Reading &c.

What I highly recommend reading.

These are the books and articles I consider absolutely essential for a developing your inner übermensch (and have been most influential to me, whether empathizing or disagreeing with the authors).

  • Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
  • Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein (I recommend the Three Rivers Press edition with the appended essays not available in most editions, and the Barnes and Noble edition which features the best introduction, written by Amit Hagar)
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn
  • After Finitude by Quentin Meillassoux

Some of What I have read.

A list will be posted here on a rolling basis.  Obviously, I can’t list everything, but I will try to keep a running list of books, fiction and non-fiction, that are worth noting and discussing, if you care to.

  • Fermat’s Last Theorem by Amir Aczel
  • God’s Equation Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe by Amir Aczel
  • Pendulum: Léon Foucault and the Triumph of Science by Amir Aczel
  • Present at Creation by Amir Aczel
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • The Problem of the Unity of Science edited by Evandro Agazzi and Jan Faye
  • Galloping with Light: Einstein, Relativity, and Folklore by Felix Alba-Juez
  • Records of the Future: Classical Entropy, Memory, and the ‘Arrow of Time’ (Quantum Physics Free of Folklore #1) by Felix Alba-Juez
  • De Occulta Philosophia by Henry Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim
  • Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs
  • How to Read Kierkegaard by John D. Caputo
  • The Unity of Science by Rudolf Carnap
  • Magick, Mayhem, and Mavericks: The Spirited History of Physical Chemistry by Cathy Cobb
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius by Leo Damrosch
  • The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradisio by Dante Alighieri (Norton translation is okay, Musa is better, but I like Hollander the best)
  • Darwin (Norton Critical Edition) edited by Philip Appleman
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  • Matter and Memory by Henri Bergson
  • German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction by Andrew Bowie
  • Making Modern Science: A Historical Survey by Peter Bowler and Iwan Morus
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Conceptions of Evil throughout the History of Ideas by Jason J. Campbell
  • The Unity of Science by Rudolf Carnap
  • Metaphysics and the Disunity of Scientific Knowledge by Steve Clarke
  • Nothing: A Very Short Introduction series by Frank Close
  • Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction series by Frank Close
  • The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine by Nathaniel Comfort
  • Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking by William H. Cropper
  • The Autobiography of Charles Darwin: 1809-1882 edited by Nora Barlow
  • Memoirs of Princess Dashkova by Ekaterina Dashkova
  • The Physics of Time Asymmetry by Paul Davies
  • Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwin Unconvincing edited by William A. Dembski
  • The Unfinished Game: Pascal, Fermat, and the Seventeenth-Century Letter That Made the World Modern by Keith Devlin
  • Understanding Space-Time: The Philosophical Development of Physics from Newton to Einstein by Robert Disalle
  • Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky
  • Galileo: A Very Short Introduction by Stillman Drake
  • The Lessons of History by Will Durant
  • The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom by Graham Farmelo
  • Word Freak by Fatsis
  • The Dun Book of Magh Meall: Luminous Memories of the Beginning edited by Sean A.P. Finn
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics by Kenneth William Ford
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman
  • Kuhn vs. Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science by Steve Fuller
  • Einstein’s Clocks, Poincare’s Maps: Empires of Time by Peter Galison
  • The Ambidextrous Universe: Mirror Asymmetry and Time-Reversed Worlds by Martin Gardner
  • A Commentary on Heidegger’s Being and Time by Michael Gelven
  • Nothingness: The Science of Empty Space by Henning Gentz
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Dirac: The Man and His Work ed by Peter Goddard
  • Heidegger Explained: From Phenomena to Thing (Ideas Explained) by Graham Harman
  • The Prince and the Wolf by Graham Harman
  • Quentin Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making by Graham Harman
  • The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Collected Writings (published by Harper Perennial) by Martin Heidegger
  • The Concept of Time by Martin Heidegger
  • Being and Time by Martin Heidegger
  • Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne C. Heller
  • The Scientific Revolution and the Origins of Modern Science by John Henry
  • Brotherhood of the Bomb: The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller by Gregg Herken
  • Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
  • The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer
  • Gӧdel, Escher, and Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter
  • I am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter
  • Mathematics for the Millions: How to Master the Magic of Numbers by Lancelot Hogben
  • Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy by Nick Huggett
  • Spacetime from Zeno to Einstein: Classic Readings with a Contemporary Commentary by Nick Huggett
  • The Maxwellians by Bruce J. Hunt
  • The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
