Metapsychology Online Reviews - Volume 23, Number 34
Featured Reviews
Never Home Alone by Rob DunnNever Home Alone
by Rob Dunn
Tue, Jul 23rd 2019
The Right to be Loved by S. Matthew LiaoThe Right to be Loved
by S. Matthew Liao
Tue, Jul 16th 2019
Chimpanzee Rights by Kristin Andrews et al.Chimpanzee Rights
by Kristin Andrews et al.
Tue, Jul 16th 2019
Prospects and Problems
By Jeroen de Ridder, Rik Peels, René van Woudenberg (Editors)
Review by George Carpenter on Tue, Aug 20th 2019.
Scientism by Jeroen de Ridder, Rik Peels, René van Woudenberg (Editors)As the editors note in their introduction (p6), this book represents another entry in the growing philosophical literature on scientism (Williams and Robinson 2015, Beale and Kidd 2017, Haack  2007, 2017, Boudry and Pigliucci 2018). Scientism, at first approximation, valorizes science and denigrates traditional philosophy to an excessive degree (Haack 2007, p17-18). But one might wonder what counts as excessive, or how scientizers (to borrow Stenmark's term for scientism's proponents) can be distinguished from naturalists, such as W.V.O. Quine or Wilfrid Sellars, who also take science as
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Red Meat Republic
A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America
By Joshua Specht
Review by Bob Fischer on Tue, Aug 20th 2019.
Red Meat Republic by Joshua SpechtRed Meat Republic is a wonderfully thorough history of the rise of industrial beef production. According to one standard narrative, it was almost inevitable that the industry took the shape it did: as people moved to urban centers, there were fewer people left in rural areas to raise and slaughter cattle, and as refrigeration technology improved, it became easier to centralize aspects of production and then distribute meat across the country. The rise of big beef, on this view, was a bit like the rise of the factory line in any other industry: the method was so efficient, and fit so well
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The Oxford Illustrated History of the World
By Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (Editor)
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 20th 2019.
The Oxford Illustrated History of the World by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (Editor)I was 12 years old when I last took a history class. I was far more interested in science, mathematics and literature; and languages might be useful. I didn't see much point in studying history and I didn't enjoy it. Eventually I got interested in philosophy, and I ended up teaching philosophy for the last 30 or more years. But in a curious turn of events, I have also been teaching a course in ancient western culture for the last few years. I've picked up enough knowledge in the intervening decades to be able to fill the time, and I've come to realize that in order to explain cultures that are
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The Bookshop on the Shore
A Novel
By Jenny Colgan
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 20th 2019.
The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny ColganJenny Colgan has been writing pleasant romantic dramas for a couple of decades now. I reviewed her first two novels Amanda’s Wedding and Talking to Addison when they were released. Her early books were set in London. Since then she has broadened her scope to Birmingham and the Scottish highlands. The Bookshop on the Shore features characters from both London and Birmingham who were in some of her previous novels, but it is mainly set in Scotland next to Loch Ness. The plot features Zoe and her four year old son Hari, who start out in London but are havi
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Doing Philosophy
From Common Curiosity to Logical Reasoning
By Timothy Williamson
Review by Camille Atkinson, PhD on Tue, Aug 13th 2019.
Doing Philosophy by Timothy WilliamsonBertrand Russell once said that philosophy was formed by "the residue," which remained after "definite" answers had been given, and insisted that "philosophical contemplation" should be distinguished from natural science and men's "practical" affairs. (Russell, Bertrand, "The Value of Philosophy," from The Problems of Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 1969). The author of this book says philosophy is "like mathematics," in that it is a "non-natural science;" but, unlike mathematics, is not yet "fully mature." (p. 5) While both Russell and Williamson are respected logicians, their views dive
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On Animals
Volume II: Theological Ethics
By David L. Clough
Review by Bob Fischer on Tue, Aug 13th 2019.
On Animals by David L. CloughPhilosophers are writing a lot about animals these days. Christian theologians generally aren't. And that's a shame, even if you aren't particularly sympathetic to the Christian tradition. After all, there are roughly 2.2 billion Christians in the world today. Some of them are moved by secular moral argumentation, but a lot of them aren't. This isn't because they're unreasonable, but because they recognize that a lot of secular moral argumentation assumes premises that they reject. And if you reject the premises, you don't have any reason to accept the conclusions. The upshot: if you want to c
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All That You Leave Behind
A Memoir
By Erin Lee Carr
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 13th 2019.
All That You Leave Behind by Erin Lee CarrThe Amazon review by ERB sums up most of my reactions to Erin Lee Carr's memoir. She is now in her early 30s, and is a successful documentary maker for HBO and other media companies. Her book is a love letter to her father David Carr, author of his addiction memoir Night of the Gun and media correspondent for the New York Times. David Carr, a serious smoker, died of lung cancer at the age of 58.  Going back to my own review of David Carr's memoir, I had forgotten how much I disliked the book for his writing style and his lack of insight into his own problems.
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A Novel
By Jennifer Cody Epstein
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 13th 2019.
