My Bookshelf of Best Books

Click here for a list of 100 books of virtually every kind that have given me the most pleasure, and have been the most personally useful, spiritually uplifting, and intellectually stimulating.

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About Doug Geivett
University Professor; PhD in philosophy; author; conference speaker. Hobbies include motorcycling, travel, kayaking, sailing.

4 Responses to My Bookshelf of Best Books

  1. Doug Geivett says:


    In seventies lingo, I “dig” your site. It’s on my blogroll, but I’ll add the link here: TOLLE, LEGE


  2. evidentialist says:

    Wonderful idea! You’ll see that over at Tolle, Lege we’re trying to inspire a love of great books, particularly those of centuries past. I’ll be checking back to see what else you have over here.


  3. Doug Geivett says:

    Hi Ross,

    One of my reasons for posting this list is to inspire others to a more “cosmopolitan” reading life, especially those who already have the inclination. A strict diet of pure philosophy, especially of the Anglo-American analytical variety, circumscribes a reader’s experience of the world and perpetuates a juvenile approach to doing philosophy. (Ouch!) Philosophical labor should be humanistic, in the good old fashioned sense of being sensitive to the human condition and to the possibilities of human flourishing.

    So one reason to extend the range of reading is to be a better philosopher—not to be a better philosopher than someone else who doesn’t read beyond the pale, but a better philosopher than you yourself would be without the benefit of deep experience with literature.

    You raise the ubiquitous question of time management. I’ve actually included several items about that on my book list. Maybe I should write a post that speaks to this more directly.

    By the way, in addition to reading broadly, I recommend attempts at writing in a variety of styles, such as creative essays and poetry, however feeble your attempts may be.

    Thanks for your comment, your enthusiasm for this blog, and for stimulating me to create a new post that speaks to your dilemma more fully. Stay tuned!


  4. Ross Parker says:

    Thanks for the list! I always enjoy seeing what books have been influential in other people’s lives. There were many that I have read before, and several others that I’ve added to my own wish list.

    I do have a question. With your responsibilities that come with teaching and the reading that comes with being a prfessional philosopher, how do you find time to read so many novels/fiction? I aspire to be a Christian philosopher myself, and hope to begin graduate studies in philosophy next year (after I finish my MDiv in the spring). I also love to read fiction, but I simply have trouble finding the time to fit it in to the schedule. Reading about the books that you read here has challenged me that I don’t need to neglect the reading of great fiction – if only I didn’t have to sleep so much, maybe I could get the extra reading done in the night 🙂

    – Ross

    P.S. – As I said in my last comment here, I really enjoy the blog! I’ve added you to my blog roll over at Reasons For the Hope Within.


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