Larry Updike, CBC Up to Speed host (CBC)
Larry Updike has spent a lot of time in his life near microphones. As a kid he sang with his family's singing ensemble. He began his radio career to supplement his income as a minister at a small parish. One thing led to another and he found himself sitting behind the microphone as host of various well known radio shows in Winnipeg.
From the Tom and Larry Show to the CJOB drive home show to the CJOB Morning Show , he only stepped away from the microphone for a moment in 2009 when he was inducted into the Manitoba Broadcaster's Hall of Fame.
Somehow he managed to finish his degree in Theology at the University of Winnipeg as well as a second degree in Philosophy. To this day, he plays guitar and sings when he's not busy hosting CBC Radio's Up To Speed.
Given all this it's no surprise that his choice in books reflects his passions in life.
On Bookmarked, Larry Updike recommends two books: Daniele Moyal-Sharrock's Understanding Wittgenstein's On Certainty and Merle Haggard's My House of Memories.
I was a working student in the 1980s, building a career in broadcasting while taking degrees in Theology and Philosophy at the University of Winnipeg. I didn't sleep much back then. But my mind was always being stimulated.
I was captivated by the big questions: What underlies the possibility of saying 'this is true'? What constitutes knowledge? How can we be certain of anything? How do concepts like right and wrong actually work?
My studies led to an obsession with Ludwig Wittgenstein, a thinker universally regarded as the most important philosopher of the twentieth century. I studied him. I wrote an award-winning paper about him. And I have an entire wall of literature about him here in my man-cave.
The latest book I've been wrestling with is Daniele Moyal-Sharrock's "Understanding Wittgenstein's On Certainty". It is a full-length study of Wittgenstein's third masterpiece On Certainty. It unravels his ultimate thoughts on knowledge, certainty and scepticism.
Wittgenstein claims our basic certainties are nonreflective, nonpropositional attitudes. The book would be a tough slog for someone unfamiliar with recent philosophy, but it is an illuminating study of Wittgenstein's final work ... and it is a book I'm reading right now.