BOOKS READ IN 2015

Only nine. I will try to do better this year.
  1. "Nietzsche on Morality" by Brian Leiter
    The 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.
  2. "On the Genealogy of Morality" by Friedrich Nietzsche
    A classic work in philosophy and psychology. Read (for the second time) in conjunction with Brian Leiter's book.
  3. "What Art Is" by Arthur Danto
    The 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.
  4. "Nietzsche in Turin" by Lesley Chamberlain
    An impressionistic biographical account of Nietzsche's transformative and highly productive years in Turin, Italy.
  5. "My Age of Anxiety" by Scott Stossel
    A deeply personal and thorough examination of anxiety. The history of the condition and its therapies is also explored.
  6. "The Stranger" by Albert Camus
    Read 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.
  7. "Waking Up" by Sam Harris
    I'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.
  8. "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Read 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.
  9. "Steppenwolf" by Hermann Hesse
    A 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.