New Books Network

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
Naftali Rothenberg, “Rabbi Akiva’s Philosophy of Love” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Is love between man and woman the source of wisdom and the cornerstone of moral life? Naftali Rothenberg says it is, based on the works and life of the first century Jewish scholar and sage, Rabbi Akiva. In Rabbi Akiva’s Philosophy of Love (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) Rothenberg explores the philosophy... Read More
Jeff Warren, “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book” (Spielgel and Grau, 2017)
ABC News anchor Dan Harris used to think that meditation was for people who collect crystals, play Ultimate Frisbee, and use the word “namaste” without irony. After he had a panic attack on live television, he went on a strange and circuitous journey that ultimately led him to become one... Read More
Anthony Ryan Hatch, “Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
Over the past forty years, U.S. prisons and jails have used various psychotropic drugs. In this interview, Anthony Ryan Hatch discusses the need to think deeply about mass incarceration, pharmaceuticals, and psychiatry. He talks about the role of pharmacies and drug experiments in prison settings, and he underlines the ways... 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
William R. Stixrud, “The Self-Driven Child” (Penguin, 2019)
Nowadays it seems that even high-performing kids are acutely stressed and lacking motivation. Many feel that they have no control over their own lives. Some stumble in high school, or hit college and unravel. As parents, we can only drive our kids so far; at some point, they will have... Read More
Michael E. Kerr, “Bowen Theory’s Secrets: Revealing the Hidden Life of Families” (Norton, 2019)
A pivotal development in the history of psychology was the invention of family systems theory by psychiatrist Murray Bowen. He was among the first to observe families in a naturalistic setting, and his observations informed his ideas about families as ‘systems’ that functioned as ‘emotional units.’ Michael E. Kerr served... Read More