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Change Your Direction

June 1st, 2017
Change Your Direction

A lively memoir shows there’s much more to learning a language than conjugating irregular verbs.

Book Review: Homo Deus

February 20th, 2017
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The author of the popular-science hit Sapiens returns with a book that looks not to humanity’s distant past but rather to its immediate future.

The Disgraceful Lowlands of Writing

February 1st, 2017
The Disgraceful Lowlands of Writing

Reiner Stach’s masterful, epic biography of Kafka is finally complete. Never has the man been less mysterious, but can it illuminate the confounding, beguiling mystery of his writing?

Book Review: I Contain Multitudes

December 21st, 2016
Book Review: I Contain Multitudes

If who we are includes the multitudes of microscopic organisms that we house and feed, which in turn help regulate our immunity and sculpt our destinies, then what constitutes the individual?

Absent Friends: An Intellectual All The Time

October 1st, 2016
Absent Friends: An Intellectual All The Time

An old book by a monk may be the best thing ever written about the practice of thinking. Robert Minto revisits The Intellectual Life.

Loving American Philosophy: A Testimony

October 1st, 2016
Loving American Philosophy: A Testimony

John Kaag’s memoir of personal engagement with American philosophy demonstrates its ongoing vitality. Kenyon Gradert reviews.

Patricide Deferred

August 1st, 2016
Patricide Deferred

Stuart Jeffries has written the first truly accessible account of the Frankfurt School. Robert Minto reviews.

Socrates of Amazonia

June 1st, 2016
Socrates of Amazonia

What exactly is a philosopher? As it turns out, that question may have more than one answer. Robert Minto shares the exciting results of Justin Smith’s new history.

A Question of Character

April 1st, 2016
A Question of Character

In an entertaining new study of Sartre, Camus, de Beauvoir and company, the existentialist movement becomes a personality-driven piece of public performance.

Book Review: Cosmosapiens

January 26th, 2016
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A sweeping new overview of the sciences has big ambitions – and some odd sticking points

Slaves in the Empire of Intellect

January 1st, 2016
Slaves in the Empire of Intellect

Before he was a famous and controversial philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche was a young professor with a bone to pick. Robert Minto discusses his critique of higher education.

‘Tis the Season

December 1st, 2015
‘Tis the Season

Years after the “New Atheism” heyday, a new book by an old hand takes up the atheist cause with renewed urgency.

Book Review: Islam and the Future of Tolerance

September 29th, 2015
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A polite conversation by two intellectuals about an explosive subject: the rise of militant Islamic groups throughout the world, and the world’s response

Book Review: Self and Soul

September 2nd, 2015
self and soul

A spirited defense of humanist intangibles in a culture obsessed with material gain

Book Review: Voltaire’s Revolution

August 4th, 2015
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For the better part of a century, Voltaire waged a sometimes solitary battle against the iniquities of organized religion. A great new book brings together fresh translations of some of the philosopher’s most biting works.

Book Review: The World Beyond Your Head

June 18th, 2015
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The “ecologies of attention and action” form the dynamic heart of philosopher Matthew Crawford’s new book. Robert Minto reviews.

Father Knows Best

June 1st, 2015
Father Knows Best

He shaped the morals and manners of a vast country and put an indelible stamp on the world’s thinking, but he himself couldn’t get the job he wanted. Robert Minto reviews a new history of Confucianism.

Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeeezin’

June 1st, 2015
Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeeezin’

It has three hearts, eight tentacles, and a brain of startling and utterly alien complexity – it’s the octopus, and a heartfelt book takes readers inside the cephalopod world.

The Schizophrenic Prophet

May 1st, 2015
The Schizophrenic Prophet

A sumptuous new Library of America volume contains a rich sampling of the work of Reinhold Niebuhr – whom reviewer Robert Minto refers to as “the premiere establishment theologian of the 20th century.”

Book Review: American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan

March 31st, 2015
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American senator, author, and statesman Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s complex and constantly-evolving political philosophy is the subject of a pointed new book

Book Review: Plato’s Wayward Path

March 19th, 2015
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Plato might be Western philosophy’s first great writer, but a new book argues we’ve mostly been reading him wrong.

Book Review: The Just City

February 18th, 2015
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In Jo Walton’s latest novel, the “just city” of Plato’s Republic is brought to life via Greek gods, robots, and a little discreet time travel

Book Review: Sartre: A Philosophical Biography

February 11th, 2015
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Sartre the man takes a distant back seat to Sartre the thinker in Thomas Flynn’s new intellectual biography

Woven and Severed

October 1st, 2014
Woven and Severed

For millennia, the mighty tales in the epics of Homer have challenged and enthralled the world; a thought-provoking new book seeks to understand why.

Socrates Offside

August 1st, 2014
Socrates Offside

What place do deep questions about the meaning of life have in our technological age? Is philosophy more important than ever?

Sleeping In

August 1st, 2014
Sleeping In

Sam Harris, one of the “Four Horsemen” of the New Atheist movement, has written a book about how to live a spiritual life without religion. But does this anti-preacher book come off a bit preachy? Maybe even, awkwardly enough, dogmatic?

Only Him

July 1st, 2014
Only Him

In the discipline of philosophy, “Aristotelian” evokes not just a school of thought but an entire world. “Ethics After Aristotle” traces the history and impact of the most influential thought-tradition of them all.