Matthew Stuart (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell, 2015
This collection of 28 original essays examines the diverse scope of John Locke’s contributions as a celebrated philosopher, empiricist, and father of modern political theory.
Matthew Stuart, Oxford University Press, 2013
Though undertaken as a work of epistemology, Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690) is well stocked with metaphysical arguments about the fundamental features of bodies, the notions of essence and kind, the individuation of material things, personal identity, freedom, and the nature of mind. Locke’s Metaphysics explores all of these, and shows Locke to be a more consistent, systematic and interesting metaphysician than is generally appreciated.
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Looking for a good book to read? Here is a list I give to my students.
10 Books I Don’t Want to Imagine Life Without
In the Order I First Read Them (and the number of times I’ve read them so far)
- Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh (11)
- Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger (9)
- Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon (2)
- A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole (2)
- Happy Days, H. L. Mencken (3)
- Rabbit at Rest, John Updike (1)
- Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis (4)
- Nobody’s Fool, Richard Russo (2)
- High Fidelity, Nick Hornby (3)
- A Handful of Dust, Evelyn Waugh (1)
Coming-of-Age Books I Love
- Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
- Black Swan Green, David Mitchell
- To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
- The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Chris Fuhrman
- This Boy’s Life, Tobias Wolff
Amazing True Stories to Be Read Safe in Bed in the Dead of Winter
- Endurance, Alfred Lansing
- The Worst Journey in the World, Apsley Cherry-Garrard
- Alone, Richard E. Byrd
Books Your Mother Wouldn’t Want You to Read If She Knew What Was In Them
- Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller
- The Collector, John Fowles
- Rabbit is Rich, John Updike
- Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip Roth
- The Fermata, Nicholson Baker
Great Books You Never Heard Of
- Room Temperature, Nicholson Baker
- The Folks That Live on the Hill, Kingsley Amis
- The Risk Pool, Richard Russo
- The Information, Martin Amis
- My Life and Hard Times, James Thurber
- One Man’s Meat, E. B. White
- Ex Libris, Anne Fadiman
- Morte D’Urban, J. F. Powers
My Friend Rebecca’s Favorite Books By Women
- The Sea, The Sea, Iris Murdoch
- Darkmans, Nicola Barker
- White Teeth, Zadie Smith
- Unless, Carol Shields
- Veronica, Mary Gaitskill
- The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
- To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
You Will Laugh
- Uncle Fred in the Springtime, P.G. Wodehouse
- Men at Arms, Evelyn Waugh
- The Thought Gang, Tibor Fischer
- Naked, David Sedaris
The Movie Was Good but the Book is Even Better
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
- Billy Bathgate, E.L. Doctorow
- Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
- A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
- A Room With a View, E. M. Forster
- The Witches of Eastwick, John Updike
- Sophie’s Choice, William Styron
- Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon
Terrific Contemporary Fiction
- Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris
- How to Breathe Underwater, Julie Orringer
- The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
- The Road, Cormac McCarthy