Andrew Hui is Associate Professor of Humanities at Yale-NUS College. He received his PhD in comparative literature from Princeton in 2009 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford before joining the inaugural faculty of Singapore’s first liberal arts institution in 2012. He is the author of The Poetics of Ruins in Renaissance Literature (2016) and, most recently, A Theory of the Aphorism: From Confucius to Twitter (2019).
Interviews with Andrew Hui
The unexamined life is not worth living; nature loves to hide; you can’t step in the same river twice. No doubt we’ve all grown up hearing aphorisms, but perhaps we take their importance for granted. Andrew Hui, the author of the first full book on the theory of the aphorism, guides us through the history of the short philosophical saying from Heraclitus to Nietzsche and beyond.
Interviews where books by Andrew Hui were recommended
Becoming Beauvoir: A Life
by Kate Kirkpatrick
Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher
by Armand D'Angour
A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures
by Eric Schwitzgebel
Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness
by Philip Goff
A Theory of the Aphorism: From Confucius to Twitter
by Andrew Hui
We live in a golden age for philosophy books that are accessible to a wide audience. In the pages of even quite short books, we can find new ways of reflecting on who we are and how we should conduct ourselves in the world, as well as learn more about the brilliant thinkers who trod these paths before us. Our philosophy editor Nigel Warburton talks us through some of the best philosophy books that came out in 2019.