Queer Philosophy by Raja Halwani, Carol V. A. Quinn, Andy Wible (Editors) Tue, Jan 28th 2014
Health, Illness and Disease Philosophical Essays By Havi Carel and Rachel Cooper Review by Kerrin A. Jacobs, Ph.D. on Tue, Mar 4th 2014.
With their volume Health, Illness and Disease the editors Havi Carel and Rachel Cooper provide the reader with a systematic overview of essential topics of philosophy of medicine, broadly construed by a well-balanced selection of excellent articles. These make a considerable contribution to the recent debate on the conception of health and disease, the experience of illness, and the topic of illness and society, which are the main topics that thematically structure the book.
In their introduction (p. 1-20) the editors focus on the main problem of determining exactly what counts as health or Click here to read the full review!
The most recent book of Robert Roberts Emotions in the Moral Life is probably the most important work about emotions published in the last year. I will give two reasons for believing this. Firstly, the book introduces research on the narratives of emotions in philosophy and psychology that in the last years has conquered an important space in the field. Secondly, it contextualizes emotions in a certain space and time in relation with social agents. Thanks to these two points, philosophy can help in studying emotions in psychology, and offers a great tool to analyze emotions in social (and mora Click here to read the full review!
The Elephant in the Room The Denial of the Unconscious Mind By Gerald Alper Review by Leo Uzych, J.D., M.P.H. on Tue, Mar 4th 2014.
The Elephant in the Room, by New York City psychotherapist Gerald Alper, is a book about the dynamic unconscious and psychodynamics. The writing of Alper, quite distinctly, is penetrating cerebrally as well as beautiful intellectually. Alper is, moreover, insatiably questioning, and, as he writes, he never stops thinking deeply.
The "dynamic unconscious", as probed with cerebral forcefulness by Alper, is the domain of wish fulfillment and impulse gratification. The paradoxical essence of the dynamic unconscious, as evaluated by Alper, is that, although it holds in its hands Click here to read the full review!
Co-Creating Change Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques By Jon Frederickson Review by Kyra Grosman, Psy.D. on Tue, Mar 4th 2014.
Jon Frederickson, the author of this eminently useful new work for clinicians interested in learning about the theory and practice of intensive short term dynamic psychotherapy, is a co-founder of the ISTDP Institute and co-chair of the ISTDP Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry, where he has taught for the past 25 years. His stated goal is to explicitly teach clinicians how to provide therapy, just as he was explicitly taught how to play music when he was training to become and worked as a professional musician. All of those years of teaching pay off for the reader, because Click here to read the full review!
The Way Way Back DVD By Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (Directors) Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Mar 4th 2014.
The Way Way Back is a simple coming of age story set over a summer in a seaside town in Massachusetts. Duncan is 14 years old and is dragged along by his mother (played by Toni Collette) and her new boyfriend Trent to stay in a house by the beach. Trent, played by Steve Carrell, is always on Duncan's case, but does not live up to the standards he sets. Duncan's mother just goes along with what Trent says, and his older sister is unpleasant to him. So when he stumbles across a local water park he is eager to spend time there rather than at home. The place is run by Click here to read the full review!
The Moral Panics of Sexuality, edited by Breanne Fahs, Mary L. Dudy and Sarah Stage is a collection of writings on various forms of moral panics surrounding sexuality. The editors draw on the definition of moral panic from Sociologist Stanley Cohen and expand on the definition, stating that "...we understand the dominant approach to sexual practice as driven by a normative teleology that is very often (though not exclusively) based in political hegemony and restrictive religious practices that distrust sexual impulses, condone sexual double standards between men and women, and despise same-s Click here to read the full review!
In a bold attempt to fill a gap in the popular literature on critical thinking, Almossawi uncovers 19 errors of reasoning in a series of appealingly-presented vignettes. Each is accompanied by a few short paragraphs of textual description together with a full-page woodcut-style illustration to exemplify how poor reasoning can lead us astray.
Well-produced and charmingly illustrated, Bad Arguments presents itself as an accessible entrée into critical thinking for the uninitiated: a gift book or whimsical collectible for a thoughtful readership. Even before the publication of the hardcov Click here to read the full review!
Corrupted Culture Rediscovering America's Enduring Principles, Values, and Common Sense By Vincent Ryan Ruggiero Review by Leo Uzych, J.D., M.P.H. on Tue, Feb 25th 2014.
