Beyond Loss Dementia, Identity, Personhood By Lars-Christer Hydén, Hilde Lindemann, and Jens Brockmeier (Editors) Review by Jennifer Radden on Tue, Jul 22nd 2014.
This collection is particularly timely. There is a widespread and growing interest in dementia today, in part because, as the editors note in their introduction, the coming decades will see a dramatic increase worldwide in the number of those suffering aged-related dementias. At the same time, neuroscience has invited new philosophical analyses of cognition, embodiment, social relationships, and personal identity. The book's purpose, suggested by the "Beyond" in its title, is to break free of the usual ways of thinking about dementia, where the sufferer is first and foremost a patient, a Click here to read the full review!
Hard Luck How Luck Undermines Free Will & Moral Responsibility By Neil Levy Review by Jonathan Matheson on Tue, Jul 22nd 2014.
Hard Luck is a challenging, provocative, and engaging book that wrestles with a number of key issues in metaphysics, epistemology, and moral psychology. In it, Levy advances a sophisticated argument that there is no such thing as free will. However, rather than presenting another argument about the incompatibility of free will and determinism Levy's claim is that "it is not ontology that rules out free will, it is luck." (2) While luck objections to free will are not new, Levy provides a novel and detailed account while engaging a great deal of the contemporary lite Click here to read the full review!
The Art of Medicine Over 2,000 Years of Images and Imagination By Julie Anderson, Emm Barnes, and Emma Shackleton Review by Jacob Stegenga on Tue, Jul 22nd 2014.
Art has long played a role in representing aspects of medicine. The Art of Medicine is a coffee-table book which presents highlights from one of the world's great holdings of medical art, from the Wellcome Collection, a museum founded in 2007 in London. This museum is part of the Wellcome Trust, originally founded by Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome in 1936, now one of the world's largest non-governmental providers of funds for biomedical research. Sir Henry (1853-1936) collected a massive number of artworks, including books, sculptures, prints, and paintings, and the Wellcome Collection h Click here to read the full review!
A Life Worth Living Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning By Robert Zaretsky Review by Finn Janning, Ph.D. on Tue, Jul 22nd 2014.
The French writer, Albert Camus was 'a moralist who insisted that while the world is absurd and allows for no hope, we are not condemned to despair.'
Like this, the historian Robert Zaretsky presents Camus in the book, A Life Worth Living -- with the subtitle, Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning. Camus was a moralist, but not a moralizer. He did not judge from a higher or more lucrative position, but tried to grasp what took place. He tried to create meaning where none was given.
Zaretsky organizes his portrait of Camus around five key-concepts: Absurdity, Silence Click here to read the full review!
Seeds of Hope Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants By Jane Goodall Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 22nd 2014.
In Seeds of Hope, Goodall combines new age tree hugging with powerful political criticism of multinational corporations for their exploitation of agriculture and the developing world. She starts off discussing her close relationship with trees from the days of her youth. Not only do they hold great meaning for her, but she also talks to them and envisions them talking back to her. She continues that theme with a full embrace of spirituality, the wisdom of nature, and our need to be respectful of the plant and animals worlds. It is a very personal form of expression Click here to read the full review!
In Finding meaning, facing fears in the autumn of your years author Jerrod Lee Shapiro, Ph. D. addresses the 45-65 years of life, where we are no longer "young" nor are we "old" by Western society's definition. This book takes a look at some of the more common experiences that occur during this age-range and how individuals can grow through the period in order to have a more fulfilling and meaningful life overall.
The book is divided into four parts: the basics; challenges and characteristics; planning for retirement; and realities and opportunities. Each section has exercises Click here to read the full review!
Celibacies American Modernism and Sexual Life By Benjamin Kahan Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, Jul 15th 2014.
In Celibacies: American Modernism & Sexual Life, Benjamin Kahan develops the idea that modern celibacy is a distinct form of sexuality, rather than simply the lack of sexuality, as is often stated. Kahan argues that celibacy is a coherent sexual identity, one that takes multiple expressions, forms or identities and that celibacy as a crucial social identity emerged in the 1840s. By using various examples of people and their expressions of celibacy Kahan describes how celibacy can be viewed as reform, as predicated by economic motives, as a way of protecting oneself in times of f Click here to read the full review!
Would You Kill the Fat Man? he Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us about Right and Wrong By David Edmonds Review by Eli Weber on Tue, Jul 15th 2014.
