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
Louise Hayes, “The Thriving Adolescent” (Context Press, 2015)
Adolescence is a unique developmental period of life, during which we face the challenges and pressures of moving from childhood into independent adulthood. Evolutionarily, adolescence is a time of risk-taking and growing independence, and one of the important developmental tasks is to learn to respond to thoughts and emotions in... 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
Derek Gaunt, “Ego, Authority, Failure: Using Emotional Intelligence Like a Hostage Negotiator to Succeed as a Leader” (New Degree Press, 2019)
On this episode, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric in the Department of Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo—is joined by co-host and recent Geneseo Graduate Haley Wigsten to interview Derek Gaunt (he/his)expert trainer and coach at the Black Swan Group–on his thrilling new book... Read More
Nicholas Shea, “Representation in Cognitive Science” (Oxford UP, 2018)
In order to explain thought in natural physical systems, mainstream cognitive science posits representations, or internal states that carry information about the world and that are used by the system to guide its behavior. Naturalistic theories of representation provide explanations of what information, or content, these internal states carry, and... Read More
Erika Dyck, “Psychedelic Prophets: The Letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond” (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2018)
Today I talked with historian Erika Dyck about Aldous Huxley, Humphry Osmond and their correspondence over a ten year period. Psychedelic Prophets: The Letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018) is a collection of letters which were carefully curated by Erika and Cynthia Carson Bisbee, Paul... Read More
Donnel Stern, “The Infinity of the Unsaid: Unformulated Experience, Language, and the Nonverbal” (Routledge, 2019)
Donnel Stern has been a key figure in the advancement of interpersonal and relational psychoanalysis since his initial writings on unformulated experience in the 1980s, in which he offered a fresh perspective on what constitutes the unconscious. Since then, he has consistently been on the cutting edge of theoretical developments... Read More