New Books Network

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
Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, “How Democracies Die” (Crown, 2018)
Daniel Ziblatt has done a lot of interviews since the release of How Democracies Die (Crown, 2018) the bestselling book he co-wrote with Steven Levitsky. But we asked him a question he’d never gotten before — about a line toward the end of the book when he refers to democracy as “grinding work.” The... Read More
Christopher Preston, “The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World” (MIT Press, 2018)
In The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World (MIT Press, 2018), Dr. Christopher Preston argues that what is most startling about the Anthropocene — our period in time where there are no longer places on Earth untouched by humans — is not only how much impact... Read More
Laurence Cox, “Why Social Movements Matter: An Introduction” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018)
In his book Why Social Movements Matter: An Introduction (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018), Senior Lecturer Laurence Cox, from Maynooth University, highlights how social movements have shaped the world we live in and their importance for today’s social struggles. He also explores the complex relationship between progressive social movements and political... Read More
Brad Stoddard and Craig Martin, “Stereotyping Religion: Critiquing Clichés” (Bloomsbury, 2017)
You’ve heard them all before. “Religions are Belief Systems.” “Religion is a Private Matter.” “I’m spiritual but not religious.” Our culture is full of popular stereotypes about religion, both positive and negative. Many people uncritically assume that religion is intrinsically violent, or that religion makes people moral, or that it... Read More
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