Metapsychology Online Reviews - Volume 22, Number 12
Featured Reviews
The Arabic Freud by Omnia El ShakryThe Arabic Freud
by Omnia El Shakry
Tue, Feb 13th 2018
Ethics at the End of Life by  John Davis (Editor)Ethics at the End of Life
by John Davis (Editor)
Tue, Feb 13th 2018
Ambivalence by Hili RazinskyAmbivalence
by Hili Razinsky
Tue, Feb 13th 2018
Pharmaceutical Freedom
Why Patients Have a Right to Self Medicate
By Jessica Flanigan
Review by David Teira, Ph.D. on Tue, Mar 20th 2018.
Pharmaceutical Freedom by Jessica Flanigan Most academic philosophers live in a world of pharmaceutical paternalism: new treatments are subject to premarket approval by State regulatory agencies, and patients will only be able to access them through medical prescription. Outside academic philosophy, there has been a long tradition of pharmaceutical libertarianism, advocating for allowing patients to take their risks with experimental treatments without State or medical interference. Precisely because this tradition has had almost no philosophical echo, Jessica Flanigan's Pharmaceutical Freedom was a necessary book. Its broad claims and
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The Philosophy of Trust
By Paul Faulkner and Thomas Simpson (Editors)
Review by David Mathew on Tue, Mar 20th 2018.
The Philosophy of Trust by Paul Faulkner and Thomas Simpson (Editors) "How do you get money when you've got no money?" asks the character played by Robert Mantegna in David Mamet's movie House of Games (1987). The scene is set in a Western Union waiting room, and Mantegna is playing a conman who is teaching some of his confidence tricks to a psychiatrist and bestselling author character, played by Lindsay Crouse.  When a young man enters the waiting room, he overhears Mantegna complaining that his money has not arrived by wire transfer, and then the young man is also told that his own money has not arrived. The difference is that for Mantegna no money trans
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What Does Consent Really Mean?
By Pete Wallis and Thalia Walllis
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Mar 20th 2018.
What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis and Thalia WalllisThis short graphic novel has teens talking with each other about consent to sex. They voice a number of different views but soon come to the idea that consent should be clear and enthusiastic. They acknowledge that talking about sex can be awkward and difficult, but they come to the conclusion that if the consent isn't clearly voiced, then it isn't really consent. The characters are diverse, including boys and girls, black, white Muslim, and different levels of sexual experience. They talk about the pressures on girls to go along with what their boyfriends want, but they also talk about the pr
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Neighborhood Girls
By Jessie Ann Foley
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Mar 20th 2018.
Neighborhood Girls by Jessie Ann FoleyWendy is a junior at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic high school for girls run by nuns in Chicago. She and her small group of friends are juniors. The girls are all told one morning that the school is going to close at the end of the year. They experience a mixture of relief and shock. Wendy has a lot on her mind and she isn't sure how this will affect her life. She is an honors student and she is working at a local deli to save for college. She has a love/hate relationship with her friend Kenzie, who is a trouble-maker and a bully but who saved Wendy from social ostracism when she
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Why We Sleep
Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
By Matthew Walker
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Mar 13th 2018.
Why We Sleep by Matthew WalkerMatthew Walker sets out why sleep is essential to our health and wellbeing. Why We Sleep is an alarming book since so many of us go without enough sleep, and it shows that this places us at a risk for many diseases, and it impairs our learning. It causes major social problems with work lost to illness, and causing sleep-deprived people to crash their cars. Walker cites many studies demonstrating these problems, making it hard to dispute his claims. He also examines the many causes of sleep problems, from caffeine and alcohol to smart phones and late night TV, and he shows how these interfere w
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Relax, It's Just Sex
Understanding Non-Possessive Intimate Relationships
By Leslie Spurr
Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, Mar 13th 2018.
Relax, It's Just Sex by Leslie SpurrIn Relax, It's Just Sex: Understanding Non-Possessive Intimate Relationships, Leslie Spurr, relationship therapist, introduces the reader to so called non-possessive relationships, in which mostly married couples decide to have sexual relations with other people while maintaining their own relationship. As such these couples are non sexually exclusive, but maintain most other features of "traditional" relationships or marriages. Spurr first discusses the differences between exclusive sexual relationships between two people and the non-possessive relationships. Even though both types of relati
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Philosophy in the Roman Empire
Ethics, Politics and Society
By Michael Trapp
Review by Harry Witzthum, Ph.D. on Tue, Mar 13th 2018.
Philosophy in the Roman Empire by Michael TrappPhilosophy has a rich cultural history that deeply influenced domains such as ethics, politics and society from its inception. As Western Philosophy, it is certainly one of the most important pillars of western civilization. From its canonical definition in Athens around the 4th century BCE, to the era of the Roman Empire, to the "dark ages" of mediaeval Christianity, to Hegelian-style reflections of society and history up to Marxist-inspired capitalist criticism, philosophy has impacted how we think about ourselves, about others and about the world as a whole. No doubt, then, that philosophy
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Your Consciousness is What and Where?
