New Books Network

Christian List, “Why Free Will is Real” (Harvard UP, 2019)
Given our modern scientific view of the world, how is freedom of the will possible?  That is the classical problem of free will.  Strategies for addressing this problem include the flat denial of free will, as well as various attempts to render free will consistent with a physically deterministic world. ... Read More
Jonathan D. T. Ward, “China’s Vision of Victory” (Atlas Publishing, 2019)
Someday we may say that we never saw it coming. After seventy-five years of peace in the Pacific, a new challenger to American power has emerged, on a scale not seen since the Soviet Union at its height. With a deep if partially contrived sense of national destiny, the Chinese... Read More
Morgan Marietta, “One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts in American Democracy” (Oxford UP, 2019)
American society is deeply divided at this moment—not just on values and opinions but on basic perceptions of reality. In their latest book, One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts in American Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2019), Morgan Marietta and David Barker attribute such division to the natural human tendency towards... Read More
Michael Ruse, “A Meaning to Life” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Does human life have any meaning? Does the question even make sense today? For centuries, the question of the meaning or purpose of human life was assumed by scholars and theologians to have a religious answer: life has meaning because humans were made in the image of a good god.... Read More
Mary Kate McGowan, “Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm” (Oxford UP, 2019)
We’re all familiar with the ways in which speech can cause harm. For example, speech can incite wrongful acts. And I suppose we’re also familiar with contexts in which a person who occupies a position of authority can harm others simply by speaking – as when a boss announced and... Read More
Brian A. Jackson, “Practical Terrorism Prevention” (RAND Corporation, 2019)
Practical Terrorism Prevention: Reexamining U.S. National Approaches to Addressing the Threat of Ideologically Motivated Violence (RAND Corporation, 2019), examines past countering-violent-extremism (CVE) efforts, evaluates Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and interagency efforts to respond to ideological radicalization to violence, and recommends strengthening programs focused on non-law enforcement means to address... Read More
Zachary Kramer, “Outsiders: Why Difference is the Future of Civil Rights” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Outsiders: Why Difference is the Future of Civil Rights (Oxford University Press, 2019) by Zachary Kramer sets forth an imaginative critique of the way that civil rights law currently fulfills its mission. Using stories that lucidly illustrate the gap between the aspiration of civil rights law and the lived reality,... Read More