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12 Philosophy Books In the New York Times Book Review (1/23/11)

Anastasia Beaverhausen
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."
Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche
Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche
""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.""
All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age
All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age
""Perhaps Dreyfus and Kelly’s greatest service is to provoke questions, spurring readers to think for themselves... certainly the mark of real philosophy.""
Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will
Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will
""Columbia University Press published David Foster Wallace’s 'Fate, Time, and Language,' making him possibly the only American writer to have not just one but two undergraduate theses appear as books.""
The Broom of the System: A Novel (Penguin Ink) (The Penguin Ink Series)
The Broom of the System: A Novel (Penguin Ink) (The Penguin Ink Series)
""Wallace declared his most overtly philosophical novel — his first, 'The Broom of the System' (1987), which incorporates the ideas of Ludwig Wittgenstein — to be a failure.""
Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love
Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love
""Cheeky... Andrew Shaffer’s Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love, released this month, extends schadenfreude to the boudoir. Who knew that Thomas Aquinas’s family hired a prostitute to try to seduce him away from the priesthood?""
How to Sell: A Novel
How to Sell: A Novel
""At its heart about forms of deception, disguised versions of Kant’s argument on the supposed right to lie in order to save a life, Aristotle’s typology of four kinds of liars, and Nietzsche’s theory of deception.""
The Book of Dead Philosophers
The Book of Dead Philosophers
""A compendium of colorful exits, from Socrates’ cup of hemlock to Roland Barthes’s fatal collision with a laundry truck.""
36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction (Vintage Contemporaries)
36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction (Vintage Contemporaries)
""Treats philosophical questions with unabashed directness in her fiction, often featuring debates or dialogues among characters who are themselves philosophers or physicists or mathematicians.""
Omensetter's Luck (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Omensetter's Luck (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
"One of "David Foster Wallace's favorite novels... William H. Gass received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell and taught philosophy for many years at Washington University in St. Louis.""
Wittgenstein's Mistress
Wittgenstein's Mistress
""Evokes the bleak, abstract, solitary feel of Wittgenstein’s early philosophy.""
Spurious: A Novel
Spurious: A Novel
""Two yammering intellectuals ponder life and the fungus taking over one of their homes.""
On Bullshit
On Bullshit
""Had a 27-week run in 2005 on The New York Times bestseller list, including a week at No. 1.""