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31 03, 2013

Review: Proverbial Aesop by Chandler Phillips, M.D.

By | March 31st, 2013|Categories: Nonfiction, Philosophy|Tags: |4 Comments


images (1)Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

When I think of Aesop, like most of us I’m sure, I think of the cute animals stories with neat little morals to share with the kiddos. Proverbial Aesop by Dr. Chandler Phillips gives us Aesop from a slightly different, more grown up perspective.

Phillips is a well educated man and a lover of the Greek and Latin languages and cultures, and this shines through in his writing. So much so that Proverbial Aesop may come off as more academic than a pleasure read. However, it is not dryly academic by any means.

I love to study different cultures, past and present. I love to get to know the people, the customs, and to read the stories that they loved to read, tell, and relate to. This is the Aesop that Phillips presents to us. Each proverb that he shares, whether relating to animals,

28 12, 2012

Review: Loneliness in Philosophy, Psychology and Literature by Ben Lazare Mijuskovic

By | December 28th, 2012|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , |5 Comments


loneliness-in-philosophy-psychology-and-literatureReviewed by Sophia Chiu

The last line in the chorus of Elvis Priestley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” came to mind as I read Loneliness in Philosophy, Psychology, and Literature: I get so lonely I can die. I feel author Ben Lazare Mijuskovic can agree with that refrain, as his main thesis is that man is essentially doomed to be alone. The desire to escape from this frightening but true state of isolation is the primary psychological motivator of man, but any attempts will be ultimately unsuccessful due to the inherent nature of self-consciousness, and thus being human.

Mijuskovic bases this rather depressing conclusion on a philosophy of mind which conceptualizes consciousness as a reflexive quality. A conscious being is able to turn reflection back on himself; he as subject is capable of thinking about himself as object. Following from this theory of consciousness, the

11 09, 2011

Review: The Passionate Mind Revisited by Joel Kramer & Diana Alstad

By | September 11th, 2011|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Health, Philosophy, Psychology & Counseling, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino

The Passionate Mind Revisited is an interesting and fresh way for one to look at what drives each and every one of us. The interesting part about the book lies in the fact that most of the messages speak of heightening not only a new personal awareness, but also strengthening an awareness that encompasses a much larger social scale. In a world where importance often lies on only helping ourselves, The Passionate Mind Revisited is a vital read for anyone who is interested in branching out a bit.

The basic message that Kramer and Alstad are trying to relay to the reader is essentially summarized in one brief passage near the beginning of the book: “What we believe determines much of what we think and do: the way we move, the way we respond to people, how we

27 05, 2011

Review: Transforming Human Awareness by Juna Jinsei PhD

By | May 27th, 2011|Categories: Nonfiction, Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Jen Greyson

Transforming Human Awareness arose from the annual reunion of the Buddhist Peace Foundation.

The format is basically a transcript of a lecture, which often got in the way of the information. I would have preferred a different format, but the information in this book is riveting and kept me engaged and allowed me to overlook the way it was presented.

The conversation is founded in the principles of mediation and vibrational energy, and the speakers are committed to an elevated state of existence that is a foundation of Buddhism.

Rev. Juna Jinsei is a very interesting professional, and someone I could spend hours listening and talking to. Although I enjoyed the book, and learned several interesting meditation techniques and more about the Buddhist way, the references to 2012 were limited to just 9 pages of text.

I’m forced to give

19 08, 2010

Review: Original Sinners by John Coats

By | August 19th, 2010|Categories: Gift Ideas, Non Fiction, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Leigh A.

In depth, down-to-earth, and meticulously researched, Original Sinners: A New Interpretation of Genesis is the best theological read I’ve come across in ages. It’s no wonder with an author like John Coats, who has been a Master of Theology, an Episcopal priest, and leader for the ‘More To Life’ training program.

Coats puts all his theological training to excellent use in Original Sinners, asking if the Bible – and the characters within it – are still applicable to modern times. By weaving his own personal stories in with biblical tales, Coats shows how the characters in the bible act like most humans would when faced with fantastic situations. And in dissecting the motivations of the biblical characters, Coats shows us what their actions may be able to teach us about how we

23 05, 2010

Review & Interview: Family Constellations: A Practical Guide to Uncovering the Origins of Family Conflict by Joy Manne

By | May 23rd, 2010|Categories: Authors, Health, Mind, & Body, Interviews, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Relationships, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Erin N.

Dr. Manné, Buddhist Psychologist, has written a guide detailing the method of therapy created by Bert Hellinger: Family Constellation. This method operates on the premise that all behavior patterns are the result of the families we are born into.  The constellation method claims that each family has an “energy field” and that everyone within it holds a unique position. This position determines our ability to cope with stress, feel happiness, engage in healthy relationships, etc. This energy field that holds all the family members in place is created by the family’s history, thus the actions of previous generations (even if there had been no direct contact) influence an individual’s place in this energy field.  The constellation method helps clients discover their place in the

26 03, 2010

Review: Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy by William Irwin and Richard Brian Davis

By | March 26th, 2010|Categories: Nonfiction, Philosophy, Pop Culture, Social Sciences|Tags: , , |2 Comments


alice in wonderland and philosophy book coverReviewed by Scott B.

Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser takes up the most serious piece of art or literature in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, edited by William Irwin. (Other titles in the series deal mainly with TV shows or movies.) It consists of fourteen footnoted chapters, written mostly by professors of philosophy or graduate students.

Divided into four parts, this analysis of the world of Alice, as found in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, often falls short as either a defense of philosophy or an insightful treatment of these masterpieces of nonsense literature.

A few authors are more intent on grinding an ax than on examining Alice in her dream world—feminism, anti–Cold War jargon, logic is important (you silly undergrads), induction is the way to go, philosophical realism (reality is real), and, yes, there is such a