Summer's just around the corner – what philosophers, philosophies, or philosophical issues do you want to read up on?
Each year Ken and I together with our listeners, previous guests, and special guests, come up with a number of suggestions for summer reading. The books don't have to be philosophy books, but they should have a philosophical angle. So the categories come down to philosophically interesting fiction, philosophically relevant non-fiction, and straight philosophy.
Two authors and former guests talked about books they have just finished. Psychiatrist and novelist Irv Yalom's The Spinoza Problem sounds like it will be a great read, but it won't be in bookstores for this Summer; put it high on your list for next Summer.
Helen Fisher, the biological anthropologist told us about her latest book Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love; the theory she develops in this books and her earlier Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep Lasting Love may help you use science to make good decisions (or understand bad ones).
Geoff Nunberg was enthusiastic about a book by another Berkeley prof, Martin Jay'sThe Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics. The subtitle at least makes this sound like a pretty huge topic, but the books comes in at just over 200 pages and Nunberg says it's a good read; might be a good warm up for appreciating the upcoming election season.
Other books we had a chance to discuss with listeners:
William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
Leo Tolstoy, The Devil
by Jorge Luis Borges, The Tower of Babel
Kathleen Dean Moore, Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature
Edward S. Casey, The Fate of Place
All the books we discuss, plus a number suggested by guests and listeners that we didn't get a chance to discuss, will be listed on our website when the show is archived, in about a week.