Here are my book suggestions for 2017. There is a little bit of everything, and the selection is purely subjective. Some of the books are older, but have lasting value (for instance “Psychopathology and Politics.”) The books about environmental problems have a dark outlook – maybe we are beyond the point where catastrophes could have been avoided. We are heading into a slowly deepening disaster.
- Spaemann, Robert. Essays in Anthropology : Variations on a Theme. Ed. Guido De Graaff and James Mumford. Eugene, Or: Wipf & Stock Pub, 2010. Print. Spaemann is probably the best contemporary philosopher in the German-speaking world. He is a conservative thinker, and he has the gift of explaining ancient philosophers so easily that readers almost immediately relate to the flow of these ancient arguments. He explains the deep architecture of Western thinking and examines contemporary problems in light of these universal ideas and propositions. His language is almost free of jargon, and he is not afraid to tackle very difficult questions.
- Spaemann, Robert: Happiness and Benevolence. Edinburgh: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2005. Print.
- Spaemann, Robert, and David L. Schindler. Love and the Dignity of Human Life: On Nature and Natural Law. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2012. Print.
- Vlastos, Gregory. 1991. Socrates: Ironist and Moral Philosopher. 1 edition. Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press.
- Wright, G. H. Von. 2004. Explanation and Understanding. Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press.
- Evans, Jonathan St B. T. Thinking and Reasoning: A Very Short Introduction. 1 edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017. Print.
- Miller, David. 2013. Justice for Earthlings: Essays in Political Philosophy.Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.
Psychology and Social Theory
- Wittmann, Marc. 2016. Felt Time: The Psychology of How We Perceive Time. Translated by Erik Butler. 1 edition. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.
- Erich Neumann: Depth Psychology and a New Ethic. 1949. Even though this is an old book, it is worthwhile to read because it opens some important questions. The author reflects from a Jungian point of view about the ethical consequences of the unconscious. Ethics is not just the distinction between right and wrong in a narrow legalistic or moralistic sense, it requires us to rethink the foundations in light of a deeper understanding of the functioning of the human psyche.
- Henderson, Robert and Janis. 2008. Living with Jung, Vol. 2: Enterviews with Jungian Analysts. Spring Journal, Inc. A look behind the scenes of Jungian psychoanalysis.
- Lasswell, Harold D. Psychopathology and Politics. Martino Fine Books, 2016. Print.
- Certeau, Michel De. Heterologies: Discourse on the Other. Trans. B. Massumi. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1986. Print.
- Gane, Nicholas. The Future of Social Theory. 1 edition. London ; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2004. Print.
- Perera, Sylvia Brinton. Descent to the Goddess: A Way of Initiation for Women.First edition. Toronto: Inner City Books, 1989. Print.
- Street, John. Mass Media, Politics and Democracy: Second Edition. 2nd edition. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York: Palgrave, 2011. Print.
- Postman, Neil, and Andrew Postman. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. 20 Anv edition. New York, N.Y., U.S.A: Penguin Books, 2005. Print.
- Chang, Ha-Joon. Economics: The User’s Guide. Reprint edition. New York; London: Bloomsbury Press, 2015. Print. He explains economic ideas and the common sense behind them. Easy to read, and very informative.
- Lewis, Michael. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. 1 edition. W. W. Norton & Company, 2014. Print. Michael Lewis captures the moment where capitalism begins to dissolve into technology and manipulation. Corruption in its purest form.
- Wallerstein, Immanuel. World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction. 7/28/04 edition. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004. Print. Another classic book: shows how imperialism and capitalism flow together.
Environment and our Future
- Kelly, Kevin. The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.1st edition. New York, New York: Viking, 2016. Print.
- Rees, Martin. Our Final Hour: A Scientist’s Warning. New York: Basic Books, 2004. Print.
- Romm, Joseph. Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know®. 1 edition. Oxford University Press, 2015. Print.
- Jacobs, Jane. Dark Age Ahead. Reprint edition. New York: Vintage, 2005. Print.
—. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Reissue edition. Vintage, 2016. Print.
- Lovelock, James. The Revenge of Gaia: Earth’s Climate Crisis & The Fate of Humanity. Basic Books, 2007. Print.
- Rovelli, Carlo. Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity. Trans. Simon Carnell and Erica Segre. 1st Edition edition. New York: Riverhead Books, 2017. Print.
- John Polkinghorne: Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction1st Edition. 2002. It is short, but not oversimplified, and explains quantum theory really well.
- Yourcenar, Marguerite. 2005. Memoirs of Hadrian. Translated by Grace Frick. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
- Kanigel, Robert. 2016. The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan. Media Tie-In edition. Washington Square Press.
- Kondo, Marie. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. 1st edition. Ten Speed Press, 2014. Print.