Spinoza's Advice. "Against Paranoid Nationalism: Searching for a Home in a Shrinking Society" by Ghassan Hage and "Hope: New Philosophies for Change" by Mary Zournazi (ed). [review]
In his much-discussed documentary "Bowling for Columbine", Mike Moore pursues a practical question: what is it that makes so many Americans shoot each other? He finds an abstract answer: fear. The more guns people have, the less safe they feel. What Moore in his way is doing, and what Paul Davies, Alain de Botton and others are doing in theirs, is popularising philosophy. People for whom faith and belief provide no answers are turning to philosophy in growing numbers. The current proliferation of philosophical books, and books about philosophy, is matched by the evident hunger of readers for discussion of important ideas, in comprehensible English.