• Review: The Irrationalist, Historical Fiction Explores Murder Of René Descartes

    Review: The Irrationalist, Historical Fiction Explores Murder Of René Descartes0

    Historical fiction is unique in several ways. In particular, while all fiction — at least good fiction — requires imagination and intelligence, historical fiction, according to bestselling author Alexander Chee, deals with “the plausibly hypothetical” and describes “what might have happened within what happened.” The constraints of real events, people and ways of life often

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  • 10 Fashion Passages From The Irrationalist’s 17th Century Europe

    10 Fashion Passages From The Irrationalist’s 17th Century Europe53

    The following passages depicting fashion in 17th century Europe are taken from the historical murder mystery The Irrationalist by Andrew Pessin. The book is available at Amazon and Open Books Direct. “Must this hall be so drafty?” complained a man in Scandinavian-accented French, pushing past him wearing the widest reticella collar Baillet had ever seen. http://the-ruff-and-bustle.tumblr.com/post/28776330688/here-is-a-lace-ruff-one-of-our-namesakes-from

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  • Interview With Andrew Pessin, Author Of The Irrationalist

    Interview With Andrew Pessin, Author Of The Irrationalist0

    Andrew Pessin talks with Book Glow about the writing of The Irrationalist. The historical murder mystery is available from Amazon and Open Books Direct. BG: Describe the book in one sentence. AP: The Irrationalist is an historical murder based closely on real events: the difficult life and very mysterious death of the famous philosopher, René

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  • Your Philosophy Minute: There Is No Path Not Taken0

    Editor’s Note: The Irrationalist: The Tragic Murder of René Descartes by Andrew Pessin is now available here. Ours is a life that is entirely out of our control. Lots of things determine what choices we make: hunches, personality, our beliefs and desires, the laws of nature, etc. And it turns out we don’t control any of

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  • 5 Key Suspects In The Murder Of Famous Philosopher René Descartes

    5 Key Suspects In The Murder Of Famous Philosopher René Descartes0

    Editor’s Note: These 5 real characters (and suspects!) appear in Andrew Pessin’s historical murder mystery The Irrationalist: The Tragic Murder of René Descartes. Click here to order your copy. 1. Sweden’s Queen Christina (1626-89) Her Majesty invited Descartes to Sweden to become her “Court Philosopher,” and shortly thereafter he was dead. Considering that she was the

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  • Your Philosophy Minute: Socrates

    Your Philosophy Minute: Socrates0

    Editor’s Note: The Irrationalist: The Tragic Murder of René Descartes by Andrew Pessin is now available here. Socrates: Another philosopher whose ideas caused troubles great and small… If you saw him on the street you’d probably cross to the other side. And yet before him, there was nothing; while after him, there’s all of Western philosophy. 

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