New Books Network

Chenyang Wang, “Subjectivity In-Between Times: Exploring the Notion of Time in Lacan’s Work” (Palgrave, 2019)
If you thought Jacques Lacan’s essay on “Logical Time” was the psychoanalyst’s final word on the subject, then this interview has a lot to teach you! In his new book Subjectivity In-Between Times: Exploring the Notion of Time in Lacan’s Work (Palgrave, 2019), emerging scholar of psychoanalytic theory and continental... Read More
Travis Dumsday, “Dispositionalism and the Metaphysics of Science” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Dispositionalism is the view that there are irreducible causal powers in nature that explain why objects behave as they do. To say salt is soluble in water, for example, is to say that salt has the disposition to dissolve in water, and this disposition is understood as a real causal... Read More
Katherine Hawley, “How to Be Trustworthy” (Oxford UP, 2019)
It is obvious that in our day-to-day lives, a lot hangs on trust, and thus on whether those around us are trustworthy.  Yet there are several philosophical issues surrounding trust and trustworthiness.  For example, is trusting someone different from relying on them?  Correspondingly, is being trustworthy different from being reliable? ... Read More
Adrian Johnston, “A New German Idealism: Hegel, Žižek and Dialectical Materialism” (Columbia UP, 2018)
In 2012, the world-renowned philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek released his 1000-page tome ​Less Than Nothing​, following it up afterwards with its shorter reformulation ​Absolute Recoil​ in 2014. The works contained his usual use of movie-references, historical and political events and jokes to engage in some substantial philosophical... Read More
Maria Dimova-Cookson, “Rethinking Positive and Negative Liberty” (Routledge, 2019)
Maria Dimova-Cookson‘s new book Rethinking Positive and Negative Liberty (Routledge, 2019) offers an analysis of the distinction between positive and negative freedom building on the work of Constant, Green and Berlin. The author proposes a new reading of this distinction for the twenty-first century. The author defends the idea that... Read More
Manuel Heras Escribano, “The Philosophy of Affordances” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019)
Ecological psychology is one of a number of contemporary theories that explains the mind in terms of embodiment and environmental situatedness, rather than inner symbol manipulation by brains. J. J. Gibson, a founder ecological psychology, coined the term “affordance” to express a core concept of the view: as embodied, situated... Read More
Frederick Beiser, “Hermann Cohen: An Intellectual Biography” (Oxford UP, 2018)
The eminent scholar of Neo-Kantianism, Frederick Beiser, has struck again, this time bringing his considerable analytical powers and erudition to the task of intellectual biography. For those of you aware of the distinguished philosophical career of Hermann Cohen (1859 – 1918) and the absence of an intellectual biography in English,... Read More