  • The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
  • Socrates by Paul Johnson
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • Dissertation on the Form and Principle of the Sensible and Intelligible World (the “Inaugural Dissertation) by Immanuel Kant
  • Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant
  • Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science by Immanuel Kant
  • The Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant
  • Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics by Immanuel Kant (B&N edition w/ intro by Dennis Sweet recommended)
  • Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist by Walter Kaufmann
  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss
  • Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar
  • How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil
  • Understanding Philosophy of Science by James Ladyman
  • Laboratory Life by Bruno Latour and Steve Woolgar
  • The Pasteurization of France by Bruno Latour
  • Science in Action by Bruno Latour
  • The Strategy of Life: Teleology and Mechanics in Nineteenth-Century German Biology by Timothy Lenoir
  • Philosophy of Time (Oxford Readings in Philosophy) edited by Robin Le Poidevin and Murray MacBeath
  • The Abolition of Man  C.S. Lewis
  • A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Science by John Lossee
  • The Nature of Physical Reality: A Philosophy of Modern Physics by Henry Margenau
  • Dr. Faustus by Marlowe
  • Elementary Classical Analysis by Jerrold E. Marsden
  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  • Dreadnought: Germany, Britain, and the Coming of the Great War by Robert K. Massie
  • Elementary Logic by Benson Mates
  • Autopoiesis and Cognition: The Realization of the Living by Humberto R. Maturana and Francisco J. Varela
  • The Motion Paradox: The 2,500-Year-Old Puzzle Behind All the Mysteries of Time and Space by Joseph Mazur
  • Mark Twain (Writers and Their Works series) by Debra McArthur
  • Looking for a Few Good Males: Female Choice in Evolutionary Biology by Erika Lorraine Milam
  • Reinventing Gravity: A Physicist Goes Beyond Einstein by John W. Moffatt
  • Complete Works of Michel de Montaigne (Everyman’s Library Edition) translated by Donald M. Frame
  • Pragmatism: A Reader edited by Louis Menand
  • Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Mumford
  • Existentialist Philosophy: An Introduction edited by Nathan Oaklander
  • Quantum Philosophy: Understanding and Interpreting Contemporary Science by Roland Omnes
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance  by Robert M. Pirsig
  • Science and Hypothesis by J. Henri Poincare (I recommed the edition edited by Stephen Jay Gould, The Value of Science: The Essential Writings of Henri Poincare)
  • Magia Naturalis by John Baptista (Della) Porta
  • The Scientific Revolution (A Very Short Introduction) by Lawrence M. Principe
  • Ishmael  by Daniel Quinn
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • Readings on the Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy by Nils Rauhut
  • Philosophy of Mind: A Beginner’s Guide by Ian Ravenscroft
  • The Direction of Time  by Hans Reichenbach
  • From Copernicus to Einstein by Hans Reichenbach
  • The Theory of Relativity and A Priori Knowledge by Hans Reichenbach
  • Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics by F. Reif
  • Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Emile by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • The Discourses and other early political writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, edited by Victor Gourevitch
  • The Social Contract and other later political writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, edited by Victor Gourevitch
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Putnam translation is okay, Grosman’s is best)
  • A Historical Introduction to Phenomenology by Seppo Sajama
  • The Foundations of Scientific Inference by Wesley Salmon
  • Space, Time, and Motion: A Philosophical Introduction by Wesley Salmon
  • On Equilibrium: Six Qualities of the New Humanism by John Ralston Saul
  • Concept of the Political by Carl Schmitt
  • Spinoza (The Great Philosophers Series) by Roger Scruton
  • The Scientific Revolution by Steve Shapin
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany  by William Shirer
  • Beyond Freedom and Dignity by B. F. Skinner
  • Three Roads to Quantum Gravity  by Lee Smolin
  • Time Reborn by Lee Smolin
  • The Elusive Neutrino: A Subatomic Detective Story by Nickolas Solomey
  • What Nietzsche Really Said by Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Chant of Fire by Dennis Sweet
  • Mist of Pain by Dennis Sweet
  • The Shee by Dennis Sweet
  • Journey of the Universe by Brian Swimme and Mary Tucker
  • Beyond the Quantum by Michael Talbot
  • The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot
  • A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography edited by Aviezer Tucker
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (* I recommend the American Library Edition of Mark Twain’s works.)
  • Autobiography of Mark Twain (Volume 1)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
  • Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
  • Those Extraordinary Twins by Mark Twain
  • Candide by Voltaire
  • The World’s Most Famous Math Problem: The Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem and Other Mathematical Mysteries by Marilyn vos Savant
  • Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths by Robin Waterfield
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
  • How to Read Heidegger by Mark Wrathall

