Sunday, February 13, 2011

Book Reviews Vol. 1

Drawing on both philosophical and empirical resources, McGraw argues that "religious institutions, even religious political parties, can and have contributed positively to the stability and flourishing of liberal democratic political institutions."

This collection of Cohen's essays on Levinas touches on the philosopher's relation to Judaism and the philosophical tradition.

Concentrating on the work of Maritain, Rawls and MacIntyre, Kozinski explores the difficult question of how Catholicism should relate to democracy.

The Soul Hypothesis: Investigations into the Existence of the Soul by Mark C. Baker and Stewart Goetz (eds.)
A collection of nine essays on materialism and the soul, focusing on whether contemporary science is consistent with a philosophical commitment to the existence of a soul. The science here is dealt with at a high level; one of the contributors (Halvorson) is a philosopher of science at Princeton who has published on quantum mechanics in leading physics journals.

Death and Mortality in Contemporary Philosophy by Bernard Schumacher
A monograph concerning how to define death and whether it is an evil.

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