tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/feedburner-feed/ Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // News 2017-01-18T22:00:00-0500 tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/thomas-aquinass-summa-contra-gentiles-a-guide-and-commentary/ 2017-01-18T22:00:00-0500 2017-01-18T22:00:00-0500 Thomas Aquinas's Summa Contra Gentiles: A Guide and Commentary Brian Davies <p>2017.01.14 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/thomas-aquinass-summa-contra-gentiles-a-guide-and-commentary/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">Brian Davies, <em>Thomas Aquinas's </em>Summa Contra Gentiles<em>: A Guide and Commentary</em>, Oxford University Press, 2016, 485pp., $45.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780190456542.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Joseph Stenberg, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">This book gives one the feeling of being in the presence of a talented and experienced teacher, who brings Thomas Aquinas's <em>Summa Contra Gentiles </em>(<em>SCG</em>) to life for his students. For students and especially for teachers of Aquinas's philosophy and theology, Brian Davies' guide and commentary is a gift.</p> <p class="NDPRBodyTexT">The book is intended as a comprehensive introduction to the <em>SCG</em>.<em> </em>So,<em> </em>after a preface and a bit of background, Davies's commentary takes up virtually every topic discussed<em> </em>in the order in which the <em>SCG </em>covers it. So the commentary treats, e.g., God's existence and attributes, God's activity in creating and sustaining the world, the nature of intellectual creatures, good and evil, happiness, divine providence, the Trinity, the Incarnation, the sacraments of the Catholic... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/thomas-aquinass-summa-contra-gentiles-a-guide-and-commentary/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/beyond-the-analytic-continental-divide-pluralist-philosophy-in-the-twenty-first-century/ 2017-01-18T20:00:00-0500 2017-01-18T20:00:00-0500 Beyond the Analytic-Continental Divide: Pluralist Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century Jeffrey A. Bell, Andrew Cutrofello, and Paul M. Livingston (eds.) <p>2017.01.13 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/beyond-the-analytic-continental-divide-pluralist-philosophy-in-the-twenty-first-century/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR3Reviewer">Jeffrey A. Bell, Andrew Cutrofello, and Paul M. Livingston (eds.), <em>Beyond the Analytic-Continental Divide: Pluralist Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century</em>, Routledge, 2016, 334pp., $148.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138787360.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by David Lauer, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">The editors of this collection begin their introductory chapter by declaring that the "divide" between analytic and continental philosophy "still largely shapes and constrains philosophical work in the English-speaking world" (p.1). This diagnosis seems indisputable, and I would add that it holds for much of the non-English-speaking world as well.</p> <p class="NDPRBodyTexT">This situation prevails (a) despite the fact that the spuriousness of the analytic/continental distinction has long been the target of trenchant criticism from both sides. It is impossible at this point not to allude, once more, to Bernard Williams's famous quip that the distinction is as well-grounded as that between cars with a four-wheel drive and those manufactured in Japan -- i.e. not well grounded at all. It prevails (b) despite the fact... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/beyond-the-analytic-continental-divide-pluralist-philosophy-in-the-twenty-first-century/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/ten-philosophical-essays-in-the-christian-tradition/ 2017-01-17T22:00:00-0500 2017-01-17T22:00:00-0500 Ten Philosophical Essays in the Christian Tradition Frederick J. Crosson <p>2017.01.12 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/ten-philosophical-essays-in-the-christian-tradition/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">Frederick J. Crosson, <em>Ten Philosophical Essays in the Christian Tradition,</em> Michael J. Crowe and Nicholas Ayo (eds.), University of Notre Dame Press, 2015, 279pp., $35.00 (pbk) , ISBN 9780268023119.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Walter Nicgorski, University of Notre Dame</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">These ten of his many essays were selected by Frederick J. Crosson in 2008 for presentation in a book such as this. All but one of them had appeared earlier in appropriate journals and collections. While they were being prepared as a single manuscript, Crosson suffered a fall that resulted in brain injuries which led to his death late in 2009. His colleagues and friends of many years, Michael J. Crowe and Nicholas Ayo, took up the editorial tasks to bring Crosson's manuscript through publication. The extent of the debt of current and future readers for the initiative and efforts of Crowe and Ayo is known only when one is drawn into the significant and wide-ranging thinking displayed in the book. Crosson's work represents... