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Philosophy for Everyone was suggested by Professor Duncan Pritchard

As part of the Ragged Library, Professor Duncan Pritchard FRSE, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences, suggested ‘Philosophy for Everyone by Matthew Chrisman, Duncan Pritchard, Jane Suilin Lavelle, Michela Massimi, Alasdair Richmond and Dave Ward (Routledge, 2013)’…

This book was a collaborative effort by a group of philosophy faculty from the University of Edinburgh. It arose out of a ‘MOOC’ (a Massive Open Online Course) that the Edinburgh Department of Philosophy began running in 2013 (entitled, ‘Introduction to Philosophy’). This course, which was entirely free and open to all, was designed to introduce people, whatever their background, to the basic issues of philosophy.

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Sustainable Energy: Without The Hot Air was recommended by Dr Neil Robertson

Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air

As part of the Ragged Library, Dr Neil Robertson, at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Chemistry suggested “Sustainable energy – without the hot air” by David J. C. MacKay

Sustainable energy is set to be the defining challenge of the 21st century, hence everyone needs to read a clear and accurate book on the subject. This book systematically examines the main options for renewable energy and sets out to realistically estimate how much energy we could obtain and what steps we would have to take to get there. The key to the book is its approach of “Numbers, not adjectives” combined with its accessible, non-technical style.

This book is also available as a free ebook (in multiple formats) from the authors website at

Connected: The Amazing Power of Our Social Networks was suggested by David Jarman

As part of the Ragged Library, David Jarman, School of Marketing, Tourism and Language, Edinburgh Napier University suggested ‘Connected: The Amazing Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives’…

I am putting a book titled Connected into the Ragged Library. Connected has the subtitle ‘the amazing power of social networks and how they shape our lives’ and it does its best to live up to that claim. Through a series of case studies the authors (Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler) draw from numerous fields of research to present their arguments: that our social networks influence our daily lives in ways we are barely aware of.

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