Ram Dass (1931–2019), formerly Richard Alpert, is best known as the Harvard psychologist and researcher (his partner was Timothy Leary) who was fired by the university for his controversial experim
“Dear Ms. Schubert is an admirable addition to international literature, a gift to the English-speaking world . . .”
Carol Hay notes in her preface the current buzz of conversation around feminism, crediting the #MeToo movement with “laying bare the elephant in the room, skeletons burst from closets, dirty laundr
“Eric Weiner’s The Socrates Express presents universal concepts in an immediately accessible way, reminding us that, in an increasingly frenetic world, there is no more important l
“Churchland’s take on conscience is likely messier than most of us will find comfort in, yearning as we do for moral clarity and certainty in order to make our decisions easier and put our
The inspiration for Marjorie Garber’s interesting but ultimately frustrating book seems to be the political ascendancy of Donald Trump.
“Reality isn’t what it appears to be. Our perception of reality is a construction of the brain, and science is achieving what decades ago seemed impossible.”
“Environment reminds us that our patterns of production and consumption are often desperately destructive.
“Rarely has Europe produced anything finer in terms of piercing analysis or moral subtlety. . . .
Rebecca Earle, a professor in history at the University of Warwick, intellectualizes the history of potatoes to portray the tuber’s entanglement with the emergence of modernity, the birth of the li
“O’Connor and Weatherall’s work will help us face the ‘alternative facts’ that Trump relies upon.”
Scientific literacy is important, so it’s no surprise that Guy P.
The very human side of Alan Watts, the East-meets-West scholar of the 1950s and libertine philosopher of the 1960s, comes alive in this wide-ranging collection of letters compiled by his two eldest
Surprisingly few historians and scholars of religion seriously consider what vast numbers of Americans actually believe and experience in their spiritual lives. Jeffrey J.
Great academic philosophers love to write about sports. It gives them an opportunity to opine about issues that average people care about. Why must you follow the rules of the game?
“Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: With great power comes great responsibility. This is my gift, my curse. Who am I?
In the United States, the current election season has brought forth a motley grab bag of presidential candidates.
In “Mercury,” the first of four all-too-brief essays that together comprise the final thin volume of his writings, entitled Gratitude, Oliver Sacks writes of his patients “in their ninetie
“Tell me how you read and I'll tell you who you are.” Martin Heidegger said these words with conviction.
“Nafis Sadik is a woman who set out to ‘change the world’—and in many ways she did just that.”
“Not exactly a party game, but a genuine mind-bending variety of puzzles on issues that matter to us . . .”
“. . . encapsulates the major ideas of Western thought into a simple and honest narrative.”
“. . . a needed focus on the complicated debate.”
“In God’s Shadow is an interesting scholarly book on a challenging topic.”
“How much room for politics can there be when God is the ultimate ruler?”
“. . . if you prefer your geek humor untouched by any of that fancy-shmancy edjumacated stuff, this book is probably not for you.”