Reading List

Below is a selection of authors and books/articles that I’ve been drawing on in the course of this project. More to come. Please recommend others in the comments!

Understanding the World As It Is

Mental Health & Loneliness

  1. Anne Helen Petersen (2019). How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation
  2. Vivek Murthy (2017). Work and the Loneliness Epidemic

Economic Inequality

Technological Change


Social Connectivity

  • Nicholas Christakis & James Fowler (2009). Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks
  • Yuval Harari (2011). Sapiens
  • Robert Putnam (2000). Bowling Alone
  • Robert Putnam (2015). Our Kids
  • Robert Putnam & Shaylyn Romney Garrett (2020). The Upswing
  • Alexis de Tocqueville (1835). Democracy in America

Evaluating the World As It Is


  • Stephen Pinker (2018). Enlightenment Now
  • Michael Sandel – Editor (2007) Justice: A Reader
  • Milton Friedman (1970). The Social Responsibility of a Business is to Increase Profits
  • Milton Friedman (1962). Capitalism and Freedom

Critiques of Liberalism

  • Eva Kittay & Licia Carlson – Editors (2010). Cognitive Disability and its Challenges to Moral Philosophy
  • Michael Sandel (2012). What Money Can’t Buy
  • Michael Sandel (2020). The Tyranny of Merit
  • Patrick Deneen (2018). Why Liberalism Failed


Virtue Ethics

  • Amartya Sen (2009). The Idea of Justice

Imagining the World As It Could Be

Urban Planning

Institution Building