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[Wisniewski, Jakub Bozydar]のThe Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty (English Edition)
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The present book contains a collection of aphorisms grouped into six sets of topics, all related to the overarching topic of liberty and useful in highlighting its various facets.

Liberty is the central element of human nature. It is the essence of will, the source of creativity, and a prerequisite of virtue. As such, it is also the driving force of civilization and the foundation of any working society. And yet, being an abstract concept, its precise nature is often inadequately understood. This is unfortunate, since, while liberty can work its miracles when used by those who understand it only on an intuitive level, it remains fragile until it is comprehended on a deeper, philosophical level as well.

Luckily, there exists a substantial literature whose aim is to promote this second, more robust kind of understanding. The present book aspires to contribute to the literature in question, especially to this branch of it that puts particular emphasis on the pithiness and lucidity of the conveyed message. This is where the form of aphorism, with its motto of maximum content in minimum space, becomes particularly useful, especially given the information age’s healthy preference for brevity. The beauty of an aphorism is that it does not have to sacrifice brevity for depth, just as liberty does not have to sacrifice efficiency for equity: their best features reinforce one another rather than being opposed. Perhaps in this sense liberty is the most aphoristic of human qualities and the aphorism is the most libertarian of literary forms. In other words, perhaps the message of liberty – the pith of our life – is particularly well suited to be conveyed in a literary form that, at its best, is as pithy as it is lively. The present book puts this proposition to the test.

著者について

Jakub Bozydar Wisniewski is a libertarian theorist and a researcher in the tradition of the Austrian School of Economics. He has been a fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies and at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He has published peer-reviewed articles in philosophy, economics, and political economy in, among others, "Independent Review," "Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics," "New Perspectives on Political Economy," "Journal of Prices & Markets," "Libertarian Papers," and "Reason Papers."

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  • フォーマット: Kindle版
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  • 紙の本の長さ: 71 ページ
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  • 出版社: Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski (2015/6/19)
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  • 言語: 英語
  • ASIN: B0103CI06A
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Proverbs for the libertarian soul 2015/8/19
投稿者 J. Newman - (Amazon.com)
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This is a great book for liberty lovers with a penchant for zingers. Libertarians are notorious for trying to get opponents to read a brick of a book to understand the ideas of liberty. Jakub Wisniewski has condensed the ideas of Mises and Rothbard into short one- or two-liners that immediately convey the message of liberty which takes some authors thousands of pages to convey.

Liberty is a diamond with multiple facets, and Jakub has accordingly divided his aphorisms into categories on entrepreneurship, authority, money, charity, happiness, culture, and knowledge. Many of them involve a fun twist in the way the words are used, like "A barbarian believes in coercion as a means to establish cooperation. A civilized person believes in cooperation as a means to eliminate coercion." Each one could be the topic of a whole article or even a book, but Jakub lets each stand alone but in succession, like a string of devastating punches in a boxing match.

"The task of economics is to reveal the hidden order of society. The task of politics is to hide the naked chaos of the state."
Jakub has certainly followed his own advice. His aphorisms on liberty reveal the hidden order of society and expose the naked chaos of the state. He shows how liberty is such a simple message and has more to offer the world than the world currently knows, evidenced by the creeping and sometimes dramatic steps toward totalitarianism we see today. I hope that all those unfamiliar with liberty encounter Jakub's simple but profound messages sooner rather than later, and that all those already familiar with liberty pick up this book, enjoy it, and learn from Jakub's sharp wit and keen ability to communicate liberty.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Wiśniewski is without a doubt the greatest aphorist since Nicolás Gómez Dávila 2015/8/15
投稿者 Victor Weis - (Amazon.com)
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Wiśniewski is without a doubt the greatest aphorist since Nicolás Gómez Dávila, and now you can have over 600 of Wiśniewski best glosses in one elegant volume. This is an essential contribution to modern libertarian literature, in which Wiśniewski has taken some of the most brilliant insights of the libertarian tradition and distilled them down to powerful proverbs, as potent as fine whiskey. Every one of his aphorisms inspire profound musings on the essence of liberty in a way quite unlike anything that has come before. This is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of and appreciation for liberty.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 "...His sound ethical analysis informs the economics of the political arrangements of humanity... still very accessible" 2015/8/20
投稿者 Amazon Customer - (Amazon.com)
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Jakub Bozydar Wisniewski is among a rare breed of economic thinkers.
Each of his maxims is jammed full of meaning and scholarship, representing some of the highest points and best authors in political and economic thought. His sound ethical analysis informs the economics of the political arrangements of humanity; his potent brevity makes it accessible to everyone.
Presenting statist fallacies and economically qualified corrections in short and stark contrast, this author gives us lesson after lesson designed to stay in our minds and, like a lense, clarifying our own later observations.
My own work is definitely improved by my having read this one.

-A. Joel Rupert
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投稿者 Frances - (Amazon.com)
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Feel like you’re too wordy? Try an aphorism a day to slim down to an ideal length to your posts on Facebook or Twitter.
A “just tax” is something akin to an “affectionate rape”.
“Public property”: the private “property” of expropriators.
Uncertainty is the price we pay for existence.
The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty by Jakub Bozydar Wisniewski is a slender book offering up original insights about liberty in ways that beg being spread widely. Tweet on!
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5つ星のうち 5.0 If you are looking for a book that keeps you ... 2015/8/15
投稿者 Bruce Koerber - (Amazon.com)
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If you are looking for a book that keeps you connected - your mind to your heart and your thoughts about ethics to the potentials that are all around you - then by all means buy this book. It will keep you stimulated and alert and brighten each and every day that you sit and ponder upon the vignettes, skillfully constructed with penetrating insight by Jakub Bozydar Wisniewski.
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