Metapsychology Online Reviews - Volume 23, Number 21
Featured Reviews
Understanding the Brain by John E. DowlingUnderstanding the Brain
by John E. Dowling
Tue, Apr 30th 2019
The Fight Against Doubt by Inmaculada de Melo-Martín and Kristen IntemannThe Fight Against Doubt
by Inmaculada de Melo-Martín and Kristen Intemann
Tue, Apr 30th 2019
Seeing, Knowing, Understanding by Barry StroudSeeing, Knowing, Understanding
by Barry Stroud
Tue, Apr 23rd 2019
Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy
Volume Two
By Tania Lombrozo (Editor), Joshua Knobe (Editor), Shaun Nichols (Editor)
Review by Elzė Sigutė Mikalonytė on Tue, May 21st 2019.
Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy by Tania Lombrozo (Editor), Joshua Knobe (Editor), Shaun Nichols (Editor)Experimental philosophy is both a quickly developing field and one that is relatively new, having existed for only about two decades so far. It is characterized by its application of empirical methods to traditional philosophical questions. To be more precise, it borrows the methods of social sciences and applies them to the research of ordinary intuitions that pertain to problems in philosophy. This is done in hopes of either informing philosophers who are theoretically-minded purely about what is in fact intuitive among non-philosophers, or to cast doubt on requirement of intuitiveness in ph
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Critical Psychiatry
Controversies and Clinical Implications
By Sandra Steingard (Editor)
Review by Duncan Double on Tue, May 21st 2019.
Critical Psychiatry by Sandra Steingard (Editor)In a tweet, Sandra Steingard, the editor of this book, says that her book is "The only current guide to critical psychiatry". There are in fact several other books with the same title 'Critical psychiatry'. The first was by David Ingleby (1980), who probably coined the term. My own edited book (2006) deliberately echoed this title and was written after the formation of the Critical Psychiatry Network  in 1999. More recent publications - okay, David's and my books may be somewhat dated - include Critical psychiatry and mental health: Exploring the work of Suman Fernando in clinic
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Aristotle's Way
How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
By Edith Hall
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, May 21st 2019.
Aristotle's Way by Edith HallEdith Hall idolizes Aristotle in her trade book Aristotle's Way, painting him as a fountain of wisdom and good sense, and as a philosopher whose work can help people live more fulfilling lives today. She interprets his work with striking charity, and argues for its relevance in the modern world. She illustrates the central issues with examples from literature, movies, her own personal life, stories of her friends and colleagues, recent news, and some of the major events in history. There is more high culture than popular culture, and being from the UK, Hall places some focus on British li
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Family Murder
Pathologies of Love and Hate
By Susan Hatters Friedman, M.D/Committee on Psychiatry & the Law
Review by Sharon Packer, MD on Tue, May 14th 2019.
Family Murder by Susan Hatters Friedman, M.D/Committee on Psychiatry & the LawTo this day, stories about family murders seep into news media, public debates, film documentaries and semi-fictionalized films, and, of course, psychiatric case histories and criminal case law. As contemporary as it sounds, the concept of family murder dates back to the Bible, when Cain killed his brother Abel. Many Greek myths revolve around family murders. One such myth was immortalized in Francisco Goya's famed Black Paintings (1819-1823), which heralded the Romantic Era. "Saturn Devouring His Son" is Goya's gruesome rendition of the Cronos story. (The mythological Cronos was ren
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The Minority Body
A Theory of Disability
By Elizabeth Barnes
Review by Tessa-May Zirnsak on Tue, May 14th 2019.
The Minority Body by Elizabeth BarnesPhilosophy and disability studies have long been thought of as having irreconcilable approaches to disability. This in part can be attributed to the philosophical tradition that excludes disabled people and renders them subjects of philosophical enquiry, without support from disabled testimony. Elizabeth Barnes has challenged this norm in this latest book, by using the same analytical tools too often used to delegitimize disabled voices ways of being to build a compelling case for why we should view disability as (at least) value neutral. Barnes argues that people with disability don't have tr
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The Female Persuasion
By Meg Wolitzer
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, May 14th 2019.
The Female Persuasion by Meg WolitzerMeg Wolitzers's thirteenth novel is about young women and feminism. The main character is Greer Kadetsky, who we first meet in college, and then learn more about with flashbacks to her high school life and follow through her twenties, and then more quickly into her middle age. She is sexually assaulted at a party in her first year and the culprit, who also assaults several other students, is finally caught, but the college gives him a minimal punishment. This raises Greer's awareness of how women's issues are minimized and she becomes politicized, aiming to change society. She is led by her be
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The Drum That Beats Within Us
By Mike Bond
Review by Bob Lane on Tue, May 14th 2019.
The Drum That Beats Within Us by Mike Bond"In The Drum that Beats Within Us, Mike Bond shares his deep love for our magnificent western forests, mountains and wild open spaces, and his profound expression of the joys and tragedies of love and of life's greatest existential questions." – from the introduction An award-winning poet and critically acclaimed novelist, MIKE BOND has been called the "master of the existential thriller" by the BBC and "one of the 21st century's most exciting authors" by the Washington Times. His widely loved novels and poetry depict the innate hunger of the human heart for the good
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Promoting Healthy Attachments
Hands-on Techniques to Use with Your Clients
By Deborah D. Gray
Review by Roy Sugarman PhD on Tue, May 7th 2019.
