Every year a slew of new philosophy books are published, works by or about everyone from Aristotle to Žižek, and covering subjects from aesthetics to Zen. But which ones are actually worth reading? Below we keep track of new philosophy books coming out, and try to pick out ones that we like the look of. In his interviews with philosophers, our philosophy editor Nigel Warburton asks them to recommend books by others. The list below also helps us to highlight books they've written themselves.
(Lower down the list, we've also included older books that are available in paperback for the first time).
Being You: A New Science of Consciousness
by Anil Seth
Critical Lives: Hannah Arendt
by Samantha Rose Hill
The Case for Rage: Why Anger Is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle
by Myisha Cherry
Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
by Oliver Burkeman
Free: Coming of Age at the End of History
by Lea Ypi
Nigel Warburton—the philosopher, broadcaster and creator of the popular Philosophy Bites podcast—selects five of the best public philosophy books published in 2021, including a defence of righteous rage, an examination of the concept of ‘time management,’ and an intellectual biography of the political philosopher and Holocaust survivor Hannah Arendt.