Friday, June 06, 2008

In search of Lost clues

The season finale of Lost left fans desperate to fill the void before the next season begins. Take this time to follow up on all those infuriating clues! It is well known that many of the characters on the show are named after philosophers and scientists. Use APL's Oxford Reference Online database to do some quick research or click the names below to see a list of related titles in our catalog (links to the characters are in parentheses). Leave us a comment if you find anything interesting!

John Locke (John Locke) – English philosopher, a founder of empiricism and political liberalism.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Danielle Rousseau) – French philosopher, writer, and political theorist, inspired the leaders of the French Revolution and the Romantic generation.

Mikhail Bakunin (Mikhail Bakunin) – chief propagator of 19th-century anarchism, a prominent Russian revolutionary agitator, and a prolific political writer.

Anthony Ashley Cooper (Anthony Cooper) – British moral philosopher and aesthetician. Instructed by his guardian John Locke in the classical languages.

Edmund Burke (Juliet Burke) – British man of letters and Whig politician. Burke wrote on the issues of political emancipation and moderation, notably with respect to Roman Catholics and the American colonies.

David Hume (Desmond Hume) – Scottish philosopher, economist, and historian. He rejected the possibility of certainty in knowledge and claimed that all the data of reason stem from experience.

Michael Faraday (Daniel Faraday) – English physicist and chemist whose many experiments contributed greatly to the understanding of electromagnetism.

Jeremy Bentham (Jeremy Bentham – spoiler alert!) – English philosopher and jurist, the first major proponent of utilitarianism.

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