Steve Young

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Time of the Magicians: Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the Decade That Reinvented Philosophy

This book is a tapestry of contrasts and conjunctions; both colorful and elegant, juxtaposing smooth and rough in a narrative structure that surprises, explains, and compels readers ever forward. Highly recommended.
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The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers

Weiner offers bubble gum philosophy that provides a quick, sweet taste and occasionally implies that the jaw exercise of chewing on philosophically challenging concepts is not rewarding. Readers seeking travelog will feel shortchanged, but those looking for lite insights will be drawn in gradually from the shallow (getting out of bed and walking) to the deep end (ageing and death).
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In Search of the Soul: A Philosophical Essay

In the end, Cottingham’s humane philosophy is like an enjoyable conversation with a friend about an important, personal topic. While nonreligious readers may be irritated by his theism, and religious readers will wish for a more vigorous embrace of a supernatural immortality, all will feel engaged by a warm and thoughtful scholar, always ready to draw inspiration from Romantic poets, early modern philosophers and thoughtful writers. Recommended.
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The Theology of Liberalism: Political Philosophy and the Justice of God

While ultimately Nelson is unable to refute nonideal critiques of his position, even readers leery of his conclusions will learn much from his attempt.
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The Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Ideal

Nussbaum wants to extend the “cosmopolitan tradition” to address key problems, among them international human rights, foreign aid, and asylum and immigration issues. As usual, she demonstrates the value of reading old texts in order to address contemporary concerns in this timely and well-argued contribution.
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On Purpose

Highly recommended for all readers.
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I Am Not a Brain: Philosophy of Mind for the 21st Century

Recommended for nonspecialists and general readers alike.
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In Praise of Natural Philosophy: A Revolution for Thought and Life

Recommended for philosophical and scientific enthusiasts.
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A Fragile Life: Accepting Our Vulnerability

Readers may suspect that May's presentation of the "official doctrines" that he challenges deserves a richer understanding. Even so, they will appreciate this moving exploration of lived philosophy.

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