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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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Bobby Fischer Goes to War
How A Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine
David Edmonds - Mar 01, 2005 (first published in 2003)
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By the authors of the national bestseller Wittgenstein’s Poker, a riveting account of the legendary 1972 chess match between Boris Spassky, the world champion from the Soviet Union, and the American challenger Bobby FischerIn the summer of 1972, with a presidential crisis stirring in the United States and the cold war at a pivotal point, the Soviet...
Nigel Warburton
Dec 07, 2020
@dbatherwoods Ha! Did you know @DavidEdmonds100 was a serious chess player too? I highly recommend his co-written book Bobby Fischer Goes to War...     source
The Grasshopper - Third Edition
Games, Life and Utopia
Bernard Suits - Apr 02, 2014 (first published in 1978)
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In the mid twentieth century the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein famously asserted that games are indefinable; there are no common threads that link them all. "Nonsense," says the sensible Bernard Suits: "playing a game is a voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles." The short book Suits wrote demonstrating precisely that is as playful a...
Nigel Warburton
Nov 27, 2020
@Boulot_Dodo Glad someone finally chose the Grasshopper. I love that book. Feel cheated no one recommended it when I was an undergraduate.     source
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What Does It All Mean?
A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy
Thomas Nagel - Oct 15, 1987
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In this cogent and accessible introduction to philosophy, the distinguished author of Mortal Questions and The View From Nowhere sets forth the central problems of philosophical inquiry for the beginning student. Arguing that the best way to learn about philosophy is to think about its questions directly, Thomas Nagel considers possible solutions t...
Nigel Warburton
Nov 27, 2020
Which are the best short philosophy books? I like Thomas Nagel’s What Does It All Mean? I guess Wittgenstein’s Tractatus counts as short too - not many words, lots of blank spaces (where everything important resides).     source
The Murder of Professor Schlick
The Rise and Fall of the Vienna Circle
David Edmonds - Oct 13, 2020
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From the author of Wittgenstein's Poker and Would You Kill the Fat Man?, the story of an extraordinary group of philosophers during a dark chapter in Europe's historyOn June 22, 1936, the philosopher Moritz Schlick was on his way to deliver a lecture at the University of Vienna when Johann Nelböck, a deranged former student of Schlick's, shot him d...
Nigel Warburton
Nov 25, 2020
So here it is! My choice of the best philosophy books of 2020. Obviously a personal selection. Many other excellent books came out this year.     source
Frank Ramsey
A Sheer Excess of Powers
Cheryl Misak - Mar 06, 2020
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When he died in 1930 aged 26, Frank Ramsey had already invented one branch of mathematics and two branches of economics, laying the foundations for decision theory and game theory. Keynes deferred to him; he was the only philosopher whom Wittgenstein treated as an equal. Had he lived he might have been recognized as the most brilliant thinker of th...
Nigel Warburton
Nov 25, 2020
So here it is! My choice of the best philosophy books of 2020. Obviously a personal selection. Many other excellent books came out this year.     source
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Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind
Peter Godfrey-Smith - Nov 10, 2020
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The scuba-diving philosopher who wrote Other Minds explores the origins of animal consciousnessDip below the ocean’s surface and you are soon confronted by forms of life that could not seem more foreign to our own: sea sponges, soft corals, and serpulid worms, whose rooted bodies, intricate geometry, and flower-like appendages are more reminiscent ...
Nigel Warburton
Nov 25, 2020
This book is brilliant.     source
The Philosopher Queens
The lives and legacies of philosophy's unsung women
Rebecca Buxton - Sep 22, 2020
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'This is brilliant. A book about women in philosophy by women in philosophy – love it!' Elif ShafakWhere are the women philosophers? The answer is right here.The history of philosophy has not done women justice: you’ve probably heard the names Plato, Kant, Nietzsche and Locke – but what about Hypatia, Arendt, Oluwole and Young?The Philosopher Queen...
Nigel Warburton
Nov 25, 2020
This is the book of the year for me     source
The Meaning of Travel
Philosophers Abroad
Emily Thomas - Mar 03, 2020
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"This is the finest kind of travel: not just across continents, but through time, space and our infinite minds. The journey is the joy, and Emily Thomas a terrific guide." - Mike ParkerHow can we think more deeply about our travels?This was the question that inspired Emily Thomas' journey into the philosophy of travel. Part philosophical ramble, pa...
Nigel Warburton
Nov 25, 2020
When I was sent a copy of this book, I thought I knew what it was going to be about, and it wasn’t quite what I expected. It isn’t just a philosophical reflection on what it’s like to go on a journey, it’s actually historically informed by what philosophers have done when they’ve travelled and what they’ve thought about.     source
Factfulness
Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Hans Rosling - Apr 07, 2020 (first published in 2018)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“One of the most important books I’ve ever read—an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent...
Nigel Warburton
Oct 21, 2020
ICYMI: My choice of the best five Books on critical thinking ⁦⁦@five_books⁩     source
Critical Thinking
Your Guide to Effective Argument, Successful Analysis and Independent Study
Tom Chatfield - Nov 23, 2017
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Critical thinking is a set of techniques--you just need to learn them. This helpful book is your personal toolkit for demystifying critical engagement. Author Tom Chatfield will show you how to sharpen your critical thinking by developing and practicing this specific set of skills, so you can... Spot an argument and understand why reasoning matter...
Nigel Warburton
Oct 21, 2020
ICYMI: My choice of the best five Books on critical thinking ⁦⁦@five_books⁩     source
Black Box Thinking
The Surprising Truth About Success
Matthew Syed - Apr 07, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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An eye-opening, Gladwellian look at the power of a positive attitude toward failure and its profound impact on our success in any field.In the airline industry, failure is taken seriously. Every aircraft is equipped with an almost indestructible black box. When there is an accident, the box is opened, the data is analyzed, and the reason for the ac...
Nigel Warburton
Oct 21, 2020
ICYMI: My choice of the best five Books on critical thinking ⁦⁦@five_books⁩     source
The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures by Eric Schwitzgebel
Galileo's Error by Philip Goff
Becoming Beauvoir by Kate Kirkpatrick
Socrates in Love by Armand D’Angour
A Theory of the Aphorism by Andrew Hui
Sick Souls, Healthy Minds by John Kaag
The Infidel and the Professor by Dennis C. Rasmussen
Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright
How to Be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci
The Meaning of Belief by Tim Crane
Utilitarianism by Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek
Natural Theology by William Paley
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David Hume
Stig of the Dump by Clive King
Mind's I by Douglas R. Hofstadter
The Outsider by Colin Wilson
Ethics in the Real World by Peter Singer