Essays

  • “Quining Qualia” by Daniel C. Dennett in Consciousness in Modern Science ed. by A. Marcel and E. Bisiach (1988)
  • “Capacities and Abstractions” by Nancy Cartwright in Scientific Explanation edited by Philip Kitcher and Wesley C. Salmon (pg. 349-356)
  • “The Many Sides of Gregor Mendel” by Sander Gliboff in Biology Outside the Box: Boundary Crossers and Innovation in Biology ed. by Michael R. Dietrich and Oren Harman
  • “The Ultimate Origin of Things” by Gottfried W. Leibniz
  • “The Impact of the Paradigm of Complexity on the Foundational Frameworks of Biology and Cognitive Science” by Alvaro Moreno, Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo and Xabier Barandarian in Philosophy of Complex Systems volume 10 of the Handbook of Philosophy of Science
  • “Approach-Avoidance: Return to Dynamic Decision Behavior” by James T. Towsend and Jerome R. Busemeyer in Current Issues in Cognitive Processing: The Tulane Floweree Symposium on Cognition edited by Chizuko Izawa
  • “The Meaning of “Ethical Neutrality” in Sociology and Economics” by Max Weber
  • “Science as Vocation” in From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology by Max Weber edited by Gerth and Mills

Short Stories

  • “Rappaccini’s Daughter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain

Lecture Transcripts

  • Iteration, Reiteration, Repitition: A Speculative Analysis of the Meaningless Sign given by Quentin Meillassoux at Freie Universität Berlin on April 20, 2012

Articles

Here’s a list of some of  the articles that might fascinate whomever might be interested in the things that I am.  That is to say, articles that I like.

