Reviews from 12/2016

The Age of Insight

Book reviewed by Rob Mason on 17 December 2016

THE QUEST TO UNDERSTAND THE UNCONSCIOUS IN ART, MIND, AND BRAIN, FROM VIENNA 1900 TO THE PRESENT By ERIC KANDEL

The relationship between the advancements in the sciences and in art, and how those were interrelated in Vienna’s evolving cultural and intellectual scenes.

Not only philosophy but also the fine arts work towards the solution of the problem of existence.  For in every mind there exists a desire to comprehend the true nature of things, of life and existence.  For this reason the result of every asrtistic expression of things is…Read

The Universe of Things

reviewed by Rob Mason on 12 December 2016

The Universe of Things by Steven Shaviro

From the rediscovery of Alfred North Whitehead’s work to the rise of new materialist thought, including object-oriented ontology, there has been a rapid turn toward speculation in philosophy as a way of moving beyond solely human perceptions of nature and existence. Now Steven Shaviro maps this quickly emerging speculative realism, which is already dramatically influencing how we interpret reality and our place in a universe in which humans are not the measure of all things Steven Shaviro explains how Alfred North Whitehead is trying to overcome the bifurcation…Read