As for Arc, I think you actually get a
better language if you design for smart
programmers. Designed for smart
programmers: C, Smalltalk, Lisp. Designed
for “average” programmers: Cobol, Pascal,
Java. See a pattern here?
Tuesday, December 18, 2001
2010.04.05 Monday ACHK
What philosophy books would you recommend?
I can’t think of any I’d recommend. What I learned from trying to study philosophy is that the place to look is in other fields. If you understand math or history or aeronautical engineering very well, the most abstract of the things you know are what philosophy is supposed to be teaching. Books on philosophy per se are either highly technical stuff that doesn’t matter much, or vague concatenations of abstractions their own authors didn’t fully understand (e.g. Hegel).
— Paul Graham