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/ten-philosophical-essays-in-the-christian-tradition/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/plotinus-and-epicurus-matter-perception-pleasure/ 2017-01-17T20:00:00-0500 2017-01-17T20:00:00-0500 Plotinus and Epicurus: Matter, Perception, Pleasure Angela Longo and Daniela Patrizia Taormina (eds.) <p>2017.01.11 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/plotinus-and-epicurus-matter-perception-pleasure/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">Angela Longo and Daniela Patrizia Taormina (eds.), <em>Plotinus and Epicurus: Matter, Perception, Pleasure</em>, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 236pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107124219.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Francesco Verde, Sapienza University of Rome</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">This volume -- which includes revised versions of papers presented at three Italian symposia in 2012 and 2013 -- is a genuine novelty in the panorama of ancient philosophy studies. Indeed, the book investigates the relationship between two philosophers who (apparently) have nothing in common: Plotinus and Epicurus. The main subject is Plotinus, particularly his critical attitude toward Epicurus and atomism more generally. Given that a detailed volume dealing specifically with the doctrinal relationship between Plotinus and Epicurus was lacking, one can say that the chapters written by specialists in ancient philosophy and profitably collected by Angela Longo and Daniela Patrizia Taormina fill in a real 'black hole' in the historiography of ancient thought. In his <em>Enneads</em> Plotinus mentions the name of Epicurus once,... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/plotinus-and-epicurus-matter-perception-pleasure/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/complicated-presence-heidegger-and-the-postmetaphysical-unity-of-being/ 2017-01-16T22:00:00-0500 2017-01-16T22:00:00-0500 Complicated Presence: Heidegger and the Postmetaphysical Unity of Being Jussi Backman <p>2017.01.10 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/complicated-presence-heidegger-and-the-postmetaphysical-unity-of-being/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">Jussi Backman, <em>Complicated Presence: Heidegger and the Postmetaphysical Unity of Being</em>, SUNY Press, 2016, 342pp., $26.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781438456485.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Michael Bowler, Michigan Technological University</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">Jussi Backman has produced an insightful, nuanced, well-written, cogently argued, and thoroughly researched interpretive account of Heidegger's philosophical pursuit of the question of Being. Backman argues that there is a basic continuity to Heidegger's thought. Depending upon where they fall on this and related issues, Heidegger scholars will be more or less sympathetic to his account and find his arguments more or less persuasive. Regardless, I think most will find this book a valuable and insightful read and, whether they agree or not, will recognize that Backman's account is an important one that deserves to be reckoned with.</p> <p class="NDPRBodyTexT">One great virtue of the book is the remarkable clarity with which Backman explicates some of the most difficult elements of Heidegger's thought, including among... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/complicated-presence-heidegger-and-the-postmetaphysical-unity-of-being/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/free-will-and-theism-connections-contingencies-and-concerns/ 2017-01-16T20:00:00-0500 2017-01-16T20:00:00-0500 Free Will and Theism: Connections, Contingencies, and Concerns Kevin Timpe and Daniel Speak (eds.) <p>2017.01.09 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/free-will-and-theism-connections-contingencies-and-concerns/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">Kevin Timpe and Daniel Speak (eds.), <em>Free Will and Theism: Connections, Contingencies, and Concerns</em>, Oxford University Press, 2016, 316pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198743958.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by David P. Hunt, Whittier College</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">The intersection of free will and theism is a rich territory for philosophical exploration, and the essays commissioned for this volume all contribute toward mapping that territory. But there is also a more interesting motivation for the collection, as the editors confess: it's to address the "suspicion within the community of philosophers working particularly on the problems of free will . . . that theistic beliefs are exerting an untoward influence upon the debates" (2).</p> <p class="NDPRBodyTexT">This suspicion is arguably a special case of a more general suspicion, which the editors represent <em>via</em> an especially pointed quotation from Greg Dawes:</p> <p class="NDPRBodyTexT" style="margin-left:.5in">While the arguments put forward by many Christian philosophers are serious arguments, there is something less than serious about the spirit in... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/free-will-and-theism-connections-contingencies-and-concerns/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/calvinism-and-the-problem-of-evil/ 2017-01-15T22:00:00-0500 2017-01-15T22:00:00-0500 Calvinism and the Problem of Evil David E. Alexander and Daniel M. Johnson (eds.) <p>2017.01.08 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/calvinism-and-the-problem-of-evil/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">David E. Alexander and Daniel M. Johnson (eds.),<em> Calvinism and the Problem of Evil</em>, Pickwick, 2016, 308pp., $29.60 (pbk), ISBN 9781620325780.