Mostly philosophy of the mind and materiality … the latter to help as we work on the DEPtH book on Physicality, TouchIT
- Shaun Gallagher, Dan Zahavi. The Phenomenological Mind: An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, Routledge, 2007.
- John Lechte. Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers: From Structuralism to Post-Humanism, 2nd Edition, Routledge, 2007.
- Jean-Paul Sartre. Being and Nothingnes: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology, 1943. Routledge Classics, , 2nd Edition, 2003.
- Jay Friedenberg. Artificial Psychology, Routledge , 2008.
- Max Velmans. Understanding Consciousness, Routledge, 2009.
- Peter Carruthers. The Nature of the Mind, Routledge, 2003.
In fact, with these and the previous set I had far too many even for a month of evenings, and below you can see the books I actually brought.
As well as a selection from the academic books also some fiction/leisure reading, some old favourites and some new ones:
- How Green was My Valley, Richard Llewellyn – a Welshman has to read this :-/
- The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger – a classic I’ve never read
- More of the Good Life – the TV series was formative for me as a child, but 40 seemed so far away
- Lark Rise to Candleford, Flora Thompson – some years since I’ve read it last, and have been loving the TV series, but I don’t think it has stayed very close to the book!
- Nella Last’s War – this is the book that was the basis for the TV drama Housewife 49 and part of the Mass Observation that collected diaries from ordinary people across Britain during the Second World War.
- Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskill – another classic that I’ve not read yet!
- As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning. Laurie Lee’s account of travelling in Spain in the run up to the Civel War. I read it in school for O’level.
- Swallowdale, Arthur Ransome – Couldn’t find Swallow’s an Amazons, I think one of the girls might have it on their shelves!
- The Shining Company, Rosemary Sutcliff – we have loads of her histroical novels for children. I find that good children’s writing is so much better than most adult books, which often feel they need to be incomprehensible to be good.
- The Growing Summer, Noel Streatfield – lovely story, children visiting a quirky old lady in west coast of Ireland.
- Hovel in the Hills, Elizabeth West – another book I’ve read many times, but not for many years. True story about a couple who buy an old house on a Welsh hillside.
In addition, but missing from the picture, is one I borrowed from my daughter, Tamara Pierce’s The Healing in the Vine, and one I’ve borrowed from Tiziana Catarci during my visit the Languages of Art.
So, two weeks in and how far have I got …
Well, been a little busy, two journal papers, a book chapter, an interfaces article, two 3 hour lectures to the masters students here, a seminar, reading thesis chapters and helping with two grant proposals … so not got very far through the bookshelf.
In fact, to be brutally honest, so far only finished the Tamora Pierce and nearly finished Gibson (just conclusions to go):
As you can see LOTS of notes on Gibson, I will write a very long blog sometime about this, but several others in line first!
But next week several train journeys, so may get through a few more books 🙂