History of Evil in the Occident – M. Faucheux (2004) Book Review

Is there a propensity for evil in the Western culture? How is “evil” defined? How is “evil” sanctioned and how does it shift, from era to era? What other phenomena enable “evil” to manifest? Is there a gender-specific type of “evil” that we can pinpoint in Western history? These were the questions that I sought answers to when reading this book. Sadly, none were answered. In fact, if you read the table of contents, you already know everything this book has to offer.


The author gives no new insight into the “evil” phenomenon, and goes about piecing together historical facts so well known, they’re self standing. But he does so with a sadistic attention to technical details that makes me believe Michel Faucheux, the author, missed his calling.

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The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance (Book Review)

Although I had a hard time imagining ancient knowledge in distress, on a ledge, waiting for a saviour :), I wanted to love this book so, so badly. And in a way, I do love it. But this book suffers from arabicentrism much like European history of science suffers from eurocentrism, and it fails to be convincing on 3 important points: Continue reading “The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance (Book Review)”