If you’re looking for a rigorous socioeconomic critique of consumerism without the typical Marxist or socialist rhetoric, you ought to read The Theory of the Leisure Class. Veblen does a wonderful diagnosis of capitalism in the late 19th century, and I think it’s important to discuss whether his ideas still hold strong in present day.
Gender inequality is a topic that is pervasive as ever. While we have come a long women’s rights, misogyny is something that must constantly be critiqued such that it can never arise again (or, in some cases, be destroyed). The Subjugation of Women provides one of such critiques.
Over the years, liberalism has become a watered-down and vague term due to its overuse. What exactly is liberalism, anyways? Here we have the answer. Written by John Stuart Mill, one of the greatest liberal philosophers, On Liberty provides the philosophical backbone for liberalism as a political ideology.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Dostoyevsky? Достое́вский? Does-toy-every-sky?) is by far the longest work I’ve typeset so far, and I’m pretty sure it’ll stay that way for quite a while. However, it was definitely worth it, because this is a wonderful piece of literature. While the language is like a swamp that takes some slogging through, Crime and Punishment has some gems waiting to be captured if you look deep enough.
Due to the length, I haven’t proofread the entire novel yet, so it would be greatly appreciated if you let me know if you spot anything.
And we’re back with more Rousseau! Written in 1754, the Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, also known as the Second Discourse, is the first instance in which Rousseau outlines his concept of human nature. The book also contains Rousseau’s fascinating theory on the origins of inequality in society (who could have guessed?).
One of Kafka’s most well-known works, The Metamorphosis is an intriguing tale about one man’s mysterious transformation. A great work of absurdist fiction.