The bookstack

What I’m reading this week:

Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction by Will Kymlicka

An excellent introduction to political philosophy; I can see why it’s widely used in undergrad courses.

Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style by Virginia Tufte

An exceptional collection of exceptional sentences by good writers. One of my new favorite books.

In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise by George Prochnik

I’ve only just started, but I like what I’ve read so far. The argument is that the modern world is addicted to noise, but silence is an essential part of our well-being. I’m sympathetic.

The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith, Ryan Hanley ed.

The introduction by Amartya Sen is essentially “See? Adam Smith would love my theory in Idea of Justice,” and is therefore a little odd (and soon dated, with reference to the economic crisis). The editorial work by Ryan Hanley is well-done, though, and worth the price of admission.