New Books Network

Amy Olberding, “The Wrong of Rudeness: Learning Modern Civility from Ancient Chinese Philosophy” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Amy Olberding’s The Wrong of Rudeness: Learning Modern Civility from Ancient Chinese Philosophy (Oxford UP, 2019) is a joy to read, both entertaining and rich in ideas. The Wrong of Rudeness asks a key question for our times: how do we interact with each other, especially in politically contentious situations?... Read More
Patricia Marino, “Philosophy of Sex and Love” (Routledge, 2019)
For those who think that philosophy must speak to everyday experience and ordinary life, it would seem that philosophical questions occasioned by love and sex should take center stage.  Moral, epistemic, metaphysical, and political issues surrounding sex and love pervade our culture.  Where would pop music, television, and fine art... Read More
John T. Lysaker, “Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
What is the relationship between the form of writing and what can be thought? How is a writer’s thinking shaped by form? How is a reader’s? Does this matter for philosophy? In Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought (University of Chicago Press, 2018), John T. Lysaker explores the importance... Read More
Samir Okasha, “Agents and Goals in Evolution” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Evolutionary biologists standardly treat organisms as agents: they have goals and purposes and preferences, and their behaviors and adaptive traits contribute to the achievement of their goals. This explanatory practice brings evolutionary biology into conceptual contact with rational choice theory, which provides models of how people make decisions and act... Read More
Quassim Cassam, “Vices of the Mind: From the Intellectual to the Political” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Sometimes people are blameworthy or otherwise not admirable because of what they believe. And sometimes they are blameworthy or otherwise not admirable because of how they believe – broadly, their ways of thinking, inquiring, handling evidence, and managing information. We sometimes criticize others for being careless, dogmatic, gullible, and so... Read More
Susanna Schellenberg, “The Unity of Perception: Content, Consciousness, and Evidence” (Oxford UP, 2018)
How does perception result in thoughts about items in the world (such as dogs or flowers) and in conscious states of many kinds (such as experiences of seeing red)? How does perception provide evidence for our beliefs (such as the belief that there is a red rose in front of... Read More
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