Julyan Davey
Musings on Life, Philosophy and Society

Books

Tiny summary but detailed notes for each.

This page will constantly update as I read more, so bookmark it if you want to check back in a few months.

Sorted with my top recommendations up top.

The Listening Society: A Metamodern Guide to Politics by Hanzi Freinacht

The Listening Society: A Metamodern Guide to Politics by Hanzi Freinacht

Date Read: 5/08/18

My rating: 10/10

This book has got me thinking like no other! It's the combination of two big ideas. First is that to solve the pressing problems of humanity we need to move towards a Welfare State 2.0 which is called The Listening Society. Second is the ideology that's going to get us there: metamodernism. The book is written in a 'metamodern' style. For example the author (who apparently is a creation) often combines being provocative, offensive and ironic whilst at the same time being totally serious about the fate of planet earth and the human race. A must read!

Altruism: The Science and Psychology of Kindness by Matthieu Ricard

Altruism: The Science and Psychology of Kindness by Matthieu Ricard

Date Read: 20/07/18

My rating: 10/10

This book gave me the belief that we can confront the world's problems with a positive mindset. If we can get enough people to think: What can I do to help humanity's situation? then maybe we have a chance. Big inspiration but doesn't lose track of the bigger picture and structural nature of our problems.

The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

Date Read: 27/07/18

My rating: 10/10

Great introduction to Adlerian Psychology! Adler was one of the 'three giants' of 19th century psychology with Freud and Jung. This is told through a series of conversations between a philosopher and student which makes it hard to put down. Lots of counter intuitive wisdom!

Climate: a new story

Climate: a new story

Date Read: 09/01/19

My rating: 9/10

If you want to dramatically change your perspective on climate change then this is the book for you! Eisenstein attempts to shift the narrative from a focus on fossil fuels and CO2 emissions to a wider living systems perspective where climate health depends on the health of local ecosystems everywhere. He argues we need to re-mystify and sanctify nature in order to begin to respect it once again.

Reinventing Organisations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness

Reinventing Organisations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness

Date Read: 28/12/18

My rating: 8/10

If we are to overcome the big challenges facing humanity, entire new ways of organising are needed to allow us to go beyond our current corporate model. This book spells out what these new modes of organising could be like and gives many case studies of companies and groups already working with them successfully.

The Five Invitations by Frank Ostaseski

The Five Invitations by Frank Ostaseski

Date Read: 1/02/18

My rating: 8/10

This is a book about the lessons we can learn from coming into contact with death. Frank Ostaseski founded the Zen Hospice Project in California where he worked with the dying for over 30 years. From these experiences he has 'five invitations' for how we can use death to live better lives. A great book on how mindfulness and compassion really apply to everyday living beings.

Switch: How to change things when change is hard by Chip & Dan Heath

Switch: How to change things when change is hard by Chip & Dan Heath

Date Read: 15/10/16

My rating: 8/10

Epic psychology book on how to make lasting change happen! Packed full of ideas, stories and examples.

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

Date Read: 15/10/16

My rating: 8/10

Jonathan Haidt argues that we all have hard-wired moral intuitions that determine our religious and political allegiances. He believes that these moral instincts evolved to help us form communities and compete with other groups. This is only one side of an ongoing debate but it is still very interesting. Especially the later stuff about the 'hive switch'!