New Books Network

Michael Hannon, “What’s the Point of Knowledge? A Function-First Epistemology” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Epistemologists working traditional modes have sought to discover the necessary and sufficient conditions under which one has knowledge.  This has led to several tricky philosophical problems.  Perhaps most notorious of these are the problems concerning skepticism.  It seems that any analysis of knowledge admits of cases where the analysis is... Read More
Janis Powers, “Health Care: Meet The American Dream” (River Grove Books, 2018)
American health care is the most expensive in the world, yet it produces some of the worst outcomes among developed nations. Many people offer unrealistic ideas or hot buzz words for how to fix it but implementing those fixes are unrealistic. In the book Health Care: Meet The American Dream... Read More
Jonathan Birch, “The Philosophy of Social Evolution” (Oxford UP, 2017)
It seems to go against evolutionary theory for an individual to give up its own chances at reproducing in order to increase the fitness of others. Yet social behavior is found throughout nature, from bacteria and social insects to wolves, whales, and of course humans. What makes self-sacrifice to any... Read More
Leigh Goodmark, “Decriminalizing Domestic Violence: A Balanced Policy Approach to Intimate Partner Violence” (U California Press, 2018)
Thanks to the efforts of activists concerned that the problem of “battered women” was being ignored — and treated as a private, family matter rather than a broader social problem — since the 1980s interpersonal/domestic violence has been treated as a criminal act enforced by the institutions of American criminal... Read More
John Torpey, “The Three Axial Ages: Moral, Material, Mental” (Rutgers UP, 2017)
Since its initial postulation by Karl Jaspers, the concept of an “axial age” in the development of human thought and religion has exerted enormous influence in the fields of history and sociology. In The Three Axial Ages: Moral, Material, Mental (Rutgers University Press, 2017), John Torpey develops the concept further by identifying... Read More
McKenzie Wark, “General Intellects: Twenty-One Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century” (Verso, 2017)
McKenzie Wark’s new book offers 21 focused studies of thinkers working in a wide range of fields who are worth your attention. The chapters of General Intellects: Twenty-One Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century (Verso, 2017) introduce readers to important work in Anglophone cultural studies, psychoanalysis, political theory, media theory, speculative... Read More
Steven Shaviro, “Discognition” (Repeater Books, 2016)
Steven Shaviro’s book Discognition (Repeater Books, 2016) opens with a series of questions: What is consciousness? How does subjective experience occur? Which entities are conscious? What is it like to be a bat, or a dog, a robot, a tree, a human being, a rock, a star, a neutrino? Discognition... Read More