What We Are Reading Today: On Purpose by Michael Ruse

Updated 30 November 2019

What We Are Reading Today: On Purpose by Michael Ruse

  • The book traces how Platonic, Aristotelian, and Kantian ideas of purpose continue to shape Western thought

It has been described as an accessible history of the idea of purpose in Western thought, from ancient Greece to the present

Can we live without the idea of purpose? Should we even try to? Kant thought we were stuck with it, and even Darwin, who profoundly shook the idea, was unable to kill it. 

Indeed, purpose seems to be making a comeback today, as both religious advocates of intelligent design and some prominent secular philosophers argue that any explanation of life without the idea of purpose is missing something essential. On Purpose explores the history of purpose in philosophical, religious, scientific, and historical thought, from ancient Greece to the present, says a review on the Princeton University Press website. 

Accessibly written and filled with literary and other examples, the book traces how Platonic, Aristotelian, and Kantian ideas of purpose continue to shape Western thought. 

Along the way, it also takes up tough questions about the purpose of life — and whether it’s possible to have meaning without purpose.


What We Are Buying Today: MZN Bodycare

Updated 17 January 2020

What We Are Buying Today: MZN Bodycare

Dhahran-based MZN Bodycare started a few years ago, as the trend towards a healthier and more environment-friendly lifestyle developed, leading consumers to seek out more-natural, organic products.

MZN products were only available at private parties at first. Guest would be given product demonstrations. The brand then moved on to bigger platforms — markets and fairs, for example. Its products are now available at Whites Pharmacies and the Homegrown Market on Prince Saud Al-Faisal Street in Al-Rawdah district, Jeddah.

MZN offers a full range of body-care products, including body butters, oils, scrubs, soaps, mists, facemasks and lip balms. For those who like their soaps and scrubs scent-free, MZN has an unscented range of most products, but you’d be missing out on the great smells they have, including musk, lavender, and vanilla.

My personal favorites are the products that contain the pink musk scent, especially the Pink Musk Body Butter.