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Jerry L. Walls, Houston Baptist University</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">This book is both brave and bold. It is brave because most of its contributors defend a position that many Christian philosophers think is indefensible and, in fact, makes the problem of evil even worse than it already is. It is bold because the authors put forward a number of interesting proposals in arguing that their position is not only no worse off than other options on the table, but actually better.</p> <p class="NDPRBodyTexT">The book contains twelve essays and an introduction, and ten of these essays defend Calvinism in one way or another against various forms of the charge that Calvinism exacerbates the problem of evil. In the first essay, Daniel M. Johnson, one of the editors, provides a map of the territory, beginning... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/calvinism-and-the-problem-of-evil/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/heidegger-in-france/ 2017-01-15T20:00:00-0500 2017-01-15T20:00:00-0500 Heidegger in France Dominique Janicaud <p>2017.01.07 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/heidegger-in-france/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">Dominique Janicaud, <em>Heidegger in France</em>, François Raffoul and David Pettigrew (trs.), Indiana University Press, 2015, 540pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780253017734.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Dennis J. Schmidt, Western Sydney University</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">This book is an unusual intellectual history of a period and tradition still in flux, still unfolding and unfinished. It is sweeping in scope (covering over seventy years of Heidegger's widespread influence in French intellectual life) and equally wide ranging in its style: one finds theoretical discussions and academic debates discussed with insight and precision, and yet this book is full of anecdotes, as well as personal recollections (in the form of seven "Epilogues" appearing at various points). It tells the story of how Heidegger's thought entered, and often defined, some of the liveliest debates of French intellectual life in the 20<sup>th</sup> century. Dominique Janicaud (1937-2002) was well placed to tell this story. A relative of Jean Beaufret (who was the recipient of Heidegger's... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/heidegger-in-france/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/implicit-bias-and-philosophy-volume-1-metaphysics-and-epistemology/ 2017-01-12T22:00:00-0500 2017-01-12T22:00:00-0500 Implicit Bias and Philosophy, Volume 1: Metaphysics and Epistemology Michael Brownstein and Jennifer Saul (eds.) <p>2017.01.06 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/implicit-bias-and-philosophy-volume-1-metaphysics-and-epistemology/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">Michael Brownstein and Jennifer Saul (eds.), <em>Implicit Bias and Philosophy, Volume 1: Metaphysics and Epistemology</em>, Oxford University Press, 2016, 316pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198713241.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Chloë FitzGerald, University of Geneva</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">Implicit associations are characterised variously as unconscious, uncontrollable, non-introspectable, or arational mental processes, some of which may influence our judgements resulting in undesirable bias. These implicit biases occur between a group or category attribute, such as being black, and a thin negative evaluation, such as 'bad' -- 'implicit prejudice' in the psychology literature -- or another, thicker evaluation/category attribute, such as 'violent' -- 'implicit stereotype' in the psychology literature.<a href="#_edn1" name="_ednref1" title="">[1]</a> They manifest themselves particularly in our non-verbal behaviour towards others, such as in frequency of eye contact and physical proximity, but also influence our conscious thoughts and decisions in multifarious ways. Implicit biases can explain a potential dissociation between what a person explicitly believes and wants to do (e.g. treat parents of... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/implicit-bias-and-philosophy-volume-1-metaphysics-and-epistemology/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/practical-knowledge-selected-essays/ 2017-01-12T20:00:00-0500 2017-01-12T20:00:00-0500 Practical Knowledge: Selected Essays Kieran Setiya <p>2017.01.05 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/practical-knowledge-selected-essays/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">Kieran Setiya, <em>Practical Knowledge: Selected Essays</em>, Oxford University Press, 2017, 308pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190462925.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Hallvard Lillehammer, Birkbeck, University of London</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">This book is a collection of twelve essays, originally published between 2004 and 2014, preceded by a substantial and explanatory introduction. The topics are the nature of intentional action; the relationship between the reasons for which agents do and ought to act; and the nature of their first-personal knowledge of the intentions and reasons for which they do act. The scope of the essays is the intersection of action theory and ethics, broadly understood. The content partly overlaps with and partly complements work previously published by the author in his <em>Reasons without Rationalism </em>(2007) and <em>Knowing Right from Wrong</em> (2012). The result is a complex tapestry of interrelated claims about what it is for agents to act intentionally and for (good and bad) reasons,... