25 September 2010
Book Review: Why Our Decisions Don't Matter
Author: Simon Van Booy
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Release Date: 24 August 2010
Date Finished: 11 September 2010
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Challenges: 100+ Reading Challenge, Reading Resolutions, Hogwarts Reading Challenge, Non-Fiction Five,
Why Our Decisions Don't Matter is a thought-provoking text challenging common perceptions about free will and personal choice. Using selections from a variety of sources, Van Booy presents arguments without expounding upon them heavily. The book is clearly designed to leave interpretation up to the reader.
For me, reading this was like getting snapshots of other texts I loved, texts I read in college when I was still "smart." Kerouac, Sartre, Camus, Russell, Wittgenstein, Plato, the list goes on and on. If I had to pick a favorite entry, it would be the selection from When Science Meets Religion by Ian Barbour...or Colin McGinn's Shakespeare's Philosophy...or..seriously, the text is full of intriguing, well-written, and clear additions to the debate. I actually have so many sticky notes in the text, the pages won't lay flat.
Despite the high level of thought, the text is remarkably easy to interact with. The selections are clear and to-the-point which is something I appreciate in a philosophical text because while I love to ponder the ideas presented, I'm really not a fan of having to wrestle with the language to get at the ideas.
I have Van Booy's Why We Love and Why We Fight on my TBR shelves, and I can't wait to read them.
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