The list author says: ""Philosophy is making a comeback, including on our bestseller list," according to the New York Times podcast. The New York Times Book Review takes on "the hugest of all subjects" in its January 23, 2011 issue; here are the books reviewed and mentioned in that issue. All quotes below from The New York Times."
""It amounts mainly to the idea that philosophy can offer little or no consolation, and that the examined life is, if anything, 'harder and less potentially rewarding' for us than it was for Socrates.""
""Columbia University Press published David Foster WallaceÂs 'Fate, Time, and Language,' making him possibly the only American writer to have not just one but two undergraduate theses appear as books.""
""Cheeky... Andrew ShafferÂs Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love, released this month, extends schadenfreude to the boudoir. Who knew that Thomas AquinasÂs family hired a prostitute to try to seduce him away from the priesthood?""
""At its heart about forms of deception, disguised versions of KantÂs argument on the supposed right to lie in order to save a life, AristotleÂs typology of four kinds of liars, and NietzscheÂs theory of deception.""