Many philosophers will recognize David Edmonds as one of the voices of Philosophy Bites, a popular podcast that engages with a variety of different philosophical topics. However, Edmonds is also an expert in the sub-field that has come to be known as "trolleyology." This somewhat derisive term refers to an interdisciplinary field of study that seeks to utilize intuitive responses to various moral dilemmas to identify substantive moral principles and draw conclusions about human moral psychology. Edmonds does an outstanding job of introducing the reader to the historical Click here to read the full review!
The Birth of Intersubjectivity sychodynamics, Neurobiology, and the Self By Massimo Ammaniti and Vittorio Gallese Review by Christophe Al-Saleh on Tue, Jul 15th 2014.
Intersubjectivity is a process of "continuous and reciprocal interactions and exchanges typical of humain beings from their first days of life" (p.xv), in which humans come to know each other's mind, after Bruner's phrase.
The authors (a developmental psychoanalyst and a neurobiologist) insist on the necessity to adopt a multidisciplinary anti-reductionistic approach:
"The progress of research in molecular genetics, endocrinology, and neurobiology will be integrated and confronted with psychological and psychopathological research. In a number of research domains, multidirectional and intera Click here to read the full review!
Gone Girl A Novel By Gillian Flynn Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 15th 2014.
This review will contain spoilers, so don't read it if you intend to read the book.
Gone Girl has won high praise and has been a best-seller. It is true that it is memorable in the way that it derails the reader's expectations. The plot starts out with a married couple, transplanted from Manhattan to small-town Missouri, celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. Husband Nick tells the story in the present while we see Amy's diary entries from selected days, from the time she first met Nick to the time close to the present when she writes about she is scared for Click here to read the full review!
On Depression Drugs, Diagnosis, and Despair in the Modern World By S. Nassir Ghaemi Review by Helga Meier on Tue, Jul 8th 2014.
This is a fun and stimulating read for anyone interested in depression and other mood disorders.
On Depression by Nassir Ghaemi is aimed at a general, educated audience. He advances several points. The current classification of mood illnesses is based on pragmatic, not scientific considerations and doesn’t respect biological facts. Therefore, our understanding of mood disorders, depression in particular, has not advanced much. Instead of current practice, depression should be considered a mental disease if and only if it is recurrent. For this illness we shou Click here to read the full review!
Medicine and Religion A Historical Introduction By Gary B. Ferngren Review by Sharon Packer on Tue, Jul 8th 2014.
In writing this book, Professor Ferngren has undertaken a Herculean task, one that would ordinarily require an everlasting afterlife (or a few extra incarnations, depending upon your point of reference). In the space of 200 pages, he covers 3,000 years and four continents. He forewarns us that he omits non-Western and pre-literate religions from his study, more because of lack of information than because of lack of appreciation.
This book deliberately sidesteps the thorny relationship between psychiatry (and neurology) and religion. The author concedes that it demands a separate s Click here to read the full review!
Death and Consciousness is a book about death and consciousness. The author, David H. Lund, is a Professor Emeritus of philosophy, at Bemidji State University, in Bemidji, Minnesota. In a "Preface", Lund alerts readers that, in the book's first part, he will present and defend a view of the nature of people and the world they encounter which is not only compatible with a claim of survival of death but suggests that surviving death is more than remotely possible. And then, after establishing the possibility of survival of death, Lund will consider various kinds of evidenc Click here to read the full review!
Beyond Magenta Transgender Teens Speak Out By Susan Kuklin Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 8th 2014.
This is a collection of personal stories and pictures of teens from the New York area who have been involved in the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. They are young people who are questioning of the gender they were assigned when they were children and who use names and wear clothes often associated that create a new identity. Some of them take hormone medication to change their physical appearance and change their bodies. They call themselves transgender, although that's a label that shifts and there are other related cases of people who also question their gender assignment a Click here to read the full review!
Your Body Is Awesome Body Respect for Children By Sigrun Danielsdottir Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 8th 2014.
This short picture book for children sets out some simple and important ideas. Our bodies tell us how we feel, when we are hungry, and when we need to go to the bathroom. It also says that adults should listen to children when they talk about how their bodies feel. We can tune into our bodies to see how they are feeling. Our bodies are wonderful, and we need to take care of them. All bodies are different and we should respect those differences. We should not feel bad about our bodies. The words are accompanied by fun pictures illustrating these ideas. Click here to read the full review!
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