Wunderland by Jennifer Cody EpsteinWunderland is a novel about two families, mainly focusing on female characters, over more than fifty years, in Bremen, Germany in the 1930s and New York City in 1989. It starts out at the end of the story, with middle aged Ava Fisher receiving news of her mother Ilse's death, along with her mother's ashes, and letters her mother had written. Ava does not want her thirteen year old daughter to see this all, since she told her daughter that her grandmother died more than 10 years ago. The next scene goes back to a middle school classroom in Germany years before the Second World War. Renate
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The Routledge Companion to Virtue Ethics
By Lorraine L Besser and Michael Slote (Editors)
Review by Fred Guyette on Tue, Aug 6th 2019.
The Routledge Companion to Virtue Ethics by Lorraine L Besser and Michael Slote (Editors)The editors for this volume in the Routledge Philosophy Companions series are Lorraine Besser-Jones, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Middlebury College, and Michael Slote, Professor of Ethics and Philosophy at the University of Miami. They have drawn together 37 essays and divided them into four major sections: Part I "History of Virtue Ethics," Part II "Contemporary Approaches," Part III "Critical Interactions," and Part IV "Applications."        Modern moral philosophy has been dominated by utilitarianism and by Kantian theories of duty, law
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The Moral Psychology of Anger
By Myisha Cherry and Owen Flanagan (Editors)
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 6th 2019.
The  Moral Psychology of Anger by Myisha Cherry and Owen Flanagan (Editors)Anger has been getting a lot of attention in moral philosophy, which is partially due to Matha Nussbaum, who argued in her 2016 Anger and Forgiveness that anger is not a helpful emotion in reacting to wrongdoing and injustice, although she qualifies this by granting a place for a temporary transitional anger. Her main target is retribution, and she argues that anger is essentially about seeking retribution. It's an interesting debate, and one that has been going on since ancient times. The Stoic Seneca regarded anger as dangerous because it led to a loss of self-control, making a per
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The Scientific Attitude
Defending Science from Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience
By Lee McIntyre
Review by Maura Pilotti, Ph.D. on Tue, Aug 6th 2019.
The Scientific Attitude by Lee McIntyreImagine that you are an archeologist who has stumbled upon a strangely shaped artifact on the ground while surveying an area for potential excavation. You pick it up, and, with growing curiosity and perhaps even excitement, you take it to your lab. There, you use a magnifying glass or some other probing tool to methodically examine it. You also rely on your knowledge of the extant literature to understand its nature, albeit the available information does not help you much since different views exist of its likely properties. In the end, you generate your interpretation after having considered
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Searching for Sylvie Lee
A Novel
By Jean Kwok
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 6th 2019.
Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean KwokJean Kwok has written three novels of Chinese-American life, starting with her debut from 2010, Girl in Translation.  Kwok's Searching for Sylvie Lee is a cultural phenomenon. It was chosen for Jenna Bush Hager's Today Show Book Club this year, and this already made it a bestseller. The club began in March of this year according to and has so had just female authors for its choices. Indeed, two of the choices so far have had explicitly cross cultural themes: Etaf Rum's A Woman is No Man, and Kwok's novel. #ReadwithJenna provides a helpfu
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Thomas Szasz
An Appraisal of his Legacy
By C.V. Haldipur, James L. Knoll IV, and Eric v.d. Luft (Editors)
Review by Sharon Packer, MD on Tue, Jul 30th 2019.
Thomas Szasz by  C.V. Haldipur, James L. Knoll IV, and Eric v.d. Luft (Editors)Arkham Asylum, the world's best-selling video game to date, and a major player in the very major Batman universe, includes a character named "Victor Zsasz," also known as Mr. Zsasz or just plain Zsasz. Mr. Zsasz appears in the comics, in the TV show Gotham, in the film, Batman Begins, and in two other iterations of Arkham Asylum (for the Criminally Insane). Mr. Zsasz is always a villain, and a vicious knife-wielding one at that. Zsasz never appears as a psychiatrist in the Batman universe and is never addressed with the honorific, "Doctor," li
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The Incurable Romantic
And Other Tales of Madness and Desire
By Frank Tallis
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 30th 2019.
The Incurable Romantic by Frank TallisFrank Tallis is a British psychotherapist and a prolific writer. He has many novels in the mystery and supernatural genres, and three books about psychotherapy: Hidden Minds: A History of the Unconscious (2002), Love Sick: Love as a Mental Illness (2005) and now The Incurable Romantic. Tallis points out at the end of this book that while the classical authors of literature have played a great deal to romantic love and the problems that come with it. It is neglected in the modern psychological literature and in therapeutic training. This might seem surprising since atta
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Ways of Hearing
By Damon Krukowski
Review by Lars Aagaard-Mogensen on Tue, Jul 30th 2019.
Ways of Hearing by Damon KrukowskiWays of Hearing is a misleading title, at least it misled this reader to expect it to do with hearing, the sense, the faculty humans possess. And it is marketed in the category LCSH: Music -- social aspects. Nor is it about music as such, but only about "folk-rock" as told by one of its performers. The aspects are mainly about Krukowski's views of the production of that in his experience. Offered to be a pendant to, inspired by, John Berger's Ways of Seeing, be that as it may, neither in any way a match for Nelson Goodman's Ways of Worldmaking. In fact, this very slim paperback
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