The Stone Reader
Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments
What is a philosopher? If peas can talk, should we eat them? Should this be the last generation? Can science explain consciousness? Is philosophy literature? Is the the dumb jock really a nerd? Can we have morals without God? Who needs a gun? A timeless volume to be read and treasured, The Stone Reader provides an unparalleled overview of contemporary Philosophy.
Once solely the province of ivory-tower professors and college classrooms, contemporary philosophy was finally emancipated from its academic closet in 2010, when The Stone was launched in the New York Times. First appearing as an online series, the column has since attracted millions of readers through the accessible examination of universal topics like the nature of science, consciousness, and morality, while also probing more contemporary issues such as the morality of drones, gun control, and the gender divide. Now collected for the first time in this beautifully designed volume, The Stone Reader presents 133 deeply influential pieces, placing nearly the whole of modern philosophical discourse at a readers grasp. With an introduction that promises to detail the column’s founding and distinct editorial process, this collection promises to become an intellectual landmark and the centerpiece of discussions for years to come.
Peter Singer, Steven Pinker, Edward O. Wilson, Rae Langton, Louise Antony, Sally Haslanger, Jim Holt, Philip Kitcher, Frans de Waal, Slavoj Zizek, Roger Scruton, Gary Gutting, Simon Critchley, and many more.