NEW YORK, Nov 12 — November 16 is World Philosophy Day, the perfect excuse to get stuck into a new book that gets the brain energized. From politics and ethics to self-examination, these five new releases will get you thinking.
‘Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight: T’ien-t’ai Chih-i’s Mo-ho chih-kuan’, published October 31, 2017
By Paul L. Swanson
This three-volume set offers a translation of Mo-ho chih-kuan (Great cessation-and-contemplation) by T’ien-t’ai Chih-i (538-597), one of the most influential treatises in Buddhist scholarship. Swanson is one of the world’s leading scholars on the subject, so you can be sure the translation doesn’t veer far from the original sense. Plus, Swanson offers useful commentary to aid comprehension.
‘Being Aware of Being Aware’, published November 1, 2017
By Rupert Spira
The first and introductory volume in the Essence of Meditation series, Spira’s Being Aware of Being Aware contains six essays that explore Man’s understanding of his own being and consciousness, taking a closer look at this awareness itself in order to achieve a sense of peace and happiness that is closer than we might think. A great choice for anyone interested in introspection: where philosophy meets well-being and spirituality.
‘The Responsibility of Intellectuals,’ published November 7, 2017
By Noam Chomsky
The famous essay by theoretical linguist Noam Chomsky, first published as a supplement by The New York Review of Books in 1967, is being reprinted as a hardcover for its 50th birthday. This edition, which includes a new preface by the author, also contains the essay The Responsibility of Intellectuals Redux, written ten years after 9/11.
By James Salter
Salter, known for his successful memoir Burning the Days and Dusk and Other Stories, which won the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award, is about to release his latest offering Don’t Save Anything. This collection is made up of essays, profiles and travel observations, including pieces already published in the New Yorker, Esquire, People Magazine, Condé Nast Traveller and the Aspen Times among others.
‘They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us,’ published November 7, 2017
by Hanif Abdurraqib
Poet, essayist, cultural critic and Pushcart Prize nominee, Abdurraqib’s debut collection of essays dives into the heart of music and its role in society and culture.
He looks closely at the needs of the audience, the listener, drawing connections between musicians as seemingly far apart as Johnny Cash and Chance the Rapper via Carly Rae Jepsen. Critics have praised the collection, with the Chicago Tribune even listing it on its 25 Must-Read Books for Autumn. — AFP-Relaxnews