Metapsychology Online Reviews - Volume 21, Number 33
Featured Reviews
The Obesity Epidemic by Robyn Toomath The Obesity Epidemic
by Robyn Toomath
Tue, Jul 11th 2017
The Self-Compassion Skills Workbook by  Tim DesmondThe Self-Compassion Skills Workbook
by Tim Desmond
Tue, Jul 4th 2017
Legal Insanity by Gerben MeynenLegal Insanity
by Gerben Meynen
Tue, Jul 4th 2017
The Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga
8 Weeks to Strength, Awareness, and Flexibility
By Marlynn Wei and James E. Groves
Review by Beth Cholette, Ph.D. on Tue, Aug 15th 2017.
The Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga by Marlynn Wei and James E. GrovesIn The Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga, authors Marlynn Wei, a psychiatrist and certified yoga teacher, and James E. Groves, a psychiatrist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, have created a manual that is both impressively comprehensive and completely accessible.  The writers open their guide with a disclaimer and a brief section on cautions.  Throughout the book, they are candid about the risks, although minor, associated with the practice of yoga, and they are clear about the situations in which these are more relevant. The authors then move
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A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain
Second Edition
By Tamler Sommers
Review by Brad Frazier on Tue, Aug 15th 2017.
A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain by Tamler SommersMethodologically and thematically, the first edition of A Very Bad Wizard was a groundbreaking book. The second edition builds on the same interdisciplinary format – Sommers' engaging interviews on central issues in ethics and moral psychology with leading thinkers from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, anthropology, law, and primatology. But it significantly widens the conversation, going from nine interviews in the first edition to seventeen in the second.           The second edition is also more user fr
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Campus Sexual Assault
College Women Respond
By Lauren J. Germain
Review by Alexandra Moraitis on Tue, Aug 15th 2017.
Campus Sexual Assault by Lauren J. GermainCampus Sexual Assault: College Women Respond is a concise and coherent book on identity and identity management, following their reported sexual assaults at their places of study. Several concepts are presented throughout the publication warrant studying in greater detail and depth, not necessarily in isolation. Overall, intelligently written and planned, well researched and points to several areas for future research. This book can be used as a guide and tool for designing similar research. Dr. Germaine's research focuses on the actual responses of university women following their expe
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The Girl on Mill Street
A Novel
By Peter Gillboy
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 15th 2017.
The Girl on Mill Street by Peter GillboyAnnie Taylor has a psychotherapist father and an Indian stay-at-home mother. She has a sister a few years younger than her. They live in a small town by the Hudson in upstate New York. She is 19 years old as she narrates her story, which starts with her mother's disappearance ten years before. She just vanished one day, and the police searches turned up nothing. Although Annie is vague about the details, it soon becomes clear that her father has been arrested for his wife's murder, and she is convinced that he could never have done it. Her father, Simon Taylor, is the author of a series of be
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Kierkegaard's Muse
The Mystery of Regine Olsen
By Joakim Garff
Review by John Mullen, Ph.D. on Tue, Aug 8th 2017.
Kierkegaard's Muse by Joakim GarffSøren Kierkegaard (1813 -- 1855) was one of the greatest thinkers, writers and philosophers of the nineteenth century. I consider him thus for his intensity, imagination, psychological insight, thoroughness of analysis, his uncompromising rejection of intellectual pretense and his determination to speak to essential features of human living. His two huge authorship collections; one pseudonymous, including Either/Or (1843), Concluding Unscientific Postscript (1856) and others, and one signed, including Works of Love (1847) and For Self-Examination&
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British Idealism and the Concept of the Self
By W.J. Mander and Stamatoula Panagakou (Editors)
Review by Flavia Felletti on Tue, Aug 8th 2017.
British Idealism and the Concept of the Self by W.J. Mander and Stamatoula Panagakou (Editors)With British Idealism and the Concept of the Self W.J. Mander and Stamatoula Panagakou bring together a collection of papers which provides a critical discussion of the concept of the self for British Idealists and emphasizes its centrality to their philosophical thought. While the self is a topic often disdain or substantially narrowed by modern analytic philosophers, British Idealists adopted a broader perspective on it, bringing together the mind, the world, and God in the characterization of the self, which has implications in ethics, metaphysics, logic, philosophy or religion,
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Corporal Punishment, Religion, and United States Public Schools
By Jane Hall Fitz-Gibbon
Review by Wendy C. Hamblet, Ph.D on Tue, Aug 8th 2017.
Corporal Punishment, Religion, and United States Public Schools by Jane Hall Fitz-GibbonWith Corporal Punishment, Religion, and United States Public Schools, Jane Hall Fitz-Gibbon offers us a welcome addition to broaden and further nuance our understanding of education in American schools. While the United States admittedly falls far behind other developed nations in the academic quality of its public education system, few scholars as yet have specifically addressed the methods applied to "school" American children for behavior modification, which as Fitz-Gibbon demonstrates, is often deeply rooted in religious belief, as opposed educational philosophy. Since the mid-1800s,
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No One Can Pronounce My Name
A Novel
By Rakesh Satyal
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 8th 2017.
