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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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Other Minds
The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Peter Godfrey-Smith - Oct 16, 2017
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Although mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. In captivity, octopuses have been known to identify individual human ...
Nigel Warburton
May 08, 2021
I reviewed @pgodfreysmith’s excellent book Metazoa for @StandpointMag - both books show the importance of close imaginative observation and description for understanding minds      source
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Philosophy Behind Bars
Growth and Development in Prison
Kirstine Szifris - Aug 18, 2021
Male prisons can be dangerous places, with a climate of distrust underpinned by a divided atmosphere and survival is imperative for both physical and psychological wellbeing. Can long-term prisoners be given the space to reflect, and grow ? This ground-breaking study found that engaging prisoners in philosophy education enabled them to think about ...
Nigel Warburton
Apr 30, 2021
This is a really interesting book about teaching philosophy to people in two very different prisons - Philosophy Behind Bars by @KirstineSzifris      source
Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes
Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle (Vintage Departures)
Daniel L. Everett - Nov 03, 2009 (first published in 2008)
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A riveting account of the astonishing experiences and discoveries made by linguist Daniel Everett while he lived with the Pirah�, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians in central Brazil. Daniel Everett arrived among the Pirah� with his wife and three young children hoping to convert the tribe to Christianity. Everett quickly became obsessed with their...
Nigel Warburton
Mar 15, 2021
I highly recommend Dan Everett’s book Don’t Sleep There Are Snakes...Here are his choices of the best books on language...      source
Dubliners
James Joyce - Mar 17, 2018 (first published in 1914)
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Although James Joyce began these stories of Dublin life in 1904, when he was 22, and had completed them by the end of 1907, they remained unpublished until 1914 — victims of Edwardian squeamishness. Their vivid, tightly focused observations of the life of Dublin's poorer classes, their unconventional themes, coarse language, and mention of actual p...
Nigel Warburton
Feb 27, 2021
@primalpoly @TheAnnaGat Or just stop at Dubliners. A wonderful book. That line about snow falling!      source
Thinking to some purpose,
L. Susan Stebbing - Jan 01, 1948
Nigel Warburton
Feb 23, 2021
Susan Stebbing’s Pelican book Thinking to Some Purpose was arguably a more important contribution to public philosophy than anything Iris Murdoch, Philippa Foot or Mary Midgely wrote. So why isn’t she better known? ⁦@PeterWest23⁩ ⁦@aeonmag⁩      source
The Path
What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life
Michael Puett - Feb 07, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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The Path draws on the work of the great but largely unknown Chinese philosophers to offer a profound guide to living well. By explaining what these teachings reveal about subjects from decision-making to relationships, it challenges some of our deepest held assumptions, forcing us to "unlearn" many ideas that inform modern society. The way we think...
Nigel Warburton
Feb 19, 2021
@bookaholic1983 I think that is a book for someone else to write. I like Michael Puett’s The Path...      source
The Book of Signs
31 Undeniable Prophecies of the Apocalypse
Dr. David Jeremiah - Mar 03, 2020
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One of the world’s most beloved Bible teachers offers a definitive collection of resources on biblical prophecy, the end times, and the apocalypse. Now available in trade paper.“The end times.” “The apocalypse.” “The day of judgment.” Terms such as these are both fascinating and frightening for any student of God’s Word. They point to key questions...
Nigel Warburton
Jan 24, 2021
@JoWolffBSG I enjoyed that book Signs of the Times...      source
Free Speech
Ten Principles for a Connected World
Timothy Garton Ash - May 04, 2017
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Never in human history was there such a chance for freedom of expression. If we have Internet access, any one of us can publish almost anything we like and potentially reach an audience of millions. Never was there a time when the evils of unlimited speech flowed so easily across frontiers: violent intimidation, gross violations of privacy, tidal w...
Nigel Warburton
Jan 05, 2021
An excellent @five_books interview with ⁦@fromTGA⁩ on free speech and why it matters - I wholeheartedly recommend his book as a starting place for anyone interested in this topic      source
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 by David Edmonds
Frank Ramsey by Cheryl Misak
Metazoa by Peter Godfrey-Smith
The Philosopher Queens by Rebecca Buxton
The Meaning of Travel by Emily Thomas
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Critical Thinking by Tom Chatfield
Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed
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
Chernobyl by Serhii Plokhy
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
Calling Bullshit by Carl T. Bergstrom
How to Make the World Add Up by Tim Harford
Plato's Republic by Angie Hobbs
The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer
Justice by Michael J. Sandel
Causing Death and Saving Lives by Jonathan Glover