tellings of less-than-successful novels into short stories
The world, it seems to me, is somewhat too complicated to understand in detail.
THE RULES of WORTHY ABRIDGEMENT
The reader must know this is an abridgement, that it is not the original.
It should be based on a sound original text, or a favoured translation
The original words, in their original order
Particular pasages and phrases are famous for good reason. These should be included in full. If if the abridger doen't think they're worthy, or even that they misrepresent the text, famous-ness is part of understanding the world. Being aware of what is commonly thought to be the case is just as important, if not more so, than knowing what the truth is.
7,000 words is the reasonable upper limit for an intelligent adult
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THE COMPLETE TEXTS ● THE ABRIDGED TEXTS ● Aristotle - Ethics ● Aristotle - Politics ● Augustine - Confessions ● Ayer - Language, Truth and Logic ● Bacon - Advancement of Learning ● Bentham - Morals and Legislation ● Berkeley - Principles of Human Knowledge ● Boethius - Consolations of Philosophy ● Burke - Revolution in France ● Cicero - Friendship and Old Age ● Clausewitz - On War ● Comte - Positive Philosophy ● Confucius - The Analects ● Copernicus - The Revolutions ● Darwin - The Origin of Species ● Descartes - Discourse on Method ● Descartes - Meditations ● Einstein's Relativity ● Emerson - Nature ● Epicurus - Sovran Maxims ● Erasmus - Praise of Folly ● Euclid - Elements ● Freud - Psychoanalysis ● Galileo - Two World Systems ● Hayek - The Road to Serfdom ● Hegel - Philosophy of History ● Hegel - Philosophy of Religion ● Hobbes - Leviathan ● Hume - Human Understanding ● James - Varieties of Religious Experience ● Kant - Critiques of Reason ● Kant - Metaphysics of Morals ● Kierkegaard - Either Or ● Leibniz - Monadology ● Locke - Human Understanding ● Machiavelli - The Prince ● Marcus Aurelius - Meditations ● Marx - The Communist Manifesto ● Marx and Engels - German Ideology ● Mill - On Liberty ● Mill - System of Logic ● More - Utopia ● Newton - Principia ● Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil ● Nietzsche - Genealogy of Morals ● Paine - Rights of Man ● Pascal - Thoughts ● Plato - The Apology ● Plato - The Republic ● Plato - The Symposium ● Popper - Scientific Discovery ● Rand - Selfishness ● Rousseau - Confessions ● Rousseau - Social Contract ● Sade - Philosophy in the Boudoir ● Sartre - Existentialism is a Humanism ● Schopenhauer - World as Will and Idea ● Smith - Wealth of Nations ● Spinoza - Ethics ● The Ancient Greeks ● The Aphorisms of the Philosophers ● Thoreau - Walden ● Tocqueville - America ● Turing - Computing Machinery ● Wittgenstein - Tractatus ● Wollstonecraft - Rights of Woman ●
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