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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 quickly attracted millions of readers through its 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 handsomely designed volume, The Stone Reader presents 133 meaningful and influential essays from the series, placing nearly the entirety of modern philosophical discourse at a reader’s grasp. The book, divided into four broad sections―Philosophy, Science, Religion and Morals, and Society―opens with a series of questions about the scope, history and identity of philosophy: What are the practical uses of philosophy? Does the discipline, begun in the West in ancient Greece with Socrates, favor men and exclude women? Does the history and study of philosophy betray a racial bias against non-white thinkers, or geographical bias toward the West?

These questions and others form a foundation for readers as the book moves to the second section, Science, where some of our most urgent contemporary philosophical debates are taking place. Will artificial intelligence compromise our morality? Does neuroscience undermine our free will? Is there is a legitimate place for the humanities in a world where science and technology appear to rule? Should the evidence for global warming change the way we live, or die?

In the book’s third section, Religion and Morals, we find philosophy where it is often at its best, sharpest and most disturbing―working through the arguments provoked by competing moral theories in the face of real-life issues and rigorously addressing familiar ethical dilemmas in a new light. Can we have a true moral life without belief in God? What are the dangers of moral relativism?

In its final part, Society, The Stone Reader returns to its origins as a forum to encourage philosophers who are willing to engage closely, critically and analytically with the affairs of the day, including economic inequality, technology and racial discrimination. In directly confronting events like the September 11 attacks, the killing of Trayvon Martin, the Sandy Hook School massacre, the essays here reveal the power of philosophy to help shape our viewpoints on nearly every issue we face today.

With an introduction by Peter Catapano that details the column’s founding and distinct editorial process at The New York Times, and prefatory notes to each section by Simon Critchley, The Stone Reader promises to become not only an intellectual landmark but also a confirmation that philosophy is, indeed, for everyone.

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"This stimulating collection of 133 essays fully validates the New York Times’ decision to launch ‘ The Stone,’ a column devoted to twenty-first-century philosophy in all its perplexing diversity…. The Stone writers remind readers that long after Socrates challenged his students in Athens’ agora, philosophy still speaks to our deepest human concerns."
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Peter Catapano is an award-winning opinion editor at the New York Times.

Simon Critchley is a best-selling author and the Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research. His many books include The Book of Dead Philosophers and Bowie.

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jerry
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This is the best collection in circulation with all the best minds contributing
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2016
This is the best collection in circulation with all the best minds contributing. Books on this level should be required reading if our democracy is going to survive. It is an essential without doubt. There are many choices among the 133 essays and one can... See more
This is the best collection in circulation with all the best minds
contributing. Books on this level should be required reading if
our democracy is going to survive. It is an essential without doubt.
There are many choices among the 133 essays and one can find
whatever aspect of thought explored depending on ones needs and interest.
It is, above all, mind expanding.
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Dexter Bradshaw
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An Approachable Contemporary Philosophy Reader
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2020
A hefty philosophy reader curated from the New York Times, <i>The Stone</i> editorial series. The book is an anthology of essays divided into 4 thematic sections: general philosophy, science, religion and morals, and society. Each section is equally good and makes... See more
A hefty philosophy reader curated from the New York Times, <i>The Stone</i> editorial series. The book is an anthology of essays divided into 4 thematic sections: general philosophy, science, religion and morals, and society. Each section is equally good and makes for interesting reading. On the upside the essays are pretty approachable, averaging about 10 pages each, well-written, and arouses curiosity in the topic—never boring. On the downside, they do not have the typical academic rigor, rhetoric, and argumentative form you expect from a typical philosophy paper. That may be a relief for some, but for others, they may seem a bit too specious. The tradeoff between rigor and approachability is understandable though.

I read the book from cover-to-cover in sequence. It took me about 2 months to read between other books because there is so much material and could be a heavy read at times. I had to re-read some essays because I sometimes got lost in the argumentation or lost my concentration while reading. Although this book is approachable it is a heavy slough. To get the full value of the book I am going to re-read some essays again randomly, giving myself more space to think.

