This book is published in Palgrave Macmillan's Philosophy Today series, which is supposed to provide researchers and advanced students of philosophy with an introduction to contemporary discussions in specific subfields of philosophy. In this case, the subfield in question is philosophy of action as it is carried out within analytic philosophy. Lilian O'Brien's focus here is philosophical work concerned with our everyday "folk" understanding of agency and intentional action. There is little discussion of empirical work on action, intention or decision-making.
It is a refreshingly short book. Click here to read the full review!
The Intentional Brain Motion, Emotion, and the Development of Modern Neuropsychiatry By Michael R. Trimble Review by R.A. Goodrich, Ph.D. on Tue, Jan 17th 2017.
In its fluent evocation of the interplay of philosophy, medicine, and the creative arts, The Intentional Brain echoes Michael Trimble's much acclaimed The Soul in the Brain published nine years previously. Because Trimble has in effect already provided a lengthy review of his own fourteen-chapter volume in the June 2016 issue of CNS Spectrums, what follows will avoid a general summary. Instead, we shall particularly focus upon three issues whose conceptual and methodological facets are explicitly foregrounded. First of all, what does he means by "neuropsychiatry"? Next, is his appeal to a holi Click here to read the full review!
The content of the book entitled The Statistical Life of Me: A Statistics-Based Journal by Emily Higgins can be a bit of a surprise. It is indeed, by and large, a notebook with many empty pages to be filled by a reader who is interested in taking control over his/her daily activities. The book is based on three key assumptions: (1) Most of human thinking, feelings and actions in a person's day-to-day interactions with the material and social worlds are routine activities. That is, they are actions that can be described as automatic, unconscious, and often impulsive. (2) If such routine activ Click here to read the full review!
High Heat By Richard Castle Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jan 17th 2017.
High Heat is the eighth novel in the Nikki Heat series. It features the NYC detective and her journalist husband Jameson Rook. It starts out with a murder by people declaring themselves to be Muslim terrorists associated with ISIS. The victim is a woman. The murderers send in a video of the murder, and threaten that Jameson Rook will be their next target. There has been a Nikki Heat novel every year since 2009, and this one is especially topical, featuring a maverick businessman presidential candidate who wins public attention and approval by his disregard of normal politics. Rook is thrilled Click here to read the full review!
Naturalism in the Philosophy of Health, edited by Élodie Giroux, is an excellent example of the kind of work capable of being done in empirically informed philosophy. The book is a concise and dense collection of twelve essays, extending 229 pages, divided into three parts: The Biostatistical Theory of Disease: Criticism and Improvements; Health, Normativity and Naturalism; and Implications for Healthcare.
The book uses Christopher Boorse's biostatistical theory as a starting point for thinking about naturalistic developments in the philosophy of health, making it a semitechnical read Click here to read the full review!
Mortal Dilemmas The Troubled Landscape of Death in America By Donald Joralemon Review by Jamie Carlin Watson, Ph.D. on Tue, Jan 10th 2017.
Mortal Dilemmas: The Troubled Landscape of Death in America is an accessible and informative contribution to the public conversation over death and dying. To the many scholarly and popular voices, Donald Joralemon adds the anthropologist's to explore five end-of-life challenges through political, legal, religious, and bioethical lenses: assisted dying, uncertain mental states, the definition of death, the role of grief, and memorialization. He bookends his discussion with the question of whether America is a death-denying culture, and he draws on his research into these five dilemmas to argue Click here to read the full review!
This edition of Coetzee's classic work is unchanged from the first edition, which was published in 1999. The only difference is the series in which it appears: it first came out in Princeton's University Center for Human Values Series; it is now being released as a Princeton Classic. Eighteen years after its initial release, is Coetzee's work worth revisiting?
Indeed. For of the uninitiated, The Lives of Animals is a remarkable piece of philosophical metafiction. Coetzee first presented the book as a series of lectures at Princeton, where he offered his listeners a story about a famous noveli Click here to read the full review!
