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recent book on 100? concepts of the afterlife

Within the past year or two (approx.), there was a book published that laid out (in a somewhat light-hearted, abbreviated manner, for mass market) many various imaginings from religion, folklore, etc., of what life after death may be like. Can anyone recall it for me?
posted by mmiddle on Feb 7, 2014 - 5 answers

 

Help me educate myself in the philosophical side of environmentalism

I'm a grad student in conservation biology who has always had a strong interest in conservation issues. However, I feel like the technical side of my education is much stronger than the philosophical side, and I want to restore that balance. Who should I read, what resources should I look into, what organizations or publications are out there that will help me gain a deeper understanding of the philosophical, historical, and cultural components of environmentalism? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 24, 2014 - 15 answers

Seeking Metaphysical Mystery Tour

I'm looking for recommendations for literary crime novels. (Examples within.) [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine on Nov 29, 2013 - 25 answers

[Book Recommendation Filter] A comprehensive history of Savile Row

I'm looking for book recommendations for thorough, engaging, and rigorous histories of Savile Row tailoring and/or books that talk about the history and philosophy of fine men's tailoring and dress. I'm not averse to books with technical information, as well as historical and cultural information. Thank you!
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Sep 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Can someone recommend me a good philosophy book please.

Can someone recommend me a good philosophy book please. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Nov 5, 2012 - 14 answers

It feels good, it must be good.

Further science/philosophical reading about human evolution and the woes of our modern life. Looking for suggestions, please! [more inside]
posted by alex_skazat on Jul 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Looking for a book recommendation that combines art and philosophy

Students of art, lovers of philosophy, can you recommend a book I can buy as a gift for a friend? [more inside]
posted by Chichibio on Jul 25, 2012 - 17 answers

Christian apologetics book recommendations that accept the fact of evolution

Looking for recommendations for books on Christian apologetics that take seriously the reality of evolution rather than denying it in favor of the argument from design. [more inside]
posted by huxham on Apr 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Philosophy books for children?

Does anyone know of any books for children around the age of 9 (a rather intelligent 9 year old mind you) that explores philosophical concepts, specifically metaphysics and epistemology. I gave him some old philosophy textbooks of mine, but they were a little too much for him I think.
posted by fightoplankton on Mar 19, 2012 - 24 answers

Please recommend me a light reading scientific philosophy book

Please recommend me a light reading scientific philosophy book. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Feb 11, 2012 - 7 answers

A book to tell me what to do with my life

I'm almost finished reading The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. Can you recommend any books that are similar in approach but deal with a wider focus, that is, setting medium- and long-term goals? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Aug 2, 2011 - 3 answers

One Book on Atheism I Should Read (read details!)

I am looking for one single book, perhaps a college-level read (not much higher), that explains the case for atheism. I'm not looking for any 'new atheist books', though I have enjoyed them -- especially Harris. I have read Bertrand Russell as well. I have a few atheist friends but do not want to talk to them about this as I am a Christian and don't want to give them the impression that I want to change them or judge them. I just want more exposure to it in a sincere and kind fashion without short bumper sticker like explanations. (BTW, I don't look at my friends as "Hey, here come my 'atheist' friends! But mainly here comes "Bob" and "Joe". I just don't think it is right to bug them about their positions or lack thereof. <--Not sure how to state that.) Thanks in advance for your book recommendation.
posted by snap_dragon on Jul 3, 2011 - 33 answers

Best translation of Lucretius

Hey classicists! What's the best translation of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on Jun 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Marxists: What exactly is wrong with Carl Jung?

Hi there Marxists, or psychologists, or Jungians, or what have you. My book club recently voted to read The Undiscovered Self by Carl Jung. One member quit, insisting that she couldn't read Jung because she was a Marxist. Why? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Jun 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Alain Badiou: Where should I start?

Alain Badiou: Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Jan 26, 2011 - 2 answers

Identify this book - philosophy edition

Please help me identify a philosophy book. Title and author are unknown, subject may have been either evil or deception. Ridiculously vague description inside. [more inside]
posted by BigSky on Jan 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Book suggestions?

I'm looking for some good, meaty non-fiction to read over Christmas break while I'm home from grad school. Something with difficult ideas, yet readable and contemporary, and taking a fairly "big picture" view of a particular field. Any suggestions? Examples below. [more inside]
posted by decoherence on Dec 12, 2010 - 46 answers

Books/Films (other media) on Why Life and Everything Matters

Please suggest media (books, films, other types) that might help me construct a non-religious, "Why all of life and existence matters" narrative. [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky on Sep 6, 2010 - 26 answers

Understanding the world by reading books

Suggest books that illuminate world-views and the way perception is flavored by ideas and sentiments! [more inside]
posted by mbrock on Aug 9, 2010 - 24 answers

How do I do a good literature review?

How do I do a good literature review for a research paper in philosophy? I have access to good resources, but I really want to make sure that I cover everything that's been written on the topic. How can I put myself at ease while making sure I don't miss a beat? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken on Jun 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me orient my brain for the purpose of reading Sartre?