My favorite essay was <i>The Myth of “Just do it.”</i> and a close second would be <i>The Cycle of Revenge</i>. My favorite subsections were <i>Morality’s God Game</i> and <i>Economics and Politics</i>. I highly recommend reading <i>The Stone Reader</i>, but I would not recommend reading it from cover-to-cover as I did. I would choose a topic arousing my curiosity, take my time reading it, think about what I read, and read it again. This time around I will do some note-taking and follow up references online for deeper analysis. The bibliography for the reader is weak. The best you get is some references embedded within the essays and the list of authors at the end. For further reading, online search engines were my friend.
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Hal C. Wingo
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Part of the book''s great attraction is that the reader can open it to ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2016
This book is a mind bending pleasure on so many topics of urgent importance. Part of the book''s great attraction is that the reader can open it to any subject of personal interest or curiosity without having to follow the essays in any particular sequence. The only caveat... See more
This book is a mind bending pleasure on so many topics of urgent importance. Part of the book''s great attraction is that the reader can open it to any subject of personal interest or curiosity without having to follow the essays in any particular sequence. The only caveat here is that some of the essays are clearly in response to a previous writer''s thoughts and it makes the reading even more fascinating to be aware of what went just before. Even so, each entry is a treasure in its own right. May the essays continue to flow.
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Paddler
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Great reads in small pieces
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2017
This is such a great read on matters of such importance and interest I have bought it 3 times. I intended to read it and pass it on, but on two occasions (so far) I have been unable to part with my volume because I wanted to reread some of the essays.
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aig
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Not quite
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2020
Boo is heavy, clunky, not good in the hands. Weird to comment on that but I did not like holding it. Worse, much of the writing is mediocre, sections often scratch the surface and leave ideas unfinished and underexplored (the problem of space in their initial newspaper... See more
Boo is heavy, clunky, not good in the hands. Weird to comment on that but I did not like holding it. Worse, much of the writing is mediocre, sections often scratch the surface and leave ideas unfinished and underexplored (the problem of space in their initial newspaper format).
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arthur v neis
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A bedside book
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2018
This volume of short essays on a large variety of philosophical topics is great for the bedside reading table. But beware, it will not put you to sleep. You may frequently find sleep elusive as you contemplate the issues and perspectives generated from an essay.... See more
This volume of short essays on a large variety of philosophical topics is great for the bedside reading table. But beware, it will not put you to sleep. You may frequently find sleep elusive as you contemplate the issues and perspectives generated from an essay.

Looking forward to the next volume of additions arguments and topics.
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C. Hansen
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Fascinating!
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2016
I love the NYT column but there are many I have missed over the years. The essays are grouped by general topic, and there are some fascinating exchanges when two philosophers who disagree discuss their differences, over the course of several weeks'' columns. This is even... See more
I love the NYT column but there are many I have missed over the years. The essays are grouped by general topic, and there are some fascinating exchanges when two philosophers who disagree discuss their differences, over the course of several weeks'' columns. This is even more enlightening. You can follow the arguments and come to your own conclusions. This book is a treasure!
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Cassandra
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I have The Stone Reader by my bedside.
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2017
The Stone Reader is a wonderful venue for a wide sampling of what is in the market place of current and past ideas, The philosophies of each contributor has a personal tone and aims for enlightening the reader, rather than impressing with erudition, or preening his... See more
The Stone Reader is a wonderful venue for a wide sampling of what is in the market place of current and past ideas, The philosophies of each contributor has a personal tone and aims for enlightening the reader, rather than impressing with erudition, or preening his superiority. It is a book one comes back to many times.
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Scazdad
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Varies a lot
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2017
Some sections relevant and stimulating, others are quite bland and forgetful, I was hoping for insight and stimulation having read some of the later articles in the New York Times.
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Don Bird
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An excellent book with which to relax
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 23, 2016
Short thought provoking philosophical reads. An excellent book with which to relax,
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C. Way
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Well worth the read.
Reviewed in Canada on September 5, 2018
A compilation of newspaper essays, as such, quite accessable, well written and thought provoking. They also have a timeless quality as they are not tied to a no-longer current event.
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Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on January 11, 2018
Great compilation of meaningful insights.
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Reviewed in Canada on September 15, 2017
These well written articles makes you think, and wonder.
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