The first is The Undercover Philosopher by Michael Phillips. Besides having an incredible title I wish I had thought of, it has a great Dick Tracy-type comic cover. From the Powell's site "In this gripping and controversial book, Michael Phillips outlines all the reasons we don't know what we think we do, and the devastating consequences this can have. From false memories to fraudulent experts, Phillips treads in the footsteps of Descartes to reveal why we must be more careful in what we believe and how we think. Spanning psychology, philosophy, science, and sociology, this unique exploration of why we get things wrong, and how to guard against it, is an essential read for anyone seeking to make sense of the chaotic world in which we live." Pretty cool sounding.
The next is Batman and Philosophy, by Mark White, Robert Arp and William Irwin. It just came out on June 14 but I am still annoyed I didn't know about it. I had both the Quentin Tarantino and LOST philosophy books on my radar months before they came out. I am actually kinda surprised this hasn't come out before. Batman is so ripe for psychological and philosophical explication. Just the chapters about morality sound fascinating.
Also this weekend I read Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. Another green type book, it discusses the idea that real green industry would be far more holistic. The buildings would be designed for people, energy efficiency, and sustainablity. Products wouldn't just be recyclable, the manufacturer would take them back to reclaim the usable chemicals and elements. It was an interesting read, a 5, but it is really a book for business. For engineers, architects, designers, managers.