Summer Reading List 2018
Sunday, August 19, 2018
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

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Summer is here – what philosophers, philosophies, or philosophical issues do you want to read up on? Heidegger's Being and Time may not be the obvious choice to take on vacation, but there are lots of readable, beach-friendly classics and non-classics to add philosophical depth to your summer reading. Host emeritus John Perry joins Debra and Ken to think about which classics of political philosophy to dig into this summer, and Josh and Ken talk to a couple of past guests with new books, and take suggestions from the Community of Thinkers.

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Comments (2)


marycpa

Sunday, July 1, 2018 -- 11:42 AM

steven pinker

Why do we care what Steven Pinker thinks about anything outside of his area of expertise (linguistics)? I fear we are throwing gasoline on an open flame; we will end up with another Noam Chomsky. Both men have veered far from linguistics to opine about matters in which they're no better informed than the rest of us. I hate when that happens.

Harold G. Neuman

Thursday, July 12, 2018 -- 11:15 AM

I do not presume to know how

I do not presume to know how well Professor Pinker is informed about the things in his books. I do, however, accept the fact that he is much better informed than am I. When I remarked on Ms. Gopnik's critique of his latest book, I was merely saying that her concern was (to me) of minimal importance, given the scope of Pinker's book and his attention to a broad range of issues was (again, to me) impressive. We can pick all we want but the book is among his best---like it, or not.

Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology, Harvard Universiy


Kathleen Dean Moore, Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University

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