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The Deepest Human Life, by Scott Samuelson

Fall books

The Deepest Human Life is an elegantly written, impassioned, and sometimes disjointed plea on behalf of philosophy. Scott Samuelson invokes poets, novelists, and theologians to defend the dialectical process that Socrates imparted.

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Where the Conflict Really Lies, by Alvin Plantinga

Alvin Plantinga posits a profound conflict between naturalism and science. This extraordinary claim is deeply counterintuitive.

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Language games

More books have been published about Stanley Cavell than he has written himself. Why?

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A Little History of Philosophy, by Nigel Warburton

Nigel Warburton is a senior lecturer for Britain's Open University, a service originated by the BBC to provide education via television to adults who had not gone on to higher education. A Little History of Philosophy is focused on that audience and on anyone else who knows little about philosophy except that it is, as Warburton says, "impenetrable and obscure."

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Reading Obama, by James T. Kloppenberg

Books on Barack Obama are proliferating. Recent additions include biographies, political analyses, a look into Obama's African family tree, books on his handling of specific issues and books on race and politics in American society. Among these, James Kloppenberg's intellectual contextualization stands out.

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Dependent Rational Animals, by Alasdair MacIntyre

Are humans really different from animals and, if so, how? And what difference does the answer make for our understanding of human morality? Through questions such as these, Alasdair MacIntyre brings his philosophy into dialogue with recent studies of dolphins, gorillas and other animals.

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A review of The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse

"No whining!" the plaque on my study wall all but shouts. Steven D. Smith does not whine as he invades a territory frequented by whiners.