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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