Summer Reading List: Philosophy

Now that summer is here, we will be releasing our program officers’ summer reading lists over the next few weeks. Our first featured reading list is from Bill Glod, who is the philosophy program officer.

Princeton Press Free Market Fairness

Free Market Fairness

John Tomasi

An intriguing case for why economic freedom and social justice are entirely compatible.





The order of Public Reason Gerald Gaus

The Order of Public Reason

Gerald Gaus

How we inherited our moral practices and whether social and political institutions can help us reach Pareto-superior equilibria.





Public Choice III cover

Public Choice III

Dennis Mueller

The classic text on what happens when we model political activity in terms of economic rationality.





Not By Genes Alone Cover

Not By Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution

Robert Boyd and Peter Richerson

How much of our norms and practices are the product of human action but not human design.





Willpower cover

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney

The authors argue that self-control is like a muscle that can be strengthened with practice and fatigued with overuse; if true, this has important implications for the efficacy (or lack thereof) of paternalistic policies

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