I am looking for inspiring books that highlight the importance of moral and civil values as the foundation of democracy. By moral and civic values, I'm thinking of simple things like honesty, integrity, compassion, compromise, and a willingness to look at evidence. [more inside]
I'd like references for books that describe the intellectual history of the past 200-odd years in the West, e.g. modernism, postmodernism, and whatever was before and after. [more inside]
Where should I start with Walter Benjamin (and Hannah Arendt and Foucault and bell hooks and...?) (Non-academic but well-read lay person perspective.) [more inside]
So I'm looking for a text that provides a good summary / overview of the Linguistics and Philosophical (and Psychological?) debates, conflicts, theoretical models of the relations between words, concepts, and things. A good overview that covers the range from Abelard, Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Chomsky, Fodor, etc.. Does such a book exist? [more inside]
Is it a waste of time for me to even attempt to read Godel, Escher, Bach when I don't have a very good foundational knowledge of math? [more inside]
Please recommended memoirs, philosophy, and/or classics on coping with death, the meaning of life, etc. [more inside]
I want to read scholarly work about why doing things with "digital" tools (like word processors or MIDI music keyboards) is experienced differently from doing things with "analog" tools (like typewriters or pianos). [more inside]
I'm going to spend the next year reading a diverse set of books to change how I see the world. What books have changed your world view? [more inside]
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?
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]
I'm looking for recommendations for literary crime novels. (Examples within.) [more inside]
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!
Can someone recommend me a good philosophy book please. [more inside]
Further science/philosophical reading about human evolution and the woes of our modern life. Looking for suggestions, please! [more inside]
Students of art, lovers of philosophy, can you recommend a book I can buy as a gift for a friend? [more inside]
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]
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.
Please recommend me a light reading scientific philosophy book. [more inside]
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]
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.
Hey classicists! What's the best translation of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura? [more inside]
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]
Alain Badiou: Where should I start? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Suggest books that illuminate world-views and the way perception is flavored by ideas and sentiments! [more inside]
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]
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]
Philosophy Filter: What are some fresh and interesting questions or topics in philosophy? [more inside]
I need your suggestions for interesting, exciting and thought provoking philosophy for me to read this summer! [more inside]
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]
I am looking for writings on mimesis in regards new, digital, hypertext and hypermedial technologies and cultures. [more inside]
What are some easy, relatively quick ways to learn to write better, think clearer, and express myself better? [more inside]
Which books comprise the canon of libertarian philosophy? [more inside]
The phenomenology / ontology of text: has anyone examined this issue directly in philosophical, literary and/or critical terms? [more inside]
I am looking for writings on the infinity of definition. [more inside]
Philosophy book that mentions King Lear in the introduction? [more inside]
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:
I'm on the hunt for sites and/or blogs about big ideas... Who wants to join me? [more inside]
Are there any books out there that talk about the philosophy of Charlie Brown? [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
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]
Philoso-Filter: Any books out there that act like a GEB of philosophy/sociology/economics/justice? [more inside]
What books or movies are as explicitly philosophy oriented as 'Waking Life'? [more inside]
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?
I'd like to read Kant. [more] [more inside]
I read Dennett's Consciousness Explained several months ago. What next? [more inside]