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Nigel Warburton is a British philosopher. He is best known as a populariser of philosophy, having written a number of books in the genre, but he has also written academic works in aesthetics and applied ethics.
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A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures
by Eric Schwitzgebel (Nov 05, 2019)
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A collection of quirky, entertaining, and reader-friendly short pieces on philosophical topics that range from a theory of jerks to the ethics of ethicists.Have you ever wondered about why some people are jerks? Asked whether your driverless car should kill you so that others may live? Found a robot adorable? Considered the ethics of professional e...
Nigel Warburton
Nov 29, 2019
These were my top 5 Philosophy books this year ⁦@five_books⁩ Which books would you have included that I didn’t?     source
Galileo's Error
Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness
by Philip Goff (Nov 05, 2019)
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From a leading philosopher of the mind comes this lucid, provocative argument that offers a radically new picture of human consciousness--panpsychism. Understanding how brains produce consciousness is one of the great scientific challenges of our age. Some philosophers argue that consciousness is something "extra," beyond the physical workings of t...
Nigel Warburton
Nov 29, 2019
These were my top 5 Philosophy books this year ⁦@five_books⁩ Which books would you have included that I didn’t?     source
Becoming Beauvoir
A Life
by Kate Kirkpatrick (Aug 22, 2019)
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'One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman', wrote Simone de Beauvoir.This is a woman who was also to become a philosopher, a novelist, an existentialist, and a feminist icon. Her novels won prestigious literary prizes and The Second Sex transformed the way we think about sex and gender. She was also the long-term lover of Jean-Paul Sartre, but ...
Nigel Warburton
Nov 29, 2019
These were my top 5 Philosophy books this year ⁦@five_books⁩ Which books would you have included that I didn’t?     source
Socrates in Love
The Making of a Philosopher
by Armand D’Angour (May 07, 2019)
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An innovative and insightful exploration of the passionate early life of Socrates and the influences that led him to become the first and greatest of philosophers.Socrates: the philosopher whose questioning gave birth to the foundations of Western thought, and whose execution marked the end of the Athenian Golden Age. Yet despite his pre-eminence a...
Nigel Warburton
Nov 29, 2019
These were my top 5 Philosophy books this year ⁦@five_books⁩ Which books would you have included that I didn’t?     source
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Dan Snow
A Theory of the Aphorism
From Confucius to Twitter
by Andrew Hui (Mar 19, 2019)
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An engaging look at the aphorism, the shortest literary form, across time, languages, and culturesAphorisms--or philosophical short sayings--appear everywhere, from Confucius to Twitter, the Buddha to the Bible, Heraclitus to Nietzsche. Yet despite this ubiquity, the aphorism is the least studied literary form. What are its origins? How did it deve...
Nigel Warburton
Nov 29, 2019
These were my top 5 Philosophy books this year ⁦@five_books⁩ Which books would you have included that I didn’t?     source
Sick Souls, Healthy Minds
How William James Can Save Your Life
by John Kaag (Mar 17, 2020)
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From the celebrated author of American Philosophy: A Love Story and Hiking with Nietzsche, a compelling introduction to the life-affirming philosophy of William JamesIn 1895, William James, the father of American philosophy, delivered a lecture entitled "Is Life Worth Living?" It was no theoretical question for James, who had contemplated suicide d...
Nigel Warburton
Sep 28, 2019
I’ve read the proofs of this. A really fascinating book mixing biography, philosophy, and autobiography     source
The Infidel and the Professor
David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought
by Dennis C. Rasmussen (Jun 04, 2019)
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The story of the greatest of all philosophical friendships--and how it influenced modern thoughtDavid Hume is arguably the most important philosopher ever to have written in English, but during his lifetime he was attacked as "the Great Infidel" for his religious skepticism and deemed unfit to teach the young. In contrast, Adam Smith, now hailed as...
Nigel Warburton
Jul 22, 2018
I choose these as the best philosophy books of 2017 ⁦@five_books⁩ Any thoughts about the best of 2018 so far?     source
Why Buddhism is True
The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
by Robert Wright (May 08, 2018)
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From one of Americas most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we sufferand the reason we make other people sufferis that we dont see the world cl...
Nigel Warburton
Jul 22, 2018
I choose these as the best philosophy books of 2017 ⁦@five_books⁩ Any thoughts about the best of 2018 so far?     source
This book is also recommended by
Nick Thompson
The Meaning of Belief
Religion from an Atheist’s Point of View
by Tim Crane (Oct 30, 2017)
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"[A] lucid and thoughtful book... In a spirit of reconciliation, Crane proposes to paint a more accurate picture of religion for his fellow unbelievers." --James Ryerson, New York Times Book ReviewContemporary debate about religion seems to be going nowhere. Atheists persist with their arguments, many plausible and some unanswerable, but these make...
