Moral (and Musical) Hazard

When Raymond Williams saw that a philosopher had stopped doing serious work and was merely pontificating, he didn’t hesitate to bring down the hammer. …
When Raymond Williams saw that a philosopher had stopped doing serious work and was merely pontificating, he didn’t hesitate to bring down the hammer. … [More]

Review of Zizek

Few things are less funny than a book about humor. A joke explained is a joke failed. Especially if the explainer is Slavoj Žižek…
Few things are less funny than a book about humor. A joke explained is a joke failed. Especially if the explainer is Slavoj Žižek… [More]

Seventies Throwback Fiction

The Seventies, once known for its lack of significance, is now a source of mournful nostalgia, for a time when we lost what we had become…
The Seventies, once known for its lack of significance, is now a source of mournful nostalgia, for a time when we lost what we had become… [More]

On Katherine Mansfield

Every reviewer, at some point, becomes disgusted by the inconsequence of most books. Katherine Mansfield felt it early and deeply…
Every reviewer, at some point, becomes disgusted by the inconsequence of most books. Katherine Mansfield felt it early and deeply… [More]

Reviewing reviews of reviews

It’s come to this: reviewing a collection of book reviews. David Lodge on Pico Iyer on Graham Greene. Where will it end?…
It’s come to this: reviewing a collection of book reviews. David Lodge on Pico Iyer on Graham Greene. Where will it end?… [More]

7/20/2010–NDPR Reviews of Philosophy Books

Lukas H. Meyer (ed.) Legitimacy, Justice and Public International Law Reviewed by Laura Valentini, The Queen's College, Oxford Jonathan R. Cohen Science, Culture, and Free Spirits: A study of Nietzsche's Human, All-too-Human Reviewed by Julian Young, Wake Forest University David Hy... [More]

6/30/2010 NDPR-Latest Reviews

Raffaella De Rosa Descartes and the Puzzle of Sensory Representation Reviewed by David Clemenson, University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) John Cottingham, Peter Hacker (eds.) Mind, Method, and Morality: Essays in Honour of Anthony Kenny Reviewed by Robert Pasnau, University of Colorado a... [More]

Review of Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini’s “What Darwin Got Wrong”

Jerry Fodor is known for flouting convention. In a somewhat backhanded complement, Steven Pinker (through the voice of Daniel Dennett) says this about Fodor in his The Stuff of Thought, : It is to Fodor’s credit that he pursues his claims to their logical consequences, regardless of how unconven... [More]

6/16/10: NDPR–Latest Reviews

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Brady Bowman (ed.), Allen Speight (ed.) Heidelberg Writings: Journal Publications Reviewed by Martin Donougho, University of South Carolina-Columbia Markus Patrick Hess Is Truth the Primary Epistemic Goal? Reviewed by Alan Millar, University of Stirlin... [More]

When Worlds Collide: Philosophy and Soccer

If an earmark of comedic genius is the longevity of a one’s work, Monty Python’s Flying Circus stands out as brilliant. Every few years, the titanic battle between the Greeks and the Germans on the soccer field surfaces and reminds of the fact. Though produced and first aired in 1972, the sketch sti... [More]