Parker J. Palmer, To Know as We Are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey (New York: HarperOne, 1993, first publish1983). Knowing is loving, to create a space in which obedience to truth is practiced.
* Joseph Conrad, Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard (New York: Penguin Books, 1963, first published 1904). A novel of interest for the relationship between people of common sense who know how to get things done and people of intellect who know what needs to be done.
A. E. van Vogt, The Violent Man (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1962). A novel exploring the self-justifying man who can commit horrible acts of violence with no remorse.
* Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest (New York: Vintage Books, 1992, first published 1929). A detective novel whose central character deliberately creates chaos and conflict in the belief that he will come out at the top in the end. Very interesting giving what is happening in the Middle East.
W. R. Bion, Experiences in Groups and Other Papers (New York: Routledge, 1994, originally published 1961). A book on social psychology, he brings together psychoanalysis and group dynamics to an understanding of group life n particular and human interactions in general.
Colin Flaherty, Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry (Createspace, 2015). It’s not white racism that runs rampant in the United States, but black. Flaherty documents cases of black on white and black on black violence, noting only the various ways the main stream media use to avoid the issue.
Jed Babbin, Inside the Asylum: Why the United Nations and Old Europe are Worse than you Think (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2004). An alternative perspective on the usefulness of going international through the United Nations.
* Victor Davis Hanson, The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2010). For those who believe that war never makes a difference.
Paul Bracken, The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2012). Thinking about nuclear proliferation in a world with rogue anti-western nations.
Martin Gardner, The Night is Large: Collected Essays, 1938-1995 (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996). A variety of essays spanning a wide range of subjects, all in the task of “defending rationality and good science against mysticism and anti-intellectualism that surrounds us” (rear cover).
Anthony de Mello, The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello (New York: Doubleday, 1992). Interesting for his reflections on a series of false beliefs that block people from being happy.
Susanne K. Langer, Philosophy in a New Key: A Study in the Symbolism of Reason, Rite, and Art (New York: seventeen printing, A Mentor Book, first published 1942).
Frederick Crews, Follies of the Wise: Dissenting Essays (Emeryville, CA: Shoemaker Hoard, 2006). “Forget intelligent design. We need intelligent dissent: criticism that exposes the cant, corruption, banality, pomposity, and superstitions of our age” (front cover).
Karl R. Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies. Volume 1-The Spell of Plato. Volume 2-The High Tide of Prophecy: Hegel and Marx and the Aftermath (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1966).
* Tad Dunne, Lonergan and Spirituality: Towards a Spiritual Integration (Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1985). The connection between an interior harmony and a functioning good of order.
Ralph Peters, Looking for Trouble: Adventures in a Broken World (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2008). The real life exploits of an intelligence agent sent in to assess hot spots around the world.
Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (New York: Pantheon Books, 2012). A psychologist’s exploration of how our moral intuitions toward self-evident truths can play us false.
Alan Carlin, Environmentalism Gone Mad: How a Sierra Club Activist and Senior EPA Analyst Discovered a Radical Green Energy Fantasy (Washington: Stairway Press, 2015). More than a personal journey, it is a critique of the misuse of science for political ends.
* Ian Plimer, Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science (New York: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2009). Hypothesis and theories that climate activists leave out of their “scientific consensus.”
Joel M. Charon, Symbolic Interactionism: An Introduction, An Interpretation, An Integration (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: eighth edition, Prentice Hall, 2004). Symbols and their importance; the nature of the self; the human mind; taking the role of the other; human action; social interaction.
Rudolf Otto, The Idea of the Holy: An Inquiry into the Non-Rational Factor in the Idea of the Divine and its Relation to the Rational (New York: translated by John W. Harvey, Oxford University Press, 1958, first published 1923). What sustains religious thought? A numinous feeling concerning its object, the Holy. Non-rational feelings such as a feeling of the ‘uncanny’ or the thrill of awe or reverence are equally important to ethical considerations.
Rosemary Haughton, The Transformation of Man: A Study of Conversion and Community (Springfield, Illinois: Templegate Publishers, 1967, 1980).
* Michael Casey, A Guide to Living in the Truth: Saint Benedict’s Teaching on Humility (Liguori, Missouri: Liguori/Triumph, 1999, 2001. An excellent introduction to the three basic personal skills essential for any cosmopolis-L project: the humility to accept that one is not all-knowing, the listening skills to actually learn from someone else, and obedience, even when one is not sure what one is being asked to do.