This section of the website will give links to books that are either about the Middle Way, or that make an important contribution to our understanding of it. Where the books are by society committee members, they will be linked directly, and where they by others, they will be reviewed. If you have read any of these books you are welcome to add your own comments on them using the comment facility.
There are, of course, lots of books that can make a partial contribution to our understanding of the Middle Way. We aim to select only the best or most relevant here. Amongst these books there are also ones with different strengths: some are very rigorous but not so engaging, some very engaging or informative though not so rigorous. All at least need to be heading in a generally helpful direction from the standpoint of the Middle Way. In a few cases books may also look as though they are about the Middle Way (e.g. Lou Marinoff’s ‘The Middle Way’) and a review is posted here to warn you of its limitations.
Books about Middle Way Philosophy as such – i.e. the universal Middle Way rather than the Middle Way made subservient to a particular religious or other tradition.
Books that judge Buddhism from a Middle Way perspective, or at least offer an integrative and critical perspective on the Buddhist tradition
Books that judge Christianity from a Middle Way perspective, or at least offer an integrative and critical perspective on the Christian tradition.
Books of psychology or neuroscience that offer useful and important resources for understanding the Middle Way or integration
Books on philosophical issues (such as scepticism, the justification of belief, or ethics) that can be helpful or inspiring in understanding the Middle Way
Books that develop our understanding of the embodied meaning thesis and its justification through philosophy, psychology, linguistics and cognitive science
Books that are useful in detailing or inspiring integrative practice
Books that raise helpful scientific questions or evidence that can be related to the Middle Way or integration
Books about (or comprising) literature, visual arts and music that can be helpful in understanding or practising the Middle Way.