  • “Einstein’s Kyoto Adress: ‘How I Created the Theory of Relativity'” by Seiya Abiko in Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences Vol. 31, No. 1 (2000) pg. 1-35
  • “The Apparent Existence of Easily Deflectable Positives” by Carl D. Anderson Science (1932)
  • “Psycholinguisitics as a Case of Cross-Disciplinary Research: Symposium Introduction” by William Bechtel in Synthese Vol. 72, No. 3 (1987) pg. 293-311
  • “The Criticality Hypothesis: How Local Cortical Networks Might Optimize Information Processing” by John M. Beggs in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A Vol. 366 (2008) pg. 329-343
  • “Paul Dirac: The Purest Soul in Physics” by Micahel Berry Physics World Febraury (1998) pg. 36-40
  • “Helmholtz and the Shaping of the American elite in the Gilded Age” by David Cahan in Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences Vol. 35 No. 1 (Sept. 2004) pg. 1-34
  • “Prediction and Explanation in Historical Natural Science” by Carol E. Cleland British Journal Philosophy Science 62 (2011) pg. 551-582
  • “Kant’s Relational Theory of Absolute Space” by Martin Carrier in Kant-Studien Vol. 83. Iss. 4 (2012) pg. 399-416
  • “Every Good Rgulator of a System Must Be a Model of That System” by Roger C. Conant in International Journal of Systems Science Volume 1, No. 2, (1970) pg. 89-97
  • The Orsted-Ritter Partnership and the Birth of Romantic Natural Philosophy by Dan Ch. Christensen in Annals of Science Vol. 52 (1995) pg. 153-185
  • “Lavoisier, the Two French Revolutions and ‘The Imperial Despotism of Oxygen'” by Maurice Crosland in Ambix Vol. 42 Part 2 (July 1995) pg. 101-118
  • “Simulation Models as Opaque Thought Experiments” by Ezequiel A. Di Paolo, Jason A. Noble, and Seth Bullock (2000)
  • “Engines for Experiment: Laboratory Revolution and Industrial Labour in the Nineteenth-Century City” by Sven Dierig in Osiris 2nd series, Vol. 18, Science and the City (2003) pg. 116-134
  • “The Evolution of the Physicist’s Picture of Nature” by Paul A. M. Dirac Scientific American (May 1963)
  • “Theory of Electrons and Positrons” by Paul A. M. Dirac Nobel Lecture (1933)
  • “Why People Fail to Recognize Their Own Incompetence” by David Dunning, Kerri Johnson, Joyce Ehrlinger, and Justin Kruger in Current Directions in Psychological Science Volume 12 (June 2003) Number 3
  • “The Disunity of Science” by John Dupre Mind 92 (367) (1983) pg. 321-346
  • “Did Dirac Predict the Positron” by Graham Farmelo Contemporary Physics Vol. 51 No. 2 (2010) pg. 97-101
  • “Pipped to the Positron” by Graham Farmelo New Scientist Vol. 175 Iss. 2355 (2002) pg. 48-
  • “Ontologies without Metaphysics: Latour, Harman, and the Philosophy of Things” by Jay Foster in Analecta Hermeneutica Vol. 3 (2011) pg. 1-26
  • “Einstein’s Clocks: The Place of Time” by Peter Galison in Critical Inquiry Vol. 26, No. 2 (Winter 2000) pg. 355-389
  • “Einstein, Poincare, and Modernity: A Conversation” by Peter L. Galison and D. Graham Burnett in Daedelus (Spring 2003)
  • “Causation and Recipes” by Douglas Gasking Mind 64 (256) (1955) pg. 479-487
  • “History and Philosophy of Science: Intimate Relationship or Marriage of Convenience” by Ronald N. Giere in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science Vol. 24 (Sep., 1973) No. 3 pg. 282-297
  • “Is Mathematical Truth Time-Dependent” by Judith V. Grabiner in American Mathematical Monthly Vol. 81, No. 4 (Apr. 1974) pg. 354-365
  • “Anatomy of fall: Giovanni Battista Ricioli and the story of g” by Christopher M. Graney Phys. Today 65 (9), 36 (2012)
  • “Comparative Learning: From Interactive Activation to Adaptive Resonance” by Stephen Grossberg in Cognitive Science Vol. 11 (1987) pg. 23-63
  • “Embedding Fields: A Theory of Learning with Physiological Implications” by Stephen Grossberg in Journal of Mathematical Psychology Vol. 6 (1969) pg. 209-239
  • “Some French Antecedents of the Chemical Revolution” by Henry Guerlac in Chymia Vol. 5 (1959) pg. 73-112
  • “Decoherence: The View from the History and Philosophy of Science” by Amit Hagar in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A Vol. 370 (2012) pg. 4594-4609
  • “Kant and Non-Euclidean Geometry” by Amit Hagar in Kant-Studien Vol. 99 Iss. 1 (2008) pg. 80-98
  • ‘Length Matters (I): The Einstein-Swann Correspondence and the Constructive Approach to the Special Theory of Relativity” by Amit Hagar in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics Vol. 39 Iss. 3 (2008) pg. 532-556
  • “Minimal Length in Quantum Gravity and the Fate of Lorentz Invariance” by Amit Hagar in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 40 (2009) pg. 259-267
  • “Squaring the Circle: Gelb Wataghin and the Prehistory of Quantum Gravity” by Amit Hagar (2013)
  • “The Irrelevance of History of Science to Philosophy of Science” by Norwood Russell Hanson in The Journal of Philosophy Vol. 59 (1962) No. 21 pg. 574-586
  • “The Fragmentation of Renaissance Occultism and the Decline of Magic” by John Henry in History of Science Vol. 46 (2008)
  • “Einstein, Michelson, and the “Crucial” Experiment” by Gerald Holton in Isis Vol. 60, No. 2 (Summer 1969) pg. 132-197
  • “Kuhn and the Chemical Revolution” by Paul Hoyningen-Huene in Prospettive della logica e della filosofia della scienza (1998) pg. 483-498
