Philosophy Today

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Can anyone recommend some books by great modern philosophical thinkers?

I keep finding myself reading books on philosophy that were written before the 19th century. Not that there is anything wrong with them, in fact they're a great wealth of ideas, but I'd love to read a modern take or original idea that takes into account our recent discoveries and new information.

Stephen Hawking said that that philosophers haven't been able top keep up with science, which I'm inclined to mostly believe based on some of the junk on Amazon, but surely there are a few gems out there?
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Poor old Stephen Hawking is in hospital right now. Hope he makes it out of the Hozzy.... alive.

Anyway, have a look at Traditional Metaphysics and Perennial Philosophy


Not sure if that's your cup of tea, or not?
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A couple of names that came to my mind;

Jean Baudrillard, I read a couple of books from him, enjoyable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Baudrillard


Christian de Quincey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_de_Quincey

I read the Radical Knowing...book, highly recommended
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1594770794



It's hard to find clearly philosophical books today as philosophy is getting (re-)integrated into spirituality/New Age/speculative metaphysics etc.

If you want to read more than just an intellectual masturbation, looking at the traditional metaphysical/perennial philosophical works could mean a breakthrough.

Start with this:;)

http://www.amazon.com/I-Am-That-Talks-N ... 604&sr=1-2

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