No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh SatyalRakesh Satyal's second novel is set in Cleveland, Ohio. It's a domestic drama of problems in Indian immigrant families. What makes the book distinctive is that the main characters are a gay single man and a married woman. Harit works in a men's clothing department and lives with his mother. She is old and confused, and is grieving over her dead daughter, so Harit dresses up as his sister to make his mother believe her daughter is still alive. Although the book opens with this, it does not dwell on the strange scene. Rather, we see Harit at work dealing with his overly-friendly colleague Teddy.
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The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious
By N. Katherine Hayles
Review by Maura Pilotti, PhD on Thu, Jul 13th 2017.
Unthought by N. Katherine HaylesIn the book entitled Un-thought: The power of the cognitive non-conscious, written by Katherine N. Hayles, a serious attempt is made to put forth a comprehensive model of the cognitive activities performed by a variety of organisms. The model has three interactive components, which together are to be conceptualized as a dynamic, rather than linear, hierarchy: (a) modes of awareness (including conscious and unconscious processes), (b) non-conscious cognition, and (c) material processes. If the term organism is used loosely to refer to biological and technical autonomous actors (also known as co
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Understanding Kant's Ethics
By Michael Cholbi
Review by Carsten Fogh Nielsen on Thu, Jul 13th 2017.
Understanding Kant's Ethics by Michael CholbiEvery year sees the publication of at least a couple of new introductions to Kant's moral philosophy. To some extent this is both understandable and unavoidable. Kant's influence on contemporary ethics is substantial, probably only rivalled by the influence of other notable historical figures such as Aristotle, Hume and Mill. The abiding influence of and interest in Kant's ethics means that there is an apparently insatiable demand for new introductions to this aspect of Kant's philosophy. Furthermore Kant's writings are notoriously difficult, and some introductory groundwork is usually needed
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Be Like the Fox
Machiavelli In His World
By Erica Benner
Review by Bob Lane, MA on Thu, Jul 13th 2017.
Be Like the Fox by Erica BennerAnyone who teaches political philosophy knows the joy of reading and teaching The Prince by Machiavelli. Years ago, in just such a class I had this joyful experience: The 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, or simply Expo '86, was a World's Fair held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from Friday, May 2 until Monday, October 13, 1986. The fair, the theme of which was "Transportation and Communication: World in Motion – World in Touch", coincided with Vancouver's centennial and was held on the north shore of False Creek. It was the second time that Canada held
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Our Broken Pieces
By Sarah White
Review by Christian Perring on Thu, Jul 13th 2017.
Our Broken Pieces by Sarah White[This review contains spoilers.] This teen romance is mostly standard fare. High school senior Everly Morgan discovers that her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend, so she suddenly loses most of her social life. But then she meets Gabe, who is both hard-muscled and sensitive. Will there be a new romance for her? Of course there will. The publisher's blurb describes this novel as "steamy" and it is true that Everly does end up having sex, but there's no mention of any genitals, with all the description being about the prelude to the sex, and it's all done in the context of ro
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Brightening Our Inner Skies
Yin & Yoga
By Norman Blair
Review by Beth T. Cholette, Ph.D. on Tue, Jul 25th 2017.
Brightening Our Inner Skies by Norman BlairAccording to author, yoga practitioner, and yoga teacher Norman Blair, Brightening Our Inner Skies: Yin and Yoga has been a book in the making for more than ten years.  In his introduction, he shares briefly the lightening--the brightening--that his practice of Yin yoga has brought him.  By offering elements of his own personal story, Blair describes both the history and the benefits of Yin yoga, eventually going on to detail specifics of a Yin yoga practice. Blair structures the main body of the book around what he believes to be nine of the most important Yin yoga postures. 
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The Virtues of Freedom
Selected Essays on Kant
By Paul Guyer
Review by Harry Witzthum, PhD on Tue, Jul 25th 2017.
The Virtues of Freedom by Paul GuyerIn his new Book Virtues of Freedom, the renowned Kant scholar Paul Guyer presents a collection of previously unpublished and published essays on the moral philosophy of Kant, which have one theme in common: a probing analysis of the function and role of Kant's conception of freedom within his moral philosophy. For Kant, every human being possesses in his rationality the source of an irreducible and unconditional moral law, which makes the difference between good and bad. Listening to this inner moral law by letting the will be determined by this law (against the impact of the inclinations), h
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The Fortunate Ones
A Novel
By Ellen Umansky
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 25th 2017.
The Fortunate Ones by Ellen UmanskyIn this novel that alternates between the Second World War and the present, Ellen Umansky explores the relationship between Rose and Lizzie, who meet after Lizzie's father dies in California. Rose knew him for many years. He had owned a painting called "The Bell Hop," by an artist Chaim Soutine until it was stolen. The painting is what ties the two sides of the novel together, with two women leading very separate lives until they meet and make friends. Rose is older, having grown up in Vienna in the 1930s with her parents and brother. Lizzie lives in Manhattan but she grew up in Los Angeles an
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