There is a growing interest in virtue ethics. For example, studies with Positive Psychology and Leadership often use the term virtuousness to refer to a kind of high performance or excellence. Mark Alfano's book; Character as Moral Fiction places itself within this ongoing debate that has roots going back to Aristotle's.
In short Alfano's thesis is as follows: if you tell a person that he or she is honest or respectful, the person will be motivated to act in accordance herewith. His idea is strongly related to the self-fulfilling prophecies that we associate with the placebo effect, where the Click here to read the full review!
The author's answer is yes, and English is his choice. Nevertheless, this informative and stimulating text, subtitled "English and the Future of Research," leaves some things unresolved. A fine writer, geologist Scott Montgomery, wrote, among other books The Scientific Voice (1996), which includes a 70-page chapter on Freud in translation. The present work addresses "Global English" and "What do Former Lingua Francas of Science Tell us?"
English is spoken by 2 billion people in 120 nations, more or less, and dominates scientific conferences, international publication Click here to read the full review!
The Panopticon A Nove By Jenni Fagan Review by Natalie Kelley-Wilson on Tue, Apr 15th 2014.
Being a work of fiction, the goal of this novel is primarily to entertain, however, in doing so, it provides some insight into, and garners some empathy for, children "in the system". Various instances of drug abuse and psychological pathology are glimpsed and acknowledged through Anais's eyes. Most of these issues are not fully diagnosed or resolved, but despite this fact, the reader is led to root for Anais to rise above her circumstances; and the only way for her to do so, seems to be from sheer willpower. As with the movie, Kids, by Larry Clark, there is some shock value evident whereby an Click here to read the full review!
Spectacular Now DVD By James Ponsoldt (Director) Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Apr 15th 2014.
Although The Spectacular Now is advertised as a teen romance in Athens, Georgia, which it is, its main theme is about relying on alcohol to get by. The acting is extraordinarily good, which makes the movie much more engrossing. Miles Teller plays Sutter Keely; Sutter, a popular guy, has been dating a popular girl, but she dumps him. He meets another girl from school, Aimee Finecky, played by Shailene Woodley. Aimee is from a poor family and she is a geek. She has never had a boyfriend before; she likes reading manga, and she does not think she will be able to go t Click here to read the full review!
Since publication, Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason has generated its fair share of interpretative controversy, and there are a broad range of issues that continue to engage the secondary literature. At the same time however, there are some aspects of the first Critique (or of Kant's theory of knowledge and consciousness (or mind) more generally) that are taken for granted; as entrenched interpretative norms that inform the subsequent framework of textual exegesis. Amongst these givens, or consensus views, is the idea that for Kant, apperception (the thinker's identity with reference to Click here to read the full review!
High Price A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society By Carl Hart Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Apr 8th 2014.
Brain researcher Carl Hart tells the story of his life and uses it to illustrate how drug addiction is not as represented in most drug education literature or popular science. He shows how social conditions are major determinants of drug use and how ideas of drug craving and addiction as a brain disorder are misleading and politically loaded. He shows how drug policy is not consistent with scientific knowledge. The central ideas in his book could be set out quite briefly, and readers may want to get to the central ideas quickly. The ideas are important and need to be em Click here to read the full review!
Yoga for Fitness DVD By Gwen Lawrence Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Apr 8th 2014.
This DVD has three 20-minute yoga sessions.
Lower Body Tone
Upper Body Blast
Fitness instructor Gwen Lawrence demonstrates the practice and talks you through it in a voice-over. The practice is filmed in a rather large studio illuminated with colored lighting and a few decorations. She does her work on a sort of metal platform with pillars behind her. There's bland electronic music accompanying all the practices. The DVD is directed by James Wvinner, who has done many other yoga videos, and this has his signature style of smooth production, warm Click here to read the full review!
Moral Realism By Kevin DeLapp Review by László Kocsis on Tue, Apr 1st 2014.
We think ourselves as moral beings: some of us are good persons, while others are bad. These evaluations depend on our actions; we classify them as right or wrong. What is the connection between moral properties and our deliberate actions? When we say that actions have particular moral properties, what do we actually do: do we represent moral facts or just express our emotions or attitudes? Are there moral values and facts at all? If there are, how can we get knowledge of them? These are hard questions but not unanswerable.
No doubt when we evaluate actions in ordinary talk we use declarative Click here to read the full review!
Fooling Houdini Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind By Alex Stone Review by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D on Tue, Apr 1st 2014.
Alex Stone was interested in magic as a young child, performing tricks for his father and putting on shows at birthday parties. He writes, "For me, discovering the world of magic was like finding my own island of misfit friends, a place where everyone was special in the wrong way." Stone congregated with like-minded peers, joined magic clubs, and in his words, "was nerdy and unsocialized, a dweeb who wanted to talk about biology and play with his chemistry set while the other kids were playing foursquare." Magic, it seems, was the logical extension of an inquiring mind and perhaps, finding soc Click here to read the full review!
Ever since the publication of Alasdair MacIntyre's ground breaking "After Virtue" (MacIntyre, Alasdair: After Virtue, 2nd edition. Notre Dame University Press: 1984), virtue ethics has seen a renaissance unrivaled in contemporary moral philosophy. Contemporary virtue ethics has developed into one of the most dynamic competitors when it comes to explaining why people act the way they do and under which circumstances we qualify those actions as "good", "virtuous", "just" etc. In her 2001 book "Uneasy Virtue" (Uneasy Virtue. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Philosophy: 2001). Juli Click here to read the full review!
The Woman Upstairs A Novel By Claire Messud Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Apr 1st 2014.
The Woman Upstairs, Messud's novel of a middle aged women looking back on her life in anger is reminiscent of Anita Brookner's work, but the bitterness and self-deception of her narrator is a bit more below the surface. Nora Eldridge used to have a future, but now she is the "woman upstairs" who teaches elementary school and sacrifices herself for everyone else. The bulk of the story is about Nora's friendship with a couple she encounters, the parents of Reza, a boy in her class. His mother, Sirena, is Italian and an artist, while his father, Skandar, is Palestinian Lebanese. Click here to read the full review!
Body Sense The Science and Practice of Embodied Self-Awareness By Alan Fogel Review by Sandra Egege, MA (Phil). on Tue, Mar 25th 2014.
It has to be said that Body Sense is, if nothing else, an interesting read. Fogel has an easy, engaging style and he manages to convey his ideas clearly and simply, even when the material is complex neuroscience. Body Sense is fundamentally a book about maintaining health and well-being. Fogel sets out to demonstrate 'how everyday life, as well as serious stress and trauma, can cause us to lose contact with our sensations and emotions,' along with the way our body moves and feels (p.1). As we develop and grow into sophisticated social animals, we gradually lose touch with our bodies. He Click here to read the full review!
Moral status is one of the most difficult topics in ethics. The difficulty resides in the fact that any account of what makes one morally considerable is bound to either leave out some individuals which most people think are in fact owed moral respect, or fail to distinguish between individuals which we do not usually believe are morally equal, or else fail to recognise as moral equals individuals that we do believe to be so. For instance, if some kind of rationality is what makes one morally considerable, then human beings who are not rational or at least capable of rationality, as well as mo Click here to read the full review!
Getting Inside Your Head What Cognitive Science Can Tell Us about Popular Culture By Lisa Zunshine Review by Ray Rennard, Ph.D. on Tue, Mar 25th 2014.
Cognitive science is hot right now, and in recent years authors have endeavored to apply its name, if not its methods, to an ever-growing variety of areas. This book is the latest foray into the nascent field of cognitive cultural studies, which explores literature, poetry, theater, song, and film through the lens of cognitive science. The last few years have seen the publication of several serious academic books in this area--e.g., by Brian Boyd, David Herman, and a couple by our author Lisa Zunshine. The present book is a bit lighter and more narrowly focused than these.
T Click here to read the full review!
Karen Joy Fowler's novel brings to mind other novels that address science and ethics in a sophisticated way. The narrator is a young woman, Rosemary, who describes her psychologist father and the rest of her family. She grew up under extremely unusual circumstances, which has led to her both her sister Fern and brother Lowell leaving the family home while she was still a young child. The secrets of the family unfold very slowly; at first Rosemary gives a picture of her family history and the experience of family life in Bloomington, Indiana. Her father is a chain-smokin Click here to read the full review!
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