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CollectionsHouse (387), Office (228), Currently reading (2), All collections (611)

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TagsFiction (271), Philosophy (137), History (87), Philosophy of Science (86), Contemporary Philosophy (76), Children (75), Non-Fiction (69), History of Science (59), Science (54), Philosophy of Biology (53) — see all tags

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About meA family consisting of a lecturer in philosophy at Université catholique de Louvain, and a chemical engineer.

[Note: the photo is actually a chunk of our library, showing off our spine labels.]

About my libraryOur library is completely entered; if we own it, it's on here. Particular strengths throughout the history of philosophy, Russian literature, children's literature, and the philosophy, history, and science of biology and physics.

RATINGS: I've finally decided to start rating my books, mostly as a guide for myself as to what I've read and what I haven't. For all books, 0 stars means unread. Other than that:

Philosophy: Five stars means I consider the book an essential work by an essential philosopher; every philosopher should have read it, and laypeople should probably be familiar with it too. Four stars is an important or significant work, or one that I've used quite a bit and really enjoy. Three stars is something I'd never consider getting rid of. Two stars is decent (probably was required reading at some point), and one star is something I feel obligated to keep but don't like at all. If you're surprised by some work of philosophy's being missing, you've probably stumbled into something that I've got as a PDF, which I'm doing more and more these days.

Fiction: Here it's basically one-to-five based on how much I enjoyed reading a particular work. Three stars is the lowest rating that I'll give a book that I didn't like but is important for some reason that I don't fully understand.

GroupsGraduate Students, Notre Dame book lovers, Philosophy and Theory, Philosophy of Science, Science!, Tea!

Favorite authorsFyodor Dostoevsky, Kurt Gödel, Hamlin Lewis Hill, David K. Lewis, Bertrand Russell, Ivan Turgenev (Shared favorites)

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Favorite librariesBibliothèques de l'Université catholique de Louvain, Princeton University - Firestone Library

Homepagehttp://www.charlespence.net

Real nameJulia and Charles Pence

LocationBrussels, Belgium

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Member sinceMay 5, 2006

Currently readingBuckets from an English Sea: 1832 and the Making of Charles Darwin by Louis B. Rosenblatt
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