Was at Barnes and Noble today and picked up a couple books...How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most
, by Marietta McCarty. At first the vibe I got from this book was that of a self-help book, which I generally wouldn't be interested in, but I found it in the philosophy section so I decided to leaf through it (and eventually I decided to purchase it). The book seems to look at various thinkers, from Socrates to John Stuart Mill to Shunryu Suzuki, in an effort to outline qualities you should try to develop to have an enjoyable/fulfilled life. The themes are: simlicity, communication, perspective, flexibility, empathy, individuality, belonging, serenity, possibility, and joy. Doubt, A History
, by Jennifer Michael Hecht. This book is about doubt (suprising, I know
). The book starts around 600 BC and goes up through the present. It's focused mainly on the western world, though the author does devote a chapter to "Ancient Doubt in Asia".
I wanted to buy The Greatest Show On Earth
by Dawkins, but I was on a budget today, and it didn't quite make the cut. Always next month (though now that I think about it, this book is probably popular enough that my library might have it)...