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/practical-knowledge-selected-essays/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/distributive-justice-getting-what-we-deserve-from-our-country/ 2017-01-11T22:00:00-0500 2017-01-11T22:00:00-0500 Distributive Justice: Getting What We Deserve from Our Country Fred Feldman <p>2017.01.04 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/distributive-justice-getting-what-we-deserve-from-our-country/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">Fred Feldman, <em>Distributive Justice: Getting What We Deserve from Our Country</em>, Oxford University Press, 2016, 269pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198782988.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by James Alexander, Bilkent University</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">Following Rawls's 'Justice as Fairness' and Brian Barry's 'Justice as Impartiality', this book should probably be entitled 'Justice as Desert'. For here is the classic account of justice all over again: one which was expressed in the words <em>suum cuique</em>, literally 'to each his own', or, more fully, 'the rendering to each man his due' -- a view which, according to Plato, originated with Simonides. It is the view found in Cicero and Justinian's <em>Institutes</em>. Lawyers like it. Philosophers, following Plato, do not. Andrew Vincent in <em>The Nature of Political Theory</em> points out that theories of justice in the last half century have been theories of anything but desert. So it is interesting to find a modern philosopher defending it.</p> <p class="NDPRBodyTexT">Feldman tries to... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/distributive-justice-getting-what-we-deserve-from-our-country/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/the-thin-justice-of-international-law-a-moral-reckoning-of-the-law-of-nations/ 2017-01-11T20:20:00-0500 2017-01-11T20:20:00-0500 The Thin Justice of International Law: A Moral Reckoning of the Law of Nations Steven R. Ratner <p>2017.01.03 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/the-thin-justice-of-international-law-a-moral-reckoning-of-the-law-of-nations/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">Steven R. Ratner, <em>The Thin Justice of International Law: A Moral Reckoning of the Law of Nations</em>, Oxford University Press, 2015, 471pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198704041.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Carmen Pavel, King's College London</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">International law reaches deep into our ordinary lives. Thousands of treaties regulate everything from trade in agricultural products to air transport, rights in coastal waters, telecommunications, the release of chlorofluorocarbons into the atmosphere, appropriate conduct in war, state territorial integrity, and criminal responsibility. Given their pervasive effects, treaties, conventions, customary rules and organizations in charge of making, applying and interpreting them, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Criminal Court, and the United Nations must comply with the basic requirements of justice. Yet the ready-made vocabulary of justice -- rights, liberty, equality, fairness, stability -- is a poor fit for the institutions of international law.</p> <p class="NDPRBodyTexT">This poor fit is due to the fact that the vocabulary of justice was created for... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/the-thin-justice-of-international-law-a-moral-reckoning-of-the-law-of-nations/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/the-prisoners-dilemma/ 2017-01-10T22:00:00-0500 2017-01-10T22:00:00-0500 The Prisoner's Dilemma Martin Peterson (ed.) <p>2017.01.02 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/the-prisoners-dilemma/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">Martin Peterson (ed.), <em>The Prisoner's Dilemma</em>, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 298pp., $30.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781107621473.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Christoph Schmidt-Petri, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">This book is the first in a new series by Cambridge University Press entitled 'Classic Philosophical Arguments', addressing upper-level students and academic researchers. According to the CUP website, the "volumes in this series examine [classic philosophical] arguments, looking at the ramifications and applications which they have come to have, the challenges which they have encountered, and the ways in which they have stood the test of time." To my mind, the book under review only partially succeeds in this endeavour as it almost entirely leaves out at least one area in which the prisoner's dilemma (PD) has been quite influential -- political philosophy. But before elaborating on this criticism, let me first describe the book in more detail and show where it succeeds well.</p>... