Book Announcement: Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Perspectives

Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Perspectives now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781527500006
Hardback, pp397, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Perspectives, edited by Manuel Curado and Steven S. Gouveia.

The human mind is one of the most extraordinary mysteries of the contemporary sciences and philosophy. We know for sure that we have one, and that we have feelings and conscious experience. But why is that? This anthology addresses contemporary issues in the field of study that is the philosophy of mind. It is divided into five main parts: i) the concept of Self in the contemporary philosophy of mind; ii) sensory experience: odors, vision and colors; iii) Artificial Intelligence: the future, the ethics and the costs; iv) the relationship between neuroscience and philosophy; and, finally, v) the influences and history of the philosophy of mind. This book will be useful for specialists of the field, but also for others who are interested in some of the more updated sciences of the mind. Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Patents and Climate Change: There’s No Place Like Home

Patents and Climate Change: There’s No Place Like Home now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895163
Hardback, pp135, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Patents and Climate Change: There’s No Place Like Home by Michael J. Dochniak.

After 4.5 billion years of change, is the planet Earth a complex and delicate ecosystem? It is well-known that some human activities may be part of a climate-change process that affects global warming. Environmental scientists continue to make substantial progress in advancing our understanding of how such activities affect climate change. Since the year 1989, hundreds of global-warming related patents have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This original and important book thus provides an easy-to-read summary of such patents. Within many of the summaries, there are inventor profiles and news articles that are insightful and thought-provoking. Pioneering inventors hail from many locations including Brazil, Great Britain, India, Japan, Mexico, and Taiwan. At the beginning of several chapters, contradictory opinions on climate change are provided in the form of quotes. Chapter Seven offers an example of a fascinating application that failed to gain US patent protection. In the final chapter, several significant climate-change issues that continue to be addressed are outlined. Continue reading

Book Announcement: A 21st Century Debate on Science and Religion

A 21st Century Debate on Science and Religion now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895934
Hardback, pp220, £61.99 / $105.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of A 21st Century Debate on Science and Religion, edited by Shiva Khalili, Fraser Watts and Harris Wiseman.

The progress of modern science and technology has led to remarkable insights into the nature of the universe and of human life. These insights have challenged and transformed former traditional worldviews and narratives. This book explores and addresses the challenges that arise at the interface of science and religion in the 21st century. How does science affect the way that religion is perceived? Do modern scientific findings confirm or invalidate the perspective of faith? How does science lead religious persons to revise the way they understand their faith and its practices? Is a mutually respectful and mutually beneficial dialogue possible between science and faith? Drawing from many disciplines, psychology, theology, philosophy, history, cognitive science, education, this book considers the crucial questions of how science and religion can help shape our worldviews and ways of life today. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Are There Limits to Science?

Are There Limits to Science? now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895811
Paperback, pp205, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Are There Limits to Science?, edited by Gillian Straine.

This book is the result of the 2016 conference of the UK’s Science and Religion Forum which brings together leading scientific and theological thinkers to reflect together on key issues.  Continue reading

Book Announcement: Einstein’s Pathway to the Special Theory of Relativity (2nd Edition)

Einstein’s Pathway to the Special Theory of Relativity (2nd Edition) now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895125
Hardback, pp630, £80.99 / $137.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Einstein’s Pathway to the Special Theory of Relativity (2nd Edition), by Galina Weinstein.

This book is a comprehensive monograph on Albert Einstein’s Odyssey to Special and General Relativity. This second edition brings together the most recent studies regarding the discovery of Special Relativity between 1895 and 1905 and pertaining to the genesis of General Relativity between 1905 and 1918. The book encompasses an in-depth historiographical analysis of Einstein’s theory of relativity and Einstein’s own derivations and philosophical perspectives of his work. The first chapter provides a narrative of Einstein’s early life until 1914 without resorting to hagiography. The second chapter discusses Fin de siècle physics; the third deals with Einstein’s path to the Special Theory of Relativity and Henri Poincaré’s Dynamics of the Electron; the fourth focuses on the genesis of the General Theory of Relativity; the fifth chapter centralizes on Einstein’s methodology and creativity, and on Poincaré’s philosophy; and the final section analyses the sources used in compiling this book. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research (paperback)

Paperback edition of Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443889216
Paperback, pp366, £49.99 / $84.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the paperback release of Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research by Annekatrin Puhle and Adrian Parker-Reed.

Shakespeare has been one of the most-cited authors since his plays were performed, and yet little attention has been paid to his views on psychic phenomena. It took another 300 years of paranormal experiences before scholars at Cambridge University helped to found the Society for Psychical Research, which brought scientific scrutiny to the area, and the UK is now a world leader in university research on this topic. This book throws new light on many historical case reports from Shakespeare’s time onwards. It identifies the core experiences that transcend time and give clues to an understanding of psychic phenomena. The book highlights Shakespeare’s insights, showing how these relate to, and even amplify, the conclusions of later and on-going research. In our time of disconnectedness from nature, the book discusses neglected human experiences which represent an important part of life and which do, in fact, occur to most of us. In doing so, the book raises awareness against the emptiness of a zombie-like existence in today’s society and offers a new approach to life and death, and their deeper meaning.
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Book Announcement: Medical Humanities in Theory and Practice

Medical Humanities in Theory and Practice now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443886185
Hardback, pp130, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Medical Humanities in Theory and Practice, edited by Andrzej Kapusta and Michal Lytovka.

This volume explores the social, historical and cultural dimensions of medicine, and promotes a multifaceted approach towards health, illness, healthcare and body. The articles gathered here focus on various issues relevant to medical knowledge, public health policies, and the experiences of being ill and of caring for those who are ill. The questions and theories discussed by the authors, concerning methodological, ethical and philosophical aspects of medical knowledge, will serve to open up new vistas of study for the reader. Continue reading