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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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Looking for Theophrastus
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Transport yourself to ancient Greece and discover the forgotten philosopher who inspired Linnaeus' system of classification and possibly Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Join Laura Beatty on a journey to retrieve Theophrastus, the gentle and peaceful man who relied on his senses to explain the world rather than myth. Explore how we see and relate to the world and question what we lose from modern living by forgetting those who taught us how to see.
Nigel Warburton
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The Life Inside
A Memoir of Prison, Family and Philosophy
Andy West - 2022-02-03
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In The Life Inside, Andy West shares his experiences teaching philosophy in prisons. Through conversations with inmates, he explores ideas around shame, forgiveness, and freedom - questions that resonate deeply with all of us. The author also confronts his own fears and guilt, stemming from a family legacy of incarceration. This memoir offers a unique perspective on our justice system and the plurality of lives found inside.
Nigel Warburton
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Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy
David J. Chalmers - 2022-01-25
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Experience a new reality with Reality+. In this groundbreaking work of technophilosophy, David J. Chalmers challenges the notion that virtual worlds are somehow inferior to the real world. He argues that they offer a meaningful way of life, and we may even already be living in one. Chalmers takes us on a philosophical journey, using virtual reality technology to explore long-established questions about the nature of reality, God, and the mind-body relationship. With vibrant illustrations and mind-bending ideas, Reality+ is a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of philosophy, science, and technology.
Nigel Warburton
My choice of the best philosophy books of 2022 (chosen with the general reader in mind) @fivebooksphil @five_books      source
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In the Shadow of Man
Jane Goodall - 2000-04-21 (first published in 1971)
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Explore the fascinating life of one of history's greatest scientific adventurers in this best-selling classic. Discover the story of how a young secretarial school graduate was chosen by Louis Leakey to undertake a groundbreaking study of chimpanzees. Immerse yourself in the captivating tale of Jane Goodall's life, complete with 80 photographs and an introduction by Stephen Jay Gould.
Nigel Warburton
@rachelbauch I read In the Shadow of Man as a 12 yearold in the 1970s (I borrowed it from the local public library) and found it inspirational. For a long time I wanted to be a zoologist. I loved that book.      source
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Humanly Possible
Seven Hundred Years of Humanist Freethinking, Inquiry, and Hope
Sarah Bakewell - 2023-03-28
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Explore seven centuries of humanism in this sweeping history by the bestselling author of How to Live and At the Existentialist Caf�. Sarah Bakewell examines the personal, individual, and deeply human matter of humanism, taking readers on a grand intellectual adventure through the perspectives of writers, thinkers, scientists, and artists. From Erasmus to Bertrand Russell to Zora Neale Hurston, Bakewell celebrates the enduring power of this expansive tradition of thought that places shared humanity, cultural vibrancy, and moral responsibility at the center of our lives. A joyful celebration of the human spirit and a recentering call to care for one another, Humanly Possible reminds us that we are all, together, only human.
Nigel Warburton
This book by @Sarah_Bakewell is one to look out for! I’ve read several chapters in draft and it is superb. As you’d expect.      source
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Art and Photography
Aaron Scharf - 1991-05-07 (first published in 1974)
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Illustrated with more than 250 black and white photographs, this book explores the world of art as it relates to the medium of photography....
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@emilytwrites Aaron Scharf wrote an interesting book about 19th Century painters who worked from photographs, often disguising the fact.      source
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How to Say No
An Ancient Guide to the Art of Cynicism (Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers)
Diogenes - 2022-10-18
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Explore the world of Cynicism with this entertaining and enlightening collection of ancient writings. The Cynics were Greek philosophers who rejected societal norms and advocated for simple living. With their "less is more" approach to life, they speak urgently to our modern world. This book features fresh translations of their memorable utterances and behavior, offering snapshots of Cynics in action - from witty street sermons to funny repartee. Learn from the outrageous wisdom of these remarkable philosophers and question how we live in today's world.
Nigel Warburton
Loving this book of anecdotes about Diogenes! ⁦@PrincetonUPress⁩      source
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The Summer Book
Tove Jansson - 2003-05-29 (first published in 1972)
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Escape to a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland with "The Summer Book," a brief novel by Tove Jansson. Follow the adventures of six-year-old Sophia and her unsentimental yet wise grandmother as they spend the summer together in easy companionship. Wander over the coastline and forest, create miniature Venices, and write fanciful studies of bugs as they discuss the joys and sorrows of life, death, God, and love. Perfect for those who crave a complete world full of natural beauty and life lessons.
Nigel Warburton
I read this book by Tove Jansson only relatively recently on @PhilipPullman’s recommendation. It has a quiet beauty…      source
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On the Internet (Thinking in Action)
Hubert L. Dreyfus - 2001-05-20
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Explore the mind-body dichotomy in relation to the internet with this thought-provoking read. Author Hubert L. Dreyfus delves into the commonalities between the virtual realm and Descartes' philosophy, while also examining the dangers of online isolation and the absence of essential human capabilities. Don't miss the updated edition, which features a new chapter on the virtual world of "Second Life."
Nigel Warburton
@oliverburkeman He wrote a very interesting short book called On the Internet, which is really about how we learn to master anything and what we lose when we aren’t in the room with our teachers or mentors…      source
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And What Do You Do?
What The Royal Family Don't Want You To Know
Norman Baker - 2019-10-15 (first published in 2020)
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This hard-hitting analysis exposes the extravagant use of public money and highly dubious behavior of some within the royal family. Baker also considers their wider societal role and the constitutional position of the monarch. What makes this book unique is that the author is a member of the Privy Council. Irreverent and uncompromising, it asks important questions about the future of the world's most famous royal family.
Nigel Warburton
It is difficult to read this book without feeling angry about the role heredity monarchy plays in the UK and the direct and indirect ways that dysfunctional family uses its position to increase wealth and power, often secretively 👇🏻      source
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