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/the-prisoners-dilemma/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/the-natural-world-as-a-philosophical-problem/ 2017-01-10T20:00:00-0500 2017-01-10T20:00:00-0500 The Natural World as a Philosophical Problem Jan Patočka <p>2017.01.01 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/the-natural-world-as-a-philosophical-problem/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">Jan Patočka, <em>The Natural World as a Philosophical Problem</em>, Ivan Chvatík and Ľubica Učnik (eds.), Erika Abrams (tr.), Northwestern University Press, 2016, 221pp., $34.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780810133617.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Steven Crowell, Rice University</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">The work of Jan Patočka (1907-1977), Czech philosopher and activist, is still not as well-known as it should be. After finishing his doctorate in Prague in 1933, Patočka studied in Freiburg with Husserl, where he also attended lectures by Heidegger and met Eugen Fink. He returned to Prague to work on his Habilitation, <em>The Natural World as a Philosophical Problem</em>, which was published in 1936. After the war Patočka was barred from teaching, except for a brief time after the "Prague Spring" of 1968. His works -- emphasizing freedom, the critique of ideologies, and a new Europe -- circulated in typescript, he lectured in the "Underground University," and in 1977 he was one of the original signatories of Charter 77, a human rights manifesto.... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/the-natural-world-as-a-philosophical-problem/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/metaphysics/ 2016-12-21T02:30:00-0500 2016-12-21T02:30:00-0500 Metaphysics Aristotle, C. D. C. Reeve (tr.) <p>2016.12.19 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/metaphysics/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p>Aristotle,<em> Metaphysics</em>, C. D. C. Reeve (tr.), Hackett, 2016, 652pp., $29.00 (pbk), ISBN 9781624664397.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Matthew Duncombe, University of Nottingham</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>THIS IS NDPR'S LAST REVIEW FOR 2016.</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>WE WILL RESUME PUBLICATION ON JANUARY 10, 2017</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A MERRY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS!</strong></p> <p align="center"><img alt="Imgres 2" src="/assets/151881/imgres_2.jpg"></p> <p class="NDPR3Reviewer"> </p> <p class="NDPR3Reviewer">The treatise we know as Aristotle's <em>Metaphysics</em> is central to both teaching and researching Aristotle. Hackett produces useable, affordable translations of ancient texts, aimed primarily at teachers and learners and secondarily at researchers. This text is in that tradition (p. xviii). The price point is higher than some student texts, but still reasonable if this were the main text for a course on Aristotle. Generally, C. D. C. Reeve manages the competing demands of these two audiences well, particularly when it comes to the translation.</p> <p class="NDPRBodyTexT">In this... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/metaphysics/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/nietzsches-great-politics/ 2016-12-19T20:00:00-0500 2016-12-19T20:00:00-0500 Nietzsche's Great Politics Hugo Drochon <p>2016.12.18 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/nietzsches-great-politics/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">Hugo Drochon, <em>Nietzsche's Great Politics</em>, Princeton University Press, 2016, 200pp., $27.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780691166346.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Andrew Huddleston, Birkbeck, University of London</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">The idea of a Nietzschean 'politics' has long been under a cloud of suspicion, especially since prominent National Socialists in Germany appropriated Nietzsche as the forerunner of their political agenda. In an effort to distance Nietzsche from this tainted association, subsequent Nietzsche scholarship in the post-war period often focused on individualist themes from Nietzsche centering on private self-cultivation and freedom from herdish conformism. While these apolitical individualist readings, in one form or another, remain the dominant view, Hugo Drochon argues that this approach is in error. In his readable, yet scholarly book, he makes a provocative case that Nietzsche indeed has a politics, and he seeks to outline its contours. The approach throughout the book is methodologically in line with that of the "Cambridge... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/nietzsches-great-politics/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/time-and-the-philosophy-of-action-2/ 2016-12-18T20:00:00-0500 2016-12-19T22:56:55-0500 Time and the Philosophy of Action Roman Altshuler and Michael J. Sigrist (eds.) <p>2016.12.17 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/time-and-the-philosophy-of-action-2/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">Roman Altshuler and Michael J. Sigrist (eds.), <em>Time and the Philosophy of Action</em>, Routledge, 2016, 289pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780415735247.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Timothy Cleveland, New Mexico State University</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">Action takes time, unfolds in time. Intentions persist through time, our deliberations are sensitive to time, our commitments maintained through time. So much seems mere truism. The promise of this collection -- the result of the Time and Agency Conference held at George Washington University in 2011 -- is to reveal substantial truths behind these apparent truisms -- "that time structures agency from within", "that time is an ineliminable constituent of agency" (1). Put simply, to understand action we must understand the role of time in action, intention, deliberation, and commitment. But don't be misled. The thesis is not about the metaphysics of time at all, as though the truth about agency turns on debates about the nature of time. More correctly, the idea... