Thursday, January 04, 2018

Eight of the best philosophy books for beginners

Julian Baggini's latest book is A Short History of Truth: Consolations for a Post-Truth World. One of eight of the best philosophy books for students he tagged for Waterstones blog:
Elbow Room by Daniel C. Dennett

The question of whether we have free will is one of the most fascinating and important ones in philosophy. In Elbow Room, I think Dennett gets us as close to the final answer to it as is possible. Dennett's strategy is to do away with the idea that there is one thing called “free will” which we have or do not have. Instead, he talks about the “varieties of free will worth having”. The book is full of insight and is a masterclass in clarity of expression and argument.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue