Metapsychology Online Reviews - Volume 23, Number 03
 
Featured Reviews
Pleasure by Lisa Shapiro (Editor)Pleasure
by Lisa Shapiro (Editor)
Tue, Dec 4th 2018
Sleepyhead by Henry NichollsSleepyhead
by Henry Nicholls
Tue, Dec 4th 2018
Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds by Édouard MacheryPhilosophy Within Its Proper Bounds
by Édouard Machery
Tue, Nov 27th 2018
 
The Meaning of Life and the Great Philosophers
By Stephen Leach and James Tartaglia (Editors)
Review by Kamuran Elbeyoğlu on Tue, Jan 8th 2019.
The Meaning of Life and the Great Philosophers by Stephen Leach and James Tartaglia (Editors)The meaning of life is an everlasting question searched by great many people throughout human history. The same question has been in the agenda of philosophers since Ancient times, since it is mainly a philosophical question, strongly tied to the conception of what a good life consists of. But as the editors of this enlightening collection of essays acknowledge, this topic is typically discussed amid so many other concerns, and under such a wide range of different terminologies, that it can sometimes be far from obvious that a particular philosopher’s view in the area amount to. Stephen
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BOSH!
Simple Recipes * Amazing Food * All Plants
By Henry Firth & Ian Theasby
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jan 8th 2019.
BOSH! by Henry Firth & Ian TheasbyBOSH! is a vegan cookbook which avoids using the word "vegan" in its title or indeed anywhere on its cover, front or back. It is from the UK, and is written by the people behind Bosh.tv, an vegan cooking website and YouTube channel that also does not highlight the vegan word. The book has a heft to it at 288 pages, nearly half of which are attractive photos of the food. It is healthy and multicultural, with a Creamy Carbonara pasta dish, a Mushroom Pho Vietnamese soup, Burrito Samosas, a Falafel Bowl, Tom Yum Soop, Peri Peri Hasselback Potatoes, Maki Sushi Rolls, and Big Bad Nachos, for e
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Vegan Recipes from the Middle East
By Parvin Razavi
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jan 8th 2019.
Vegan Recipes from the Middle East by Parvin RazaviThis lovely book of recipes based on Middle Eastern food is impressive. The dishes it provides are relatively simple and the preparation is easy. Even for those who are familiar with food of one region may well discover dishes they had not heard of before. It will be fairly simple to find the ingredients so long as you have a well-stocked Asian or international market near you. There may be some exceptions -- I don't know how easy it is to find barberries, dried, lime, ras el hanout spice mix, or verjuice, I'm not sure where I would find pre-made vegan flaky pastry either. But most of the spic
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The Oxford Handbook of Virtue
By Nancy E. Snow (Editor)
Review by Samuel LeBlanc on Tue, Jan 1st 2019.
The Oxford Handbook of Virtue by Nancy E. Snow (Editor)At 881 pages, this collection of new contributions on virtue ethics is a rich and timely addition to the recent resurgence of research in this fast-growing field. The seven-part volume addresses most of the key issues in virtue theory and is well divided for ease of investigation. The Oxford Handbook of Virtue (henceforth, The Handbook) is dived as follows: (I) Conceptualization of virtue (II) Historical and religious accounts (III) Contemporary virtue ethics and theories of virtue (IV) Central concepts and issues in virtue ethics and theories of virtue (V) Critical examinations
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Compassionate Moral Realism
By Colin Marshall
Review by Laura-Janett Vasile, PhD on Tue, Jan 1st 2019.
Compassionate Moral Realism by  Colin MarshallMost advocates of moral realism defend their view primarily by addressing objections and by pointing out the shortcomings of rival metaethical positions. Realists often assume that their view is the default position in metaethics and, therefore, do not undertake a full-fledged defense of moral realism by putting forward positive arguments in favor of it. Colin Marshall's Compassionate Moral Realism is an ambitious enterprise in that it aims to provide a positive case for moral realism. Marshall's core argument is twofold. First, he argues that there are certain irreplaceable epistem
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Human Dignity and Assisted Death
By Sebastian Muders
Review by Bob Lane on Tue, Jan 1st 2019.
Human Dignity and Assisted Death by Sebastian MudersThe so-called distinction between active and passive euthanasia was challenged by the philosopher James Rachels in a paper first published in 1975 in the New England Journal of Medicine. In that paper Rachels challenges both the use and moral significance of that distinction for several reasons. First, he argues, active euthanasia is in many cases more humane than passive; second, the doctrine leads to decisions concerning life and death being made on irrelevant grounds; and third, the doctrine rests on a distinction between killing and letting die that itself has no moral significance. R
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RX
A Graphic Memoir
By Rachel Lindsay
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jan 1st 2019.
RX by Rachel LindsayRX is primarily an account of Rachel Lindsay's working in corporate marketing for Big Pharma, getting sick of it, being diagnosed with a manic episode, and being hospitalized. It is a graphic work drawn in bold black and white panels. The style is on the crude side, but there's also something careful and controlled about it, with an economy that is pleasing. She conveys her emotions and thoughts powerfully with her art. She worked in New York City on the advertising industry on Madison Avenue, living in the East Village in 2010, having graduated from college not long before. She
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The Age of Culpability
Children and the Nature of Criminal Responsibility
By Gideon Yaffe
Review by Raff Donelson, JD, PhD on Tue, Dec 25th 2018.
The Age of Culpability by Gideon YaffeChildren who have committed criminal misdeeds deserve a break – this is the conclusion that Gideon Yaffe seeks in justify in his new monograph The Age of Culpability.  By children, he means those who have not yet reached the age of legal majority, and by a break, he means reduced sentencing or procedural protections that make it harder to convict children in the first place.  Putting this together, Yaffe wants to supply a rationale for treating minors less harshly than adults in criminal matters. Before providing my summary and assessment of the book's clai
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Animal Welfare in a Changing World
By Andy Butterworth
Review by Rob Fischer on Tue, Dec 25th 2018.
Animal Welfare in a Changing World by Andy Butterworth  Animal Welfare in a Changing World contains four kinds of essays. First, there are the ones that offer glimpses into specific welfare problems in different domains: whales entangled in fishing gear, and the limits of the existing strategies for minimizing harms to these creatures; cattle health in feedlots, including a discussion of several foot defects that can create stress; the plight of domesticated dogs, with mention of the particular problems facing brachycephalic canines. Second, there are more general essays that explore the structural factors that create welfare problems:
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Power Yoga
Strength, Sweat, and Spirit
By Leah Cullis
Review by Beth T. Cholette, Ph.D. on Tue, Dec 25th 2018.
Power Yoga by Leah CullisAuthor Leah Cullis is a power yoga instructor who has worked and trained at the Baptiste Institute with founder Baron Baptiste.  She is also a featured teacher with the online site DoYouYoga.com in addition to being a holistic health coach.  In her first book, Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit, Cullis presents a fitness-based yoga practice designed as a 28-day plan.  Cullis describes power yoga as a modernized, American version of ashtanga yoga, with both being vigorous vinyasa (flow) methods.  Cullis places a major emphasis is on the physical nature of the prac
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Mrs. Fletcher
A Novel
By Tom Perrotta
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Dec 25th 2018.
Mrs. Fletcher by Tom PerrottaPerrotta's latest novel is a smart and entertaining investigation of modern social issues: sexual harassment, hook up culture, sexually appropriate experimentation, masculinity, gender norms, transgender, middle aged woes, parenting autistic children, and of course family life and its dysfunctions. He does all this with a multi-character cast led by Eve Fletcher. Eve is a divorced suburban mother whose son is heading off to college. She has empty-nest syndrome at first, but then she gets used to her new life, taking a community college class on gender and society and meeting lots of new people
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The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness
By Rocco J. Gennaro (Editor)
Review by R.A. Goodrich, Ph.D. on Thu, Dec 20th 2018.
The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness by Rocco J. Gennaro (Editor)Rocco Gennaro's Routledge Handbook of Consciousness aims to "introduce the uninitiated," be they researchers or senior tertiary students, to "cutting-edge interdisciplinary work" with the simultaneous goal of making its "philosophical import understandable" (1). It is this emphasis, Gennaro claims, that makes this collection of essays distinct from competing anthologies and monographs operating at the intersection of Psychological Philosophy with Cognitive and Neurological Psychology. Twelve such rivals are nominated, ranging from the 1997 anthology edited by Ned Block, Owen Flanagan
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The Cow with Ear Tag #1389
By Kathryn Gillespie
Review by Christian Perring on Thu, Dec 20th 2018.
The Cow with Ear Tag #1389 by Kathryn GillespieTim Pachirat's Every Twelve Seconds (Yale University Press, 2013) certainly wasn't the first book to detail what happens in slaughterhouses, but it set a standard for ethnographic work that's sympathetic to the plight of animals. It's an unflinching look at the human and nonhuman costs of killing animals at incredible rates; at the same time, it provides powerful tools for theorizing about how slaughterhouses prevent people from feeling responsible for animal death. You could, therefore, think about Gillespie's new book as a prequel to Pachirat's: it explores how cattle wind up in sl
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Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology
By Philip A. Reed and Rico Vitz (Editors)
Review by Saliha Bayır on Thu, Dec 20th 2018.
Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology by Philip A. Reed and Rico Vitz (Editors)In Hume's Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology, editors Philip A. Reed and Rico Vitz bring together Hume scholars to shed light on the lacuna of the relationship between Hume's moral philosophy and the implications of the empirical findings of contemporary psychology (as well as cognitive science and neuroscience) on moral psychology. This surprisingly neglected relationship covers central research topics in moral psychology like the situationist debate, the role of empathy, moral motivation and so on. All of the chapters converge on providing interpretations of different facets
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The Summer Children
By Dot Hutchison
Review by Christian Perring on Thu, Dec 20th 2018.
The Summer Children by Dot HutchisonThis is a lightweight crime novel with a serious theme. Detective Mercedes Ramirez works for the FBI unit in Quantico Virginia that deals in crimes against children. She lives with her girlfriend: the two women come home one night to find a child covered in blood on their front porch. The young boy says that an angel killed his abusive parents. It turns out that this is just the first episode in a series of murders of adults who have been suspected of child abuse who managed to keep hold of the children in their charge. This vigilante murderer always sends the children to Mercedes, showing som
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