BOOKS READ IN 2015
Only nine. I will try to do better this year.
- •"Nietzsche on Morality" by Brian LeiterThe best piece of scholarship on Nietzsche that I have read. Roots his thinking clearly in the naturalist tradition and rescues him from the post-modernists.
- •"On the Genealogy of Morality" by Friedrich NietzscheA classic work in philosophy and psychology. Read (for the second time) in conjunction with Brian Leiter's book.
- •"What Art Is" by Arthur DantoThe final work from the late philosopher of art. I don't see eye to eye with him on many of the topics discussed, but the book is still worth reading.
- •"Nietzsche in Turin" by Lesley ChamberlainAn impressionistic biographical account of Nietzsche's transformative and highly productive years in Turin, Italy.
- •"My Age of Anxiety" by Scott StosselA deeply personal and thorough examination of anxiety. The history of the condition and its therapies is also explored.
- •"The Stranger" by Albert CamusRead for the third and probably last time. I can understand why high school students and undergrads appreciate this book, but there is no longer anything worthwhile for me in its pages.
- •"Waking Up" by Sam HarrisI'm drawn to the philosophy behind insight meditation, as it gels nicely with my own naturalistic worldview. But I needed this science-based account of the practice to convince me to try it for myself. I'm glad I finally did.
- •"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis StevensonRead for the second or third time, this time in conjunction with a fresh viewing of Rouben Mamoulian's film adaptation. The book is interesting, especially in terms of style, but the film is far superior.
- •"Steppenwolf" by Hermann HesseA providential find, this book really helped pull me out of a long bout with crushing ennui. A pleasing digestif after years of saturating my brain with Nietzsche. At times sharply philosophical, at times surreal, this is a true miracle of a novel.