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Although Contemptuous of Theory, Hitler Fancied Himself a Philosopher

That such bullshit could ever be taken seriously by large numbers of German intellectuals shows that, even in highly educated circles, social and political forces easily trump reason.

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Dead Philosophers Are Cool: 'Philosophy Bites Back'

Every interview in this book rewards us with the revelation that a great philosopher, no matter how dead, is still fresh, surprising, and relevant.

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Thomas Friedman's Paean to Globalization 'The Lexus and the Olive Tree' Is Back, but We've Moved On

The Lexus is shiny and modern, the olive tree old and rooted, put them together and, dude, there's your simplistic guide to globalization.

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Enter the Posthuman: 'Alien Phenomenology'

In a world overrun by objects, everything's a 'thing' from another world.

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The Quantum Mind-Boggle: 'The Quantum Universe'

Quantum mechanics is a knotty tangle of mathematical, practical, and philosophical threads, itching to be unravelled.

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God Among the Test Tubes: 'Science and Religion in Quest of Truth'

What does theology want from science? Above all, the heady feeling of mystery its own traditional texts no longer convey to a sophisticated, urban and multicultural public.

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Barbarians Against Barbarians: Henry Kissinger's 'On China'

The diplomat believes he’s a skillful player, he believes he’s in control; but the game is much bigger than he is, and defines what he can and cannot do.

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OMG, You Wrote Your Own Bible? 'The Good Book: A Humanist Bible' by A. C. Grayling

Like the 'real' Bible, The Good Book is an eclectic and contradictory mix, containing much that really is very good, but also some that’s bad and ugly, and quite a lot that’s unbearably dull.

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Smile, You're in a Rat Race: 'The Social Animal'

David Brooks wants cognitive science to validate modern conservatism, but the opposite case could more easily be made.

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Gazing upon the Bitch-goddess of Quantification: 'The Information'

We are drowning in a sea of information. Shall we stop to count the waves, or try to make sense of it all? The first of these two is the way of information theory.

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Save the World from Evil Math

On 'proofiness', 'randumbness' statistical boo-boos and other high-level mathematical theories.

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'Revolutionary Deists': Fanatics for a Reason

The story of deism proves that America has never been, in an absolute sense, a Christian nation.

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