Book Notes

Book Notes

Drawing attention to some interesting books that I've come across. I read far too many books to devote full reviews to them all, so these short notes and quotes will have to suffice for some books that I think others might find interesting.
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Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry
Deafness is generally treated and regarded as a disability, but could it be reasonable to regard it more like an ethnicity? That will probably...
 
 
Why We Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others
The concept of dehumanization is something that can be found across all of human culture and throughout human history. It's so common that it's...
 
 
Ethical Dilemmas in Prenatal Diagnosis
We are living in what many are calling the "biotechnology" century and we are likely to face a host of ethical dilemmas that we...
 
 
Reasoning about Preference Dynamics
Why do we prefer some things rather than others? How exactly do we reason through our preferences and arrive at conclusions about what we...
 
 
Ludwig Wittgenstein was one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century. Wittgenstein revolutionized philosophy in several ways;...
 
 
The Battle for the Soul
Do souls exist? Robert Crawford thinks so and explores the idea in his book The Battle for the Soul:...
 
 
Tea Party's Revolution and American History
Much of what the Tea Party in America is doing is premised on a particular understanding of American history — and especially of the...
 
 
More and more we find international coalitions using military force against sovereign nations in the name of "protecting" people...
 
 
There's debate over whether terrorism should be treated more as a criminal matter or as a national security matter...
 
 
One of the primary tensions within every democracy has been between the very idea of vesting sovereignty and power...
 
 
People tend to assume that creating strong rules of international law are necessary for constraining behavior and preventing nations...
 
 
Nietzsche is arguably one of the most misunderstood and criticized philosophers in history. He's been blamed for so much...
 
 
The American government is based on an intricate set of checks and balances. Most people, or at least those...
 
 
Berlin and East Germany are infamous for the 'Berlin Wall,' but while everyone may have heard of the Berlin...
 
 
It doesn't take much awareness of the news to recognize that the United States imprisons an incredibly high number...
 
 
{nomultithumb} Judy E. Gaughan writes in her book Murder Was Not a Crime: Homicide and Power in the Roman...
 
 
Nelson Lichtenstein writes in a review: "Jonathan Bell has written a breakthrough book. Bell has done...
 
 
Jon Pahl writes in his book Empire of Sacrifice: The Religious Origins of American Violence : ...
 
 
  Ian Frederick Moulton writes in his book Before Pornography: Erotic Writing in Early Modern England:
 
 
From the Helen Jefferson Lenskyj's Out on the Field: Gender, Sport, and Sexualities: The term...
 
 
 
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