Saul's new book is Lying, Misleading, and What is Said: An Exploration in Philosophy of Language and in Ethics. Her reply to my recent query about what she has been reading:
Sadly, being Head of Department doesn't leave me much time at all to read books. Most of the book reading I do these days is reading aloud to my 7-year-old son. He has a taste for the oldies, the really oldies, so it's been (simplified versions of) the Odyssey and Gilgamesh. Watching his reaction makes it clear there's a reason these have stood the test of time. He also has a love of Enid Blyton, a very familiar children's writer for the British, but totally unknown to Americans. As an American ex-pat mother of a child born and raised in the UK, it's a new discovery. Lots of other lefty parents avoid these like the plague for their appalling gender, race and class attitudes. I actually enjoy discussing these issues with him, as he's very critical and reflective. And I can't help but think it's better to discuss and criticise this stuff than to simply avoid it, since avoidance simply won't work as a life-long strategy.Learn more about Lying, Misleading, and What is Said at the Oxford University Press website.