Having a short attention span, I tend to read several books at once. The ones I’m engaging in right now include these:
1. James Davison Hunter, To Change the World. I’ve just started it, so I don’t have much to say yet. It is a topic I’ve been thinking about for thirty years.
2. Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality. Nietzsche is on a helpful track in his historical approach to morality. He seems to Hegelian, however, in looking for monolithic cultural forces to instigate change.
3. Richard Posner, A Failure of Capitalism. A book that is not directly related to any of my research projects, yet, hopefully, useful to my understanding of our times. Only through the first chapter – so far Posner is not optimistic about our situation.
4. Paul Ricoeur, Time and Narrative (v.1). A book (ok, the first volume of a series) that I should have read long ago. His discussion of Augustine’s understanding of time, particularly the relationship between past, present and future, is especially stimulating.
5. Martin Heidegger, Being and Time. Another slow read. I prefer Heidegger’s Being-in-the-world to the usual subject-object dichotomy of modernity – a big improvement. Wish he hadn’t gone Nazi.
6. Bible reading this week is focusing on Joshua, the book I’m reading with the guys, and Philippians, my primary text for next Sunday.