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/time-and-the-philosophy-of-action-2/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/before-tomorrow-epigenesis-and-rationality-2/ 2016-12-15T20:00:00-0500 2016-12-15T20:00:00-0500 Before Tomorrow: Epigenesis and Rationality Catherine Malabou <p>2016.12.16 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/before-tomorrow-epigenesis-and-rationality-2/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic"><span lang="EN-AU" style="background:white">Catherine Malabou, <em>Before Tomorrow: Epigenesis and Rationality</em>, Carolyn Shread (tr.), Polity, 2016, 223pp., $24.95 (hbk), ISBN </span>9780745691510<span lang="EN-AU" style="background:white">.</span></p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Christopher Watkin, Monash University</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">Some of the most exhilarating philosophical reads, as well as some of the most important and memorable, combine three elements relatively simple to achieve in isolation but rarely found together: sinuous and detailed engagement with texts and ideas, an authoritative and expansive breadth, and a clear, concisely expressed main idea. This book delivers on all three fronts. Its main idea is that epigenesis offers us a new way of understanding the Kantian transcendental and a new paradigm for philosophy in general. Its breadth is extensive, ranging over Kant, Heidegger, Quentin Meillassoux, eighteenth century biology, contemporary neurobiology and the present state and future prospects of European philosophy. Its sinuous engagement comes in extended discussions of Paragraph 27 of Kant's <em>Critique of Pure Reason</em>, and of... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/before-tomorrow-epigenesis-and-rationality-2/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/hermeneutical-heidegger/ 2016-12-14T20:00:00-0500 2016-12-14T20:00:00-0500 Hermeneutical Heidegger Michael Bowler and Ingo Farin (eds.) <p>2016.12.15 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/hermeneutical-heidegger/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">Michael Bowler and Ingo Farin (eds.), <em>Hermeneutical Heidegger</em>, Northwestern University Press, 2016, 343pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780810132665.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Leslie MacAvoy, East Tennessee State University</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">Hermeneutics has long been recognized as an important element of Heidegger's thought, though scholars interested in hermeneutics have drawn on different parts of his corpus. <em>Being and Time</em> with its account of understanding and the fore-structures is an obvious source, and because Gadamer acknowledged its influence in <em>Truth and Method</em>, it has received considerable attention. In more recent years attention has shifted to the early Freiburg lecture courses, following Theodore Kisiel's claim that Heidegger made his "hermeneutic breakthrough" in the 1919 lecture course, <em>The Idea of Philosophy and the Problem of Worldview</em>.<a href="#_edn1" name="_ednref1" title="">[1]</a> Kisiel's work paved the way for numerous subsequent investigations into the early 'hermeneutics of facticity'. Nevertheless, many questions remain. What relationship does this earlier 'hermeneutics of facticity' bear to... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/hermeneutical-heidegger/" >Read More</a> </p> tag:ndpr.nd.edu,2005:/news/knowledge-through-imagination/ 2016-12-13T20:00:00-0500 2016-12-14T12:32:02-0500 Knowledge Through Imagination Amy Kind and Peter Kung (eds.) <p>2016.12.14 : <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/knowledge-through-imagination/" >View this Review Online</a> | <a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu//news" >View Recent NDPR Reviews</a></p> <p><strong><p class="NDPR2Bibliographic">Amy Kind and Peter Kung (eds.), <em>Knowledge Through Imagination</em>, Oxford University Press, 2016, 250pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198716808.</p></strong></p> <p><strong>Reviewed by Margot Strohminger, University of Salzburg</strong></p> <p class="NDPR1JournalTitle">We often resort to the imagination to answer questions about the world around us. Can all of my furniture fit into my new apartment? How would Trump have reacted if he hadn't won the presidential election? How will British immigration patterns change if Brexit happens? It seems that the judgments we reach as a result sometimes constitute knowledge and even perhaps that the imagination is what is responsible for our knowledge. Given the ubiquity of cases like these, it is somewhat surprising how little systematic investigation there has been into an 'epistemic' picture of the imagination in contemporary epistemology. (According to the epistemic picture, the imagination can provide us with knowledge.) This collection of essays might help to change this. It addresses questions relating... <br /> <p><a href="http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/knowledge-through-imagination/" >Read More</a> </p>