Tag Archives: philosophy

Osler, William. A Way of Life


Sir William Osler (1849 – 1919) was a Canadian physician and helped found Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has been called the “Father of Modern Medicine.” This book is his explanation of how he achieved so much in his life and his exhortation for everyone who reads it to do the same. A Way of Life has been introducing people to his philosophy of successful living by way of “day tight compartments” since he first delivered the talk at Yale that spring Sunday afternoon in 1913.

For an online version this >link< to a copy from the University of Toronto works very well (and I have some sympathy for the bit or marginalia that you’ll find on the last page!

Lycan, William. Prinz, Jesse (eds). Mind and Cognition: an anthology


First published in 1990, Mind and Cognition:An Anthology is now firmly established as a popular teaching apparatus for upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in the philosophy of mind. This collection of classic and contemporary articles in philosophy of mind and cognition provides the reader with an overview of the complex, sophisticated, and sometimes conflicting developments in theories of mind that have taken place over the last 50 years, making available to students, teachers, and researchers the very best and most influential contributions to the discipline.

Demian Whiting HYMS: a useful collection of articles by leading philosophers of mind, which gives a sense of how the discipline has evolved over the last 50 years or so. Some papers more accessible than others!

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Year: 2008
ISBN-10: 1405157852

Gaarder, J. Sophie’s World

When 14-year-old Sophie encounters a mysterious mentor who introduces her to philosophy, mysteries deepen in her own life. Why does she keep getting postcards addressed to another girl? Who is the other girl? And who, for that matter, is Sophie herself? To solve the riddle, she uses her new knowledge of philosophy, but the truth is far stranger than she could have imagined.

Author: Gaarder, Jostein
Title: Sophie’s World
Publisher: London : Phoenix House
Year: 1995
ISBN: 1897580428

Gregory, R. Oxford Companion to the Mind

First published in 1987, this second edition contains over 1000 alphabetically arragned entries on all aspects of the mind, including topics in neurophysiology, communication, psychology, and philosophy, as well as people relevant to the field. Returning as editor, Gregory oversees a team of British and American researchers who contribute articles varying in length from a few sentences to longer essays and are generally accessible to the nonspecialist.

Author: Gregory, Richard L. (Editor)
Title: Oxford Companion to the Mind
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2004
ISBN: 0198662246

Hesse, H. The Glass Bead Game

Set in the 23rd century, “The Glass Bead Game” is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

Author: Hesse, Herman
Title: The Glass Bead Game
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 1972
ISBN: 0140034382