  • “The Genesis of the Transcendent: Kant, Schelling, and the Ground of Experience” by Adrian Johnston in Idealistic Studies Vol. 33 (Spring 2003) No. 1 pg. 57-82
  • “Conceptual Models and Analytic Tools: The Biology of Physicist Max Delbruck” by Lily E. Kay in Journal of the History of Biology Vol. 18 No. 2 (Summer 1985) pg. 207-246
  • “Selling Pure Science in Wartime: The Biochemical Genetics of G.W. Beadle” byLily E. Kay in Journal of the History of Biology Vol. 22 No. 1 (Spring 1989) pg. 73-101
  • “Latour’s Heidegger” by Jeff Kochan in Social Studies of Science Vol. 40 Iss. 4 (April 2010) pg. 579-598
  • “The Genesis of Dirac’s Relativistic Theory of Electrons” by Helge Kragh Archive for History of Exact Science 24 (1981)
  • “Pre-Theoretical Assumptions in Evolutionary Explanations of Female Sexuality” by Elisabeth A. Lloyd in Philosophical Studies Vol. 69 (1993) pg. 139-153
  • “Space Does Not Exist, So Time Can” by Fotini Markopoulou at FQXI essay contest: http://www.fqxi.org/data/essay-contest-files/Markopoulou_SpaceDNE.pdf
  • “Positivism, Whiggism, and the Chemical Revolution: A Study in the Historiography of Chemistry” by John G. McEvoy in History of Science Vol. 35 (1997) pg. 1-32
  • “Potentiality and Virtuality” by Quentin Meillassoux in Collapse volume II
  • “Subtraction and Contraction: Deleuze, Immanence, and Matter and Memory” by Quentin Meillassoux in Collapse volume III
  • “The Rhetoric of Utility: Avoiding Occult Associations for Mathematics through Profitability and Pleasure” by Katherine Neal in History of Science Vol. 37 (1999)
  • “Two Concepts of Intertheoretic Reduction” by Thomas Nickles in The Journal of Philosophy Vol. 70, No. 7 (1973) pg. 181-201
  • “Infinity and Kant’s Conception of the “Possibility of Experience”” by Charles Parsons The Philosophical Review Vol. 73, No. 2 (Apr., 1964) pg. 182-197
  • “When the World Becomes ‘Too Real’: A Bayesian Explanation of Autistic Perception” by Elizabeth Pellicano and David Burr Trends in Cognitive Science Vol. 16, No. 10 (2012) pg. 504-510
  • “Mathematical Expressibility, Perceptual Relativity, and Secondary Qualities” by Derk Pereboom in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science Vol. 22 (1991) pg. 63-88
  • “A Contextual Approach to Scientific Understanding” by Henk W. de Regt and Dennis Dieks in Synthese 144 (2005) pg. 137-170
  • “The Symmetry between Bruno Latour and Martin Heidegger: The Technique of Turning a Police Officer into a Speed Bump” by Soren Riis in Social Studies of Science Vol. 38 No. 2 (April 2008) pg. 285-301
  • “The Expanding Universe” by H.P. Robertson in Science, New Series Vol. 76, No. 1976 (Sep. 9, 1932) pg. 221-226
  • “Reductionism in a Historical Science” by Alex Rosenberg in Philosophy of Science Vol. 68, No. 2 (2001) pg. 135-163
  • “Approaches to Reduction” by Kenneth F. Schaffner in Philosophy of Science Vol. 34, No. 2 (1967) pg. 137-147
  • “Chemical versus Biological Explanations: Interdisciplinarity and Reductionism in the 19th Century Life Sciences” by Joachim Schummer in Annals of the Lyceum of Natural History New York. New York Academy of Sicence Vol. 998 (2003) pg. 269-281
  • “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” by Dudley Shapere in The Philosophical Review Vol. 73, No. 3 (Jul., 1964) pg. 383-394
  • “Types of Inter-theoretic Reduction” by Lawrence Sklar in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science Vol. 18, No. 2 (1967) pg. 109-124
  • “A Perspective on the Landscape Problem” by Lee Smolin (Cornell University Library) http://arxiv.org/abs/1202.3373
  • “The Comparative and the Exemplary Revisiting the Early History of Molecular Biology” by Bruno J. Strasser and Soraya de Chadarevian in History of Science Vol. 49 (2011) pg. 317-336
  • “From the Machine to the Ghost Within: Pavlov’s Transition from Digestive Psychology to Conditioned Reflexes” by Daniel P. Todes in American Psychologist (Sept. 1997) pg. 947-955
  • “Pavlov’s Physiology Factory” by Daniel P. Todes in Isis Vol. 88 No. 2 (Jun. 1997) pg. 205-246
  • “Kant’s A Priori Intuition of Space Independent of Postulates” by Edgar Valdez in Kantian Review Vol. 17 Iss. 1 (Mar. 2012) pg. 135-160
  • “On the Role of the Michelson-Morley Experiment: Einstein in Chicago” by Jeroen van Dongen in Archive for History of Exact Sciences Vol. 63, No. 6 (November 2009) pg. 655-663
  • “Physics and Propaganda: Werner Heisenberg’s Foreign Lectures under National Socialism” by Mark Walker in Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences Vol. 22, No. 2 (1992) pg. 339-389
  • “Pigeons’ Discrimination of Paintings by Monet and Picasso” by Shigeru Watanabe, Junko Sakamoto, and Masumi Wakita in Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior Vol. 63 (1995) pg. 163-174
  • “Reduction and Its Heuristics: Making Methodological Reductionism Honest” by William C. Wimsatt in Synthese Vol. 151, No. 3 (2006) pg. 445-475
  • “Measurement, Work and Industry in Lord Kelvin’s Britain” by M. Norton Wise and Crosbie Smith in Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences Vol. 17 No. 1 (1986) pg. 147-173
  • “Honybees Can Discriminate between Monet and Picasso Paintings” by Wen Wu, Antonio M. Moreno, Jason M. Tangen, and Judith Reinhard in Journal of Computational Physiology A Vol. 199 (2012) pg. 45-55