Nigel Warburton
Jul 22, 2018
I choose these as the best philosophy books of 2017 ⁦@five_books⁩ Any thoughts about the best of 2018 so far?     source
Utilitarianism
A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek (Sep 26, 2017)
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Utilitarianism may well be the most influential secular ethical theory in the world today. It is also one of the most controversial. It clashes, or is widely thought to clash, with many conventional moral views, and with human rights when they are seen as inviolable. Would it, for example, be right to torture a suspected terrorist in order to preve...
Nigel Warburton
Jul 22, 2018
I choose these as the best philosophy books of 2017 ⁦@five_books⁩ Any thoughts about the best of 2018 so far?     source
How To Be A Stoic
by Massimo Pigliucci (Dec 31, 2016)
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In this thought-provoking book, Massimo Pigliucci shares his journey of discovering the power of Stoic practices in a philosophical dialogue with one of Stoicism's greatest teachers.Who am I?What am I doing?How ought I to live my life?Stoicism teaches us to acknowledge our emotions, reflect on what causes them and redirect them for our own good. Wh...
Nigel Warburton
Jul 22, 2018
I choose these as the best philosophy books of 2017 ⁦@five_books⁩ Any thoughts about the best of 2018 so far?     source
Natural Theology
by William Paley (Oct 31, 2017)
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Paley's classic examination of Christian theology identifies and attributes aspects of human physiology to divine creation, arguing that the appearance of man itself is a basis upon which we can determine the existence of God. This edition includes the anatomical illustrations. The book commences with the famous watchmaker analogy - the propositio...
Nigel Warburton
Jul 15, 2018
Pair this book with David Hume’s brilliant posthumous book Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion @OWC_Oxford     source
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
by David Hume (Mar 14, 1998)
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Hume's brilliant and dispassionate essay "Of Miracles" has been added in this expanded edition of his Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, which also includes "Of the Immortality of the Soul", "Of Suicide", and Richard Popkin's illuminating Introduction....
Nigel Warburton
Jul 15, 2018
Pair this book with David Hume’s brilliant posthumous book Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion @OWC_Oxford     source
Stig of the Dump
by Clive King (Sep 06, 2016)
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A boy befriends a young caveman in this modern children's classic of friendship and adventure. Barney isn't supposed to go near the chalk pit. His grandmother and sister both told him the edge could give way and he could fall in--but what else is he supposed to do on a miserable gray day? It's not long before Barney falls into the pit and bumps h...
Nigel Warburton
Jul 13, 2018
@StigAbell I loved that book too     source
Mind's I
by Douglas R. Hofstadter (Nov 25, 1981)
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Ever wondered who you really are? This collection enlivens this central question in the philosophy of mind. The questions posed in this book are at the heart of all philosophical reasoning. They're the ultimate questions about the self. The Mind's I contains a variety of approaches to answering the question, "Who am I?" Editors Hofstadter & Dennett...
Nigel Warburton
Feb 21, 2018
Delighted to have found my old copy of The Mind’s I. What a brilliant book!     source
The Outsider
The Classic Exploration of Rebellion and Creativity (Tarcher Cornerstone Editions)
by Colin Wilson (Aug 30, 2016)
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Colin Wilson's classic exploration of the rebel as genius, with a new introduction by Gary Lachman. When the upstart English writer Colin Wilson debuted on the literary scene with The Outsider in 1956, it marked one of the opening notes of the cultural revolution of the sixties. Wilson celebrated the misfit not as a figure be "fixed" and reintegrat...
Nigel Warburton
Jan 08, 2018
Colin Wilson, was obviously a flawed thinker with many crazy ideas, but his first book The Outsider has a real energy and inspired me to delve further into philosophy when I read it as a teenager...     source
This book is also recommended by
Tim O’Reilly
Ethics in the Real World
82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter
by Peter Singer (Sep 05, 2017)
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Peter Singer is often described as the world's most influential philosopher. He is also one of its most controversial. The author of important books such as Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, Rethinking Life and Death, and The Life You Can Save, he helped launch the animal rights and effective altruism movements and contributed to the development...
Nigel Warburton
Aug 27, 2016
Ethics in the Real World, @PeterSinger' s new book, shows what a great public intellectual he is @PrincetonUPress     source