Vote for the January 2019 Philosophy Book of the Month

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Which book do you want to be the January 2019 Philosophy Book of the Month

Poll ended at December 1st, 2018, 11:52 am

The Runaway Species by David Eagleman & Anthony Brandt
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60%
The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
2
40%
Dollars and Sense by Dan Ariely
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Total votes: 5

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Vote for the January 2019 Philosophy Book of the Month

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The Philosophy Book of the Month has been on hold for a while, but we will be re-starting it better than ever in 2019.

Here are the options for January:

The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World by David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt

The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek

Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter by Dan Ariely

This poll will close automatically on December 1st. This will give participants a month to obtain and read the winning book before.


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Re: Vote for the January 2019 Philosophy Book of the Month

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“Vote for philosophy book of the month” and not one of them by a philosopher??

An ironic self-reflection that the philosophy forum is not about philosophy. Do call it something else.
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You have a point, though the subject matter of all these could be interesting. Not from a strictly philosophical point of view - though what exactly is a strictly philosophical point of view is not clear to me - but rather from a "serious non-fiction book club" point of view.
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Manas wrote: November 23rd, 2018, 7:36 pm “Vote for philosophy book of the month” and not one of them by a philosopher??

An ironic self-reflection that the philosophy forum is not about philosophy. Do call it something else.
Naming the forum something like, "a forum to have in-depth philosophical discussions about neuroscience, sociology, psychology, religion, morality, happiness, ethics, behavioral recommendations, X, Y, Z, A, B, C, etc." won't fit in the name field of most forms. However, I am open to suggestions on a forum re-name if you want to send me some.

Regarding the book, we are the philosophers. The books might be by doctorates in neuroscience (Eagleman) or doctorates in cognitive psychology (Ariely) rather than specifically professors/doctorates in Philosophy. Some of the books we discussion probably will not be by doctorates at all, let alone specifically philosophy doctorates. Some of the books we discuss will be by philosophy doctorates who work as philosophy professors and describe themselves as philosophers.

What makes it a philosophy book club is us and our approach, not limiting the books themselves to books written by doctorates in philosophy.
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Thanks for putting this together, and I'll look forward to participating. I don't really feel like any of the current choices particularly resonate with my philosophical interests but I'm sure they will still be interesting in their own right.
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Re: Vote for the January 2019 Philosophy Book of the Month

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@Scott - just in case this ends in a draw, you should probably know that The Infinite Game will only be available to purchase in June 2019 (in the EU at least), so some people will not have access to it.
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Tehsorso wrote: November 30th, 2018, 10:39 am @Scott - just in case this ends in a draw, you should probably know that The Infinite Game will only be available to purchase in June 2019 (in the EU at least), so some people will not have access to it.
Great catch! I supposed if it is a tie we can do both winners and push The Infinite Game to sometime after June.
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