I remember when I was a teenager, one of my school teachers said that a class exercise would help separate the sheep from the goats. I assumed then that it was better to be one of the goats – independent and active rather than passive and waiting to be told what the right answer was. Joanna Cannon's novel The Trouble with Goats and Sheep raises the issue for me of what my teacher meant, because the parable of Jesus is clear that the sheep-like followers will go to heaven while the stubborn goats will go to hell. Cannon's novel is all about the conformity of a small community and their in Click here to read the full review!
Since the appearance of Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches: Clinician’s Guide to Evidence Base and Applications, which is the first book to appear in Western literature on mindfulness-based therapy approaches, there have been increasing interest among therapists, who wish to integrate mindfulness into their therapeutic approaches. Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy: Mindfulness-Based Practices for Healing and Transformation by Tim Desmond is a compelling example in this trend as it offers a fascinating approach into the heart of both mindfulness and psychotherapy.
Tim Desm Click here to read the full review!
Touring the seventeenth-century Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, I noticed a series of small doors that lined one of the cloistered walls. Each door opened into a closet-sized confessional. There's nothing particularly surprising about confessionals at a Catholic monastery, but I was struck by how many there were. Altogether these confessionals took up a significant amount of the overall space of the monastery, indicating their importance in the daily rituals of the monks. The ritualized seeking of forgiveness is an integral part of the Catholic religion's (am Click here to read the full review!
Hot Milk By Deborah Levy Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jan 3rd 2017.
Sophia travels to Spain with her mother Rose to visit a specialist doctor at "The Gomez Clinic" who can treat her mother's systematic and chronic maladies that disable her but come and go. Both mother and daughter live in England, but are ethnically Greek. The daughter had been studying for a PhD in anthropology, but she gave it up to spend her time looking after her mother. The doctor takes a skeptical attitude towards Rose's problems since they don't make sense and seem to serve her desire to have her daughter cater to all her needs. He also pushes the daughter to break free from her servitu Click here to read the full review!
How to Set a Fire and Why is a short novel with a teenage protagonist. It feels like a "young adult" title except that it is darker than most such teen literature. It's a story about grief and recovery, although it isn't particularly optimistic. Narrator Lucia is in high school and lives with her aunt because her father recently died and her mother is in some kind of mental asylum. Then we find out that even her aunt is in bad health and Lucia can't be sure what her future holds. She has acerbic wit and she struggles with coping. She is intrigued with arson and is very tempted to burn th Click here to read the full review!
In Social Control of Sex Offenders: A Cultural History, Richard Laws examines the last 100 years of procedures to contain sex offenders, focusing mainly on social, political and legislative ideas. Laws states that it is nearly impossible for sex offenders to achieve rehabilitiation due to the implemented laws when it comes to controlling such offenders. According to Laws, the system needs to change if sex offenders are to be successfully reintegrated into society.
Laws begins by discussing the notion of moral panic, the key attributes of moral panic, and the agents in society that perpetuat Click here to read the full review!
The Unseen World By Liz Moore Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Dec 27th 2016.
Liz Moore's sprawling novel The Unseen World covers several large themes: the politics of the 1950s, hidden identities, artificial intelligence, Alzheimer's disease, and the relationships between parents and children. The book starts in the 1980s, and spends time both in the past and the future. It's ambitious and occasionally tries the reader's patience. The ideas overshadow the characters. But the plot moves along swiftly, and there are enough mysteries to uncover to keep the momentum going all the way through.
The central character is Ada, who is 12 when we first meet her. She lives Click here to read the full review!
The Boat Rocker By Ha Jin Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Dec 27th 2016.
A Chinese man Feng Danlin has moved to New York and makes a living by writing news and editorial articles for an independent Chinese language website. He rails against Chinese corruption and the actions of the Chinese governmet. He is outraged when his ex-wife issues a press release saying she has a book contract for millions of dollars, with a movie contract already in the offing, and an endorsement by President George Bush. The work is an autobiographical novel which promises to glorify herself and shame him. He gets into an online battle with his ex-wife about the fabrication of det Click here to read the full review!
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