Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

Jacqueline Baxter, lecturer in social policy, the Open University, is reading Daniel Weinbren's The Open University: A History (Manchester University Press, 2015). "A fascinating history of the politics and passion that led to creation of the first 'University of the Air'. Weinbren's inspiring account reveals how the university with its open access policy became the UK's biggest provider of part-time higher education, changing the lives of thousands that would otherwise have been denied the opportunity."

Costica Bradatan, associate professor of humanities, Texas Tech University, is reading Marcelo Gleiser's The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning (Basic Books, 2014). "Gleiser is a theoretical physicist and astronomer with interests - and insights - in philosophy, religion, literature and all things human. In this wonderful, unique book he makes the case for a humanity subject to error and failure, a science that has inherent limits, and a universe that remains mysterious. This image of imperfection, however, is something humanists and scientists alike should celebrate - for it is what can make our lives meaningful."

Luke Brunning, doctoral candidate in philosophy, University of Oxford, is reading Rahel Jaeggi's Alienation (Columbia University Press, 2014), translated by Frederick Neuhouser and Alan E. Smith. "In navigating dated essentialisms and anarchic postmodernism, Jaeggi mines the intellectual seam between Rousseau and Marx. …

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