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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Sunday Philosophy Club

Just finished reading The Sunday Philosophy Club, by Alexander McCall Smith. This quirky mystery isn’t for everybody, as it’s more an exploration of applied philosophy than a mystery novel. Complete with an explicit reference to Sissela Bok’s Lying, it creates a fictional world in which the issues of that non-fiction work are instantiated. The setting in contemporary Edinburgh is interesting enough, and there is definitely a murder, along with a leisurely and sporadic investigation. But the solution to the crime is definitely an afterthought. So don’t read it for the mystery; read it if you want to think about the philosophical implications of truth-telling and lying.

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