Magazine Articles

  • “Heisenberg, Uncertainty and the Quantum Revolution” by David C. Cassidy in Scientific American May 1992 pg. 106-113

Good and Great Lecture(s) and Lecture Series

I will only recommend those lecture series that I think are amazing, because listening to and watching lecture series can be very time consuming.  In general, many titles from the Teaching Company, the Modern Scholars series, and iTunes University are very good.

  • Anglo-Saxon World by Michael Drout (a “Modern Scholar” lecture series produced by Recorded Books)
  • The Darwinian Revolution by Frederick Gregory (a “Great Courses” lecture series produced by the Teaching Company)
  • Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It by Steven L. Goldman (a “Great Courses” lecture series produced by the Teaching Company)
  • Philosophy of Science by Jeffrey L. Kasser (a “Great Courses” lecture series produced by the Teaching Company)
  • Philosophy of Mind by Andrew Pessin (a “Modern Scholar” lecture series produced by Recorded Books)
  • The Life and Work of Mark Twain by Stephen Railton ( a “Great Courses” lecture series produced by the Teaching Company)
  • Darwin, Darwinism, and the Modern World by Chandak Sengoopta (a “Modern Scholar” lecture series produced by Recorded Books)
  • Why Only an Atheist Can Be a True Christian by Slavoj Zizek (lecture held at Princeton University)

Online Resources Everyone Should Know and Use

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Next up. (What I want to read.)

I will try to keep this current, listing the books I intend to read or re-read over the next 7 to 10 days.  I will also include recorded lecture series, when applicable.

(Last update: Not currently updating…I simply can’t keep up with this, right now.)

  • Length Matters: The History and Philosophy of the Notion of Fundamental Length in Modern Physics by Amit Hagar
  • The Speculative Turn: Continental Realism and Materialism edited by Levi Bryant, Nick Srnicek, and Graham Harman
  • Thought Experiments by Roy Sorensen
  • Mind as Machine: A History of Cognitive Science  (Volumes 1 & 2) by Margaret A. Boden
  • “Maxwell’s Scientific Metaphysics and Natural Philosophy of Action: Agency, Determinacy and Necessity from Theology, Moral Philosophy and History to Mathematics, Theory and Experiment” by Jordi Cat
  • Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
  • Kant’s Construction of Nature by Michael Friedman
  • Philosophy of Physics by Lawrence Sklar
  • Raum-Zeit by Martin Carrier

Wood’s Ethical Theory for my ethics class: click here

God of the Gaps for my religions class: click here

“Our Inner Ape” for my religions class: click here

I sometimes impetuously do Amazon book reviews for fun.  You may find them here.

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2 responses to “Reading &c.

  1. Excellent reading! Something that might be of interest is Stephen Gaukroger’s ongoing project dealing with a cognitive history of Science. The first two have been published of a project quintet: The Emergence of a Scientific Culture: Science and the Shaping of Modernity (1210-1685), and The Collapse of Mechanism and the Rise of Sensibility (1680-1760). Both are informative and give one a good background in ongoing debates about science and its connection with modernity (Enlightenment and beyond).

    • Thanks a bunch for the recommendations. The interesting thing is Gaukroger had popped up on my radar, just this past semester, having been cited by an article or two that I read. These appear to be two fascinating works, and I will have to give them a look.

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