Assorted links about influential books

by on March 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm in Books, Web/Tech | Permalink

1. Peter Suderman's "most influential" book list.

2. E.D. Kain's book list.

3. Arnold Kling's book list.

4. Michael Martin's book list.

5. Niklas Blanchard's book list.

6. EconJeff's book list.

7. Bryan Caplan's book list.

If you've tried this, and I missed you, my apologies — please leave the link in the comments.

jsalvatier March 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm

You missed yourself…

Robbie March 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm
Dirk March 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I’m going to start asking this question of applicants in job interviews. If anyone mentions Ayn Rand, they automatically go in the reject pile. That’s a legal form of discrimination.

William March 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I’m going to start asking this question of applicants in job interviews. If anyone mentions Ayn Rand, they automatically go in the reject pile. That’s a legal form of discrimination.

But you aren’t going to add Julian “copper can be made from other elements” Simon to the list?!?!

JSIS March 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm

lol, i like how peter suderman alone gets “most influential” in quotes.

Nate R March 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm

When is Robin Hanson going to do a list? I want to see the metaphysics novels he likes.

k March 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm

The Kling list can be serious

winston March 18, 2010 at 11:06 pm

@ Lord Baldanus
You and all the other lazy GMU-educated obnoxious young libertarian hothead fascists need to put your Harry Potter books away in the nursery. Go read Hayek and get civilized.

David Curran March 19, 2010 at 7:50 am

I think all these lists are a signal of intelligence. No one has the three little pigs, the bible, the odyssey or other fairy stories anywhere on their list. I think it is more a books you use in debates list than ones that actually most effected how you think.

http://liveatthewitchtrials.blogspot.com/2010/03/influential-books.html

Jacob T. Levy March 19, 2010 at 9:48 am
Jay March 19, 2010 at 10:19 am

A few folks have probably already mentioned this. But, Tyler, what do you think these lists tell us? None of us are so naive to think the lists are raw glimpses at the person’s inner intellectual life. There has got to be lots of signaling.

So, given that the listers know that we know that…, what do we learn? (I’m NOT suggesting we don’t learn anything, by the way.)

David Gross March 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm
Russell Arben Fox March 19, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Like Jacob, here’s mine.

Isegoria March 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm

When it came time to compose my list, I realized that I hadn’t read most of the books that I considered influential; I had read extensively about them.

Mark March 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm

My own, rather bizarre list:

1. Margaret Thatcher: The Downing Street Years
2. Luther’s Small Catechism
3. Ship of the Line, by CS Forester
4. The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom
5. The Rules of the Game, by Andrew Gordon
6. Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle
7. A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula LeGuin
8. Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens
9. Der Herr der Ringe, von J.R.R. Tolkien
10. Sea of Glory, by Nathaniel Philbrick

Lord March 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm
Leigh Caldwell March 20, 2010 at 10:41 am

Here are the influences that led me to cognitive science, behavioural economics via lots of mathematics: http://www.knowingandmaking.com/2010/03/ten-books-that-influenced-me-most.html

Serial Buttocks Fondler March 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Penthouse Letters, Vol I-IX.

wb March 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm
jaltcoh March 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

Here’s mine:

http://jaltcoh.blogspot.com/2010/03/12-books-that-have-influenced-me-most.html

1. The View from Nowhere by Thomas Nagel.

2. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume.

3. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant.

4. Upheavals of Thought by Martha Nussbaum.

5. What’s It All About? by Julian Baggini.

6. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

7. The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell.

8. The Moral Animal by Robert Wright.

9. Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel.

10. The Mysterious Flame by Colin McGinn.

11. Rationality in Action by John Searle.

12. Animal Liberation by Peter Singer.

Explanations at the link.

Lee March 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm
Nick Smith April 1, 2010 at 8:24 am

This is a great idea, thanks for starting this.
Here’s mine.

Natazia May 10, 2010 at 11:36 am

Boston Public Library
100 Most Influential Books of the Century
Booklists for Adults
http://www.bpl.org/research/AdultBooklists/influential.htm

titanium jewelry October 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm

This is a great idea, thanks for starting this.
Here’s mine.

Aramelul December 23, 2010 at 7:45 am

I am glad to see that there still are people who care about books.It is shame to let the books disappear.I guess there should be more people and articles approaching books and knowledge.fake diploma

Rene S. February 27, 2011 at 11:56 am

Gregory Bateson, Mind and Nature — a textbook really, with new definitions of “information” and “mind” leading to a list and discussion of the elementary principles of mind, ecosystems, learning and evolution. Übersetzung Deutsch Spanisch Übersetzung Polnisch Deutsch Übersetzung

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