Here is what we are reading–or will be reading soon–as our blissful summer break comes to a close:
- “On truth” by English philosopher Simon Blackburn. Truth is one of our most essential ordering principles, but how should we define such a concept? (In the future, we also hope to explore the relation between truth and beauty.)
- “The age of questions” by historian Holly Case. The subtitle of this book is “Or, a first attempt at an aggregate history of the Eastern, social, woman, American, Jewish, Polish, bullion, tuberculosis, and many other questions over the 19th Century and beyond.” Suffice it to say we are going to read this book on the strength of Tyler Cowen’s glowing recommendation.
- “A matter of justice: Eisenhower and the beginning of the civil rights revolution” by historian David A. Nichols. We are currently researching President Eisenhower’s pivotal decision (memorialized in Executive Order 10730) to send the U.S. Army into Little Rock in the fall of 1957 to enforce a federal court desegregation order, so Dr Nichols’s tome is a must-read for us.
(The books by Holly Case and Simon Blackburn–both of which are pictured above–were published last month (July 2018), while David Nichols’s book was published in 2007. Also, we posted part one of our summer readings in this previous post.)