Corrupted Culture is a book about human nature, Hereditarianism, Humanistic Psychology, and America's culture. The author, Vincent Ryan Ruggiero, is an emeritus professor of humanities, at the State University of New York, Delhi College; and a prolific writer of books.In the book's "Introduction", Ruggiero opines that the roots of virtually all of America's present social and political problems can be traced to two (in Ruggiero's opinion, mistaken) views of human nature. Namely, the view, rising to prominence in the early twentieth century, that biology is destiny; and which Click here to read the full review!
Buying Sex DVD By Teresa MacInnes and Kent Nason Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Feb 25th 2014.
Buying Sex is a documentary about whether there should be laws prohibiting prostitution. The main story is a Canadian court decision that certain laws that make prostitution illegal are unconstitutional, and that decision gets appealed. The Canadian Supreme Court decided the issue at the end of 2013, after the release of the movie, endorsing the original decision of the court. We see the sex workers who brought the challenge and their lawyer. We see a few men who use prostitutes explaining why they prefer to get sex that way father than get it from their wives or why th Click here to read the full review!
What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire By Daniel Bergner Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, Feb 18th 2014.
In What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, Daniel Bergner challenges many long-held notions about women and sexuality, such as women being the sex who crave empathy, closeness, intimacy and communication in sexual relationships. Instead, Bergner asserts that women want to be desired, and that women, despite a cultural insistence on monogamy, are not necessarily suited for monogamous relationships. At the same time, in comparison to studies about men, we know fairly little about women's sexuality. In What Do Women Want? Bergner closely follows and interviews leading sexo Click here to read the full review!
Economics and Youth Violence Crime, Disadvantage, and Community By Richard Rosenfeld, Mark Edberg, Xiangming Fang, Curtis Florence (Editors) Review by Wendy C. Hamblet, Ph.D. on Tue, Feb 18th 2014.
The authors of Economics and Youth Violence: Crime, Disadvantage, and Community are members of an organization of scholars known as the Development Services Group (DSG). In the fall of 2008, the DSG was commissioned by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) and charged with reviewing the current research literature on the relationship between macroeconomic factors and youth violence (where the latter is understood to mean the incidence of perpetration and victimization of young persons between the ages of 10 and 24 years of age). The research group was given the dual obj Click here to read the full review!
Prenatal Flow DVD By Jessica James Review by Beth Cholette, Ph.D. on Tue, Feb 18th 2014.
This DVD is offered by "celebrity trainer" Jessica James, whose web site does in fact feature endorsements from the likes of Jessica Alba and Kate Beckinsale. In We Heart Yoga: Prenatal Flow, James is eight months pregnant. She explains in her Intro that as a yoga instructor pregnant with her second child, she wanted to design a program appropriate for those who practice yoga prior to their pregnancy. She reviews modifications, describing how she created three levels of flows to allow for choice depending on energy levels. Finally, she recommends having props on hand to Click here to read the full review!
The Body as Protest, based on an Austrian exhibition of the same name, is mainly about the work of photographer John Coplans. Coplans is best known for his remarkable images of his own body, made in the last two decades of the twentieth century. In this book, there are two long essays discussing his work and putting it in the context of other photography of the body, mainly by men. The second half of the book is a collection of plates showing the work of Coplans and other artists who also use their body in their work. The two essays are substantial and theoretical.  Click here to read the full review!
Holy Sh*t A Brief History of Swearing By Melissa Mohr Review by Maura Pilotti, Ph.D. on Tue, Feb 11th 2014.
In people's social life, obscenities are known as tools for breaking social and cultural customs, to express and exaggerate emotions, and even to provide a common identity to the users. As these goals reflect human nature, not surprising is that the use of obscenities to offend, arouse, and define social identities appears to be universal and timeless, existing across diverse human languages, cultures, and epochs. Also not surprising is that obscenities and their uses have captured the attention of laypersons and scientists alike (Pinker, 1994), becoming not only a window into the Click here to read the full review!
When most of us think about feminist discussions of the (mostly female) body, we tend to focus on the sexual aspects of such objectification. For example, in advertisements, movies and magazines, women's bodies are often portrayed as objects of desire, as sexualized, and as commodities for the pleasure of others. In Our Bodies, Whose Property? Anne Phillips looks at bodies from a market standpoint by focusing on the issue of bodies as property. According to Phillips, it is detrimental to view the body as property, and to employ language that signals the body as property. At the same time, most Click here to read the full review!
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