Science and the Moral Life
Philosophy nerds might recognize Max Otto’s name. You can read about his writings and career here. Obviously, Otto’s writing is worthy of collection and inclusion in a variety of libraries. This little paperback has seen better days and the cover is a bit odd. (The family looks like they might be on some mind altering drugs.) After reading the brief bio in the link, I think I am going to read the book. I appreciate the idea of making philosophy more accessible and useful to the general public.
Submitter: This is in a university’s engineering and science library. It’s in the QA 76.9’s (for those more familiar with Dewey, that’s the more theoretical books about computers). We found it misshelved and happened to crack it open while discharging it.
It looks like some angsty art student’s design project barfed up into a book. You flip through it and…. it…. just… keeps…. going…! You can start at any random page and lose nothing for skipping whatever came before it. We’re not sure what point the “author” is trying to make, but it looks like he disapproves of something. And this comes from MIT Press, of all people.
It has no checkouts. Have you ever wondered if there’s some department in the Library of Congress you can write to and suggest they may have miscatalogued something?
PS- the scanner drastically desaturated the colors. They’re very neon in person.
Holly: Peter Lunenfeld is a “digital media theorist.” From what I gather, he is a philosopher on the relationship between digital technology and art, design, and culture. (Forgive me, I’m sure it’s much more complicated than that!) This could be interesting for students of media studies, I guess. At least it’s in the right kind of collection (university), although whether it goes in science and engineering, art, communications, or philosophy I couldn’t say. The Library of Congress probably couldn’t figure it out either, so they made their best guess. Catalogers? What say you?
Submitter: Apparently in 1958 people could learn complex topics like logic from pages and pages of dense text. The diagram and table included are just about the only pages that aren’t pure text in over 200 pages.
Holly: I guess if you major in philosophy in college you might be reading these kinds of things. Please tell me that this was found in a university library and not your neighborhood public library! It does seem kind of old…weigh in on this, everyone: should books like this be weeded specifically because they are old, even if the principles covered are still sound? There’s the whole idea of appeal in public libraries, which maybe universities with dense subjects like logic don’t need to worry about. Will students of philosophy and logic use this? Or will they scoff at it like public library users and assume the library has nothing newer than 1958?