Anthony Campbell's Book Reviews - Personal Choice

Personal Choice

Revised 30-07-2019

How I made this list

I listed some books here a few years because they seemed important but now I've revised my selection on a rather different basis. To explain what I've done I'll describe how I made the new list.

There are almost 600 book reviews on this site. To make my selection I looked through the lists in the various subject categories and picked out those that seemed to have a personal resonance for me.

Why these books and not others? Difficult to say. I suppose that most of them have changed the way I think in way or another (a few are there simply because I enjoy them). So it's a very personal list, and no doubt says more about me than it does about the books.

It's quite a short list (though I may add to it later) but that's how it came out and I didn't want to inflate it artificially. I was going to include short notes about each entry but then I decided there was no point in adding to what's already in the reviews.

The books are listed in no particular order but are vaguely grouped by subject

The Books

At Swim-Two-Birds, by Flann O'Brien.
The Dead, by James Joyce.
Replay, by Ken Grimwood.
The End of Time, by Julian Barbour.
Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Abducted by Aliens, by Susan A. Clancy.
Religion and the Decline of Magic, by Keith Thomas.
Ecstasy: A Study of Some Secular and Religous Experiences, by Marghanita Laski..
The Illusion of Conscious Will, by Daniel M. Wegner.
Freedom and Belief, by Galen Strawson.
The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in a Material World, by Colin McGinn.
Reasons and Persons, by Derek Parfit.
Nothing to Be Frightened of, by Julian Barnes.
Confessions of a Philosopher: A Journey Through Western Philosophy, by Brian Magee.
Cancer: The Evolutionary Legacy, by Mel Greaves.
Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life, by Nick Lane.
The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Human Brain, by Terrence Deacon.
The Mind Is Flat: The Illusion of Mental Depth, by Nick Chater.
Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium, by Bart D. Ehrman.
The Ghost in the Universe, by Taner Edis.
Feet of Clay: A Study of Gurus, by Anthony Storr.

†Several other good books on the same theme by this author.