I’ve added a second book to my bookshelf for the #EmptyShelf challenge!
Today I finished Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story, author Jim Holt’s philosophical foray into answering (or attempting to answer) the question of why there is something rather than nothing.
Holt presents the book through conversations with eight great modern thinkers — David Deutsh, Adolf Grunbaum, John Lesli, Derek Parfit, Roger Penrose, Richard Swinburne, and Steven Weinberg — each with their own theory of why there is something rather than nothing. Holt creates a nice mix of both purely philosophical and scientific theories and gives a summary simple enough for a relative beginner (like me) to understand. Instead of simply explaining each argument, however, Holt rebuts each philosopher with his own thoughts on the arguments’ validity, making himself into a sort of reader surrogate. I give it a 4 of 5 and would recommend it to someone looking for an introduction to philosophy or just looking to ponder some Big Ideas during a cold winter.