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Part biography of one of the most influential philosophers of 19th century, part memoir, Hiking with Nietzsche is an exploration, of Nietzsche’s work and life, his relationships, thoughts and his search for meaning. It is, also, the author’s self-exploration and a thorough insight into his own life, his marriage, fatherhood and himself. John Kaag followed in Nietzsche’s footsteps, like Mann, Adorno, Jung, Levi, Hesse and many other of his pilgrims did, on the hills of Sils – Maria in Switzerland, where he wrote Thus Spoke Zarathustra. And, he did it twice. First time as a nineteen-year-old young man, almost killing himself on the verge of anorexia and the second 18 years later visiting the same place with his wife and young daughter, retracing the same steps and paths but coming to different conclusions and contemplating different questions.

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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 25th, 2018

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Philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch approaches the Internet age with a question framed in the traditions of epistemology: how does reliance on the information made available by the Internet alter our ability to understand or have knowledge of a subject?  How is fingertip-accessible information, or Google-knowing, affecting our ability to reason? As he considers how the Internet has altered our relationship to knowledge, he raises concerns about the future of thought that are particularly pressing in an age where networks, smart objects, wearable tech, and the advent of neuromedia increase the presence of the Internet in daily life in irreversible ways.
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 21st, 2016

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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - May 9th, 2017

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When a group of philosophers was recently asked to name the most influential dead thinker, they selected David Hume (runners up: Aristotle, Kant, and Wittgenstein). Selling points for this eighteenth-century Scottish historian and economist include his knack for delivering unsettling ideas—such as naturalism, which robbed the miraculous of its supernatural tenets—in such a genial mode that people hesitated to attack him as a heretic. Anthony Gottlieb, the former executive editor of The Economist, is another deft, congenial writer, and his long-awaited The Dream of Enlightenment (Liveright, $27.95) continues the fascinating exploration he began with his 2001 The Dream of Reason, which gave a fresh and refreshing account of the thought of the ancient Greeks. As he did with the ancients, Gottlieb treats the Enlightenment figures, starting with Descartes, like paintings that have become smudged and muddied by time and fingerprints. He strips away the patina of received ideas, and looks as directly as a historian of ideas can at what these men actually said (all men. As Gottlieb notes, this was only “The Age of Trying to be More Reasonable”). Often, what they first meant isn’t how later audiences have understood it. Was Descartes such a hard-core dualist? Gottlieb shows he wasn’t the “rampant subjectivist” he’s thought to be. And Hobbes—we know him for “nasty, brutish, and short,” but his first and abiding love was geometry. And so on, with Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, and several French philosophes. Each of Gottlieb’s brief chapters is a masterpiece of brevity and lucidity.

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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - August 30th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781631492969
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - August 8th, 2017

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