By Ted Honderich
Review by Prashant Kumar on Tue, Mar 13th 2018.
Mind by Ted HonderichIn his book, Mind: Your Consciousness is What and Where, Ted Honderich presents an illuminating discussion on consciousness while examining the five leading ideas about consciousness (Ch. 3) and other particular theories of consciousness (Ch. 7). He argues for the thesis that he calls Actualism – the theory or analysis of consciousness in terms of subjective physicalities, different in the cases of consciousness in perception, cognitive consciousness and affective consciousness, and an adequate initial clarification of ordinary consciousness as actual consciousness (Ch. 8 – 11). Th
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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy
By Heidi Maibom (Editor)
Review by Flavia Felletti on Tue, Mar 6th 2018.
The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy by Heidi Maibom (Editor)The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy constitutes a comprehensive, likely the most comprehensive, collection of papers dealing with the most diverse topics and important debates within the philosophy of empathy. Some but not all the approaches to empathy presented are that from the history of philosophy and psychology, just as the phenomenological, the evolutionary, and the neuroscientific approach. Indeed, it is one of the strengths of this book that, despite being primarily concerned with the philosophy of empathy, it provides the reader with a vast interdisciplinary background on
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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Pain
By Jennifer Corns (Editor)
Review by Anna Westin on Tue, Mar 6th 2018.
The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Pain by Jennifer Corns (Editor) Routledge, under the editorship of Jennifer Corns, has produced a thorough and integrated account that shows just how philosophy can contribute to our understanding of pain. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Pain is divided into nine distinct parts, each outlining an aspect of the discourse. This collection brings expertise from a wide range of sources. It considers the intricacies of understanding what pain is and consequently why it matters to human experience. The Handbook reveals just how philosophy can be an invaluable tool in this discourse, through shedding light on human experien
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Down Girl
The Logic of Misogyny
By Kate Manne
Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, Mar 6th 2018.
Down Girl by Kate Manne In Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, Kate Manne provides the reader with an understanding of the nature of misogyny along with an extended definition of misogyny. According to Manne, misogyny is not only a hatred towards women, but it is a system operating within the patriarchal system meant to subordinate women and uphold male dominance. In doing so, Manne talks about various ways in which misogyny operates, from domestic violence/ intimate partner violence and the issue of strangling, to domestic violence among political leaders and the subsequent shaming and silencing of women whom speak
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Every Note Played
By Lisa Genova
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Mar 6th 2018.
Every Note Played by Lisa GenovaLisa Genova specializes in novels featuring protagonists with neurological disorders. She has previously published Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love, Anthony, andInside the O'Briens. In her latest work, Richard is a concert pianist and he has ALS, the best know form of motor neuron disease. He needs to be able to use his body for his work, but his body is gradually starting to fail, meaning that he has to give up the one activity that has given his life most meaning. He is also recently divorced from Karina, after he has had many affairs and has neglected her and their daughter Grace, who is a
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Talking to Our Selves
Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency
By John M. Doris
Review by Emily Esch on Tue, Feb 27th 2018.
Talking to Our Selves by John M. DorisOne of the cornerstones of Western philosophy is found in the Delphic maxim: "Know Thyself." This is frequently understood as the idea that the way to a meaningful and ethical life involves deep reflection on and awareness of one's mental life; that is, understanding how one should live requires self-conscious examination of one's beliefs and desires and explicit deliberation over whether these are the beliefs and desires one wants to live by. It's not surprising that philosophers would be attracted by this notion: after all, reflecting on the human condition is a large part of what they do.
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Constructing Pain
Historical, psychological and critical perspectives
By Robert Kugelmann
Review by Roy Sugarman PhD on Tue, Feb 27th 2018.
Constructing Pain by Robert KugelmannAs opposed to the more traditional, purely medical approach to pain, namely pain killers, more modern approaches since WWII have involved techniques that are all geared to fostering self-control and self-management, hopefully that will encourage a patient to replace their feelings of passivity, dependence, and hopelessness with activity, independence, and resourcefulness. The crucial role of psychological and environmental factors in causing pain in a significant number of patients has only recently received attention. We know about the pain apparatus, the receptors, conducting fibres etc: b
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Self-Portrait with Boy
By Rachel Lyon
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Feb 27th 2018.
Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel LyonSet in rundown/hipster Brooklyn of the 1990s, Self-Portrait with Boy sets out a year in the life of artist Lu Rile. She lives in an illegal squat in DUMBO where the owner charges rent to artists who need large spaces for their work. While only 20 years ago, it is still a notable part of Brooklyn history when gentrification was getting going and property traders were buying and increasing rents. It was a time when trash didn't get collected so regularly, crack was on the streets, and places could become infested with rats. Interesting in its own right, it also provides a vivid backdrop to Lyon'
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