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April 24, 2013


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French philosophy instructor Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès published a novel that won the Medicis Prize (2008) and was short-listed for a Goncourt. It's been translated into English as Where Tigers Are at Home. It involves someone translating a biography of Athanasius Kircher. One character makes journal entries that "reach into Wittgenstein and other modern philosophers (in a style reminiscent of Markson...)." (Quoting from Grant Barber's review at the Three Percent site)

Steven Lukes has a novel called The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat.

I see Neal Stephenson's Anathem is mentioned, as well as a general recommendation for his other books, but I thought I'd specifically point out the Baroque Cycle, by the same author. It's a trilogy and each book is ~900pp, so it's not something you would set out to read on a weekend, but you asked about specific mentions of philosophers - it's got several of the great natural philosophers and mathematicians of the 17th and 18th centuries.

An author I don't see anybody else has mentioned is Robert J. Sawyer. Some of his better novels, philosophically, are _The Terminal Experiment_, _Calculating God_, and _Factoring Humanity_.

In Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage, the character Miriam Henderson reflects on the ideas of Emerson and J. M. E. McTaggart. Also, May Sinclair, an early modernist, mentions Schopenhauer in Mary Olivier. Sinclair, though chiefly a novelist, wrote two philosophy books that were favorably reviewed by Bertrand Russell.

This book about a (fictional) professor of philosophy who is, surprise, unhappy with his life was shortlisted for the German Book Prize in 2012: As far as I can see there's no english translation available.

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