DeSalvo – Virginia Woolf

I was convinced by this biographical and literary study, of three things. One, Virginia Woolf was sexually abused by her half-brother, George Duckworth, and two, that her alleged madness was a depressed and confused reaction to that childhood trauma (along … Continue reading

Winter & Martin – Beethoven Quartet Companion

Musical Revelations Winter, Robert, & Martin, Robert (Eds.) (1994). The Beethoven Quartet Companion. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 300 pp. There are few finer pleasures in life than to listen to a recording of Beethoven’s string quartets, while reading … Continue reading

Nietzsche – Birth of Tragedy

“Nothing can be meaningfully affirmed.” – Friedrich Nietzsche Geuss, Raymond, &Speirs, Ronald (Eds.) (1999). Friedrich Nietzsche: The Birth of Tragedy and Other Writings. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. The main Nietzschean text presented in this book is The Birth of … Continue reading

Zahavi – Subjectivity and Selfhood

Adams, W. A. (2006). Is There A Knife That Can Cut Itself?  [Review of the book, Subjectivity and Selfhood]. PsycCRITIQUES- Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, September 20, 2006 Vol. 51 (38), Article 18.  Retrieved September 20, 2006 from the PsycCRITIQUES … Continue reading

Broadie – The Scottish Enlightenment

Almost Tricked by David Hume Broadie, Alexander (2001/2007). The Scottish Enlightenment. Edinburgh: Berlinn Limited. The importance of the European Enlightenment, from 1500 to 1800, can hardly be overestimated in Western history. During that period, there was a sea-change in thinking … Continue reading

Lau & Redlawsk: How Voters Decide

Adams, W. A. (2007). Does Campaign Information Affect Your Vote?   [Review of the book, How Voters Decide: Information Processing During Election Campaigns]. PsycCRITIQUES—Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, (May 30, 2007, Vol. 52, Release 22, Article 17).Retrieved May 30, 2007 from … Continue reading

Braten – Innate Intersubjectivity

Adams, W. A. (2007). Innate Intersubjectivity and the Science of Mind-Reading  [Review of the book, On Being Moved: From Mirror Neurons to Empathy]. PsycCRITIQUES—Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, October 24, 2007, Vol. 52, Release 43, Article 2.  Retrieved October 24, … Continue reading