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New and forthcoming books of interest:

I. Philosophy

  • Taking Ourselves Seriously and Getting It Right. Stanford Univ Press, Nov. 2006. Based on the 2004 lectures at Stanford, this book seeks to reflect on humans’ ability to genuinely reflect on themselves and their actions by contrasting the ideals of rationality and love. I include it because it might make for an interesting and probably highly contrasted comparison with John Calvin’s Institutes which also begins with knowledge of the self.

II. Religion

III. Culture

  • The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness. More than just a book for tech geeks, this analysis of the development of the iPod discusses everything from the iPod’s edgy design to the culture of detachment that results from listening to the iPod in public places. The chapters are “shuffled” so that the order of chapters in your copy may differ from that in my copy.

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