They shouldn't let people like me attend used book sales, but now that the damage is done: how and where to begin reading Sartre? [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann on Nov 4, 2009 - 20 answers

Your favorite interesting, specific question in philosophy

Philosophy Filter: What are some fresh and interesting questions or topics in philosophy? [more inside]
posted by k. on Sep 6, 2009 - 21 answers

I want to read your exciting and much loved philosophers!

I need your suggestions for interesting, exciting and thought provoking philosophy for me to read this summer! [more inside]
posted by tumples on May 27, 2009 - 38 answers

Readers, Psychologist, Philosophers or Writers Please, How not to get confused and feel unsetteled after reading different books and Theories?

Readers, Psychologist, Philosophers or Writers Please, How not to get confused and feel unsetteled after reading different books and Theories? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2009 - 5 answers

New theories of Mimesis (in digital/hypertextual/hypermedial cultures)

I am looking for writings on mimesis in regards new, digital, hypertext and hypermedial technologies and cultures. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 16, 2009 - 7 answers

I want to be smart so I can write clever Askme Headlines

What are some easy, relatively quick ways to learn to write better, think clearer, and express myself better? [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Jan 28, 2009 - 24 answers

The Books & Mortar of Libertarianism

Which books comprise the canon of libertarian philosophy? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Jan 5, 2009 - 23 answers

The phenomenology of text

The phenomenology / ontology of text: has anyone examined this issue directly in philosophical, literary and/or critical terms? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 18, 2008 - 26 answers

How Things 'Become': The Infinity of Definition

I am looking for writings on the infinity of definition. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 13, 2008 - 32 answers

Philsosophy book with King Lear in the intro?

Philosophy book that mentions King Lear in the introduction? [more inside]
posted by etoyasu on Feb 20, 2008 - 2 answers

Links Regarding Not Fully Reading, or Misreading, Philosophy Books?

I'm looking for links to anecdotes, discussions, quotes, etc., anything dealing with not reading philosophy texts all the way through or misreading philosophy texts. This link to Maverick Philosoher's Blog shows the type of thing I am looking for. It was actually this thread that got me wondering where I could collect more known examples:
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Feb 19, 2007 - 7 answers

Surviving a Total Perspective Vortex

I'm on the hunt for sites and/or blogs about big ideas... Who wants to join me? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 9, 2006 - 17 answers

Good grief, Metafilter.

Are there any books out there that talk about the philosophy of Charlie Brown? [more inside]
posted by moonshine on Jul 5, 2006 - 13 answers

Introduction to Wittgenstein's Tractatus

I am looking for a clear understandable introduction to Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico Philosophicus. Is there any particular book or website you can recommend to someone who is not schooled in philosophy?
posted by davar on Mar 24, 2006 - 13 answers

Food for the wandering mind

In a while I will be going on a round the world trip to do a bit of soul searching (and to have a lot of fun of course). I'm looking for books on the subject of travel, not the pragmatically oriented genre, but philosophically and spiritually inclined ones. I'd like to read true stories about open-minded people backpacking around the globe and learning something about themselves and the world. I'd like to taste their joys as well as their disappointments, their insights as well as their confusion experienced during long-term world-wide travel. [more inside]
posted by koenie on Mar 20, 2006 - 20 answers

Which Zizek-book to read?

Which recent book by Slavoj Zizek should I read? I've read "Welcome to the Desert of the Real" and "Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism?" and, although I don't agree with his politics, I really like his facetted style and sparkling wit. So what should be next on my reading list?
posted by Hjorth on Feb 1, 2006 - 10 answers

A guide to classical philosophy?

My mother has asked me if I can find a book for her for Christmas. She's after something on philosophy - the classical variety in particular. Any suggested titles? [more inside]
posted by edd on Dec 3, 2005 - 11 answers

Good books to compare soc/econ/jurisprudence?

Philoso-Filter: Any books out there that act like a GEB of philosophy/sociology/economics/justice? [more inside]
posted by BeerGrin on Oct 27, 2005 - 9 answers

What books or movies are as explicitly philosophy oriented as Waking Life?

What books or movies are as explicitly philosophy oriented as 'Waking Life'? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Oct 2, 2005 - 48 answers

Semiotics Text Books?

PhilosophyPhilter(!) I am writing an academic paper (not in philosophy) that uses some of the terms and basic structure of semiotics, the study of signs and the way that they represent objects and ideas. Does anybody know of a good book that I can use as a reference for this in my paper? I'd prefer not to have to reference online material (wikipedia, and this site are good), but would prefer a real book. I am hoping to point interested readers to concise definitions of the terms, like in a dictionary or encylopedia, and not to honking books by Pierce. Any ideas?
posted by zpousman on Jun 20, 2005 - 14 answers

Reading Kant

I'd like to read Kant. [more] [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Aug 22, 2004 - 13 answers

I read Dennett's Consciousness Explained several months ago. What next?

I read Dennett's Consciousness Explained several months ago. What next? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Jan 11, 2004 - 18 answers

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