Recommended Reading Lists

Here are books the Global Circle members recommend. These are chosen because of the impact they can have in helping us create a better world. The first list is intended for a general audience, and the second is recommended for Global Circle members. We hope you find these helpful and inspiring.

Books recommended for general readers:

  • Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being, by Martin E. P. Seligman
  • Meno, by Plato
  • Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson
  • A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir, by Donald Worster
  • Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault, by Pierre Hadot
  • Ethics and the Golden Rule, by Harry J. Gensler
  • How the World Works: A Brief Survey of International Relations, by Russell Bova
  • Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil, by Michael C. Ruppert and Catherine Austin Fitts
  • Theory of Experimental Inference, by C West Churchman
  • Ancient Egyptian Rhetoric, by Michael V. Fox, Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric
  • The Bonobo and the Atheist, by Frans de Waal (2013).
  • The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet by Ramez Naam
  • Foundations of Constructive Analysis, by Errett Bishop

Books recommended for Global Circle members:


Relevant Books Written by Global Circle Members:

By Stephen Clark:

  • The Moral Status of Animals (Clarendon Press 1977; pbk 1984), 238pp
  • The Nature of the Beast (Oxford University Press 1982; pbk 1984), 136pp
  • Civil Peace and Sacred Order (Clarendon Press 1989), 208pp
  • How to Think about the Earth: models of environmental theology (Mowbrays 1993), 168 pp
  • Animals and their Moral Standing (Routledge 1997), 194 pp
  • The Political Animal (Routledge 1999), 215 pp.
  • Understanding Faith: Religious Belief and its Place in Society (St Andrews Studies in Philosophy and Public Affairs, Imprint Academic 2009), vi + 280 pp.
  • Philosophical Futures (Peter Lang: Frankfurt 2011), 248pp.

By Nicholas Maxwell:

  • What’s Wrong With Science?, Bran’s Head Books, Hayes, Middlesex.
  • From Knowledge to Wisdom: A Revolution in the Aims and Methods of Science, Basil Blackwell, Oxford.
  • The Comprehensibility of the Universe: A New Conception of Science, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • The Human World in the Physical Universe: Consciousness, Free Will and Evolution, Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham.
  • Is Science Neurotic?, Imperial College Press, London.
  • From Knowledge to Wisdom: A Revolution for Science and the Humanities, 2nd edition, revised and enlarged, Pentire Press, London.
  • ed., with R. Barnett, Wisdom in the University, Routledge, London.
  • What's Wrong With Science?, 2nd edition, revised with new preface, Pentire Press, London.
  • L. McHenry, ed., Science and the Pursuit of Wisdom: Studies in the Philosophy of Nicholas Maxwell, Ontos Verlag, Frankfurt.
  • Cutting God in Half - And Putting the Pieces Together Again: A New Approach to Philosophy, Pentire Press, London.