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The Philosopher’s Library (Part 2) (published 24/04/2016)


[Simone de Beauvoire without shelves]

The philosophers of the End Times series recommended books to readers to get further into their philosophical world. As part of an occasional offshoot of that series, here’s a new batch to help you get your shelves re-calibrated.

Livreria Porto 1

[Livraria Lello e Irmao – Porto, Portugal.]

Katerina Deligiorgi

John McDowell’s Mind, Value and Reality, a great collection of essays. From an earlier period of analytic philosophy, Bernard Williams’s Moral Luck, Thomas Nagel’s Mortal Questions, Nelson Goodman’s Ways of Worldmaking. We are having a reading group at Sussex on G.E.M. Anscombe’s Intention, if you fancy some hard work, this very slim volume is recommended.

Shakespeare and Co 2

[Shakespeare and Co – Paris, France]

Claire White

1. Consilience by E.O Wilson (for any discipline – amazing)

2. Sophie’s World (must read for any young philosopher in waiting)

3. Why Would Anyone Believe in God? Justin Barrett (intro to cognitive science of religion)

4. Explaining Culture – Dan Sperber

5. Experimental Philosophy – Knobe & Nichols (great intro to ex phi)


[Philosopher Stathis Psillos’s bookshelves]

Al Mele

Robert Kane’s The Significance of Free Will.


[Foucault with some shelves]

Bryony Pierce

Experimental Philosophy by Josh Knobe and Shaun Nichols, 2008, which starts with an informative ‘Experimental Philosophy Manifesto’ and contains a number of interesting papers, or for an overview, Joshua Alexander’s Experimental Philosophy: An Introduction.


[Tarantino with shelves]

Gila Sher

1. Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman, 2008)

2. Tango (Carlos Saura, 1998)

3. Of Gods & Men (Xavier Beauvois, 2010)

4. The Diving Bell & The Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)

5. The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan Jose Campanella, 2009)


[Bad Timing bookshelves]

Scott Berman

Terry Penner’s The Ascent from Nominalism

James Ladyman and Don Ross’s Every Thing Must Go

Robert Batterman’s The Devil in the Details

Alexander Bird’s Nature’s Metaphysics

Plato’s “Theaetetus” and “Sophist


[William Burroughs with shelves]

Sarah Sawyer

Simon Blackburn, Think: a compelling introduction to philosophy ; Simon Blackburn, Being Good: a short introduction to ethics ; Thomas Nagel, What Does it All Mean? A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy ; Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy .


[Keith Richard’s library]

JC Beall

Graham Priest’s ‘Logic: A Short Intro’


[Neil Gaiman’s library]

Craig Callender

Time and Space, Barry Dainton
 The Metaphysics Within Physics, Tim Maudlin 
Quantum Mechanics and Experience, David Albert 
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics, Marc Lange 
Real Time II, D.H. Mellor


[Professor Richard A. Macksey’s library]

Eddy Nahmias

Take a look at the wonderful work of van Inwagen, Frankfurt, Wolf, and the Strawsons. And while you’re at it, I encourage you to read some others such as John Fischer, Bob Kane, Al Mele, and Derk Pereboom, not to mention ‘youngsters’ like Dana Nelkin, Manuel Vargas, Neil Levy, and Tamler Sommers.


[Nic Roeg with shelves]

Richard Marshall is still biding his time.

Buy his book here to keep him biding!

The Removals (published 22/04/2016)


The Removals, the directorial debut of 3:AM contributor Nicholas Rombes (author of the brilliant novel, The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing), premieres on May 4.

The movie, which tracks two agents as they try to undermine and escape the ideological confines of total media, was produced by the book publisher Two Dollar Radio. It’s part of their new venture to create films with bold visions independently and outside the traditional channels of finance, capital, and marketing.

Read Andrew Gallix’s in-depth interview with Nicholas Rombes here.

From Sleepwalking to Sleepwalking (published )


Bertie Marshall‘s new novella, From Sleepwalking to Sleepwalking, is now available. It is part of Publication Studio’s Fellow Travelers series, which “extends the pioneering work of Paris-based Olympia Press’s Traveller’s Companion series of the 1950s and 60s” by presenting new works that have been “effectively ‘censored’ by the market”. You’ll find pictures from the launch here.

The Missing Links (published )


Joanna Demers on drone music. * Esmé Weijun Wang: “In deciding to keep certain parts of my book in untranslated Chinese, I was making a commitment to including some readers and likely excluding most others; I was also making a commitment to the possibility of being unintelligible”. * Can an unfinished work of art be considered complete? * An evening for Tony Conrad. * Rachel Cusk on the suspension of disbelief. * Climbing Mount Sontag. * “That we no longer believe in the exalted status of Literature frees the writer to ‘believe in writing’ anew.” * Walking in unquiet landscapes. * Alex Pheby at Shakespeare and Company (audio). * Hans-Ulrich Obrist on curating (video). * Lara Feigel and Jon Day on writing the city (audio). * Jonathan Meades: “I hate the idea of experimental cookery, but I like the idea of experimental literature. I think the novel should be novel, rather than this institutionalised form which has developed, within which very few people seem prepared to break the mould”. * Jonathan Meades again: “I have no idea what that new photography will be but I am sure that if we have an end in mind when we begin we’ll simply return to where we were”. * Dustin Illingworth on the suicide note as literary genre. * Justine Frischmann — the painter. * Translating Knausgaard. * Knausgaard on writerly staying power. * Maggie Nelson at NYPL (video).

[Artwork: Susana Blasco.]