Promoting Healthy Attachments by Deborah D. GrayAs you will note from the title, this book is designed for psychologists and the like for use with their clients, rather than beginners who might be interested in Thomas Bowlby or babies sequestrated in hospital wards away from mum. As the blurb in the cover mentions, there is a lot of theory around attachment, including Suomi's continuing studies on monkeys and their ability to separate comfortably from the maternal guardians of the herd. Those that cannot tend to be those whose maternal history includes anxiety on separation, and thus do not venture far from the grazing parent, until placed
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Knowing Emotions
Truthfulness and Recognition in Affective Experience
By Rick Anthony Furtak
Review by Robert Zaborowski on Tue, May 7th 2019.
Knowing Emotions by Rick Anthony Furtak This is a nicely produced book (although the referencing is not always consistent), with an over 30-page bibliography, clearly structured in three parts, seven chapters, all pleasant to read. The first part is mainly polemical, the second is an attempt at repairing the current views, while the third, as long as the first and second taken together, contains more of Furtak's personal voice. In the first part (ch. 1 and 2) Furtak makes an effort to show that the traditional opposition between the rational and the passionate is misleading. It is wrong to consider rationality alone as trust
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Criminal Trials and Mental Disorders
By Thomas L. Hafemeister
Review by Elly Vintiadis on Tue, May 7th 2019.
Criminal Trials and Mental Disorders by Thomas L. HafemeisterIn Criminal Trials and Mental Disorders Thomas Hafemeister, a law professor and psychologist, provides a lengthy and detailed discussion on how defendants with mental health issues are viewed by, and treated in, the US criminal justice system. Given that the aim of the US legal system is to serve fairness and justice for all, this is an extremely important book because a defendant's mental disorder can play a significant role in his being provided with a fair and just trial. This book is particularly relevant today when it is being increasingly acknowledged that mental diso
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Sex in the World of Myth
By David Leeming
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, May 7th 2019.
Sex in the World of Myth by David LeemingDavid Leeming surveys the role of sex in myth around the world. In 10 chapters he covers the whole ancient world, with some illustrations too. So this is a lightening tour of ancient cultures. There is a bibliography at the end but there are no notes and the book is aimed at a general reader. It is quite a feat to explain these stories in a context that makes sense of them. Leeming plunges into detail very soon, and those who are unfamiliar with world history and culture may find it all very confusing. For example, he starts off with Mesopotamian culture and goes into the story of Gilgamesh an
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Understanding the Brain
From Cells to Behavior to Cognition
By John E. Dowling
Review by Roy Sugarman, PhD on Tue, Apr 30th 2019.
Understanding the Brain by John E. DowlingEmanating from the Harvard seminar entitled The Amazing Brain, this book begins with the general organization of the brain, then how these collections of cells talk to each other, and then moves on to how the various aspects of brain function come together to form our conscious experience, our minds. Hence the title is followed in chapter one with discussions on the unique cellular structure of the brain, and how it develops. Moving on to chapter two, how the brain signals via the mechanisms of neurotransmission at the synaptic level are elucidated, as neurons have a unique (and new findings
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The Fight Against Doubt
How to Bridge the Gap Between Scientists and the Public
By Inmaculada de Melo-Martín and Kristen Intemann
Review by Maura Pilotti, Ph.D. on Tue, Apr 30th 2019.
The Fight Against Doubt by Inmaculada de Melo-Martín and Kristen IntemannIn this day and age of misleading statements regarding scientific findings, confusion about the tenets and methods of science, and politically motivated attacks on basic scientific facts, reasoned debate has become a rare form of communication. Can the book entitled The fight against doubt: How to bridge the gap between scientists and the public be a breath of fresh air in this caustic atmosphere? The book, which is written by Inmaculada de Melo-Martin (Professor of Medical Ethics in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College) and Kristen Intemann (Professor of Philosophy at Mon
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The Boy at the Keyhole
By Stephen Giles
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Apr 30th 2019.
The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen GilesThe Boy at the Keyhole is a psychological mystery about a nine-year-old boy and the housekeeper who is looking after him. Set in the UK in the past, maybe the 1950s, it presents a rather bleak picture of Samuel's life as he pines for his missing mother. She has gone away, and she left in the middle of the night, so he didn't have a chance to say goodbye to her. He has been on his own being taken care of by Ruth, and he is very unhappy because he misses his mother. He looks for clues about where she is. Ruth tells him that she has gone to America for business, but he is suspicious. He gets
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Seeing, Knowing, Understanding
Philosophical Essays
By Barry Stroud
Review by Ulla Schmid on Tue, Apr 23rd 2019.
Seeing, Knowing, Understanding by Barry StroudBarry Stroud's recent essay collection comprises nineteen essays, the majority of which was published between 2001 and 2017. The book presents a representative overview over the themes, methods, and authors Stroud has engaged with throughout his philosophical life-work. In the first two essays, "What is philosophy?", and his Dewey Lecture, "The Pursuit of Philosophy", Stroud invites the reader to join him in philosophising. His journey leads through questions of perception and perceptual knowledge (essays three to eight), via a treatment of the conceptual conditions of knowledge and judgement
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