I’ve missed this recurring thread, so I thought I would take initiative and post it myself.
This week I finally finished Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard. It is especially relevant to me as one of my friends has just moved to Nepal to teach English as a second language, though not in the same region.
As a replacement for The Snow Leopard, I’ve made some headway into Hermann Melville’s Moby-Dick. Very atmospheric! I regret that I wasn’t forced to read it in grade school.
I am also tackling The New Nietzsche, although it’s slow going. I have yet to finish the first essay: “Nietzsche and Metaphysical Language,” by Michel Haar. What I admire most in Nietzsche is how he provides a way out of traditional Western philosophy by completely exploding the systems of his time. I haven’t read enough to judge Nietzsche’s conclusions, but I definitely appreciate his beginnings.
The most computer-sciency thing I am reading at the moment is Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity by Scott Aaronson. I can’t yet offer any insight on the paper, but I would love to see more work done at the intersection of CS and philosophy, which to me seems under-serviced.